A+ Family Dentistry - April 2020

Sorrento Valley Location: 6755 Mira Mesa Blvd., Suite #218

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

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

San Diego, CA 92121 Phone: 858-421-4933

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

The Happy Tooth

The Unexpected


This month, I need to give you a peak behind the scenes. In order to get these newsletters out to our readers each month, I have to write these letters several weeks in advance. I’m telling you this so you’ll understand why I “waited” so long to address the fact that a car crashed into our San Diego office the Sunday before Presidents Day. At the time of writing, it’s only been a few days since the accident. By the time you’re reading this, I really hope the damage has been repaired and everything has gone back to normal. Right now, I’m still trying to process what’s happened. You never expect a car to crash into the building where you work. It sounds like something out of a movie! The damage even looked like it belonged on the set of an action flick. When the police called to tell us about the accident, we were expecting to find a dent on the outside wall. Dr. Janice got there first, and she was shocked to see a massive hole in the wall of our staff break room! Later on, I saw pictures of the car when it was still part way through the wall. It looked so unreal. The police told us that the driver, who was arrested under suspicion of a DUI, tried to turn onto 38th Street but was going way too fast. She lost control of the car, jumped the curb, and crashed into our office. After the accident, I was pretty upset. There is only material damage, but we started A+ Family Dentistry 18 years ago, and it’s painful to see the place we’ve built suffer such terrible damage. At the same time, I am really sad for the driver. She’s just 20 years old. I don’t know what her situation is, but I do

“You never expect a car to crash into the building where you work. It sounds like something out of a movie!”

hope she’ll be able to bounce back from this and pick a better path. She still has her whole life ahead of her. The accident was bad, but it could have been so much worse. Our office was closed that morning, so there was no one inside. Plus, our dental equipment is on the other side of the building. We were still able to see patients that following Tuesday. But ours isn’t the only building on that street. There’s a laundromat nearby that would have been full of people even on an early Sunday morning. We’re also not far from a school. Had this happened on a school day, there’s a chance some kids who walk to school could have been hurt. When I think of how badly things could have turned out, I’m so grateful no one was seriously hurt. Everyone is safe and well. All we need to do now is focus on repairs. Dr. Janice’s son, Jake, suggested that we “just glue it!” That gave us all a good laugh. While it’s going to take a bit more than glue to fix the building, we have insurance, so I expect the repairs to get done quickly.

This was a big reminder that you never know what will happen. We can only hope for the best and be grateful that our friends and family are around to help us get through life’s challenges.

–Dr. Justene Doan

April 2020 Edition

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Learn to Breathe Better

Raw, local honey has the ability to soothe scratchy throats, which protects the airway passage from further damage. ( Warning: Children under the age of 1 should never consume honey.) Also on the sweeter side, the naturally occurring enzyme in pineapple, bromelain, has been shown to ease inflammation and swelling, while quercetin, found in tea, red wine, and apples, can act as a natural antihistamine. If you’re looking for something more savory, spicy foods can light a fire under your mucus, break it up, and clear your nasal passages. Poke Them Away Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese treatment method that pinpoints specific pathways crucial to the flow of energy throughout the body and reopens them through strategic needle placements. While studies have yet to prove that acupuncture can serve as a stand-alone treatment for allergies, it has been shown to aid in symptom management. Acupuncture can also decrease pain and release built-up pressure caused by congestion. Drain Them Away Have you ever just wanted to open your nose and flush out all of your congestion? With a neti pot, you can! Simply create your own saltwater solution with filtered water — do not try this with unfiltered water, as deadly organisms can enter your body this way — and 1 teaspoon of salt. Some experts even suggest adding a pinch of baking soda to the mixture to soothe the bite of the salt. Next, pour the solution into the pot. Tilt your head to one side over a sink, pour the mixture from the pot into one of your nostrils, and let it drain out the other side. Repeat on the opposite nostril and feel the relief! 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

Holistic Methods for Taming Seasonal Allergies

The season of sniffles and sneezes is upon us, but you don’t have to let your allergies stop you from enjoying gorgeous April blooms and fresh spring breezes. Try these natural solutions to help combat your allergies and breathe a little easier this spring — though if your allergies are persistent, seek professional medical help. Eat Them Away Food is often overlooked as a method to fight your allergies, but make no mistake: The nutrients in some foods can do wonders for your body! Use this to your advantage by choosing ingredients proven to fight the sniffles.

TESTIMONIAL See What Others Are Saying

“I’ve been a patient here ever since I came to San Diego, and they have really helped me maintain healthy teeth and gums, which everyone wants. The staff has always been great, including the front desk staff, hygienists, dentists, and owners. They remember you and make the entire process painless. If you want a place that will invest in your oral health and give you every resource you need for the best teeth you’ve ever had, give them a call and make an appointment.” – Matt Olson

Berenice C. Tiffany D. Genevieve D. Nhan D. Gerri F. Annessa G.

