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Is it safe to visit the dentist?

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WZZM 13 Interview | 11-06-20

Is it safe to visit the dentist? What about kids? Many people are concerned about the recent spike in COVID-19 cases throughout West Michigan. WZZM 13 reporter Catherine Berhendt spoke with Dr. Darren Riopelle of Smile Dental Partners about safety and dental visits during the pandemic. 

Clean Air at Smile

Before we clean your teeth, we clean the air you breathe.

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Experts continue to recommend basic safety protocols to minimize the risk of exposure to COVID-19. These familiar safety measures have now become part of our daily routines—social distancing, face masks, hand washing, and temperature screening.

In spite of these precautions, the CDC recommends that “the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus.”

That’s why we’ve invested in revolutionary technology that actually removes COVID-19 and other viruses from the air inside our dental practices.

UV-C pathogen control technology by UV Angel is different from a typical air filtration system. Using ultraviolet light—which kills fungi, bacteria, and viruses—we are able to neutralize 99.99% of pathogens from the air to provide you and your family with a safe, pathogen free environment.

Smile Dental Partners has installed UV Air technology at all four of our West Michigan locations—Smile Cascade, Smile Grand Haven, Smile North Muskegon, and Smile South Holland. Inside each practice, we’ve placed UV Air units in our entrance, waiting room, offices, and in the ceiling above every single dental chair. Our UV-C technology works 24/7 to remove harmful pathogens from the air and continuously circulate clean air into our facility. When you sit in one of our dental chairs and remove your face mask for dental treatment, you can rest assured that the air you are breathing is clean and safe.

Of course, we also carefully follow all the recommended health and safety guidelines everyone else is using. We use face masks, disinfect surfaces, and sterilize equipment. But Smile continues to be the only West Michigan dentist to also provide clean, pathogen-free air for our patients to breathe.

If you are nervous about scheduling a dental exam during the coronavirus pandemic, we hope Smile’s exclusive UV-C technology will alleviate those fears. If you are in need of dental care, please do not avoid or postpone treatment. We can provide a safe environment for your family’s dental needs.

 

Smile-Now Hiring

Join the Smile team!

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You’ve heard it said that an organization is only as good as its people. That’s exactly how we feel at Smile Dental Partners. Smile is a locally owned, multi-specialty dental practice with 4 West Michigan locations. Below is a list of available positions with a link for each to apply online. If you have any general questions about employment opportunities at Smile, please contact us at talent@smileoneservices.com.


Dental Assistant

Smile Dental Partners is currently looking for experienced Dental Assistants at all of our practice locations: Smile Cascade, Smile Grand Haven, Smile North Muskegon, and Smile South Holland. Candidate must have a minimum 1 year, in-office experience working as a dental assistant. Full-time plus benefits.

Click here for more information and to apply.


Registered Dental Hygienist

Smile North Muskegon is currently looking to add a Hygienist to its growing team. Be appreciated for your knowledge and education. Standard of care, systems, and case acceptance methodology implemented for efficiency. Full-time plus benefits.

Click here for more information and to apply.


Orthodontic Assistant

Smile Grand Haven and Smile North Muskegon are currently looking to add an Orthodontic Assistant to our growing Smile Orthodontics team. A minimum of 1-year, in-office experience is preferred. Full-time plus benefits.

Click here for more information and to apply.


Treatment Coordinator

We are looking for Treatment Coordinators at 2 of our West Michigan practices: Smile North Muskegon and Smile South Holland. The Treatment Coordinator works in the front business office and interacts with patients. If you love helping people and like to be challenged and appreciated, this opportunity is for you. No dental experience is required. We will train the right team player. Excellent communication and customer service skills a must. Full-time plus benefits.

Click here to apply at Smile North Muskegon.
Click here to apply at Smile South Holland.

 

 

Little Smiles featured on WZZM 13

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WZZM 13 reporter Catherine Behrendt recently spoke with Dr. Darren Riopelle about Little Smiles Pediatric Dentistry. As Little Smiles prepares to add a fourth West Michigan location in Holland, Dr. Riopelle explained how the idea for Little Smiles was born and what makes it such a popular destination for children. Little Smiles can be found inside every Smile practice, providing a one-of-a-kind dental experience designed just for kids.

Stephanie Brown DDS

Little Smiles welcomes Dr. Stephanie Brown

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Little Smiles Grand Haven is excited to welcome our newest pediatric dentist, Stephanie Brown, DDS. Dr. Brown earned her undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences from Western Michigan University and her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry in Nashville, Tennessee. She completed her pediatric dental residency at Nichlaus Children’s Hospital in Miami, Florida.

Dr. Brown will be joining our team of pediatric dentists that includes Dr. Brutten, Dr. Miller, and Dr. Zillich. She will be working primarily with the Little Smiles team at our Grand Haven practice.

Welcome to the Little Smiles family!

Dr Jake Streng

Smile welcomes Dr. Jake Streng

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Smile Grand Haven is excited to welcome Jake Streng, DDS. Dr. Streng is a Grand Haven native who earned his undergraduate degree from Aquinas College and his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry.

