Exceptional Smiles @ Landerbrook - January 2020

January 2020


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

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We Have a Limited Time to Create Our Future

Do you ever think about how slow time seemed to move when you were a kid? Back then, a single day of school felt like it went on for an eternity, and a year lasted a lifetime. As I’m getting older, years fly by in a matter of weeks, and decades feel like they pass in no time at all. Wasn’t I counting down on New Year’s Eve 2009 just last month? How are we about to be in the 2020s? There are the rare few who somehow achieve all their goals right out the gate, but if you’re like me, you probably tend to put things off for a while. We can get started tomorrow, right? Once, I felt like I had forever; now I know there are only so many tomorrows. You don’t want to wait for the “perfect time” because we have just a limited amount of time in this life. If you want to get something done, don’t wait until you have no time left to finally get started. This is something I’ve kept in mind as I write down my New Year’s resolutions for the new decade. I’m no longer a solo practice. Exceptional Smiles at Landerbrook has associate dentists, and that’s a system I want to fine-tune. My goal is to see the practice thrive long past me. I’d estimate that I have around two decades left before I’ll be ready to retire sometime in 2040. Those 20 years will go by at light speed, and I don’t want to wait until it’s too late and start scrambling. The ideal goal is to have In the new year, we make New Year’s resolutions, our to-do list of personal goals.

everything in place for a smooth transition so when I walk out for the last time, my patients know they’ll be well taken care of. Achieving your goals, big or small, is all in the preparation. Abraham Lincoln is thought to have said, “If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend the first six of them sharpening my ax.” While we only have so much time to achieve our goals, we shouldn’t throw ourselves into a project just because we’re worried about running out of time. Success comes with working smarter, not harder. If you have big goals for the next decade, make a point to really plan how to best achieve them. Spend some time sharpening your ax, but don’t forget to actually get to work. For my short-term goals, I look to my home. For the next year and a half, I want to enjoy the time when everyone is still at home together. My oldest daughter will be graduating high school and going off to college soon, and her sisters aren’t far Once, I felt like I had forever; now I know there are only so many tomorrows.

behind. I want to enjoy this time I have with my wife and kids when we’re all together for dinners and weekends, because they’re limited. Even going on family vacations will be harder when the girls are out of the house with careers of their own to plan around. When I think about how fast time moves, nothing goes by quite as fast as the time I have with my kids. As we approach a new year and a new decade, I encourage you to be practical about your time. Remember that we have a limited number of tomorrows, so plan accordingly and make the most of today. –-Jason A. Schermer


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SCREEN-TIME STRATEGIES’ How to Set a Family Media Use Plan

Have a Chat Don’t shy away from warning your kids about what exists in the digital world. Explain to them that certain content isn’t age-appropriate, and teach them what movie and TV ratings mean. Remind them to be careful about what they put on the internet because anything they upload never really goes away. Teach them to be smart with their decisions. Connect with them on social media if it helps you keep an eye on things. Construct a ‘Media Diet ’ Take an active role in what your children watch by co-viewing programs with them. You’ll have a better sense of what they’re seeing and can point them toward the programming that’s right

With 24/7 media exposure from TVs, computers, and smartphones, it feels like life is dominated by screens. Consider implementing a media use plan for your family so they don’t miss out on the real world. Set a Curfew Limiting the time your children spend staring at a screen is good for their health. Try to keep screen- time usage to under two hours per day. Implement a rule for no screens at mealtimes, and keep all screens out of bedrooms at night. Keep track of the devices by having a communal charging dock in a shared area where you can make sure everything is plugged in for the night.

for them. Look for educational media choices that teach good values. There are a lot of great educational opportunities on the internet, but there’s also a lot of room for negative exposure. If this is a concern, keep the family computer in a public part of your home so you can see what they’re accessing online. It’s important to educate your children about proper media health, but it’s even more important to encourage your kids to be healthy in other ways. Beyond the tips mentioned above, encourage them to play outdoors and read physical books so they can participate more actively in the real world.


You may notice some information in the office or you may receive a text that has link for your feedback. Your comments and suggestions are extremely important to us and to the continuous improvement for which we strive. If you find at your appointment that we did something you liked, let us know. If we did something you didn’t like, by all means, let us know so we can make it better for you on your next visit. Scan with your camera on your smart phone to share your feedback about your experience. This allows us to help more people.

“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. “Dr. Schermer practices with knowledge and compassion. He is a very likeable person, and I’ve heard patients say amazing things about his gentleness and extreme care!” -Simone C.


