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.


bangers and mash 1

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.



victoria sponge.jpg

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.


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.



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


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!


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?


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.



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 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;

Dave and his girls

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.


Don’t be a dental turkey!


When the pilgrims left England on the Mayflower, they were looking for a land free of persecution.  By the time they landed in Massachusetts 66 days later, they found the journey to be a lot more grueling than they originally planned.

Among the many health issues they encountered was “scurvy”, caused by a deficiency of vitamin C.  The lack of fresh food on board, especially fruits, caused horrible symptoms, including spots on the skin, weakness, extreme drowsiness, spontaneous bleeding and eventually death.  Oh yes, this disease also caused the pilgrims to have bleeding gums and tooth loss!

This Thanksgiving, be sure to prepare a meal that is not only delicious but healthy for your teeth and gums too!  Some vitamins and nutrients which are good for your oral health are vitamins A, C and D, phosphorous and calcium.  A delicious Thanksgiving dinner can include them all!

Here are a few things that will make your chompers thank you – the DO’S!!!!!

  • Turkey is high in phosphorous, which is not only healthy for developing teeth but can actually help rebuild tooth enamel.
  • Sweet potatoes are loaded with nutrients including vitamins A and C which are both excellent for gum health.
  • Cranberries contain flavonoids which can prevent bacteria from sticking to the teeth and forming plaque.
  • Pumpkin pies are loaded with vitamin C and calcium, important for gum health and developing teeth.

“Just like our bodies, our teeth and gums need many essential vitamins and minerals to stay strong and healthy,” says Dr David Schmidt.  “In fact, to ensure proper tooth development and strength, adults, children and seniors alike need a lot of calcium, vitamins and minerals.”

Dr Schmidt goes on to say “Many take oral health for granted, but countless studies have shown that there is a strong association between good oral health and good body health. Spending time with your loved ones at Thanksgiving is even better when everyone is healthy and happy.”

Here are 5 tips to a happy, healthy Thanksgiving. The DON’TS!!

  1. Be smart, use a nutcracker! Squirrels can use their teeth to crack nuts…..YOU CAN’T!!  Many people have tried to crack a tooth over the holiday thinking their teeth are unbreakable.  Truth is, there is a very sensitive nerve running through a root surrounded by soft living tissue under that hard enamel shell .  Crack the shell (of the tooth – not the nut), and you’ll be saying hello to some major pain.  Yes, cracking a tooth is an intensely painful experience resulting in the urgent need for a root canal and crown.
  2. Don’t open beer bottles with your teeth!!! Need we say more???
  3. Caramel Popcorn Ball vs Teeth!!!! Guess who will win?? Pass on the popcorn ball if you want to keep your teeth!
  4. Brush and floss!!! Yes, even on holidays you need to do this. There will be plenty of food to eat over this weekend, a lot of it sweet. So, take your tooth brush and floss with you and keep up the good work you do at home the rest of the year!
  5. Skip biting the Candy Canes that appear the day after Thanksgiving. You know someone always starts the Christmas decorating the next day…..Biting hard candy is ALWAYS a risk….don’t do it 😉
Thanksgiving is a great holiday, and it can be a  healthy one for you teeth, gums and body as well! Here at Dr David Schmidt’s dental practice, we want you to be healthy! Remember that prevention is key, so be sure to stick with your recommended dental care schedule for the best health of all!  Call (734) 485-2200 to schedule your appointment today!  Enjoy a fantastic holiday and even though your schedule may be hectic this time of year, don’t forget to take care of your teeth, gums and entire body!
Have fun!!!

Have fun!!!


Thanksgiving According to Kids!

              Thanksgiving According to Kids!

Kids, as we know are forever asking questions and wondering about the new things life throws at them every day. They have this special sense of curious wonder and insatiable appetite for all aspects of our lives and this includes holidays. They also have a wonderful, sometimes alternative view of the world as we see it. Here are some snippets that I’ve found about the way they think of and see Thanksgiving and what they would like to do at that special time. Hope you enjoy them.

dog at table

  • Let our dogs Bailey and Benji sit at the table with us for dinner, ‘cos we never let them. (Sophia, 5 – Bronx, NY)
  • Put a squid in a fish tank in the middle of the table. (Delano, 7 – Sebastopol, CA)


  • Have a Thanksgiving Week instead of just a Thanksgiving Day! (Emmanuel, 8 – New York City)
  • Invite friends and family over and donate to the poor! Be thankful for what you have and do what you can to help others. Also, add pizza! (Ethan, 9 – Chicago, IL)
  • I would get some Easter Eggs! (Megan, 3 – Weston, CT)
  • We celebrate because we’re thankful for the food that God gave us. (Juan, Phoenix – AZ)
  • monkey-thank-youWe need a monkey. A monkey that thanks things. That would make it better! (Reece, 3 – North Arlington, NJ)
  • I don’t actually like to eat turkeys and pumpkins, so I’d rather go to the swimming pool instead. (Adeline, 4 – Queens, NY)


  • There should be at least SIX kinds of pie and there shouldn’t be any rules on how many pieces kids can eat – even if they don’t eat all their turkey. (Joey, 7 – Austin, TX)
  • Thanksgiving was a time when the Indians sailed across the water! (Kasen, 6 – Charleston, SC)

Children! What WOULD we do without them and their lovely way of making us re-think the way we look at the world?

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on our families and loved ones, the world in which we live and the way the Earth provides for us. There are indeed many things to be thankful for – whatever religion you subscribe to (or not) or, indeed, whichever culture is your ancestry.

Let’s just take a moment to say Thank you.