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April 2022 Newsletter

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Quote Of The Month:   “If you see a rabbit laying little brown eggs, don‘t eat them.  It‘s not chocolate!”  (Author Unknown)

Congratulations To:

W. Edwards of Buckeye, Arizona and B. Adams of Sun City West, 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:

Cruise Safety

“Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn‘t do than by the ones you did do.  So, throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor.  Catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore.  Dream.  Discover.” – Mark Twain

It‘s hard to fathom that it‘s already spring!  With that being said, it‘s time to pack up and head on a cruise!

Cruises are designed to be a “worry–free” adventure; however, things can still pop up and destroy everything.  Just a little extra planning and care could help ensure your trip stays “worry–free.”

One of the biggest cruise safety tips is…  Make sure you consider your health care needs.

According to the cruising travel website approximately 30 million people cruised in 2019 (pre-pandemic).  Most people will have a smooth sailing experience.  A few however, might need some medical attention due to simple things like sunburns or seasickness while others may require medical attention for serious issues.  You may think since a cruise ship is so big, that it must have a significant–sized medical center but in reality, it‘s only comparable in size to an urgent care center.

So, before you purchase your next cruise always check on these things:
  • Sanitation Score – The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) inspects all cruise liners twice a year.  You can check on the CDC‘s vessel sanitation program scores for each ship.

  • Talk with your physician – If you suffer from any medical conditions, always consult with your doctor before heading out to sea. Your doctor will be able to tell you your limitations or any precautions that you should take.

  • Inquire about onboard medical – Ask about the on–board physician‘s credentials, what type of emergency equipment is on board and if they can accommodate your medical needs should a situation arise.
Once you have determined that the cruise line is the perfect match for you and your family, it‘s time to make a “to–do list“:
  • See your physician 6–8 weeks before your cruise for a physical.

  • Update your immunizations.

  • Pack an outline of your medical history:
    • Blood type
    • Medications
    • Illnesses
    • Allergies (food and medications)

  • Pack immunization records.

  • Pack emergency contact information:
    • Doctors office
    • Family
    • Friends
After that is all said and done, NOW it‘s time to sit back and relax!

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.:

White Bean & Italian Sausage Soup

Grandma C.
  1. 1 pkg ground Italian Sausage (mild or spicy)
  2. 4 strips bacon, chopped
  3. 1 medium onion, chopped
  4. 1 TBSP minced garlic
  5. 4 cans white beans
  6. 2 cans chicken broth
  7. 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  8. ¼ tsp dried rosemary
  9. ½ cup shredded carrots
  10. 2 cups baby spinach
  11. Salt and Pepper to taste

Brown the bacon and sausage in the soup pan over medium high heat.  Transfer meat to a plate.

In the same pan, saute the onion and garlic until lightly brown.

Add the beans, chicken broth, water and seasonings to the pan.  Stir well to mix the soup with the drippings on the bottom of the pan.

With an immersion blender, puree the soup.  It will be thick.

Then add the sausage/bacon mixture and the carrots to the pot.

Cook on medium–high heat to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 15–20 minutes.

Stir in the spinach and let it wilt for a few minutes, sprinkle with Salt and Pepper and serve!

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.


Bright Now Dental - Signal Butte, Mesa, AZ

Dental Center
Our spotlight for April goes to the city of Mesa, Arizona and shines on Bright Now Dental, Signal Butte.

The excellent staff at Bright Now Dental has been providing excellent care to our members since 2006.  Bright Now Dental Mesa is a family-friendly dental practice with a dental staff who prides themselves in being the best dentists and orthodontists in Mesa

The practice is located at 1804 S. Signal Butte Rd., Ste. 111, Mesa, Arizona  The phone number is 480-380-2525.  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:

Crazy, Zany Facts We Bet You Didn´t Know

  • Alfred Hitchcock didn‘t have a bellybutton.

  • An ostrich‘s eye is bigger than its brain.

  • According to research, fans of classical music and those who love heavy metal have shown to have similar personalities.

  • Prince is credited with playing 27 different instruments on his debut album.

  • In 2015, astronaut Chris Hadfield released an album while still in space.

  • The WHO reports that one in five girls report being sexually abused before the age of 15.

