Jason A Schermer D.D.S August 2018


August 2018


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My Favorite Back-to-School Tradition

August tends to be one of the hottest months of the year, and when the weather screams ice cream and swimming pools, it’s hard to believe the school season will be starting up again soon. But the kids are now frantically trying to cram as much summer vacation into the next few weeks as possible, because soon we’ll be on the hunt for new school supplies. I always looked forward to back-to-school shopping when I was a kid. It’s not that I was a huge fan of pencils and composition notebooks. What I enjoyed was shopping for school clothes, because it meant my brothers and I each got to have a one-on-one day with mom. This was our tradition and it was very special to me. Yes, our family spent a lot of quality time together, but anyone with multiple siblings knows you don’t get a lot of personal time with your parents. Any one-on- one time with my parents was special, even if that time was spent shopping for clothes. There was a limited selection of stores at the mall in rural Iowa, but my mom and I made it work. Keep in mind, this was the 1980s, and fortunately our mall did have all the ‘80s classics, including Guess, Bachrach, and Chess King. I swear, all those clothing choices seemed like a good idea at the time — though that top perm I got one year couldn’t have grown out fast enough. After we updated my closet with clothing that would embarrass my daughters today, Mom let me pick the restaurant where we would

Shopping with my mom provided some of my favorite experiences during childhood, and I hope my kids will have many fond memories of their own.

eat before driving home. This annual shopping trip was like a second birthday or a personal holiday to me. Not long ago, I paid a visit to that mall where my mom and I did all our school shopping. The mall itself is still standing, but only two of the anchor stores are still there. All those old stores I remember have been

swapped out. Even my favorite restaurant has been replaced. It was like walking down a bizarro version of memory lane. But while those stores have disappeared like a bad ‘80s perm, I still have all those great memories with my mom. Shopping with my mom provided some of my favorite experiences during childhood, and I hope my kids will have many fond memories of their own. I’d like to think they will, mostly because they are so close with their mom, like I was and still am (hi, Mom!). Michelle is a school teacher, and not only does she have back-to-school traditions for getting her class

in order, she has a special routine for our girls to get them ready for school. Plus, Michelle’s job means she gets to spend a lot of one- on-one time with the girls, doing fun stuff all summer long. With summer drawing to a close, I want to shout out all the students and teachers getting ready to go back to school this year. May there be plenty of new, wonderful memories to be made and cherished for the rest of your lives. –-Jason A. Schermer


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don’t have assignments to worry about yet, can be a great opportunity to help them prepare a study schedule. Ask the following questions to help them get started: “Do you want to dive right into homework when you get home? Do you need to accommodate for a sport or extracurricular activity? Do you work best when doing your assignments in one large chunk, or would you prefer taking breaks in between assignments?” Your kids may find that last year’s schedule doesn’t work for them this year. Emphasize that this is okay; part of growing up is learning how and when you work most effectively. Don’t be afraid to help them switch things up as the school year progresses. Ask Your Kids How They Feel Maybe your kids are excited about the school year. Maybe they are anxious, or perhaps they’re just disappointed to see summer vacation come to an end. Starting a dialogue about the aspects of school your kids are looking forward to and those they’re dreading can help you dispel myths and identify problem areas. More than anything else, this can help your kids feel at ease about the coming year.

3 Ways to Mentally Prepare Your Kids for the School Year

It may not feel like it yet, but summer is coming to a close, and summer break is ending along with it. Soon, the kids will be back to early morning breakfasts before the school bus arrives and late-night study sessions. Thankfully, there are some steps your family can take during these closing weeks of summer to ensure your kids hit the ground running this school year. Set an Early Bedtime For many kids, summer schedules are flexible. They may have become accustomed to sleeping

in and staying up late without any obligations. Getting back into the rhythm of the school year can take some getting used to. In fact, according to psychologist Cherie Valeithian, it can take upward of two weeks to properly adjust to a new sleep-wake cycle. So why not give your kids a head start and ensure they begin the school year bright-eyed and bushy-tailed? Outline a Homework Schedule Resuming a homework regimen can be a difficult transition for some kids. Late summer, when they


“I came to Dr. Schermer with some pretty serious dental problems, and he immediately made me feel safe and at ease. He was both upfront about what needed to be done and

“I had not been to the dentist in over 10 years. I was very nervous to go in because I was embarrassed by the appearance of my teeth. The friendly and professional staff at

the office helped calm my nerves and did not judge me. My hygienist, Taylor, was very gentle and took the time to explain what she was doing and the importance of it. I

confident that the outcome would be positive. The entire staff was incredibly warm and knowledgeable, which made every part of the experience enjoyable. It’s hard to make dental work fun or easy, but they get as close to it as possible at Dr. Schermer’s office!” –Rachel B.

am looking forward to my next appointment and will definitely recommend this office to everyone!” –Nick M.


