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Proper Oral Hygiene Can Boost Your Immune System

June 22nd, 2020

Being sick...none of us have time for that. Luckily, our body's immune system is our defense mechanism against harmful bacteria, germs, allergens, and foreign particles that enter our body. That’s why keeping a strong and healthy immune system is key to fighting infectious diseases like COVID-19. Your immune system is a complex system made up of many cells, organs, and tissues that span throughout your entire body, including your oral cavity. In fact, your mouth is generally the first entry point to the rest of your body. Therefore, it’s important to maintain good oral health to help keep your immune system and overall health strong, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

When your immune system is functioning properly, normal oral bacteria and your natural microbiome aren’t typically a dangerous threat. However, when your oral health is not being maintained, bacteria can breakdown your pearly whites and lead to gum disease and inflammation, which can ultimately weaken your immune system. The early stages of gum disease is also known as gingivitis, which can be reversed with proper oral hygiene habits such as brushing twice a day, flossing daily, healthy diet and stress maintenance, and regular dental visits for comprehensive care. Some signs of gingivitis include inflamed gums, presenting with swelling, redness, and possible bleeding. A more severe form of gum disease is known as periodontitis, and the damage is typically irreversible. In periodontal disease, the inflammatory response triggered by bacteria not only impacts your teeth and gums, but also attacks your surrounding oral tissues and bone that hold your teeth in place. If untreated, periodontal disease can lead to both bone and tooth loss. Consequently, your immune system begins to work extra hard to help fight gum disease, and may promote inflammation within other parts of your body. Sadly, an unhealthy mouth has been linked to many systemic health conditions and inflammatory diseases, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, preterm birth, and more! The case for having good oral hygiene undeniably keeps getting stronger. It’s important to keep your mouth healthy to help allow your immune system to be strong for taking care of the rest of your body!

During a pandemic, it’s important to do everything you can to strengthen your immune system. Here are some ways you can help your body stay healthy during these unprecedented times:

  • Minimize stress: Some research suggests that stress can exacerbate inflammatory disease such as gum disease. Try to stay active and keep a healthy diet to help relieve stress.
  • Exercise regularly and stay hydrated
  • Get adequate sleep: It is recommended that most adults need between 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night to function at their best. Children and teens might need more sleep for their growing bodies.
  • Brush your teeth daily
  • Floss daily to remove bacteria between your teeth
  • Wash hands regularly
  • Disinfect high-touch surfaces including bathroom surfaces, toilets, faucets, sinks, tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones and keyboards
  • Wear a mask and practice social distancing
  • Eat a healthy diet heavy with fruits, vegetables, lean meats and healthy fat
  • Visit your dentist regularly for check-ups/professional cleanings/outstanding treatments

It's also important to avoid practices that are harmful to your teeth and body:

  • Avoid smoking
  • Avoid high sugar diets
  • Avoid acidic drinks like soda and energy drinks
  • Drink alcohol in moderation
  • Avoid nail biting, chewing on ice, and using your teeth to open bottles or objects

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.  Our office follows the recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

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. We look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors, and friends.

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.guardiandirect.com/resources/articles/how-good-oral-health-may-help-you-keep-your-immune-system-strong

https://www.colgateprofessional.com/education/patient-education/topics/systemic/why-a-healthy-mouth-is-good-for-your-body

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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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Benefits of Tap Water

October 22nd, 2016

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With the sharp increase in the amount of patients with tooth decay over the last decade, it's important to think of ways to improve your oral health based on your diet and oral health habits.

First, try to avoid sugary and acidic drinks such as fruit juices, energy drinks, sports drinks, or sodas. These kinds of drinks can increase your risk for cavities, since they can lead to tooth erosion. In addition, if you are a parent, you should make sure to stop putting your babies to sleep with a bottle because sugars could stick to their teeth for hours.

Dentists also recommend drinking tap water over bottled water due to the fact that tap water often contains fluoride and that it is usually as safe as other types of water. Drinking tap water is especially important for pregnant women and children whose teeth are still forming.

In addition to healthy eating and drinking habits, you should always maintain a proper oral hygiene routine. Make sure to brush twice a day and floss daily.

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and their newest addition to the team, Dr. Zarah Ali, if you have any thoughts or concerns. 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.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. VanDr. 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.

