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COVID-19 Update

June 25th, 2021

OUR COMMITMENT TO HEALTH & SAFETY  

 Update 6/18/2021:   

MASKS REMAIN REQUIRED WHEN VISITING OUR PRACTICE.  

The CDC has recently updated its COVID-19 recommendations. 

THESE CHANGES DO NOT APPLY TO HEALTH CARE SETTINGS LIKE DENTAL OFFICES.    

Face coverings remain mandatory for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals at all times in health care facilities and provider offices.   

Our practice adheres to the requirements of the updated American Dental Association COVID-19 Protocols and new ETS (Emergency Temporary Standard) issued by OSHA and the Department of Labor for medical and dental settings.    

THE IMPORTANCE OF VACCINATION  

A majority of our team is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and we strongly encourage all staff and patients to get the vaccine.  

As a supported practice of 42 North Dental, a healthcare leader, we are committed to taking all necessary steps to protect doctors, staff, and patients. Dentistry is an essential service and our teams are front-line workers treating patients daily to provide emergency and preventive care.   

Wellesley Dental Group is open for dental care. We are safely seeing patients. Our clinical team is wearing the recommended PPE which includes masks, gloves, face shields and gowns including N95 or equivalent masks for more advanced procedures. We continue to require patients and our teams to follow all health and safety protocols including PPE, hand sanitizing, and social distancing. If you have specific questions, please call our office directly.   

WHEN YOU ARRIVE FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT 

  • ALL PATIENTS & COMPANIONS INCLUDING FULLY VACCINATED INDIVIDUALS MUST WEAR A FACE MASK WHEN IN THE PRACTICE. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided to you by our dental team. 
  • We ask that only patients with appointments enter the practice. If a companion is required for your appointment, both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals must wear a mask and social distance.  
  • Use the provided hand sanitizer before checking in.  
  • OSHA and the CDC continue to require daily screenings for ALL VISITORS. Your temperature will be checked and you will be asked specific COVID-19 health screening questions prior to your appointment.   
  •  If you have COVID-19 symptoms, you will be asked to reschedule for a future date. All staff members receive the same screening daily.   
  • Chairs have been placed 6 feet apart and magazines, toys, and beverage machines have been removed from the reception area.  
  • All surfaces are being disinfected including countertops, reception chairs, and door handles.   
  • Please follow all instructions given to you by our staff or outlined on the prominent signs in the office. These are for your safety and the safety of our dental team.   

THE IMPORTANCE OF DENTAL CARE  

Dental care is an important part of maintaining overall health, and regular checkups help ensure small problems don’t become serious dental emergencies. Dental offices have always followed the highest infection control practices, which has been enhanced with all additional CDC recommendations.     

The President of the American Dental Association (ADA), Dr. Klemmedson, stated, "Regular dental visits are important because treatment, as well as prevention of dental disease, helps keep people healthy." He also cited that, "The CDC has not reported any documented transmission of COVID-19 in a clinical dental setting to date (1)."   

For the most up to date information on COVID19 visit CDC.gov 

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.

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

Toothpaste Tablets, a New Trend?

June 18th, 2021

New trends are always interesting to learn about, and one of the latest in the dental world is toothpaste tablets! Toothpaste tablets, also referred to as unpaste, has been in the limelight recently as an alternative to regular toothpaste. This has been particularly popular for consumers who are environmentally conscious and aiming to limit waste, such as from traditional plastic toothpaste tubes.

Toothpaste tablets resemble small mints, and are chewed prior to toothbrushing. They have been made to include typical toothpaste ingredients, including xylitol, calcium carbonate, sodium bicarbonate, and tartaric acid derivatives. Some also include fluoride. In addition, some brands offer vegan and all-natural toothpaste tablets, free of synthetic dyes, sulfates, and other ingredients. Once the tablet is chewed, it will mix with your saliva and create a toothpaste-like substance aimed to help remove food particles and dental plaque.

