Millennials and the Dentist!



Meet TJ. He is now cavity free (yay TJ)! Unlike many millennials, TJ visits the dentist. By visiting the dentist TJ has healthy teeth and gums. What does that mean for TJ? He is less likely to have bigger, more expensive dental complications down the road. Dr. Frankel monitors his oral health closely, so that no major issues arise. Oh, and the benefits of a healthy mouth affect the entire body. TJ’s gums are healthy and have less bacteria, so that means inflammation throughout his body will be lower as well.

Millennials, just because you are young and healthy, doesn’t mean you can skip the dentist. Dental issues arise microscopically and grow larger over time. Keep your mouth healthy and your entire body will thank you. Don’t put off going to the dentist until something hurts. Be proactive, take your oral health seriously.

Richards Frankel Dentistry gets it. We know you’re busy. We know you’re healthy. Yet, don’t let your oral health slip, it will impact your overall health and the health of your wallet later. Thank you TJ, for seeing the dentist regularly- you are doing right by your body (and you only get one of those)!


brush and floss daily,

Dr. Frankel

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CPR is Important!

The Richards Frankel Dentistry staff re-certified their CPR licenses today. Our staff are all American Heart Association Healthcare Providers and we have all completed the CPR and AED program.  Our dental office believes that each member of our team should know how to respond properly and respond well in an emergent situation. We take all precautions at our dental office, but we are ready to respond in case of emergency! And, we can all help outside the office, too!

As healthcare providers we believe that it is our responsibility to help if there is ever an emergency at a restaurant, on a plane, or even at home ( not only at our dental office). CPR can save lives, and we are prepared to do our part!


Your ever-prepared staff,

Dr. Margaret Frankel, Erica, Tasha and Anne

Are your Teeth Noticeably Chipped? Before and After Treatment!

Most of the time, chipped teeth are considered to be part of a disease process. Chipped teeth are generally a sign that something unhealthy is going on in your mouth. Some examples are: grinding, other bad habits like biting down on ice, or even the need to see an orthodontist due to a malacclusion (a bite that is off).

Did you know that chipped teeth tell a story? A highly-trained dentist can decipher why and how your teeth have worn and chipped. And, they can then repair it with a long-lasting restoration.

Restoring chipped teeth can provide a whole new look to one’s smile, vastly improving it. Humans are attracted to a symmetrical face, and chipped, uneven teeth detract from that. Visit Richards Frankel Dentistry for a consult today to find out why your teeth are worn or chipped!

Here are some before and after photos of case Dr. Margaret Frankel recently completed.




Back-to-School Means Complimentary Exams at Richards Frankel Dentistry!


For new patients and patients who haven’t been to our office in over a year: we are offering you a free dental exam when you book your hygiene appointment (your dental well-visit and “cleaning”).

This offer represents a $90 value for children and $100 for adults!

Call or email us today – we look forward to caring for you and your family!

From one parent to another,

Dr. Frankel


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Prenatal Vitamin D Intake and Your Child’s Cavities!


Recent research released and published online in the “Annals of Epidemiology” shows a strong correlation between Prenatal Vitamin D intake and caries rate in children. The risk of cavities was lower in the mothers with higher Vitamin D intake during pregnancy.


Pregnant women should make sure they are getting enough Vitamin D during pregnancy, as it has many benefits to both mother and baby. Among those benefits may now also be a lower risk of cavities in your children!

Just a little Wednesday wisdom!

Best, Dr. Frankel


Meet The Newest Member of RF Dentistry’s Arsenal!

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Exciting news to report here at Richards Frankel Dentistry! We pride ourselves on being on the forefront of dentistry- in techniques, research and with procedures we perform. We’ve added a LASER to our practice. Our laser is FDA approved for so many uses!


What does that mean for you, the patient?



We can’t wait for you to meet our new laser, we promise it will improve your dental experience at our office.

Cheers to new age dentistry!

Best, Dr. Frankel




Curious About Bad Breath? Ted-Ed Talks Bad Breath!

