Why can’t I just have a regular cleaning?

At Healthy Smile we want the absolute best for our patients and sometimes that means a regular cleaning is not enough.

During your annual exam your hygienist will check for pockets in gums by measuring the depth of the space between your teeth and gums. When you hear the hygienist calling out numbers during gum measurements, you want to hear the lowest numbers. Based on these number, the dentist and hygienist will determine which type of cleaning is best for  you oral health.

If your numbers are within the normal and healthy range, a regular cleaning is recommended to maintain the mouth and gums healthy and these visits are every 6 months.

If these pockets measure at certain depth and along with the x-rays that help diagnose the progression of bone loss, and the buildup of calculus. These x-rays also show the size of the pockets between your gums and teeth, where the bacteria collect and  can cause infection.


You may be diagnosed with periodontal or gum disease. This will require a deep cleaning to remove bacteria, tartar and any buildup in those pockets. This may require multiple visits, longer appointments, and possible anesthesia. Depending on the severity of the periodontal disease, Dr. Ona may refer you to a periodontist.

Although you may want to just have a regular cleaning, the dentist and hygienist may refuse to do so.  There primary duty is to protect your oral health and abide by the dentistry standard of care, which regulates what kind of treatment we can provide based on the condition of a person’s oral health.Providing excellent care and abiding by the highest standard of dental  care is one of the ways we strive to be outstanding for each and everyone of our wonderful patients.

As always at Healthy Smile if you have any questions or simply want more information, please contact us at  616-281-8338.



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Fresh Breath & White Smile

Fresh Breath and White Smile

With upcoming graduations, open houses, weddings and other wonderful spring and summer activities no one wants to experience bad breath and a less than white smile.  Here at Healthy Smile we want to help! We encourage our patients to maintain a regular cleanings and offer many services such as whitenings and cosmetic dentistry to assist in making your smile ready for any upcoming activities.

The staff at Healthy Smile also want their patients to feel welcome to call and ask questions if they are concern with bad breath as having bad breath can actually be an indicator of a more serious dental conditions. Dr. Suzzette Ona is always ready to help, she can rule out any oral health problems, like gum disease and/or tooth decay. She may also refer you to your physician to check for other medical causes or go over your medications.  Along with our wonderful team of hygienists and getting cleanings that can remove hardened plaque, or tartar, along and beneath your gum line, where bacteria can hide.   Healthy Smile always encourages good oral hygiene!

Here are 4 tips to combat Bad Breath:

  • Maintain your regular cleaning and exams
  • Brush and Floss twice a day everyday
  • Avoid certain odor causing food and drinks
  • Avoid or limit tobacco use

We welcome our current patients! To those looking for a new dental home please call the office for a new patient visit 616-281-8338.

oral cancer

Oral Cancer Awareness


Did you know one of your body’s most important early warning systems is your mouth?

During the month of April, the American Academy of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology (AAOMP), American Academy of Periodontology (AAP), the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) and the American Dental Association (ADA)  join forces with the Oral Cancer Foundation (OCF) in its campaign to remind everyone that regular oral cancer examinations from your dental professional are the best methods to detect oral cancer in its early stages.

Healthy Smile  encourages our patients to maintain their regular dental v appointments to assure oral health is always address and  that any suspicious changes in your oral health can be caught promptly.

In between dental visits, it is important for patients to be aware of the following signs and symptoms, and to see their dentist if they do not disappear after two weeks.

  • a sore or irritation that doesn’t go away
  • red or white patches
  • pain, tenderness or numbness in mouth or lips
  • a lump, thickening, rough spot, crust or small eroded area
  • difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking, or moving your jaw or tongue
  • a change in the way your teeth fit together when you close your mouth

Please contact Healthy Smile if you have any suspicious lumps or sores or questions. Oral Cancer Screenings are quick and painless.

ADA. “April Is Oral Cancer Awareness Month.” April Is Oral Cancer Awareness Month. ADA, 11 Apr. 2013. Web. 16 Apr. 2017.

For additional information visit the Oral Cancer Foundation website.

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Healthy Smile Spring Cleaning

 Spring is finally here!  After a long Michigan winter along with a bitter battle with the flu and cold season it is time for the annual Spring Cleaning. So why not revamp our oral hygiene habits.   

Here are a few tips to start off your dental Spring Cleaning just right!

1.) Begin to establish HEALTHY hygiene routines. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that people to brush their teeth for two minutes twice a day with a toothbrush that has soft bristles.* As part of this routine attempt to incorporate flossing to prevent periodontal disease. Make it a family affair.

