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April 2021 Newsletter

What´s New at Savon

Quote Of The Month:   “Everything that used to be a sin is now a disease.”  (Bill Maher - Comedian - 1956-Present)

Congratulations To:

K. Heal of Surprise, Arizona and K. Wright of Surprise, Arizona  Winners of our March 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:

Back To School During Covid–19

It has been a little over a year since the Coronavirus pandemic hit, causing all sorts of chaos in everyone´s life.  Thankfully, things are slowly starting to return to normal.  One of those things being schools.

Schools across the nation are opening back up and are starting to offer in–class learning again which will add a little normalcy into children´s lives.<

We all know that school is more than just learning about math, reading, and writing.  It is also intended to be a safe place for children to come for a few hours, five days a week.  It is also where children learn to socialize, get exercise, receive hot meals and may also have access to other services such as mental health providers and internet.

I am currently interning at a school in Phoenix, Arizona.  I have been on campus since January where they have provided “safe school”.  This was primarily for students who did not have access to certain resources, such as internet, at home.  Starting March 29th the school finally started offering in–person learning again.
This specific school is going above and beyond to keep everyone as safe as possible as they open. The measures they are taking are as follows:
  • Offering hybrid options (in–person or virtual))

  • Checking temperatures daily and conducting health surveys before entering the campus.

  • Enforcing social distancing by placing desks 3 – 6 feet apart (depending on the size of the classroom).

  • Requiring masks to be worn at all times unless eating or drinking.

  • Limiting the outdoor lunch area to two students per table.

  • Using block scheduling which has three 90 minute classes per day.

  • Specific people assigned to cleaning and disinfecting which includes wiping down each doorknob and commonly used items throughout the day.

  • Traffic is controlled by using specific entrances and exits to buildings indicated by arrows showing the direction of travel.
If your child will be attending in–person learning, they should understand school will be different.  It is extremely important to remind them of these things:
  • Do not swap masks.

  • Sanitize and/or wash hands often.

  • Social distance while talking with friends.

  • Do not eat or drink after anyone.
I understand you may feel this is a scary time to send your children back to school but with the proper safety precautions, I believe it will be beneficial to them!

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.:

Zucchini Onion Pie

Source: Pinterest
Grandma C.
  1. 3 eggs

  2. 1 cup grated parmesan cheese

  3. ½ cup canola oil

  4. 1 tsp minced garlic

  5. 1 tbsp finely chopped parsley

  6. 3 cups zucchini, thinly sliced

  7. 1 small yellow onion, diced

  8. 1 cup biscuit baking mix

  9. Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Set aside onion, baking mix and zucchini.

Using a large mixing bowl, mix together all other ingredients with a whisk or a fork until well combined.

Using a wooden spoon, stir in the zucchini, onion and baking mix.

Pour into a greased, deep dish pie pan, or an 8 x 8 in. baking dish.

Bake for 25-35 minutes until lightly browned on top.  Recipe serves 6

I have not personally made this recipe, although it looks wonderful!  Please provide feedback if you try it and let us know how it turned out!

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.


Bower Dental Care

Dr. Bower
Our spotlight for April points to the city of Prescott, Arizona and shines on Bower Dental Care

Dr. Peter Bower (aka. The Singing Doctor) provides care in Aesthetic Dentistry, Dental Implant Restoration, Reconstructive Dentistry, Oral Surgery, and TMJ to our members in the Prescott area.  Our members have told us that not only is he a great dentist, the entire office staff is great.

Dr. Bower graduated from Asbury University in 1990, and from Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine in 1996.  He has been treating members in the Prescott area for the past 18+ years.

The practice is located at 701 W. Hillside Ave, Prescott, AZ. 86301  Phone number 928-541-9000.  You may also 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

  • Hypnotism is banned by public schools in San Diego.

  • It's against the law to burp, or sneeze in a certain church in Omaha, Nebraska.

  • Sigmund Freud had a morbid fear of ferns.

