Saturday, October 30, 2010

Craving Healthier Food: Stept #1 For A Successful Diet

If you're anything like me then you're probably 100% guilty of searching the net in hopes to find that one special diet-or pill-or drink-or supplement that will do magic tricks and get you in shape with the least amount of effort required. Too bad that's a never ending search. I have tried every diet known to man, and have failed each time. And after much research, I have found that the problem is that I simply wasn't prepared to diet. This is by no means simple of course, preparing to diet. I just found that, much like everything else in life, there is an order to things. You can't go from a lifetime of eating unhealthy to an instant diet over night and expect to succeed. From what I've found, the best place to start is deciding to change your eating habits, and then focusing on controlling your cravings. Cravings are usually what I cave in on every time. I'll do good for a few days, maybe even a week, but then I'll catch the smell of oil drenched french fries as I pass Wendy's and end up flipping a U-Turn faster than you can blink. If I could just train myself on how to crave food that is better for me, this whole "diet" thing would be a whole lot easier..

Which brings me to an article I found on the subject.. 5 Steps For Craving Healthier Food (well, what do you know, there's even an instruction manual to this!! LOL). I found it useful, hopefully you do too:

How To Crave Healthier Food

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Useless Knowledge

Here are some useless facts:
  • A cockroach can live several weeks with its head cut off.
  • A cow produces 200 times more gas a day than a person.
  • A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.
  • A sneeze travels out your mouth at over 100 m.p.h.
  • A toothpick is the object most often choked on by Americans!
  • Almost a quarter of the land area of Los Angeles is taken up by automobiles
  • The average person's left hand does 56% of the typing.
  • You'll eat about 35,000 cookies in a lifetime

If you want to look at more useless facts click here:

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Dental Conventions!

As another year is coming to an end, Savon Dental Plan is coming to an end with our Dental Convention circuit for the year. Our final convention for 2010 that we will be attending is the San Diego Convention! This takes place November 12-13 at the Marina Village Convention Center!
Next Year "2011" we will begin the convention circuit all over again! As of right now we are planning on going to two conventions! We are planning to do the Texas meeting (San Antonio) May 5-7. Michigan Annual Session (Grand Rapids) April 13-16
These conventions run all year long and are all over the United States!

Friday, October 22, 2010

The History of Halloween Traditions

Halloween is a fun time of year. Beautiful autumn leaves are falling, the air is crisp with the warm scents of cinnamon and spice, and the silvery hints of winter yet to come are hanging in the atmosphere. It's a time for cider and candied apples, parties and ghost stories, costumes and of course, carving pumpkins. But while you're rallying up your kids, making last minute adjustments to princess and super hero costumes, did you ever wonder how this holiday came to be? It's an interesting story, one to, perhaps, share with your children after an exhausting night of trick-or-treating. Enjoy.

"Halloween" is actually an ancient Celtic holiday known as "Samhain" meaning "summer's end," a night when the veil between the dead and the living is thinnest. Being the most magical night of the year, ancient Celts, witches, and other nature based religions used this night to honor their loved ones who have passed. It is also a night thought to allow passage for evil spirits and demons to walk with the living and wreak havoc on the villages. Festivals began on the night of October 31st and continued on to the next day, November 1st (also known as "Hallowmas") and ended on November 2nd, (also known as "All Souls Day).

During these festivities, village people would prepare by lighting bonfires to attract insects, which would in turn attract bats, which were thought to frighten evil spirits. Children and adults would dress in costumes, mimicking the evil spirits in an effort to blend in, appease, or chase off the unwanted intruders. They would carve faces in pumpkins, squash and gourds as a way of welcoming their deceased loved ones in to their home, as well as to ward of any lingering evil spirits who may be with them.

November 1st is when the common mid evil practice of "souling" would begin. This activity was not practiced by every religion but was often done by the poor who would go door to door, begging for food and goods in return for prayers for the dead to be used the next day on "All Souls Day." This has evolved in to what we now know as "trick-or-treating."

Halloween has evolved in general over thousands of years. There are many different cultures who celebrate the holiday in different ways, some more sacred than others. But the American tradition of Halloween is rich with cultural traditions from all over the world, making for one of my most personal favorite holidays of the year.

Happy Halloween Everyone!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

A Few Tips for Better Dental Health in Dogs

The Breath Test
Sniff your dog’s breath. If it smells bad and is accompanied by a loss of appetite, vomiting or excessive urinating, might be a good idea to take your dog to the vet.

Check Under Lips
Check your dog’s gums often looking to make sure they are pink, not white or red. His teeth should be clean, without any brownish tartar.

Signs of Oral Disease
Bad breath
Excessive drooling
Inflamed gums
Tumors in the gums
Cysts under the tongue
Loose teeth

Chew Toys
They not only satisfy your dog’s desire to chomp, they also help make his teeth strong. They can help massage his gums and keep soft tartar off his teeth.

To read more, go here..

Monday, October 18, 2010

What is malocclusion?

Malocclusion is also known as a bad bite. It is a condition in which a persons teeth are out of alignment, crooked or crowded.

There are generally two types of malocclusion.

Dental malocclusion: This is when the teeth are not lined up properly; even the jaw may be aligned. Tooth crowding causes this type of occlusion.

