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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.

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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

 

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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

 

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Extra Halloween Candy?

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

Little witches and goblins returned home from trick-or-treating this year and sorted through their bags of candy, sorting their very favorites.  And all that candy in the house is fun for a couple days.   Yes, even we enjoy it too!

The problem is that it lingers for weeks and some never gets eaten at all.  As a parent, you can rest easy knowing your kids’ extra candy can be donated to a good cause – Operation Gratitude.

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Operation Gratitude annually sends 200,000+ care packages filled with food, entertainment, hygiene, and handmade items, plus personal letters of appreciation to Veterans, First Responders, New Recruits, Wounded Heroes, their Care Givers, and to individually named U.S. service members deployed overseas and their families waiting at home.

In 2015 alone, 252,723 pounds of candy were collected by the dental community for Operation Gratitude Care Packages!!!   Since Smile began collecting candy for Operation Gratitude in 2008, our community has donated over 7,000 pounds of candy!

If you donate your extra candy at Little Smiles prior to November 4th, we will buy it back from your child at $1 per pound.  Another $1 per pound will be donated to the local school of your choice!  Will you help us make 2016 a record year for donations of candy?  

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Candy Buyback Returns!

By | Community Events, For Kids, Fun Stuff

Halloween is just days away and that means the return of the Halloween Candy Buyback!

From November 1 -3, Little Smiles has partnered with local schools for our 9th annual Halloween Candy Buyback.

 November 1st – 3rd from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Children bring their unopened candy to Little Smiles and we buy it back for $1 per pound

Another $1 per pound is also donated to the local school of the child’s choice.

Top collecting school wins an additional $500 to go towards their specific educational needs.

For adult community members who drop off their extra candy at Little Smiles, a donation of $1 per pound will be made to the local school of their choice.

Since 2008, we have collected over 7,000 pounds of candy! All candy is donated to Operation Gratitude through the National Guard. Shipping to Operation Gratitude in California has been graciously donated by AeroVision International in Muskegon.

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Smile Partners with New Insurance Plans

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

Smile is pleased to announce new partnerships with several insurance plans. While we accept almost all insurance plans, we are now In-Network Providers with:

Delta Premier
Delta Healthy Kids/MiChild
Healthy Michigan
Blue Cross Blue Shield Par Select
Cigna DPPO
Assurant (Stratus Network)
United Concordia (Stratos Network)
Aetna (DHA Network)
MetLife (Stratos Network)
Principal (Stratos Network)

As an In-Network Provider we are able to pass along negotiated savings to our patients.  We continue to add more insurance plans.  Check our insurance page for updates.

If you need clarification on In-Network plans, have specific questions about your coverage, or have a change in your insurance coverage, please contact us prior to your appointment.

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Join Us for an Open House & Fundraiser!

By | Community Events, Fun Stuff

Please join us on Thursday, May 12th from 5 to 7 p.m. for an open house and fundraiser.

The dust has settled on our recent expansion to meet our growing needs, provide more services and elevate our patient experience.  You will have the opportunity to wander our facility, meet our team, and enjoy some snacks.

And why not take this opportunity to also give back to our community?  For each person who attends the Open House, Smile will donate $10 to the Love INC Free Dental Clinic.  So bring your family and friends!

Whether you have been a patient for years or are simply curious about our practice, facility or team, we would love to see you!

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Dr. Dewitt’s Team Joins Smile Grand Haven

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

We’d like to welcome the former team members of Dr. Bill Dewitt. This amazing group of professionals will be caring for patients at Smile Grand Haven.  We are honored they choose to join us after the merger.  All patients will be cared for under one roof, at Smile Grand Haven, beginning November 3, 2014.

Pictured L to R:  Alana RDH, Stephanie DA, Dagmar RDH and Kathie, Patient Coordinator.