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The Risks of Oral Piercings

August 18th, 2016

smilieOral piercings has become a popular expression of self, however, there are several health risks that come along with them. It is important to be aware of the common infections and problems that may occur as a result of oral piercings. tongue, lip, uvula, and other oral piercings can not only change your speech, chewing or swallowing, it can also cause infections, nerve damage, and much more! Here are just a few of the issues that can arise due to oral piercings:

Dental pain and infection

  • Since the mouth is home to many food particles and bacteria, piercings can quickly become infected and lead to dangerous consequences if not treated properly. Swelling can also occur, which could restrict airway passages.

Gums, teeth and fillings can be destroyed

  • Whether you know it or not, piercings can lead to cracked teeth, sensitive teeth, and damaged fillings when biting down or as a result of an accident. They can also injure your gums and cause an infection. If active in sports, make sure to remove oral jewelry and use a mouthguard to protect your oral health.

Reaction to metal jewelry

  • Allergic reactions to piercing jewelry may occur and lead to infections.

Nerve damage

  • Nerve damage may result after a piercing and could be temporary or sometimes even permanent. This damage can impact your tastebuds and mouth movement.

Excessive Saliva

  • Oral piercings often increase saliva production and can lead to drooling.

Dental appointment difficulties

  • Piercing jewelry can block the way of necessary dental care procedures, including X-rays.

If you have oral piercings, please be sure to contact your dentist or physician if you have any signs of pain at or around the side of the piercing. It is also important to constantly clean the pierced site and avoid biting down on the jewelry to prevent damage to teeth and gums. Be sure to see your dentist regularly and maintain proper dental hygiene habits. If you're considering getting an oral piercing, please take these facts into consideration and talk to your dentist for more information.

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.

References:

http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/o/oral-piercings

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Get Whiter Teeth For Summer!

July 5th, 2016

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A dazzling bright smile is all the catch nowadays. Especially now that it's summer and there are many graduations, weddings, and fun events planned, why not show off a healthy white smile! Of course regular dental habits like brushing and flossing are ways to keep a brighter smile. However, if you feel like your smile doesn't sparkle as much as you'd like, there are many products and whitening treatments available to achieve your smile goals.

Tooth whitening is a simple process and a great option for individuals who have stained or discolored teeth. Teeth can become stained for many reasons, including tobacco use, certain medications, foods with dark dyes, and such as red wine, coffee, tea, and soda.  Even the natural aging process can cause tooth discoloration.

Since so many whitening options are available, it can sometimes be challenging to decide which one you would like to use. Come schedule an appointment and talk to the Smile Ambassadors at Wellesley Dental Group about the differences between in-office professional whitening and at-home whitening. Check out the in-office professional whitening we offer:

Zoom! Whitening

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Philips Zoom is a safe, easy, quick, and pain-free way to whitening teeth and perfect your smile. This procedure can help make your teeth up to eight shades brighter in a short amount of time! Zoom includes a Chairside Light-Activated Gel and LED light to help accelerate and enhance the whitening process. Just three 15-minute applications of the gel and light occur in one hour, leaving you with a dazzling whiter smile.

Your dentist can help you determine if Zoom whitening is the best whitening option for your individual smile. Contact us today for more information or to schedule an appointment for Philips Zoom whitening.

Sinsational Smile Whitening

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Sinsational Smile® is a great way to whiten teeth because it uses fast and safe technology allowing for a comfortable whitening experience. This procedure lasts approximately 20 minutes and involves pre-filled trays and a LED light which helps quickly activate the gel's whitening ingredients. Sinsational Smile® contains 35% of the active ingredient, Carbamide Peroxide, along with carbomer, menthol, glycerin, and mint flavor in the gel. The whitening experience is painless and the outcome is rewarding! Check out some of the testimonials here.

Home Whitening

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There are many products sold for tooth whitening that can be done at home, but it is important to consult with a dental professional before use.

Tray whitening:

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Tray whitening involves using custom-made trays and whitening gel only available through your dentist. At-home professional tray whitening typically lasts from ten to 14 days.

Paint-on teeth whiteners:

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Paint-on whiteners are sold at convenient stores and are relatively inexpensive. This method consists of a gel that is applied to the tooth using a small brush. The gel hardens and eventually dissolves in the mouth.

Whitening strips:

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Teeth-whitening strip kits are a common home whitening procedure which includes thin, flexible plastic (polyethylene) strips that contain hydrogen peroxide on one side. The strips are typically worn for 30 minutes a day, twice a day but vary in duration depending on the brand.

Whitening mouthwash and toothpaste:

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Several brands of whitening toothpastes and mouthwashes can be found at many drug stores and convenient stores and are typically the least expensive option. These toothpastes and mouthwashes help remove surface stains by using mild abrasives. However, these products only mildly lighten your teeth and are not as reliable as in-office whitening treatments.

 

 

 

If you would like to learn more about teeth whitening, please contact our practice to schedule an appointment.

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.

References:

http://www.sinsationalsmile.com/

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A New Face of Dentistry: Digital Smile Design (DSD)

June 30th, 2016

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Many of us know how powerful a smile can be, especially since it is one of the first characteristics people notice. Today, cosmetic dentistry procedures are extremely popular because having a healthy, radiant, and confident smile is important! Digital Smile Design (DSD) is a modern imaging and modeling software that allows for greater communication between dental specialists and patients in developing a treatment plan for a cosmetic dental procedure. To ensure that your smile aesthetic goals are met, the Smile Ambassadors at Wellesley Dental Group use the Digital Smile Design protocol.

Originally developed by Dr. Christian Coachman, the DSD concept is now widely used by dentists across the globe and is today one of the most modern and state-of-the-art design protocols. Through use of digital technology, DSD is very precise and efficient in analyzing your specific facial and dental characteristics. It uses video and photographic facial analysis to allow for a visual presentation of the treatment plan. Thus, you can better understand the plan, see how the plan will change your smile, and you can clearly review the changes before the treatment begins. DSD allows you to customize your smile to show the emotions that you want to express, and it allows you to be a part of the smile design process.

The main goals of the DSD Concept include:
  • Improving Smile Design process and planning
  • Improving integration of Interdisciplinary Dentistry
  • Improving visual communication via Technology
  • Improving communication with patients

So, if you're unhappy with your smile but are concerned that your treatment won't give you the results you expect, Digital Smile Design will take all of your worries away! DSD can clearly show you the impact of the changes you want to make to your smile and allow you to review them before starting your treatment procedure.

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

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.

References:

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Wellesley's Wonderful Weekend Parade Schedule 2016

May 18th, 2016

Looking for things to do this weekend, or a reason to get outside and enjoy the warmer weather? Look no further - May 20-22nd marks the Wellesley's Wonderful Weekend Parade and fireworks! The caring team at Wellesley Dental Group is excited to be the Fireworks and platinum sponsor again this year along with Roche Brothers. The Fireworks this year will be even bigger and better. Make sure to mark your calendars and spread the word. We look forward to spending the weekend with you and your family -keep a look out for our tractor float at the parade. Check out the schedule below and stay tuned for more blog posts with photos and a glimpse at all of the fun!

