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How to Protect "Buck Teeth"

August 28th, 2019

We all try to play it safe and keep our teeth protected and healthy, but sometimes traumatic dental injuries can be inevitable, particularly for children. From sports activities to just having some good-ole fun playing outside, accidents can happen and hurt your little one’s teeth. Sadly, not only can it be traumatic for your little one, but it can also be costly. The risk of dental trauma is specifically increased for children with teeth that protrude outwards. This is often known as, “buck teeth.” Due to the positioning of the teeth, the teeth often extend beyond the protective lip, which can make their teeth more susceptible to injuries. Take a look at the latest research on protruding teeth and what you can do to help prevent damaging them:

According to a recent study performed at the University of Adelaide in Australia, a connection was found between the degree of protrusion of children’s teeth and risk of damaging teeth. The study analyzed 50,000 children under the age of 19 years old. The study concluded that kids up to the age of six years old with teeth protruding over 3 mm are three times as likely to suffer with dental trauma than kids without protruding teeth. In addition, they found that kids over the age of six with teeth protruding greater than 5 mm are twice as likely to experience dental trauma.

Great news is that this risk can be reduced! Regular dental check-ups are extrememly important for your child to help lower the chance of developing long-term dental issues. Protruding teeth can be caused by numerous things. This includes negative oral habits such as thumb-sucking, longterm pacifier use, and tongue-thrusting. Genetics may also play a role in the alignment of teeth. Your dentist can analyze the relationship of your teeth and come up with the right treatment options to help prevent their harm. Orthodontic treatment may be necessary to help correct protruding teeth. Also, be sure that your child always wears a properly fitting mouth guard when playing sports to help prevent dental trauma.

Remember, prevention is key! If teeth are knocked out or injured at an early stage, this can cause extra dental procedures including root canals or even extractions.

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist, Dr. Derek, and Dr. Emad is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Stephens would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.

References:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190514090100.htm

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/cosmetic-dentistry/adult-orthodontics/buck-teeth-causes-0516-

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What Makes Us Unique: Regional Favorite Dental Office and Wellesley's #1 Choice

July 17th, 2019

At Wellesley Dental Group, our team is dedicated and proud to serve as “smile ambassadors” to our communities. One of our primary goals is to help you achieve a healthy and dazzling smile that will last a lifetime. Our caring team believes that your health, comfort, and satisfaction are top priorities. Through our full service, multi-specialty office, we provide you with a comprehensive treatment plan that is tailored to your needs and desires so that your beautiful smile is a reflection of you!

Drs. Ejaz and Dr. Femina Ali, their daughter Dr. Zarah Ali, and their son-in-law, Dr. Hassan Barra, along with the rest of the family team at WDG work together to provide quality care, top-tier dental technology, and everything you need under one roof so that you receive the highest level of dental treatment. We have a passion for service and outreach to our communities, as well as our love for enhancing our knowledge and skills. With an emphasis on prevention, we aim to keep you informed about your health and relevant dental and medical news to help you maintain a healthy smile. Be sure to keep a lookout for informative blog postings about dental-related topics and activities happening in the community through our website and social media accounts: FacebookLinkedIn, Pinterest, and Twitter.

We are so proud of the reputation we’ve earned in the community we have served for over 20 years. Thanks to our patients, Wellesley Dental Group was voted Wicked Local Readers Choice Awards Regional Favorite Dental Office and Wellesley’s #1 Choice for 2019. We are also thrilled that we are recognized by Boston Magazine as Best of Boston Top Dentist for 2017 and 2018. We couldn't have done it without you!

 

We hope that you will become a part of our family here at Wellesley Dental Group.

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist, Dr. Derek, and Dr. Emad is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Stephens would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.

Have Teeth that are Too Big or Too Small?

February 23rd, 2019

Although not frequently common, you may know someone or yourself experience having a tooth or teeth that are smaller or larger than normal in size. When adult permanent teeth appear to be smaller, or similar to the size of baby teeth, this condition is known as Microdontia. Microdontia commonly affects the upper lateral incisors, and are often referred to as peg laterals. On the other hand, if the teeth are larger than usual, this is known as Macrodontia. When every tooth is affected by Macrodontia, this is typically due to the rare condition pituitary gigantism, which is seen in children and affects other parts of the body such as the feet and hands. Both conditions have been mainly associated with genetics. However, other causes including certain syndromes, unilateral facial hypoplasia, gigantism, and hormonal imbalance, for instance, could be contributing factors.

Macrodontia and Microdontia can create some issues for people, including crowding or excess space, teeth misalignment, and even impact someone's confidence in smiling. The discrepancy between the upper and lower relationship of teeth when biting together as a result of macrodontia or microdontia could cause individuals to have trouble chewing or speaking. It can also lead to excessive wear on the teeth. Luckily, there are ways to correct macrodontia and microdontia with certain treatment options.

For Microdontia:

  • Composite Restorations: Composite, a tooth-colored filling material can correct the shape and size of teeth by bonding to the tooth.
  • Dental Veneers: Veneers are custom-made to cover the front surface of teeth to help improve one's smile. They are made of a combination of porcelain or ceramic materials that match the color of teeth.
  • Dental Crowns: If a tooth is shaped abrnomally crowns can help cover teeth and help fix the tooth size discrepancy.

For Macrodontia:

Some cases may not need treatment, unless wanting to treat for esthetic reasons. If Macrodontia has caused crowding, orthodontics (braces) or other restorative treatments may help create the proper bite and improve esthetics. Teeth may also be contoured to a smaller size or different shape depending on the severity of the case.

Extraction may be recommended if the tooth affected by Macrodontia does not erupt into the mouth.

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation.

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

References:

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/life-stages/childrens-oral-care/understanding-macrodontia-what-it-is-and-how-to-treat-it-

http://www.columbia.edu/itc/hs/dental/d7710/client_edit/dental_anomalies.pdf

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New Year, Healthier Teeth!

December 31st, 2018

Happy New Year's Eve! As we approach 2019 this is a perfect time to think about what we want for the New Year. Many people wish for improved health without realizing that overall health involves dental health. Resolutions to keep your smile beaming will help your body in the long run! Here's some resolutions that can make a huge difference in improving your health:

Applying Good Toothbrushing and Flossing Habits

In order to successfully remove bacterial plaque and prevent developing cavities, it is important to brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once a day. Choosing a soft-bristled manual or electric toothbrush along with toothpaste that has fluoride in it is essential for effective toothbrushing. Fluoride within toothpaste helps remineralize your tooth enamel and prevent bacteria from forming acids that can erode your tooth enamel. It is also important to make sure that you are brushing gently at a 45- degree angle toward the gumline, as food particles and bacteria love to hide in this area. A toothbrush should be replaced approximately every 3-4 months or as soon as you notice the bristles are frayed. Although it can be hard to remember to floss, your teeth will thank you in the long run because regular toothbrushing cannot reach in the same areas (below the gumline and in-between teeth). This way you can prevent gingivitis, periodontal disease, tooth decay, and bad breath. You can add mouthwash containing fluoride to your oral hygiene regimen also to improve your oral health.

Adopt a Healthy Diet

What you eat plays an important role in your dental and overall health. It is best to stay away from frequently consuming foods and drinks that have a lot of sugars and acids which contribute to tooth decay. Nutritious foods including fruits, vegetables, and nuts often help your body fight bacteria and inflammation, as well as keep your teeth in great condition. Replace unhealthy snacks with foods such as apples, carrots, celery, and cheese which naturally help remove plaque from teeth. It is also recommended to chew gum that contains Xylitol after eating which can help neutralize acids and prevent cavities from developing.

Schedule Regular Dental Checkups in the New Year

Scheduling regular dental visits will help improve your smile and keep a close check on any dental problems that may be around. The New Year is a great time to begin or complete any dental work including crowns, implants, or fillings that need to be done, or even correction of an abnormal bite with braces or Invisalign to enhance your smile. Also if you've been looking for a brighter smile, tooth whitening is a great option and can be done at our office with ZOOM!

Avoid Tobacco and Alcohol Use 

The New Year is a great time to quit smoking to help improve your dental and overall health. Tobacco products negatively impact your mouth in several ways including causing gum recession, cavities, tooth discoloration, and cancer. Research states that smokers are approximately 2X's more likely to have tooth loss than people who don't smoke. In addition, alcohol consumption can lead to increased gum recession and tooth staining.

 

 

Take these New Year's resolutions into consideration for 2019. May your New Year be bright and all your smiles be white!

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

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

References:

https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/h/holiday-ideas

https://www.deltadentalins.com/oral_health/new-year.html

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Could There Be Bacteria On Your Retainer?

November 27th, 2018

We all know the importance of brushing our teeth to keep bacteria away in order to preserve the health of our teeth. But many who wear clear aligners or retainers to help keep teeth straight may not know that they also need to keep bacteria away from these appliances to keep their teeth healthy. Retainers are commonly instructed to be worn after having braces to correct one’s bite so that the teeth do not shift out of the correct position over time. Beware of the myth: Retainers are bacteria-free so long as you brush your teeth twice a day and do not eat with the retainer on. The truth is that bacteria and plaque can easily accumulate on your retainer whether eating or not, and it is therefore recommended to clean retainers every time you brush your teeth. Here are some ways you can keep your retainer clean, some interesting new research, and what can happen if you don't clean your retainer:

"What signs indicate that my retainer isn't clean?"

If your retainer hasn't been cleaned regularly, you may start to notice a smell or bad taste from the retainer. You may also start seeing a cloudy film on the retainer or white spots, which could indicate tartar/mineral buildup that can cause dental cavities. Retainers may even break or crack due to bacteria.

"How should I clean my retainer?"

Be sure to drink plenty of water, which can help prevent bacterial growth, dry mouth, and damage to the retainer. Acidic drinks like soda and sports drinks can negatively impact not only your teeth, but your retainer also!

Retainers should be cleaned with a soft-brisltled toothbrush, every time you brush your teeth. In addition you can use a cotton swab to clean deep grooves and ridges. Check with your dentist about soaking your retainer for about 20 minutes or the instructed amount of time in a denture or retainer cleaner, for instance Efferdent or Polident. Rinsing with non-alcoholic mouthwash and cold for about 3 minutes can also help fight bacteria found on the retainer. Make sure to avoid placing your retainer in hot temperature water because it can distort the retainer. Also, gently scrub and clean your retainer case, which can  harbor bacteria.

