Dr. Kourosh Maddahi November 2018

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The Season of Gratitude NOVEMBER 2018

Gratitude is a powerful emotion. The holiday season is a great time to recharge, reflect, and appreciate the good things in life. Whether it’s a small gesture from a neighbor, or something much more personal to you, such as your family or your health, our lives are filled with people and moments to be grateful for. There are many things I am grateful for. I am incredibly grateful for my staff at the practice. They are truly the greatest team on earth and professional in every sense of the word. I would not be the same dentist without them and their support.

I am also grateful for my wife and children. Going home after a day of work is always a delight. I’m grateful for the warm home they have created. It’s always welcoming, and we always have a great time together. Even as our kids get older, we still find time to spend together, whether it’s a simple evening at home or a vacation to a favorite destination. As you gather for a holiday, a Sunday dinner, or just a quiet family meal, take a moment to look around the room at the people you care about most. If they’re far away, give them a call or write them a letter. Share your gratitude and appreciation with them. Expressing gratitude is not only a wonderful feeling, but it also makes everyone feel cherished.

More than that, however, my staff are here for the patients. While they make my life easier as a dentist, my staff does everything to make our patients’ lives easier every step of the way. Again, it’s unsurpassed professionalism. And then there are my patients — the people who come from near and far for care. I am grateful for the trust they have put in me over the years. It is the patients who have given me the opportunity to shape my dental practice into the practice it is today. There is a special bond between dentist and patient. They come to me for care, but there is also a conversation. I enjoy getting to know my patients. And when they leave to return home, no matter where home is, I genuinely want to know how they are doing. I always tell each patient that should anything come up, they should give me a call, and I will do what I can to help.

These days, it’s easy for life and work to become a distraction. So many of us lead busy lives, and when we’re not careful, we can lose sight of what truly matters. What’s important is recognizing when it happens so you can pause and reflect. When you pause to give thanks and share your appreciation of others, it strengthens your bond with those people. It’s part of the love that keeps family and friends close. Of course, giving thanks and sharing your gratitude is just as important on every other day of the year. When you’re healthy, give thanks. When your family is healthy, give thanks. When you are in love, give thanks. Recognize the good in every moment and in each person you cherish.

-Dr. Maddahi

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A QUICK WORKOUT Prepare Yourself for the Thanksgiving Feast

When you’re in the kitchen cooking your signature dishes for Thanksgiving dinner, you might find yourself with short periods of nothing to do. While you wait, why not fit in a quick workout? Exercising for 30 minutes will help ease any anxieties you may have — perhaps about getting those side dishes just right, or about your in-laws, who will soon be seated at your table. To start off, you’ll need to warm up. Keeping the oven in sight and the timer well within earshot, take a few minutes to loosen up your muscles. Jog in place, do some jumping jacks for a minute, or jump in place for 45 seconds. Warmups often consist of these basic exercises, but one set of each won’t be enough. To make sure your body is completely warmed up, repeat each set at least three times. BEFORE AFTER & After you’ve warmed up, it’s time to start the workout. Squat jumps, ski jumps, pushups, plank crawls, and holding a squat stance are easy

exercises you can do in your kitchen, dining room, or living room while your feast cooks. Do each exercise as many times as you can in a minute, and just like you did in the warmup, repeat each set three times. While in your squat stance, there are several things you can do. For 30-second intervals, put your arms out in a “T” formation and move them up and down in small pulses. Then move your arms out in front of you and return to the “T” shape. Raise your arms up over your head and clap, and then return once more to the “T” formation. Rotate your arms in backward circles, switch to forward arm circles, and finish up by holding your squat for an additional 30 seconds. This 30-minute exercise routine is great for before, during, and after your Thanksgiving meal prep. You don’t have to wait around all day for things to finish up — occupy your downtime with short exercises to keep your heart pumping.