  • Sylvia Miles had the shortest performance ever nominated for an Oscar with “Midnight Cowboy.”  Her entire role lasted only six minutes.

  • The name Wendy was made up for the book “Peter Pan.”

  • The world population of chickens is about equal to the number of people.

  • The condom – made originally of linen – was invented in the early 1500s.
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

D. Demarco of Denver, Colorado asks: 

“I went to a provider that is not on the plan and his quote without the plan was the same price. Why should I keep Savon if I can get my dentistry done at the same price without it?”

Savon’s Answer

Although the lower prices you may get at a random dentist office may sound appealing, keeping Savon will benefit you and your family in more ways than one.

Most importantly, Savon can protect you.  Our comprehensive fee schedule allows you to plan for your dental expenses and provides you with fees that are set as opposed to fees that are subject to change due to our volatile economy. 

Our providers go through an extensive, three–week credentialing process to ensure that you are receiving quality work from a quality provider.

Savon offers extensive benefits without limit all year long, whereas a random provider may offer limited promotions that do not extend to the rest of your dental needs.

We are the ONLY plan that is backed by four distinct guarantees, and we are committed to offering the best customer service to you, our valued member.

Tooth Talk With Tommy The Wisdom Tooth

Tongue Swelling May be Associated With COVID-19

A direct reprint of the article by Melissa Busch, DrBicuspid.com associate editor
Patients who experience swelling of the tongue and mouth may be infected with the novel coronavirus, according to a letter to the editor published on March 9 in the British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

The patients discussed in the article had no other dental-related problems, the authors noted.

"These cases may represent a rare manifestation of COVID-19 which should be borne in mind in patients presenting with edema of the tongue or floor of mouth, especially in the absence of a clear source," wrote the group, led by Dr. David McGoldrick from the oral and maxillofacial surgery department at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, U.K.
Evidence has shown that a variety of oral manifestations, including ulcers and geographic tongue (also being called "COVID tongue"), may be linked to infection with SARS-CoV-2. Indeed, a dentist may have recently diagnosed asymptomatic cases of infection from routine dental exams of two teenagers who had good oral hygiene but bleeding gums and multiple oral lesions.

Based on such findings, it's thought that tongue and mouth swelling may also be linked to the novel coronavirus, and McGoldrick and colleagues described two potential cases from the U.K.

A 53-year-old man

In the first case, a 53-year-old man went to the hospital after experiencing tongue and floor-of-mouth swelling for one day. He had no history of trauma, dental pain, or salivary symptoms, and he had no known symptoms of COVID-19.

A computed tomography (CT) scan showed the man had neck and mouth edema, which clinicians suspected may have been caused by Ludwig angina, a rare bacterial infection that often occurs after a tooth abscess. The patient was transferred to the hospital's department of oral and maxillofacial surgery for evaluation. The man had soft bilateral neck swelling and an edematous, raised floor of mouth, but clinicians could not find a dental source of infection, the authors wrote.

The man was admitted to the hospital for steroid therapy. A subsequent polymerase chain reaction test confirmed infection with the novel coronavirus. The patient improved, and he was discharged after one day, McGoldrick and colleagues wrote.

A 22-year-old man

The second case involved a patient who presented to the hospital with a day of tongue pain and swelling. He was found to have moderate tongue swelling and mild voice changes. An endoscopic exam of the nose showed swelling of the man's nasal mucosa and tongue base. A CT scan confirmed the patient had generalized tongue swelling, specifically at its base, as well as lung changes consistent with COVID-19.

While clinicians were waiting for the imaging results, the patient became uncooperative and discharged himself from the hospital. He left before a confirmatory COVID-19 test could be performed.

No dental or other maxillofacial cause was identified in either case, the authors noted. The rare COVID-19 presentation may be due to the tongue's epithelial cells having a high concentration of angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 receptors. Organs with these receptors may be more vulnerable to an inflammatory response, they wrote.

"Although correlation does not imply causation, we feel both of these cases may represent a rare presentation of COVID-19," McGoldrick and colleagues concluded.

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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