Exceptional Smiles @ Landerbrook - October 2019

October 2019


Real Life Tooth Fairies 5825 Lande r b rook Dr i ve , Su i t e 124 , May f i e l d He i gh t s , OH 44124 ( 440 ) 483 - 1003

Get to Know Taylor, Lauren, and Janae

October is National Dental Hygiene Month, which means we’re celebrating our dental hygienists at the office. I could wax poetic about how amazing our dental hygienists are, but I figure I should let them speak for themselves. “Don’t use hard bristles!” Taylor declared when I sat down with her, Lauren, and Janae. “Electric toothbrushes are more effective than manual brushes, but if you have to use a manual brush, make sure it has soft bristles.” Dental hygienists are bursting with good advice. They also have some pretty interesting stories about what brought them to dentistry. Taylor really liked her childhood dental hygienist; Janae grew up across the street from her dentist and interned at their office during high school; and Lauren has always found herself looking at people’s mouths and being fascinated by teeth. During a regular visit, your hygienist gets to spend more time with you than your dentist does. In addition to having a way with teeth, dental hygienists also need to be good with patients. It’s a good thing all four of our hygienists are total people persons. “My favorite part about the job is seeing a patient who was scared on their first visit become more and more comfortable during each following visit,” Lauren said, “until

eventually, they’re not scared anymore! I’m really glad to be part of helping people feel confident about going to the dentist.” This is a sentiment everyone agreed on. Taylor went on to discuss the importance of building relationships with patients. “There’s a lot of trust between a dental hygienist and our patients. We get to hear about their lives and help them improve their health. It’s a big responsibility, and I like being able to build that relationship with people.” “It’s really cool when a patient comes back and tells me, ‘I’ve been flossing because of what you told me!’” Janae added. “It’s really cool to know I can have that kind of impact and help people improve their health.” “And we can always tell if you’re lying

about flossing!” Would you believe me if I claimed they all said this in unison?

Since National Dental Hygiene Month isn’t the only thing we’re celebrating in October, I made a point to ask how dental hygienists celebrate Halloween.

“We dress up as tooth fairies,” Taylor said.

“No, we ARE tooth fairies,” Lauren insisted.

As a dentist, I can confirm that Taylor, Lauren, and Janae are all as magical as the real tooth fairy. We’re lucky to have them, and I can rest assured knowing these professionals will always give our patients the highest quality of care. –-Jason A. Schermer


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A DIFFICULT DISCUSSION Talking to Your Kids About Cancer

A s pink-clad products line store shelves this October in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, children are bound to be curious. Since they rationalize the world around them with what they already know, kids may ask silly questions like, “Is cancer contagious?” Whether you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer or you just feel it’s time to educate your children about the disease, answering questions can be difficult. These tips can help you prepare. Always Tell the Truth Telling a child that you or a loved one has cancer can be complicated. To start, the American Cancer Society (ACS) recommends giving yourself time after hearing the news of a cancer diagnosis to process this new reality. Two-parent

Focus on Prevention Education A loved one doesn’t have to be diagnosed with cancer for you to educate your family about the disease and its prevention. Studies have linked prevention efforts, including anti-smoking campaigns and healthy lifestyle programs, to actually preventing cancer. (In fact, half of all cancers can be prevented!) Teach your child about the dangers of tobacco, alcohol, and excessive sun exposure to foster healthy habits and lifestyles. Organizations that host walks, benefits, and other events for cancer prevention and research can be great sources of education for families, too. The ACS has resources for families living with cancer or those wanting to learn more. Visit Cancer.org for more information.

households should tell their children together, while single parents are encouraged to ask an adult with a positive influence on the child’s life to join the conversation. Remember, your child will be experiencing the same emotions as you but in a kid’s body, where hormones and developmental changes are already wreaking havoc. Monitor their emotions and offer them space and opportunities to discuss their feelings with a professional. When it comes to explaining the disease and its consequences, younger children may require fewer details and broader concepts, while older kids may need more comprehensive answers to their questions. A 5-year-old is going to have different concerns than a 16-year-old, so your approach must be different. However, regardless of your child’s age, always tell the truth.

