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.

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. She made him feel comfortable and it was a great first experience! The office, entire staff and Doctors are friendly and do great with the kids. Happy patients!
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. No billing surprises at the end because they give you an estimate before each and every procedure. I’ll never go anywhere else. They’ve re-imagined dental care. Phenomenal! Great job, gentleman.
Jennifer L.
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Our Blog

4 Things to Remember for Your Oral Health During the Holiday Season

It’s the most sugarful time of the year! With Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, the last 10 weeks of the year are some of the sweetest as far as sugar is concerned! There will be a lot of opportunity to eat tasty treats in the next few weeks, and we want to make sure you are prepared! Remember these tips to maximize your oral health as you celebrate the holidays.  

Brush and Floss Your Teeth Twice Daily (And Correctly!)

As important as we know brushing twice per day, according to the American Dental Association, only 46% of Americans are doing it – and the percent for flossing is even worse. Brushing helps eliminate those sugary foods we will be eating this Christmas, as well as reduce acid that cause teeth erosion. How you brush is just as important. Be sure to choose toothpaste that contains fluoride and a toothbrush with soft bristles to avoid gum irritation. Brush your teeth softly with short strokes for at least two minutes, and avoid brushing too soft or too hard. And don’t forget to floss! Flossing helps get rid of plaque and food between your teeth brushing may miss.  

Drink a Glass of Water with Your Christmas Feast

While the holiday beverages are typically hot chocolate and egg nog, both of these beverages are full of sugar and should be limited. Water is the best beverage for your oral and overall health. If you are not able to eliminate these tasty holiday beverages, it would help to include a glass of water. This can help eliminate some of the negative effects of sticky and acidic foods and beverages you will be eating during the holidays.  

Eat Smarter, Not Sweeter

There are ways to satisfy your holiday sweet tooth besides diving into the Snickerdoodles. Eating natural sugars like fresh fruit not only contains more healthy fiber, but it’s the best choice for your teeth. And sometimes, all your body is craving is water. Sugar cravings can often be confused for thirst, so try to grab a glass a water before eating the candy cane!  

Visit the Dentist Regularly

It’s almost December and you haven’t visited the dentist since last year? It’s not too late to schedule a checkup for this year – and it’s important that you do. In fact, we recommend at least two visits to the dentist a year. It’s important to keep up with regular visits because we will not only give your teeth a proper teeth cleaning, we will evaluate the health of your gums, take x-rays, and check for cavities and other issues. To request an appointment, click here or call 419-475-3494.

Are Panoramic X-Rays Important to Your Oral Health? Yes, and it’s not just for a healthy smile.

When you get x-rays taken at a typical dental appointment, these dental x-rays give the dentist a close up of view of your teeth.  With panoramic x-rays, they capture the entire mouth in one image, allowing Drs. Nicholas and Baburek to see all of the teeth in your mouth and multiple bones of the head and neck. Recommended every 3-5 years, a panoramic x-ray can diagnose more than regular dental concerns, like cavities or gum disease.  Because these x-rays show the bones of the head and neck, we can see other important issues that may be occurring in the surrounding tissue and jaw bones such as tumors, growths, or cancer.  Here are four reasons why panoramic x-rays are important to your overall health.  

Panoramic X-rays Provides a Bigger Picture Than Normal X-rays

A panoramic x-ray allows us view your head, neck, and jaw, and how they work together as a whole, which means we can more easily identify abnormalities.    

Panoramic X-rays is a Great Source for Early Detection

Because a panoramic x-ray offers a comprehensive view of your entire mouth, we can spot dental issues at their onset with the view of the entire mouth.  Because it often isn’t caught in its early stages, oral cancer has a high mortality rate.  With a panoramic x-ray, we can improve the likelihood of identifying oral cancer early on when it’s easiest to treat.    

They can Discover Changes Overtime That May Need Addressed

Since panoramic x-rays are taken every 3-5 years, it allows us to see changes that occur in your mouth over time.    

Panoramic X-rays are Useful for All Ages

Depending on age, we look at panoramic x-rays for different reasons.  For children and teenagers, it’s to determine the need for orthodontic care, along with looking at wisdom teeth.  With adults, panoramic x-rays spot early warning signs of oral cancer, identify TMJ issues, and view cysts, growths, and abnormalities in greater detail.  

The Best and Worst Foods for Your Dental Health

It’s back to school time, which means lunch packing season has begun!  Your child’s oral health is extremely important, and to prevent cavities and maintain good oral health, your diet -- what you eat and how often you eat -- are important factors. The minute you eat certain foods, bacteria in the mouth convert sugars and carbohydrates from the foods you eat to acids.  Acids begin to attack the enamel on teeth, starting the decay process. There are plenty of foods that can damage your teeth, but did you know that there are foods that actually promote good oral health? Although you’re already flossing and brushing regularly, incorporating the right foods into your diet can strengthen teeth and keep them in great shape. When feeding you and your family, consider these foods to consume and avoid when improving your oral health.  

It’s a Party in Your Mouth With These Food Choices

The best food choices for the health of your mouth include cheeses, chicken or other meats, nuts, and milk. These foods are thought to protect tooth enamel by providing the calcium and phosphorus needed to redeposit tooth enamel after being removed by acids.  Dairy products are full of calcium and other minerals that promote oral wellness, but it’s important to eat the right dairy products. When choosing milk, always skip conventional products that are full of hormones, antibiotics, and other chemicals. Other food choices include crunchy fruits such as apples and pears.  Because apples are high in water, eating them stimulates saliva production, which helps rid your mouth of bacteria and stray food particles. The fiber found in apples also stimulates the gums and acts as a mild astringent for your teeth, gently brightening them.  If you want to consume acidic foods, such as citrus fruits and tomatoes, it will not cause harm as long as they are eaten as part of a larger meal to minimize their acid. Because they’re high in vitamins and minerals while being low in calories, leafy greens—like kale, spinach, Swiss chard and collard greens—are a fool-proof way to keep teeth healthy. The antioxidants and vitamins found in these powerful veggies combat cavities while also serving as a sneaky source of calcium to keep teeth strong.  

Limit Yourself When Consuming These for Strong Oral Health

Poor food choices include candy -- such as lollipops, hard candies, and mints -- cookies, cakes, pies, breads, muffins, potato chips, pretzels, french fries, bananas, raisins, and other dried fruits. These foods contain large amounts of sugar and/or can stick to teeth, providing a fuel source for bacteria. In addition, cough drops should be used only when necessary as they, like sugary candy, contribute to tooth decay. Limit your consumption of sugar-containing drinks, including soft drinks, lemonade, and coffee or tea with added sugar. Also, avoid day-long sipping of sugar-containing drinks -- day-long sipping exposes your teeth to constant sugar and, in turn, constant decay-causing acids.
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