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
A Triangle for Health
Turning 40 was the first time I really felt my age. Your body experiences a lot of changes in your 40s that no one warns you about! I would like to think I’ve been a reasonably fit person throughout my life, but after I turned 40, I decided to take my fitness seriously and start going to the gym. To be honest, I really didn’t want to, but I’m so glad I’ve stuck with it. I feel a lot stronger and healthier today! That being said, I know I have room for improvement. For example, I don’t know how to create an effective workout routine. I’ve done research online, but between the blogs, Instagram posts, and YouTube videos, there is so much information that I couldn’t find a straight answer. This is why I decided to hire a personal trainer to help me once a week. Tracey has taught me that fitness is built on a triangle of consistency, hard work, and knowledge. It occurred to me that these are the same foundations of oral health! Consistency In fitness, you have to be consistent if you want to see improvement. Working out “here or there” when you have time isn’t going to help your health. You need to have a regular workout routine that you stick to in order to see improvement. Your dental health is the same way. If you’re not brushing twice a day, flossing at least once a day, and making those regular dental appointments, you aren’t able to build a strong foundation. Additionally, in both fitness and dentistry, it’s okay if you fall off the wagon now and then. Some mornings you need to sleep in and miss a workout, or maybe you’re too tired in the evening to floss and instead go straight to bed. Falling off the wagon isn’t the end of the world as long as you get back on the next day. Hard Work It’s not enough to just show up at the gym three times a week; I actually need to work hard while I’m there. Not every work out needs to drain all my energy, but if I’m always taking it easy, I’m not going getting stronger. Likewise, What Do Fitness and Dentistry Have in Common?
if you’re only brushing your teeth for 10 seconds each night, you aren’t really cleaning your teeth. You need to be brushing for at least two minutes each session to fully clean your teeth. Knowledge This is the reason I needed to hire a personal trainer. I knew working out was important, and I established a habit of regular workouts, but there was so much I didn’t know. Tracey has been able to teach me how to work out more effectively, what I need to eat afterward to get the right nutrients, and how to prevent injury while working out. She’s also taught me how to incorporate cardio and flexibility training into my workouts. I hate cardio, but I know it’s important, and thanks to Tracy, I’m now doing 10–15 minutes of cardio before my weight training. Dentists and dental hygienists are also responsible for sharing valuable knowledge with our patients. We aren’t here to lecture patients when they don’t floss; instead, we offer advice. Our hygienists run a dental wellness program and are able to share knowledge with patients on how to create a better home routine to keep up with their oral health. There were a lot of things I wasn’t prepared for when I turned 40, but that was a wake-up call for me to get serious about my health. Tracey has been able to help me go a long way in doing that, and I’m glad that myself and my team can do the same for our patients when it comes to their oral health.
–Dr. Justene Doan
August 2019 Edition
A+ Family Dentistry | 619-265-2467 | P1
Start Early and Go Slowly When practicing this tip, think of the old adage: “It takes 21 days to break a habit.” If your kids have been going to bed late this summer, set a time when they must go to bed, but don’t make it too far off the time they have been regularly hitting the hay. If they shuffle off to bed around 10 p.m., push their bedtime to 9:45 p.m., and then push it back to 9:30 p.m. one week later. Slowly work your way back to an appropriate time, and bedtime will be easier when school starts. Make It Easy Though the days may be getting shorter, it’s still relatively light out at night, making it nearly impossible for your kids to doze off when they should. Sleep experts recommend creating a sleeping space that mimics a cave: dark, cool, and quiet. This means sunlight shouldn’t sneak into the room, and the home should be a quiet zone after bedtime. No one wants to sleep while everyone else is having fun, so it’s important that everyone in the home is quiet at bedtime. Just Relax This is a rule your family should follow year-round, not just when you want to reestablish a routine. At a certain time each night, begin the nightly wind- down. For example, at 8 p.m. shut off your screens, put on pajamas, and engage in a relaxing activity, like reading a book or doing some yoga. Signaling to your body and your family that it’s time for bed will help your kiddos, and you, fall asleep at an appropriate time. 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
You’re Getting Very Sleepy ...