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The 2016 Schedule is as follows:

Friday – May 20th 

10:00a.m.—4:00p.m.
Wonderful Weekend Sidewalk Sale
Linden Square

3:05p.m. - 6:00p.m

Annual Hunnewell Fun Fair*  Hunnewell School PTO
Hunnewell Elementary School, 28 Cameron Street, Rides, games, crafts

7:30p.m

Sprague Spring Party and Auction*  Sprague School PTO
Wellesley Country Club, 300 Wellesley Avenue

Saturday – May 21st 

7:00a.m.—2:30p.m.
Pancake Festival* at the Wellesley Middle School — Rotary Club of Wellesley
50 Kingsbury Street

7:00a.m.—2:30p.m.
Free Eye Exams at the Needham Lions Club Eye Mobile at the Wellesley Middle School — Needham Lions Club
50 Kingsbury Street

Saturday—Sunday

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18th Century Military Encampment at Town Hall Grounds

The Royal Irish Artillery, Tours all day, Cannon Firing on the half hour on Saturday
525 Washington Street

9:00a.m.

Wonderful Weekend Free Fitness Class with Pure Barre
Linden Square Courtyard, Click for required pre-registration

9:00a.m.—10:00a.m.
Centennial Reservation Trail Walk — Wellesley Trails Committee
Meet at 9:00am at Centennial Reservation parking lot off of Oakland Street

9:30a.m.

Wellesley College Walk with Professor Peter Fergusson
Wellesley College Academic Quadrangle, Green Hall

10:00a.m.—11:30a.m.

Fun and Health for Pets and Their 'People' Dog Contest
Wellesley Health Department, Wellesley Animal Control, Stray Pets in Need, and Unleashed by Petco

Warren School Playground, 90 Washington Street (Route 16)
Prizes awarded in various categories including "shaggiest", "best grooomed", "best tricks", "wiggliest", and many more!

10:00a.m.—2:00p.m

Free, Local Charity Benefit, Hay Wagon Ride
Linden Square, donations welcomed

10:00a.m.—2:00p.m

Open House at the Dadmun-McNamara House -- Wellesley Historical Society
219 Washington Street

10:00a.m.—2:00p.m
Wheels of Wellesley IV at Wellesley Community Center
219 Washington Street

Featuring Exotic and Antique Cars, Motorcycles, and Bicycles plus live music plus "Straight from Gotham City - 50th Anniversary of Batman TV Show"

10:00a.m.—4:00p.m
Spring Carnival at Unitarian Universalist Church (UU Wellesley)
309 Washington Street

10:00a.m.—5:00p.m

Wonderful Weekend 18% Off Select Items Specials! 
Linden Square and Wellesley Square

10:00a.m.—5:00p.m

Wonderful Weekend Sidewalk Sale
Linden SquareClick for details

11:00a.m.— 3:00p.m.

Open House at Wellesley Municipal Light Plant — 4 Municipal Way (455 Worcester Street, Route 9) Featuring an historical tour of the Original Substation.

11:00a.m.— 3:00p.m.

Historical Tours at Fells Branch Library and Hardy School -- Wellesley Historical Commission 
308 Weston Road

11:00a.m.— 3:00p.m.

Historical Tours at Hills Branch Library -- Wellesley Historical Commission 
210 Washington Street

11:00a.m.— 3:00p.m.

Historical Tours at the Wellesley Town Hall -- Wellesley Historical Commission 
525 Washington Street

11:00a.m.— 3:00p.m.

Open House at Wellesley Police Station
485 Washington Street

11:00a.m.— 3:00p.m.

Open House at Wellesley Main Fire Station #2
457 Worcester Street (Route 9)

1:00p.m. — 4:00p.m.

Build Your Own Woodland Troll & Fairy House Wellesley Conservation Council
Cochituate Aqueduct, Russell Road / Kendall Road
 (for elementary school kids)

1:00p.m.—4:00p.m.

Art in the Park — Wellesley Community Art Project Wellesley Women Artisans
Simon’s  Park (Corner of Washington & Brook Street, left of the Library)

2:00p.m.

Cottage St Neighborhood Historical Walking Tour -- Wellesley Historical Society
St. Andrews Church Parking Lot, 79 Denton Road

4:00p.m.

Veterans’ Ecumenical Memorial Mass at Saint Paul Church
Wellesley Veterans’ Council
502 Washington Street

Sunday – May 22nd

8:00a.m.—10:00a.m.

Bird Walk Locally, with Natalie Starr Wellesley Conservation Council
Meet at the Cameron St. Parking lot at the Main Library

8:30a.m.-5K Run
9:30a.m.-Kids 1K Run

Wonder Run 5K and Kids Fun Run 1K* —Wellesley Hills Junior Women’s Club
Wellesley High School50 Rice Street

Click for registration.

10:00a.m.—4:00p.m.

Wonderful Weekend Sidewalk Sale
Linden SquareClick for details

1:00p.m.—3:00p.m.

48th Annual Wellesley Veterans’ Parade
2016 Theme: Historic Wellesley
Wellesley Celebrations’ Committee

Bring a food item to the parade for the Wellesley Food Pantry - Look for the World of Wellesley (WOW) Float 

The parade starts at the intersection of Route 16 (Washington Street) and Route 9 and continues westbound along Route 16 to Wellesley Square. The reviewing stand is in Wellesley Square.

4:00p.m.—5:30p.m.

Grace Knight Babson Fund for Religious Education — 56th Annual Program
Knight Auditorium, Babson College Campus, Wellesley Avenue

5:00p.m. — DUSK

Picnic in the Park at Hunnewell Field
Food*, drinks*,kid’s rides*, crafts, games, Gotham Cruiser photo-ops & other fun
Food by Charles River Rotary, Captain Mardens, and others

6:00p.m. Opening Act 7:00p.m. Main Attraction

Concert for Wellesley at Hunnewell Field
Featuring the Reminisants (7p.m.) and Wellesley Town Band (6p.m.)

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Fireworks —the Biggest Ever! at Hunnewell Field
Sponsors: Roche Brothers/Sudbury Farms and Wellesley Dental Group, Drs Ali and Ali

*Please note, asterisk indicates a small fee may be charged.

(Check here for last minute updates)

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2016 P.A.W.S. PTO Auction -Get Ready!

February 18th, 2016

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P.A.W.S. (Preschool at Wellesley Schools) is dedicated to providing a safe and professional educational setting for preschool children. Their mission is to encourage a sense of community and support every child's growth and development. This year, at the P.A.W.S. Winter Carnival on February 7th hosted at Fiske School, our very own Dr. Zarah Ali shared wisdom and smiles with little ones in the community. Through hands-on demonstrations and fun games, Dr. Zarah helped spread the word about how to maintain a healthy smile. She handed out tooth brushes and toothpaste, and discussed how to brush and develop great dental hygiene habits.

As proud "smile ambassadors," our team is committed to educating our community about oral health. We're always thrilled to give back to the community and help others obtain a beautiful and ever-lasting smile!
P.A.W.S. also has more exciting events coming up. Checkout their February Newsletter with a complete list of the upcoming events here. We are glad to be the premier sponsor of the 2016 P.A.W.S. PTO Auction and hope to see you there! The Auction will be held on April 9, 2016 from 6pm-9pm at the Wellesley Community Center. 
To register, please click here.
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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 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.

Tips For Cavity-Free Holidays!

December 29th, 2015

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The holiday break is in full swing as we closely approach New Years! With time off from work, school, and other obligations, there's more time to relax and enjoy the company of family and friends. During this time, however, it's easy to develop a sweet-tooth. From wines to chocolates to decorated cookies and cakes, there's a lot of holiday treats that can harm your smile if you're not careful. Here are some things to keep in mind this holiday season:

1. Timing is important

It can be fine to indulge in sweets every now and then, but it's important to practice proper dental habits. Timing is also important. It helps to eat sweets and other sugary foods with meals because more saliva is produced. Saliva production is essential for washing away food particles and neutralizing acids produced by oral bacteria.

