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July 2020 Newsletter

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Quote Of The Month:   “Quarantine has me realizing why my dog gets so excited about something moving outside and going for walks and car rides.   I just barked at a squirrel.”  (Author Unknown)


Congratulations To:

R. Hanks of Phoenix, AZ and B. Hayden of Tucson, AZ  Winners of our June 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:

Heartburn

Jourdin
Are you drinking too much caffeine, eating too many fatty foods, or eating until you´re stuffed?  If your answer is yes, then you just gave yourself a prescription for unwanted heartburn.

Heartburn is an unpleasant burning sensation in the chest and can mimic the pain associated with a heart attack.  The best way to decipher the difference is by asking yourself:
  • Am I experiencing pain anywhere else (jaw, back, or shoulder)?
  • Am I lightheaded or dizzy?
  • Am I experiencing nausea or vomiting?
  • Do I have cold sweats?
If your answer to these is no, then you are most likely experiencing heartburn.

Heartburn is caused by gastroesophageal reflux.  This is a condition in which the stomach acids back up into your esophagus.  Gross, right?
Like I mentioned above you will feel a burning sensation in your chest, and it´s often accompanied by a sour taste in the mouth and the sensation of regurgitation.  Anyone at any age can experience heartburn.  The people who are at a higher risk to develop heartburn are women who are pregnant, people who are overweight or obese, and smokers.

If you are the type of person who does not like taking medications, there are a few simple home remedies you can do to avoid heartburn.
  • Eat small meals, this will help with overindulging.

  • Do not eat within 3–4 hours of your bedtime.

  • Do not eat late at night.  Go to bed on an empty stomach.

  • Raise the head of your bed by 6–8 inches.

  • Avoid eating spicy or acidic foods and avoid alcohol.

  • Limit caffeine intake.

  • Exercise daily.

  • Wear looser clothes.
Acid blockers are also available over the counter.  Some of the more popular antacids are Maalox®, Mylanta®, or Tums®.  These work great if you have occasional heartburn.

There are also pills called H2-blockers.  These pills should be taken 30 minutes prior to a meal.  You can find them under the names: Zantac®, Pepcid®, or Axid®.

Remember, before taking any new medications, always consult with your primary care physician.

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.:

Creamy Ranch Style Cucumber And Radish Salad

Grandma C.
Ingredients
  1. 2-3 large cucumbers

  2. 1 bunch scallions (chopped)

  3. 1 bunch red radishes, thinly sliced

  4. ¾ cup cottage cheese (any variety)

  5. 3 TBSP Hidden Valley Ranch Style salad dressing

  6. Salt and Pepper

Peel cucumbers and slice down the center, lengthwise then slice in ¼inch slices across.

Wash radishes and cut the roots and stems off.  Thinly slice.  Peel and chop scallions.

Place in a large salad bowl and add ¾ cup cottage cheese, ranch dressing and salt and pepper to taste.

Mix it together and chill it for an hour or so then serve!

Serves 4-6 people.

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.


spotlight
 

Our Network Dental Offices Are Clean, Safe And Waiting To Serve You

Our spotlight for July focuses on all of our network dental offices and how the Coronavirus has affected them.

The Center for Disease Control, the American Dental Association and the Arizona Dental Association lifted the restrictions on elective and cosmetic procedures and for the most part, our network providers back in business.

Many of you have already received calls from your dental office offering to set you an appointment for your cleaning, fillings or other routine procedures.

A few of our providers closed their offices during the quarantine and found that it was not in their best interest to re–open. Although we are sad to see them close, we fully understand and support their decision.

If you have received notice from your dentist or Savon concerning this issue, contact our Customer Care Center as 800-809-3494 and we will assist you in finding an new provider and getting your records transferred.

All of our providers have done a great job taking care of our members during these troubled times and we want them to know that we appreciate everything they have done.


Fun Facts:

Crazy, Zany Facts We Bet You Didn´t Know

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  • Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.

  • Women´s hearts beat faster than men´s.

  • Until 1796, there was a state in the United States called Franklin.  Today it is known as Tennessee.

  • Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks otherwise it will digest itself.

  • Winston Churchill was born in a ladies´ room during a dance.

  • When opossums are playing ´possum, they are not “playing.”  They actually pass out from sheer terror.

  • Until 1965, driving was done on the left-hand side on roads in Sweden.  The conversion to right-hand was done on a weekday at 5pm.  All traffic stopped as people switched sides.  This time and day were chosen to prevent accidents where drivers would have gotten up in the morning and been too sleepy to realize that this was the day of the changeover.
Come back for more in next months issue!


Dental Talk - A Member Blog Forum:

Blogging
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. Hammond of Denver, CO. asks: 

“I have developed a ringing in my ears and after several tests, my doctor told me to see my dentist and get check out.  Is there a dental condition that can cause this?”

Savon’s Answer

What you have is a condition know as ‘Tinnitus.’  It´s a condition that causes distracting tones when the person isn´t talking or listening to something.  Yes, this ringing can also be a symptom of a dental condition called, ‘TMJ, or temporomandibular joint disorder.’  Because afflictions of the jaw can affect hearing, TMJ can result in tinnitus for some people.

We strongly suggest that you follow your doctor´s advice and visit your dentist as soon as possible.


Tooth Talk With Tommy The Wisdom Tooth

50% Of Patients Still Skip Dental Visits Due To COVID-19

A direct reprint of an article by Melissa Busch, DrBicuspid.com assistant editor
Tommy
About half of adults reported they or a family member skipped dental and medical visits due to COVID-19 in a new poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF), despite a surge of people leaving home more frequently to shop, visit family, and work.

In the poll, 52% of adults said they or a family member in their household skipped or delayed dental or medical care due to COVID-19 during recent months; that figure is 4% higher than it was in May. The KFF Health Tracking Poll - June 2020 was released on June 26 and included responses from about 1,300 people.

“Dental care was the most likely to be skipped or postponed, followed by regular checkups or physical exams,” according to KFF.
A majority of practices have reopened in the U.S. for all or some dental procedures. Those that opened weeks ago have seen patient volumes tick up each week, with some reporting close to business as usual. Experts in the industry have said this is a good sign, but real recovery will hinge on whether patients keep returning to their dental chairs or just visited to regain a sense of normalcy.

About 80% said they didn't get dental or medical care due to providers being closed or having limited appointments. This was the most common reason cited. However, about half of those who reported skipping or postponing visits said they didn't go because they didn't feel safe going to those facilities.

People in certain demographics were more likely to skip scheduled care. Women, older adults, and those with higher incomes were the most likely to skip or delay care, the poll showed.

KFF noted that those with lower incomes or without insurance coverage in general may use less care under normal circumstances and, therefore, may be less likely to report delaying visits due to COVID-19.

People aren't rushing to get dental or medical care, but they are venturing out more often. While only 30% of people went to visit close family or friends at least once during the week of April 15, 54% did so during the week of June 8, according to the poll.

The same is true for work. In April, 33% went to work, but that number jumped to 45% in June, the poll showed.

Until next time; brush, floss and keep smiling!

The above material is provided as an information service and is not intended as medical advice.


A Quick Note From Us To You

We Are Here For You

As we have mentioned before, we know that times have been tough for most of us and unfortunately for some, things still haven´t got any better.

It is never our intention to cancel any membership.  If you are among the ones still reeling financially and need some special help to keep your plan, give us a call at 800-809-3494.

Our customer care representatives are standing by and will do whatever we can to help.  Our hours are Monday-Thursday 9-12 & 1-4 and Friday 9-12.  All times are mountain standard. 

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