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.

 

Michele

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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

Tamara Gage - Patient of Dr David Schmidt, DDS.

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.

Tamara QR

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.

Stride against Breast Cancer

Stride against Breast Cancer

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

Don’t forget your toothbrush!!!!!!

YAY!!! Vacation time!!!

YAY!!! Vacation time!!!

Whether you’re going for a camping in the wilds of beyond, city sightseeing, calm relaxing beach, family and kids Disney resort or visiting friends and relatives type of vacation you STILL need to look after your teeth and keep up with your dental hygiene regime while you’re away.

City Vacation

City Vacation

With the pressures of daily life that we all experience these days (and doesn’t it just always seem to be ever more pressure piling on??) your vacation is a time when you hope to relax, unwind and rejuvenate. There is never the thought, that you might have to spend time tracking down a dentist whilst on your travels. Finding a dentist on your home turf can be difficult enough, never mind when you are far away from home and, especially if you are out of the country.

Disney

Disney

While we are used to our dentists here in the US being trained over an 8 year period (after earning their undergraduate degree) and in some cases going on to do further training in one of 9 specialties, as well as having to pass national exams and meet individual State requirements before they get their license to practice. This is not necessarily the case in every other country, especially if you are going to be visiting or traveling in developing countries or remote areas where access to dental care is extremely rare if not impossible.

Camping Vacation

Camping Vacation

So!!! What do you do to minimize the possibility of needing a trip to a dentist while you’re on vacation?

Dental Exam

Dental Exam

First of all; make sure you keep up to date with your regular exams and cleanings. At least this way, you allow your dentist to keep on top of any minor issues that are just developing, such as checking to make sure you have no cavities needing fillings and that all fillings, crowns, dentures and retainers are fitting properly and not loose.  Remember, that if you are flying, air cabin pressure can accelerate pain in sensitive areas and may also cause discomfort after some medical and dental procedures. So, you will need to factor in recovery time and follow up appointments when you organize your vacation dates.

Secondly; make time for your dentist to take care of any issues he finds before you leave as any minor things could easily turn into pain or sores that could really spoil your vacation.

Thirdly; double check with your heath insurance to find out if there are any in-network providers where you are going. Also, find out their policies on emergency coverage, when you will be somewhere without coverage. Remember to take your insurance card with you, both medical AND dental. Think about having a separate credit card as a contingency to cover emergency costs and any co-pays.

Disposable Toothbrush

Disposable Toothbrush

Lastly; take a supply of disposable brushes (that you can use anywhere), toothpaste, mouthwash and floss with you. If you can find the pre-pasted disposable brushes that don’t need water all the better for ‘on the go’ brushing. Just remember, that if you are somewhere remote, or in a developing country you should use bottled water to rinse rather than use the local supply.

Relaxing break

Relaxing break

Hopefully, you will have no issues, dental, medical or otherwise and that your vacation will truly be what you hope for………just DON’T FORGET YOUR TOOTHBRUSH!!!!!

DO I NEED BRACES AND WHY??

Do I need braces?  How do I know?  Why do I need braces?

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There are many, many reasons that people may need to have braces. Sometimes they are needed because a persons teeth are extremely crooked and cause them to not be able to chew properly. Other times it may be for cosmetic reasons and just occasionally, someone might just want to wear braces for a while.

In all cases, the prospective patient will need to visit a dentist who will determine if braces are actually needed. In some instances your family dentist will be able to help, in others you may be referred to a specialist called an Orthodontist.

Typical reasons for the need to have braces include;

Teeth straightening – Sometimes teeth can emerge crookedly or they don’t line up correctly. When this happens, it can affect the person’s ability to bite and chew food properly. Also, if your teeth don’t line up properly, you may be subject to headache and/or backache.

Correcting Bite – Many people have what is called an ‘over bite’ and many others have an ‘under bite’. An ‘over bite’ is a condition that makes the upper jaw jut out too far forward and an ‘under bite’ is where the lower jaw is the one that juts out too far. Both instances can result in a lot of tension that can give muscle ache or pain and, in some severe instances the teeth can bite into the tissues around your jaw.

Cosmetic – Some people may not medically require braces to ‘fix’ their teeth, but they may want to have a prettier smile.

Chewing – You may have problems with chewing your food properly. This would lead to possible stomach problems due to being unable to digest food that is not chewed properly.

Age – As we all get older, along with the rest of our body, our mouths and jaws will change. Sometimes significantly, requiring medical intervention.

In all instance where your dentist advises you to have braces, please take this seriously!! They do not do so lightly as problems with your teeth and jaw can have an adverse affect elsewhere in your body.

Next time we talk about braces we’ll look at ‘when’ they can be used, what to expect and how to look after them.

Until next time, have a wonderful day.