2. Avoid sticky foods

It's okay to be picky this holiday and choose foods that don't cling to teeth. Dried fruits are often a holiday favorite, but tend to stay on teeth longer than other foods. When eating sticky items, make sure to rinse and brush carefully.

3. Limit alcohol intake

Many of us are soon going to toast to the New Year! Be sure to limit your alcohol intake. Red wines can easily stain teeth. Also, too much alcohol can dry out your mouth.

4. Go easy on the hard candies

Hard candies can be more harmful for your teeth than other candies. In addition to containing a high amount of sugar, consuming hard candies puts your teeth at a higher risk for chipping or breaking.

5. Starchy foods may not be the best

Starchy foods often get trapped in your teeth. Take extra care of your teeth if you indulge in chips, cakes, and other starchy foods by flossing to remove all the food particles that can lead to plaque accumulation.

6. You can still have fun

Keep these hints in mind as you enjoy the holidays. Make conscious and tooth-friendly food choices, such as lean beef, fish, and whole grains. The holidays and the New Year are a great times to start planning healthier habits.

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.mouthhealthy.org/en/holiday-foods?source=facebook&content=6_tips_cavity_free_holidays

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Turmeric: The Future Mouthwash?

November 19th, 2015

Mouthwash can be a beneficial solution for your oral health problems. However, did you know that turmeric, a yellow spice that is extracted from the root of the Curcuma longa plant that is a key ingredient in curry, also has good effects and can even be safer than the typical chemical mouthwash? Turmeric has been used since ancient times for health benefits and to treat oral diseases, including removing plaque from the mouth and killing oral cancer cells.

Turmeric has around three to four percent curcumin, which is a yellow polyphenol that is a natural alternative for chlorhexidine. Chlorhexidine is a common ingredient in mouthwash that treats gingivitis, or gum inflammation. Some of the typical symptoms of gingivitis include halitosis (bad breath) and bleeding or swollen gums. If not treated properly, gingivitis can develop into an extremely harmful form of periodontal disease. Although chlorhexidine is effective at preventing dental plaque, there have been issues in patient safety. In 2012, the UK's Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) stated that chlrohexidine can provoke anaphylactic reactions, which are severe and life-threatening allergic reactions. Although these reactions are rare, if safer alternatives are more effective, they should be used instead.

A study published in the Journal of Indian Society of Periodontology in 2012 compared the effects of turmeric mouthwash (0.1% curcumin extract mouthwash and 0.01% eugenol) and chlorhexidine (0.2% chlorhexidine gluconate mouthwash) on subjects who had mild to moderate gingivitis. The results proved that the turmeric mouthwash was more effective than the chlorhexidine mouthwash in improving the oral health (in terms of the percentage reduction of the plaque index, gingival index, and bacterial activity) of the subjects. Furthermore, it was more effective at a concentration that was half of that of chlorhexidine. Further research has demonstrated that curcumin is an ideal alternative for chlorhexidine in plaque reduction and reduction in plaque-associated gum inflammation.

In addition, if one were to consume some of the curcumin-based mouthwash by accident, the consequences would not be as adverse as those that would result in swallowing chlorhexidine. Because of all the health benefits of turmeric, it may actually be beneficial. However, if you consider switching to turmeric mouthwash, make sure to consider the quality of the herb. Check whether it was produced organically and preserved in a way that eliminated mycotoxins and other microbial contaminants.

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.

 

Resources:

http://www.curejoy.com/content/turmeric-superior-chemical-mouthwash-oral-health/

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Appreciate the Relatively Unpainful Methods of Modern-Day Dentistry!

October 2nd, 2015

teethhGoing to the dentist’s may not be your favorite activity, but you might appreciate it a little more after reading Danny Gallagher’s article about how painless modern-day dentistry is compared to dental processes from around 14,000 years ago!

You’d think that there wouldn’t be time for practicing dental repair during the Paleolithic era. However, a recent study from University of Bologna in Italy  published by the journal “Scientific Reportsshows that people started to treat cavities a long time ago. Researchers disvovered dental evidence from an ancient molar found at a dig site in northern Italy in 1988.Tests dated the tooth to the Late Upper Paleolithic era, which was approximately 13,820 to 14,160 years ago. Although the tooth was found in 1988, it was not until 25 years later that researchers noticed the oldest piece of evidence throughout dentistry history, says paleoanthropologist Stefano Benazzi, co-author of this study from the University of Bologna.

There was considerable enamel chipping made in the tooth’s cavity before the specimen died at around 25 years. Researchers carried out an experiment which involved scratching at the enamel of the molar with tools made out of different materials (wood, bone, stone, etc.). They tested these different implements in order to attempt to recreate this 14,000 year old dental procedure. The results of this experiment demonstrated that the person who operated on the tooth probably used tools created from sharpened flint. Ouch! Think about how painful that would be!

The University of Bologna’s study is not the only proof that humans from ancient eras have tried to repair teeth with extremely painful methods. For instance, an article on LiveScience stated that there was evidence of the use of beeswax for filling a cracked, canine tooth from a human jaw that was discovered in a Slovenian cave more than a hundred years ago. Another New York Times article claims that human molars from 4,000-7,000 BC that were drilled with stone tools were found in western Pakistan.

Don’t you just want to hug the inventor of anesthetics?

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.cnet.com/news/14000-year-old-tooth-shows-oldest-and-probably-most-painful-form-of-dentistry/?ftag=YHRbd38a98

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Chronic Maternal Stress Increases Dental Cavities in Kids

September 23rd, 2015

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“A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dates all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path.” -Agatha Christie

Aren't mothers just lovely? It's easy to recognize all of the things that moms do for us. Most importantly, they bring children into the world, which is not an easy task!

Mothers often worry about many things, especially during pregnancy. For example, stress about the health of their child, their workload, or even about their diet. Not all stress is bad, however, there can be damaging effects on you and your child when stress becomes constant.

Stress causes your body to kick on its "fight or flight" mode, resulting in the release of stress hormones. Constant stress can cause your body’s stress system to overreact and trigger different responses in the body. According to a study by King's College London and University of Washington, chronic maternal stress has been linked to a higher prevalence of cavities among children.  An additional study published in the American Journal of Public Health suggests that chronic maternal stress can lead to lower likelihood of breast feeding and a lower amount of child dental visits.

The study included participants of 716 maternal-child pairs in the United States. The age range of the children was between two to six years, and mothers were on average 30 years of age. The researchers looked at the amount of allostatic load (AL), a biological marker of chronic stress, in the participants. They found that dental cavities appeared the most among children whose mother had several allostatic loads compared to those without these markers. They also showed that dental cavities were more common among children who were not breastfed than those who were breastfed.

Further, the researchers explored whether or not socioeconomic status played a role in their findings. Many studies have made associations between socioeconomic status and the prevalence of dental cavities. Their study showed that mothers with lower income were the greatest individuals affected.

Not to mention, there are some data that show that chronic stressors in women and poor coping skills may be associated with lower birth weight and increase the risk of premature births.

It is important to manage stress, especially during pregnancy. Stress can take a toll on a person biologically and influence the health of your child.

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:

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http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/09/150918080631.htm

http://www.webmd.com/baby/features/stress-marks

Don't Bite into Bruxism

September 17th, 2015

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At some point in time, you've probably experienced grinding or clenching your teeth. This condition is known as bruxism. Most of the time, individuals don't even know when they're doing it! When teeth grinding becomes a habit, it can result in severe dental damage, discomfort, and even an interrupted sleep pattern.

Teeth grinding can happen during the day, but in many cases it happens during sleep. Do you often get up in the morning with a headache, sore mouth or jaw? Have you ever been told by a loved one that you're grinding your teeth at night? If so, it's important to visit your dentist before more dental problems arise, including abnormal bite or crooked teeth.

