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Posts for: September, 2014

By John Leitner DDS
September 23, 2014
Category: Oral Health

Model Christie Brinkley's smile has been a symbol of America's optimism since the seventies. Particularly well known for being the cover model for three consecutive Sports Illustrated Swimsuit editions, Brinkley still has a fresh-faced American girl-next-door beauty that starts with her cheerful smile, which transmits the message that all is well.

Brinkley's modeling career began when she was “discovered” in Paris in the seventies, at the age of 18. As she explained in an interview with Dear Doctor magazine, it was like a fairy tale. She had gone to study art in Paris, where a fashion designer spotted her walking down the street. “He told me later he immediately thought, ‘That's the girl!’” she said.

Brinkley attributes her famous smile to a combination of good genetics (she inherited her mother's “beautiful straight teeth”), combined with the intelligence to practice good oral hygiene and have regular dental appointments. She never needed to have work done to prepare her for the modeling life; but as a teenager, she said, she wished she could wear braces because she thought the “coolest kids had them.”

Although dental restorations were not needed to enhance her beautiful natural smile, she did have two dental implants after she fractured two rear molars in a bad helicopter crash while back-country skiing, and she says she is thankful for dental implant technology because it looks and feels so natural.

Brinkley said that her smile led directly to her assignment as spokesperson for a brand of oral rinse and mouthwash products. She is also concerned about the environment. Her company Christie, Inc. is designing environmentally friendly products.

Her advice to everyone is to smile more. “I think a smile makes EVERYONE beautiful! It's the greatest gift we give each other... It's an expression of friendship, love and peace!”

If you have questions about your smile, contact us today to schedule an appointment. Or you can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Christie Brinkley's Supermodel Smile.”

By John Leitner DDS
September 23, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: family dentistry  
Family Dentist ImageDr. John Leitner, a Grand Haven Family Dentist, fully understands any dental health issues you may be facing. Having a dentist who is knowledgeable to all ages and symptoms is a dentist we all desire. Grand Haven residents find that by choosing us for your dental care provider, we assure an array of general and cosmetic services, a friendly and caring staff, as well as the latest in dental technology and treatment methods.

1. A Friendly and Caring Staff

We understand everyone leads a busy life. That’s why we are open five days a week, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. You can request an appointment easily on our website by simply clicking on “requesting an appointment.” We have filled our office with a knowledgeable and caring staff for your comfort and convenience. As a family dentist, we provide care for all ages ranging from infant to adult.

2. Many Services for Our Patients

No matter what your oral health needs may be, we have many opportunities to make your smile better or bring it back to normal. As well as full family dental care, listed below are some of the services we have to offer:
  • Mini implants – Denture stabilization
  • Lifetime whitening
  • Deep bleaching
  • Smile Enhancements
  • PerioLase® – Laser treatment for gum disease
  • Crowns and bridges; restoring implants
  • Porcelain veneers
  • TMJ/TMD pain treatment
  • Sleep appliances
  • NTI – Treatment for migraines, tooth clenching and grinding
  • Root canal therapy
  • Extractions
  • Oral exam and professional teeth cleaning
  • Early cavity detection with the Canary System

3. In-Office Dental Technology

The world is changing, and it has become enhanced with technology. We utilize technology on a daily basis in our office to make sure any dental abnormalities are perfectly seen and treated, as well as make your appointment easier.
  • Microscopic dentistry: Dr. Leitner is very educated on using microscopes for enhanced dentistry.  Microscopes allow Dr. Leitner to view images up to 20x their normal view, which makes it easier to find and treat decay, cracks in teeth, dental calculus on teeth sides, infected teeth or other dental problems.
  • Occlusion and T-scan: The T-scan is used to acquire a bite analysis of your mouth. If your bite is poor, a T-scan will point it out. A misaligned bite can lead to damaged restorations, loose teeth, TMJ or jaw pain, flattened teeth, teeth sensitivity, and headaches.
  • Digital x-rays and photography
We believe that the patient comes first by making your experience successful and efficient. To schedule an appointment, contact our office at 616-842-2850, or visit our website at:
Have you visited our family dentistry? We would love to hear about your experience!

By John Leitner DDS
September 08, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health  

By the time you reach adulthood, roughly 100 trillion microscopic organisms will have taken up residence in and on your body, outnumbering your own cells 10 to 1. Most are bacteria, a domain of the animal kingdom considered synonymous with disease. But only a few of the thousands of bacterial species cause us harm; the rest are either benign or actually beneficial to our health, including in our mouths.

Dentistry pioneered much of our knowledge about bacteria, developing processes used to identify, classify and understand those species inhabiting our mouths. Science as a whole is catching up with the Human Microbiome Project (HMP) begun in 2007. Through HMP, researchers have catalogued and begun to study more than 10,000 bacterial species.

We’re finding that our bodies develop a symbiotic relationship with many of these creatures invisible to the naked eye. During our infancy the bacteria we ingest from birth and breast feeding begin to interact with our body’s immune system, “teaching” it to refrain from attacking friendly organisms that contribute to health and searching and destroying enemy species that cause disease.

We’re also learning that an imbalance with our individual population of bacteria has links with disease. Our digestive system is a prime example: bacteria related to obesity can overpopulate our digestive tract, while malnutrition can create an environment that produces too many bacteria that inhibit digestion of vitamins and other nutrients.

The same microbial imbalance can occur in the mouth. For example, our typical Western diet encourages the growth of bacteria most associated with tooth decay (Streptococcus mutans). We’re also finding that tobacco smoking creates a mouth environment more conducive to the bacteria that cause gum disease. Just by quitting smoking you can alter that environment to encourage growth of health-promoting bacteria and inhibit growth of malevolent species.

The desired outcome of this knowledge is to develop treatments that target disease-causing bacteria without harming those beneficial to us (as often occurs with traditional antibiotics). In dentistry, such possibilities could help stop the spread of tooth decay, gum disease or similar bacterial infections, while fostering a healthier oral environment that prevents disease and protects health.

If you would like more information on healthy aspects of bacteria, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.