  • It‘s been calculated that the average woman will “eat” about four pounds of lipstick throughout the course of her life. Blech!

  • The opposite sides of a die will always add up to seven.

  • The King of Hearts is the only king in a deck of cards without a mustache.
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

J. Ortiz of San Diego, California asks: 

“ My dentist says he needs to do a procedure called clinical crown lengthening.  If the crown is too short, why can't they just make another one that is longer?”

Savon’s Answer

Basically, Clinical Crown Lengthening has nothing to do with the crown but is actually a periodontal/oral surgery procedure.

Crown lengthening is achieved by recontouring gum tissue, and sometimes bone, to expose more of a tooth‘s surface for a crown.  It‘s a common procedure and often takes less than an hour to complete.

Crown lengthening can be necessary if there isn‘t enough of the tooth in place to hold the crown on its own.  Teeth that are broken or affected by tooth decay may prohibit a crown from firmly attaching.

Crown lengthening reduces gum tissue and shaves down bone when necessary so more of the tooth is above the gum‘s surface.  A properly fitted crown allows for better oral hygiene and comfort.

Tooth Talk With Tommy The Wisdom Tooth

Evidence Suggests Vaping Contributes To Gum Disease

A direct reprint of an article by By Hannah Welk, DrBicuspid.com contributing writer
Electronic cigarettes (e–cigarettes) alter oral health and may contribute to gum disease, according to a study published in Bio on February 22.  People who vaped e–cigarettes in the study had a less healthy oral microbiome than nonsmokers did –– but could still be healthier than cigarette smokers.

Researchers from New York University College of Dentistry studied 84 adults ages 30 and older across three groups: people who had never smoked, cigarette smokers, and e–cigarette users.  The study demonstrated the long–term consequences of using e–cigarettes.

“To our knowledge, this is the first longitudinal study of oral health and e–cigarette use,” stated lead author Deepak Saxena, PhD, a professor of molecular pathology, in a press release.  “We are now beginning to understand how e–cigarettes and the chemicals they contain are changing the oral microbiome and disrupting the balance of bacteria.”

Researchers have known about the oral and overall health consequences of traditional cigarettes for decades, but little is known about how e–cigarettes affect gum health.  The authors conducted the study in the hope of learning more.
Using plaque samples from dental exams, they analyzed the bacteria present to assess gum diseases.  Samples were taken six months apart to allow more time for disease progression.  In total, 168 samples from 84 subjects were analyzed in the final study.

All participants had some gum disease at the start of the study.  After six months, gum disease had worsened for some participants in each smoking status group.

E–cigarette users had a different oral microbiome than traditional cigarette smokers and nonsmokers, and their distinct microbiome had a strong correlation with some measures of gum disease.  Both Fusobacterium and Bacteroidales, which are linked to gum disease, were more dominant in the mouths of e–cigarette users than the other two groups.

The bacterial composition for e–cigarette users was also much more similar to that of cigarette smokers than nonsmokers.  E–cigarette and traditional cigarette users had higher levels of Selenomas, Leptotrichia, and Saccharibacteria than nonsmokers.

“Vaping appears to be driving unique patterns in bacteria and influencing the growth of some bacteria in a manner akin to cigarette smoking, but with its own profile and risks to oral health,” stated Fangxi Xu, a junior research scientist in Saxena‘s lab and the study‘s co–first author.

More so, the use of e–cigarettes was tied to changes in the immune environment.  People who vaped e–cigarettes had different levels of immune regulating cytokines.

In particular, e–cigarette users had higher levels of tumor necrosis factor–alpha (TNF-alpha), a cytokine related to inflammation, and lower levels of interleukin–4 (IL-4) and IL–1–beta, cytokines that tend to be reduced in people with untreated gum diseases.  The findings suggest the oral bacteria in e–cigarette users may be actively suppressing the immune system, the authors noted.

The authors did not discuss limitations or next steps; however, they pointed to the lack of research on vaping‘s long–term effects on gum health, something they hoped future studies could look into.

“Unlike smoking, which has been studied extensively for decades, we know little about the health consequences of e–cigarette use and are just starting to understand how the unique microbiome promoted by vaping impacts oral health and disease,” stated co–first author Scott Thomas, an assistant research scientist in Saxena‘s lab.

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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