Clenching or grinding teeth during sleep is medically termed sleep bruxism. According to a study, 8% of adults grind their teeth during the night and more than 1/3rd of parents indicate to the dentist that their children are experiencing symptoms of bruxism. Children who still have all their baby teeth or are starting to grow in their permanent teeth can even experience bruxism. Many people typically learn that they grind their teeth by a loved one who can hear the grinding at night.

The causes of bruxism are still not clear, although many studies commonly associate it with stress, anxiety, alcohol consumption, certain medications, cigarette smoking, sleep problems, and snoring. It's possible that treating sleep apnea can help alleviate sleep bruxism.

Teeth grinding may not seem like a big deal, however, it can lead to fracturing, misalignment, or tooth loss. It can also affect the dental appliances within your mouth, such as crowns, root canals, bridges, implants, and dentures. Bruxism also affect your jaws, which can result in TMD/TMJ issues, hearing loss, and a change in the appearance of your face. Your dentist may suggest wearing mouth guards to avoid the damage caused by tooth grinding. If severe, your dentist may even recommend braces or oral surgery.

Remember, Don't use your teeth as tools. For example, chewing on pencils, ice, and other hard objects can cause serious wear on your teeth. Try to manage your stress and train yourself not to grind your teeth by relaxing your jaw muscles.

Keep a stiff upper lip and make sure that you are practicing the necessary oral habits in order to prevent the wear and tear to your 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.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/bruxism/basics/treatment/con-20029395

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http://www.medicinenet.com/habits_that_wreck_your_teeth_pictures_slideshow/article.htm

https://sleepfoundation.org/sleep-disorders-problems/bruxism-and-sleep

Are Redheads More Sensitive to Dental Pain?

August 23rd, 2015

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Does your hair color have an impact on your desire to visit the dentist for your routinely check-up? According to recent research, redheads may share dental anxiety as a result of sensitivity. Individuals with red hair are often resistant to local pain fighters such as Novocain. Discoveries have also shown that redheads tend to need larger doses of anesthesia. 

Despite their fiery appearance, redheads may be more sensitive to pain than others. Consequently, according to the Journal of American Dental Association, they are twice as likely to avoid going to the dentist and often experience more anxiety when it comes to dental procedures than individuals with other hair colors. In addition, redheads have an increased risk of developing Parkinson's disease (Disorder of the nervous system that affects the motor system), skin cancer, and endometriosis (Condition where tissue from the uterus grows outside of the uterus).

This news led Dr. Daniel Sessler, an Outcomes Research Department chair at The Cleveland Clinic, to produce two studies. In 2004, the study showed that people with red hair require 20 percent more general anesthesia than blondes and brunettes. In the 2005 study, it was found that redheads have a greater resistance to local anesthesia and are more sensitive to thermal pain than others.

Researchers hypothesize that variants of the melanocortin-1 receptor gene (MC1R gene), which produces melanin, may be a contributing factor. play a role. Melanin functions to give skin, hair, and eyes their color. However, redheads do not produce melanin due to a mutation of the MC1R gene, which is responsible for their freckles, fair skin color, and red hair. In fact, redhead genes are thought to date back 20,000 to 40,000 years. Although not completely understood, MC1R receptors in the brain may influence pain sensitivity. Even though this may not be the best discovery in the world for redheads, it has inspired research that may lead to new and safer drug prescriptions.

Not all redheads experience sensitivity. Yet, individuals without red hair can also carry a variant of the MC1R gene, and thus experience more anxiety than those without the MC1R gene. According to a study, the MC1R gene was found in 20 of 77 participants with brown or black hair.

Patients who have experienced pain should inform their dentists. Dental anxiety should never get in the way of maintaining your oral health. Here are steps that you can take to help relieve your stress or even conquer your dental fear.

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.independent.co.uk/news/science/why-dental-visits-are-hairraising-if-youre-a-redhead-7584589.html

http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/07/30/redhead.pain.dentist/

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/PainManagement/dentists-tread-gingerly-redheads/story?id=8293620&singlePage=true

http://www.livescience.com/39095-redhead-health-risks.html

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Skipping Breakfast May Lead To Bad Breath

July 25th, 2015

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Many of us have heard the saying, "Breakfast is one of the most important meal of the day." It's true. Breakfast provides both children and adults the energy necessary to perform their best throughout the day. Children especially need breakfast as their bodies and minds continue to develop. Breakfast has also been shown as an important factor in maintaining a healthy body weight. Individuals who skip breakfast often have a hard time fulfilling the daily recommended vitamin and nutrients that come with a healthy breakfast. Not to mention, missing a meal can leave you hungry throughout the day and lead to snacking and eating higher portions at lunch and dinner.

Along with these reasons not to miss out on breakfast, did you know that skipping this meal can have a negative impact on your oral health? New research shows that missing breakfast can lead to bad breath (halitosis). Some people wake up in the morning with morning breath. Morning breath is often caused by a decrease in saliva production during sleep, which allows smelly bacteria to flourish in the mouth. Eating breakfast can help stimulate saliva production and wash away odor-causing bacteria, along with brushing and flossing of course.

A study published in the International Journal of Dental Hygiene involving teenage participants found that when compared to teenagers who ate breakfast, those who did not were twice as likely to suffer from bad breath. Approximately  1/5 of the participants admitted that they had skipped breakfast. Of these participants, 36% experienced bad breath, which was significantly more than those who ate breakfast. It is also important to brush your the tongue, which often houses a lot of bacteria that can cause bad breath. Bad breath can also be a result of conditions including diabetes, sinus infections, and other problems.

Many studies have linked eating breakfast to a healthy body and mouth. Make sure to eat something healthy before rushing out of the house in the morning!

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://i.huffpost.com/gen/1486179/images/o-BREAKFAST-facebook.jpg

http://www.jhsph.edu/offices-and-services/student-affairs/_documents/breakfast

http://www.onemk.co.uk/news/2015/7/missing-breakfast-cause-bad-breath-says-new-26821853.html

http://blog.therabreath.com/2010/12/missing-breakfast-helps-cause-bad-breath/

Are Summer Foods Ruining Your Smile?

July 14th, 2015

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From sunny afternoons by the poolside to perfect evenings under the stars, summer is the best time to relax, be adventurous, and most importantly, to smile. Many of us also enjoy summer for the delicious foods, fruit juices, and tropical cocktails. Although a summer diet may appear healthy, there are some cravings that are harmful to your teeth that may take you by surprise.

Here are some treats that can damage your teeth and gums:

Juices sometimes contain a higher amount of sugar than soda.

Many people are aware that candy and soda can erode tooth enamel, but how about fruit drinks? Although some juices, smoothies, and cocktails contain many good nutrients, many of the drinks we consume during the summer are acidic and contain a high amount of sugar per serving. Sugars can cling to teeth and harm your pearly whites by feeding the bacteria in your mouth. This process produces acids that can sometimes irreversibly damage teeth.

As it becomes hotter, make sure to keep a glass of water by your side. Also, it is best to drink juice through a straw so that the juice has a harder time sticking to the surface of your teeth. Wait to brush your teeth at least 45-minutes after consuming sugary or acidic foods/drinks, as brushing them immediately after can leave them more susceptible to damage.

Dried Fruit

Dried fruit is often sticky and packed with sugar that can harm teeth the same way that candies do. Instead, opt for crisp apples or pears.

Chewable Vitamins

Gummy vitamins are not much better for our mouths than regular gummy candies. They often stick to the surfaces of teeth and can hide in hard-to-reach places, leading to tooth decay. It is best to take vitamins in pill form.

