Don’t Miss the Midtown Alliance Grand Opening TAILgate Party

Next time you visit Dr. Schaefer make time to explore the new Midtown Alliance dog park at the intersection of 10th and Peachtree streets. The renovated public space will be divided into three outdoor rooms:

  • a flexible space for outdoor games and other activities such as live music
  • a turf play area for kids — and adults who are forever young
  • a 7,500-square-foot fenced dog park with large boulders perfect for people and pets alike
Celebrate fall with your pooch this Saturday at the Midtown Alliance Grand Opening TAILgate Party featuring
  • a doggy Homecoming Court
  • music from DJ Ree de la Vega
  • Midtown swag giveaways
  • a roaming photo booth
  • yard games and fetch
Refreshments for dogs and humans will be available for purchase. Attendees are encouraged to wear their finest fall sweaters!

Protect Your Teeth this Holiday Season

Halloween is almost here, and tempting sweets have started popping up at work, parties, grocery stores. October is an important time of year to be mindful of your dental health.

Although delicious, candy can wreak havoc on teeth. Sugars left behind on the surface of or between teeth can turn into acids that eat away at enamel, causing decay and cavities.

On the bright side, keeping your teeth healthy is as easy as 1-2-3!

1) Make Educated Choices

  • Limit the amount of sticky candies like toffees, caramels, and taffies that can remain on a tooth’s surface or get stuck in hard to reach places.
  • Steer clear of hard candies that stay in your mouth longer

2) Clean your teeth on the fly

  • Drink plenty of water to wash away the sugars clinging to your teeth and rebalance your mouth’s pH
  • Chew sugar-free gum to increase saliva flow and help remove cavity-causing bacteria

3) Brush and floss

Brushing and flossing are always the best ways to keep your mouth healthy. It is crucial to brush for at least two minutes, twice a day to prevent cavities. Bring a travel toothbrush to work during the Halloween season for extra protection.

If you have any kids in your life, consider starting a new Halloween tradition with a visit from the Switch Witch.

As the year winds down, be sure that you get the most out of your insurance benefits, including any health savings account (HSA) or flexible spending accounts (FSA). Dr. Schaefer and the Piedmont Periodontics team can help you maximize your benefits — and keep your smile bright!


Celebrate Biketober in Atlanta

Fueled by a boom in electric bikes, interest in alternative modes of transportation are taking off in Midtown Atlanta. Now is the time to gear up for the 10th annual Biketober challenge!

Biketober is a fun and free competition that encourages metro Atlantans to experience the joys and benefits of bike riding. Participating is as easy as 1-2-3!

1 – Register
2 – Enjoy a bike ride … or two
3 – Log your rides to earn points, climb the leaderboards, and win prizes like a $1,000 REI gift card or an Edison V2 Electric Bike

In conjunction with Biketober, the Midtown Alliance is sponsoring bike-centric events including

Bike-In Movie | Thursday, October 13th @ 7pm
Bike over to Coda at Tech Square for a screening of The Nightmare Before Christmas. Score a free bike tune-up and purchase snacks or dinner from The Collective Food Hall.

Bike Maintenance + Community Class | Wednesday, October 19th @ 6pm
Meet in the Meadow at Piedmont Park to learn how to care for your bike from an expert mechanic. Also get tips about how to ride safely in an urban environment.

Thinking about biking to your Midtown Atlanta office building or your next appointment with Dr. Schaefer? Midtown Transportation offers free, personalized route planning for Midtown commuters.

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Atlanta Songwriter Series Headed for Midtown

Midtown Alliance is excited to bring live music to Arts District Plaza again this fall. The Atlanta Songwriter Series will feature an eclectic mix of local musicians playing piano pop, funky jazz, and soul. The free concerts will run every other Tuesday from 5pm-7pm until October 11th.

Austin Miller | August 30th
Miller exerts a worldliness beyond his 28 years — not only in his confident croon, but also in his rambling rhythm and thoughtful guitar work.

