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November 30, 2018
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Did you know many dental insurance benefits are based on the calendar year? Unused benefits don’t roll over, so once January 1, 2019 comes along, those benefits are lost to you forever.


If your employer is taking money out of your pay for your insurance coverage, not using it is like throwing money down the drain. Even if you don’t have much extra money, there are several treatment categories that shouldn’t cost you much if anything.


Check ups and professional cleanings prevent dental disease from taking hold.  Most dental insurances will cover your check ups and cleanings twice a year with no out of pocket expense to you. If you’ve had none or only one in 2018, give us a call to see if your insurance will cover a second one before the end of the year.


Dental x-rays help your dentist see areas of your teeth that aren’t visible in your mouth. One type looks for cavities in between your teeth and is often covered once or twice a year. Another shows an overview of your entire mouth and allows your dentist to check bones, unerupted teeth, and roots of teeth; it is covered every three to five years. Many times these are also considered in the Diagnostic or Preventive category of your insurance, which often means there is no out of pocket expense to you.


Protective tooth coatings called sealants are another procedure that is often covered for children with no out of pocket expense to the parents. Sealants are most often placed on adult molars which come in at ages 6 and 12. The sealant material fills pits and grooves on the tooth’s chewing surfaces, making it hard for food and bacteria to stick and cause cavities. If your child has not had sealants or you’re not sure if he or she has had sealants, give us a call.


If you need other dental care such as restoring structure lost to decay or a fracture, there might be advantages to having it done this year. Deductibles are an amount you have to pay before your insurance kicks in each benefit year. If you’ve already paid your deductible for this year, it only makes sense to try to complete any other dental work that you need before the end of the year so that you don’t have to pay your deductible again.


Here in the United States, we tend to take our dental health for granted. If you have a family member who hasn’t seen the dentist in a while because he or she doesn’t have dental insurance or “can’t afford it”, why not give them the gift of dental health this holiday season. We can hold a payment toward the visit or provide you with a gift certificate for dental care that you can give to them.


*Note: The information in this article is not meant to replace the clinical judgement of your healthcare practitioners.


Dr. Jennifer Robb is a general dentist who sees both adults and children.

1612 Cooper Foster Park Rd.
Lorain, OH 44053

November 18, 2018
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Just as its name implies, Thanksgiving is a time when we gather together to give thanks for what we’ve been given. And while you’re preparing to dig into that Thanksgiving feast, remember to give thanks for your teeth.


Even though most of us don’t often think about our teeth, or if we do, we think that they’re strong as steel, under that outer hard shell of enamel is a sensitive nerve and other living tissue that needs to be treated with respect to avoid a holiday-dampening dental emergency. What are some things you can do to make sure you get to enjoy Thanksgiving the way it’s meant to be enjoyed?


Use the right tool for the right job: Your teeth are meant to be used for chewing food. They are not nutcrackers or bottle openers. Human teeth are not designed for crushing hard shells of nuts or for the angled forces needed to open a bottle. Using them in ways for which they are not designed increases the risk of cracking a tooth. Cracked teeth are painful and often require pricey repairs. Take a couple extra minutes to grab the proper tool to save yourself the grief and pain.


Avoid known problem foods: Popcorn kernels (which includes caramel corn) and hard candy (such as candy canes) are known tooth-breakers. (Just ask any dentist!) A single popcorn kernel can cause damage ranging from a broken cusp to a cracked tooth. Biting down on hard candy or candy canes can cause chips, cracks or fractures in your teeth. For those with braces, the pressure from biting on hard candy can break the brackets off your teeth. Hard candies also expose your teeth to cavity-causing sugars for a longer period of time because of how long they remain in the mouth.


Our Thanksgiving meals are carbohydrate (carb) heavy--think stuffing, mashed potatoes, rolls, pies, and cakes. Carbs wreak havoc on your mouth including your teeth. So what are some things you can do to protect your mouth?


  • Eat your carbs as part of a balanced meal. (Turkey, cranberries, salad etc.) The protein helps to counteract the effect of the carbs and cranberries defend your teeth against decay-causing bacteria.
  • Don’t graze: Each time you put something in your mouth, acid attacks your teeth for about 20 minutes. Munching on small amounts of food throughout the day keeps the teeth bathed in acids that cause cavities.
  • Drink milk with your meal. Milk contains calcium that your teeth need. The calcium in milk may counteract the calcium lost due to acids attacking your teeth while eating.
  • Brush and Floss as soon after eating as you can. Toothpaste helps neutralize acids attacking your teeth, and the mechanics of brushing and flossing removes the food particles from your teeth. If you can’t brush and floss, try to chew sugarless gum or drink a glass of water. 


