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Remembrance on Memorial Day

May 25th, 2020

Memorial Day is an important time to remember and honor those who have served our country. On this federal holiday, people across the country reflect on the sacrifices and service of U.S. veterans throughout history. Our team at Wellesley Dental Group is extremely grateful for the sacrifices of our country's heroes.

Memorial Day was first known as Decoration Day after the Civil War, where individuals visited and decorated the graves of military troops who lost their lives during battle. In more recent years, Memorial Day and the weekend surrounding is often filled with parades, picnics, and ceremonies. Memorial Day is also typically the kickoff of summer, with many people heading to beaches and parks. Although things will look differently this year due to COVID-19, we can still honor this important day at home and make strides to prevent coronavirus. The traditional Memorial Day parades and gatherings are not safe this year, but here are some creative ideas to honor our military service members while staying safe at home:

  • Make a grand meal with your quarantine crew! Fire up your backyard grill with some of these recipes:

  • Bring out the board games for some family fun, or sidewalk chalk to draw a memorial day mural if you are feeling artistic!

  • Organize a video party to spend time with those who you are unable to gather with. Share stories, catch up, and spend time with loved ones virtually and create new traditions.
  • Create a campfire in your backyard and gather your family around for sweet treats and stories.
  • Listen to veterans' stories online via Storycorps oral history.
  • Refresh your American history knowledge by reading and researching online. 

  • At 3 p.m. today local time, join in a moment of silence for the National Moment of Remembrance. During this time many across the nation will be sending their prayers and appreciation to those who have died who served the country, as well as active soldiers, and veterans.

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. Derek, and Dr. Emad is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Stephens would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.

References:

https://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/us/memorial-day

https://www.foodnetwork.com/holidays-and-parties/packages/memorial-day/memorial-day-recipes

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What's New at WDG? COVID-19 Safety Precautions

May 21st, 2020

We hope that the beautiful weather has filled you with a spirit of optimism for the future. Our team misses you all and hopes that you and your loved ones are doing well during these unprecedented times. There's one thing that remains unchanged, and that is our caring team at Wellesley Dental Group (WDG), which remains committed to serving the oral care needs of the community while also maintaining safety as our top priority. 

Following the Massachusetts Dental Society (MDS) guidance on COVID-19, WDG is temporarily offering only emergency and essential dental care until June 7th. We will fully reopen on June 8th and to protect your health and safety, we have added new equipment and protocols at our office. Please read below some of the changes we have made, in addition to those mandated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), to ensure the well-being of patients who need emergency dental care:

Enhanced Safety Measures: 

  • We have adjusted our schedule to limit the number of patients in the office at any given time
  • We are implementing an enhanced disinfecting protocol and allowing for ample time between patients to ensure rooms are meticulously disinfected
  • We have invested in UV-C lights, surgical air purifiers, medical-grade HVAC ionizers & filters, and aerosol extraoral suctions.. You can learn more about the increased safety this equipment below.
  • Staff that can work remotely will do so, and any in-office staff will have their temperature checked daily
  • Dentists, hygienists, and assistants will be in full PPE at all times, including: surgical face mask, face shield, disposable gowns and caps, and shoe covers

Appointment Logistics: 

  • When booking your next appointment, you can now request for the whole family to be seen at once. When possible, our entire office will be reserved for your family, limiting your interaction to only our essential staff
  • All patients will be pre-screened for signs and symptoms of COVID-19, including a temperature check with a no-touch thermometer
  • To avoid congestion in our reception area, please text the office at 781-462-6401 when you arrive and wait in your car until your appointment time
  • Upon entering the office, all patients are required to wear a mask and disinfect their hands (hand sanitizer will be provided)
  • We ask that you arrive at your appointment alone; children may be accompanied by one guardian
  • To minimize exposure, all future scheduling and financial transactions will take place in treatment rooms (no need to stop by the front desk on your way out)

Equipment Investment: 

  • Our office has installed Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved extra-oral suction systems to remove and filter aerosol particles created by dental procedures. These systems are equip with a H13 HEPA Filter, Carbon Filter and UV-C light to filter viruses, blood, germs, and fluids.
  • In addition, we have installed HEPA air purifiers, including medical grade UV purifiers, in the reception area and hallways. These air filters are fitted with H13 HEPA material which is tested to eliminate 99.97% of airborne pollutants as small as 0.1 microns (0.00001 cm)! The estimated size of COVID-19 is approximately 0.12 microns. Additionally, the UV614 air purifiers are fitted with True Medical-grade HEPA enhanced to capture 99.99% of particles. These filters are particularly effective for individuals who have immune systems that are compromised. 
  • We are equipped with hospital-grade H-VAC filters and ionizers that remove and neutralize airborne pollutants like bacteria, viruses, mold, and allergens. The H-VAC MERV 13 filters capture microbial pollutants that are less than 1 micron in size. The H-VAC ionizers function by removing essential hydrogen atoms from airborne pollutants, inhibiting potentially dangerous pathogens from surviving. 
  • Around our office you will also see sterilization UV lamps that work concurrently with heightened airflow management and filtration to reduce the viability of viral and bacterial pathogens by breaking down microbial genetic material (DNA).  

