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Better Taste Ability after Wisdom Teeth Extracted?

September 10th, 2021

Feeling extra wise lately? Maybe your wisdom teeth are playing a role :) Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the last adult teeth to come into the mouth typically between the ages of 17 to 25. Yet, sometimes these teeth may not appear in all individuals. In addition, some people may develop impacted wisdom teeth, in which the teeth do not come fully into the mouth.

You may have heard a friend or loved one having to have their wisdom teeth removed. Wisdom teeth extraction is a relatively common dental procedure that may be indicated for individuals who have impacted wisdom teeth that are causing pain, tooth decay, damage to other teeth/the bone, infection, or need to be removed for orthodontic purposes to allow for more space in the jaws for instance.

A recent study has reported that extraction of wisdom teeth may improve taste function overtime. The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine found that participants of their study who had their wisdom teeth extracted had better tasting abilities 20 years after these teeth were removed. The study was published in the journal Chemical Senses. Lead author, Dr. Richard L. Doty, Director of the Smell and Taste Center at the University of Pennsylvania, stated "Prior studies have only pointed to adverse effects on taste after extraction and it has been generally believed that those effects dissipate over time...This new study shows us that taste function can actually slightly improve between the time patients have surgery and up to 20 years later. It's a surprising but fascinating finding that deserves further investigation to better understand why it's enhanced and what it may mean clinically."

They analyzed 1,255 patients via a chemosensory evaluation of sucrose, sodium chloride, citric acid, and caffeine at Penn's Smell and Taste Center. 891 of these patients had received third molar extractions and 364 had not.

Participants were asked whether the solutions they were given tasted sweet, salty, sour, or bitter. The individuals with wisdom teeth extractions had improved tastes than those without extractions, and women were found to have improved taste when compared to men (on average a 3-10 percent improvement in taste ability). The researchers suggest that these findings may be due to two potential factors. They note that damage to taste bud nerves that supply the front of the mouth with taste may restrict taste bud nerves in the back of the mouth following tooth extraction which might make the entire mouth more sensitive to taste. Also they report that peripheral nerve injury after tooth extraction may increase taste response.

This is the first study to report the positive effects of taste ability following wisdom teeth extraction. Thus, more research is needed to determine this relationship and the science behind these findings.

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.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/06/210628170521.htm

https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/wisdom-tooth-extraction/about/pac-20395268

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.dentalselect.com%2Fwisdom-teeth-remove-not-remove%2F&psig=AOvVaw2K96ZLlX4Mpuhlb6gbfAgZ&ust=1630945818672000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAsQjRxqFwoTCPDd8PSg6PICFQAAAAAdAAAAABAD

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.arudhradentalcare.com%2Fimpacted-wisdom-tooth.html&psig=AOvVaw39zHAi6Vzb9ECygMfMZm9C&ust=1630946635647000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAsQjRxqFwoTCNDtge-j6PICFQAAAAAdAAAAABAE

Oral Piercings: How to Handle

September 10th, 2021

Oral piercings such as jewelry on the tongue, lip, cheek, or other soft tissues is a true art-form. Often the tongue one of the most common sites within the mouth to be pierced. However, there are many complications and negative health consequences that can arise due to oral piercings. Due to this fact, the American Dental Association (ADA) does not recommend practices including cosmetic intraoral/perioral piercings and tongue splitting. Some of the complications of oral piercings reported by the ADA include swelling, severe bleeding, infection, chipped or damaged teeth, receding gums, nerve damage, sensitivity to metals, sores/scarring, oral jewelry becoming stuck within oral tissues that may require surgical removal, airway obstruction, excess salivation, inflammation, keloid formation, pus discharge, or other complications. In addition, individuals may develop speech problems and there is a potential to choke on jewelry if it becomes loose.

Individuals may experience common signs of infection like chills and a fever. This may require individuals to present to the emergency room to help combat the infection, which may involve treatment of cleaning the site and administration of oral antibiotics. If experiencing severe symptoms like airway compromise, hospitalization may be required. There is also a risk that the infection can spread to areas beyond the mouth. Individuals with existing medical conditions such as heart disease should speak with their healthcare professionals before getting an oral piercing to discuss potential risks and complications.

If you have an oral piercing, it is important to keep up with regular dental visits and maintain good oral hygiene. Rinsing with an alcohol-free mouth-rinse, tooth-brushing with a soft-bristled brush and fluoride-containing toothpaste, and flossing is key to helping keep your oral piercing and teeth healthy. It is very easy for food and dental plaque to accumulate on oral jewelry which can lead to many oral issues. Plus, oral jewelry should be removed before any sports activities to avoid injury to your oral cavity.

It is important to consult with your dentist before getting an oral piercing to discuss the risks and evaluate your oral health.

