Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Kid Friendly Strawberry Toothpaste

If you have children you probably already know how hard it is to get them to brush their teeth, right? Have you ever thought maybe it's because they don't like the flavor of  toothpaste they are using?

This recipe below is great for kids who do not like the taste of  traditional children's toothpaste. Plus its very simple to make and you will only need these three ingredients:

Xylitol - This is a sweetener that is also found in gum and other oral care products to help prevent tooth decay and dry mouth.
Coconut oil - This is a popular ingredient because of its antibacterial and anti-fungal properties.
Strawberry flavoring - Makes the toothpaste has flavor.

Now onto the recipe!

Ingredients:
  • 1 tbsp Xylitol - finely grounded
  • 1 tbsp Coconut oil - softened
  • 1/8 Tsp  Strawberry flavoring
Directions:
  1. In a small bowl mix all indrediatnts together.
  2. Transfer into a storage container.
How to use:
  • Scoop out a small amount with a Popsicle stick to avoid contamination. 
  • Place on the toothbrush and brush like normal!
Hopefully your children love this new homemade toothpaste!

Recipe found here!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Question From A Member

Questions From Our Members

E. Hendricks of Fresno, California asks: 

“You have a lot of different plans.  Can you explain difference in the benefits for each plan?”

Savon’s Answer

This is a question that we get asked all the time.  The answer is simple…  There is no difference in the benefits for any of the plans!

Although we offer 8 different individual plans and 1 business plan, the only difference in the plans is the membership fee and the length of time the plan is in effect.  To become a member, simply find the plan that you qualify for and that fits your needs.  The benefits are all the same.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Savon Dental Plan-Not An Average Dental Plan!

It is true that Savon Dental Plan is one of the most preferred dental plans in the nation. It is also true that Savon is dedicated to providing the best service and the best prices to both our members and dentists. But we didn't stop there...

At Savon, we believe that knowledge is power. Thousands of people are STILL paying way too much for dental coverage and getting little in return, and nowadays, it's easier than ever to be taken advantage of simply because your options haven't been laid out for you. At Savon, we take this problem very seriously, so seriously that we even dedicated a portion of our website for members and non-members alike to use as a tool in finding the right kind of dental coverage to match your needs and budget, whether it ends up being Savon Dental Plan or not. Check this out:

Unraveling the Mystery of Dental Plans, Dental Insurance, and Dental PPO'S -
Here, we have outlined and defined each type of dental coverage, detailing on how each works, pro'sand con's of each, and how they may or may not work for you.

The Comparison Zone - Savon just made your search for dental coverage EASY! Here you can compare all the major insurance companies, dental plans, and ppo's against each other without having to search the entire internet! It's all right here for you in one place!

Our website gives you detailed information about dental insurance and some of the "hidden" downfalls you wouldn't be prepared for if you weren't made aware of them. These are the kinds of things that COST you money and time.


Whether you're already a member, looking to become a member, or know someone who is looking for dental coverage, read the educational information we provided and pass it on so you don't end up paying for it in the future.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Detox That Dirty Mouth

Many people do a body detox to clear away toxins to enhance their overall health, so why not do a mouth detox to improve your overall oral health?

It does not matter whether you eat junk food, gluten free foods or even plant based foods its all filled with microorganisms (some are beneficial) while the others can lead to bad breath, gingivitis, plaque and cavities. 

Stinky breath can lead to more serious health risks such as cardiovascular disease, bacterial pneumonia and diabetes. 

In addition to brushing, flossing and using mouthwash try some of these natural mouth detoxes to improve your overall oral health:

Oil Pulling - This method has became very popular over the last year or so.  Try to swish coconut oil or sesame oil for at least 20 minutes, once you are done spit the oil in the garbage...DO NOT SWALLOW.
Oil pulling may help prevent cavities, help relieve TMJ issues, help heal canker sores and other mouth irritations. 

Natural Toothpaste - Although this may not foam like the traditional toothpaste we are used to, natural toothpaste is made with natural cleansing and whitening ingredients such as baking soda, sea salt and silica. Natural toothpaste strengthens and whitens without all the other additions.

Gold and Charcoal Toothbrush - Merged the antibacterial properties of gold with the natural whitening and absorbing powers of bamboo charcoal, this brush helps keep your mouth free of additional bacteria and effectively whitens teeth. 