We continue to wish that you and your families are safe and healthy. 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.

References:

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https://phdentalinc.com/extraoral-dental-suction-system/

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FREE Fluoride Drive WDG 5/16/20

May 13th, 2020

Missing your favorite dental group? We’re certainly missing YOU!

We know that so much has changed over the last several months, and many of you have not been able to receive routine dental care. While we are eager to open our doors and serve our patients and community soon (we’re hoping by the end of May, but are going to abide by local guidelines and recommendations), we don’t know exactly when that will be.

In the meantime, we don’t want to leave you hanging!

Wellesley Dental Group remains dedicated to providing preventative care and promoting healthy habits for you and your family. As smile ambassadors of our community, Wellesley Dental Group will be offering free drive-by fluoride treatments this Saturday, May 16th from 1pm-5pm.

If interested in a free fluoride treatment sign up using this link: https://bit.ly/WDGfluoridedrive 
Check out some FAQs here, and expect more details closer to the 16th!

How Does My Mouth Change as I Age?

May 13th, 2020

With age comes many changes, and that includes changes within our health. The month of May is celebrated nationally as Older Americans Month, and we have some tips on how to keep your teeth healthy throughout each decade!

Because we only get one set of permanent teeth for our entire life, it's important that we do our best to keep them healthy. Many older adults suffer from gum disease, and often show signs of swollen and red gums that likely may bleed. In fact, the Washington Dental Service Foundation (WDSF) reported that severe gum disease impacts about 23% of individuals aged between 65 to 74, which can significantly impact the survival of natural teeth. Not to mention, the development of many systemic diseases have been linked with older age, in addition to poor oral health. So, its extremely necessary to continue to schedule your regular dental visits and practice good oral hygiene habits at home, especially to prevent tooth loss later on in life.

There are many factors impacting oral health that can be at play as we age. For instance, dry mouth is a common culprit of tooth decay, which often increases with medication use. Dry mouth has been noted to be a common side effect in over 500 medications, such as antidepressants, anxiolytics, antihypertensives, and antipsychotics just to name a few. It is important to inform your dentist about any medications that you are taking. To help alleviate dry mouth and lower your risk of developing cavities, your dentist may recommend avoiding certain acidic foods and beverages that can irritate dry mouths, in addition to over the counter mouth rinses, or saliva stimulants such as sugar-free gum or lozenges. Depending on the severity, your dentist may consult with your physician. Also remember, it is important to stay hydrated too!

Sometimes it can be harder to brush and floss as individuals age due to certain impairments. Individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or osteoporosis, for instance, often may need extra assistance taking care of their teeth and making regular dental visits. If your loved on has trouble brushing or flossing, speak with your dentist who can add helpful recommendations.

In addition, if recession has occurred overtime, it is important for older adults to properly clean exposed root surfaces of dental plaque and leftover food particles to help prevent decay on the root surfaces.

Most of us have experienced tooth sensitivity at some point in their lives, and age can be one of the many factors that can increase your risk of tooth sensitivity. Your dentist may recommend using a desensitizing toothpaste, or review toothbrushing techniques.

The rate of oral cancer also has been noted to increase with age. According to the American Cancer Society, the average age of most people diagnosed with oral cancer is 62. Often, your dentist is the first to detect oral cancer, which is another reason why keeping up with regular dental visits is important.

Here a few important tips to keep your pearly whites strong and help them last a lifetime:

  • Keep up with regular dental visits, even if you wear dentures, having your gums and surrounding oral tissues checked is necessary for your overall health.
  • Be sure to clean dentures or retainer daily to remove bacteria, using only cleaners made specifically for your oral appliance to avoid damaging. Make sure you remove your denture at night time to keep your oral tissues healthy.
  • Remember to brush at least twice each day for approximately two minutes, and use toothpaste containing fluoride.
  • It is important to floss once daily to remove leftover food debris and plaque in the areas in-between your teeth that the toothbrush cannot reach.
  • Try your best to avoid high intakes of sugar from items such as candy and soda to help lower your risk of tooth decay and improve your overall health.
  • Avoid using tobacco, which has been linked to oral cancer, gum disease, heart disease, and many other health problems. Talk to your dentist or physician for resources and help with quitting, it's never too late!
  • Add an antibacterial mouthwash to your oral hygiene routine to help reduce plaque buildup.

References:

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/life-stages/oral-care-age-55-up

https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/adults-over-60?utm_source=mouthhealthyorg&utm_medium=mhtopstories&utm_content=older-americans-month

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