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November 2019 Newsletter

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Quote Of The Month:   “When I was a kid in Indiana, we thought it would be fun to get a turkey a year ahead of time and feed it and so on for the following Thanksgiving.  But by the time Thanksgiving came around, we sort of thought of the turkey as a pet, so we ate the dog.  Only kidding.  It was the cat!” (David Letterman - American Television Host - 1974 - present)

Congratulations To:

R. Sloan of Cave Creek, AZ and S. Rocks of Surprise, AZ  Winners of our October 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:

CBD Oil As An Alternative Treatment For Diseases In Adults – Conclusion

The use of Marijuana and Hemp has started to come full circle.  In 2700 BC the Chinese used it as a medicine.  Starting in the late 1800s and continuing to this date, it has been used as a way to escape, much like alcohol.  The 1940s brought back the realization that Marijuana and Hemp can be useful as a medicine.

Although there is no proof that CBD offers any cures, we do know that when used in the proper dose and proper situations, it can relieve stress, anxiety, pain, inflammation, fatigue, and depression.  I am sure that as more research is done, other benefits will come to light.

It should be noted that there are some objections to the use of CBD, including limited scientific evidence as to the usefulness of treating these diseases, knowing where the use of CBD is legal, the possible negative stigma associated with using it, the chance of dependency on it and the psychoactive effects.  It should also be noted that most of these objections are impacted by the source of the CBD.  CBD from Marijuana has more THC than CBD from Hemp, making Marijuana cannabis more likely to produce a high feeling and the chance of dependency.
I am sure that most of us have people close to us that are aging.  The fact of the matter is we are all aging.  I have already benefited from this research because my grandfather is suffering from some medical conditions.  I was able to suggest CBD as an alternative to some of his medications and treatments that weren´t working.

With staggering numbers of people suffering from these diseases, the more you know about the disease and alternative treatments the better equipped you are to deal with them.  It doesn´t matter whether or not you have ever used CBD; just having the knowledge of how it may be able to help is valuable.

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.:

Pumpkin Cake With Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting

Borrowed from the kitchen of Lori Anderson
Original recipe found at:
Grandma C.
Cake Ingredients
  1. 4 large eggs
  2. 1⅔ cups granulated sugar
  3. 1 cup vegetable oil
  4. 1 can pumpkin puree (15 oz)
  5. 2 cups flour
  6. 2 tsp baking powder
  7. 1 tsp baking soda
  8. ½ tsp salt
  9. 2 tsp ground cinnamon
Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting
  1. 1 oz cream cheese, softened
  2. 1½ cups whipping cream
  3. 1 cup powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a 9 x 13 inch baking pan.  In a large mixing bowl, beat eggs, sugar, vegetable oil and pumpkin puree until smooth.

Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.  Mix thoroughly.

Pour into greased baking pan and bake 25 – 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean in the center.

After the cake has cooled completely, make the frosting.

Place all frosting ingredients into a large bowl.  Beat on the whip setting until stiff peaks form.  Spread it over the cooled cake.  Store in refrigerator.

Amazing!  I would not change a single thing with this cake, it was that good.

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.


Atlantic Dental

Dental Center
Our spotlight for November stays in our home city of Phoenix, Arizona and shines on Dr. Mark Ashtiani and the staff at Atlantic Dental

Dr. Ashtiani graduated from Marquette University, school of dentistry in 1996.  He has been practicing in Arizona since 1999 and opened his own practice in 2002.  Dr. Ashtiani's main goal is to provide outstanding and quality dentistry.

The mission of Atlantic Dental is:  “To provide affordable dental care, without sacrificing quality or convenience.”  This mission is both reinforced by their talented group of dental professionals and supported by their patients who recognize the quality of care they receive.  “Our patients rely on us to provide quality, professional dental care, and we deliver that - one smile at a time.”

The practice is located at 3229 East Greenway, Suite 103, Phoenix, Arizona 85032.  The phone number is 602-923-0700.  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:

Fun Facts About Thanksgiving We Bet You Didn´t Know

  • The first Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621 over a three day harvest festival.  It included 50 Pilgrims, 90 Wampanoag Indians, and lasted three days.  It is believed by historians that only five women were present.

  • Turkey wasn´t on the menu at the first Thanksgiving.  Venison, duck, goose, oysters, lobster, eel, and fish were likely served, alongside pumpkins and cranberries (but not pumpkin pie or cranberry sauce).

  • Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving a national holiday on October 3, 1863.  Sarah Joseph Hale, the woman who wrote “Mary Had A Little Lamb,” convinced Lincoln to make Thanksgiving a national holiday after writing letters for 17 years.

  • The history of U.S. presidents pardoning turkeys is patchy.  Harry Truman is often credited with being the first president to pardon a turkey, but that´s not quite true.  He was the first to receive a ceremonial turkey from the National Turkey Federation – and he had it for dinner.  John F. Kennedy was the first to let a Thanksgiving turkey go, followed by Richard Nixon who sent his turkey to a petting zoo.  George H.W. Bush is the president who formalized the turkey pardoning tradition in 1989.

  • There are four towns in the United States named “Turkey.”  They can be found in Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, and North Carolina.

  • The average number of calories consumed on Thanksgiving is 4,500.

  • Butterball answers more than 100,000 turkey-cooking questions via their Butterball Turkey Hotline each November and December.

