Jason A. Schermer D.D.S. 2019


January 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

( 440 ) 483 - 1003

New Docs on the Block Introducing Dr. Andrea and Dr. Kalinsky

As we kick off the new year, I wanted to start by properly introducing the new faces you’ll see around the practice. Dr. Andrea Londono-Shishehbor and Dr. Charles Kalinsky have joined us, and they’re both experienced and incredibly talented dentists in their own right. I’m really happy to have them. Once you get to know them, I know you’ll be happy, too.

It is really exciting to be at this office. As dentists, Dr. Schermer and I complement each other. There are some areas he specializes in, there are some areas I specialize in, and there are many in which we overlap. It’s great to bring a full range of treatment options to our patients. Plus, I’m excited to be in a practice where technology is so highly valued. I have already learned so much about how to use the new technology at the office. We’re really on the cutting edge of dentistry here. Technology isn’t the only thing that makes this practice special. The patients are so kind, and the team here is the best I’ve ever worked with. Thank you for welcoming me already. I look forward to hearing your stories.

genuinely enjoy. God gave me two good eyes and two perfectly good hands, and I’m glad to use them to help others. I’m 76 years old, and I fully intend to keep practicing dentistry for as long as I can. There were many times over the years where I had the opportunity to sell my practice and retire, but I couldn’t do it. The people who wanted to buy my practice weren’t the right fit for my patients. My patients are my friends. I’ve gone boating with them and have been invited to countless weddings and funerals. My patients mean the world to me, and I wanted to make sure they would continue to receive the highest level of care. That’s why I’m really glad Dr. Schermer and I found each other. When the building I’d been in since 1972 sold, it was a stroke of luck that I found Jason. During the first 20 minutes of speaking to one another, I knew this was the place for my patients and myself to go. Jason and I shook hands on it right then and there. Simple, like it should be. Jason is one of the nicest, most honest people I’ve ever met, and it’s a sheer pleasure to work here. The staff are all as friendly as can be, and they’re highly skilled in their positions. The well-being of my patients is a top priority, and I know you’ll feel right at home. – Dr. Charles Kalinsky

–-Jason A. Schermer

I knew I wanted to be a dentist when I was 15. I liked art and science, and I saw dentistry as a field where I could work in both while helping people at the same time. After graduating from Universidad de Antioquia in Colombia, I moved to Miami where I met my husband. Today, we have two kids, I’m president of the school PTA, and I’m the director of dental services at the Free Clinic of Painesville. I’ve been practicing dentistry for 20 years, 10 of which have been spent in Ohio, and every day I am still so excited to see my patients. The thing I love most about dentistry is that I have an opportunity to listen to my patients’ stories. I get to hear about their families, what’s going on in their lives, and what makes them unique. I’m creating all these great relationships with people, becoming part of their families as they become part of ours.

Scan this QR code with your smartphone, or go to https://youtu.be/v2kZ5FaE1zs to see what I have learned on my trip to see the E4D professionals in TX.

I became a dentist because of Vietnam. When my options were go to war or go to school, it was an easy choice. I got my draft notice and my acceptance letter to dental school on the same day. I’ve loved being a dentist since day one. Not everyone can say they get to wake up every morning and do something they –Dr. Andrea Londono-Shishehbor


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M ake a face like that, and it’ll stay that way forever.” You may have heard something like this from Mom’s book of wisdom. Maybe you never disputed the idea that mother knows best. But as you grew up, it slowly became clear that hair doesn’t grow back faster and thicker if you shave it, cracking your knuckles doesn’t cause arthritis, and gum doesn’t stay in your stomach for months after you swallow it. After a whirlwind of wives’ tales over the years, many common claims have been put under scrutiny. Wives tales have been known as pseudoscience and blind intuition, but even as many were disproved, some surprisingly proved to hold weight. Here are three wives’ tales that have proven to be true.

Garlic Cures Colds For decades, moms have professed the healing properties of garlic, suggesting it can cure colds and help the body fight sickness. It turns out they were absolutely right. Garlic has antiviral properties that strengthen the immune system and nutrients that help combat illnesses. The effects of garlic can actually be more effective than over-the-counter flu medications. Some studies show that regular consumption of raw garlic lessens the likelihood of getting a cold, so if you feel a tickle in your throat, try a clove before you open the medicine cabinet. Heartburn Means a Hairy Baby It’s hard to list wives’ tales without bringing up one about pregnancy. Many are solely based on intuition, but a few that sound odd have proven

to be true. In 2007, a study done by Johns Hopkins attempted to debunk the myth that heartburn during pregnancy would mean a hairy baby at birth. Instead of proving it wrong, they found that 82 percent of women with severe heartburn during pregnancy gave birth to hairy babies. Turns out the hormones that cause heartburn in pregnant women also affect fetal hair growth. Joint Pain Predicts the Weather Did you ever look at your mom with skepticism when she would predict rain because her knees hurt? If so, you might owe your mom an apology, because there is a scientific connection. The drop in barometric pressure that’s common during storm weather causes pain in arthritic joints.


