11th Annual Candy Drive

Breaking New Records: Thank You for Another Successful Candy Drive

November 13th, 2018

Our team at Wellesley Dental Group is extremely grateful for another successful community candy drive, which could not have been possible without YOU, our community! The 11th Annual Candy Drive for the Troops was even bigger and better this year. For more than a decade our communities have gathered together for this sweet celebration to collect thousands of pounds of candy, a load of thoughtful messages, and oral hygiene kits, that will be sent to the U.S. troops overseas to express our gratitude for all that they do to keep us safe. We are so thankful for the generosity that our community organizations, businesses, schools and school children have shown through their keen participation in this cause - we couldn’t have done it without you all!

[caption id="attachment_10872" align="alignleft" width="402"] A record-breaking 12,238 pounds of candy![/caption]

This year we had an enormous amount of participation. Our hour-long community press event took place on November 9th at 10 am, at our office (5 Seaward Road, Wellesley). We had 13,749 students involved and we collected 12,238 pounds of candy from over 43 schools, and numerous other individuals and organizations. We are honored to promote bridging our communities together for a good cause and to celebrate the spirit of giving.

For those who were unable to attend or who would like a recap of the celebration, check out our video coverage here.

Also, check out some unforgettable moments of the event:

Candy Collection: November 1st-8th

Following Halloween, tons of candy and heartfelt notes began pouring into our office, so much so that we needed a U-Haul to store it all! This awesome initiative began out of a desire to encourage children to eat less candy and instill in them the spirit of sharing. In 2016 we collected 8,600 pounds of candy, and nearly 10,000 pounds of candy in 2017. This year we broke a new record with 12,238 pounds of candy! You may be wondering what will be done with that much candy. We are thankful to work with CarePacks, a non-profit organization that over the years has sent out over 30,000 packages to U.S. troops overseas. On November 17th, 2018 they will be sending out over 500 packages out with the candy, oral hygiene supplies, and caring cards from the community’s donations. We can only imagine how much the troops will smile at the beautiful handwritten cards.

[caption id="attachment_10876" align="aligncenter" width="806"] Heartwarming hand written notes for U.S. troops[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_10880" align="aligncenter" width="727"] CarePacks, a non-profit organization dedicated to sending care packages to US deployed troops around the world.[/caption]

 

Community and Press Event: November 9th

The grand celebration took place on a beautiful fall day where the community gathered to pay homage to our troops and take a couple of dives into the giant mountain of candy!

We’d like to give special thanks to rising star, Evan Lariviere, who beautifully sang the National Anthem; Rick from CarePacks who spoke about the history of this tradition of giving to the troops; Alice Peisch, Massachusetts State Representative, who spoke about the impact and power of the community’s service to others; The Wellesley High School Keynote Singers, led by Dr. Kevin McDonald, who sang a touching rendition of America the Beautiful; And Wellesley Media for capturing these highlights from our event.

 

[caption id="attachment_10892" align="aligncenter" width="746"] Evan Lariviere singing the National Anthem paying tribute to our U.S. troops[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_10871" align="aligncenter" width="724"] Wellesley High School participants at the Community Press Event[/caption]

We also had some friendly competition among the schools. The office awarded a grand prize of $1000 to the school PTO that donated the most candy based on a specific algorithm considering the number of students per school and the number of pounds of candy collected per student. This year’s first place winner was  Hardy Elementary School in Wellesley (Both children of Dr. Femina and Dr. Ejaz Ali, Zann Ali and Dr. Zarah Ali, attended Hardy Elementary School)! Second place went to Broadmeadow Elementary in Needham, and third to Fiske Elementary School in Wellesley. Congratulations to all participants, your generosity will touch the lives of many, and for this we are very appreciative.

[caption id="attachment_10866" align="aligncenter" width="810"] This year's first place winner of the $1,000 prize, Hardy Elementary School in Wellesley. Congratulations![/caption]

A huge thank you to everyone that participated and to our amazing Wellesley Dental Group team for all of their hard work.

For more information, check out the Wellesley Dental Group Facebook page!

A Special Thank You to the following Participants:

[caption id="attachment_10878" align="aligncenter" width="664"] We did it- Another successful Candy Drive thanks to You![/caption]

Happy Halloween!