"What if I don't clean my retainer?"

If you don’t clean your retainer, it will become the home of bacteria including Streptococcus that can breakdown your enamel. In addition, the opportunistic pathogen, Candida albicans, a yeast which is normally found within the mouth may cause an infection known as oral thrush. These infections may negatively impact your health particularly if you are immunocompromised.

Researchers are now looking at additional ways to help fight the bacteria that are wearing down tooth enamel and the plastics in retainers. Published in May 2018 in the journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, researchers created a layered film with stronger materials that are hydrophilic (love water) and applied it to dental retainers, which helped prevent the bacteria from sticking to the retainers. They found that the growth of bacteria went down by 75%.

Overall, it is important to know that keeping a clean retainer is equally as important as keeping your teeth clean!

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

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

References:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/05/180523133250.htm

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/317894.php

 

What's Up With My Bite?

October 7th, 2018

Malocclusion, or the misalignment of opposing teeth in the upper and lower jaw, is very common in both children and adults. This is often due to the fact that teeth can move slowly overtime just from the normal forces of chewing. This can even occur in individuals who have had braces in the past if they are not wearing a retainer. But not to worry, occlusal/bite problems can be identified early on in children while they still have baby teeth or mixed dentition and restored with orthodontic treatment.

Sometimes malocclusion can be genetic, or due to unhealthy oral health habits during childhood such as thumb sucking  or tongue thrusting. An orthodontic consult is typically recommended for all children around the age of 7 as permanent teeth start coming in so that any potential orthodontic problems can be identified.

Adults may also begin to notice crowding developing visible when smiling. This could occur for various reasons, including teeth shifting out of place after the loss of a tooth. Despite age, orthodontics can help anyone experiencing common tooth alignment issues:

Abnormal eruption

This is caused when a tooth erupts from the gums in the wrong place. The tooth could be blocked from developing in the correct place (tooth impaction), in which a minor oral surgery treatment can be performed to uncover the tooth before beginning orthodontics to bring the tooth into the correct position.

 

 

Crossbite

Crossbite occurs when  one or more of the upper teeth are positioned behind the lower teeth. Orthodontic appliances including a palatal expander can solve this problem in children whose jaws are still developing.

 

 

 

Crowding

This occurs due to a lack of space in the jaw either because the teeth are too big or the jaws are too small. Crowding can be corrected by removing some teeth and/or creating more space within the jaws through orthodontic appliances.

 

 

 

 

Excessive spacing

Spaces may develop when teeth are lost or there is a difference between jaw size and tooth size. These spaces can be closed with braces to ensure teeth don't shift out of place.

 

 

 

Open bite

An open bite can be hereditary, or be the result of prolonged thumb sucking r tongue thrusting. This results in a space between the upper and lower front teeth when biting down.

 

 

 

Overbite

Also known as a deep bite, occurs when the upper front teeth cover the majority of the lower teeth.

 

 

 

 

Overjet

This occurs when the upper front teeth protrude outwards or the lower teeth are inclined toward the tongue. This can be hereditary, or from improper jaw development, missing lower teeth and/or improper positioning of molars. Poor oral habits including thumb sucking or tongue thrusting can contribute to overjet.

 

 

 

Underbite

This is characterized by the lower front teeth covering the upper front teeth. This may be due to overgrowth of the lower jaw and/or less development of the upper jaw.

 

 

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

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

References:

http://decisionsindentistry.com/article/10-orthodontic-challenges-primary-mixed-dentition/?inf_contact_key=e17b0783bf79a8d42df1839c50865018e7b31325dd704fa477f44a4202dc9fcdhttp://www.abckiddentist.com/orthodontics/common-orthodontic-problems

http://www.abckiddentist.com/orthodontics/common-orthodontic-problems

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Enhancing Your Smile with Invisalign

January 15th, 2017

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Straightening your teeth doesn't have to be uncomfortable or inconvenient! With Invisalign, you can get the smile of your dreams without food restrictions or brackets and wires.

This kind of orthodontic treatment uses clear, removable aligners made with 3D computer imaging technology. Therefore, you can eat or drink whatever you want and brush and floss without complications. Because there are no metal or wires involved, you don't need to come into the office as often to get adjustments.

Invisalign gradually and gently shifts your teeth into their correct placements. You will only need to visit us about once every six weeks for a checkup, and the total treatment lasts about nine to 15 months.

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and their newest addition to the team, Dr. Zarah Ali, if you have any thoughts or concerns. The caring team at Wellesley Dental Group will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation.

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

Resources:

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https://www.invisalign.com/how-invisalign-works

Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017!

January 12th, 2017

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Some common new year's resolutions are exercising more or trying a new activity, but did you know that improving your oral health should also be one of your priorities for 2017? Healthy teeth is the key to your overall well-being! A few small improvements could lead to great rewards.

The first step to a healthier mouth is to have better brushing and flossing habits.

  • If you've had your toothbrush for more than three or four months, replace it! Worn bristles don't clean your teeth as well as a brand new toothbrush!
  • Brush at least two times a day with a fluoride toothpaste for two minutes every day. This is the best way to avoid bad breath, cavities, and infection!
  • Don't forget to floss at least once a day to get rid of the bacteria and food particles stuck between your teeth.
  • Use a fluoride mouthwash.

Another important part of maintaining your oral health is your diet.

  • Avoid acidic and sugary drinks to prevent tooth decay!
  • Try to limit snacking in between meals
  • Chew sugar-free gum or brush after meals
  • Drink water with fluoride

And last but not least, make sure to schedule regular appointments with your dentist!

  • You could prevent oral diseases or fix them at an early stage
  • You may need braces to fix abnormal bites, straighten your teeth, or enhance your smile
  • You could get whitening treatment to have a whiter smile
  • It's important for your overall health!

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and their newest addition to the team, Dr. Zarah Ali, if you have any thoughts or concerns. The caring team at Wellesley Dental Group will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation.

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

Resources:

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http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/life-stages/adult-oral-care/article/a-new-years-you-dental-health-resolutions-0114

http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/h/holiday-ideas

The Key to a Healthy Smile with Braces

August 13th, 2016

Even though braces will allow you to have a beautiful smile, they can also trap food particles and cause plaque to build up in your mouth. However, braces don't have to be a burden if you take care of your teeth properly during treatment!

Here are some good oral hygiene tips to follow if you have braces:

1. Use toothpaste with fluoride

By brushing your teeth with a high-fluoride toothpaste, you can stop white spots and decay from forming on your teeth. Try to brush for a full two minutes after every meal or at least twice a day. Make sure that your toothbrush reaches all the spots under wires and between brackets. Replace your toothbrush around every three months.

2. Rinse with mouthwash

Rinsing with a mouthwash twice a day for a minute helps wash away plaque and food particles stuck between your brackets.

3. Floss!

It's even easier for food to get stuck in between your teeth if you have braces. Threader floss is recommended, because it has a stiffer side that allows you to floss between your brackets, but regular floss is better than no floss at all!

Take good care of your teeth when you have braces, otherwise you could develop gum disease, gingivitis, or other oral health problems.

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and their newest addition to the team, Dr. Zarah Ali, if you have any thoughts or concerns. The caring team at Wellesley Dental Group will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation.

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

Resources:

http://dentistrytoday.com/todays-dental-news/9907-high-fluoride-toothpaste-may-aid-brace-wearers

http://www.oralb.com/embraceit/how-to-take-care-of-braces

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Achieve a Beautiful Smile with Orthodontics!

June 13th, 2016

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Are you self-conscious about your smile? If so, we can help you feel confident and beautiful with orthodontics! After undergoing treatment with braces, you'll have the smile of your dreams. At Wellesley Dental Group, we will ensure that you feel comfortable and satisfied with your experience. Treatment usually varies from one to three years.

There are many different types of orthodontic appliances. They can be made of metal, ceramic, or plastic and are either removable or bonded to your teeth. You have the choice of clear, metallic, and many other colors for your brackets.

The types of treatment we offer include:

  • Traditional Metal Braces: most common, made of high quality stainless steel, uses brackets and archwires, have the option of adding colored elastics

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  • Self-ligating Braces: made from same materials as traditional braces, no elastics (fewer appointments/less friction), traditional metal, ceramic, or clear brackets, specialized clip

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  • Clear Braces: less prominent clear brackets, require more attention to oral hygiene, larger and more brittle brackets

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  • Clear Aligners: invisible, removable, and comfortable acrylic trays, easier to brush and floss

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  • Gold Braces: like traditional braces, but coated in gold

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  • Lingual Braces: hidden behind teeth, invisible when you smile, customized for patients, reasonable for athletes, wind instrument musicians, models, actors/actresses, etc.

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and their newest addition to the team, Dr. Zarah Ali, if you have any thoughts or concerns. The caring team at Wellesley Dental Group will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation.

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

Resources:

http://www.invisalign.com/orthodontic-treatment

http://www.wellesleydentalgroup.com/orthodontics

 

Do You Have a Gap Between Your Teeth?

May 26th, 2016

Taylor Swift might like the gap between your teeth, but your orthodontist might think differently. A gap between teeth, most commonly between the two upper front teeth, is called a diastema. Extra spaces between teeth or crowding of teeth can be caused by one of these problems:

  • a difference in jaw bone size or teeth size
  • teeth that are too big or small for the jaw
  • some teeth are missing or undersized (especially with the upper lateral incisors)
  • habits such as thumb sucking, incorrect swallowing reflexes, tongue thrusting
  • periodontal disease

A diastema doesn't seem like the worst, but spaces can become larger if tongue habits are not corrected or if periodontal disease is not treated. Pain might occur during eating, and teeth could become even more loose. The gaps can last a lifetime. To decrease your chances of getting a diastema, make sure to brush and floss regularly and correct your tongue habits.

There are many options for treating a diastema. You can choose to:

  • get orthodontic treatment (braces) to close the gap
  • use thin pieces of porcelain (porcelain veneers) that are bounded to the outside of the teeth
  • dental implants or dentures
  • crown and bridge work

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and their newest addition to the team, Dr. Zarah Ali, if you have any thoughts or concerns. The caring team at Wellesley Dental Group will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation.

