September 2010 Newsletter

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Quote of the month:  Girls are like phones. They love to be held and talked to but if you press the wrong button you'll be disconnected! (anonymous)

Congratulations to E. Boettcher of Sun City AZ  Winner of our August drawing for 1 free additional year of membership.

Thank you to everyone that entered the drawing.

Chairside Chat with Dawn Lawler:

Dawn Lawler

Bleaching Woes….They do happen.

At some point during your routine dental check-up you have probably been approached about bleaching.  For those of you who have tried the in-office bleaching or at home treatments, below is a few common “woes” bleacher’s encounter and their remedies.

This is very common.  If you already suffer from sensitive teeth, you may wish to talk to your hygienist or dentist about using a toothpaste for sensitive teeth (i.e., Sensodyne ) prior to and after your bleaching treatment.  This cuts down on the cold shock after your treatment.

After I bleach, my teeth take on a “hue”:
This is also a common “woe” for people who are avid coffee, tea, red wine and dark soda drinkers.  It’s usually advised to cut back or not drink these beverages when you’re bleaching.  However, if you’re like me and have to have that coffee daily, I always brush my teeth right after I’m done while bleaching.  And to keep those newly pearl whites bright…rinse with water after drinking these staining offenders.

Not seeing results?
Most dentists take a starting shade of your teeth before you start. If you're using an over the counter treatment, then ask your dentist to take one for you before you start.  (Usually, this takes less than a minute and no appointment is necessary.) Given the fact that your are inspecting your teeth daily to see your bleaching results and whitening results vary from subtle to BAMM, you may not notice the slight changes in the shade of your teeth.  I usually suggest bleaching your lower arch a few days after you bleach your upper arch, the contrast becomes apparent.  If you still aren’t confident in your bleaching results, contact your dentist.  The strength of the bleaching agent may not be working well for you and they may need to adjust your treatment.

If you have a particular topic that you would like Dawn to discuss, please drop her an email by clicking here.

Keeping Fit with Jourdin Hendershot:


Have you ever heard of Acupuncture?

Have you ever heard of acupuncture? Well acupuncture is a procedure that involves inserting needles in to various parts of the body to relive pain or for therapeutic purposes.  Acupuncture was originated in China and has been practiced for many years.  Acupuncture is an alternative treatment for many things.

Many wonder "how does acupuncture work?"  Acupuncture stimulates pain–relieving endorphins, releases neurotransmitters that transmit nerve impulses to the brain, and stimulates circulation.

Once a client meets with an acupuncturist, he/she will be given a medical questionnaire to fill out.  Next the acupuncturist will have an interview with the client and ask many questions regarding diet, stress, appetite etc.  After the interview the client will begin treatment!

Upon insertion the client may feel a slight sting or prick, once the needle is inserted there should be no pain.  During the treatment if you feel numb, stinging, or any other irritation you need to tell the acupuncturist right away.  The typical length of an treatment is between 20-30 min.


Here is a list of conditions treated by acupuncture:

  • Migraines and Tension Headaches
  • Sinusitis
  • Common Cold
  • Addictions, Quit Smoking
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Meniere's Disease
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Sciatica
  • Arthritis
  • Menstrual Cramps
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Low Back Pain
  • Asthma
  • Weight Loss
  • Infertility

If you have questions you would like to discuss with Jourdin, feel free to drop her an email by clicking here.

Holistic Health Jen Ericson:


Herbal Remedies for dental care!

For years people have gone the all-natural route instead of pharmaceutical medicines.  Today many people turn to herbal remedies for many reasons.  A couple being it is cheaper then the alternatives and you are not getting the chemicals found in traditional medicines.

For those of you that drink green tea, did you know it is good for fighting dental cavities by getting rid of bacteria? Apples also help keep bacteria away too.  To ease that toothache you may have you can use clove oil, vinegar and also you can place an ice bag on your face wherever the pain is.  Those things will help ease your pain until you can get into the dentist.  Most people push aside the little parsley that comes on your dinner plate, but if you have somewhere to be after dinner and don’t have time to brush your teeth or any gum on hand eat the parsley and it will do the trick.

To whiten your teeth rub the white inside of an orange rind against your teeth and rinse after a few minutes or you can make a paste using a few strawberries, let it sit for a few minutes then rise with a little baking soda.

Those are just a few examples on how you can use herbal remedies that are all natural and healthy for you.

If you have questions you would like to discuss with Jennifer, an email by clicking here.

Grandma's Kitchen with Grandma C.:

Grandma C.

Kielbasa Hash


  • 1 pound Kielbasa Sausage
  • 3 Yukon Gold Potatoes (diced)
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper (sliced)
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper (sliced)
  • 1 Medium Onion (diced into large cubes)

Heat 1 TBSP cooking oil in a skillet.  Add potatoes and cook till almost tender, about 15 minutes.  Add onion & bell pepper and cook an additional 6-8 minutes.  Slice kielbasa into ½ inch slices and add to skillet, cooking only until heated through.  The oils from the Kielbasa will flavor the hash.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

*For a lighter hash, cook the Kielbasa in a skillet by itself and drain the grease before you add it to the hash.

