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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.

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Smile Grand Haven Welcomes Orthodontics

By | For Kids, Grand Haven Blog Article, News & Announcements

Please join us in welcoming Kevin Knapp, D.D.S., M.S. to the Smile team.

As a specialist in Orthodontics, Dr. Knapp will offer the training, experience and full range of treatment options to meet your unique needs.

Dr. Knapp earned his Bachelors and Masters in Biomedical Engineering from University of Michigan.  He received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS) from University of Michigan and his Masters of Science and Certificate of Orthodontics from Seton Hill University.

Learn more about Smile Orthodontics.

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Dr. Dewitt’s Team Joins Smile Grand Haven

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

We’d like to welcome the former team members of Dr. Bill Dewitt. This amazing group of professionals will be caring for patients at Smile Grand Haven.  We are honored they choose to join us after the merger.  All patients will be cared for under one roof, at Smile Grand Haven, beginning November 3, 2014.

Pictured L to R:  Alana RDH, Stephanie DA, Dagmar RDH and Kathie, Patient Coordinator.

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Dr. Bill Dewitt DDS Merges with Smile Grand Haven

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

We are pleased to announce the merger of Dr. Bill Dewitt DDS PLLC and Smile Grand Haven.  And we welcome Dr. Dewitt’s family of patients and team with open arms.  If you are a patient of Dr. Dewitt’s, this information will help you:

  • Beginning Nov. 3rd, all appointments will be at the Smile Grand Haven location.
  • All currently scheduled appointment times will remain the same, and most of the same friendly faces who cared for you at Dr. Dewitt’s office will be joining the Smile Grand Haven team.
  • Your records, x-rays and contact information, etc. are following you to the new location.  There is no need to sign up as a new patient at Smile Grand Haven.
  • You will receive a letter from us confirming your transferred appointment times with us in the next couple weeks.

In the meantime, we appreciate your flexibility as we continue to make this transition as seamless as possible for you.  If you should have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at (616) 850-3970.

 

 

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Healthy Kids Dental Begins Oct. 1st

By | For Kids, Health & Wellness

Beginning October 1, 2013, Healthy Kids Dental will be available for the first time in Ottawa County.  Both Smile Grand Haven and Little Smiles will be participating in the program.

Healthy Kids Dental is a no-cost dental program offered by the Michigan Department of Community Health and administered by Delta Dental.  The program is available to children under age 19 and pregnant women.  Those who are already enrolled in Medicaid will automatically be enrolled in Healthy Kids.  Others can apply online or by visiting their local health department.

Why is Smile Grand Haven participating?

  • Tooth decay is the #1 chronic childhood illness
  • Tooth decay is 5 times more common than asthma, 4 times more likely than childhood obesity and 20 times more likely than diabetes
  • Pain and infection caused by tooth decay can lead to malnourishment, bacterial infections, and problems speaking and learning
  • In the US alone, more than 51 million hours school hours and 164 million work hours are lost each year due to dental disease

Dr. Riopelle was one of the first Healthy Kids providers in the State of Michigan, when the program was first introduced in Gratiot County in 2000.  He witnessed firsthand the impact it made to the community, and he and the Smile Team and looking forward to strengthening Ottawa County in the same way.