A+ Family Dentistry May 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

CELEBRATING MOTHER’S DAY On the Topic of Motherhood with Joanna and Bernice The Happy Tooth

Toward the end of last year, our scheduling coordinator, Joanna, and one of our dental hygienists, Bernice, both welcomed new babies into the world. It was a very exciting time for them, and for our office, as we made sure they were able to take the time off they needed to recover and bond with their new babies. Joanna and Bernice have both been back at the office for some time now. To celebrate Mother’s Day, I wanted to give them the opportunity to talk a bit about their children and share some stories of motherhood. Leah and Luca

Being a new mom is a beautiful phase in my life that I never saw myself going through. Mila is my first child. For years, I always said I didn’t want kids and I didn’t even want to get married. Then I met my husband, and all of that changed. Now I have Mila, and I can’t believe she’s mine. It has been a roller coaster of an experience since Mila was born. She was a premie, born at 32 weeks. It was a very scary moment, and I was really worried about her for a little bit. But I knew she was in good hands. Since then, she’s been perfectly healthy. She already sleeps through the night, and she’s the happiest, smiliest, laughing baby I’ve ever met. When I think about how this little person wants me when she’s sad or needs to cuddle, my heart explodes with love. I thank God every morning that He gave me the opportunity to be Mila’s mom. I am truly blessed.

Last November, I gave birth to my second child, Luca. My oldest, my daughter Leah, is already 3 years old. I’ve loved being a mom to Leah, though, to be honest, when I was pregnant with Luca, I was a little scared. I was excited for my little boy to come along, but I worried I wouldn’t have enough time for both of my children or that Leah would feel resentful about the new baby. But as soon as he was born, everything went away. Leah loves her baby brother so much. She wants to carry him around all the time, and I have to keep an eye on her so she doesn’t grab him on her own! I can tell she’s going to be a good sister. Like with everything else when it comes to parenting, figuring it all out is a process. Having two kids is a whole new challenge, but when they’re both here, and I can see how much they love each other, it all feels right.


I am so proud to work with two such amazing women and mothers. These women are key personnel on our team, and I’m happy to see them thriving in this phase of their lives. I’m also excited about our new associate, Dr. Zhang, who is pregnant and due this August.

To Joanna, Bernice, Dr. Zhang, and all the wonderful moms out there, I wish you a very happy Mother’s Day!

Welcoming Mila


–Dr. Justene Doan

May 2019 Edition

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Want a tan? Go sunless!

Though popular, that “sun-kissed” look is actually a sign of skin damage caused by harmful UV rays. If your summer look just isn’t complete without a tan, consider using a sunless tanning product. The Mayo Clinic states, “Topical sunless tanning products are generally considered safe alternatives to sunbathing, as long as they’re used as directed.” So read the directions and enjoy a great summer tan while keeping your skin safe. Take cool showers . Hot showers are relaxing, but they also dry out your skin, especially in the heat of summer. Do your skin a favor and turn down the temperature. As a bonus, taking a cool shower after sweating can reduce acne breakouts. Stay hydrated. Hydrated skin is happy skin, so keep a water bottle handy. Start by swapping a sugary beverage at mealtime with a glass of water instead. Another healthy way to get extra water is by snacking on fresh fruits and vegetables. Certain summer fruits, like melons, have high water content and are full of vitamins your body craves.

Soak Up the Sun Without Damaging Your Skin

Summer is a wonderful time of year for your health. The warm weather encourages outdoor activities, and the vitamin D produced by sunlight can boost your mood. Unfortunately, sunshine can also do a number on your skin. Here are a few tips to protect your skin while having fun in the sun. Don’t forget the sunscreen! People of all complexions should wear sunscreen every day. Even if you aren’t at the beach, harsh sunlight can still damage your skin when you’re walking around or driving your car. Dermatologists recommend applying sunscreen with SPF 30 first thing in the morning and reapplying periodically through the day.

There’s a lot to love about the summertime. With these tips, your skin can love it too.

Pro Tip: Don’t put the sunscreen away when it gets cold. The sun is still harmful in the winter months.

TESTIMONIAL See What Others Are Saying

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

“I highly recommended A+ Family. Dr. Michael is super knowledgeable, experienced, trustworthy, and perceptive. I’ve been going here for at least two years. I’ve never had any problems after each visit; I never had to fix or redo his work. Everyone treats you like you’re a part of their family. I’m very happy that I’ve found Dr. Michael. He is the best.” -Bonnie Bonniera

Matt A. Erica B. Facundo B. Alejandra ch. Steven C. Jesus D. Bernadette G.

Gabriela L. Bertha M. Emily O. Cynthia P. Sophia R. Tim S.

