Meet our friendly, experienced pediatric dentists and staff at Dr. Frankel offices! Our entire team is dedicated to helping you and your child feel at home from the moment you walk through the door. We're proud to be members of the community and serve the dental needs of their children.
I’m Dr. Robert Frankel, I’m a pediatric dentist and I’ve been in practice for over 20 years. I received my dental degree from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and my Pediatric Dental Specialty degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center. I’m still on staff at Albert Einstein and Montefiore Medical Center and continue to teach the 20 pediatric dental residents.
Pediatric Dentists are uniquely qualified to treat children and adolescents by virtue of their additional 2 to 3 years of specialty training after dental school. I personally continue to treat my patients as they enter and attend college simply because they’re comfortable with our office and don’t want to go to a strange new environment.
Parents ask, "When do you stop seeing my son or daughter?" I tell them, "When they don’t fit in the chair anymore, we know it’s time to move on!"
Pediatric dentists are trained much like your child’s pediatrician. Adults go to an interest for their medical core and they go to a general dentist for their dental care. Likewise, children and adolescents would clearly benefit seeing a pediatric dentist for all of their dental care the same way they see a pediatrician. Our office changes no more than the local general dentists and we even accept your insurance so there’s no reason to not have your child seen by a pediatric dentist these days.
I’m a member of the A.D.A, the N.Y.S.D.A., and the A.A.P.D. I agree with their recommendations stating the first dental visit should be at 1 years old or when the first tooth erupts. This gives us an opportunity to speak to and educates the parents about the baby bottle, habits such as thumb sucking, as well as diet and nutrition! I have a rule, "No eating or drinking anything but water, 2 hours before bedtime!" This allows the water to dissolve the food or snack from dinner so when we do brush our teeth, the toothpaste actually reaches in between the teeth where cavities love to start.
Flossing – Should be done before you brush at night. This removes the leftover dinner before you brush with toothpaste.
Brushing – Should last 2 minutes in the morning and 2 minutes at night. If you're very young, then brushing for 1 minute with the help from mom or dad may be fine. If you have braces, you may need to brush for 3 minutes. Electric brushes are great because they help to do the work. It makes brushing more fun and enjoyable and studies have shown kids will brush longer!
Fluoride – A fluoride rinse ( like ACT or Listerine Smart Rinse) should be used every night after brushing. You swish it and spit it out! Then you go to sleep with fluoride coating your teeth. It’s absorbed into the teeth and helps to protect the teeth and prevent cavities! Once again, these are OTC fluoride rinses, not prescription. PRX is not recommended these days due to fluorosis, meaning too much fluoride over 1 ppm.
Our office welcomes the young ones with an inviting atmosphere from the second they open the door. Big TV’s and arcade games combined with calm and relaxing colors tell children and young adults, "Our office is a friendly and safe environment". When the first time a nervous patient comes in for their initial visit, it’s fun for me to watch their faces light up as they walk into the operatory room with their own T.V. on one side and a fish tank and palm tree on the other. Even the pictures have familiar characters that kids associate with their favorite movie characters. This type of setting not only makes the patients feel comfortable it also makes me feel happy, and in turn creates a win-win situation.
I never thought 20 years ago that electronic stimulation would make my profession so much easier. That goes for our diagnostic systems too. When a child turns 6, They usually get their first permanent tooth in the front as well as possibly in the back. At this age, it’s time to take our first set of x-rays and we only use digital x-rays. It lowers the radiation exposure to 95% less than traditional x-rays, which is much less than going to the beach for a few hours (and that’s scientifically proven). The pictures show up on a huge flat T.V. so that parents and kids can stand 5 feet in front of the screen while we all look at the x-rays together. Kids and parents think it’s awesome and as a pediatric dentist, it makes it much easier, clearer, and straight forward to diagnose cavities.
At around 6 years old the 1 st permanent molars erupt and that means it’s time for sealants! Sealants are a plastic coating that is applied to the biting surfaces of the permanent molars to help prevent cavities. All of our sealants, as well as our white filling materials, are BPA-free. If your child ever needs a filling, we make it a fun and easy experience and only use white fillings, period. We have NO silver filling material in our office. It’s simply my policy, white fillings only! In a nutshell, your pediatric dentist should always give you a fun, friendly, high-tech environment while taking the time, care, and attention necessary to make you and your child leave with a smile.