Resources:

http://www.toledoblade.com/Medical/2016/09/18/Dentist-Water-from-tap-best-bet.html

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Smile for National Smile Month!

June 2nd, 2016

National Smile Month, one of the biggest and oldest campaigns of the United Kingdom that promotes proper oral health, runs from May 16th to June 16th. Each year, more than 50 million people are reached and great improvements are made in the in the UK. 2016 marks the 40th anniversary of the Oral Health Foundation's campaign to spread awareness on oral health issues and highlight three key tips for smile #goals:

  1. Brush at least twice a day (once before going to sleep at night) with fluoride toothpaste
  2. Reduce sugary food and drink intake
  3. Make regular visits to the dentist (as often as recommended)

To support this campaign, Brighton Implant Clinic's Dr. Bruno Silva also shared his top pieces of advice for maintaining a healthy smile:

  1. Use a straw when drinking acidic drinks like coffee and orange juice
  2. Floss to hit the spots you miss when you brush
  3. Avoid chewing on pens or pencils that could contain germs or ice that could damage your enamel
  4. Eat a balanced diet full of fruits, vegetables, starchy food, and protein (which could benefit your overall health as well!)
  5. Use fluoride toothpaste to strengthen enamel and prevent tooth decay
  6. Don't use mouthwash right after brushing - it could rinse off the fluoride from your toothpaste
  7. Cheese is great to prevent acid from hurting your teeth, but avoid dried fruits that can stick to your teeth
  8. Rinse with a fluoride mouthwash before sleeping

The Smile Ambassadors at Wellesley Dental Group are proud to support this campaign and are passionate about promoting proper oral health and increasing awareness on dental issues. In April, Drs. Ali and Ali attended a conference in Toronto led by the AACD (American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry), which leads the AACD Charitable Foundation to help those with dental injuries from domestic and sexual violence rebuild their smiles.

Resources:

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http://www.nationalsmilemonth.org/about-smile-month/

https://www.dentalhealth.org/news/details/914

http://www.dentistry.co.uk/2016/06/01/say-cheese-tips-for-a-photo-perfect-smile/

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When Life Gives You Lemons, Protect Your Enamel

August 30th, 2015

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Lemon water has recently been all the rage for several celebrities, and health and fitness lovers. Many individuals reportedly start their morning off with a glass of hot lemon water to cleanse their systems.

It's true, lemon water does have its own perks, including its ability to help with digestion, the immune system, and even with weight loss. Also, lemons are loaded with important nutrients, including vitamin C, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, and fiber. However, as refreshing as it may sound, drinking lemon water daily could cause enamel erosionUnfortunately, lemons are highly acidic, containing a pH between 2 and 3, which ultimately can lead to wear and tear on your enamel and eventually result in tooth decay. When the enamel erodes, the underlying dentin becomes exposed, which may result in painful sensitivity to hot and cold foods. Enamel erosion also makes the teeth appear hollowed and yellow. Although diluted, a daily habit of drinking lemon water can cause enamel erosion just like many other acidic foods and beverages.

Sipping on acidic beverages throughout the day should be avoided at all costs. If you do happen to find yourself drinking an acidic beverage, using a straw can help lower the chance of the liquid coming in contact with your teeth. In addition to brushing, rinsing, and flossing, chewing a piece of sugarless gum can also help get rid of the acidic residue from your teeth. Consuming dairy products and drinking water throughout the day can also help wash away acid and prevent dry mouth.

It is important not to brush your teeth immediately after drinking wine, lemon juice, or other acidic beverages due to the harmful combination of the acid and toothpaste that can soften enamel. It is recommended to rinse your mouth with water after consuming acidic liquids and to wait approximately one hour before brushing your teeth.

While hot water with lemon may be a fashionable way to start the day, dentists are warning it can ruin teeth

Individuals who suffer from bulimia or acid reflux are also at a high risk of developing enamel erosion. When the stomach acid travels to the mouth, it is powerful enough to wear down the enamel on your teeth. It is necessary to get help right away.

Take your dental health into consideration when choosing what foods and beverages to include in your diet. Remember, once enamel is gone, you can't get it back! Make sure that you follow good oral health habits in order to preserve your enamel for a lifetime of healthy teeth.

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 and consultation.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. VanDr. Emad is happy to help with your orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs Dr. Ghazi would be more than willing to help.

