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September 2017 Newsletter

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Quote Of The Month:   “One of the worst days in America's history saw some of the bravest acts in Americans' history.  We'll always honor the heroes of 9/11.  Here at this hallowed place, we pledge that we will never forget their sacrifice.” (President George W. Bush, at the Pentagon in 2008)

Congratulations To:

L. Ramirez of Tucson, Arizona  Winner of our August early payment drawing for 1 free additional year of membership.

Congratulations to our winner and thank you to everyone that entered the drawing.

To Your Health With Jourdin Hendershot:

Relieve Pain By Using A Tennis Ball

If your anything like me, every once in a while, you're body experiences “technical difficulties”.

Last weekend, I went out with some of my friends to celebrate a birthday.  I felt fine all day and even through dinner but later that night, out of nowhere I was starting to get a horrible pain in my neck that extended down into my shoulder blade.

The next morning… OUCH!!  The pain was unbearable!  I tried everything I could think of to help relieve the pain; Ibuprofen, icy hot, a hot shower with the pulse setting beating on it but nothing worked.

Later in the week I was talking to my mom.  I mentioned to her that my neck and shoulder still hurt a little and she said, “go buy a tennis ball” (I already had one).  She told me to lay on the floor with the tennis ball and place it under the part of my neck that was still hurting and just roll it around.  It did help!  I only wish I had known this sooner!

As I was scrolling on Pinterest, I came across an article on how to relieve pain by using a tennis ball so I thought I would share the tips I found with you:
  • Back Pain:  Lie down on your back and place one tennis ball on each side of the spine.  Bend your knees and gently push your body up and down so the ball rolls up and down the back.  This creates a nice massage!  *Do not place directly on the spine.

  • Neck Pain:  Lie down on your back, extend legs straight out and place two tennis balls at the base of the skull.  Gently nod your head as if you‘re saying “yes”.  Repeat for one minute.  Next, pivot your head from side to side as if you‘re saying “no”.  Continue this for one minute.

  • Hip pain:  Lie sideways on the floor and place a tennis ball under one side of the hip.  Slowly move your hip in a circular motion in one direction.  Repeat on the other side.

  • Foot Pain:  Place the tennis ball on the floor and roll your foot back and forth over it.  *Very helpful if you suffer from Plantar Fasciitis.
I hope these easy and simple tips will be helpful to you now and in the future so you can avoid a trip to the doctor.

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.:

Tasty Homemade Granola

Grandma C.
  1. 2 cups rolled oats (uncooked)
  2. 1 cup sliced pecans
  3. 1 cup silced almonds
  4. 1 cup pumpkin seeds
  5. ½ cup raisins
  6. 2 Tbsp. cinnamon
  7. ½ cup maple syrup
  8. ¼ cup olive oil

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.  Place all ingredients in a large mixing bowl EXCEPT for the raisins.  Toss to coat.

Line 2 Jelly Roll pans with parchment paper.  Divide granola mixture and spread equal amounts evenly on each pan. Place one on each rack in oven.

Bake 40-45 minutes until golden.  Transfer immediately to a large bowl.  Stir occasionally until completely cool, then add raisins or other dried fruit of your choice.  Placed in an airtight container they will keep up to 2 weeks.

(Tip* Switch pans from bottom to top-top to bottom rack every 15 minutes to keep from overbaking.  Bottom rack tends to cook faster.)

This recipe makes a great healthy snack or even doubles as a breakfast cereal, just add milk and enjoy!  Yield: Approximately 6 cups

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.

Your Teeth Can Talk To You!

What Is Your Toothache Telling You?

Most people who get a toothache get just that…  A toothache!  All they know is that it hurts really bad and the dentist will fix it (when and IF they even get around to going).  But did you know that your toothache just might be telling you what kind of problems you may be in for?

Here's how to tell:
  • Sharp pain and tooth sensitivity (intermittent):  Cold sensitivity is a symptom of gum recession, loss of enamel from over-brushing, age, and wear and tear, or a small cavity.  Heat sensitivity could also be a small cavity, but could also very well be an abscess, a crack, or a sign of severe decay.

  • Chronic toothache (more than one tooth):  Could be nerve damage from grinding your teeth, severe decay, or dental trauma from an accident or injury.

  • Throbbing toothache:  This is a sign of infection.  Swelling of the face may also accompany this type of toothache and is also a sign of an abscess.

