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Happy Holidays from all of us!

December 9th, 2017

Happy Holidays from all of us at San Marcos Family Dental. As the year ends, we have so much to be grateful for. We are wrapping up our second Christmas and our second year in business at the end of February. This has been the most incredible year of our lives as we were able to accomplish many of our desired goals. First of all, we want to give a huge shout out to all of our patients who trusted San Marcos Family Dental with their dental healthcare needs. We have seen tremendous growth throughout the entire 2017 year.

In fact, we grew so much that we accomplished our second goal of having Dr Constantine Reppas join the staff at San Marcos Family Dental full time. Yes! The husband and wife team of Dr Joanna El-Maasri and Dr Constantine Reppas is now complete! We couldn't be happier and we couldn't be more proud. We couldn't have done it without our amazing patients who trusted us with their dental healthcare needs. Thank You to everyone who has made this journey possible. From our front office staff to the dental assistant, we couldn't have done it without you! It takes the team to do what we do here at San Marcos Family Dental in San Marcos Ca.

Lastly, but probably most important, we were blessed to start our family with the arrival of baby Eva late October. That's right, not only were these two doctors growing their business from the ground up, they were blessed to start a family! Dr Joanna El-Maasri is enjoying some time home for now, but has already been back to the office several times to take care of things! She is a "go-getter" that's for sure and we love her for her dedication and commitment! Not to mention, she is an amazing dentist!

We look forward to enjoying some time off with family around the holidays and we hope you will too. Call the office to schedule any last minute appointments. Don't forget to maximize your dental insurance benefits and schedule your last appointment of the year!

The meaning of Thanksgiving

November 16th, 2017

The meaning of Thanksgiving means gratitude to us here at San Marcos Family Dental and we have a lot to grateful for. As we are winding down our second year here at San Marcos Family Dental in San Marcos Ca, this year has been filled with lots of wonderful accomplishments. We want to thank all of our new patients who trusted us with their dental care this year. We want to thank all our existing clients who have been here since year one! We are also very grateful to have Dr Constantine Reppas with us full time. We have experienced growth of our staff with the addition of new team members. There is one more major reason to grateful this year and that is the arrival of our new baby girl Eva Reppas! We are so grateful that Dr Joanna has the ability to stay home for a few weeks, maybe a couple of months to really enjoy being a Mom for the first time!

As a child in grade school, we all learned about how Christopher Columbus discovered America and how the Indians helped them survive after landing at Plymouth Rock. The Pilgrims arrived after a badly miscalculated distance between their home and their destination. They arrived in America, not the orient with 46 of their original 102 crew members dead and the surviving members were barely nourished. While the history of Thanksgiving has changed over the years, in 1863, President Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday in November to be Thanksgiving and congress sanctioned it as a legal holiday in 1941.

Fast forward today, families usually get together to celebrate Thanksgiving with family, football, amazing food including a traditional turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes. Trying to hold on to traditions, many families say grace at the table, while other families go around the table stating what they are thankful for. As Thanksgiving arrives next week, please keep in mind, whether you are celebrating with family or chosen family, count your blessings and focus on the good things you have in life and you’ll be happier for it. Wishing everyone a happy, healthy and safe thanksgiving! From the Reppas/El-Maasri family to your, God Bless and Happy Thanksgiving!

How to Avoid Candy during the Holidays

October 30th, 2017

We are a few days away from Halloween and I did it again. I have been good all summer long. As soon as it gets close to Halloween and we buy candy, I can't help but grab some candy from the bag. I tell myself that I'll only have a piece or two and seven or eight pieces later, I finally stop eating the candy. Oh my little sweet tooth. I tell myself that I don't want to deprive myself, so I have a few pieces. The only problem is, I can't stop eating candy until I know I've had way too much! Does this happen to anyone else out there besides me?

It's hard to keep the sugar cravings to a minimum. One thing that has helped me this year is to go to the gym and work out. I find when I work out, I drink more water and because I made a point to work on myself, that same mentality translates to me eating less candy around the holidays. The truth is, there is so much candy around from October through New Year’s, and it’s hard to stay away from it. There seems to be candy at every store or business you enter. Even the dentist office has candy.

Oh yea, those holiday parties! Just last week, I had four events to attend Thursday through Sunday and there were tempting sweets at every event I went to. So how do we crave those sweet tooth cravings, especially around the holidays? I will discuss a few tips that I've tried myself that have helped curb my sugar cravings in the past.

The first tip that I can recommend is to start an exercise program before the holidays get here, so you can either have a head start on your New Year’s resolutions or combat the dreaded holiday weight gain and suffering in January to try to lose the weight. A modest exercise program will naturally make you drink more water, which is doctor recommended tip #1. I threw the exercise thing in there because I have tried the early workout program and it has helped tremendously. I also drink a lot more water when I exercise than when I don't.

Find your favorite 3 fruits and stock the refrigerator with those fruits. Fruits provide a natural sugar and many fruits are sweet in flavor, so they will not only satisfy your sugar cravings, but will fill your belly, allowing you to stop eating or stop cheating with unhealthy snacks between meals.

You might be thinking, great advice, drink water, exercise and stay away from processed  foods, but what about when I go to a party? How to I control my sweet tooth or sugar cravings then?

The first rule of thumb when going to a party is to start with a bottle of water. It will cut the calories instead of reaching for any other beverage and will fill your body with something in your tummy, allowing you to eat less when it comes time to meal time. At  almost every party I go to, there is a salad, veggie or fruit plate, be sure to start filling your plate with these products, leaving very little room for the main course and even less room in your tummy for the sweets at the end. Honestly, most of the time eating sweets or over eating sweets in all mental, so don't deny yourself or starve yourself. Finish the meal with a  small piece of your favorite dessert and if there is any fruit left over, have more fruit for dessert than cake and you'll be glad you did.

Don't forget to schedule those last appointments for the year. Call San Marcos Family Dental at 760-798-4178 to schedule your final dental cleaning of the year. Remember, If you don't use your dental benefits, you'll lose them. They do not roll over.

Hardest Working Dentists in San Marcos

October 16th, 2017

I'm sure by now, you have seen the pictures and the posts from the San Marcos street fair earlier this month, where 9 month pregnant Dr Joanna El-Maasri and her husband Dr Constantine Reppas were out at the street fair working. These two absolutely love what they do and they love San Marcos. Dr Joanna El-Maasri grew up in San Marcos and her family has been here for about 30 years or more, according to some other long time San Marcos residence.

We are very excited for their first baby and we expect baby Reppas to be born any day now. We are just waiting patiently for the time to come. I spoke with Dr Constantine Reppas last week and everything was going as planned. They are just enjoying the process. Dr Constantine Reppas is holding down the fort at San Marcos Family Dental along with the dental assistant and hygienists and office staff, everything is running like a well oiled machine. I asked Dr Constantine how he was handling the patients without Dr Joanna and he replied, just another wonderful day of treating our patients. Such a great attitude if you ask me! Hopefully, early next month, we will have an update with some pictures to show you!

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