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September 2022 Newsletter

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Quote Of The Month:   “ Starting tomorrow whatever life throws at me, I‘m ducking so it hits someone else.”  (Author Unknown)

Congratulations To:

F. Schenck of Sun City, AZ and A. Riddle of Goodyear, AZ  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:


If I were to say to you “My eyes are my ears, and my hands are my mouth” would you know what I was talking about?  Most likely not.  Well, let me explain…  September is Deaf Awareness Month and has the International Week of Deaf People; which is celebrated the week of September 19th-25th!

When you think of Deafness, you may think a person can‘t hear anything.  However, that is not always the case.  Deafness can range from mild, moderate, severe, or profound.

Did you know there are two different “labels” that deaf people use to identify themselves? These labels are typically written as D/deaf.

According to Carol Padden and Tom Humphries, in Deaf in America: Voices from a Culture (1988): ‘we use the lower case deaf when referring to the audiological condition of not hearing, and the uppercase Deaf when referring to a particular group of people who share a language – American Sign Language (ASL) – and a culture.  The members of this group have inherited their sign language, use it as a primary means of communication among themselves, and hold a set of beliefs about themselves and their connection to the larger society.  We distinguish them from, for example, those who find themselves losing their hearing because of illness, trauma, or age; although these people share the condition of not hearing, they do not have access to the knowledge, beliefs, and practices that make up the culture of Deaf people.”
On the other hand, some people are Hard–of–Hearing.  These people usually have mild to moderate hearing loss and do not have or want any affiliation with the Deaf community.

You may be wondering how a D/deaf person communicates.  They use a visual language that uses classifiers, hand/body placements, and movements but most importantly… facial expressions!  All of this is referred to as Sign Language.  In America, we use American Signed Language (ASL).  Other countries have their own signed Languages for example: Mexico uses Spanish Signed Language (SSL) and across the pond, in the United Kingdom they use British Signed Language (BSL).

If you ever meet a D/deaf person and don‘t know any Sign Language, don‘t freak out and turn the other way.  You can still communicate with them, and they will appreciate the gesture!  Below are some different ways that can help you to communicate with a D/deaf individual.
  • Use paper and pencil to write back and forth.

  • Use the notepad app. on a cell phone to type back and forth.

  • Look directly at the D/deaf individual:
    • Speak clearly at a normal pace…  DO NOT yell or over–enunciate.

    • DO NOT cover your mouth or look away.

  • Avoid standing in front of a light source, ie: (window).

  • Use visual aids if you need to, something like pointing at a picture, or a body part.

  • DO NOT get frustrated if they do not understand what is being said.  Only about 30–35% of lipreading is caught.  Repeat if needed.
If you are interested in learning more about Deaf Culture or American Sign Language look into your local community college or university for American Sign Language Classes.  Keep in mind that learning from a D/deaf person is the appropriate way to learn correct signs.  Another great way to learn is to immerse yourself into the D/deaf community!

For more information visit The National Association of the Deaf

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.:

Cajun Shrimp Dip

Grandma C.
  1. 3 green onions (scallions)
  2. 1 red bell pepper, chopped fine
  3. ½ stick butter
  4. 1 lb raw shrimp, peeled and cleaned
  5. 1 tsp minced garlic
  6. 1 cup cream cheese
  7. 3 TBSPS sour cream
  8. 1 TBSP creole seasoning
  9. 1 TBSP parsley flakes
  10. 1 TSP red pepper flakes
  11. 1 TSP lemon juice
  12. Salt and pepper to taste

Slice green onion.  Finely chop red bell pepper.

Melt butter in medium saucepan.  Add vegetables and minced garlic to melted butter, stir to coat and cook over medium heat for 4-5 minutes.

Chop shrimp into small chunks.  Add to butter and vegetables.  Cook 2 minutes until shrimp turns pink.

Stir in cream cheese, sour cream, red pepper flakes, parsley and creole seasoning.

Bring it to a simmer and cook 2 minutes until everything is thick and creamy.  Stir in lemon juice.

Serve as a hot dip with fresh veggies, chips or bread!

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.


Mesa Dental Care

Mesa Dental Cre
Our spotlight for September is aimed at the city of Mesa, Arizona and shines on Mesa Dental Care

At Mesa Dental Care Dr. Ali Nia and his excellent friendly and highly experienced staff will strive to tailor your dental care to suit your individual dental needs.  Through his extensive training and thirty plus years of experience each patient receives the best dental care available.

Dr. Nia is a devoted and compassionate dental professional whose passion for excellence is reflected in his meticulous and gentle dental care.  He truly is committed to his patients and their comfort and ensuring they receive the best treatment that works and will last.

