Jason A. Schermer September 2017

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September 2017

Jason A . Schermer , D . D . S & Noor Almuda l l a l , D .M. D COMPREHENS I VE RESTORAT I VE & ESTHET I C DENT I STRY

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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AHEAD OF THE CURVE THE MOST IMPORTANT LESSON I’VE EVER LEARNED

This year, back-to-school meant big changes for my family. My oldest daughter finished eighth grade last year, and she’smy first child toenterhighschool.It’sabigtransition.Asher dad, I’m a little nervous about my daughter growing up, but I’m excited for her to start thisnewchapter.She’sdeterminedtobalance schoolworkwiththedemandsofgymnastics, and I knowshe can do it. She has a good head on her shoulders, and I’mreally proud of what she’s accomplished so far. I know she’ll grow somuchinthesenextfouryears,andI’mgladI get to be there to support her through it.

useless to you. This is how I look at dentistry. All the technology we bring into the office is neat, but a tool doesn’t get the job done. As a dentist, I need to figure out how these tools work and, more importantly, what I need to do to make sure they work for our patients.

I remember a brief period, seven years after I graduated from dental school, when I thought I could handle everything. Then

improve each patient’s experiences beyond just sitting in my chair.

I helped out at my mentor’s office. As it turned out, my mentor still had a lot to teach me. During my time there, I realized it didn’t matter if I was seven years out of school or 70 years out of school, I’m never going to stop learning. There’s always going to be another way to look at things and a new approach to an old technique.

Today, our office is full of people who view learningasanongoingexperience.Taylor,who started in our office as an assistant, received her dental hygiene license in June and came on as a full-time hygienist. Our other two dental hygienists, JanaeandLauren, recently earned their licenses as Expanded Function DentalAuxillariesfromCaseWesternReserve University. The three of them are the most skilled dental hygienists I’ve ever met, and we’reluckytohavesuchdedicatedindividuals on our team. The summer months can be pretty crazy, but as we transition back into the school year, we shift gears back into education at every opportunity. I look forward to what these new opportunities will bring.

“You can have the best tools and technology in the world, but if you don’t have the right knowledge or experience, they will be useless to you.”

I have my own fond memories of high school. One of the most important lessons I ever learned was as a high school student in my senior English composition class. While teaching us how to write more fluently and get our point across, the instructor said, “The English language is a tool. It’s not a puzzle. It has rules and structure. You need to learn how to make it work for you and tell it what to do.” You can have the best tools and technology in the world, but if you don’t have the right knowledge or experience, they will be

There’s always someone you can learn something from, and if you think you know everything, trust me, you’re way off base. At this point in my career, I enjoy seeking out courses on topics I’m interested in. Sometimes, I get lucky and there’s a great course right here in Cleveland, like the two-day course on Invisalign I attended a while back. Other times, there’s a bit more air travel involved. A couple of years ago, I would fly down to Atlanta every few months to attend a practice management course. There, I learned a lot about how to

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Vegetables,” Joshua McFadden writes, “The best way to eat with the seasons is to frequent and support local farms, markets, and grocery stores that are doing good things.” Farmers markets have exploded in number and popularity recently, and the USDA website (ams.usda.gov) has a directory of markets that you can search for by ZIP code. Learning what’s in season at a given time might seem like a daunting task, but there are plenty of tools to help you. Again, the farmers market is your friend here. You can ask what’s in peak season now and what to look forward to in the coming weeks. Apps like Farmstand will also let you know the freshest crops in your area and alert you to deals on produce. Even if you opt for a grocery store rather than farmers market, you can still save by eating seasonally. You’ll be shocked at how much you save by buying what’s on sale. And guess which items are usually on sale? The ones that are in- season and abundant. Getting the nutritional benefits and great taste of fresh produce doesn’t need to cost an arm and a leg. Eat seasonally and locally, and the savings will pile up.

The nutritional benefits of fruits and vegetables hardly need explaining. While the stock of protein, carbs, and fat seems to rise and fall at random, the value of fruits and veggies never wavers. These health staples, though, can put a dent in your wallet if you’re not making the right choices at the market. One way to feed your family healthy and delicious produce on the cheap is to eat seasonally. Not only will this save you money, you will also vary your diet, support local farms, and put the freshest foods on your table. Fresher, Cheaper, Tastier The Benefits of Seasonal Eating

Ever wonder why tomatoes cost so much more in December than in July? The answer is simple: shipping distance. The less a tomato needs to travel to make it to your plate, the less it will cost. Transporting produce long distances is expensive because it needs to be protected and temperature-controlled. Eating seasonally means you’ll save a ton on fruits and veggies. Even better is to cut out the middleman entirely and buy directly from a supplier. In his exceptional cookbook, “Six Seasons: A New Way With

TESTIMONIALS

“I have been a charter member of Dr. Schermer’s dental practice for the last 14 years and WILL NOT go to anyone else! Even when I move down to sunny Florida, I will fly up to Ohio to be treated by him and his staff!” – Anonymous

“Everyone was very friendly and made me feel like I had been a patient for years. Since my dentist of 35 years retired, I have been looking for someone I was comfortable and could trust. I have found my new dentist.” – Anonymous “I look forward to my dental appointments with Dr. Schermer and his staff. I call it a spa day for my mouth!” – Anonymous

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Family Dental Matters Wh i ch Fami l y Membe r Needs to V i s i t t he Den t i s t t he Mos t ?

