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Monterey dentist Jeanette Kern, DDS retires and sells her practice to nationally recognized local dentist, Dr. Sarah Frahm


Publicity Contact: Wendy Brickman 

(831) 633-4444


Monterey dentist Jeanette Kern, DDS retires and sells her practice to nationally recognized local dentist, Dr. Sarah Frahm

[Monterey, CA.]  Dr. Sarah Frahm recently purchased Dr. Jeanette Kern’s dental practice in Monterey, where she is now the leader of an all-female team of accomplished dental professionals. 

The dental care team members from the Kern staff have remained with the practice including the dental hygienist, dental assisting team and front office professionals to provide a consistent continuum of care. The care team and Dr. Frahm blend well because of mutual dedication to comprehensive dental care.  Dr. Frahm will also continue to provide exemplary service in a spa-like setting. She brings more than a decade of dental experience to her leadership role.

“When I made the decision to retire I knew I wanted to recruit a dentist who would continue to care for my patients with a compassionate spirit and an amazing clinical skill set,” says Dr. Jeanette Kern. “ Dr. Sarah Frahm is all of that and more.  She’s a perfect fit for the amazing patients we serve.” 

The synergy clear to Dr. Frahm as well. 

“Dr. Kern and I share a great love for comprehensive care,” says Dr. Frahm.  “Considering the whole person, and where that person is in her or his health journey is what we are all about. I am so grateful to Dr. Kern for blazing the comprehensive dental health trail on the Monterey Peninsula.” 

About Dr. Sarah Frahm

Dr. Sarah Frahm

Dr. Sarah Frahm is a lifelong learner who is committed to providing comprehensive dental care to her patients.  She uses the most advanced dental techniques and technology to ensure patient comfort and lasting results.  Prior to taking the helm at her own practice in Monterey, Dr. Frahm worked as a dentist in Salinas. 

Dr. Frahm received her Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry in 2003 where she was the proud recipient of the Edward H. Karl Award for the senior who demonstrates the most significant professional and academic growth. Dr. Frahm graduated from Cornell College in 1998 with Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Biology and Business.

She has completed hundreds of hours of postdoctoral training in cosmetic and restorative dentistry. Dr. Frahm also possesses expertise in the design and placement of New You dentures, an innovative approach to the replacement of missing teeth for optimum fit, and appearance enhancement.   

Dr. Frahm continues to complete more than 100 hours of advanced, postdoctoral training each year, earning recognition from dental experts around the country for her knowledge in the areas of cosmetic, general and restorative dentistry. Her career learning highlights include:

  • Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies - Postgraduate course completion in cosmetic and restorative dentistry. 
  • Spear Education – Postgraduate program completion in comprehensive dental care and advanced occlusion techniques. 
  • Dentists for Oral Conscious Sedation – certification in the administration of sedation care. 
  • New You Dentures – course completion for precision cosmetic denture fitting, and implant-secured denture placement for superior function. 

In addition, Dr. Frahm is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, American Dental Association, California Dental Association, Monterey Bay Dental Society, and the International Association of Physiologic Aesthetics.

Committed to our local community, Dr. Frahm is an active member of Rotary International, where she was recognized with a “Distinguished Rotarian” award in 2015.  She also serves on the YMCA board and IMPOWER executive committee and is a member of the Robert Down PTA.

Dr. Frahm is originally from Iowa and lived in Taiwan for five years where she enjoyed extensive travel through Asia. She is married to a fellow Cornell College graduate who is a civilian attorney for the Defense Language Institute in Monterey.  They have three young children and live in Pacific Grove.  Dr. Frahm and her family delight in travel, and love to explore National Parks. She enjoys hikes with her family and spending weekends at the beach. Always attentive to detail and passionate about artistic expression, Dr. Frahm’s hobbies include embroidery and yoga. 

Dr. Frahm is accepting new patients at 831-372-8011, and the practice address is 660 Camino Aguajito, Suite 201, Monterey, CA 93940. Her website is being updated but information can be found at https://www.jkerndds.com/meet-dr-sarah-frahm/.

To schedule an interview with Dr. Frahm, call Wendy Brickman at (831) 633-4444 or emailBrickman@brickmanmarketing.com. For more information, check out www.jkerndds.com.

