A+Family Dentistry November 2017

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

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

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


What lessons can we learn from our youngest family members?

One of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving is getting to see the kids playing together. Both of my brothers live in Los Angeles, so it’s not often all the kids are able to see each other. But when they do, they play so well. You can tell they really love each other, and they have so much energy! At that age, kids are endlessly curious about the world, as they experience so many things for the first time. It may be our job as adults to help teach them, but I believe we can stand to learn a few things from them as well. Andrew

Thanksgiving is truly an American holiday. I didn’t grow up celebrating Thanksgiving until I was 16 and my family moved to the United States from Vietnam. So this time of year, I can’t help but think about how much my family has changed. When we first got to the U.S., it was just my parents, myself, and my siblings. All our patients will be familiar with my sister, Dr. Janice, who was 10 when we moved, but I also have two younger brothers, James and John, who were 9 and 7. Since then, the family has grown a lot. My siblings and I are all married now, and each of my siblings have children of their own! I have three nephews and one niece who range from 3 months to almost 4 years. The oldest is Dr. Janice’s son, Jake, who I’m lucky to see all the time! He’s a quiet kid who pays close attention to everything and responds to what’s going on around him. Jake just hasn’t decided to start talking yet. Our whole family is dying for him to start talking, but I’m sure as soon as he does, we’ll be dying for him to be quiet again for a little while! Dr. Janice’s son Jake

Some time ago, I was babysitting Jake, and he fell down in the middle of playing. I went to go help him up, but he was already back on his feet like it was nothing. I know most kids are resilient like this, so why do we lose that trait as we grow up? As adults, we often let small setbacks keep us down for a while. Getting back up can feel nearly impossible sometimes. Then, when we do get up, we’re not always willing to take another risk for fear of falling again.


My niece is a bird of a different feather. Little Evelyn has a lot to say! She’s almost talking in full sentences, and, as a big sister to her baby brother, 3-month-old Nathan, she tends to take charge. When she and Jake get together with their other cousin, Andrew, Evie is the ringleader. They sure like to get themselves into trouble, but they love to spend time together.

We can definitely stand to learn something from the children about getting back up, and what better time to take in some lessons than Thanksgiving? I love spending the holiday with my family, and I know the rest of my team enjoys the holiday, too. Don’t forget, the office be closed Nov. 23–27 so the

whole team can enjoy Thanksgiving with their families. We’ll be back open Tuesday, Nov. 28, and I look forward to hearing all the crazy family stories then.


Happy Thanksgiving!

–Dr. Justene Doan

November 2017 Edition

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jugs and spray bottles plastered with the word “Awesome.” Surely, this knock-off soap can’t work as well as your brand-name products, right? You’d be surprised. Online reviewers sing Awesome’s praises, suggesting it should really be a higher price for how well it works. Just make sure you wear gloves when you use it. Detergent Pods You use too much soap in your washing machine and dishwasher. At least, that’s what the New York Times reported as the No. 1 complaint from repair people and appliance experts. Modern appliances are designed to use less water, and as soap becomes more concentrated, using too much can damage your machine. That’s what makes detergent pods so handy. They don’t look like they can clean all your dishes or an entire load of clothes, but they actually provide the perfect amount for modern machines. You save money on detergent and machine repair! Foam Cleaning Blocks Anything with “magic” in the title sounds like a scam. For this reason, you may have avoided the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser and similar melamine foam products. But this is one case where the product lives up to its wild claims. Melamine foam is abrasive and can break down and remove material from fine cracks and textures, making it an effective cleaner. It can be used to whiten sneakers, clean tub scum, and remove permanent marker from your fridge. Since the snake oil salesmen in the days of old first tricked trusting folks out of their hard-earned cash, consumers have wised up and are quick to write off perceived scams. Still, every now then you get lucky, and the cheap white sponge really does make the stove look like new. But you should still think twice before you say yes to gas station sushi.