  • Pain while eating:  This could indicate tooth decay or a slight crack in your tooth.

  • Pain in the jaw (back):  This could be impacted wisdom teeth, but could also be related to teeth grinding or even possibly TMJ.
Many people wait until they are in RAGING pain to see a dentist.  The thing is, if you go to the dentist at the FIRST SIGN of a problem, you'll save yourself a whole lot of pain as well as a whole lot of money.  It could mean the difference between a small, inexpensive filling and a painstaking, costly root canal.

The bottom line here is DON'T IGNORE THE PAIN!!!  If you can feel it, it's time to go to the dentist!

The above material is provided as an information service.  It is not intended to take the place of the important relationship between you and your dentist.

Fun Facts:

Interesting Facts About September

  • 1666 - The Great Fire of London destroyed more than 13,000 homes along with St. Paul's Church.

  • 1789 - The United States Post Office was formed.

  • 1888 - "Jack the Ripper" killed two women, Liz Stride & Kate Eddowes.

  • 1752 - September 3-13 never happened for many, thanks to Great Britain adopting the Grergorian calandar.  People rioted, believing that the government had stolen 11 days of their lives

  • 1966 - The first Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon raised $1,002,114.  The tote board was only six digits, so Jerry Lewis painted the "1" million spot.

  • 1969- Chemical Bank installed the first United States ATM in the U.S. at its branch in Rockville Centre, New York.

  • 1985 - The remains of the Titanic, sunk by an iceberg in 1912, were discovered in the North Atlantic.

  • 1995 - eBay was founded.

  • 1998 - Google was founded by Stanford University students Larry Page and Sergey Brin.

  • 2001 - Terrorist crashed two planes into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City.  A third aircraft was crashed into the Pentagon and a fourth plane crashed in Somerset County, Pennsylvania.

  • 2002 - Kelly Clarkson won the first season of American Idol on FOX

  • 2008 - The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 777.68 points, the largest single-day point loss by that time in history.
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

E. Donaldson of Portland, Oregon asks: 

“What is the difference between a canker sore and a cold sore?”

Savon’s Answer

Let me preface this answer by saying that this is not medical advice and I am not a doctor.

1Cold Sores;  also called fever blisters are a common viral infection.  They are tiny, fluid-filled blisters on and around your lips.  These blisters are often grouped together in patches.  After the blisters break, a crust forms over the resulting sore.  Cold sores usually heal in two to four weeks without leaving a scar.

Cold sores spread from person to person by close contact, such as kissing.  They're caused by a herpes simplex virus (HSV-1) closely related to the one that causes genital herpes (HSV-2).  Both of these viruses can affect your mouth or genitals and can be spread by oral sex.  Cold sores are contagious even if you don't see the sores.

There's no cure for HSV infection, and the blisters may return.  Antiviral medications can help cold sores heal more quickly and may reduce how often they return.

2Canker Sores;  also called aphthous ulcers, are small, shallow lesions that develop on the soft tissues in your mouth or at the base of your gums.  Unlike cold sores, canker sores don't occur on the surface of your lips and they aren't contagious.  They can be painful, however, and can make eating and talking difficult.

Most canker sores go away on their own in a week or two.  Check with your doctor or dentist if you have unusually large or painful canker sores or canker sores that don't seem to heal.

1Where we got our information on Cold Sores   2Where we got our information on Canker Sores

Are You Diabetic?

Diabetes and Periodontal Disease

From an article by Dr. Bruce Cohen

Diabetes and Periodontal Disease:  The connection makes sense!

I was reading in a journal the other day about the connection between Periodontal Disease and Diabetes.  For the estimated 18-20 million Americans that have Diabetes it is important to understand that one of the main avenues of bacteria into the bloodstream could be from Periodontal Disease.

As Diabetics know all too well , the influx of bacteria into their system is much more dangerous than if they didn't have Diabetes because of the higher risk of infections.

Periodontal disease is sometimes spoken of as the sixth complication of Diabetes.  Now research is suggesting that Periodontal Disease and Diabetes is a two way path.

Poorly controlled type 2 Diabetics are more likely to have Periodontal Disease and Periodontal Disease can raise blood sugar levels making it harder for the Diabetic to control his/her blood sugar levels.  Make sure that if you are a Diabetic you let your dental care provider know.  Your dentist will want to note this important medical information in your chart so that he/she can watch it closely as you have your dental health needs evaluated and treated.

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