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

Resources

http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/cosmetic-dentistry/early-orthodontics/article/diastema-gap-between-teeth

http://www.colgateprofessional.com/patient-education/articles/diastemas-and-treatment-options

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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

Sleep Apnea and Permanent Tooth Extraction

April 12th, 2016

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Sleep apnea is common condition that can lead to trouble sleeping and cause tiredness throughout the day even after a full night's rest. Individuals with sleep apnea experience one or more pauses in breathing during their sleep that can last from seconds to minutes. Aside from excessive daytime sleepiness, signs of sleep apnea also include dry mouth, headache, and snoring, just to name a few.

Research has found that sleep apnea may increase the risk of of high blood pressure, heart problems, stroke, obesity, and diabetes, and the chance of getting into a car accident.

So, you may be wondering how this condition plays a role in dentistry. Some studies suggest that getting teeth extracted for braces can increase one's risk for developing sleep apnea.Orthodontic treatment is the perfect solution to correcting crowded teeth, protruding teeth, gapped teeth, and jaw problems. For well over 50 years and still today, dentists have debated the treatment of extracting permanent teeth for orthodontic treatment. Some dentists extract permanent teeth because it's easier to create more space between teeth, while others use alternative methods, such as palate expansion or headgear to correct one's smile.

Some argue that pre-orthodontic tooth extraction makes the jaw narrower and forces the tongue to lay further back into the mouth and restrict the airway. Also, some believe that extractions can lead to changes in one's facial appearance and temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). TMD is a condition that results in oral issues including chewing problems and jaw pain. However, further research is needed because it is unclear whether these notions are actually the case.

Others counter these arguments and claim that the jaw doesn't necessarily become narrowed and can even become widened depending on various factors. In addition, some argue that extractions can be beneficial for individuals with lip strain or thin gums.

Studies observing patients who've had teeth extracted for orthodontic treatment are inclusive in their findings. These studies often only offer a limited assessment of the patient's airway to see what's actually occurring.  Two studies of patients found no change in the pharyngeal airway as well as a third study.  However, three other studies found a reduction in the airway size of some patients. Researchers believe that the difference in findings could be due to racial differences in the response of the airway to movement of the teeth.

Overall, its unclear whether or not extractions lead to sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a complex condition and further research is needed to explain its association with permanent tooth extractions. If you feel that you are excessively sleepy during the day you may want to contact a sleep specialist so that they can conduct a sleep study. If you are in need of any orthodontic treatment or have questions regarding permanent tooth extractions,  Dr. Emad is happy to help. Dr. Emad Abdallah is a faculty member at Tufts Craniofacial Pain Center.

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://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/sleepapnea

http://www.naturalhealingnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/iStock_000002751438Medium.jpg

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24963245

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20677956

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24963245

 

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

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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

My Amazing Experience with ZOOM! Whitening

August 8th, 2015

Hi, everyone!

My name is Jules Mann and I am a rising junior at Wellesley College. I am so excited to be a guest blogger for the Wellesley Dental Group so that I can share my experience using their ZOOM! Whitening service.

Before...

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...and after!

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Even after years of braces, I had always felt slightly insecure about my smile. My teeth had some discoloration and uneven shades, most likely due to my burgeoning coffee habit. My whitening appointment changed all of that.

My appointment was quick and painless. I experienced almost no sensitivity! Kathy, the dental assistant who helped me, was quick, thorough, and kept me smiling as she applied gel and then light to my teeth. In under 30 minutes, my teeth were many shades whiter and had completely even coloration. Now, I use the custom whitening trays Kathy made for me at home so that I can maintain my new smile and not have to give up my morning cup of coffee.

I am so grateful for Kathy and the rest of the team at Wellesley Dental Group; I just cannot stop smiling!

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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 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.wellesleydentalgroup.com/index2.php#/rtext_3/3/

http://wellesleydentalgroup.com/blog/?s=zoom

http://www.zoomwhitening.com/en_us/teeth_whitening

Nail Biting: A Habit Worse for Teeth Than for Nails

June 7th, 2015

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We rely on our teeth to help us speak, chew, and to spread a smile. But, what our teeth shouldn’t be used for is biting nails. Nail biting is a common habit for many, and it’s approximated that half of all humans bite their nails. There are several beliefs as to why people bite their nails, but many come to the conclusion that the bad habit is stress related or is a behavior that’s learned during childhood.

For some, it can be hard not to resort to nail biting. However, it is important to understand that your dental health is at a much greater risk than just your manicure.

Here is a list of some of the many negative effects that nail biting can have on your oral health:

Biting your nails can lead to chipped or cracked teeth. Chewing on tough and sharp fingernails can have a heavy impact on your teeth. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, nail biting can crack, chip, or wear down front teeth as a result of the pressure applied from continuously biting.

Nail biting can create a gap between your two front teeth (known as diastama). Nail biting from a very early age is believed to cause a gap between two teeth.

Nail biting can weaken the roots of your teeth. Individuals with braces are particularly at risk for root resorption, or shortening of the roots, which can weaken the roots of teeth and can lead to tooth loss.

Nail biting is germy! Fingernails can be full of germs and bacteria, especially since they are hard to reach and clean. They're almost twice as germy as hands! This makes nail biters at an increased risk for transferring germs and bacteria into the body. Biting your nails is an easy way to transfer a virus, cold, or other illness. It can also cause paronychia, which is a skin infection that surrounds the nail.

Biting your nails can cause TMJ Disorder. Nail biting can be damaging to your jaw. The constant biting can cause TMJ Disorder, which can also cause pain, headaches, and jaw alignment issues.

Nail biting can damage gums.

Jagged and sharp fingernails can damage gums tissue and cause gingivitis. When the gum tissue becomes torn, bacteria from fingernails can spread into the bloodstream and throughout the body.

Biting your fingernails can cause you to spend a lot of money. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, individuals who bite their nails spend approximately $4,000 more on dental expenses in their lifetime than those who don't bite their nails.

 

Teeth should also not be used as tools, such as to open a bottle or chew on a pencil. These poor habits can put you at greater risk for bruxism (teeth-grinding), which can cause tooth sensitivity, tooth loss, recessed gums, and many more oral problems.

Wearing a mouth guard may be a great way to avoid nail biting and thus help prevent further damage to your teeth. Also, try keeping your nails trimmed short to prevent the urge to bite them.

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.oralanswers.com/biting-finger-nails-teeth/

http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/ADA/2008/article/ADA-06-Nail-Biting-Can-Be-Harmful-To-Teeth.cvsp

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/18/nail-biting-bad-for-you_n_5675467.html

http://www.whiteheadortho.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/how-to-stop-nail-biting.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 

Do Love Bugs Exist?

January 22nd, 2015

With Valentine's Day quickly approaching, love is definitely in the air! Many may not realize the role kissing plays in oral health. Kissing increases saliva production in your mouth, which helps to neutralize acids and wash away plaque that can lead to tooth decay. Kissing is also beneficial for your overall health, as it can reduce blood pressure, relieve cramps and headaches, boost self-esteem, and even help you burn calories! However, kissing has consequences too. Did you know that a single ten-second French kiss can transfer an average of 80 million bacteria from one mouth to another? 

According to a study conducted by researchers at Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research, it's true! The study examined tongue-swabs from 21 couples in Amsterdam. Some volunteers were also given a probiotic yogurt drink that contained a marker bacteria, and then asked to kiss their partners. Researchers found that a quick peck transferred an average of 1,000 bacteria, and a more intimate kiss transferred an average of 80 million bacteria from one mouth to another. It was also found that the more often a couple kissed, the more similar their saliva was in comparison to strangers.

Other studies have shown that cavity-causing bacteria can even be transmitted from a mother’s mouth to her baby.

According to the Micropia Museum, there are more than 700 different kinds of bacteria in the mouth. Although not all bacteria is bad, bacteria can produce acids and increase your risks of developing cavities. kissing is often a common way to spread cavity-causing bacteria, colds, cold sores, and the flu, especially if good oral health habits aren't regularly practiced by you and your partner! It is important to brush, rinse, and floss daily. Don't forget to brush your tongue and the roof of your mouth!

To reduce the risk of transferring or catching an infection while kissing, avoid kissing when you or your partner are sick or have active cold sores. Maintain good oral hygiene and schedule regular visits to the dentist.

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation.

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

References:

http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-kissing-bacteria-exchange-20141118-story.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/17/bacteria-kiss-how-many-transfer_n_6171034.html

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/01/30/8-kissing-benefits.aspx

http://www.national-awareness-days.com/images/international-kissing-day.jpg

5 Ways to Get an A in Oral Health

August 27th, 2014

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With the school season around the corner oral health has to be at the top of your list! During the summer it’s easy to become more lenient with kids about what they eat, so dentists recommend that now is a good time to check in with the dentist and do a cleaning. Research shows that 60% of children fail to visit the dentist once a year. Now is a good time to check for cavities, for untreated tooth decay - all of this can keep a child from eating, speaking, sleeping, and even learning to their fullest potential. Parents should also be mindful of the snacks and lunches they pack. Some schools offering enticing sugary snacks for kids, but it is a good idea to pack healthy foods, keeping a child’s sugar intake at bay.

We challenge you do beat these statistics and start the school year off with healthy teeth! Request an appointment with Dr. Kim, our excellent pediatric dentist, or call 781-237-9071 with questions.

1891176_10151970757410913_476601832_n1. Consistent brushing. As always it is important to instill the habit of brushing twice a day. Getting back to school, children have to be reminded of the morning and evening routine. It is helpful to set up a time for brushing after breakfast and before going to bed. Dentists also recommend that brushing after every meal can be beneficial.  There are many fun toothbrushes that have been coming out, and along with buying new folders and notebooks, parents can look into buying themed travel toothbrush and toothpaste that children can bring to school in their lunchbox. Just make sure that the toothpaste contains fluoride and that the travel toothbrush has soft bristles!

2. Flossing before brushing. To get an A vs. a B in oral care, you have to make sure to remember flossing.  For small children, convenient pre-strung floss picks can make it easier to reach between teeth in little mouths. Put a floss pick on your child’s plate so they remember that right after they eat, they need to floss. By making these actions routine, your child will develop good habits they can lean on for the rest of their life.

