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.

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   (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

Food Gatherers – Food Drive

Food Drive for Food Gatherers

Food Drive for Food Gatherers

This October (through November 15th) we will be collecting donations of non-perishable foods on behalf of the locally  based (Washtenaw County) Food Gatherers, for distribution to many local organizations providing well needed foods to low income families.

While they have been doing this for 25 years, we are new to this and are very proud to be helping out. We will have a Food Gatherers Barrel in the office from Tuesday October 1st through to Friday November 15th.

During October, primarily we will be looking for cans and packets of dry goods (unopened, undamaged and in date please). From November 1st we will also be happy to accept donations of your extra, unwrapped, Halloween Candy.  For donors of Candy, we will pay $1 per pound and each donor will receive a raffle ticket for a Family Movie Night gift card which can be redeemed at the Rave Cinema on Carpenter Road in Ypsilanti.

We will happily accept all donations during office hours:

Monday & Tuesday 8am ~ 5pm; Wednesday 12noon ~ 7pm & Friday 9am ~ 2pm.

If you need any further information, please call Tina at 734.485.2200 or email her at

Halloween Candy Buy Back

Halloween Candy Buy Back



How to MAXIMIZE your dental insurance – USE IT OR LOSE IT!

Time is running out....

Time is running out….

Many dental insurance plans run on a calendar year. There are some exceptions, but, as a rule, the majority of insurance plans operate on a calendar year. Which means that time is now running out for you to maximize the benefits of your dental insurance as December 31st is the date you need to use your benefit before losing it. Why lose it? After all, YOU paid for it!

If you need reasons you should try to schedule that treatment you’ve been putting off read on. Apart from the health considerations that your dentist promotes, there are financial reasons to go ahead and make an appointment.

  • All dental insurance plans have a yearly maximum. This is the maximum amount that the insurance company will pay out for treatment in the duration of the benefit year. Any unused portion is not rolled over to the following year – so you lose it.
  • Most insurance plans cover twice yearly cleanings and exams at 100% (although some do have a small co-pay of maybe 10% or 25%).
  • If you keep these 6 monthly visits up, many potential BIG problems can be avoided as they would be detected early enough. It’s a sad fact of life that avoiding dental treatment doesn’t make the problem go away – it just makes it bigger, probably more painful and more expensive.
  • Deductibles are charged again at the beginning of a new benefit year. So, if you have already met your deductible, having further treatment BEFORE the renewal date and using up remaining benefit will avoid you having to pay it again.
  • Fees may increase. We all know that inevitably costs increase. Your dentist is no different to any other business and occasionally needs to update his fees. January is a perfect time to do this. By scheduling your appointment before then, you will be locked in to the current fees even if the treatment continues into the New Year.

Try to find the time to book an appointment for the treatment you’ve been avoiding ~ no point in having a double whammy of toothache and wasting money. After all…..none of us have money to burn.

Your hard-earned money going up in smoke.

Your hard-earned money going up in smoke.