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Dr. Kourosh Maddahi
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From Tragedy to Triumph
A LOOK AT A CHALLENGING CASE
Sometimes challenging cases are born out of tragic circumstances. This was the situation with one patient, Jessica, who experienced significant and horrific trauma, and a long road to recovery. Like our patient profile last month, Jessica’s story was featured on the television show “The Doctors.” They recounted the moments leading up to the incident that left Jessica with serious injuries. Jessica, along with her boyfriend, Jared, were driving home from a day of swimming. They made a quick stop at a gas station and Jared went into the store while Jessica waited in the car. As Jessica waited, a group of five individuals began harassing her. Jared saw what was happening, ran outside, and asked them to stop. Unfortunately, the situation escalated and turned into a physical altercation. The five individuals began fighting with Jared. During the altercation, Jared was able to get free and into his car. At that point, one of the antagonists picked up a metal pipe and threw it at the car. The pipe went through the window and struck Jessica in the mouth. On “The Doctors,” Jessica recounted the moments after. “I remember looking down and seeing my teeth in my hand.” Once her injuries were assessed, she learned the pipe had completely cut through her upper lip and knocked out a total of eight teeth. There was also extensive trauma to the surrounding tissue and teeth. Not only did the physical damage take a toll on Jessica, the emotional damage was equally significant. As Jessica recovered, everyday activities such as eating and drinking remained a challenge. Due to the extensive damage to the front of her mouth, several roots were exposed, causing her excruciating pain. As a result, Jessica needed dental and cosmetic reconstruction. Not only would this restore her appearance, it would also restore functionality to her mouth. A teamwas brought together to make that happen — an oral surgeon, Dr. Parvaz Mizrahi; a plastic surgeon, Dr. Ordon; a lab technician; an anesthesiologist; and myself.
Our priority was to help this young woman get her life back. Together, and with extensive coordination and planning, we were able to do just that. However, as we began work, even I was surprised at the severity of the bone and gum damage. At the same time, we had to combat infection, but thanks to careful planning, we were able to achieve desired results at each stage of the reconstruction. As part of the coordination between doctors, while restoring Jessica’s teeth with veneers and crowns, I had to make sure my work complemented Dr. Ordon’s lip reconstruction. We wanted to be absolutely sure everything looked just right and worked together. It was a wonderful surprise to see each part of the reconstruction come together. From the teeth to the jaw, to the gums and lips, everything fell into place beautifully. Jessica’s features aligned correctly and everything looked great! Jessica’s journey, from the horrific incident to her facial reconstruction, was long and arduous, but together we were able to help her rediscover her confidence, and help her return to a normal life.
- Dr. Maddahi
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A HOBBY? WHO’S GOT TIME FOR THAT? WELL, YOU DO — AT LEAST ACCORDING TO PSYCHOLOGIST AND PROFESSOR JAIME KURTZ. “We habitually waste time, creating the illusion of busyness. Facebook, email, Netflix — pick your poison,” she writes in Psychology Today. Back in 1957, Cyril Northcote Parkinson wrote a book called “Parkinson’s Law.” It was all about time management and workflow, and it centered around one idea: Themore time you have to do something, the longer it will take. If you have something you do two nights a week, odds are your chores will be done those nights so you can get to the hobby. The rest of the week? Not somuch. Besides the obvious — turning off the screens — there are other tricks to managing your time for hobbies. One great way? Just schedule hobby time into your planner or calendar. Set a reminder on your phone, and when the time comes, just go do it, no excuses. Another trick, if you know you won’t get to it later, is to do your chores early in the morning. That way, when you come home fromwork, they’re all done, and you have time to work on your hobbies. Oh, and bonus —you come home to a clean house! In fact, hobbies have a lot of benefits. They “can be a healthy escape,” according to Dr. Beth Howlett, “and can be very beneficial tomental health.” And some hobbies — like reading and exercise—can even boost your career success, according to the Washington Post. Plus, unusual hobbies, like beekeeping or playing a funky instrument, make for great conversation starters. There are also plenty of affordable hobbies that “trick” you into staying active, like geocaching or Ultimate Frisbee. Consider something outside of your comfort zone—with a welcoming community that’s happy to show newcomers the ropes. Never be afraid to stop people who are doing something that looks fun and ask themwhat’s going on. That’s how you learn!