Toothpaste tablets are advertised to show similar effects as regular toothpaste. However, these tablets have not currently been approved by dental organizations like the American Dental Association (ADA), as more research and data is needed.

Along with their eco-friendly characteristics, other pros to toothpaste tablets include their easy accessibility when on-the-go or traveling. They can even be used without a toothbrush if out and about without one. Plus, they are resistant to temperature differences so they won't dry out like regular toothpastes when leaving the cap off.

Some of the cons to toothpaste tablets include a higher cost when compared to regular toothpaste brands. In addition, toothpaste tablets currently aren't found in many stores, but are starting to make their appearance at certain companies. Also, toothpaste tablets may not be as effective as using regular toothpaste, as it is harder to reach all of the surfaces of your teeth evenly with the tablets as compared to regular toothpaste. This can lead to lack of removal of food on certain teeth which can contribute to dental decay. Furthermore, many of the toothpaste tablets marketed do not contain fluoride, which is a beneficial mineral that helps promote tooth remineralization and fight tooth decay.

Thus, for now, toothpaste tablets may only provide benefit for those who are traveling or are out on the town without access to a traditional fluoride containing toothpaste.

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.dentistryiq.com/dentistry/products/hygiene/article/14203936/toothpaste-tablets-your-next-big-thing?utm_source=DEC_DIQ+Morning+Briefing&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=CPS210524071&o_eid=3760I9143045C2X&rdx.ident%5Bpull%5D=omeda%7C3760I9143045C2X&oly_enc_id=3760I9143045C2X

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.theguardian.com%2Ffashion%2F2021%2Ffeb%2F15%2Fdown-the-tubes-should-you-brush-your-teeth-with-toothpaste-tablets&psig=AOvVaw19n_XHK7DLBvuzWsy0dnAb&ust=1623994560232000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCJix26v5nfECFQAAAAAdAAAAABAE

https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2021/feb/15/down-the-tubes-should-you-brush-your-teeth-with-toothpaste-tablets

What are Those Bumps in my Mouth?

June 7th, 2021

Some people may notice hard bumps when sliding their tongue around the floor of their mouth and/or at the roof of their mouth. Wondering what these are? These bumps are most likely dental tori, which are harmless bony projections that are covered by your gums. Yet, if you are experiencing any pain or detect any areas in your mouth that concern you be sure to let your dentist know to determine the correct diagnosis. Most people live with dental tori for a long time and never notice, until perhaps their dentist informs them.

The bony growths located on the lower jaw are termed mandibular tori, while the ones located on the roof of the mouth are called palatal tori. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) states that 27 out of every 1,000 individuals have tori. To put this into perspective with percentages, the Cleveland Clinic reports that approximately 6% of Americans have mandibular tori, while approximately 20% of Americans have palatal tori. Some people may even notice these bumps located on the upper or lower jaw facing their cheeks, called buccal exostoses.

Individuals can have one bump (torus), or multiple, and they can vary in shape. They can also be found on one side of the jaw or on both sides. Sometimes these bony projections can grow larger slowly overtime.

Dental tori may be a result of many factors, including genetics, age, gender, trauma, or nutritional deficiencies for instance. Tori don't typically cause any trouble, so treatment is often not recommended by dental professionals in many cases. However, if the tori are causing interferences, such as with daily eating or speaking, treatment may be needed. In addition, the tori may be recommended to be removed if they interfere with dental prostheses such as braces or dentures. If tori removal is suggested by your dental professional, typically a maxillofacial surgeon will surgically remove them.

