Brighton Healthy Smiles’ Blog

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Good Luck this year BHS Hockey Team!

We are happy to to have the opportunity to continue to support the BHS Hockey Program and would like to congratulate them on a winning a State Championship last year! They also had 3 players commit to division 1 programs following the season. Great job Bulldogs!

 

This year we have the privilege of sponsoring Jake, a defenseman wearing #4. We have had the pleasure of knowing Jake for many years and wish him the best of luck this season.

Be sure to visit their webpage for current schedule and more information about the program!

 

The Arc of Livingston’s 24th Annual Celebrity Holiday Fashion Show – Nov 16, 2017

The Arc of  Livingston’s Twenty-Fourth Annual Celebrity Holiday Fashion Show

Thursday, November 16, 2017

We are privileged to support the Arc of Livingston’s  Twenty-fourth Annual Celebrity Holiday Fashion Show. Please join them to enjoy an evening of fine dining, including an open bar, exciting live and silent auctions and a celebrity fashion show.

The Arc of Livingston exists to empower persons with disabilities and their families to assure that they, as citizens, are valued, and that they and their families can participate fully in, and contribute to, the life of their community.

For more information visit their webpage and for the most updated information on their Live Auction Items and event happenings visit their Facebook page!

Roadrunner Run 2017 – Spencer Elementary

We are pleased to have the opportunity to support our friends at Spencer Elementary again this year in their Sixth Annual Roadrunner Run coming up on Friday, October 13.  This event is a fun way for the students to get out and move, while raising money at the same time.  The Spencer PTO will be using money raised to provide cultural enrichment programs, grants for teachers, field trips, monthly assemblies, and updating playground equipment.  Have fun Roadrunners!

You can read more about the event here and other fundraisers: http://brightonk12.com/webpages/spencerpto/ 

Or Visit their Facebook Page

Brighton Spencer Elementary Roadrunner congratulations from Brighton Healthy Smiles dental office.

 

Scottsdale Bible Church Mission Trip – Tanzania

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Recently our friend, Priscilla, had the opportunity to travel to Tanzania on a medical mission trip with Scottsdale Bible Church.  While there, the group of 2 doctors, 1 nurse, and 1 audiologist worked with volunteers and local doctors in the villages of Mairowa and Kondoa to provide medical and dental screenings to residents of the villages.  In the course of one week, the team provided screenings for approximately 600 people.  We were lucky to have the opportunity to contribute dental supplies to this great cause. The smiles on the faces of the children say it all!

 

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Roadrunner Run – Spencer Elementary

Congratulations to our friends at Spencer Elementary on the success of this year’s Roadrunner Run!  The event raised $13,067.49 to help pay for cultural enrichment programs, grants for teachers, field trips, monthly assemblies, and updates to playground areas.  Way to go, Roadrunners!download
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University of Michigan Flint Study Abroad Mission Trip

Dental missions provide critical care to people who otherwise would be left without access to adequate dental treatment, sometimes for their entire lives.  The knowledge and growth that comes with providing care for those in need reinforces the importance of dental missions for clinicians. And they are not just for licensed practitioners. Dental assistants and students, retirees or even those interested in dentistry with no formal training can benefit and grow from participating in a dental service trip.

 

K. Holda DRRecently our office had the privilege to donate supplies to a medical mission trip to the Dominican Republic.  Our friend, Kelly H., was part of a medical mission group from the University of Michigan Flint Study Abroad Program.  The mission group set up clinic services in sugar cane villages near San Pedro de Macoris in the Dominican Republic.  The living conditions in these villages are substandard, with most being miles from civilization.  The residents have no transportation other than donkeys or horses.  There is limited access to clean water, with one community bathroom for the whole village.  The mission group, which saw roughly 150 patientsK. Holda DR Oral Hygiene Teaching per day, treated a wide variety of conditions and provided the villagers with health education and hygiene packs.  The packs consisted of toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental floss, mouthwash, soap, wash cloths, Band-Aids, shampoo, lotion, toys, and school supplies.  Among the most common conditions seen were intestinal parasites due to unsanitary water conditions, ear and scalp infections, respiratory conditions, and hypertension among adults.  The mission group was able to arrange for long-term aid in the form of clean water delivery, medication, and wheelchairs and canes for patients with impaired mobility.  Kelly said, “It was a very gratifying experience, and I hope to go on similar missions in the future.”

 

Please feel free to contact us about any upcoming local or abroad events. The doctors and staff at Brighton Healthy Smiles are always looking for new opportunities to give back to the community and those in need.

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” ― Winston S. Churchill”

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month – Helpful links and activity sheets

National Children's Dental Health Month Poster ChildClick these links to learn more about oral health for children:

  1. Kids Nutrition
  2. Prevent Kids Tooth Decay Infographic
  3. Dentistry for Children

 

Each February, the American Dental Association (ADA) sponsors National Children’s Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of oral health. NCDHM messages and materials have reached millions of people in communities across the country.

 

National Children's Dental Health Month Poster TeenThe American Dental Association, along with the ADA Foundation, is pleased to provide you with the February 2016 National Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHM) campaign poster.  This month-long national health observance brings together thousands of dedicated dental professionals, healthcare providers, and educators to promote the benefits of good oral health to children, their caregivers, teachers and many others.

Developing good habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits helps children to get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.

Whether you’re a member of the dental team, a teacher or a parent, the ADA has free online resources that can help you with oral health presentations, ideas for the classroom, and activity sheets that can be used as handouts.

NCDHM activity sheets provided by the ADA:

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Gold For Food

Doctors Eick and Birchmeier of Brighton Healthy Smiles were featured in this month’s MDA Journal along with other Livingston county doctors for their participation in the Gold for Food fundraiser.

The Gold for Food fundraiser is a program started by Dr. Bonine wherein donated scrap dental gold from patients’ old crowns and restorations are processed at a refinery and the proceeds are donated to Gleaners Food Bank in Livingston County. The program has been running for 20 years and has contributed to over 600,000 meals for the hungry in our community. The 2015 Gold for Food program raised $6,079 in donated gold, which was then doubled by sponsors.

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Sensitive Teeth

American Dental Association
Is the taste of ice cream or a sip of hot coffee sometimes a painful experience for you? Does brushing or flossing make you wince occasionally? If so, you may have sensitive teeth.

Possible causes include:

  • Tooth decay (cavities)
  • Fractured teeth
  • Worn fillings
  • Gum disease
  • Worn tooth enamel
  • Exposed tooth root

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Good Luck this year BHS Hockey Team!

We are happy to to have the opportunity to continue to support the BHS Hockey Program and would like to congratulate them …

The Arc of Livingston’s 24th Annual Celebrity Holiday Fashion Show – Nov 16, 2017

The Arc of  Livingston’s Twenty-Fourth Annual Celebrity Holiday Fashion Show Thursday, November 16, 2017 We are privileged …

Roadrunner Run 2017 – Spencer Elementary

We are pleased to have the opportunity to support our friends at Spencer Elementary again this year in their Sixth Annual …