WHAT’S IN A SMILE?

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Valentine’s Day

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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.

 

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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.

Don’t be a dental turkey!

Thanksgiving

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!!!

Breast Cancer Awareness

October - National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October – National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October, as many of you know, has been designated as National Breast Cancer Awareness month, by the American Cancer Society since 1985. Their aim was to promote the use of mammograms in early detection of breast cancer. Since then, many thousands of women’s lives have been saved. This year, the American Cancer Society report that since 1990, that death rates from breast cancer have dropped by 34%. This is good, however, not good enough! We STILL need to raise awareness every passing year.

To that end, this will be a short post. All we want to do is promote Tamara Gage’s participation in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, in Ann Arbor on Saturday, 26th October. http://makingstrides.acsevents.org

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Tamara Gage (on the right) – Patient of Dr David Schmidt, DDS.

Tamara is a patient of ours and is walking for Breast Cancer because;

          “……….I know that I will make a difference. I know that by raising funds and walking in my Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event, I will help the American Cancer Society continue to save lives from breast cancer – and create a world with less breast cancer and more birthdays. How do they do it? Every day, the Society is helping people stay well by helping them take steps to reduce their risk of breast cancer or find it early, when it is easiest to treat; helping people get well with information, day-to-day help, and emotional support to guide them through every step of a breast cancer experience; by finding cures and promising new treatments through funding and conducting research; and by fighting back by working with lawmakers to help all women get access to screenings and care. 

          I believe that one day, breast cancer will never steal another year from anyone’s life – and we will live in a world with less breast cancer and more birthdays. That’s why I’m walking. Not only is this my opportunity to join my community to fight back against breast cancer, but it is also a way to inspire hope by raising funds and awareness to help those facing the disease.”

I hope that all of you reading this will support us in our support of Tamara and scan the QR code or click the link to her sponsor page and sign up.

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http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR/MakingStridesAgainstBreastCancer/MSABCCY13GL?px=17887878&pg=personal&fr_id=55714   (copy and paste to your browser if the link doesn’t work)

Thank you, let’s ALL work together to eradicate Breast Cancer.

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GETTING TO KNOW DR SCHMIDT’S TEAM – SUSAN

For the next few blogs we thought we’d introduce the team at Dr Schmidt’s office so you can get to know us all a little better.  To make it easier to gather information everyone in the office was given a questionnaire with some serious and some fun questions. Hope you like the idea!!!

This week it’s the turn of our wonderful Hygienist, Susan…….

Our Hygienist, Susan

Our Hygienist, Susan

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

I am a dental hygienist and in addition to cleaning their teeth and gums, I help teach our patients to take care of their teeth.

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

I have been here now for 5 years.

3. What is your favorite part about the job?

The interaction with the patients.

4. What job did you do before?

I was a dental assistant in the Periodontics Department of the University of Detroit School of Dentistry.

5. Where did you go to school? 

University of Detroit Mercy.

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

I don’t recall.

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

Gardening and crafting (cross-stitch, crochet and scrapbooking).

8. Are you married?

Yes, for 23 years.

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

Ye, I have two girls.

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

Yes, 3 dogs and 1 cat.

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

Ice cream; green; too many shows to list; too many movies to list; Bo Schembechler’s autobiography; Rascall Flats and Celtic Women; Actor Jimmy Stewart; Actress – too many to list.

12. What is the scariest thing you ever did?

Climbing the Duns River Falls in Jamaica.

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

I would give it to the most “in need” friend I know.

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

My Father. He came to the US after escaping a Nazi camp. He worked very hard to create a new life and put his kids through college.

15. What would be your ideal vacation?

Horseback riding through the grand Canyon or the Colorado Rocky mountains.

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? Yes
  • 5. Totaled your car/motorbike in an auto accident? Yes
  • 6. Been fired from a job? Yes
  • 7.Fired somebody? No
  • 8. Sang Karaoke? No
  • 9. Done something you told yourself you never would? No
  • 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? No
  • 16. Broken a bone? No
  • 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? Yes
  • 26. Ridden a surfboard? No
  • 27. Donated blood? No
  • 28. Eaten Alligator meat? Yes
  • 29. Eaten your kids’ Halloween candy? Yes
  • 30. Written graffiti? No