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June 2018 Newsletter

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Quote Of The Month:   Gandhi walked barefoot everywhere, ate very little, and often fasted, leaving him thin and with very bad breath.  Thus he is often thought of as a super callused, fragile mystic plagued with halitosis.

Congratulations To:

T. Biederman of Portland, Oregon   Winner of our May 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:

Alcohol Emergencies

Summer is when our hair gets lighter, skin gets darker, water gets warmer, music gets louder, nights get shorter and our drinks get colder, which can mean more alcohol related emergencies!

Excessive drinking can be hazardous to anyone´s health but drinking large amounts of alcohol can overwhelm the body´s ability to break down and clear alcohol from the bloodstream, which leads to a high blood alcohol content (BAC).

Some people laugh at the behavior of drunk individuals but there is nothing funny when a fun night out turns dangerous.  Did you know there are two different types of alcohol emergencies that can take place?  The National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism defines them below:

Alcohol Overdose — This occurs when a person´s (BAC) is sufficient enough to produce impairments that increase risk of harm.  Overdoses can range in severity from balancing issues, slurred speech to comas or even death.

Alcohol Poisoning — This occurs when there is too much alcohol in the bloodstream.  The areas of the brain controlling basic functions such as breathing, heart rate and body temperature begin to shut down.  Symptoms of alcohol poisoning include; confusion, unconsciousness, vomiting, seizures, trouble breathing and clammy skin.

According to the University of Michigan´s Health Services it is important to know the signs of an alcohol emergency and it is vital to know what to do.

What you need to do:
  • Never assume that the person will sleep it off; this is the biggest mistake people make.  While you may think the person is sleeping it off, their heart and lungs can slowly begin to shut down to the point of stopping.

  • Don´t use cold water or caffeine to attempt to wake the person up.

  • Don´t force food or exercise on him/her.

  • Stay with the person until help arrives; turn their head to the side to prevent choking on vomit.
Call 911 immediately if the person:
  • Is unconscious (doesn´t respond when shaken, pinched or shouted at)

  • Skin is discolored (especially around the lips and fingernails)

  • Has shallow or irregular breathing

  • Used any other drugs while consuming alcohol
Be a good friend and don´t be afraid to seek medical help for someone who has had too much to drink.  Don´t worry about what that person might say the next day, just remember, you cared enough to help!  Always be safe, not sorry!

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 Baked Asparagus

Grandma C.
  1. 1 pound fresh asparagus spears, tough ends removed

  2. 1 cup crumbled pork rinds

  3. 1 cup Bacon Ranch Dressing

  4. Salt and Pepper
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Place asparagus spears in a lightly greased, 8 x 8 casserole dish.  Pour the ranch dressing over the asparagus, making sure to evenly cover it.

Salt and pepper to taste, then sprinkle the crumbled pork rinds over the top.
Bake 18 to 20 minutes until the top is lightly golden brown and asparagus is tender.  Serves 3-4 people.

This recipe is so simple!  It´s low carb, Keto and Paleo friendly, and it is a fresh take on an otherwise bland vegetable!

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.

Fun Facts:

Crazy, Zany Facts We Bet You Didn´t Know

  • A walla-walla scene is one where extras pretend to be talking in the background — when they say “walla-walla” it looks like they are actually talking.

  • An ostrich´s eye is bigger than its brain.

  • Baby robins eat 14 feet of earthworms every day.

  • David Prowse was the guy in the Darth Vader suit in Star Wars.  He spoke all of Vader´s lines, and didn´t know that he was going to be dubbed over by James Earl Jones until he saw the screening of the movie.

  • In 1983, a Japanese artist made a copy of the Mona Lisa completely out of toast.

  • In the movie “Casablanca”, Humphrey Bogart never said “Play it again, Sam.”

  • In the White House, there are 13,092 knives, forks and spoons.

  • Isaac Asimov is the only author to have a book in every Dewey-decimal category.
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

E. Callaway of Boston, MA.asks: 

“Can you explain the difference between fixed and removable prosthetics?”

Savon’s Answer

The difference is one is made to be taken out and cleaned by you while the other is intended to be removed only by your dentist.

The removable prosthetic is called a denture. There are 2 basic types of dentures;
  • Complete denture, meaning that it replaces all of your upper or lower teeth.

  • Partial denture, this replaces only certain teeth and in most cases anchors to your existing solid teeth.
The fixed prosthetic is called a Bridge.  A bridge does exactly what the name says, it bridges the gap between teeth caused by the loss of 1 or more teeth.

The size of the bridge depends on how many teeth it is replacing.  In most cases the bridge requires 2 abutments and 1 or more pontics (an artificial (false) tooth that replaces a missing tooth) depending on how many teeth are being replaced.

The abutments are actually crowns that go over sound natural teeth on each side of the void being bridged.  To bridge a single void requires a 3 unit bridge (abutment, pontic, abutment).

As far as the cost, a removable prosthetic is almost always less expensive than a fixed prosthetic.

Tooth Talk With Tommy The Wisdom Tooth

Making it through the night with a toothache

It's 8:00 at night, all is quiet, and you are experiencing the worst pain in your life.  On the Registry of Pain, toothache is right up there with listening to a 5,000 kazoo concert or clobbering your thumb with a hammer.  It's the kind of pain that makes you want to yowl.  How can something so small hurt so much?  You know that you can't see a dentist at this time of night and most emergency rooms don't have a dentist on staff.  If you have swelling on your face or neck get to the emergency room anyway.

If you are dead set against going to the emergency room, here are a few suggestions that might ease the pain and help you make it through the night.  Then get into the dentists office as soon as possible.
  1. Take OTC (over the counter) pain relievers
    There are a lot of over-the-counter pain relievers that you can choose from. Most common are Paracetamol, Aspirin, and Acetaminophen. If you feel that a small swelling has occurred, you may take NSAID (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) for its inflammatory action, like Ibuprofen and Mefenamic Acid. However, those with a history of of ulcers and those pregnant women needs a doctor's recommendation when taking NSAID and Aspirin.

  2. Cool it
    Ice is excellent in numbing nerve endings. Try to compress the affected area with ice. But if it aggravates the pain, discontinue it.

  3. Rinse with warm salt water
    Hot or cold water will only aggravate an already sensitive tooth, but swishing some warm salt water will relieve a lot of the pain.  Just mix two to three teaspoons of salt in a glass of water. The salt draws out some of the fluids causing the swelling and has a general soothing effect. The saltwater rinse also cleans the areas around the infected tooth. Even unsalted lukewarm water (about body temperature) can flush out an irritating piece of rotting food and provide some relief.

  4. Keep your head elevated
    You may wonder why toothaches usually strikes at night when you lie down to go to sleep. The cause is the increased pressure towards your head. Keep your head elevated to decrease the pressure in the area.

  5. Don't aggravate it
    Most people suffering from a toothache poke the affected tooth with toothpicks.  You are aggravating the condition of your tooth.Discontinue it!

  6. Be sure to see your dentist as soon as possible
    A toothache needs an emergency treatment.  A sharp, throbbing pain is usually irreversible and in some cases may be life threatening
The above remedies only relieve the pain, they do not cure it.

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

New Schedule Of Benefits In Effect And Available For Download

We have completed the process of examining the Schedule of Benefits and the new Schedule of Benefits is available on our website.

We worked very hard to keep the fees that you pay dental care as low as possible and we are confident that 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.”

You may download the new Schedule Of Benefits for your state by following this link or by visiting the members page at WWW.MYSdp.com.

The next examination of the Schedule of Benefits will be in the fall of 2020.

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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