Exceptional Smiles July 2019

July 2019


2 More Summers 5825 Lande r b rook Dr i ve , Su i t e 124 , May f i e l d He i gh t s , OH 44124 ( 440 ) 483 - 1003 Making the Most of Summer Vacations

This summer, our oldest, Addison, started interviewing for summer jobs. She was nervous at first, but she did great and got some job offers. I’m really proud of her initiative, but I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a little sad. With Addison getting her summer job, I’m reminded that we only have two more summers left with her before she’s off for college and the “real world.” Our other girls aren’t that far behind. It’s going to be weird to enter that phase where we’re empty nesters. I know every other parent has gone through this, so I know I can do it, too, but I’m still mentally preparing for it. The realization that summer vacations are finite makes them so much more valuable. I’ve been thinking a lot about our summer traditions and all the awesome things my family has done over the years. Historically, our family takes our vacation at the beginning of summer. This June, we took a trip out to Myrtle Beach in South Carolina. My wife hasn’t been to Myrtle Beach since she was a kid, and the girls and I had never been before, so we had a great time. Another tradition we enjoy is going up to a cabin resort during the summer. The whole family rents out a cabin to kick back while the cousins all run around. It’s a great place to just unplug and make memories with family.

The realization

Being from Iowa, this is a special time of year: sweet corn season. When it comes to the dinner table, I’ll let the kids take first dibs on everything except the sweet corn. I know which one I want before it even goes into the pot. Though, I’ll be honest, I’d trade sweet corn for a couple more summer vacations with all my kids. The fact is summer vacations are limited. We need to prioritize and make the most out of this resource. It’s fun to see the other people in the office go on their family vacations. Most of our team has kids who are younger or no children at all. They’re at different stages of their lives than I am, and it’s fun to relive those days vicariously through them and their adventures. that summer vacations are finite make them so much more valuable.

I’m a pretty lucky man. Though I’m sad to think about how this chapter of my life will start to close soon, I have so many great memories and stories. My wife and daughters are the greatest gifts in my life, and our summer vacations have always been special. Whatever you have planned this summer, whether you have a house full of kids or you’re an empty nester, I hope you’re able to enjoy every moment of it.

As I look back at all the wonderful summers my family has enjoyed, I realize

–-Jason A. Schermer


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Summer Swimming Safety 3 Tips for Swimming in Open Water

T here’s nothing like taking a dip in a nearby pond, lake, or even the ocean. For many, it’s a summertime tradition. However, swimming in open bodies of water brings certain safety risks, as these environments are not nearly as controlled as public, club, or backyard pools. Everyone should follow these tips to have a fun and safe time cooling off under the summer sun. Never swim alone . When you swim in virtually any body of water, having someone there to keep an eye on you can be a lifesaver: the more people, the better. Stick to bodies of water with a professional lifeguard on duty when possible, though that’s not always an option. When swimming in open bodies of water, have

a “designated spotter” to keep an eye on the swimmers. This way, you’re prepared if anything bad happens. It’s also a great idea to keep flotation devices nearby, such as life jackets, life rings, foam boards, etc. Know what you’re getting into. Sometimes, it’s next to impossible to see what’s under the surface of the water. If you are unfamiliar with a body of water, don’t jump or dive in without knowing how deep it is. If you cannot confirm what is under the surface (and the spot is not a known diving location), don’t risk it. It may be okay to swim or wade, but jumping is out of the question. Along these same lines, be VERY careful around bodies of slow-moving or standing water.

These can house dangerous microbes and other contaminants that can make you ill and potentially be deadly. Watch for rip currents. These can occur at any beach without warning. They pull swimmers away from shore and are strong enough that even excellent swimmers struggle to get through them. In fact, rip currents are behind nearly 80 percent of beach rescues. Keep an eye on the foam at the surface of the water. If it seems to suddenly pull away from the beach, there’s a good chance a rip current is lurking beneath. If you find yourself in a rip current, it’s crucial to remain calm and avoid expending energy swimming directly back to shore. Instead, try swimming parallel to the shore until you’re out of the current.


