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January 2022 Newsletter

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Quote Of The Month:   Why do we feel safe under the blankets?  It‘s not like a murderer will come in and say “Damn it, they‘re under the blankets.”  (Author unknown)

Congratulations To:

A. Schursky of Scottsdale, Arizona and C. Williams of Peoria, Arizona  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.

To Your Health With Jourdin Hendershot:

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Can Affect Your Oral Health

From a blog written by Corilee Parker
The effects of MS are widespread over the body but one thing many don‘t consider is how it can affect your oral health, both directly and indirectly.

As the disease progresses, motor function becomes impaired, pain can be intense, the immune system is suppressed.  Brushing and flossing can be difficult for these patients as motor function and dexterity are essential to be able to exercise proper hygiene.

In addition to motor function, medications can cause dry mouth, which creates a perfect place for bacteria to grow and leads to cavities and gum disease.  The use of steroids can weaken the immune system which in turn allows infections to flourish.

Depression is another factor in oral health management.  Depressed individuals may tend to push aside personal hygiene including brushing and flossing, so keeping a watchful eye on your loved one is important as they may need a gentle nudge here and there to get them back on track.

It is so very important that MS patients keep good oral hygiene.  To do that, they may need assistance.  In the event that it isn‘t possible, here are some suggestions that may help to make brushing a little easier for them.
  • Buy a thick handled toothbrush or wrap some type of gripping material around the handle to make it easier to hold.

  • Invest in an electric toothbrush.  It‘s easier to hold and doesn‘t require a lot of movement.

  • Another good investment might be a Waterpik!  Again, it requires less dexterity and movement.

  • Ask a caregiver or a family member for help.

  • Schedule additional cleanings at the dentist.  Instead of the usual 2 per year, schedule 4.  This helps keep ahead of gum disease.
If you start to notice any unusual changes with your motor functions, please contact your dental provider for help.  Remember, they are there to provide you specific oral hygiene instructions that will fit your needs!

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.:

Tasty Italian Linguini Salad

Grandma C.
  1. 1 pound thin linguini (broken in thirds)
  2. 3 Roma tomatoes diced
  3. 2 medium zucchini‘s, diced
  4. 1 medium cucumber, diced
  5. 1 green bell pepper, diced
  6. 1 red bell pepper, diced
  7. 1 large red onion, diced
  8. 2 small cans sliced black olives, drained
  9. 1½ cups Italian salami, cut into bite sized pieces
  10. 1 cup cubed mild cheddar cheese
  11. Salt and Pepper


1 packet Good Seasons Zesty Italian Dressing


Cook linguini according to package directions to an al denté stage.  Rinse and drain.

Place linguini in large mixing bowl.  Add all other ingredients.  Salt and pepper to taste.  Set aside.

Mix the salad dressing according to the package directions.

Pour over the salad and toss to mix.

Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.

**The longer this salad sits before serving, the better it tastes, so overnight is even better for added flavor!

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.


Patel Dental Care

Patel Dental Center
Our spotlight for January goes to the city of Peoria, Arizona and shines on Patel Dental Care

Patel Dental Care is a Peoria based family dentist practice that treats patients of all ages.  They are committed to delivering the highest quality dental care and do so using advanced dental equipment.

They are a cosmetic dentist that offers services like checkups, teeth cleaning, crowns, veneers and more

Dr. Navan Patel was born in Jersey City, New Jersey but was raised in Bakersfield, CA.  He earned his Bachelors of Science in Biology from the University of California at Riverside and then graduated from the University of the Pacific Dental school in 1995.

Dr. Shilpa Patel received her degree in dentistry from Boston University Goldman School of Dentistry in 2003.  Previously, she attended Purdue University where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree.  Dr. Patel grew up in Chicago,IL.  She now resides in Phoenix with her husband and their children.
The practice is located at 7558 W. Thunderbird Rd. Ste. 8, Peoria, Arizona.  The phone number is 623-773-9888.  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

  • In most advertisements, including newspapers, the time displayed on a watch is 10:10.

  • Barbie and Ken broke up in 2004. (Don‘t worry. They got back together in 2011.)

  • Pope John Paul II was an honorary Harlem Globetrotter.

  • Most pandas in the world are on loan from China.

  • Oreo has made enough cookies to span five back and forth trips to the moon.

  • Cap‘n Crunch‘s full name is Captain Horatio Magellan Crunch.

  • Somali pirates have such a hatred for Western culture that the British Navy uses music from Britney Spears to scare them off.
Come back for more in next months issue!

Dental Talk - A Member Blog Forum:


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

T. Green of Provo, Utah asks: 

“Can you explain the difference in your plans?  I see 6 or 7 plans but I don‘t know which one is right for me.”

Savon’s Answer

The simplest answer is that we offer one (1) plan, the basic plan, with 8 different pricing options.

Our Plan Overview Page explains the requirements and pricing for our Basic Plan, Senior Plan, Veterans plan and 5 other plans.

Determine which plan you qualify for and join that plan.  The benefits are the same no matter which plan you join.  The only difference is the cost of membership.

If you need more information on the different plans, please visit our Plan Overview Page or feel free to email or call us.

Tooth Talk With Tommy The Wisdom Tooth

Which U.S. states are best, worst for dental health?

A reprint of an article by Leah Sherwood, DrBicuspid.com assistant editor
Which U.S. state has the best dental health?  Connecticut, according to a new survey published by national dental provider Express Dentist.  The survey measured 25 key dental health indicators in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The results revealed not only what states had the best and worst dental health but also that poor dental health in a community can directly affect a state‘s economic productivity.  Location also played a major role in where a state ranked in the survey.  Indeed, where a person lived determined whether he or she had access to dental care or fluoridated water.

Ranking the states

The Express Dentist survey measured 25 indicators in key areas such as dental care access, good dental habits, and oral health status.  The states and the District of Columbia were assigned one to four points, with four being the best, for each indicator.

Many Northeastern states topped the list of best dental health, including Connecticut at No. 1, Massachusetts at No. 3, and New Jersey at No. 5.  Arkansas came out at the bottom of the survey, scoring low across the board, along with many other states in the Southern U.S.

Dental health ranking of U.S. states and DC
Best dental health Worst dental health
1. Connecticut 51. Arkansas
2. District of Columbia 50. West Virginia
3. Massachusetts 49. Louisiana
4. Hawaii 48. Mississippi
5. New Jersey 47. Texas

Connecticut also took the No. 1 spot for the highest percentage of adults with a dental visit in the past year, while Mississippi ranked last in this regard.  For the percentage of children with preventive dental care, Hawaii nabbed the top spot and Nevada fell to the bottom of the pack.

Arkansas scored consistently low across all indicators, although it received four points for water fluoridation.  Hawaii ranked last in water fluoridation, even though it was among the top five overall ranked states; Kentucky ranked highest for water fluoridation.

For overall condition of the mouth or teeth, Alaska took the top spot and Louisiana the bottom spot.

Oral health and the economy

The survey also assessed the number of residents taking days off of work for dental pain.  States with the worst dental health had higher numbers of residents taking days off for dental pain, indicating that poor dental health can affect the local economy, according to Express Dentist.  In contrast, in states with the best dental health, residents reported lower levels of dental pain in the past 12 months.

The survey also considered employment opportunities for dentists.  Connecticut scored at least three points in all indicators except for this category, where the state received two.  In this metric, it scored the same as the lowest ranked state overall, Arkansas.

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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