References:

http://www.foodworldnews.com/articles/33583/20150824/drinking-a-glass-of-water-with-lemon-every-morning-could-ruin-teeth.htm

http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/11-benefits-lemon-water-you-didnt-know-about.html

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Summertime in the City: What's Healthy and What's Not

June 2nd, 2015

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June is finally here and it will be hard for many of us to resist a cold drink on a hot summer day. With the many family barbecues and outings, you're sure to be in for a treat this summer. During the warmer months, there are many tasty foods and drinks at our convenience. However, some of these items aren’t so tooth-friendly. As we all know, it is important to limit the amount of sugary foods and drinks we intake to ensure a healthy smile. For the health of your mouth, which links to your overall health, try adding these healthy options to your plate and glass this summer:

Drink, Drink, and Drink more water:

A nice glass of water can be a refreshing drink as you relax by the poolside. Water is important for staying hydrated, especially when your active and the sun is shining. Your smile will also thank you if you rinse your mouth with water after meals. Water, particularly tap water, even has the benefit of containing fluoride.

Watermelon:

Watermelon, made of 92% water, is another tasty  and healthy snack that will keep you hydrated this summer. It contains  lycopene, which helps keep skin protected. Also, many foods that are mainly composed of water have fewer calories. Your kids may even enjoy making watermelon popsicles!

Milk:

Milk is a great alternative to sugary drinks because it has been found to reduce levels of acid produced by plaque bacteria. Milk helps remineralize teeth by providing calcium to keep your teeth strong.

Sugar-Free Gum:

Chewing sugar-free gum can help to stimulate saliva flow and ultimately help to wash away left behind foods. However, it is not clear whether or not xylitol, commonly found in sugar-free gum, actually lowers the risk of developing dental cavities.

Strawberries:

Strawberries are in season and packed with healthy ingredients. Strawberries contain malic acid, which is known to whiten enamel. They also contain many antioxidants and vitamin C, which can help to regulate blood pressure and cholesterol, and promote eye health.

Cheese:

Cheese is full of calcium, the protein casein, and vitamin D, all good for the health of your teeth. Researchers have discovered that cheese helps increases the pH levels of dental plaque, helping to reduce tooth decay.

Pears:

Pears contain a wealth of fiber that will benefit your teeth. They help to produce saliva and lower plaque levels in the mouth.

Apples:

Crispy apples are full of vitamins and nutrients. Full of water and lots of fiber, apples help to scrub and clean the surface of your teeth.

Vegetables:

Veggies ranging from carrots rich in Vitamin A to dark leafy greens rich in iron, can make a great snack to chew on. Including vegetables in your diet is essential for the health of your teeth and body.

Cranberries:

Research has suggested that cranberries help lower the risk of cavities by helping to keep plaque from sticking to teeth. But, you may want to pay attention to the labels on cranberry products, as many of them can contain added sugars to compensate for their naturally tart flavor.

 

Some foods and drinks that are hard-to-resist, but should be avoided to keep strong and healthy teeth, include:

 

Soft Drinks, Sports Drinks, Sweet Tea, and Juice: Drinking a cold soda may sound refreshing, but it is damaging to tooth enamel. It can also dehydrate your body and make you feel more thirsty. Even sports drinks, artificially sweetened drinks, and concentrated fruit juice contain sugars for the bacteria in dental plaque to feed on and produce harmful acids. The acid then tears away at tooth enamel and can eventually lead to tooth decay. Highly acidic drinks can even cause heartburn and stomach pain. Sipping on these drinks throughout the day rather than at meal times should also be avoided because saliva production is not at its peak. Saliva is important for washing away bacteria and food particles.

Ice Cream:

The many flavors of ice cream are delicious, but unfortunately is full of sugar. Some individuals may also experience tooth sensitivity. Sensitive teeth results when the dentin underneath tooth enamel becomes exposed. This can cause pain, but can be treated. If you do have a taste for ice cream, try and select ice cream with less sugar.

Citrus Fruits:

As we all know, limes, lemons, oranges, and grapefruits are very acidic. These fruits contain citric acid and can be damaging to teeth if consumed frequently.

Vinegar:

A common practice, but an unhealthy one, is to mix vegetables with vinegar. This acidic combination can erode tooth enamel. Pickles are also very acidic.

Granola and Energy Bars:

These items may appear to be good for teeth, but often the dried fruit and other ingredients can be sticky, chewy, and hard to get off of teeth.

