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November 2017 Newsletter

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Quote Of The Month:  “Last Thanksgiving I shot my own turkey.  It was fun.  That shotgun going, Blam!  Everybody at the supermarket just staring.  Why track them when I know where they are?”  (Ken Rogerson, Actor)

Congratulations To:

G. Sawyer of Oracle, Arizona   Winner of our October 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:

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Do you have the sensation of numbness, tingling or weakness in your hand or arm? If so, you may have a condition called carpal tunnel syndrome.  In laymanís terms this is a pinched nerve in the wrist.

Last week in one of my American Sign Language classes, we were discussing the different types of injuries Sign Language Interpreters can develop and can you guess which injury was number one?  The answer was carpal tunnel syndrome, so I wanted to do a little more research into what this condition entails because I could potentially suffer from this in the future.

As I mentioned above, carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by a pinched nerve in the wrist.  The reason that it causes numbness, tingling and weakness is the median nerve runs down the length of the arm, passing through the carpal tunnel and ending in the hand.  This gives feeling to the thumb, index finger, middle finger and half of the ring finger.  When the median nerve swells, it presses on the carpal tunnel, making it smaller, thus causing the distressing sensation.

A number of factors have been associated with developing carpal tunnel syndrome, such as:
  • Fractures Ė  Fractures, dislocations or arthritis of the wrist can alter the space within the carpal tunnel and put pressure on the median nerve.

  • Gender Ė  Carpal tunnel syndrome is more common in women due to the carpal tunnel being relatively smaller in women than in men.

  • Alteration in the balance of body fluids Ė  Fluid retention can increase the pressure within the carpal tunnel, irritating the median nerve.  This is common during pregnancy but resolves afterwards.

  • Workplace factors Ė  Repetitive hand/wrist motions.
Treatment for Carpal tunnel syndrome should start as soon as you notice numbness, tingling, weakness or pain.  Common treatments for mild to moderate carpal tunnel syndrome include keeping the wrist in a neutral position by wearing a brace or splint, taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, doing home wrist exercises or corticosteroid injections from the doctor to reduce inflammation and swelling.  If you suffer from severe carpal tunnel syndrome the doctor may recommend surgery.

Hopefully in the future I wonít develop carpal tunnel syndrome from my job but if I do, I now know what I should do to prevent it from becoming so severe that surgery would be my only option to reduce the pain.

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.:

Skillet Chocolate/Peanut Butter Chip Giant Cookie

Grandma C.
  1. 1 extra large or jumbo egg
  2. ¾ cup butter, unsalted
  3. ¾ cup light brown sugar
  4. ½ cup sugar
  5. 1½ tsp vanilla extract
  6. ½ tsp salt
  7. ½ tsp baking soda
  8. 1¾ cup flour
  9. ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  10. ¼ cup peanut butter chips
  11. ¼ cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a large cast iron skillet, melt the butter over medium heat.  Transfer to large mixing bowl.  Gradually add the egg, brown sugar, sugar and vanilla and whisk with a fork until smooth.

In a separate bowl, combine flour, salt and baking soda.  Add to butter mixture and stir till combined.  Add chocolate chips, peanut butter chips and walnuts, fold in.

Wipe the excess butter out of skillet with a paper towel.  Transfer the cookie dough to the skillet and press with a spatula until it is all one even layer.  Place the skillet in the oven and bake about 20 minutes or until the cookie is golden brown and the edges are set.

Cool for at least 30 minutes on a rack and serve!

Caution! Cast iron retains heat longer than traditional bakeware, so it will be hot!!!

* This recipe does not work well with a basic non-stick skillet.  It is best with cast iron.

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.

Keeping Fit With Clayton "TR" Parker

Saying Goodbye For Now

Clayton (TR)
For the past 4 years Clayton has been sharing his fitness knowledge with us and the response to his articles in this newsletter has been impressive.

