Jason A. Schermer D.D.S MARCH 2018

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March 2018

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

DENTISTRY WITHOUT ROLLER SKATES 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

The Va l ue o f Re l a t i onsh i p - Based Den t i s t r y

Did you know the most snow ever recorded at one time in the state of Ohio was 47 inches? This record-setting measurement was taken on Nov. 14, 1996, in Chardon, and it hasn’t been broken since. However, some winters certainly feel like we could come close. This last year, we had our fair share of snow days. A couple of times, I would wake up early, check the driving conditions, and decide whether or not it was safe to ask my team and patients to come out to the practice that day.

I took over my practice from another dentist. When I came in, he said, “Jason, this is a special kind of practice you’re getting into. The patients you are inheriting expect a different level of service than you find at a typical practice. They expect white-glove treatment. Don’t go in with roller skates.” By roller skates, he was referring to how some dentists develop a habit of just running from room to room and never creating any real connection with patients. I have been to a lot of places where patients were offered cookie-cutter treatment. Dentists would claim, “If you have A, then you need B, and that’s all there is to it.” In reality, there can be a whole alphabet of options — with subletters! — depending on your unique circumstances. As dentists, we can’t forget that we’re not really working on teeth; we’re working on people. I believe it’s important for a dentist to go beyond just looking at a problem in their patient’s mouth and try to understand what’s going on in their life. Not to say patients have to spill their life story at every appointment, but dentists should be open to accepting that maybe a patient has a reason for not wanting to follow their recommendation, such as financial struggles, personal loss, or just uncertainty about treatment plans. As a dentist, it’s important to me that my office has a nonjudgmental environment, where patients feel comfortable sharing their

“The patients you are inheriting expect a different level of service than you find at a typical practice. They expect white-glove treatment. Don’t go in with roller skates.”

stories. Even if one of my patients doesn’t want to elaborate on the details, I want them to know they can make a decision and, whatever the reason, that decision will be respected in this office. If I suggest an implant, but a patient wants a bridge, or they need to wait a year, or they want to leave that space open, that’s fine. It’s their call. It’s not my job to tell you what to do. As your dentist, my job is to give you as much information as you need to make a decision that’s right for you and to help you get there.

We can’t practice dentistry from a ditch, and while we focus on teeth, I see us as stewards of our patients’ overall health. Even if we need to be open, I have an unwritten but well-established rule: If you don’t feel safe driving, stay home. Watching out for the well-being of my patients and my team is a high priority. It’s part of my drive to practice relationship- based dentistry — something I’ve aimed for since day one.

–-Jason A. Schermer

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Family homes (three or more occupants) with no pets or allergies: 3–6 months.

The Importance of Spring Cleaning Your Utility Room

Family homes with at least one pet or minor allergies: 2–3 months.

Family homes with multiple pets or allergies: 1–2 months.

In addition to changing the air filter, it’s important to schedule a routine inspection of your home’s HVAC system. This includes an inspection of the appliances themselves and any connecting ducts. Dust, dander, and mold can accumulate in the ducts and spread throughout the home, which can lead to health issues, including respiratory problems. A routine inspection will identify potential problems in your HVAC system. On top of that, you can get these systems professionally cleaned and maintained. These are simple steps that will keep your home’s air systems running smoothly for years to come. Plus, you’ll be ready for the summer months ahead!

DON’T FORGET TO CLEAN THE HEART OF YOUR HOME

The start of spring brings everyone’s favorite seasonal chore — spring cleaning! As you dust, vacuum, organize, and declutter, don’t forget about the one room that often gets neglected. This year, give special attention to the utility closet. The utility closet houses your furnace, boiler, water heater, A/C junction, and other similar large appliances. Homeowners often forget about these appliances because they are out of sight and out of mind, and this can cost a lot in the long run.

Like all the other rooms in your home, this space needs to be kept clean. Dust, for instance, can be hard on HVAC systems. Over time, it accumulates in the HVAC intake and clogs the air filter, reducing its effectiveness and efficiency. This results in a short lifespan for your system, higher power bills, and a poorly heated or cooled home.

How Often Should You Replace Your Air Filter?

Homes with minimal foot traffic (single or double occupancy) and no pets or allergies: 6–12 months.

TESTIMONIALS

“I felt very welcomed from the moment I walked in. The entire staff was very pleasant and easy to talk to. I was in and out in a timely manner. Dr. Schermer answered all of my

“I’m dentophobic, but Dr. Schemer and his team took their time with me and did everything in their power to make me comfortable and alleviate my fears! I’ve

already scheduled my next appointment, and surprisingly, I’m actually looking forward to it. If you’re looking for a dentist in the Cleveland or Cleveland-suburbs area, check them out!” –Kymberli M. “Dr. Schermer and his staff are professional and trustworthy. He and his dental hygienists explained my exam, treatment, and options for future care and treatment step by step. All my questions and concerns were answered and addressed. The friendly, caring staff welcomes each patient upon arrival, and the attention to his patients continues until the visit is over.” –Monique S.

questions and communicated any concerns he had. Overall, it was a wonderful experience.” –Jessica C. “For the first time in my life, I actually like going to the dentist. Everyone in this practice is extraordinarily kind and gentle. I had not had a dental exam in over a decade because I had so many bad experiences previously. Now, I look forward to going.” –Ann K.