Dr. Streng joins the Smile Grand Haven team with 4 years of experience in general dentistry. We look forward to adding his expertise to the Smile team as he cares for our adult and teen patients.

Welcome to the Smile family!

 

Insurance101

What you need to know about Dental Insurance

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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 years, and dental insurance is no exception.  There are thousands of different dental plans, and each policy has distinct benefits and rules of coverage that are determined by both the insurance company and your employer.

Policies can change your benefits and rules of coverage at any time.  Insurance companies do not notify dental offices of your changes.  While we attempt to update our information about your policies on an annual basis, we may only become aware of changes upon filing a claim on your behalf or if you tell us of any changes to your coverage.

By understanding your own insurance, we can work as a team with you to provide the most accurate financial estimates.  Below is some insurance “lingo” that may help you understand your coverage:

Participating vs. Accepting

This confuses most people.  If you call a dental office and ask is they “accept” your insurance, you are actually asking if they will bill your insurance company for you.  And the answer is almost always yes.  What you probably really want to know is if the dental office “participates” with your insurance?  This means that you will receive a discount for services covered by your plan, or the dentist office will “write off” a portion of the fee when applicable. Click here for a list of participating insurance companies at Smile.

Covered Services

At what percentage are your cleanings, exams, fluorides, x-rays covered?  How often will the insurance pay for these services? Are there waiting periods before they will pay for your treatment?

Deductible

This is an annual amount you are responsible for before insurance coverage begins.

Co-Payment

The percent split between insurance payment and your responsibility.

Pre-determination

Some insurance requires permission for a procedure prior to receiving the service.  If these services are provided without pre-determination, the payment for services may be denied.  Pre-determination does NOT guarantee payment of your claim.

Benefit Limit

An annual (or lifetime) limit that an insurance company will pay for your care.

Primary Insurance

If you have more than one insurance policy covering you, the primary insurance is required to consider the claim for payment first.  For children whose parents both have insurance contracts, the primary insurance is determined by the month of each parent’s birthday (typically).

Secondary Insurance

A second insurance contract.  The secondary insurance contract may or may not cover costs that the primary insurance contract does not pay.

 

Smile-Now Hiring

Smile is currently hiring for all positions

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Smile Dental Partners is West Michigan’s only multi-specialty practice. Our team of in-house specialists provide comprehensive dental care for adults, teens, and children at each of our four West Michigan locations (Grand Rapids, Grand Haven, North Muskegon, and South Holland).

We are actively looking to grow our team and welcome applications for the following positions:

DOCTORS  (please send resume to darren@smileoneservices.com)

  • General Dentists
  • Pediatric Dentists
  • Endodontists
  • Oral Surgeons
  • Orthodontists

CLINICAL TEAM  (please send resume to clinical@smileoneservices.com)

  • Registered Dental Hygienists
  • Dental Assistants
  • Orthodontic Assistants

BUSINESS TEAM

We invite you to join the Smile team!

 

How to remove plaque

How to remove plaque from teeth

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Plaque is an invisible film of bacteria that sticks to your teeth. While brushing and flossing at home is a good way to safeguard oral health, it’s not enough to completely prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and other issues caused by plaque buildup. Hardened plaque (tartar) can only be removed during a teeth cleaning, which is why it’s important to see your dentist every 6 months.

BRUSH AND FLOSS TEETH
Plaque loves to feed on the sugar left behind on your teeth after meals. For this reason, it’s important to brush your teeth twice a day and floss once daily. If you don’t floss, you could be leaving behind dental plaque hiding between teeth and along the gum line. The bacteria from plaque produce acids that destroy tooth enamel and gum tissue. In fact, plaque on teeth is one of the leading causes of cavities and gum disease.

SCHEDULE A DENTIST APPOINTMENT
It’s important to see your dentist every 6 months for a dental exam because it significantly reduces your risk of needing emergency dental care. While a small cavity can be treated with a filling, a tooth abscess will need an emergency root canal or even extraction. Only a dental professional can remove tartar from teeth. Tartar buildup increases your risk of cavities, gingivitis, and periodontal disease.

RE-EVALUATE YOUR ORAL HYGIENE ROUTINE
Many patients don’t brush their teeth long enough to remove plaque. Most dentists agree that it should take at least 2 minutes to thoroughly brush your teeth. Also, make sure that you’re not neglecting back teeth during your oral hygiene routine.

If you have questions or concerns, the Smile team will be more than happy to talk with you about the best way to take care of your smile at home.

 

Smile South Holland

Introducing: Smile South Holland

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Smile Dental Partners is excited to introduce our newest West Michigan practice. Smile South Holland (formerly Comfortable Dental Solutions) is located at 205 W. 29th Street and provides comprehensive family dental care. 

Smile Dental Partners is West Michigan’s first and only multi-specialty dental practice. In addition to our new practice in South Holland, Smile has practices in Cascade, Grand Haven, and North Muskegon as well.

Dr. Dew and Dr. Stebbins—supported by Smile’s entire team of dentists—will care for existing patients as well as new patients. Smile looks forward to bringing our fresh and proactive approach to dental care to the Holland community.

We invite you to stop by and see our new home, or to call and schedule a visit. New patients welcome.