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LS Haunted Museum 2018

Haunted Museum

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

Join us for a family night of learning and fun at the Haunted Museum!

Little Smiles is proud to join the Tri-Cities Historical Museum for this year’s annual Haunted Museum on Saturday, October 20, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. The family-friendly event is free and open to the public. The focus is on education and fun. Learn how Halloween was celebrated in the past, enjoy a performance of Michael Jackson’s Thriller, and more.

A new feature of the event will be a trick-or-treating opportunity. Kids will be able to make their own trick-or-treat bags and then walk through Centennial Hall to receive candy and prizes. All children are encouraged to wear their costumes to the Haunted Museum.

For more information, visit: https://www.tri-citiesmuseum.org/explore-museum/events/haunted-museum

See you there!

The Little Smiles Team

Child Braces

How do I know if my child needs braces?

By | For Kids, North Muskegon Blog Article, Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry

While there are some indicators of whether braces will be necessary for a child, there are no definite signs. Early or late loss of baby teeth, biting of the cheek, or an irregular bite may all be signs that braces are in order. However, all children develop at a different rate and have their own unique teeth. Much like fingerprints, no two mouths and sets of teeth are the same.

As with most health and dental matters, early intervention is best. It is good to have your child’s teeth looked at as early as 1 year old. What is often described as a “chair ride” is also an opportunity for a dentist to catch any early issues which may result in orthodontic care. Many issues can be addressed through early minor treatments rather than braces.

The need for braces is typically identified between the ages of eight and fourteen and can result from genetic traits, injury or even from thumb sucking as teeth were developing.

Regular dental visits will help determine if your child’s teeth are growing in as they should or if treatment of some type is necessary. Visiting the dentist every six months is especially important if you suspect that your child may need orthodontic work.

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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.