There is an outgoing, fun, and talented dental team at Mesa Dental Care that is committed to you and your smile.  They will do everything they can to help you have strong, beautiful teeth and gums, as well as help you achieve pristine oral health.  To get to know the team a little more, please read click the link below, visit their website and read their biographies!  If you have any questions, feel free to call give them a call because they are excited to get to know you as well!

The practice is located at 1930 S Dobson Rd, Suite 1, Mesa, AZ 85202.  The phone number is (480) 730-0500.  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 nomimating your dentist!

Fun Facts:

Crazy, Zany Facts We Bet You Didn´t Know

  • Barbie‘s full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts.

  • Women have more tastebuds than men.  So there you go, another reason why women deserve chocolate more than men do.

  • Nearly 10 percent of all dreams include sex.

  • Emus and kangaroos cannot walk backward.

  • Rhubarb can spring up so fast that you can actually hear it grow.

  • Due to their high oil content and lower water content, pistachios are prone to self heating.  In fact, if transported in large groups, they can spontaneously combust!

  • In the Middle Ages, black pepper was considered a luxury.  It was even used to pay rent and taxes on occasion.
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!!

Tooth Talk With Tommy The Wisdom Tooth

Which Beverages Cause The Most Dental Erosion??

A direct reprint of an article by Alex Dagostino, DrBicuspid.com associate editor
Which type of sugary drink causes the greatest amount of dental erosion to baby teeth?  Researchers soaked 52 extracted molars in flavored milk, orange juice, and Pepsi for four weeks to find out.  They shared their results in an article published on September 6 in the Pediatric Dental Journal.

In the study, 52 human extracted deciduous molars were subjected to erosion by cyclic immersion for a 28–day protocol.  The teeth were cycled in four solutions: artificial saliva, strawberry–flavored milk, orange juice, and Pepsi.

Researchers assessed the enamel surface microhardness (SMH) and surface topography using a scanning electron microscope at baseline and at two and four weeks of the study.  Not all solutions were equal when it came to erosion.

“Carbonated soft drink (Pepsi) and orange juice showed high erosive potentiality affecting the enamel surface of deciduous teeth while the milk–based beverage showed no difference from the artificial saliva,” wrote the study authors, led by Abla Arafa, PhD, of Misr International University in Egypt.
Researchers also learned that the erosion evolved over time.  At week two, the Pepsi group had the lowest SMH followed by orange juice, strawberry–flavored milk, and artificial saliva.  By week four, the differences in SMH of the Pepsi and orange juice groups yielded significantly lower values compared to strawberry–flavored milk and artificial saliva.  Pepsi and orange juice also had the highest acidity by week four.

Although there was no significant difference in erosion between Pepsi and orange juice in SMH, carbonated beverages are known for their erosive effects on tooth enamel.  In the present study, Pepsi had the lowest pH among the four groups, but it also contains phosphoric and citric acids as ingredients, unlike fruit–based beverages, which contain mainly citric acid.

“Phosphoric acid is found to have a strong ability to induce etching of surface enamel while citric acid tends to bind and mobilize calcium content from tooth structure, hence encouraging mineral loss,” Arafa and colleagues wrote.

Perhaps surprisingly, the sugar–sweetened strawberry–flavored milk group revealed no difference in enamel softening from the artificial saliva group.  This finding may be attributed to multiple factors, including the effects of casein proteins to inhibit dissolution and elevate pH at the enamel surface thereby limiting softening of the tooth structure.

Additionally, milk–based beverages contain higher concentrations of calcium and phosphate ions, which may prohibit erosion.  However, because of the added sugar content, flavored milk–based beverages pose an increased risk to people of developing caries and are not recommended for frequent consumption.

Dental erosion is a widely recognized, irreversible problem affecting a majority of children and adults throughout the world.  Tooth erosion can lead to dental hypersensitivity, poor aesthetics, loss of the occlusal vertical dimension, trouble eating, pulp exposure, and abscess formation.

If it is not controlled, the person may suffer from severe tooth loss, tooth sensitivity, and, eventually, the risk of dental abscesses of the affected teeth.  Early diagnosis, professional intervention, and diet modification can prevent injuries from extending to permanent teeth.

In addition to the risk of dental erosion, frequent consumption of sugary juices and carbonated soft drinks may increase the risk of dental caries, especially in children.  Therefore, “increased carbonated soft drinks consumption by children and adolescents should be highly discouraged,” wrote the study authors.

Until next time; brush, floss and keep smiling!

The above material is provided as an information service and is not intended as medical advice.

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