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August 2020 Newsletter

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Quote Of The Month:   “If a dentist makes money off people with bad teeth, why should I trust a toothbrush that 4 out of 5 dentists recommend?”  (Author Unknown)


Congratulations To:

R. Depaoli of Phoenix, Arizona and C, Korito of Buckeye, Arizona   Winners of our July 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:

Headaches

Jourdin
Happiness is…  The moment you realize your headache is gone.

If you are anything like me, you probably take a couple pain relievers when you feel a headache coming on.  I always say, “it is better catch it now before it gets worse.”

Headaches are quite common and many people will experience one or two headaches a week.  As I was researching for this article, I learned that there are ten different types of headaches people can experience.

Out of the ten types, one in particular caught my eye because I think this may be one that I suffer from quite often.  It´s called a “Medication Overuse or Rebound headache.”

As the name implies, rebound headaches are caused by overusing medication.  This is not what you think!  The person is not overdosing!  The person simply takes the recommended dosage for pain on a regular, long-term basis.
This eventually turns into the cycle of pain–medication–pain–medication and you may not realize it but the pain reliever is actually the culprit of frequent headaches.

Signs and symptoms of rebound headaches may differ according to the type of original headache being treated and the medication used.  Rebound headaches can be set off by the smallest amount of stress leaving you with a constant dull pain.

Rebound headaches tend to:
Occur every day or nearly every day, often waking you in the early morning.

Improve with pain relief medication but then return as your medication wears off.
Other signs and symptoms may include:
  • Nausea

  • Restlessness or anxious

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Memory problems

  • Irritability
Another sign you may suffer form rebound headaches is if your pain reliever does not fully take away the pain.  This means you may find yourself taking more medication in anticipation of the headache getting worse.

Any pain reliever (if overused) can cause rebound headaches.  If you are taking pain relievers more than three times a week, it is time to seek treatment from your primary care physician.

They will most likely start weaning you off of the medication you have been using.  Yes, you will experience short-term discomfort, but it will be beneficial to you and your health in the long run.

Stop being held hostage by your headaches, it is time to enjoy your life!

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.:

Green Chile Quiche

Borrowed from barefootinthekitchen.com – via Pinterest
Grandma C.
Ingredients
  1. 6 eggs

  2. 1 cup heavy cream

  3. ½ teaspoon kosher salt

  4. ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  5. ¾ cup chopped roasted green chile frozen or canned is fine

  6. 1 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend

  7. 1 prepared pie crust, store-bought is fine
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

Whisk together the eggs, cream, salt, and pepper.

Place the crust in a deep pie plate or round 9"pan.  Prick the crust with a fork several times.  Spread the green chile across the bottom of the crust and then cover with cheese.  Pour the egg mixture over the cheese and chile.

Bake for 15 minutes at 425 degrees.

Reduce the heat to 300 degrees and bake an additional 30-40 minutes, until the quiche is puffy and lightly browned.

Let cool 5-10 minutes before serving.

Serving size is 8 servings.

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
 

Bright Now Dental - Signal Butte, Mesa, AZ

Dental Center
Our spotlight for August 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

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  • Goethe couldn´t stand the sound of barking dogs and could only write if he had an apple rotting in the drawer of his desk.

  • Most cows give more milk when they listen to music.

  • The phrase, “It´s all fun and games until someone loses an eye” is from ancient Rome.  The only rule during wrestling matches was, “No eye gouging.” Everything else was allowed, but the only way to be disqualified was to poke someone´s eye out.

  • The worlds oldest piece of chewing gum is 9000 years old.

  • To escape the grip of a crocodile´s jaws, push your thumbs into its eyeballs — it will let you go instantly.

  • The term “the whole 9 yards” came from WWII fighter pilots in the South Pacific.  When arming their airplanes on the ground, the .50 caliber machine gun ammo belts measured exactly 27 feet, before being loaded into the fuselage.  If the pilots fired all their ammo at a target, it got  the whole 9 yards. 

  • Aztec emperor Montezuma had a nephew, Cuitlahac, whose name meant “plenty of excrement.”
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

D. Rockwell of Buffalo, New York asks: 

“I need to visit the dentist but I also need to know that their office is safe and clean during this pandemic.  What should I be looking for from the dentist?”

Savon’s Answer

Even before this pandemic, dental offices were always some of the cleanest medical facilities.  Considering that every procedure produced some sort of human bio–hazard side bar, the dental offices we already ahead of the current Covid–19 hygiene standards.

