Go behind the scenes with the Detroit Historical Society!

Every season, the Detroit Historical Society hosts special Behind the Scenes tours of historic locations and other venues throughout metro Detroit.  They invite you to join them as they go Behind the Scenes of some of metro Detroit’s most unique locations. Listen to their expert guides show you these places in ways you’ve never experienced before!

Here is what they have in store for you in January:

January 22 –  Grosse Pointe War MemorialHoused on the shores of Lake St. Clair in Grosse Pointe Farms, the Grosse Pointe War Memorial serves as a center for enrichment in honor of veterans. The building itself, a mansion built in 1910 and donated to the community in honor of World War II veterans.
January 27 – Fox TheatreDesigned by C. Howard Crane and built in 1928, the Fox Theatre is the culmination of flamboyant movie palace architectural design! Its size, ornate decoration and mechanical systems made it the premier example of what a movie palace could be.  Today, the Fox holds the distinction of being the largest continually operating theater in the country. For more information visit the Detroit Historical Society website today!

Smile Quiz

Cosmetic dentistry is a trend that has recently exploded. Nowadays, there are countless procedures to get the beautiful smile you have always wanted. I’m Dr. James Stewart of James Stewart, D.D.S. in Livonia, Michigan, and I want to give you a smile you will love. My team and I are proud to offer an extensive list of cosmetic procedures to our patients, but first it is necessary for you to identify what you want to change about your smile.

This quiz will help you decide which smile makeover option best fits your needs and will give you the results you are looking for.

1.     What color best describes your teeth?

a.     Bright white

b.     Yellowish

c.      Gray-blue

d.     Brownish

2.     Which term best describes the position of your front teeth?

a.     Perfectly straight

b.     Gapped

c.      Crowded

d.     Uneven

3.     Which adjective describes the shape of your front teeth?

a.     Nice and attractive

b.     Pointy

c.      Uneven

d.     Rough-edged

4.      Which words describe the size of your teeth?

a.     Proportionate to my mouth/face

b.     Too big

c.      Too small

d.     Too long

e.     Too short

5.     How do you feel about your smile?

a.     I love it

b.     It’s embarrassing

c.      It’s okay

d.     I don’t smile


This quiz is all based on what you see when you look in the mirror, so there are no right or wrong answers. However, there are cosmetic procedures that I offer right here at my office that can correct the things you want to change about your smile.

1.     Color: A bright, white smile can instantly make your mouth and face look better and healthier. Teeth whitening is the most common and popular kind of cosmetic dental procedure. While over the counter whitening systems can be effective, dentist-prescribed systems are stronger and tend to give you faster results. I offer both in-office and take-home teeth whitening options so that you can brighten your smile in a way that is convenient for you. Teeth whitening is a great way to rid your teeth of stains and discolorations from food, beverages, tobacco, and the natural aging process.

2.     Position: Gapped, crowded, and unbecoming teeth can often be corrected by porcelain veneers, which are custom-made porcelain caps that adhere directly to existing teeth. I recommend porcelain veneers to patients that have chipped, stained, unevenly spaced, or crooked front teeth.

3.     Cosmetic bonding and contouring can be effective solutions for sharp or jagged teeth. These cosmetic procedures can reshape tooth enamel to create a more attractive smile.

4.     If your teeth look too big, cosmetic recontouring may be the procedure to redefine the overall appearance of your smile. If your teeth look too small, they may be covered with overgrown gum tissue. Recontouring helps to reshape the gum line, giving you a more even and attractive smile.

5.     It has been proven that your smile is the first thing people notice about you. Often, people with bright, healthy-looking smiles achieve more both personally and professionally. By correcting flaws in your smile, you will instantly give off a new, positive first impression, as well as feel more confident about yourself.

If any of these procedures sound like the answer to your smile prayers, I encourage you to call my office at (734) 425-4400 to schedule a consultation.

Plan a Night out at the Theater

Did you know that one of Michigan’s oldest live theaters is located just a few miles away in Dearborn? The Players Guild of Dearborn is just a short drive from Livonia and offers a variety of shows from comedies, musicals farces, as well as traditional dramatic tales.

The Players Guild of Dearborn was organized in 1927 after two community groups had cooperated in the production of a play to raise funds for the construction of the Women’s League building on the Ann Arbor campus. Members of both organizations formed the nucleus of the Guild. Now, after more than 70 years in Dearborn, the Guild has become a fixture in the community. Many of the patrons have been coming to productions for decades. A few members have been active in the Guild for more than forty years. Longevity of its members is what gives the Guild its rich history and their collective experience makes it possible to create quality performances year after year.

Check out their website to see what they are offering this season and plan a night out at the Theater

A New Year’s Resolution to Sleep Better

Happy New Year! I hope your 2011 is already shaping up to be a year filled with health, happiness, and good fortune.

The beginning of a new year signifies a new beginning and a chance to be better than the year before. This is why people set new year’s resolutions. But most people don’t stick to them for more than a few weeks after January. Whatever your hierarchy of goals includes, your health and comfort should always be a #1 concern, especially if you snore.

I am Dr. James Stewart, and I am here to tell you that you can start off the new year getting the good night’s sleep that you (and your spouse) have been missing because of your snoring. The truth is, your snoring habit may be much more serious than you thought.

You may have sleep apnea, a medical sleep disorder often accompanied by snoring. I treat obstructive sleep apnea, which occurs when soft tissues in the throat or mouth block free airflow while a person sleeps. The body cannot take in sufficient oxygen when this happens, and breathing stops for 10 seconds or longer until the brain wakes the body to re-initiate normal breathing. The cycle can happen multiple times during a sleep session and interrupts the deep REM sleep required to refuel the body.

