National Children’s Dental Health Month



Each year the American Dental Association (ADA) sponsors National Children’s Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of oral health. This is the perfect opportunity to fine tune your efforts to ensure your child maintains proper oral hygiene.

With thanks to the ADA for their wonderful resources of information, here are some ways to help you take care of your children’s teeth as they develop.

When Teeth Erupt


Your baby is born with 20 teeth below the gums, and they usually start coming through between 6 months and a year. Most children have their full set of teeth by 3 years old.

Teething Signs and Symptoms


Teething can be a rite of passage for babies and parents alike. As their teeth come in, some babies may become fussy, sleepless and irritable, lose their appetite or drool more than usual. Diarrhea, rashes and a fever are not caused by teething. If your baby has a fever or diarrhea while teething or continues to be cranky and uncomfortable, call your physician.

When to Start Brushing with Toothpaste

Decay can happen as soon as teeth first appear. If you see some pearly whites peeking out  when your little one smiles, it is time to pick up a tube of fluoride toothpaste.

When to Schedule Your Baby’s First Dental Visit


It’s another milestone in a year of exciting firsts. Your child’s first dental visit should take place after their first tooth appears, but no later than the first birthday. Why so early? As soon as your baby has teeth, they can get cavities.

When to Start Cleaning Between Teeth


It doesn’t matter if you clean between ​your child’s teeth before or after they brush as long as you clean between any teeth that touch. You can use child-friendly plastic flossing tools to more easily clean between your child’s teeth until your child learns to do it.

You Can Prevent Baby Bottle Tooth Decay


Baby bottle tooth decay most often occurs in the upper front teeth (but other teeth may also be affected). Frequent, prolonged exposure of the baby’s teeth to drinks that contain sugar can cause tooth decay. This can happen when the baby is put to bed with a bottle, or when a bottle is used as a pacifier for a fussy baby.

Keep Their Mouths Clean


The next time your child’s pacifier goes flying, don’t pick it up and put it in your mouth because you think that makes it cleaner. Cavity-causing bacteria can be passed through saliva, so you could actually be introducing germs to your child instead of protecting him or her from them. The same goes for mealtime. It can be second nature to offer a bite of your food to your baby from your fork or use their spoon to make sure their food is ready to eat. Keep your utensils, and your germs, separate for healthy mouth and body.

Water Works!


When your child has worked up a thirst, water is the best beverage to offer—especially if it has fluoride! Drinking water with fluoride (also known as “nature’s cavity fighter”) has been shown to reduce cavities by 25%. While sweetened drinks like fruit juice (even those labeled 100% natural), soda and sports drinks can cause cavities, water with fluoride protects teeth. Sugary drinks also contribute to weight gain, and water is calorie-free.

There’s One More Way to Keep Cavities at Bay


Brushing and flossing go a long way to protecting your teeth against cavities, but sealants form an extra barrier between cavity-causing bacteria and your child’s teeth. School-age children without sealants have almost three times more cavities than children with sealants. According to the Centers for Disease Control and ADA’s Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry, sealants have been shown to reduce the risk of decay by nearly 80% in molars.

And, of course, last but not least, make an appointment to get your child’s teeth checked and cleaned. Just call the office at 734-485-2200

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… 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!!!

Why you should love your dentist!!

Sunday, June 2nd, 2013 was “I LOVE MY DENTIST DAY!!!”



Do YOU love YOURS????

You should………..though unfortunately, many of us don’t. If anything, we fear them, which is really unfortunate as our dentists help us with the very thing that helps us get noticed….our smiles!!!!



Your dentist can help fix your smile for you and give you the confidence to go out and meet the world head on!!!

There are several reasons why you should love your dentist, and make regular trips to see him (or her);

A) During your check-up, your dentist will check for signs of oral cancer. He will also check for gum disease which is especially important to treat as it can affect your heart, blood sugar, memory and breathing. Effectively, your dentist can, in some cases, give you a very important heads up to other health conditions you may not know you have. (

B) Your dentist knows how to fix your teeth!! Among other things, he can take x-rays, look for cavities you can’t see and fill them. He can straighten crooked teeth. He can help you with bad breath and he and his team can clean and polish your teeth.

C) Your dentist cares about your teeth and will help you when you’re in pain. They will even see you out of hours if necessary and are usually (as is the case with Dr Schmidt) available by phone whenever you need them.

D) Your dentist prefers to see you on a regular basis though, so that he can help you avoid needing treatment. By having regular checkups he and his hygienist can spot minor ailments before they blow up into instances that need major work. In some cases your dentist can put sealants on teeth to avoid cavities. Your hygienist will help you by advising you how to care for your teeth at home between visits, reminding you to floss and brush regularly.

E) Modern dentists have new ways to treat you. They can do implants as well as crowns. Hygienists use sonic brushes to cleans your teeth, they can whiten your teeth so your smile is brilliantly welcoming. The dentist’s chair is now a place to relax with calming decor, music playing. If you’re still nervous, we can offer Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas) to relax you. The modern dental office is a great place to get your teeth checked.