“It was 20-plus years between dentist visits because my previous experience was so bad. I’m glad to be here now. Dr. Schermer, and especially Janae, have taken excellent care of me and made me enjoy going to the dentist once again. Thank you!” –Keith P


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I t ’s T ime t o Ta l k Abou t Roo t Cana l s

Do you need a root canal? Hopefully not. While the process of a root canal is quite simple, getting to the point where you need one can be truly painful. A root canal is a type of endodontic treatment that addresses problems inside of a tooth. If the pulp inside a tooth becomes infected due to damage or decay, a root canal may be necessary to alleviate the pain. During a root canal, your dentist makes a small opening in the crown of the sick tooth, cleans out the infected pulp, and fills the tooth with a biocompatible material to seal the tooth and help it heal. Root canals are often treated like the most painful experience a person can undergo at their dentist’s office, but modern techniques and anesthetics mean root canals are usually a painless procedure. Even during recovery, most patients are able to address any discomfort with over-the- counter or prescription medication. When you need to have a root canal, the pain can be so unbearable you can’t imagine waiting another moment for treatment. In the

past, any of our patients who needed a root canal had to schedule treatment at a different practice. It wasn’t a procedure we were equipped to handle in our office. Fortunately, this has changed since Dr. Andrea Londono- Shishehbor joined us. Dr. Andrea’s specific skill set and experience means that, in many cases, we can help patients who need a root canal without having to make them wait to schedule with another doctor. If we feel like a certain case would be better addressed in the hands of a specialist, we won’t hesitate to refer a patient out. Our main goal is to see a successful outcome for every patient. However, now that we have Dr. Andrea on the team, we are excited to be able to take care of more patient problems, like root canals, right in our office! Give us a call at (440) 483-1003 to learn what new treatments we’re able to offer in our office to make your visits smoother than ever before.

The Root of the Problem

Citrus and Avocado Salad

Leah’s Bad Dad Joke of the Month

Winter is the height of citrus season, so it’s a perfect time to experiment with oranges and lemons. Roasting the fruits concentrates their flavor and makes the skins edible, creating a blast of flavor for this winter salad.

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Directions 1. Heat oven to 425 F. 2. In a rimmed baking sheet, toss citrus slices with 1 tablespoon oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast citrus until lightly charred and caramelized, about 10–15 minutes. Let cool. 3. Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, combine onion and lemon 1 blood, cara cara, or navel orange, sliced 1/8-inch thick and deseeded 1 Meyer or regular lemon, sliced 1/8-inch thick and deseeded 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided

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1/4 small red onion, thinly sliced 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 bunch arugula

1/2 cup fresh mint leaves 1 avocado, cut into wedges Salt and pepper, to taste

juice. Season with salt and let sit for 5 minutes. 4. Add citrus, arugula, and mint to onion mixture. Drizzle with remaining oil, season with salt and pepper to taste, and toss thoroughly. 5. Add avocado, combing very gently to not crush avocado.






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Our Patients Say It Best

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Are Root Canals Truly Terrible?

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Leah’s Bad Dad Joke of the Month

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From Stagecoach Stop to Field- Trip Destination

By 1857, the tavern sold and became a banker’s home. But even as the world outside changed from stagecoaches to automobiles, this grand building remained the same. In the early 1930s, the Society of Collectors recognized the historical significance of the building and took responsibility for it. Today, the Dunham Tavern Museum is a nonprofit historical landmark, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. When you explore the grounds and gardens of the Dunham Tavern Museum, it feels like Rufus and Jane are just about to walk in after a long day of working on their farm. Old wooden furniture fills the living room, a stone fireplace waits to warm a family during the winter months, and the dining room table is set for an old-fashioned Sunday dinner. There are few better places to learn about the lifestyle of those early settlers who called Ohio home. Cleveland is home to many unique sights where our history lives on. Make a resolution to explore them this year! Start by visiting the Dunham Tavern Museum website at DunhamTavern.org.

Adventures in Cleveland Hit the Trail at the Dunham Tavern Museum

There’s a beige building on Euclid Avenue you’ve probably driven by a hundred times. Its rows of windows, brick chimneys, and twin red doors aren’t common sights in Cleveland anymore, but it’s not until you step inside that you’ll find yourself in a completely different time. The Dunham Tavern Museum is the oldest building still standing on its original site in Cleveland. It was first home to Rufus and Jane

Pratt Dunham, a young couple who moved from Massachusetts in 1819. They acquired 13.75 acres of land to farm and slowly built their home over the next several years. By the time the large abode was completed in 1832, the Dunham’s property had become part of a major stagecoach route. After Rufus and Jane dedicated their home to the public, the Dunham Tavern quickly became a popular destination for locals and travelers.


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