Dr. Kurtz sums it up best: “Maybe there’s something you’ve always wanted to do,” or “maybe something you used to love but stopped doing.” Her advice? Take that thing and run with it. “Just don’t follow that phrase with, ‘Ah, well. Maybe someday —when the kids leave the house or when I retire.’” Because we all know what that means!
A Healthy Snack, or a Dental Villain?
that cause tooth decay. Plus, cheese is high in calcium, which helps
strengthen bones and teeth. But there are some nutritious foods that can cause more harm than good when it comes to the health of your teeth. Take a look!
ALMONDS As nutritious as they are—packed vitamin E, healthy fats, fiber,
Have a Laugh DRIED FRUIT Like almonds, dried fruit is a great snack that’s high in fiber and a number of vitamins andminerals. The problem is, dried fruit is packed with sugar, comparable to the sugar content of candy. Couple this with the fact that dried fruit sticks to teeth, and you’re left with a recipe for tooth decay. While conventional wisdomwill tell you to stop eating dried fruit to help reduce the risk of tooth decay, there is no denying the associated nutritional value. Instead of eating dried fruit alone, pair it with other foods, like thinly sliced almonds or softer walnuts. And be sure to keep floss handy. potassium, protein, and other beneficial nutrients — they can cause serious damage to your teeth. Between a dense structure that’s difficult to chew and their pointed shape, they can easily fracture your teeth, particularly the premolars andmolars toward the back of your mouth. The best way to reduce risk to your teeth while still enjoying this healthy snack is to eat sliced almonds instead. Avoid whole almonds altogether. Thinly sliced almonds are much softer and provide the same nutritional benefits.
2 NUTRITIOUS FOODS THAT ARE BAD FOR YOUR TEETH
IT’S NO SECRET THAT SOME FOODS ARE BETTER FOR YOUR TEETH THANOTHERS. Many kinds of cheese, for example, can temporarily elevate pH levels in your mouth and stimulate saliva production, creating an inhospitable environment for the harmful bacteria
ONE - PAN
This healthy, tasty, filling dish is a cinch to make on a busy weeknight. And cleanup’s a breeze!
1 tablespoon olive oil 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 jalapeno, minced
1 cup corn kernels, frozen, canned, or roasted 1 teaspoon chili powder Salt and pepper to taste 1 avocado, halved, seeded, peeled, and diced ½ teaspoon cumin
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1 cup quinoa
1 cup vegetable broth
1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed 1 (14.5-ounce) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
Juice of 1 lime
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and jalapeno and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 1 minute. 2. Stir in quinoa, vegetable broth, beans, tomatoes, corn, chili powder, and cumin; season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat and simmer until quinoa is cooked through, about 20 minutes. Stir in avocado, lime juice, and cilantro. 3. Serve immediately.
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The World’s Happiest Vacations
Destination: Happy People Visit the Happiest Places in the World — It’s Contagious
Visit a hustling, bustling tourist trap and what do you get? Crowds of competitive travelers and a local populace that is sick to death of them. Visit a place with happy people, and you get good service, friendly faces, and you’ll learn firsthand what Harvard researchers affirmed in a 2012 study: Happiness is contagious. Luckily for the average traveler, the places that topped a nationwide Gallup poll and the United Nations’ annual World Happiness Report have plenty to offer in addition to cheerful locals. The Happiest States in the U.S. If we were to tell you that Hawaii is the happiest state in the country, you probably wouldn’t be surprised. And sure enough, Hawaii ranked first in overall happiness for the sixth consecutive year. The sunny beaches, rich culture, and perfect weather give tourists a taste of paradise that the natives enjoy all year long.
Denali, Glacier Bay, and Gates of the Arctic, Alaska’s 663,000 square miles are filled to the brimwith the wonders of nature.
The Happiest Country in the World Denmark has long been the standard-bearer in this category, but this year it relinquished the title to its Scandinavian sister. Norway is home to some of the most breathtaking vistas on Earth, most notably its western fjords like the world-famous Geirangerfjord and Nærøfjord. For the city wanderer, you’ll find choice seaside restaurants and walkable streets in towns like Bergen, the country’s second-largest city, which sports rainbow architecture and a 15th-century waterfront. Knowing the heart of a destination begins and ends with its people. Tack on beautiful scenery and daydream-worthy activities, and you just found yourself the perfect vacation.
Next in line is a state that has little in common with the Aloha State. Alaska came in second place for the third consecutive year. With eight national parks, including
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