About David Schmidt D.D.S.

David Schmidt, DDS Dr. David Schmidt is a graduate of the University of Michigan Dental School. He is a member of the ADA, State and Local dental societies, as well as the Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Schmidt regularly takes continuing education classes so he can provide the best care for his patients and offer them the latest advances in dental treatment. Dr. Schmidt is a certified Invisalign orthodontic treatment provider. Dr. Schmidt enjoys the diversity of a general dental practice and is happy to treat patients of all ages from young children to the elderly. He has also developed an excellent relationship with many of the best local specialists when a referral is in the patients' best interest. He believes that a healthy mouth and a shining smile are signs of a successful visit to his dental office. Dr. Schmidt lives in Ann Arbor with his wife Liz and their two children.

National Children’s Dental Health Month



Each year the American Dental Association (ADA) sponsors National Children’s Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of oral health. This is the perfect opportunity to fine tune your efforts to ensure your child maintains proper oral hygiene.

With thanks to the ADA for their wonderful resources of information, here are some ways to help you take care of your children’s teeth as they develop.

When Teeth Erupt


Your baby is born with 20 teeth below the gums, and they usually start coming through between 6 months and a year. Most children have their full set of teeth by 3 years old.

Teething Signs and Symptoms


Teething can be a rite of passage for babies and parents alike. As their teeth come in, some babies may become fussy, sleepless and irritable, lose their appetite or drool more than usual. Diarrhea, rashes and a fever are not caused by teething. If your baby has a fever or diarrhea while teething or continues to be cranky and uncomfortable, call your physician.

When to Start Brushing with Toothpaste

Decay can happen as soon as teeth first appear. If you see some pearly whites peeking out  when your little one smiles, it is time to pick up a tube of fluoride toothpaste.

When to Schedule Your Baby’s First Dental Visit


It’s another milestone in a year of exciting firsts. Your child’s first dental visit should take place after their first tooth appears, but no later than the first birthday. Why so early? As soon as your baby has teeth, they can get cavities.

When to Start Cleaning Between Teeth


It doesn’t matter if you clean between ​your child’s teeth before or after they brush as long as you clean between any teeth that touch. You can use child-friendly plastic flossing tools to more easily clean between your child’s teeth until your child learns to do it.

You Can Prevent Baby Bottle Tooth Decay


Baby bottle tooth decay most often occurs in the upper front teeth (but other teeth may also be affected). Frequent, prolonged exposure of the baby’s teeth to drinks that contain sugar can cause tooth decay. This can happen when the baby is put to bed with a bottle, or when a bottle is used as a pacifier for a fussy baby.

Keep Their Mouths Clean


The next time your child’s pacifier goes flying, don’t pick it up and put it in your mouth because you think that makes it cleaner. Cavity-causing bacteria can be passed through saliva, so you could actually be introducing germs to your child instead of protecting him or her from them. The same goes for mealtime. It can be second nature to offer a bite of your food to your baby from your fork or use their spoon to make sure their food is ready to eat. Keep your utensils, and your germs, separate for healthy mouth and body.

Water Works!


When your child has worked up a thirst, water is the best beverage to offer—especially if it has fluoride! Drinking water with fluoride (also known as “nature’s cavity fighter”) has been shown to reduce cavities by 25%. While sweetened drinks like fruit juice (even those labeled 100% natural), soda and sports drinks can cause cavities, water with fluoride protects teeth. Sugary drinks also contribute to weight gain, and water is calorie-free.

There’s One More Way to Keep Cavities at Bay


Brushing and flossing go a long way to protecting your teeth against cavities, but sealants form an extra barrier between cavity-causing bacteria and your child’s teeth. School-age children without sealants have almost three times more cavities than children with sealants. According to the Centers for Disease Control and ADA’s Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry, sealants have been shown to reduce the risk of decay by nearly 80% in molars.

And, of course, last but not least, make an appointment to get your child’s teeth checked and cleaned. Just call the office at 734-485-2200

Children’s dental appointments ARE worth it!



As we’re nearing the end of January, we start looking ahead to February and National Children’s Dental Health month. So, it’s a great time to ask, is it really necessary for children to get into the habit of going to the dentist?