3. Fluoride rinses. Once you are sure your child can swish mouthwash without swallowing it, add a rinse to their routine. Not only is it fun and leaves the cleanest feeling, but it also helps remineralise teeth and protect them from the effects sweets and soda have on gentle enamel. This step will put the parent's mind at ease!

4. Help make dentist their friend. Dentist visits are necessary and although many young students are afraid of them, parents can help put their mind at ease. Research shows, that if the parents show anxiety about the dental check-ups, it's far more likely that the children will, as well. Dentist are working to help you have the best quality of life, besides dentistry has come a long way in terms of comfort and amenities. A kid's visit often includes playing in the waiting area, watching cartoons for distraction, drawing and getting fun prizes and stickers. Be sure to prepare your child for their dental visits by explaining how the staff will take a picture of their teeth during X-rays, clean their teeth and examine the teeth. Eliminate the unknowns and your child will walk into the dentist office with more confidence and a better understanding.

At our office in Wellesley, two friends will greet your children upon their visit - dinosaurs Christoper and Kiki. They will help your kids practice their brushing skills!

5. See the dentist every 6 months.  It is recommended that school-age children visit the dentist twice a year. It is important to make sure all transitions that a child’s teeth goes through are happening in a timely manner, whether is it is losing baby teeth or expecting permanent ones to come in. Staying on a regular six month schedule will keep your visits timely and give you an early alert if a child needs extra help with their brushing and flossing or has issues that need to be treated.

Now that everyone is getting back to school, let’s make it important to keep up with good oral health this school year! Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com

Request a check-up with Dr. Kim, our pediatric dentist, or call 781-237-9071.

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References:

http://fatcatwebproductions.com/ThePaper_2014/md-thenews/content/complete-your-healthy-back-school-routine-dental-care

http://islandgazette.net/news-server5/index.php/local-business-news/business-news/health-and-wellness/20333-back-to-school-time-to-get-back-to-dental-routine-9-11-2013

http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/ADA/2010/article/ADA-08-Consumer-News-Back-to-School.cvsp

http://www.astdd.org/docs/schoolbased-ohp-ma-oh-coalition-whitepaper-nov-2011.pdf

http://thegazette.com/2012/10/31/halloween-a-dentists-dilemma/

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Snacks for Healthy Teeth

March 28th, 2014

Healthy Snacks for Kids and AdultsLooking for healthy snack alternatives? There are a lot of tasty snacks that are less damaging to teeth. Eating healthy foods can help protect you and your child from tooth decay and other oral health problems. It is important to avoid sugary snacks. The bacteria in plaque found on teeth turns sugar into acids. These acids deteriorate tooth enamel, which can lead to cavities. The more times you consume sugary snacks throughout the day, the more often bacteria is able to produce acids. Limiting sugar intake can improve oral health!

Encourage your child to eat healthy snacks to help keep their smiles healthy. An easy way to get your child interested in eating healthy snacks is to prepare tasty combinations, such as apple slices with peanut butter. Also, when creating a grocery list, involve your child by finding out what they enjoy eating, and helping them understand what’s good and bad for their teeth. Sending your child to school with nutritious snacks can help your them have healthier teeth.

Here's a list of some smart snack choices for you and your family:

Proteins

Chicken breast

Fish

Turkey

Pork

Pumpkin seeds

Sunflower seeds

Nuts

 

Fresh fruits and
raw vegetables

Berries

Melons

Pears

Broccoli

Celery

Carrots

Cucumbers

Tomatoes

 

Grains

Whole-wheat bagels

Unsweetened cereals

Plain popcorn

Baked tortilla chips

Whole-wheat crackers

Low-salt Pretzels

 

Milk and dairy products

Low or non-fat milk

Low or non-fat yogurt

Cheese

Sweets aren't the only unhealthy snacks. Junk foods, such as pizza, are also potentially damaging to teeth. Also, avoid sticky foods, which tend to remain on teeth and cause plaque to build up. Be aware that even some healthy snacks, if eaten in excess, may promote tooth decay. Be selective when it comes to choosing a snack, and remember to brush your teeth after snacks and meals!

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation.

References:

http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/Oral-and-Dental-Health-at-Any-Age/Infants-and-Children/Toddler-Child-Transitional-Care/article/Smart-Snacks-for-Healthy-Teeth.cvsp
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Dental Hygiene Habits to Break that Cause Plaque

March 21st, 2014

tooth brush trainingKeep plaque from forming on your teeth by avoiding poor dental hygiene habits. Plaque is a colorless film of bacteria that sticks to teeth. The bacteria within plaque releases acids that deteriorate tooth enamel. Brushing and flossing regularly can easily remove plaque. However, as time passes and plaque builds up on teeth, it steadily hardens, forming tartar. Tartar is not easily removable and can cause gum disease. Instilling good habits will make for healthy teeth and a knockout smile!

Win the battle against plaque by dodging these bad habits for your oral health:

No. 1: Not Brushing Regularly

The buildup of plaque damages your teeth. It is important to brush your teeth at least twice a day. Don’t forget to brush all of the surfaces of your teeth, especially the space where the gums and teeth collide.

No. 2: Forgetting to Floss Daily

You can prevent cavities from forming by flossing once a day! Flossing is extremely important, particularly because brushing often cannot reach in between teeth where plaque hides. Also, flossing is essential in order to prevent periodontal disease because it clears plaque at the gum line. Antibacterial mouthwash also helps prevent tooth decay.

No. 3: Turning Teeth into Tools

Untying knots, chewing ice, or opening bags with your teeth can damage fillings and cause your teeth to crack. It is easy for plaque to hide in grooves and crevices on the surfaces of teeth.

No. 4: Missing Regular Dental Check-Ups

Brushing and flossing daily are not the only essential dental habits. It is important to visit the dentist for your regular check-ups. Without visiting the dentist, you have a higher chance of losing your teeth, and developing cavities and other oral health problems.

No. 5: Having a Poor Diet

The foods you eat play a major role in your oral health. Many vegetables and fruits, such as cucumbers, carrots, and apples, eliminate plaque from your teeth. Stay away from sodas, energy drinks, candy, and processed foods. Bacteria within your mouth break down the leftover food particles on your teeth and produce acid and plaque, which leads to tooth decay.

Avoiding these poor habits can help maintain the health and strength of your teeth. Don’t forget about dental sealants! They can also help protect your teeth from plaque and tooth decay.

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation.

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

References:

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/healthy-teeth-10/plaque-causes?page=2
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Take a Pass on Embarrassment with Clear Aligners

March 18th, 2014

clear braces on a smileAlthough wearing braces may be the “cool” new thing to have during the middle school years, metal brackets easily fall out of fashion after those years. However, the onset of clear braces has revolutionized orthodontics, allowing patients to realign their teeth without anyone noticing!

Clear braces were first introduced in 1997 with the use of 3D computer technology and the fabrication of clear plastic aligners. Patients interested in these clear braces were given a series of plastic retainer-like aligners. With these new aligners, adults who were once self-conscious about getting braces can improve their appearance and function of their smile without having to bother with the metal-mouth look.

The perks of teeth alignment include less plaque because teeth are easier to clean with proper brushing and flossing techniques. Teeth, just like the gears of a machine, can wear down over time. Molars can chip, break or wear at the gum line, especially if they are not in alignment. Clear aligners can straighten out teeth, allowing them to work more efficiently and preventing patients from having to spend more on restorations further down the line.

The gums also fit better in a straight alignment, which decreases the chances of getting inflammatory responses, leading to gum disease. Gum disease (also know as periodontal disease) has been shown to lead to other systemic illnesses, which can result in other health complications have it is not taken care of.

Many patients have also questioned whether clear aligners are as strong as metal brackets. Clear ceramic aligners are considered to be equally as strong as metal braces. The ceramic material is sealed by plasma light and has strong binding properties. Just like metal brackets, ceramic aligners can also become loose, but that can most definitely be easily fixed with a trip to the orthodontist.

Now with clear aligners, patients are is able to obtain a pretty smile without the embarrassment of metal brackets. If you have any more questions, 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 questionsContact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com

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

References:
http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/ColgateNewandNow/Community/2014/January/article/SW-281474979251232.cvsp
http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/features/straight-talk-about-braces-for-adults?page=2
http://conejovalleybraces.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/ceramic-braces-300x191.jpg 

Scared of the Dentist?

March 5th, 2014

Every now and then studies come about that put fear of death, public speaking and dentists at the very top of the list of the most terrifying things. Patients fearing a visit to the dentist continue to delay necessary treatment. A study shows that these emotions of fear can be transferred from parent to child.

Studies done in the past have pinpointed the relationship between fear levels of parents and their children, but there was never research done on the different roles that mothers and father play. America Lara Sacido, one of the researchers at the Rey Juan Carlos University of Madrid explain that there is a more relevant role that fathers play in this emotional transmission when compared to mothers.

This study, which was published in the International Journal of Pediatric Dentistry, analyzed 183 children between the ages of 7-12 and their respective parents. The authors verified that, similar to previous studies, when there is higher level of dentist fear or anxiety in one family member, there is also a higher level in the rest of the family. Research showed that fathers are key in transmitting dentist fear from mothers to their children. Researchers found that the children mainly paid attention to the emotional reactions of the fathers when determining the level of stress a visit dentist would cause.

The researchers state that it is important to involve both mothers and fathers in dentist fear prevention campaigns, and that fathers can help appease a child’s dental visit through displaying no signs of fear or anxiety. Parents should continue to ensure their children and keep them relaxed. They concluded that through the transmission of positive attitudes, parents can set the right attitude for their children and visits to the dentists may not be as big as a problem.

 

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! Please call before your child’s appointment, especially if you have anxiety. Coming into the office before your child’s appointment  is a great idea to ensure a happy appointment. Contact us today at 781-237-9071or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation.

We have a wonderful pediatric dental specialist, Dr. Pradhan, and hope that with your new insight on dental visits, future visits with your child will be enjoyable! Your little ones and teens will also be happy to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. Kim. Dr. Emad is happy to help with your orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs Dr. Ghazi would be more than willing to help.

