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July 2024 Newsletter

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Quote Of The Month:   “I‘m a July girl.  I was born with my heart on my sleeve, a fire in my soul, and a mouth I can‘t control.”  – Anonymous

Congratulations To:

D. Kaiser of Litchfield Park, AZ and D. Cooley of Glendale, 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:

Sleep Better

You may think your sleep routine is as simple as putting on your pajamas, turning the lights off and hopping into bed.

Guess again!

Did you know you may not be sleeping correctly?

Letting proper sleeping habits vanish is one of the easiest ways to put your health at risk in the long run.

Some long–term consequences of untreated sleep disorders are obesity, depression, heart failure/attack and stroke, just to name a few.

If you are suffering from sleep problems, there are some things you can do to get a better night‘s sleep:
  • Set a schedule – Go to bed at the same time every night and wake up at the same time every morning, even on the weekends.  Eventually, your “biological clock” will kick in and you should no longer need an alarm clock to wake up.

  • Cut caffeine – Afternoon is the time of day your body temporarily loses focus and the urge to have caffeine strikes you.  Try avoiding caffeine after 2 PM.

  • Temperature – For a good night‘s rest, set the room temperature to about 65 degrees.

  • Ditch the devices – Avoid any electronics for at least one hour before you head to bed.  Blue lights from devices puts off an alerting mechanism (the same as the sun) which tells the body to “wake up”.  If you cannot put the device away at least dim the light to the lowest setting.

  • Naps – Power napping may help you get through the day but if you are having trouble sleeping at bedtime, eliminate the napping.
Healthy sleep habits can make a big difference in your quality of life.  Having healthy sleep habits is often referred to as having good “sleep hygiene”.

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.

In the Kitchen With Patty:

Mississippi Mud Potatoes

  1. 2 pounds russet potatoes, (scrubbed)

  2. 1 pound of lean ground beef, ground pork or ground turkey

  3. 1 cup sour cream

  4. 1 cup mayonnaise

  5. 1 pound extra sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (about 4 cups)

  6. 1 bunch green onions, thinly sliced (about ½ cup)

  7. salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Puncture potatoes all over with a fork and place directly on oven rack.  Bake until tender (about 45–60 minutes).  Set aside and let cool enough to handle.

While potatoes are cooking, fry and drain the meat and set it aside to cool.

Slice potatoes in half lenghtwise.  Scoop the insides into a large bowl and discard the skins.  Mash potatoes then stir in sour cream and mayonnaise.  Stir mixture until smooth and combined.

Place potato mixture in the fridge and chill for about 10–15 minutes.  (This helps prevent the casserole from being runny.)

Meanwhile, grease a 9 x 13 baking dish with butter or a nonstick spray.  Adust the oven to 350 degrees.

Stir shredded cheese and green onion into the chilled potato mixture and season it with salt and pepper.

Transfer the mixture into the baking dish and spread it into an even layer.

Bake until hot and bubbling around the edges, about 30 mintues.  If desired, broil the last 2 to 3 minutes to brown cheese.

Serve immediately while warm and melty

Enjoy!  And remember, if it looks and smells good, eat it!!


Winning Smile Dentistry

Dr. Darian and Staff
Our spotlight for July goes to the city of Glendale, Arizona and shines on Dr. Darian & the staff at Winning Smile Dentistry

Dr. Ghasem Darian graduated from the University of Missouri, Kansas City.  He has been practicing in the valley for over 20 years and most of his staff have been with him for years.

All are highly skilled professionals with the shared goal of providing exceptional services for their patients.

Their friendly and competent staff is dedicated to patient comfort and quality care.

Winning Smiles Dentistry has two offices ready to take care of your dental needs.

20165 N 67th Ave #103, Glendale, AZ 85308.  623-931-5467 AND 5555 N 7th St #142, Phoenix, AZ 85014.  602-691-6468.  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

  • Honey is the only food that does not spoil.

  • The Main Library at Indiana University sinks over an inch every year.  Engineers failed to account for the weight of all the books that it would eventually hold.

  • Junk food is as addictive as drugs.

  • There are 293 ways to make a change for a dollar.

  • It‘s possible to turn peanut butter into diamonds.

  • Messages from your brain travel along your nerves at up to 200 miles per hour.

  • A dentist invented the electric chair.
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.

Tooth Talk With Tommy The Wisdom Tooth

Periodontal Therapy Guidelines Are ‘Outdated’ And Need Fixing

A direct reprint of an article by Melissa Busch of DrBiscuspid.com
Organized dentistry needs to develop updated treatment and outcome–based guidance for periodontal therapy to avoid providing inadequate care to patients, according to a guest editorial published on June 14 in the Journal of the American Dental Association.

The ADA‘s method„based guidelines that were issued nearly 10 years ago are outdated and offer limited value since they do not include advanced technology or the last relevant therapies.  With a growing cache of studies suggesting periodontitis is a risk factor for diseases, including atherosclerosis and stroke, updated clinically based guidelines are needed, the authors wrote.

“It is imperative that organized dentistry establish updated periodontal guidelines that include both treatment methods and determination of treatment outcomes,” wrote coauthor, Dr. Stephen Harrel, a clinical professor at the Texas A&M College of Dentistry in Dallas.
Currently, about 42% of people in the U.S. are between the ages of 30 and 75, which is equal to approximately 81 million individuals.

In 2015, the ADA released nonsurgical guidelines for periodontal therapy that were supposed to be updated five years later.  Nearly twice as much time has passed and neither the ADA nor the American Academy of Periodontology have made updates.  In 2020, the European Federation of Periodontology published clinical practice guidelines for stage I through stage III periodontitis and for stage IV periodontitis in 2022.

However, the existing guidelines are good references for those in academics but may be difficult for dentists to use to make decisions in clinical practice.  Both sets of guidelines fail in that they don‘t emphasize the need for continuous and thorough reevaluation of the patient‘s response to periodontal therapy, the authors wrote.

Furthermore, a vital evaluation of long–term periodontal therapy outcomes and a recommendation for advanced therapy, when needed, will circumvent poor treatment that often results in unnecessary bone and tooth loss, they wrote.  Updated guidance should echo those in clinical medicine and most dental specialties, the authors wrote.

“Such guidelines are necessary for the proper care of patients and to avoid inadequate periodontal therapy,” Harrel and coauthor Dr. Charles Cobb, MS, PhD, wrote.

Until next time; brush, floss and keep smiling!

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

News You Need To Know

Work Is On–going On The Schedule Of Benefits That Is Set To Go Into Effect In Late Fall of 2024

We are well into the process of examining the surveys for the updated Schedule of Benefits

The last update to the Schedule of Benefits was April of 2023.

We worked very hard to keep the fees that you pay for dental care as low as possible and we are confident that the plan has stayed true to our mission statement;

“To provide quality and timely dental care at a price that is fair and reasonable to the member and the dentist.”

The next examination of the Schedule of Benefits will be sometime in 2026.

Thank you for your continued trust in Savon Dental Plan and rest assured that we will continue to work hard to protect that trust.

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