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Teeth whitening made to last

If you are considering whitening treatments for stained or yellowed teeth, we at Thomas & Associates understand you want your teeth to look their best for as long as possible. We use the best technology to get the best results for you, but what can you do to help?

A lot, actually!

Did you know that some foods will actually help clean your teeth and remove stains? The food choices you make on a regular basis can help you get the most from your teeth whitening treatment and keep you looking your best.

Some foods even contain ingredients that are used in toothpastes to clean and strengthen teeth. Choose from the following common foods:

  • Strawberries and Apples – Both contain malic acid, an enzyme that removes stains from teeth. Strawberries also contain antioxidants called ellagitannins that reduce inflammation and fight bacteria that can stain teeth.

  • Pineapples – One of the few natural places to find bromelain, often used in stain-removing toothpastes because it is an excellent anti-inflammatory and stain neutralizer.

  • Broccoli – Eaten raw, broccoli acts as an exfoliator because it is hard, much like many other vegetables, including carrots and cauliflower. Broccoli also has iron, which coats and protects your tooth enamel, fighting staining and decay.

  • Cheese – The lactic acid in cheese provides a great barrier to tooth decay and staining, but choose the hard varieties to also get the same scrubbing action you get from eating raw vegetables.

  • Water – It may seem like a no-brainer, but water is one of your best weapons against staining. Rinsing after eating removes staining debris from your teeth before it can leave its mark. Sipping water throughout the day encourages production of saliva, which is your body’s way of reducing the bacteria that builds on your teeth and stains them.

Help yourself to always look your best. Avoid foods that are likely to stain your teeth, such as coffee, tea, and red wine. Choose foods that help clean and protect your teeth. Then contact Dr. Michael Thomas for professional teeth whitening that works.

Veneers, bonding great ways to improve your smile

It’s no surprise that nearly everyone considers their smile to be one of their most important assets. Ascertaining that yours is the best it can be means knowing what your options are if your teeth are chipped, stained, or crooked.

Dental veneers and enamel bonding are becoming popular choices in cosmetic dentistry. Understanding the differences will enable you to determine how you can best improve your smile and your overall appearance.

The process of tooth bonding provides a custom shell that covers one or several teeth, creating a new color, texture or shape that looks like your actual tooth. Your new composite or porcelain surface is as strong as the original enamel and can dramatically improve your appearance.

Whether to choose composite bonding or porcelain veneers depends upon the specific problem you are trying to correct. You also will want to consider the cost and the time commitment required for each.


For a minor correction involving just one or a couple of teeth, composite bonding can be a great option. The process uses the same composite resin used for white dental fillings. The material is fitted to the front of your tooth and it is molded to the desired shape using a drill. The pliability of the material makes it easy to correct chips, gaps between teeth, uneven teeth, and minor stains in just one visit.

While composite bonding is not quite as durable as porcelain veneers and it can stain, with proper care they can last 10 years before needing to be replaced.


Veneers are thin porcelain shells that are manufactured in a lab and fitted to the front of your teeth. They are a great choice if you are dealing with multiple crooked or chipped teeth, you would like to correct a gummy smile, or you have extensive or dark staining on your teeth. This is because they are custom made and cover the whole tooth.

The process typically involves multiple appointments, with the first step being to file down the enamel and make impressions of the teeth to be bonded. You will be fitted with temporary veneers while yours are made. The permanent veneers are applied over one or two additional visits, depending on how many teeth you are having done.

Porcelain veneers are resistant to staining and can last up to 20 years with proper care. They generally cost a little more than composite bonding, but they often are chosen because of the great results and their durability.

For those looking for a permanent solution to dental imperfections that have a negative impact on their smile, veneers are likely the best choice.

At Thomas & Associates, cosmetic dentistry is our specialty. If you have minor or major imperfections you would like to correct, our professionals can help you determine which options are best for you.