Popcorn

We often turn to popcorn as a snack choice, especially at the movies. Yet, popcorn is famous for getting stuck in your teeth and in areas that are hard to reach with a toothbrush. Make sure to brush and floss after consuming popcorn.

Peanut Butter and Jelly

Although a delicious and easy-to-make sandwich, peanut butter and Jelly is sticky and high in sugar content. Make sure to check nutrition labels and look for natural peanut butters and sugar-free jelly.

Salad Dressing

Salad dressings often give a nice taste to salad, but the vinegar and sugar inside the dressings can harm your smile. Avoid drenching your healthy salad with too much dressing.

Barbecue sauce

Barbecues are a great part of summer, however, the sweet barbecue sauce can cause tooth discoloration and even lead to cavities if proper oral habits are not implemented.

Vinegar with Vegetables

While the vegetables are healthy, adding vinegar, which is acidic, can harm your teeth and smile.

Wine

While red and white wine has its benefits, they also can cause trouble for your teeth. Red wine can cause staining, and the acids in white wine can damage your enamel. When consuming wine, accompany it with cheese, which is rich in nutrients including protein, calcium and phosphorus, to help fight the acids.

 

Don't fall into the sweet summer temptations that can harm your smile! There are many products sold that brand themselves as healthy products, however, sometimes the ingredients can cause damage to your teeth. It is important to remember that along with brushing, flossing, visiting the dentist, and practicing other good oral health habits, your diet plays a significant role in the health of your teeth. Make sure that your smile sparkles by monitoring the foods and drinks you consume this summer.

 

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://time.com/3907886/teeth-damage-causes/

http://summertomato.com/10-foods-you-didnt-know-were-damaging-your-teeth/

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Summer Fun in the Boston Area

July 10th, 2015

200469584-001School's out and it's time to kick back and relax this summer. There is a ton of stuff to do around town for the young and the young at heart. From beaches to performances to exhibits, we have you covered with a list of happenings in the area.

Kick it with Kismet

Sundays free admission from 10 a.m.-noon

$7.50 adults, $3 children under 18.
265 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 
617-253-5927www.web.mit.edu/museum

 Check out the MIT Museum's "Robots and Beyond: Exploring Artificial Intelligence at MIT." At this exhibit you'll have the chance to meet robot designers,  researchers and to see the Kismet the robot.

 

Golf on the Village Green

508-653-4671gamesandgolf.com

Are you up for a fun game of mini-golf? The themes of the holes are “Faneuil Hall” and “Old North Church.”

 

Sandcastles and Surf

www.reverebeach.com

You won't want to miss the largest east coast National Sand Sculpting Festival on July 14-17 at Revere Beach. There will be a kids zone and learning center for newcomers.

 

New England Aquarium

Central Wharf, Boston
617-973-5200www.neaq.org

View live animal shows, seal training sessions, and enjoy time with family at the New England Aquarium.

 

Whale Watching

$39.85/adult, 31.95/children 4-12, $125/family 4-pack. 
Boston Harbor Cruises: Long Wharf, Boston.
617-227-4321www.boston harborcruises.com

Take a cool three-hour ride on the Boston Harbor Cruise Whale Watch to see humpback, finback, and minke whales.

“The Wizard of Oz.”

Fridays from 5-9 p.m., admission $1.
Boston Children's Museum: 308 Congress St., Boston.
617-426-6500www.bostonkids.org

The Boston Children’s Museum is having a Wizard of Oz exhibit through September 10th in celebration of the 70th anniversary. The exhibit includes a tornado, the Wicked Witch’s castle, and more exciting activities from the film.

 

Frog Pond Carousel

Boston Common.
www.bostonfrogpond.com

Make your way to Frog Pond and ride the carousel ($3), play a few games in the park, or relax in the spray pool. In addition, August 21st is Frog Appreciation Day, and there will be many fun activities including face painting and frog racing.

 

Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA)

July 30,  Aug. 27. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
 100 Northern Ave., Boston. 
617-478-3100www.icaboston.org

On July 30 the ICA will be full of hands-on activities, dance performances, and fun. Also, on Aug. 27, your family will have the opportunity to create family collage portraits and watch films about marine life at the ICA.

 

Charles River Canoe & Kayak

www.paddleboston.com

Take your family to the Charles River, which provides canoe and kayak lessons, guided tours, camps, and rentals.

 

Tango Dancer

617-699-6246bostontango.org

If you enjoy dancing, the Tango Society of Boston provides free monthly lessons on the John W. Weeks Bridge.

 

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.bostonmagazine.com/arts-entertainment/article/2014/05/27/summer-fun-boston/

http://www.boston-discovery-guide.com/boston-activities-for-summer.html

http://www.boston.com/thingstodo/gallery/kidssummer?pg=2

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Is Mouthwash Necessary?

June 18th, 2015

As your walking down the isles in a drug store, it's easy to find a row full of mouthwashes.  From cosmetic to therapeutic mouthwashes, there are several types that can cater to your oral health needs. But, are they really necessary?

Although mouthwash should not be used as a substitute for brushing and flossing, it can be a positive habit to help improve oral health.

 Mouthwashes can be useful for both adults and children when used after brushing and flossing. They can provide many advantages, including:

  • Preventing Cavities

Mouthwashes containing fluoride can help reduce your risk of developing cavities. After swishing for approximately one minute, a small amount of fluoride sticks to teeth and is then quickly washed away by saliva.

  • Freshening Breath

There are many mouthwashes available that can help mask bad breath. These mouthwashes typically contain natural and artificial flavors that help give your mouth a fresh aroma. Rinsing can also help get rid of food particles left on teeth that have their own smelly scents. However, it is important to note that masking bad breath doesn't fix the underlying cause. Bad breath, or halitosis, may be a result of an infection, tooth decay, or other health issues.

  • Whitening Teeth

Some cosmetic mouthwashes contain a low concentration of the active ingredient, hydrogen peroxide, which is believed to help whiten teeth.

  • Preventing Dry mouth, Periodontal Disease, and Sensitivity

Mouth rinses can act as a therapeutic and help sooth canker sores. Many therapeutic mouthwashes contain xylitol, which may help prevent tooth decay. Some rinses help kill germs that can lead to gingivitis and periodontal disease. In addition, some can even help individuals with dry mouth produce more saliva.

 

A common myth about mouthwash is that the flavor or color offers additional benefits to oral health, however, it is mainly for atheistic purposes to attract consumers to buy the product. Once you've found the right mouthwash that addresses your needs, make sure to rinse according to the directions. For example, it is best to gargle and rinse twice a day with mouthwashes aimed to remove debris from teeth.

Incorporating mouthwash into your daily routine can help remove dental plaque, prevent tartar buildup, and left behind food particles from your 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://medicalxpress.com/news/2015-03-mouthwash.html

http://www.everydayhealth.com/dental-health/101/specialist/jacobs/need-to-use-mouthwash.aspx

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The Negative Effects of Tooth Loss on Your Mind and Body

June 11th, 2015

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Aging can be a beautiful process. As we grow older, we will be able to see new technology take over, watch little ones mature, and enjoy many memorable moments with family and friends. However, with age can also come health issues. Now the real question is, how does your oral health play a role in the aging process?

A recent study suggests that maintaining your oral health may influence your ability to walk and think as you get older in age.

