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Join us at the Coast Guard Festival

By | Community Events, Featured, For Kids, Fun Stuff, Grand Haven Blog Article

Little Smiles is a proud sponsor of the Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival. Look for us at these fun events for kids:

Kids Parade – Saturday, July 28 (10:30 AM)
Wow! A parade just for kids. We wouldn’t miss it. And guess who’s coming too? The Tooth Fairy! See you there.

Kids Day – Tuesday July 31 (10:00 AM to 2:00 PM)
Join us at Mulligan’s Hollow for a fun day of games, storytelling, face painting, arts and crafts, and entertainment. Little Smiles will be there with free balloons and lots of great stuff to keep your little smiles healthy.

For more information, visit the Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival website.

Appointment Confirmations

By | Community Events, Featured, For Kids, Fun Stuff, Health & Wellness, Uncategorized

Smile has a new appointment reminder and confirmation system!

While this system will be more user friendly and provide more flexibility for our patients, new systems always require a bit of adjustment and patience.  Because the upgrade required a new software provider, email confirmations will start with a “welcome email”.  Please watch for this email in your inbox or junk mail.

If you are used to seeing confirmations and are no longer receiving them by email or text, please let us know!

 

 

 

 

Thank You for Sharing Your Candy!

By | Community Events, For Kids, Fun Stuff

Many thanks the the local community for participating in the 10th Annual Halloween Candy Buyback. Together we collected over 350 lbs of candy that will be shipped to US troops overseas on Friday. And congratulations to Peach Plains Elementary for collecting the most candy! The picture on the left is what they created to collect their candy – awesome!!!! They earned an additional $2 per pound for their efforts plus an amazing plaque.

The Halloween Candy Buyback Returns!

By | Community Events, For Kids, Fun Stuff

 

Smile Dental Partners is proud to host its 10th Annual Halloween Candy Buyback.  Please join us by “giving back” your un-favorite, unopened candy.  Kids will earn $1 for every pound turned in.  AND, any community member can turn in their candy and ear-mark their favorite participating school.  The school with the  most candy donated will earn $2 per pound!

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We’re Hiring!

By | Community Events, For Kids, Fun Stuff, Health & Wellness

We’re a looking for two Patient Coordinators  and two Dental Assistants to join our growing team! If you, or someone you know, may be interested in joining the Smile team, please have them contact us (details below):

Patient Coordinator

Join the Smile team!  If you love helping people and like to be challenged and appreciated, this is your opportunity.  3-5 days/week plus benefits.   Dental experience not required.  Excellent communication and service skills a must.

Business minded, patient focused individual must:

  • Must thrive communicating via phone
  • Create simplicity out of detailed information
  • Communicate effectively
  • Prioritize among interruptions
  • Work with high technology
  • Deliver exceptional experience

Please send resume to operations@smileoneservices.com.

Dental Assistant

Are you and overachiever who is currently underappreciated? Do you like to learn and be challenged?  Join our friendly, patient centered, proactive, team-driven practice. If you are cheerful, enjoy putting people at ease, like to educate patients and run on time, this is your career opportunity.

Fun, purpose driven team with no drama allowed. One year of in-practice dental assisting required. Excellent communication and service skills a must.  4-5 days per week plus benefits.

Please send resume to clinical@smilegrandhaven.com.

 

6 Degrees of Treatment

By | Fun Stuff, Health & Wellness

When Kevin Bacon visits Smile Grand Haven, there are 6 degrees of treatment that can occur if he is diagnosed with decay:

The earlier the decay is found, the more simple and cost effective the treatment can be.  In the coming weeks, we will share with you what to expect with each treatment option.  But in the meantime, below are the basics:

The filling is the most basic treatment to restore a tooth.  A filling removes the decay and replaces it with a hard material.  It can be small or large depending on the amount and location of the decay on the tooth.

When a filling gets too big and there is not enough healthy tooth left to hold a filling, Kevin Bacon will need a crown.  A crown (sometimes called a cap) is a hat that looks like and fits over a tooth, after the decay has been removed.

If decay has reached the root of the tooth, a root canal is performed.  A root canal removes the infected root fluid (pulp) and replaces it with a substance to stabilize the tooth.  If Mr. Bacon requires a root canal, he will also require a crown to protect that remaining surface of the tooth that is exposed after the root canal.

If tooth decay is severe and the gums are also comprised (unable to hold the tooth in place) a root canal is not an option.  The tooth must be removed.  This is an extraction.

If Mr. Bacon looses a tooth, he has options with what he’d like to do with the remaining open space in his mouth.  He may choose an implant.   An implant is a fake tooth that is attached by a post that’s screwed into your jaw bone.

Lastly, if a majority of teeth are lost to decay, removable dentures (partial or full) are an option.

And, next time Kevin Bacon stops by the Smile offices, we will be sure to let you know!