All good things have to come to an end and the story is the same for Clayton.  In 2016 he moved to Mohave County in Arizona and took a position as a graphic designer and marketing manager.  Due to the demands of his job it has become increasingly difficult for him to find the time to produce articles that are up to the standards that both he and Savon require.

October 21st was his last day with Savon and we wish him the best in all of his future endeavors.  Although he has left the company, he has not left the family.  He can't, because he's my son!


Apple Dentistry

Apple Dentistry
Our spotlight for November goes to the city of Phoenix, Arizona and shines on Dr. Gary Core and the staff of Apple Dentistry.

Apple Dentistry provides exceptional general and family dentistry to customers from all walks of life.  From regular cleanings and checkups to orthodontics to the detection and correction of problems, they're equipped for every aspect of your family's dental health.

They also love children at Apple Dentistry, so they work to ensure that our environment that is welcoming to little visitors. The reception area has an adjacent open playroom with toys and a video game system.

Dr. Core's goal is to positively influence your child's first impressions of dental care, and thereby promote a lifetime of good dental health.

The practice is located at 13821 N. 35th Drive, Ste. 2, Phoenix, AZ 85053.  The phone number is (602) 863-3411.  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:

Fun Facts About Thanksgiving We Bet You Didn't Know

  • TV dinners have Thanksgiving to thank.  In 1953, someone at Swanson misjudged the number of frozen turkeys it would sell that Thanksgiving by 26 TONS!  Some industrious soul came up with a brilliant plan: Why not slice up the meat and repackage with some trimmings on the side?  Thus, the first TV dinner was born!

  • Going shopping?  Not if you're a plumber.  Black Friday is the busiest day of the year for them, according to Roto-Rooter, the nation's largest plumbing service.  After all, someone has to clean up after household guests who "overwhelm the system."

  • When Abe Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national holiday, it was thanks to the tireless efforts of a magazine editor named Sarah Josepha Hale.  Her other claim to fame? She also wrote the nursery rhyme, "Mary had a Little Lamb."

  • Gobble, gobble?  Not so fast.  Only male turkeys, called toms, gobble.  Females, called hens, cackle.

  • Thanksgiving is not just an American holiday.  Canadians celebrate it too.  Except they do it the second Monday in October.

  • Doomed from birth:  Those poor turkeys; they don't stand a chance.  Just look at the name we gave them.  A turkey less than 12-weeks-old is called a fryer-roaster.

  • If Ben Franklin had his way, the turkey would be our national bird.  An eagle, he wrote in a letter to his daughter, had "bad moral character."  A turkey, on the other hand, was a "much more respectable bird."

  • There are four places in the U.S. named Turkey.  Louisiana's Turkey Creek is the most populous, with a whopping 440 residents.  There's also Turkey, Texas; Turkey, North Carolina; and Turkey Creek, Arizona.  Oh, let's not forget the two townships in Pennsylvania: the creatively named Upper Turkeyfoot and Lower Turkeyfoot!
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, itís 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

J. Rosco of Phoenix, Arizona asks: 

“I've been to 4 different dentists, 2 on your plan and 2 not on your plan.  I wound up with 4 completely different diagnoses separated by thousands of dollars.  The dentists on your plan were less aggressive and less expensive than the other ones, but my question is why do the diagnoses differ so much?”

Savon’s Answer

In my experience, the major difference for multiple differing diagnoses it the training that each dentist receives, their years of experience and the overall health of the patient.

Some dental schools teach an aggressive form of dentistry while others teach a very conservative form.  This means that while one dentist may diagnose a 3-surface filling on a molar, another dentist may diagnose a crown.  Clinically both dentists are correct; they just have different opinions as to the treatment.  With so many dental schools around the country, you could conceivably visit 20 dentists and get 20 vastly different diagnoses.  After the diagnosis, most dentists will offer you 2 or maybe 3 different treatment plans.  As the patient, your challenge is to determine which diagnosis that you feel will give you the desired result while staying within your budget.

