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January 2024 Newsletter

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Quote Of The Month:   “Wal–Mart: The only place on earth you can get a haircut, eye exam, ice cream sandwich, tires for your car, and witness a real life what not to wear episode.” (Author – Rick Sutter)

Congratulations To:

D. Tognotti of New River, Arizona and S. Rodgers 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.

Keeping Fit With Jourdin Hendershot:

Flu Fighting Foods!

Well it‘s that time of year the flu is going around and running its course.  But did you know there are some foods that you eat, that can help fight off the flu and start you on your recovery process?
  • Sweet Potatoes:  - Sweet potatoes are high in potassium, vitamin A and C and along with calcium!

  • Garlic:  - Garlic helps prevent the flu from spreading and helps protect from other infections that may arise.

  • Red Bell Pepper:  - Red Bell Peppers are high in vitamin C and can help with dehydration due to the amount of water they contain.

  • Honey:  - Honey is very helpful because it helps your cough. Just simply add a little to your water or tea for a warm tasty drink!
  • Water:  - Drink, drink and keep drinking! You need to stay hydrated while you are sick. Do avoid drinks that will dehydrate your body such as sodas.
*These remedies will not cure the flu, these foods and drinks can help improve your immune system!

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.:

Easy Keto Tin Pan Pizza Bake

Grandma C.

Cooking Spray
  1. 5 TBSP Pizza Sauce
  2. 4 slices mozzarella cheese (sandwich slices) or your choice of cheese,
  3. 1 TBSP Italian seasoning
  4. Salt and Pepper to taste
Pizza Toppings: Amounts are to taste)
  1. Pepperoni
  2. Sausage (crumbled, such as Jimmy Dean sausage crumbles)
  3. Black Olives, sliced
  4. Mushrooms, sliced
  5. Yellow Onion, diced
  6. Bell Pepper, diced
  7. Grated Mozzarella Cheese
  8. Grated Parmesan cheese
Spray a 9 inch round tin pan (the disposable type) with cooking spray.  Then spread the pizza sauce on the bottom of the pan.

Add the sliced cheese over it to cover the bottom, then add the toppings evenly and sprinkle with Italian Seasoning and salt and pepper to taste.

Top with the grated cheeses and bake at 425 degrees for 10–15 minutes or until all cheese is melted.

This is a great low carb meal that gives you all the flavor of traditional pizza and won‘t leave you feeling deprived!  And the best part is there are minimal carbs!

All ingredients are to taste and of course you can substitute whatever toppings you prefer.

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 November goes to the city of Goodyear, Arizona and shines on McDowell Dentistry of Goodyear.

Dr. George Ayoub and his staff have been members 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 serve the members of 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:

Fun Facts About The Mouth We Bet You Didn´t Know

  • People whose mouth has a narrow roof are more likely to snore!

  • 85% of the population can curl their tongue!

  • Expect to gain 256 colonies of bacteria from kissing!

  • If your mouth was completely dry, you would not be able to distinguish the taste of anything!

  • Taste is the weakest of the senses!

  • Whichever hand you use to write is the side you will chew your food!

  • Humans have unique tongue prints just like the fingertips!

  • The tongue is the strongest muscle in the human body!

  • There are about 9,000 taste buds on the surface of the tongue!

  • Humans produce about 37,854 liters of saliva in a lifetime!
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

J. Duffy of Atlanta, Georgia asks: 

“Can you please explain what a removable bridge is?  My dentist has suggested that I consider one.”

Savon’s Answer

As its name describes, a removable bridge (also called a partial denture) can be taken out of the mouth for cleaning.  Although removable bridges generally are less expensive, fixed bridges may feel more stable and comfortable.

Depending on your situation, however, a partial denture may be for you.  Working with your dentist, you should be able to determine which type (fixed or removable) is right for you.

Tooth Talk With Tommy The Wisdom Tooth

In October 2023, COVID–19 No Longer In Top Five Telehealth Diagnoses Nationally Or In Any Census Region

A direct reprint of an article in FairHealth® – Know Your Source
In October 2023, COVID–19 fell out of the top five telehealth diagnoses nationally and in the Midwest and Northeast, according to FAIR Health‘s Monthly Telehealth Regional Tracker.

It remained absent from the top five telehealth diagnoses in the other two US census regions, the South and West, as it had in September.  The data include claims for the privately insured population and Medicare Advantage but exclude Medicare Fee–for–Service and Medicaid.

Nationally, COVID-–19 had been in fourth place in September, but in October hypertension supplanted it in that position.  The diagnosis of substance use disorders, which had been in fifth place nationally in September, was replaced by endocrine and metabolic disorders in October.

In the Midwest, COVID–19 had been in fourth place in September.  Sleep disorders, which had been in fifth place in September, rose to fourth place in October, while developmental disorders joined the list in fifth place.
In the Northeast, COVID–19 had been in second place in September.  The diagnoses that had been ranked third to fifth in September (respectively, acute respiratory diseases and infections, substance use disorders and developmental disorders) moved up one position in the rankings in October, while joint/soft tissue diseases and issues joined the list in fifth place.

Telehealth Utilization
In October 2023, telehealth utilization decreased nationally by 2.0 percent, falling from 4.9 percent of medical claim lines in September to 4.8 percent in October.  This decrease continued a larger (9.3 percent) national decline in September, but whereas there had been a decrease in telehealth utilization in every region in September, the regional trends in October were more varied.

In the South, telehealth utilization fell 5.0 percent, but in the Northeast it rose 3.6 percent, and in the West it rose 4.7 percent.  In the Midwest, telehealth utilization stayed stable at zero percent change.

Asynchronous Telehealth
In October 2023, as in September, hypertension was the top asynchronous telehealth diagnosis nationally and in the Midwest, Northeast and West.1  As in September, it ranked second in the South.

In October, diabetes mellitus rose from fifth place to fourth place nationally in the top five rankings of asynchronous telehealth diagnoses.

Audio–Only Telehealth Usage
In October 2023, as in previous months, rural areas showed higher utilization of audio–only telehealth than urban areas in every region except the South, where the pattern was reversed. Nationally, audio–only telehealth usage increased in rural areas but stayed stable in urban areas after decreasing the month before.– After two months of decreases in the urban South, there was an increase in urban areas of the South in October.

Telehealth Cost Corner
For October 2023, the Telehealth Cost Corner spotlighted the cost of CPT®297153, adaptive behavior treatment by technician using an established plan, each 15 minutes.

Nationally, the median charge amount for this service when rendered via telehealth was $21.85, and the median allowed amount was $13.05.– The median charge amount varied from a high of $37.45 in the Midwest to a low of $16.68 in the West.  The median allowed amount varied from a high of $18.33 in the Midwest to a low of $11.23 in the West.

1 Asynchronous telehealth is telehealth in which data are stored and forwarded (e.g., blood pressure or other cardiac-related readings transmitted electronically; A1c levels transmitted electronically).
2 CPT©2023 American Medical Association (AMA). All rights reserved.

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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