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Looking for a Smile Makeover? Orthodontics can Help

May 4th, 2021

Are you looking to improve your smile, or notice you may not be as confident smiling? Orthodontics can help you reinvent your smile by correcting misaligned teeth, crooked or rotated teeth, protruding teeth, spaces, and much more! Your dentist may also refer you to an orthodontist to help improve your bite so that you can chew, speak, and function better.

Orthodontics is a specialty of dentistry that focuses on the art and science of dental and facial irregularities. Orthodontists diagnose, prevent, and treat these irregularities and help promote healthy function of the teeth and jaws. The American Academy of Orthodontics (AAO) is recognized as the world's oldest and largest dental specialty organization. Following a DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) or DMD (Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry or Doctor of Dental Medicine) degree, orthodontists train an additional 2-4 years in the speciality of orthodontics.

Wellesley Dental Group's very own Dr. Marisa Reason is passionate about providing excellent orthodontic treatment, and is a wonderful leader in the field. Dr. Reason is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, Massachusetts Dental Association (MDS), and American Association of Public Health Dentistry. She completed her CAGS/MSD in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics in the Advanced Orthodontic Training Program at the Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine. In addition, she is recognized as a Diamond Top 1%  Invisalign provider and was voted a 2020 Top Dentist by Boston Magazine for Orthodontics. Learn more about Dr. Marisa Reason on our website, here.

Other bite issues that can be corrected with orthodontics include jaw growth problems, congenitally missing teeth, extra teeth, and bringing a tooth into your mouth that is stuck under the gums. In some cases when children lose their baby teeth before the natural time, for instance due to tooth decay, the orthodontist may suggest using a space maintainer to hold the space for the permanent tooth to come in. In addition, poor habits such as thumb-sucking, tongue-thrusting, or nail biting can also create a need for orthodontics as para-functional habits can cause tooth misalignment.

Having your teeth in the correct orientation and having a healthy jaw relationship is important not only for cosmetic reasons, but also for proper function. Misaligned teeth can also be very tricky to clean and can result in a greater risk for tooth decay and gum disease.

Braces can be a good treatment option for anyone of any age! Based on each person's individual case, the orthodontist may offer or recommend traditional metal braces, orthopedic appliances that guide facial and jaw development in growing children, palatal expanders to widen the upper jaw, removable retainers,  headgear, or more inconspicuous options such as ceramic braces, lingual braces (placed on the back side of teeth), or clear removable aligners, just to name a few orthodontic and orthopedic appliances! The orthodontist will develop a treatment plan custom to your specific needs based on diagnostic tools including clinical exams, models of your teeth, and X-rays.

As always, keeping up with your oral hygiene is extremely important, especially with orthodontic appliances. It can be really easy for food and bacterial plaque to stick to the irregular surfaces of the braces, making brushing and flossing more challenging and require more time. Lack of proper oral hygiene can lead to white spot lesions, which are areas of demineralization on the surface of the outer layer of your tooth, the tooth enamel. When the braces are removed, white spot lesions are often spotted in a white square surrounding where the bracket was placed. Unfortunately, removal of white spot lesions can require removing tooth structure and additional dental procedures.

Not only are these white areas unaesthetic, they also can eventually develop into dental cavities. The good news is, white spot lesions can be prevented with good oral hygiene practices. Electric toothbrushes and water-flossers can be a great addition in particular for individuals with braces to help remove food particles. Regular dental cleanings and visits to your dentist are important to ensure that your teeth remain nice and 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/teen-oral-care/what-is-orthodontics

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/early-orthodontics/what-is-orthodontics

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Vaccines Bring Us Closer!

April 26th, 2021

As the month of April comes to a close, individuals around the globe recognize World Immunization Week, which is an annual campaign that aims to highlight the importance of vaccines in helping us all to live health and safe lives. This year the campaign is running from April 24th-30th 2021, with the theme being, ‘Vaccines bring us closer.’ Vaccinations help prevent the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases and connect us to people everywhere as individuals become vaccinated across the globe.

With vaccinations being particularly a hot-topic as we endure the COVID-19 pandemic, vaccines are an important solution to the pandemic. Scientists and researchers across the world have been working together to help rollout safe and effective vaccines. Although we have all had to make the necessary sacrifices to keep everyone safe, as people become vaccinated the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports some new freedoms that fully vaccinated individuals can enjoy.
 
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), vaccines have helped keep us safe against many diseases for over 200 years, and are recognized as one of the greatest scientific innovations in history. The CDC reported there are now 30 dangerous diseases for which there are safe and effective vaccines to prevent and control, including the four COVID-19 vaccines. They have helped the world tackle diseases such as tuberculosis, Ebola, cervical cancer, tetanus, measles, and much more. With new research and technology, vaccines continue to advance and help save lives. WHO reports that child deaths have decreased over 50% in the last 30 years in huge part due to vaccines. However, according to WHO, there are still currently approximately 20 million children in the world who do not have routine vaccines.

