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EVEN DURING A BUSY BACK-TO-SCHOOL SEASON Remember to Have Fun
Growing up, I was very excited to go back to school, not only because I got bored of the summer at a certain point and enjoyed school, but also because of back-to-school shopping.
That’s when my daughters say, “Dad said it was okay!” So, I try to avoid trouble nowadays by going on fewer shopping trips. But that doesn’t mean I don’t try to spend extra time with my daughters around
this season, especially because this back-to- school season is going to be a little different than normal. This fall, our oldest daughter is going off to college. I just can’t believe it. On the other hand, I can — after all, we’ve been watching her grow up for the past 18 years — but it’s been a bittersweet transition period for everybody in our family. As we enter post-pandemic phases nationwide, perhaps this is the season for celebrating transitions. I know a few people who are returning to or expanding their educational career and going back to school so they can access more opportunities in life. So I think, for anyone going through a transition right now, we can all agree on one important phrase: “It’s never too late.”
Having three sons, my mom could’ve done all of our back-to-school shopping at once. It certainly would’ve been easier. Instead, she took her time to spend a full day with each and every one of us. Then we’d get to do something we looked forward to all year: We got to pick the restaurant to eat at afterward. Do you remember what it was like to pick the restaurant as a kid? My back-to-school shopping memories make that excitement very vivid. It was fun to pick out all of the school supplies and clothes we’d need for the new school year, but getting an uninterrupted mom-son day made it really special, especially when you have siblings to compete with. It was a blast! It felt like some semblance of adult-like independence of my own (since I got to choose the supplies and restaurant).
“Having three sons, my mom could’ve
done all of our back- to-school shopping at once … Instead, she took her time to spend a full day with each and every one of us. “
It’s never too late to enjoy your life as it is today, or to aspire to new opportunities by getting more education. And it’s never too late to spend more time with loved ones in your life (although it might be a little late after they’ve finally moved away for college!). This is a great season to carpe diem, take your time, and take nothing and nobody for granted — it might just mean the world to someone special in your life, even for many decades afterward. -Dr. Jason Schermer
Unfortunately, even though those memories were so exciting for me, I’m a little unreliable to drag along for back-to-school shopping now. If I go shopping with my daughters, we’ll buy just bags and bags of stuff. My wife will sort through our “haul” (what the kids call “shopping sprees” these days) and she’ll evaluate our choices by asking, “Why in the world did you need this?”
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It’s back-to-school season! Not only is this a great opportunity for your kids to go to the dentist before school starts, but it’s also a great chance for you to get your cleaning and checkup with them. Here’s why your fall dental visit is so important for you and your child’s health. No. 1: Your child is less likely to miss school. Did you know that dental disease causes children to miss more than 51 million hours of school every year? After a carefree summer of eating candy and drinking soda, many children might be surprised to find that they have cavities, which, later in life, can lead to much more serious diseases, such as periodontitis and heart disease. No. 2: Your child can develop a positive relationship with dentists early on. Many people are fearful about visiting the dentist, and their oral health often suffers because of this — not because they don’t brush their teeth, but because they don’t get professional cleanings or advice when problems arise. By having a good, positive relationship with a dentist early on, your child can be a step ahead of their oral health whenever there’s an issue. No. 3: Your child may receive more encouragement to develop good oral habits. Let’s be real: It’s a lot easier to follow a professional’s health advice if you’re going to see them again specifically to check if you’ve followed the advice or not. Of course, our staff always employs utmost understanding and kindness, 5 Benefits of Your Back-to-School Dental Appointment
even if you or your child has fallen behind on your brushing. But seeing a dentist definitely encourages people — adults and children alike — to stay in the groove with their oral habits. No. 4: Your child may drink more water. In dentistry, it’s our job to educate you on all facets of keeping your teeth healthy, including the dangers of drinking too much soda and how to care for your teeth if you do. Even though these sugary drinks will still always be popular, a little one-on-one with our hygienists or dentists might help your child think twice about drinking more than one soda a day! No. 5: Your child is a little healthier and happier! According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 5 children aged 5–11 years has at least one untreated decayed tooth. Don’t let your child go untreated — get regular checkups and ensure they’re feeling great before the school year begins.
Thanks for reading, and we hope you enjoy fall!
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Dear Tooth Fairy ...