Research published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Societyconducted by the University College London, studied 3,166 adults aged 60 or over. Their aim was to examine a link between tooth loss and the health of the mind and body as it ages. They tested and compared the participant's memory and walking speed. The researchers found that the memory and walking speeds of individuals with none of their own teeth declined quicker than in those who still have many of their own teeth. In fact, their study showed that those without most of their own teeth performed nearly 10% worse in both memory and walking speed tests than the individuals with teeth. The evidence was particularly more clear in adults aging from 60 to 74 years old, rather than those 75 years of age and older. These results were shown even after taking into account existing health problems, behavior patterns including smoking and drinking, and other factors such as socioeconomic status. Socioeconomic status is often associated with common causes of oral and health issues.

It is now believed that tooth loss can serve as an indicator of ones mental and physical ability in those over 60 years of age.

Make the process of aging a graceful one! Avoid poor lifestyle habits that can be detrimental for your mouth, mind, and body, such as smoking. It is important to take care of your teeth throughout your entire life, to ensure a long and healthy one.

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.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/12/141218210023.htm

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Secondhand Smoke Is No Joke To Oral Health

May 29th, 2015

As you may have heard before, "secondhand smoke kills." It sure does. Nearly 54,000 people die each year from secondhand smoke. A combined total of more than 480,000 deaths a year are caused from smoking and secondhand smoke. It can sometimes be easy to forget that even non-smokers are in danger of health problems as a result of cigarette smoke. Not to mention, children are at a high risk of developing several chronic diseases and health issues because of secondhand smoke.

There are many reasons to avoid smoking, and in this article, we'll offer you yet another reason. Believe it or not, secondhand smoke can negatively impact your oral health. Although more research is needed in the area, it is believed that children are at risk of developing tooth decay from secondhand smoke.

15 studies were conducted and reviewed in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health by researchers in Japan about the possible correlation between secondhand smoke and the development of cavities in children. The studies reported weak to moderate evidence that secondhand smoke causes cavities in primary teeth, yet, more information is needed to make a conclusive argument.

Further, Researchers now have concluded that smoking is one of the causes of periodontal disease because tobacco can damage gums and leave teeth susceptible to infection. This makes smokers more at risk for developing periodontal disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 47% of adults have either mild, moderate or severe periodontitis in the United States. The early stages of periodontal disease is gingivitis, which can eventually lead to periodontitis if untreated.

In a recent study funded by the National Institutes of Health-National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, researchers investigated the link between serum cotinine, a metabolite of nicotine, and periodontitis in U.S. non-smokers. The study found that non-smokers exposed to Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) had 1.45 times the odds of moderate/severe periodontitis as unexposed non-smokers.

In addition, smokers and non-smokers exposed to secondhand smoke are more prone to significant amounts of oral bone loss. For example, research in the Journal of Periodontology showed the correlation between secondhand smoke and oral bone loss in rats. The study concluded that rats with periodontitis that were exposed to secondhand smoke were at greater risk of experiencing oral bone loss and ultimately tooth loss.

Along with serious oral issues, secondhand smoke has caused oral cancer, breast cancer, middle ear infections in children, pregnancy problems, asthma, lung disease, heart disease, among many other health problems.

If you are a smoker, quitting is the best option to keep yourself and those around you healthy. Whether being exposed in homes, cars, offices, or other public places, secondhand smoke is severely detrimental to oral and 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 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.no-smoke.org/getthefacts.php?id=13

http://now.tufts.edu/articles/secondhand-smoke-and-cavities

http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/health_effects/tobacco_related_mortality/

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/03/150313083627.htm

http://helpforsmoking.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/SecondHandSmoke-43321674.jpg

Another Wonderful Parade and Picnic!

May 18th, 2015

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What a magnificent Wellesley Wonderful Weekend for the year of 2015! Wellesley spirit filled the air this past weekend as we all celebrated the town's traditional Veteran's Day Parade, Picnic in the Park, and fireworks. Wellesley Dental Group is honored to have been co-sponsors for the fireworks, third year in a row. This year we had our Tooth Fairy aboard our parade float to greet all the smile ambassadors of Wellesley. She was also joined by Chuckles and families of volunteers who both stayed on the float to greet Wellesley residents  and spectators and helped pass out oral hygiene supplies.

Alas, after the parade we were able to head over to Hunnewell Field to set up our tent and activities. At this year's Picnic at the Park we had feather extensions, balloons, facepainting, and pictures with our friendly mascot Chuckles; all the kids were leaving our tent with smiles on their faces!

What a truly Wonderful Weekend it has been! We would like to once again extend our gratitude to the volunteers at the Wellesley Celebrations Committee for orchestrating the weekend festivities, and the Wellesley Police Department and Wellesley Fire Department for keeping everyone safe. Thank you for the Wonderful memories you have created for the community members!

P.S.: Special thank you to Joanna Bandte, her family, and all the Smile Ambassadors who joined us on the float this year!

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A Colorful Event -Fireworks You Won't Want to Miss!

May 9th, 2015

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Have you been waiting for a weekend outside in the warm spring weather? If so, you and your family are in for a treat. The time is quickly approaching for Wellesley’s Wonderful Weekend and our team cannot wait! This year marks the 17th Annual celebration and it is going to be BIGGER and BETTER. In fact, it’s the largest annual town celebration held every year. This is a great tradition that brings together Wellesley businesses and residents for a weekend of smiles and laughs amongst people of all ages.

Over 100 volunteer and community organizations help put on this magnificent event. Each year, your very own Wellesley Dental Group team is heavily involved in the fun and camaraderie. Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team of Wellesley Dental Group are co-sponsors along with Roche Brothers/Sudbury Farms of the spectacular fireworks! Come view the colorful assortment of fireworks with us at Hunnewell Field on Sunday May 17th at dusk. Get ready to scream, "ooo, ahhh" as the glamorous lights flash right before your eyes.

 

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Also, to honor all Veterans, stop by earlier in the day at the 47th Annual Wellesley Veterans’ Parade. The parade will take place on Sunday May 17, 2015, at 1:00PM. To see the full schedule of events, please click here. You will not want to miss out on these great events, which will feature rides, games, food, and more for families and friends.

To get a view of the fun, check out photos from previous years on our Facebook Page, flickr albums, and blogs.

 

We would like to thank in advance the Wellesley Celebrations Committee for organizing these amazing events, as well as the community and volunteers who support the occasion. In addition, a HUGE thank you to the Wellesley Police Department and Wellesley Fire Department for keeping our community safe.

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As Wellesley’s Smile Ambassadors, we can’t wait to share smiles with the entire town. We look forward to seeing you there!

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!

References:

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Wellesley Wonderful Weekend 2015: Schedule of Events

May 5th, 2015

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Mark your calendars and spread the word! We are eagerly looking forward to spending the weekend with you and your family at Wellesley’s Wonderful Weekend.  Also, stay tuned for more blog posts regarding further information and a glimpse at all the fun.

The 2015 Schedule is as follows:

Friday - May 15th 

3:00p.m. - 6:00p.m.
Annual Hunnewell Fun Fair*  — Hunnewell School PTO
Hunnewell Elementary School, 28 Cameron Street, Rides, games, crafts

Saturday - May 16th 

7:00a.m.—2:30p.m.
Pancake Festival* at the Wellesley Middle School — Rotary Club of Wellesley
50 Kingsbury Street

7:00a.m.—2:30p.m.
Free Eye Exams at the Needham Lions Club Eye Mobile at the Wellesley Middle School — Needham Lions Club
50 Kingsbury Street

Saturday—Sunday

(decamp after parade)
18th Century Military Encampment at Town Hall Grounds

The Royal Irish Artillery, Tours all day, Cannon Firing on the half hour on Saturday
525 Washington Street

9:00a.m.—10:00a.m.
Morses Pond Walk — Wellesley Trails Committee
Meet at 9:00am at gate to Morses Pond at end of Turner Road (off Weston Road)

9:00a.m.—3:30p.m.
8:00a.m. start for members
Gardeners' Fair at Elm Bank*  Mass Horticultural Society
Elm Bank Horticulture Center, 900 Washington Street
(free for members)

Fun for Kids, Food, Special Lectures, Garden Tours

Garden tours at 9a.m. and noon. Fairy houses at 10:00a.m. Herbal Seed starting at 1:00p.m.

