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May 2021 Newsletter

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Quote Of The Month:   “What contemptible scoundrel has stolen the cork to my lunch?”  (W. Clement Stone – Author – 1902–2002)

Congratulations To:

D. Huffman of Gold Canyon, Arizona and N. Houck of Glendale, Arizona  Winners of our April 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:

Skin Care – Keeping Your Skin Healthy At Any Age!

What is your favorite thing to do on the first warm, sunny day after a long winter?  If you are anything like me, it is stepping out outside, taking a deep breath of fresh air, closing my eyes, and turning toward the sun!

Nothing beats the first feel of the warmth of the sun on your skin and knowing that soon you will have a nice, glowing tan.  On the other hand, here come the dreaded wrinkles and sunspots!

As you may know, excessive sun exposure is responsible for skin damage.  Skin damage is a lifelong process.  Most damage to the skin is cosmetic, such as dryness, flakes, pigmentation changes, and premature wrinkling.  However, it can also be deadly.  Excessive exposure to the sun is the leading cause of skin cancer.

Do not take your skin for granted, because it is your body´s first line of defense against the environment you are in.  You may not know that the skin consists of three layers:
  • Epidermis – This is the outer layer (what you can see).  This provides a protective layer of skin cells that are constantly shedding.  This is also the area that makes melatonin, which gives your skin its color.

  • Dermis – This layer has a lot happening within it. This layer is responsible for:
    • Making you sweat.
    • Sending signals to the brain when something hurts.
    • Hair Growth.
    • Producing oil, to keep skin soft and smooth. (also causes acne)
    • Bringing blood to your skin.

  • Subcutaneous – This is the most important layer because this has a special connective tissue that attaches the dermis to the muscle and bone.  This fat layer helps control the body´s temperature.  This layer also helps protect the muscles and bones from bumps and bruises.
There are many precautions you can take to protect your skin.  It is extremely important to apply sunscreen every day.  Seek shade if you are outdoors.  Wear protective clothing (long sleeve shirts or wide-brimmed hats).  Stay hydrated.

If you notice any new spots or spots that have changed color, you should seek medical attention right away.  Do not wait!  The quicker you get answers, the quicker you can begin 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.:

Yummy Spinach Potato Fritters

Grandma C.
  1. 2 large russet potatoes

  2. 2 large eggs, beaten lightly

  3. 1 10 oz pkg frozen spinach, thawed and drained**

  4. &frac13 cup seasoned bread crumbs

  5. 1 tsps garlic powder

  6. 1 tbsp olive oil

  7. Salt and Pepper
Peel and cube potatoes (approx.. 2 inch cubes).  Bring to a boil in salted water, then reduce heat and simmer for approx. 15 to 20 minutes, or until soft.

Drain well and place on a paper plate or paper towel and let sit until water has evaporated from the potatoes.  Place in a large mixing bowl and mash with a potato masher.

In a medium mixing bowl, mix bread crumbs, garlic powder, salt and pepper.

Whisk in the eggs and olive oil.  Add the egg mixture and the spinach to the potatoes and mix thoroughly.

**Note: Be sure to drain or pat all water from the spinach before adding to the potatoes.

Heat 2 tbsp of olive oil in a large skillet over medium to medium high heat.  Add batter by heaping tablespoons and flatten fritters with a spatula, making sure to keep them separate.

Cook 2–4 minutes per side, depending on the level of crispness you desire.  Remove from pan and let them drain on a paper towel.  Repeat until all batter is used.

These fritters are a great addition to any meal!  They are best when served hot.

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.


Thomas & Thomas Dental

Thomas & Thomas
Our spotlight for May goes to the city of Phoenix, Arizona and shines on Thomas & Thomas Dental

These fine dentists have been bringing smiles to Phoenix, Glendale, Scottsdale, Sunnyslope and the surrounding areas since 1994.

They invite you to visit their office to receive comprehensive care from experienced, knowledgeable dentists and a friendly, caring team.  “We know that when we work together, we can help you achieve a healthy and beautiful smile.”

