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August 2022 Newsletter

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Quote Of The Month:   “ When I was in high school, I got in trouble with my girlfriend‘s Dad.  He said, ‘I want my daughter back by 8:15.’ I said, ‘The middle of August? Cool!’”  (Steven Wright – American comedian, actor, writer & film producer – 1955–Present)

Congratulations To:

M. Affinito of Prescott, Arizona and N. Kemp of Tucson, 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:

Back Care: Part 2 – How To Treat And Prevent Back Pain

In last month‘s article, I discussed some of the most common sources of back pain.  This month, I will discuss different ways to prevent and treat back pain.

Thankfully back problems are not usually life–threatening!  With that being said, doctors may recommend home treatments first.

Typically, back pain will subside within two to three weeks.  However, if there are any strained ligaments or severe muscle pains, it could take up to twelve weeks for the pain to let up.

I know…  That‘s a long time to be in pain but by following a few guidlines and with proper care at home, it‘s possible that you could heal yourself!

The recommended guidelines for home back pain treatments are:
  • Cold and Heat Compress — This will help soothe sore and inflamed muscles.

    • After an injury, immediately apply a cold compress (no longer than 20 minutes at a time).  Cold compression will slow the blood flow. This helps with swelling and pain.

    • After the first or second day, apply a heat compress (no longer than 20 minutes at a time).  Heat compression will dilate the blood vessels.  This will help ease sore or tightened muscles and accelerate the healing process.

  • Pain Medication — Over–the–counter medications will be your best friend!  Pain medications such as acetaminophen should help with the pain.  Also, an anti–inflammatory medication such as aspirin or ibuprofen will help reduce inflammation.
If back pain is still persistent after home treatments, it‘s time to go see your primary physician again.  At this point, your provider will most likely do some testing to further evaluate which treatment will be best suited for you!

Remember that regular exercise is extremely important.  Staying active helps keep the extra weight off, which means less stress on the back.

Now, let‘s discuss some ways to prevent back pain:
  • Listen to your body — If you feel any discomfort… stop what you are doing and relax!

  • Stand tall — POSTURE is important.  Did you know that good posture makes the body feel more relaxed?

  • Sit comfortably — Sitting is stressful to the back.  When sitting down make sure your lower back is supported.  If need be, roll up a towel and stick it behind your lower back.

  • Sleep smart — Firm mattresses are the best!  Also, use pillows to support the neck, but DO NOT force the neck up at an angle.

  • Lift properly — Lift with your legs, not your back and always push, never pull!
It‘s time to “invest” in your back!  Doing so now, will prevent serious injuries in the future!

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.:

Taco Pizza With Pizzaz!

Grandma C.
  1. 1 refrigerated Pizza crust (such as Pillsbury)
  2. 1.5 pounds ground beef
  3. 1 pkg Taco seasoning mix
  4. 1 cup green onions, chopped
  5. 1 cup cilantro, chopped
  6. 1 small can sliced black olives
  7. 1 cup diced Rotel tomatoes, drained
  8. 1 cup sour cream
  9. 2 cups grated Mexican blend cheese
  10. 1 cup crunched up Doritos.*
  11. Shredded lettuce for garnish

Spread the Pizza dough on a cookie sheet according to package directions.  Bake 10 minutes at 350 degrees then remove and set aside to cool.

While baking the dough, brown the ground beef in a skillet and drain.

Add the Taco seasoning mix with a half cup of water, stir and simmer on low heat for a few minutes so the flavors can blend.

After Pizza dough has cooled, spread sour cream over it.  Then add the taco meat, spreading evenly.  Next add the Rotel tomatoes, spreading evenly.  Now add the cheese and top that with the green onion, olives and doritos.

Bake at 400 degrees for approximately 10 minutes until the cheese is melted.

Garnish with shredded lettuce and cilantro.

* Tip: Don‘t pulverize the doritos!  Just crunch them up into small pieces.

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.


Jennings, Larson & Larson Family Dentistry

Jennings, Larson & Larson
Our spotlight for August goes to the city of Bullhead City, Arizona and shines on Jennings, Larson & Larson Family Dentistry

Jennings, Larson, & Larson Family Dentistry have been a Preferred Provider since 2016.  They are one of only a few providers that are serving our members in the area.

They are family owned and operated and the dentists live here and care about and support the community.  They have been serving the Tri–State Area for the last twenty–five years.

