Dr. Kourosh Maddahi - January 2020



A Bright and Vibrant New You for the New Year!

With the start of a new year — and a new decade —many people have their sights set on self-improvement. They’re setting goals and asking, “What can I do better?” One of the single most common New Year’s resolutions is “I want a new smile.” People want to finally take the necessary steps to get the smile they have always dreamed of. Or they simply want to improve their smile in some way — but kept putting it off for any number of reasons. Now, come January, they’re looking in the mirror and saying, “Now is the time.” Improving your smile is a great goal to set. Not only is it a phenomenal way to boost your confidence, but it’s also a great way to improve the overall health of your mouth. It’s a goal that comes with many benefits! The question is, how do you work toward the goal of a “new smile” — or a “healthier, more vibrant, smile”? There are many other resolutions you can set right now that will improve your health and the health of your mouth. For example, resolving to consume less sugar or eliminating it from your diet altogether can have tremendous benefits for your smile. For one, reducing your sugar intake means you lower the potential to develop cavities, tartar buildup, and tooth decay — three things that can disrupt the health and appearance of your teeth and gums. There are so many things that contain sugar that it’s easy to eliminate sources here and there, but taking steps to really combat it can make a difference. Cutting back on sugar —drinking less juice, cutting down on smoothies, coffee drinks, or desserts — also comes with the added benefit of weight loss and a clearer mind. Sugar is one of the unhealthiest substances many of us consume on a daily basis, and we do it knowing it’s bad for us! So, we have to take steps to cut it. But it’s worth it when you look at all the benefits — healthier teeth, a healthier body, and a healthier mind! When it comes to brighter, whiter teeth, there are many other goals you can set to achieve that pearly white smile. Our teeth often lose their luster when we consume staining foods and drinks. I talk about drinks that stain teeth from time to time, but I can’t stress enough the effects coffee and tea have on the appearance of teeth. The same can be said for red and green juices.

While you don’t necessarily have to give up your favorite drinks, just remember to drink coffee and tea with a lid or a straw. The same applies to red and green juices. Red wine, however, can be more challenging. Most people wouldn’t dream of drinking red wine through a straw. A straw will alter the flavor and aroma of the wine and you won’t get the full experience, but it’s important to realize that over time, red wine will stain and dull the appearance of your teeth. To get around this, whitening strips are an option. We developed the Lumineux Oral Essentials Whitening Strips as an at-home way to restore luster to your teeth. In the new year, if you are thinking about how you can reintroduce that luster to your teeth, whitening strips may be your first step in accomplishing the goal of a brighter, whiter smile! Now, if you have concerns that your smile is affecting your confidence, I encourage you to consider a consultation. It may be that regular brushing and flossing are not enough, or whitening strips leave much to be desired. Or you may have issues regarding chipped or broken teeth. You don’t have to live with these issues any longer. No matter the issue, there are answers. All you have to do is set your goal and then take the steps to see your goals through to the end. A brighter, vibrant smile is possible. You can have the smile you’ve always dreamed about. Let’s make this your year!

-Dr. Maddahi

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