Dentist Grandville

Serving Cascade, Grandville, and Grand Rapids

Don’t Brush Off the Connection Between Oral Health and Overall Well-Being

It’s often the case that many people don’t consider how their oral health affects their overall well-being. While many people are fixated on exercise, a healthy diet, adding supplements and vitamins to their routines, and so on, they might neglect the vital importance of their oral care. Doing so could be a big mistake.

While regular brushing, flossing, and visits to your dentist chart the path toward quality oral care – and will most likely help you avoid any major issues with your oral/general health – many of us need reminders about how poor mouthcare can affect our overall wellness. 

Jennifer Soong, writing for WebMD, shared findings from a study completed by researchers at the University of Carolina, in which more than one thousand medical histories were reviewed, concluding “that people with gum disease were twice as likely as others to die from a heart attack and three times as likely to have a stroke.”

It’s not just gum disease that leads to other health problems. The Mayo Clinic (2021) adds that periodontitis has linkages to “premature birth and low birth weight” and that “certain bacteria in your mouth can be pulled into your lungs, causing pneumonia and other respiratory diseases.” Other health complications are certainly possible, as well.


Emergency Dental Care

Accidents happen, our dentists in Grand Rapids, MI are here for you when they do. Our priority is to prevent or eliminate pain, as well as ensure the life of a tooth that has been damaged.

Our mental health can also be influenced by our oral healthcare. For example, some individuals may feel embarrassed about their smile – something about their teeth or gums may bother them to the point of not smiling. When such a problem persists, individuals may become anxious in social situations, further exacerbating their overall wellness. 

With so many threats to our health, taking care of our oral health is often a straightforward way to limit your mental and health risks. The good news is that Dr. Smith and his team at Grand Rapids Dental Partners can help you navigate your way to sound oral care, leading to an overall healthier you.

Consider getting in touch with our team today. We’re just a call away from taking care of all your dental needs. 

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Emergency Dentist in Grand Rapids, Cascade, and Grandville, MI

Have you ever heard of a friend complaining about serious pain in a tooth where they’ve had a filling in the past? Or perhaps a family member’s child having a tooth knocked out during their softball practice? Or even poor grandma whose dentures got chewed up by her dog?

Welcome to the world of dental emergencies! While such experiences are painful and very unexpected, we’re just a call away to help.

Dental emergencies happen every day to people in our community. The good news for people facing sudden problems with their teeth is that our office is a one-stop practice for many types of dental ailments.

Types of Dental Emergencies

  • Toothaches (especially major pain and sensitivity)
  • Broken and chipped teeth
  • Gums that have become swollen, tender, and/or infected
  • Tooth loss
  • Broken dentures
  • Wisdom teeth pain
  • Problems with fillings and crowns

Same-day appointments are welcomed by our doctors – we always have staff on hand to address your problem. Call us 24/7 if you are facing any dental emergencies.

Additional Resources

As our patients know, a major goal we have at our practice is equipping our patients with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions about their dental health. With this aim in mind, for more information, please contact us.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are you accepting new patients?

Yes, we are accepting new patients in Grandville.  If you’re in need of Preventative Dentistry, Family Dentistry, Sleep Apnea Treatments, and other dental services – Grand Rapids Dental Partners is here to help!

What insurance do you accept?

We’re in-network with Delta Dental of Michigan and can bill most other insurances. Our staff is happy to answer any of your insurance questions and we offer a complementary benefits check, or pre-authorization as needed.

Why should I choose Grand Rapids Dental Partners?

Our philosophy is to never stop learning our dentists and the team continually adopts successful techniques and treatments as they evolve, providing our patients with the best possible care.

The team of dentists and hygienists at Grand Rapids Dental Partners are proud to be your source of quality dental care. With offices located in Grand Rapids, and Grandville, MI, we can see and treat patients with a variety of procedures. To further improve your oral health, we welcome you to contact our dentist office today to learn more about our treatment options or to schedule an appointment!

What should I do in a dental emergency?

If you find yourself in a dental emergency, please call or email our office as soon as possible.  We will do everything we can to help you in your time of need.

What should I do if I lose a dental crown?

Depending on what type of dental crown you have, things happen, and they can fall out on a rare occasion.  If your crown does fall out, please try to keep it, and bring it with you to your appointment.

What is Sleep Dentistry?

Sleep apnea is a disorder that prevents the body from getting enough oxygen during sleep. People with sleep apnea stop breathing for brief periods of time while sleeping. The most common form of sleep apnea is called Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). The name comes from throat blockage that is caused by the tongue or palate.

Dr. Josh Smith is a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) and, in collaboration with the local sleep centers at Spectrum Health and Metro Health, he remains up to date on the latest treatments for sleep apnea.

Does Grand Rapids Dental Partners offer periodontal disease treatments?

Yes, we offer Periodontal (Gum Disease) Treatment options at your dental cleanings.  Our goal is to treat periodontal disease non-surgically and our routine hygiene appointments can help with intervention.

Do you offer Botox in your office?

If you are interested in boosting your appearance to look younger without undergoing cosmetic surgery, you may want to consider getting Botox injections. Botox injections are non-invasive, outpatient treatments used to alleviate issues related to aging. The doctors and assistants here at Grand Rapids Dental Partners offer safe and convenient Botox injections for patients throughout the CascadeGrand Rapids, and Grandville, MI areas.

What should I do if mine, or my child’s tooth, is knocked out?

Should a tooth get knocked out please contact our office as soon as possible.  We know it can be scary, but try not to panic, we will do everything we can to help you with your knocked out tooth and discuss options and recommendations based on your circumstances.

What should I do if I crack a tooth?

Grand Rapids Dental Partners understand that a cracked tooth is painful!  Please contact us to give us details on your cracked tooth right away!

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