NATIONAL TOOTH FAIRY DAY!!!!!!

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For hundreds of years, mystical legends, stories, and traditions have been shared about the loss of baby teeth. In some cultures, children’s teeth were buried in order to hide them from witches and evil spirits who would use the tooth’s powers for voodoo. The Vikings believed that children’s teeth had a magical power in them that would help them fight in battle. They would even pay their children for their lost baby teeth so that they could be used to string onto battle necklaces and other jewelry.

Over time, people began to share stories about a Tooth Mouse who would scamper around town and steal children’s teeth in the middle of the night. This story of the mouse soon transformed into the story of the Tooth Fairy, who would leave treasures under the children’s pillows in exchange for their lost teeth.

The traditions and legend of the Tooth Fairy are still practiced today all around the world. It is considered a useful practice by many parents because it gives their children something to look forward to when they lose their teeth. And so year after year, baby teeth are placed under children’s pillows at night in hopes of waking up to a wonderful surprise from none other than the Tooth Fairy.( http://www.toothfairy.org/2012/01/04/hello-world/)

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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 🙂

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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


Cavities are contagious?! Whaaaat?!

You heard it right!  Cavities are caused by tiny little “sugar bugs” called bacteria.  If you kiss someone or share food with someone who has those nasty little bugs in their mouth- you’ve got it!  So maybe we should switch from brushing after you eat to brushing after you kiss!  Okay that might be weird but truthfully being aware of how healthy your friend is, or who your child is sharing food with (including friends) is something to be very aware of.  Often times caregivers will share food with young ones, thus exposing them to cavities and gum disease.  So, educate the caregivers and educate your little ones- don’t share food with anyone, not even friends.  You’ll not only avoid the flu, but gum disease, cavities, and a whole other mess of viruses that spread orally!

caffeine’s benefits for Parkinson’s Disease

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – A new, small study found people with Parkinson’s disease who took caffeine pills saw slight but noticeable improvements in movement problems related to the condition.

For the new study, Postuma and his colleagues randomly assigned 61 people with Parkinson’s and in their mid-60s, on average, to six weeks of caffeine pills or identical drug-free placebo pills.

Participants in the caffeine group took 100 milligrams when they woke up and again after lunch for the first three weeks, then were bumped up to 200 milligrams twice a day for the rest of the study.

In comparison, a cup of brewed coffee typically has about 100 milligrams of caffeine and a 12-ounce soda has between 30 and 50 milligrams.

After the study period, people taking caffeine didn’t report a clear improvement in sleepiness. But that group did improve on an overall scale of Parkinson’s symptoms, including on measures of muscle rigidity and other movement problems.

The average decrease was about five points on the disease rating scale, according to findings published Wednesday in Neurology. Postuma said a typical patient who’s had Parkinson’s for a few years would have a score of 30 to 40.

 

The Basics of Bad Breath

Bad breath- the down low, the dirty and the details…

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On the DNL (Down Low)….

Have you noticed friends or co-workers stand further away than necessary to talk to you? Do you receive daily offers of gum and mints? Does your dog run away when you bend down and say hello? If the answer is yes to any of these questions … you probably have bad breath, also called halitosis.

How is it possible for you to have bad breath and not know it? Your body uses a process called acclimation to filter out its own scents so you can use your nose to detect outside smells. This means your nose is used to whatever odor is emitting from your mouth. Even if you cup your hand and breathe into it, you probably won’t detect foul aromas. So, how can you tell if you have halitosis?

The easiest test for determining if your breath is rank is to ask someone. Friends or family members will probably be more than happy to render an honest opinion. Another way to test for bad breath is to wipe your tongue with a cotton ball and give it a whiff. Or go to a mirror, stick out your tongue, and see if it looks whitish. Ew! That’s accumulated bacteria, which produces the sulfur compounds that create halitosis.

Why do I have bad breath? (The dirty!)

The most common reason people have bad breath is decaying food particles and bacterial growth in the mouth, especially on the tongue. If you have poor oral hygiene habits, the accumulation of food and bacteria will make your breath smell like you ate gym socks for lunch.

