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Things to consider when choosing a dentist

By | Featured, Grand Haven Blog Article, Grand Rapids Blog Article, Health & Wellness

Many things impact our decisions when it comes to decisions on care providers. Reputation, location, and insurance are just some of the practical considerations. While those things are important, they are not indicators that we will have a positive experience with a physician, dentist, or any other care provider we entrust our health and wellbeing to. Here a few less conventional, but perhaps more important, things to consider…

 

  1. Am I comfortable with this person and their team?
    Open communication…and an open mouth are key elements of a good dental checkup. Your dentist and his/her team should be someone you’re comfortable sharing concerns with and being in close proximity to. If you can’t relax, chances are you will not reap the full benefit of your cleaning or your dentist’s expertise on any issues you may be experiencing.

 

  1. Is the office clean, comfortable and equipped with the latest technology?
    A clean, sterile, and comfortable environment are important things to look for. Not only do these matters speak to the dentist’s investment in his/her work, they’re indicators of excellence. Equipment in disrepair or a dirty lobby can and should be unsettling. Most importantly, from teeth whitening to the ability to mold a crown in-house, the technology behind dentistry is quickly developing. Does your practice stay ahead of the curve and offer you the latest advancements?

 

  1. What is the dentist’s approach to care?
    A cavity does not heal over time nor does a broken tooth mend itself. Does your dentist take a proactive approach to care? Catching issues early and caring for teeth in proactive fashion saves time, money, and discomfort. Be wary if you dentist suggests “keeping an eye on something” rather than treating it.

 

  1. Do your kids dread the dentist?
    They shouldn’t. The first dental checkups your children have should be fun, educational, and set a trajectory for life-long dental care. Choosing a dentist who uses terminology that kids understand and engages with them is important.

 

  1. What happens when care becomes more complex?
    Its important to learn how advanced/specialty care and orthodontic procedures are addressed with your dentist’s office. Having a strong referral base or in-house specialist capabilities are the assets of a great dental practice that has oversight and concern for your family’s total care. When something goes wrong, you want to rely on an expert opinion – not Google.

Little Smiles Welcomes Dr. Cristian Brutten

By | Featured, For Kids, Grand Rapids Blog Article, News & Announcements

We are excited to announce the addition of Dr. Cristian Brutten to the Little Smiles team. Dr. Cristian was born and raised in Brazil where he earned his DDS from Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte. After moving to the U.S. in 2007 he earned a Masters degree from Azusa Pacific University. Dr. Cristian completed his residency in Advanced Education in General Dentistry at the University of Connecticut, followed by a pediatric residency at Harvard University, Boston Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Cristian has worked as a Pediatric Dentist in Connecticut and Texas, most recently at the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio. He is fluent in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Dr. Cristian lives in Byron Center with his wife, Roberta, and their three children.

Smile Dental Partners Welcomes Dr. Keegan Bohn

By | Featured, Grand Rapids Blog Article, News & Announcements

We are excited to announce the addition of Dr. Keegan Bohn to the Smile team. Dr. Keegan was born in Grand Rapids, but grew up in Iowa. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa in Human Physiology and his DDS from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics.

As a family dentist, Dr. Keegan is qualified to provide comprehensive dental care to patients of all ages.

We’re happy to welcome him back home to West Michigan.

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.

Common myths concerning your mouth

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Myth #1: Putting Aspirin on your tooth will reduce pain.
Aspirin need to enter the bloodstream to be effective. Placing an aspirin on an aching tooth will not help resolve the pain—in fact, it may add to your pain by producing a chemical burn on your mouth from the acid!

Myth #2: Brushing your teeth after you eat is a good habit.
It is best to let at least 30 minutes pass between eating and brushing teeth. This allows the acid from foods you eat to neutralize in your mouth. Brushing can actually accelerate acid’s attack on your tooth enamel.

Myth #3: Don’t brush bleeding gums!
Although brushing may be the immediate cause of bleeding, it is ultimately more brushing and cleaning of your teeth that will resolve the issue. Bleeding gums is most often caused by tarter below the gum line. An improved cleaning regimen (flossing, mouthwash, brushing) will help remove the plaque and tarter that are causing the bleeding.

Myth #4: Whitening teeth damages tooth enamel.
Your tooth enamel is the hardest tissue in your body and is comprised of “tubules” that can only be seen under magnification. Whitening treatments flow through the tubules to the layer of tissue beneath the enamel called the “dentin.” It is on this dentin layer that the whitening magic happens.

We’re Growing…and Hiring!

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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 Assistant
Private, multi-specialist dental practice in Grand Haven and Grand Rapids seeks a Dental Assistant to add to our growing team. Be appreciated for your knowledge and education. Standard of care, systems, and case acceptance methodology implemented for efficiency. Candidate must::

  • Have minimum 1-year of in-office dental assisting experience
  • Create simplicity out of detailed information
  • Communicate simply and effectively
  • Work with high technology
  • Deliver exceptional experience
  • Be a happy, positive team player

Fun, purpose driven team with no drama allowed. Positions available in Grand Haven and Grand Rapids locations. 3 to 5 days per week. Check us out at SmileDentalPartners.com.

Please reply with resume to clinical@smileoneservices.com.

It’s Been Ten Wonderful Years! (and we’re giving our community $10,000 to celebrate it!)

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A lot can happen in ten years. A single general dentistry office can expand its footprint, clientele, and a community’s notions on dentistry, and trees can miraculously take root in lobbies. Since opening our doors in 2008, the Smile team has been challenging the norms of traditional dentistry with a high-quality, patient-centric, preventative approach. The Smile Grand Haven practice started as a general dentistry office with one dentist and three support staff. Today, the practice has grown through the addition of Little Smiles (pediatric dentistry), Smile Orthodontics, and more than forty team members.

The memorable moments of the past decade include not just growth of the Smile Dental Partners practice, but of countless new relationships, community partnerships and activities, and, of course, plenty of smiles.

To celebrate the past ten years, we’re holding a campaign called Ten for Ten throughout the year. In early 2019, Smile Dental Partners will donate $10,000 to local charities who help our community. Every new adult patient will be given the opportunity to select between three local charities to receive a portion of the $10,000. The organization that receives the most votes will receive the grand prize of $5,000; the second $3,000 and the third $2,000. The charities we’ve selected for patients to vote from are the Children’s Advocacy Center, the Love in Action Free Dental Clinic, and TCM Counseling. Help support these wonderful organizations and share the Ten for Ten campaign with your family and friends.

Our intent has always been to provide to our patients a personalized experience that includes a friendly, fun, and patient-focused office, state-of-the art technology, and a proactive approach to dental health. It is so rewarding to see the growth that has come from simply providing to our patients what we feel everyone deserves. We are grateful to every patient, partner, and person who helped foster the growth and success of this team.

Appointment Confirmations

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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!

 

 

 

 

Smile Partners with New Insurance Plans

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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.