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Start Listening to ‘Serial’ How have you not listened to “Serial” yet? This true-crime podcast ranked No. 1 on iTunes before it even debuted, won a Peabody Award in 2015, and holds the record for most downloads of a single podcast episode ever (over 340 million). The first episode of “Serial” is 53 minutes long, which means you’ll only be able to listen to half the episode before your crown is done. Don’t worry, you can listen to the rest on your drive home. Learn to Meditate With just 35 minutes, you can’t exactly run a bunch of errands, hit the gym, or get dinner ready, but you can give yourself a break from that long to-do list. You’re already tending to your oral health by getting a new crown placed, so give your mental health some attention, too. Multiple studies published in JAMA Internal Medicine found that mindful meditation lowers stress levels, reduces chronic pain, and can help fight depression. Download a free app like Calm or Headspace and enjoy a few minutes of inner peace. Ready to enjoy a durable, natural-looking crown in less time than it takes to order a pizza? Call (440) 483-1003 or text us at (440) 336-8792 and schedule your appointment now!

Once upon a time, if you needed a crown to restore a broken tooth or address pain caused by decay, you would have to schedule several appointments and take multiple days off work or school. As technology improved, even same-day crowns could take hours to complete. Today, Exceptional Smiles at Landerbrook is thrilled to introduce our new zirconia mill! With this mill, our team can create your new custom crown in as little as 35 minutes. We know that’s not long, but we’ve come up with some suggestions to help you pass the time. Clean Up Your Social Media Page Here’s a secret: You don’t have to be Facebook friends with everyone you went to high school with. If you are tired of getting updates about What’s Her Face’s kidney stone drama, feel free to hit unfriend. Not interested in your uncle’s political rants? Unfollow. Still getting updates about that show you stopped watching six years ago? Time to start unliking pages. Take 30 minutes to clean house and make your social media experience a bit more pleasant. When you’re done, you can snap a selfie to show off your new crown.

Same-Day Crowns, Even Faster! The Best Way to Spend 35 Minutes


Chocolate-Dipped Fruit This super easy and fun way to create homemade treats provides your kids with a healthier and more delicious alternative to packaged industrial candy. As a bonus, making it is an awesome Halloween activity for your family to enjoy.

Ingredients •

WE’LL GIVE YOU CASH! Drop off your extra Halloween candy by Friday, Nov. 15, and we’ll pay you cold, hard cash! Get $1 per pound up to 5 pounds of candy. For every dollar you earn, we’ll donate a dollar to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank! Protect your teeth, get some cash, and help support hungry families in our community.

1 package melting chocolate

Assorted dried fruit, including apricots and mangoes

Directions 1. In a large saucepan, bring 1 inch of water to a boil. 2. Place a large, heatproof mixing bowl on top of saucepan so that no steam can escape. Place melting chocolate in mixing bowl and double boil until melted. 3. Dip half of each piece of fruit in chocolate before transferring to

a parchment-lined baking sheet to rest. 4. Let cool for 10 minutes until chocolate solidifies. 5. Place in school lunches, serve at parties, and indulge in a few for yourself.

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How Can You Spend 35 Minutes? Got Candy? We’ll Give You Cash! The Real Legend of Sleepy Hollow

the only spooky celebrity buried there. Fans of the Gothic soap opera “Dark Shadows” will be delighted to enter the crypt of famed vampire Barnabas Collins. Another highly anticipated stop for many guests is Sleepy Hollow’s premier annual attraction, Horseman’s Hollow, an experience not for the faint of heart. During the event, the 300-year-old Philipsburg Manor is transformed into a living nightmare, where vampires, witches, ghouls, and undead soldiers lurk in the shadows. They all serve the dreaded Headless Horseman and are determined to make sure guests don’t leave alive! But it’s not all scares in Sleepy Hollow. There’s plenty of Halloween fun for all ages. Sleepy Hollow boasts relaxing hayrides, tours of Irving’s home, live readings of famous Halloween stories, performances of a brand-new musical based on Irving’s spooky tale, and the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze, an incredible exhibition of over 7,000 hand- carved pumpkins.

Hayrides and Headless Horsemen Halloween Celebrations in Sleepy Hollow

In 1790, a school teacher named Ichabod Crane was riding home alone from a harvest festival in the village of Sleepy Hollow when he encountered a mysterious rider on horseback. Crane, horrified by the horseman’s missing head, turned and ran in the opposite direction. The Headless Horseman gave chase, hurling his own decapitated head at the terrified teacher. Ichabod Crane was never heard from again ... or so goes “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving.

that in 1997, the village of North Tarrytown, New York, where many events of the story take place, officially changed its name to Sleepy Hollow. Today, the town becomes one big Halloween party during the month of October.

Sleepy Hollow is home to many historic landmarks, including the Headless Horseman Bridge and the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, where Washington Irving himself was laid to rest. Evening lantern tours of the cemetery are a popular attraction, and Irving isn’t

If you want a real Halloween experience, you can’t go wrong in Sleepy Hollow. Just be careful not to lose your head!

This story, first published in 1820, has become a Halloween favorite. The legend is so beloved


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