Candy: 

We all know that candy contains a lot of sugar, and should be avoided for the protection of your smile.

 

It is important to remember that if you do choose some of the not-so-healthy foods and beverages, consume them in moderation. Also, avoid snacking between meals, as acids can stick around for up to 20 minutes after eating. Not to mention, be mindful of the dyes used in many foods and beverages that can cause tooth discoloration. Practice good oral health habits and lean more towards a tooth-friendly diet.

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 and consultation.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. VanDr. Emad is happy to help with your orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs Dr. Ghazi would be more than willing to help.

References:

http://www.therabreath.com/articles/blog/fresh-breath-happenings/teeth-friendly-summer-food-ideas-34659.asp

http://greatist.com/health/healthy-teeth-foods

http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-watermelon-popsicles-10713

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New Year's Resolutions for Dental Health

December 31st, 2014

The start of the New Year is just a few hours away. 2015 is full of new beginnings and promises! The New Year is a great time to make a resolution’s list and make changes that will enhance your health! Oral health is extremely important, as it plays a huge role in our overall health. Make oral health a part of your New Year’s resolutions this upcoming year! Here are several ways to help keep your teeth healthy and strong in 2015:

1. Throw away old toothbrushes: Make sure to change your toothbrush! Worn bristles do not do an effective job of cleaning. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends switching your old toothbrush for a new one every three months. Sometimes the bristles can get worn down sooner than 3 months and should be tossed out when appropriate.

 

2.  Use Mouthguards for protection when involved in sports: Mouthguards should be used at all ages to protect your mouth, face, teeth, and jaws from injury, especially in contact sports. Mouthguards help prevent traumas including fractures, chipped teeth, tooth loss, and much more.

 

3. Eat healthy foods and less sugar: A healthy diet promotes strong teeth. Fruits and vegetables contain many antioxidants and vitamins that help improve teeth and gums by fighting bacteria and inflammation. Also, dairy contains vitamin B12 and calcium, which help remineralize teeth. Avoid sodas and other acidic and sugary drinks and foods, which damage the enamel on teeth. Added sugar in coffee and tea can also be a less obvious source of tooth decay.

 

4. Quit Smoking: Tobacco products negatively impact your overall health and oral health too! Smoking increases your risk for tooth discoloration, tooth decay, gum recession, periodontal disease, oral cancer, and other diseases.

 

5. Improve Brushing and Flossing Habits: Brushing and flossing keeps teeth protected from many oral health problems including tooth decay, gingivitis, and periodontal disease. Flossing is equally important as brushing because it removes plaque from teeth in hard-to-reach areas. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends brushing teeth at least twice a day for two minutes each time, and flossing at least once a day.

 

Healthy resolutions can keep your smile brighter and healthier in the coming year!

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 and consultation.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. Kim or Dr.PradhanDr. Emad is happy to help with your orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs Dr. Ghazi would be more than willing to help.

References:

http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/ColgateNewandNow/Personal/2014/January/article/SW-281474979258123.cvsp

http://www.nj.com/helpinghands/deltadental/index.ssf/2014/12/5_ways_to_put_oral_health_on_y.html

http://www.ada.org/en/about-the-ada/ada-positions-policies-and-statements/statement-on-toothbrush-care-cleaning-storage-and-

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Soothe a Burnt Tongue!

September 13th, 2014

At some point or another, it has happened to the best of us! Taking a mouthful of our morning hot coffee or biting into a meal straight from the oven, resulting in a burnt tongue. A burnt tongue can be a rough way to start the day. Burning your tongue can destroy taste buds, which is why often other meals taste strange after the incident. No need to worry, taste buds regenerate about every two weeks!

Fortunately, a few home remedies can relieve the temporary discomfort:

  • Grab something cold! Placing an ice cube or Popsicle on your tongue can help soothe the pain. Even a cold drink will eliminate the warm sensation on your tongue. Applying something cold for simply a minute can help reduce inflammation.
  • Have a cup of yogurt. Letting yogurt sit on your tongue for a few seconds before swallowing can help cool off your tongue.
  • Sugar will do the trick! Interestingly, sprinkling a pinch of white sugar on a burnt tongue and letting it dissolve can have a soothing effect on your tongue’s nerves.
  • Eat a spoonful of honey. Honey is a naturally substance that will have your tongue feeling better in no time.
  • Vitamin E oil can help make your experience better by allowing the tongue tissue to regenerate quickly.
  • Apply aloe vera! If the taste doesn’t bother you, try using aloe vera gel from the plant, rather than from store-bought cream. Unless specified for oral use, burn creams should not be used in the mouth, as they may be toxic if ingested.
  • Suck on a cough drop that contains benzocaine, menthol or phenol. These ingredients, which can also be found in some mouthwashes, can help numb your tongue and relive pain.

