Exceptional Smiles @ Landerbrook - April 2020

April 2020


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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You Can Donate Your Hair?

Janae’s Simple Act of Kindness

There are a lot of ways we can make the world a better place. I think we sometimes get caught up in the idea that doing good means devoting all our time and energy in one huge act. This isn’t true. Even small acts of kindness can create more good in the world; we just have to look for those opportunities. This month, I’ve asked one of my dental hygienists, Janae, to share about some good she does in the world by doing something she was going to do anyway: getting her hair cut. –-Jason A. Schermer When I was a little girl, my best friend’s mother was diagnosed with cancer. We were in third grade at the time, and we really didn’t know how to talk about it. We were a little too young to approach a topic of that magnitude. But I remember how my friend’s mom’s hair always seemed full and healthy. It wasn’t until many years later that I learned how important wigs were to both my friend and her mom. My friend’s mom passed away from cancer when we were in college. At this point, we were adults and could talk more about this hard topic. During those conversations, I learned more about what my friend went through growing up with a mom who had cancer. The wigs helped make things seem normal, not just for her mom but for my friend as well. Her mom could go out, and that topic wasn’t

donate. I’ve donated my hair four times! The most recent donation went to to an organization called Wigs for Kids.

It feels good to know that I’m making the difference in

someone’s life just by doing something I was doing anyway — getting a haircut.

Every donation organization has

different requirements. Some will accept as little as 8 inches, while others require over 10 inches; some can take colored or treated hair, while others don’t; some organizations won’t take gray hair, while others will. It really depends on the organization. It’s up to the donor to decide where they want to send their hair unless their salon happens to work with a certain organization, which can make the process simpler. It feels good to know that I’m making the difference in someone’s life just by doing something I was doing anyway — getting a haircut. If you’re thinking about donating your hair, know that there are plenty of salons in Cleveland that can help. I recommend doing a little research to find which organization is the best fit for you. But know whatever organization you choose, you’ll help make a big difference in someone’s life.

on everyone’s mind. Thanks to the wigs, my friend wasn’t always thinking, “My mom has cancer.” They could have a sense of normalcy in their lives. I’d heard about hair donation for years, but learning about how much these wigs meant to my friend and her mom really pushed me to donate my own hair. For a long time, I had shoulder-length hair, and I had decided to try something different by letting my hair grow out. My hair ended up growing quite a bit longer than I’d originally planned because I no longer lived in the same city as my sister-in-law, who was my stylist. When I could finally get in for a haircut again, I realized that my hair was long enough to donate even if I cut it back to my usual length. It’s been eight years since my first donation. I’ve gotten used to having my hair all different lengths. It’s fun to experiment with style and play around with braids when my hair gets longer. The process tends to take about two years — to grow my hair until it’s long enough to

–Janae Szczepinski


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DOG GOT YOUR RETAINER? The FASTEST Way to Replace Oral Appliances


What’s a dog’s favorite chew toy?

As sweet as this might be, discovering your retainer or night guard has been turned into a mangled mess can really ruin your day. If you struggle with temporomandibular joint (TMJ) issues, the idea of not having your night guard can be legitimately painful. Teeth can shift out of place really quickly without a retainer holding them in place. Historically, even if you get to your dentist’s office the same day that you lost your oral appliance, it can still take several weeks for the lab to make your new appliance. That’s why we’re so excited to have a new 3D printer at the office! Having a 3D printer at Exceptional Smiles at Landerbrook means that we can create custom oral appliances in our office. The team you know and trust has control over the whole process. If the

new appliance doesn’t fit quite right, we can make adjustments right away. No shipping issues and no waiting on long turnaround times from the lab. Our patients have their new oral appliances in a matter of hours, not weeks. The acrylic used to make the new appliances are just as durable as the material used in the lab. If you’re worried about your dog getting ahold of your appliance, make sure to store it in a drawer they can’t open. If you need to replace your oral appliance for any reason, just give us a call at (440) 483-1003. We can use your current dental health scan and have your new oral appliance ready for you before you arrive to pick it up. No messy impressions or long waits. Get in, get out, and go about your day!

A. B.

Squeaky plush toys Your oral appliance

If you’re a dog owner who has ever had to tell your dentist about the harrowing fate of a retainer or night guard, the answer can sure feel like B. Dogs can have all the chew toys in the world, but if they have the chance, they’ll happily chow down on an oral appliance every time. If this has ever happened to you, know that you can take it as a compliment. Most dogs want to chew on oral appliances because they smell like you. Since your dog trusts you, in their minds, anything that smells like you must be safe.


