A+ Family Dentistry - March 2020

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

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

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

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

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

The Happy Tooth

To the Women Who Inspire


Moving to a new country as a teenager meant experiencing a lot of culture shock. When I was 16, I learned that there are many things the United States does differently than the rest of the world. For example, Americans have never been that big on soccer, while the rest of the world is all about it. Another difference between the U.S. and Vietnam is how the countries celebrate International Women’s Day. First, Vietnam actually celebrates International Women’s Day twice — on March 8, with the rest of the world, and on Oct. 20, the anniversary of when Vietnamese women united against imperialism to form the Vietnam Women’s Union. In Vietnam, people celebrate International Women’s Day in tangible ways. My grandma, aunt, and female teachers would all get flowers. The purpose of the holiday is for people to let the women in their lives know how much they’re appreciated. I was surprised to learn that people in the U.S. celebrate International Women’s Day very differently. The holiday is more abstract here. It is often more about history or looking at what women deal with on a global scale rather than celebrating individual women in our lives. I really miss the way Vietnam celebrated International Women’s Day. I work with a lot of amazing women who deserve to be acknowledged. A majority of my female coworkers are moms working full time while raising kids. Many members of my staff have recently become mothers or welcomed a second child into their family. One of my dental assistants, Kimberly, had her first baby back in January. She kept working until the last possible day in December so she would be able to take four months off to spend with her newborn. It is amazing to see how hard the women in my office work every day, especially when they have a new baby on the way. But that’s nothing compared to the spark I see in them when they come back to work after having a baby. It’s like they have this bigger purpose. They aren’t just working for themselves — they’re working to provide for their children. Then, after helping me take care of patients all day, they still find the energy to go home and be a mom to their children. That’s not an easy task, but the women I work with thrive in this environment. It’s inspiring to see.

“In Vietnam, International Women’s Day celebrates women in really tangible ways. My grandma, aunt, and female teachers would all get flowers.”

This International Women’s Day, I want to shout out all the wonderful women I work with. They are all strong, intelligent, companionable people who deserve to be acknowledged. It is wonderful to work with each and every one of them. I encourage my readers to tell the women in their lives how admirable and inspiring they are. International Women’s Day is about celebrating strides and working toward a better

future, but I believe it should also be about letting the women in our lives know their hard work is appreciated every day.

–Dr. Justene Doan

March 2020 Edition

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Wellness and Whiskers

Racking Up the Miles A simple way to get moving with your pet is to go for a walk. If you’re looking for a bigger challenge, then try running, biking, or hiking with your pet. Anything beyond a walk may require extra obedience training or equipment — like a specialty tool that prevents your pet from colliding with your bike — but after a few loops around the trail, your pet will be begging to go again. And how can you say no to that face? Plus, this idea isn’t just for dogs. You can find leashes and harnesses for cats, lizards, ferrets, and other pets that love to get fresh air. Going for a Swim If you have a dog that appears to be more fish than canine, swimming might be the workout for you! Swimming is a joint-friendly cardiovascular exercise that works your entire body. If you’re not one for a dip in the pool, then kayaking, canoeing, and paddleboarding are great for your arms and core. Meanwhile, your pet can enjoy a relaxing ride or an exciting game of fetch. Just be sure to secure your pet with a life jacket before you and your four- legged friend splash away! Keeping It Traditional If you want a good full-body workout while entertaining your pet, then consider including them in traditional exercises. Entertain your pup with a game of fetch and drop down for a burpee every time it runs away. Balance your bird on your shoulder while you squat and lunge. Mentally and physically stimulate your cat by dragging a string around your body during Russian twists. With a little creativity and a few of your pet’s favorite things, both of you can work up a sweat. 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

3 Ways to Work Out With Your Pet

Less Stress Creating a healthy lifestyle is often easier with support, but if you’re struggling to find someone to join you on your path to wellness, then look to your furry friends instead. Read on for some ways to get active with your pet, and learn more about their wellness and health at PetMD.com. TESTIMONIAL See What Others Are Saying

Millie A. Konstance A. Felicia B. NaDine C. Fernando C. Dan C. Chelsie E. Steffanie F. Imani H.

Kyle J. Arturo M. Denise M. Jamie O. Heather S. Josephine S.

“I love this place! I found A+ after not going to the dentist for quite some time. Needless to say, it was long overdue. They have been so kind and easy to work with. I don’t mind going there at all. I would recommend them to anyone who is looking for kind and friendly service with amazing work to go with it!” –Justin Esposito

Joshua T. Victoria T.