Symptoms and Treatments of TMJ

TMJ disorders impact the temporomandibular joint, which is the joint that connects the jaw to the skull. There are multiple causes for the disorder, but understanding the pain and the triggers that can make it worse are crucial to managing this problem that impacts millions of people.

This month we make a special effort to be sure our patients are aware of TMJ because November is TMJ Awareness Month. The holiday season can be a particularly difficult time for people who suffer from TMJ because stress can exacerbate pain that is otherwise under control and many people will find themselves at holiday gatherings attempting to eat harder to chew foods they know they should avoid. With one out of eight people experiencing some level of TMJ pain, we believe it is important to get the word out regarding symptoms of this disorder as well as treatments that are available to our patients.

Symptoms of TMJ:

  • Jaw locking, pain or popping
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Jaw stiffness
  • Headaches that tend to be severe
  • Ear pain or ringing in the ears
  • Upper back, neck and shoulder pain

More extreme symptoms can include dizziness or swelling at the jaw or along the sides of the face.

Causes of TMJ:

  • Genetics
  • Head, neck or jaw misalignment
  • Grinding teeth
  • Stress
  • Trauma
  • Diseases, such as arthritis

We strongly recommend coming to our office for an evaluation if you believe you may be suffering from TMJ or your TMJ suddenly becomes worse. Our treatments may include physical therapy, medication. Botox or, in some cases surgery. Call today for your appointment and get relief from TMJ pain.

Keeping up with the Thomas Family 1/5/16

Dr. Mike’s practice is family-friendly because he loves meeting, talking to and caring for people of all ages. Dr. Mike is a family man himself, with a beautiful wife and two wonderful sons, Michael and Philip.

After winning several regional awards, Michael has been invited for the second time to the Westminster Dog Show! His goal is to win “Best of Breed” in the show this February. Michael aspires to follow in his parent’s footsteps and has been accepted at the Dental School of Ohio State University where he will begin studying this Fall.

Philip is a Buckeye too. In fact, he is a red shirt long snapper for the Ohio State football team. Look for him this fall!

The Girls Supporting the Alliance Community Hospital

Left to right: Tracie, Tonya (back middle), Kristin (front middle), Diana, enjoy a round of golf as Thomas & Associates supported Alliance Community Hospital’s Annual Fundraiser at Alliance Country Club in June of 2014.! Thomas Dental staff members supporting Alliance Community Hospital fundraiser

Meet the 2010 Dr. Thomas Irish Baseball Team

This is the 7th consecutive year Dr. Thomas, D.D.S. has sponsored the Irish. Good luck team! Dr. Thomas sponsored baseball team

Congratulations Keeley

Congratulations to Keeley, our receptionist, on the birth of her new daughter, Adyson. Adyson was born May 3, 2010, weighed 8lb 3oz and was 20 inches. Staff member Keeley’s new daughter

Local Youth Wins Wrestling Championship

David Hayhurst, son of Dave and Tonya Hayhurst, earned the title of State Champion for the 2010 Ohio State Youth Wrestling Association for the 145 weight class. David wrestles for the North Canton Youth Wrestling and is a 6th grader at North Canton Middle School. Great job David! Staff member Tonya’s son wins wrestling championship

Local Canine Qualifies for Westminster Dog Show

New York: Standard Schnauzer, Jewel, was one of a select group of dogs invited to show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, February 15th and 16th at Madison Square Garden. Selected as a result of her outstanding showings at regional contests throughout the Midwest during 2009, Jewel placed second overall in her breed and was selected top female.

