WHAT’S IN A SMILE?

 

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A smile is a facial expression formed primarily by flexing the muscles at the sides of the mouth.

VERB – To form one’s features into a pleased, kind, or amused expression, typically with the corners of the mouth turned up and the front teeth exposed.

NOUN – An expression on the face in which the ends of the mouth curve up slightly, often with the lips moving apart so that the teeth can be seen; expressing happiness, pleasure, amusement, or a friendly  disposition.

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So, WHY do we smile? Smiling stimulates our brain’s reward mechanisms in a way that even chocolate, a well-regarded pleasure-inducer, cannot match.

Smiling, quite simply, can change our brain. So, what happens to our brain when we smile? Well, when we see something that makes us happy or pleases us, neuronal signals travel from the cortex of our brain to the brainstem (the oldest part of our brains). From there, the cranial muscle carries the signal further towards the smiling muscles in your face. Then, once the smiling muscles in our face contract, there is a positive feedback loop that now goes back to the brain and reinforces our feeling of joy. Hence, smiling being more rewarding than chocolate.

Smiling, like most facial expressions, communicates to those around us what we are feeling. It also reduces stress that your body and mind feel, almost similar to getting good sleep, according to recent studies. And smiling helps to generate more positive emotions within you. That’s why we often feel happier around children – they smile more. On average, they do so 400 times a day. Whilst happy people still smile 40-50 times a day, the average of us only smiles 20 times a day.

We humans though, are pretty adept at distinguishing between fake and real smiles. Fake smiles usually only involve the lips and lower part of the face (controlled specifically by the motor cortex). When in certain social situations, we sometimes feel compelled to appear as if we are enjoying ourselves, such as when having to converse with someone we don’t like or enduring events we’re not comfortable attending. Beware though, as mentioned earlier, we can usually detect insincerity, especially within a smile. A REAL smile will always involve the eyes, which will crinkle at the corners, as well as the mouth curving upwards. This type of smile was first identified by Guillaume Duchenne. He realized that a real smile is initiated by the emotional center of our brain and thus involved both the motor cortex and the limbic (emotional) centers of our brain.

Smiling however, is definitely more than just a contraction of muscles in your face. As Mother Teresa said;

“We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.” 

So, give a stranger one of your smile today, it may the only bit of sunshine they see today.

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Valentine’s Day

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Whichever camp you belong to, you can’t refute or be unaware that today is St Valentine’s Day.

Catholics believe that February 14th commemorates the martyrdom of St Valentine in the 3rd century. Valentine was a priest in Rome who was thought to secretly marry soldiers and their loves in defiance of a ban by Emperor Claudius II who thought that married men made bad soldiers. Valentine was subsequently sentenced to death when his defiant actions were found out. It was purported that the priest, prior to his execution sent a love letter to a secret love and signed it “From your Valentine”.

However, it’s thought that it wasn’t until the 13th century that love became popularly associated with St Valentine. This is in part due to Chaucer’s poem “Parliament of Foules” in which he suggested that Saint Valentine’s Day is “….whan every foul cometh ther to choose his mate”.

Today, the day very much centers around the celebration of love and is a time when we send expressions of our love to our partners.

So, we wish you ALL a very Happy Valentine’s Day.

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Dental Injuries

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While most traumatic dental injuries occur in children and teenagers, people of all ages can be affected, however, frequently in children traumatic dental injuries often occur as a result of a sports accident,  If you’ve experienced a traumatic dental injury  (whether during sports or any other mishap) it is important to visit your dentist in order to determine any necessary treatment. Any dental injury, even if apparently mild, requires examination by a dentist immediately. Sometimes, neighboring teeth suffer an additional, unnoticed injury that will only be detected by a thorough dental exam. Please remember, not to panic, in most cases, tooth and mouth injuries are not life threatening. Rarely, a child may develop serious complications. Injuries to the teeth and mouth can also have long-lasting effects on the child’s appearance and self-confidence.

Just a few statistics for you:

  • Sporting activities cause the greatest percentage of dental traumatic injuries in teens. Pre-teens and teens have the highest number of sports related dental injuries, with the top 3 sports being; Basketball, Biking and Hockey.
  • 50% of all children and teens will suffer at least one traumatic injury to a tooth by the time they graduate high school.
  • About 80% of all dental injuries affect at least one of the front teeth. Damage to the tongue or cheek is common, too.
  • Young men suffer traumatic tooth injuries 2-3 times more often than young women.
  • About 80% of all dental injuries affect at least one of the front teeth. Damage to the tongue or cheek is common, too.

