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Smile Orthodontics featured on WZZM

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WZZM 13 Interview | 02-13-21

Imagine if your dentist and orthodontist worked together at the same practice. WZZM 13 reporter Catherine Berhendt spoke with Dr. Felipe Porto from Smile Orthodontics to discuss braces for adults and kids—and how Smile’s unique, multi-specialty approach to dentistry creates a better experience for the patient.

 

Daydreams Christmas Giving

Giving kids something to smile about this Christmas

By | Community Events, For Kids

2020 has been an unusual year to say the least. Our friends at Daydreams Pediatric Center are giving West Michigan kids an extra special reason to smile this holiday season.

Daydreams Pediatric Center in Grand Rapids specializes in pediatric dentistry under general anesthesia. It is the only procedure center of its kind and provides an invaluable service to our community. Our own Little Smiles’ pediatric dentists are accredited with Daydreams, which means we are able to offer this service to our own Little Smiles patients too.

Throughout the month of December, the Daydreams team is giving a generous Christmas gift to each child that visits their practice. Little Smiles is excited to be collaborating with Daydreams to make these Christmas gifts possible.

On behalf of the Little Smiles patients that have received treatment at Daydreams, thank you to the entire Daydreams team for the important work you do in our community. And thank you for giving West Michigan kids an extra reason to smile!

The Little Smiles team

 

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.

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!

Smile Parade Schedule

2019 Parade Schedule

By | Community Events, For Kids, Fun Stuff, News & Announcements, North Muskegon Blog Article

The Tooth Fairy is coming!

The Little Smiles team is excited to announce our 2019 Parade Schedule.  Look for us (along with the Tooth Fairy) at these West Michigan events:

Cascade Township July 4th Celebration

  • Cascade, Michigan
  • Thursday, July 4, 2019
  • Parade begins at 10:00 a.m.
  • For event information, visit cascadetwp.com

The National Baby Food Festival

  • Fremont, Michigan
  • Saturday, July 20, 2019
  • Parade begins at 10:30 a.m.
  • For event information, visit babyfoodfestival.com

The Coast Guard Festival

  • Grand Haven, Michigan
  • Saturday, July 27, 2019
  • Kids Parade begins at 10:30 a.m.
  • For event information, visit coastguardfest.org

Northside Family Fun Fest

  • North Muskegon, Michigan
  • Thursday, August 9, 2019
  • Parade begins at 7:30 p.m.
  • For event information, visit northmuskegon.org

 

Sealants for Kids

Sealants for Kids

By | Featured, For Kids, Health & Wellness, Pediatric Dentistry

A protective barrier is a great way to keep the things we value safe. From fingernail polish to decks, we use sealants to protect a lot of things in our lives. Did you know there’s even a way to seal your children’s teeth from cavities?

Sealing your children’s teeth is an easy way to provide an added layer of protection against the sugars, bacteria, and acid in their mouths. Just as a sealant covers the inconsistencies, dents, and divots of a piece of wood, sealants for teeth cover the areas of your child’s tooth where sugar and food may be unlikely to be touched by a toothbrush or floss. Often, sealants are recommended for newly emerged molars, protecting the tooth as soon as it is exposed.

Sealing teeth is a quick and painless procedure that involves “painting” the sealant on a cleaned and dried tooth. It can be done during a regular visit to the dentist and does not take a significant amount of time. While there is an investment required to seal teeth, the cost is recouped with the first cavity avoided, not tot mention the savings of time and discomfort.

 

Halloween Candy Buyback

Halloween Candy Buyback 2018!

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

Halloween is almost here! And that means it’s time for Little Smiles Grand Haven’s 11th 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 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 in the Grand Haven and Spring Lake area.  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). We will be accepting candy on the following days:

  • Thursday, November 1 — 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday, November 2 — 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.