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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Custom Athletic Guards for Your Little Athlete

Now that school is back in session, sports are in full swing.  A custom athletic guard is the perfect way to protect your child's unique smile.  Athletic guards are recommended for everyone who play contact sports such as baseball, football, soccer, ice hockey, and many others. Mouth guards help avoid chipped or broken teeth, nerve damage to a tooth, or even tooth loss. Accidents can happen during any physical activity, so be sure to call the office to set up an appointment for anyone in your family that participates in contact sports. We are offering custom-made athletic guards for only $19 through November 15, 2019.

How Sealants Help Prevent Cavities

Although brushing and flossing are the best ways to prevent cavities, it’s not always easy to clean every nook and cranny of your teeth. Molars are rough and groovy and are a favorite place for cavity-causing bacteria to hide. Sealants are another way to protect the grooves in your teeth. Sealants offer a cost effective way to help prevent decay on permanent molars. In most situations, the cost of a sealant is much less than the cost to treat decay with a filling. Your hygienist would love to discuss sealants with you at your next appointment, or feel free to call in to the office at 419-475-3494 to discuss this treatment option.

Summer Drinks that May Damage Your Teeth

Summer time means cold drinks by the pool and icy treats, but be careful of a few refreshments that can harm your teeth: 1. Citrus—While a squeeze of lemon or lime can turn a simple glass of water into a fun beverage, it’s not always the best choice for your mouth. Frequent exposure to acidic foods may erode enamel and make your teeth more susceptible to decay. Citric fruits and juices can also irritate mouth sores, so skip the lemon and try cooling cucumber water instead. 2. Sports Drinks—Sounds healthy, but beware! Most sports and energy drinks contain sugar as the top ingredient. Try to choose drinks low in sugar or ditch them altogether and stick with water. 3. Soda—While this isn’t just a problem in the summer, it is worth mentioning again. Eating sugary foods or sipping sugary drinks for long periods of time can cause an acid attack on your enamel. Most carbonated drinks, including diet soda, are acidic and bad for your teeth. If you must consume a soft drink, try to drink it quickly rather than over time. 4. Ice—Although it can be found in most summer drinks, remember that ice is for chilling, not for chewing! While ice is made of water and doesn’t contain sugar or additives, chewing this hard substance may cause a dental emergency and can damage or break tooth enamel. Skip the ice chewing and stick to water in its liquid form.
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