“I’ve always had a great experience with A+ Dentistry. Very professional, caring, and have a comfy office too. From cavities to cleanings, they have a great staff. They are also communicative about pricing which I highly appreciate. Shout out to Princess and Ken for keeping my teeth shiny and clean!“ -Carina Sarabia

And the winner of April’s referral prize is: Bernadette 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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3 Secret Benefits of Teeth Whitening

Better Mood

Our teeth look smooth, but they are actually porous. These pores absorb anything with color, like coffee or wine, and are the reason your teeth go from bright white to a dingy, stained yellow over time. Whitening your teeth removes stains from inside these pores, brightening your smile and improving your life in ways you may not expect. A person’s smile is one of the first things people notice when you meet someone. If you’re uncomfortable with your stained, yellowing teeth, odds are you press your lips together when your smile or cover your mouth when you laugh. This comes off as secretive and untrustworthy, and it can push people away. Plus, who doesn’t want to be around someone who laughs and smiles freely? Better Relationships

to preventing serious health risks, like tooth decay or gum disease.

When we no longer feel self-conscious about our smiles, we tend to smile more. This can lead to us feeling genuinely happier. Just the act of smiling creates a chemical reaction in our brains, releasing hormones like dopamine and serotonin. These hormones are associated with happiness and reduced stress. In short, smiling creates a feedback loop of extra happiness! After going through the process of whitening your teeth, you’re probably going to want to maintain that bright smile for as long as possible. Individuals who whiten their teeth tend to be more serious about proper dental hygiene. Not only does this help keep your teeth pearly white, but regular oral care is also vital when it comes Better Oral Health

Ready for Whiter Teeth? Get Your Free Take-Home Whitening Kit!

Friday, May 10, 2019

For one day only, every patient who comes in for a cleaning will go home with a free, dentist- approved take-home whitening kit. This kit has everything you need to start enjoying the benefits of whiter teeth in the comfort of your own home. We have plenty of whitening kits for everyone, but space on our calendar is limited! Call 619-265-2467 today and schedule your next cleaning for Friday, May 10, 2019 .

Inspired by Food & Wine Magazine

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Strawberry Mango Paletas


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1 1/4 cups strawberries, chopped 1/2 cup granulated sugar 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice

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1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

2 medium ripe mangoes, peeled, pitted, and chopped


1. In a saucepan, toss strawberries with 1/4 cup sugar and let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes. 2. Add 1/4 cup water and bring to a simmer over moderate heat. Cook strawberries until mixture thickens, about 5 minutes. 3. Remove from heat and stir in 1 tablespoon of lime juice and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Let cool completely, about 45 minutes. 4. Meanwhile, in a blender, purée mangoes with 1/4 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons lime juice, and 1/4

blender. Then, purée strawberry mixture until smooth. 5. Into 8 3-ounce ice pop molds, spoon 2 tablespoons mango purée. Add 2 tablespoons strawberry purée to each mold, then top with remaining mango purée, leaving 1/2 inch between filling and top of mold. 6. Using a small knife, gently swirl layers together. 7. Insert ice pop sticks and freeze until solid. 8. Dip molds in hot water for a few seconds, then unmold paletas and serve immediately.





teaspoon salt until smooth. Scrape into a medium bowl and clean the

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Office Hours: Mondays: Closed


Tuesdays: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Wednesdays: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Thursdays: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Fridays: 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturdays: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

A Word from Mom Page 1 Is Summertime Bad for Your Skin? Page 2 What Some of Our Patients Are Saying Page 2 Don’t Miss Out On Your Free Whitening Kit! Page 3 Strawberry Mango Paletas Page 3 Local Events Page 4 Inside This Issue Aplusfamilydentistry.com 619-265-2467 3780 El Cajon Blvd., Unit 1 San Diego, CA 92105


Let’s go fly a kite! The oldest children’s kite festival in the United States is about to fly for its 71st year. Kids ages 0 to 102 are invited to see the skies filled with hundreds of colorful kites. Build your own kite, bring one from the store, or just come watch the dazzling tricks of professional kite fliers. This is a fabulous day of fun where everyone gets to be a kid again. Mexico Gourmet Festival Where: Embarcadero Marina Park South, San Diego When: Saturday, June 1; 5–9 p.m. Admission: $39.50–$115 Website: Bit.ly/MexicoGourmetFestival2019 Do you really have to go south of the border for the best Mexican food? Not during the Mexico Gourmet Festival. For one day only, chefs from San Diego and Mexico will compete in a culinary competition to create the best dish. This tribute to Mexican gastronomy, traditions, and art will also include appearances by celebrity chefs, wine and tequila tastings, live music, and plenty of great food. Come hungry and ready to enjoy all the delicious flavors Mexico is known for.

Mother & Daughter Tea Where: The Westgate Hotel, San Diego

When: Friday, May 10 & Saturday, May 11; 2:30–5 p.m. Admission: $79 for adults; $55 for children (all inclusive) Website: SanDiego.org/explore/events.aspx

Want to give your mom something special this Mother’s Day? The Westgate Hotel’s afternoon tea is just the right blend of joy and sophistication to help show your mom exactly what she means to you. At The Westgate’s special Mother & Daughter tea, guests are treated to an assortment of fine teas, champagne, savory tea sandwiches, sweet treats, and the beautiful sounds of the harp. All mothers will also receive a gift of house-made macaroons. Start Mother’s Day early with a truly memorable afternoon. Ocean Beach Kite Festival Where: Robb Athletic Field, 2525 Bacon St., San Diego When: Saturday, May 18; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission: Free Website: OceanBeachKiwanis.org/kite-festival

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