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Little Smiles Welcomes Dr. Cristian Brutten

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

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.

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Join us at the Coast Guard Festival

By | Community Events, 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.

10th Halloween Buyback

Thank You for Sharing Your Candy!

By | Community Events, For Kids, Fun Stuff

Many thanks the the local community for participating in the 10th Annual Halloween Candy Buyback. Together we collected over 350 lbs of candy that will be shipped to US troops overseas on Friday. And congratulations to Peach Plains Elementary for collecting the most candy! The picture on the left is what they created to collect their candy – awesome!!!! They earned an additional $2 per pound for their efforts plus an amazing plaque.

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The Halloween Candy Buyback Returns!

By | Community Events, For Kids, Fun Stuff

 

Smile Dental Partners is proud to host its 10th Annual Halloween Candy Buyback.  Please join us by “giving back” your un-favorite, unopened candy.  Kids will earn $1 for every pound turned in.  AND, any community member can turn in their candy and ear-mark their favorite participating school.  The school with the  most candy donated will earn $2 per pound!

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Sealants – A Good Choice for your Child.

By | For Kids, Health & Wellness

Our pediatric dentists recommend sealants frequently.  And there’s good reason for it.  Studies show they could prevent 80% of future cavities in children.

What is a sealant?  A sealant is a liquid that is brushed over a tooth that hardens and creates a protective barrier between bacteria and the tooth’s enamel.

Why does a tooth need a sealant?  Sealants are applied specifically to molars. Molars have a relatively flat top surface that contain peaks and valleys.  Molars erupt in a child’s mouth when their skills and desire to keep these lifelong teeth are low. While sealants fill fade away over a few years, they offer protection from decay (and therefore cavities) until a child is old enough to properly care for their teeth.

Recently, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) supported the use of sealants in children age 6 – 11.  Their research reinforced the 80% cavity prevention rate with sealant usage, as well as stated that 60% of children do not get them.  Read the full Fox Business news story here.

If you have questions regarding sealants for your child, please contact us!

 

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Extra Halloween Candy?

By | Community Events, For Kids, Fun Stuff, Health & Wellness

Little witches and goblins returned home from trick-or-treating this year and sorted through their bags of candy, sorting their very favorites.  And all that candy in the house is fun for a couple days.   Yes, even we enjoy it too!

The problem is that it lingers for weeks and some never gets eaten at all.  As a parent, you can rest easy knowing your kids’ extra candy can be donated to a good cause – Operation Gratitude.

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Operation Gratitude annually sends 200,000+ care packages filled with food, entertainment, hygiene, and handmade items, plus personal letters of appreciation to Veterans, First Responders, New Recruits, Wounded Heroes, their Care Givers, and to individually named U.S. service members deployed overseas and their families waiting at home.

In 2015 alone, 252,723 pounds of candy were collected by the dental community for Operation Gratitude Care Packages!!!   Since Smile began collecting candy for Operation Gratitude in 2008, our community has donated over 7,000 pounds of candy!

If you donate your extra candy at Little Smiles prior to November 4th, we will buy it back from your child at $1 per pound.  Another $1 per pound will be donated to the local school of your choice!  Will you help us make 2016 a record year for donations of candy?  

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Candy Buyback Returns!

By | Community Events, For Kids, Fun Stuff

Halloween is just days away and that means the return of the Halloween Candy Buyback!

From November 1 -3, Little Smiles has partnered with local schools for our 9th annual Halloween Candy Buyback.

 November 1st – 3rd from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Children bring their unopened candy to Little Smiles and we buy it back for $1 per pound

Another $1 per pound is also donated to the local school of the child’s choice.

Top collecting school wins an additional $500 to go towards their specific educational needs.

For adult community members who drop off their extra candy at Little Smiles, a donation of $1 per pound will be made to the local school of their choice.

Since 2008, we have collected over 7,000 pounds of candy! All candy is donated to Operation Gratitude through the National Guard. Shipping to Operation Gratitude in California has been graciously donated by AeroVision International in Muskegon.

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The Braces Debate – Dentist or Orthodontist?

By | For Kids, Health & Wellness

When people meet the first thing they notice is the other person’s eyes, second teeth and third hair.  If so, why do most people worry more about who cuts their hair than who straightens their teeth?

When you are ready to explore braces, how do you know who to call?  What is the difference between a dentist who offers orthodontics and an orthodontist?

Dentists and orthodontists are both doctors and have graduated from dental school.  However, dental school includes only minimal education on straightening teeth.  Dentists who offer braces are certified through training during a few months of weekend courses.  An orthodontist requires 2-3 years of additional schooling as a dental specialty; the situation is similar to a doctor who obtains additional schooling to become a surgeon.  Only those with a specialty degree in orthodontics can call themselves Orthodontists.

A dentist who offers braces can be a great alternative for a quick crooked front tooth.  But, for treatment focused on correcting the overall health and function of your bite, orthodontists are more knowledgeable and offer a wider range of treatment options for long term success.  Orthodontists provide services related to:

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  • Spaces between teeth
  • Crowded teeth
  • Overbite, under bite and cross bite
  • Jaw problems

Whether you choose a dentist or orthodontist for your braces, we always recommend at least seeking the opinion on an orthodontist.  Pretty smiles do not always equal a healthy bite.

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Smile Partners with New Insurance Plans

By | Community Events, Featured, For Kids, Fun Stuff, Health & Wellness

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.