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5825 Landerbrook Drive, Suite 121, Mayfield Heights, OH 44124
Hello, everyone! I’m Dr. Andrea, and I’m so excited to have an opportunity to introduce myself to all of you. I love my profession, and I first decided I wanted to be a dentist when I was only 15 years old. I knew then that I wanted a job where I could help people feel better, but medical school didn’t seem like a good fit. I realized dentistry combined all of my interests, including both biology and art, so I determined it was the path for me. I’ve been practicing for over 25 years, and I’ll soon be celebrating my fourth anniversary at Exceptional Smiles. I attended dental school in Colombia, where I was born and raised. My family moved to the United States, and after I finished my one-year residency, I opted to join them. We’re a very close family, so it was important for me to be near them, and I also wanted to learn English. Then, I met my husband. I was officially in the U.S. to stay, and we’ve been married for 22 years! We have two children, a 14-year-old son and an 11-year-old daughter. They are the lights of my life! I love taking them to school in the morning and picking them up in the afternoon, and I love that Exceptional Smiles provides a work/life balance where I can be present for both my patients and my kids. I like to remain active in their after-school activities and education, and I work with the PTA. It’s such a great joy to spend time together as a family. One of our favorite things to do is go camping, and we make so many memories every summer. When I’m at work, I’m also fortunate enough to have the company of wonderful people. The hygienists, dental assistants, and other staff are incredibly dedicated to their profession, and it’s fantastic to work with people who really care about their patients and do the best job possible. Of course, Dr. Schermer is also an excellent dentist. I feel blessed to work with someone who is just as passionate as I am about serving our community. We also inspire each other every day to keep growing and improving our skills. It’s astounding how much has changed since I attended dental school, and it’s exciting how there’s always something new to learn in this profession. Technology is constantly evolving, and techniques that were once just WHY DENTISTRY IS MY CALLING All Smiles
dreams are now a reality! But even more than the opportunity to regularly improve my skills, I love meeting my patients and forming relationships with them over many years. An intellectual challenge is lovely — but it’s my primary goal to help people. I used to volunteer at the Lake County Free Clinic once a week before the COVID-19 pandemic began. After that, things changed and services slowed down. We’re hoping to get the dentistry program back up and running soon, and I’m looking forward to new opportunities to help people in need with low to no-cost dental services. Though I’m the one offering my services, I always feel like I receive much more than I give. Regardless of whether or not they can pay, people still need cleanings, extractions, and other procedures, and I feel like it’s my duty to use my abilities to help them. In the end, that’s why I became a dentist! I’m so grateful to assist members of our community in ways big and small, and I look forward to doing so for many years to come. Nothing makes me happier than meeting new people and finding a way to leave them smiling. -Dr. Andrea Londono-Shishehbor
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Brushing Up on Dental Visits
A BACK-TO-SCHOOL ESSENTIAL
It’s hard to believe, but back-to-school season is right around the corner. As you memorize class schedules and pickup times, shop for new clothes, and pick out school supplies, don’t forget to tick one of the most important items off your to-do list. We’re talking, of course, about scheduling a back-to-school dental appointment! The tail end of summer is the perfect time for children to have their dental exams for several reasons. Many families have additional time with school out of session, and scheduling in summer ensures your child won’t miss class to get needed care! We’ve also found that many families let some routines fall by the wayside during the relaxed summer months, including those surrounding dental care. Now is the perfect time to reinforce good habits.
No matter how great your kids are at brushing and flossing their teeth, they won’t remove all the bacteria that cause cavities. Professional cleaning by a dental hygienist will reduce the risk to young teeth while setting good habits for life. We can also take X-rays to check on your children’s tooth development, address any cavities before they start causing pain, and ensure adult teeth are coming in correctly. Adult oral health is just as important, and so is setting a good example. If you haven’t had a cleaning in a while, make the dentist a family event. Booking everyone all at once will save you multiple trips and schedule disruptions.
kids that seeing the dentist doesn’t have to be scary! Having the terrified child go first will set a negative tone for the entire visit. Meanwhile, parents who experience anxiety may be better off scheduling their own visit or even having the other parent do kid dental duty. Children can tell when you’re worried or scared, so don’t let your fears stop them from having a good experience. Every kid wants to look their best on their first day of classes, and a healthy smile will give them a confident pep in their step. We’re happy to do our part in helping them feel and look their best. The end of summer is a busy time of year and appointments book up quickly, so call our office to schedule your family’s visit today!
Plus, if you don’t suffer from dental anxiety, hopping in the dentist’s chair first shows your
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING “Everyone in the office is so kind and is the epitome of professionalism. I called for an urgent appointment (as a new patient) and was amazed at how friendly and helpful everyone was. Dr. Andrea took her time in explaining my options and answered all of my questions. Liz went above and beyond, researching additional referral alternatives that might work better with my insurance. I never felt rushed; in fact, each person I interacted with made me feel like I was the only patient they were taking care of. They also ensured I didn’t have any concerns or questions.” -Kimberly
LIFE IS BETTER WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY WE CAN’T WAIT TO MEET YOURS!