10:00a.m.—11:30a.m.
Dog Contest
Wellesley Board of Health, & Wellesley Animal Control
Warren School Field, 90 Washington Street (Route 16)

Prizes awarded in various categories including "shaggiest", "best grooomed", "best tricks", "wiggliest", and many more!

10:00a.m.—2:00p.m
Wheels of Wellesley at Wellesley Community Center
219 Washington Street

Featuring Exotic and Antique Cars, Motorcycles, and Bicycles plus live music from Cindy Lane Adams Band plus the Back to the Future Car

10:00a.m.—2:00p.m
Wellesley Farmers' Market
309 Washington Street

Come enjoy a variety of just picked fruits and vegetables, award winning fine food purveyors and special events to delight shoppers of all ages.

10:00a.m.— 3:00p.m

MLP Open House and Sustainable Living Festival at Wellesley Municipal Light Plant — 4 Municipal Way (455 Worcester Street, Route 9)

Family event for everyone with ideas for your home, garden, finances, health, plus kids' zone, fashions, beauty products, guitars, cars, etc.

10:00a.m.—4:00p.m
Raptors, Goats, and You - Explore the North 40 - Wellesley Celebrations Committee
Morses Pond Parking Lot (and follow signs)

Hay rides from Morses Pond parking lot, Garden tours, the Raptor Project - Birds of Prey, The Goat Girls.

11:00a.m.— 3:00p.m.
Open House at Wellesley Police Station
485 Washington Street

11:00a.m.— 3:00p.m.
Open House at Wellesley Main Fire Station #2
457 Worcester Street (Route 9)

noon — 4:00p.m.
UU Wellesley Spring Carnival
309 Washington Street

Classic carnival games and activities for all ages. Kiddie bounce house, face painting, pie eating contest, teen obstacle course, dunk tank, concessions and music!

1:00p.m. — 3:00p.m.
Build Your Own Woodland Troll & Fairy House — Wellesley Conservation Council
Cochituate Aqueduct, Russell Road / Kendall Road (for elementary school kids)

1:00p.m.—4:00p.m.
Art in the Park — Wellesley Community Art Project & Wellesley Women Artisans
Simon’s  Park (Corner of Washington & Brook Street, left of the Library)

4:00p.m.
Veterans’ Ecumenical Memorial Mass at Saint Paul Church
Wellesley Veterans’ Council
502 Washington Street

7:30p.m.
Sol y Canto* "Sublime ambassadors of Pan Latin traditional Music"
Wellesley Rotary in partnership with the WHS Spanish Club
Wellesley High School, 50 Rice Street

8:00p.m.
Spring Concert featuring Edward Whalen* — Wellesley Choral Society
Wellesley Hills Congregational Church, 207 Washington Street

Sunday - May 17th

8:00a.m.-5K Run
9:00a.m.-Kids 1K Run
Wonder Run 5K and Kids Fun Run 1K* Wellesley Hills Junior Women's Club
Wellesley High School, 50 Rice Street
Registration here.

1:00p.m.—3:00p.m.
47th Annual Wellesley Veterans’ Parade
2015 Theme: 40th Anniversary of the End of the Vietnam War
Wellesley Celebrations’ Committee

Bring a food item to the parade for the Wellesley Food Pantry - Look for the World of Wellesley (WOW) Float

The parade starts at the intersection of Route 16 (Washington Street) and Route 9 and continues westbound along Route 16 to Wellesley Square. The reviewing stand is in Wellesley Square.

4:00p.m.—5:30p.m.
Grace Knight Babson Fund for Religious Education — 55th Annual Program
Knight Auditorium, Babson College Campus, Wellesley Avenue

5:00p.m. — DUSK
Picnic in the Park at Hunnewell Field
Food*, drinks*,kid’s rides*, Hay rides*, crafts, games & other fun
Food by Charles River Rotary and others

6:30p.m. Main Attraction
Concert for Wellesley at Hunnewell Field
Featuring the Reminisants

DUSK
Fireworks —the Biggest Ever! at Hunnewell Field
Sponsors: Roche Brothers/Sudbury Farms and Wellesley Dental Group, Drs Ali and Ali

*Please note, asterisk indicates a small fee may be charged.

(Check here for last minute updates)

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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!

Can Yoga Improve Your Oral Health?

April 30th, 2015

 

 

Stressed out? Your dentist can usually tell! Stress can have a significant impact on your oral health.  In fact, dentists can detect oral symptoms of stress, including canker sores, teeth grinding (bruxism), gum diseasetemporomandibular disorders (TMD), burning mouth syndrome, and dry mouth, just to name a few. Luckily, many studies have shown that yoga can help people relieve stress, anxiety, and believe it or not, dental troubles!

Many studies have revealed that individuals who are stressed are more likely to neglect their oral care. As mentioned above, the tension in jaw muscles can lead to jaw clenching and teeth grinding. The good news is that along with alleviating stress, yoga improves posture. Poor posture not only affects your body, but also your mouth. It can cause the jaw to shift and affect the alignment of teeth. This can lead to Temporo-Mandibular Joint disorders (TMJ), which can cause pain chewing, nerve inflammation, headaches, and more!

Stress can also lead to dry mouth, which occurs due to low amounts of saliva production. Saliva flow is essential in helping get rid of germs in the mouth. Dry mouth leads to bad breath (halitosis), and can eventually develop into tooth decay and periodontal disease. Further, stress has been shown to increase inflammation in the mouth and  body. Bacteria in your mouth can cause gum inflammation, which plays a huge part in gingivitis and periodontal disease.

Although yoga may not fight cavities, it can improve the condition of your mouth and the health of your body by eliminating tension and stress. Yoga is a popular form of exercise that dates years and years back from India. Yoga incorporates both physical and mental disciplines for the purpose of achieving a peaceful balance between body and mind.  It promotes relaxation and can boost your mood, which can help you live longer and age-well. It also can reduce your blood pressure.

Another great thing about yoga is that it encourages a healthy lifestyle. It typically prompts people to practice better oral hygiene habits, implement healthier diets, and to get rid of poor oral health habits, including smoking.

So why not enjoy the many health benefits of yoga? There are plenty more, including:

  • Improving flexibility
  • Increasing muscle strength 
  • Preventing cartilage and joint breakdown 
  • Boosting immunity
  • Lowering blood sugar
  • Helping you focus
  • Improving your balance
  • Helping you sleep better
  • Increasing your self-esteem 
  • Benefiting your relationships

Yoga may not have been the first thing that you thought of when discussing how to maintain a healthy mouth. However, few methods of stress relief compare to that of yoga! Eliminating stress through practicing yoga may be a great option for preventing pain and oral health problems.

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:

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http://awomanshealth.com/stress-and-oral-health/

http://yoganonymous.com/practice-for-the-teeth-3-ways-yoga-improves-dental-health

http://www.medicinenet.com/temporomandibular_joint_syndrome_tmj/article.htm

http://www.yogajournal.com/article/health/count-yoga-38-ways-yoga-keeps-fit/

Xylitol's Not as Sweet as You Think

March 29th, 2015

Popular among the vast array of sugar substitutes, xylitol is one of the more popular natural sweeteners commonly found in sugar-free gum, toothpaste, cosmetic gels, and sweets.