October 31st, 2018

The haunted holiday has arrived. Happy Halloween from our team at WDG to you and your family! We hope that you have a safe and fun day filled with nice tricks or treats. Halloween can be a great time to teach or remind children about the importance of taking care of their teeth since lots of sugary goodies will be collected. The main goal is to let children know that candy and sweet treats in excess and without proper oral hygiene can lead to cavities. After a days worth of collecting treats, you may be wondering what to do with the surplus of Halloween candy. Consider donating it to our deployed troops at our 11th annual Candy Drive.  This grand celebration started with the goal of instilling the selfless spirit of giving in children, and helping them learn how to balance a healthy diet and manage their oral health and physical health.

To help prevent cavities, try setting a time of day to eat Halloween candy to avoid continuous snacking throughout the day. Also, even though rushing to the bathroom to brush your teeth after eating sweet treats may sound like a good idea, it's actually best to wait at least 30 minutes before brushing. You should, however, drink water immediately. Since acidic and sugary foods can cause your enamel to soften, brushing too soon after can further damage the tooth enamel while it's in a weakened state. It is important to help or watch your child brush their teeth to ensure that they are brushing correctly. Don't forget to replace toothbrushes every 3-4 months and use a toothpaste that contains fluoride. Fluoride helps fight cavities and remineralize tooth enamel.

Also, be careful when getting dressed and made up for trick-or-treating. Avoid using mascara on teeth to represent a missing tooth and instead opt for blackout wax.

Most of all, have fun this Halloween! Checkout our recent blog here on tips to having a successful Halloween.

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and their newest addition to the team, Dr. Zarah Ali, if you have any thoughts or concerns. Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. Van. Dr. Emad is happy to help with your orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other periodontal or oral surgery needs, Dr. Ghazi would be more than willing to help.

The caring team at Wellesley Dental Group will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation.

References:

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/life-stages/childrens-oral-care/four-halloween-tips-for-oral-care-1015

https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/features/5-tricks-for-dealing-with-halloween-treats#1

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Treats are Tricky: Tips for Halloween

October 25th, 2018

Halloween can be a scary time of year. There's lots of spooky costumes and decorations that can give us all the chills. Not to mention the famous question, "Trick or Treat?" Most people opt for the delicious treats and often have a huge stash of candy that lasts beyond the holiday. But, what you may not have been aware of is the scary effects of all the treats being passed out that can impact your teeth! Normal bacteria in the mouth thrive off of the sugar within Halloween candy and in turn produce acid that cause tooth decay. Not to worry though, it's okay to indulge in a little Halloween candy but make sure you know these tips and tricks to help you and your family keep your pearly whites healthy. With your leftover candy, we'd love for you to come participate in our 11th Annual Candy Drive from November 1st to 8th at the Wellesley Dental Group (5 Seaward Road, Wellesley). We are gathering our communities together to collect thousands of pounds of candy, a ton of thoughtful messages, and oral hygiene kits, which will be sent to the U.S. troops as a thanks for all that they do to keep us safe. Check out our flyer here. We will be hosting a community and press event on the November 9th, from 10 am to 11 am, also at our office in Wellesley where a cash prize will be given to the PTO of the school that contributes the highest amount of candy. If you have questions or queries about how you can join hands with us for this great cause, or to RSVP for the community event, send us an email at candydrive@wellesleydentalgroup.com, or call us at 781-237-9071.

1. Eat Halloween candy with meals

Interestingly, the timing of when you eat candy makes a difference. It's better to eat Halloween candy with meals or shortly after eating a meal because there is more saliva production. Saliva helps wash away food particles and neutralize the acids produced by bacteria. Chewing sugarless gum can also help increase saliva flow and wash out leftover foods in the mouth.

2. Pick and choose your candy

It's better to stay away from hard and sticky candies (ex: caramels, gummy bears) that can linger in your mouth for long periods of time. The longer sugary foods are in your mouth, the greater risk of tooth decay. Chocolate is often a better option as it is washed away quickly in the mouth.

3. Stay hydrated with water

Consuming fluoridated water can help prevent tooth decay and is especially good to rinse with after consuming candy.

Most importantly, make sure to practice good oral hygiene by brushing, flossing, and visiting the dentist regularly.

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and their newest addition to the team, Dr. Zarah Ali, if you have any thoughts or concerns. Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. Van. Dr. Emad is happy to help with your orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other periodontal or oral surgery needs, Dr. Ghazi would be more than willing to help.

The caring team at Wellesley Dental Group will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation.

References:

https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/h/halloween-candy-survival-guide

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/basics/nutrition-and-oral-health/ada-10-tooth-friendly-halloween

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