American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

Celebrating Children's Dental Health Month

February 4th, 2020

This month we are brought together with countless dental professionals, educators, healthcare providers, and the community at-large to celebrate National Children’s Dental Health Month! The goal of this annual campaign from the American Dental Association (ADA) is to promote and teach good oral hygiene and habits to children and their village. Each year a new theme is released in celebration. The 2020 slogan focuses on the benefits of Fluoride for the health of children's teeth in honor of 75 years of water fluoridation: “Fluoride in water prevents cavities! Get it from the tap”!

Throughout the years research has consistently shown that ideal levels of fluoride in community water is both safe and effective. It has been found to help lower the risk of tooth decay by at least 25% in both children and adults. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), community water fluoridation is considered one of the top 10 public health achievements of the 20th century!

Dating back to the 1930's it was found that Fluoride, a natural occurring mineral, played an important role in cavity prevention. Water fluoridation was first introduced on January 25, 1945 and started first in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

It is important to instill healthy habits early to ensure a lifelong smile! Children should receive their first dental exam no later than their first birthday, according to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD). Tell your dentist if your notice your child doing certain habits, including thumb-sucking.

Check out the National Children’s Dental Health Month website, ADA.org/ncdhm, for free flyers, resources for good oral health, and fun activities for children. Sometimes it can feel like pulling teeth trying to get your child to brush and floss regularly. But not to worry, here are some tips to get your child excited about perfecting their oral health: Help show your child that brushing can be fun! Get into a routine and make it a habit to brush. Sing songs that last two minutes to help them get into the rhythm of brushing effectivley. Let them know the importance of brushing to help eliminate "sugar bugs," or bacteria, which lead to tooth decay. Your child may also be excited to brush when they pick out their favorite toothbrush and toothpaste. Teach them how to floss early in life so that they can develop it as a lifelong habit. In addition, promote a healthy diet by limiting the amounts of sugary beverages and snacks. Most importantly, don't give up! Teaching children about good oral hygiene habits is necessary for their overall health.

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.ada.org/en/publications/ada-news/2019-archive/october/national-childrens-dental-health-month-to-celebrate-water-fluoridation-in-2020

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/basics/fluoride/fluoride-varnish-toddlers

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/basics/fluoride/why-use-fluoride-for-children-0813

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/life-stages/infant-kids/national-childrens-dental-health-month-five-ways-to-celebrate-0214

https://www.apha.org/fluoridation

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The Hard Hitting Truth: Play Safe!

April 15th, 2019

As the sun begins to peak through the clouds and warmer weather approaches, it is a concern for many parents to protect their little ones from injuries as they gear up for outdoor activities this spring. In fact, this time of the year numerous patients suffer with head, mouth, and facial injuries because of sports accidents. Did you know, according to research published in the Journal of American Dental Association, teeth injured from a traumatic accident may never completely heal? This could result in extra dental treatment costs and long-term problems within the oral cavity. Luckily, with the right equipment and information, these accidents can be prevented and your smile can remain safe and sound! Each April, National Facial Protection Month, sponsored by the Academy for Sports DentistryAmerican Academy of Pediatric DentistryAmerican Academy of PediatricsAmerican Dental AssociationAmerican Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and the American Association of Orthodontists, reminds us to play hard, smart, and safe by taking the necessary safety measures to prevent sports-related accidents.

Prevention is key, take a look at how you can protect your pearly whites, and what you need to do if an accident does occur:

Approximately 80 percent of dental trauma occurs on the upper two front teeth. Unfortunately, mouthguard use in sports is very low, with about 67% of parents reporting that their child does not use a mouthguard. In addition, 27% of the same surveyed parents reported that their child had an emergency room visit due to a sports-related accident.

Baseball, soccer, basketball and football make up a good majority (80%) of sports-related emergency room visits for kids aged between 5 and 14, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, facial injuries can occur at any age and regardless of the sport!

Mouthguards are known to protect your face, and lower the risk of broken teeth and damage to the lips, tongue, jaw, and surrounding structures of the face. Your teeth are at a 60% higher risk of being damaged when a mouthguard is not worn for protection. Therefore, make sure that all who participate in sports or recreational activities own and wear a fitted mouthguard.

Take a look at the different types of mouthguards available:

Custom-made Mouthguard:

A custom-made mouthguard is made by the dentist to the exact fit of your mouth. As a result, it provides the most protection and comfort, but is typically more expensive than the store-bought mouthguards. It covers all of the surfaces of the teeth and cushions the jaw.

Boil and Bite Mouthguard:

Boil-and-Bite mouthguards are placed in boiling water and then placed on the teeth to form the exact shape. It can be found at sports stores and other department stores. It is, however, less comfortable than the custom-made mouthguard and often wears down quicker and needs to be replaced often.

Commercial Mouthguard:

Found at several department stores, commercial mouthguards are the least expensive, but is the least effective because it cannot be shaped to the exact fit of your mouth. It is made out of rubber or polyvinyl and comes in generic small, medium, and large sizes.

Be sure to keep your mouthguard clean by rinsing and brushing it to remove any bacteria build up on the mouth guard.

If you or your child happen to be injured in the mouth, here's what you need to know:

Fractured/Broken tooth

  • If your tooth chips or falls out and you can find the broken piece, store it immediately preferably in Hanks Balanced Salt Solution, or in milk, or water. You can also try to gently push an extruded tooth back into the socket after carefully rinsing. See your dentist immediately within 1 hour because time is critical if it can be placed back in position. When handling the tooth only hold it by the crown and not at the root.

