Exceptional Smiles @Landerbrook - December 2019

December 2019


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

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The Secret Life of Dentists

Are Dentists at War With Each Other?

When driving around Mayfield Heights, you might have noticed that we have a lot of dentists around here. There are around 20 different dentist offices in Mayfield Heights alone. That’s nothing compared to how many of us there are when you expand out into the greater Cleveland area. Some patients assume there must be a fierce rivalry between practices. Believe it or not, this isn’t actually the case. The dentist scene isn’t quite like “West Side Story,” where we start snapping if we run into another dentist on the street. We’re too nerdy for that. A lot of dentists in this area are in the same study club together. We’ll read journal articles or books about dentistry and discuss the findings with our colleagues. In fact, I have a big stack of books to read over the winter filled with dental journals sent to me from other dentists. It’s nice to pass on new information and talk about it later. Like I said, we’re pretty nerdy. You’re not likely to see the kind of rivalry between dentists that you might see between car dealerships or local pizza shops for a few reasons. First, we all know there’s plenty of teeth to go around, and it’s not like one dentist could handle all the patients in a city. Second, and most importantly, what makes someone choose a dentist isn’t just skill level; the relationship also plays a huge part. It’s so important for the dentist and the patient to click.

I’m glad to work in an area where people have plenty of choices when it comes to dentists. It means that the people who come into my office honestly want to see me and my team. Every dentist comes to the office with a unique personality and a unique way of treating their patients. It’s so important that the dentist and their patient fit well together. Bad dentist-patient relationships are why people hate going to the dentist and spend years putting off their oral health needs. My patients are truly like my friends and extended family. I’m always happy to see them and catch up because we have relationships that work. Some of the people I see at the office are personal friends with other dentists in the area, but there’s no awkwardness. They’ve been a match for our office for years; it’s just the right fit. Good relationships help us get to that level of success much easier than if we didn’t click on some level. You’re not likely to see the kind of rivalry between dentists that you might see between car dealerships or local pizza shops …

We dentists tend to get along well because we have unique relationships with our patients. Occasionally, you do get someone who sees other offices like they’re the competition, but that’s the exception, not the rule. Most of us are friends or are at least civil with each other. In a pinch, I can reach out to another dentist with an unusual case I’m working on and ask for their take. There’s a connection between people in this field I find refreshing.

–-Jason A. Schermer


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More Than Just ‘YOU’LL SHOOT YOUR EYE OUT!’ Lessons Families Can Learn From ‘A Christmas Story’

Sometimes ‘disasters’ lead to new adventures. Christmas Day can be hectic, and, in the hubbub of it all, sometimes disaster can feel inevitable. Ralphie’s parents certainly experience their fair share of disaster in hilarious fashion when the Bumpus Hounds destroy their holiday turkey and leave nothing but the heavenly aroma. But, when Ralphie’s father takes them out to eat at a local Chinese restaurant, it creates a whole new Christmas tradition for the Parker family. Our holiday mishaps, no matter how tragic, are rarely the end of the world.

In 1983, one movie introduced Red Ryder BB guns, fishnet-clad leg lamps, and bright red bars of soap into America’s everlasting Christmas mythos. Now, over 35 years later, “A Christmas Story” continues to delight audiences every holiday season with timeless lessons for viewers of all ages. In a story where kids are clever and kind, and parents are bumbling and wise, “A Christmas Story” has more lessons to offer families than just, “You’ll shoot your eye out!” Your kids are listening to you (oh, fudge!). They aren’t always obedient, but that doesn’t mean they’re not listening. After Ralphie lets slip the “queen mother of dirty words” in front of his father, the narrator reminisces about first hearing

that word from his old man — possibly when he was trying to get their furnace to work. He doesn’t admit this to his mother, but it’s a lesson for parents everywhere that kids may hear more than they let on. Kids won’t believe in magic forever. Magical stories about Santa or even “Little Orphan Annie’s” Secret Society fill children’s hearts with wonder but won’t enchant them forever. Belief in certain parts of the Christmas season can fade slowly or die as quickly as the spin of a decoder pin, but parents can always be there to remind children about what’s really important during the Christmas season.

Consider one final tip: Do not stick your tongue to any flagpoles this winter! Happy holidays!


“I have been seeing Dr.Schermer for a very long time, and I’m very happy with the level of care. I am very comfortable in his office, and his staff is top-notch.” -Joyce B. “Dr. Schermer is very well respected and talented. He takes the pain out of dentistry with his gentle touch and compassionate approach. His practice is something to smile about.” -Kelly B.

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Did You Check Everything Off Your List?

Does it hurt to bite down on a candy cane?