“When you look forward to going to the dentist, you know you’ve found the best of the best! Thank you for providing such great care!” – Amy I. “This is the best service I have received from any dental clinic. The staff are kind, nice, courteous, and professional. They

You may have noticed some information on how to provide feedback in our office, or you may receive a text with a link for your feedback. Your comments and suggestions are extremely important to us and for the continual improvement for which we strive. If you find that we did something you liked at your appointment, let us know. If we did something you didn’t like, by all means, let us know so we can make it better for you on your next visit. Scan with the

also do their job patiently and in an excellent manner. I will definitely be going back there and recommend them as well.” – Bukola A.

camera on your smartphone to share feedback about your experience. This allows us to help more people.


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The Age of Stress Helping Your Child Overcome Anxiety

It’s hard to imagine kids as anything but carefree, happy, and eager to explore the world around them. However, children experience stress just like adults do, which can severely impact their typically cheerful dispositions. Since April is National Stress Awareness Month, now is an opportune time to familiarize yourself with tools and information that can help you alleviate your child’s stress.

Depending on your child’s age, watch for mood swings, changes in sleep patterns, headaches, trouble focusing, or withdrawal from the people around them. According to KidsHealth.org, younger children may also pick up habits like twirling their hair or sucking their thumb, while older kids may start to bully others, lie, or rebel.

Can I help reduce their stress?

What are their stressors?

According to KidsHealth.org, good nutrition, proper rest, and healthy attention are great ways to help kids manage their stress. Set time aside each day to talk and spend time with your children; talking about worries will reduce or relieve anxieties. If you know about an upcoming stressful situation, like a school exam or a health checkup, prepare your child by studying with them or talking to them about what to expect. Don’t stop here. For more tools and information regarding stress reduction in children, visit KidsHealth.org or contact your doctor.

Any number of everyday factors can lead to stress, and stress can plague anyone who feels overwhelmed. Toddlers and young children going to day care or school for the first time may experience separation anxiety due to being apart from their parents. Older kids and teenagers may feel mounting social and academic pressure. Even something as simple as overhearing loved ones arguing or seeing a sad news report can add to a child’s stress levels.

How do I know if my child is stressed?

When a kid is stressed, they will exhibit odd behavior and even undergo physical changes.

Beet, Goat Cheese, and Arugula Salad This crowd-pleasing dish is sure to be the biggest hit at your next gathering. And it’s good for you, too!

Leah’s Bad Dad Joke of the Month

Spring is here! I got so excited I wet my plants!

Inspired by FoodNetwork.com


• 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar • 3 tbsp shallots, thinly sliced • 1 tbsp honey • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil • Salt and pepper to taste • 6 beets, peeled and quartered

• 6 cups fresh arugula • 1/2 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped • 1/4 cup dried cranberries or cherries • 1/2 avocado, cubed • 2 oz crumbled goat cheese

Directions 1. Heat oven to 450 F and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. 2. In a medium bowl, combine vinegar, shallots, and honey. 3. Gradually whisk olive oil into the mixture and season with salt and pepper. 4. In a small bowl, toss the beets in dressing until they are coated.

5. Place coated beets on baking sheet and roast them for 12 minutes. Set the beets aside and allow them to cool. 6. In a large bowl, toss arugula, walnuts, and berries with the remaining vinaigrette. Season with salt and pepper. 7. Top salad with beets, avocado, and goat cheese.





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I N S I D E How to Make a Difference Behold the Power of 3D Printing Our Patients Say It Best Helping Your Child Manage Stress Beet, Goat Cheese, and Arugula Salad Travel the World Without Leaving Home 5825 Landerbrook Drive, Suite 124 Mayfield Heights, OH 44124

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London’s British Museum while sitting on your couch. No lines, no waiting — just pull up a chair and click through. The Vatican Museums offer a 360-degree tour of their vaulted ceilings, and make sure to visit and zoom in on the tour of the Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo’s work close-up. If you prefer more science and nature, the Natural History Museum offers an amazing interactive online experience with over 80 million specimens to explore. If it’s adventure you’re seeking, NASA offers augmented reality experiences and videos about space exploration. The National Women’s History Museum in Virginia inspires and empowers through online exhibits and audio histories. If you need to get outside but can’t because of weather or work, then take a virtual tour to visit five national parks. Find links to virtually tour these parks and more by visiting ArtsAndCulture.WithGoogle.com/en-us/ national-parks-service/parks. These amazing resources can enlighten us and take us away for a brief time as we get through this challenging time together.

Touring Our Virtual World Travel the World Without Leaving Home

Living in this new world, in this new way, with these news rules is really unprecedented. We are all trying to figure out a new normal for a while. In fact, we are not even quite sure what “a while” means or how long it will last, but we do know that we will help each other get through this. Many companies and groups are pulling resources to create virtual experiences while we are in this prolonged quarantine. Recently, Google Arts & Culture teamed up with over

2,500 museums and galleries around the world to offer virtual tours and curate online exhibits of some of the most famous museums around the world. By visiting ArtsAndCulture.Google. com you can “travel” to see amazing museums and pieces of history in all different parts of the world. Tour The Guggenheim’s famous spiral staircase without ever leaving home. Discover the ancient Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies from


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