Finding yourself Grinding your Teeth?

March 5th, 2021

Many have noticed they might clench or grind their teeth on occasion, especially when stressed out. As you may know, teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, can cause damage to your teeth and even lead to other oral health issues. For instance, it can cause your teeth to fracture, diminish in size, become loose, or even lead to the loss of teeth. This can result in the need for expensive dental procedures down the line, such as crowns, root canals, bridges, or prostheses to replace missing teeth including implants or partial dentures.

As the COVID-19 pandemic persists, dentists across the nation, and even world, are seeing some of the toll it has taken on individuals, even on their teeth. There has been a significant increase in reported teeth grinding and other oral health issues since the start of the pandemic, as reported by the American Dental Association’s Health Policy Institute. A survey conduced by the American Dental Association (ADA) found that there has been a 59.4% increase in cases of teeth grinding and clenching found in dental offices since the start of the pandemic. In addition, they found that temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), and chipped and cracked teeth has increased over 50%, which may be associated with the increased teeth grinding. Although there is not a direct correlation between the increase in teeth grinding and the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Matt Messina, clinic director of Ohio State Upper Arlington Dentistry, stated, “it does demonstrate the signs of increased stress in the population.”

Teeth grinding can even be experienced in children, too. In fact, approximately 15% to 33% of children grind their teeth. Often, it has been found that children may grind their teeth during the time when their baby teeth begin to come in and also during the transition into their permanent dentition. Luckily, teeth grinding in children is often not permanently damaging and children often outgrow the habit.

Many people commonly grind their teeth when they are sleeping, and is often pointed out by individual's partners or loved ones who hear them doing this habit at night. This phenomenon is particularly present in individuals who have sleep disorders, malocclusion, and/or  crooked teeth. Individuals who grind their teeth may be pained by a dull, constant headache when they wake up, or even a sore jaw. Teeth grinding can result in or worsen Temporomandibular disorders (TMD). 

Some other symptoms of teeth grinding include:

  • Neck pain.
  • Ear pain.
  • Jaw pain, soreness and stiffness.
  • Painful or sensitive teeth.
  • Pain while you chew.
  • Popping, clicking or grinding noises when moving the mouth and jaw.
  • Cracking or chipping of teeth or fillings.
  • Loose teeth or pain on biting.

You may be wondering what to do about teeth grinding. Some tips to help stop teeth grinding include avoiding certain foods and drinks such as alcohol, caffeine, sodas, and chocolate. Plus, it can help to try to help relax your jaw muscles by holding a warm washcloth against your cheek. If you notice that you grind your teeth during the daytime, try to become conscious of what your are doing, and position the tip of your tongue  between your teeth to help train your jaw muscles to relax. Try avoiding chewing gum as it can increase the strain on your jaw muscles. 
If you think teeth grinding may be happening during your sleep, or even find yourself doing it throughout the day, it is important to talk with your dentist. Commonly, dentists will recommend a night guard for individuals suffering from teeth grinding to wear at night to help protect the surfaces throughout sleep. Other treatments that have been found to be beneficial include stress counseling, jaw relaxation training, exercising, and muscle relaxants or anti-inflammatory medications. However, treatments are determined after a comprehensive examination and diagnosis by your dentist.
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. 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.





We Are Fully Open!

June 17th, 2020

We are excited to announce that Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings!

Your safety has always been a top priority at Wellesley Dental Group, so you may notice some updates when you arrive for your next appointment! Specifically, we have invested in several additional safety equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19.

Equipment Investment: 

  • Extra-oral Aerosol Suction: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.
  • UV-Sanitizing HEPA Air Purifiers: 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.
  • Hospital-Grade H-VAC Filters and Ionizers: 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.
  • Sterilizing UV Lamps: 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).
  • Full PPE: Dentists, hygienists, and assistants will be in full Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) at all times, including: surgical face masks, face shields, disposable gowns and caps, and shoe covers. Staff that can work remotely will do so, and all in-office staff will have their temperature checked daily.
  • Enhanced Disinfecting Protocol: We are implementing an enhanced disinfecting protocol and allowing ample time between patients to ensure rooms are meticulously disinfected.