References:

América Lara-Sacido, Antonio Crego and Martín Romero-Maroto. Emotional contagion of dental fear to children: the fathers' mediating role in parental transfer of fear.International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry, 2012; 22:324-330

Science Daily

A Glass of Orange Juice First Thing in the Morning Can Be Bittersweet

March 3rd, 2014

girl drinkingHave you ever rushed down to breakfast and had a glass of orange juice immediately after brushing your teeth? If so, you have probably experienced the distastefulness that lingers within your mouth for quite some time. The natural sweet flavor of orange juice is transformed into a bitter nightmare!

Our mouth contains with approximately 10,000 taste buds, which act as chemical sensors that perceive sweet, salty, bitter, sour, and umami taste types. On average, toothpaste is primarily composed of water, plaque-fighting abrasives, fluoride, and detergent. The compound Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) is a common and strong cleaning detergent found within toothpastes. Aside from producing the foam that forms when brushing, SLS also affects are taste buds. SLS restrains the sweet receptors and phospholipids found within our mouths. This allows bitter molecules to bind to bitter receptors, causing the pucker in our lips from the unappetizing taste.

Although Fruit juices like orange juice contain healthy vitamins and antioxidants, it is important to remember that they can harm your teeth in different ways. People often substitute sugary fruit juices in for sodas, which can be a detrimental choice. Fruit juices often contain plenty of sugar and acids. The enamel on your teeth can deteriorate by these acidic beverages and should therefore not be consumed excessively. According to a study conducted at the Eastman Institute for Oral Health at the University of Rochester Medical Center, orange juice increased the roughness of tooth enamel and decreased the stability of teeth, leaving one prone to more plaque and cavities. It was also discovered that in comparison to individuals who drink quickly, the longer you take sipping on an acidic or sugary beverage, the more damaged your teeth will become. Be sure to limit your consumption of fruit juices and practice healthy oral hygiene!

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation. Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. Kim or Dr.PradhanDr. Emad is happy to help with your orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs Dr. Ghazi would be more than willing to help.

 

References:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/06/090630132007.htm

http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/ADA/2013/article/ADA-06-why-the-pucker-with-your-morning.cvsp

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Stress on Children: Dental Consequences

February 23rd, 2014

Copy of smile-familyStress is sometimes seen as an inevitable problem that is here to stay throughout a lifetime. There are many sources of stress, including school, work, family and friends. While it does not come as a surprise that adults deal with stress on a daily basis, but it must be kept in mind that children are not exempt from this fact.

School comes to mind as the main source of stress for children, but other events such as world events, natural disasters, familial issues, death, and even separation anxiety as a toddler can present as stressful situations. These occurrences can lead to a physical response in children that can adversely affect oral health.

Some tall tale signs of stress can reveal themselves in various forms in children. These include moodiness, lying, bullying, physical symptoms of headaches and stomach aches, changes in eating habits, and different sleeping schedules. These changes can lead to unhealthy habits, such as indulging in sugary food choices, resulting in higher rates of dental decay. Decay can lead to multiple dental visits for fillings and even abscesses, which are bacteria-induced infections resulting in a swelling.  A child suffering from stress can also go back to habits of thumb sucking, which interferes with proper forming and erupting of teeth.

As parents, it is important to recognize these signs of stress and to make active steps to alleviating it. Here are some tips to helping children cope with stress:

  • Spend quality time with them on a daily basis
  • Have conversations about their day and look for root causes of the stress
  • Help them keep up with a good amount of sleep and a healthy diet
  • Appointments for wellness visits and follow-up visits to the dentist can help ensure healthy teeth

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation. Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. Kim or Dr.PradhanDr. Emad is happy to help with your orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs Dr. Ghazi would be more than willing to help.

References:
http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Glossary/Abscess.cvsp
http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/ColgateNewandNow/Community/2013/September/article/SW-281474979201581.cvsp
http://link.springer.com/article/10.1023%2FA%3A1009576213027#page-1

Children Skipping Breakfast Are at a Higher Risk of Cavities

February 3rd, 2014

smiling girl

The late morning rush to school many families experience and/or lack of food due to insufficient funds that often results in children not eating breakfast is detrimental to their oral health. When children, particularly preschoolers, miss out on breakfast their chances of having tooth decay rises, according to a study in a journal issue in Journal of the American Dental Association conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study focused on the association between healthy eating habits, including eating breakfast and having healthy balanced meals, as well as cavities in the primary teeth of more than 4,000 preschoolers among the age of two to five years old.

Researchers who conducted the study determined that children in this age group who skip breakfast are about four times more likely to develop cavities.  Also, children who do not eat the recommended five servings of fruits and vegetables per day are three times as likely to get cavities.

Young children will have a reduced risk of getting cavities if healthy eating practices are established. Emphasizing the importance of eating breakfast daily will not only promote oral health, but also reduce tooth decay in children.

It is also important to be careful about the foods you choose to consume for breakfast. There are many beneficial snacks and breakfast foods that can help stimulate a healthy atmosphere in your mouth. Healthy teeth are a result of consuming healthy foods and drinks such as milk, green tea, yogurt, raisins, cheese, and crunchy fruits and vegetables. Also, drinks with calcium not only strengthen bones, but also ensure healthy teeth.

Drs. Ali & Ali and their team at Wellesley Dental Group will be more than happy to answer your questions, thoughts, or concerns about oral health or the significance of a healthy breakfast. Feel free to contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com.

References:

http://www.webmd.com/parenting/news/20040116/eating-breakfast-may-prevent-cavities

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2004/01/040115080612.htm

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/01/11/food-for-teeth_n_1200301.html

Maternal Smoking Can Cause Cleft-Lip in Babies

January 29th, 2014

pregnant womanIn the United States alone, there is a 1/750 chance that a baby is born with isolated, also called non-syndromic, cleft lip and/or palate. While this condition can be corrected through various surgeries, families of the child with this condition can be inundated both emotionally and economically. Throughout the world, there are about 12 million women each year who smoke through pregnancies. About one in every 600 U.S. babies is born with a cleft lip and/or palate. The American Journal of Human Genetics published results from a study done at the University of Iowa demonstrating that if a pregnant woman smokes 16 cigarettes or more per day, the chances of her GSTT1-lacking fetus developing a cleft increase 20 fold.

Researchers at the University of Iowa have found through an international study that some babies are predisposed to cleft lip and/or palate because of their inability to detoxify and process cigarette smoke. The study showed that the fetuses lacking both copies of a gene used to thwart the smoke and have mothers who smoked during pregnancy had a greater risk of developing cleft lip. These scientists have compiled a last of 16 genes that are directly related in cigarette smoke toxicity and determined whether variations of these genes would influence a baby’s ability to remove the toxins. The researchers found that the GSTT1 gene made a significant contribution to clefting; this gene is responsible for 20 different enzymes in the body, specifically essential for common detoxification processes. The study also found that 60 percent of babies with Asian ancestry and 25 percent of babies of European ancestry do not possess copies of the gene called GSTT1. Without this gene, the baby is unable to eliminate the toxins from the smoke that has been spread across the placenta.

During any stage of life, it is always important to make healthy choices. A poor health decision is not always specific to one location in the body, but can very well affect many different areas of the body. If you have any more questions, 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.

Ref: http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/ADA/2007/article/ADA-03-Mom-Smoking-Cleft-Lip.cvsp

http://www.nih.gov/news/pr/jan2007/nidcr-03.htm

How Exactly Does Smoking Affect Oral Health?

January 28th, 2014

While smoking has been found to lead to various unhealthy consequences, it also has been linked with resulting in poor oral health.

Smoking and tobacco-based products have been shown to result in gum disease. It damages bone and soft tissue of teeth and interferes with the functioning of gum tissue cells. This leaves smokers more susceptible to infections, including periodontal disease, and also tends to lessen blood flow to the gums, which would hinder wound healing.

The Journal of the American Dental Association published results showing that cigar smokers have experienced tooth loss and alveolar bone loss, which is the bone within the jawbone responsible for anchoring teeth. The rate at which bone and tooth are loss for cigar smokers are very similar to cigarette smokers. Pipe smokers also are in danger of tooth loss; moreover, they are also at risk for oral and pharyngeal (throat) cancer, even if the smoke is not inhaled. Other oral health consequences included halitosis, stained teeth, and gum disease.

While some smokers believe that using smokeless tobacco products tend to be safer, that is not the case. Similar to cigars and cigarettes, smokeless tobacco products, including chewing tobacco, contain at least 28 chemicals that have shown to increase the risk of oral cancer, along with cancer of the throat and esophagus. Smokeless tobacco can also irritate gum tissue, leading to the receding and pulling away of teeth. When gum tissue recedes, teeth roots are left more exposed, which increases the chance for tooth decay to occur. The Journal of the American Dental Association also showed that chewing tobacco users were four times more likely than nonusers to have tooth decay. Smokeless tobacco also contains sand and grit, which can easily wear down teeth.

Even though you may be a tobacco product user, it is never too late to quit. Studies have shown that 11 years after quitting, former smokers were found to have risks of developing gum disease that were not too different from those who had never smoked. Cutting out tobacco products can truly lead to healthier oral 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.

References:
http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/smoking-oral-health

http://www.dentalplans.com/dentalhealtharticles/53837/smoking-tobacco-may-affect-oral-health.html

The Dangers of Food Coloring

January 27th, 2014

Soda bubblesNot only do sodas contain excessive amounts of sugar and high levels of acidity, but also carcinogens!

A chemical present in many sodas of golden-brown color may be dangerous to your health. "Caramel coloring" or 4-methylimidazole may cause cancer, says he World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer.

The state of California supports that opinion and limits manufacturers to 29 micrograms of exposure for the average consumer per day. The products that exceed that limit have to have a warning label that reads: "WARNING: This product contains a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer."

Unfortunatelly, a lot of companies do not strickly abide by this standard and add the warning, including Pepsi ("Pepsi One") or Goya ("Malta").

The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) doesn't set federal limits on 4-Mel in food, which means that in some cases consumers outside California end up drinking a drink with a higher concentration of the chemical. For instance, Pepsi One purchased by the Consumer Reports group in New York contained 4 times as much 4-Mel as the same drink bought in Califonia same month.