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3 Popular Treatments to Protect Your Smile

Something in Between: Milled Resin Large cavities cannot be treated effectively with fillings. When the space is too big, the material in fillings can cause teeth to crack or create sensitivity as it pulls away from the surrounding tooth. However, because a tooth must be ground down in order to place a crown, many dentists will avoid suggesting a crown unless it’s the only option. If you’re in this in-between situation, milled resin may be able to help you. A happy medium between a filling and a crown, milled resin is strong and durable. After removing the decay from your tooth, your dentist can mill a block of hybrid ceramic resin into the shape needed to fill the cavity. Milling the resin takes around seven minutes, so treatment can usually be completed in a single office visit. Milled resin fillings are around half the price of a crown and offer more predictable, long-term results than a traditional filling. Do I need a milled resin filling? Milled resin fillings are often used to replace older, large silver fillings that have come loose. If you bite down and feel a corner of your filling chip out, it might be time to replace the filling with milled resin. Any time you feel a tooth chip, crack, or experience dental pain, call your dentist and get it checked out as soon as possible. It’s much better to address any problems as soon as possible, which can help prevent the need for expensive root canals, crowns, or periodontal surgery.

Did you know that dental decay can be biological? Some patients can brush and floss several times a day and still end up with new cavities during their checkups. This is nothing to be ashamed of. A little decay won’t destroy your dental health. Depending on your situation, we have a couple different options for addressing decay and protecting your smile. Fillings Fillings are the most common kind of tooth restoration. This is used to address a small amount of decay that could grow into a bigger problem if left unchecked. If you need a filling, your dentist will gently remove any decay, clean your tooth, and fill it with some material to keep the tooth strong and prevent future decay. The most common fillings are composite tooth- colored fillings and “silver” amalgam fillings. We have actually not placed a “silver” amalgam filling since 2003. We found that when people are given the choice, they prefer the composite tooth-colored fillings. We can certainly still accommodate and place the amalgam fillings, however. Crowns When a tooth has suffered from serious damage or decay, crowns are used to protect your oral health. A dental crown is basically a cap that’s placed over your tooth. The cap is indistinguishable from your other teeth. Crowns are used to protect weak teeth and restore broken teeth.

Decay Isn’t the End

How to Make Your Own Sauerkraut Cabbage is in season right now, which means it’s the perfect time to try your hand at making sauerkraut. The fermented cabbage requires only two ingredients, keeps for months, and is packed with beneficial probiotics.

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Ingredients •

2 lbs cabbage 4 tsp fine sea salt

Something to weigh down cabbage, ideally made of a nonreactive material like glass

Equipment • Jar •

Lid with airlock

Directions 1. Remove outer leaves from cabbage. Slice very thinly. 2. In a large bowl, combine cabbage and salt. Let stand for 20 minutes. 3. Squeeze cabbage to release juices. Let the cabbage continue to soak and release juices for another 20 minutes.

4. Transfer to a jar and press down cabbage until completely submerged in its juices. Weigh down cabbage. 5. Seal jar with airlock. Let cabbage sit at room temperature and away from sunlight for one month. Once fermented, transfer to the fridge. Sauerkraut will keep for six months to one year.

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I N S I D E How Time Flies Tips to Establish a Family Media Use Plan Our Patients Say It Best Can Milled Resin Save Your Smile? How to Make Your Own Sauerkraut The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes 5825 Landerbrook Drive, Suite 124 Mayfield Heights, OH 44124

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Inspire.” In addition to offering curriculum- related school programs for several local schools, the Nature Center also hosts nature- themed birthday parties where children can celebrate and learn about the natural world. Other popular events, like the Owl Prowl held each November, invite people of all ages to get to know Mother Nature a little better. Visitors at the Nature Center can enjoy hours of peace in the outdoors. There are miles of trails to explore, including the newly reopened, award- winning All People’s Trail. These trails stretch through eight mapped native habitats where guests can experience natural wonders in every season. The Nature Center is free and open to the public all year long, so guests can go birding in the summer and come back to look for fox tracks in the fresh winter snow. This time of year is often better suited for warm blankets and family movie nights, but wintertime offers a lot of natural beauty you don’t get in the summer. If you want to work off some of those holiday calories, get started on those health-conscious New Year’s resolutions, or just spend some time outside again, make the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes your destination.

Conserve. Connect. Inspire. Start the Year at Shaker Lakes

Less than 10 miles east of Cleveland awaits the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes. The two lakes were created in the mid-19th century when the North Union Shaker Community dammed Doan Brook to create mills. In 1895, 279 acres of land, which included both lakes, were donated to the City of Cleveland on the grounds that the land be used “for park purposes only.”

Shaker Parklands from becoming the route for a new freeway. These efforts helped ensure that Shaker Lakes remained a popular destination for those seeking to enjoy some relaxing time in the great outdoors. In 1971, the Nature Center was named a national environmental education landmark. At the Nature Center, education and preservation are top priorities, which are driven home by their slogan of “Conserve. Connect.

The Nature Center would come along in 1966, when volunteer efforts fought to keep the


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