The Family Recipe | September 13th
With influences ranging from jazz to bluegrass to rock, this 4-piece instrumental fusion group focused on improvisation and innovation.

Ruby Velle | September 27th
Billboard charting artist, Ruby Velle has been making a name for herself as a cultural alchemist expressing matters of the soul.

The Four Fathers | October 11th
Don’t miss this funky Soul Organ Quartet from Athens.

Schedule your next visit with Dr. Schaefer in Midtown Atlanta so you can take advantage of
the Atlanta Songwriter Series and other cultural treasures that make our city unique.

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Celebrate National Tooth Fairy Day on August 22nd

National Tooth Fairy Day reminds kids, young and old, to relive the excitement and wonder of baby teeth.

The tradition of receiving gifts for lost teeth can be traced back to the Eddas, a collection of medieval writings about Norse and Northern European traditions. Since teeth were a symbol of good luck and prosperity, some Viking warriors would wear a necklace of teeth into battle, and children would receive a small ‘tand fe’ (tooth fee) from their parents when they lost their first tooth.

The 18th-century French fairytale La Bonne Petite Souris (The Little Good Mouse) tells the story of an unjustly imprisoned queen who seeks the help of a trusted mouse. A fairy in disguise, the mouse knocks out the king’s teeth, hides them under a pillow, and proceeds to have the king assassinated. Released as an illustrated children’s book, the story spread throughout the English-speaking world after World War II.

The first American reference to the Tooth Fairy appeared in a 1908 Chicago Tribune article where author Lillian Brown suggested leaving 5 cents under the pillow to encourage children to have their loose milk teeth pulled. After Esther Watkins Arnold wrote a popular children’s play titled The Tooth Fairy in 1927, thoughts of a tooth fairy collecting teeth in exchange for money or gifts stirred imaginations around the country.

Rates have come a long way since the initial 5 cent per tooth recommendation. According to a recent survey by Dental Care Alliance, the average 2022 tooth fairy payment in the United States is $4.57 per tooth. Georgia takes 9th place in state rankings with parents paying an average of $5.81 per tooth!

Today the tooth fairy has become a global phenomenon, paying visits to children in the U.K., Canada, Australia, and beyond.


Commercial Row Commons Plaza Now Open

Next time you visit Dr. Schaefer at our office in Midtown Atlanta, make time to explore Commercial Row Commons on Peachtree Place between Peachtree Street and Crescent Ave.

The new plaza sits amidst street-level commercial businesses and the Atlanta History Center’s Midtown Campus. Designed to celebrate the unique historic and cultural identity of the landmark Commercial Row buildings, the plaza not only provides an unobstructed pathway for pedestrians but also a place to relax along this high traffic corridor. Colorful tables, chairs, and umbrellas will soon welcome visitors.

Nearly 200 plastic birds have traveled to Midtown Atlanta from Milan to hang over Commercial Row Commons. The swallows from international artist group Cracking Art are designed to inspire a community-wide conversation about the importance and the environmental impact of regeneration, while leaving a potent artistic trace in the communities where we live.

Celebrate the plaza enhancements on August 18, 2022 at the Midtown Alliance launch party.

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Outdoor Rooms Coming to Midtown Intersection

Construction has begun on a temporary park at the northeast corner of 10th and Peachtree. Plans call for installing three “outdoor rooms” including

  • a fenced dog park
  • an activity zone for lawn games such as ping-pong and cornhole
  • and a climbable structure.

Last November, the popular Autoeater sculpture was replaced by a rock-paper-scissors installation Conversation Peace by Kevin Box. Other artistic additions to the greenspace will include a mural by artist Jasmine Nicole Williams and sculptural seating with LED lighting designed by Fabio Novembre for Vondom, an international outdoor furniture and lighting company.

Taking advantage of the $1-per-year Midtown Alliance lease from landholder Dewberry Corporation, the Midtown Improvement District is funding the $350,000 project.

