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.

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 MouthHealthy.org.

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Halloween is Scary. Your Dentist Shouldn’t Be!

Richards Frankel Dentistry isn’t a scary place. In fact, our patients actually enjoy visiting our office. We do all that we can to make our patients comfortable while they are at the dentist. Blankets? We offer them to you. A little mouth prop to help you open your mouth? Yep, we have that too. How about bottled water? Sure. A friendly and caring staff? Yes, absolutely! Headphones? Yes. A dentist who is kind, smart and understanding? That’s certainly what you’ll find at our dental practice. These are just a few ways we put you at ease while you’re under our care.

Don’t put off going to the dentist because it isn’t pleasant, or because you’re afraid. Find a dental office that is the right fit for you. Richards Frankel dentistry goes out of its way to make sure you are comfortable while here, and that you are well informed about your painless dental treatments. We focus on preventative and restorative care. Our goal is to keep you and your mouth healthy and do it in a friendly environment.

So before you go buy Halloween candy in bulk, I encourage those who haven’t been to the dentist in a SCARY long time to call us first!

Happy Halloween, Dr. Frankel

 

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Millennials and the Dentist!

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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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