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July 2017 Newsletter

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We've Reached A Milestone

Celebrating 25 Years Of Service

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This month we are celebrating 25 years of providing quality dental coverage to our members.  It seems like only yesterday we sold our first dental plan.  My, how time flies.

The key to our success has been you, our members and our providers.  What we find really amazing is that we have members that have been with us since we started.  The average retention rate for any type of plan is only about 8 years, so, to have members stay with us this long means we must be doing someting right!

Like most businesses, we thrived during the peak years and struggled during the recession.  We have seen other dental plans go out of business and a lot of their members are now on Savon.  We are truly blessed to have each and every one of you and we promise that we will do our best to continue to bring you quality, affordable dentistry for years to come.

From all of us at Savon Dental Plan…  Thank You From The Bottom Of Our Hearts!

Quote Of The Month:   “Everything I like is either illegal, immoral or fattening”.  (Alexander Woollcott - Critic - 1887-1942)

Congratulations To:

K. McKinnon of Surprise, Arizona  Winner of our June early payment drawing for 1 free additional year of membership.

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

To Your Health With Jourdin Hendershot:

Health Benefits Of Taking Baths

Rub-A-Dub-Dub…  It‘s time to soak in the tub!

It‘s a fact with the exception of some romantic interludes, most men do not particularly like taking a bath.  Instead they lean toward taking showers which are easier, quicker, more convenient and more hygienic.

On the other hand, it appears that most women and children love taking a steamy bubble bath.  Unfortunately, due to our hectic life styles, most adults don‘t have the chance to take a bath as often they would like opting for the quicker shower.

Studies have proven that baths are great for relaxing the mind and body after a long day.  Research published in the “Journal of Complementary Therapies in Medicine” found that soaking in warm water for about 20 minutes each day for eight weeks is more effective at easing anxiety than any prescription drug.

Baths have many more health benefits other than relaxing the mind and body.  If you‘ve ever had the opportunity to visit sports locker rooms, you will find that the training areas are equipped with all type of bath tubs.  These tubs run the gambit from whirlpool, ice soaks, ultra sound, and even cryogenic and strangely enough, most of the time they are occupied by the men that “prefer” showers.

The biggest complaint I‘ve found about taking a bath is “I‘m soaking in my own dirt.”  So, if you are one of the ones that feel baths are dirty, take a quick shower before getting in the tub.

Here are a few other good reasons to indulge in a good soak session:
  • Delay aging – Baths lower cortisone (stress hormone) levels in the body which helps reduce aging and adult acne.

  • Soothe muscles – Submerging in hot water can help reduce pain and inflammation.

  • Healthy skin – Both showers and baths strip away the body's natural oils but when taking a bath you can add essential oils, bath bombs, oatmeal and honey to help replenish the skin.

  • Stress relief – According to tubyoga.com, getting into a hot bath helps improve circulation, calm the nervous system, detoxify the body and releases endorphins.  If you want more of a spa feel add some essential oils into the water, turn off the lights and light some candles.

  • Burns calories – An hour long hot bath is the equivalent of a half-hour walk, however it‘s not recommended to soak over 20 minutes.

  • Sleep Aid – Our body temperature starts dropping at night, so kick start the process by heating yourself up in the bath.  When you get out, cool down for a few minutes and slip into bed.

  • Reduce cold symptoms – Submerge yourself into a hot bath.  The inhalation of the steam will help clear your nasal passages.
Baths are not for everyone but it‘s beneficial to take a hot bath once or twice a week no matter how busy you are.

What do you think about these health benefits and will you be taking a hot bubble bath tonight?

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.:

Hominy Casserole

Grandma C.
  1. 2 large cans (23oz) Hominy, drained
  2. 1 medium onion, diced
  3. 1 red bell pepper, diced
  4. 1 tsp minced garlic
  5. 1 cup diced frozen carrots
  6. ½ cup sour cream
  7. ¼ cup milk
  8. 1 cup shredded cheddar/jack cheese blend
  9. 6 slices bacon, cooked and diced
  10. 1 can cream of chicken soup
  11. 1 bag of garlic croutons
  12. Salt and Pepper

Spray the bottom of a glass casserole dish with cooking spray.  In a small mixing bowl, combine chicken soup, sour cream, *milk and shredded cheese.  Stir until well mixed.

Add all other ingredients to the glass casserole dish.  Sprinkle with Salt and Pepper to taste.  Pour chicken soup mixture over the top.  Lightly mix with a wooden spoon so that the all of the hominy and vegetables are covered.

Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.  Remove from oven, add croutons to top of casserole and bake for an additional 15 minutes.  Serve as a side dish or a main course with a salad!

* Extra milk can be added if you prefer a creamier casserole.  Just increase the milk to ½ cup.