Our answer, of course, is Yes! It’s extremely important to establish the importance of getting them used to dental appointments and getting proper oral care. Family life alone can be chaotic at times and when you add in school schedules with football/band/drama practice to name but a few after school activities (never mind homework) it gets even more hectic. But, making it a priority to go to the dentist is always worth it.

Baby’s first tooth is the time to start their relationship with the dentist and hygienist. They may only allow a quick cursory look, let’s face it, anything with a baby is on baby’s terms, but getting them used to coming is a good idea and gets them in the habit of seeing the dentist regularly.

Oral care has been closely tied to our overall health and regular visits can help with detection of potential issues and prevention of the negative effects of poor oral hygiene. So, dentists play a central role in children’s oral health that goes beyond checking their teeth for cavities. Even though first (primary) teeth are eventually replaced by our permanent teeth. These baby teeth hold positions for the permanent teeth and it is advisable to ensure that everything progresses the way it should so that there will be no issues in adulthood.

Regular checkups allow your dentist address problems such as:

Gum disease and inflammation, teeth crowding, painful teeth and gums, thumb-sucking, bad oral hygiene, difficulty chewing/eating/sleeping and general decay (cavities).

As we help our children develop dental healthy habits, we ensure that they have a good foundation for their overall health for life in adulthood. Dental observations can spot possible several kind of major health issues such as heart problems, diabetes and cancer so encouraging good habits now for your children is essential.

Book your child in for a hygiene checkup now. Call 734-485-2200.



Quirky British Cuisine

Most countries have some national and regional dishes that can’t be found anywhere else and can raise some eyebrows because of their names, origins and ingredients. So, just for fun, we thought we’d highlight some of the strange and peculiarly British cuisine dishes that are available.

Firstly, one point to remember is that the term “Pudding” in Britain, does not refer to the Jello Pudding mix that is common in the USA. “Pudding” is in fact, the English generic term for dessert — covering not only creamy concoctions, but also cakes, pies, biscuits (cookies), mousse, ice cream … you name it.  However, as in the case of Yorkshire Pudding, which is not a dessert at all, the term pudding may also refer to a savory pudding….So, beware! A British “Pudding” may not be what you think……..


Not a pudding at all, but a light savory batter of milk, eggs and flour. Traditionally served with roast beef, roast potatoes and vegetables with gravy. Some will serve the dinner IN the plate sized Yorkshire Pudding and some will served miniature (muffin sized) Yorkshire Puddings, they’re kind of like popovers, with the meal. It used to be served with just gravy, prior to the main meal as a filler, so that the more expensive, meat part of the meal would go further. However you have it, it’s a little piece of British Heaven on a plate.



No, not a toad in a, well, or hole but sausages cooked in Yorkshire Pudding. Which, even more confusingly, as mentioned above, isn’t pudding. Anyway, the main thing is it’s delicious — especially with thick onion gravy



Unlike American Pigs in Blankets (which are more like British Sausage Rolls), sausages (the ‘pigs’) are wrapped in bacon (the ‘blankets’) and cooked, often as complement to a roast meat dish.



These are sausages that are wrapped in either puff or shortcrust pastry and usually served as part of a buffet. Equally delicious served warm from the oven or when cooled down.


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Yet another sausage dish, this time served with mashed potato and gravy. Bangers are so-called, because after the First World War there was little meat in sausages — just scraps, cereal and water — so they sizzled and spluttered a lot when they were frying. It sounded as if there were mini explosions, or bangs, going on, hence the name bangers



Traditionally a suet pudding pastry hand-held pie with a mix of sweet and savory flavors (the sweet sits in one end and the savory on the other). It was a staple meal for workers laboring in the fields as it was easily transportable and carried both a main course and a pudding in one pastry. In old recipes the sweet would be some sort of jam and the savory would be chopped up beef skirt or minced pork.The Clanger is very similar in its history to the Cornish pasty.



The pasty has been a documented part of the British diet since the 13th Century, at this time being devoured by the rich upper classes and royalty. The fillings were varied and rich; venison, beef, lamb and seafood like eels, flavored with rich gravies and fruits. It wasn’t until the 17th and 18th centuries that the pasty was adopted by miners and farm workers in Cornwall as a means for providing themselves with easy, tasty and sustaining meals while they worked. And so the humble Cornish Pasty was born.