 

How to Pick the Right Toothbrush.

By | Fun Stuff, Health & Wellness

A toothbrush is a small tool with a big job.  It removes plaque, prevents tartar buildup, reduces the risk of gum disease and helps keep your breath fresh. But if you’ve wandered down the toothbrush aisle lately, the choices can be overwhelming.

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Here are some tips for finding the ideal brush:

Bigger isn’t always better.  Choose a toothbrush with a head that is small enough to reach your back molars.

Go soft.  Harder bristles are not better at removing plaque.  If fact, rigid bristles do not bend enough to get between teeth or under the gum line.  And hard bristles can harm your gums.  We aren’t even sure why hard bristle toothbrushes are made!  So choose a toothbrush with soft bristles.

Ignore bristle design.  No research shows bristle length or design makes any difference.  Instead, make sure you brush your teeth for at least two minutes.

Consider electric.  An electric toothbrush with a rotating head is better at reducing gum disease and removing plaque than a regular brush.  It’s no secret since your dental hygienist uses a rotating head with your 6-month cleanings. Even better, many electric brushes offer a timer to make that 2 minute brushing even easier to achieve!

Replace often.  Get a new toothbrush every 3-4 months and after you’ve had a cold or flu bug.

Are You Mistletoe Ready?

By | Fun Stuff, Health & Wellness

Fresh breath, strong gums and clean teeth: there’s nothing like a healthy mouth to make you want to pucker up!  Here are 7 foods to help you be mistletoe ready this holiday season:

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  1. Herbs, especially minty ones.  Spearmint and peppermint, as well as parsley, cilantro, rosemary, cinnamon and tarragon fight bad breath and aid digestion.
  2. Yogurt.  Probiotics in yogurt battle bad breath, plaque and gum disease by creating an unfriendly environment for harmful bacteria in your mouth.  Avoid yogurts with lots of added sugar (which feeds odor-causing mouth bacteria) and make sure the yogurt contains live, active cultures.
  3. Cheese.  Cheese eaten at the end of a meal prevents tooth decay, reduces tooth-enamel breakdown and neutralizing acids.
  4. Crunchy, raw vegetables and fruits.  Stimulate circulation in your gums and encourage bacteria-flushing saliva by munching on carrots, apples, celery, green peppers and cucumber.  Their natural fiber “scrubs” teeth naturally.
  5. Vitamin C-rich foods.  Vitamin C also creates an unfriendly scene for bacteria growth and wards off gum disease.
  6. Tea.  Green and black teas prevent plaque buildup and weaken existing plaque.
  7. Sugarless gum.  Chewing sugarless gum after a meal stimulates saliva and dislodges food particles.  Xylitol gum, in particular, helps prevent cavities; just make sure xylitol is high on the ingredient list.

Source:  Delicious Living

 

Toothpaste – Who Knew ?!?!

By | Fun Stuff

That toothpaste in your medicine cabinet can be used for more than just shining up those pearly whites.  Toothpaste makes a great hand deodorizer.  Really?  You bet!  After handling garlic or onions, apply a half-dollar-size amount to wet palms, rub together and rinse.  Ahhh!

Check out more great uses for toothpaste:

Polish a diamond ring. Put a little toothpaste on an old toothbrush and use it to make your diamond ring sparkle instead of your teeth. Clean off the residue with a damp cloth.

Remove crayon from walls. Did the kids get creative on your wall? Roll up your sleeves and grab a tube of non-gel toothpaste and a rag or — better yet — a scrub brush. Squirt the toothpaste on the wall and start scrubbing. The fine abrasive in the toothpaste will rub away the crayon every time. Rinse the wall with water.

Prevent bathroom mirrors from fogging. Ouch! You cut yourself shaving and it’s no wonder — you can’t see your face clearly in that fogged-up bathroom mirror. Next time, coat the mirror with non-gel toothpaste and wipe it off before you get in the shower. When you get out, the mirror won’t be fogged. P.S. This works of goggles too!

Clean your sneakers. Want to clean and whiten the rubber part of your sneakers? Get out the non-gel toothpaste and an old toothbrush. After scrubbing, clean off the toothpaste with a damp cloth.

Baby Bottles. Remove that sour-milk-smell baby bottles get by scrubbing with a water-and-toothpaste mixture. Rinse very thoroughly with water or toss the bottles into the dishwasher.

Bug Bites. For mosquito, ant and other small bug bites, apply toothpaste to sooth itching and cool the skin. You can apply paste to bee stings, as well, but seek medical assistance if you experience shortness of breath or other serious symptoms.

Skunk-Spray Deodorizer. Next time your dog gets in a battle with a skunk, wet him down, rub toothpaste into his fur, leave the mixture on for several minutes and rinse thoroughly. We’re not saying this process will be easy, but fluoride does soak up a majority of the stench.

Source:  Reader’s Digest; couponsherpa.com