Be sure to stop by after your next visit to our Midtown Atlanta office!

Dr. John W. Schaefer Earns topDentists Award

We are pleased to announce that Dr. John W. Schaefer has been named one of Atlanta’s leading providers by topDentists.™ This honor is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which dentists and specialists throughout Atlanta cast “votes” on the abilities of other dentists and specialists. The organization has been compiling peer-review professional referral guides for over seventy years.

Dr. Schaefer and his staff are committed to excellence in periodontics by providing the finest, state-of-the-art treatment in a comfortable environment with compassionate care. Our professional team helps each patient realize their personal objective of good dental habits while working to improve the cosmetic appearance of his or her smile. We believe that a healthy smile ultimately leads to improved overall wellness and enhanced self confidence.

One satisfied patient shared this review: “Dr. John Schaefer provided excellent care during and after my oral surgery. The experience was positive from start to finish. He and his staff provided thoughtful and insightful counseling prior to the surgery. I was particularly impressed with his matter of fact advice and sense of humor, which breaks the ice prior to surgery.”

Make an appointment today to learn about the cutting-edge technologies and treatments that set Dr. Schaefer and Piedmont Periodontics apart from the rest.

Music Is in the Air

Our office is conveniently located in Midtown Atlanta, where music is in the air this summer. Next time you visit Dr. Schaefer, make time to explore the arts and cultural treasures unique to our city.

Summer wouldn’t be complete without live music from local artists. Enjoy the following FREE concerts in June.

Groovin’ On The Square | Every Friday from 6 – 8 pm
Unwind from a long work week with entertainment from a diverse lineup of talented, up-and-coming performers.

  • June 10: Bourbon Brothers
  • June 17: Chris Cauley
  • June 24: Lilac Wine

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra @Oak Hill
Bring a picnic and enjoy music under the stars as the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra returns to Piedmont Park’s Oak Hill for two free concerts this summer.

From Paris to Piedmont | June 15 @7:30 pm
Associate Conductor Jerry Hou leads the ASO in an all-French program including selections from favorites such as Bizet’s Carmen, Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Debussy’s Nocturnes and more.

Hooray for Hollywood | June 22 @7:30 pm
Guest conductor Anthony Parnther and the ASO will perform a program of some of Hollywood’s greatest hits, including music from Back to the Future, King Richard, Call of the Wild, Out of Africa, E.T. and more.

Sunset Sessions | Sundays @7:00 pm
For the seventh year in a row this alternative music concert series powered by Park Tavern has brought buzz-worthy artists to the stage. Follow the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail to the Piedmont Park Meadow to take in the live music and a gorgeous sunset.

  • June 12: Wildermiss, Sarah Mootz, & Pinewood
  • June 19: Cody Bolden, Nikki & The Phantom Callers, & Sara Jean Kelley
  • June 26: Chelsea Shag, Caitlin Krisko & The Broadcast, & Chole Kay



Origami in the Garden Now Open

In addition to being home to Piedmont Periodontics, Midtown is the cultural epicenter of Atlanta. This summer museum-quality metal sculptures of giant birds, fluttering butterflies, blooming flowers, and grazing deer take center stage among the floral landscape at Atlanta Botanical Garden. Inspired by the centuries-old Japanese art of folding paper, these monumental sculptures were each brought to life from a single sheet of folded paper.

The artists behind the masterly symbolic art installation are New Mexico residents Kevin and Jennifer Box who have focused their career on creating public art using casting and fabrication techniques. Explore 18 installations of nearly 70 sculptures throughout the garden from until October 16, 2022.

The highlight of the show is Master Peace, a 25-foot-tall sculpture composed of hundreds of stainless steel origami peace cranes towering over Howell Fountain.

Origami in the Garden features Kevin Box’s own compositions as well as collaborations with world-renowned origami artists Te Jui Fu, Beth Johnson, Michael G. LaFosse and Robert L. Lang.