Consumers interested in more information on 4-Mel can check out the FDA's FAQ page.

Ref.: http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/23/health/consumer-reports-soda-caramel-coloring/

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Indulgence in Sugary Sodas Can Lead to Poor Oral Health & Cardiovascular Disease

January 24th, 2014

colaThe proven connection between poor oral heath and increased risk of cardiovascular disease should re-enforce the importance of new heath policy creation, focusing on reduction of sugars such as those contained in junk food, particularly fizzy drinks,  say experts writing in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine.

Poor oral hygiene and excess amount of sugar in the diet can cause periodontal disease and decay of the teeth-supporting bone. It is thought that chronic infection brought on by gym disease can lead to inflammation that will over time cause heart disease through atherosclerosis, hardening of the arteries. Despite sufficient evidence of the connection between the poor oral health and premature heart disease, the recent suggested UK national guidance on Cardiovascular disease prevention at population level does not suggest the strong need to reduce sugar consumption.

Dr Ahmed Rashid, Department of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Cambridge, who co-wrote the paper, said: "As well as having high levels of fats and salt, junk foods often contain a great deal of sugar and the effect this has on oral health may be an important additional mechanism by which junk food elevates risk of CVD." He added: "Among different types of junk food, soft drinks have raised particular concerns and are the main source of free sugar for many individuals."

The authors refer to the well-knows  New York 'soda ban' controversy which has brought a lot of attention to the issue. They stress more can be done about making the sugary sodas dominating the public areas in the United States. Dr Rashid said: "The UK population should be encouraged to reduce fizzy drink intake and improve oral hygiene. Reducing sugar consumption and managing dental problems early could help prevent heart problems later in life."

Reference: http://goo.gl/ppiqpM

Chewing May Prevent Memory Loss

January 23rd, 2014

older lady teethAccording to research, chewing stimulates the mind and can lower the stress levels. Just remember to opt for the sugar-free gym!

When new memories are received, they are stored in an area associated with learning, known as the hippocampus. As individuals grow older, it is more likely that some will begin to experiences deterioration of hippocampal cells, leading to a loss of cognitive functions, including memory, problem solving and decision-making. Research shows that there is a connection between lack of teeth and loss of cognitive function, leading to a higher risk of memory loss.

Japanese researchers led by Gifu University School of Medicine’s Dr. Minuro Onozuka have genetically manipulated laboratory mice to age prematurely. When this occurred, mice shows signs of aging, including cataracts, hair loss and failing memory. Scientists then had the molar teeth extracted from the mice to keep them from chewing; these mice were placed in a water maze in order to locate a hidden platform. While young mice were able recall the specified location in a water maze, old mice that had their molars taken out were unable to find the location, and constantly went in the wrong direction. The scientists then examined the hippocampus of the old mice and found that cells within the hippocampus, known as glia, had worsened more than usual.

Dr. Onozuka was able to show that chew seems to stimulate the mind, increasing hippocampal signals during activity. The action of chewing actually sends a signal to the hippocampus, which ends up lessening the stress hormone levels in the blood. When older people chew less, their stress levels tend to rise, which can lead to a decline in short-term memory. While research has found a correlation between teeth and memory, it does not mean that they are linked, having a causal effect. However, scientists recommend that individuals chew often, releasing the build up of stress and optimizing the activity of hippocampal signals.

If you have any more questions, feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation.

References:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/670612.stm

The Daily Grind

January 21st, 2014

stress woman

Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, may be a habit that can easily go unnoticed. Most people usually grind their teeth throughout the day, and for the most part, occasional teeth grinding does not cause significant harm. However, grinding can continue on a regular basis and often occurs during sleep. After a night of grinding, people tend to wake up with a headache and even a sore jaw.

Although teeth grinding may not initially seem too big of a problem, chronic bruxism can lead to the fracturing and loosening of teeth. Constant grinding can also result in micro-cracks in the enamel, which makes teeth more susceptible to decay. Bridges, crowns, root canals, and implants may then be necessary down the road. Teeth grinding not only results in tooth loss, but can also cause hearing loss and problems with the jaw.

Here are some tips to prevent teeth grinding:

Researchers have attributed teeth grinding to stress and even anger. When things get heavy, take a break and go for a walk. Learn how to find an outlet during stressful and frustrating situations; your teeth will thank you!

Try to avoid foods and drinks that contain caffeine, such as certain carbonated drinks and coffee.

Chewing on pencils and pens may be a way to pass by time, but it can allow jaw muscles to become used to clenching frequently, leading to a higher likelihood of teeth grinding.

It is possible to also train yourself from clenching and grinding teeth. Be mindful of jaw movements throughout the day. Positioning the tip of your tongue between your teeth can help allow jaw muscles to relax.

If you believe that you may be grinding teeth, or you are aware that teeth grinding continues to persist, don’t hesitate to come in for a consultation. We can look for signs of bruxism and assess its causes whether it be stress-related, TMJ, bite issues, etc, and see if a night guard is necessary to protect your teeth.

Drs. Ali & Ali and their team at Wellesley Dental Group will be very happy to answer your questions about oral health and teeth grinding. Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com!

References: Webmd, mayoclinic

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Consuming Cheese Can Prevent Cavities

January 20th, 2014

Happy National Cheese Lover's Day!

Dairy has been long known to be packed with a great amount of calcium, protein, and vitamin D in every serving. It has always been said that drinking milk and other dairy products will keep bones healthy and strong, but there has not been much research done on how beneficial dairy products are to oral health until recently. General Dentistry just published in their most recent journal issue that cheese and other dairy products have the potential of keeping cavities at bay.

Researchers that conducted the study looked at 68 participants between the ages of 12 and 15. The subjects had their dental plaque pH checked before eating cheese, milk, or sugar-free yogurt. Previous studies indicate that a pH level below 5.5 makes an individual more susceptible to the wearing down of enamel, resulting in tooth erosion. The higher the pH level, the lower the chance an individual has of getting cavities.

The subjects were randomly split into three groups: one that ate cheddar cheese, another that drank milk, and a final group that ate sugar-free yogurt. After eating their chosen type of dairy for 3 minutes, the subjects were asked to rinse their mouth with water. The pH level of each subject’s mouth was then measured 10, 20, and 30 minutes the dairy product was consumed. The researchers found that the individuals who drank milk and ate sugar-free yogurt did not have a significant change in pH level; however, those who ate cheese showed a great increase in pH levels after each time interval, indicating that this particular dairy product may be the key to preventing cavities. The results suggest that because there is more of a need to chew when consuming cheese, there is an increase in saliva production, which also leads to an increase of pH levels. The researchers also found compounds inherent in cheese binds to tooth enamel, preventing acid from causing further damage.

This new finding gives us more of a reason to add a slice of cheese to a sandwich. Continue to make sure daily that your diet increases and strengthens oral health!

If you have any questions, thoughts, or concerns feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation.

References:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/06/130605130118.htm

http://online.wsj.com/article/PR-CO-20130605-908423.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/6-reasons-to-get-your-diary

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-204_162-57587876/cheesy-grins-may-protect-teeth-from-cavities/

Picture Credit: http://dailym.ai/17rk9ET

Local recommendation: Wasik Cheeseshop 

Is a Dental Visit Every 6 Months Still the Standard?

January 16th, 2014

Dental Check UpDentists have long been asking patients to come in for a checkup every six months, setting this as the golden standard. However, new studies show that those who have high risk factors of developing periodontal disease may need to schedule preventive visits more often.

The Journal of Dental Research looked at insurance claims data for 5,117 adults mainly located in Michigan, and compared tooth extractions to the patient’s history of one or two dental visits, also with respect to his or her risk of periodontal disease. High-risk patients have a history of smoking and diabetes, or variations in the interleukin-1 gene, which research has shown to be a link to periodontal disease in Caucasians. Subjects that were characterized as low-risk patients did not have any of these risk factors. It was found that there was no significant difference in tooth loss between low-risk patients that either went in for a checkup once or twice a year. However, among the high-risk subjects, 17% of patients who followed the suggested biannual dental visits still had tooth extractions, while 22% of high-risk patients who went in once a year had their tooth extracted.

Doctors now believe that it is important for high-risk patients to make more frequent visits; the published findings suggest that the number of dental visits should be customized, fitting individual’s needs. However, doctors stress that these results do not indicate that patients don’t need to see dentists at all; they just need to be aware of their susceptibility to periodontal disease and go in for checkups accordingly. Low-risk individuals should still come in for checkups regularly to make sure good oral health is maintained. If you have any concerns, Drs. Ali & Ali and their team at Wellesley Dental Group will be very happy to answer your questions. Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com!

References:

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/06/10/rethinking-the-twice-yearly-dentist-visit/?ref=health

http://www.iuasda.org/2013/06/12/new-study-claims-little-evidence-supports-twice-yearly-dental-visits-for-preventive-care/

INVISALIGN® Special Event

January 15th, 2014

smile-familyLEARN HOW INVISALIGN CAN WORK FOR YOU

Thursday, January 23rd
3 - 6 pm

Drs. Ali & Ali will be providing FREE consultations to answer your questions about Invisalign treatment, the clear way to straighten teeth. If you have wondered if Invisalign is right for you, make an appointment for this special event.

Down payment matching with dollar value up to $500
Complimentary teeth whitening - a $550 value
Financing options available

Space is limited to the first 10 appointments.

If you would like to schedule or have any questions please don't hesitate to call
(781)237-9071 or email smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com

Read more about Invisalign here!

Vitamins: Key to Healing after Oral Surgery

January 13th, 2014

While vitamin C is a great way to boost your immune system, vitamins can also play a major role in timely recovery after oral surgery.

The Academy of General Dentistry explained that patients lacking in vitamin C have shown to recover at a slower rate. Appropriate amounts of vitamin C, along with other vitamins, minerals, fats, and protein, were reported to be essential for the growth and regeneration of normal tissues. Nutrients work both individually and cooperatively to move along the healing process. Tissue maintenance and repair requires the help of carbohydrates, fat and protein. Recovery of these tissues involves vitamin C, along with vitamins such as vitamins E, B and K.

Vitamin C is responsible for the making collagen (connective tissue) that strengthens skin muscles and blood vessels; this is key to proper wound healing.