With good oral hygiene and routine dental checkups; a nutritious diet low in sugar we can usually take good care of our teeth. When children (and adults) take part in sports however, it is perhaps a good measure to wear appropriate protective gear such as a custom-made mouthguard and helmet when playing sports. If your child does complain of toothache or suffers a dental injury, make sure he or she sees your family dentist or pediatric dentist (a specialist in children’s teeth) as soon as possible. This is usually preferable to seeking care at an emergency room, as hospitals often do not have trained personnel or equipment to handle dental emergencies — unless there is a dentist or oral surgeon on call. Of course, there are times when you have no choice but to rush your child to the nearest ER.

Winter Food and Coat Drive

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As in previous years, we are running our Winter Coat and food Drive.

All donations will be gratefully received and accepted in the office at 1900 Packard Road, Ypsilanti during office hours.

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The donations of nonperishable foods are donated to the food Gatherers of Ann Arbor and the winter clothing is distributed by one of our wonderful patients and his wife through the Christian Life Center Church to those in need living in Ypsilanti.

Please rummage through your pantry and closets and consider bringing in anything you no longer need, so that someone in need may benefit.

Our office hours are:

Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 8am – 5pm

Wednesday 12 noon – 7pm

Friday 9am – 1pm

We will be accepting donations through Friday December 16th.

Thank you.

Happy Holidays.

 

Need treatment – how do I afford it?

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OK, so you’ve been to your dentist for your regular 6 month check-up. This time though, he noticed that some things need to be treated.

Ever thought WOW! How do I afford the treatment I need?

Well, Care Credit is a way that you may be able to do just that. Here at David Schmidt’s dental office we accept Care Credit in order to help with financing (of course, all financing through Care Credit is subject to individual status). We offer 6 month interest free options as well as other options up to 12 months.

Please feel free to call Delta, Tina or Michele at the office (T. 734-485-2200) if you have any questions about financing treatment with CareCredit. 

Your dental health is very important……it is quite often the primary indicator that something more serious may be lurking around the corner. During your examination at your regular check-up your dentist will notice indications of many different ailments or conditions and can give an early warning to you and your physician. So, coming in for your check-up is really important, as is taking care of any treatment that he recommends.

So, please keep up with your appointments….it’s important.

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GETTING TO KNOW DR SCHMIDT’S TEAM

Recently, Dr Schmidt took over Dr Fred Castenholz’s practice when Dr Fred retired. We’d now like to introduce Margie to you. She worked with Dr Fred for 18 years as his Hygienist. We gave her the same questionnaire, with some serious and some fun questions, that we all completed a few months ago.

Welcome to the office Margie!

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1. What is your job here at Dr Schmidt’s office and what does it entail?

I am a Dental Hygienist. I clean people’s teeth, take x-rays, treat periodontal disease and teach people to take care of their teeth at home.

2. How long have you been at Dr Schmidt’s office?

I have been with Dr Schmidt, since the end of May when he took over Dr Fred’s practice. I worked the last 18 years with Dr Fred before he retired.

3. What is your favorite part about the job?

Getting to know so many wonderful people.

4. What job did you do before?

Before I worked with Dr Fred, I had jobs as a Nanny, Housekeeper, Waitress and I also worked at Meijer.

5. Where did you go to school?

Ypsilanti High School and the University of Michigan.

6. What was your favorite subject at school and who was your favorite teacher?

Math and art were my favorite subjects. My favorite teacher was my 5th grade teacher, Mr Brown. He encourage me to write and, let us make model rockets!

7. What do you like to do in your spare time?

I like to ride motorcycles and quads. I also like to camp, golf, cook, read and travel.

8. Are you married?

Yes.

9. Do you have children? If so, how many boys/girls?

Yes, I have a15 year old daughter.

10. Do you have pets? If so, what kind and how many?

Yes, two Brindle boxers.

11. What is your favorite food; color; TV show; Movie; Book; Music (name the group/singer); Actor/Actress?

Pasta; Purple; Big Bang Theory; Gentlemen Prefer Blondes with Jayne Russell and Marilyn Monroe; Where the Sidewalk Ends; Billie Holiday; Johnny Depp (Super Hot!)

12. What is the scariest thing you ever did?

Climbing to the top of a very steep and crumbling pyramid near Belize.

13. If I gave you $5,000 right now what would you spend it on?

Repairs on my motorcycle, taking my daughter on vacation and bills!

14. Who do you think is, or was, the most inspiring person you heard of or knew, and why they inspired you?

My Grandma Margie. She raised 7 children with very little help (my Grandpa was in the navy on a submarine most of their marriage) and she also helped raise us grandkids. She had a great sense of humor. gave great advice and instilled in all of us a strong appreciation of family. She was also a strong lady who did not put up with any BS!

