Bleaching is an easy way to a brighter, whiter smile!

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WHY DENTAL BLEACHING IS IMPORTANT

People are always talking about bleaching their teeth. Why are people so concerned with a whiter smile? Well, your smile creates an immediate, subconscious, visual impact on people you meet. A brighter smile gives the impression of youth, vitality, radiant health, happiness, and warmth. A bright smile is perceived as a healthy smile. And, teeth whitening remains one of the most economical ways to enhance your smile.

WHY DO TEETH DARKEN?

As we age, our permanent teeth often become darker, yellower, and stained. This is partly why white teeth make people appear more youthful.  The main reasons for yellowed teeth are genetics, antibiotics, and certain foods, and age. Internal tooth discoloration is caused by changes in the enamel of the tooth and the dentin. The main causes of internal tooth discoloration are exposure to high levels of fluoride, tetracycline, use of antibiotics as a child, developmental disorders, tooth decay, restorations, root canal issues, and trauma.

WHITEN YOUR TEETH

Richards Frankel Dentistry now offers several modes of bleaching treatments: Sheer White, and bleaching trays.
Sheer White is a fast, and easy way to whiten your teeth, and it is less expensive than bleaching trays. Sheer White are whitening strips that do a fantastic job of molding to your teeth in order to hold the bleach in place, and they are easier to wear than over-the-counter bleaching strips. You can even drink hot and cold beverages in them! If you are interested in bleaching, but aren’t ready to invest in more expensive bleaching trays, give Sheer White a try!
If you are looking for a more custom fit and a more long-term treatment option for bleaching, then bleaching trays are a better choice for you! At Richards Frankel Dentistry we will make you custom bleaching trays that will be sure to brighten your smile!

Call us today for a consultation appointment! 440-442-4477

Happy whitening,
Dr. Frankel

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Get your child acquainted with the dentist!

Did you know that the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that all children visit the dentist by the age of 1? Yes, I said 1 yr. of age! It’s important for your child to become familiar with the dentist, and to develop the skills he, or she needs to begin healthy hygiene habits at home.  Today we had wonderful patient into our office who began going to the dentist by 18 months!

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Get your child excited about the dentist like our patient here! What a cutie!

Best, Dr. Frankel

In the dating world? Why your smile is so important!

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I’d like to share some valuable information on one of the world’s most ubiquitous signs of happiness, warmth, love, and greetings: A SMILE!  If you are meeting someone for the first time, your smile is one of the most important aspects of a first impression. And, showing your teeth when you smile is even more effective at conveying those positive emotions.  Did you know that:

  • 63% – Percentage of people who say they look best in photos when they are showing their teeth.
  • 99.7% – Percentage of adults who say an attractive smile is an important personal asset.
  • 74% – Percentage of people who say that an unattractive smile can hurt a person’s chances for business or career success.
  • 23% – Percentage of people who say they look the best with their mouth closed.
  • Smiles are more attractive than makeup. A research study conducted by Orbit Complete discovered that 69% of people find women more attractive when they smile than when they are wearing makeup.
  • If you are a woman, you will look more attractive to men when you are smiling.  Studies have shown that men think women who are not wearing make-up but are smiling are more attractive than those with perfect make-up who were stone-faced.

So, show off your “pearly whites”- you will seem and feel happier, you will look more attractive to the opposite sex, and it can bring you more success. If you are uncomfortable, or unhappy with your smile, you know you can always turn to your dental professional, Richards Frankel Dentistry, for improvement in your smile!

Happy smiling, Best, Dr. Frankel

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Pregnant? Why you should see the dentist!

