Open for (new) business!

If you or any of your friends are in need of general or specific dental services, chances are that we can provide what you’re looking for right here at Dr David Schmidt’s family dental practice.

Our practice areas include more than just general dentistry – we also specialize in Cosmetic Dentistry, Endodontics (root canals), Periodontics (gum disease) and Prosthodontics (tooth replacement). That means a solution to any dental requirement, all under one roof!

Here at Dr. David Schmidt’s practice, we specialize in family dentistry- from babies on up to seniors. From regular checkups and fillings to smile solutions including tooth whitening, bonding and veneers, we look forward to putting a healthy, bright smile on your face. We also focus on preventative dental procedures, emphasizing proper care and maintenance of your teeth for a long and healthy dental experience.

If you have any questions on your teeth or general dental health, we welcome you to call us at (734) 485-2200.

~Dr David Schmidt D.D.S.

Ashtray Mouth….down and dirty

Yuck! Ashtray mouth is way more than just a bad taste or a bad feeling in your mouth.  That dryness and bad taste is a reminder of what you are doing to your teeth (and your body).  There are several reasons smoking is bad but today- we’re just going to focus on the nicest one- the dryness it causes.  The dryness is bad for several reasons.  Your mouth and teeth NEED saliva.  What is saliva good for? Fighting off bad germs/bacteria.  Saliva kills the bugs- it does!  It’s like nature’s mouth wash.  Saliva helps you have fresh breath, swallow easily and also breaks down food reminents in your teeth, in between your teeth (especially if you’re not regular at flossing- you definitely have leftovers in there).

So what….. you’ve got bacteria crawling all through your mouth, they are microscopic, what you don’t know won’t hurt you right?  You’re not kissing anyone right now so who cares if you have stinky breath now and then.  Really? Hmmmm…

Time for some biology 101.  I’ll keep it really simple for you.  The bacteria eats up your teeth, gums and body- yes, you’re body too!  Darn that bacteria if it just doesn’t get into every little crevice in our bodies!  Infections can and do go into your blood stream through your mouth!!  It causes heart disease, stroke, miscarriages, asthma (in severe cases), alzheimers and more!  Of course- lets not forget the obvious- it causes tooth loss by gum disease and decay.  I could go on and on why bacteria is our arch enemy in the dental world and when you smoke WOW you are just giving bacteria free reign in your mouth.  Stats on smokers and tooth loss is outrageous, every puff just puts you closer to losing your pearly whites.  Don’t believe me? Look at old smokers and tell them to say “ahhh”- guaranteed they are missing some of their molars, maybe all (not to mention their teeth are yellow or brown).

So, what to do…don’t be like Grandma and Grandpa……quit smoking now!!!! Not only is it just gross, you smell bad, you feel tired and aren’t you sick of being the lepers of society as you smoke outside in the cold winter freezing your bums off?  There are other options to deal with your stress that are healthy, there is even permanent nicotine replacement options!   Come on in and talk to us! We can help you, your medical doctor can help you.  You are not alone in this fight for health! You deserve to smell good, look good and feel good too (oh wait and be WARM in the winter!!!).  Call us for an appointment (I promise we’ll be nice!!! 734.485.2200)

and just for legal reasons…smoking can lead to head and neck cancer, throat cancer, lung cancer…so don’t delay your oral cancer screenings and regular checkups at your dentist! Love yourself and take care of yourself.  Don’t be afraid to put yourself first:) Your loved ones will thank you and you will too!

Warmly and in best regards,

Heather Heffley RDH, BS, hygiene coordinator for Dr Schmidt

Healthy Back to School Snacks

It’s that time of year again when kids go back to school and the challenge of what do you put in their lunch box comes up!  For the younger kids they may not be allowed to have any foods with peanuts or other ingredients due to allergies in their classrooms or maybe you have a picky eater and get disgruntled with dealing with what to feed your child.  Below is a list of great food snack ideas for in school and after school to help promote over all health and great dental health!  Less missed days of school for your child means less missed days of work for you along with a healthy happy kid (who doesn’t want that?!).

Fruit is naturally sweet, so most kids love it. Fruit can be served whole, sliced, cut in half, cubed, or in wedges. Canned, frozen, and dried fruits often need little preparation.

  • Apples
  • Apricots
  • Bananas
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cherries
  • Grapefruit
  • Grapes
  • Honeydew Melon
  • Kiwis-slice or cut in half and eat with a spoon!
  • Mandarin Oranges
  • Mangoes
  • Nectarines
  • Oranges
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Pineapple
  • Plums
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Tangerines
  • Watermelon
apple sauce, dried fruit (my kids love the bags of trail mix- including ones with dried fruit in it!), fruit salad, smoothies

Vegetables can be served raw with dip or salad dressing:

  • Broccoli
  • Carrot sticks or Baby Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery Sticks
  • Cucumber
  • Peppers (green, red, or yellow)
  • Snap Peas
  • Snow Peas
  • String Beans
  • Tomato slices or grape or cherry tomatoes
  • Yellow Summer Squash slices
  • Zucchini slices
Vege dips- hummus, ranch dressing, thousand island dressing or vege dips
Soy snacks, Vege pockets, Ants on a log (celery stick with peanut butter and raisins on it)
GRAINS!  Who doesn’t love some yummy crackers!
breakfast cereal, rice cakes, granola bars, granola (home made! There are some awesome easy to do recipes out there!), pretzels and bread sticks dipped into honey mustard is great!
Dairy Products!
Cheese cubes, yogurt, frozen yogurt (gogurts freeze and then thaw by lunch time for a still cold easy to eat yogurt and they taste great!)
Last but not least (for those without nut allergies)- trail mix- lots of great energy high protein mixes that are delicious or make your own up!
Lastly- what to drink that is HEALTHY?????
Water, Milk, seltzers, vitamin water, tea, juice- 100% juice- and limit juice to with snacks.  Be careful with drinking ANYTHING besides WATER throughout the day- so try to drink milk, tea, juice (pop too or sports drinks) with meals or snacks.  Any time you consume a drink slowly over a few hours other than water- it leaves acid in your mouth- this will cause decay- 100% of the time.
Have a great school year, enjoy the break from the kids parents and good luck to the tykes in their classes and sports!!!
Any nutritional questions you can call us at 734.485.2200 or your pediatrician!