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John Anible DDS

Smile welcomes Dr. John Anible

By | Featured, Grand Haven Blog Article, News & Announcements, North Muskegon Blog Article

We are excited to introduce John Anible, DDS to the Smile family. Dr. John is a Michigan native and earned both his undergraduate degree and Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from the University of Michigan.

Dr. John joins the Smile team of general dentists which includes Dr. Dave and Dr. Austin. He will be primarily working at Smile North Muskegon and Smile Grand Haven caring for our adult and teen patients.

Join us in welcoming Dr. John to the Smile team!

 

 

Austin Stebbins DDS

Smile welcomes Dr. Austin Stebbins

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

We are excited to introduce Austin Stebbins, DDS to our Smile family. Dr. Austin is a West Michigan native who earned his undergraduate degree from Grand Valley State University and his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree (DDS) from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry.

Dr. Austin, who lives with his wife in Jenison, will be working primarily at Smile Cascade and Smile Grand Haven.

Welcome to the Smile team!

 

Smile Locations

New North Muskegon location!

By | Featured, News & Announcements, North Muskegon Blog Article

Smile North Muskegon has moved up the street to our new home at 1915 Holton Road. Our new facility is larger and will allow us to expand our family dentistry to also include pediatric dentistry (Little Smiles) and orthodontics (Smile Orthodontics).

As West Michigan’s only multi-specialty practice, the Smile team includes a group of general dentists, pediatric dentists, and orthodontists to care for your entire family’s dental needs from birth through adulthood…all at one convenient location.

Stop by and see our new home. New patients welcome!

Smile North Muskegon

 

Now Hiring

Now Hiring: Dental Hygienist

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

Private, multi-specialist dental practice with three West Michigan locations seeks a Registered Dental Hygienist 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:

    • 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.  3-5 days per week.  Check us out at SmileDentalPartners.com.

Please reply with resume to clinical@smileoneservices.com.

Daniel Miller DDS

Little Smiles welcomes Dr. Daniel Miller

By | Featured, Grand Haven Blog Article, Grand Rapids Blog Article, News & Announcements, North Muskegon Blog Article, Pediatric Dentistry

We are excited to announce the newest pediatric dentist to join the Little Smiles team. Dr. Daniel Miller (the kids call him Dr. Danny) is a Michigan native and completed his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree (DDS) from the University of Detroit Mercy, School of Dentistry. He completed his general practice residency at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center and his pediatric dental residency at NYU Langone, Southern California.

Dr. Danny joins our team of pediatric dentists which includes Dr. Chad and Dr. Cristian. Dr. Danny will be working at all three of our locations (Cascade, Grand Haven, and North Muskegon).

Welcome to the Smile team!

 

What’s the wisdom in “watching it?”

By | Featured, Health & Wellness

We’ve all heard doctors advise us or those we care about to “keep an eye on it”. This advice usually pertains to early symptoms or unclear diagnosis. When we break a bone or experience an injury to our bodies, however, immediate action is almost always required.

When our teeth have an injury of some type, whether it be a cavity or break, the deterioration process begins. The tooth will not regenerate itself and while decay can be slowed by healthy diet and dental hygiene, the existing damage is done. Over time, this can become painful and lead to your tooth becoming compromised in other ways.

There is no wisdom in “watching it.” What started as a simple filling may escalate to the level of needing a root canal or extraction over time – and both of those options have an increased cost and level of pain.

Your teeth are as important a part of your body as your limbs! You use them daily. Don’t let a minor issue become a much bigger problem. Being proactive in your dental care not only saves discomfort, but time and money.

 

Keep Your Athletes Smiling

By | Featured, Health & Wellness, North Muskegon Blog Article

Imagine what it would be like if you suddenly lost one or two of your front teeth. Smiling, talking, eating—everything would suddenly be affected. Knowing how to prevent injuries to your mouth and face is especially important if you participate in organized sports or other recreational activities.

Mouthguards, also called mouth protectors, help cushion a blow to the face, minimizing the risk of broken teeth and injuries to your lips, tongue, face or jaw. They typically cover the upper teeth and are a great way to protect the soft tissues of your tongue, lips and cheek lining.

When Should You Wear a Mouthguard?

When it comes to protecting your mouth, a mouthguard is an essential piece of athletic gear that should be part of your standard equipment from an early age. While collision and contact sports, such as boxing, are higher-risk sports for the mouth, any athlete may experience a dental injury in non-contact activities too, such as gymnastics and skating. The best mouthguard is one that has been custom made for your mouth by your dentist.