15. What would be your ideal vacation?

All inclusive beach vacation with lots of fun activities such as; scuba diving, parasailing and sightseeing.

Now for the quick fire Yes or No round.

1. Ever held a snake? Yes
2. Ran a red light? Yes
3. Been suspended from school? No
4. Experienced love at first sight? No
5. Totaled your car/motorbike in an auto accident? No
6. Been fired from a job? No
7.Fired somebody? No
8. Sang Karaoke? Yes
9. Done something you told yourself you never would? Yes
10. Laughed until something your were drinking came out of your nose? Yes
11.Caught a snowflake on your tongue? Yes
12. Kissed in the rain? Yes
13. Sang in the shower? Yes
14. Sat on a rooftop? Yes
15. Been pushed into a pool fully dressed? Yes
16. Broken a bone? Yes
17. Walked on a moonlit beach? Yes
18. Ridden on a motorcycle? Yes
19. Ridden in a helicopter? Yes
20. Forgotten your anniversary? Yes
21. Had Mexican Jumping Beans for pets? Yes
22. Seriously and intentionally boycotted something? Yes
23. Knitted or crocheted? Yes
24. Been on TV? No
25. Eaten a whole Habanero pepper? No
26. Ridden a surfboard? No
27. Donated blood? Yes
28. Eaten Alligator meat? Yes
29. Eaten your kids’ Halloween candy? Yes
30. Written graffiti? Yes

GETTING TO KNOW DR DAVID SCHMIDT’S TEAM

Recently, Dr Schmidt took over Dr Fred Castenholz’s practice when Dr Fred retired. We’d now like to introduce Michele to you. She worked with Dr Fred for 16 years running the Front Desk and occasionally assisting with some dental procedures. We gave her the same questionnaire, with some serious and some fun questions, that we all completed a few months ago. Welcome to the office Michele!

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1. What is your job here at Dr Schmidt’s office and what does it entail?

I work at the Front Desk on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

2. How long have you been at Dr Schmidt’s office?

With Dr Schmidt, since the end of May when he took over Dr Fred’s practice. I’ve worked the last 16 years with Dr Fred running his Front Desk for him. On occasion I helped out as his Dental Assistant.

3. What is your favorite part about the job?

My colleagues.

4. What job did you do before?

I worked in a couple of bars. In fact, I still do at the weekends.

5. Where did you go to school?

Airport High School in Carleton, MI.

6. What was your favorite subject at school and who was your favorite teacher?

Although I did graduate, I didn’t care much for school.

7. What do you like to do in your spare time?

Have fun with friends and family.

8. Are you married?

No.

9. Do you have children? If so, how many boys/girls?

Yes, I have one boy.

10. Do you have pets? If so, what kind and how many?

Yes, a little Pug/Chihuahua mix called Savannah, but she also answers to the names Baby Girl or My Boo.

11. What is your favorite food; color; TV show; Movie; Book; Music (name the group/singer); Actor/Actress?

Pizza; Green; Grey’s Anatomy; The Notebook; 50 Shades of Grey; The Rolling Stones, I also like Country.

12. What is the scariest thing you ever did?

Can’t remember.

13. If I gave you $5,000 right now what would you spend it on?

Myself 😉

14. Who do you think is, or was, the most inspiring person you heard of or knew, and why they inspired you?

Dr Fred. He was always so gracious and kind.

15. What would be your ideal vacation?

Relaxing on the beach with a couple of gorgeous menservants.

Now for the quick fire Yes or No round.

1. Ever held a snake? No
2. Ran a red light? Yes
3. Been suspended from school? Yes
4. Experienced love at first sight? Yes
5. Totaled your car/motorbike in an auto accident? No
6. Been fired from a job? No
7.Fired somebody? Yes
8. Sang Karaoke? Yes
9. Done something you told yourself you never would? Yes
10. Laughed until something your were drinking came out of your nose? No
11.Caught a snowflake on your tongue? Yes
12. Kissed in the rain? No
13. Sang in the shower? Yes
14. Sat on a rooftop? No
15. Been pushed into a pool fully dressed? No
16. Broken a bone? No
17. Walked on a moonlit beach? Yes
18. Ridden on a motorcycle? Yes
19. Ridden in a helicopter? No
20. Forgotten your anniversary? No
21. Had Mexican Jumping Beans for pets? No
22. Seriously and intentionally boycotted something? No
23. Knitted or crocheted? No
24. Been on TV? No
25. Eaten a whole Habanero pepper? No
26. Ridden a surfboard? No
27. Donated blood? Yes
28. Eaten Alligator meat? No
29. Eaten your kids’ Halloween candy? Yes
30. Written graffiti? No