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January 2020 Newsletter

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Quote Of The Month:   “As the year draws to a close, happy revelers jam New York´s Times Square to watch the traditional dropping of the illuminated ball, while in Denver a mellower throng gathers to ring in the new year with the lighting of the 200-Foot Doobie!”  ( Author Unknown)

Congratulations To:

L. Vandemark or Laughlin, NV and R. Hammer of Tucson  Winners of our November early payment drawings for 1 free additional year of membership.

S. Feickert of Apache Junction, AZ and B. Angster of Sun City, AZ  Winners of our December early payment drawings for 1 free additional year of membership.

Congratulations to our winners and thank you to everyone that entered the drawing.

No December 2019 Newsletter

Computer Crash Stopped Everything

On November 16th, we experenced a near disaster with our computer system.  Our main server crashed and fried our main hard drive and our back-up system.  This is a very rare occurrence in the computer environment where twin systems go out together.

Having switched to the twin system in 2018, the only off-site backup we had was from May of 2018.  We have spent the last six weeks virtually re-creating eighteen months of data from hard copy.  Because of this undertaking, we did not put out a December newsletter.

We have completed restoring our data but there is a chance that some of the information that we have on you is out of date.  If we send you a bill or letter and you notice something is wrong with your information, please contact our Customer Care Center and we will see that your records are brought up to date.

To Your Health With Jourdin Hendershot:

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Winter has finally arrived, which means the days are shorter and the nights are longer.  Many people may think winter is a blessing, while others dread it; especially if you suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, which is also known as SAD.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that usually recurs every year when the season changes from summer to fall.  It usually lasts until spring; however, people can suffer from SAD during the summer months as well.

Here are some startling statistics according to Psychology Today:  Approximately 10 million Americans suffer from severe SAD while another 10-20 percent suffer from a mild case.  SAD is more commonly found in women than men.

The onset age is usually between the ages of 18-30.  It´s been reported to have a profound effect on some people´s lives and 6% of those affected require hospitalization.

It´s normal to have days where you don´t feel yourself but if you notice any of the following symptoms that are new or just haven´t seemed to go away you may want to visit your doctor to figure out the best treatment option:
  • Feeling hopeless and sad all the time

  • Thoughts of harming yourself or self-harm

  • Oversleeping

  • Change in appetite

  • Weight gain due to lack of physical activity

  • Social avoidance

  • Difficulty concentrating

Treating SAD is relatively simple.  It typically requires light therapy (mimics outdoor sunlight), vitamin D supplements, antidepressant medications or counseling/therapy.  Although there is not much you can do to avoid SAD, starting treatment before symptoms start is the best way to manage the winter slump.

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.:

Sweet, Savory Cranberry Meatballs (Slow Cooked)

Grandma C.
  1. 2 lb bag of frozen pre-cooked meatballs

  2. 12 oz bottle chili sauce

  3. 14 oz can jellied cranberry sauce

  4. 2 TBSPS orange juice

  5. 1 TBSP brown sugar

  6. 1 TBSP chopped parsley

Microwave cranberry sauce in a medium sized bowl at 30 second intervals until it is just melted, but not boiling or bubbling.  Stir in the chili sauce, orange juice, brown sugar and parsley.  Stir until smooth.

Place the meatballs in the slow cooker and pour the sauce mixture over them.  Cook on low heat 3-4 hours.

This is a great appetizer for parties, game days or gatherings over the Holidays!

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.


Mcdowell Dentistry Of Goodyear

McDowell Dentistry
Our spotlight for January goes to the city of Goodyear, Arizona and shines on Mcdowell Dentistry of Goodyear.

Dr. George Ayoub and his staff have been a member of the Savon network since 2007.  Centrally located in the far west valley they see patients from Goodyear, Litchfield Park, Avondale and other west valley cities.

Dr. Ayoub earned his DDS degree at University of Southern California School of Dentistry, Los Angeles.  Since then, he has earned additional credentials such as a mastership with AAIP (America Academy of Implant prosthodontist) and was voted one of Arizona´s TOP DENTISTS for two years in a row by Phoenix Magazine.
Dr. Ayoub says: “I am proud to have served patients in our community.  Through continuing education and state-of-the-art equipment, my practice is able to offer you and your family the high level of service you are looking for in dental care.  Our team at McDowell Dentistry of Goodyear and I will give you a warm welcome and our ongoing commitment to your dental health.”

The practice is located at 14150 W. Mcdowell Road, Goodyear, AZ.  The phone number is (623) 536-2040.  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

  • No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, and purple.

  • Some ribbon worms will eat themselves if they can´t find any food.

  • The first Ford cars had Dodge engines.

  • The cruise liner, Queen Elizabeth II, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.

