Its Mouthguard Season!


With fall sports season comes the need for custom-fitted mouthguards! Here at Richards Frankel Dentistry we can make you and your children custom fitting mouthguards that optimize facial protection when playing contact sports. Over-the-counter mouthguards provide significantly LESS protection than do custom-fitted mouthguards.


Why wear a mouthguard?

Mouthguards help you avoid injuries to the mouth when playing sports such as basketball, softball, football, wrestling, soccer, lacrosse, rugby, hockey, field hockey, and skateboarding.

Common injuries that can be avoided include:

  • jaw fracture
  • broken teeth
  • split lips
  • concussion (mouthguards may reduce the likelihood of concussion)


Why wear a custom-fitted professional mouthguard?

A mouthguard made by your dentist is made to an exact model of your teeth, so it fits! It doesn’t require that the athlete hold it in place by biting on it.  Mouthguards sold at sporting goods stores, or drugstores are not able to create a tight fit to the teeth and are often loose and bulky, thus providing less protection and are less durable. While an over-the-counter mouthguard is less expensive, it is less durable, and is not backed by your dentist’s warranty.

Don’t let you or your children be more susceptible to injury! Have a custom mouthguard made by Richards Frankel Dentistry and let the games begin!

Happy sports season,


Dr. Frankel

“Week #17: Sport” by Kicki Holmén is licensed under CC BY

Why Floss?

The floss seen in the image above is vintage. A patient brought it into our office this morning, and said it was over 60 years old! This little bottle of vintage waxed floss made me think, and I want to share my thoughts with you! Flossing has been around a long time, and dentists and hygienists always remind their patients to floss. Yet, still my patients admit that they aren’t flossing twice a day. But why? Well, why floss?

  • Flossing is an essential part of  your home hygiene routine because it removes plaque (bacteria) from between the teeth and at the gumline where periodontal disease often begins, or cavities can form.
  • Flossing twice a day is a proven way of decreasing the likelihood of gingivitis, periodontitis and cavities.
  • Flossing can remove old food debris from between the teeth and thus improve your breath!

There are now a variety of flossers that you can use if you find the floss string awkward. Bottom line:  flossing improves oral health, and also your overall health. The bacteria that cause gum disease is now linked to heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s Disease, just to name a few. So, flossing is a cheap, easy and quick way to do something good for your body ( and teeth) everyday. Make it a part of your daily routine so that your next dental visit is excellent!

Keep flossing,


Dr. Frankel

Our littlest patients love to brush!!

Just a reminder to make sure your kids begin practicing good oral hygiene habits from a young age! Our littlest patients love to brush!

  • Don’t put your children to sleep with a bottle of milk or juice. The liquid can stay in their mouth after they fall asleep and cause tooth decay.
  • Wipe your child’s gums off with a gauze after they eat or drink.  After their teeth have come in, its time for them to brush!
  • Keep sugary beverages to a minimum. Sugar causes cavities!
  • Say adios to sippy cups by age 3. Start phasing them out between the ages of 2-3. Sippy cups can cause/perpetuate a sucking disorder, and change the shape of a child’s mouth if used to long.
  • Fluoride is a good way to combat tooth decay. It can be administered by your dentist, Richards Frankel Dentistry!

Thank you to our families who send us adorable photos of their kids brushing, keep them coming!

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!


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

Best, Dr. Frankel

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


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!!!

(Just mention this blog post when you call the office: 440-442-4477)

You heard it from the dentist’s mouth!

Keep smiling, Margaret


“Zion and Daeker Sunset” by Robert Conley is licensed under CC BY