A+ Family Dentistry February 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

EVERYDAY IS A NEWBEGINNING You Can Try Again Tomorrow The Happy Tooth

I spend a lot of time talking to my patients about their health. As a dentist, I care about the health of my patients’ teeth, but I also know the importance of overall health and well-being. This is something I think a lot about and will offer my advice when asked. But just like everyone else, there are some areas of my health that I’m not always on top of. This month, I have a few confessions to make. This first confession might come as a surprise to my patients, but even though I’m a dentist, there are still times when I don’t want to floss at night. It may only take a few minutes, but after a long day when I’m really tired, I’ll just go to bed without flossing. Sometimes I’m able to make myself get back up and floss … and sometimes I just fall asleep instead. It’s not all bad. Though it’s best to floss before going to sleep, since you only need to floss once every 24 hours, you can make up by flossing in the morning or at lunch the next day. I usually do this when I forget to floss the night before. It’s easier to floss when you don’t have to dig through your drawers to find the floss and instead have it conveniently placed beside your toothbrush.

This next confession is one I’m a bit embarrassed to admit, but it’s also something I’m not alone in. When I was in my 20s, I was extremely diligent about scheduling an annual appointment with my OBGYN. Between the ages of 20 and 29, I went every year, as recommended. Today, I’m a little less diligent about this area. Between the ages of 30 and 60, it’s recommended to visit your OBGYN once every 5 years. My last appointment was over 10 years ago. My last confession is one I’m most surprised to make. Throughout 2018, I was going to boxing or Pilates four times a week consistently. I felt great, and I was really proud of myself for maintaining the schedule. Then came December. With my sister, Dr. Janice, out of the office for a few weeks and the holidays throwing us into chaos, I fell off the wagon. I was only working out twice a week, and even though I felt weaker, that bad habit lasted into January. I know a lot of people can feel down this time of year. The holidays are over, and a lot of those big, shiny New Year’s resolutions have already been broken. This month, I wanted to remind my patients that it’s okay to not be perfect. Life is a journey. You can try your best and still discover there are some areas in life that you aren’t doing so well in. The good news is you can always start again. Each day is a new beginning. Nobody’s perfect. You’re going to mess up, fall off the wagon, and slip into bad habits from time to time. Instead of getting frustrated and punishing yourself for making a mistake, be forgiving and vow to do better tomorrow. When I don’t floss, I make up for it the next day. When I fall off on exercise, I work to psych myself out and start working out again. And when I realize I haven’t gone to the OBGYN in 10 years, I schedule an appointment.

The most important thing is that we try our best in life. And fortunately, you can try again tomorrow.

–Dr. Justene Doan

February 2019 Edition

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