Dentist Profiles

. October 2, 2017.
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Procedures are limitless
Dentistry used to be so simple. Teeth in and teeth out.
Now the sky’s the limit in preventative measures, whitening
and making sure your teeth last for years. Here are some
dentists who are certainly producing great smiles.

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Jon Frankel, DDS

Owner of Frankel Dentistry
Toledo: 5012 Talmadge Rd., 419-474-9611.
7:30am-8pm, Monday-Tuesday. 7:30am-5pm,
Wednesday-Thursday.
7:30am-2:30pm, Friday. 8am-noon, Saturday.
Maumee: 4359 Keystone Dr., 419-893-0221.
8am-5pm, Monday-Wednesday. 8am-7pm, Thursday.
8am-2:30pm, Friday. 8am-noon, Saturday.
jonfrankeldentistry.com

What dental conditions associated with aging should I be aware of, and what can I do to maintain my oral health as I age?
Dry mouth can be a challenge as we mature. Loss of salvia has been associated with decay and gum disease. There are remedies. We have had excellent results with products such as XyliMelts. Regularly scheduled recare visits are essential to monitor small issues before they become big problems.
Some of my medications give me bad breath and dry mouth. How can I combat this nasty side effect?
Brushing, flossing and using a tongue scraper are the first line of defense. Drinking water often helps. Regularly scheduled dental visits guide you in home care and keep your pearly whites fresh!
Am I too old to get braces?
It is never too late to change your smile. Straight teeth are easier to brush and floss. Dental care is ageless!

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Michael M. Granata, DDS

4139 N. Holland-Sylvania Rd. | 419-885-2444
8:30am-5:30pm, Monday & Wednesday. 8:30am-3pm,
Tuesday. 9am-2:30pm, Friday. 9am-1pm, Saturday.

What are three healthy habits that need
to be a part of my routine?
Brush, floss and a fluoride rinse.
Now that I’m older, I can’t get cavities. Right?
False. Cavities are just as possible when you are older and are often related to diet and medication.
I used to be a smoker— for a really, really long time.
What does that mean for me now?
Smokers are more prone to oral disease and the discoloration of teeth. Make sure to check up with your dentist and let them know about your history.
I want to take my friend to get a dental treatment,
but she has dementia. What should I do?
Make a consultation appointment and go from there. It depends on the individual, but what is most important is finding someone your friend is comfortable with.

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Dr. J. Eric Hires

Owner of Hires Dental Care
3951 W. Sylvania Ave. | 419-475-6673
8am-8pm, Monday-Thursday
8am-4pm, Fridays
Saturday by appointment.
Hiresdentalcare.com

Now that I’m older, I can’t get cavities. Right?
Unfortunately, this is not correct! As we age, there are a number
of conditions that can cause cavities and tooth decay. For example, older fillings tend to weaken over time, which can cause fractures. Bacteria can collect in these crevices and lead to decay. Our gums tend to recede the older we get, and this too can lead to decay. Many of us tend to take more medications as we age, which
can reduce the flow of saliva and increase the potential of
cavity development.
I want to take my friend to get a dental treatment,
but she has dementia. What should I do?
First off, kudos to you for ensuring that your friend gets proper dental attention. When scheduling her appointment, let the patient care coordinator know that your friend has dementia, so we can schedule the appropriate amount of time for her visit. Patients with dementia often suffer from dental-related issues, since early detection depends on communication—and communication can be difficult with dementia . Our team patiently develops a rapport with patients who suffer from dementia, mental disorders, or Alzheimer’s Disease. We use both verbal and non-verbal communication during treatment, and only ask patients to follow one instruction at a time – as opposed to “bite down, turn your head, and hold still”—we will start with “slowly bite down”.
The arthritis in my hand makes brushing and
flossing difficult. What can I do?
Not many people realize just how connected our oral health is to overall health. Those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis actually have an 8x greater risk for developing tooth decay. And sadly, having arthritis makes it more difficult to care for your teeth.
We recommend using an electric toothbrush like our professional
Diamondclean Sonicare brushes we offer here at Hires Dental Care. It’s more powerful than some of the retail versions.

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