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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

 

 

Drew Colantino

Smile welcomes Dr. Drew Colantino

By | Featured, Grand Haven Blog Article, Grand Rapids Blog Article, News & Announcements, North Muskegon Blog Article, Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry

We are excited to introduce Drew Colantino, DMD, MS to the Smile family. Dr. Colantino is a Pediatric Dentist and an Orthodontist.

Dr. Colantino graduated Magna Cum Laude from Georgetown University and earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree from Harvard School of Dental Medicine. He completed his general practice residency at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. He received his specialty training in pediatric dentistry at Rady Children’s Hospital/Lutheran Medical Center in San Diego, California. Dr. Colantino completed his third residency program in orthodontics at Saint Louis University, from which he concurrently earned his Master of Science in Dentistry (MS) degree.

Dr. Colantino joins both the Little Smiles team and the Smile Orthodontics and will working out of our Grand Haven, Cascade, and North Muskegon practices.

Join us in welcoming Dr. Colantino to the Smile team!

Why it’s important to see your dentist regularly

By | Featured, Grand Haven Blog Article, Grand Rapids Blog Article, Health & Wellness, North Muskegon Blog Article

“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, Grand Haven Blog Article, 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

 

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

 

Daniel Miller DDS

Little Smiles welcomes Dr. Daniel Miller

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

We are excited to announce the newest pediatric dentist to join the Little Smiles team. Dr. Daniel Miller is a Michigan native and completed his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree (DDS) from the University of Detroit Mercy, School of Dentistry. He completed his general practice residency at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center and his pediatric dental residency at NYU Langone, Southern California.

Dr. Miller joins our team of pediatric dentists which includes Dr. Chad Zillich and Dr. Cristian Brutten. Dr. Miller will be working at all three of our locations (Cascade, Grand Haven, and North Muskegon).

Welcome to the Smile team!

 

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.

 

DaydreamsPC

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.

 

SDP Instagram

Join us on Instagram

By | Featured, Fun Stuff, Grand Haven Blog Article, Grand Rapids Blog Article, North Muskegon Blog Article, Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry

We’re all about smiles, especially selfie smiles! So the Smile team is launching our very own Instagram page to share some of those smiles with you. Whether it’s big smiles (Adult & Teen Dentistry), little smiles (Little Smiles Pediatric Dentistry), or…well…shiny smiles (Smile Orthodontics), we’ll be sharing them all.

Join Smile Dental Partners on Instagram and show us your favorite smiles! Tag us so we can find you. #smiledentalpartners