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Dr Kemmer and Dr Patel

Smile welcomes Dr. Kemmer and Dr. Patel

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

Smile Dental Partners is excited to introduce two of our newest doctors. Dr. Kemmer and Dr. Patel both joined Smile in March of 2021.

Kristen Kemmer, DDS (above left) received her undergraduate degree in Chemestry and Biology from Saginaw Valley State University and earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry. She completed her general practice residency at Cedar-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. Dr. Kemmer is working at Smile Cascade and Smile North Muskegon where she cares for our adult and teen patients.

Chandni Patel, DDS (above right) received her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and Chemical Biology from Wayne State University and earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry. Dr. Patel has joined the Smile Grand Haven team where she cares for our adult and teen patients.

Join us in welcoming both of these talented doctors to the Smile family.

Welcome Dr. Felipe Porto

Smile Orthodontics welcomes Dr. Felipe Porto

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

Smile Dental Partners is excited to welcome Felipe Porto, DDS, MS, MSD to the Smile Orthodontics team. Dr. Porto received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from the University of Pernambuco in Brazil and his Certificate in Orthodontics from the Medical University of South Carolina. He also received a Certificate in Orofacial Pain from the University of Kentucky. 

The Smile Orthodontics team is excited to have Dr. Porto join our team of multi-specialty doctors, where he will be caring for the orthodontic needs of both our adult and pediatric patients at all Smile practices.

Dr. Porto is Board Certified in Orthodontics and Orofacial Pain.

 

Is it safe to visit the dentist?

By | Grand Haven Blog Article, Grand Rapids Blog Article, Health & Wellness, News & Announcements, North Muskegon Blog Article, South Holland Blog Article | No Comments

WZZM 13 Interview | 11-06-20

Is it safe to visit the dentist? What about kids? Many people are concerned about the recent spike in COVID-19 cases throughout West Michigan. WZZM 13 reporter Catherine Berhendt spoke with Dr. Darren Riopelle of Smile Dental Partners about safety and dental visits during the pandemic. 

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

 

 

John Anible DDS

Smile welcomes Dr. John Anible

By | Featured, 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 | 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.