Brushing Hippo's teeth!

Brushing Hippo’s teeth!

Why do you need to clean your teeth? Here are ten pretty scary reasons why:-

  1. SAVE MONEY: Cleaning your teeth regularly will help keep bacteria at bay. Visiting your dental office every 6 months will let your dentist and hygienist examine your mouth and keep a look out for any cavities, bad bacteria and gum disease that may be developing.

    $$$ Saving money $$$

    $$$ Saving money $$$

  2. PREVENT GUM DISEASE: Regular brushing helps prevent gum diseases such as Gingivitis and Periodontitis. Some 80% of American Adults have some form of gum disease  so, since gum disease if often the gateway for other more serious infections, it is advisable to maintain a regular oral hygiene regime.

    Periodontal diease

    Periodontal disease

  3. STOP ARTHRITIS and DIABETES: If you have gum disease your are 8 times more likely to develop Rheumatoid Arthritis and infections introduced via gum disease can lower the effectiveness of insulin in your body.
  4. HAVE A BETTER SEX LIFE: Not only does a nice smile help attract the opposite sex. As Prevention magazine reports, chronic gum disease may help men avoid ED (erectile dysfunction). Studies suggest the gum disease is slightly more common  in men who had a moderate to severe level of ED, compared with men who don’t have erectile dysfunction.
  5. PROMOTE FULL-TERM HEALTHY BABIES: Women suffering from periodontal disease can pass on infection through the placenta to their unborn infants. Low weight babies and pre-term babies can also result if gum disease is present. Also, conception may be delayed in women suffering from gum disease.

    Healthy Babies

    Healthy Babies

  6. PREVENT HEART DISEASE AND STROKES: With all the bacteria in your mouth, the added stress of gum disease can lead to a build up of harmful bacteria in your bloodstream – which ultimately leads to your heart. In some cases the bacteria can spread to your brain and induce a stroke.

    Healthy Heart

    Healthy Heart

  7. WARD OFF DEMENTIA AND ALZHEIMER’S: In 2010 the New York College of Dentistry published a report showing that gum disease may increase the risk of Alzheimer’s. Gum disease could also increase your chance of developing dementia by 30%-40%.
  8. REDUCE RESPIRATORY INFECTIONS: The Journal of Periodontology, in 2011, showed that oral infections and diseases can raise the risk of respiratory diseases, including pneumonia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Bronchitis may also be more prevalent for those with gum disease. All respiratory tract infections are caused by bacteria getting into the lower respiratory tract by passing through (or coming from) infections in your mouth. The cleaner you keep your mouth, the less chance of infection getting through.
  9. EAT HEALTHY: Eating calcium and fiber rich foods will help contribute to your overall health. It also stimulates production of saliva which helps to protect your teeth. Although brushing twice a day is recommended, additional brushing of your teeth after a meal can help you avoid eating more than you need as brushing signals to your brain that you are full.

    Eat Healthy

    Eat Healthy

  10. KEEPING THAT BEAUTIFUL SMILE: Cleaning your teeth regularly helps keep your mouth fresh, bad bacteria at bay, your smile white and in general a happier and more attractive person.

SO!!! I guess we can safely say that cleaning your teeth should part of your daily oral hygiene routine!

How should you clean your teeth?

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommend that you clean your teeth at least twice a day, with a soft bristled toothbrush. They also recommend that you clean between your teeth with floss or an interdental cleaner. The type of toothpaste you use can vary as there are many varieties that address different problems, however as long as you ensure that the toothpaste you use has the ADA seal of approval you should be OK.

American Dental Association Seal of Approval

American Dental Association Seal of Approval

While most of us do a fairly good job of cleaning our teeth, even the really good jobs sometimes need extra help. This is why the ADA recommend that we visit our dental office at least twice a year for check-ups and a professional tooth cleaning performed by the hygienist. For people who develop gum disease, it may be necessary to visit the hygienist more frequently or even be referred to a Periodontist – a specialist in gum disease.

Here is a link to a video explaining how a hygienist cleans your teeth.

Happy cleaning to you all, and remember……..

Gotta look after those teeth!!!

Gotta look after those teeth!!!


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. (http://www.prevention.com/health/health-concerns/gum-disease-can-cause-serious-illness)

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?


Will smoking affect my teeth?   The short answer is……..YES!!!

How badly will it affect them?

The Smokers Smile

The Smokers Smile

The Non-Smokers Smile

The Non-Smokers Smile

Well, which smile would you like to have?  The first one or the second one? It is very easy to see some of the detrimental effects of smoking on your teeth.

We all know that smoking is bad for our health, so it shouldn’t surprise us either that smoking (cigarettes, cigars or pipe) and chewing tobacco is also bad for us.

Never mind that socially these days, smoking in public is more or less unacceptable here in the US with many States now having prohibited smoking in public spaces, we now have a more thorough understanding of the way smoking affects not just our own bodies but those of the people around us.

Dental health impacts of smoking and using tobacco products include:

  • stained teeth and tongue
  • increase of plaque and tartar on the teeth
  • bad breath
  • your sense of taste and smell may be dulled
  • healing after tooth extraction or other surgery may be slower
  • gum disease
  • oral cancer

Note that, this list is not ALL that can happen, it is just a list of some of the things that can happen if you are a smoker or user of tobacco. Admittedly, there are other reasons you may suffer from some of these symptoms, but smoking will, at the very least, exaggerate them.

Smoking leads to gum disease because it interferes with the attachment of bone and soft tissue to your teeth. It actually interferes with the normal function of gum tissue cells and leads to smokers being more susceptible to infections, such as periodontal disease.

Whether you smoke  pipe, cigar or cigarettes you can have tooth and bone loss at a similar rate. Even if you don’t inhale and incur the additional medical health issues of the lungs, you still are at risk for oral and throat cancers and other consequences such as stained teeth, bad breath and gum disease.

Unfortunately, trying to go the smokeless route is not any better as smokeless tobacco products, including snuff and chewing tobacco, contain at least 28 chemicals that have been show in studies to increase the risk of oral and throat cancer. surprisingly, chewing tobacco contains  a higher levels of nicotine that cigarettes and a can of snuff delivers more nicotine than over 60 cigarettes!!! As well as the harmful chemicals in the smokeless products, there may also be added sugar for taste which as we all already know contributes to tooth decay and the formation of cavities.

So – now that you have even more information on WHY you should quit, your questions might now be….HOW do I quit?

Quit Smoking

Quit Smoking

There are many programs out there to help people who want to quit and who just can’t sumon up the will power to do it by themselves. Firstly, don’t be disappointed if you’re not successful at quitting by yourself. Tobacco products contain many addictive elements, so making it harder to withdraw easily from the habit.

Here in Michigan you can call the above number or go online at Michigan.Gov to find information on smoking cessation program, contact them at;  http://www.michigan.gov/mdch/0,1607,7-132-2940_2955_2973_53244—,00.html

Good luck!!!!

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, phosophorous and calcium.  A delicious Thanksgiving dinner can include them all!

Here are a few things that will make your chompers thank you.

– Turkey is high in phosphorous, which is not only healthy for developing teeth but can actually help rebuild tooth enamel.

– Sweet pototoes 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.”

Thanksgiving is a great holiday, and it can bea  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!