A+ Family July 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

From the Skytree to Namsan Tower

Daniel Maisonave-Tanon’s Many Adventures

This summer, I’ve enjoyed hearing about some of the awesome vacations our patients have been on or are planning to take. Many members of our staff at the office are taking turns enjoying some pretty fun trips of their own. Recently, Daniel Maisonave-Tanon, one of our front-desk team members, returned from a great trip to Japan and South Korea. His vacation sounded like a lot of fun, and I asked him to share some of his adventures with our patients this month.

I’ll let Daniel take it from here!

–Dr. Justene Doan

Earlier this summer, my family took an awesome trip to Japan. My cousin is stationed in Okinawa, and this trip was to visit him. He’d never been to Tokyo before, so we spent a lot of time doing fun touristy things in the city. I love looking out over big cities, so one of my favorite places we visited was the Tokyo Skytree, the tallest tower in the world. The tower is 634 meters high, and we got to stand on the Tembo Galleria 450 meters above the city. Back on the ground, we visited a massive, five-story arcade, chilled and had tea at a real cat cafe, and walked around the district of Akihabara. We even spent a day at the Tokyo Disney Resort. I’m a huge fan of Disneyland, so this was my favorite place we visited in Japan.

because it’s close by and a lot cheaper to stay in than Japan. I was thrilled with this decision because I love Korea. There are so many awesome things to do, like shopping in the bustling Myeong-dong or watching people dance on the street in Hongdae. As I mentioned before, I love looking over big cities. So for me, the highlight of our stay in Korea was Namsan Tower in Seoul. Officially called N Seoul Tower, it’s not nearly as tall at the Tokyo Skytree, but the view is still stunning. On the observation floor, you have a 360-degree view of Korea. There are even signs telling you when you’re facing the direction of certain major cities. Much like the former “love lock bridge” of Paris, Namsan Tower has a roof terrace where couples can hang love padlocks together. It’s very sweet. These are only a few of the amazingly fun things we got to do in Japan and Korea. If you’d like to hear more, feel free to ask the next time you’re in the office! I’d like to share more stories. And my biggest piece of advice is this: If you have a chance to visit either of these countries, don’t hesitate to book your flight!

Before anyone asks, yes, I did eat some food. The ramen and shabu-shabu we had were great, but to be completely honest, I ate quite a few meals at McDonalds or KFC. Don’t judge me — sometimes you’re just craving burgers and fries. We booked a two-week trip, but my cousin could only get away from the military for one of those weeks. During the other, we hopped on a flight to South Korea

–Daniel Maisonave-Tanon

July 2019 Edition

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Insomniacs Unite


While there are many apps that claim to help people fall asleep quicker, very few are programmed to prevent sleepers from growing bored of the same monotonous soundtracks. Pzizz combines music, sound effects, and binaural beats, and an embedded algorithm generates a slightly different track each time you use it.

Snore Report

Many troubled sleepers who are able to fall asleep are jolted awake shortly afterward. The inability to stay asleep throughout the night can stem from a multitude of factors, but snoring tends to be the most common. The Snore Report app records through the night to detect any snoring sounds and then provides the user with an overview of the previous night’s recording, including an index to determine snore intensity. Using this app might not help you fall asleep faster, but it could offer helpful information about why you aren’t able to stay asleep. Instead of setting an alarm to jolt you out of sleep at a specific time, choose a window of time to wake up with the Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock. The app will sense your sleep movements and ring an alarm when you’re in the lightest stage of sleep. This way, you’ll wake at the optimal time, feeling refreshed rather than groggy. 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 Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock

3 Free Apps to Help You Catch Those Z’s

Everyone with a smartphone has heard time and time again that looking at your phone before bed is a bad idea. According to the National Sleep Foundation, “The use of electronic devices in the bedroom further disrupts the natural pattern of the sleep-wake cycle” primarily because of the blue light emitted from the screen. While most scientific data pertaining to sleep recommends you place your phone in another room overnight, those who toss and turn regardless of phone location might benefit from using technology rather than tucking it away. Here are three FREE sleep apps that might help you get to dreamland faster. TESTIMONIAL See What Others Are Saying “I had a dental emergency. I was in a lot of pain and a filling fell out. Someone referred me to Dr. Justene. She said Dr. Justene knows what she’s doing, she cares, and she’s fast.