Dr. Sarah Frahm Takes Leading Role at Dental Practice of Dr. Jeanette Kern

Dr. Sarah Frahm is the new leader of our dental practice. Dr. Frahm purchased the practice in late January from Dr. Jeanette Kern. Both Dr. Frahm and Dr. Kern share a passion for comprehensive dental care, and prefer a boutique-style atmosphere for our patients. 

“Dr. Kern and I share a great love for comprehensive care,” says Dr. Frahm.  “Considering the whole person, and where that person is in her or his health journey is what we are all about. I am so grateful to Dr. Kern for blazing the comprehensive dental health trail in Monterey.” 

Dr. Kern is retiring. When her work concludes in May, Dr. Kern plans to travel the world with her husband, see her parents more often, and mentor dentists around the country. 

“The best part about being a dentist is knowing so many wonderful people,” says Dr. Kern.  “When I made the decision to retire, I knew I wanted to recruit a dentist with a compassionate spirit, and amazing clinical skill set. Dr. Sarah Frahm is that professional, and so much more.” 

To her role, Dr. Frahm brings more than a decade of dental experience. Dr. Frahm worked as a general dentist in Salinas prior to acquiring the Kern practice. 

Five years ago, Dr. Frahm and her husband Matt moved to the peninsula with their three children.  They have settled in Pacific Grove. Together, they love to spend weekends at the beach, hike and play board games. 

Dr. Frahm is accepting new patients at 831-372-8011, and the practice address is 660 Camino Aguajito, Suite 201, Monterey, CA 93940. 

Porcelain Veneers or Invisalign?

Both porcelain veneers and Invisalign can provide a seamless, straight, and beautiful smile. The question then becomes which option is best for you? Invisalign plastic aligners are much different than braces, but the results are the same: straight teeth and a functional bite. Porcelain veneers can cover gaps or correct some malocclusion, and are a great quick fix for patients looking for a cosmetic solution only.

Through a careful evaluation of your smile, as well as talking to you about what you want, Dr. Kern and her team can assess your specific problems and determine if porcelain veneers or Invisalign will best provide you with the results you deserve.

Benefits of Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers can correct many issues in just a couple of office visits, and have been referred to as instant orthodontics. They correct chipped and severely discolored teeth, which cannot be accomplished with Invisalign. They can also cover any minor gaps or malocclusion. As a result, porcelain veneers have an advantage of giving patients strong, bright smiles that look straight.

Veneers can last a very long time when taken care of properly, but they do not solve issues of misalignment. They cover it up. Patients with significant overbite, crossbite, or underbite may want to look into how to correct these dental issues before looking into porcelain veneers.

Benefits of Invisalign

Invisalign plastic aligners are a perfect option for patients who are seeking ways to straighten their teeth, but who do not want to wear traditional braces. Invisalign’s clear plastic aligners reposition teeth over time, which closes gaps, brings misaligned teeth back into proper postion, and improves bite function. They can even be removed for special occasions or to brush and floss. Invisalign also corrects teeth repositioning much faster than traditional braces, saving months or even years of having to worry about uncomfortable metal over teeth.

 Invisalign is a preferred choice for many men and women who are in social or business situations regularly due to the practically invisible nature of the clear aligners. This, plus the speed of results, gives Invisalign an advantage. It is also a permanent rather than just a cosmetic fix. However, if your teeth are chipped or stained, you may want to look into additional treatments, including porcelain veneers.

If you are interested in finding out more about porcelain veneers or Invisalign, contact the team at Jeanette Kern DDS today at 831-372-8011 at Dr. Kern’s office. Dr. Kern’s dental office is conveniently located at 660 Camino Aguajito #201 in Monterey, CA 93940.

Dental Emergencies while Traveling

The great summer road trip season is upon us, and with it comes endless places to visit and adventures that will be remembered for a lifetime. What you don’t want those memories to involve are dental emergencies, especially if it is something that cuts short the vacation you’ve been planning for months – or a lifetime. What can you do if you find yourself away from home and you suddenly need a dentist?

Most people who have a general dentist see him or her for their regularly scheduled checkups. If traveling is in your future, it is a good idea to make an appointment to have your mouth examined. If you are going to be away for a long time, you may want to get any dental procedures you’ve been planning out of the way, such as root canals or wisdom teeth removal.

