A FUN DENTIST — The Amy E. Schmitt-Kingston DDS dentistry practice, located in Springville, welcomes patients 2 years old and older. Photos by Jessie Owen.
SPRINGVILLE — Dr. Amy Schmitt-Kingston DDS said she has wanted to be a dentist since she was 8 years old. While other young children dreaded their biannual cleanings, Schmitt-Kingston, or “Dr. Amy,” as she is known to her patients, said that she loved her dentist.
Following her passion, Schmitt-Kingston pursued both her undergraduate and her graduate degrees in dentistry at the University at Buffalo.
Although she is originally from East Aurora, her father worked in Springville and introduced her to the area and to former local dentist Dr. Gary Nachbar DDS.
HAPPY TEETH — Dr. Amy Schmitt-Kingston DDS, a graduate of the University at Buffalo, has been practicing in Springville since 1997.
Following her graduation from UB, Schmitt-Kingston joined Nachbar’s Springville practice in 1997 and officially took over the business in 1998, after Nachbar’s retirement.
The single practice offers general dentistry to patients aged 2 and older. “I love treating families and getting to know them,” Schmitt-Kingston said.
The business boasts full-time hygienist Malinda Hebeler, who has been with the practice for many years; Schmitt-Kingston’s assistant, Kristen Hodgson and Office Manager Anne McCabe, in addition to Schmitt-Kingston.
Hebeler performs the cleanings and non-surgical periodontal treatments, which are done to patients’ suffering from periodontitis, the inflammation and infection of the bones and ligaments supporting the teeth.
Fillings, crown and bridge work, implant restoration, prosthetic removal and other general dentistry work is done by Schmitt-Kingston. Patients who require surgical work are referred to an oral surgeon or an endodontist, a dentist who performs root canal therapy.
In December, the practice acquired a brand-new, digital X-ray system, which Schmitt-Kingston said takes less radiation and provides more diagnostic material than X-ray practices of old. “The patients really like it and it offers us a much broader scope of material,” she said.
The machine takes patients’ X-rays in one scan and, in addition to showing cavities and other pathologies, offers a view of patients’ bone structure, sinuses and soft tissue.
Schmitt-Kingston said that she treats many area children and also sees a lot of special needs patients, whom she welcomes as a “labor of love.” She credited Hebeler as being “so great with their cleanings.”
The Amy E. Schmitt-Kingston DDS staff members stop into local schools, on an annual basis, to speak to kids about their oral health. Schmitt-Kingston and “Happy Tooth” visited the kindergarten and first grade classes at Springville-Griffith Institute, prekindergarten and kindergarten classes at West Valley Central School, Early Bird Childcare Centers and Salem Lutheran Preschool, during February.
“We make it a fun presentation,” Schmitt-Kingston said. She tells a story, hosts a question and answer time and hands out goodie bags, to attendees. “It’s important to talk to kids about their health,” she said. “We want to start them doing what they need to do for their teeth, while they’re young.”
Schmitt-Kingston recommended that everyone exercise preventative measures, in taking care of their teeth, including flossing every day, utilizing a fluoride rinse and brushing teeth at least twice, per day.
In addition, she recommended two yearly trips to the dentist. “We try to find problems when they’re small,” she said, “and we want to take care of them before they get bigger.” She added that patients with known issues should visit the dentist three or four times, per year.
PEARLY WHITES — Dr. Amy E. Schmitt-Kingston DDS is located at 13832 White St. in Springville.
This Springville practice is currently welcoming new patients and accepts payment from all insurances.
Amy E. Schmitt-Kingston DDS is located on 13832 White St. in Springville. Regular hours are Monday, Tuesday and Friday, from 6:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.; Wednesday, from 1 – 8 p.m. and Thursday, from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 592-7733 or visit www.amyschmittdentistry.com.