Practicing good oral habits including toothbrushing, flossing, and rinsing with antibacterial mouth rinse can help keep your tori and mouth overall 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/mouth-and-teeth-anatomy/what-are-mandibular-tori

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/threats-to-dental-health/torus-mandibularis-what-you-need-to-know

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.amjmed.com%2Farticle%2FS0002-9343(17)30494-1%2Fabstract&psig=AOvVaw1sLkqGxkZTa9uTbpf6YnWe&ust=1623193581176000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCIjxqsHRhvECFQAAAAAdAAAAABAd

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https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fhealthjade.net%2Ftorus-palatinus%2F&psig=AOvVaw2oajgZyihaKuPs8MO2b0co&ust=1623203753594000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCIiB36v3hvECFQAAAAAdAAAAABA_

World No Tobacco Day!

May 31st, 2021

Today, May 31st marks World No Tobacco Day, which is an annual celebration that aims to educate the world about the harmful consequences of using tobacco. The World Health Organization (WHO) created this observance dating back to 1987 in hopes to fight the tobacco epidemic to help protect individuals and future generations against preventable death and diseases caused by tobacco. This year the theme is ‘Quit tobacco to be a winner.'  Lots of social media campaigns and programs across the world are happening now to help promote quitting smoking.

Quitting smoking can be very hard and you are not alone, but the benefits of doing so are extremely powerful. Now in particular with the presence of COVID-19 and its link to respiratory diseases, it's a perfect time to quit smoking. The WHO reported, "When the news came out that smokers were more likely to develop severe disease with COVID-19 compared to non-smokers, it triggered millions of smokers to want to quit tobacco.”

Take a look at the health benefits of quitting from the WHO:

Tobacco use also plays a significant negative role on ones oral health. Tobacco use can increase the risk of developing oral cancer compared to non-smokers, and can lead to bad breath and stain teeth. Tobacco use is also associated with an increased risk of gum disease. In addition, the FDA reports that smoking can make your body heal slower following procedures such as dental surgery, as it causes carbon monoxide to enter your blood and depletes your body of the oxygen it needs. This can lead to greater risk of having post-operative complications. The damaging effects of using tobacco can be both permanent and life-threatening.

After time away from smoking, study's report that your brain will begin to get used to not smoking, and it will become easier to break the cycle of addiction. Here's some tips to help you quit as soon as possible:

  1. Schedule check-up appointments with your health professionals. See your primary physician and dental professional to help you start fresh and make goals toward quitting. They can provide resources and guide you through your process of quitting. There are also helplines available, such as 1-800-QUIT-NOW.
  2. Start eliminating things tied to your smoking life. Trash your cigarettes, ashtrays, and lighters to help make it easier to not indulge. Also, try to eliminate any triggers that can create cravings.
  3. Switch smoking with healthier oral habits. Chewing sugar-free gum or having nutritious snack items around can help keep you distracted from smoking and be good for your teeth. When you have the desire to smoke, head to brush your teeth instead, which will freshen your breath and help remove smoking stains.
  4. Keep the air fresh. Try to eliminate the aroma of cigarettes to rid the reminder of smoking.

Whether you smoke tobacco or e-cigarettes or chew tobacco, your oral health and overall health are harmed. Plan to quit smoking today! Your dental professional can help you take the necessary steps to get your started on your journey to quitting smoking.

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.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/tobacco-health-benefits-of-smoking-cessation

https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-no-tobacco-day

https://www.firstpost.com/india/world-no-tobacco-day-2021-theme-this-year-is-quit-tobacco-to-be-a-winner-9664371.html

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/threats-to-dental-health/how-to-quit-smoking-and-protect-your-oral-health

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cadca.org%2Fblog%2Fmay-31st-marks-annual-world-no-tobacco-day&psig=AOvVaw1nzL9Ehq7Cp0QCqfgg7kUa&ust=1622296530918000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCNig3NXD7PACFQAAAAAdAAAAABAI

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.who.int%2Fmediacentre%2Fevents%2F2018%2Fworld-no-tobacco-day%2Fen%2F&psig=AOvVaw1nzL9Ehq7Cp0QCqfgg7kUa&ust=1622296530918000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCNig3NXD7PACFQAAAAAdAAAAABAD

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