Rania M. Thomas M. Megan M. Inez O. Elizabeth S. Erica B.

And the winner of the November referral prize of a $50 Visa gift card is Matthew N. 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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Special Offer to New Patients! Helping Friends and Family Protect Their Health

Is your best friend always complaining about tooth sensitivity when you go out for coffee?

These fears are perfectly reasonable. A lot of people don’t want to go to the dentist because they’re afraid it will hurt. In the past, pain was common in the dental chair. Many people are afraid of the dentist today because they had a bad experience at the dentist in the past. Fear of reliving bad experiences can keep people from getting the care they need, which can really harm their health. Poor oral health can lead to gum disease and tooth decay, as well as other major health conditions, including heart disease and diabetes. We know how scary it can be to see a new dentist. This is why we at A+ Family Dentistry are dedicated to making every part of visiting the dentist as painless as possible. This includes the price! At A+ Family Dentistry, new patients can take advantage of our New Patient Special.

This offer includes the following:

• Comprehensive oral exam • Any necessary digital X-rays • Teeth cleaning that includes laser bacterial reduction and antimicrobial irrigation • Oral cancer screening • Periodontal exam to evaluate gum health • Intraoral photos

Has it been years since your brother went to the dentist?

Is your coworker full of scary stories about bad trips to their old dentist’s office?

These situations are incredibly common. The American Dental Association found that 42% of Americans don’t see a dentist as often as they would like to. This is due to a number of factors. Some people feel like they don’t have the time for a dental appointment or that they don’t need to see a dentist because their teeth “feel fine.” But the biggest reason people don’t go to the dentist is fear. Six in 10 Americans are too afraid to visit the dentist.

• Discussion of treatment options • Getting your questions answered • Written treatment plan

This is a $547 value that new patients get for less than $100!

Do you have someone in your life who’s ready to visit the dentist again? Send them our way! They can take advantage of our New Patient Special and enjoy quality care during every visit.

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Beet, Goat Cheese, and Arugula Salad

This crowd-pleasing dish is sure to be the biggest hit at your next gathering. And it’s good for you, too


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1/4 cup balsamic vinegar 3 tbsp shallots, thinly sliced

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6 beets, peeled and quartered

6 cups fresh arugula

1 tbsp honey

1/2 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped 1/4 cup dried cranberries or cherries

1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil Salt and pepper to taste

1/2 avocado, cubed

2 oz crumbled goat cheese


1. Heat oven to 450 F and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. 2. In a medium bowl, combine vinegar, shallots, and honey. 3. Gradually whisk olive oil into the mixture and season with salt and pepper. 4. In a small bowl, toss the beets in dressing until they are coated.

5. Place coated beets on baking sheet and roast them for 12 minutes. Set the beets aside and allow them to cool. 6. In a large bowl, toss arugula, walnuts, and berries with the remaining vinaigrette. Season with salt and pepper. 7. Top salad with beets, avocado, and goat cheese.




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

Inside This Issue Aplusfamilydentistry.com 619-265-2467 3780 El Cajon Blvd., Unit 1 San Diego, CA 92105

How We Deal With the Unexpected Page 1

Fight the Sneeze With These Holistic Remedies Page 2

See What Others Are Saying Page 2

Why Americans Don’t See the Dentist Page 3

Beet, Goat Cheese, and Arugula Salad

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Local Events

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Sunny Days Celebrate Spring With Your Family

Cinco de Mayo Celebration Where: Plaza de Panama and Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Balboa Park, San Diego When: Saturday, May 2; 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Admission: Free Website: BalboaParkConservancy.org Bring the family out to the historic Balboa Park for a fantastic Cinco de Mayo celebration. Mexican music, dance, and performance take center stage at this family-friendly event. Catch traditional dance groups, strolling mariachis, art demonstrations, hands-on activities for the kids, and a free concert featuring Jarabe Mexicano. Complete with San Diego’s best food trucks, this is an event the whole family can enjoy. Chocolate Festival

San Diego EarthFair Where: Balboa Park, San Diego When: Sunday, April 19; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission: Free Website: EarthDayWeb.org It’s the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, and San Diego EarthWorks is celebrating in a big way. Take part in the largest free Earth Day celebration, and discover ways to live a more sustainable, healthy life. Over 300 exhibitors will demonstrate strategies for supporting a clean, prosperous environment for future generations to enjoy. EarthFair also features international food courts, beer gardens, entertainment stages, a children’s activity area, and the eARTh Gallery arts and crafts show.

Where: San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas When: Saturday, May 9; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission: Free with Garden admission Website: SDBGarden.org/chocolate.htm

Spend Mother’s Day weekend treating your mom to something extra sweet! Stroll through the beautiful San Diego Botanic Garden and enjoy some delicious artisan goodies during the annual Chocolate Festival. Sample treats from local chocolatiers and check out chocolate and garden- themed goods from quality vendors. Surprise your mom with the ultimate Mother’s Day experience.

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