Family Dentist in Toledo, OH

WHAT OUR PATIENTS SAY

“Truth be told, the dentist terrified me and I always had a reason to put it off. When I heard their motto, ‘We Cater to Cowards’, I laughed a little, but as it turns out, they really do. I can proudly say I no longer fear the dentist!”
- Erica, patient since ‘09

FLEXIBLE APPOINTMENTS

Finding the time to go to the dentist can be a struggle, which is why we offer evening appointments to accommodate busy lives. For your convenience, we are open Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. and on Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Call 419.475.3494

WE CATER TO COWARDS

Our Motto is “We Cater to Cowards” because we know that going to the dentist can be difficult for some people. We offer “Creature Comforts” including complementary nitrous oxide, blankets, free WiFi and more to make your visit as pleasant as possible.

Happy to Be a Paramount Dental Insurance Provider

We are an in-network provider for Paramount Dental Insurance.  This does not include Paramount Advantage.
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Now Offering Complimentary Oral Cancer Screenings in Toledo

To screen for oral disease including cancer or pre-cancerous spots, our office uses the technology of VELscope VX.  It is a hand held device that emits a safe blue light into the oral cavity. The VELscope makes visualization possible by enhancing the contrast between normal and abnormal tissue. The VELscope offers a way to accurately find an area of abnormal tissue at a stage that is readily treatable.

Signs and Symptoms of Oral Cancer:

  • A white or red patch of tissue in the mouth which looks like a canker sore
  • A lump or mass that can be felt inside the mouth or on the outside of the neck
  • A wart like mass
  • Numbness in the mouth or face
  • Pain or difficulty swallowing, speaking, or chewing

We believe that early detection saves lives and truly hope that VELscope VX will make a mark in the world of oral cancer. When found early, oral cancer’s 5-year survival rate is approximately 80-90 percent; when found late, that number drops to around 20-30 percent.

Make an appointment for your oral screening today at 419.475.3494.

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Take a Virtual Tour of our Dental Office

Our comprehensive dental practice is equipped with the latest in dental technology, as well as all the comforts of home. We want you to feel relaxed from the moment you step inside our office, and leave knowing you received the highest-quality of care! If you’d like to take a virtual tour of our practice before scheduling an appointment, please check out our office video tour. You can use your mouse to look around the office and click in the info bubbles to learn more.

OUR AWESOME TEAM

Dr. Ronald Z. Howard

Doctor

Dr. Ron Howard enjoyed practicing dentistry in Northwest Ohio for 44 years before retiring in April 2014.

Dr. Kris Nicholas

Doctor

Dr. Kris Nicholas completed his doctorate degree at The Ohio State University and has been practicing dentistry since 1994. Dr. Nicholas believes that dentistry is a calling that allows him to meet and serve his patients dental needs with excellence.

Dr. James Baburek

Doctor

Dr. Jim Baburek completed his doctorate degree at The Ohio State University and has been practicing dentistry since 2003. Dr. Baburek believes dentistry is a profession that allows him to provide life-altering changes for the patients he serves.

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WHAT OUR PATIENTS SAY

I’ve been a patient for several years… tonight was my 5 year old son’s first visit. KRISTA D. was amazing with him! She made sure he was well informed with the tools she was using and what she was going to do.
Randi S.
Amazing dentist! My kids (one who was asked to leave a previous practice for anxiety) love going here! The dental assistants, dentists, and front desk receptionists are all so kind and helpful. We are so thankful to have found them!
Carla J.
State of the art office. Staff is exceptional. Completely booked? No problem. They get you in anyway. After work hours is necessary for my family and they accommodate. Joe gave me a tour and a gift before I even sat down.
Jennifer L.
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Mouth Guards

Protect Your Teeth With the Right Mouth-Guard

An injury to the mouth can be a painful—and costly—experience. However, a well-made mouth-guard can help protect your mouth from broken or chipped teeth and save you from some preventable dental expenses.   Who Needs to Use a Mouth-guard? Anyone—child, teen, or adult—who is involved in sports or recreational activities should consider using a mouth-guard. It’s not just contact sports that can result in damage to the teeth. In fact, cyclists, skateboarders and those who ride scooters and dirt bikes account for 44 % of dental injuries. Following close behind at 14% of dental injuries are those caused by contact sports like football, wrestling, boxing, hockey, and soccer. If you are involved in gymnastics or skating, you should also invest in a mouth-guard. Sports-related accidents to the mouth can damage more than your teeth. They can also result in injuries to your lips, tongue, and even a broken jaw. Persons who live with bruxism (grinding their teeth) also should use a mouth-guard to prevent tooth damage. One in five adults in the U.S. suffer from teeth grinding and jaw biting and nearly one-third of children deal with these conditions. Mouth-guard Basics Mouth-guards come in three forms: custom-made, boil-and-bite, and stock (pre-formed and ready to wear).  While stock mouth-guards seem like a quick and inexpensive solution, they rarely fit well and can interfere with talking and breathing. Boil-and-bite mouth-guards are moldable mouth protectors often sold at sporting goods stores that you boil and then place in your mouth to shape around your teeth. While these provide a better fit than stock mouth guards, the best fit comes from a custom mouth-guard your dentist prepares for you. These mouth-guards are made from an impression your dentist makes of your teeth with a special material which is then sent to a laboratory for a permanent mouth-guard that exactly you’re your mouth. Although a custom mouth-guard is more expensive than a boil-and-bite protector, it also provides the best fit and protection. And it can help you avoid costly injuries that can permanently damage your teeth and mouth. The best mouth-guards are odorless, do not interfere with breathing, do not rip or tear, and fit tightly, but comfortably. A mouth-guard generally covers your upper teeth which are most likely to take the brunt of an injury to the mouth. Your dentist may consider mouth-guards for your bottom teeth as well if you wear braces or have a dental appliance. Taking care of your investment As with any medical or health-related device, properly caring for it will greatly extend its life and usefulness. Here are some tips for taking care of your mouth-guard:
  • Make sure to clean it after each time you use it. Simply rinse it in warm, soapy water or brush it with a toothbrush and toothpaste.
  • Keep it in a safe place and out of extreme heat and cold.
  • Use a mouth-guard storage container to keep your mouth-guard dry and prevent bacteria.
  • Bring it with you to you visit your dentist to have him or her check it for wear and tear and to thoroughly clean it.
     