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It is extra important to keep your mouth healthy while your pregnant and have a baby! Here’s why: The oral health of a pregnant woman, and subsequently a new mom can directly impact the health of her baby. Mothers transmit their oral bacteria to their babies, who are born with no oral bacteria. Good oral health for Mom, especially during pregnancy, reduces her own bad oral bacteria and thus reduces what she transmits to the baby. Cavities and periodontal disease are caused by bacteria, so you don’t want to pass the “bad bugs” that causes those diseases to your baby.  It is important to understand that a lack of oral hygiene during pregnancy presents a risk to your baby. Care for mom=Care for baby!

Today it is also even considered safe to have dental x-rays while pregnant. “Teeth cleanings and dental X-rays are safe for pregnant women. OB-GYNs are being advised to perform routine oral health assessments at the first prenatal visit and encourage their patients to see a dentist during pregnancy”, according to recommendations issued by The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists  in a July 26 statement.

X-rays? You may be skeptical. Dental x-rays have produced only very small amounts of radiation for a long time. A full set of x-rays, even with the older film technique, produced as much radiation as standing outside for 10 minutes. Today’s digital radiography produces approximately 1/8 of that already low amount. Dental professionals step out of the room during exposure because radiation is cumulative. Protective shields covering abdomen and thyroid are used on all patients, and has been standard for decades. Richards Frankel Dentistry would only take x-rays on pregnant patients if it is absolutely necessary.

The American Dental Association (ADA) also states in a news article that  “…local anesthesia (with or without epinephrine) are safe during pregnancy.” So, if you need a cavity filled while your pregnant, don’t worry you can be numb!

The ADA also writes that “…conditions requiring immediate treatment, such as extractions, root canals, and restoration (amalgam or composite) of untreated caries, may be managed at any time during pregnancy. Delaying treatment may result in more complex problems.” Take care of your mouth now and help to prevent disease in your baby’s mouth! Richards Frankel Dentistry will weigh the risks of dental treatment vs. non-treatment while a woman is pregnant, as we would never put a mother, or her baby at risk!

Best, Dr. Frankel

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Oil Pulling is trending. Does it work?

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Oil pulling is an ancient practice that is traditionally done in Southeast Asian cultures, where oil is swished in a person’s mouth for 20 minutes daily.  People who practice oil pulling claim that swishing any type of oil in your mouth every day will whiten your teeth, reduce bacteria, strengthen your gums and jaw, improve skin, clear your sinuses, prevent ​bad breath and even protect against heart disease, as well as Alzheimer’s Disease. However, other than anecdotal claims, there is no research to back-up these benefits. Dental professionals cannot prove that oil pulling indeed does work. Researchers need to further investigate oil pulling and its benefits to oral and overall health.

However, there re also no negative effects known to be caused by oil pulling either. Thus, if you can tolerate swishing oil in your mouth for 20 minutes daily, and you are curious to see if it does, in fact, whiten your teeth, or reduce bad breath, then try it at home. Just don’t swallow the oil! Coconut oil, or olive oil are commonly used in this practice.

Nothing replaces the benefits of regular dental visits, and dental exams and professional hygiene maintenance. It is also important to brush and floss twice daily!

I hope I’ve satisfied your curiosity, or even peaked it!

Best, Dr. Frankel

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* Information for this article was gathered from US News and World Report.

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Oral Health while Being Treated for Cancer

Unfortunately, cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States after heart disease.  Currently there are about 12 million people in the U.S. living with an invasive form of cancer.  It’s likely you know someone being treated for cancer today, and the treatment used is commonly chemotherapy.

Many chemotherapy drugs have oral side effects that can be damaging, and cause further discomfort to a patient being treated for cancer. The objective of this post is to teach  patients about the oral side effects of chemotherapy, and to give them tools in order to avoid , or lessen their chances of having such complications during treatment.

One of the most important steps to take when a patient is undergoing chemotherapy is to maintain excellent oral hygiene at home, as well as visit the dentist every 3-6 months. Chemotherapy medications can cause oral tissue hypersensitivity with pain, oral ulcers, taste alteration, erosion of tooth enamel due to vomiting, dry mouth, and mucositis ( inflammation and pain of the lining of the mouth and digestive tract).

