August 2, 2017
When you suffer from complete tooth loss, you need an effective solution to replace your missing teeth. Dentures are among the most popular option because they are affordable and convenient. While they have a bad reputation for looking and feeling fake, new advancements have improved their appearance and functions. Your dentist in Painesville will create custom-made prosthetic teeth to enhance your chewing and speaking abilities while also ensuring that you can smile confidently.
August 31, 2016
You may have read or heard about a recent report stating that there is insufficient evidence to support what dentists have been preaching for decades: floss your teeth. The report claims that the effectiveness of flossing has never been adequately researched and, therefore, the evidence is “weak and very unreliable.” At Painesville Dental Group, we beg to differ. As your dentist in Painesville, we have seen the consequences of not flossing and stand by our recommendation to continue with daily flossing despite reports to the contrary.
August 9, 2016
Painesville Dental Group looks after patients of all ages. From preventive dentistry to cosmetic improvements to modern restorations and tooth replacement options, Dr. Dennis Horvath and his professional colleagues deliver optimal care. Going to this highly skilled Jefferson family dental group is an easy choice to make. (more…)
April 25, 2016
Are dental x-rays really necessary and are they safe? The short answer to that question is yes and yes. Now, let’s explore the subject a bit more in depth. Your dentist in Painesville is ready to answer questions about x-rays and dentistry.
January 21, 2013
What goals have you set for yourself this year? For many, New Year’s resolutions are limited to things like finances and dieting.
These are important things to consider, of course, but what about setting some goals for your smile? Your overall wellbeing and your smile are connected. When you take better care of your smile, you feel better overall.
The goals you set for your smile don’t have to be big, though. Maybe you just want to increase the number of times you brush each day. That’s an easy one. Try bringing a toothbrush with you to work so you can brush on your lunch hour.
If you have more ambitious goals for your smile, that’s where you may need help from Painesville Dental Group. Our Painesville, Jefferson, and Chardon offices have a skilled team of experienced dentists who can help you craft a truly personalized plan. We offer a wide range of preventive, cosmetic, and restorative dental services, including:
To learn more about these services, visit our page for each one. You can also call one of our offices to reserve an appointment or ask a question. Our Painesville, Jefferson, and Chardon teams would be happy to help.
At Painesville Dental Group, we want to make 2013 the year you smiled more confidently. We provide preventive, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry for patients from Painesville, Jefferson, Chardon, and all surrounding areas.
December 6, 2012
The end of the year is fast approaching. Right now, your attention is on holiday parties, decorating your house and buying all those perfect gifts, but there’s something else that should be on your mind: using your dental benefits from your health care plan.
The team at Painesville Dental Group wants to remind you to not let your dental health care benefits expire without using them. Dental insurance plans usually pay for a certain amount of treatment each year. If you haven’t yet reached this amount, you should consider coming in before January. This money doesn’t roll over, so if you don’t use it, you will lose it.
If you have money left in your plan and you’ve been putting off a filling, cleaning or any other procedure, now is the perfect time to come see us. We care about our patients and want to make sure they are aware of this way to save money and still get the quality dental work they need and deserve.
Interested in using your dental benefits to get that procedure you’ve been putting off? Call us at Painesville Dental Group today before the year runs out! We have convenient locations in Painesville, Jefferson, and Chardon that are ready to help you with all your dental needs.
October 5, 2012
As you may have guessed from the playful nature of our last post, our doctors treat patients of all ages. That means our Painesville, Jefferson, and Chardon offices offer what’s called family dentistry. An office that offers family dentistry puts a special emphasis on the needs of children as well as adults. Why? Because a healthy smile is important, no matter how young or old you are.
As a family dental office for patients from Painesville, Jefferson, and Chardon, our promise is to help you and your little one cultivate healthy smiles. One way we’ll do that is through regular checkups and professional cleanings. During a checkup and cleaning our doctors will look for common oral health problems like gum disease or tooth decay. We can also offer homecare tips to help you and your little one build stronger brushing and flossing habits. Great homecare is essential for building a strong, healthy smile.
We can also give your child’s smile extra protection with dental sealants or fluoride supplements. Dental sealants are easy to apply and create an impenetrable barrier to food particles and bacteria. Fluoride supplements, on the other hand, work by attracting important minerals to teeth, making them stronger in the process.