Establishing a Bedtime Routine for the School Year
Between vacations, bonfires, and sporting tournaments, your children’s sleep schedule probably went on break when they did this summer. With school fast approaching, it’s vital to get your kids back on a proper sleep schedule. In fact, according to the National Sleep Foundation, getting enough sleep can significantly improve a child’s growth and cognitive function. But getting a restful night’s sleep is easier said than done when kids have had almost complete freedom for three months. Try these tips to get your kids snoozing through August and prepared for school. TESTIMONIAL See What Others Are Saying “I had a cleaning and two fillings at A+, and after avoiding dentists in the U.S. for over 10 years, I have found a place that I trust and even enjoy coming to! The doctor and staff are professional, friendly, and, most of all, competent! She patiently answered all my questions before starting the procedure and explained to me every step of the way what was happening, taking the time to ask me several times if I was comfortable. I can’t believe that I walked away feeling HAPPY about having cavities filled. I also feel that they are fair and honest in their dealings — the last dentist I went to in Mexico told me I
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had nine cavities. Turns out, I only had two. A+ Family Dentistry, you
And the winner July’s referral prize is: Robert C. 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.
get an A+ from me!” –Heather Fenwick
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Our New Office Is Almost Done
Come See Our New Office!
We are excited to report that the third A+ Family Dentistry location is under construction and scheduled to open in August! In addition to our current locations in San Diego and Poway, in the next few weeks, we will be able to start serving patients of the Sorrento Valley community.
We will be posting pictures and office hours once the new location is up and running. Until then, you can call 858-421-4933 to schedule upcoming appointments.
6755 Mira Mesa Blvd, Suite #218 San Diego, CA 92121
A+ Family Dentistry has grown so much over the last few years, all thanks to the support of our amazing patients. This new location marks the beginning of a new chapter for friendly, knowledgeable dentistry in San Diego.
Thank you to all the patients who helped make this possible!
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1 small Vidalia onion, peeled and cubed
1/4 cup basil leaves 1 clove garlic, peeled
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 tbsp sherry vinegar
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1. Place a blender and medium mixing bowl on your workstation. 2. Divide the tomato chunks, cucumber pieces, and bell pepper slices evenly between blender and bowl. Place entire onion in blender. 3. Add basil, garlic, olive oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper to blender. Blend on low,
gradually raising speed to high until smooth, about 2 minutes. 4. Add blender contents to bowl and mix until just broken up, about 10–20 seconds. 5. Let mixture sit in fridge for a minimum of 2 hours. Transfer to bowls and serve.
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Consistency, Hard Work, and Knowledge Get Your Kids Back on a Sleep Schedule
What Some of Our Patients Are Saying
Now Serving Sorrento Valley
Art, Dogs, and Fairies, Too EMBRACE THE LAST DAYS OF SUMMER
Don’t let the dog days of summer get you down! Enjoy the sunny day with man’s best friend at the 14th Annual Cardiff Dog Days of Summer. Is your dog the cutest pup around? Prove it and enter one of the many best-looking dog competitions throughout the day. Don’t have a dog? Bring the kids and enjoy food and drink, live music, vendors, and plenty of games. The Dog Days of Summer is sure to be a howling good time.
ArtWalk @ Liberty Station Where: Ingram Plaza at the Arts District at Liberty Station, San Diego When: Aug. 10 & 11 Admission: Free Website: ArtWalkSanDiego.org/libertystation/ Get ready for a weekend of visual arts, music, and interactive art-making for the whole family. ArtWalk @ Liberty Station, a San Diego tradition, proudly brings together 200 international, national, and local San Diego artists. They will be showcasing everything from photography and jewelry to glass work and sculptures. Come meet artists, find a new piece to add to your collection, or enjoy a beautiful day admiring some of the finest art in San Diego.
11th Annual Fairy Tales in the Park Where: Casa del Prado Theater in Balboa Park, San Diego When: August 17 & 18; see website for showtimes Admission: $15 per ticket Website: SDCYB.org
The San Diego Civic Youth Ballet is combining the magic of dance and the power of storytelling to present dazzling family-friendly performances. This year, SDCYB is bringing to life the classic stories of “Cinderella,” “Goldilocks and the Three Bears,” “Puss in Boots,” and “The Firebird.” After the show, your family can explore SDCYB’s award-winning, sustainability-themed Fairy Tale Village and enjoy crafts, meet and greets, games, and plenty of fun! It’s a magical weekend you won’t soon forget.
Cardiff Dog Days of Summer Where: Encinitas Community Park, Encinitas When: Sunday, Aug. 11; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission: Free Website: Cardiff101.com
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