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Toothpaste Tablets, a New Trend?

June 18th, 2021

New trends are always interesting to learn about, and one of the latest in the dental world is toothpaste tablets! Toothpaste tablets, also referred to as unpaste, has been in the limelight recently as an alternative to regular toothpaste. This has been particularly popular for consumers who are environmentally conscious and aiming to limit waste, such as from traditional plastic toothpaste tubes.

Toothpaste tablets resemble small mints, and are chewed prior to toothbrushing. They have been made to include typical toothpaste ingredients, including xylitol, calcium carbonate, sodium bicarbonate, and tartaric acid derivatives. Some also include fluoride. In addition, some brands offer vegan and all-natural toothpaste tablets, free of synthetic dyes, sulfates, and other ingredients. Once the tablet is chewed, it will mix with your saliva and create a toothpaste-like substance aimed to help remove food particles and dental plaque.

Toothpaste tablets are advertised to show similar effects as regular toothpaste. However, these tablets have not currently been approved by dental organizations like the American Dental Association (ADA), as more research and data is needed.

Along with their eco-friendly characteristics, other pros to toothpaste tablets include their easy accessibility when on-the-go or traveling. They can even be used without a toothbrush if out and about without one. Plus, they are resistant to temperature differences so they won't dry out like regular toothpastes when leaving the cap off.

Some of the cons to toothpaste tablets include a higher cost when compared to regular toothpaste brands. In addition, toothpaste tablets currently aren't found in many stores, but are starting to make their appearance at certain companies. Also, toothpaste tablets may not be as effective as using regular toothpaste, as it is harder to reach all of the surfaces of your teeth evenly with the tablets as compared to regular toothpaste. This can lead to lack of removal of food on certain teeth which can contribute to dental decay. Furthermore, many of the toothpaste tablets marketed do not contain fluoride, which is a beneficial mineral that helps promote tooth remineralization and fight tooth decay.

Thus, for now, toothpaste tablets may only provide benefit for those who are traveling or are out on the town without access to a traditional fluoride containing toothpaste.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist, Dr. Bahar Houshman and Dr. Marisa Reason is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Reisman would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.

References:

https://www.dentistryiq.com/dentistry/products/hygiene/article/14203936/toothpaste-tablets-your-next-big-thing?utm_source=DEC_DIQ+Morning+Briefing&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=CPS210524071&o_eid=3760I9143045C2X&rdx.ident%5Bpull%5D=omeda%7C3760I9143045C2X&oly_enc_id=3760I9143045C2X

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https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2021/feb/15/down-the-tubes-should-you-brush-your-teeth-with-toothpaste-tablets

What are Those Bumps in my Mouth?

June 7th, 2021

Some people may notice hard bumps when sliding their tongue around the floor of their mouth and/or at the roof of their mouth. Wondering what these are? These bumps are most likely dental tori, which are harmless bony projections that are covered by your gums. Yet, if you are experiencing any pain or detect any areas in your mouth that concern you be sure to let your dentist know to determine the correct diagnosis. Most people live with dental tori for a long time and never notice, until perhaps their dentist informs them.

The bony growths located on the lower jaw are termed mandibular tori, while the ones located on the roof of the mouth are called palatal tori. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) states that 27 out of every 1,000 individuals have tori. To put this into perspective with percentages, the Cleveland Clinic reports that approximately 6% of Americans have mandibular tori, while approximately 20% of Americans have palatal tori. Some people may even notice these bumps located on the upper or lower jaw facing their cheeks, called buccal exostoses.

Individuals can have one bump (torus), or multiple, and they can vary in shape. They can also be found on one side of the jaw or on both sides. Sometimes these bony projections can grow larger slowly overtime.

Dental tori may be a result of many factors, including genetics, age, gender, trauma, or nutritional deficiencies for instance. Tori don't typically cause any trouble, so treatment is often not recommended by dental professionals in many cases. However, if the tori are causing interferences, such as with daily eating or speaking, treatment may be needed. In addition, the tori may be recommended to be removed if they interfere with dental prostheses such as braces or dentures. If tori removal is suggested by your dental professional, typically a maxillofacial surgeon will surgically remove them.

Practicing good oral habits including toothbrushing, flossing, and rinsing with antibacterial mouth rinse can help keep your tori and mouth overall healthy. 

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist, Dr. Bahar Houshman and Dr. Marisa Reason is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Reisman would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.

References:

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/mouth-and-teeth-anatomy/what-are-mandibular-tori

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/threats-to-dental-health/torus-mandibularis-what-you-need-to-know

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World No Tobacco Day!

May 31st, 2021

Today, May 31st marks World No Tobacco Day, which is an annual celebration that aims to educate the world about the harmful consequences of using tobacco. The World Health Organization (WHO) created this observance dating back to 1987 in hopes to fight the tobacco epidemic to help protect individuals and future generations against preventable death and diseases caused by tobacco. This year the theme is ‘Quit tobacco to be a winner.'  Lots of social media campaigns and programs across the world are happening now to help promote quitting smoking.

