A+ Family Dentistry June 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
HELPING WHERE WE CAN
Ken Hunter’s Work in Nepal
“We went to many places throughout Nepal, including an orphanage, and offered cleanings and teeth extractions.”
Earlier this spring, one of our dental hygienists, Ken Hunter, went on an incredible volunteer trip to Nepal, a small country in South Asia. He was part of a team of dental professionals offering free dental treatment to communities throughout Nepal. When he told us about the trip after returning, I knew this was a story we had to share.
I’ll let Ken tell you about the experience in his own words.
–Dr. Justene Doan
Two years ago, some people I worked with in the past started getting a team together for a dental mission to Nepal. When they asked if I wanted to go, I joined the team in a heartbeat. During the first trip, we went to several different places in Nepal and provided free dental treatment to many people who’d never visited a dentist before. Recently, the team got the funds together to take another trip, and I was honored to be a part of it. To say going to Nepal induced culture shock would be an understatement. The quality of life in Nepal is not nearly as organized or as comfortable as here in the United States. It’s amazing to see the creative solutions people come up with to meet their needs and survive. Despite their hardships, the people we met were always really grateful and friendly. We went to many places throughout Nepal, including an orphanage, and offered cleanings and teeth extractions. Our team got to work with some women in Nepal whose mission was to start a nonprofit making and providing feminine hygiene products. They connected us with many local women who’d never had the chance to visit a dentist in their life. I was glad I could help people enjoy clean teeth for the first time since they were children and helping patients get out of pain by removing a decayed tooth.
We didn’t have any running water or electricity, so we had to get creative. Drinking water was to be used sparingly, and we wore headlamps to see into a patient’s mouth. When someone came in to get a tooth pulled, they had to lay down on one of the school benches and put their heads in the dentist or hygienist’s lap. It was how I imagined being a doctor in the American Civil War was like. While we were on that side of the globe, I had the opportunity to visit The Mother House of the Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata, India, where Mother Teresa is buried. It was an intensely moving experience. You could feel her energy still inspiring the order of nuns she worked with. Considering the work we were doing on the trip, I was glad I could pay my respects to such an amazing person. Throughout my life, I’ve been fortunate to meet a lot of people who helped me when I needed it most. I believe it’s my turn to return the favor and help others however I can. -Ken Hunter
There was one day and night when we worked in a hospital, but most of the time we were in very poor villages, offering treatment at the schools.
June 2019 Edition
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shortest lifespan of all cosmetic products. Once you open your mascara, you should throw it out after three months.
2. A Bigger Brush Equals More Volume — FICTION!
Ever since the first tube of modern mascara hit marketplace shelves in 1917, several beauty fearmongers have spread myths regarding the makeup’s potential danger. The ancient Egyptians believed their lash concoction of blended kohl, crocodile dung, honey, and water kept evil spirits from entering their body through their eyes, but these days, for the most part, mascara serves one simple purpose: enhancing the eyes. Old wives’ tales about mascara have circulated over the years, making it difficult to discern fact from fiction. To help you separate truth from falsehood, here are five of the most common claims made about mascara and some information on whether or not you should believe them. Bacteria breeds in moist, dark, enclosed spaces, which makes your mascara tube a perfect home for these organisms to thrive. This is why mascara has the TESTIMONIAL See What Others Are Saying Fact or Fiction? The Truth About Mascara “The staff are positive, upbeat, and uplifting! The office receptionists are very friendly and attentive. Everyone is always smiling and positive. The office is very clean! “The doctors are very considerate and accommodating. They really care about your teeth as well as your health. Dr. Tran is personable, friendly, and attentive, and he is passionate about his job. “I 100 percent benefited from the treatment I received. And I would never leave for another practice. I now have a confident smile with whiter teeth and healthier gums. A+ Family Dentistry really earns an A+! Thanks for everything.” -Carmen, Cleaning & Fillings 1. You Should Replace Your Tube Every 3 Months — FACT!
True volume and lash definition are better created through shorter, spread out bristles that allow room for more product to transfer to your lashes.
3. You Shouldn’t Share Tubes — FACT!
Of all makeup products, mascara is the one you definitely don’t want to share. With all the bacteria that gathers in mascara, sharing is a quick and easy way to end up with a nasty bacterial or viral infection, like pinkeye.
4. Wands Work Better Than Eyelash Curlers — FICTION!
Researchers say that a mascara’s brush and formula can work together to thicken and lengthen your lashes, but the best way to achieve a real curl is by using an eyelash curler before application.
5. You Should Remove Mascara Before Bed — FACT!
There’s no debate on this one, especially after an ophthalmologist found solidified bits of mascara embedded in the eyelids of an Australian woman who was beginning to go blind last year. To prevent such irritation, use an effective makeup remover to ensure every bit of mascara is removed from your lashes before bed each night. A+ Referrals 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:
Abdul M. Cheryl M. Leighanna P.