F) Your dentist will have had a long thorough education in order to be able to care for your oral health. His education will have included College, Dental School, Dental Admissions Testing, State Licensing, National Dental Board Exams, Continuing Education and in some instances further specialist training.

G) You get a free tooth brush, floss and toothpaste every time you have a check up!!

And lastly, you get a healthy mouth AND a wonderful, clean, bright smile!!!!

love dentist smile


What more could you ask for?

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.



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!!!!!

National Children’sDental Health Month

National Children’s Dental Health Month

Each February, the American Dental Association (ADA) sponsors National Children’s Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of oral health.

Developing good habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits helps children get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.

Every hygienist will tell you to Floss, Floss, Floss!!! Why?!?!? Flossing is one way of caring for your teeth. It starts where brushing stops as it reaches the parts that your brush can’t. Over time, micro-organisms (bacteria, micro-parasties and viruses) can build up to form dental plaque. If left alone, it can cause inflammation and redness of the gums. This is the first step in gum disease, known as Gingivitis. So……that is one reason why you should floss daily. If you don’t take care of gingivitis, it may possibly develop into the more serious condition known as periodontitis.

So, be good to your teeth and floss….work for the Gold Medal Smile 🙂


Dr.Schmidt & Team’s Christmas Cookie Exchange Winner – Candy Cane Snowball

Here at the office we enjoyed a Christmas Cookie Exchange.  Talk about some delicious cookies. Yum!

Ypsilanti dentist Christmas Cookie Exchange -Candy Cane Snowballs

We decided to vote for the favorite cookie and the Office Christmas Cookie Contest WINNER was our hygienist Susan B. with the Candy Cane Snowballs.

We thought you all would like to have the winning cookie recipe.

Candy Cane Snowball Recipe

 You will need:

 2 cups of butter, softened      

1 cup confectioner’s sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1 cup chopped pecans

8oz white candy coating, coarsely chopped

1/3 to 1/2 cup crushed peppermint candy

 1. In a large bowl, cream butter and confectioner’s sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Gradually add flour and mix well. Stir in pecans. Refrigerate for 3-4 hours or until easy to handle.

 2. Roll into 1in balls. Place 2in apart on un-greased baking sheets. Bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove cookies to wire rack and let them cool.

 3. In a microwave, melt candy coating at 70% power for 1 minute and stir. Microwave at additional 10 – 20 second intervals, stirring until smooth.

 4. Dip the top of each cookie into the candy coating; allow excess to drip off. Then dip into crushed peppermint candy. Place on waxed paper and let them set.


 Let us know what you think of this recipe.  

Don’t forget to Brush 😀

Congratulations to Susan!

Yours for better dental health,

Dr.Schmidt & Team

Don’t Flush the Floss!


As important as a discussion on the benefits of regular flossing is, proper disposal of used floss is also worth talking about.

Dental floss, especially the newer brands, is conveniently shred-resistant, but unfortunately, that also makes it non-biodegradable. While this means that tossing used dental floss in the garbage isn’t ideal, it’s still preferable to flushing it down the toilet, where it has the potential to create havoc in the waste processing stations, jamming pumps and causing increased maintenance and delays.

People with septic tanks are also advised not to flush their dental floss, as, in this case, the floss can clog and potentially damage septic tank components if it becomes trapped.

While there is no ideal answer to what to do with used dental floss, it looks like the preferred disposal method is in the garbage, where you’re advised to “toss the floss,” instead of “flushing the floss.”

The Fighting Features of Fluoride

Dozens of studies by universities, government and public health organizations have concluded that the regular use of fluoride, whether ingested through local drinking water or fluoride supplements, or applied topically through toothpastes, gels or mouth rinses containing fluoride, reduces the likelihood that your child’s teeth will develop cavities.

Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in various foods and water supplies to help defend teeth against decay. It is added to the water supplies in many communities across North America as a cost efficient way to provide fluoride protection to large numbers of people. If your community does not include fluoride in its water supply you should ensure that you and your children brush twice a day with a toothpaste containing fluoride, and use a fluoride rinse at bedtime. For those at high risk of developing cavities we may also recommend additional fluoride supplements through our office.

Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay by strengthening the outer layer – the enamel – on teeth against the harmful effects of the acids that are produced by the bacteria in the mouth. The fluoride then goes on to remineralize, or repair, any damage caused by the bacteria’s acid to the microscopic crystals that make up the structure of teeth.

While various studies have shown a marked decline in tooth decay rates due to fluoride use – up to 50 percent in children specifically – be aware that like anything else, you can have “too much of a good thing” with fluoride. Dental fluorosis is a non-health threatening condition that is a result of a child getting too much fluoride, and it shows up as white specks on a child’s teeth. The child may be getting too much fluoride because of the combination of fluoridated water plus fluoride toothpaste, rinses or supplements in the household. If you notice spots on your child’s teeth, please talk to us about possible causes for this condition in your child and the treatment available.

Talk to us about if you have well water, it may not contain the right amount of fluoride for your teeth, or if you and your family may require fluoride supplements.  734.485.2200  We’d love to hear from you with any questions you have!