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Have you ever been curious as how bad breath forms? Well, recently a Ted-Ed talk reviewed the phenomena of bad breath, scientifically referred to as Halitosis. On April 2nd, The Huffington Post reported that a TED-Ed video narrated by professor Mel Rosenberg explains the causes and origins of Halitosis, which, the Huffington Post reported, “all comes down to the activity of bacteria in the mouth.” The video points out that habits, such as smoking or drinking alcohol heavily can also cause distinct odors on the oral cavity, but that bacteria build-up in the gums between the teeth and on the back of the tongue are the primary cause of halitosis.

Proper oral hygiene and a healthy diet can help keep halitosis at bay, and “the American Dental Association recommends brushing twice per day, flossing and making regular trips to your dentist.” Richards Frankel Dentistry is happy to answer any questions you may have about bad breath, and can review possible reasons it may be affecting you, and how to help keep it at bay.


Call us today: 440-442-4477

Best, Dr. Frankel


New Recommendations for Infants and Expectant Mothers!


I want to share some INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT INFORMATION with you that was recently released by the American Academy of Pediatrics and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Infants need to visit the dentist, and infants need fluoride to make their teeth stronger! Even though baby teeth do fall out to give way to permanent adult teeth, they need to remain healthy as they can affect the health of the adult teeth underneath. And, pregnant mothers need to have a healthy oral environment so that they reduce the amount of dangerous bacteria they pass onto baby.


The Chicago Tribune‘s Danielle Braf reported on new recommendations for expecting mothers and children, and several were regarding oral care for both mothers and infants.  According to the Tribune’s article, The American Academy of Pediatrics now recommends that infants are exposed to fluoride toothpaste once their teeth begin to come in, and that babies ingest  fluoridated tap water rather than bottled water, and that mothers receive routine oral health assessments during pregnancy.


  • How do you administer fluoride toothpaste to infants? Rub a grain-of-rice sized toothpaste on an infant’s teeth and let it stay there. Fluoride helps strengthen the tooth and prevents cavities.
  • Use fluoridated tap water in sippy cups, or in bottles. Bottled water doesn’t contain fluoride.

In 2013, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommended that routine oral health assessments should be done during pregnancy, and they published that dental X-rays also are safe throughout pregnancy.

Pregnancy can result in changes in gums and teeth, and cavity-causing bacteria can be transmitted from mother to baby. About 40 percent of pregnant women in the United States have some form of periodontal disease, including inflammation of the gums, cavities and periodontics, so it’s important that they continue to have dental work done throughout their pregnancies. Root canals and filling cavities is permitted and encouraged during pregnancy!

I hope this helps you take care of yourself and your little ones!

Best, Dr. Frankel


Coffee Creamer and Prenatal Vitamins- what do they have in common?

What do coffee creamer and prenatal vitamins have in common? You’re probably thinking this is an odd question, but it’s not. SUGAR. SUGAR IS WHAT THEY HAVE IN COMMON. Many people don’t realize that gummy prenatal vitamins contain sugar, and so do most coffee creamers. And it’s not a little bit of sugar, it is a significant component of both of these products.

As a dentist I have been seeing patients come in with once healthy mouths free of cavities that become mouths full of cavities. Good oral hygiene (home brushing and flossing) is not enough to keep cavities away. Diet plays a big role in cavity formation. Chewy prenatal vitamins can be thought of like a sticky candy- they contain sugar, they melt slowly in your mouth, and they stick to your teeth. Not to mention that this is perfect food for bacteria in your mouth, yuck! Coffee creamer is also sugar laden, bathes your teeth in sugar, and can also cause cavities.

I’m not saying that these products should not be used, but as your dentist I think it is important for my patients to know that they contain sugar and can make your teeth susceptible to decay. If you use chewy prenantal vitamins, take them with a meal. After you finish your meal, rinse your mouth out with water. You can brush your teeth and floss after you eat as well, but wait a few minutes after you finish. Why? Well, let the pH of your mouth return to a neutral level- that takes some time. If you use coffee creamers, flavored or unflavored, take less than 30 minutes to consume all of your coffee. You are at higher risk of decay if you drink coffee with sugar throughout the day. Why? The same reason as with prenatal vitamins. Sugar lowers the pH of your mouth and feeds bacteria, dissolves tooth enamel and then causes cavities.


Good oral hygiene and healthy eating habits are key in fighting off cavities. I hope you gained some good information!

Happy snacking,


Dr. Frankel

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