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.cdc.gov/globalhealth/immunization/wiw/index.html

https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-immunization-week/2021/overview

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fm4health.pro%2Fworld-vaccine-week-2020%2F&psig=AOvVaw17Lhark558CVU5pt7G2MxF&ust=1619523483763000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCNDY4aPpm_ACFQAAAAAdAAAAABAP

Don't Pause Your Dental Check-Ups During COVID-19

April 18th, 2021

With the unexpected and unpredictable COVID-19 pandemic entering our lives well over a year ago, it has put a pause to many of our normal daily activities and brought about caution to our regular lives. With the national shutdowns, and confinement to our homes and closure of business and schools for a period of time, many have had to cancel important events and scheduled appointments. Although the pandemic isn't over yet, with vaccines becoming readily available throughout the world, we are beginning to get a glimpse of some normalcy returning. Studies have reported the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines in helping prevent contraction of the virus and lowering the risk of having severe symptoms of the virus if infected.

Now, dental and doctor's offices that were previously closed or limited in available procedures are starting to resume normal services and have effective and safe health safety protocols in place to avoid the spread of COVID-19. According to a survey in TIME-Harris Poll of over 1,000 Americans, approximately 78% of individuals have canceled at least one medical service during the past three months, 30% have missed their dental exam, and 27% missed their yearly physical. But, health experts are currently reminding individuals that it's time to reschedule and attend your regular appointments and to not put your oral health or overall health on the back-burner. To find out what safety precautions and protocols your Doctors are performing, be sure to contact their offices with any questions or concerns you may have. Check out some of the changes we have made at WDG, 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: https://www.wellesleydentalgroup.com/blog/2020/05/whats-new-at-wdg-covid-19-safety-precautions

Visiting your dentist is particularly necessary to keep you healthy and strong, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your dentist will determine based on your individual needs and oral condition how often dental cleanings and check-ups are needed. Early detection of harmful oral conditions/diseases are key to keeping the rest of your body healthy, as your oral cavity is the window into the rest of your body. Your dentist will even check for signs of COVID-19 in the oral cavity. Radiographs can help identify tooth decay, gum issues, bone loss, and other pathology, and are often taken during your dental exams. Your dentist will also perform an oral cancer screening of your head, neck, and mouth. When issues are detected early, this can help prevent problems from increasing severity/harm, and potentially save you from having to have more invasive and costly dental procedures such as root canals and dental crowns when tooth decay is too extensive to be managed by a dental filling. 

Individuals with gum disease are at a higher risk of developing or worsening many systemic diseases, often linked due to the body's inflammatory immune response. This includes threatening conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and cerebrovascular events such as strokes. Not to mention, individuals with uncontrolled gum disease are 9 times more likely to die from infection with COVID-19, as reported in a recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology. Don't risk harming your health by putting of your health appointments!

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.wsj.com/articles/dentist-gum-disease-11618003919

https://www.health.com/mind-body/doctor-appointments-to-stop-postponing-covid

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fsuccess.ada.org%2Fen%2Fpractice-management%2Fpatients%2Fcovid-19-patient-communication-resources-for-dental-visits&psig=AOvVaw2smOVUaOZ4_HNLiFEt2hD8&ust=1618853646751000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCOCj15iqiPACFQAAAAAdAAAAABAg

How Much Do You Know About Oral Cancer?

April 13th, 2021

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month! Risk factors for oral cancer include smoking and use of other tobacco products. However, the fastest growing cause of oral cancer in young, healthy individuals that do not use tobacco is the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). HPV within the mouth affects the tonsils and base of tongue.

Facts about HPV:

  • HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States
  • There are over 200 strains. Out of the 200, 9 of the strains can cause oral cancer.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that more than 80% of Americans will have HPV in their lifetime
  • With a ratio of 4:1, males are most likely to develop oral cancer when compared to females.

Signs and Symptoms of Oral Cancer:

  • Red or white patches in the mouth
  • An ulcer or sore that does not heal in 2-3 weeks
  • Difficult swallowing
  • Hoarse or sore throat
  • Painless lump on the outside of the neck

At your checkups, oral cancer screenings are performed by your dentist to look for precancerous conditions or signs of cancer within the oral cavity.  They will look for asymmetries in the face, discolorations of the tissues and ulcerations within the mouth.

Is there a cure for HPV?

While there is no cure for HPV, it can resolve itself and does not normally cause health problems. Currently there is one vaccine,  Gardasil which protects against the 9 strains of HPV that cause cancer. The vaccines are recommended for boys and girls of ages 11 and 12.

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.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/h/hpv-and-oral-cancer

https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/hpv/basic_info/hpv_oropharyngeal.htm

https://oralcancerfoundation.org/understanding/hpv/hpv-oral-cancer-facts/

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