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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.

Spring into Sports with Facial Protection

April 15th, 2016

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To those who have long awaited spring, the days are starting to get brighter, and warmer! With spring comes many joys, including the beginning of the spring sports season. Not to mention, April is National Facial Protection Month, which is sponsored by the Academy for Sports Dentistry, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association, the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, and the American Association of Orthodontists. Whether you'll be out on the field playing or watching from afar, it's important to spread the word to both children and adults participating in outdoor activities about the necessity of keeping their face, head, and mouths protected. It is important to take the necessary precautions, such as easily putting on mouth guards and helmets, to prevent sports-related injuries and the unwanted trip to the emergency room.

The Academy for Sports Dentistry highlights these five simple safety tips to keep your body healthy and safe:

  1. Mouth Guards are a Must. We're all aware that unfortunately, accidents happen. Mouth guards are can be customized by your dentist to ensure comfort. Mouth guards keep the teeth held together and allow for regular speech and breathing.
  2. Don't Forget about Helmets .  Helmets absorb the energy of an impact and help prevent damage to the head.
  3. Wear Protective Eyewear.  Eyes can easily be damaged during sports activities and it is necessary to protect them with eyewear!
  4. Shield Your Face and Skin.  In sports such as hockey and football, it is important to wear protective facial shields to prevent facial damage.
  5. Promote Mandatory Protective Gear.  Unfortunately, it is only mandatory for athletes who play football, hockey and boxing to wear mouth guards. Promote and spread the word of the importance of wearing mouth guards and sports gear for ALL sports!

A recent study conducted by study by the University of Alabama at Birmingham found that the five most common causes of childhood injuries were basketball, football, bicycling, playgrounds and soccer. Approximately 12 million individuals ranging in ages from 5 and 22 years suffer a sport-related injury each year, which results in 20 million lost days of schooland around $33 billion in medical and dental costs! But, these injuries CAN be prevented by following the necessary steps stated above.

Help your kids get excited about using mouth guards for protection, especially with all of the eye-catching designs that are available.

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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.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. Van. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other periodontal or oral surgery needs, Dr. Ghazi would be more than willing to help.

References:

http://ginsbergortho.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2015/03/nation-facial-protection-month-1.jpg

http://www.aaoms.org/media/april-is-national-facial-protection-month

http://buffalogroveortho.com/newblog/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/sport-mouth-guard-stacks.jpg

http://www.academyforsportsdentistry.org/facial-protection-month

Post-Halloween Treats: Try These Orthodontics-Safe Recipes!

October 27th, 2015

spooky-cookiesThe truly scary part about Halloween are the days that follow --mainly due to the large stashes of candy collected that can be damaging to your oral health. Not to mention, those who have braces may be tempted to indulge in sticky or hard candies that could bend wires and break brackets off of the teeth.

During Halloween season, the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) sponsor National Orthodontic Health Month, which is the perfect opportunity to remind patients with braces to think about braces-friendly treats that they can enjoy this Halloween. The AAO combines the spooky spirit of Halloween with tips for maintaining braces by compiling a list of tasty recipes that will make your orthodontist smile.

These recipes, created by cooking instructor and food blogger Aura Kavadlo, include:

Although we all know that sugar is a major part of Halloween, we hope that these recipes will offer examples of healthier alternatives and give some guidance to patients who have orthodontic work done. It is important to avoid hard, sticky, gooey, crunchy, and chewy types of candy, such as Now and Laters, Jolly Ranchers, jellybeans, taffy, caramel, and jawbreakers.

Halloween is a scary time for orthodontists, because there is usually a rise in breakages of bonds and brackets, bent wires, and gum irritation. Patients who are undergoing treatment of Align Technology's Invisalign need to go a step further to ensure proper treatment by removing their trays from their mouths before snacking on hard or sticky candy to avoid cracking the trays.

However, going trick-or-treating can still be fun if you clean your teeth thoroughly after snacking! Make sure to floss, brush properly for the full two minutes, or use devices to remove excess sugar from your teeth.

Along with the AAO, we hope to advocate good oral health and proper ways to take care of dental appliances even though Halloween is known for its sugar temptations.

Instead of jeopardizing your dental work and overall dental health, make yourself some of these creative treats and donate your piles of leftover candy to our Annual Candy Drive! The drive serves as a treat for the community as a whole. In celebration of Veteran’s Day with care packages full of candy, cards, and oral hygiene supplies for the United States troops, this year’s eighth Annual Candy Drive is a great incentive for children to eat less candy, and provide a nature of sharing, patriotism, and community. The Candy Drive Press Event will take place November 5th at 10 A.M. at our office (5 Seaward, Wellesley). This year we will be awarding a grand prize of $1000 to the school PTO that donates the most candy!

