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September 2020 Newsletter

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Quote Of The Month:   “25 years from now kids everywhere will be like ‘I remember the spring of 2020, that´s when I learned how much liquor it takes to be a parent’.”  (comment found on Twitter®)

Congratulations To:

M. Hershey of Phoenix, Arizona and R. Blidy of Mesa, Arizona  Winners of our August 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:

Inflammatory Bowel Disease

As an outsider you may not see it but someone who is suffering can most definitely feel it.  You may be wondering what I am talking about, right?  Well, I am talking about Inflammatory Bowel Disease, also referred to as IBD.

We have all suffered from a bout of diarrhea, which is unpleasant enough but now imagine suffering from chronic diarrhea.

According to the Crohn´s and Colitis Foundation, approximately 1.6 million Americans currently suffer from IBD and as many as 70,000 new cases of IBD are diagnosed in the United States each year.

IBD is broken into two separate inflammatory diseases; Crohn´s disease, and Ulcerative Colitis.  These both damage the lining of the digestive tract, however, beyond that, the difference between the two is distinct.  Crohn´s Disease can occur anywhere in the digestive tract and may occur simultaneously in different locations while Ulcerative Colitis is typically found in the colon and rectum.

IBD does not discriminate against age, although the peak seems to be between the ages of 15 – 35.  Currently, the cause of Crohn´s and Ulcerative Colitis is unknown but there are a few ideas behind it:
  • Autoimmune reaction – the immune system attacks healthy bacteria in the GI tract.
  • Thickening of the intestinal wall.
  • Heredity
  • Environmental elements (i.e. country vs. city living)
  • Stress
  • Poor diet
The signs and symptoms of both can be similar:
  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach cramping
  • Blood in stool
  • Sudden weight loss
If you suspect you have IBD, it is important to speak with your primary care physician.  They will run multiple tests to determine which disease you may be suffering from.

Once they have diagnosed you, they will recommend the best type of treatment.  These treatments can vary from taking medications, changing your diet, avoiding certain types of foods and drinks, or even suggesting that you exercise.  In some cases, surgery may be necessary.

Please do not wait to get tested.  IBD can cause severe damage if not treated promptly.

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.:

Cowboy Style Tater Tot Casserole

Grandma C.
  1. 1½ lbs ground beef
  2. 1 pkg frozen tater tots (32 oz.)
  3. 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  4. 2 cups grated Mexican style cheese
  5. 1 cup sour cream
  6. 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  7. 1 can black beans, drained
  8. 1 can Rotel tomatoes, drained (mild or spicy, your choice)
  9. 1 can Mexi-corn, drained
  10. 1 TBSP corn starch
  11. 1 TBSP chili powder
  12. 1 tsp ground cumin
  13. Salt and Pepper (to taste)
Pre–heat oven to 350 degrees.

Brown ground beef and onion together in a large skillet.  Drain.  While on medium–low heat, add chili powder, cumin and salt and pepper.  Stir to coat.

Add mushroom soup, black beans, Rotel tomatoes, corn and sour cream, mix well with a wooden spoon.  Sprinkle in corn starch, mix.

Spray a 13 X 9 inch baking dish with cooking spray.

Layer the bottom with the meat mixture, then top with grated cheese.  Add frozen tater tots on top until covered.  Salt and pepper if preferred.

Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.

Let stand 5 minutes before serving.  Recipe serves 6.

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 - Avondale, Arizona

Bright Now Dental Center
Our spotlight for September goes to the city of Avondale, Arizona and shines on Bright Now! Dental.

When it comes to choosing the right dentist for you and your family, you can find honest, quality care at Bright Now Dental Avondale.  The staff at Bright Now has been providing quality care to Savon members for over a decade.  If you live in the Avondale area, we invite you to visit them!

The practice is located at 1473 N. Dysart Rd. #105, Avondale, Arizona.  The phone number is (623)925-1331.  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

  • Dolphins sleep with one eye open.

  • The first known contraceptive was crocodile dung, used by Egyptians in 2000 B.C.

  • The oldest known goldfish lived to 41 years of age. Its name was Fred.

  • The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is uncopyrightable.

  • There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball.

  • You blink over 20,000,000 times a year.

  • The saying “it´s so cold out there it could freeze the balls off a brass monkey” came from when they had old cannons like ones used in the Civil War.  The cannonballs were stacked in a pyramid formation, called a brass monkey.  When it got extremely cold outside they would crack and break off… thus the saying.
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

K. Rubin of Fort Wayne, Indiana asks: 

“Are virtual dental visits a feasible option?”

