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March 2021 Newsletter

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Quote Of The Month:   “It´s a big deal about whether or not gays can march in the St. Patrick´s Day parade, and I have to say that on some level I kind of see their point.  Because when you think about it, it is a real macho heterosexual event.  Bunch of guys in short skirts on a cart made of rose pedals sharing a bagpipe.  That´s not for sissies.”  Laura Kightlinger (American Actress 1969 - present)

Congratulations To:

N. McDaniel of Tempe, Arizona and S. Parks of Sun City, Arizona  Winners of our February 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:

Balance Exercises

You have probably seen it time and time again with your elderly family members that frequently tend to lose their balance.  Sometimes they stumble and regain their balance, or they might fall and break their hip or leg.  Occasionally their injuries are serious enough that they end up in a nursing home for physical therapy.

Remaining physically active is the best thing a person can do to prevent falls.  There are many different physical activities that promote balance and coordination.

As a person starts to age, they will start to notice their balance is not quite right.  There are many factors that lead to this… A change in vision, Parkinson´s disease, Arthritis, side effects from medications or non-physical exercises.  When a person does not exercise, the muscles that are needed to keep them balanced begin to lose their strength.

One of the best balance building exercise is… you guessed it, walking.  Walking is a great, low–impact way to keep leg muscles strong.  People do not realize it but the less a person walks, their body tends to “unlearn” that basic skill.  Also, having a good pair of quality tennis shoes is important.
Practicing basic balance exercises will also help maintain balance and coordination:
  • Stand within reach of a wall, countertop, or sturdy chair, to help support yourself.  Slightly lift one leg off the floor and hold it for 5 seconds.  Repeat 5 times each on each leg.

  • Place your feet about shoulder width apart.  Extend your arms straight in front of you.  Lift your right leg and bend it back.  Hold for 5 seconds.  Repeat 5 times then switch legs.

  • Place your feet about shoulder width apart.  Raise your hands to your shoulders with palms facing forward.  Extend your right arm and place your left foot forward, pointing down with your toes.  Return to starting position and do the same with the opposite arm and foot.  Repeat at least 5 times.

  • Find a clear hallway and stand at arms length from the wall so you can use your arm as support while you walk.  Slowly place one foot in front of the other and walk heal–to–toe down the hallway.  Repeat at least 5 times.
Remember, balance is something that is learned at a young age but if it is not used, it will be lost.

As always, consult with a primary care physician if any balancing problems occur or before starting any exercises.  Doctors are the professionals and they will be able to suggest the best treatment.

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.:

Modernized Tuna Noodle Casserole

Grandma C.
  1. 2 — 5 oz cans Tuna, drained
  2. 2 cans Cream of Chicken soup
  3. 1 cup milk
  4. 1 cup Monterrey Jack cheese, shredded
  5. ¾ cup sour cream
  6. 1 cup frozen corn
  7. 1 cup frozen peas
  8. ½ cup fresh shredded carrots
  9. ½ tsp curry powder
  10. 1 — 12 oz pg egg noodles
  11. Salt and Pepper to taste

  • 1 sleeve Ritz crackers, crushed
  • ¼ cup butter, melted

Boil egg noodles to al dente stage, approximately 7 minutes, drain.

While egg noodles are boiling, combine all other ingredients in a large mixing bowl.

In a separate, smaller bowl, melt butter and mix in Ritz cracker crumbs.

Add noodles to the casserole mixture and fold in.  Spread the mixture in a greased 9x13 baking dish and crumble the Ritz cracker topping over the casserole.

Bake 35-40 minutes, remove from oven and let it set for 5 minutes before serving.

This Recipe serves 6

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.


James M. McGee DMD

Dr. McGee
Our spotlight for May goes to the city of Stone Mountain, Georgia and shines on the practice of James M. McGee.

Dr. McGee was born and raised in Mississippi.  He graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Dentistry in Jackson, MS. In 1997, with a D.M.D. degree, moved to Atlanta and immediately began practicing dentistry in a large group practice.

In 1998 he opened his own practice in Stone Mountain.  Dr. McGee and his professional staff strive to provide their patients with the best that dentistry has to offer.  Dr. McGee also continues to educate himself and his staff on the newest dental techniques and procedures.  This gives them the ability to provide their patients with comfortable and personalized dental care.

