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What Dental Services Do Pediatric Dentists Offer?

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Choosing a pediatric dentist in Grand Rapids, MI, to care for the health of your child’s teeth is an important decision. Your little one’s first impression of dental visits influences how they feel about going to the dentist in the future. Pediatric dentists have extra education and training specific to the teeth, health, and treatment of children. A pediatric dentist understands how to interact with little ones to make their dental appointments calm, comfortable, and…

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When Should Your Child’s First Pediatric Dentist Appointment Be?

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When you have a new baby in the house, you experience many firsts; your baby’s first dental visit should be one of them. It may be surprising to learn when you should schedule your child’s first pediatric dentist appointment: Children should attend their first dental exam before their first birthday or within six months of the first tooth eruption. Parents can start their child on the path to a lifetime of good oral health by…

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Silver Diamine Fluoride: What is it? Why do we use it?

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Silver Diamine Fluoride or SDF as it’s known around here, is a medicine we use as a way to help prevent small cavities from progressing. Here at Growing Smiles, prevention is our goal! If we can help to keep your child cavity free then we’ve done our job! We know that life happens and proper brushing/flossing isn’t always a reality. In the event we take tooth pictures and they show the beginning of a cavity…

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What is a Pediatric Dentist?

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Pediatric dentists go to school for a minimum of 10 years. This includes 4 years of an undergraduate degree, 4 years of dental school and at least two years in residency to complete specialized training in their field. In addition to an extensive education, individuals are not licensed to practice until they’ve completed board certified exams to prove they have the knowledge to practice safely and competently. Dr. Meggan received her Bachelor’s in Science right here…

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History of National Children’s Dental Health Month

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You may have heard about February being National Children’s Dental Health Month from the dentist or your kid’s school. This is typically the month that the dental professionals enter your child’s school to teach them about proper oral health care. This year we thought it would be cool to fill you in on the history of NCDHM. It all started back in 1941 in Cleveland, OH with a fun day-long event surrounding the importance of…

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How to Develop and Keep Good Brushing Habits in 2021!

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Being told to brush your teeth isn’t just a plot by dental professionals to annoy you; brushing your teeth is an integral part of maintaining a healthy mouth. It is recommended to brush twice daily, morning and night, for two minutes each time. Making it a part of your morning and nightly routines is the best way to ensure the health and longevity of your teeth! The act of using a bristled brush is important…

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Family Room Re-Opening!

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Starting Monday, October 5th, our family room is OPEN. That being said there are some new guidelines we ask our families to abide by: Please STOP at the Stop sign when you enter the building. Wait here until Erica or Gigi call you up to the desk to check-in so we can take your temperature before letting you find your seat. If you or your child are experiencing any two of the following symptoms: fever,…

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We’ve Gone Green!

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At Growing Smiles, we are always looking for ways to reduce both our carbon footprint and the amount of waste we produce. One of the biggest ways we are able to do this is by converting to digital forms! Some of our families have already had the opportunity to try out these forms and we are continually working on using the feedback we receive to make accessing and completing them more seamless. One of the greatest…

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