Savon’s Answer

If you are using a virtual visit to replace a visit for a dental problem then I don´t think it´s a feasible option.

Virtual dental visits have been in use since 2012 in areas where dental care is inadequate and dentists are limited.  In most of these cases a dentist works virtually with a hygienist to assess the needs of the patient and schedule appointments as required.

While this system works for underserved areas you are always better off actually seeing a dentist in person if possible.

Tooth Talk With Tommy The Wisdom Tooth

Dementia, Mild Cognitive Decline Linked To Gum Disease

A direct reprint of an article y Melissa Busch, DrBicuspid.com assistant editor
Dementia and mild cognitive impairment (MCI) may be linked to periodontal disease, specifically the type of gum damage that results in tooth loss, according to a study published online July 29 in Neurology.

Approximately 19% of participants who had varying degrees of gum disease and were followed for 20 years developed dementia, researchers found.

“Periodontal disease was modestly associated with incident MCI and dementia in a community-based cohort,” wrote the group, led by Ryan Demmer, PhD, from the division of epidemiology and community health at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.

Good gums, good mind?

These findings appear to bolster existing support for the association between oral health and overall health.  Previous studies have shown that missing teeth may be a risk factor for developing dementia and that the more teeth older adults were missing, the more likely they were to develop the disease.
Other studies have shown that poor oral hygiene is associated with pneumonia in seniors, specifically those diagnosed with dementia, while brains infected with periodontal disease bacteria have shown signs of Alzheimer´s disease, the most common type of dementia.  Dementia and MCI outcomes were assessed following a baseline periodontal examination to further explore these connections.

Approximately 8,300 people with an average age of 63 who were not diagnosed with dementia were enrolled in the study, which was funded by the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health.  The participants were part of the community–based, longitudinal Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study, which included predominantly Black or white participants ages 45 to 64 from Forsyth County, NC; Jackson, MS; the suburbs of Minneapolis; and Washington County, MD.  The study participants were followed from 1996 through 2016, according to the authors.

The participants underwent complete periodontal exams that included measuring gum probing depth, bleeding, and recession.  They were divided into groups based on the severity and extent of their gum disease and the number of lost teeth, including those with implants.  The initial assessment showed about 22% had no gum disease and 12% had mild gum disease.  Approximately 19% had some or severe tooth loss, 20% had no teeth, and the remaining had severe gum inflammation, disease in their molars, and severe gum disease, the researchers found.

2 decades later

At the end of the study 20 years later, 4,559 people were assessed.  Approximately 1,600 of the participants, or about 19% of the 8,300 who were involved from the beginning, developed dementia.  This was the equivalent of 11.8 cases per every 1,000 person–years.

Among those with healthy gums and all their teeth, 14% developed dementia, compared with 23% of those with no teeth.  In addition, approximately 18% of those with mild gum disease and 22% with severe gum disease developed dementia, Demmer and colleagues found.

The study had limitations, such as the primary theories linking periodontal disease to dementia centrally involving adverse oral microbial exposures.  No direct assessments of the patients´ oral microbiota were available to test more refined hypotheses, they noted.

Severe periodontitis and tooth loss appear to be associated with a modestly enhanced dementia risk, so more studies should be completed to better understand the link.

“Future studies are justified to further characterize the potential role of oral microbiota in explaining this relationship and the potential for anti–infective periodontal interventions to prevent cognitive decline,” the authors 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.

Working For You During These Tough Times

We Are Here To Help

We would like to thank every member that has taken advantage of our early renewal program and the specials that we have added during the past few months.  Your support of our company has been critical in our survival.

We have all watched businesses that we thought were rock solid close their doors for good.  We have seen several of our providers decide that it wasn´t worth going on and just close their practices.

The facilities that did wait this out are back in operation.– Please be patient and understand that some of them may be on reduced hours and limited appointments.  They are doing this to stay within the social distancing guidelines and to allow more time between appointments for sterilization of the operatories and equipment.

If you find out that your dentist has closed their office permanently or if you need help finding what your dentist´s office hours are give us a call at 800-809-3494.

We know that times have been tough for a lot of us and we hope and pray that your situation is improving on a daily basis but if you are among the ones still reeling financially and need some special help to keep your plan, give us a call at 800-809-3494.

Our customer care representatives are standing by and will do whatever we can to help. Our hours are Monday-Thursday 9-12 & 1-4 and Friday 9-12. All times are mountain standard.

Remember, we can only work to solve a problem if we know what the problem is.  Communication is the key to everything!

Stay Safe — Stay Well

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