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May 2023 Newsletter

What´s New at Savon

Quote Of The Month:   “I saw a study that said speaking in front of a crowd is considered the number one fear of the average person.  Number two was death.  This means to the average person, if you have to be at a funeral, you would rather be in the casket than doing the eulogy.”  (Jerry Seinfeld – American actor – 1954-Present)

Congratulations To:

R. Brewer of Surprise, Arizona and F. Hribar Scottsdale, 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:

Yoga For Arthritis?

Feeling stiff?  You may be suffering from arthritis.

Arthritis is a disease which causes inflammation or swelling of your joints.  This is the main cause of disability among people over the age of fifty–five.  There are over 100 types of arthritis and a few of the common ones are: Rheumatoid arthritis, Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, Osteoarthritis.

Yoga (Asana) may be the last thing you are thinking about when you are suffering from painful joints, but it may turn out to be very beneficial therapy to ease arthritis pain.  Arthritis patients that practice yoga often gain greater mobility of the joints, pain relief and a reduction of inflammation.

Yoga for Arthritis is one of the most potent treatments, and is often recommended as a complimentary therapy.  Practicing yoga as a complimentary treatment offers many benefits, such as: improved circulation, enhanced blood flow and helping to flush out toxins and other waste.

Because of their painful joints, many people try to minimize movement of the affected joint, but this only increases stiffness.  Yoga offers slow steady movements to exercise the joints.
Here are a few yoga poses for arthritis:


Cobra stretches the back, chest and shoulders.  Start in a prone position.  Place your hands next to your chest, palms down.  It is important to keep the elbows pulled in toward the body.

Pull your shoulders down, toward your hips.  As you inhale, lift your chest off of the floor by engaging your back muscles.  When you feel confident of your form in this pose, you can use some of the strength of your arms and hands to push up.  (To test your form, lift your hands an inch off of the floor.  This gives you awareness of your back muscles).  Hold your position for five to seven breaths, then release.

Mushtika Bandhana (Hand Clenching)

This yoga pose is useful mainly for arthritis of the hand and wrist.  Women are generally more prone to osteoarthritis and it occurs mainly in the early part of menopause.  The Hand Clenching pose, as the name denotes, provides the primary benefit of developing or restoring grip of the hand and strengthening the joints in the hand.

To do the Hand Clenching pose, sit comfortably on a chair so that your back is erect.  Put your arms straight out in front of you, at shoulder level and parallel to the ground.  With your thumbs pointed up make a fist. As you inhale, open your hand and stretch all the five fingers.  As you exhale, make your fist again.   Repeat this process for 8 – 10 reps.

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.:

Garlic Butter Steak And Potato Foil Packets

Grandma C.
  1. 1½ lbs thick cut steak (Ribeye or Sirloin)
  2. 1 lb baby potatoes, halved
  3. 1 yellow onion, chopped into large pieces
  4. 1 TBSP butter, cubed
  5. 1 TBSP olive oil
  6. ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  7. 1 heaping TBSP minced garlic
  8. 1 TBSP Italian seasoning
  9. Salt and pepper

Boil halved potatoes for 5 minutes.  Drain and place in a large bowl.  Cool for 10 minutes.

Cut the steak into large chunky squares, about 2½ inches each.

Place the steak, onion, Olive oil and all seasonings in the large bowl with the cooled potatoes.  Toss to mix and coat.

Tear off 4 pieces of aluminum foil, about 12x12 inches each.

Evenly divide the steak and potato mixture in the middle of each foil.  Place 2 cubes of butter on top.

Fold the foil over the steak and potatoes and seal so that the packets won‘t leak.

Cook packets on a hot grill for about 6-7 minutes per side, or you can bake them in a 425 degree oven on a cookie sheet for about 15 minutes.

Use caution when opening the hot packets to serve.  Hot steam will escape!  Always serve on a plate.

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.