I would caution you to beware of any dental facility that will not give you a diagnosis until they look over your dental coverage.  It is important to make sure that they are diagnosing your oral health and not your financial situation.  Finances should always be the last thing discussed in any treatment plan.

Tooth Talk With Tommy The Wisdom Tooth

Causes Of Tooth Sensitivity

Does drinking something cold cause dental discomfort?  Or, do you find it uncomfortable when you brush or floss?  You could have tooth sensitivity.

There is a chance that you donít have to put up with the pain.  Hereís why you could be experiencing this problem and a few steps to take to try and find relief for sensitive teeth syndrome:

Are you brushing too hard?  Sensitivity can come from brushing with too much force or using a hard-bristled toothbrush.  Over time, you can wear down the protective layers of your teeth and expose microscopic hollow pathways that lead to your dental nerves.  If your nerves become exposed to extreme temperatures or acidic or sticky foods, tooth sensitivity and discomfort can result.  The best solution is to switch to a toothbrush with softer bristles and to be gentler when brushing.

Do you eat a lot of acidic foods?  If the pathways to your nerves are exposed, acidic foods such as tomato sauce, lemon, grapefruit, kiwi, pickles and a host of other acidic foods can cause pain.  Limiting exposure or avoiding these foods may help you avoid any tooth discomfort.
Do you grind your teeth?  Grinding your teeth can wear down the enamel and expose the pathways that lead to your nerves.  If you know that you grind your teeth, talk to your dentist about finding a mouth guard that can stop you from grinding.  The best guards are custom-made to fit your bite.

Do you use a tooth-whitening toothpaste?  Many tooth-whitening toothpastes have chemicals in them and some people are more sensitive to them than others.  If your teeth are sensitive and you use a tooth-whitening toothpaste, consider switching to one that isn't.

Could it be your mouthwash?  Some over-the-counter mouthwashes and rinses contain alcohol or other chemicals that can make your teeth more sensitive.  Try neutral fluoride rinses or skip the rinse and work on flossing and brushing more.

Do you think you may have gum disease?  Receding gums can cause tooth sensitivity.  If gum disease or gingivitis is the problem, your dentist can come up with a plan to treat it.

Do you have excessive plaque?  Excessive plaque is usually caused by improper brushing and flossing.  An excessive buildup of plaque can cause tooth enamel to wear away.  Your teeth can become more sensitive as the enamel gets thinner.  The solution is to practice good daily dental care and visit your dentist on a regular basis.

Did you have a dental procedure done?  Itís not uncommon to experience some sensitivity after a root canal, an extraction, or the placement of a crown or bridge.  If symptoms donít resolve in a few days or a week, you should visit your dentist, as it could be a sign of infection.

Do you have a tooth that is cracked or chipped?  A microscopic crack in a tooth can cause pain that goes beyond tooth sensitivity.  If you think you have a cracked or chipped tooth, have your dentist evaluate it and decide the right treatment, such as a crown or an extraction and implant.

Do you have decay around the edges of your fillings?  As we get older, fillings can weaken around the edges.  Itís easy for bacteria to buildup and break down the enamel.  Be sure to let your dentist know if you are having this type of tooth sensitivity.  In most cases, fillings can be easily replaced.

Tooth sensitivity is treatable.  In fact, you might find that just switching to a toothpaste specifically made for sensitive teeth helps.  If your sensitivity is extreme and persistent no matter what you try, then itís time to see your dentist and let them determine the best course of action.

Until next time; brush, floss and keep smiling!

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

From Our Family To Your Family

Holiday Wishes

Another year has flown by and we are now coming into the holiday season.  As we approach Thanksgiving we hope that you have a great time with your family and friends and that you have safe travels.

Keep in mind that our office will be closed November 23rd and 24th but our phones are monitored.  Again, Happy Thanksgiving!!

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