Appointment Updates:

  • Family Group Appointments: 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.
  • Arriving Solo: We ask that you arrive at your appointment alone; children may be accompanied by one guardian
  • Wait Inside Your Car: 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.
  • Face Mask Required: Upon entering the office, all patients are required to wear a mask and disinfect their hands (hand sanitizer will be provided.
  • Pre-Screening: All patients will be pre-screened for signs and symptoms of COVID-19, including a temperature check with a no-touch thermometer
  • Same-Room Checkout: 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.

Our Routine Dental Tools Sterilization and Disinfection:

  • Single-Use Tools: Where we can, we make sure to use sterile, single-use, and disposable equipment and tools (i.e. suction tips, nasal masks, gloves, etc.)
  • Ultrasonic Cleaning: For non-disposable dental tools, we first immerse them in an enzymatic bath in the ultrasonic machine. The ultrasonic machine uses ultrasonic vibrations to "knock-off" contaminants— even ones in tiny crevices that hand-scrubbing can't reach— and the enzymes "eat" them up!
  • Autoclave Sterilization: After the ultrasonic machine, our squeaky clean dental tools are sterilized in the autoclave. The autoclave or "sterilizer" is a machine that sterilizes our instruments by using extremely high heat, steam, and pressure to kill all bacteria, viruses, spores, and other germs— including ones that are resistant to boiling water and powerful detergents.
  • CaviWipe Disinfection: If we cannot sterilize non-disposable tools in the autoclave (i.e. tools that cannot withstand high heat sterilization), we make sure to disinfect it with single-use CaviWipes and then expose it to our UV disinfecting lamps. CaviWipes is an EPA-registered, hospital-grade disinfectant. The EPA lists it as a disinfectant for use against COVID-19 and harder-to-kill-pathogens. The UV disinfecting lamps are an extra precaution that breaks down viral genetic material (i.e. DNA and RNA).

Take A Peek Into Our Routine Disinfection:

While many things have changed, one thing remains the same— our commitment to your health and safety. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about the measures we've enhanced to keep you and your family safe by call (781-237-9071), text (781-462-6401), or email (smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com).

Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group. We look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors, and friends.

Drs. Ali & Ali and the Caring Team at Wellesley Dental Group

Temporary Closure 3/17 - 4/7/2020

March 16th, 2020

Dear Wellesley Community and our Patients,
As healthcare providers, our first responsibility is the health and safety of the ones we serve — our patients, our community, and our colleagues. During these unprecedented times, we must all do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19.
To that end, Wellesley Dental Group will be closed from Tuesday, March 17th to Tuesday, April 7th. This decision was not taken lightly, and is based on public health recommendations and out of an abundance of caution.
A few important notes:
  • All existing appointments will be postponed until the office re-opens on 4/8/2020.
  • During this time, we will only be open for emergency appointments. If you are in a dental emergency, please call us at 781-237-9071. Our emergency line is open 24/7.
  • Our regular phone line will also be open from Monday through Thursday from 8 AM - 12 PM for help with rescheduling existing appointments, questions on treatment plans, or scheduling future appointments.
During this time, we will continue to compensate our employees — the people that make Wellesley Dental Group so special. We urge other dental providers to also commit to flattening the curve while ensuring their employees can support their families and loved ones.
Over the next few weeks, we’re figuring out how to best help our community. From engaging in public health dialogue to assisting local non-profits, we’re doing everything we can to keep our community — especially those most vulnerable — safe, protected, and taken care of.
If you have any questions or comments, we’re here to help. Please give us a call at 781-237-9071 or email us at smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com.
Our sincerest wishes for your continued health during these trying times.
Drs. Ali & Ali and the Caring Team at Wellesley Dental Group

National Blood Donor Month Drive!

January 22nd, 2020

January is National Blood Donor month! Wellesley Dental Group is excited to announce that we will be co-hosting a community blood donation drive with the American Red Cross, and Wellesley Community Center.

✨Date: Wednesday January 29th, 2020
✨Time: 1:00 pm-6:00 pm.
✨Location: Wellesley Community Center
219 Washington Street
Wellesley, MA 02482.

❗❗For more information and to register for the blood drive, you can call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or register online using the link below:


❗❗ Please bring picture identification, and remember to eat a healthy meal and drink plenty of fluids before donating.

According to the American Red Cross, each two seconds that passes by someone in the United States is depending on a lifesaving blood donation. However, it has been found that less than 38% of people in the U.S. meets the requirements to donate their blood. At our upcoming blood drive we are aiming to help thousands of people in need. The American Red Cross notes that even 1 donation can save up to 3 lives.