They have the area‘s largest practice with the most coverage available for you.  They have great hours, 8:00 am to 9:00 pm most days.  They have six dentists on staff and six hygienists ready to serve your every dental need.

The practice is located at 1093 Hancock Road, Bullhead City, AZ 86442.  The phone number is (928)758-5588.  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

  • The average American looks at eight houses before buying one.

  • A pig‘s orgasm lasts for 30 minutes.

  • Listening to music can improve your physical performance.  (This could mean in the gym or between the sheets.)

  • Women see more colors than men.

  • It‘s possible to turn peanut butter into diamonds.

  • Dragonflies have six legs but can‘t walk.

  • Animals that lay eggs don‘t have belly buttons.
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

R. Roberts of El Paso, Texas asks: 

“ I am considering joining Savon and since I live so close to the border, I was wondering if I can use in Mexico?”

Savon’s Answer

Simple answer is NO.  Savon is only good when you are using a provider that is in our network and we do not have any providers outside of the United States.

Tooth Talk With Tommy The Wisdom Tooth

Dentists Are Detecting Developmental Disorders In Children

A direct reprint of an article written by Alex Dagostino, DrBicuspid.com associate editor
Screening for developmental disorders and ensuring that the children who are suspected of having them receive the necessary support is crucial.  Researchers observed a significant relationship between oral function and developmental disorders in a study published on July 9, 2022 in the Pediatric Dental Journal.

One of the main objectives of conducting health checkups in pediatric patients is to assess the growth and development of children.  In Japan, dentists have been performing health checkups to screen children for developmental disorders in cooperation with pediatricians, public health nurses, and other health professionals using a mouth rinsing function test (MRFT) to analyze oral function in pediatric patients.

Researchers sought to examine the relationship between developmental disorders and oral function assessed using a MRFT.  A total of 1,147 pediatric patients who underwent health checkups between 2014 and 2017 were included in the study.  Patients were divided into two groups based on their MRFT findings: good and poor oral function.  Associations between the outcomes of MRFT and other assessments were analyzed.
About 30% of patients were suspected of having developmental disorders based on the MRFT assessment.  Approximately 83% of patients had good oral health function, and 17% had poor function.  Children suspected of having developmental disorders had significantly poor oral function.

Researchers hypothesized that children with suspected developmental disorders would have poor oral function.  While this was true for several of the children, some children without suspected disorders also had poor oral function.  Therefore, it is challenging for dentists and hygienists to diagnose developmental disorders based on the results of the MRFT solely.

Oral function requires complex coordinated movements that are closely related to those used in speech and eating.  In school–aged children, speaking and eating are essential for school life.

Children with autism spectrum disorder often have poor oral health due to hyperreactivity to sensory input, making it difficult to maintain good oral hygiene.  Many have poor food selectivity due to dental malocclusions.

The study authors urge that children who are suspected of having developmental disorders regularly visit the dentist to maintain good oral health and improve oral function.

“Developmental disorders possess spectrums of symptoms and various accompanying conditions; therefore, collaboration with other professionals is crucial for early screening and child support during their development,” concluded the study authors.

Until next time; brush, floss and keep smiling!

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

News You Need To Know

Your Dentist Said They Take Your Dental Plan…  But Are They Authorized To?

We run into this a lot here at Savon Dental Plan.  A valued member will call in and talk to us about their dentist only to hear the bad news from us that the dentist that they are going to is not credentialed with our plan.  We get the same response each time… “Our dentist said that they accept your plan.” That may be the case.  Most dental offices will agree to honor the plan in order to keep you as a patient, but still, that does not mean that they are a credentialed provider for the plan.

The reasons that you want to make sure that the dentist or specialist you are going to is credentialed with your coverage plan are:
  • They will have the most up–to–date fee schedule.

  • They will be familiar with the plan and know what discounts are supposed to be given.

  • They will know what is covered and you will not be misinformed.

  • They will be able to verify your coverage via roster or phone call.

  • If you, as a member have a problem with the pricing discount, the plan will be able to intervene and help you.

  • Every dentist that is part of our network has gone through a thorough credentialing proceedure that ensures that they meet our network criteria.
We can not stress enough that going to a dentist that is not credentialed with your plan puts you at financial risk!  That dentist is under no obligation to abide by the plan fee schedule.

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE, make sure that whatever dentist you are seeing is authorized BY THE PLAN to take the plan that you have.

To see a current list of Savon Dentists, Click Here!

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