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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.

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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.

 

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.

 

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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.