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April 2019 Newsletter

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Quote Of The Month:   “My mom asked me what I´m doing at Easter.  I said the same as Jesus - going out Friday, coming back Monday.”  (Author Unknown)


Congratulations To:

M. Luedke of Surprise, Arizona and S. Cuzzocrea of Phoenix, Arizona  Winners of our March early payment drawings for 1 free additional year of membership.

Congratulations to our winners and thank you to everyone that entered the drawing.


To Your Health With Jourdin Hendershot:

Glaucoma

Jourdin
“The only way to predict if there´s a cloud on your horizon due to glaucoma is to get tested.  No matter what the diagnosis, the forecast is for clear vision in the years ahead.” — Willard Scott

Glaucoma is a sneaky disease; it creeps up slowly, unnoticed and starts stealing your vision a little at a time.

According to the Glaucoma Research Foundation, more than 3 million Americans are living with glaucoma, and more than 120,000 people are blind from it.

Glaucoma may sound like its one disease, but it´s actually a group of eye conditions that have one thing in common… they cause increased pressure within the eye.  Inside the eye, we continuously have fluids that are being produced, which keeps the lens and cornea moist.  Since fluids are being produced, they have to drain someplace.  The drainage point is where the iris and cornea meet.  If the drainage point becomes blocked, that´s when glaucoma occurs because the excess fluid builds up within the inner eye and pressure increases, which ultimately damages the optic nerve.
Several factors can affect your risk of developing glaucoma.  These include:
  • family history
  • age
  • ethnicity
  • diabetes
  • injury to the eye or an illness
As I mentioned above, glaucoma is very sneaky and you can´t tell by yourself if you have developed it.  The only way to find out is to have a thorough eye exam.

I´m positive that the majority of you reading this have seen an eye doctor but, did you realize that when the assistant does the “air puff test” that they are actually measuring your eye pressure and checking for signs of glaucoma?

Treatments for glaucoma today consist of surgeries, laser treatments and medications (either oral or eye drops).  Early detection can help save your vision!  Glaucoma is a life—long process that involves getting regular dilated eye exams, exercising and wearing eye protection.

*There are many different types of glaucoma.  Only a qualified Opthalmologist can tell you which type you may have.

If you have questions you would like to discuss with Jourdin, feel free to drop her an email by clicking here.

The above health material is provided as an information service.  It should not be used for diagnostic purposes nor is it intended to take the place of the important relationship between you and your doctor.


Grandma´s Kitchen With Grandma C.:

Baked Breakfast Frittata — Anything Goes!

Grandma C.
Ingredients
  1. 6 eggs

  2. ¾ cup grated cheese, any variety

  3. ¾ cup milk or cream (cream adds a richness to the frittata)

  4. 1 cup vegetables - peppers, onions, celery, spinach, kale, tomatoes — whatever you have on hand will work!

  5. Salt and Pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.  Line a 9-inch cake pan or even a 9-inch square baking dish with parchment paper (Including up the sides).

In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, cheese, milk, vegetables and seasonings.  Pour the mixture into the cake pan or baking dish.

Bake until the frittata is golden and puffy and the center feels firm and springy, about 25 minutes or more.

Serve with Bacon or Ham or add those right in to the Frittata!  Anything goes!  A little fruit on the side and you´re set.

This recipe is both EASY and Delicious.

Enjoy!  And remember, if it looks and smells good, eat it!!

If you have a recipe that you would like to share with Grandma C., drop her an email by clicking here.


spotlight
 

Smile-ist - Phoenix and Fountain Hills

Dental Center
Our spotlight for April goes to the cities of Phoenix and Fountain Hills, Arizona and shines on Smile-ist.

Practicing the art of dentistry since 1994, Dr. Kavita Kulkarni provides the finest quality dentistry available.  She is a graduate of New York University School of Dentistry. She received the prestigious Irwin R. Thal award for her excellence in clinical dentistry.

Their treatment philosophy is geared toward preventing future dental problems.  They treat patients of all ages and offer a broad range of treatment plans, ranging from the most basic to the state of the art.

They understand the importance of providing these services to their patients in the most comfortable, stress-free manner.  They have perfected the art of dental anesthesia, providing pain-free treatment.

The Fountain Hills practice is located at 7007 E. Colony Drive, Suite 101, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268.  The phone number is (480) 725-9444.

The Phoenix practice is located at 1717 W Northern Avenue, Suite 109, Phoenix, AZ 85021.  The phone number is (602) 861-3700.

  We also invite you to visit them on the web.

Say thank you to your dental office for the excellent manner in which you are treated by nominating your dentist!


Fun Facts:

Not So Religious Facts About Easter We Bet You Didn´t Know

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  • Easter is the celebration of the resurrection of Christ; it is the oldest Christian holiday and one of the most important days of the year.

  • The Easter egg is said to symbolize and represent joy, celebration and new life.

  • Next to Halloween, Easter is the biggest candy-consuming holiday of the year.  Good thing they are almost six months apart, perfect for your yearly dentist check-ups!

  • During the holiday, more than 90 million chocolate bunnies, 91.4 billion eggs and 700 million Peeps are produced each year in the United States alone.

  • Americans consume more than 16 million jelly beans during this holiday.  That is enough jelly beans to circle the globe not once, not twice, but three times.

  • Peep peep…  Did you know Americans buy more than 700 million marshmallow Peeps during Easter?  This makes Peeps the most popular non-chocolate Easter candy.

  • There used to be a tradition churches observed that resembled the game of “hot potato.”  Here, the priest would toss a hard boiled egg to one of the choir boys.  The boys would toss the egg amongst themselves and when the clock struck 12, whomever had the egg was the winner and got to keep the egg.

