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February 2021 Newsletter

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Quote Of The Month:   “A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.”  (George Bernard Shaw - 1856-1950 - Irish playwright, critic, polemicist and political activist.)

Congratulations To:

H. Ramirez of Peoria, Arizona and G. Johnson of Phoenix, Arizona  Winners of our January 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:

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

I have a serious question to ask you.  Are you feeling sluggish?  Experiencing shortness of breath?  Having unexplained headaches?  Experiencing Dizziness?

If you have answered yes, to any of those questions, listen up!

I know this sounds like flu or Covid-19 symptoms, but they are also the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Carbon monoxide is also known as the “silent killer”.  It gets this name because it has no odor, taste, or color which makes it a slow form of suffocation.  If you have never heard of carbon monoxide, it is a poisonous gas produced by incomplete combustion fuel from furnaces, kerosene heaters, vehicles, stoves, and other equipment that uses combustion.

When a person breathes these gases, the carbon monoxide attaches itself to the hemoglobin (the oxygen-carrying protein in the red blood cells) which will eventually starve the body of oxygen.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 430 people die per year in America from carbon monoxide poisoning.  On the other hand, approximately 500,000 Americans visit the emergency room per year with accidental carbon monoxide poisoning.

Before you panic and think you are sick with the flu or covid-19, ask yourself these questions:
  • Is everyone including pets experiencing the same symptoms at the same time?

  • When I leave the house for the day, do my symptoms resolve and turn up again when I come back home?
If your answer is yes, it may be time to have your house serviced by a qualified technician.

One important way to protect yourself and your family is by purchasing a carbon monoxide detector.  These work the same as a smoke detector.  When carbon monoxide is dectected, an alarm will sound.  When the alarm sounds, immediately open as many windows as needed to ventilate the area.  Next, turn off all fuel burning appliances and call for a technician to inspect the home.

If anyone is experiencing these types of symptoms when in the area for a period of time, call 9-1-1.

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.:

Egg Roll In a Bowl (Low Carb, Keto Friendly)

Grandma C.
  1. 1 lb ground meat (chicken, pork sausage or turkey)
  2. 7 cups packaged coleslaw mix
  3. 2 fried eggs
  4. ⅓ cup sliced scallions
  5. 1 TBSP sesame oil
  6. 2 TBSP soy sauce
  7. 1 TBSP hoisin or oyster sauce
  8. 1 tsp ground ginger
  9. 1 tsp garlic powder
  10. Salt and Pepper

Whisk eggs together, then fry in a small skillet or wok.  Place in a saucer, chop and set aside.  Brown meat in a large skillet or a wok.

Add sesame oil, coleslaw and all other ingredients into the meat.  Mix well and cook for approximately 7-10 minutes, stirring frequently.

Garnish with additional scallions and extra soy sauce if desired.  This recipe serves 3.

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.


H & M Dental Care

H & M Dental Care
Our spotlight for February goes to the city of Tucson, Arizona and shines on H & M Dental Care

H & M Dental provides comprehensive dental services in Tucson, AZ.  Dr. Hossain Nasry invites you to visit his office and experience true family dentistry with quality care and treatment.  They believe that everyone deserves a beautiful, pain-free smile.  Whether you are suffering from sensitive teeth, crowding, or gingivitis, They have knowledge and skill to get you grinning again.

Dr. Nasry offers his patients complete dental care in a stress-free environment.  They make sure you are comfortable while the staff works on your teeth.  From preventative care to major oral surgery, they are there to handle your dental needs.

The practice is located at 3821 W Costco Dr Ste 103, Tucson, AZ 85741.  The phone number is 520-575-8144.  Or 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

  • Dr. Seuss pronounced “Seuss” such that it rhymed with “rejoice.”

  • In Kentucky, 50 percent of the people who get married for the first time are teenagers.

  • The Sanskrit word for “war” means “desire for more cows.”

  • The most common name in the world is Mohammed.

  • The United States has never lost a war in which mules were used.

  • There are two credit cards for every person in the United States.

  • White Out was invented by the mother of Mike Nesmith (formerly of the Monkees).
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. Hernandez of Queens, New York asks: 

“I am getting ready to go to the dentist for the first time this year.  How do I know that my ceiling has been reset for 2021?”

Savon’s Answer

Since Savon is not insurance there is no maximum benefit (ceiling).  The benefits that Savon provide are on–going and without limits as long as your plan is in good standing.

Tooth Talk With Tommy The Wisdom Tooth

The Link Between 3rd Molars And Periodontal Disease

A direct reprint of an article by Melissa Busch, DrBicuspid.com assistant editor
Adult African Americans, Hispanics, and those with socioeconomic disadvantages are more likely to have retained their wisdom teeth, making them more at risk for periodontal disease, according to a study published online on September 14 in Public Health.

However, those who still had their third molars did not have elevated serum C–reactive protein (CRP) levels, which is an indicator of systemic inflammation associated with periodontal disease and a possible modifiable risk factor of cardiovascular disease.

“Although we did not observe an association between M3 [third molar] presence and elevated serum CRP, our analysis supports that M3 presence is a risk factor for periodontal disease, independent of a number of known risk factors for the condition,” wrote the authors, led by Yuqing Zhang, a doctoral candidate at the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Boston.
The oral-systemic link

Evidence has shown that asymptomatic third molars can contribute to gum disease.  Periodontal disease affects approximately 47% of the population and about 70% of those 65 and older in the U.S.  Gum disease has come into greater focus since it has been linked to systemic disease, including heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and stroke.  Though it is unclear whether gum disease plays a causal role in these conditions, scientists presume that repeated, lasting oral infections induce proinflammatory cytokine secretions, which result in increased inflammation throughout the body.

Data from the 2009-2010 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) were analyzed for the current study. NHANES included 3,752 people 30 years or older who participated in periodontal exams.  Zhang and colleagues aimed to determine the associations among the presence of wisdom teeth, gum disease, and CRP levels to generate population-based evidence to inform heart disease prevention and dental care.

Gum disease and wisdom teeth

Of the individuals analyzed, 39% retained at least one of their third molars, and 41% had periodontal disease.  Having at least one third molar was independently associated with a 61% greater likelihood of having periodontal disease, the researchers found.

The presence of wisdom teeth was highest among men, younger adults, African Americans, Hispanics, those who did not go to college, and participants with low incomes.  When third molar presence was adjusted for sociodemographic and health characteristics, it was independently associated with periodontal disease at an odds ratio of 1.61 (95% confidence interval [CI], 1.31-1.97).  Though 19% had elevated serum CRP levels, having wisdom teeth was not associated with elevated serum CRP (odds ratio, 1.02; 95% CI, 0.79-1.31), they wrote.

A start

The analysis had some limitations, including a cross–sectional design.  Therefore, a causal relationship between periodontal disease and elevated serum CRP or between third molar presence and subsequent periodontal disease could not be claimed, the authors noted.  Despite this, it is plausible that retaining wisdom teeth precedes the development of gum disease, they wrote.

Though the researchers found expected associations between wisdom teeth presence and periodontal disease, they believe more research is needed, especially regarding how the retention of third molars may be related to cardiovascular health hazards.

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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