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How to remove plaque

How to remove plaque from teeth

By | Featured, Health & Wellness

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

By | Featured, Holland Blog Article, News & Announcements

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.

 

 

Baby's First Dental Visit

When should your child first visit a Pediatric Dentist?

By | Featured, For Kids, Pediatric Dentistry

Surprisingly, tooth decay can occur beneath the gum line well before any baby teeth appear in your child’s mouth. In order to prevent this and other early-onset oral health issues, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that parents bring their children in to see a pediatric dentist within the first six months after the first tooth erupts, but no later than age one, whether or not teeth are visible. This is only a general guideline. If your infant appears to have excessive oral discomfort or unusual problems teething, a visit to a pediatric dentist is warranted.

Another benefit of bringing your child to a pediatric dentist early is to give them a positive experience with the dentist. When children are introduced to healthcare providers early—and in a non-emergency situation—it can help to establish a comfortable experience.

At Little Smiles, we encourage parents to schedule their child’s first visit at the time of their first tooth or first birthday, whichever comes first. The visit allows your child to meet the dentist, experience a “chair ride” in a child-sized dental chair, and choose a prize from the treasure chest. The visit also has benefits for parents who wish to learn about diet and hygiene that will prevent future cavities and promote a healthy smile.

The Little Smiles team provides an atmosphere for kids that is relaxed and fun, teaching them to enjoy their dentist appointments. The benefit for your child is a healthy, life-long relationship with healthcare providers. 

 

Halloween Candy Buyback

Results for 2019 Halloween Candy Buyback

By | Community Events, Featured, For Kids, Fun Stuff, Grand Haven Blog Article, North Muskegon Blog Article

Little Smiles’ 12th Annual Halloween Candy Buyback was a sweet success. A big thank you to all the kids (and grown ups) who brought in over 380 pounds of candy. This year we introduced the program at our new North Muskegon practice and invited the elementary schools in the area to participate in the school competition as well..

The winning school in the Grand Haven/Tri-Cities area was Peach Plains Elementary. The winning school in theGreater North Muskegon area was Central Elementary. Each school will receive an award, a check for $2 per pound of all the candy brought in by their students, and bragging rights for the year.

The candy collected is being donated to our Public Safety Departments along the lakeshore in appreciation for their service.

Halloween Candy Buyback

 

 

Halloween Candy Buyback

Halloween Candy Buyback 2019!

By | Community Events, Featured, For Kids, Fun Stuff, News & Announcements

Halloween is almost here! And that means it’s time for Little Smiles’ 12th annual Halloween Candy Buyback.  The purpose of this fun program is to encourage kids to support their local school while making healthy choices.

Be Healthy!

Our message to kids is simple: Too much Halloween candy isn’t good for you or your teeth.  So pick out your favorite candy to enjoy.  Then, bring the extra, unopened candy to Little Smiles (Grand Haven or North Muskegon) and we’ll buy it back from you for $1 per pound.  It’s a win win!  (Children must be 13 years and under.)

Support your School!

Little Smiles’ Halloween Candy Buyback is also good for local schools.  Every pound of unopened candy that is delivered to Little Smiles is designated to each child’s school.  The school that brings in the most candy wins, and will receive $2 for every pound of candy that was designated to that school.  The winning schools receives an award, a check, and bragging rights for the year.  (Candy may be donated by anyone in the community—children and adults alike—and applied to the school competition.)

Bring unopened candy to Little Smiles Grand Haven (1203 S. Beechtree Street) or Little Smiles North Muskegon (1915 Holton Road). We will be accepting candy on the following days:

  • Monday, November 4 — 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 5 — 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Happy Halloween!

Why it’s important to see your dentist regularly

By | Featured, Health & Wellness

“Early diagnosis” and “prevention” have become well-recognized terms in the medical field. No one wants to find out that they’ve been harboring a disease or ailment that will be difficult to treat at an advanced state, or worse, is beyond treatment. Most illnesses become more challenging and expensive to treat the further they progress.

What about your teeth? Doesn’t the same logic apply?

Visiting your dentist every six months not only prevents issues like tooth decay and gum disease, it can help identify and diagnose other health concerns such as oral cancer, diabetes, nutrition deficits and heart disease. Our mouths tell a story about our overall health.

Some patients skip appointments to save money. The flip-side of that decision, however, is that these patients are more likely to develop cavities or other dental issues when they miss appointments, and these dental issues are not only physical painful, they can be painfully expensive as well.

Prevention and regular visits are the best method for keeping dental comfort and cost in line, as well as supporting overall health.

 

 

John Anible DDS

Smile welcomes Dr. John Anible

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

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

Dr. Anible joins the Smile team of general dentists which includes Dr. Dave Carbonell and Dr. Austin Stebbins. 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. Anible 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

 

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.