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Food for Thought: Happy Thanksgiving!

November 7th, 2021

Can you believe it's already time for Thanksgiving again?! What are you thankful for this year? Our caring team at WDG have so much to be thankful for, starting with our patients! We love this time of year, with all of the food, loved ones, and even football.

During Thanksgiving, it's important to not go cold turkey on your oral health! If you're in charge of this year's feast, make sure to try and make it as nutritious as possible. Nutritious meals can help keep your pearly whites strong and healthy.

Some of the good stuff, like desserts, contain a lot of sugar which can be harmful to your teeth. That's because the bacteria within our mouths love to feed off of sugar, and consequently harmful acids are produced that damages tooth enamel. Luckily, there are a lot of tasty and healthier sugar substitutes for holiday desserts. For instance, apple sauce, nuts, and dried fruits can help add sweetness to your foods. Common delicious Thanksgiving foods that taste great and can have less sugar include:

  1. Pumpkin pie: This tasty dessert offers a nice source of fiber, and vitamins C and A. Try skipping out on the whipped cream and cut some of the sugar when preparing pumpkin pie.
  2. Chocolate-covered strawberries: trying to satisfy a sweet tooth? Chocolate covered strawberries can do the trick. Dark chocolate is a better option than milk chocolate, and is loaded in healthy antioxidants and less sugar.
  3. Dark hot chocolate: Dark chocolate hot cocoa is another delightful treat to enjoy this holiday.
  4. Dried fruit: adding dried fruit to desserts in place of other simple sugars can help lower the sugar amount and still taste great.
  5. Cheese: Cheese makes for a great snack, and also provides a great source of calcium that helps strengthen teeth and bones.
  6. Raw Veggies: it's hard to go wrong with a veggie tray. Not only is it nutritious, but also helps increase saliva that helps wash away bacteria and food particles. 
  7. Green Beans With Sesame Oil: try this as an alternative to green bean casserole.
  8. Fresh Cranberry Sauce: Fresh cranberries have been found to help lower the risk of tooth decay by disrupting bacteria. But consume in moderation, as they can cause tooth staining.
  9. Turkey: typically the main highlight of Thanksgiving dinner is the turkey, which is luckily high in protein and phosphorus. This helps strengthen bones and teeth, protecting against cavities. Since turkey is easy to become trapped between your teeth, make sure to floss.

Be sure to drink lots of water and brush, floss, and rinse after your tasty feast. If having sugary treats this holiday, be sure to do so in moderation, and try to avoid continuously snacking on them throughout the day to limit your risk of developing tooth decay and gum disease. As always, be sure to practice good oral hygiene habits. Wishing you and your loved ones a Happy Thanksgiving!

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/nutrition-and-oral-health/kids-healthy-teeth-during-the-holidays

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/nutrition-and-oral-health/healthy-thanksgiving-tips-for-a-tooth-friendly-holiday

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Dental Grills: What you Need to Know

November 7th, 2021

Lots of things add sparkle to life, and for some dental grills do just that. A popular trend in dentistry is grills, sometimes referred to as “grillz” or “fronts." These dental accessories often made of jewels, gold, or silver are removable and snap on top of one tooth or more teeth. Although there have not been conclusive results from studies showing grills to be harmful, their safety has also not been proven, as reported by the American Dental Association (ADA). Some dental grills can be fabricated by your dentist, or found online or at jewelry stores. Grills may potentially cause irritation to oral tissues, metal-allergic reactions, or interferences with an individual's bite. Other risks include:

  • Grills can harbor food, debris, and bacteria: These can all become trapped between your teeth and grill, which can result in dental cavities, gum disease, and bad breath.
  • Glue: glue or other bonding materials that may be used for grills can cause damage toy our teeth and gums.
  • Abrasion: Grills may damage the outer layer of your teeth, the tooth enamel.
  • Chewing and speaking: If a grill does not fit properly it may lead to speech and chewing issues.

Grills, like your teeth, also need to be taken care of and cleaned. You should brush your teeth and floss daily to keep food and debris from sticking to the surfaces of your teeth causing tooth decay. It is important to clean your grill daily to remove any bacteria and food particles that can damage your teeth. Don't use jewelry cleaners or other products that are noted to be harmful to ingest. Be sure to take your grill out before eating or drinking, as well as before brushing your teeth. Try limiting the amount of time wearing a grill.

Speak with your dentist before bejeweling your teeth as they can help you make an informed decision and answer any questions you may have.

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/dental-grills-the-new-trend-affecting-dentistry-and-the-health-of-your-teeth

https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/g/grills

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GERD Awareness Week: Don't Ignore the Signs!

November 7th, 2021

It's National GERD Awareness Week (November 21-27, 2021) and we're here to spread the word about this common condition that can even play a major role on your oral health. GERD is short for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, and impacts approximately 1 in every 5 Americans.