The wives of Cornish tin miners would lovingly prepare these all-in-one meals to provide sustenance for their spouses during their grueling days down the dark, damp mines, working at such depths it wasn’t possible for them to surface at lunchtime. A typical pasty is simply a filling of choice sealed within a circle of pastry, one edge crimped into a thick crust . A good pasty could survive being dropped down a mine shaft! The crust served as a means of holding the pasty with dirty hands without contaminating the meal. Arsenic commonly accompanies tin within the ore that they were mining so, to avoid arsenic poisoning in particular, it was an essential part of the pasty.


bubble and squeak

Again, a great name for something that’s less glamorous, in this case fried leftovers of a roast meal. Popular during the rationing of World War 2, it’s still a popular way of cooking the leftover potatoes and other vegetables from a traditional English roast dinner. The name came about because the cabbage and potatoes would bubble and squeak in the pan while they were cooking.


stargazy pie

Quite a sinister looking dish, this offering is from Cornwall in South West England. It’s a fish pie with the fish heads (usually Mackerel) stuck onto the crust (‘staring’ at the stars). The reason behind this rather odd presentation is one rooted in practicality; juices and oils from the heads drain back into the pie while it is being cooked, keeping the pastry moist.



The ‘posh’ version of pigs in blankets: oysters wrapped in bacon. ‘Devils On Horseback’ are prunes wrapped in bacon. All 3 are usually served as sides to a large roasted dinner.


fish and chips

Fish and Chips is very much a British tradition. Probably the most common takeout restaurant in the UK is the Fish and Chip Shop or Chippy. Though they offer many other delicacies too including Kebabs (Kabobs), Pies (Savory), Burgers, Chicken and sausages, fish and chips is still the favored selection. Mushy peas are dried marrowfat peas which are first soaked overnight in water with sodium bicarbonate, then rinsed in fresh water boiled and then mashed with salt, pepper and a little sugar until they form a thick green lumpy mash. They are a popular British accompaniment to fish and chips.


scotch egg

A Scotch egg consists of a soft-boiled egg wrapped in sausage meat, coated in bread crumbs and baked or deep-fried.



Black pudding is a type of blood sausage originating in Great Britain and Ireland. It is made from pork blood, pork fat or beef suet and a cereal, usually oatmeal, oat groats or barley groats. Although it is produced by several large national companies, local butchers will often make their own versions. More commonly, it is served as part of a full cooked breakfast.



A yellow pickle relish made from cauliflower, courgettes (zucchini), and other vegetables, pickled with vinegar, salt, sugar, and spiced with mustard, turmeric, and other spices. It would be served with a plate of cold meats and cheeses.


pork pie

A pork pie is a traditional British cold meat pie. It consists of roughly chopped pork and pork jelly sealed in a hot water crust pastry. It is normally eaten as a snack or with a salad.


cullen skink

This rich soup of smoked haddock, potatoes, onions and milk was born in the fishing town of Cullen. In the late 1800s, when both money and produce were in short supply, fisher wives came up with the idea of using smoked haddock instead of shin of beef as the key ingredient in broth. The soup is now considered a luxurious delicacy and is served in restaurants all over the world.



Mulligatawny is a traditional British curried soup of Indian origin. There are many, many variations on the theme, but basically it is a curried chicken soup made with coconut milk, vegetables, rice, carrots, potatoes…the list goes on.



Rumbledethumps is a traditional dish from the Scottish Borders. The main ingredients are potato, cabbage and onion. Similar to Irish Colcannon, and English Bubble and Squeak, it is either served as an accompaniment to a main dish or as a main dish itself.


scouse (1)

It is a traditional seaman’s dish which may be of Viking origin. Labscaus or Lobscouse, is made with corned beef, onions, and mashed potatoes and flavored with a pinch of cumin and sometimes served with a fried egg on top.  Pickled beets are a popular accompaniment.