Matt A. Linda C. Janice D. Deona D. Brian H. Troy H. Ryan M.
Sophia R. Kristen S. Tiffany S. Tanuya S.
And the winner May’s referral prize is: Leighanna P.
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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RESTORE YOUR SMILE AND YOUR CONFIDENCE
Stop Living With Missing or Damaged Teeth
After losing a tooth, or when you have a tooth that has become damaged by injury or decay and needs to be removed, you may wonder what happens next. What are your options? And what does it mean to live with a missing tooth? First and foremost, consider tooth replacement. Living with a missing or damaged tooth can lead to serious health issues. It can be painful, lead to further infection, and, over time, may alter your bite and damage your jaw. On top of that, a missing tooth can affect your self-confidence. All too often, people with a missing or damaged tooth are reluctant to smile or speak naturally. They hesitate to let their true self shine through.
Certain replacement options, including bridges and dentures, can fill in the gap left by a missing or removed tooth, but they fall short for many people. They often don’t look or feel the same as your healthy, natural teeth. These options can lead to other issues, such as damage to your existing healthy teeth, which may be used to support the bridge or dentures. Over time, these devices can cause bone loss and deterioration of the bone structure in your face. With dental implants, your dentist can replace one or more of your teeth in a durable, beautiful manner that mimics your natural tooth structure. Because dental implants replace individual teeth, you don’t need to worry about many of the issues associated with bridges and
dentures. Plus, each implant is custom made to exacting specifications. Once in place, no one but you will know it’s an implant! If you are considering your options for a missing or damaged tooth, be sure to ask about your options. We can help you put aside the worry so you can smile with utmost confidence, knowing your smile is complete. If you do have a missing tooth and questions, you can schedule a free consultation, which includes a free CT scan (valued at $350), and we can help you determine you best next step!
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Zucchini Salad With Toasted Hazelnuts
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With raw zucchini, toasted hazelnuts, and a robust Parmigiano-Reggiano, this early summer salad is a delight of different textures and flavors that will make a great side at your next cookout.
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3 small zucchini (3/4 lb.) 1/2 tsp lemon zest, grated 3 tbsp fresh lemon juice 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil Salt and pepper, to taste
1/4 cup toasted hazelnuts, coarsely chopped
Mint leaves, for garnish
Parmesan cheese, preferably Parmigiano-Reggiano, for garnish
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1. Using a mandolin or very sharp knife, slice zucchini lengthwise into extremely thin, wide ribbons. 2. Arrange zucchini ribbons on a plate, sprinkle with lemon zest, and drizzle with juice.
3. Drizzle oil over zucchini, season with salt and pepper, and toss. 4. Scatter hazelnuts over the top, garnish with mint and cheese, and serve.
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Making a Difference Page 1 The Truth About Mascara Page 2 What Some of Our Patients Are Saying Page 2 Restore Your Smile Page 3 Zucchini Salad With Toasted Hazelnuts Page 3 Local Events Page 4 Inside This Issue Aplusfamilydentistry.com 619-265-2467 3780 El Cajon Blvd., Unit 1 San Diego, CA 92105
Start Your Summer Off Right GREAT EVENTS FOR MORE FUN IN THE SUN
The Ocean Beach Street Fair returns to deliver another year of family fun! Grab your tickets to taste some chili at the cook-off and don’t forget to vote for your favorite. Or if chili isn’t your thing, just enjoy the free street fair with your family. With dozens of vendors, local artists, live music, and a wing eating contest, the Ocean Beach Street Fair offers a full day of fun for the whole family.
Dad’s Day BBQ and Beer Where: The Dana on Mission Bay, San Diego When: Sunday, June 16 Admission: $19.95 per plate Website: TheDana.com/things-to-do/event-calendar
Big Bay Boom! Where: San Diego Bay When: Thursday, July 4; 9 p.m Admission: Free Website: BigBayBoom.com
Forget the tie and spend Father’s Day doing something Dad will actually enjoy! Firefly Eatery & Bar at The Dana on Mission Bay is hosting a lunch of brisket, ribs, baked potatoes, and more barbecue favorites. Complete with beers on tap, you can treat Dad to a great meal without having to clean off the grill afterwards. Call 619-225-2125 to make reservations. 40th Annual Ocean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off
There are a several ways to celebrate Fourth of July this year. You could catch a parade, host a barbecue, or binge-watch season three of “Stranger Things.” But no matter how you spend your day, at night everyone breaks out the fireworks. This Independence Day, go really big and catch the spectacular choreographed fireworks display over San Diego Bay! Visit the website to find the best places to hang out and get ready for the biggest fireworks show in Southern California.
Where: The Westgate Hotel, San Diego When: Saturday, June 22; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission: Street free; $20 for chili tasting Website: OceanBeachSanDiego.com/
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