Quitting smoking can be very hard and you are not alone, but the benefits of doing so are extremely powerful. Now in particular with the presence of COVID-19 and its link to respiratory diseases, it's a perfect time to quit smoking. The WHO reported, "When the news came out that smokers were more likely to develop severe disease with COVID-19 compared to non-smokers, it triggered millions of smokers to want to quit tobacco.”

Take a look at the health benefits of quitting from the WHO:

Tobacco use also plays a significant negative role on ones oral health. Tobacco use can increase the risk of developing oral cancer compared to non-smokers, and can lead to bad breath and stain teeth. Tobacco use is also associated with an increased risk of gum disease. In addition, the FDA reports that smoking can make your body heal slower following procedures such as dental surgery, as it causes carbon monoxide to enter your blood and depletes your body of the oxygen it needs. This can lead to greater risk of having post-operative complications. The damaging effects of using tobacco can be both permanent and life-threatening.

After time away from smoking, study's report that your brain will begin to get used to not smoking, and it will become easier to break the cycle of addiction. Here's some tips to help you quit as soon as possible:

  1. Schedule check-up appointments with your health professionals. See your primary physician and dental professional to help you start fresh and make goals toward quitting. They can provide resources and guide you through your process of quitting. There are also helplines available, such as 1-800-QUIT-NOW.
  2. Start eliminating things tied to your smoking life. Trash your cigarettes, ashtrays, and lighters to help make it easier to not indulge. Also, try to eliminate any triggers that can create cravings.
  3. Switch smoking with healthier oral habits. Chewing sugar-free gum or having nutritious snack items around can help keep you distracted from smoking and be good for your teeth. When you have the desire to smoke, head to brush your teeth instead, which will freshen your breath and help remove smoking stains.
  4. Keep the air fresh. Try to eliminate the aroma of cigarettes to rid the reminder of smoking.

Whether you smoke tobacco or e-cigarettes or chew tobacco, your oral health and overall health are harmed. Plan to quit smoking today! Your dental professional can help you take the necessary steps to get your started on your journey to quitting smoking.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist, Dr. Bahar Houshman and Dr. Marisa Reason is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Reisman would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.

References:

https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/tobacco-health-benefits-of-smoking-cessation

https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-no-tobacco-day

https://www.firstpost.com/india/world-no-tobacco-day-2021-theme-this-year-is-quit-tobacco-to-be-a-winner-9664371.html

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/threats-to-dental-health/how-to-quit-smoking-and-protect-your-oral-health

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cadca.org%2Fblog%2Fmay-31st-marks-annual-world-no-tobacco-day&psig=AOvVaw1nzL9Ehq7Cp0QCqfgg7kUa&ust=1622296530918000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCNig3NXD7PACFQAAAAAdAAAAABAI

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Notice Bumps on the Tips of your Teeth?

May 28th, 2021

Ever stare at your front teeth and notice bumpy ridges on the tips of them? No need to be concerned if this is the case, these are called mamelons. Mamelons are located on the upper and lower incisors, which are the teeth in the front of the mouth that we use to cut into food. These appear when the tooth enamel fuses during development before the teeth erupt into the mouth through your gums. There are typically three mamelons on each tooth, and can be present on both baby and permanent teeth. Mamelons don't serve any significance or have any function, although certain sources say they help the tooth cut through he gums to enter the mouth when the tooth is coming in.

Most of the time, mamelons don't last long, as they tend to wear down naturally as they're used to chew foods throughout childhood. Sometimes they persist when teeth erupt later than normally or if the upper and lower teeth do not interact when chewing to naturally grind them away. For instance, people who have an open bite, in which the teeth do not come into contact. Often if an individuals bite is not correct, orthodontic treatment is recommended.

Mamelons are completely harmless, yet some adults may request to have them removed by their dentist for esthetic purposes by smoothing out the incisal edges. Once they are removed, however, they will not grow back.

Mamelons should be distinguished from abnormal tooth wear. Tooth wear can include attrition, abfraction and abrasion. Attrition is commonly a result of teeth grinding (bruxism) or an improper bite, which causes chips in the tooth enamel where the tooth is worn down. Abfraction occurs when there is an unhealthy load on the teeth creating a notch on the tooth near the gumline. Abfraction can also be a result of tooth grinding or a misaligned bite. Lastly, abrasion can be a result of an excessive amount of force, such as from brushing the teeth too hard. Abrasion presents similarly to abfraction, as it can create a notch on the tooth near the gumline.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist, Dr. Bahar Houshman and Dr. Marisa Reason is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Reisman would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.

References:

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/adult-oral-care/what-causes-tooth-erosion

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.newhopeorthodontics.com%2Ftreatment%2Fcosmetic-dentistry%2Ftooth-wear&psig=AOvVaw3bMFfqVUlkLBouqyv7eRLf&ust=1622302559812000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCNiSt5Da7PACFQAAAAAdAAAAABAD

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