Haggis is Scotland’s national dish and the crowning glory of a traditional Burns Supper, and although it’s an object of Scottish culinary fascination around the world, it certainly is not a beauty queen. This enduringly popular dish is a type of savory pudding that combines offal (heart, kidneys, lungs of a sheep) with oatmeal, onions, salt and spices. Often served with the classic sides of bashed neeps and mashed tatties (that’s Scots for turnip and potatoes), haggis is traditionally cooked in a sheep’s stomach (a historic way of preserving meat), but most haggis nowadays is sold and cooked in a synthetic sausage casing. We agree that it may not win the title of the most elegant dish on the planet, but it really is undeniably delicious!



A dish made from meat off-cuts and offal minced together with herbs and bread crumbs so that it holds its shapes. Faggots originated as an inexpensive food in the mid 19th century. The first use in print cited in the Oxford English Dictionary is in 1851, from Thomas Mayhew, where he describes a dish identical to the modern product with chopped liver and lights in an outer wrapper of caul fat (also known as lace fat, it is the thin membrane which surrounds the internal organs of some animals, such as cows, sheep, and pigs). Faggots are also known as savory ducks in the Midlands, Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Lancashire



A kipper is a whole herring (a small, oily fish), that has been split in a butterfly fashion from tail to head along the dorsal ridge, gutted, salted or pickled, and cold-smoked over smoldering wood chips.


Another savory ‘pudding’, this time made from suet pastry lining a bowl, filled with cubed beefsteak, beef kidneys, onion and gravy then steamed for several hours.



This is an Anglo-Indian dish that became popular throughout the United Kingdom and in Ireland in Victorian times as a result of the expansion of the British Empire. The name derives from the Hindi “Khichdi”, meaning a kind of rice and lentil dish. It is thought of as a breakfast dish, but makes a good light lunch, too. The ingredients can vary, but generally include rice, flaked smoked fish, chopped boiled eggs, onion and curry spices. Is generally served for a “posh” breakfast, but can be served as a light lunch.


pease pudding

The “pease” refers to peas. During the Middle Ages and beyond, in Britian, this pudding would have been cooked in a large cauldron that continually hung over the fire. Pease pudding is a traditional British dish to this day, even available in cans, although it is no longer made over a fire in a huge cauldron.



Lancashire hotpot is a stew originating from Lancashire in the North West of England. It consists of lamb or mutton and onion and carrots topped with sliced potatoes and baked in a heavy pot on a low heat.


Posset and Syllabub have been enjoyed for centuries though it used to be served as a warming drink to encourage slumber.  Both are made by curdling milk with alcohol or citrus juices, though syllabub tended to be thicker. However, nowadays they are both more like a citrussy fool than a frothy drink.



Another 19th century pudding, Jam Roly-Poly features in Mrs Beeton’s cookbook and is considered a classic British dessert. A flat-rolled suet pudding which is spread with jam and rolled up, like a Swiss roll, then steam or baked. Traditionally served with hot custard.

Other names for the pud include dead man’s arms, dead man’s leg or shirt-sleeve pudding as it was often steamed and served in an old shirt-sleeve.


swiss roll

Swiss Roll is a light (usually fate-free) sponge cake with a filling such as jam, cream, or lemon curd. It is cooked in a flat rectangular tray and then rolled into a log shape, and has a spiral pattern when sliced.




Battenberg is a light sponge cake with the pieces covered in jam. The cake is covered in marzipan and, when cut in cross-section, displays a distinctive two-by-two check pattern alternately colored pink and yellow.




No sniggering at the back of the class there… This is a traditional English pudding consisting of steamed sponge cake containing currents or sultanas (the ‘spots’), usually served with custard. The first recipe for Spotted Dick appeared in 1849 in Alexis Soyer’s The modern Housewife or ménagère.



treacle tart

In Britain, treacle is a word applied to all sugary sticky syrups, from the dark, almost black sticky molasses to golden syrup, which is lighter in character and in color, and an essential component of their beloved treacle tart. Inside a buttery shortbread crust, a molten goo of golden syrup drowns bread crumbs and lemon zest. With little else than an egg whisked with cream to set the center, its very simplicity is its ultimate strength.




Unlike in the USA where a flapjack is another term for pancake, in the UK, a flapjack is pretty much a soft-baked granola bar, cooked in a flat oven tin and cut into rectangles. Made from rolled oats, fat (typically butter), brown sugar and usually golden syrup ( a light version of molasses).




