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December 2018 Newsletter

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Quote Of The Month:  Dear Santa:  “This year all I ask for is a Big fat bank account and a slim body.  Please don´t mix up the two like you did last year.”  (Author Unknown)


Congratulations To:

S. Feickert of Apache Junction, Arizona   Winner of our November early payment drawing for 1 free additional year of membership.

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


To Your Health With Jourdin Hendershot:

Insomnia

Jourdin
Are those nights of “sleeping like a baby” slowly fading away and now, it´s trouble falling asleep, up several times during the night, waking up with the sun and being exhausted the next day?

As we grow older, our sleep patterns and lifestyles change, making it harder to get a good nights´ sleep.  Sleepless nights can affect our energy levels and our health, which includes our immune system making it harder to fight off viruses and bacteria.

Everyone has occasional sleepless nights for some reason, but those who lack sleep on a regular basis and for no apparent reason may suffer from insomnia.

According to the Sleep Health Foundation, about 1 in 3 people have insomnia at some point in their lives, which can be caused by:
  • Medications
  • Alcohol or smoking
  • Chronic pain
  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Passing of a loved one
  • Anxiety
Fortunately, insomnia can be treated but it often means making changes in your day to day routine:
  • Minimize sleep interruptions — Close the bedroom door and have white noise running in the background (fan, soft music, nature sounds) to eliminate other noises.

  • Limit bed time — Too much time in bed can promote shallow and unrestful sleep.  Try going to bed and getting up at the same time each day.

  • Avoid caffeine, tobacco, and alcohol — Try not to use these substances for at least 4 hours before you head to bed.

  • Exercise — 20-30 minutes of exercise per day is recommended to stay healthy but it´s best to exercise 5-6 hours before bed time.

  • Limit naps — Naps should not be longer than 45 minutes.  Naps can make it harder to fall asleep at bedtime.

  • Relax — Try taking a hot bath or eat a light, healthy snack.

  • Don´t try to fall back to sleep — This makes it worse.  Try reading or watching TV until you become drowsy.

  • Pain — If you´re in pain or are uncomfortable, take a pain reliever, don´t suffer.
Insomnia is annoying, but you don´t have to live with sleepless nights.  Try adding those simple adjustments to your daily routine.  You should be able to achieve better sleep in no time!

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.:

Molasses Sugar Cookies

Grandma C.
Ingredients
¾ cup shortening 1 cup sugar
¼ cup molasses 1 Egg
2 tsp baking soda ½ tsp salt
½ tsp ground clove ½ tsp ground ginger
1 tsp cinnamon 2 cup flour
Melt shortening over low heat.  Let cool.  Add sugar, molasses and egg, beat well.  Sift all dry ingredients and add to mixture, mix well.  Chill for 1 hour.

Form into 1 inch balls and roll in sugar, then place on a greased cookie sheet (unless it´s a non-stick sheet).  Bake at 375 degrees for approximately 10 minutes.  Yield: Approx. 2 dozen cookies.

*Do not overbake!  Cookies will get crunchy on the bottom if you let them bake too long.

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

All Network Providers

As we come to the end of another year, we want to shine our spotlight on all of our providers.  The caring, quality and professionalism shown to our members by our providers nationwide has helped Savon maintain its status in a struggling field.

We want to say a big thank you to all network providers and we look forward to a prosperous 2019 for members and providers alike!

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


Fun Facts:

Funny Christmas Quotes

Christmas Emoji
  • No matter how old you are, an empty Chrismas wrapping paper tube is still a fun thing to bonk someone over the head with.

  • Dear Santa, please bring me a self cleaning house for Christmas this year.  Thank You!

  • Christmas:  The only time of year you can sit in front of a dead tree eating candy out of socks.

  • Don´t expect much for Christmas…  Santa´s sleigh was repossessed, the North Pole is in foreclosure & the elves have been laid off!

  • Santa saw your Facebook status´s…  He´s bringing you a dictionary for Christmas.

  • Dear Santa…  Before I explain, how much do you know already?

  • Dear Santa.  I´ve been good all year.  Well most of the time.  Okay, once in a while.  Never mind, I´ll buy my own stuff.

  • Santa saw your instagram pictures.  You´re getting clothes and a Bible for Christmas.

  • Don´t annoy me this week, because if you do…  I will give your number to all the kids and tell them it´s Santa´s hotline.

  • It´s beginning to cost a lot like Christmas.
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!!


