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November 2023 Newsletter

What´s New at Savon

Quote Of The Month:

  • “May your stuffing be tasty
  • May your turkey plump
  • May your potatoes and gravy have nary a lump
  • May your yams be delicious
  • And your pies take the prize
  • And may your Thanksgiving dinner
  • Stay off your thighs!!”
(Grandpa Jones)

Congratulations To:

J. Garber of Peoria, Arizona and C. Sullivan, Goodyear, Arizona  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:

Look Slimmer In Jeans!

It‘s that time of year to start putting away our shorts, and start digging out our jeans!  Next, the big questions we all dread?  Does my behind look big in these jeans?  Do these jeans make me look fat?  If you are having these problems here are some tips to help make you look slimmer!
  • Buy jeans that are your size - Do not by smaller or bigger jeans.  This actually makes you look bigger than you really are.

  • Identify your body shape -
    • Top heavy?  Boot leg or a slight flare to balance you out.
    • Carry weight in the butt, thigh area?  Go for a straight leg to make you legs look longer and thinner.
    • Skinny?  Try a skinny jean!
  • Dark wash jeans - They are easy to dress up, and flattering on any figure.

  • Be comfortable in your jeans - If you are not comfortable you will not be confidant.
Since the “skinny jean” trend is back and for some of us it makes are hips and butt recoil in horror, but whether we like it or not it‘s here to stay.  Here are a few tips to help us look great in skinny jeans:
  • Try several pair on, just because it‘s the right size does not mean it will look the same on you.  Avoid shopping online.

  • Pick out the dark denim, this naturally tightens your silhouette and makes you look slimmer.

  • Wear long loose shirts to help hide your wider areas.

  • Wear high heels or sandals.  High heels help make you look taller and make your legs look long and lean!


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.


Mountain Ridge Dental

Mountain Ridge Dental
Our spotlight for November goes to the city of Cave Creek, Arizona and shines on Mountain Ridge Dental

Dr. Melissa Goins offers comprehensive dental care, including extensive experience with same–day crowns, a well–trained eye for cosmetic dentistry.  Dr. Goins has been in the dental field for over 20 years and is excited to share with you what her experiences have taught her.

They are proud to provide a state–of–the–art facility for the highest quality dental care available.  We take great pride in providing a clean, comforting and welcoming environment with a very friendly staff

The practice is located at 7100 E Cave Creek Rd #101 Cave Creek, AZ 85331  The phone number is (480) 595 0715.  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

  • Salt used to be a currency.

  • Dolphins give each other names.

  • Dragonflies have six legs but can‘t walk.

  • Animals that lay eggs don‘t have belly buttons.

  • Basenji dogs are the only breed that doesn‘t bark.

  • Hummingbirds are the only animals that can fly backward.

  • The cheesiest pizza ever was topped with 154 varieties of cheese.
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. Madison of Boston, Ma. asks: 

“I was on vacation in Kentucky and had a tooth that needed a filling.  I went to a Savon provider there and the fee for the filling was less than it would have been back home.  Can you explain the reason for the difference.”

Savon’s Answer

The answer is pretty simple.  It has to do with economics.  We have divided the country into 8 zones based on the average income and cost of living in each state.  The states then are grouped together as closely as possible and placed into the appropriate zone.

Zone 1 is Arizona only and that‘s because Arizona is the home of Savon Dental Plan.  The rest of the states fall into zones 2 through 8.  Zone 2 has the lowest fees and zone 8 has the highest fees.

Massachusetts is in zone 6 while Kentucky is in zone 4, so the cost of a filling (D2391) in Kentucky will be $168.00 while in Massachusetts the same filling will cost $198.00.  While it may only be a few dollars difference, it reflects the cost of living in both areas.

Using this method allows us to make sure that Savon Dental Plan members are getting best value and care for their dollar, no matter where they live.

Tooth Talk With Tommy The Wisdom Tooth

Marijuana Derivative May Ease Severe Tooth Pain

A direct reprint of an article by Meliss Busch of DrBicuspid.com
Cannabidiol (CBD), a nonaddictive, nonpsychoactive component of the marijuana plant, may reduce severe dental pain, making it a safer, equally effective alternative to opioids.  The study was recently published in the Journal of Dental Research.

It is believed to be the first randomized clinical trial testing CBD for the management of emergency dental pain, the authors wrote.

“This novel study can catalyze the use of CBD as an alternative analgesic to opioids for acute inflammatory pain conditions, which could ultimately help to address the opioid epidemic,” wrote the authors, led by Dr. Vanessa Chrepa, an associate professor at the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine in Newark, NJ, (J Dent Res, November 1, 2023).
Anti–inflammatories like acetaminophen and ibuprofen are the first line of defense for dental pain, but some patients can‘t take these over–the–counter medications or get enough relief from them.  This has led some dentists to prescribe addictive opioids.  The rise in addiction and death from opioids have led to a search for practical alternatives.

To explore the effectiveness of CBD in alleviating dental pain, 61 people with severe tooth pain were divided into three groups.  Of the participants, 20 were given one dose of Epidiolex, a pure CBD oral solution that has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of seizures.  Twenty participants were given two doses of the solution, and 21 were given a placebo, according to the study.  Additionally, patient pain levels were monitored for three hours using a visual analog scale (VAS), a standard tool for assessing pain intensity.

Patients who received either one or two doses of CBD experienced more pain reduction than those given the placebo.  About 85% of those who took CBD reported at least a 50% reduction in their initial pain, and they also reached a maximum median 73% reduction in pain after three hours, the authors wrote.  In the CBD groups, participants more frequently experienced the side effects of sedation, diarrhea, and abdominal pain than those in the placebo group (p < 0.05), they wrote.

Nevertheless, the study had limitations, including that age and sex–related differences couldn‘t be assessed due to the small sample size.

Other factors known to affect pain perception, like social and psychological factors, will be considered in the next steps toward developing a larger scale phase III clinical trial, which would be the next phase involved in getting FDA approval for Epidiolex or other pure CBD solutions to use for dental pain management, they wrote.

“This randomized trial provides the first clinical evidence that oral CBD can be an effective and safe analgesic for dental pain,” Chrepa et al 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.

News You Need To Know

Savon‘s Holiday Office Closing Dates

Listed below are the days that Savon Dental Plan‘s office will be closed to observe the holidays for the balance of 2023 and January 2024.

  • Thursday  —   11/23  —   Thanksgiving Day
  • Friday  —   11/24  —   Day after Thanksgiving
  • Monday  —   12/25  —   Christmas Day
  • Tuesday  —   12/26  —   Day after Christmas
January 2024
  • Monday  —   1/1/24  —   New Years Day
  • Tuesday  —   1/2/24  —   Day after New Years
  • Monday  —   1/15/24  —   Martin Luther King Day

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