We invite you to attend and are looking forward to seeing you there! The caring team at Wellesley Dental Group will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

☎️ Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com. Be sure to also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Drinking from a Can? Think Again!

December 4th, 2019

Ever wonder if drinking from a can, a glass, or using straw could make a difference to your teeth? We all know that foods and drinks can play a role on the health of your teeth, but many would not have thought that the way you consume your drink can also be an important factor. Well, as it turns out, your drinking method does matter when consuming sugary beverages!

Sugary drinks can cause a lot of damage to your teeth, and your body too. According to a study published in the Academy of General Dentistry people in the United States consume about one and a half cans of soda a day, and a total of 576 each year! The study found that people who drink soft drinks straight from the can are more likely to get tooth decay on their back molar teeth. Consuming sugary drinks like sodas and energy drinks increase your risk of weight gain, and developing several medical conditions including Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and gout -and kids are not exempt! Children are 60% more likely to become obese with each sugary beverage consumed per day and are 2 times more susceptible to tooth decay.

Sugar as we know is what bacteria love to eat, and as a result the bacteria within your mouth produce acids that ultimately lead to tooth decay and breakdown your tooth enamel. But, we all have that craving for a soda every once and a while. That's why it is important to learn about preventative measures to take when consuming sugary beverages. Research shows that holding a drink in your mouth and taking long sips is detrimental to your teeth because it increases the acidity within your mouth. A smaller drop in the pH occurs when you drink the beverage straight down quickly and in one sitting. Sipping on a soda can throughout the day leads right to decay due to the constant exposure of your teeth to the sugars. The American Dental Association (ADA) also recommends using a straw positioned towards the back of your mouth when consuming beverages to avoid contact of the drink with your teeth. This of course does not prevent you from developing cavities, but it will help reduce your risk.

Not to mention, when you consume your sugary beverages also matters. It is best to do so during mealtime as opposed to by itself. Rinsing with water is also important to help wash away the sugars. In addition, avoid brushing immediately after consuming sugary drinks, because your tooth enamel is in a weakened state and can be harmed from brushing.

Remember, everything in moderation is key. Always try to be mindful of what drinks you are consuming and how you are consuming them.

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.






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12th Annual Candy Drive for the Troops

November 13th, 2019

Thank you to all our participants and supporters of the 12th Annual Candy Drive for the Troops. To stay updated on future candy drives, please like Candy Drive and Wellesley Dental Group on Facebook!



Take a Deep Breath: Vaping Effects On Your Lungs

October 20th, 2019

Many of us have been following the devastating news of young adult deaths related to vaping across the country. Vaping has recently become an epidemic and major public health issue. With Respiratory Care Week beginning today, October 20th-26th, and  Healthy Lung Month the entire month of October, we would like to highlight all of the necessary information needed to keep our lungs breathing well to last us an entire lifetime!

The statistics on lung disease are disheartening, with greater than 35 million Americans living with a chronic lung disease such as asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Not to mention, lung cancer is the #1 cause of death related to cancer for both women and men in the U.S. Many lung diseases have been a result of cigarette smoking. Cigarette use has decreased in comparison to the past, however the rise of e-cigarettes/vaping has drastically made its way into society, particularly with young adults. The use of e-cigarettes has been reported by approximately 20% of high school students in the U.S. within the last month. Surprisingly even 5% of middle school students in the U.S. have reported using e-cigarettes within the last month. In Massachusetts, the numbers are even higher: 40% of high school students and 10% of middle school students have used e-cigarettes within the past month. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), over 1000 people have become affected with respiratory issues as a result of vaping. As of today, the CDC reports that there have been 33 deaths in 24 states.

The use of e-cigarettes not only damages lungs and brain development, but also one’s oral health, and it is important to our caring team here at WDG to keep you in the loop and ensure your safety and health. Sadly, vaping has been marketed as a “healthy” alternative to smoking tobacco cigarettes. With research still ongoing, vaping can contain the addictive substance nicotine, and chemical particles within the vapor, including volatile organic compounds, flavoring agents, cancer-causing chemicals, and heavy metals which can all negatively impact your health. Plus, e-cigarettes can cause dry mouth, gum inflammation, and increase the amount of cavity-causing bacteria. Long-term effects of vaping are still being researched.

