An t i - Ag i ng DENT I STRY December 2017
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
A Year of Accomplishment
CHANGING THE WAY DENTISTRY IS DONE
What a way to end 2017! This past October, the Oral Essentials Whitening Strips made their debut. Over the last few years, I’ve been working on Oral Essentials, a line of oral care products. This line is a reflection of my philosophy toward dentistry: It should be a complement to good overall health. This year, more and more people have turned to Oral Essentials, and as a result, the company has grown by leaps and bounds. Even better, however, are the results patients are seeing after using the products — including the new whitening strips. The difference is the way the whitening strips work. Typical whitening strips you can buy at any store rely on peroxide to work. Peroxide is not biocompatible and, over time, can lead to tooth and gum sensitivity, as well as damage to enamel. Over the years, many of my patients have expressed concern about whitening their teeth in respect to tooth sensitivity. Finally, we’ve developed a solution that delivers results without the worry. Plus, with more people drinking green tea, coffee, wine, and many kinds of fruit juices, we were looking for ways to eliminate the tooth stains that come with these popular beverages. When you drink a lot of green tea or coffee, traditional tooth whitening doesn’t tend to last as long as it otherwise would. This means people who consume tea, coffee, or wine regularly will whiten their teeth more frequently. This frequency is a major factor in tooth sensitivity and enamel wear. Frequent tooth whitening is not ideal. There comes a point when you can no longer whiten your teeth due to sensitivity. This applies to both in-office and at-home whitening solutions. This is why developing a whitening option that does not cause sensitivity is such a huge accomplishment and one I’m immensely proud of. These whitening strips join Oral Essentials whitening toothpaste and mouthwash to make a full family of products all designed with one big thing in mind: They help maintain smiles in a way that’s healthy and responsible. It’s all the protection and whitening power without the sensitivity and without the worry.
But our accomplishments don’t stop there. These whitening products were put up against leading whitening brands. After seven university studies, the results were clear: Oral Essentials are as effective as the leading national brands. That’s incredible! Oral Essentials use ingredients that don’t come with side effects — ingredients that are biocompatible with your body. There are no allergens and each product is certified 100 percent nontoxic. And again, when patients don’t have to worry about sensitivity and they know their smile is as beautiful and vibrant as ever, it makes a world of difference. More people are looking for new and innovative methods to maintain their smile in ways that complement their healthy lifestyles. I am thrilled Oral Essentials has helped fill that need. I’m also thrilled more people from around the world have turned to us for their oral care needs. People came from Europe, the Middle East, China, and as far away as Nigeria. They came to us for smile makeovers and newfound confidence. It’s been a whirlwind year. We have accomplished so much, and I have our patients to thank. You have helped make 2017 one of our best years yet, and I’m excited to see what the new year brings in innovation and patient care.
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SANTA TRACKING GOES HIGH-TECH
It’s almost Christmas, and if you have small kids, you know what that means: prepping for the arrival of a jolly man in a red suit and his confusingly named reindeer. Some of us may remember spending Christmas Eve curled on the couch with a cup of hot cocoa as radio reports tracked Santa’s trip around the globe. But these days, kiddos have gotten a little more high-tech in their search for up-to-date, GPS-driven Kringle updates. First, there’s the Google Santa Tracker (santatracker.google.com), a full-fledged holiday hub for your browser powered by Google Maps, including, of course, an up-to-the-minute GPS tracker for the big man. The application arrived in 2004, and it’s been updated every year since. During the countdown to Christmas, there’s a colorfully animated advent calendar of sorts, where buildings around Santa’s village “thaw out” and reveal a host of fun games and activities. There’s even a section titled “Santa Tracker for Educators,” which includes kid-friendly coding games, information on international holiday traditions, and a translation app to “learn the Santa lingo from around the world.” When the eve of the big day finally comes, Google promises a showcase of Santa’s “dashboard, the technology that powers his sleigh during his around-the-world journey.” Featuring “the latest and greatest … in sleigh engineering,” the app displays a Google Maps window that tracks each of Santa’s stops, gives status updates from Old Saint Nick, and tells kids how far he is from their city. It’s a colorful, fun adventure for the whole family.
Of course, Google’s not the only kid on the Santa-tracking block. There’s also NORAD Tracks Santa , operated by the North American Aerospace Defense Command, the same organization that tracks nuclear missiles for the government. Similar to Google, noradsanta. org includes a variety of fun games and activities leading up to Christmas. But unlike Google, NORAD has a dedicated Santa- tracking app for your phone, where you can see a 3-D view of Santa’s location during his trip. The app also features videos, so you and your little ones can see clips of Santa flying around major landmarks and world cities. Just don’t stay up too late watching them. You don’t want Santa to skip over your house!