As we age, our dental needs can change and our teeth face different risks. When scheduling dental visits for your family, is it more important for little Daisy to see the dentist, or should parents make their appointments first?

see the dentist more often than anyone else. Regular visits to the dentist for family members of all ages can help prevent many common dental woes, from tooth decay to gum disease, before they lead to expensive problems. With family schedules getting busier every day, we know how valuable your time is. At the office, we’d love to see your whole family and are more than happy to fit everyone in during one visit! Next time you schedule an appointment, let us know if there are other family members we can help at the same time. We’ll get everyone in and out as soon as possible.

Even before our permanent teeth come in, we need to take care of our teeth. The enamel on baby teeth is thin and can easily wear down and get cavities. It’s important to help younger children care for their baby teeth to maintain the jaw until permanent teeth start to grow. Once permanent teeth do come in, tooth decay is the biggest threat, and it’s also the most common and most preventable disease in children. The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) found tooth decay is five times more

common than asthma! A staggering 51 million school hours are lost every year due to dental- related illness. For adults who brush regularly, tooth decay isn’t such a big problem, but gum disease is. Almost 75 percent of adults suffer from some form of gum disease, though the American Dental Hygiene Association found most of them don’t realize it. Ultimately, we’re going to face challenges with our teeth all our lives. Age doesn’t play a factor in determining if a member of your family should

Leah’s Bad Dad Joke of the Month

ONE-PAN Harvest Pasta

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2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 small eggplant, cut into 1-inch pieces (4 cups) 1 medium zucchini, coarsely chopped (2 cups) 2 tomatoes or 4 Roma tomatoes, coarsely chopped (1 cup) 1/3 cup chopped red onion 1 (19-ounce) can cannellini beans (white kidney beans), rinsed and drained 2 cloves garlic, minced

1 3/4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth 1 cup dried whole grain elbow macaroni 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper

What do you call a fake noodle? An im-pasta.

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Kosher salt

Ground black pepper (optional) Snipped fresh basil

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Grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions 1. In a very large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add eggplant, zucchini, tomatoes, red onion, and garlic. Cook, uncovered, 7–10 minutes or until vegetables are almost tender, stirring occasionally. 2. Add beans, broth, pasta, and crushed red pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat. Cover and simmer 7–10 minutes more or until vegetables and pasta are tender, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Season with salt and pepper; top with basil and Parmesan cheese and serve.

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I N S I D E The Most Important Lesson I’ve Ever Learned 5825 Landerbrook Drive, Suite 124 Mayfield Heights, OH 44124

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Which Family Member Needs to Visit the Dentist the Most?

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The Museum of What?

THE MUSEUM OF WHAT? T H E WO R L D ’ S S T R A N G E S T MU S E UMS

The Museum of Bad Art Dedham, Massachusetts

Everyone knows the Louvre and the Smithsonian, but you might be surprised to learn about some of the stranger museums around the world. For nearly every passion, there is a building somewhere dedicated to it. Take a look at some of the weirdest.

staplefromJapantoJamaica.Inadditiontoviewing someofthewilderexamplesfromaroundtheworld, you can even design your own packaging. Bring alongsomechopsticks,asthereareplentyofsamples to slurp up.

There are plenty of museums dedicated to exceptional artwork from history, but only one dedicated to less successful artistic endeavors. The Museum of Bad Art, or MOBA, promotes itself as the home of “art too bad to be ignored.” A trip to MOBA will leave you smiling, laughing, and feeling a little better about the fact that you’re not Picasso.

The Kansas Barbed Wire Museum Rush County, Kansas

Sulabh International Museum of Toilets Delhi, India

Plenty of museums are hands-off, but that’s usually to protect the precious objects held within. At the Kansas Barbed Wire Museum, not touching the exhibits is just sound advice. The development of barbed wire was instrumental in settling the American West, and this museum pays tribute to its invention and evolution.

A functioning toilet is something everyone takes for granted until they don’t have access to one. In India’s capital, you can explore the fascinating history of commodes. Divided into three sections — ancient, medieval, and modern — you’ll be shocked at how much you can learn about history and culture through an examination of the ways a society flushes (or doesn’t).

Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum Osaka, Japan

It’s not just college studentswho love ramen. Since the invention of the instant noodles by Momofuku Ando in 1958, ramen has evolved into a beloved

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