Below are some tips to deal with the above complications:

Vomiting: If chemo treatment has made you nauseous, and you’ve been vomiting, DO NOT brush immediately afterwards.  Instead, rinse with lukewarm water mixed with a bit of baking soda, and then brush gently afterward. The acid from stomach contents can wear away enamel, and brushing right away will only make this worse.

Mucositis: If your gums, the inside of your cheeks, or your palate feel inflamed and are red and causing you severe pain, mucositis may likely be the diagnosis. This requires the care of your dentist, who may then recommend some palliative care options for you. Such care may include: saline mouth rinses, ice chips, alcohol-free mouth rinses, and more.

Dry mouth: Salivary flow may likely be lessened during chemotherapy and radiation treatment. Sipping water (non-flavored, and with a neutral pH) can help lubricate the mouth. Chewing tart, SUGARLESS gum may also help increase saliva. Your dentist can also prescribe and recommend other medications, or aids to help with producing saliva.

When a patient finds out they will be undergoing chemotherapy, they should look to their dentist for help in maintaining oral health, as well to treat chemotherapy’s oral side effects, thus easing the discomfort caused by chemotherapy.

Thanks for reading our post,

Dr. Margaret Frankel

Information from this article was gathered from The American Cancer Society, and Dental Economics: www.dentaleconomics.com

25% OFF YOUR NEXT CLEANING/EXAM!

REFER AND YOU SHALL RECEIVE!

When you refer a friend to Richards Frankel Dentistry, you will receive 25% off of your next exam/cleaning. Refer a friend, or family member to our practice and receive a discount- it’s that easy!

Richards Frankel Dentistry likes to reward its loyal patients! Just mention that you saw this promotion on our blog, and take advantage of this discount.  Please call our office today for an appointment: 440-442-4477. Dr. Frankel is happily accepting new patients, so when your referred patient books an appointment with us, you get a discount! If you are a new patient being referred by a friend or family member, just let us know who referred you, they’ll appreciate it! Next, it can be your turn to refer and receive!

*offer expires March 2014.

Kids, Sugar, and Cavities- important information for parents!

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Do you have children at home? Have you recently added an adorable “plus one” to your family? Richards Frankel Dentistry would like to help educate you on pediatric oral health so that your children have happy, healthy mouths! And, most of this information is pertinent for adults, too!

“Old habits die hard”: It’s best for your child to form good oral hygiene habits early! Did you know that children should be seen by a dentist by the age of 1? Yes, 1! It is important for your child to become familiar with your dental office so that they don’t develop a fear of the dentist later. The dentist (Richards Frankel Dentistry) should be a comfortable, familiar place for your child. This way, mom, dad, and your child leave happy! Your child’s first visit will allow the dentist to make sure that his/her oral structures are developing properly.

Kids and Cavities: Did you know that dental caries, or cavities, is the MOST COMMON DISEASE IN CHILDREN! It is 5X more common than asthma. Richards Frankel Dentistry has exceptional tools that help diagnose dental decay, help prevent decay, and help treat it. It is important for everyone in your family to receive routine care from the dentist, especially your little ones!  Children are exposed to many types of foods and drinks today that promote tooth decay. Did you know that sports drinks and sports waters promote tooth decay!? Even juices such as apple and orange can promote cavities in children. It is best to be properly educated on oral hygiene and healthy eating and drinking habits by your dental health professional.

At Richards Frankel Dentistry we strive to educate you and your child about the best ways to prevent cavities and promote oral hygiene. Bring your children in today and ensure that they begin developing healthy habits early!!!

AND, IF YOU REFER A FRIEND/FAMILY, YOU’LL RECEIVE 25% OFF YOUR NEXT EXAM!
(Just mention this blog post when you call the office: 440-442-4477)

You heard it from the dentist’s mouth!

Keep smiling, Margaret

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