This being said, the A.D.A. (American Dental Association) lists some steps dentists can take to help prevent transmission of the disease in their offices, in addition to standard precautions, including:
  • Screening patients for travel and signs and symptoms of infection when they update their medical histories.

  • Taking temperature readings as part of their routine assessment of patients before performing dental procedures.

  • Making sure the personal protective equipment they use is appropriate for the procedures being performed.

  • Using a rubber dam when appropriate to decrease possible exposure to infectious agents.

  • Using high-speed evacuation for dental procedures producing an aerosol.

  • Autoclaving handpieces after each patient.

  • Having patients rinse with a 1% hydrogen peroxide solution before each appointment.

  • Cleaning and disinfecting public areas frequently, including door handles, chairs and bathrooms.
Since most dental offices follow the guidelines published by the A.D.A., I would be pretty comfortable visiting my dentist even in these trying times.


Tooth Talk With Tommy The Wisdom Tooth

Athletes Who Improve Oral Health Habits Perform Better

A direct reprint of an article y Melissa Busch, DrBicuspid.com assistant editor
Tommy
Elite athletes who changed their oral health habits to include using prescription–strength fluoride toothpaste and floss picks to clean between their teeth improved their sports performance in a recent study.  The findings were published on June 18 2020 in BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine.

Athletes who implemented behavioral change programs improved their oral health habits and significantly reduced effects associated with negative performance, the authors wrote. The behavioral change model “was associated with an increase in athlete oral health knowledge, enhanced oral health behavior, a reduction in self–reported performance impacts, and high participant retention,” wrote the group, led by Julie Gallagher, PhD, of the Centre for Oral Health and Performance at University College London´s Eastman Dental Institute in the U.K.
Past evidence has shown that 49% of athletes have dental caries and 77% have gingival inflammation.  Some people have suggested that athletes´ dental issues may be partially due to their consumption of sports drinks, energy bars, and energy gels, which boost acid erosion and tooth decay risk.

For the current study, the researchers recruited 62 athletes from Great Britain´s Olympic rowing and cycling teams and the Gloucester Rugby team, who were asked to watch a 10-minute presentation that focused on building motivation to improve oral health.  They also watched three 90-second informational films featuring Great Britain rower Zak Lee-Green that aimed to increase oral health knowledge and skills to perform optimal oral health behavior.

The athletes underwent oral health screenings and were given customized advice and toolkits that contained a manual toothbrush, prescription fluoride toothpaste, and floss picks.  They were instructed to brush for a minimum of two minutes before training and before bed.  After the four-month study, they answered the Oslo Sports Trauma Research Center (OSTRC) Overuse Injury Questionnaire, which asked about how oral health affected their sports participation, training volume, and sporting performance, as well as the extent of the oral pain they experienced, according to the authors.

The athletes´ use of prescription–strength fluoride toothpaste increased from about 13% to approximately 80%.  In addition, their use of floss picks at least two to three times each week rose from about 16% to approximately 34%, according to the findings.

After they changed their oral health behaviors, the OSTRC median score across athletes went from 8.73 to 2.73.  This indicated a reduction in sports performance issues related to oral health, Gallagher and colleagues noted.

The study had some limitations, including the lack of a control group.  The researchers planned for a randomized controlled trial, but coaches and elite team managers didn´t believe monitoring of a nonintervention group to be the best use of the athletes´ time, the authors wrote.

These types of behavioral change models are effective with elite athletes because they already are highly disciplined and have grown accustomed to following strict routines.  “Oral health screening and oral health promotion programs can be implemented in elite athlete teams,” they wrote.

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 Quick Note From Savon To You

We Are Here To Help

We know that times have been tough for a lot of us and we hope and pray that your situation is improving on a daily basis.

We would like to thank every member that has taken advantage of our early renewal program and the specials that we have added during the past few months.

Most of our network facilities are back in operation but you have to understand that some of them may be on reduced hours and limited appointments.  They are doing this to stay within the social distancing guidelines and to allow more time between appointments for sterilization of the operatories and equipment.

If you need help finding what your dentist´s office hours are or if you are among the ones still reeling financially and need some special help to keep your plan, give us a call at 800-809-3494.

Our customer care representatives are standing by and will do whatever we can to help. Our hours are Monday-Thursday 9-12 & 1-4 and Friday 9-12. All times are mountain standard.

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