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Why It’s Time to Say Goodbye to Silver Fillings

Do you still have amalgam or silver fillings? In the past, amalgam fillings were considered the “go-to” filling for dentists everywhere. This type of filling is made with different types of metals, including silver, tin, copper, and elemental mercury. Mercury became the metal of choice for one simple reason: This metal bonds well with the other metals to form a strong alloy. In many cases, elemental mercury makes up 50 percent of the filling by weight, according to the Food and Drug Administration. Amalgam fillings do have their benefits — they last long and are relatively affordable. But they come with their share of risks, as well. Over time, the mercury present in the filling forms a vapor, and that vapor is inhaled into the lungs. From there, the mercury enters the bloodstream, where it travels to vital organs. Once it’s in the body, mercury can cause serious health issues, including neurological and behavioral disorders. In children, the adverse effects of mercury are even more pronounced and can lead to developmental issues.

These concerns are the reason Dr. Maddahi is so passionate about banning the use of amalgam fillings — and why we offer amalgam removal services. You shouldn’t have to live with the risks of mercury. To reduce the risks further, Dr. Maddahi and his team follow the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology’s safe amalgam removal protocol. This protocol defines several steps to avoid contamination to ensure your health and safety, as well as the health and safety of your dental team. As part of the removal process, new biocompatible fillings are put in the place of the old fillings. Biocompatibility ensures balance within your body, eliminating health concerns related to the filling material.

To learn more about amalgam filling removal, or to schedule a free consultation, give us a call at 888.310.6771 to set up your next appointment!

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Spicy, Creamy SWEET POTATOES

Sweet potatoes are a Thanksgiving staple, but they’re often the blandest thing on the table. Luckily that’s not the case with this recipe, which features Thai spices and coconut milk.

INGREDIENTS • 5 pounds sweet potatoes • 1 cup canned coconut milk • 1 tablespoon Thai red curry paste

• 1/2 cup dark brown sugar • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter • 1 tablespoon kosher salt

DIRECTIONS 1. Heat oven to 375 F. On a large sheet pan, bake potatoes until very soft, approximately 75 minutes. 2. Let potatoes cool until they are safe to handle, then peel and mash. 3. In a small saucepan over low heat, combine coconut milk and curry paste. Once mixed, add the mixture, salt, half the sugar, and half the butter to potatoes. 4. 30 minutes before serving, heat oven to 425 F. Spread potatoes in a baking dish, cover with foil, and bake for 20 minutes. 5. Uncover potatoes and dot with remaining butter and sugar. Broil until brown, crusty, and delicious. Serve hot.

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3 Movie Locations to Captivate Your Eyes

house, and the rolling hills of New Zealand make for a backdrop that will transport you straight into the life of Middle Earth’s smallest people — only these houses aren’t small at all. And you don’t need large, hairy feet to enjoy them.

3 Famous Movie Locations You Need to Visit Why Watch the Film When You Can See It With Your Own Eyes?

Christ Church Cathedral

Harry Potter captured the imagination of the world. There are multiple sites across the United Kingdom where you can get lost in the adventure that shaped a generation, but there is one spot at the top of almost every fan’s list. Hogwarts is a magic castle in J.K. Rowling’s books, but in real life, its film location is a functioning cathedral in Oxford. Take one step onto the grounds of Christ Church Cathedral, and you might begin to wonder when the next Quidditch match will begin.

Movies captivate audiences partially because of their ability to transport you to a different place. The heart yearns to be taken places, and cinema facilitates that journey. But what if you could immerse yourself in those fantastical worlds by visiting the destinations that you’ve seen on the big screen? Here are three places that are worth the trip.

Tikal National Park

When George Lucas witnessed a poster of this famous archeological site, he didn’t see an ancient culture — he saw Yavin IV, the perfect location for the Massassi Outpost, a rebel haven found in the first film of Star Wars. Though the movie paints a futuristic look at the region, walk through Tikal National Park, and you’ll experience it as a trip through history.

Hobbiton

The only aspect of “The Lord of the Rings” that is more compelling than the fantastical journey of Frodo is the alluring, untamed countryside and quaint towns that make up Middle Earth. The Green Dragon Inn, Bilbo’s

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