Phipps James L. Phipps, DDS
Dr. Phipps grew up in Ohio, New York, and California and returned to the region to finish high school in Sylvania, Ohio. His college undergraduate studies were in the Honors Program of the College of Administrative Science at the Ohio State University, majoring in marketing and finance. Dr. Phipps graduated from the College of Dentistry at OSU in 1975 and was accepted into a General Practice Residency program at St. Vincent Hospital and Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio. More...
Levin Jeffrey J. Levin, DDS
Dr. Levin is an Ohio native who was born and raised in Akron. Following graduation from Firestone High School, he attended Ohio State University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. Deciding to stay in Columbus to follow his desire to become a dentist, he went on to become a Cum Laude graduate of the OSU College of Dentistry, receiving his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1975. More...
Hebeka George M. Hebeka, DDS
Dr. Hebeka was born and raised in the Detroit area. After high school, he attended Wayne State University on a four year, full academic scholarship. He earned a Bachelor degree in Biological Sciences in 1995. Interest in healthcare led him to decide on a career in dentistry. He then attended the University of Michigan School of Dentistry in Ann Arbor. In 2000, he was awarded his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. More...
RPhipps Thomas “Ryan” Phipps, DDS
Ryan" is the son of Deedee and Jim Phipps, a founding partner of the long established practice. Ryan, a lifelong resident of this area, attended Kenwood elementary as well as Bowling Green Junior and Senior High Schools. Ryan graduated from undergraduate school at Miami University and acquired his Masters degree from BGSU. He received his doctorate at The Ohio State University College of Dentistry. More...
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Monday - Thursday*
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7:30 am - 1:30 pm

*Evening appointments every Wednesday

970 W. Wooster Suite 125
Wood County Medical Building
Bowling Green, Ohio 43402

Diet and Oral Health -- Your body is like a complex machine. The foods you choose as fuel and how often you fill up affect your general health and that of your teeth and gums. We are concerned that patients are consuming record numbers of sugar-filled sodas, sweetened fruit drinks, and non-nutritious snacks that affect their teeth. These items generally have little if any nutritional value and over time they can take a toll on teeth. Eating patterns and food choices among children and teens are important factors that affect how quickly youngsters may develop tooth decay. When bacteria (plaque) come into contact with sugar in the mouth, acid is produced, which attacks the teeth for 20 minutes or more. This can eventually result in tooth decay. Not sure you're getting the nutrients, vitamins and minerals needed by your body (and your teeth and gums)? The USDA oversees the nutritional health of the nation. The agency's dietary recommendations are designed to promote optimal health and to prevent obesity-related diseases including cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes and cancers. The government's recommendations recognize that people have different dietary needs at various stages of life. They offer guidance for children and adults based on their levels of physical activity. A registered dietician can also provide suggestions for your daily food intake. Foods that contain sugars of any kind can contribute to tooth decay. Almost all foods, including milk or vegetables, have some type of sugar. However, they shouldn't be removed from our diets because many of them contain important nutrients. And they add pleasure to eating. To help control the amount of sugar you consume, read food labels and choose foods and beverages that are low in added sugars. Added sugars often are present in soft drinks, candy, cookies, and pastries. If your diet lacks certain nutrients, it may be more difficult for tissues in your mouth to resist infection. This may contribute to periodontal (gum) disease, a major cause of tooth loss in adults. Although poor nutrition does not cause periodontal disease directly, many researchers believe that the disease progresses faster and could be more severe in people with nutrient-poor diets What can you do? Maintain a healthy diet. Make sure water is readily available. Limit the number of between-meal snacks. When you must snack, choose nutritious foods that are low in sugar. Brush thoroughly twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste that has the American Dental Association's Seal of Acceptance. Floss or use another kind of interdental cleaner daily to remove plaque (a thin film of bacteria) from under the gums and between teeth. Schedule regular dental visits for checkups and cleanings. Keep a food diary for a week. Record every item you eat and drink, including hard candies or chewing gum that contains sugar. Compare the diary to the Food Pyramid recommendations.