If you suffer from sleepless nights and foggy days, it’s time to do yourself a favor and make a change. I help patients overcome sleep apnea and snoring for improved quality of life and overall health. I will work closely with you to determine the best treatment method for your needs.

Start off the new year by giving yourself the best night of sleep you have had in a long time. For more information about sleep apnea, or to schedule a consultation, please email or call my office at (734) 425-4400.

Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus!

Eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York’s Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history’s most reprinted newspaper editorial, appearing in part or whole in dozens of languages in books, movies, and other editorials, and on posters and stamps.

“DEAR EDITOR: I am 8 years old.
“Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus.
“Papa says, ‘If you see it in THE SUN it’s so.’
“Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?


VIRGINIA, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except [what] they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men’s or children’s, are little. In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.

Yes, VIRGINIA, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as if there were no VIRGINIAS. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.

Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies! You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if they did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that’s no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.

You may tear apart the baby’s rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived, could tear apart. Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, VIRGINIA, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding.

No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.

Beat Bad Breath and Breathe Easy

According to studies, most people don’t know if they have bad breath. Others can smell the odor, but the person whom the odor belongs to is clueless. That makes bad breath even more embarrassing!

Bad breath is clinically known as halitosis. While it can come from the stomach, most often halitosis is the result of bacterial waste products in the mouth. Bacteria are alive, and you have over 600 types of the little critters in your mouth at any given time. Certain types of bacteria emit a smelly sulfur compound in plaque. The best way to beat this type of halitosis is to keep your mouth clean.

To make sure that your breath is not offensive, follow these tips:

  • See the dentist twice a year for cleanings and checkups
  • Get tooth decay and gum disease treated immediately
  • Brush twice a day with a medium toothbrush
  • When brushing, clean your tongue with a tongue scraper
  • Floss once a day
  • Avoid mints and mouthrinses that contain alcohol
  • Keep your mouth moist by drinking plenty of water
  • Away from home, don’t eat smelly foods, like garlic, onion, and curry
  • Keep a mini toothbrush and handheld flosser in your car or purse, and use it after meals or odiferous drinks, like coffee and alcohol
  • Keep your dentures and partials very clean
  • Ask someone on my team about BreathRx products to use at home and on the go

I’m Dr. James Stewart, and in my Livonia dental office, we help patients overcome bad breath and other dental problems every day. If you need a general or restorative dentist, call 734-425-4400 to schedule a consultation with me. You might also visit my website, www.JamesStewartDDS.com, to learn more about my practice, services, and dental health in general. I want to personally invite you to come in for a consultation. Whether you need checkups and cleanings or you’ve lost teeth and need a more comprehensive dental treatment plan, I’d like to help you enjoy better health and higher quality of life.

We are happy to welcome new patients in the new year!

Thumbprint Holiday Cookies

Whether you are baking cookies for Santa or bringing treats to a holiday party you can not go wrong with this traditional favorite!

2/3 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 large egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 large egg whites
3/4 cup finely chopped nuts of choice
1/3 cup jam (any flavor)

Preheat oven to 350 F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or a non-stick baking mat. In a large bowl, beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolks, vanilla extract and salt. Gradually stir in flour. Form dough into 1-inch diameter balls. Dip in lightly beaten egg whites, then roll in nuts. Place 1 inch apart on prepared cookie sheets. Press down center of each with thumb. Bake for 16 to 18 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely. Just before serving, fill centers of cookies with jam. Or, fill centers with 1/2 teaspoon of jam before baking.

Staying in Check as a Health-Conscious Senior

People over 50 are advised to monitor their blood pressure and get their cholesterol checked. They’re told that screenings for cancer, diabetes, bone density, skin health, and, of course, sight and hearing are important. As a dentist to many Baby Boomers, I want to tell you, oral health screenings are just as important as we age. Here’s why…

What’s the main reason that adults lose teeth in our nation? Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease. An estimated 80% of Americans have gum disease, and the condition is associated with risk of stroke, heart attack, respiratory disease, diabetes complications, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, osteoporosis, and more. Experts believe that the infection and inflammation caused by gum disease can enter the blood stream, thus the whole-health connection. (more…)

The Light Before Christmas in IMAX® At the Detroit Science Center

Infuse a little magic into your holiday season with the stunning, stop-animation film The Light Before Christmas. The film begins with a cold, blustery Christmas Eve, when two lost children, Katie and Makean, are rescued by their friend, The Candleman, an old sage who imparts wisdom, hot chocolate and stories. The Candleman opens a weathered book and begins to read the classic tale, The Night Before Christmas. To their astonishment, Katie and Makean find themselves as characters in the poem, where they experience the wonder and delight of Santa’s visit to their home, complete with Hob the Elf and full team of reindeer. This is a perfect film to take the kids and the grandkids to and you just might discover the magic of Christmas all over again!

10 Million Undiagnosed Cases of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

According to WrongDiagnosis.com, there are 12 million Americans who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). That’s one in 22 or nearly 4.5% of the population. The startling statistic is the undiagnosed cases, though. About 10 million Americans don’t know that they have obstructive sleep apnea. They live with the symptoms and problems from OSA, yet they never seek treatment because they don’t realize the problem or they think that what they’re experiencing is normal.

However, obstructive sleep apnea is serious. It can increase the risk for heart attack and premature death. If you or your loved one shows one or more of these symptoms, please call my office, James Stewart, DDS, PA, in Livonia, Michigan. I have helped many people realize improved sleep and better quality living with non-invasive dental sleep medicine.

Symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

  • Loud snoring
  • Abruptly waking while choking or gasping for air
  • Tiredness, fatigue
  • Irritability (more…)