I hope these tips will help you be thankful for your teeth and a healthy smile, and if you are not, give my office a call. We’ll help you reach a smile you of which you can be proud! I can be reached at 440-960-1940 or via the contact form on my website at You can also interact with me on Facebook at

*Note: Information in this article is not meant to replace the clinical judgement of your healthcare practitioners.

November 11, 2018
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Clean teeth

Healthy gums

Fresh breath

White smile


These are just a few benefits of good oral health. What’s surprising to most people is that your oral hygiene plays a role in your overall health. Oral health mirrors the condition of the body as a whole. Research has shown links between oral health and heart disease, facial pain, pancreatic cancer, and Alzheimer’s Disease just to name a few!


We have long known that chronic (or long-term) inflammation is involved in periodontal and gum disease. Current research is investigating the role of chronic inflammation in many other diseases. At least one Canadian dentist is convinced that periodontal disease and dental decay is an early warning factor for heart disease and obesity.


There are times that your dentist may spot something in your mouth that makes him or her suspect a potential health condition that your physician has not yet diagnosed for you. When that happens, your dentist will refer you to your physician for appropriate evaluation.


So what are you waiting for? Get yourself on the track to good oral health today! Brush at least twice a day, floss at least once a day, and see your dentist!


*Note: Information in this article is not intended to replace the clinical judgement of your health care professionals.


Dr. Jennifer Robb is a general dentist who treats both adults and children.

1612 Cooper Foster Park Rd.
Lorain, OH 44053



November 05, 2018
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Many people become anxious at the dental office. You might be one of them. There are many reasons that people are anxious about dental work and it is important to find out what is at the root of your anxiety so that we can all work together to address your anxiety and make you as comfortable as possible.


Children’s fear:

  • Can be because it is a new experience
  • Can be due to a previous dental experience
  • Can be due to transference of a parents’ fear—Fathers play a key role in transmitting dental fear to their children. Fathers who can display calm or positive emotions and verbalize positive thoughts at the dentist will be a reassuring model for their children. Parents, you need to watch your own anxiety—your kids pick up on it so watch what you say (Ex. “it won’t hurt too much”) don’t talk about shots or the idea of pain. Don’t let siblings tell the child patient how hard or how painful the dentist will be.


Whether you’re an adult or child, it is best to schedule your appointment for the time of day when you are least stressed. For children, this is often first thing in the morning when they are well rested.

Before you arrive for your appointment:

  1. Control your imagination. Expect the best outcome
  2. Talk to the dentist/office. Let them know how you’re feeling.
  3. Have a snack high in protein to stabilize blood sugar. This helps calm your nerves. (Protein has a longer calming effect than sweets.)
  4. Avoid Caffeine on the day of your appointment.

At the dental office:

  1. Practice 7/11 breathing (inhale for 7 counts, exhale for 11 counts) to slow anxiety
  2. Distract yourself with a favorite soothing music.
  3. Know the hand signals or pre-arrange them with office to let them know when you need a break.


If the noise of the drill bothers you, ask about using a dental laser, which has a different sound than the standard drill, or about using a product like Caridex that breaks down the cavity so your dentist can manually scrape it out without the drill.


If the idea of a shot bothers you, ask about using a dental laser that produces its own numbing effect over time or if you’re having dental treatment on an upper tooth, you might be able to use Novenase, which is inhaled rather than injected.


If you tend to gag, remember that this is a reflex that stems from feeling of choking that causes your throat to spasm which makes swallowing and breathing difficult.

Sometimes applying numbing gel to your mouth will confuse oral nerves and reduce your gag reflex. Sometime placing salt on your tongue will distract your oral nerves and reduce gagging. If the dental mirror against your tongue is a trigger, sometimes the dental mirror can be placed in a different location. For impressions, ask if a faster setting material can be used so that the impression is in your mouth for a shorter period of time.


If the cause of your dental office anxiety is not mentioned here, talk with your dentist about it and together brainstorm options.


Note: Information in this article is not meant to replace the clinical judgement of your healthcare providers.


Dr. Jennifer Robb is a general dentist who sees both adults and children.

1612 Cooper Foster Park Rd.
Lorain, OH 44053


November 01, 2018
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November 1st is National Brush Day. It was created to encourage parents to keep kids' mouths healthy by brushing twice a day for two minutes each time. (You may hear this described as "2 for 2" in some ads.) Seems appropriate given the candy haul that many kids get the day before when trick or treating!

Learn about the basics of brushing by clicking to view the links: Oral Hygiene for Kids and How To Brush

A nice rhyme to remind kids is "Brush Morning and Night to Keep Your Smile Bright".

Please don't hesitate to contact us at 440-960-1940 or by using the contact form on the website if you have any questions.


Dr. Jennifer Robb