Jason Schermer, DDS - November 2021

November 2021


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Thanksgiving is almost here, so I want to take a moment to reflect on what this holiday is all about: food, family, and gratitude.

In two years, our next child will go off to college, and we’ll do it all again — and then again, for the last time, in two more years after that. Once all is said and done, we’ll probably end up with a bunch of cats. We have two right now, but I’m thinking about a dozen or so should fill the house out nicely. I’m grateful that our daughter has been able to go off to school in person, despite the pandemic, and thrive. And more importantly, I’m grateful that my family is happy and healthy. There’s a lot to be thankful for, even with the frightening state of the world. Every now and then, it’s helpful to stop, turn off the news, and reflect on the positive. Before I close, I want to say I’m also thankful for my staff and patients who have all made the pandemic and this crazy last year and a half as civil and stress-free as possible. I could write multiple newsletters about what went into getting through this time, but without all of you, I’m not sure how I would have coped. You guys are awesome, and I’m eternally grateful.

From a food perspective, it may be strange, but my favorite part of Thanksgiving is the leftovers. In my opinion, you can never have too many. When I was a kid, my mom would always layer the leftovers in a casserole dish and pop them in the oven. It’s the best way I’ve ever found to eat leftovers, and I still make leftover casseroles to this day. As you may remember, during this past year, the Schermer family has gone from five people in the house to four. That means 2021 will be a benchmark year for setting new traditions. While we’ve seen our daughter several times since she’s gone off to college, this will be her first time back in the family home for any length of time since she left. It will be strange because she’ll be an adult visitor in our house sleeping in her old childhood bedroom. I expect that it will feel like old times while also being very different. We’ll need to balance two different sets of expectations. My wife and I will have plans for what we want to do when our daughter comes home, but we also know she’ll have a completely different set of plans of her own, which may or may not include us and her sisters. It will be a learning process — but then, so have all of the past 18 years.

To you and your family, happy Thanksgiving!

-Dr. Jason Schermer



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Experience Pain-Free Dentistry With Solea Laser


What would you say if we promised a dental operation without drilling noises, pain, or anesthesia? If your first reaction is disbelief, we understand. But the future is now, and the Solea tissue laser can do all of that and more. Solea is a dental laser that produces an intense beam of light that can remove and reshape your gum tissue and enamel. The laser is very precise and your dentist can easily control it through a computer. Compared to drills and other dental tools, it will cause significantly less damage to your surrounding tissue in your mouth. It also kills bacteria, making it excellent for treating tooth decay. While the Solea laser can’t replace your biannual cleaning, it can speed up the process. More importantly, it can be used in procedures that would otherwise be painful and invasive, like cavity removal and gingivitis treatment. The laser might feel very cold, but it won’t hurt, which means you won’t need anesthesia to receive treatment for many procedures. Consequently, you can receive care without needles, drilling in your teeth, or getting a numb mouth. Treatments that would often take multiple office visits can also usually be completed as a single procedure.

After treatment, you can go back to your normal routine immediately — including eating and drinking. If that wasn’t enough, Solea laser can also help with snoring! About 80% of snoring is done through the mouth as a result of vibration of the soft palate tissue. Solea laser allows the dentist to reduce vibration by tightening tissue in only five minutes, decreasing or even eliminating your snoring. While the results aren’t permanent, they are long-lasting — remaining effective for about a year — and the improved sleep quality for both you and your partner will be well worth the annual procedure. We’re proud to offer Solea to our patients at Exceptional Smiles, and we look forward to providing you with a pain-free experience during your next procedure. Ask us about our Solea laser at your next visit! Dental treatment with Solea is covered by most insurance plans, so your out-of-pocket cost will not increase with its use. If you’ve been putting off getting care due to a fear of traditional dental techniques, give us a call today to get your dental health back on track.


You’ve paid for them all year, so don’t let your dental benefits expire! Now is the time to use them or lose them! Call us today to schedule your appointment so your benefits don’t go to waste. With the holidays just around the corner, you’ll want to get your appointment booked now so you can show up to every feast with a perfect smile. Appointments are filling up fast, so call us today to book your appointment so you can use your benefits before you lose them! ExceptionalSmiles.com (440) 483-1003


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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!


Baked Cornbread and Chorizo Stuffing

Q: What do you call a running turkey?

Inspired by FoodNetwork.com

Ingredients •

1 lb Mexican chorizo 1 white onion, chopped 1 carrot, chopped 1 celery rib, chopped 3 garlic cloves, chopped 2 cups premade cornbread, crumbled

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1/4 cup cilantro, chopped 1/2 cup chicken stock 1 tbsp unsalted butter, for greasing

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Cilantro, for garnish

Cotija cheese, for garnish

A: Fast food.

Directions 1. Preheat your oven to 350 F.

2. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the chorizo for 5 minutes. Add the onion, carrot, celery, and garlic. Cook for 10 additional minutes. Stir in the cornbread and cilantro. 3. While stirring, slowly add the chicken stock. Stir until absorbed. 4. Butter a small casserole dish, then add the stuffing in an even layer. Bake for 20 minutes, garnish as desired, and serve!

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Why You Should Visit New England for Thanksgiving

Last year, travel restrictions kept many families from gathering together in their homes for Thanksgiving dinner. This year, it appears that people will be able to travel freely to most locations. While a “destination Thanksgiving” might not be something you’ve ever considered, for some families, it can mean the perfect blend of quality fun and family time in an exciting new city. So, why not take advantage and bring your family to visit New England, the part of the country where Thanksgiving began? If you need more reasons than just the origin of a famous holiday, consider the scenery. If you’ve never visited New England in the fall, it’s something that every person should do at least once in their lives. The variety of colors on display in the trees throughout the quaint downtowns and nearby forests is completely unique to that part of the country. There’s a reason that “visiting Boston in the fall” has become not only a popular vacation but also part of the American lexicon as well. As for what you could do when you’re in New England for your Thanksgiving weekend, there are a few popular destinations you just have to see for yourself. First and foremost among these are the Plimoth DURING YOUR THANKSGIVING WEEKEND WHY YOU SHOULD VISIT NEW ENGLAND

Patuxet Museums. When you visit, you’ll be transported back in time to one of the earliest settlements in the United States, where the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag people shared the first Thanksgiving dinner. Other fun destinations in that immediate area also include wandering the quaint historic downtowns of Ipswich, Sturbridge, or several other colonial era towns. You can also find tons of fun shopping destinations in Beverly, Massachusetts. If you want your experience to be a little more rural, you can travel out to Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire, or Woodstock, Vermont, to experience a true traditional Thanksgiving celebration at Billings Farm and Museum. Even though your family might not be used to traveling for Thanksgiving, how many opportunities will you have to visit Thanksgiving’s birthplace during the season? It’s the kind of vacation you don’t want to miss!


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