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December 2017 Newsletter

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Quote Of The Month:   A Note From Santa:  “I am writing this note to inform you that inflation has taken away the things I hold most essential: my workshop, my reindeer, my sleigh.  Now I'm making my rounds on a donkey; he's old, and ornery and slow.  So if you don't see me at Christmas, I'm out on my ass in the snow.”- (Unknown Author)


Congratulations To:

L. Jensen of Phoenix, Arizona.  Winner of our November 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:

Spells

Jourdin
Imagine you’re getting dressed and suddenly you are sweating, your heart rate is up, you feel nauseous and dizzy but after a few minutes these symptoms subside and then you start to realize these symptoms come and go every few days.

Since these episodes happen without any warning and for unknown reasons, you may be experiencing “Spells”.  Spells can be frightening and embarrassing but in most cases, they aren’t life threatening.

What exactly is a “Spell”?  This is a catch word that is used to describe a physical symptom that occurs out of nowhere.  These symptoms have three things in common – they tend to come on suddenly, last for a period of time and they recur - you may have a spell multiple times a day or they may be months apart and they vary from person to person.

Spells can be divided into six categories:
  • Cardiovascular –  Reduced blood flow from the heart to the brain can simply happen by standing up too quickly or there can be a more serious cause like narrowing of the aortic valve in the heart which could be causing spells.

  • Psychological –  Stress, anxiety and panic attacks cause reactions in the body which can lead to spells.

  • Neurological –  Spells could be caused by disorders in the nervous system, which can cause loss of coordination or disturbance of consciousness.  These disorders are usually caused by epilepsy or blood vessel spasms.

  • Hormonal –  Changes in hormone levels within the body can occasionally cause spells.  Hormone related spells can be caused by overproduction of the thyroid, increased production of the hormone adrenaline due to a tumor in the adrenal gland or a drop in blood sugar levels.

  • Drug-related spells-  These can be caused by side effects of medications or withdrawing from medication.

  • Other –  This includes an array of causes that don’t fit into the other categories.  For example, these spells could be caused by sensitivity to certain foods.
Since spells can occur for many reasons, they can often be difficult for a doctor to diagnose but it is very important to be evaluated, especially if you are experiencing irregular heartbeats, chest pain or if you have noticed unintentional weight loss since your spells began

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.:

Easy No-Fail Cranberry-Orange Fudge

Grandma C.
Ingredients
  1. 1 lg can sweetened condensed milk (14 oz)

  2. 24 oz white chocolate (squares for baking)

  3. 1 tsp orange extract

  4. 1 tsp orange zest

  5. ¼ tsp salt

  6. 1 cup dried cranberries

Heat condensed milk in a medium saucepan, stirring constantly, for approximately 5 minutes or until thoroughly heated.  Do not boil!

Add white chocolate, orange extract, orange zest and salt.  Stir to combine and continue stirring until chocolate is completely melted.  Remove from heat and add the cranberries, stir to mix.

Spread the mixture into a foil lined 8x8 inch baking pan.  Cover and let cool to room temperature, then refrigerate for approximately 2 hours.

Cut into 1” squares.  Serve!

*Tip: This recipe does not seem to work well if you use white chocolate chips, so try to use the genuine white chocolate baking squares!

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.


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All Network Providers

As we come to the end of another year, we want to shine our spotlight on all of our providers.  The caring, quality and professionalism shown to our members by our providers nationwide has helped Savon maintain its’ status in a struggling field.

We want to say a big thank you to all network providers and we look forward to a prosperous 2018 for members and providers alike!

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 About Christmas We Bet You Didn't Know

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  • Electric Christmas lights were first used in 1854.

  • The holiday Boxing day was originally celebrated in England,for the servants to the rich people.  After Chrismas,the servants “boxed up” all the left-overs from the rich people and bring them home.

  • Franklin Pierce was the first president to decorate an official White House Christmas tree.

  • Alabama was the first state to recognize Christmas as an official holiday, and the tradition began in 1836.

  • The first Christmas was celebrated on December 25, AD 336 in Rome.

  • Artificial Christmas trees have outsold real ones since 1991.

  • In North America, children put stockings out at Christmas time.  Their Dutch counterparts use shoes.

  • When visiting Finland, Santa leaves his sleigh behind and rides on a goat named Ukko.  Finnish folklore has it that Ukko is made of straw, but is strong enough to carry Santa Claus anyway.
Come back for more in next months issue!


Dental Talk - A Member Blog Forum:

Blogging
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. Snyder of Bangor, Maine asks: 

“I am a winter visitor to Arizona so I am only here 6 months out of the year yet I'm paying for 12 months of membership and you don't have a provider in Maine.  Is there anything you can do for me to offset the 6 months that I can't use my plan?”

Savon’s Answer

If you are a winter visitor and you live a portion of the year in a region where we don't have Network Providers, simply let us know at the time that you join or renew your plan.  Upon notice we will change your plan to an 18 month plan at the same price that you are currently paying.  From that point on, your plan will renew every 18 months.


Tooth Talk With Tommy The Wisdom Tooth

Pack Your Dental Travel Bag

Excerpts from Everyday Health®
Tommy
Keeping your teeth healthy and your mouth clean when you’re away from home is important.  When you’re not home you can easily fight cavities, gum disease and bad breath by creating a tooth-friendly travel bag to carry in your purse or briefcase.  Here are a few items that you may want to consider for your travel bag.

Toothbrush and toothpaste - Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to protect gums from irritation.  You can also purchase pre-loaded toothbrushes and special travel brushes.

Floss - After eating any meal, use a disposable floss pick or dental floss to remove any remnants of lunch that is lodged between your teeth.
Cheese - Slip a pre-packaged cheddar square or other piece of cheese into your bag.  Cheese products provide calcium and vitamin D.  Cheese also promotes saliva flow and can neutralize acids. Hard cheeses can help whiten healthy teeth by scrubbing away food particles.

Fruits and Veggies - Apples and celery act as an effective scrub for your teeth and can help fight cavities.  They activate saliva, which discourages plaque from forming, vitamin C in celery and other fruits and veggies helps keep gums healthy as well.

Sugarless Gum - Since childhood you may have been told that chewing gum isn’t good for your teeth.  Today’s sugarless gum can help fight cavities and protect healthy teeth.  Chewing gum with the sugar-substitute xylitol reduces the bacteria that cause decay.  Examples of these gums include Ice Breakers Ice Cubes sugar-free gum and Trident and Trident Fusion with Xylitol.  Just be sure to choose your flavor of gum carefully, acidic flavorings, usually found in fruit-flavored sugar-free gum, can damage enamel, which could lead to tooth erosion.

Bottled Water - Sip on water during the day for better dental health and healthy teeth.  Water helps hydrate a dry mouth and keeps the pH in your mouth balanced to allow natural defenses, such as saliva, to work more effectively.  Rinsing your mouth out after a meal can help remove food debris.  For even more protection, try to choose bottled water with fluoride.

Mouth Wash - For a quick fix from onion or cigarette breath, mints can work, just make sure they're sugar-free.  You might also add a small bottle of mouthwash in your dental bag.  Listerine and Crest Pro-Health rinse a good choice.

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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