Jewel is owned, trained, groomed and handled by Louisville High Sophomore, Michael Thomas. Voted 2009’s Top U.S. Junior Handler, Thomas plans to breed Jewel this summer, arranging to breed with Max, 2009 California Standard Schnauzer Champion. Thomas’s interests include veterinary medicine with an emphasis in insemination and obstetrics, as well as Louisville High School tennis and speech teams. He is the son of Drs. Michael and Julie Thomas. Dr. Thomas’s son shows dog

Thomas Concludes Term as Stark County Dental Society President

Dr. Michael Leahy Thomas of Thomas & Associates, DDS, concluded his presidency of the Stark County Dental Society at the Friday, December 18th General Membership Meeting. Joining the Board in 1994, Thomas has held an Executive Board Seat since 1997, the second longest tenured Executive Board member in the history of the Society. Thomas’s term as President was highlighted by raising a $100,000.00 donation for Mercy Medical Center’s Dental Department by bringing in OSU Coach Jim Tressel and the successful relocation of the Society’s Executive Offices.

A graduate of Louisville High, the University of Notre Dame, and receiving his doctorate from The Ohio State University, Thomas lives with his wife, Julie Thomas, DDS, and two sons in Louisville.

He is Vice-chair of the Stark State College Board of Trustees; founder of the Canton Community Clinic’s Department; the Vice-President of Notre Dame Club of Canton; Louisville High’s Team Dentist; Southgate School Dentist; and a St. Louis Parish usher and Finance Council member. He has previously received the 2007 Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Award and Ohio Dental Association’s N. Wayne Hiatt Rising Star and Marvin M. Fisk Humanitarian Award.

Thomas is the son of Elden and Janet Thomas of Louisville, Ohio.

Evening with Tressel

OSU Head Coach Jim Tressel speaks in Canton Ohio After almost a full year of planning, the “Evening with Tressel” took place on Monday, March 16th. OSU Head Coach Jim Tressel graciously greeted about 120 OSU VIP Sponsors in an upstairs private cocktail reception and was glad to shake hands, sign autographs and pose for photos. Following the reception, close to 300 people enjoyed a sit-down dinner in the Timken Great Hall. Coach Tressel then spoke to the group with quick wit and insight with a talk that focused on helping others and taking care of yourself. The purpose of this fundraiser was to raise awareness and funds for the Mercy Medical Dental General Practice Residency Program, and this event raised over $55,000. The Stark County Dental Society remains active in the design and substainablilty of the clinic and residency program which provides post-graduate education to dentists and dental care to the underserved. Since its inception, the clinic has recorded over 9,000 patient visits and provided more than $850,000 in care.

Adopt a Highway

Thomas & Associates adopted a portion of Route 77 in North Canton.

Our team heads out a couple times per year to clean up the highway. We try to do our part to keep our community clean. Thomas & Associates’ portion of I77 for Adopt a Highway

Dr. Mike Elected Stark County’s Dental Society President

The Stark County Dental Society’s Mission is to promote the profession of dentistry and enhance the quality of life for their members and the patients they serve.” Dr. Michael Thomas has served on the Stark County Dental Society’s Board of Directors for 14 years, 11 of which were on the Executive Board and 9 as a Treasurer. Dr. Thomas has served on numerous posts within the society, as well as an Ohio Dental Association Delegate. The Ohio Dental Association has honored Dr. Thomas with two out of four annual awards. In 2004, he was honored with the Rising Star Award, and in 2005 awarded the Humanitarian Award. In 2009, Dr. Thomas will serve as the President of the society for it’s 100th year. (Pictured below: Stark County Dental Society’s Officers) Dr. Thomas and members of the Stark County Dental Society

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Business Excellence Award

Thomas & Associates was honored at the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards of Greater Canton on April 24, 2007. The event was held at Kent State Stark Professional Education and Conference Center.

Thomas & Associates D.D.S., a family focused dental practice, provides a wide array of dental, periodontal and orthodontic services in a state-of-the-art facility. During the past year, the practice has increased efficiencies in numerous ways, including the hiring of Expanded Functions Dental Assistants to place fillings. The practice has also made significant capital investments in improved equipment and computer systems, as well as having physically upgraded its facility.

Criteria for the awards are excellence in: employment growth, operations expansion, capital investments, customer service, innovation, community service and responsiveness to challenge. Dr. Thomas receiving Business Excellence Award Dr. Thomas accepting Business Excellence Award

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