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May 2018 Newsletter

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Quote Of The Month:   “Once you can accept the universe as matter expanding into nothing that is something, wearing stripes with plaid comes easy.” - (Albert Einstein 1879-1955)

Congratulations To:

M, Carlson of Scottsdale, Arizona   Winner of our April 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:

The Best Pajamas Are No Pajamas

Everything may be better in your pajamas, except for sleeping!

Scientists say that going to bed stark naked could be the key to getting a good nights´ rest and can contribute to a number of health benefits!

The National Sleep Foundation identifies that the ideal temperature for superior sleep is 65 degrees and says that the body´s way of auto-regulating its core temperature, {instinctively working toward ideal rest}, can be impeded by jammies.  Waking up wet, sticky and miserable is no way to sleep!

Besides a good nights´ rest, other reasons that sleeping naked is good for you include:
  • Improved blood circulation — Without clothing, blood circulation is less restricted, which benefits your entire body.

  • Healthier skin and private parts — Bacteria thrives in warm, moist areas.  Ditching the pajamas, including under garments, can be beneficial for women prone to yeast infections.  Other areas that benefit are the armpits.

  • Improved Sperm quality — Sperm´s temperature needs to be kept slightly below the core body temperature.  Wearing extra clothing can raise the body´s core temperature, which may reduce sperm quality and affect a man´s fertility.

  • Balancing hormones — Allowing the body to stay cooler at night can help decrease cortisol, increase growth hormone and balance melatonin.

  • Helps reduce weight — Keeping the body cold at night can help you lose weight by burning more calories because the body is trying to stay at a constant temperature.

  • Healthier hair — The salt levels in your sweat can dry out your strands, especially if you don´t shampoo daily.
So, the next time you´re ready to hop into bed, step outside your comfort zone and give your birthday suit a try!

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, Delicious Guacamole

Grandma C.
  1. 5—6 ripened avocados

  2. ¾ cup pico de gallo, fresh

  3. 2 TSP diced jalapeno chilies (from a jar, tamed or hot, your choice)

  4. 2 TBSP fresh cilantro, chopped finely

  5. 1—2 TBSP fresh lime juice

  6. Salt and Pepper

Cut avocados in half and remove seeds.  Scoop out the avocado with a large spoon.  Dice into half inch pieces.  Add to medium sized bowl.

Add pico de gallo (I use the store brand fresh made pico, but you can make your own with diced tomatoes, onions & cilantro).

Add diced jalapeno peppers, cilantro & lime juice.  Salt and pepper to taste.

Mix with a spoon if you want to retain the chunky style, or with a fork if you prefer the creamy type of guacamole.

Serve right away or refrigerate, but it only keeps for a day or two!

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.


Garrett Family Dental Care

Garrett Family Dental Care
Our spotlight for February goes to the city of Surprise, Arizona and shines on Garrett Family Dental Care for the 3rd time since 2013.

Dr. Garrett is a graduate of the Loma Linda University School of Dentistry in Southern California.  Dr. Garrett moved to the valley in 1999 and has been in private practice for 18 years.  Dr. Garrett has completed extensive training in the field of cosmetic dentistry at The Las Vegas Institute For Advanced Dental Studies (LVI).

Garrett Family Dental Care has been a preferred provider for Savon since 2005 and takes care of many of our members in the far west valley.  They offer their patients the most advanced dental technologies in a very comfortable and relaxed environment.  Many of our members that used to live in Surprise now drive 15 to 20 miles for their dental work because they love Dr. Garrett and the entire staff.

Outside of his practice, Dr. Garrett enjoys spending time with his wife (his high school sweetheart) and their five sons.  His interests include football, wake boarding, and fly fishing with his father.

The practice is located at 15009 W. Bell Rd. Ste 175 - Surprise, AZ 85374.  The phone number is 623-476-8100.  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

  • A study from Harvard University finds that having no friends can be just as deadly as smoking.  Both effect levels of a blood-clotting protein

  • Adult cats only meow at humans, not other cats.  Kittens meow to their mother but once they get a little older, cats no longer meow to other cats

  • Bi-weekly has two different definitions: twice a week, or once every two weeks.

  • If you point your car keys to your head, it increases the remote´s signal range.  This works by using your brain to act as a radio transmitter.

