A+ Family Dental March 2019

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

OUT WITH THE OLD Spring-Cleaning for a Healthier, Happier Life

There are many things I love about spring, but I’m an especially big fan of spring-cleaning. I’m not a messy person, but throughout the year, it’s easy for some things to get out of hand. Last spring, I looked around and realized the state of my house was a bit overwhelming. It was getting hard to look for things and even find clothes to wear to work! I decided to bring in a professional.

“... I felt like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders.”

believe that we have to stay friends with someone just because we’ve known them forever. This isn’t true. The relationships in our lives should bring us joy. If there’s someone who only brings negativity into your life, who leaves you feeling bad after you spend time together, or never has your back when you need them, then it doesn’t matter if you’ve known them for two months or 20 years — it’s time to cut them out of your life. When I realize it’s time to eliminate someone from my life, I don’t try to make a scene by calling them up and dramatically informing someone we’re not getting coffee anymore. I just stop making plans to get coffee with that person or remove them from the invite list from future events. This doesn’t mean I’ll never see them again. If a person recognizes their negativity, makes an effort to become a healthier, positive person, and reaches out, we could become friends again. In addition to eliminating bad relationships, I also make a point to nurture good relationships. Last year, I knew four really successful, generous people. They all added value to my life, and I made a point to get to know them better. I would text them for advice periodically, and we would get coffee occasionally. My goal is to cultivate 10 of these kinds of positive relationships this year.

This was the first time I hired a professional organizer, and it was really helpful. She came in for four hours and focused on a couple of major rooms: the kitchen, the home office, and my closet. She pulled everything out, sorted what needed to be donated, and showed me how to put it all away. It was incredibly helpful to have someone to really help me buckle down and get serious. In the end, she took all the donation bins to the thrift store and took all the old documents to the shredder. I was inspired after her visit. Next, I came into the practice and organized my office between patients. It took a little time, but I got my desk all clean and my cabinets organized. It wasn’t an extensive process, but it really made a difference. My environment felt a lot neater, and I felt like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders. Isn’t it strange how clutter in our environment can become a physical burden on our well-being?

For me, spring- cleaning doesn’t stop at organizing clothes and throwing away half-empty cosmetic containers. I also use this time of year to evaluate the relationships in my life and eliminate toxic people. Many people, myself included,

Spring is a wonderful opportunity to remove clutter from our life, physically and metaphorically. When we take the time to eliminate what we don’t need, there’s more room for the good things in our life to grow.

–Dr. Justene Doan

March 2019 Edition

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going to buy a connected fridge or Wi-Fi enabled lightbulbs just to get the most out of our digital assistants.

What you can do, however, is make use of what you already have. Here are some ways to put your digital assistants to work without committing to a connected home. Both the Echo and the Home make excellent communication hubs. In the home, they can be used as a local intercom system. Do you have a few Echo Dots or Google Home Minis? If you do, you’re set. You can communicate in any room where another device is present. Your digital assistant can also make outgoing calls. As long as the device has access to your contacts (or the person you’re trying to contact has an Echo or Home), you can easily make the connection. Want to send a text message? No problem! You can dictate a text to anyone in your smartphone’s contact list and send it without ever touching your phone. Aside from communications, the assistants can handle calendars, appointments, emails, and more. You can ask for information relevant to you, like “When is my flight again?” Google Home can recognize your voice, or the voice of anyone in the house, and respond accordingly. There’s no worry that anyone’s calendar or appointments will be mixed up with yours.

Get the Most Out of Your Digital Home Assistant

More and more people are welcoming in the Amazon Echo or the Google Home into their spaces. Everyone knows they make great Bluetooth speakers and can tell you the weather forecast, but they’re also capable of so much more. Digital assistants can do a variety of tasks depending on how much you want them to do for you. For example, if you want your digital assistant to be heavily involved in your daily life, you can use the Echo or the Home as the core of your “connected home.” You can connect numerous compatible devices to these assistants, including other Bluetooth or networked speakers, lights, thermostats, coffee makers, refrigerators, and even microwaves.

Of course, therein lies the challenge — you must have compatible devices to make a connected home efficient. And let’s be honest: Many of us aren’t

If you want to learn more, search for tutorials online. We’ve only scratched the surface when it comes to what these digital assistants can do for you.

TESTIMONIAL See What Others Are Saying

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

“Best dentists ever! The whole office is so nice! The dentists and their technicians are gentle and go out of their way to make you comfortable. The whole vibe of the office is upbeat and happy. They are on top of it with the insurance billing! I just had a root canal and feel great.” – Erie S. “Just finished my regular dental cleaning for myself and my children. I loved the attentiveness and professional service they provided during the procedures. They kept us informed of every step they were doing and made sure the entire procedure was comfortable and painless.” – Marucka A.

Alexandra M. Bryant N. Joanna P. Cecilia R. Hirmenia R. Angelita S.

Ashley T. Diane W. Ryan B. Jasmine B. Melaku B. Adeline C. Frankie C. Kevin D.

Anna D. Rogelio G. Thanh H. Esther H. Amy K. Rebecca L. Matthew M. Colin D.

Tim M.

Patrice S. Jaditza S.