Is it time for you or your child to come see us for a checkup? Call our office in Painesville, Jefferson, or Chardon to schedule a visit. We’re happy to help patients of all ages improve their smiles.
October 2, 2012
Dr. Michael Rodriguez will be joining our team at Painesville Dental Group in October 2012. He will be practicing general dentistry at two of our three office locations: Painesville and Jefferson. Dr. Rodriguez will be working alongside our five dentists, Dr. Dennis J. Horvath, Dr. Jerry V. Patriarca, Dr. Christopher R. Phillips, Dr. Brian J. Titus and Dr. Casey Hammond.
Dr. Rodriguez attended Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio and graduated with honors and received a BA in Biology in 2001. He was fortunate to meet his wife, Julie, while studying at Franciscan. They married the summer after graduation and then Dr. Rodriguez attended Case Western Reserve University, School of Dental Medicine. While attending Case, Dr. Rodriguez was selected by the Air Force to participate in their Health Professions Scholarship Program. Upon graduating from dental school in 2005, he was promoted to Captain in the USAF and he proudly served America’s Airmen as a dentist for 3 years.
While in the Air Force, Dr. Rodriguez completed a one year Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency program at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia. In August 2008, he completed his service commitment and returned to Northeast Ohio.
Dr. Rodriguez strives to give his patients state of the art care in a comfortable and supportive setting. He carefully listens to the needs of each patient and then provides education and recommends treatment that leads to optimal oral health. Dr. Rodriguez is in network with Delta Dental, Cigna, Aetna and Guardian. He accepts most insurance. Please call our Painesville or Jefferson office to set up an appointment with Dr. Rodriguez!
September 21, 2012
Santa Claus may get more press, but ask just about any child who the Tooth Fairy is and they’ll know who you’re talking about. In fact, there’s nothing more exciting to a young kid who’s lost a tooth than putting that tooth under their pillow at night and waking the next morning up to find that—gasp—it’s been replaced by money!
Of course, we parents know what’s really going on, but that doesn’t make the Tooth Fairy legend any less endearing. Many of us have similar memories from our own childhoods.
But how exactly did this whole Tooth Fairy thing get started?
As far as anyone can tell, it all started with a simple tradition in Europe. When a child lost a baby tooth, the child’s parents would take that tooth and bury it in the garden. Why did they do this? Maybe they did it to encourage a new tooth to grow, or maybe they did it for a superstitious reason, like preventing a witch from using the tooth to put a curse on their child.
Whatever the reason, the tradition persisted, but as families moved into towns and cities with more people, the tradition changed. Instead of burying the tooth underground it was put under a pillow, while the witch figure eventually became a generous, helpful fairy who would exchange the tooth for a gift like money.
For More Information
Want to learn more about the Tooth Fairy and its history? Check out Wikipedia and this helpful site to learn more. And if you’d like to schedule a checkup for yourself or your child, call one of our offices today. We have offices in Painesville, Jefferson, and Chardon.
August 31, 2012
Recently, our offices in Chardon, Jefferson, and Painesville launched a special athletic mouthguard program to help young athletes from local high schools protect their smiles. With this program, we were able to provide students from Chardon, Harvey, Riverside and Jefferson High Schools with a custom-made mouthguard absolutely free of charge.
Why did we do it?
Because we’re firm believers in protecting young smiles from the harm that can be incurred while on the field or the court. It’s been estimated that as much as 40% of all sports injuries involve the face. What’s more, anywhere between 13-39% of all dental injuries are connected to sports. But with a custom-made athletic mouthguard, we’re able to help students protect their smiles from this kind of harm.
But, you might be wondering, what sets a custom-made athletic mouthguard apart from the kind you can buy from a sporting goods store?
The answer is simple: the mouthguards you find in a sporting goods store aren’t made to provide a custom fit. As a result, athletes who wear generic mouthguards are forced to hold it in place by biting down, which makes speaking and breathing difficult. What’s more, continued biting releases a stress hormone that creates feelings of exhaustion and inhibits both performance and concentration.
So, in other words, young athletes with a custom-made mouthguard can look forward to two things: a safer smile and a better performance while playing.
Our program is at an end for now, but we’d still love to talk to you and your young athlete about athletic mouthguards and their importance. Call any three of our offices today. We’d be happy to help your child with any dental needs that he or she has.