I hope our newsletter finds you well! Thank you for providing us your address so many years ago — our young patients tell us all the time about your amazing work. With National Tooth Fairy day on August 22, I decided to include this special article in our newsletter for you, one of our most avid readers. And because we understand that the back-to-school season is a very popular time to train your new tooth fairies.
the right type of reward. As you recall, one day, we had to correspond by letter to convert my daughter’s paper money to coin money. If you’re ever unsure what kind of small reward will make your child recipient happiest, ask the child to write a letter. No. 2: Make sure the child doesn’t want to keep the tooth. Tooth fairy, I’m sure you remember the other day we wrote you a letter because you took a tooth that my daughter wanted to keep in a little “tooth saver” pouch in her pillowcase. We’re extremely appreciative that you were able to return the tooth! To all new tooth fairies, make sure the child doesn’t want to keep the tooth and observe whether they have such a nearby container for the tooth to be kept. No. 3: Always check your mail. Nowadays, many humans have cellphones and tablets, but we know that you still rely on letters — and our kids are more than happy to send you letters! Make sure to keep checking your mail to ensure you don’t miss a thing. Analog communication is fun! We’re so grateful that you take such correspondence, and it’s definitely given our kids a chance to polish up their writing skills. Thanks so much for reading, tooth fairy, and we hope to see you around!
From my professional dental staff to yours, we’ve collected some advice that may help bring your new fairies up to speed!
No. 1: Buy your rewards ahead of time. As you know, kids often lose up to 18 teeth in their childhood. You don’t want to be caught out of stock when a child suddenly loses their tooth, which can happen at any moment! You also want to make sure you always leave
-Dr. Jason Schermer
Tomato and Watermelon Salad (Yes, Really!)
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Bon Appétit magazine calls tomato and watermelon “soul mates,” and they’re right! This surprising gourmet salad will be a hit at your next barbecue.
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1 tsp peppercorns, coarsely crushed 1 tsp coriander seeds, coarsely crushed
rind removed and cut into 1/2- inch cubes 2 heirloom tomatoes, cut into 1/2-inch cubes 8 oz feta cheese, cut into 1/2- inch cubes
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1/2 tsp cumin seeds 1/2 tsp turmeric 1/4 cup coconut oil
Sea salt, to taste
4 cups seedless watermelon,
Directions 1. In a small saucepan, sauté spices and herbs in the coconut oil for 3 minutes over medium heat to create turmeric oil. Take the pan off of the heat, then let it cool. 2. Combine the watermelon, tomatoes, and feta on a large platter or in a bowl. Drizzle with cooled turmeric oil. Now, simply sprinkle with sea salt and enjoy! Inspired by Delish.com
If you would like your favorite joke featured, email Office@ExceptionalSmiles.com . You may see it in our next issue!
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5 TIPS FOR YOUR NEXT AFFORDABLE GETAWAY
WANT TO SAVE ON YOUR NEXT VACATION?
Are you excited to explore the world again? Or maybe you’ve just gotten back from your latest vacation! In either case, the economic challenges of the pandemic might require travelers to plan their trips a little smarter. Here are five tricks to do just that. 1. Consider your budget while choosing your destination. Any destination heavily impacted by tourists is going to be more expensive to visit. So, consider taking a tour through various French countryside towns instead of Paris! Not only could it be more culturally immersing, but it may even be more relaxing and less stressful than visiting a dense area. 2. Sign up for Scott’s Cheap Flights. One of the most important parts of booking an affordable vacation is booking it at the right time. Scott’s Cheap Flights will track all the cheapest flights at an airport of your choice — you’ll get over 50%–75% savings on highly rated airlines. This will get you stress-free travel for a much lower price! 3. Travel in a group. If you travel with friends, your expenses become a lot more manageable. Let’s say you and a partner travel with two other couples — renting a swanky cabin at $200 a night will only cost around $33 per person. Plus, you will create some amazing memories together! 4. Plan your meal budget ahead of time. Looking forward to eating certain dishes? Find local menus and prices to ensure you don’t spend more than you planned. If you want an authentic and homestyle culinary experience, consider signing up for a peer-to-peer
dining experience through Traveling Spoon or Bon Appetour, which is tax‑free as well! 5. Consider volunteering for vacation. Want to go on a self-discovery trip? Why not cut your expenses in half by volunteering? For example, Habitat for Humanity offers a nine-day Mexico trip for $1,200 with lodging, food, and activities included. You’ll get to build structures and create something permanent for the local community.
Traveling on a dime is no sweat with the right tools. Best of luck, traveler!
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