Vitamin E has the ability to...thin blood, preventing blood platelets from clumping. It also speed up cell regeneration and promotes blood circulation, strengthening capillary walls while nourishing cells.

Vitamin B is crucial for carbohydrate metabolism and energy production. It facilitates energy-releasing reactions and can also help deliver oxygen and nutrients, allowing energy pathways to run smoothly.

Vitamin K promotes blood clotting and prevents bleeding; this is can be used to prevent post-surgery bruising.

Without these important nutrients, patients are more prone to infection and healing time can be further delayed. Researchers note that severely underweight or overweight patients, or those who take steroids, immunosuppressant, or chemotherapeutic agents may experience poor recovery after oral surgery. It is crucial to maintain a healthy balance of vitamins before going into surgery.

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. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs Dr. Ghazi would be more than willing to help.

References:

http://www.knowyourteeth.com/infobites/abc/article/?abc=N&iid=315&aid=1277

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/003042208290295X

http://www.livestrong.com/article/470706-nutrition-related-to-the-oral-cavity/

Beware of BPA: Found to Damage Tooth Enamel

January 12th, 2014

girl looking in the mirrorThere has been much talk about the dangers of ingesting BPA through plastic sippy cups and even water bottles that we bring on the go. BPA, also known as bisphenol A, is a chemical found in hard plastics of food and drink containers and acts in a similar way to estrogen, and other hormones in the body.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had originally deemed BPA to be a safe substance, but recent studies have shown that this chemical has lead to disruption of normal hormone levels, possible brain and behavior problems in infants and young children, and an increased risk of cancer and heart problems.

Recently, researchers have tied enamel damage to early exposure to BPA. A team led by Ariane Berdal of the Universite Paris-Derot showed that rats that have been treated daily with low doses of BPA resulted in damaged enamel. The rats were observed during a 30-day development window where researchers exposed the rats to the doses of BPA. The earliest observations founds on the rats were white marks found on their incisors. On a macroscopic level, the teeth with white marks were found to have fragile and brittle BPA. On a microscopic level, the enamel showed a decreased level of crucial minerals, the teeth were more susceptible to cavities.

The damage found on the teeth of these rats is comparable to damaged tooth enamel found in 18% of children between the ages of 6 and 8. These researchers believe that enamel damage is another effect of BPA damage to the body. It is important to check products for a “BPA-free” label before they are bought. While the FDA has cracked down on plastics containing, be cautious when buying baby bottles, sippy cups, baby formula cans, and other products for young children. Our pediatric dentist, Dr. Pradhan and Drs. Ali & Ali at Wellesley Dental Group will be very happy to answer your questions. Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com!

Resources:

http://children.webmd.com/environmental-exposure-head2toe/bpa

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/06/130610133246.htm

http://www.voanews.com/content/bpa-teeth-13jun13/1681088.html

Cutting Back on Chewing Gum May Mean Less Headaches!

January 9th, 2014

headacheWhether it’s fighting bad breath, quenching a dry mouth, or even just for some good bubble popping, making a grab for a stick of gum has become almost an afterthought.

However, recent research indicates that chewing gum may actually be the culprit behind headaches. Dr. Nathan Watemberg of Tel Aviv University’s research demonstrated that teenagers and even younger children who regularly chew gum ended up with reoccurring headaches. 

When patients are treated for migraines and tension headaches, there is usually additional testing or medication prescribed to determine the cause of pain. Dr. Watemberg stated that out of the 30 patients that decided to stop gum chewing, 26 found a significant improvement and 19 of them had found that their headache had left completely. Dr. Watemberg then took a step further and asked twenty of his patients to go back to gum chewing, and within a couple days, all of them reported that the pain had come back.

Headaches have been known to be a common and reoccurring problem throughout childhood, especially in teenage girls. Past research have shown that these headaches can be set off by a range of stressors, including lack of sleep, tiredness, missed meals, noise, and menstruation, and even video games! But little research has put gum chewing in the spotlight.

Previous studies that have linked gum chewing to headaches offer various explanations; however, Dr. Watemberg believes that the amount of chewing can cause significant stress on the temporomandibular joint, TMJ, which is the area where the jaw meets the skull. Many people tend to continue to chew their gum even after the taste is gone, which then continues to put stress on the TMJ. Dr. Watemberg believes if children and teenagers should consider limiting the amount of gum they chew, they will be drastically less susceptible to the headaches that plague their age group.

Whether you are in your adolescent years are well past your teenage years, it’s still important to consider the stress that is placed daily on the TMJ. When it’s up to the third stick of gum for the day, think of your TMJ and maybe it’ll save you from that reoccurring migraine! If you have any more questions, 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 questionsContact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation. 

 

References:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131219130937.htm
http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/temporomandibular-disorders
http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/12/how-chewing-gum-can-cause-headaches/282569/

Long-Term Benefits of Cuting Down on Sugar

January 8th, 2014

 

candy sweetsIt has been a little over 20 years since the World Health Organization (WHO) came out with the statistic that the amount of free sugars taken in by the body should be less than 10% of the total caloric intake, with free sugars defined as sugars that have been added to foods by the one preparing the food or it can be sugars that are naturally present in foods, including in honey, syrups, and fruit juices.

WHO decided to put this statistic to the test and commissioned Newcastle University to do research on whether cutting down on these free sugars to only 10% of total calories can result in lower levels of tooth decay. Newcastle University’s results were published in the Journal of Dental Research, revealing that... when individuals kept their free sugar intake less than 10% of their total caloric intake, there were indeed much fewer instances of tooth decay. What’s more is that the research findings also suggest that when individuals cut down sugar intake to only holding 5% of caloric intake, individuals would reap further benefits, decreasing risk of cavities throughout their life.

Researchers at Newcastle University explain that much of the research done in the past to determine recommended level of free sugars were primarily based on levels related to decayed teeth in 12 year olds. However, it is no secret that tooth decay is a progressive disease, which cannot be accurately determined based solely on the state of teeth during a specific time period of an individual’s life. When patterns of tooth decay in populations over time were analyzed, research shows that children that had less than three cavities at the age of 12 can actually go on to develop high number of cavities as adults.

This increase of tooth decay can be attributed to the increase in the amount of sugar intake in industrialized countries. Sugar in the past may have only been an occasional treat, but now this is simply not the case. Sugary foods and beverages are now considered staples in many people’s diet. Professor Moynihan, the professor of nutrition and oral health at Newcastle University, explain that while fluoride is can act as a protectant against tooth decay, it can not completely eliminate tooth decay. With increased sugar intake, teeth still remain susceptible to cavities even with the help fluoride in water and toothpaste.

Join WHO’s global initiative in cutting down sweets. Limiting sugar intake not only reaps dental benefits but it indubitably is beneficial for overall health. If you have any more questions, 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 questionsContact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation. 

 

References:

http://www.ncl.ac.uk/dental/research/publication/195320
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131209204040.htm
http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2013/sep/07/sugar-diet-who-uk-experts
http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/tc/tooth-decay-topic-overview

How Can You Help Prevent Cavities?

December 18th, 2013

shutterstock_31383964Prevent Cavities with Fluoride Varnish

Growing up, children start to develop a sweet tooth and begin to dig in to various desserts and candies. While sweets may leave kids happy, their teeth may be battling the development of cavities. A great way to slow down or help cavities from getting bigger is to give a child fluoride varnish. Fluoride varnish is a protective coating that can be painted on a child’s teeth to keep cavities from forming. If a child already has cavities, no fear! Fluoride varnish can be painted over teeth with cavities to prevent them from worsening. This varnish can be painted on a child’s teeth one or two times per year. Researchers have deemed ...the application of fluoride varnish to be safe and accepted. While this resin-based varnish adheres to teeth, fluoride is ingested over a period of time as the varnish slowly comes off. While a fluoride varnish can help maintain good oral health, it is not a ticket out of visiting a dentist to receive routine check ups. When this varnish is applied, the child’s teeth may look yellow in color and be a bit sticky to the touch on the first day. No worries; the color and the stickiness will eventually disappear. After a coat of fluoride varnish is applied, children can drink water at any time. However, children should only eat soft foods for their next meal and they should try to avoid sticky foods for the remainder of the day. These foods can include chewing gum, gummy bears, toffee, etc. A fluoride varnish also allows children to have a free pass on brushing their teeth for the day; this is the only time children should not brush or clean their teeth until the following day.

 

Don't forget, fluoride varnishes are also recommended for adults!  If you have any more questions, feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com

 

Also, check out this AGD fact sheet!

 

 

References:

 

http://www.health.gov.sk.ca/fluoride-varnish

http://www.astdd.org/docs/Sept2007FINALFlvarnishpaper.pdf

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12137653

http://www.ada.org/sections/newsAndEvents/pdfs/fluoridation_facts.pdf

2013 Holiday Party

December 16th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_5991" align="alignleft" width="614"]The Caring Team at Wellesley Dental Group The Caring Team at Wellesley Dental Group[/caption]

 

Here at Wellesley Dental Group, we have built our team with a spirit of family and togetherness. Just this weekend, we joined together at the home of Drs. Ali and Ali and shared laughs, smiles and celebrations that come with the holidays. It is this warm sense of family that we have that we would like to share with you, our patients and our extended family. Through your support and trust, together, we have created the community that is Wellesley Dental Group!

We want to wish you all a very happy, warm, and beautiful Holiday Season!

 

From: The Caring Team at Wellesley Dental Group

 

Cholesterol Medication Can Help Decrease Gum Inflammation

December 12th, 2013

youngoldHeart disease is one of the leading health issues in the United States. Arteries within the body become inflamed and patients are often recommended to take medication that lowers cholesterol

Statins is a commonly prescribed medication that helps patients with heart disease. But what’s more is that a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology demonstrated that statins can also be beneficial for those suffering from gum disease.

Periodontal disease is marked by chronic gum inflammation that affects approximately half of the U.S. adult population. Dr. Ahmed Tawkol of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School notes that there is a connections between heart and gum disease: both periodontitis and atherosclerosis are driven by inflammation. These inflammatory conditions are often seen to occur together, indicating to researchers that their biologies may be related.

