Jason Schermer - July 2021

July 2021


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LOOKING AT FREEDOM AND CHOICE IN 2021 What Does Red, White, and Blue Mean to You?

The Fourth of July is on the horizon, and the annual celebration of America’s birthday feels a little different this year as normalcy slowly returns. Well, it feels both slow and fast all at once! After the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) changed its guidance on masking for vaccinated individuals, some

While some people think of freedom as the ability to take off their masks and get back to normal, others think of it as having the ability to reacclimate at their own pace. Both are fine choices, and we’d do well to respect the choices others are making for themselves and their families. After all, the last year and a half

I noticed that I still felt a bit weird venturing out with them outside the house.

That helped me see that there’s a difference in being able to do more things now and being obligated to do so. I was able and wanted to see my parents, but when it comes to, say, the Fourth of July, I plan to stick close to home. Sure, I could go out and see a fireworks show, but what feels good to me right now is enjoying the neighborhood fireworks and hanging out with my family. That said, if a big fireworks show and party are what you feel like you need, that’s great too. I’m happy we’re all free to choose to do what’s best for us. If you’ve been to the office lately, you’ve noticed that our staff is continuing to wear masks and take safety measures in accordance with current CDC recommendations. I’m really proud of all the staff and our patients. We’ve been able to operate smoothly after closing for a bit last spring. It’s a good feeling to know we’ve been able to go strong since May 2020 and keep everyone in our office safe and healthy. We’re even able to return to some in-person training this year (read more about that on Page 3).

people were ready to take off their masks and go shopping, hang out with friends, and do other activities they’d been missing out on. But other people didn’t feel ready for that. Some folks, myself and my family

has been a strange and challenging time. We got used to staying at home more and socializing less. We felt a new kind of fear or apprehension about going out to do simple things like grocery shopping. I know I notice every sneeze and sniffle when I’m out and about now! I’m grateful that things are starting to open back up and we’re able to do more than we were a year ago. After we all got vaccinated, my parents

The beautiful part of living in a free

country — which is at the heart of the Fourth of July celebration — is that we get to decide how to enjoy these freedoms.

included, may be socializing more

with people outside their household who are vaccinated but still feel the most comfortable and safe

doing so with a mask on. At the end of the day, we each have to check in with ourselves to see how we feel each day as things progress. The beautiful part of living in a free country — which is at the heart of the Fourth of July celebration — is that we get to decide how to enjoy these freedoms.

were able to come up to visit from Scottsdale. It’d been a year and a half since we’d seen them, and their visit corresponded with my oldest daughter’s high school graduation, my eighth grader’s middle school graduation, and an early birthday celebration for our youngest. That definitely marked a turning point for us, but

Happy Fourth of July to everyone. Enjoy yourselves in whatever way you see fit.

-Dr. Jason Schermer



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After a year delay due to the pandemic, the Summer Olympic games will start this month in Tokyo. Watching world-class athletes perform seemingly impossible feats of strength and speed can leave us thinking they’re superhuman. But when it comes to teeth, even the world’s best athletes are just like us. Did you know ... … the second most-visited medical professionals at the Olympic Games are dentists? That’s right. While some teams travel with their own doctors or physical therapists, the Olympics also has a number of highly trained medical professionals on staff for the duration of the games to attend to the needs of the Olympians. That includes a dental program. It’s probably no surprise that athletes visit Olympic staff physical therapists most often, but many are surprised to learn that dental professionals see the second highest number of Olympians during the games. Athletes in the Dental Chair Some athletes visit the dental clinic at the Olympics to address mouth injuries from contact sports. In fact, in recent years, mouthguards have become an increasingly important piece of technology athletes are encouraged to wear to prevent traumatic injuries to their teeth, mouth, and face. But the dental services go well beyond acute injuries.

During the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, dentists saw 800 urgent care cases, screened several hundred athletes, and performed over 100 root canals. The stress, fatigue, and travel that precede the start of the games for athletes can exacerbate underlying dental issues, which causes some athletes to arrive with infections that need to be addressed. Dentists also address more everyday issues like cavities and gum disease. The Root of the Problem The amazing thing about the Olympics is that it brings athletes from all over the world together to compete. That means that dentists see some disparities when their patients get in the dental chair. Though Americans have different levels of access to dental care, we are lucky to live in a country where there are skilled dental professionals and great care is widely available. That’s not the case in every country in the world. Though these athletes can perform superhuman feats, they may lack access to basic dental care. This is all a good reminder not to take for granted what we have in the U.S. and to continue to work toward ensuring equal access to health care — oral and physical — for people throughout the world.


“Staff was extremely friendly and showed they cared about my experience there. I recommend this office to anyone who’s looking for a new dentist.” -Dylan C.


