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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.

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.


Celebrate National Administrative Professionals’ Day

Central to any business, administrative professionals keep offices organized and efficient. At Piedmont Periodontics, we know that our practice runs smoothly thanks to the hard work of Tracey White at the front desk

Patient advocacy has always been a passion — and a worthwhile challenge — for Tracey. Born in Los Angeles, her career path was heavily influenced by her first summer job at a dental practice owned by the father of her childhood best friend.

Soon after graduation from Georgia State, Tracey accepted a job in Healthcare Administration with a local dentist. She has now worked in the field for 18 years and has experience in all administrative departments.

When away from the office, Tracey likes to travel, swim, shop, and explore the burgeoning Atlanta food scene with her family.


2022 Dental Hygienist Appreciation Week

Dental hygienists are an integral part of any dental team and spend a lot of time with patients. In addition to cleaning teeth, hygienists

  • perform initial screenings
  • take x-rays and impressions
  • do scaling and root planning
  • place sealants
  • administer local anesthetic
  • complete dental charts

Piedmont Periodontics patients are fortunate to have one of the very best hygienists in town — Van Le. Originally from Vietnam, Van has called Atlanta home since 1996. She graduated from Georgia Perimeter College in 2006 with an Associate’s Degree in Science and Dental Hygiene.

Van understands how important good oral hygiene is to periodontal patients and has been providing unsurpassed, uncompromised care to Piedmont Periodontics’ patients for more than six years. She works with each patient to ensure that they understand maintenance procedures and that they are well equipped to continue their home treatment and follow up care.

In her free time Van enjoys spending time with family, reading a good book and listening to music.

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Start a New and Healthy Halloween Tradition

Tired of your tot eating their weight in bite-size sweets every Halloween? This may be the year to introduce the Switch Witch!

We all know that the Tooth Fairy swaps baby teeth for cash. (How much? That’s a story for another day.) Like the Tooth Fairy, the Switch Witch leaves a present for a child in exchange for a significant portion of his or her candy.

To avoid a massive tantrum, be sure to discuss the Switch Witch’s visit in the days leading up to Halloween. Ask your child what toy s/he might like to receive in exchange for leftover candy. Make the reward roughly equivalent to the amount of candy traded. Prizes don’t have to be big, expensive items. Stickers, crayons, or decorative erasers all make fantastic trades, especially for younger children.

If the experiment goes well, you can even purchase your own Switch Witch plush toy for next year!

In the meantime, make a plan to get all that extra candy out of the house. Donate it to a food pantry or shelter; give it to the teenagers who ring your bell after your kids are fast asleep; find a store that collects candy for the troops overseas; or take it to work and share the wealth.

We wish you a wonderful Halloween full of new and healthy family traditions!

Health Beyond Your Mouth

At Piedmont Periodontics we want our patients to be healthy from head-to-toe. September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness of this often taboo topic. Suicidal thoughts can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background. Although common, suicidal thoughts should not be considered normal and often indicate more serious mental health issues.

In honor of Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, we are taking inventory of self-care activities in midtown Atlanta.

Light | September 9 @ 6:30 PM
AFSP Georgia invites you to a candlelight vigil to commemorate those who have lost their lives and recognize those who have survived. Join the free virtual event to learn more about suicide prevention and ways you can support this important effort.

Listen | September 28 @7:30 pm
Enjoy the sounds of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra surrounded by community. Head to Piedmont Park’s Oak Hill for the Orchestra’s first Piedmont Park performance since 2019. This year’s free outdoor concert will feature musical favorites from Gershwin’s An American in Paris to Bernstein’s West Side Story.

Move | Tuesdays @10am
With 200+ acres of green space, Piedmont Park offers unlimited fitness opportunities. Guided fitness classes hold you accountable and keep you motivated. Explore popular Piedmont Park paths for 45-minutes each week throughout the Fall season. Meet at the south entrance to the Active Oval.

Giving Kitchen provides emergency assistance for food service workers through financial support and a network of community resources. Their Stability Network has connected thousands of people to resources related to mental health, physical health and wellness, substance abuse and addiction, dental and vision, employment, housing and utilities, family and social services, financial services, and legal and immigration services.

Piedmont Periodontics has made a donation to Giving Kitchen in honor of Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.

If you or someone you know is having a mental health emergency, call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or call 911 immediately.

Visiting Piedmont Periodontics? August Is Festival Time!

Atlantans will use just about any excuse to organize a festival. People all over town gather to celebrate their communities — from avid readers to comic book fans, craft beer enthusiasts to ice cream connoisseurs, art collectors to film critics.
Our offices are located a stone’s throw from Piedmont Park, one of the most popular festival venues in town. Mask up because the park will be hopping this month. If you make a Friday appointment with Dr. John W. Schaefer, you may be able to catch some of the action!
Atlanta Dogwood Festival | Aug 6 – 8
The city’s longest-running festival and the third-oldest fine arts festival in the country, the 85th annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival returns. Visit Piedmont Park for fine art, live music, the world-famous disc dogs, and more.
Established in 2014, Atlanta Reggae in the Park has organically grown into the largest free Afro-Caribbean reggae festival in the country featuring the Atlanta lndie Market, music, culture, and grassroots organizations. Also check out the world’s first Augmented Reality Live In-Person Music Festival that allows attendees to interact with virtual images and activations using the camera on their mobile device.
Piedmont Park Arts Festival | Aug 21 – 22
Named one of the “Top 100 Arts Festivals in the Nation” by Sunshine Artist Magazine, the Piedmont Park Summer Arts Festival is all about visual arts and family fun. The weekend will feature up to 250 painters, photographers, sculptors, leather and metalwork, glass blowers, jewelers, and crafters — including artist demonstrations.
Festival Peachtree Latino 2021 Aug 29 
Unfortunately the 2021 annual Festival Peachtree Latino has been cancelled. Stay turned for 2022 details.

Dr. Bartruff Marks 11 Years of Private Practice


September marks the eleventh anniversary of Piedmont Periodontics in Midtown Atlanta. As they say, time flies when you are doing work you love!

Dr. Bartruff moved to Atlanta in 2001 after earning a Degree of Dental Medicine (DMD) from Alabama at Birmingham and a Certificate in Periodontics from Louisiana State University School of Dentistry. After a few years of work experience, he opened the original location of Piedmont Periodontics in 2005.

In October of 2011, Dr. Bartruff and his team proudly opened a new, state-of-the-art office in the heart of Midtown at 222 12th Street, just off of Peachtree Street in the Lobby level of the LUXE condominium building. The new office is designed to create a relaxing environment for patients that reflects the team’s philosophy of considerate care.

Dr Bartruff’s excellent reputation has led to him becoming a preferred periodontist among many of Atlanta’s most prestigious dentists. Both referring dental partners and long term patients share confidence in Dr. Bartruffs periodontal skills and expertise.