Avoid citrus fruits, sodas, and other acidic items, as well as salty foods such as potato chips. These foods and drinks tend to irritate the affected area and aren't good for teeth! If the pain is very bad, try taking over-the-counter medicine, such as  acetaminophen or ibuprofen to reduce inflammation. Most importantly, be careful! Don’t underestimate the temperature of foods and beverages, as they can cause a burn on your tongue, mouth, or even your lips. Luckily, even though a mild burn of the tongue can be annoying, the burning sensation will eventually go away. However, if you are experiencing a severe burn, seek a medical professional. In addition, if the burning sensation on your tongue occurs without having burnt it on hot foods or drinks or by any other means, you may have burning mouth syndrome.

Burning mouth syndrome is a relatively common problem that is linked to many factors. Symptoms include experiencing a daily burning sensation in the mouth and dry mouth. Although the causes and prevention methods for burning mouth syndrome are not entirely known, possible causes include:

  • Damage to nerves
  • Hormonal changes, such as during menopause
  • Dry mouth
  • Allergies
  • Vitamin deficiencies
  • Acid reflux
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Poorly-fitting dentures
  • Certain medications
  • Diabetes
  • Teeth grinding

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 and consultation.

References:

http://www.healthline.com/health/tongue-burn#Prevention9

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/picture-of-the-tongue

http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/oralhealth/Topics/Burning/BurningMouthSyndrome.htm

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Do You Have a Teething Toddler?

August 3rd, 2014

The teething process is often an uncomfortable and challenging experience for toddlers. However, for some toddlers, teething can be painless! The severity of teething symptoms often varies from child to child. In general, your child’s first teeth may arrive any time between 3 months and 12 months of age. The first teeth to come in are usually the two lower front teeth, also known as the central incisors. In about 1 to 2 months following the lower front teeth, the four front upper teeth, also known as the central and lateral incisors, typically appear. When your child reaches about 3 years old, all 20 primary teeth may be present!

Primary teeth may seem insignificant because they’re temporary, but they're key in the development of healthy permanent teeth. Your child’s primary teeth not only help  with chewing, but also with speaking clearly! It is important to start taking care of your child’s primary teeth as soon as they become visible.

Certain symptoms of teething are common during the arrival of your child’s first teeth.  It’s normal for them to drool excessively, and have a desire to chew on hard objects to relieve pain. To reduce your child’s risk of developing a rash or experiencing irritation from the drool, wipe your baby’s mouth regularly.  Also, it is important to keep hazardous objects out of their reach and to keep their toys sanitized. To prevent your child from putting unsanitary items in their mouth, offer teething rings, cold vegetables, or a cold washcloth. Also, make sure to wash your child’s hands regularly, just in case they decide to put them in their mouth too!

Some toddlers may become irritable and out of sorts as their teeth arrive. This pain may result in more crying, and disrupted sleep and eating patterns. Although inflamed gums could cause a slight raise in your child’s temperature, check with your physician if your child has a severe fever or diarrhea, as they are not considered typical symptoms of teething.

No need to worry! Teething is a normal process that can be made less painful. Here are some tips on how to ease your child's discomfort and keep their primary teeth healthy:

 

Gently rub your child's gums.  

Using a cold spoon or washcloth to gently wipe your child's gums can ease some of their pain. It is especially important to wipe your child's gums after they've eaten and before going to sleep to prevent from tooth-decay.

 

Provide your child with cold foods.  

Try feeding your child cold and soft foods that don’t involve chewing, such as yogurt and applesauce.

 

Avoid filling your baby's bottle with fruit juices or other sugary beverages.

It is extremely important to keep your child hydrated! However, stay away from acidic and sugary drinks, as they can lead to baby bottle tooth decay! Prevent cavities by filling your baby's bottle with breast milk or water.

 

Use a toothbrush and water once the first tooth arrives. 