  • In the United States, 12 states observe Good Friday as state holiday:  Connecticut, Texas, Delaware, Hawaii, Indiana, Tennessee, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Jersey, North Carolina and North Dakota.

  • Half the states in the United States banned the dyeing of chicks on Easter; however, Florida recently overturned this law and now prevents the dyeing of all animals.

  • Not only did Florida overturn the dyeing of animals, but the state also held the largest Easter egg hunt, where 9,753 children searched for 501,000 eggs.

  • The White House tradition of the Easter Egg Roll started back in 1878, with President Rutherford B. Hayes!
Come back for more in next months issue!


Dental Talk - A Member Blog Forum:

Blogging
Come blog with us!  Dental Talk with Savon is a fun forum to post your interesting topics!  Your comments are welcome, it´s free to use and no membership is required.

Some of the topics include;

These are just a few of the topics.  Our blog site contains many other interesting topics.  Please join us!!


Here´s Your Answer

Questions From Our Members

A. Roberts of Henderson, Nevada asks: 

“What is the difference between a ‘Fixed Bridge’ and a ‘Removable Bridge’?”

Savon’s Answer

If you have missing teeth or a visible gap between your teeth, a dental bridge can help fill the space.  After carefully evaluating the remaining bone of the missing teeth, your gums as well as the neighboring teeth, your dentist will recommend a fixed or a removable bridge.  Both procedures promise great restorations

A fixed dental bridge is a great option for people who have lost the teeth but not the bone beneath them.  It is usually a great way to fill the gap caused by missing one or two teeth.  The process involves preparing the adjacent teeth by scraping some of their enamel, placing a fake tooth in between and then cementing them all together to create a bridge.

A removable bridge or an over denture offers a more convenient solution to missing teeth.  It involves false teeth attached to a plastic base.  A metal framework is used to keep the teeth together, as well as to connect them with the natural teeth.

A fixed bridge is not put in place with the intention of removing it any time soon.  Only a dentist can remove a fixed bridge.  A removable bridge can be removed easily at home, allowing convenience and easy maintenance.

This information is from Veneman Dental Care´s website


Tooth Talk With Tommy The Wisdom Tooth

What Is An Urgent VS. Non-Urgent Dental Emergency

(This information, in part is from River Valley Dental Website)

Tommy
Teeth aren´t shy about letting you know when you need emergency dental care.  Whether you knocked out a tooth while playing contact sports or you have a severe toothache, you´ll need to visit your emergency dentist as soon as possible.

In this article, we´ll help you determine whether you need to see an emergency dentist this minute or if you can wait to schedule an appointment during normal business hours.  Knowing the difference between urgent and non-urgent emergency dental care can help you limit the amount of damage done to your smile and save teeth.

WHAT IS AN URGENT DENTAL EMERGENCY?

Schedule an emergency dental appointment for the following:
  • Severe toothache

  • Knocked-out tooth

  • Loose tooth

  • Broken tooth

  • Chipped or cracked tooth causing pain

  • Abscessed tooth

  • Swollen gums
Any issue with your gums or teeth that involves severe pain or ongoing tissue bleeding requires a call to the dentist´s office.  In the time between sustaining dental trauma and being seen by a dentist, the dentist´s office may be able to offer advice for how to best protect your tooth in the meantime.

If the dental trauma happens on the weekend or outside of business hours, you should still go ahead and call the dentist´s office.  Your family dentist should provide instructions on their answering machine for dental emergencies or provide an emergency number.  If the answering machine message offers nothing useful, go to the nearest emergency room.

Responding quickly to dental emergencies will give you a better chance of saving the tooth and preventing permanent damage.  When you seek urgent care for dental emergencies after a tooth injury, you also lower the risk of needing extensive dental restoration services in the future.

WHAT IS A NON-URGENT DENTAL EMERGENCY?

Schedule an emergency appointment during regular business hours for the following:
  • Dull toothache

  • Food lodged between teeth

  • Small crack in tooth

  • Small chip in tooth

  • Lost filling, crown, or bridge
Even if the dental issue is not listed under this list of urgent dental emergencies, it´s still important to call your dentist´s office as soon as possible.  Quick thinking can help save a tooth, which is why we always encourage our patients to contact us as soon as they suspect there´s a problem.

Whether you have an urgent or non-urgent dental emergency, we understand that this time is stressful for you.  We hope that this article helped clear any confusion you might have had about the next steps after serious dental trauma.

Until next time; brush, floss and keep smiling!

The above material is provided as an information service and is not intended as medical advice.


Summer Is Right Around The Corner

Summer Reminders

Summer is rapidly approaching and for those of us in the warm climates, we look forward to it with anticipation and dread.

Anticipation of all of the fun things that we have planned like vacations, day trips, tubing the river, going to the lake or maybe just lounging by the pool.

Dread of the long hot sweltering days ahead hoping that; the air conditioner doesn´t breakdown, nobody gets sun poisoning and everyone makes it through safely until fall.

Summer is also a very busy time for dental offices.  Parents are trying to get the kids in before school starts without having to give up any family vacation time.  This coupled with the dental office staff and their vacation schedules (believe it or not, they have families too), getting an appointment that works for everyone can be a challenge.

We suggest that you take the time to call your dental office and schedule your appointments as soon as possible.  Scheduling in advance gives everyone the opportunity to plan for their summer activities.

With summer approaching so comes swimming season.  Remember: Two seconds is too long!  Watch your kids around water!

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