A+ Family Dental News MARCH 2018

San Diego Location: 3780 El Cajon Blvd., Unit 1

Poway Location: 12915 Pomerado Road Poway, CA 92064 Phone: 858-748-5100

San Diego, CA 92105 Phone: 619-265-2467

The Happy Tooth

OUR FUTURE BESTSELLER Announcing ‘Keys to a Healthy Smile After 40’

How can we stay healthy through our entire life?

We worked so hard on our book, and the feedback we’ve gotten has been wonderful. After reading it, Diane Burton, author of “Master’s Masterpiece,” said, “I thought I was a health expert — but after reading this book, I realized I was undermining my health without even knowing it. Thanks for giving me back years of youthful vitality.”

As we age, it can become harder to maintain a healthy lifestyle. A lot of people focus on how changes to their skin or hair make them look decades older than they feel, but did you know your teeth are also affected by the aging process? In fact, one of the best ways to rejuvenate your face is to have a bright, healthy smile.

“Even if you practiced the best oral hygiene throughout your life, once you turn 40, you will find yourself faced with new problems.”

Many people think their teeth will automatically fall out as they get older and that dentures are inevitable. This isn’t the case at all! When you care for your teeth correctly, you can keep smiling your

whole life. The trick is learning how to care for your teeth as you get older. You need a different kind of dental care after you turn 40.

“Keys to a Healthy Smile After 40” doesn’t have a release date just yet, but I promise, you will be the first to know when it’s available. I am really proud of what we created within these pages. Dr. Janice and I had so much fun working on this book together, and considering how important family is to myself and everyone at our practice, it’s fitting that A+ Family Dentistry’s first book was written by two sisters.

When I turned 40 a few years ago, I found myself noticing how different my teeth felt. I knew my body would feel different as my physiology changed with age, but I didn’t expect that to happen to my teeth. Suddenly, just brushing and flossing wasn’t enough. My gums were sore all the time. I started to go in for regular cleanings more often than just once every six months. I saw a lot of improvement from that decision alone. I see these same changes in many of my patients. At 40, their teeth are different than they were at 20 or 30. Every decade seems to present new challenges for keeping our bodies healthy. Even if you practiced the best oral hygiene throughout your life, once you turn 40, you will find yourself faced with new problems. Unfortunately, most people aren’t aware of this fact, so they spend years not realizing they can prevent disease and reverse aging through proper dental care. To help spread the word, Dr. Janice and I teamed up to write “Keys to a Healthy Smile After 40.” In our new book, we share seven secrets to feel seven years younger. There are a lot of things about a smile people don’t know. Dr. Janice and I combined our knowledge as dentists, and our own experiences in our lifelong struggles with oral care, to create an amazing resource anyone can use to learn why their smile fades with age — and what they can do about it.

I know everyone who gets a copy will find valuable information that will help them care for their teeth — and their overall health — for years to come!

–Dr. Justene Doan

March 2018 Edition

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Your Utility Room The Importance of Spring Cleaning

Like all the other rooms in your home, this space needs to be kept clean. Dust, for instance, can be hard on HVAC systems. Over time, it accumulates in the HVAC intake and clogs the air filter, reducing its effectiveness and efficiency. This results in a short lifespan for your system, higher power bills, and a poorly heated or cooled home.

How Often Should You Replace Your Air Filter?

• Homes with minimal foot traffic (single or double occupancy) and no pets or allergies: 6–12 months. • Family homes (three or more occupants) with no pets or allergies: 3–6 months.

• Family homes with at least one pet or minor allergies: 2–3 months.

• Family homes with multiple pets or allergies: 1–2 months.

In addition to changing the air filter, it’s important to schedule a routine inspection of your home’s HVAC system. This includes an inspection of the appliances themselves and any connecting ducts. Dust, dander, and mold can accumulate in the ducts and spread throughout the home, which can lead to health issues, including respiratory problems. A routine inspection will identify potential problems in your HVAC system. On top of that, you can get these systems professionally cleaned and maintained. These are simple steps that will keep your home’s air systems running smoothly for years to come. Plus, you’ll be ready for the summer months ahead!

The start of spring brings everyone’s favorite seasonal chore — spring cleaning! As you dust, vacuum, organize, and declutter, don’t forget about the one room that often gets neglected. This year, give special attention to the utility closet. The utility closet houses your furnace, boiler, water heater, A/C junction, and other similar large appliances. Homeowners often forget about these appliances because they are out of sight and out of mind, and this can cost a lot in the long run.

We want to thank all of our patients who put so much faith in us by recommending our services to their friends and family members. Last month, our referrals came from these amazing patients: A+ Referrals

“Their staff is super friendly and very accommodating to my schedule. I will have my fiancée come in after we get married, and she switches to my insurance.” –Julian C. “My experience here has been excellent! They definitely live up to their name in quality, friendliness, timeliness, and every other aspect you can think of. I highly recommend this place to all people seeking top-notch dental care!” –Rose F. “The staff makes you feel comfortable and they explain everything that they are doing. Everyone is very friendly and informative. I avoided going to the dentist for a long time, but now, I’m actually excited for my appointments.” –Pamela J. TESTIMONIALS See What Others Are Saying

Kevin B. Rafael C. Suzanne D. Rocio H.

