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

Saying Goodbye to Dr Castenholz

Dr Fred Castenholz with Dr David Schmidt

Dr Fred Castenholz with Dr David Schmidt

After 33 years of dental practice, Dr Fred Castenholz has retired and his practice merged with Dr David Schmidt’s office.

On June 7th, we had the official Open House/Retirement Party, so that Dr Fred’s patients could come and say goodbye to him and be introduced to Dr Dave. We had a great afternoon meeting our new patients. Though, we did need the kleenex on stand-by as it was an emotional day for Dr Fred and his patients.

 

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Margie – Hygienist

 

 

Margie worked with Dr Fred as his hygienist for 18 years. She will continue to work with us on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

 

Michele

Michele

 

 

 

 

Michele worked for 16 running Dr Fred’s Front Desk and occasionally assisting with some procedures. She will also continue to work with us on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

 

 

So, here is the newly expanded team at Dr Schmidt’s office;

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Dr Dave with his newly expanded team. From left to right: Laura (Dental Assistant); Susan (Hygienist); Delta (Front Desk); Tina (Front Desk); Claudia (Hygienist); Michele (Front Desk); Dr Dave; Jennifer (Dental Assistant) and Margie (Hygienist)

 

 

We look forward to seeing you all over the next few months.

Easter and Passover

Easter celebrates Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead, and is Christianity’s most important holiday. Each year the dates moves, depending on the date of the first Sunday following the full moon after the Spring equinox.
Although Easter is a Christian holiday, many say that it’s roots are in the ancient festival of Eostre, honoring the Teutonic Goddess of Spring and Fertility. In the Germanic languages, the word Easter has evolved from Eostre. In Latin based languages, words to celebrate this holiday have evolved from the Hebrew word Pesach, meaning Passover. In Spain, Easter is known as Pascua and in France, Pacques. The Jewish Festival of Pesach is held at the same time as Easter. It celebrates the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt which occurred after Jesus Christ’s Crucifixion and Resurrection.
Whilst Easter and Passover are very important religious observances, as with other such important holidays, over the years pagan, folk and other customs have become associated with the celebrations. Easter Eggs for instance are symbols of fertility. As are the Easter Bunny and Easter Chicks, both also synonymous with fertility and the rites of Spring. Commercialism has resulted in the prolific amount of eggs and candy we see today.
So, as your dentist, please remember, that in all things sweet – moderation is the key! Pace yours (and your kids) consumption.
Remember to brush and floss! And, don’t forget, if you need us, call 734-485-2200.

We wish everyone a Blessed, Peaceful and Happy Easter and Passover.

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FLOSS IS BOSS!

YES! Everyone needs to floss

YES! Everyone needs to floss!

The boring part about flossing is knowing that every dentist and hygienist insists that we ALL should do it! After all, who HASN’T been told at their regular check-up that you need to floss?

BUT Flossing, as any hygienist will tell you, is one of the most difficult things to get their patients to do. Which is such a shame really, as it’s probably the best and most effective way of reducing the need for the dentist and preventing disease. Possibly more so that actually brushing your teeth.

FLOSSING……..WHY? WHAT? WHEN? WHERE? AND HOW?

WHY? Well, we need to floss because bacteria from the food we eat gathers not only behind and in front of teeth, but inbetween them. The stuff that gets wedged between teeth cannot be removed by brushing alone. Flossing helps get rid of the bad bacteria and dental plaque that cause periodontal disease (or gum disease), which is the #1 reason people will lose teeth as they get older. Flossing can also help to reduce gingivitis and halitosis (bad breath).

WHAT? Floss is a long, thin type of string. It is can be made of filaments of plastic (polyethylene, nylon or PTFE) or silk and can be waxed on unwaxed.

WHEN? Flossing is something we should do after every meal and every time we brush our teeth.

WHERE? The obvious answer is…..in the bathroom. But it can be done anywhere. Floss comes in little boxes and also there are now floss pickers. These are small plastics devices that hold a short piece of floss between two prongs, so you don’t have to use a long piece of floss and wind it around your fingers.

HOW? Continuing the ‘where’ answer……..if using floss from a carton, unwind/unroll a piece of floss about 18″ in length and wind it around your fingers,

How to floss.

How to floss.

as shown in the diagram.

Slide the floss between your teeth.

Slide the floss between your teeth.

Then slide it down between your teeth in a backwards and forwards motion and back up again, being sure to go right down to the gum line and making sure that you don’t snap the floss against your gums.

If you prefer to use floss picks, the following image shows you how to use them.

Using a floss pick

Using a floss pick

Either way is good. It is more important that you floss than whether you use picks or single string floss.

Now for the fun stuff…….

Did you know that floss comes in a variety of flavors other than mint?

For instance, how about……..

Breakfast flavored floss.

Breakfast flavored floss.

Coffee, waffle or bacon or,

Cupcake Floss

Cupcake Floss

Cupcake?

Pickle flavored floss

Pickle flavored floss

Or even Pickle, YES! Pickle….

Then of course, there are the other wonderful things you can use floss for apart from cleaning your teeth.

Training vines for climbing plants; slicing cheese, cake and other foods; hanging pictures and ornaments; threading popcorn for decorations; using waxed floss as kindling to start a fire; sew on coat buttons, restringing jewelry; makeshift fishing line; traveling/camping clothesline and many other things.

So, floss can not only safe your life quite literally in helping to avoid serious gum disease and infections, it can also save your life, or at least get you out of some sticky situations when you haven’t got the right tools.

Bottom line is…..FLOSS! FLOSS! FLOSS! If only so you can start a campfire!