And the winner of February’s referral prize is: Angelita S. 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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READY TO SMILE AGAIN? 3 Things to Know Before Veneers

Veneers can last a long time. Thanks to advancements to dentistry, porcelain veneers can last between 10–20 years! But like your natural teeth, how long veneers last will depend entirely on how well you take care of them. Brushing, flossing, and regular checkups are still a must with veneers. After decades of wear and tear, there may come a time when you have to replace a chipped or worn veneer. Fortunately, you probably won’t have to replace all your veneers at once. Ideally, you want to protect and preserve your natural teeth whenever possible. But in some circumstances, veneers are the best option. If you’re wondering how much of a difference veneers can make on your smile, schedule your complimentary cosmetic consultation by calling 619-831-8832 (San Diego) or 858-842-5850 (Poway). This month only, patients who get veneers will also receive a free Glo Whitening treatment (valued at $500). Schedule your appointment before March 31, 2019 and start enjoying your new smile just in time for spring.

Are you unhappy with your smile? Do you cover your mouth when you laugh or keep your lips pressed together when someone holds up a camera? Are you embarrassed by your chipped, crooked, or yellowing teeth? Porcelain veneers may be the secret to transforming your embarrassing smile into something you love! If you’ve been thinking about getting veneers, there are three things you need to know first. Check your dentist’s before and afters. Your smile is a work of art, so make sure you like your dentist’s work. There’s no one-size-fits-all solution for veneers, so every patient’s new smile will look a little different. That said, even dentists have their own unique styles of performing certain techniques. Take a look at past patients’ before-and-after shots to determine if you like their style and if you can see yourself enjoying your new smile 10 years later. Veneers can correct a lot of cosmetic issues. Since veneers were first introduced in the 1980s, they’ve been used to remedy any number of dental problems including:

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Mildly crooked teeth Broken or chipped teeth Gaps between your teeth

Misshapen teeth

Permanently stained or discolored teeth

While veneers can correct a number of issues, they aren’t guaranteed to fix every problem. Veneers may not be right for patients who grind their teeth or are in need of severe orthodontics. Fortunately, A+ Family Dentistry offers a free complimentary cosmetic

consultation to help you determine if

veneers are the right option for your smile.

Inspired by Bon Appétit magazine

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Beet, Mint, & Ricotta Hummus A delicious and healthy take on the classic Levantine spread, this hummus will brighten up your March Madness snack spread. Ingredients

1 6-ounce beet (about the size of an adult fist), scrubbed 1 15 1/2-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained

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1 garlic clove, grated

1 teaspoon kosher salt, or more to taste 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander Mint leaves, poppy seeds, and olive oil, for garnish 4. Once beet is cool enough to handle, use a paper towel to remove beet skin. Trim root end and cut into small pieces. Add to blender or food processor, and blend until entire mixture is smooth. Add additional salt if desired. 5. Transfer to a shallow bowl, top with garnishes, and serve.

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1/3 cup tahini, well-mixed 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice 1/4 cup ricotta cheese


1. Heat oven to 425 F. 2. Wrap beet tightly in foil. On a foil- lined baking sheet, roast wrapped beet until fork tender, about 60–70 minutes.




3. While beet is roasting, blend


chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, ricotta, garlic, salt, pepper, and coriander until smooth.

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Office Hours: Mondays: Closed


Tuesdays: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Wednesdays: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Thursdays: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Fridays: 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturdays: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

There’s More to Spring-Cleaning Than Organizing Closets Page 1 Are You Getting the Most Out of Your Digital Home Assistant? Page 2 What Some of Our Patients Are Saying Page 2 Your Secret to an Amazing Smile Page 3 Beet, Mint, and Ricotta Hummus Page 3 Local Events Page 4 Inside This Issue Aplusfamilydentistry.com 619-265-2467 3780 El Cajon Blvd., Unit 1 San Diego, CA 92105


Did you know San Diego is home to the largest St. Patrick’s Day parade west of the Mississippi? The Irish Congress of Southern California plans all year to put on an incredible Irish festival, complete with Irish step dancers, fold singers, bands, a Celtic food village, a beer garden, craft booths, and a kid zone. Catch the huge parade first thing in the morning and spend the rest of the day enjoying the festival with your family. You won’t find a better place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day outside of Ireland! Cherry Blossom Festival Where: Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego, Columbia When: March 22–24; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission: $12 Website: Niwa.org/cbf19/ The cherry blossoms are in full bloom, and you and your family are invited to the Japanese Friendship Garden’s annual Cherry Blossom Festival. Tour the beautiful gardens as you participate in workshops, check out the tea garden, try some delicious street food, and get creative in the arts and crafts area. There will also be live cultural performances including traditional folk dances, Japanese pop music, taiko demonstrations, and many more. Mark your calendars because you don’t want to miss out on this amazing experience.

7th Annual International Mariachi Festival Where: Bayside Park, Chula Vista When: Sunday, March 10; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission: Free Website: MariachiFest.com Renowned mariachi groups and award-winning student groups across the United States and Mexico are gathering in San Diego for a day of music and fun. In addition to the live musical performances, there will also be a massive family area with face painting, extreme water sports, games, and plenty of delicious food and drink. Presented by the National City Chamber of Commerce and the Unified Port of San Diego, this culture event aims to support today’s youth and celebrate San Diego’s Mexican heritage. St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival

Where: Sixth Ave & Laurel St, San Diego When: Saturday, March 16; 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Admission: Free Website: StPatsParade.org

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