Joaquina R. Kelly R. Nickolas R. Pedro R.

Carina S. Kevin S. Robert W.

And the winner of January’s referral prize (a free cleaning, including laser bacterial reduction and antimicrobial medication, with a value of $164) ... Kelly R. Thank you to all of our patients who continue to support us. Check back next month when we will announce the winner of our next referral prize.

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WALKING THE WALK A Hygienist’s Journey With Invisalign

Do you remember your childhood role model? Was it the pitcher on your favorite baseball team? The actress in your favorite movie? Your big brother? Your third-grade teacher who taught you reading could be fun? Role models can greatly influence us throughout our lifetimes. The best role models inspire us to be better by setting good examples themselves. When it comes to caring for our teeth, we at A+ Family Dentistry strive to set good examples for our patients. This is exactly what our hygienist, Berenice, did when she decided to start treatment with Invisalign.

“One of my front teeth used to stick out, and it really bothered me,” Berenice says. “But I also wanted to be a role model for my patients. If I wanted to set a good example, I needed to take the leap and start treatment.” Berenice’s treatment lasted just over a year, which is the average amount of time for an adult case. She reports that her daily routine didn’t change too much. The biggest challenge was remembering to wear her aligners and trying not to lose them. This is a common struggle patients can have when they first start Invisalign treatment, but staying dedicated to the treatment is key to obtaining an ideal outcome.

“I love my new teeth and smile. Having straight teeth helps with my confidence. I freely smile in pictures now and don’t worry about that tooth sticking out,” Berenice will tell you. “I love to show off my smile to my patients. After doing Invisalign myself, I can confidently recommend my patients do it, too!” If you have ever felt self-conscious about your smile or hidden your teeth in pictures, now is the time to try Invisalign for yourself! Set up a consultation today by calling 619-831‑8832 in San Diego and 858‑842‑5850 in Poway. We would be happy to show you how Invisalign can transform your smile — and your life!


Have a Laugh!

For a lighter take on enchiladas, go carb-free by swapping tortillas for zucchini!


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4 large zucchini

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2 teaspoons chili powder

1 tablespoon olive oil or ghee

3 cups cooked, shredded chicken

1 large onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced

2 cups shredded cheese

1 cup prepared enchilada sauce

2 teaspoons cumin


1. Heat oven to 350 F. In a large skillet, heat oil. Add onion, garlic, cumin, chili powder, and salt to taste. Stir to combine. Add chicken and 1 cup prepared enchilada sauce. 2. Use vegetable peeler to thinly slice zucchini. Lay out three slices, slightly overlapping, and spoon chicken

mixture on top. Roll the zucchini “tortilla” and place on baking sheet. Repeat until all zucchini and chicken is used. 3. Cover the enchiladas with remaining sauce and sprinkle with cheese. Bake 20 minutes, and enjoy!

Adapted from delish.com.

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Inside This Issue

Something New for Your Library Page 1

Spring Clean Your Utility Room Page 2

March Testimonials Page 2

A True Invisalign Story Page 3

Go Carb-Free for Dinner Page 3

The 3 Best Places to See Beautiful Flowers Page 4


Spring is here, which means flora will soon be in full bloom. Flowers can be an easy pick-me-up or a great way to add color to your home, but some people take their flower obsession to the next level by planning botanical-themed vacations. Here are some of the most impressive gardens and flower displays in the world. The Netherlands Holland, most famous for its tulips, always draws visitors at the first sign of spring. One of its most famous destinations, Keukenhof, located in Lisse, is among the world’s largest flower gardens. The park is 79 acres and boasts approximately 7 million flowers each year. This colorful garden is open annually from mid-March to mid- May, but mid-April is the ideal time to see the tulips. Washington, D.C.

who visit the Tidal Basin during the spring can witness 3,000 trees, which were a gift from Tokyo in 1912, flaunt their beautiful pink blossoms. The best time to see the spectacle is from the end of March through the end of April. Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Desert lavender, flowering cacti, pygmy poppies, and rock daisies are just a few of the many wildflowers decorating Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. The various native species are often seen weaved together to form a colorful carpet over any barren patch in the park, which is located just two hours from San Diego. In addition to flowers, visitors often spot bighorn sheep. Wildflower blossoms vary in intensity each year, but they typically begin to bloom in late February or early March.

Next time you’re planning a spring trip, consider visiting one of the world’s most beautiful flower displays. No green thumb required.

Besides the monuments and historic buildings, one of the biggest attractions in Washington, D.C. is the cherry tree blossoms. Travelers

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