BEFORE AND AFTER
Speed of Light Treatment at the
Laser technology has come to play an integral role in many dental procedures. Over the past two decades, the technology has been greatly refined and recognized as a safe and effective tool in the dentist’s toolkit. Lasers have been primarily used in periodontal care, but they have many wider applications, including in cosmetic dentistry. A dentist may use dental lasers to speed up the tooth whitening process, which is useful for patients on a tight schedule. Dentists also use lasers to treat many of the following conditions. Gum disease. Lasers can be used to effectively remove inflamed gum tissue as part of the overall treatment for gum disease, as well as assisting in gum recontouring. Tooth decay. In some instances, lasers are used to remove tooth decay and ready the surface of the tooth for any necessary fillings. Infection. Lasers can remove harmful bacteria from the teeth and gums. This decreases risk of infection following certain procedures, such as root canals.
Wisdom teeth. For patients with wisdom teeth that have not fully erupted, lasers can clear gum tissue to expose the teeth for extraction. Biopsy. Lasers are often used to extract biopsy samples. The laser can remove a small amount of tissue, which can then be tested for cancer or other diseases. Dental lasers work by delivering an intense and refined beam of light to the surface of the teeth or gums. It can be used as a cutting tool, or it can be used to vaporize tissue, depending on the application. When it comes to whitening, the laser becomes a heat source and can make the teeth whitening agent more effective. In most cases, no local anesthesia is required and the patient feels no pain. Lasers are exceptionally accurate, safe, and even prevent bleeding. It’s high-tech dentistry at its finest.
Have a Laugh
THAI SPAGHETTI SQUASH With Peanut Sauce Ingredients • 1 medium spaghetti squash • Olive oil • Salt
Peanut sauce: • 1 (14-ounce) can coconut milk • ¾ cup unsweetened peanut butter • ¼ cup coconut sugar • 2 tablespoons soy sauce • 2 tablespoons white vinegar • 2 teaspoons sesame oil • 2 teaspoons red curry paste
• 1 garlic clove, minced • ¼ cup chopped parsley • 2 tablespoons crushed peanuts •
Instructions 1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Halve squash and scoop out seeds. 2. Drizzle inside of squash with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Place squash on baking sheet and roast for 25 minutes. 3. Let cool. Using a fork, scrape out spaghetti squash strands. 4. Place sauce ingredients in saucepan and bring to boil over medium-high heat. Lower heat and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. 5. Heat skillet over medium heat. Add garlic, parsley, and 1/4 of the peanut sauce and combine. 6. Add spaghetti squash and crushed peanuts. Stir to combine until heated through, about 2 minutes. Once served, drizzle with more peanut sauce.
Recipe inspired by Leelalicious.com.
Dr. Kourosh Maddahi
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An End to a Wonderful Year
Before and After
5 Uses of Laser Dentistry
Thai Spaghetti Squash With Peanut Sauce
Kick Off the New Year in the Magic Kingdom
IS JANUARY THE BEST MONTH FOR
Disneyland? January isn’t known for much — broken resolutions and Martin Luther King Jr. Day, mostly. But if you’re looking to escape the cold or take your family on a post-holiday adventure, next month might be the best time to travel to the Happiest Place on Earth. The Best Crowds According to Disneyland’s own figures, the first full week of January through the middle of February is the slowest time of year at the park. Visitors report never spending more than 15 minutes waiting for a ride. The Fourth of July, however, finds visitors waiting over two hours for Star Tours and Splash Mountain. In Winter, Disneyland closes a little earlier. But if you have young kids, this won’t affect your plans much. They often close rides for maintenance during this time, but never more than one or two at a time. With all the open options, you won’t feel robbed.
Let’s Talk About the Weather
Does January sound cold and rainy? Don’t worry. The average temperature is still a balmy 66 degrees, and January gets just as much rainfall as peak months like December (winter break) and March (spring break). Check weather reports since the rainfall varies greatly depending on the temperature of the ocean that month. But bear in mind, Disneyland is the No. 2 theme park on the planet, raking in 18 million visitors a year. It wouldn’t attract such huge crowds if the weather wasn’t theme park- worthy 99 percent of the time. So, what’s the best month to visit Disneyland? It’s a trick question. The real answer is whatever month you go. Disneyland is magic! But if there’s a month that’s better than the rest, we’ll say it’s January.
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