Dr Maddahi AUG 2017

An t i - Ag i ng DENT I STRY

Dr. Kourosh Maddahi

C O S M E T I C & A N T I - A G I N G D E N T I S T R Y

August 2017


The field of dentistry is constantly changing, and there are always new things to learn. Nearly every year, there are advances in technology and treatment that allowme to deliver more efficient and effective results for my patients. Looking back 30 years, it’s remarkable to see not only how far dentistry has come, but howmuch my own knowledge of dental care has changed. I graduated from dental school 30 years ago, and back then, the standards in dentistry were very different. For instance, when you had a cavity, you could expect to receive a silver filling or an amalgam filling. There was an option for gold fillings and crowns, but amalgam fillings were the most popular choice. The problemwas, amalgam fillings also contained mercury. When I graduated from dental school, I wanted to find newmaterials that offered better aesthetics and were healthier for the body. Of course, I wasn’t the only one. Silver amalgam fillings came under heavy scrutiny in the 1990s as more and more research revealed their detrimental health effects. Eventually, some countries started banning their use. While amalgam fillings are still legal in the United States, I stopped using them in 1996. I felt I was doing my patients a disservice by using amalgam fillings. There was no reason to put this toxic material in the body. Instead, I dedicated myself to learning more about alternative materials that I could bring into my practice and share with my patients. Porcelain was one of those materials, but there were others, too.

materials that may be present in the patient’s mouth for an extended period of time. Why take the risk when there are better options available?

Over the years, I’ve also embraced a number of different technologies. I saw the potential of the computer in my early days as a dentist. Keep in mind, this was in 1988. A lot of dentists, and many others within the health care industry, were still relying on paper solutions. As simple as it may sound today, using a computer offered a state-of-the-art way to plan treatments, schedule appointments, and keep records. I’m always looking for new and exciting technologies to embrace. Another example is the digital X-ray. As I learned about the technology, I realized it would be better for my patients in more ways than one. Digital X-rays provide less radiation than traditional X-rays while also delivering better images. Everything I’ve learned over the years — all the knowledge of dentistry and health care — comes together each and every day. It all comes back to what I can do better for my patients. When a patient walks into my office, they don’t have to worry about the materials I use. Rather, they can focus on better health and better results.

It was my goal then to explore and employ materials that offered greater biocompatibility with the body. It’s a goal I still have today.

Some other materials I won’t use include plastics or resins that contain BPA or Bisphenol A. This chemical is often found in plastics used by the food industry, and unfortunately, it has also made its way into dentistry. By identifying which plastics and resins use BPA, I can avoid them— and more importantly, I can help my patients avoid them. The Food and Drug Administration may say BPA is safe, but this suggestion does not include

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We’ve all had those days when you leave the house, a cold chill runs down your spine, and your mind is flooded with doubt. Did I leave the stove on? Is the door unlocked? Luckily, like many common problems, the tech world is trying tomake these worries a thing of the past. There are now a variety of apps that allow you to control nearly every aspect of your home from your phone, nomatter where you are. At the simpler end of the spectrum are Belkin’s WeMo products. WeMo makes smart plugs that allow you to remotely operate any device that plugs into the wall. They’re great for products like hair straighteners that can pose a fire hazard if left on unattended. Another company at the forefront of household tech is Nest, best known for their thermostats. Nest thermostats are not only fully customizable based on time and weather conditions, but they can also program themselves through the Nest Learning System. Using the product is also energy efficient, saving youmoney on the electric bill. If you want to your house to be fully teched out, then SmartThings is the best option. The SmartThings hub allows you to connect an infinite number of devices to your phone. These devices can even “talk” to each other once they are part of your SmartThings system. If you want your coffee pot to turn on the moment you start running the shower, you can do it. You can also connect SmartThings to voice assistants like the Amazon Echo, which will allow you to turn on appliances with the sound of your voice. Interconnecting your home appliances will only grow easier in the coming years. Whether you want to dip your toe in the water or dive in fully, there’s a product out there for you.





Neck massage: Request a massage specifically for your neck and shoulders. This will not only help to ease your stress overall, but it will help loosen the muscles that cause your jaw to tighten, leading to clenching or grinding. If these steps do not work — or you find the aches or pains in your jaw and neck difficult to manage — let us know. We can help you determine the next steps to take to reduce discomfort and restore your peace of mind.

Stress manifests in many different ways. It affects us physically and emotionally, and it can also take a significant toll on the health of our teeth.

Avocado and Cucumber COLD SOUP Ingredients • Olive oil • 2 medium ripe avocados, halved • 1 large cucumber, halved • 6 stalks spring onions • 1 jalapeno • 1 lemon, juiced • ½ cup cold water • 1 clove garlic • ¾ teaspoon salt • ½ teaspoon black pepper Instructions 1. Preheat grill tomedium-high. 2. Coat halved avocados with lemon juice to avoid browning. Brush olive oil over avocados, cucumber, spring onions, and jalapeno. Oil grill while hot. 3. Grill vegetables until everything is grilled or slightly charred. Once grilled, remove and place on platter to cool. 4. Chop grilled veggies and puree with lemon juice, cold water, garlic, salt, and black pepper. 5. Once smooth, portion soup into bowls and refrigerate to cool before serving. 6. Garnish with toasted cubed bread, avocados, spring onions, chives, lemon zest, or a drizzle of olive oil, if desired. When you experience stress, your muscles respond. This includes the muscles in your head, neck, and jaw. The muscles tense up, and this, in turn, can lead to clenching or grinding, otherwise known as bruxism. In many cases, bruxism occurs without you even realizing it. While most instances of bruxism occur during sleep, many people clench their jaw during the day as well. They may do it as they work, run errands, or perform any number of day-to-day activities. The symptoms of bruxism can take several forms. You may wake up with a headache, with tension in your neck and shoulders, or with tension in your jaw— or all of the above. You may also experience discomfort in your teeth, particularly if you are grinding. Over time, this will wear down your enamel and typically leads to tooth sensitivity if not addressed. If you are dealing with tension throughout your jaw, neck, and shoulders, there initial steps you can take to ease that tension. Here are two examples: Jaw exercise: Open your mouth as wide as you can without causing any discomfort. With your mouth open, touch the tip of your tongue to the back of your front upper teeth. Hold for five seconds and repeat several times.

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Dr. Kourosh Maddahi



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View of a Lifetime

View of a Lifetime Where to Watch the Great American Eclipse On August 21, 2017, the greatest show of the summer will take place in the United States: a total solar eclipse! This eclipse will be visible across North America, but the path of totality— the area where the moon completely covers the sun—will only fall in the continental U.S., leading this cosmic event to be called the Great American Eclipse.

Sandhills, North Platte, Nebraska

In the heartlands, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more perfect viewing location than the Sandhills of western Nebraska. With wide-open skies, low rolling hills, and no towering buildings to get in the way, the Sandhills are sure to be a popular viewing spot.

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TheMuseumof Idaho, Idaho Falls, Idaho

Columbia, South Carolina

The Museumof Idaho has been designated an Official NASA Observation Site, and the museum is hosting four days of awesome events to celebrate. Enjoy live presentations, technology demonstrations, and special exhibits as you prepare to watch the total eclipse with NASA scientists.

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Visit the official website of the Great American Eclipse at greatamericaneclipse.com for everything you need to know about this once-in-a-lifetime sight!



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