“For the first time in my life, I look forward to cleanings, and I’m not afraid of having dental work performed! Yesterday, I had the best cleaning of my life.” – Linda N. “Dr. Schermer is very well respected and talented. He takes the pain out of dentistry with his gentle touch and compassionate approach. His practice is something to smile about. Book an appointment today!” – Kelly D. “Very professional, patient, and accommodating office staff! Thorough exam and reasonable treatment plan. Highly recommended.” – Rochelle P.

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A Closer Look at the iTero Intraoral Scanner

“Has this tooth moved?”

crowns and veneers, as well as to keep an accurate record of a patient’s teeth. With these data points, we can note and track any dental changes that have occurred over the past year. Since the first iTero scanner launched in 2007, it has changed the dental landscape for patients and dentists alike. We’ve had our scanner in the office for three years and have been able to record around three data points per patient. If we take out the scanner during your next appointment to take some candid shots of your teeth, don’t get nervous. We don’t think there’s something wrong with your mouth; we’re just making a record so that, if there are any issues, we can spot changes early and get you the right solution faster.

We’ve all had that moment in front of the mirror. You’re brushing or flossing your teeth, when you notice a tooth that just seems a little different . Is it chipped? Wearing down? Crooked? Has it always been like that? When most patients mention this kind of concern while at the dentist’s office, the best their dentist can say is “We’ll keep an eye on it.” But the truth is it’s really hard to gauge how much teeth move based on memory or even with 2D photos. And when you are certain of a change, it’s impossible to determine if it’s a problem. That’s why at Exceptional Smiles at Landerbrook, we have the iTero Intraoral Scanner. Once a year, we use the iTero Scanner to capture 3D images of our patients’ teeth. These scans provide a more complete look at a patient’s mouth than would be possible with photos, X-rays, or traditional molds alone. Intraoral scans can be used to create models for restorative work, like

Worth a Thousand Words

Leah’s Bad Dad Joke of the Month

Watermelon Cucumber Skewers

What’s that Nevada city where all the dentists visit?

Skewers are a Fourth of July favorite, but these are not your classic kebabs. They’re a fresh, light, and fun way to start a barbecue. Oh, and they don’t require any actual cooking.

Ingredients •

Equipment •

1 medium-sized watermelon, cubed 2 cucumbers, cut into 1/4-inch rounds

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1 packet of bamboo skewers

1 block feta cheese, cubed 1 bunch fresh mint leaves


Salt, to taste

Directions 1. Assemble skewers by placing one

2. Lightly season with salt and chill in fridge until right before serving.

watermelon cube, one cucumber round, one feta cube, and one mint leaf on skewer in that order. Repeat until skewer is full.

Floss Vegas.

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Our Patients Say It Best Is This Tooth Different? Leah’s Bad Dad Joke of the Month Speak for the Trees

Arboretum is hosting the annual garden concert series, Sounds of Summer. Various local bands and musical groups from the Cleveland Institute of Music will be performing at this beautiful outdoor venue. In Cleveland, you can escape the rat race of the city with an afternoon at the Cleveland Botanical Garden. Guests can stroll through the Inspiration Gardens, the Japanese Garden, the Woodland Garden, and several others, seeing native plant life and flora from other parts of the world. The Botanical Garden exists to provide a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of modern life and show the potential beauty of urban greenery.

A True Living Museum

Explore the Holden Forests & Gardens

Thanks to the Holden Forests & Gardens, residents of Cleveland don’t need to escape to

When do we get the chance to play outside? Those summer days of chasing our friends around the park or exploring the woods behind the house are long gone. For many adults, the time we spend outside is during the walk from our car to the office. The Holden Forests & Gardens aim to change that. Holden Forests & Gardens comprise two of northeast Ohio’s most important environmental and cultural institutions — the Holden Arboretum and Cleveland Botanical Garden. As one of the

largest public gardens in the country, these unique locations incorporate environmental research, nature-based educational programs, and forestry initiatives with amazing opportunities to get in touch with the natural world. At the Holden Arboretum, visitors can explore 3,500 acres of cultivated gardens and wild woodland areas that capture the natural beauty of Ohio. In addition to 20 miles of hiking trails, the Arboretum also hosts various cultural initiatives. This year, between June 11 and July 30, the

the mountains to get in touch with Mother Nature.

Visit their website at HoldenArb.org/about/ mission to learn more about these natural

wonders and make plans to spend a bit more time outside this summer.


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