Salt Water Rinse - Add unprocessed raw salt to a cup of warm water, gargle and spit. The minerals help increase your pH balance in your mouth while also reducing inflammation and soothing sores. 

Herbal concentrates - Add just a few drops to your toothpaste, floss or mouthwash for added benefits and fresh breath. Popular drops include cinnamon, peppermint, tea tree and clove.

Hopefully after trying one or all of these you will notice an improvement in your oral health!



Information found here!


Thursday, June 16, 2016

Caregiver's Guide To Oral Health For The Disabled

Are you a caregiver to a disabled/special needs person? I  personally have helped take care of my grandfather a few years back even though it was just for a few hours on a Sunday, I can say it was still very challenging. I can only imagine what it was like during his morning routine trying to get him showered,dressed and most importantly taking care of his oral health needs.

Oral tasks, like brushing and flossing can be very difficult if the person is unable to help you.  Below are a few tips on making brushing and flossing easier:

  • Determinate what position will work best depending on the persons general health such as laying on the couch/bed, sitting on the floor with head laying in your lap or even sitting straight up in a chair. Whatever location you choose, you will need to adjust accordingly. 
  • Stabilize the persons head with pillows or if standing behind them you can wrap your free arm around their head and cradle the chin with your hand.
  • Apply gentle pressure to the chin with your four fingers placed on the mandible (Jaw bone) and your thumb should be retracting the lip. You can also make a mouth prop using a rolled up soft cloth or gauze to help keep the mouth open.
  • Make sure you wear protective clothing such as a face shield/safety glasses, gloves and disposable gown. 
  • Items to have near by in case you need to use them: flashlight, bulb syringe, basin, cup and towel. 
  • Brush and floss the persons teeth like normal. 
  • Things to be aware of: 
    • Be very careful of the persons airway and avoid aspiration of water or toothpaste. If you are concerned with aspiration of fluids you may want to purchase a toothbrush that has a suctioning device attached. 
    • Try to avoid regular toothpaste - Try buying non-foaming and indigestible toothpaste.
    • Use small amounts of water.
Everyone deserves a beautiful smile, people with special needs/disabilities are no exception!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Can Tooth Enamel Regenerate?

Dental enamel, unlike bones, does not regenerate or "heal" once it is damaged. Dental enamel is formed during the original growth of the tooth underneath the gums. While there are many factors that can contribute to the loss of dental enamel, such as poor dental hygiene or certain hereditary conditions, there is good news. Researchers are actively seeking treatments and therapies that could change everything. Of course, proper hygiene and regular visits to your dentist are the best way to combat any kind of dental dilemma, but for dental enamel in particular, there are now certain treatments that can help slow the process of enamel degeneration that can be applied during your regular dental visits as part of your preventative maintenance regimen. There is also a plethora of information circulating on the internet that implies there are certain natural remedies that can heal cavities and regenerate tooth enamel, although it isn't scientifically proven as yet.

Keep Smiling! 

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Gum Contouring

Are your gums too high or too low on your teeth and making you self conscious about your smile? If so you maybe a candidate for gum contouring surgery!

What is gum contouring?
Gum contouring also know as gum reshaping and tissue sculpting, is not a medically necessary procedure but is more of a cosmetic procedure that evens out peoples gum lines leaving them with a smile they are proud of!

What is the cause of uneven gum lines?
Gums that are too low can be a result of genetics, health problems and certain prescription drugs.

Gums that are too high us often caused by gum recession (gum tissue that is pulled back away from the tooth and exposing the root). This can lead to many other serious dental problems down the road such as: decay and tooth loss.

Cost of gum contouring?
The cost can vary depending on the work being done. It is best to talk over the cost with the dentist before hand even if you have insurance since dental insurance typically does not cover this produce since its more cosmetic . You do not want to wined up being blindsided by the cost.

What to expect during treatment?
This procedure is preformed either by your general dentist or a periodontist (gum specialist). They use scalpels, lasers, and radio-surgery to preform the gum contouring procedure. Before they begin they should go over what they will be doing during the procedure. If you are unsure of what they are talking about, always ask questions.

Recovery?
It can take a few day to a few weeks for the gums to fully heal. Your dentist should provide instructions on how to take care of your gums after surgery, what you should be eating and what to take to relieve the pain.

Talk to your dentist about gum contouring if your are unsatisfied with your smile!



Information found here!