Parkin or Perkin, originating in northern England, is a gingerbread cake traditionally made with oatmeal and black treacle (molasses).




Trifle in English cuisine is a dessert made with fruit, a thin layer of sponge cake fingers soaked in fruit juice (or sherry or another fortified wine), and custard. It can be topped with whipped cream and slivered almonds. More modern trifles will use jelly (jello), but it is not part of the traditional recipe.




An Eccles cake is a small, round cake made from buttery flaky pastry, filled with currants sometimes topped with sugar.




Eton mess is a traditional English dessert consisting of a mixture of strawberries, broken meringue, and whipped double cream.




Originally a summer dish, Cranachan is a traditional Scottish dessert usually made from a mixture of whipped cream, whisky, honey and fresh raspberries with toasted oatmeal.




A crumpet is a small griddle cake made from an unsweetened batter of water or milk, flour and yeast, eaten in the United Kingdom. Toasted and eaten hot with slatherings of butter.



scottish crumpets

These are not spongy and chewy like English Crumpets but are thinner and wider, more like American pancakes, though one side is smooth while the other is full of holes (imagine an unflipped American pancake).



sussex pond pudding

Sussex pond pudding, or well pudding, is a traditional English pudding from the southern county of Sussex. It is made of a suet pastry, filled with butter and sugar, and is boiled or steamed for several hours. Modern versions of the recipe often include a whole lemon enclosed in the pastry.



ecclefechan tarts

Named after the town of Ecclefechan in the Scottish Borders, these delicious all butter pastry tarts are filled with the finest ingredients – sultanas, cherries and almonds.




Black bun is a type of dark fruit cake completely covered with pastry. It is Scottish in origin, originally eaten on Twelfth Night but now enjoyed at Hogmanay.




NO! Not an electrical device, nor is it a medication. Tablet is a medium-hard, sugary confection from Scotland. Like Fudge, Tablet is usually made from sugar, condensed milk, and butter, which is boiled to a soft-ball stage however, unlike like fudge which remains creamy in consistency, Tablet is cooked longer and allowed to crystallize.



christmas pudding

Christmas pudding (sometimes called figgy pudding or plum pudding) is a cake-like dish made during the holidays. Classic Christmas puddings feature copious amounts of dried fruits. The British Christmas pudding dates back to the Medieval times, but they became most popular in the Victorian era when cooks learned to preserve dried fruits and meats for the winter months. The meats and fruits were combined to create mince pies, which were the precursor to Christmas puddings.

Pudding recipes combine all types of dried fruits, among them raisins, figs, prunes and glacé fruits, as well as citrus zest and nuts. Eggs, breadcrumbs and suet (beef or mutton fat from around the kidney) helps hold the mixture of fruits and nuts together. It is then pressed into a bowl, covered with parchment, and steamed in a pot on the stove for hours and hours until cooked.




Like the Christmas Pudding, Mince Pies are a quintessential part of British Christmas celebrations. Its ingredients are traceable to the 13th century, when returning European crusaders brought with them Middle Eastern recipes containing meats, fruits and spices. The early mince pie was known by several names, including “mutton pie”, “shrid pie” and “Christmas pie”. Typically its ingredients were a mixture of minced meat, suet, a range of fruits, and spices such as cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. Today the mince pie is filled with a mixture of dried fruits and spices called “mincemeat” but now without meat (but often including suet or other animal fats), remains a popular seasonal treat enjoyed by many across the United Kingdom and Ireland.



summer pudding

Summer pudding or summer fruit pudding is a British dessert made of stale sliced white bread, layered in a deep bowl with fruit and fruit juice. It is left to soak and set overnight and turned out onto a plate with fruit and cream to serve.



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The Victoria Sponge (or sandwich) is a sponge cake sandwiched together with raspberry jam and dusted on the top with caster sugar. It is a quintessential English teatime treat and became popular during the reign of Queen Victoria. The ingredients in a traditional Victoria Sponge are eggs, flour, sugar, and butter and should be of equal weight; the eggs are weighed in their shell. There are a number of Victoria Sponge variations including using strawberry jam instead of raspberry; adding buttercream or whipped double cream instead of just jam; and dusting the top with icing sugar rather than caster sugar.



queen of puddings

Queen of Puddings is a traditional British dessert, consisting of a baked, breadcrumb-thickened mixture, spread with jam and topped with meringue

What ARE Migraines?


