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

Can Changing your Bedtime Impact your Health?

March 13th, 2020

Sleep can often be overlooked when discussing personal health, but research education on sleep has proven that sleep should be a top priority! World Sleep Day, sponsored by the World Sleep Society (WSS), annually focuses on important issues regarding sleep in relation to many topics, including medicine, oral health, and everyday physical and mental performance.

Turns out, staying up to binge watch your favorite TV show may be putting your health at risk. A recent study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that your risk of having a heart attack or heart disease significantly increases with the simple act of changing your regular sleep cycle in either direction by just 90 minutes! In fact, According to Tianyi Huang, the study's author and an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, it was found that individuals with more than a 90 minute time difference on average for seven consecutive nights were two times more at risk of heart disease over a 5 year period. The participants of this study included over 2,000 people ages 45 to 84 who did not have any cardiovascular disease over a five-year period. The participant's sleep was monitored using a sleep wrist tracker for seven days. Approximately 1/4th of the participants were found not to have a regular bedtime. Huang notes that this observation may be even more drastic in younger people, as the demands for work and school are often present. Other studies have also linked lack of sleep with weight gain, a weakened immune system, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer's, depression, anxiety and other disorders.

Here's what you can do to help improve your sleep schedule:
Be sure to get your daily Exercise:
According to the National Sleep Foundation, exercising helps promote good quality sleep! Staying active daily is important for your overall health.
Keep cool:
Be sure to make sure the room you sleep in is a comfortable tempetuare, typically between 60 and 67 degrees, and is well ventilated. Also, avoid watching television or doing work in your bedroom. Bright lights from electronics can disrupt your sleep cycle.
Avoid certain food and drink:
Avoid consuming caffeine at least six hours before your normal bedtime. This can include coffee, sodas, tea, and even chocolate. Also, heavy and spicy foods can cause digestive trouble and affect your quality of sleep. Sugar is also on the top of the list to avoid, particularly before bedtime as it is linked to restlessness. Not to mention, you will be helping your teeth by cutting back on the sugar! The National Sleep Foundation recommends switching to healthy snacks suchas nuts, cherries, bananas, and decaffeinated teas. Alcohol should also be avoided prior to bedtime, as it can disrupt the normal stages of sleep.
Create and stick to a regular bedtime and wake-up time:
Keeping our circadian rhythm consistent is important, as the more days you sleep irregularly, the more you are at risk for diseases such as heart disease as shown by research. Create a regular routine before going to bed each night. The recommended amount of sleep is typically between 7-10 hours each night, depending on age.
Be mindful of naps:
Although naps can be helpful, it is recommended to not exceed more than 45 minutes during naps. Taking longer naps can place you into a deeper sleep cycle and often make you feel more tired throughout the day. In addition, it can interfere with your ability to fall asleep during the night. The optimal nap should be about 15 to 20 minutes, but should be done before 3 p.m. to avoid interrupting your full night's rest.
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://worldsleepday.org

https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/13/health/10-sleep-commandments-wellness/index.html

https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/02/health/irregular-sleep-health-risk-wellness/index.html

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Eat Right Bite by Bite!

March 7th, 2020

“Eat Right, Bite by Bite” is this year's theme for the annual National Nutrition Month®, sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics each March. Your overall health can significantly improve with even small changes to your diet overtime! This month we are highlighting the importance of being conscious of our dietary habits, increasing our daily physical activity, and choosing healthy foods.

The American Society for Nutrition researches the science of nutrition and provides knowledge and sound data to help improve the health of individuals around the world through nutrition.

Take a look at these recommendations for each week of this month of March to get you started on the journey toward developing a healthy diet and lifestyle:

Improving your nutrition can also improve your oral health! By choosing tooth-freindly foods, you’ll also be helping your body.