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.

Keeping Fit With Clayton "TR" Parker

Is Your Diet Helping Or Hindering Your Workout?

Clayton (TR)
It is no secret that a good diet and working out go hand in hand.  However, they can go hand in hand in a good way or a bad way.

There are many factors that play into it and there are questions and they have no straight answer.  Many websites and personal trainers will tell you that it‘s 80% diet and 20% working out to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Well, part of that is true but not for everyone.

Most of it depends on you and your preference.  Some people prefer to not eat before workout, others (like me) will eat a full meal while others will have a light meal before and after.

The “logic” would be to eat before your workout so you can “work it off” but in reality, that‘s a myth.  What you eat before your workout takes longer to move through your system so you can't work it off that quickly.
The answer is going to be obtained by trial and error:
  • Try eating before your workout for awhile.

  • Next try eating light before your workout.

  • After that, try just eating after your workout.
After each trial ask yourself:
  • Did that hinder or help my workout?

  • Do I feel better or worse?
Change it up accordingly until you feel that you've got it right.  You'll know you have the right balance when you are feeling good after your workout and after you eat.

The second part of this is what you eat.  Obviously you don‘t want to have a piece of cake right before a workout.  That amount of sugar would make most people sick.

Eat something that is easy on the stomach and try to avoid drinking soda a for couple hours before your workout.  Stick to water and make sure that your body is well hydrated.

So basically, do whatever feels right to you.  Just because the 80/20 or 70/30 ratio works for other people, doesn‘t not mean that it will work for you too.

Until next time: Stay Fit, Stay Healthy, Stay Strong!

If you have questions you would like to discuss with Clayton, feel free to drop him an email by clicking here.

The above fitness material is provided as an information service.  Remember:  Always check with your doctor before starting any new type of exercise program.


Epic Family Dental Care

Epic Dental Center
Our spotlight for July goes to the city of Phoenix, Arizona and shines on Epic Family Dental Care

Epic Family Dental Care is centrally located off Interstate 17 and Bethany Home Rd.  They have been brought to our attention with some excellent reviews.  Although Epic is a full service family dental office, they have the advantage of having Dr. Peter A. Bassett, an Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon.

When it comes to all aspects of dentistry, Dr. Bassett has seen and done it all!  He has been performing dental surgery for over 40 years, has performed over 80,000 procedures and is considered one of the best in the country.  He is not only a skilled technician, but a true artist with a passion to do what he loves!

The practice is located at 2101 W Bethany Home Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85015.  The phone number is 602-249-4453.  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!

Dumb Laws:

Crazy, Zany Laws We Bet You Didn't Know

  • In California - No vehicle without a driver may exceed 60 miles per hour.

  • In Arizona - Donkeys cannot sleep in bathtubs.

  • In Florida - If an elephant is left tied to a parking meter, the parking fee has to be paid just as it would for a vehicle.

  • In Georgia - No one may carry an ice cream cone in their back pocket if it is Sunday.

  • In Michigan - A woman isn‘t allowed to cut her own hair without her husband‘s permission.

  • In New York - The penalty for jumping off a building is death.

  • In Minnesota - A person may not cross state lines with a duck atop his head.

  • In Utah - It is illegal to cause a catastrophe.

  • In Texas - When two trains meet each other at a railroad crossing, each shall come to a full stop, and neither shall proceed until the other has gone.

  • In South Carolina - It is a capital offense to inadvertently kill someone while attempting suicide.

  • In Louisiana - It is a $500 fine to instruct a pizza delivery man to deliver a pizza to your friend without them knowing.
For more crazy, dumb laws, visit Dumb Laws  and 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

T. Drakeman of San Diego, California asks: 

“My dentist informed me that I needed a crown lengthening.  What is it and why do it need it?  Why don't they just make the crown longer to start with?”

Savon’s Answer

The dental terminology for the procedure is “Clinical Crown Lengthening”.  This is a common surgical procedure and is usually performed by a periodontal surgeon who removes gum tissue, bone or both to expose more of a tooth.

Clinical Crown lengthening is done when a tooth needs to be repaired with either a filling or a crown and not enough of the tooth sticks out above the gum to support either. This can happen if a tooth breaks off at the gum line or when a crown or filling falls out of a tooth and there is decay underneath.  To place a filling or crown they need to expose more of the tooth.  This is done by removing some gum tissue or bone.

If the tooth needs a crown, the dentist may put on a temporary crown, (this is where the patient may think that the crown was made too short). The temporary crown protects the tooth and makes surgery easier because the periodontist will be able to see how much soft tissue or bone to remove.

The area should heal in about three months. After it is healed, your dentist will prepare the tooth again and make the final crown.

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