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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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We’re Moving … DownThe Hall!
Exceptional Smiles is moving! We’ve been doing a lot of growing in recent years and finally reached the point when we decided it was time for a bigger space. As luck would have it, the doctor down the hall retired, so it made sense for us take action and make the move!
you won’t have to drive to a new location for your appointment. We’re in the same building — even the same floor! The Exceptional Smiles team is excited to make this space our new home. Not only will we have room to really stretch our legs, but we’ll also have more space to bring in new technology. In the past, there was more picking and choosing the technology we wanted to bring into the office. While we always stayed on top of the latest techniques and technologies, we couldn’t always bring them in due to space. Here’s an example: We’ve started to outgrow our lab space. This brought on various challenges. We could always overcome those challenges, but we thought, “What if we had a bigger lab? What could we accomplish?” We’re about to find out! Now, we have more room in our new on-site lab. This means even faster results for you. That’s really one of the biggest benefits of having so much more space, coupled with more technology — it saves time and money, especially for patients. We’re entering a new chapter in efficiency! We’re glad this opportunity presented itself and we were able to move and expand on our own terms. It was the right time to do it, and the move just made sense because we only had to move a few doors down. It doesn’t get easier than that! Even better, you can expect all the same faces — the same doctors, same staff, and same exceptional care. Plus, more windows!
We’ll be moving into our new digs at the beginning of June. The good news is that
We’re excited to share this new space with you. Many great things are still on the horizon, and we’re looking forward to introducing you to our new home in the months to come. -Dr. Jason Schermer
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Break Out the Bikes! 3 GREAT PLACES TO CYCLE
With great weather comes the itch to get outdoors. May is National Bike Month, so it’s the perfect time to get the bikes out of the garage and onto the road or trail! There are many places to ride east of Cleveland for every skill level and interest. Here are three of those great places to get pedaling! The Lakeshore Boulevard Bike Lane A long stretch of Lakeshore Boulevard between East Cleveland and the Mentor area is either designated as a bike lane or has a bike lane running parallel to the road. Given that it’s just a stretch of road running along Lake Erie, you can pick your start and stopping points. Biking Lakeshore is a great way to see the area and learn about many hidden gems from museums to restaurants — you’ll spot something new every time! Plus, this route is great for single riders or groups, including families. It’s ideal for most skill levels, as the area has level terrain. Just keep an eye on other vehicles and obey all traffic laws. Forest Hill Park This one is great for the whole family. Forest Hill Park is home to numerous trails suited for biking, walking, or jogging. The great thing about these trails is that you have no traffic to contend with, making them safer for younger or more inexperienced riders. What makes a visit to Forest Hill Park even better is its proximity to many of Cleveland’s museums. It’s a great way to spend the day — and something to keep in mind with summer coming up! Strawberry Picnic Area Many trails meander through the hills and woods just east of Mayfield. While most of the trails in the Strawberry Picnic Area are well-kept, many of them are dirt paths, so it makes for a slightly more challenging biking experience. Many are also well-suited for just about any rider, but make sure you’re prepared for this type of ride. Given that it is a heavily wooded area, it’s always best to ride with a buddy or in groups. Don’t forget to pack a picnic!
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING “Dr. Schermer is a great dentist. Very gentle. My oral health is great thanks to the attention to detail he and his whole staff provide. His equipment is amazing and always up to date. He and his staff are so kind. Really a great experience every time I see them!” -Richard S.
4 TIPS FOR A BETTER BIKE RIDE PEDALS TO THE METAL
Bicycle safety cannot be understated. While we shared a few great places to ride, we also want to share a few tips before you head out on your next ride — whether it’s your first outing of the year or you’ve already been for a few rides or more. First and foremost, always wear a helmet. It’s the single best thing you can do for yourself. It’s all about being prepared for the unexpected. But every rider should check four other things before their ride. Spokes Correctly tensioned spokes keep the wheel perfectly round. Poorly tensioned spokes can give your ride a wobble. This can damage the wheel, brakes, and the bike itself. Adjust spoke tension with a spoke wrench or take your bike to a bike mechanic for a check-up. (It’s always good to take your bike in at least once a year for a professional tuneup.) Brakes With regular use, brake levers and cables can slacken, which means weaker braking. That’s the last thing you want if you need to stop in a pinch.