Tooth Talk With Tommy The Wisdom Tooth

Dry Mouth Product Reduces Plaque

A direct reprint from News USA via Copyright Free Content
Tommy
Researchers at the University of California, Irvine analyzed the effects of OraCoat XyliMelts oral adhering discs on people affected by clinically diagnosed dry mouth.  The study showed that the discs reduce tooth plaque by 58 percent and improve the ability to eat and swallow for those affected by dry mouth.

XyliMelts is a patented dry mouth product that sticks to the gums outside of a molar, releasing one-half gram of Xylitol, which stimulates saliva, and cellulose gum which, combined with saliva, forms a lubricating gel.

The 21 day clinical study evaluated the effects of XyliMelts on saliva production and the ability to neutralize acids, as well as patient comfort.  The study was administered to five test subjects who used the remedy as recommended: two discs while sleeping, one on each side of the mouth, and as needed during the day.  On average, the subjects used four discs each day during daytime hours.
Results showed that the product significantly reduced sleep disruption by lasting for six hours while sleeping, when dry mouth is at its worst, while improving mouth wetness in the morning.  It also diminished tooth sensitivity to hot, cold, and spicy foods and drinks.

The discs more than doubled saliva production while in place, and increased the ability of saliva to neutralize acids that cause tooth decay.  Most importantly, the test displayed that subjects using XyliMelts in conjunction with standard oral care showed heightened saliva flow compared to standard oral care alone.

Test results showed the clinical usefulness of XyliMelts for effectively relieving dry mouth.  Researchers found that XyliMelts significantly reduced sleep disruption by lasting for six hours while sleeping, when dry mouth is at its worst, while improving mouth wetness upon waking in the morning.

XyliMelts also diminished tooth sensitivity to hot, cold, and spicy foods and drinks.  The adhering discs more than doubled saliva production while in place, and increased the ability of saliva to neutralize acids that cause tooth decay.

Most importantly, the test displayed that subjects using XyliMelts in conjunction with standard oral care showed heightened saliva flow compared to standard oral care alone.  XyliMelts not only alleviates symptoms of dry mouth, they also stimulate saliva production.

Overall, subject feedback to XyliMelts was positive, with subjects stating that they would continue using the discs while recommending them to others.  Subjects also reported XyliMelts as easy to use with a favorable taste and overall mouth feel.

The study was published on February 13, 2017 and in a March 2016 Clinicians Report® survey of dentists published by CR Foundation, an independent, non-profit, dental education and product testing foundation, 152 dentists who were familiar with OraCoat XyliMelts rated it more effective than any other remedy for dry mouth, including prescription drugs which came in second.

XyliMelts are available over the counter at CVS and Rite Aid.  For more information on XyliMelts, visit www.oracoat.com.  Consumers interested in receiving a free sample (limit one per household) should call 1-855-275-4766.

A companion product to OraCoat XyliMelts for oral cancer patients is OraCoat XyliGel®, a soothing gel with 17% Xylitol buffered to pH 7.4 to relieve dry mouth.  It works especially well for people with very low levels of saliva.  XyliGel is available online at oracoat.com.

Until next time; brush, floss and keep smiling!

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

A Message From Our C.E.O.

Year End Report And Holiday Wishes

Clay
Well another year is on its way out and we get prepared to welcome 2019.  It´s hard for me to believe that I´ve been with Savon for almost 27 years.

2018 brought about a lot of changes, not only in our industry but the entire country.  Never in my 66 years have I seen the country this divided.  In the early 60´s it was the Civil Rights movement and the start of the Vietnam war.  These were points of protest and violence, but not to the extent we see today.

The economy seems just as split as the country.  As I talk to people around the country, the rich seem to be getting richer and the poor are just getting by.

With that being said, the staff of Savon has done an excellent job of working hard to keep our operating cost as low as possible without compromising the value of the plan.  One major change took place last December.  Savon joined the 21st century, closed our brick and mortar locations and went to the cloud.  All of our employees work from home based offices now and we tele-commute as needed.
2019 will bring about a few more changes for us.  With rising costs affecting everyone, we must, for the first time in 8 years, adjust our membership fees.  This adjustment will not affect our current members as long as you keep your plan in force.  If you let your plan lapse and later decide that you wish to return to Savon, you will be required to pay the higher membership fee.  Remember: This adjustment only affects new plans or reinstatements.

As I look around and see business´ that have been around for 20 plus years closing their doors, I realize how truly blessed we are.  Our members and providers have helped make Savon a dental plan that has stood the test of Obama Care and the economic downturn of 2009 - 2014.

However you say it in your language or in your own belief, on behalf of all of us at Savon, I want to wish each and every one of you a happy holiday season or Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous 2019.

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