Health Blog

Diabetes and Your Mouth

Q: Does diabetes really affect my teeth? A: If you are one of the nearly 30 million people living in the U.S. with diabetes, you have special oral health needs. As a dentist practicing in Grand Rapids, I see first-hand how diabetes affects the mouth. It can lead to gingivitis, an early stage of gum Read More

The “Secret” to Happiness

You probably opened this blog for a reason: you are tired of feeling sad, angry, anxious, hurt, hopeless and helpless, and you want to feel happy in your life. You are probably asking yourself “why me?” “why does everyone have it all, but not me?” “why can’t I be happy?” You may feel victimized by questions Read More

Healthy Aging

As we age, our bodies go through many changes. It is important to discuss these changes with our medical providers as we observe them, as some changes may be normal and healthy symptoms of an aging body and mind while other changes may be symptoms of conditions that would require additional support from your team Read More

Caring for your Dentures

Q: Do I really need to brush my dentures? A: For those who are missing teeth, full or partial dentures (teeth replacements) can make it easier to eat, speak, and smile. Below are tips I recommend to my denture-wearing patients for maintaining dentures and a healthy mouth. Remove dentures for at least four of every Read More

The 340B Discount Drug Program’s Original Intent

Cherry Health’s Pharmacy is located in Heart of the City Health Center and provides prescription services for all Cherry Health patients, as well as the general public. The pharmacy also provides a 340B discounted pricing program for Cherry Health patients who qualify for the program. The 340B program is funded by manufacturers of medications and Read More

Cherry Health Celebrates National Nutrition Month

Did you know March is National Nutrition Month? This month focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. At Cherry Health, our Registered Dietitians celebrated by putting together an educational poster and activity for high schoolers at Union High School Health Center, Innovation Central High School Read More

Importance of Protective Factors

Protective factors encourage healthy families with positive outcomes and limit the possible chances of negative outcomes. Protective factors act like a shield protecting families from the bad or scary things in life that could hurt them and supports the families to be healthy and engaged. These protective factors help families function better at work, home, Read More

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