Sleep Disordered Breathing – Is It Affecting You?

Did you know 20% of adults suffer from sleep-disordered breathing (and 90% go undiagnosed)? Obstructive sleep apnea can lead to headaches, acid reflux, jaw joint pain and depression & anxiety. It can also damage the oral cavity via nighttime teeth grinding, clenching and mouth breathing.

Sleep dentistry is a growing field and comprehensive dentists now understand how to treat symptoms and repair the damage to teeth caused by sleep apnea.

We explore how sleep-disordered breathing may be affecting you and share how you can promote oral health in the recent issue of CJN’s Smile! special section.

Click here to read the full article.

Dr. Frankel Volunteers at Give Kids A Smile Day

On Friday, February 5th participating states celebrated Give Kids a Smile Day. In Cleveland, Case School of Dental Medicine was a proud provider of dental services to area Cleveland City School District children. Dr. Frankel acted among the volunteers at Case, teaching students and guiding them as they performed dental cleanings, xrays and sealants to children in the community.

Dr. Frankel believes in giving back to the community in many ways, especially through her profession. As the poster in the image above reads “Dental caries in the single most common chronic childhood disease”, and it is important to intervene early in life.

Whether Dr. Margaret Frankel is providing care in her office or out in the community, she truly values the health and well-being of her patients. Dental caries is a bacterial infection. It is so important to keep your family’s mouth healthy. Richards Frankel Dentistry welcomes children and families, and we strive to keep our patients at their optimal oral health.

Your Sugar Intake and Its Relationship to Your Dental Health.

Did you know that added sugar is in most processed foods today? And, it is no surprise that sugary beverages and sugar in foods can cause major dental issues including decay and dental erosion. Added sugar has become such a health issue that the U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services and Dept. of Agriculture created updated nutritional guidelines. The updated guidelines are below:

The American Dental Association News reports that “the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Agriculture released updated nutritional guidelines Jan. 7 calling for Americans to limit their intake of added sugars.” The updated guidelines “advise limiting the intake of added sugars to less than 10 percent of total calories consumed each day,” marking the “first time the guidelines have recommended a quantitative limit on a specific type of food.” The guidelines essentially limit our sugar intake to 12 teaspoons a day.

Sugar doesn’t just cause cavities in the mouth, it also melts away enamel ( the hardest material in the body), leaving the inside of the tooth exposed and sensitive. Extra sugar is bad for our overall health and our dental health.

If you have any concerns about your teeth, and if you think the amount of sugar in your diet is causing dental issues, call our office today: 440-442-4477.

For information about diet and dental health, visit

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Dr. Frankel Highlighted by Alma Mater, Case Western Reserve University

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In the Spring/Summer issue of Think Magazine, Case Western Reserve University’s School of Dental Medicine is chronicled & focuses on key differentiators in their program – the thread of professional ethics and emphasis on leadership. These pillars drive their program as well as their students post-graduation, they attest, as they highlight one of their more recent success stories, Dr. Margaret Richards Frankel.

professional-ethics3Frankel began her community service while only a few months into her program – helping to care for the children throughout the Cleveland Municipal School District. Seeing the impact her work had on the children of this community, Frankel was inspired to find ways to continue to give back through her work. She began performing complimentary teeth cleanings to adult patients in the school’s clinic each Friday, but she felt compelled to find ways to impact even more to patients in need in our community and others around the globe.

Over the next two years, Frankel worked with the public 5-days a week at the school clinic, only breaking to volunteer for a summer health-care mission to rural Nicaragua. She has taken these experiences with her following graduation – donating time through Medworks to screen patients for head/neck cancers and finding other ways to be involved in our community outside of medicine (even being awarded this January by the Jewish Federation for her efforts to fundraise on behalf of those in need).

“Philanthropy and volunteerism are a way for me to better connect with people and aid in humanitarian efforts in a world where there are so many in need,” says Frankel. “Volunteering within my profession is a way for me to give back to the greater community and share my expertise with those that may not be able to receive dental care in a private practice setting. I feel so fortunate to give back in Cleveland, a city that has awarded me such a beautiful life.”

The full article is available here.

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




How Do You Enjoy Cleveland in the Fall? Enter to Win a Halloween Gift Basket!

This post is not about teeth, it’s about our beautiful city, Cleveland! I am active in many organizations in Cleveland, as I care about the future of our city and I love it! I especially love Cleveland in the autumn months. In the fall I love to go apple picking at Patterson’s Fruit Farm, and walk around Shaker Lakes looking at the amazing foliage as it changes color. This year I think I’ll take my daughter to “Boo at the Zoo”! I am so excited to dress baby Scarlett, my daughter, in her Halloween costume, but they’ll be NO candy for her!

Please share with Richards Frankel Dentistry what your favorite fall Cleveland activities include! We love to hear how our patients are active in the community and what they love to do in Cleveland! The best activity done in Cleveland in the fall will win a Halloween gift basket. 

Please share your pictures, and/or the activities you do in Cleveland in the fall and enter your family to win a Halloween gift basket! To enter, email your photos and story to or complete the form below.

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Enjoy the fall in Cleveland,



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We love our patients!

Thank you to our sweet patients today who sent us this lovely fruit arrangement! We are grateful to have such amazing patients and we are thankful for each and every one of you. Remember, Richards Frankel Dentistry is truly a family practice, and we treat our patients as we would our own family.

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Gratefully yours,

Dr. Frankel