Our patients are our passion, so nothing matters more to us than your opinion. We do everything we can every day to provide you with exceptional care, and there’s no greater compliment than when you recommend our office to your friends and family. Our goal is to help as many patients as possible — and with your help, we can do exactly that. If someone you know is looking for a new dentist, we’d be honored to receive your referral. Please tell your friends and family about your experience at our office and why our care keeps you coming back. We’d also appreciate it if you considered sharing this newsletter with the people you know, especially if a particular article might be helpful to them. When a new patient tells us they were referred by you, we’ll express our gratitude with a special thank-you gift. Patients who make referrals will receive their choice of a $50 account credit at Exceptional Smiles or a $50 electronic gift card. We’ll also enter you into our ongoing quarterly drawings, from which you’ll be eligible to receive other exciting goodies! We know that nothing is more important to you than the health and well- being of the people you love. So, we cherish your trust in us, and we’re so grateful when you recommend our services to the people you know. We hope to get to meet them soon, and we look forward to providing them with the same outstanding care you’ve come to expect! LEAH’S BAD DAD JOKE OF THE MONTH
Healthier Hot Dogs With Slaw
Inspired by RachaelRayMag.com Craving a healthy dog for National Hot Dog Month? We’ve got you! Follow our recipe for a dog packed with protein, fiber, and vitamins. (Serves 8)
Q: If you crossed a Patriot with a curly-haired dog, what would you get? A: Yankee poodle
2 tbsp vegetable oil
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1 tbsp grill seasoning
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1 green apple, peeled and diced
3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 red onion, thinly sliced
2 tbsp maple syrup
1 small head red cabbage, cored and shredded
8 organic chicken sausage links 8 whole-wheat hot dog buns, toasted
Q: What kind of candy do you get at the airport? A: Plane chocolate!
2 tsp ground cumin
Directions 1. In a large skillet over high heat, warm the vegetable oil. Sauté the apple, onion, and cabbage and toss until wilted. Season with cumin and grill seasoning and cook for 10–12 minutes, until tender. 2. Add the vinegar and maple syrup, then toss to combine. Cook for 1 minute and set aside the slaw. 3. On the grill, cook your chicken dogs according to the package instructions. 4. Assemble the works, starting with the bun and piling in the chicken dog and slaw. 5. Dig in! For an extra health boost, serve with grilled summer vegetables.
Q: Where do sharks go for summer vacation?
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3 Summer Food Festivals Worth the Trip
DON’T MISS THESE 3 FESTIVALS TRAVELING FOR THE FOOD?
GRACE JAMAICAN JERK FESTIVAL (NEW YORK) July 31; JerkFestivalNY.com
Yes, New York City is home to fantastic pizza and bagels, but it’s also a Caribbean food hub! At this festival, visitors can stuff themselves with jerk chicken, enjoy whole fish, and drink icies straight from hollowed-out pineapples. Six celebrity chefs will make appearances this year to compete in food contests and show off their Jamaican roots and/or dishes. When attendees aren’t eating, they can relax at a musical or cultural performance.
According to AAA, millions of Americans take “culinary-focused vacations” every year. We’ll travel to Philadelphia for cheesesteaks, Texas for barbecue, Louisiana for gumbo … you get the idea. Our culture loves to eat! If you’re a traveling foodie, you are in luck: Add these three summer festivals to your must-visit list for this summer or future food-finding trips.
KEY WEST LOBSTERFEST (FLORIDA) Aug. 11–14; KeyWestLobsterfest.com
PIEROGI FEST (INDIANA) July 29–31; PierogiFest.net
This year is the 25th annual Key West Lobsterfest! Seafood lovers come from all corners to enjoy the crustacean-crazed festival, which includes a cinematic lobster boil at sunset, a lobsterfest pool party, a pub crawl, and an all-you-can- eat-and-drink lobster brunch. Head to the website to learn more and score delicious lobster recipes — even if you can’t attend!
The Polish pierogi is a humble food: mashed potatoes and cheese wrapped in soft dough and either fried, baked, or grilled to perfection. But simplicity should be celebrated! In Whiting, Indiana, Pierogi Fest is a three-day affair that brings in more than 300,000 people for events like a Polka Parade, a pierogi toss, and, of course, pierogies stuffed with everything from cheese to alligator meat. Of course, there’s also a beer garden, because as the organizers put it, “Beer and pierogies go together as well as peanut butter and jelly.”
Want more food festival intel? We’ve got you. Visit Insider.com and search “food and drink festivals” for a list of 28 top food attractions, ranked by Yelp reviews.
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