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Are Custom Mouthguards Worth the Price?

3 Reasons t o I nves t i n Peace o f Mi nd

3. Mouthguards do more than protect teeth. While protecting your athlete’s teeth is incredibly important, the best mouthguards can also help protect an athlete’s brain. Research published in General Dentistry, the peer-reviewed clinical journal of the Academy of General Dentistry, found that football players who wear boil-and-bite mouthguards are twice as likely to suffer from a concussion than players wearing a customized mouthguard. If you are interested in learning the difference a customized mouthguard can make in your athlete’s life, give our office a call at (440) 483-1003. And if you aren’t able to invest in a custom mouthguard right now, make sure your athlete’s teeth are still being protected. Even a boil-and-bite mouthguard is better than no mouthguard at all.

For many students, back-to-school season also means returning to school sports. For athletes who play football, lacrosse, or other contact sports, mouthguards are also on their back-to- school shopping list. Customized mouthguards are available through most dental offices, though around 90 percent of athletes will pick up a boil-and-bite mouthguard from the local sporting goods store. When it comes to mouthguards, is the cheaper option really just as good? Here are some important facts parents need to know about their athlete’s mouthguard. 1. Preventative measures cost less than dental injuries. Research from ProForm found that 5 million teeth are lost each year in sporting activities, and 34 percent of sports injuries involve the

face. Wearing a properly fitted mouthguard can do much to prevent these injuries and the costs associated with them. A mouthguard costs far less than a $1,500 crown used to repair a broken tooth. And parents who have invested $5,000 in braces would rather not have to pay more to have those braces fixed after a rough tackle. 2. Athletes can breathe easier with mouthguards. This might sound ridiculous if you’ve only ever worn a deformable boil-and-bite mouthguard, but many basketball players in the NBA wear custom mouthguards to help them breathe better. The right mouthguard can bring the jaw forward and open the airways, similar to oral appliances used to treat sleep apnea. This means players get more oxygen and have the energy to play a little harder for a little longer.

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Summer Grilled Halibut

If you’re tired of grilling hamburgers at this point in the summer, try using your grill for something a little different. This easy halibut recipe is a great change of pace.

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Ingredients •

4 boneless, skinless halibut fillets, about 5 ounces each 1/4 cup olive oil, plus extra for drizzling

2 pounds mixed tomatoes, sliced 1/2 cup hearts of palm, drained

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Basil leaves, for garnish

1 lemon

Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste

Directions 1. Lightly oil grill grates and heat grill to medium. 2. Grate 1 teaspoon lemon zest onto halibut fillets. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. 3. Grill halibut, turning just once, for about 5 minutes on each side.

4. In a mixing bowl, combine tomatoes, hearts of palm, juice from lemon, and oil. Season with salt and pepper. 5. Garnish salad with basil. Spoon salad over grilled halibut. Serve.







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Memories With Mom

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How to Prepare Your Kids for School

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Protecting Smiles During School Sports

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Safe Sailing This Hurricane Season


Safety and Savings Much like resorts and airfare, cruise lines discount their Caribbean fares significantly during peak hurricane season, from August to October. However, unlike a traditional hotel, these massive ships have the luxury of navigating out of a storm’s path with ease. For all their ferocity, hurricanes move slowly across the Atlantic and have relatively predictable trajectories. Meanwhile, modern cruise ships carry the most sophisticated weather-tracking instruments, allowing them to bypass even small storms and inclement weather. Flexibility Is a Must The flipside of this ability to dodge storms is the fact that your ship may not be able to stick to its

After last year’s devastating storm season, would- be tropical travelers are undoubtedly hesitant about purchasing those discounted plane tickets to the Caribbean Basin. No one wants to face a possible evacuation during their vacation — or worse, be forced to weather a hurricane at a beachfront resort. If you want the most bang for your buck while enjoying the turquoise waters of the Caribbean this fall, consider booking a cruise. Cruise-ship travel is a fun and adventurous way to explore any time of year. After all, what could be more magical than a floating hotel room where you fall asleep in one country and wake up in another? This charming mobility is also what makes cruise travel the safest option for visiting the Caribbean and the coast of Mexico this time of year.

original itinerary. You may have to anchor at an island you weren’t expecting to, or miss out on seeing a port you were supposed to visit. If you have your heart set on seeing a specific location, cruise travel this time of year may not be for you. But if you are simply looking for a safe, affordable vacation to a beautiful region, then it doesn’t much matter which white-sanded beach you wake up to next. While unpredictable weather will always be a concern for any vacation, the safety and variety cruises offer make them great options for anyone looking for a Caribbean getaway before the holiday season. So if you have a flexible schedule and a healthy sense of adventure, it’s time to call your travel agent, pack your sunscreen and bathing suit, and head to paradise!


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