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The staff is settling into our new, larger office space quite well. Though the move was just down the hall, it gave us an opportunity to revamp our setup and fine-tune our practices. Many of those practices include using the latest technology to give us highly individualized and comprehensive information that helps us achieve the best results for you and also decreases the amount of time you spend in the dental chair. Training and technology are key components to providing the best dentistry possible. Despite travel restrictions, our staff continued to be committed to ongoing education through virtual learning opportunities in 2020. But this year, we’re excited to get back to in-person training. We just wrapped up a trip to Las Vegas for a conference on Invisalign and dental aligners. It’s always great to get to learn from other top practitioners and exchange ideas with dental professionals from around the country about this awesome technology.

It integrates with our iTero 5D scanner. If that sounds fancy, that’s because it is quite a sophisticated piece of technology. But in the end, the digital imaging it produces helps us show you in a simple and clear way what’s going on inside your mouth. And, of course, it provides us with a lot of information as well. All that without any unnecessary exposure to radiation! We’re excited to see how this technology advances as well as how it can continue to serve our patients in our new space. While 5D imagining is valuable, we haven’t done away with 3D imaging altogether. Our ConeBeam CT scanner also made the move with us, and it continues to be a valuable piece of equipment for diagnostic imaging and treatment planning. If you’ve been in for a dental implant or root canal, you’re likely familiar with this technology. It’s a huge advancement over the old X-ray machines. It’s also a faster process for patients.

If you haven’t been into the new space yet, we’re eager to show you around. Of course, you can expect the same friendly staff and the best care as always.

Easy Zucchini Enchiladas


Ingredients •

1 tbsp olive oil 1 onion, chopped

1 1/3 cups red enchilada sauce, divided

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2 cloves garlic, minced

4 large zucchini, sliced very thin lengthwise and dried

2 tsp cumin

2 tsp chili powder

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2 cups shredded cheese Sour cream and cilantro, for garnish

Salt, to taste

3 cups rotisserie chicken, shredded

Directions 1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring for 5 minutes. 2. Add garlic, cumin, chili powder, and salt. Cook for 1 minute, then add chicken and 1 cup enchilada sauce. Stir to combine. 3. On a cutting board, lay out three slices of zucchini side by side. Top each with a scoop of chicken mixture, then roll into a tube. Repeat with remaining zucchini slices. 4. Add the rolls to a baking dish. 5. Top the rolls with the remaining enchilada sauce and cheese. Bake for 20 minutes. Top with garnishes! Inspired by Delish.com

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INSIDE 5825 Landerbrook Drive, Suite 121 Mayfield Heights, OH 44124

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A Different Kind of Freedom This Fourth of July A Look Inside the Olympic Dental Program

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What People Are Saying About Us

Technology and Training That Helps Us Serve You

Easy Zucchini Enchiladas

5 Wacky Pizza Trends From Around the World


Here in the U.S., pineapple is considered a wild and controversial pizza topping. Even celebrities take a stand. Justin Bieber is pro-pineapple, but Jimmy Kimmel is against it. According to a 2019 YouGov Omnibus study, only anchovies and eggplant are more hated. But in other parts of the world, the tangy yellow fruit is far from the strangest topping you’ll see! Here are five wacky pizza trends from around the globe that will either make you hungry or inspire you to sprint the other way. You may want to order a comforting cheese pie from your favorite local pizzeria before reading this, just in case. 1. Banana-Curry Pizza (Sweden) — The Swedes first accessed bananas in 1944, and since then, they’ve put them on everything , including pizza which they top with tomato sauce, smoked cheese, banana slices, and curry powder. 2. Ketchup and Corn Pizza (Brazil) — According to several sources, Brazilians swap pizza sauce for ketchup or tomato slices and top their pies with strange combinations of local ingredients like corn, beets, hearts of palm, and potato sticks. 3. Haggis Pizza (Scotland) — Pizza may be the only semi-enjoyable way to eat haggis: a mix of sheep or calf offal, oatmeal, suet, and seasonings that are boiled in an animal’s stomach. Last year, Papa John’s got in on the action when it released a limited-edition haggis pizza in honor of a Scottish poet, Robert Burns.

4. Mockba Pizza (Russia) — This local pie comes topped with four kinds of fish (sardines, tuna, mackerel, and salmon), onions, herbs, and occasionally fish eggs. Most troubling of all, it’s served cold! 5. Chickpea Pancake Pizza (Argentina) — In Buenos Aires, locals top their super-cheesy pizza slices with fainá — chickpea pancakes cooked separately from the pies and balanced on top of each slice. Keep these pizzas in mind when planning your next international vacation! They might be tastier than they sound, and if not, they’ll still make great Instagram fodder. As actor Cole Sprouse once tweeted, “You’re losing followers because you’re not relatable enough. Try mentioning that you eat pizza. If that doesn’t work, play the ukulele.”


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