3 Cleaning ‘Rip-Offs’ That Actually Work

If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. But sometimes we stumble across a few hidden gems that make our lives easier. And, when it comes to cleaning house, we can all use a little “easier.” Check out these products you may have already written off and let them surprise you. Dollar Store Cleaning Products If you’ve ever ducked into the local dollar store to buy some Mylar balloons for your niece’s birthday party, you might have noticed the


See What Others Are Saying

“This dental office has been a lifesaver. I had an awful past experience at a previous dentist, and I had a lot of reservations about dentists. From day one, every person at A+ has reinstated my trust in dental care and has corrected everything that was done wrong. Everyone is very knowledgeable and kind every time I come in. I highly recommend A+ Family Dentistry!” –Lia Agliam

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Use ’em or Lose ’em! Warning: Your Insurance Benefits Won’t Roll Into 2018

No one likes to lose money. When we buy something online, then see the price drop 50 percent the next day, we curse our impatience; if we realize there’s a hole in our wallet and $100 has fallen out, it feels like a real punch to the gut; and if we spend all year paying the insurance company, only to see our benefits disappear on Jan. 1, we wonder why we even bothered. As frustrating as it is, insurance benefits don’t roll over into the new year. When you don’t use them before the clock strikes

midnight on Dec. 31, they vanish faster than Cinderella’s pumpkin carriage. If you’ve already paid your 2017 deductible, any work you get done now won’t require a new deductible payment. But if you wait two months, you’ll end up taking more money out of your own pocket. If you don’t use your benefits, you have basically set fire to your money, just to keep the insurance company warm. It’s time to say, “Enough!” Maximize your year- end benefits and get your dental needs

addressed now. Space is limited, so don’t wait. A+ Family Dentistry will be closed from Nov. 23–27 for Thanksgiving, which doesn’t leave too much time for appointments before New Year’s Eve. Don’t waste your money! Call 619-831-8832 (San Diego) or 858- 842-5850 (Poway) now and schedule an appointment before your hard-earned cash goes up in smoke.

Have a Laugh!

Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Soup Recipe


3 pounds sweet potatoes, roughly chopped

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5 cups chicken or vegetable stock

1 cup coconut milk

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1 onion, chopped 2 stalks celery, sliced

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 medium carrots, chopped 1 tablespoon garlic, minced


4. Puree everything until smooth, using a blender or an immersion blender. 5. Add the coconut milk, give everything a good stir, and cook for another 30 minutes. 6. Adjust the seasonings and serve warm.

1. Place all the ingredients except for the coconut milk in a slow cooker. 2. Season everything to taste with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. 3. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours or on high for 4 hours.

Recipe courtesy of PaeloLeap.com.

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Inside This Issue

What Happens When We Fall? Page 1

These Products Make Housework Easier! Page 2

November Testimonial Page 2

Don’t Let Your Insurance Benefits Disappear Page 3

Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Soup Recipe Page 3

Thanksgiving at America’s Resort Page 4

The office be closed Nov. 23–27. Schedule your next appointment today to beat the holiday rush!

Thanksgiving at America’s Resort CARVE YOUR TURKEY AT THE GREENBRIER

This Thanksgiving, many Americans plan to go over the river and through the woods to sleep on the air mattress at grandmother’s house. But your family Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be crowded and uncomfortable. For generations, The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, has brought families together for a weekend of true American elegance. The local hot springs have been popular with travelers since 1778, but The Greenbrier didn’t come to life until 1913. The sprawling 710-room national landmark sits on 11,000 acres of rolling hills and has been described as “‘Monte Carlo’ meets ‘Gone With the Wind.’” The blend of Colonial decor and Hollywood Regency flourishes make guests feel as if they have stepped back in time, while still offering all the modern amenities. Mom and Grandma relax in the spa, Grandpa enjoys a round of golf, the siblings all go off-roading in

a Jeep, and later, the whole family faces off in a game of laser tag. With 55 leisure activities offered at the resort, make every day as busy or as relaxing as you want before enjoying a gourmet dinner at one of the resort’s six full-time restaurants. The Greenbrier is a dream getaway anytime of the year, but America’s resort really goes all-out for the traditional American holiday, Thanksgiving. Family members from every generation can find something fun to do before the family gathers together for the massive Thanksgiving brunch in The Greenbrier’s Colonial Hall. The award-winning culinary brigade serves up Thanksgiving classics, like soft rolls and roasted turkey, alongside marinated mussels and ricotta tortellini. Make time for the horse-drawn carriage ride and evening gala, and you have the perfect Thanksgiving.

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