Skeletal malocclusion: A skeletal malocclusion occurs when the upper and lower jaws don't line up correctly. This type of malocclusion can be classed as an overbite or an underbite.

Normally malocclusion starts to appear between the ages of six and twelve when permanent teeth are coming in. A bad bite can also be the result of many things such as:

Tongue thrusting (pushing your tongue against your teeth)
Fingernail biting
Mouth breathing: Breathing primarily through your mouth instead of your nose.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

5 Little Pumpkins

Here is a cute Halloween poem for your children..

5 little pumpkins sitting on a gate;
The first one said, "Oh my its getting late"
The second one said "There are witches in the air"
The third one says "But i don't care"
The fourth one said "I'm ready for some fun"
The fifth on says "Lets run lets run"
Whoosh went the wind, and out went the lights.
And the 5 little pumpkins rolled out of sight

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

What's an impacted tooth?

An impacted tooth is a tooth that gets blocked as it is pushing through the gum into your mouth. A common tooth to get impacted is the wisdom teeth.

Wisdom teeth, also known as the third molars usually begin to come in between the ages of 17 and 21. Most cases they may become impacted due to the lack of room in your mouth. They may come in sideways or be tilted in your jaw.

You can have an impacted tooth and not even know, as some are painless. When an impacted wisdom tooth tries to come in it can become infected and swollen. Sometimes you even feel pain in nearby teeth, or in the ear on that side of your face.

If untreated an impacted tooth can lead to an infection called pericoronitis. This infection can spread to the throat or into the neck. Impacted teeth also can get cavities, lead to tooth movement, decay or gum disease. It also can change the way your teeth come together.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The Greatest Marketing Gimmicks on TV Today

I LOVE commercials. Especially the zany, outrageous, utterly stupid ones, not to mention the practical ones that stick in your head long after you turn the TV off! I've come up with a list of my personal favorites.

#1. GEICO. Top Spot, in my opinion. Hands down. The Little Piggy riding in the car crying weee, wee, wee! Awesome. My daughter actually has that uploaded as a ringtone on her phone!
#2. SHERWIN WILLIAMS. Their use of computer graphics and color to promote their brand of paint is pure genius. And beautiful to watch.
#3. ALLSTATE. Their mayhem commercials are wonderfully true to life...especially the Pink SUV with Mayhem himself, in disguise as a teenage girl talking on a cell phone....oh yeah, we can relate.
#4. TOYOTA. Ok, is there really a guy out there who would stand there between two Camry's and say "eenie meenie miney moe" , or have his wife drop him off at the dealership to play inside the showroom vehicles? "Going up"....too funny. But effective. I'm still thinking of it!
#5. JACK IN THE BOX. Their latest "Hazing the Intern" commercial is great. What will they come up with next? No wonder they win awards for their commercials.

Feel free to comment and fill us in on your own personal favorites!
And as always, keep smiling!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Billboards top 10 songs right now..

1. Just the way you are ~ Bruno Mars
2. Teenage Dream ~ Katy Perry
3. Love the Way You Lie ~ Eminem featuring Rihanna
4. DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love ~ Usher featuring Pitbull
5. Dynamite ~ Taio Cruz
6. Like A G6 ~ Far*East Movement Featuring Cataracs & Dev
7. Just A Dream ~ Nelly
8. Only Girl (In The World) ~ Rihanna
9. I Like It ~ Enrique Iglesias Featuring Pitbull
10. Club Can’t Handle Me ~ Flo Rida Featuring David Guetta

Want to see more, go here!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Halloween Fun Facts!

Here are some fun Halloween facts that you might find interesting!!
  1. Traditional Halloween colors are orange and black, orange for the color of fall, and black for death...
  2. Trick or Treating originated in Ireland...
  3. Next to Christmas, Halloween is the most celebrated holiday...
  4. One cup of raisins contain more sugar than one cup of candy...
  5. Largest pumpkin ever grown weighs 1,385 pounds...

Here are some more fun facts about Halloween

Please remember when you are out celebrating Halloween, be safe, smart and have fun.... BOO!!!!!!!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Stay Connected With Savon Dental Plan!

At Savon, our members aren't just members, they're family. And to us, family always comes first. The most important thing about being a family is communication and staying connected. And that's just what we want to do with you! Check out these great ways to keep in touch with us. You never know what hidden surprises you might find!

Savon Dental Plan's Official Website - This is THE tool for every member and prospective member where you can view our dentists list, our fee schedules, compare us to different plans and insurance, sign up, and even renew your plan! Here we also provide important information about the industry, tips on figuring out what is right for you, a monthly newsletter keeping you up to date on current events within the company, and much, much more!

Facebook With Us! - Like us on facebook! It's not uncommon to find special contests with VALUABLE prizes, as well as links to our daily blog, fun polls, and things to just make you smile (which is our favorite thing to do)!

Follow Us On Twitter! - Another great source to keep you up to date with Savon! Be the FIRST to get the latest news by following us today!

Savon On Merchant Circle - Got a business? Network with us! Are you a happy member and want to tell the world about your success with Savon?? Write us a review!

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And one last thing...

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Thank you for being a part of the Savon Family! Get connected and keep us close! :)