Exceptional Smiles @ Landerbrook - March 2020

March 2020

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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

( 440 ) 483 - 1003

Certified Cuddler

Taylor’s Amazing, Adorable Volunteer Work

When I’m hiring new staff, I look for people who have a drive to help others. This is an easy and honest way to make sure my patients will always be taken care of. As a result, our office is filled with big-hearted people who are great at their jobs and always looking for ways to give back to our community. One of our dental hygienists, Taylor, has been volunteering at one of Cleveland Clinic’s neonatal intensive care units. The work she’s doing is so cool, so I’ve asked Taylor to share more about it in her own words. –-Jason A. Schermer I’m what they call a “cuddler.” What better volunteer name than that? Being a cuddler means I volunteer in Cleveland Clinic’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and spend time with the babies. There are always a lot of babies in the NICU. They’re usually preemies or need extra medical attention for any number of reasons. Babies in the NICU can stay there for a long time, and unfortunately, most of their parents aren’t able to stay with them 24/7. Parents have work or other children at home they need to take care of. While the hospital provides great medical care, being in the NICU can be hard on newborns. New babies need a lot of one-on-one attention. That’s where cuddlers come in. On Fridays after work, I spend a few hours in the NICU, holding and rocking any babies who are feeling fussy. I love babies,

the nurses focus on the babies who need medicine or food.

New babies

After I finished school, I had a lot more free time. I wanted to use that free time to give back. I first heard about this volunteer opportunity through my aunt; she’s been a cuddler for five years. When I was applying for volunteer opportunities, I knew I wanted to work with animals or babies. In the end, I’m so glad I was accepted to be a cuddler! At the end of the week, being able to rock babies is so nice. I get to keep babies calm and comfortable until they’re able to go home. Being a cuddler in the NICU isn’t my first volunteer experience. I try to volunteer with a dental-related foundation at least once a year. I’ve worked with Give Kids a Smile and Team Smile, both organizations that provide dental work to underprivileged kids. Both were such great experiences. Volunteering feels good, and if we have the ability to give back, we should. That’s how we pay it forward and make the world a better place. If you’d like to give back and be a cuddler yourself, many NICUs in the area could use the help. You can visit My.ClevelandClinic.org/about/community/ volunteer to learn more.

need a lot of one-on-one

attention. That’s where cuddlers come in.

so this is really relaxing for me. Plus, being cuddled is good for babies in the NICU, too! Getting that human interaction helps babies grow, is good for their emotional well-being, and can lead to shorter hospital stays. Having cuddlers around also helps

—Taylor Boutcher

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STEALTH MODE The Secret Method to a Straight Smile

especially for adults seeking orthodontics. The clear Invisalign trays straighten your teeth in “stealth mode” and often go completely unnoticed. Plus, because the trays can be removed, you can continue to eat all your favorite foods during treatment. With Invisalign, there are no concerns about breaking a bracket after biting down on some sweet corn. Sounds too good to be true. Invisalign isn’t a magic silver bullet. Successful treatment requires discipline. While they can be removed, Invisalign trays must be worn at least 22 hours a day in order to produce desired results. Failure to stick to the schedule can cause a delay in treatment. It is also possible for patients to lose their trays, which must be replaced right away. For this reason, adults tend to be best suited

for Invisalign treatment, though responsible teenagers can also be suitable candidates.

“We attended a function last week and I was going through the pictures this morning. I didn’t realize how much I had been smiling. For the first time in a long time, I’m able to smile again!” –Invisalign patient, Exceptional Smiles at Landerbrook Currently, 2.5 million patients are being treated with Invisalign, and millions more have received Invisalign treatment since the orthodontic aligners first became available in 1999. Invisalign has become a go-to treatment for fixing teeth and helping people smile again. Why choose Invisalign? For most people, the biggest appeal of Invisalign is how discrete the treatment is. Distracting bands and metal brackets can be embarrassing,

Can Invisalign help me smile again? Advancement in orthodontic technology means that Invisalign treatments now work in 90% of straightening cases. Today, Invisalign can treat crowding, spacing, overbites, underbites, and deep bites. If you were told you “weren’t a candidate” for Invisalign in the past, it’s time to get a second opinion. If your case isn’t suitable for Invisalign, many other options are still available to you. Today’s orthodontics offer more choices than ever. Call (440) 483-1003 and talk to a dentist about how you can start smiling again.

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

“This dental practice is phenomenal. I always get right in. The hygienists have all been beyond skilled. Dr. Schermer is a brilliant dentist and never tries to upsell me on services and products that I do not need. I am so grateful to have found this place. Truly enjoy my dental experiences here!” - Shawn G. “Dr. Schermer is very well-

You may notice some information in the office, or you may receive a text that has link for your feedback. Your comments and suggestions are extremely important to us and to the continual improvement for which we strive. If you find at your appointment that we did something you liked, 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.

respected and talented. He takes the pain out of dentistry with his gentle touch and compassionate approach. His practice is something to smile about. Book an appointment today!” - Kelly D.