Preventing Emergencies on the Road

Keeping your teeth healthy on the road is just a little more difficult than it is while you are at home, especially if you are going to be camping, or going to undeveloped or remote areas of the world. Brushing and flossing is obviously important, but being more mindful of things that can hurt or break teeth should be considered. Don’t chew ice, hard candy, or popcorn kernels, and never use your teeth as a tool – that is, don’t cut tape or try to take off bottle caps.

What to do when Dental Emergencies Occur

You may prepare as much as possible, but still have a dental emergency pop up while you are on the road. Some of the most common problems include toothaches, broken teeth, cracked teeth, or a tooth that is knocked out.

Toothaches can be extremely painful. Things that can help are:

  • Rinse your mouth with warm water
  • Check to see if there is anything caught between your teeth using dental floss
  • Ibuprofen may alleviate the pain long enough for you to soldier through, but may not resolve the problem
  • Contact a local dentist if the toothache continues

Broken teeth, often caused by biting something hard or using teeth as a tool, can be helped through rinsing the mouth with warm water to clean the area, and cold compresses can keep swelling down. However, you should contact a dentist immediately if you suffer a broken tooth. Cracked teeth should be managed in the same way as a broken tooth. Cold compresses can control swelling, but it is important to get to a dentist as soon as you can.

While a broken or cracked tooth can be trouble, a tooth that is completely knocked out may be some travelers greatest dental concern. Some things that can be done when a tooth has been knocked out include:

  • Rinse off the tooth with water if it is dirty while holding it by the crown (not the root). Do not scrub it or remove any fragments of tissue
  • You should attempt to hold the tooth in its socket while going to a dentist, but this may be difficult for a plethora of reasons. The ADA states that it is OK to put the tooth in a cup of milk, but get to the dentist as soon as possible to see if it can be saved.

There are many ways for dental emergencies to occur while away from home. As with anything during travel, preparedness is going to help you keep calm during stressful situations. It is a good idea to look for dentists in the area you are traveling through, or where your destination is, and checking to see what they offer if an emergency occurs.

If you would like more information on what to do during a dental emergency during travel, or have a dental emergency yourself, contact the team at Jeanette Kern DDS today at 831-372-8011 at Dr. Kern’s office. Dr. Kern’s dental office is conveniently located at 660 Camino Aguajito #201 in Monterey, CA 93940.

Women and Men Approach Dental Care Differently

As adults, we are already well aware of the routines we are expected to maintain to have healthy mouths. Brush after eating, floss regularly and schedule regular checkups and dental cleanings. While most people perform this admirably, women are more active in maintaining their teeth and gums than men.

 According to the Journal of Periodontology, women do a much better job at scheduling maintenance checkups, and, by a two to one margin, have seen their dentist in the past year. Women also have less plaque buildup and bleeding when their teeth are probed. High incidence of these may both be seen as signs of the early stages of periodontal disease. Finally, according to the study, women have a more positive attitude about visiting their dentist.

While this is by no means a complete picture of every single man because June 9-15 is National Men’s Health Week. Although it is still a few weeks away, this is a good time to remind patients of the steps to take to avoid periodontal disease.

Risk Factors for Periodontal Disease

Some of the factors that will increase risks of periodontal disease include:

  • Smoking and chewing tobacco
  • Diseases such as diabetes
  • Medications including steroids, cancer therapy drugs
  • Misaligned teeth
  • Defective fillings
  • Bridges that no longer fit correctly

Two more factors that don’t affect men include oral contraceptives and pregnancy. However, men are less likely to brush and floss after every meal and are more likely to be at risk due to heart or blood pressure medication and anti-depressants. These medications cause dry mouth, which increases the risk of cavities. Saliva washes away food particles that cavity causing bacteria love, as well as neutralizes acids formed by plaque.

Even if men avoid all of these things, they are genetically more predisposed to periodontal disease and even oral cancer, so it is important to remember to go to the dentist for check-ups and oral cancer screenings.

Reducing dry mouth, and therefore symptoms, include drinking more water, avoiding alcohol, caffeine, and carbonated beverages, don’t smoke, avoid salty foods, and chew sugarless gum and used an alcohol-free mouthwash.

Women can, and should, avoid these risks, and take the same precautions, but, again, men are more likely to forego care and more likely to suffer from problems with their oral health.

If you are looking for solutions for crooked teeth, contact the team at Jeanette Kern DDS today at 831-372-8011 at Dr. Kern’s office. Dr. Kern’s dental office is conveniently located at 660 Camino Aguajito #201 in Monterey, CA 93940.