2. Schedule the entire family for hygiene appointments.  Keeping all members of the family on regular recall appointments allows for Dr. Ona and her dental team to evaluate and treat as needed, as well as prevent your teeth from developing cavities among any other oral health issues that may arise.  These appointments also allow us to update your medical history and any information that may have change.

3. Replace toothbrushes: The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that people should replace their toothbrush every 3-4 months*. If you or a family member experienced an illness, replace the tooth brush as bacteria can live on the bristles. If the bristles have frayed before the designated time frame, please toss it.

2017 is still in the beginning stages and the team at Healthy Smile wants to motivate their patients to improve their quality of life and take care of your smile. We hope to see you, soon!

***We have a special promotion for patients schedule and maintain their 6 month recall appointments**

Active patients who schedule and maintain there 6 month cleaning

(April 1- June 30) will be entered into a drawing to win a $25 gift card.

  • Must mention the SPRING PROMO in order to be entered.
  • Must be Active patient
  • Rescheduling,Canceling, and missing appointments scheduled will disqualify patient from drawing.

Please call Healthy Smile to make an appointment.

** Center for Scientific Information, ADA Science Institute
Last Updated: November 7, 2016


2017 Chicago Mid Winter Recap


We are back and ready to recharge Healthy Smile!
The team enjoyed 2 jammed packed days  at the 2017 Chicago Mid Winter!  We did our best to absorb as much wonderful information and lectures to improve our skills and care for our patients.

On Day 1 ,  the theme was “The Business of Dentistry” . Dr. Ona and the dental assistants attended an OSHA update lecture, among other courses on implants and dental prosthetics.

On Day 2, the theme was “The Basics Express: Things they didn’t teach you in Dental School” . Dr. Ona and the dental hygienists attended how to make each hygiene appointment a success among other valuable courses to ensure all patients at Healthy Smile get the best standard of care possible. The office managers also attended courses that provided excellent insight in ensuring the practice success with patients.

In between courses and lectures, the team visited booth in the expo area in which we enjoyed the new technological advances in the dental field. We even checked out some new chairs.


Our team also dined to enjoy Chicago’s deep dish pizza at Giordano’s.


The team would like to offer a sincere THANK YOU!  to Dr. Suzzette Ona for allowing our team to go on this trip and giving us the opportunity to improve our skills as a team. We strive to provide the absolute best for our patients and with these new insights look forward to seeing our wonderful patients!



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Healthy Smile Team Heading to Chicago Mid Winter 2017


The Healthy Smile team is so excited to head out for 2 full days at the Chicago Dental Society Mid Winter Meeting on February 23-25,2017. 

The theme of the 2017 meeting is Leadership: Cornerstone for Success.

We are looking forward to continuing our education by attending lots of lectures, checking out the new dental innovation at the exhibits and receiving wonderful hands on training from the dental industry’s greatest.

In order to keep up with all the new advances and technology that the dental industry undergoes each and every year, it is vital for dental professionals to continue pursuing education.   We strive to  gain knowledge and techniques to allow our dental practice to continue growing and provide excellent care and service to each patient. 

Here are a 2 major reasons why dental professionals should continue their education:

  •  Allows dental professionals the opportunity to offer the best diagnostic, preventive and treatment methods to their patients.
  • Allows the dental team to grow, network with other professionals all while enhancing  necessary skills in order to provide the upmost care.

As we prepare for our upcoming trip, we look forward to bringing home all the new ideas and refreshing our practice to ensure our patients at Healthy Smile receive nothing but the absolute best.

Keep on the look out for upcoming pictures and blog updates during our trip to the Chicago Mid Winter.

~Gina Mendizabal

Healthy Smile  



February National Children’s Health Dental

kids-teethEvery February, the American Dental Association (ADA) sponsors National Children’s Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of oral health.

To ensure that your children will have healthy teeth and gums, we encourage: maintaining regular dental visits, healthy eating habits and teaching great oral hygiene.

Recommendations from the ADA:

1. Choose tap water for a sparkling smile!
2. Avoid drinks with added sugar like soda and juice drinks!
3. Protect your smile with a toothbrush, fluoride toothpaste and floss.
4. Keep smiles sparkling: limit sugary treats, eat healthy and brush two minutes twice a day!

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Visit your dentist twice a year for a healthier YOU!

Your mouth is a window into the health of the rest of your body. It can show signs of systemic disease or infection before they are visable elsewhere. We are trained to recognize these signs and potential areas of concern. Regular dental visits will help you maintain optimal well being.