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Perform Better, Feel Better, Be Better Focus and Discipline at Mentor ATA Martial Arts

When we think of martial arts, a few notable images spring to mind: Daniel LaRusso’s crane stance during the All-Valley Karate Championships; Bruce Lee’s advice to “be like water”; or Carl Douglas singing about “Kung Fu Fighting.” In the United States, we tend to have a very theatrical view of martial arts, but these practices are about more than kicks that are “fast as lightning.” Martial arts are about discipline, focus, and hard work. This is especially true at the Mentor ATA Martial Arts in Painesville Township. respectively, started Mentor ATA Martial Arts. Their goal was to provide a positive, safe learning environment for kids and adults alike to learn martial arts. Dedicated instructors teach karate and taekwondo, while incorporating principles from a variety of martial art styles to create effective self-defense. Despite what we saw from the Cobra Kai dojo in “The Karate Kid,” martial arts classes aren’t about being able to beat someone up. In fact, In 2002, Jason Gehring and Jason Ratay, seventh- and sixth-degree black belts

nonviolent conflict resolution is a base principle of karate and taekwondo. Mentor ATA Martial Arts is a huge supporter of antibullying programs in schools. Of course, if you were to end up in a situation where you need to protect yourself or others, knowing a martial art can certainly help you get out safely. Mentor ATA Martial Arts excels at helping its young students enjoy learning and physical activity. They also aim to make sure adults who are trying martial arts for the very first time feel comfortable, even when attempting something brand new. Mentor ATA Martial Arts isn’t just one of the best martial arts institutes in the area; they have also gained recognition on the national level, having been awarded American Taekwondo Association’s National School of the Year title twice. Interested in the benefits of martial arts for your kids or yourself? Check out Mentor ATA Martial Arts at MentorATA.com. They live up to their promise of helping students “perform better, feel better, be better.”

Pesto Chicken With Blistered Tomatoes Brighten up after a cold, dark winter with this fresh and flavorful springtime dish.

Leah’s Bad Dad Joke of the Month

What’s another term for dentures?

Inspired by CookingLight.com

Ingredients

Directions 1. In a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat, add 1 tbsp olive oil. 2. Season chicken with salt and pepper, and add it to pan. Cook chicken for 5 minutes on each side, then remove pan from heat. 3. In a bowl, combine panko, Parmesan cheese, and butter. 4. Spread pesto over chicken and top with panko mixture. 5. Broil chicken for 2 minutes on high heat until browned. • 2 1/2 tbsp olive oil, divided • 4 boneless and skinless chicken breasts, pounded to a 1-inch thickness • Salt and pepper to taste • 1/4 cup whole-wheat panko

• 2 tbsp Parmesan cheese • 1 tbsp unsalted butter, melted • 6 tbsp spinach pesto • 2 cups cherry tomatoes • 1 garlic clove, thinly sliced • 1 tsp red wine vinegar

Substitooths

6. In a skillet, heat remaining oil over medium- high heat. 7. Add tomatoes and cook for 6 minutes. 8. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly. 9. Season tomato mixture with salt and pepper, and add red wine vinegar. 10. Serve tomatoes with broiled chicken.

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How to Be a ‘Cuddler’ Ready to Smile Again? Our Patients Say It Best Wax On, Wax Off Pesto Chicken With Blistered Tomatoes Stay Stateside With These Little-Known St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations

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A Little Luck in America’s Heartland O’Neill, Nebraska, is home to the world’s largest shamrock and more unique St. Patrick’s Day traditions. This Irish community doubles down on its heritage every March with a traditional parade, music, and Irish dancing. But the town also hosts a popular dodgeball tournament and donkey basketball. What could be better than pummeling your opponents in dodgeball and outpacing the competition while riding a donkey in the school gymnasium? Perhaps enjoying a pint or two with your teammates afterward. And O’Neill is just the spot to do it. Ohio’s Little Piece of Ireland You may not be able to fly to Ireland, but you can visit a little piece of it right in the U.S. Head to Dublin, Ohio, this St. Patrick’s Day for a traditional celebration sure to put a wee bit o’ pep in your step. Partake in a traditional Irish breakfast or enjoy a parade complete with bagpipers and Irish dancers. Boasting one of the largest celebrations in the U.S., Dublin is an affordable alternative for those looking to celebrate the Irish way.

Staying Stateside for St. Paddy’s? Celebrate With These Little-Known Festivities

There’s no place quite like Ireland on St. Patrick’s Day. What was once a purely religious holiday to honor the legend of St. Patrick chasing all the snakes out of the country has turned into a global celebration. But if a trip to Ireland isn’t in the budget, check out these three little-known stateside destinations that are just as festive. Short and Sweet in Arkansas Thanks to the clever thinking of some Irish friends meeting for a pint at a bar on one of

the shortest streets in the world, Bridge Street in Hot Springs, Arkansas, the First Ever 17th Annual World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade will travel 98 feet once again this year. Don’t assume the turnout isn’t robust just because the distance is staggeringly low. The parade lasts for hours, drawing thousands of people to watch celebrities, musicians, bands, floats, and Miss Arkansas glide by. The event also features a Blarney stone kissing contest and a parade king and queen.

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