Bright Now Dental - Camelback

Dental Center
Our spotlight for May goes to the city of Phoenix, Arizona and shines on Bright Now Dental, Camelback

Smile and Relax…  We get it… a dentist visit isn‘t at top of your list of fun things to do.  We promise we will make you comfortable, give you our best care, utmost respect, and help you get on with your day.

Our office is brimming with friendly, understanding people who know exactly what you‘re feeling.  We‘re here for you, every step of the way!

The practice is located at 2123 E Camelback Rd., Phoenix, Arizona.  The phone number is 602-567-0095.  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

  • Movie trailers got their name because they were originally shown after the movie.

  • Pogonophobia is the fear of beards.

  • Edgar Allan Poe married his thirteen–year-old cousin.

  • A “jiffy” is about one trillionth of a second.

  • It‘s possible to lead a cow upstairs… but not downstairs.

  • Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenously.

  • The chicken and the ostrich are the closest living relatives of the Tyrannosaurus rex.

  • About 11,000 Americans injure themselves while trying out weird sexual positions per year.

  • The opposite sides of a die will always add up to seven.
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

A. Roberts of Dallas, Texas asks: 

“ Is it better to go to a privately owned practice with one doctor versus a “clinic” with multiple doctors? ”

Savon’s Answer

The answer to this question lies solely on personal preference.  Whether a facility has one doctor or one hundred doctors shows no reflection on the doctors‘ credentials or capabilities.

Privately owned practices with only one or two providers are ideal for those who prefer to see the same doctor on every visit.  Larger practices with multiple providers, or “clinics,” if you will, are beneficial for those who have a multitude of dental problems that may require the skills of more than one doctor.

Another consideration is that the ‘clinics” usually have on–site specialists and that can be convenient if you need to see one as opposed to being referred by a private practice and waiting a period of time to see one.

Tooth Talk With Tommy The Wisdom Tooth

Half Of Oral Care Products Contain Allergens

A direct reprint of an article by Melissa Busch of DrBicuspid.com
Common food allergens were found in about half of oral care products, including toothpaste, used at dental practices, or purchased at stores, according to a study published on April 24 in Scientific Reports.

Potential allergens, like spices and fruits, were found most often in oral care products, the authors wrote.

“Clinicians should be alert to food allergies, be aware of the risks to the patient‘s health, and include questions about food allergies in their clinical history to make a conscious and careful selection of products to be used by the patients,” wrote the authors, led by Alexandra Figueiredo, PhD, of the Egas Moniz Higher Institute of Health Science in Portugal.

An estimated 220 million people worldwide have allergic reactions to food.  In the U.S., up to 10% of people experience allergic diseases.  Recently, different food allergens have been added to oral care products to improve product properties.  However, small doses of food allergens can trigger allergic reactions.  Therefore, clinicians should be aware of patient allergies and product ingredients to ensure their patients' health.
The study evaluated 387 oral care products.  Of these products, 299 could be bought over the counter and included chewing gum, cleaning tablets, denture creams, mouthwash, oral gels and sprays, orthodontic waxes, and toothpastes.  The other 88 products were used at dental offices and included alginates, fluoride varnishes, plaque–revealing creams, toothpastes, topical creams, and gloves.  The products were searched for additives, including nuts, shellfish, dairy, fruits, and spices, according to the study.

Possible food allergens were found in about 46% (179 items) of oral care products. Most of the products (81%) contained one food allergen, the authors wrote.

Allergens were common in outpatient and dental office products.  In dental office products, the highest prevalence of allergens was found in fluoride varnishes, alginates, toothpastes, topical creams, and gloves.  In outpatient products, allergens were predominant in toothpaste, chewing gum, and orthodontic waxes.  Most frequently, the food allergens were fruits and spices, they wrote.

The authors did not disclose any study limitations.  Knowing the ingredients of oral care products, as well as their adaptation to patients‘ pathophysiological conditions, are necessary for safe, effective treatment, the authors wrote.

“The presence of food allergens as excipients was common in both outpatient and dental office products,” Figueiredo and colleagues 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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