Facial cuts

  • Cover the wound with a clean dressing and apply pressure. Visit an emergency room if wounds are severe.

Cuts within the mouth

  • Rinse the mouth gently with cold water and apply pressure to cut with gauze. Immediately seek emergency care to evaluate for jaw injury. If you notice swelling, apply ice. Also, stick to soft food diet. Seek dental care or medical attention if to improvement occurs after a day.

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. DerekDr. Emad is happy to help with your orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs Dr. Stephens would be more than willing to help.

Save your Child from the Most Common Chronic Childhood Disease

March 16th, 2019

Parents try their hardest to keep their kids from experiencing harm and pain. It can be heartbreaking to see your child or loved one suffer from tooth aches and tooth decay. No matter the age, babies, kids, teens, adults, and elders can unfortunately develop dental cavities. It is commonly known that tooth decay develops as bacteria feed off of the left-over food particles on our teeth by producing acids that wear down tooth enamel. But, you may be wondering, "how is tooth decay possible for babies who aren't even consuming solid foods?" You may have heard of the term, baby bottle tooth decay, which is a leading factor for a high rate of cavities in babies who particularly go to sleep with a bottle of milk or juice in their crib.  Milk, which we know to be good for bone growth and development, does contain sugar so when it is constantly in contact on baby teeth throughout the night, it can lead to the development of cavities and future oral health problems for little ones. Baby bottle tooth decay can also be a sign that nutrients and natural healthy bacteria that help fight cavities may be out of balance in your child. When baby teeth become decayed, not only can it affect incoming permanent teeth, but also can negatively impact chewing, drinking, speaking, and the growth of the mouth. The decay may present itself with this appearance:

It is therefore important to develop good oral hygiene habits and nutritional diet from a early age.  Our oral microbiome, or the normal friendly bacteria within our mouths, are needed to help us fight infections and keep the harmful bacteria from attacking our immune system. For instance, Streptococcus mutans, is typically the main bacterial culprit in causing tooth decay. Babies often get a load of healthy probiotics through breastfeeding and gains vitamins including A, D, and K through breastmilk.

We must encourage our children to eat healthy and also monitor their brushing and oral habits to help ensure strong teeth and a healthier overall body. For children under the age of 3, a smear of fluoride toothpaste on a child sized toothbrush is recommended for toothbrushing.

It is recommended that your child have their first dental visit by age 1 or within 6 months of their first baby tooth erupting. This is very important as the enamel of baby teeth is not as strong as adult's. Be sure to see if the community you live in has fluoridated water. Fluoride, which can be applied at dental visits, and found in toothpastes, and natural water, helps fight tooth decay and remineralize tooth enamel. In addition, try to switch your child from a bottle to a regular cup as soon as possible because the liquid is less likely to sit for a long time on teeth.

If your child has extensive tooth decay but the tooth is still deemed restorable by the dentist, stainless steel crowns are the recommended treatment option by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Otherwise, extraction and space maintenance may be required.  Losing a baby tooth earlier than expected can lead to crowding when the permanent teeth come in, as well as other oral issues. Tooth decay can also surprisingly be passed from the mother or caregiver to an infant or child through saliva. Be sure to keep feeding utensils and pacifiers clean.

Save your child from experiencing tooth pain, trouble sleeping, oral infections, growth issues, and time away from school for additional dental treatments that could be prevented.

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. DerekDr. Emad is happy to help with your orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs Dr. Stephens would be more than willing to help.

References:

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/life-stages/infant-oral-care/treatment-for-baby-bottle-tooth-decay-0414

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/teething-tooth-care/Pages/How-to-Prevent-Tooth-Decay-in-Your-Baby.aspx

https://www.khaleejtimes.com/news/uae-health/save-your-kid-from-tooth-decay

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Welcome Home Dr. Van Orenstein!

March 2nd, 2015

© Leise Jones Photography 2014Van Orenstein, D.M.D.  — The caring team at Wellesley Dental Group is excited to welcome our Pediatric Dentist, Dr. Van Orenstein! He is a native of Massachusetts, having been raised in Newton, where he attended the Newton North High School. He then went on to complete his undergraduate studies at the University of Vermont. Before returning to Massachusetts, Dr. Van covered a lot of distance! He attended dental school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and then completed a pediatric dental residency at the University of California, Los Angeles. Now, he is finally back home!

Dr. Van is an active and outstanding member of the dental community. He is part of a select group of exceptional pediatric dentists who have completed an additional degree of recognized excellence in pediatric dentistry! He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry (ABPD). He is also a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), the American Dental Association (ADA), the Massachusetts Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (MAPD), and the Massachusetts Dental Society (MDS).

Dr. Van strongly believes in the importance of creating a fun and welcoming atmosphere for patients as well as parents. One of his goals is to introduce good dental habits to our youth, preventing dental diseases later on in life. He echoes Dr. Ali & Ali’s mission of detecting oral health issues early, ensuring healthy and strong teeth for a lifetime.

At Wellesley Dental Group we firmly believe good oral hygiene to be the key to overall health, and Dr. Van aims to create both an educational and enjoyable environment for his patients at all times. His experience with young patients, latest technology and research is a great asset to the Wellesley Dental Group team and we are glad to have him join us!

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. Van. Dr. 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.

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