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April 2020 Newsletter

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Quote Of The Month:   “I sometimes wonder if the manufacturers of foolproof items keep a fool or two on their payroll to test things.”  (Alan Coren – English humourist, writer and satirist – 1938–2007)

Congratulations To:

E. Mannebach of Mesa, Arizona and J. Padrlik 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:

Mental Health

To begin, on behalf of everyone here at Savon Dental Plan, I would like to thank each and every one of you who are working around the clock during this time of crisis and I want to let you know that we appreciate everything you are doing!

Now, for the people that are working from home, temporarily out of work, college students transitioning to online classes or parents that had to take time off from work to watch your kids, I want to let you know that you´re not in this alone and soon this shall pass.

Over the last few weeks, the majority of us have been quarantining ourselves to help lower the spread of the coronavirus.  While this is extremely important for our overall health, it can cause us to go stir–crazy which can lead to poor mental health.

Yes, it´s also important to take care of your mental health!  Below are a few tips that will help to keep you going during quarantine if you incorporate them into your daily routine.
  • Schedules – If you are “homeschooling” your children during this time, it´s important to keep a routine.  Write down a schedule and place it in an area that you will constantly see it, such as the fridge.

    • 8:30 – 9:00 am – Breakfast

    • 9:00 – 10:00 am – Math

    • 10:00 – 11:00 am – Science and so on…

  • Exercise/Diet – No more excuses like “I don´t have time”.  Afterall, you are full of time now, right?  All you need to do is dust off one of those workout videos you bought years ago and hit play.  In case you don´t have any workout videos, there are plenty of online videos you can follow.  Along with exercise, make sure you eat and drink a well–balanced diet.

  • Breaks – Find different tasks to break up the day.

  • Stay connected – Call, text or facetime family and friends.

  • Limit social media – Yes, I understand that this can be hard but allowing only a small amount of information via reliable sources is great for mental health.  Don´t overwhelm yourself!

  • Fight boredom – Catch up on your favorite tv shows, start a new Netflix/Hulu series or play a game…  There are no limits, just use your imagination!
As we continue to fight this crisis, please do your part and continue to social–distance, quarantine, wash hands and stay at least 6 feet apart.  Also, please remember to keep your mental health in check and as always, stay POSITIVE!

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.:

Savory (Yeast-Free) Butter Biscuits

Grandma C.
  1. 2 cups all-purpose flour

  2. 1 tsp baking powder

  3. 1 tsp salt

  4. 1 cup buttermilk

  5. ½ cup salted butter, cubed and softened
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Combine flour, baking powder and salt.  Add cubed butter and buttermilk.  Mix with a wooden spoon, just until all ingredients are blended.

On a floured cutting board (or any flat surface such as a countertop or table), turn the dough out and roll to about ¾ inch thickness.

There is no need to knead the dough!  Use the edge of a glass to cut dough into biscuits.

Place biscuits on an un-greased cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes until golden brown on top.

Recipe makes 8-10 biscuits.

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.


Coronavirus Update On Dental Offices

Our spotlight for April focuses on the availability of dental care during the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Center for Disease Control, the American Dental Association and the Arizona Dental Association have advised dental offices to postpone all elective and cosmetic procedures until further notice.

Many of you have already received calls from your dental office postponing cleanings, fillings and other routine procedures.

Many of our providers are offering limited hours for “medical necessary procedures” and “emergency dental procedures”.

We are in constant contact with our providers so if you have a dental problem that needs to be addressed right away, contact our Customer Care Center as 800-809-3494 and we will do our best to assist you in finding the care you need.

Fun Facts:

Crazy, Zany Facts We Bet You Didn´t Know

  • The medical name for a butt crack is “intergluteal cleft”.

  • Mr Potato Head was the first toy to be advertised on TV.

  • The stage before frostbite is called “frostnip”.

  • The process by which bread toasts is called the “Maillard Reaction”.

  • Most toilet paper sold for home use in France is pink.

  • Daddy longlegs have penises, which technically makes them not a spider.

  • In 2005, a fortune cookie company called Wonton Food Inc. correctly foretold lottery numbers, resulting in 110 winners and an investigation.  No fraud was involved.

  • “Digging a hole to China” is theoretically possible if you start in Argentina.
Come back for more in next months issue!

Dental Talk - A Member Blog Forum:

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

B. Scott of Long Island, New York asks: 

I have a strange taste in my mouth and some pain from my tongue.  What could be causing it and what should I do?

Savon’s Answer

After doing some research, here is our best non–medical advice.

The most common causes of pain in the tongue can be from canker sores; cold sores; dehydration; dry mouth; fever (sickness); or thrush.  Thrush can appear as a white lesion that bleeds when scraped or as a red, roundish lesion.

Pain or burning of the tongue can also indicate a vitamin deficiency, such as B12 and/or vitamins B2, B3, B6, and B9.  Other pains in the tongue can be caused by more serious conditions such as oral cancers, which can appear as red and/or white lesions.

Complete loss of taste is called ageusia, partial loss of taste is called hypogeusia, and a distorted sense of taste is called dysgeusia.  The most common cause of strange taste is due to medications.

The most common peculiar taste is a metallic taste, which is associated with some forms of antibiotics, antihistamines, antifungals, antipsychotics, blood pressure medications, diabetes medications, seizure medications, and Parkinson´s disease medications.

Other more common conditions that can change one´s taste are dry mouth, colds or flu, smoking, loss of smell, and nutritional deficiencies (vitamin B12 and zinc).

If a sore does not go away fairly quickly or if you have a change of taste sensation and you are not taking any medications, we stronly suggest that you consult your dentist for an examination as soon as possible.

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.

The information provided in this answer was derived from “Perio–Implant Advisory”.

Tooth Talk With Tommy The Wisdom Tooth

3d Printing Changing The Face Of Dentistry

(A direct reprint from an articel by Melissa Busch, DrBicuspid.com assistant editor)
An oral cancer survivor in India regained his ability to eat solid foods after undergoing reconstruction surgery to place a 3D–printed titanium jaw, according to news reports.  This successful surgery highlights the benefits of 3D printing technology.

Until the surgery, Prabhjeet had lived on a liquid diet after he lost the right half of his jawbone due to oral cancer.  He was on a brief liquid and soft–food diet while he was getting acclimated to his new jaw, but he can now eat whatever he craves.

Prabhjeet had the right half of his jawbone and temporomandibular joint removed due to oral cancer seven years ago.  Removing the joint caused the jaw to move, preventing his upper and lower jaw from meeting.  This affected his ability to bite and chew and also caused repeated bite ulcers in his cheek.

Surgeons didn´t use the traditional method of using a patient´s fibula to reconstruct the jawbone due to Prabhjeet´s underlying condition of systemic lupus erythematosus, which affects immunity, and the need to also reconstruct the temporomandibular joint.

Instead, the doctors concluded that using 3D printing to develop a complete prosthetic jaw with a titanium joint component was the best option.

In January, surgeons at Fortis Hospital in Delhi performed the surgery.  A titanium metal 3D printer from U.K.–based company Renishaw was used to create and customize the jaw.

Trial models for the prosthetic mandible were revised at different time intervals as the jaws got aligned during a nine-month process.

The cost of the eight-hour surgery was between 300,000 and 400,000 rupees (between approximately $4,190 and $5,590 U.S.), according to reports.

Until next time; brush, floss and keep smiling!

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

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