Protecting Your Braces

A properly fitted mouthguard may be especially important for people who wear braces or have fixed bridge work. A blow to the face could damage the brackets or other fixed orthodontic appliances. A mouthguard also provides a barrier between the braces and your cheek or lips, which will help you avoid injuries to your gums and cheeks.

Mouthguard Care and Replacement

Talk to your dentist about when is the right time to replace your mouthguard, but replace it immediately if it shows sign of wear, is damaged or ill fitting. Teens and children may need to replace their mouthguards more often because their mouths are still growing and changing.

Between games, it’s important to keep your mouthguard clean and dry. Here are some tips for making sure your mouthguard is always ready to go:

  • Rinse before and after each use or brush with a toothbrush and toothpaste.
  • Regularly clean the mouthguard in cool, soapy water. Then, rinse it thoroughly.
  • During your regular dental checkups, bring your mouthguard for an evaluation. Your dentist may also be able to give it a thorough cleaning.
  • Store and transport the mouthguard in a sturdy container that has vents so it can dry and keep bacteria from growing.
  • Never leave the mouthguard in the sun or in hot water.

 

Is it important to brush your tongue?

By | Featured, Health & Wellness

Think of your tongue as a storm shelter for bacteria. While you’re vigorously brushing away food debris and tarter from your teeth, the bacteria that cause bad breath, gum disease, and cavities are hiding out in the crevices of your tongue. Since bacteria like warm, wet, atmospheres, your mouth is an ideal place for these “sugar bugs” to hang out and easily transfer back to your teeth and under your gums when you’re done brushing.

To get your mouth fully clean, it’s a good idea to brush you tongue every time you brush your teeth.

Other benefits of a clean tongue are improved sense of taste (think of it as cleaning your taste buds!) and improved breath.

 

DaydreamsPC

Little Smiles to collaborate with Daydreams

By | Featured, Grand Rapids Blog Article, News & Announcements, North Muskegon Blog Article, Pediatric Dentistry

We are excited to introduce a new and unique resource called Daydreams Pediatric Center. This exciting new facility is the only resource of its kind in West Michigan, specializing in pediatric dental surgery.

Little Smiles’ pediatric dentists Dr. Cristian Brutten and Dr. Chad Zillich are accredited with Daydreams. Our association means that all Little Smiles patients have access to surgical dentistry at Daydreams.

We’ve included the following news release from Daydreams for more information. If you have questions, call us at Little Smiles and we will be happy to answer them for you.

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On March 4, 2019, a new kind of healthcare resource opened its doors in Grand Rapids. Daydreams Pediatric Center is designed for children and dedicated to pediatric dental surgery. The first of its kind in West Michigan, Daydreams is an idea imagined and nurtured by founder Darren Riopelle, DDS.

As a practicing dentist for over past 20 years, Dr. Riopelle noticed a recurring challenge specific to pediatric dentistry. Due to limited resources and growing demand, the wait time for pediatric dental care often averages 1 to 3 months. For dental treatment that requires surgery, the wait time increases to an average of 3 to 6 months.

“The industry needed a new solution,” explains Dr. Riopelle. “We wanted to create something that would be a resource for everyone.”

In 2016, Dr. Riopelle reached out to Anesthesia Practice Consultants (apcpc.net) to explore a possible partnership. The result is a new children’s center dedicated to dental and oral surgery. Daydreams boasts a clinical team that includes operating room experienced pediatric dentists, MD anesthesiologists, licensed dental assistants, and pediatric nurses. The environment is state-of-the-art, equipped with multiple operating rooms and a family-friendly waiting room.

“The spaced was designed to provide a safe environment for surgery that is relaxed and trauma-free for children and their parents,” explains Becka Brooks, Daydreams’ Dental Assistant. “Everything about Daydreams was done with our young patients’ comfort in mind.”

But possibly the most notable accomplishment of Daydreams is its ability to see patients within just 1 to 3 weeks. Parents are able to contact Daydreams directly to inquire about treatment for their child, or pediatric patients may be referred to Daydreams by other healthcare providers. Before treatment, children receive a pre-operative exam to determine if they are candidates for anesthesia. After treatment, documentation is sent to the referring office for the patient’s medical records.

“We want this to be a resource for the healthcare industry,” explains Lindsay Robbins, Daydreams’ Surgical Coordinator. “Dentists, pediatricians, and other healthcare providers can refer there patients to us knowing that they are in expert hands. We work hard to make the process easy and collaborative.”

An open house is being planned for late Spring where the healthcare community will be able to tour the facility and meet the team. Daydreams is open Monday through Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Visit Daydreams’ website to learn more.