Strawberries Naturally Whiten Teeth

5 Foods That Can Naturally Whiten Your Teeth

We all love having pearly whites! But keeping our teeth white can be a challenge even for those who are vigilant about brushing and flossing their teeth. Untreated teeth stains continue to penetrate the surface, leading to those yellow or beige colors that no one feels comfortable sharing in a smile. We can help with your teeth whitening needs, but we also encourage you to eat healthy and make sure you’re “feeding” your teeth with the vitamins and minerals they need. Here are five foods to chomp on to help keep your teeth healthy—and white!   Strawberries Who knew that this bright red fruit that can stain our clothes may help whiten your teeth? The enzyme called malic acid in strawberries helps remove discoloration on the surface of teeth. Plus, the antioxidant ellagitannin helps reduce bacteria that attracts stains. When you consider strawberries’ Vitamin C, which helps prevent gum disease, you probably want to add more of these bright red beauties to your diet.   The Citrus Group Get that saliva going with some oranges, lemons, and grapefruit—even pineapple. When you pucker up to citrus flavor, you produce more saliva which contains large amounts of water. That’s a natural way to rinse the bacteria out of your mouth. Also, oranges and pineapple contain the enzyme bromelain, a natural stain remover for teeth.   Say Cheese And eat some, too! Cheese—and yogurt and milk—are great protectors of our pearly whites. You get natural calcium and phosphorus when you eat dairy, two wonderful minerals that help strengthen your teeth and gums. The lactic acid in dairy helps prevent tooth decay and chomping on hard cheeses produces more saliva, a natural rinse for your mouth. It’s a win-win-win!   The Crunchers Crunchy natural foods produce saliva and saliva…are you sensing a theme here? That’s right. We can’t overstate the impact saliva plays in naturally rinsing your mouth of food and bacteria. Plus, saliva helps reduce the buildup of plaque. Food stains love sticking to plaque, so the more ways you can naturally reduce plaque, the better!  Crunchy foods like apples and celery also contain malic acid, which promote the production of saliva. That’s great for getting rid of those pesky food particles that get left behind after eating. Crunchy fruits and vegetables are a natural abrasive, which help “scrub” your teeth of bacteria.   Water, Water Everywhere This one is a no-brainer. Drinking water during and after meals helps wash away food particles and loose plaque. It’s also a natural way to produce saliva, which you now know is a great way to naturally rinse your mouth.   Bonus Points What foods are the primary offenders for staining teeth? Our daily caffeine boosters are among the culprits. Coffee, particularly black coffee, can seriously stain your teeth. Even adding a little cream to your coffee can help counterbalance the stains left by this dark liquid. Tea. Try switching to green or white tea if you are a serious tea drinker. Soda pop. There are really no redeeming values in soda. Between the sugar, acid, and dark staining colors, the best thing is to avoid soda completely. Red wine is another offender. Make sure to brush your teeth thoroughly before drinking red wine to help lessen the amount of color that can adhere to plaque.

How to Perform an Oral Cancer Self-Examination

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month.  With close to 53,000 Americans being diagnosed with oral or oropharyngeal cancer this year, early detection is extremely important.  While we offer a complimentary  oral screening at every appointment, performing an occasion self-examination is crucial.  Below you will see the steps to take in order to perform an oral cancer self-examination.  For this, you will need a piece of gauze and a wall mirror. It’s important to recognize the normal healthy condition of your own mouth so that you can detect abnormal conditions and report anything unusual to a dental or a medical specialist.
  • Look at yourself in the mirror – both sides of your face and neck should look the same.
  • Look at the skin on your neck and face for any changes in color, moles that have changed, lumps or sores.
  • Feel both sides of your neck gently with your fingertips to help detect lumps, bumps and sore spots.
  • Gently place your finger over your “Adam’s Apple” and swallow. It should move up and down, not to the side. Report any hoarseness that doesn’t clear up within two weeks.
  • Remove any dentures or appliances from your mouth.
  • Check the inside of your mouth first by using a flashlight, then by putting the small mirror in your mouth, if you are able to do this.
  • Check the roof of your mouth for changes in color or lumps. With your index finger, gently press the roof of your mouth to feel for changes.
  • Examine the floor of your mouth and feel it with your index finger. Remember, you are looking for color changes, swelling and changes in shape.
  • With a piece of gauze between your finger and thumb, pull out your tongue and examine all sides – feel your tongue with your fingers.
  • Look at your gums for color change, lumps, bumps or tenderness. Report any sores that have not healed after 14 days.
  • Pull your upper lip up and then your lower lip down and check. Gently squeeze your lips as well as your cheeks with your index finger and thumb to feel for lumps, bumps or tenderness. Report any pain, loss of feeling or any areas that bleed without cause.
  • Gently run your index finger over your upper and lower gums. If you find anything unusual or suspicious, report your findings to us!
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