And the winner of the November referral prize of a $50 Visa gift card: Millie A. 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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Smile Once Again 3 Reasons to Choose Invisalign Today

“My teeth had been somewhat neglected and required several fillings, deep cleaning treatments, and orthodontic treatment after my teeth had moved after a previous retainer had broken … My teeth and gums are significantly healthier after gingivitis treatment and fillings. My teeth are returning to being beautifully straight, and I am becoming confident about my smile once again.” –Rachael, Invisalign, fillings, and gingivitis treatment Do you smile with your lips closed in pictures? Cover your mouth when you laugh or talk? Try to keep your teeth hidden whenever possible? Feeling embarrassed by your smile because of crooked or crowded teeth is a real problemmany Americans share. But it doesn’t have to be this way! Here are three reasons we recommend Invisalign to our patients. 1. No More Unsightly, Uncomfortable Brackets Crooked teeth can be embarrassing, but many people, especially adults, would be more

embarrassed to have traditional braces and metal brackets strapped to their teeth. The clear Invisalign aligners are nearly invisible, which means most people never know you’re wearing them! 2. Shorter Treatment Time On average, patients who choose traditional metal braces spend around two years in treatment. They also need to visit their orthodontist every month for adjustments. Invisalign patients tend to spend far less time at the dentist’s office. And with Invisalign, treatment can be as brief as 6–18 months! During this time, patients only need to schedule follow-up visits every six weeks. 3. Solutions to More Problems Than Ever! Early Invisalign treatments could only address a handful of issues and were not suitable for complex cases. Advancements in orthodontic technology have changed that! Modern Invisalign treatments can fix crowded teeth, gaps in teeth,

overbites, underbites, crossbites, and open bites. If you were told you weren’t a candidate for Invisalign in the past, it may be time to get a second opinion. Looking for the best time to start your Invisalign treatment? Your wait is over! This month, A+ Family Dentistry is offering three more reasons why Invisalign is one of the best options in orthodontics at our offices: 1. Free consultation to learn if Invisalign is right for you 2. Free teeth whitening once treatment is done 3. Free retainers to keep your beautiful smile for life Why wait any longer? Make an appointment today and learn how Invisalign can help you start smiling again!

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Pesto Chicken With Blistered Tomatoes Brighten up after a cold, dark winter with this fresh and flavorful springtime dish. Ingredients

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2 1/2 tbsp olive oil, divided

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2 tbsp Parmesan cheese

4 boneless and skinless chicken breasts, pounded to a 1-inch thickness

1 tbsp unsalted butter, melted 6 tbsp spinach pesto 2 cups cherry tomatoes 1 garlic clove, thinly sliced 1 tsp red wine vinegar

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Salt and pepper to taste 1/4 cup whole-wheat panko


1. In a large ovenproof skillet over medium- high heat, add 1 tbsp olive oil. 2. Season chicken with salt and pepper, and add it to pan. Cook chicken for 5 minutes on each side, then remove pan from heat. 3. In a bowl, combine panko, Parmesan cheese, and butter. 4. Spread pesto over chicken and top with panko mixture. 5. Broil chicken for 2 minutes on high heat until browned.

6. In a skillet, heat remaining oil over medium-high heat. 7. Add tomatoes and cook for 6 minutes. 8. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly. 9. Season tomato mixture with salt and pepper, and add red wine vinegar. 10. Serve tomatoes with broiled chicken.




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Office Hours: Mondays: Closed


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

Celebrating Women Who Inspire Page 1

Get Fit With Fido Page 2

See What Others Are Saying Page 2

Stop Hiding Your Smile! Page 3

Pesto Chicken With Blistered Tomatoes

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Local Events

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Art and Culture A Taste of Southern California

by, head over to Balboa Park for the Irish Festival. Watch live performances, enjoy Celtic food and drink, let the kids play in the Kids Zone, and spend the day celebrating the patron saint of Ireland. San Diego Cake Show Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar

Circle of Art: Celebrating Art in the Desert Where: Christmas Circle, Borrego Springs When: March 14–15 Admission: Free Website: Circle-of-art.org Since 1989, the Circle of Art has brought fine art to the Anza-Borrego Desert. This free juried art show presents over 60 artists and has paintings, sculptures, photographs, and other creative art forms on display. Join the village of Borrego Springs to celebrate the beauty of the Californian desert. 40th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival

When: March 21–22 Admission: $12–$50 Website: SanDiegoCakeShow.com

Break out the frosting and the edible glitter, because it’s time for the San Diego Cake Show! California’s sweetest event is back and tasters, bakers, and decorators are all welcome. Take a class, check out the creative entries, and try some sweet treats all for a great cause. Proceeds from the show go to the Ronald McDonald House Charities. Last year alone, the San Diego Cake Show raised $15,000 for children at local hospitals. Enjoy a slice of cake for a good cause.

Where: Fifth Ave. & Laurel St., San Diego When: Saturday, March 14; 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Admission: Free Website: StPatsParade.org

Don’t miss out on the biggest St. Patrick’s Day celebration this side of the Mississippi! Catch the parade at 10:30 a.m. and when the last float passes

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