“I found that Dr. Justene is very communicative and gives you a good understanding about root canals and fillings. She explained to me what I needed and showed me step by step what would be done. The root canals that I got went very smoothly and I had no pain the next day!” –Jennifer

Andrea B., Juan. C, Bob C., Dr. Janice Doan,

Rogelio G., Jennifer L., Thomas M., Alisa M., Alexis O., Kristen S., John S.

Amber E., Adrian E., Mario F., Maria F.,

And the winner June’s referral prize is: Rogelio G. 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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And Improving Your Enamel

Everyone knows that an excessive amount of sugar isn’t healthy, but many are unaware of why sugar is bad for teeth. It might surprise you to know that sugar itself isn’t what hurts your teeth; it’s what happens after you consume it. The Battle of the Mouth Our mouths are filled with bacteria, but don’t be alarmed because most of them are helpful rather than harmful. However, these helpful bacteria are at constant odds with those looking to destroy your enamel. Harmful oral bacteria feed on sugars, and when they do, they produce acid, which strips healthy minerals from your tooth enamel. This process is known as demineralization.

Demineralization is continuously butting heads against another process called remineralization, which replaces destroyed minerals and strengthens the teeth. When someone eats a large quantity of sugars or starches, demineralization can happen more quickly and more often, and remineralization can’t keep up. Cavities The constant destruction of the enamel by these acids creates a bacterial infection, which can eat away at your tooth until there is a hole, aka a cavity. Cavities can be treated in many ways depending on their severity. If it has just started, using fluoride treatments can increase remineralization and build up enamel again. Another option is to receive a filling, which is

a common treatment that fills the hole with various materials, such as porcelain or tooth- colored resins. When the cavity isn’t treated, it burrows deeper into the tooth, causing pain and tooth loss. Improving Remineralization Making sure your teeth are exposed to constant minerals is the best method to strengthen your enamel. In addition to using fluoride rinses and toothpastes, keep an eye on your diet. Avoiding sugary foods and consuming fruits and vegetables with high fibers, cheeses and yogurts with calcium and phosphates, and black and green teas to repress harmful bacteria are all ways to improve remineralization.

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Watermelon Cucumber Skewers

Skewers are a Fourth of July favorite, but these are not your classic kebabs. They’re a fresh, light, and fun way to start a barbecue. Oh, and they don’t require any actual cooking.


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1 medium-sized watermelon, cubed 2 cucumbers, cut into 1/4-inch rounds

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1 bunch fresh mint leaves

Salt, to taste

Equipment •

1 block feta cheese, cubed

1 packet of bamboo skewers





1. Assemble skewers by placing one watermelon cube, one cucumber round, one feta cube, and one mint leaf on skewer in that order. Repeat until skewer is full.

2. Lightly season with salt and chill in fridge until right before serving.




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What to Do in Tokyo and Seoul

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3 Free Apps to Help You Catch Those Z’s What Some of Our Patients Are Saying

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Sugars Turned Acid

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Watermelon Cucumber Skewers

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Local Events

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Since 1922, the historic Balboa Park Carousel has been a cherished feature of San Diego. Generations of San Diego citizens and visitors have shared smiles and laughter on the carousel. To celebrate this great history, Friends of Balboa Park is hosting a free community event on National Carousel Day. Bring the whole family out for fun activities, music, food, dancing, and free carousel rides! The Great Inflatable Race: San Diego Where: SDCCU Stadium, San Diego When: Saturday, Aug. 3; 9 a.m.–12 p.m. Admission: Registration varies by group size Website: TheGreatInflatableRace.com/San-Diego Get ready to run, jump, slide, and bounce through the most fun-filled race you’ve ever seen. The Great Inflatable Race is a fun run with inflatable obstacles spread throughout the running course. Proceeds from the race go to support local charities, so get your friends together and register today. You’ll have great fun for a good cause.

2019 Imperial Beach Sun & Sea Festival Where: Pier Plaza, Imperial Beach When: Saturday, July 13; 7 a.m.–5 p.m. Admission: Free Website: SunAndSeaFestival.com

Have you built a sandcastle this summer? If not, then there’s no better time to enjoy the age-old tradition than at Imperial Beach’s Sun & Sea Festival. Start the day with a pancake breakfast before watching the community parade or strolling through the vendor booths while world-class sandcastle sculptors create breathtaking works of art. There will also be arts and crafts and a kids’ sandcastle competition. Enjoy the sun, surf, and sand at this beloved summer tradition. National Carousel Day Where: Balboa Park Carousel, San Diego When: Thursday, July 25; 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Admission: Free Website: FriendsOfBalboaPark.org/national-carousel-day

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