How Long Can You Go Without Going To The Dentist? 
added on: September 10, 2021

There’s a reason why your dentist in Grand Rapids encourages you to visit every six months. What happens if you wait longer than six months, or don’t go to the dentist at all? The truth is, missing just one dental appointment can lead to multiple problems. Here are a few… Read More…


Dental Care Advice for Seniors
added on: August 23, 2021

As we get older, we’re naturally going to experience some changes in our oral health. That’s why it’s important to visit your dentist in Grand Rapids at least twice a year. After all, gum disease and cavities become more common as we age. Even if you take really good care… Read More…


6 Surprising Foods High in Sugar
added on: August 10, 2021
cereal with fruit

It’s common knowledge that high sugar diets are bad for your teeth, which is one reason why your dentist in Grand Rapids recommends limiting your sugar intake daily. But what you might not know is that many of the foods and drinks that you enjoy may be secretly packed with… Read More…


3 Ways Drinking Out of a Straw Can Help Your Teeth
added on: July 23, 2021
woman drinking with straw

Did you know that using a straw to drink some of your favorite beverages can actually help your teeth? Even though this little trick may seem silly, your dentist in Grand Rapids knows just how much of an impact choosing a straw instead of sipping straight from a cup can… Read More…


Do Fillings Need To Be Replaced?
added on: July 15, 2021
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Whenever a patient is diagnosed with a cavity that needs a filling, it’s common that they’ll have several questions for their dentist in Grand Rapids. We’re often asked things like, “Does getting a filling hurt?”, “How long will it take?”, and “How long will it last?” Today, we want to… Read More…


Welcome to our blog!
added on: July 1, 2021

Our goal is to keep our patients up to date with the latest happenings in the dental field, and to provide easy access to your most asked dental questions. Check back frequently for the newest additions to Smiley Family Dentistry’s website and blog!

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Use Sweetener Substitutes Wisely to Reduce Sugar in Your Diet
added on: July 1, 2021

Although a variety of foods provide energy-producing carbohydrates, sugar is among the most popular. It’s believed we universally crave sugar because of the quick energy boost after eating it, or that it also causes a release in our brains of serotonin endorphins, chemicals which relax us and make us feel… Read More…

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TV Design Guru Nate Berkus Shares the Secrets Behind His Dazzling Smile
added on: July 1, 2021

Perhaps you’ve seen Nate Berkus on The Oprah Winfrey Show or watched his television program, The Nate Berkus Show. You may even have read his best-selling book, Home Rules: Transform the Place You Live Into a Place You’ll Love. Regardless of where or how you discovered Berkus, you will surely have noticed his dazzling… Read More…

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TV Anchor Nancy O’Dell Discusses Pregnancy and Oral Health
added on: July 1, 2021

We’ve all heard of morning sickness, but did you know that it’s also not unusual for pregnant women to experience oral discomfort? This is what Entertainment Tonight co-host Nancy O’Dell discovered when she was expecting her daughter, Ashby. In an exclusive interview with Dear Doctor magazine, Nancy described how her gums became extra-sensitive during… Read More…

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Tooth Pain Leads to Jail Break
added on: July 1, 2021

When a 51-year-old Swedish man developed a throbbing toothache with facial swelling, he knew he needed to get to the dentist right away. There was only one problem: The unnamed individual was inside the Östragård minimum-security prison, serving a short sentence. But he didn’t let that stop him from getting… Read More…

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Tooth-Colored Fillings Are the Restoration of Choice for Ballroom Dance Star Cheryl Burke
added on: July 1, 2021

If you’ve ever watched Dancing with the Stars on television, you’ve no doubt noticed the vivacious and talented Cheryl Burke, whose ballroom dance moves are as captivating as her bright smile. In fact, Cheryl considers her smile to be one of her most important assets as a professional dancer. “As a performer,… Read More…


The Secrets Behind Vanna White’s Smile
added on: July 1, 2021

Describing Vanna White, co-host of the hit television game show Wheel of Fortune as friendly is an understatement. Yes, a good portion of the credit goes to her bubbly personality; however, you can’t look at her without noticing her world-famous smile. During an interview with Dear Doctor magazine, Vanna shared some of the secrets… Read More…

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The Material Girl and the True Blood Star Flaunt Distinctive Smiles
added on: July 1, 2021

One’s a singer who made her name playing New York clubs in the 1980’s before catapulting to international pop stardom; the other’s an actress from New Zealand who, in 1994, at the age of 11, became the second-youngest person ever to win an Academy Award. Both remain at the top… Read More…


The Gap Is No More
added on: July 1, 2021

This is the story of a well-known man, fearless in most respects, who was afraid of the dentist. Even though his fears had resulted in neglect and serious damage to his teeth, modern dentistry and a talented dental team were able to restore his smile to health. If you share… Read More…


Take a Lesson From Hockey Player Mike Bossy
added on: July 1, 2021

It might seem that adults who play aggressive, high-contact professional sports (ice hockey, for example) have the highest chance of sustaining dental injuries. But for many — like NHL hall-of-famer Mike Bossy — their first injured teeth came long before they hit the big time. “The earliest [dental injury] I… Read More…

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Spice Up Your Teeth
added on: July 1, 2021

As a member of the best-selling pop group Spice Girls, Mel C (AKA Sporty Spice) enjoyed her share of musical superstardom. At the band’s peak in the Nineties, the young singer’s signature look featured baggy sweatpants, an assortment of tattoos, a nose stud and a gold-capped incisor, front and center… Read More…


Shaquille O’Neal’s Slam Dunk Against Sleep Apnea
added on: July 1, 2021

You may think snoring is a minor problem, but it can be a lot more than that. Just ask hoops star Shaquille O’Neal, whose rambunctious snoring bothered his girlfriend enough for her to suspect a health problem. Her observations eventually led to Shaq’s diagnosis of moderate Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA),… Read More…

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Self Management for TMJ and Jaw Pain
added on: July 1, 2021

Wondering what you can do at home to help with jaw pain? Here are a few things to try.   1. Wet a towel with very warm water and apply moist heat to the painful area for 20 minutes, 2 to 4 times each day.   2. Confine your diet… Read More…

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Royal Treatment for a Damaged Tooth
added on: July 1, 2021

If your tooth sustains damage that compromises its structure — typically through decay or trauma — you have several options depending on the extent of the damage: One of them is a crown. This method saves the tooth and its root and completely conceals the visible portion of the tooth,… Read More…


Oral Health: When Should You Call Our Office?
added on: July 1, 2021

People always wonder when it is appropriate to contact their dentist. To answer this, we have put together the following list to provide some guidelines for you and your family. However, your calls are always welcome! Our goal is simply to give you some clear scenarios that illustrate when you… Read More…

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