  • The tradition of football on Thanksgiving began in 1876 with a game between Yale and Princeton.  The first NFL games were played on Thanksgiving in 1920.

  • More than 54 million Americans are expected to travel during the Thanksgiving holiday this year.  That´s up 4.8% from last year.
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

D. Aikerman of Miami Florida asks: 

“My son is 5 years old and my dentist wants to do a root canal on him.  Why would he want to do that on a baby tooth?  I think he´s just trying to get more money out of me.”

Savon’s Answer

The medical name for a baby root canal is “pulpotomy.”  This is the most commonly needed nerve treatment for a baby tooth.  It becomes necessary when a cavity in a primary tooth is deep enough to have affected part of the nerve.

The purpose of a baby root canal is to maintain the integrity and health of a baby tooth and the supporting gum tissue and bone.  It is an important part of preventing infection and maintaining the health of the developing adult teeth.

After the root canal the tooth is usually crowned with a stainless steel crown.

Tooth Talk With Tommy The Wisdom Tooth

Study: Few minority, poor patients get screened for cancer

A direct reprint from an article by By Melissa Busch, assistant editor
August 22, 2019 -- About 75% of racial and ethnic minorities and patients with low socioeconomic status reported that dental professionals did not screen them for oral cancer during dental visits, according to a new study.

The lag in oral cancer screening rates is occurring despite the fact that lower-income groups are more likely to be diagnosed with advanced-stage oral cancer, the study authors noted in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine (August 20, 2019). Selective screening also fails to comply with ADA guidelines. The researchers used data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) from 2011 and 2016. They analyzed data for individuals age 30 and older who had seen a dentist in the previous two years.
The sample size for intraoral cancer screenings was approximately 9,300 individuals, and the size for extraoral screenings was about 6,260. Nearly 38% reported receiving intraoral oral cancer screenings, and approximately 31% reported receiving extraoral cancer exams.

The researchers found that the following groups were less likely to be screened for oral cancer:
  • Non–whites

  • Patients with lower incomes

  • Individuals with less education

  • Uninsured patients or those covered by Medicaid

Care delivery inequalities

Since these patients had visited dentists, the findings highlight the inequalities in the delivery of care independent of access to care, according to the researchers.

The most unfortunate finding of the study was that it shows how socioeconomically disadvantaged populations were less likely to be screened, even with high-risk behaviors, such as smoking or consuming alcohol, lead author Avni Gupta, BDS, MPH, told Gupta is a research scientist and senior project manager at the Center for Surgery and Public Health at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

"These behaviors are part of the patient history profile, and still in our study we found that dental patients with these high-risk behaviors are not receiving recommended oral cancer screening services if they were from minority racial/ethnic groups, low income, less educated, and publicly insured or uninsured," Gupta wrote.

These disparities may exist for multiple reasons. Some dental professionals might not screen these groups due to system-level factors, such as a higher incidence of dental disease, Gupta noted. For example, dental professionals who serve low-income patients might spend so much time treating severe dental problems that they don't have time to perform an oral cancer screening exam.

"They might be running a busy clinic because they take these patients and, hence, leaving no time for nonsymptomatic issues to be addressed," she wrote.

Also, differences in screening rates may be the result of patient-level factors, such as patients not knowing they should ask for screenings or not trusting dental professionals after hearing exam explanations, according to Gupta.

Provider-level factors also can play a role. Dental professionals may not have the communication skills needed to explain cancer screenings to those from diverse backgrounds, or these practitioners may have personal biases.

They may assume that patients with these characteristics will not understand the importance of the screening exam, Gupta stated.

A missed opportunity

Though the findings can help the oral health community develop effective interventions, the study had some limitations. The primary limitation was the use of self-reported data, which makes it subject to recall bias. However, this would only affect the study results if these biases had greater influence on some sociodemographic groups than others.

Gupta explained that not screening these patients was a missed opportunity for early detection and better oral cancer outcomes. Now that dental professionals are aware of the disparities, they need to evaluate whether the discrimination is conscious or unconscious.

"Are [these patients] facing barriers of their own or there are system-level or patient-level deterrents? Actions will depend on the barriers, which might be different for different professionals and areas or settings. The goal should be ... to provide all recommended services with the highest quality to all patients," Gupta 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.

Holiday Information

It´s hard to believe but we are closing in on the end of another year!  Below is some useful information that we would like to share with you.

Savon Holiday Hours

  • 11/11/19 – Veteran´s Day – Closed All Day
  • 11/28/19 – Thanksgiving Day – Closed All Day
  • 11/29/19 – Black Friday – Closed At Noon
  • 12/24/19 – Christmas Eve – Closed At Noon
  • 12/25/19 – Christmas Day – Closed All Day
  • 12/26/19 – 12/27/19 – Closed At Noon
  • 12/31/19 – Closed At Noon
  • 1/1/20 – Closed All Day
  • 1/2/20 – 1/3/20 – Closed At Noon
Email and phones will be monitored during these times.

A Great Gift Idea

Looking for something different this year?  Give a gift that can be used all year long!  Check out our Holiday Special!  Simply a great idea!

Looking To Help A Great Charity?

If you are in the holiday spirit and wish to donate may we suggest you check out The Salvation Army Metro Phoenix  The Salvation Army Phoenix Metro serves our neighbors in need without discrimination or judgment.

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