It is important to spread the word about the dangers of vaping and provide individuals who are vaping with the information and resources needed to quit, which can be found below:

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.







Columbus Day Fun Activities

October 14th, 2019


Looking for cool things for you and your family to do on your day off this Columbus Day? Look no further, check out these activities around the Greater Boston Area that will get you out of the house for a fun-filled day!

Columbus Day is a national holiday that marks Christopher Columbus, an Italian explorer,  landing in the Americas on October 12, 1492. Presently, many places across the United States, such as Washington D.C. have voted to replace the national holiday with Indigenous Peoples' Day to honor the resilience and culture of Native Americans.

Halloween Fall Festival: Smolak Farms


315 South Bradford Street, North Andover, MA01845


Monday, Oct 14th, 2019 @ 10:00am-5:00pm

Bring your family for a great start to Fall with apple picking at the Standard Orchard across the street, along with food, beverages, and lots of activities for everyone. This includes a cow train, bouncy house, carnival-themed games, face painting, and crafts.

Indigenous Peoples’ Day at the MFA


Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115


Mon Oct 14, 2019

10:00am to 5:00pm

Enjoy free admission for all ages with special events including music, dance, and exciting art activities from Native artists.

Wrentham Village Premium Outlets Celebrates Columbus Day Weekend


Wrentham Village Premium Outlets

Outlet Boulevard, Wrentham,  MA 02093


Monday, Oct 14th, 2019 @ 9:00am- – 9:00p.m.

Love shopping? Spend your day at Wrentham Outlets with your family checking out major sales.

Cathedral Station Brunch


Cathedral Station

1222 Washington St, Boston, Massachusetts 02118


Monday, October 14 from 11am - 3pm

Looking to go out to eat on your day off? Cathedral station will be hosting a brunch on Columbus Day.

Columbus Day Lego Party


Patriot Place Activity Center

Foxboro at 225 Patriot Place, Foxborough, Massachusetts, 02035


Monday, October 14, 2019 from 11:00 am to 03:00 pm

In love with legos? Today you’ll have the opportunity to buildlife sized Lego structures at the Patriot Place Activity Center.








Robbed of a Good Night's Rest?

August 10th, 2019

Sleep is an important part of each day, so much so that the effects of a restless night can change the entire productivity of our next day! Unfortunately, many people suffer from sleeping disorders. In fact, nearly 70 million adults in the United States have a sleeping disorder, the most common of which is sleep apnea. According to the National Sleep Foundation, a whopping 18 million adults in America have sleep apnea. So, what exactly is sleep apnea? There are two main types to know about:

  • The most common form, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), is a condition involving involuntary temporary interruptions in breaths for at least ten seconds at a time due to upper airway blockage. This causes a disrupted sleeping pattern and low blood oxygen levels, which can contribute to several health issues.
  • Central sleep apnea is much less common and is characterized by failure of the brain to signal the necessary muscles involved in breathing.

As a result of the interrupted breathing pattern, individuals with sleep apnea often produce snoring and choking sounds throughout the night. You may be wondering, what’s the big deal about having sleep apnea? Sleep apnea does not only just interrupt your night’s rest, it can also put you at a higher risk of developing many conditions, including high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, diabetes, depression, and worsening of ADHD.

Who does sleep apnea affect?

Obstructive sleep apnea can impact people of all ages and any gender, however, there are some factors that can place some people at higher risk. This includes people 40 years of age and older, smokers, heavy alcohol users, males, African Americans, those who have a family history of sleep apnea, and individuals suffering from obesity, sinus problems, or allergies. Your anatomy also plays a role in your risk of developing sleep apnea. People with nasal septum deviations, a thicker neck, narrow throat, large tongue, small jaw, or enlarged tonsils are at higher risk of sleep apnea.

If you think you have sleep apnea or have been told that you may have sleep apnea by your doctor, don’t worry! Sleep apnea can be treated, and Wellesley Dental Group’s very own Dr. Emad Abdallah can help you conquer sleep-disordered breathing!  Dr. Emad Abdallah received his doctorate, certificate in orthodontics, and Master of Science in temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ) and orofacial pain from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. Don't be robbed of a good night's sleep, contact us today!

Stay tuned to our social media accounts including FacebookLinkedIn, Pinterest, and Twitter for more sleep-related posts!

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.







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