  • Both Motel 6 and Super 8 get their names from the original prices of the rooms.  Motel 6 started at $6 in 1962, and Super 8 at $8.88 in 1974.

  • IKEA is an acronym which stands for Ingvar Kamprad Elmtaryd Agunnaryd, which is the founder´s name, farm where he grew up, and hometown.

  • The world´s first motel is in San Luis Obispo.  Built in 1925.  When opened, it cost $1.25 for a two-room bungalow with a kitchen and a private adjoining garage.

  • Jack Daniel (the founder of the whiskey) died from kicking a safe.  When he kicked it, he broke his toe which got infected.  He eventually died from blood poisoning.
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

This question has been addressed before but we feel it is worth adressing again: 

“I think that a Savon provider is overcharging on actual lab fees, what can you do to help me?”

Savon´s Answer

In most cases we can contact the provider and discuss the lab fees.  If we determine that they are inflating their lab fees and are not willing to lower them, we will help the member find a different provider.  In some cases we may terminate the agreement with the offending facility.

Tooth Talk With Tommy The Wisdom Tooth

Vitiman B deficiency can affect your oral health.

Vitamin B deficiencies are one of the most common deficiencies that can affect your teeth and your mouth.  Common oral effects of vitamin B deficiency are burning sensations in the mouth and on the tongue, trouble swallowing, swollen tongue, and pale tissues in the inner cheeks that could break apart easily and come off.

Deficiency in vitamin B can lead to anaemia or a low red blood cell count.  If you have a serious B12 deficiency then you could get neurological problems like numb or tingling limbs.

Folic acid is a type of vitamin B and deficiency in this vitamin can give you burning sensations in your mouth. Like B12 deficiency, you can have numb or tingling limbs if you are deficient in folic acid.  Folic acid is important to the development of the foetus.  If you do not have enough folic acid early in your pregnancy then you will risk having a baby with neural tube defects.
Deficiencies in vitamin B can increase your risks of getting:
  • angular cheilitis is a painful inflammation in the mouth.  It can also be referred to as a fungal infection

  • recurrent aphthous stomatitis or canker sores

  • chronic oral mucosal candidiasis is a fungal infection in the mouth.  The candida albicans fungus is normally found in the mouth and does not usually cause problems however, if you absorb nutrients poorly then you will increase your chances of getting this

  • atrophic glossitis is a condition that causes the taste buds to degenerate.  Your tongue will look bald and your sense of taste will be affected.  This can occur if you have a serious vitamin deficiency
You can get vitamin B from the following sources:
  • thiamine or B1 can be acquired from pork, whole and enriched grains, nuts, dried beans, and legumes

  • riboflavin or B2 can be acquired from eggs, liver, shellfish, almonds, and milk

  • niacin or B3 can be acquired from liver, meat, poultry, whole grains, fish, and peanuts

  • pyroxidine or B6 can be acquired from poultry, meat, fish, leafy green vegetables, whole grains, bananas, legumes, fruits, and nuts

  • cobalamin B12 can be acquired from meat, poultry, milk, fish, eggs, and fortified cereals

  • folic acid or folate can be acquired from vegetables, legumes, orange juice, broccoli, fortified cereals, asparagus, and nuts
Until next time; brush, floss and keep smiling!

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

Extra, Use If Needed

Schedule Of Benefits Adjustment - Final Reminder

We are in the process of examining the Schedule of Benefits.  This examination takes place every 18 months.  The last one was done in August of 2016 with the adjusted Schedule of Benefits being released in November of 2016.

This examination is critical to the success of our providers and to Savon Dental Plan.  We weigh the fees that we allow the dental facility to charge for procedures against the cost of providing the service (overhead, employees, supplies, materials, etc.).  We also consider the inflation rate, a full cash fee survey of providers Nationwide and the NDAS Official Fee Survey.  This is a complex and time-consuming process but we feel that it is vital because it assures us that our members are realizing the maximum financial benefit while at the same time ensuring that our providers are realizing a value with their participation in our plan.

The adjusted Schedule of Benefits is scheduled to be in effect by June 1, 2018. It will not be adjusted again until fall of 2020.

The new schedule will be online by June 20th.  Go to the members page at and click on Schedule Of Benefits.

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