There are other reasons for bad breath. Gum disease and cavities can produce halitosis, and so can systemic illnesses such as diabetes, acid reflux (GERD), and sinus infections. In fact, if you have chronic bad breath that doesn’t respond to any of your freshening and cleansing attempts—you may have a larger health concern, and should make an appointment with your dentist.

How do I avoid bad breath? Details…!

Keeping a daily oral hygiene routine can go a long way to prevent halitosis. Brushing and rinsing in the mornings and evenings, and flossing at least once a day, can remove the food and bacteria that are the main causes for bad breath. And you can brush after meals, too, to ensure any strong-smelling foods you’ve eaten are eradicated from your teeth and gums. Other measures you can take to prevent halitosis are:

Drink plenty of water. Water loosens and rinses away food particles and also encourages saliva production.

Eat grains!  High Liquid diets, diets high in cheese, diets high in protein milk shakes- they all leave phlem on the back of your tongue- thus a great place for that nasty stinky bacteria to grow! Eat toast for breakfast, sandwiches for lunch or bread at dinner.  The very back of your tongue you can not get to with anything- but toast does a great job cleaning it off.

Chew gum that’s either sugar-free or sweetened with Xylitol.Chewing also encourages saliva production, and minty flavors help freshen breath.

Rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash. Your dentist may have suggestions for the best over-the-counter mouthwashes, and may also give you a prescription oral rinse. One of the VERY best mouthwashes for bad breath is Breath RX.  It has a special formula to target the VOC’s that cause that horrible stinky breath!  Rinse 2x/day and by all means- scrape your tongue- THEN rinse and gargle.

Use a tongue scraper. These devices are designed to remove the bacteria and food debris that cling to your tongue’s surface. They do exceptionally better than a toothbrush which pushes it around and leaves it on your tongue (blech!).

Invest in an electric toothbrush. Studies have shown that electric toothbrushes are better at removing plaque, and since most of them are designed to turn off after a specified time, people tend to brush for a longer period.

Go to your regular checkups. Attending your regular exams with both your dentist and your medical doctor ensures your health issues will be addressed at their earliest appearance.  There are medical issues that show themselves through bad breath- so after you do all that and you still have issues- don’t be shy! That’s what we’re here for! Let us help you feel great about yourself again!

When the economy’s down, keep your dental health up!

There’s no way to sugarcoat it: many households across America are suffering the effects of the current economic slowdown, and people are worried about their finances. When household budgets are tight, consumers start looking to cut down on what they consider to be unnecessary services, and in some cases that includes dental checkups. Before you cut us out of your schedule, please consider carefully the many repercussions of this decision, and how it could rebound to end up costing you more money in the long run.

It’s a proven fact that overall health is linked to oral health. In fact, the American Academy of Periodontology has evidence that infections in the mouth can lead to a host of other, seemingly unrelated, medical problems in some people. The rationale behind this is that periodontal disease, or gum disease, is a bacterial infection, and infections starting in the mouth could easily enter the blood stream and travel to major organs to begin new infections.

While more research continues to be conducted, findings to-date suggest a possible link between periodontal disease and a higher risk of heart disease, stroke, uncontrolled diabetes, preterm births and respiratory disease.

Even if your mouth and teeth feel fine to you, we, as dentists, cannot stress strongly enough the importance of regular dental checkups. Gum disease is something that is often hard to detect without a formal examination, which is why your dental visits should be a regular part of your health schedule.

We urge you to be diligent with your dental appointments especially if you already have heart or lung disease, diabetes or osteoporosis and low bone mass, if you are thinking of becoming pregnant, or if you have a family member with periodontal disease. Routine oral examinations can also uncover symptoms of oral cancer, eating disorders, substance abuse and HIV.

Thorough dental checkups, including X-rays when necessary, are an essential part of preventive health maintenance. Don’t wait until something hurts; if you haven’t already scheduled your next dental checkup, please call us today! 734.485.2200