June is National Migraine and Headache Awareness Month.

Laura, one of our assistants here at the office, used to suffer regularly from migraine attacks as did Tina’s (Front Desk) Mom. So, because we know what it’s like (first and secondhand) to have persistent, bad headaches, we thought we would highlight this issue.

Migraine is an inherited neurological disorder that is characterized by over excitability of specific areas of the brain. Although we do not clearly understand how a migraine brain is different or what happens in the brain to start a migraine, we know that individuals with migraine are more susceptible to the influence of transient factors, termed “triggers,” that raise the risk for having a migraine attack.

Migraine costs the United States more than $20 billion each year. Costs are attributed to direct medical expenses such as doctor visits and medications, and indirect expenses like missed work and lost productivity. But the burden doesn’t stop there. Those afflicted with migraine are more likely to have depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, other pain conditions and fatigue. People who have a history of experiencing an aura phase (migraine with changes in vision) have been shown to be at an increased risk for stroke and heart attack.

SO, how do you know if you have migraines? What makes them different form a regular headache? While “headache” might appear as a catch-all term for all sorts of head pain, migraine is distinct from headaches because of its duration, severity and accompanying symptoms. Patients often complain of being physically exhausted and drained from the dizziness, nausea, vomiting, skin sensitivity, the lights, the smell, the sounds and the inability to concentrate or think straight. So, if you have two or more of these symptoms, it may be a good idea to consult your primary care physician.

  • Headaches that are moderately or severely painful
  • Headache pain that gets worse with physical activity
  • A headache that is throbbing and is often worse on one side
  • A headache that causes you to miss school, work or other activities
  • Increased sensitivity to light, sound or smells during a headache
  • A long-lasting headache (4-48 hours if untreated)

A few fact and figures:

  • 36 million Americans suffer from migraines
  • Women are 3 times more likely than men to suffer from migraine
  • Depressions and anxiety are twice as common in people who have migraines
  • 14.8 million people in the US suffer migraine symptoms sever enough to require bed rest or cause impairment of normal daily activities.

Now, as much as we’d like to just skip the our visits to the dentist, these visits are essential for our health. Migraine sufferers, face unique challenges that require good dental hygiene and care. Frequent vomiting can erode tooth decay. Plus, many of our prescription medications can cause dry mouth, which can lead to an increased risk of tooth decay. Some medicines even increase our risk of gum disease! Dental problems have been linked to the development of cardiovascular disease, too. Because migraine sufferers already have an increased risk for heart problems, it just makes sense to keep those risk factors from stacking up too high.But dental visits can also be filled with potential triggers. If the lights, sounds, and smells don’t get you, then the procedures certainly will. Because the trigeminal nerve extends into the face and jaw, all that extra pressure, vibration, scraping, poking, and drilling certainly puts stress on our most vulnerable nerve bundle. Depending on individual sensitivity, even a simple cleaning can set off an attack.

For those of you who suffer from migraines, please tell us and we can make your appointment more comfortable for you.

  • Wear dark sunglasses or bring your eye mask along
  • Ask your dentist or hygienist to play your favorite kind of music, or if you prefer, bring your own personal music player and earbuds
  • Place a small pillow under your neck for support
  • Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing
  • Bring a jacket or sweater if the office is cold…or better yet, ask to use our soft blanket
  • Apply over the counter oral pain relief gel to your lips before you get started
  • Use a portable TENS unit on your neck and/or shoulders to help you stay relaxed
  • Apply Vicks under your nose or use one of our soft organic lip balms  to mask unpleasant smells
  • Practice deep breathing, relaxation and use your earbuds to listen to meditation recordings to help you remain calm
  • Ask for the first appointment of the day. We are always concerned with your comfort, but we are human too and early morning appointments are always less stressed and rushed than those at the end of the day

Check out these links for further information:

American Migraine Foundation -www.americanmigrainefoundation.org

Coalition for Headache and Migraine Patients – http://www.headachemigraine.org




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.


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.


Valentine’s Day


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.


Dental Injuries


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



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.


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?



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.



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!


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?


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