  • Reindeer like to eat bananas.

  • The Main Library at Indiana University sinks over an inch every year because when it was built, engineers failed to take into account the weight of all the books that would occupy the building.

  • The sound of E.T. walking was made by someone squishing her hands in Jello.

  • The word “modem"” is a contraction of the words “modulate, demodulate.” (MOdulate DEModulate)
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. Burlong of Dallas, Texas asks: 

“Do my benefits with Savon reset at the start of the calendar year or the anniversary date of my plan?”

Savon’s Answer

Since Savon is not insurance, there is no limit or restrictions on your benefits.  Because there are no limits, your benefits are on-going and never need to be reset.

Tooth Talk With Tommy The Wisdom Tooth

Green Tea Serves As Useful Adjunct To Perio Therapy

A direct reprint from an article written March 2015 by Rabia Mughal, DrBicuspid.com contributing editor
The oral health benefits of green tea are getting increasing attention in scientific literature, and now the authors of a new study suggest that it should be added to dentifrices as an active ingredient for managing periodontal disease.

The study authors, who are associated with various medical institutes in India, reported that it is a beneficial adjunct to nonsurgical periodontal therapy.

A dentifrice containing green tea significantly reduced inflammation in patients who had undergone scaling and root planing, and it also improved the antioxidant levels in gingival crevicular fluid, they reported in the International Journal of Dental Hygiene (February 17, 2015).

“Green tea is known to possess anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antioxidant activities,” the authors wrote. “Antioxidants have a protective effect on periodontal tissues by reducing the oxidative stress in periodontal tissues.”
There has been interest in the usefulness of green tea for treating periodontal disease, but clinical trials with green tea dentifrice for managing gingival inflammation in periodontitis are limited, they added.

While local drug delivery of green tea extract has shown promising results in treating periodontal diseases, professional help is needed for delivering green tea catechins to periodontal pockets, the authors noted. They recommend that dentifrice and mouthwashes be used for this purpose.

“Green tea showed greater reduction of gingival inflammation and improved periodontal parameters.”

The researchers evaluated the effect of a locally prepared green tea dentifrice after scaling and root planing in patients with mild to moderate chronic periodontitis. The dentifrice was prepared at the Manipal College of Pharmacy using green tea extract with 60% to 90% of epigallocate-chin-3-gallate (EGCG).

The study included 30 people with mild to moderate periodontitis who reported to the department of periodontology at Manipal College of Dental Sciences. All of them had at least six sites with probing pocket depth (PPD) of greater than 4 mm with clinical attachment loss of 1 mm to 2 mm (mild periodontitis) or 3 mm to 4 mm (moderate periodontitis).

The study participants were randomly divided into two groups of 15; all participants received full-mouth scaling and root planing. Patients in the test group were asked to use the green tea dentifrice, while those in the control group used a commercially available dentifrice with fluoride and triclosan. All participants were asked to brush twice daily and told to not use other interproximal aids.

The researchers recorded clinical and biochemical parameters, including gingival index, plaque index, percentage of sites with bleeding on probing, probing depth, and clinical attachment level. This was done before scaling and root planing and then at a four-week recall.

They also recorded the biochemical parameters of total antioxidant capacity and glutathione-S-transferase activity in gingival crevicular fluid at baseline and four weeks after treatment.

The researchers found that the mean change between baseline and four weeks post-therapy for the gingival index was significantly higher in the test group. At baseline, it went from around 1.73 in the test group and 1.58 in the control group to 0.96 in the test group and 1.04 in the control group at the four-week follow-up.

Both groups showed a significant mean reduction for plaque index at four weeks, and no differences were observed between groups for this clinical parameter. It was reduced from around 1.60 to 0.85 in the test group and from 1.61 to 1.08 in the control group.

For the bleeding on probing parameter, the test group showed a significant improvement over the control group. The researchers found a statistically significant reduction from 84.38% to 25.0% in the test group and from 78.12% to 31.25% in the control group.

They found no significant difference in probing depth reduction, but found that the gain in clinical attachment level was significantly higher in the test group.

The total antioxidant capacity in gingival crevicular fluid showed significant improvement at four weeks in both groups. However, the increase was significantly higher in the test group. The mean glutathione-S-transferase activity in the control group did not show any change at baseline and the four-week follow-up, but it did show an increase in the test group.

“On comparison with fluoride-triclosan dentifrice, green tea showed greater reduction of gingival inflammation and improved periodontal parameters,” the authors wrote. “This can be attributed to the antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties of green tea.”

These results show that the use of green tea dentifrice as an adjunct to scaling and root planing during the active and healing phases following periodontal therapy can enhance outcomes, they concluded.

Long-term clinical trials should be conducted to validate the results of this pilot study, they added.

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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