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.

Stroke and It’s Relationship to Oral Bacteria- Study Finds Link!

In the American Dental Association’s most recently newsletter, a study linking the oral bacteria Strep Mutans (the bacteria that causes cavities) to acute stroke was highlighted. Below is an excerpt from the article:

“Study Finds Association Between Oral Bacteria And Stroke.”

Science Daily (2/16) hosted a University of Louisville release stating researchers at the National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center in Osaka, Japan studied patients entering the hospital for acute stroke, finding “an association between certain types of stroke and the presence of the oral bacteria (cnm-positive Streptococcus mutans).” Dr. Robert P. Friedland, a neurology professor at the University of Louisville School of Medicine and a co-author of the study, said, “The study and related work in our labs have shown that oral bacteria are involved in several kinds of stroke, including brain hemorrhages and strokes that lead to dementia.” The study is published online in Scientific Reports.” -http://www.ada.org/en/

 

Your oral health can have a great impact on your overall health. The oral cavity is colonized with many types of bacteria, some good and some bad. The balance between the two is fine, and your dentist and the dental team must play an integrative role in keeping this balance in the favor of the good bacteria. Your life may depend on it! Regular dental visits cannot be undervalued if you want to stay healthy.

Please call Richards Frankel Dentistry today for your appointment: 440-442-4477 and make a step towards health and well-being.

Signs of stroke include: Face drooping, arm weakness, slurred speech, time to call 911!- FAST!

Working to keep you and your family healthy,

Dr. Frankel and staff

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.

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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