We’re Growing…and Hiring!

We’re looking for people to join our growing team! If you, or someone you know, would be interested, please contact us (see details below): Dental Treatment Coordinator Growing private dental practice in Grand Haven. Business minded, patient focused individual must: Discuss financial matters with confidence Create simplicity out of detailed information Communicate effectively Prioritize among int… Continue Reading

Appointment Confirmations

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 s… Continue Reading

Battling Bad Breath

Bad breath is a sensitive issue.  And if you are reading this, you either are embarrassed by your own bad breath or someone close to you suffers from bad breath. In most cases, the bacteria that reside in the mouth cause unpleasant odors. Bacteria in your mouth change food particles and dead cells in the mouth.  It is part of the digestion process.  However, if those extra food particles and cells don’t get pro… Continue Reading

Understanding Dental Insurance

At Smile Dental Partners, our Treatment Coordinators specialize in helping you reach your goals by estimating any investment you may have in your treatment.  We reduce surprises in your portion of payment by using the most comprehensive dental insurance software available to keep your insurance information up to date and creating financial treatment plans. Insurance has become more complicated in recent yea… Continue Reading

We’re Hiring!

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 experienc… Continue Reading

Pregnancy and Teeth

Do you believe pregnancy causes tooth decay?  This longstanding myth has been circulated for years.  It’s understandable.  Pregnant women experience hormonal changes which may cause some puffiness and bleeding of the gums. In addition, it’s very easy for the pregnant woman and new mom to put off proper dental care and hygiene.  After all, is there anyone busier than a new mother?  But the delay… Continue Reading

6 Degrees of Treatment

When Kevin Bacon visits Smile Grand Haven, there are 6 degrees of treatment that can occur if he is diagnosed with decay: Filling Crown Root Canal Extraction Implant Denture 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 bas… Continue Reading

Could stem cell research help your cavities?

Dentists have devised a treatment to regenerate rotten teeth that could substantially reduce the need for fillings in the future. The therapy works by enhancing the natural ability of teeth to repair themselves through the activation of stem cells in the soft pulp at the centre. Normally, this mechanism is limited to repairing small cracks and holes in dentine, the solid bulk of the tooth beneath the surface enamel… Continue Reading

Diabetes & Gum Disease – A Two Way Street

Diabetes, which kills more people annually than breast cancer and AIDS, can weaken your mouth’s ability to fight germs, increase blood sugar levels, and can make gum disease more severe and harder to control. When diabetes is poorly controlled, high glucose levels in mouth fluids may help germs grow and set the stage for gum disease. These “bugs” sit below the gum line and act as termites, eating away at your bo… Continue Reading

How to Pick the Right Toothbrush.

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. 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 s… Continue Reading