Choose a soft toothbrush to gently brush your child's primary teeth.

 

Schedule regular dental visits for your child.

Typically, a child’s first dental visit should be within six months after the first tooth arrives, but no later than the child’s first birthday.

 

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 and consultation.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. Kim or Dr.PradhanDr. Emad is happy to help with your orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs Dr. Ghazi would be more than willing to help.

References:

http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/t/teething

http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/ColgateNewandNow/Family/2014/February/article/SW-281474979270690.cvsp

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National Smile Month is Here!

June 8th, 2014

Can you believe the month of June came this quickly? It’s already time to celebrate National Smile Month! A smile is a human’s most powerful gesture. Believe it or not, smiling plays a huge role in your overall health. Smiling lowers blood pressure and improves your immune system. Smiling  also makes you appear more attractive, younger, trustworthy, personable, and even successful.

It’s often difficult to frown when looking at someone who’s smiling, because it’s contagious! This is one explanation as to why many individuals often feel happier around children. On average, children smile 400 times a day. Smiling at someone cannot only help relieve their stress, but also boost your mood at the same time.

Smiling changes your brain chemistry. Smiling leads to a decrease in the stress-induced hormones that have a negative impact on your physical and mental health. Every time you smile, endorphins and serotonin are released, which are natural pain relievers. British researchers discovered that one smile could produce the same level of brain stimulation as up to 2,000 bars of chocolate, without you having to incur any calories! Smiling has also been found to be similar to getting a good night’s rest.

National Smile Month is a great opportunity to remind your family and friends about the importance of a healthy smile. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, 42% of children ages 2 to 11 have had dental caries in their primary teeth. Summer is the perfect season to focus on practicing good oral health habits that will ultimately improve you and your family's overall health.

To keep your family’s smiles beautiful and healthy, remember to keep these essential oral hygiene habits in mind:

  • Brush at least twice a day
  • Floss and rinse daily to eliminate hidden food particles
  • Maintain a well-balanced diet
  • Drink fluoridated water
  • Schedule regular dental visits

Smiling is the best free resource to improve your health, stress level, and lifespan!

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 and consultation.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. Kim or Dr.PradhanDr. Emad is happy to help with your orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs Dr. Ghazi would be more than willing to help.

References:

http://www.nationalsmilemonth.org

http://www.nhsggc.org.uk/content/default.asp?page=s1835_4

http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/DataStatistics/FindDataByTopic/DentalCaries/DentalCariesChildren2to11

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Sports Drinks Damage Teeth

May 9th, 2012

Did you know that there is a strong correlation between sports drinks/energy drinks and tooth enamel damage? The Academy of General Dentistry has learned just how harmful these beverages are after completing a lengthy study. Over the years, children and teens have drunk an increasing number of sports drinks, which is leading to early tooth decay.

Various brands and types of drinks were tested, such as Gatorade, Powerade, Propel, Fuze, Monster, and Red Bull. Several factors were considered, such as the frequency of consumption, the sugar content, acidic properties, etc.

The AGD found that both sports drinks and energy drinks have acidic content, sugar, and more that contributes to the breakdown of tooth enamel. Frequent consumption of these beverages can lead to serious oral problems. You can read the study in full here.

Acidic Drinks and Tooth Erosion

May 2nd, 2012

Have you ever taken a moment to think about what soda is doing to your teeth? Dentists have talked about the damaging effects of soda and other sugary, carbonated drinks on teeth for a long time. However, people still consume too much of them on a daily basis.

Research also shows that acidic fruit juice, such as orange juice, and energy drinks are just as corrosive to enamel. Constant consumption bathes the teeth in a sugary, acidic mixture that strips away tooth enamel over time.

What’s important to remember about enamel erosion is that it’s far more dangerous than decay. This is because by drinking these harmful beverages, you are exposing teeth to its corrosive properties all at once. Serious break down of the teeth can occur and may result in crowns or dentures depending on the severity.

You don’t have to give up these types of drinks all together. Like anything, moderation is key. There are techniques you can implement to help minimize erosion.

1. If you drink the acidic beverage all at once, instead of sipping it all day, you won’t constantly bathe teeth in acid or excess sugar.

2. By using a straw, you avoid having the liquid wash your teeth in the harmful acid and sugar.

3. Rinse your mouth with water after consuming acidic or sugary beverages.

4. Make a healthier choice and opt for water.

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