In addition to general dentists, they also have three dental specialists who visit their office so that you can receive the dental care you need in one convenient location.  They offer cosmetic and restorative dental services, endodontic care, periodontics and oral surgery to help you achieve all of your dental and cosmetic goals.

The practice is located at 7150 N 7th St., Phoenix, AZ.   Feel free to give them a call at (602)598-0338 or visit their wesbite..

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

  • A pig´s orgasm lasts for 30 minutes.

  • Since 1896, the beginning of the modern Olympics, only Greece and Australia have participated in every Games.

  • The international telephone dialing code for Antarctica is 672.

  • When snakes are born with two heads, they fight each other for food.

  • Who´s that playing the piano on the “Mad About You” theme? Paul Reiser himself.

  • You´ll eat about 35,000 cookies in a lifetime.

  • Your heart beats over 100,000 times a day.
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. Alderman of Queens, New York asks: 

“The pandemic has left me with very little money and a couple of really bad teeth.  I´m considering just getting drunk and pulling them myself.  What are your thoughts about this idea?”

Savon’s Answer

In answering this question we again, must state, we are not dentists and this is our opinion and not medical advice.

That being said, the idea is as stupid and setting your own broken leg.  Attempting to remove a tooth yourself can cause the tooth to break off before the root.  It can potentially damage the surrounding teeth.  Not only will this be detrimental to your smile, but it can cause significant (and expensive) problems.

Dental work can be expensive, but the alternatives may be much more costly.  Many dentists offer payment plans that allow you to get the work you need done immediately.  If you have an infection there are social service agencies that may be able to get you the help you need.

Our suggestion:  Ditch the idea of pulling your own teeth!

Tooth Talk With Tommy The Wisdom Tooth

COVID–19 Gives Cosmetic Dentistry A Boost

A direct reprint of an article written by Melissa Busch, DrBicuspid.com associate editor
In–person work meetings and events came to a screeching halt during the pandemic, leading most people to turn to videoconferencing platforms to stay connected.  Such platforms have pushed them to notice the flaws in their teeth, according to a cosmetic dentist.

Smile makeovers are very popular right now, said Dr. Wynn Okuda, co–founder of the Pan Pacific Dental Academy and owner of a cosmetic dentistry practice in Honolulu.  “It is an interesting phenomenon that patients have realized how bad their teeth have gotten as they see themselves on Zoom calls,” Okuda said.

The “Zoom boom,” as it has been dubbed by the media, has boosted sectors of the economy dedicated to making people look better, including cosmetic dentistry and plastic surgery.  Some suspect that having to rely on facial features instead of complete outfits and accessories to boost their looks has led people to scrutinize their smiles and teeth more intensely.
In addition to those who have grown tired of looking at less–than perfect teeth, more patients want to regain the dental health and function they may have lost over the years, Okuda said.  “I find that the patients are interested in upgrading their look, wanting to achieve a natural rejuvenation through cosmetic dentistry,” he said.

Technology matters

Okuda knows his business, completing more than 2,000 porcelain veneers or bonded porcelain restorations and placing about 200 dental implants annually.  He´s also up on the best technology to get the best patient outcomes.

He uses an array of products to help create consistent and predictable cosmetic, implant, and restorative results, including semiadjustable articulators and a 3D simulation guide.  Intraoral cameras, specifically those with accessories that provide transillumination, are necessary for diagnosing and communicating with patients.  However, he said Biolase´s Waterlase tissue laser is the key to his gum-lifting or sculpting procedures.

“For most of my cosmetic dental cases it´s essential to attain esthetic success for my patients,” Okuda added.  “By doing gingival sculpting, it takes my cosmetic cases to the next level of esthetic excellence.”

Finally, GC America´s G–aenial Sculpt is his favorite resin for cases that involve hand–sculpted composite veneers.  It “creates the most natural results with a high luster surface finish,” he said.

The why

With cosmetic dentistry gaining in popularity, Okuda said it is more important than ever to ask patients what they are trying to achieve when they come to a practice.  Quantifying a patient´s expectations prior to starting a cosmetic dental case is crucial.

Ultimately, their teeth may not be their real concern, he said.  “You´d be surprised that there are unrealistic expectations patients may have in trying to find happiness,” Okuda added.

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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