This national campaign has a rich history, and first began in November 1999. The International Foundation for Gastrointestinal Disorders (IFFGD) aims to educate and provide resources and support for those who know loved ones or are themselves suffering from GERD. Annually, this observance occurs during the week of Thanksgiving, which is often a time when many Americans may experience common symptoms of GERD, for example heartburn, surrounding the beloved Thanksgiving feasts. If symptoms like heartburn become chronic or you notice other strange abnormalities, this could be a sign that something more serious is occurring. Other common signs and symptoms of GERD, many of which are noticeable within the mouth, include:

  • Regurgitation of food or liquids
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Chest pain, especially while lying down
  • Hoarseness and sore throat
  • Belching, nausea, vomiting
  • Stomach ache and pain on awakening
  • Sinus infections
  • Worsening symptoms of asthma
  • Burning mouth
  • Tooth enamel erosion, increased wear and tooth decay due to constant acid exposure
  • Tooth chipping
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Yellow tooth discoloration
  • Bad breath
Acid reflux/gastroesophageal reflux results when stomach acids enter the esophagus and move upward toward or sometimes into the mouth. Stomach acids naturally are made by the body to help with food digestion, and the esophageal sphincter muscle is supposed to close once food passes through to the stomach. In individuals with GERD, the esophageal sphincter does not close properly, allowing the stomach acid to move backwards into the esophagus. When acid reflux occurs frequently, this can lead to GERD. Overtime, the lining of the esophagus can become inflamed and damaged. In addition, more serious conditions can arise, including a disease called Barrett’s esophagus, or even esophageal cancer. This is why early detection and diagnosis are extremely important, as it can help prevent or delay progression of this condition before permanent damage occurs. If you believe you may have GERD, speak with your healthcare professionals.

Wondering how you can spend this GERD Awareness week? Here's how:

  1. Make good food and drink choices.The foods we eat can impact a lot, including oral health, and conditions like GERD. Avoid acidic foods and drinks such as caffeine like coffee, sodas, citrus fruits, cranberries,  chocolate, peppermint, and spicy foods to help control GERD symptoms. This will also help lower your risk of developing tooth decay. Plus, limiting the amount of food you intake at each meal, avoiding eating close to bedtime, as well as eating more slowly can help improve digestion.
  2. Avoid alcohol or tobacco use, as these habits can worsen acid reflux symptoms and can negatively impact your teeth and body.
  3. Monitor your weight and posture, as obesity and poor posture increase acid reflux symptoms.
  4.  Maintain good oral hygiene. Be sure you are having your regular dental and cleaning appointments, brushing twice a day, and flossing daily. Use a toothpaste containing fluoride. Toothpastes with baking soda can also help neutralize acids. It is important not to brush immediately after oral exposure to acid, as this can can cause more damage to teeth (It is recommended to wait at least 30 minutes afterwards). Instead, rinse immediately with water.

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:

Can a Tooth Infection Spread?

November 7th, 2021

Wondering if an infected tooth can also infect your body? Turns out, it can. Since teeth are a part of the body, the health of your teeth directly relate to your overall health. When your tooth becomes infected by bacteria, it can lead to the formation of a dental abscess characterized by the accumulation of pus. If the infection is located toward the end of the root it is termed a periapical abscess. If the infection is in the gums surrounding teeth it is known as a periodontal abscess.

Dental abscesses often occur due to poor oral health (ex: tooth decay, gum disease, etc.), and if left untreated can even be life-threatening. Abscesses can also be a result of trauma to teeth, or previous dental work. In addition, individuals who smoke tobacco, have dry mouth, or immunocompromised individuals are at a higher risk for developing a dental abscess. Fortunately, practicing good oral hygiene can help lower your risk of dental infections and other oral issues.

Common signs and symptoms of a dental abscess include:

  • A throbbing and painful toothache
  • Heat/cold sensitivity
  • Sensitivity and pain when chewing
  • Swollen lymph nodes in the neck and jaw
  • Gum redness and swelling
  • Swelling in the face and neck
  • Fever
  • Trouble breathing or swallowing
  • Altered taste/odor of breath

Untreated abscesses can potentially spread to other parts of the body, which can trigger dangerous health problems. It can also lead to sepsis, which can cause tissue damage, organ failure, and severe long-term health problems

It is important to let your dental professional know right away if you believe that you have an abscess. If in need of immediate care due to severe symptoms like fever, or trouble breathing or swallowing, go to the emergency room. It is important to note that a dental abscess will not go away on its own, and treatment must be conducted in order to resolve the abscess.

Treatment may include antibiotics and draining the abscess. In addition, root canal treatment or extraction of the infected tooth may be necessary.

Prevention can go a long way to helping keep you healthy. Combatting tooth decay by practicing good oral habits can help you lower your risk of developing a tooth abscess. Be sure you are brushing your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, and flossing at least once a day. Keep up with your regular dental check-ups to ensure your pearly whites are 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/threats-to-dental-health/can-bad-teeth-make-you-sick

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/tooth-abscess/symptoms-causes/syc-20350901

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