If the holiday season is going to keep you out of the dentist’s chair, we highly recommend scheduling your appointment to take care of any dental troubles before Jan. 15. Once the new year gets in full swing, time really flies. You don’t want to be thinking about 2021 with the same dental problems that were troubling you in 2019. Is there anything left on your list that you still need to take care of? We can’t help you put up lights, find the perfect gift, or get along with the in-laws, but we can take care of your teeth so you have one less thing to worry about as we say goodbye to 2019. Take advantage of today to address all the dental needs you’ve been putting off. Call (440) 483- 1003 and ask about you can start 2020 with a healthy, beautiful smile.

Does tooth sensitivity have you avoiding that cup of hot chocolate?

Do you smile with your mouth closed to hide your stained teeth when someone snaps a picture?

These are all things we can help fix before the new year! Get your teeth whitened, ask about a dental implant, or get a brand-new crown in a single appointment. Give yourself the gift of a healthy, beautiful smile by calling to schedule your next appointment today! Still have leftover dental insurance benefits you want to take advantage of? Not sure if your benefits expire at the end of the year? Just call the office and we can check! Our calendar gets pretty packed during the last few weeks of December, but we’re ready to work with all our patients to try and get everyone on before the new year starts.

2019 Is Almost Over

Leah’s Bad Dad Joke of the Month

Classic Roast Chicken

Which days of the week are the strongest?

Ingredients •

1 chicken, approx. 5–6 lbs

2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted 1 large yellow onion, thickly sliced 4 carrots, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces

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Kosher salt

Freshly ground pepper 1 large bunch fresh thyme, 20 sprigs removed

1 lemon, halved

1 head garlic, cut in half crosswise

Olive oil

Directions 1. Heat oven to 425 F. 2. Rinse chicken inside and out, removing giblets if included. Move to a work surface, pat dry, and liberally season with salt and pepper. Stuff cavity with thyme bunch, lemon halves, and garlic head. Brush outside with butter, and then season again. Tie chicken legs together with kitchen string. 3. Meanwhile, in a roasting pan, toss onions and carrots in olive oil

and season with salt, pepper, and 20 sprigs of thyme. 4. Place the chicken on the vegetables and roast for 1 1/2 hours. 5. Remove from oven, and let stand for 20 minutes covered with foil. 6. Slice and serve with the vegetables.

Saturday & Sunday. The rest are “week” days!

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I N S I D E The Mayfield Heights Story Lessons Families Can Learn From ‘A Christmas Story’ Our Patients Say It Best Are Your Teeth Running Out of Time? Classic Roast Chicken The Cleveland Clinic Integrated Arts and Medicine 5825 Landerbrook Drive, Suite 124 Mayfield Heights, OH 44124

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between emotions and the human mind, because the arts are affecting emotions, and emotions are affecting health. So consequently, we believe that arts affect health.” Bringing art to patients, from children being treated for pediatric cancers to seniors who struggle with memory loss, allows them to focus on something besides their disease. Research conducted at the Cleveland Institute found that these art programs help patients through stress reduction, pain relief, increased personal insight and strength, increased self-awareness, and improved self-esteem. Dr. Tomislav Mihaljevic, president and CEO of the Cleveland Clinic, has praised the program, saying, “The Arts & Medicine Institute has made Cleveland Clinic a leader in arts and aesthetics, as well as science and medicine. They strengthen our family of patients and caregivers, and bring us closer to the communities we serve.” For patients, walking into a hospital is like being separated from the rest of the world. The Cleveland Clinic’s Arts & Medicine Institute aims to help patients feel connected to the world through art so they can truly heal.

A Healing Environment Affirming Life at Cleveland Clinic’s Arts & Medicine Institute

When you walk into a hospital, what do you expect to find? Doctors and nurses rushing about, orderlies pushing patients in wheelchairs, and visitors anxiously checking in. But what about a flutist playing in the main lobby? Or dancers preparing for a performance while art therapists bring paint and easels into patients’ rooms? The arts might sound out of place in a cold medical facility, but at Cleveland Clinic’s Arts & Medicine Institute, art is an essential part of healing.

thanks to ground-breaking technology and a staff of the best physicians and scientists. In 2008, the Arts & Medicine Institute was created, integrating visual, performing, and therapeutic arts to promote healing and improve the lives of patients, visitors, and employees. Today, there are over 4,500 pieces of contemporary art in the Cleveland Clinic, over 600 performances are scheduled each year, and patients regularly enjoy the benefits of art and music therapies. Dr. Iva Fattorini, the founding director of the Arts & Music Institute, once said, “It’s not just about art. It’s almost about demystifying the mixture

The Cleveland Clinic was founded in 1921 and has grown to provide world-class health care


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