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/threats-to-dental-health/what-to-do-with-an-infected-piercing

https://www.ada.org/en/member-center/oral-health-topics/oral-piercing-jewelry

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fdepositphotos.com%2Fvector-images%2Ftongue-piercing.html&psig=AOvVaw05KsU0UtBSh9YWPu0ixPWk&ust=1630948950578000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAsQjRxqFwoTCLie2sCs6PICFQAAAAAdAAAAABAY

Recovery is for Everyone!

September 10th, 2021

One of the important awareness campaigns in September includes National Recovery Month. This annual observance gathers communities across the United States to promote advances of treatment for substance abuse and mental health services, as well as to celebrate the strides of those in recovery and the dedication of all individuals who provide these services. 
In the past years Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) sponsored and ran this campaign. SAMHSA is a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. SAMHSA's main goal is to help address and improve substance abuse and mental illness in America. Their five priority include:1. Combating the Opioid Crisis through the Expansion of Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery Support Services

2. Addressing Serious Mental Illness and Serious Emotional Disturbances

3. Advancing Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery Support Services for Substance Use

4. Improving Data Collection, Analysis, Dissemination, and Program and Policy Evaluation

5. Strengthening Health Practitioner Training and Education

Although still supported by SAMHSA, this observance is currently sponsored by Faces & Voices of Recovery. Their mission is to improve the public's understanding of addiction and recovery through advocacy, education and leadership. Their vision is to help those suffering or who have suffered in the past from addiction become connected with resources and free from discrimination and injustice in society.

2021 marks the 32nd year of Recovery Month and the theme is:national_recovery-month_tag-line_041521

This year's theme highlights the fact that recovery is possible for everyone and that no one is alone on their journey to living a healthy life. This month is the perfect time to listen and/or share personal journeys with loved ones or the community to help increase awareness and improve knowledge of mental and substance use disorders.National Recovery Month. Prevention Works, Treatment is Effective, People Recover. September 2018.

Check out the available resources and virtual and in-person events by state location.

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.samhsa.gov/

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.samhsa.gov%2Frecovery-month&psig=AOvVaw25lLQYx9rRDZcTG4pFBC4J&ust=1630939193445000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAsQjRxqFwoTCLjs8J-I6PICFQAAAAAdAAAAABAD

https://rm.facesandvoicesofrecovery.org/

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.recoveryanswers.org%2Fblog%2Fnational-recovery-month%2F&psig=AOvVaw25lLQYx9rRDZcTG4pFBC4J&ust=1630939193445000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAsQjRxqFwoTCLjs8J-I6PICFQAAAAAdAAAAABAJ

Using the Heart to Connect: World Heart Day

September 10th, 2021

We all know how important the heart is, yet it can be easy to take our hearts for granted. We use our hearts to love and to live, and without a healthy heart the rest of our body cannot function properly.

Did you know, every 29th of September represents World Heart Day? Started by the World Heart Federation, World Heart Day is an important campaign that aims to connect and bring awareness to individuals and communities across the globe regarding cardiovascular diseases (CVD) like heart disease and stroke. This campaign also encourages and celebrates heart-healthy living across the world. This year's partners for World Heart Day include AstraZeneca, Boehringer Ingelheim and Lilly alliance, and Pfizer.

In May 2012, A main goal of world leaders set in 2012 has been to lower global death rates from non-communicable diseases like heart disease by 25% by 2025.Shockingly, cardiovascular disease is the world’s top cause of death. Approximately 18.6 million lives are lost each year. In addition, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one person dies every 36 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease. One of the goals of World Heart Day is to inform the public of prevention methods by controlling risk factors like tobacco use, poor diets, and lack of physical activity.

Grasping control of our heart health is especially necessary as we still fight against COVID-19, which can exacerbate the severity of infection with the virus. Heart disease can be caused by many factors, for instance, smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity, just to name a few conditions. It's reported that there are approximately 520 million people living with CVD.

Since our body is one whole connected system, keeping your heart healthy also involves keeping your oral health in-check. Evidence-based research has suggested the possible link between a serious form of gum disease, periodontal disease, and heart disease. Although further research needs to be conducted to determine the exact relationship between the two diseases, we can be sure that practicing good oral hygiene is important for maintaining overall health.
This year's theme focuses on using the heart to connect individuals everywhere to heart health. 3 key pillars to focus on from the World Heart Federation include:

Check out these resources from the World Heart Federation to use and share with others.

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://world-heart-federation.org/world-heart-day/about-whd/

https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/11264-oral-health--risk-for-cv-disease

https://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/facts.htm

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fresyncproducts.com%2Fblogs%2Fresync-blog%2Fresync-your-heart-on-world-heart-day&psig=AOvVaw39Hj14QXsE4avkNSXGwa-1&ust=1630942267191000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAsQjRxqFwoTCLifgseT6PICFQAAAAAdAAAAABAI

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