Please feel free to drop off candy, as well as handwritten notes and cards for American servicemen at our office from November 1st to November 5th. For more info, follow our Candy Drive Facebook page and watch out for new blogs!

Help your kids fight tooth decay by limiting the amount of sugar in their diet, and monitor how much candy they consume. It is important to remember that a healthy diet, along with good oral health habits, can help maintain a healthy smile!

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://dentistrytoday.com/news/todays-dental-news/item/451-halloween-recipes-are-certified-safe-for-orthodontia

https://mylifemysmile.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/spooky-cookies.jpg

Teens Afraid to Smile with Braces?

February 22nd, 2015

 

Do you remember your years as a teenager? From homecoming to sweet sixteen parties to prom, and the beloved senior pictures,  these are the memories that seem to last forever! Maintaining an image can be very important for teens, which includes having straight teeth. Yet, a surprising 54% of teens believe metal braces would make them more self-conscious, and 50% would smile less often, According to a research survey conducted by Kelton Global.  The American Association of Orthodontists reported that more than half of the approximated two million orthodontic cases in the United States are teenagers, ranging in age from 12 to 17. The good news is that your teenager has options! An alternative to conventional braces is Invisalign, which is clear, removable, and customized for each individual. Having straight teeth it not only important for beauty reasons, but also for maintaining a healthy mouth. 

When worn properly, Invisalign is just as effective as conventional braces. It can fix several dental problems, including crooked teeth, protruding teeth, gapped teeth, overly crowded teeth, and bite issues. The aligners are smooth and comfortable. Not to mention, if there's got a special event coming up, like prom,  your teen can easily remove and put them back in after the occasion. Yet, they're hardly noticeable when on anyway!

With regular braces, your teen may experience some pain, discomfort, difficulty eating, or mouth sores due to the brace wires. They may also have to sacrifice eating hard foods, including apples, corn on the cob, and hard breads.

One of the great things about Invisalign is that it doesn't dramatically affect one's everyday life. They should be worn the recommended 20 to 22 hours a day, and each set of aligners is typically worn for two weeks depending on the treatment plan. No worries, it all requires little effort!

With Invisalign, there will be no food getting stuck in-between wires and brackets. When it's time to eat, simply remove the aligners and then brush and floss normally before putting them back on.  This lets them avoid the time-consuming act of trying to floss and brush in between the brackets and wires on conventional braces. A challenge with regular braces is removing this trapped food, which has a greater chance of leading to plaque buildup and tooth decay. Invisalign allows for normal brushing and flossing that helps with better dental hygiene. At bedtime, they just need to clean their aligners and do their regular nighttime oral health habits. Also, Invisalign requires fewer trips into the office than with regular  braces. The best part, especially for teenagers, is that most people won't even know they are straightening their teeth.

Sports can also be an essential part of your teens life. Particularly contact sports can be hard with the sharp brackets on metal braces. Whether it's basketball, football, or volleyball, Invisalign won't give them troubles. Invisalign allows for them to wear a mouthguard comfortably and avoid scraping their mouth while actively doing what they love!

However, there can also be small sacrifices when choosing Invisalign over conventional braces. They may need to kiss lipstick goodbye as well as coffee and other teeth staining drinks, to avoid tenting the aligners.

No matter what your age is, Invisalign as a teeth straightening alternative may be best for your lifestyle and even confidence!

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.invisalign.com

http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/ColgateNewandNow/Personal/2014/June/article/SW-281474979302949.cvsp

http://news.health.com/2015/02/13/11-things-i-wish-id-known-before-i-got-invisalign/

http://majeronibraces.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/invisalign_teen1.jpg 

Early Orthodontic Treatment at Wellesley Dental Group

August 8th, 2012

Did you know that there is an prime time for a child to see an orthodontist? The American Association of Orthodontists suggests that the first orthodontic exam should be done at the first sign of orthodontic issues or no later than age 7. At this young age, orthodontic treatment may not be necessary, but a short examination can help pinpoint the most beneficial time to start treatment. This also helps achieve the best results with the smallest amont of time and money.

Even if a child is not ready for orthodontic treatment just yet, visiting an orthodontist is still beneficial. They will be able to watch the development of the teeth and set a time when treatment should begin.

Age 7 is the optimal age to first see an orthodontist because the first adult molars have come in. It allows the teeth to be completely evaluated at all angles for bite.

At Wellesley Dental Group, Dr. Emad Abdallah, our orthodontist, is happy to provide a free consultation to evaluate your orthodontic needs. Call us today at 781-237-9071 to schedule an appointment!

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