Although xylitol is not dangerous and is found to cause less damage to teeth than sugar, it isn't exactly perfect. Previously, xylitol was suggested  to reduce tooth decay by preventing the growth of acid-producing bacteria. Yet, according to the Cochrane Library,  researchers suggests that there is little evidence that xylitol is actually beneficial in reducing the prevalence of tooth decay.Many individuals turn to sugar substitutes to satisfy a "sweet tooth," even in processed foods, which can worsen the risk of heart disease, stroke, or diabetes. While it is true that Xylitol is found in nature in many plants, xylitol is also manufactured for commercial use by the process of sugar hydrogenation, which involves the compound Raney nickel. The long term effects of are not currently known.

On the negative side, xylitol is only partially broken down in the stomach, and instead remains relatively intact in the intestines. The undigested portion ferments, and can lead to stomach cramps, acid reflux, or diarrhea. No need to worry, xylitol is FDA approved and is not considered hazardous.

Researchers in a study using 5,903 participants over ten different studies were unable to prove any benefit in the natural sweetener for preventing tooth decay in children and adults. For xylitol-containing products, including sugar-free gum, researchers did not find any significant evidence. According to two Costa Rican studies involving 4,216 school children, there was low quality evidence that levels of tooth decay were 13% lower in children who used a fluoride toothpaste with xylitol for three years versus those who used a fluoride-only toothpaste.

Philip Riley, a head researcher at the School of Dentistry at The University of Manchester, said, "Several of the studies included in the Cochrane review did not report sufficient information on the side effects of xylitol, which can include bloating, diarrhea and laxative effects. Sugar-free gums, sweets, mints and other products are well-known for their gastrointestinal effects and these should be clearly reported in future studies."

So, maybe xylitol isn't all it has cracked up to be! It is important to practice good oral health habits, and only chew sugar-free gum in moderation.

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.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/03/150325210320.htm

http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/xylitol-not-as-sweet-as-its-cracked-up-to-be/

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Fun Run, Fun Fair!

March 19th, 2015

 

Spring is in the air, which means we can put this winter's frosty past behind us! As the weather gets warmer, fun family events are in the forecast. If you are looking for something to do on a weekend morning with family, friends, and the community, look no further! We would love for you and your family to stop by and say hello to our team at the Wellesley Community Children’s Center's  (WCCC) 35th Annual Fun Run and Fun Fair . This event will take place on Saturday March 28, 2015 from 8:30am–12:00pm. It will be held nearby at Wellesley College's Keohane Sports Center in the newly renovated Dorthy Towne Fieldhouse. 

Make sure to register before March 23, 2015! You can download a printable registration form to be mailed in to WCCC or register online at www.wccc.wellesley.edu.

The WCCC is a non-profit institution that currently serves over 400 families in the metro-west community by providing a safe and positive environment for children. This is a great event that helps raise money for the WCCC’s Early Childhood and After School Programs.

The Fun Run/Fun Fair is full of children's activities, including basketball, nerf archery, lacrosse, baseball, football, soccer, frisbee, hockey, go fish, bean bag toss, ring toss, lollipop pull, running races and more! Hand stamps are available for $10 per child or $25 per family, which enables children to participate in all activities as many times as they would like! Children between 3 - 12 years of age may participate in running races for a race entry fee of $7, and $3 for siblings.  All racers will receive a race number donated by New Balance, and a participation ribbon. In addition, there will be refreshments, a raffle, and more fun for all ages.

You won't want to miss out on your chance of winning the silent auction and raffle prizes, which are all donated from local businesses and individuals! There will be more than 60 Silent Auction items.  In addition, the raffle includes over 60 items for both children and adults. Raffle tickets are $5 each or $50 for a book of tickets. A list of raffle donors, silent auction donors, and more information is included here.

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.wccc.wellesley.edu/?page_id=155

http://hometownweekly.net/wellesley-community-childrens-center-hosting-fun-run-p11372-197.htm

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A Dazzling White Smile is Worthwhile

March 5th, 2015

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Everyone wants that sparkling smile that stands out in a crowd, right? According to a survey conducted by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the most common response to the question, “What would you like to improve most about your smile?” was whiter and brighter teeth! Your smile is one of the first facial features one sees when looking at you. There are many benefits to having a whiter smile, including a greater confidence, and an impression of youth, success, warmth, and happiness. 

Sometimes teeth don't look as white as we'd like them to look. There are many culprits to teeth staining, from your favorite foods and drinks to smoking to even aging! Genes also play a role in the color of your teeth, depending on the thickness and smoothness of your enamel. The thinner your enamel is, the more the color of dentin is visible. If you notice staining in your child's teeth, it could be a result of too much fluoride as their teeth are still developing.

Tooth discoloration can happen to anyone, but don't let that discourage you from brightening your smile! Teeth whitening is a relatively inexpensive and won't affect existing dental appliances in the mouth. Although there are several natural home-remedies and over-the-counter whiteners, the most safe and reliable whitening techniques are provided by the dentist. A single visit to the dentist for whitening can brighten your teeth up to 10 shades within a short time. Teeth whitening is not permanent, but when repeated from time to time, your smile will remain brighter.
If you choose to use over-the-counter whitening products, be aware that you may experience tooth sensitivity and gum irritation if the whitening trays don't properly fit. Also, check with your dentist to make sure that your gums and teeth are healthy before beginning the whitening process to ensure the best results without side-effects.
Don't forget, good oral hygiene, including regular brushing, flossing, and office visits, can help you avoid many stains. Teeth whitening is a great option for a whiter and attention-grabbing 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://www.aacd.com/whitening

http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/w/whitening

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http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/Cosmetic-Dentistry/Tooth-Whitening/Tooth-Whitening-Basics/article/Tooth-Whitening.cvsp

Our New Hygienist Jennifer Holt

July 31st, 2013

Jennifer graduated from the Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in 2011. Prior to her career as a dental hygienist, Jennifer graduated from Bryant University with a degree in Business Administration.  In addition to working as a clinical dental hygienist, she is an adjunct faculty member at the Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene where she instructs new dental hygiene. Jennifer enjoys the opportunity dental hygiene gives her to make a positive impact on her patients oral and overall health and create meaningful relationships with her patients, community, and co-workers. Jennifer lives in Attleboro with her husband.

 

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

Internship Experience at Wellesley Dental Group

July 30th, 2013

Hi, my name is Christine and I am a student at Wellesley College and an intern at Wellesley Dental Group. After vacationing for a month in Seoul, South Korea, I spent my summer in Boston for the first time- shadowing Dr. Femina Ali while working on my dental school application.  I had previously shadowed at Wellesley Dental Group in January 2013 and learned so much real world dentistry. When they decided to offer another internship I could not resist.

Just Last Thursday, Dr. Ali asked me to stay and watch her own implant procedure by Dr. Ghazwan Ghazi, their periodontist.  I hadn't yet seen this treatment, so I accepted without hesitation.  It was marvelous! I learned so much about the procedure, and Dr. Ghazi's skill was clearly unmatched.  Dr. Femina was also very calm and comfortable (as usual) and after about an hour I saw the result: a beautiful blend of art and architecture.

During my time at Wellesley Dental Group I became a part of their family Family. I have learned so much and would recommend interning there to any dental enthusiast. This summer has been very special to me; I'll never forget my fabulous experiences at Wellesley Dental Group, and I'm looking forward to my Senior Year at Wellesley College!

Thank You Wellesley Dental Group!

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