  • Try limiting snacking during National Nutritional Month. All though snacks can be tempting, frequent consumption of snacks high in carbohydrates often lower the pH of your mouth. This increases the amount of exposure your teeth have to acids broken down by the bacteria, which attacks your tooth enamel. If you need a snack, try choosing from these delicious healthy treats listed here.
  • Choose foods that help add vitamins and minerals to your teeth, such as milk, cheese, and protein-rich items such as nuts. Also, firm and crunchy fruits and vegetables, such as apples and celery are great for increasing your saliva, which have important minerals for your teeth and help wash away bacteria.
  • Grab xylitol chewing gum, which is sugar-free and helps increase your flow of saliva.
  • Say no to soda and other sweetened beverages and opt for water! Soda, juice, and sports drinks can be harmful not only to your teeth, but to your general health.
  • Arginine, an amino acid, is one you will want to include in your diet! Arginine can be found in meat, poultry, fish, and dairy, and can help protect against tooth decay and gum disease by targeting dental plaque.

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.eatright.org/food/resources/national-nutrition-month?nnm_blogger_badge_rectangle

https://www.patientconnect365.com/dentalhealthtopics/article/Dental_Health_Tips_for_National_Nutrition_Month_

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National Eating Disorders Awareness Week: #ComeAsYouAre

February 28th, 2020

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week is happening now and people around the world are encouraged to Come as You Are! This year's theme is Come as You Are: Hindsight is 20/20 during February 24th to March 1st, which is the time where individuals are reflecting on their journeys toward accepting themselves and others.

The purpose of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (#NEDAwareness) is to shed light on eating disorders through education and provide resources that could save lives. According to the National Eating Disorder Association, approximately 30 million people in the United States are affected by an eating disorder, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa or binge eating disorder. In addition, about 70 million across the world are impacted by eating disorders. It is important to know that eating disorders can affect anyone, including people of all ages, genders, ethnicities and backgrounds. Overtime, eating disorders can place a tremendous toll on both a person's physical and mental wellbeing.

Individuals who are affected by eating disorders often experience a variety of symptoms, ranging from anxiety, emotional distress, depression, problems with development and growth, and medical problems. However, not all eating disorders are experienced in the same way by individuals.

Many are aware that diet can impact not just your physical health, but also your oral health. Signs of an eating disorder are often seen first within the mouth. Lack of nutrients and harmful habits can permanently damage teeth. Take a look at some of the consequences of eating disorders for your oral cavity:

  • Improper nutrition can impact the amount of protective saliva present within the mouth that may cause dry mouth. Dry mouth significantly increases your risk for developing tooth decay along with it's uncomfortable sensation. In addition, the gums and soft tissue may bleed easier due to lack of essential nutrients.
  • Nutritional deficiencies can increase the risk of developing tooth decay and gum disease, because teeth rely on vitamins and minerals including  calcium, iron and B vitamins. A lack of proper amounts of iron can lead to the development of oral sores. Also, a lack of sufficient amounts of vitamin B3 (niacin) can contribute to bad breath, dry mouth,  and the development of canker sores.
  • Vomit can be extremely damaging to teeth, because the stomach acid causes the tooth enamel, the outermost layer of the tooth, to wear down. This not only changes the shape and size  of teeth, but also changes the color. The layer underneath tooth enamel, dentin, which has a yellow hue can become exposed and increase sensitivity and make your tooth become brittle. Erosive lesions within the mouth may also appear. In more severe cases, the pulp, the innermost layer of the tooth, may become exposed and result in pulp death.
  • Degenerative arthritis within the temporomandibular joint in the jaw has been found to be associated with eating disorders, which can cause severe pain, chronic headaches, and trouble chewing or opening/closing the mouth.
  • Frequent binge-and-purging can cause the salivary glands to become inflamed and enlarged, causing pain within the oral cavity.

Eating disorders if not treated can result in death. Treatment can include a combination of psychotherapy, nutrition education, and medical monitoring, but can vary based on the type of eating disorder.

If you have any questions about eating disorders, talk with your primary care physician or dentist. The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) also has screening tools  available online. Now is the perfect time to help increase awareness and support those impacted by eating disorders.

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.nationaleatingdisorders.org/get-involved/nedawareness

https://www.livewellmagazine.org/eating-disorder-awareness-week-feb-24-march-1/

https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/dental-complications-eating-disorders

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https://www.mirror-mirror.org/eating-disorders-statistics.htm

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