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Dental Symptoms You Should Not Ignore

Q: One of my teeth hurts when I drink ice tea. Do I need to see a dentist? A: As a dentist practicing in Grand Rapids, I can tell you that pain in your mouth is not a feeling to ignore. While it doesn’t necessarily indicate a problem, you should contact your dental office if Read More

How You Can Prevent Asbestos Exposure

Each year February is known as National Cancer Prevention Month, a time to shed light on how to lead a healthy and cancer-free lifestyle. It has been found that as little as five percent of cancers are hereditary, which means the choices we make every single day determine our risk. With the endless amounts of Read More

The Thief of Sight: Glaucoma Development, Diagnoses, and Detection

January is Glaucoma awareness month! Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness in the United states. Approximately 3 million people over the age of 40 in the United States have glaucoma, and about half of those people don’t know they have it. Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that affects the optic nerve and Read More

You Are Not Your Mental Illness

Many people either do not recognize or are in denial that they have mental illness, even though mental illnesses are very common and widely spread in our society. This can be due to fear and anxiety about being judged or stigmatized by others, not being prepared to cope with learning that they have a mental illness, or Read More

What Do You Predict for 2018?

This time of year, we hear the experts predict the future on subjects like the economy, scientific discoveries, or the super bowl (just to name a few). What are you predicting for 2018? I am not asking about your vision on a national level, but rather on an individual level. Many people think of the Read More

Mindful Eating Over the Holidays

The average weight gain is 1-2 pounds during the holidays. It is easier to maintain weight than try and lose unwanted pounds. It takes 3500 extra calories to gain a pound of weight. This can happen as easily as having larger portions of foods on your plate and using a bigger plate and glass. Very Read More

Making Fruits and Veggies a Priority

What if we ate more fruits and vegetables in our diet? What would the benefits be? Here are a few good reasons: You would get more nutrients like calcium, fiber, folate, iron, magnesium, potassium, vitamin A and vitamin C. This would also save on the cost of paying for supplements. They are convenient. Grab a Read More

Mammograms: What to Know Before You Go

What do I need to know about mammograms? One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, but thanks to improved treatment and detection methods the survival rate has grown to over 90%. Mammograms should be performed every year once you are forty years old. Below is what you need to know before you Read More

Concussion: My Kid Has a Head Injury!

School is in session and sports have started. This time of year is very exciting, but is also a time when kids are more prone to injury after a summer of relaxing. Today’s injury focus is on the head (i.e. concussions or traumatic brain injuries). Concussions are important to know about, so we can prevent Read More

Bicycling Dos and Don’ts

Your child’s first vehicle is often a bicycle. Riding a bicycle is an opportunity for your child to develop a sense of accomplishment and balance, but if not ridden safely, it can also pose a risk to your child’s health. Each year “more children ages 5 to 14 are seen in emergency rooms for injuries Read More