If you have a recipe that you would like to share with Grandma C., drop her an email by clicking here.

To your health:

When to retire your toothbrush:

Dentists recommend that children and adults change their toothbrush at least once every 3 months.  Bristles become worn out and frayed and can actually cause irritation to the sensitive gum tissues around your teeth.  Old toothbrushes can also harbor bacteria over a period of time and dentists recommend rinsing your toothbrush out completely with hot water to cut down on bacteria growth.

Some dentists actually say that since bacteria can only live without a growth environment for a day or so, they recommend using two toothbrushes and alternating them daily and its also highly suggested that your toothbrush be replaced after you’ve been sick.
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.

A question from a member:


Why are prices higher in rural areas than in urban areas???

Savon's Answer:

The Rural fee schedule is applicable in any area with a population of less than 100,000 and at least 50 miles away from the center of an Urban area.  An Urban area is defined as any Metropolitan area with a population greater than 100,000.

With the cost of living statistically being higher in rural areas, the costs for dental treatments, dental supplies and laboratory fees are naturally higher as well.  The fee schedules for the rural areas reflect these costs for each area and your Savon Dental Plan Rural Fee is then discounted off the average fee for these procedures.

Many people who reside in rural areas that are within a reasonable driving distance from urban/metro areas often opt to have their least expensive dental treatments done by their rural dentists and commute into the larger cities to have their more extensive treatments done at the urban fee schedule rates.  Should you have any questions regarding the fee schedules, or need a suggestion for a provider in a nearby Urban area, please contact our Customer Care Team for assistance

News You Can Use:  News From Inside Your Dental Plan

Give the gift that keeps on giving:

Give Savon Dental Plan as a gift this year

Why not give Savon Dental Plan as a gift this year?  If you purchase a gift plan for someone, Savon will:
  • Waive the $20.00 processing fee for that plan

  • Send you a full color gift certificate for you to give to the recipient

  • Activate the plan either on a set date or at the recipient's request

  • Extend your plan by 2 months as a Thank You!
In these hard economic times a Savon Dental Plan gift certificate is truly a gift worth giving!!!  Call 800.809.3494 and order yours today!

Fun Facts

Crazy, Zany Facts We Bet You Didn't Know

  • Paul Revere was also a dentist (aside from being a silversmith)

  • Cheddar, Swiss, and Monterey cheese can help whiten your teeth

  • William F. Semple, a dentist from Ohio, was issued the first patent for chewing gum in 1869

  • Dr. Horace Wells was the first dentist to administer Nitrous Oxide as an anesthetic in 1844

  • Early Chinese tooth-pullers used their fingers to remove compromised teeth, developing the necessary strength for these procedures by spending hours pulling nails out of blocks of wood

  • It is against the law to manufacture, import or sell gum in Singapore

  • More people use blue toothbrushes than red ones

  • A poll conducted in Michigan showed that Republicans, Protestants & women brush their teeth more often than Democrats, Catholics & men. 2% of those polled said they don't brush at all

  • In 1994 a prison inmate in West Virginia braided floss into a rope, scaled the wall and escaped
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!!

Insurance Insight - Indepth Look At Medical Insurance - Part 4

Contrary To Popular Belief…

“Last year I had cancer/heart attack/stroke and the carrier raised my rates 50%!”

It is illegal for any carrier to raise your health premiums based on your specific claims.  Rate increases are based on the overall claims made by the people in your age bracket on the plan you have, in your geographical area (usually based on county or state).  You could be healthy and have no claims, or have $150,000 in cancer or heart surgery, and still get the same increase.  Is this fair? Yes and no.  If you are the one who just had open heart surgery, lost six weeks of work and possibly six weeks’ income (or your job), you would be the least likely to be able to afford to even keep your premiums going if they increased reflective to your claims.  Like living in a hurricane zone - though you may never have had claims related to a storm, everyone gets the hit for hurricane coverage or loss.

If a carrier discovers information in your medical record that was not disclosed on the application, and that information would not have resulted in a decline of coverage but would have resulted in a higher premium, the carrier does legally have the right to increase the premium accordingly.  They may do it retroactively or when they discover the discrepancy.  If the information would have resulted in a decline, they can rescind the policy back to the date of issue, and collect back any claims they may have paid.  Remember: this is not because of something the carrier did, but to what the applicant did not do when they completed the application: answer correctly and honestly.

Help Savon adopt a family for the holidays

$1.00 can make a difference

For the 3rd year in a row Savon will be adopting a family for the holidays.

We are asking every member of the plan to help us in this endeavor by sending us $1.00.  Savon will match the total of the donations and the office personnel will do the holiday shopping.

Once the shopping is complete, an itemized list of how much was taken in and where it was spent will be available on the website.  We hope to be able to start the shopping by November 15th with delivery of both food and presents made by November 24th.

The family that we will adopt will be chosen by The Salvation Army  and the goods will be delivered to the family by them.  Remember:  $1.00 means very little to most of us but with the power of our membership, it can make a BIG difference in the life of a family.

Please send your $1.00 to Savon Dental Plan Charity at PO Box 6055, Glendale, AZ 85312 and let's work together to make a difference!!

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