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.




YES! Everyone needs to floss

YES! Everyone needs to floss!

The boring part about flossing is knowing that every dentist and hygienist insists that we ALL should do it! After all, who HASN’T been told at their regular check-up that you need to floss?

BUT Flossing, as any hygienist will tell you, is one of the most difficult things to get their patients to do. Which is such a shame really, as it’s probably the best and most effective way of reducing the need for the dentist and preventing disease. Possibly more so that actually brushing your teeth.


WHY? Well, we need to floss because bacteria from the food we eat gathers not only behind and in front of teeth, but inbetween them. The stuff that gets wedged between teeth cannot be removed by brushing alone. Flossing helps get rid of the bad bacteria and dental plaque that cause periodontal disease (or gum disease), which is the #1 reason people will lose teeth as they get older. Flossing can also help to reduce gingivitis and halitosis (bad breath).

WHAT? Floss is a long, thin type of string. It is can be made of filaments of plastic (polyethylene, nylon or PTFE) or silk and can be waxed on unwaxed.

WHEN? Flossing is something we should do after every meal and every time we brush our teeth.

WHERE? The obvious answer is…..in the bathroom. But it can be done anywhere. Floss comes in little boxes and also there are now floss pickers. These are small plastics devices that hold a short piece of floss between two prongs, so you don’t have to use a long piece of floss and wind it around your fingers.

HOW? Continuing the ‘where’ answer……..if using floss from a carton, unwind/unroll a piece of floss about 18″ in length and wind it around your fingers,

How to floss.

How to floss.

as shown in the diagram.

Slide the floss between your teeth.

Slide the floss between your teeth.

Then slide it down between your teeth in a backwards and forwards motion and back up again, being sure to go right down to the gum line and making sure that you don’t snap the floss against your gums.

If you prefer to use floss picks, the following image shows you how to use them.

Using a floss pick

Using a floss pick

Either way is good. It is more important that you floss than whether you use picks or single string floss.

Now for the fun stuff…….

Did you know that floss comes in a variety of flavors other than mint?

For instance, how about……..

Breakfast flavored floss.

Breakfast flavored floss.

Coffee, waffle or bacon or,

Cupcake Floss

Cupcake Floss


Pickle flavored floss

Pickle flavored floss

Or even Pickle, YES! Pickle….

Then of course, there are the other wonderful things you can use floss for apart from cleaning your teeth.

Training vines for climbing plants; slicing cheese, cake and other foods; hanging pictures and ornaments; threading popcorn for decorations; using waxed floss as kindling to start a fire; sew on coat buttons, restringing jewelry; makeshift fishing line; traveling/camping clothesline and many other things.

So, floss can not only safe your life quite literally in helping to avoid serious gum disease and infections, it can also save your life, or at least get you out of some sticky situations when you haven’t got the right tools.

Bottom line is…..FLOSS! FLOSS! FLOSS! If only so you can start a campfire!

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.





Veteran’s Day

A definition of Veteran

A definition of Veteran

Today, Monday November 11th, is Veterans Day.

We just want to offer our thanks to all who served, and those still serving our country.

Whether one agrees with Governments and politicians about individual conflicts and our involvement or not, we should ALL be grateful and respectful of the service of the men and women over the years who have signed up to protect and serve the United State of America.

Without them, this great nation and standard-bearer of truth and justice throughout the world, would simply not exist.

All gave some, and some gave all. To all of you, Thank You.


OCTOBER….busy, busy, busy!



October is, for kids anyway (and probably more than one or two grown-ups), ALL about Halloween. Of course, the mini people are actually more likely to be all about the candy they will bag on October 31st.

Trick or Treating

Trick or Treating

Then again, to others, October is all about Breast Cancer and “Pink October” to raise awareness of the need to support sufferers and do all possible to raise funds to try and eliminate this horrible disease.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Lastly, October is also the time of year for Apple Orchards, Pumpkins and the glorious colors of Fall.

Apple Orchards

Apple Orchards

If we’re really honest, who DOESN’T like October for the many things that are happening this month. Whatever you do, enjoy it. Celebrate the scary stuff, support the needy campaigns and enjoy the bountiful Apple and Pumpkin harvests. Just remember to stay warm and have fun!



Most important of all! Remember the Halloween Candy Buy Back program we are running again this year.



From Friday November 1st through Friday November 15th during office hours, we will buy back unwanted (Yeah right!!!) and unwrapped candy for $1 per pound. Every donor will receive a raffle ticket for the draw to win a Family Movie Night Gift Card. All the candy will be donated to the Food Gatherers of Ann Arbor for distribution to low income residents of Washtenaw County.

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