Dr. McGee has the great ability to put his patients at ease and his patients usually leave with a laugh and a smile on their faces.

The practice is located at 2120 Rockbridge Road SW, Stone Mountain, GA. 30083.  The phone number is (770) 879–4510.  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

  • February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon.

  • Mr. Rogers was an ordained minister.

  • The name for Oz in the “Wizard of Oz” was thought up when the creator, Frank Baum, looked at his filing cabinet and saw A-N, and O-Z, hence “Oz.”

  • The three best–known western names in China: Jesus Christ, Richard Nixon, and Elvis Presley.

  • There are over 52.6 million dogs in the U.S.

  • Two–thirds of the world´s eggplant is grown in New Jersey.

  • You´re born with 300 bones, but when you get to be an adult, you only have 206.
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

R. Blackwood of Topeka, Kansas asks: 

“I went to the dentist for a toothache.  They took some x–rays and prescribed me some sinus medication.  Can a sinus infection really cause a toothache?”

Savon’s Answer

Yes, a sinus infection (sinusitis) or inflammation can cause a toothache — specifically in the upper rear teeth, which are close to the sinuses.  In fact, pain in the upper teeth is a fairly common symptom with sinus conditions.  Since you went to your dentist with a toothache, we suggest that you follow your dentist´s advice.

Tooth Talk With Tommy The Wisdom Tooth

COVID–19 Vaccines May Be Causing Orofacial Reactions

A direct reprint of an article by Melissa Busch, DrBicuspid.com assistant editor
The two COVID–19 vaccines being given to patients in the U.S. and other countries have been linked to orofacial adverse drug reactions such as temporary facial paralysis, according to a brief report published on February 1 in the Journal of Oral Pathology & Medicine.

There are inconsistencies in the descriptions of the oral adverse drug reactions (ADRs) from the messenger RNA (mRNA) Pfizer–BioNTech BNT162b2 and Moderna mRNA–1273 vaccines.  But either way, it´s important for dentists to know about these adverse effects.

“Dentists´ knowledge of these orofacial manifestations will improve recognition, management and reporting of vaccine–related adverse effects,” wrote Dr. Nicola Cirillo, PhD, of the Melbourne Dental School at the University of Melbourne in Victoria, Australia.
Despite a clumsy rollout, shortages, and weak public buy–in, 35.2 million vaccinations have been administered in the U.S. as of February 5, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  At least 20 states, including California, Oregon, and Georgia, have given dentists the green light to administer COVID–19 injections.  These are moves in the right direction, but to stay on the path to beating the novel corona virus, the public´s trust in the vaccines must continue to grow, Cirillo wrote.

To better understand the potential side effects of the vaccines, the researchers accessed public data about vaccinations from regulatory authorities in the U.S., the European Union, and the U.K. Recipient information and healthcare professional fact sheets for the vaccines were searched.

Both vaccines were associated with adverse effects affecting the orofacial region, including acute peripheral facial paralysis (Bell–s palsy) and facial swelling, as well as swelling of the lips, face, or tongue due to anaphylaxis.  These side effects were rare, occurring in up to 1 out of 1,000 people.  Side effects due to severe allergic reactions were reported in data sheets given to patients and healthcare practitioners, Cirillo noted.
However, the acknowledgement of possible complications outside of allergic reactions differed between North America and Europe.  Localized orofacial adverse effects, including Bell´s palsy, were found in the data but not reported in patient information in the U.S. and Canada.  When patients with dermatological fillers were given Moderna´s vaccine, facial swelling occurred.  That detail was only reported in the product information in the European Union and the U.K.

Temporary one–sided acute peripheral facial paralysis and facial swelling were reported in the product information for both patients and healthcare professionals in the European Union and the U.K.  However, these side effects were not included in U.S. and Canada vaccine fact sheets for patients, according to Cirillo.

“We found that both BNT162b2 and mRNA–1273 COVID–19 vaccines are associated with orofacial ADRs and that there is heterogeneity in the description of ADRs worldwide,“ he 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.

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