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March 2020 Newsletter

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Quote Of The Month:   “50% of people use Google well as a search engine.  The other 50% of them use it to check if their internet is connected.”  (Author Unknown)


Congratulations To:

J. Jensen of Tucson, AZ and A. Kaplan Phoenix, AZ  Winners of our February 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:

Flossing While Driving Can Cost You Money

A partial reprint from an article by Melissa Busch at DrBicuspid.com
Jourdin
A Tesla driver in Canada decided to work on his oral health while behind the wheel but it didn´t quite go as he expected.  The man was charged with careless driving after police caught him using both hands to floss his teeth while cruising on “autopilot,” according to news reports.

The unnamed 58-year-old Ontario motorist was pulled over in January when officers noticed that he didn't have any hands on the steering wheel because he was flossing his teeth.  He was driving 84 mph, which is about 60 mph over the maximum speed limit in Oakville, where he was pulled over.

Though Tesla vehicles come equipped with a self-driving function that assists drivers with maintaining speed, changing lanes, and parking, the company urges motorists to pay attention and be prepared to take the wheel during difficult situations or to avoid crashes.

Unfortunately, this man isn´t the first Tesla driver to misuse the car´s self-driving function.  In December, a Connecticut man was driving on autopilot when he crashed into a police car.  The man was given a ticket for reckless driving after he admitted he wasn´t paying attention.  People have been caught eating, drinking, sleeping, and even creating a pornographic video while using autopilot.

The bottom line is, new cars have a lot of new perks and safety features.  Make sure that you stay focused on driving.

If you can´t pay attention…  Get the floss off the road.

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.:

Cheesy Egg Bake

Grandma C.
Ingredients
  1. 6 eggs
  2. 1 TBSP milk
  3. ¼ cup butter, melted
  4. ¼ cup onion, diced
  5. 1 small can diced green chilies
  6. ¼ cup cottage cheese
  7. ¼ cup grated colby jack cheese
  8. 1 tsp baking powder
  9. Salt and Pepper (to taste)

Whisk eggs, butter, milk and baking powder together until smooth.  Add all other ingredients and stir until mixed.

Pour into a greased 8 x 8 baking pan and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Cut into squares and garnish with a dollop of sour cream and some salsa.

Extra squares can be refrigerated and will keep 3 or 4 days.  Just pop one in the microwave for 30 seconds and you're ready to eat!

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.


spotlight
 

Jennings, Larson & Larson Family Dentistry

Jennings, Larson & Larson
Our spotlight for March goes to the city of Bullhead City, Arizona and shines on Jennings, Larson & Larson Family Dentistry

Jennings, Larson, & Larson Family Dentistry joined our network of Preferred Providers in 2016.  They are one of only a few providers that are serving our members in the area.  They are family owned and operated and the dentists live here and care about and support the community.  They have been serving the Tri-State Area for the last twenty-three years.

They have the areas largest practice with the most coverage available for you.  They have great hours, 8:00 am to 9:00 pm most days.  They have six dentists on staff and six hygienists ready to serve your every dental need.


They have also opened a practice in Fort Mohave and are opening one in Kingman Arizona.  We are hoping to add these locations to our network and we will keep you updated on our progress.

The practice is located at 1093 Hancock Road, Bullhead City, AZ 86442.  The phone number is (928)758-5588.  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

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  • Many hamsters only blink one eye at a time.

  • More people are killed annually by donkeys than die in air crashes.

  • Only 55% of all Americans know that the sun is a star.

  • Owls are one of the only birds who can see the color blue.

  • The housefly hums in the middle octave, key of F.

  • The praying mantis is the only insect that can turn its head.

  • There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.
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

F. Jenkins of Santa Anna, California asks: 

“I´m 23 years old and I´m considering braces.  I saw the ads from a company called Smile Direct Club.  What do you know about them and what are your feelings about this service?“

Savon’s Answer

There are a lot of things today that can be accomplished remotely, (buying insurance, clothes, shoes, vacations, etc.) but we feel that anything having to do with your personal health is better handled face to face with a professional.

The best way to fully answer your question is to refer you to the article below entitled “Thinking Of Mail Order Braces?  Buyer Beware!”.

Whatever decision you make, do your homework, check for reviews, read the fine print and know what you are getting yourself into.


Tooth Talk With Tommy The Wisdom Tooth

Thinking Of Mail Order Braces?  Buyer Beware!

A guest article by Corilee Parker
Tommy
Information from an article posted by Becker´s Dental Review on February 14th, 2020 indicates that the SmileDirectClub may not be all it has been advertised to be!  There could be trouble in the water for this growing company.

This is how it works:

The popular company, which promotes an orthodontic product (clear aligner) online, offers an at home kit for you to create impressions and send to them.  Then a licensed dentist reviews the impressions and determines whether you are a candidate for clear aligners.  If, in his expert opinion, you are, he will then design a custom plan to transform your smile, complete with a computerized preview so that you can see what your teeth will look like when the process is completed.
Next, they will make a complete set of custom aligners and send them all to you with instructions on how to wear them and for how long.  You will be assigned a dentist who will check in with you every 90 days, for the duration of your treatment.  (Treatment times vary, average is 18 mo.)

After your treatment is complete, you can purchase retainers to wear at night to keep your teeth in alignment.

Payment arrangements can be made through SmilePaySM for just $85 monthly.  The site claims there are no forms to fill out and no credit checks.

There seem to be some fundamental problems with this entire process. Nowhere does it mention filling out a medical history form prior to treatment.  Refunds appear to be nearly impossible because their “non-disclosure” agreement requires a patient to sign the agreement prior to posting any reviews or complaints on social media, et al.

Of course, signing the agreement means that you cannot post negative reviews about the company.  Many people do not realize that, and will post a review or contact an attorney first, and then of course, the company will not refund.

NBC news placed hidden cameras at SmileDirectClub shops in 3 states and they caught employees on video “misguiding patients, telling them they don´t have to see a dentist before treatment”.  This is significant. It is proof that things are not always as they seem.

Additionally, they don´t appear to mention on their website that all potential customers are required to see a dentist within 6 months before they begin treatment, as well as having a mid-treatment evaluation at one of their SmileShops.

It is interesting to note that on their website, SmileDirectClub asserts that they have “more than 750,000 grinners and counting”.

To date, the Better Business Bureau has logged over 1,800 complaints.  The complaints range from minor to major, including customer service issues and product quality to nerve damage and broken teeth.

Editor´s Note:  The BBB website states that “Due to the volume of complaints filed against this business, BBB only publishes the details for 50% of the total complaints filed.”

Until next time; brush, floss and keep smiling!

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


News You Need To Know

New Schedule Of Benefits In Effect

The 2020-2021 Schedule of Benefits went into effect on March 1, 2020.  We have done everything we can to keep your cost of dentistry as affordable as possible and we will continue to do so.

The last adjustment to the Schedule of Benefits was in June on 2018 and we anticipate that the new Schedule of Benefits will stay in effect until spring of 2022.

You may download a copy of the new Schedule of Benefits by visiting www.MYSDP.com and clicking on the Schedule of Benefits picture.  You may also get there by clicking here.

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