On top of this, brakes and brake pads wear out and need to be adjusted or replaced regularly. Chain Give your chain, shifters, and derailleurs (gears) a regular once-over. The chain should be well- tensioned and clean, with only a light coat of lubrication to keep it running smooth and quiet. When you lift the chain up on the bottom run, there should be little give (no more than half an inch or so) before the rear derailleur cage begins to move forward. Any more and one bump on the road can knock the chain off the drivetrain. Or, if the chain is too tight, it can damage the gears. Tires Always check tire pressure before heading out. A quick pinch with your finger and thumb will do. You want it to feel firm. Maintaining good tire pressure ensures a safer and more efficient ride. Underinflation can damage rims and spokes, and overinflation can destroy the tire, especially if you hit a bump. Both can damage the tire and inner tube as well.
Drivers Let’s not forget those of us in motor vehicles! Always watch out for cyclists. They have as much right to the road as any car. Give them the right of way and be patient. On top of that, be observant! They can be harder to spot, so keep your eyes peeled for cyclists, motorcycles, runners, and pedestrians. Also, keep your distractions at bay and be their ally in traffic.
Easy & Healthy Green Rice
LEAH’S BAD DAD JOKE OF THE MONTH
1 cup tightly packed spinach leaves 1 cup tightly packed kale leaves, stems removed 1 1/2 cups vegetable stock 2 tbsp full-fat coconut milk
1/2 cup yellow onions, finely diced 1/2 cup green peppers, diced 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced 1 cup long-grain white rice
What do you call a bear with no teeth?
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1 tsp kosher salt
Directions 1. In a blender, purée spinach and kale with vegetable stock, coconut milk, and salt. Set aside. 2. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, sauté onions and peppers in olive oil until soft. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes. 3. Stir in rice and cook and toast for 1–2 minutes before adding the blended mixture. Increase heat to bring to a boil. 4. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until liquid has evaporated, 15–20 minutes. 5. Remove from heat and let sit for 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork before serving.
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INSIDE 5825 Landerbrook Drive, Suite 124 Mayfield Heights, OH 44124
We’re Moving … Down the Hall!
A Few Great Places to Bike
What People Are Saying About Us
How to Keep Your Bike Ride Safe and Efficient
Green Rice Recipe
3 Tips for RVing on a Budget
BECOME A SAVVY RV USER
This past fall, RV manufacturers reported a 31% increase in sales compared to 2019. This was no doubt related to an effort to stave off the spread of COVID-19, which had more families opting to take road trips and camp instead of going on tropical and European vacations. While the great outdoors can be the perfect affordable backdrop for family vacations, it doesn’t come without a cost. AND SAVE MONEY ON YOUR SUMMER ROAD TRIP
You can hit the road without your bank account taking a hit with these three must-do tips! Stay for Free If you’re on a cross-country adventure, you will need a place to park and rest each night before continuing your adventure the next day. Rather than shelling out money every night, consider free options. Search for public land that’s part of the Bureau of Land Management or in a Wildlife Management Area that allows overnight camping. Walmart allows RV parking at no cost, but some locations pose safety concerns. To mitigate this, well-meaning RVers have listed Walmart locations with red flags. You can check them out at AllStays.com. Save on Fuel Fuel could be your biggest expense, but you can cut down on the inevitable by driving slower than 60 mph when it’s safe to do so. Once you hit 60 mph or above in your RV, your gas mileage will drop. Furthermore, you can keep your gas bill in check by sticking to trips within your state, planning your route to avoid unnecessary detours, and leaving early to miss the traffic. Each little action could make a big impact on your fuel bill.
Re-Use Items in Your Home You may have a long to-buy list for your RV, but not everything on there may be necessary. Before splurging on the latest gear, consider what you have in your home. Use old kitchen utensils and plates, cleaning supplies, bedding, and entertainment items like books and toys in your RV to save money and clear some clutter from your home. It’s a win-win!
Looking for more RV tips? Check out GanderOutdoors.com or download apps like AllStay, RV Parky, and State Lines. Happy trails!
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