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IN, OUT, AND DONE

Techno l ogy You ’ ve Neve r Hea rd o f Imp roves You r Den t a l V i s i t

No more goopy molds or impressions. This technology can take a 3-D scan of your teeth digitally. You don’t have to gag on dental putty ever again. Less time in the chair. With the upgraded E4D system, we are able to cut down on scanning and milling times, meaning you get to go about your day faster than before. The ED4 CAD/ CAM technology cuts milling time on dental appliances in half, saving you time in the chair. Just one appointment. In traditional dentistry, if a patient needed a crown, they had to have a temporary one put in while the dentist finished making their permanent crown. They would have to schedule more time off work for another appointment. In most cases, the CAD/CAM

When dentists boast about having “cutting- edge technology,” what do they mean? At Dr. Schermer’s office, when we say cutting-edge, we mean new technology meant to make your dental visit easier, faster, and more comfortable than ever before. At our office, you’ll find some of the best tools in modern dentistry, including the acclaimed ED4 CAD/CAM System. CAD/CAM is a breakthrough in restorative dentistry. Crowns, onlays, and veneers are faster and more precise than ever before. We’ve been using CAD/CAM technology in our office since 2008, and we recently brought in the latest version to revolutionize the practice. Here’s what you can expect during your next visit thanks to CAD/CAM.

empowers dentists and clinical technicians to get a porcelain crown completed and placed in a single visit! Of course, a machine is just a tool, and it only works well if you know how to use it. As smart as your dog may be, if you put him in front of a supercomputer, he’s probably not going to crack the secrets of the universe. Recently, a trainer from Dallas, Texas, flew up a to give our team a deep dive into the nuts and bolts of CAD/CAM technology during two days of intense training. “Cutting-edge” is about more than just having the shiniest toys. It’s about being able to properly use these resources to improve the experience of every patient.

ZESTY ZUCCHINI ENCHILADAS

Leah’s Bad Dad Joke of the Month Why did the Clydesdale give the pony a glass of water? BECAUSE HE WAS A LITTLE HORSE! Dr. Almudallal accepts these insurances } Cigna, Guardian, Aetna, Delta Dental, Anthem, and GEHA Connection Dental.

For a lighter take on enchiladas, go carb-free by swapping tortillas for zucchini!

Ingredients •

4 large zucchini

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2 teaspoons cumin

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1 tablespoon olive oil or ghee

2 teaspoons chili powder

1 large onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced

3 cups cooked, shredded chicken

2 cups shredded cheese

Directions 1. Heat oven to 350 F. In a large skillet, heat oil. Add onion, garlic, cumin, chili powder, and salt to taste. Stir to combine. Add chicken and 1 cup prepared enchilada sauce. 2. Use vegetable peeler to thinly slice zucchini. Lay out three slices, slightly overlapping, and spoon chicken mixture on top. Roll the zucchini “tortilla” and place on baking sheet. Repeat until all zucchini and chicken is used. 3. Cover the enchiladas with remaining sauce and sprinkle with cheese. Bake 20 minutes, and enjoy!

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What’s a Dentist’s Real Job?

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Clean the Heart of Your Home

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The 3 Best Places to See Beautiful Flowers

EARTH’S MOST BEAUTIFUL FLOWER DISPLAYS ’

Washington, D.C. Besides the monuments and historic buildings, one of the biggest attractions in Washington, D.C. is the cherry tree blossoms. Travelers who visit the Tidal Basin during the spring can witness 3,000 trees, which were a gift from Tokyo in 1912, flaunt their beautiful pink blossoms. The best time to see the spectacle is from the end of March through the end of April. Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Desert lavender, flowering cacti, pygmy poppies, and rock daisies are just a few of the many wildflowers decorating Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. The various native species are often seen weaved together to form a colorful

Spring is here, which means flora will soon be in full bloom. Flowers can be an easy pick-me-up or a great way to add color to your home, but some people take their flower obsession to the next level by planning botanical-themed vacations. Here are some of the most impressive gardens and flower displays in the world. Netherlands Holland, most famous for its tulips, always draws visitors at the first sign of spring. One of its most famous destinations, Keukenhof, located in Lisse, is among the world’s largest flower gardens. The park is 79 acres and boasts approximately 7 million flowers each year. This colorful garden is open annually from mid-March to mid-May, but mid-April is the ideal time to see the tulips.

carpet over any barren patch in the park, which is located just two hours from San Diego. In addition to flowers, visitors often spot bighorn sheep. Wildflower blossoms vary in intensity each year, but they typically begin to bloom in late February or early March. Next time you’re planning a spring trip, consider visiting one of the world’s most beautiful flower displays. No green thumb required.

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