A study was administered to test this theory. Patients with either heart disease or considered to have high heart disease risk were asked to take 80 mg of statin or 10 mg of stain daily for 12 weeks. PET/CT scans were used to observe inflammation over the course of the study. Results indicated that the 59 patients in the study demonstrated a significant reduction in gum inflammation, some after only 4 weeks of treatment. The researchers also found that the improvement of inflammation in the gums related closely with the improvement seen in inflammation in the arteries.

This study provides strong evidence that links atherosclerosis and periodontal disease. This research opens doors to new methods of treatments. Because of the relationship between these two diseases, medications that originally targeted one of these diseases may also be beneficial for the other. These results also points to better and improved oral hygiene to reduce inflammation in the gums can also lead to reduced atherosclerosis.

This study again shows the strong relationship between oral health and overall systemic health. Maintaining proper oral care can really go a long way for the body as a whole. Keeping up with oral hygiene can truly lead to a healthier smile and a healthier you!

If you have any questions or concerns please don't hesitate to ask Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group or our periodontist, Dr. Ghazwan Ghazi. We would all be more than happy to help. Please contact us at (781)237-9071 or email smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com.

 

References:

 

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/10/131002185652.htm

http://consumer.healthday.com/dental-and-oral-information-9/misc-dental-problem-news-174/statins-drugs-may-boost-your-gums-health-too-680723.html

http://www.webmd.com/cholesterol-management/news/20131002/cholesterol-drugs-may-boost-your-gums-health-too

 http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/ADA/2013/article/ADA-10-Mouth-Changes-May-Be-Related-To-Menopause.cvsp

 

What is Burning Mouth Syndrome?

December 11th, 2013

The elusive yet painful burning mouth syndrome!

Dentists and researchers have been scratching their heads for quite some time over a type of oral pain that seems to be plaguing a good amount of individuals. Patients’ chief complaint is that the mouth feels scalded; however, mouth and gums continue to appear normal. Because of this syndrome’s lack of visible symptoms (except for sensations of pain), it can take several visits before finally concluding that it is BMS. Over these years, it has come to be known as burning mouth syndrome (BMS). Because of its elusive symptoms, dental researchers have been looking into the burning mouth syndrome, hoping to find more clues to where the and why the pain originates.

Dr. Andres Pinto is the new chair in the Department of Oral Diagnosis and Radiology at Case Western Reserve University’s School of Dental Medicine, and he is delving into reach on the burning mouth syndrome. BMS have spread to 2-5% of the population and mainly strikes women between the age of 50 and 70 and from three years before to 12 years after menopause. Earlier research on BMS has also paired their symptoms with psychogenic disorders. BMS is also mentioned as a secondary issue along with anemia, diabetes, vitamin deficiency, and thyroid disorders. Although an exact cause has yet to be found, burning mouth syndrome has been suspected to result from the deterioration of the nerves beneath the oral lining. Because the oral lining is not visible, this can explain the difficulty in diagnosing this disorder.

Dr. Pinto encourages individuals that continue to feel pain in their mouth to check for BMS these symptoms:

 

  • Persistent burning tongue and oral pain with no apparent dental cause
  • Abnormal taste or dry feeling in mouth
  • Symptoms that subside when eating
  • Burning sensations that migrate across various oral areas

 

Even when there is oral pain with no sign of these symptoms, it is advised to go in for a dental checkup. If you have any more questions, 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 questionsContact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com

 

References:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/10/131023100957.htm

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/burning-mouth-syndrome/DS00462

http://www.ada.org/sections/scienceAndResearch/pdfs/patient_53.pdf

 

 

Want To Brighten Your Smile For The Holidays?

December 6th, 2013

sinsational_gal_loIt’s that time of year again, gathering for family affairs and celebrating holidays as the year draws to a close. It definitely doesn’t hurt to have a set of pearly whites for the occasion! Here are a few tips to achieving a brighter smile:

Take a pass on the usual bag of chips and make a grab for fruits: while fruits boost many benefits for one’s overall health, fruits are also a great way to beginning removing stains from teeth. Some fruits, including apples and strawberries, contain malic acid, which has been shown to oxidize and remove stains from teeth. Crunchy fruits and vegetables also help whiten teeth by increasing saliva production, which neutralizes acids from other food such as tomatoes and wines.

Cutting out staining beverages is also a great way to cut down on the instances teeth are susceptible to stains. Drinks such as wine, coffee and various sodas are known to stain teeth; furthermore, beverages, such as soda, are extremely high in sugar content, leading to more bacteria production and more cavities. In the cases where these drinks are consumed, using a straw can really make a difference. The straw keeps the outer teeth from coming in contact with the beverage, preventing stains from forming.

And of course there are whitening strips. These strips are becoming more accessible and easy to use; some even simply dissolve in the mouth when applied! However, for individuals with more sensitive teeth, be mindful about the frequency of treatments used per week.

We also provide Sinsational in-office whitening. They procedure easily lightens your teeth and causes little to no sensitivity! It could be a great option for people who want a brighter smile without feeling any discomfort.

If strips are still a hassle, there are whitening toothpastes that are great for tackling hard to remove stains. While brushing teeth can lead to a brighter smile, it is still important to keep in mind the importance of daily brushing and flossing. Maintaining a bright smile should mean maintaining a healthy smile as well!

If you have any more questions, feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group ; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation.

 

References

 

http://www.3dwhite.com/teeth-whitening/teeth-whitening-kits/make-teeth-whiter.aspx

 

http://voices.yahoo.com/5-easy-ways-whiten-teeth-remove-stains-4616045.html

 

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/weighing-your-toothpaste-options

 

Ease Oral Burns With Innovative Strip!

December 5th, 2013

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When hot, delicious food is placed before you, it is easy to quick to scarf down that plate of food. Or even in the morning, the goal is to quickly down that cup of coffee before getting to work. In the heat of the moment, the burning sensation is an afterthought, but once that gooey slice of pizza has been consumed or when you have stepped into your workplace, the pain begins to set in and feelings of regret for eating or drinking so quickly start to well up.

 

Pain from burns causing by consumption of hot foods and liquids tends to be an issue that everyone will likely face. Even though the pain eventually subsides, it still lingers for some time. A pharmaceutical, biomedical engineering research team may have found the solution to this problem. Dr. Jason McConville of New Mexico, along with researchers from the University of Texas from Austin, had presented on possible dissolvable strips to treat oral thermal burns. This strip would be applied directly to the affected part of the tongue, cheek or roof of the mouth. Scientists note that this adhesive will not hinder any normal day-to-day activities because of its quickly dissolving nature. These strips will look and act similarly to breath freshening strips that can be found in the local drugstore.

 

The strip would locally deliver anesthetic, benzocaine, and a therapeutic polymer. This film can instantly release benzocaine when it is placed on affected areas in the oral cavity and has shown to relieve pain significantly over an extended period of time. What’s more is all the materials used to create these dissolvable strips are relatively inexpensive. The team of scientists has proposed that this film could give way to instant, sustained, and affordable relief from oral burns.

 

There are high hopes for these dissolvable strips and it will be exciting to see this new product enter the market. 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:

 

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/10/121016125647.htm

http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/ADA/2013/article/ADA-02-scientists-develop-film-strip-to-treat-oral-burns.cvsp

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-204_162-57535420/

Why Is Junk Food Bad?

December 4th, 2013

Even though junk foods are known to be unhealthy snack options, it is easy to look past health concerns and succumb to sodas, chips, and candies. But just how bad are junk foods an individual and how exactly are these foods harmful? The nature of junk foods suggests that a high level of intake of such foods can lead poor oral health, which is not surprising considering the amount sugar found in these foods. However, it is suggested that the level of sugar in junk foods, which indubitably has an effect on oral health, also ends up increasing the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Past research has shown that high sugar intake along and poor oral hygiene have been linked to periodontal (gum) disease. In the case of periodontal disease, gums end up pulling away from teeth, leaving “pockets” that can end up becoming infected. The body ends up responding to this infection by breaking down bone and connective tissue that support the teeth. If these symptoms are left untreated, the bones eventually become destroyed, leaving teeth loose or in need to be removed.

However, the story does not stop here. Research also shows that chronic gum disease can trigger an inflammatory response, resulting in cardiovascular disease; this occurs through atherosclerosis, which is the process where arteries become hardened. Thus, the sugar in the junk food that is consumed not only affects the oral cavity, specifically the bones surrounding teeth, but can lead to unhealthy consequences for the heart as well.

It is important to keep in mind that the body is comprised of many interconnected parts. Do not hold the misconception that damage done to one area of the body is contained in only that region. Poor oral health choices can result in issues concerning other areas in the body. On the same token, consuming teeth-friendly foods not only is beneficial for the oral cavity but can also be favorable for the rest of the body.

If you have any more questions, feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation.

References:

http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/OralHealth/Topics/GumDiseases/PeriodontalGumDisease.htm

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131202105301.htm

http://www.menshealth.com/nutrition/bad-foods-teeth

Saliva, a Potential Player In Detecting Systemic Diseases?

December 2nd, 2013

Through a lifetime, saliva proves to be integral for the breakdown and digestion of foods that are consumed. This watery liquid keeps the mouth moist and comfortable, while fighting germs in the mouth. Because of its proteins and minerals, teeth, specifically tooth enamel, is fortified and protected from tooth decay. Saliva has had a consistent function in the maintenance of good oral health, but researchers are now finding that it may have a significant role in revealing systemic diseases.

 

A group at the University of California Los Angeles School of Dentistry has been looking at biological markers derived from saliva that could potential test for the presence of stomach cancer and other deadly diseases. Dr. David Wong, the head of this five-year project, has high hopes of detecting cancer cells through capturing extracellular RNA, an important player in the production of proteins. The researchers hope to develop a method for using saliva to detect life-threatening diseases, such as pancreatic, breast and ovarian cancers. Currently, Dr. Wong’s team initially disordered salivary extracellular molecules and have strong evidence for detecting oral cancer with the biological markers they have created. The team also has successfully developed salivary extracellular RNA biomarkers for diseases such as salivary gland tumors and Sjögren’s syndrome.

 

While this research team continues to look for ways to genetically screen for these cancers, dentists have been able to start the process in detecting these systemic diseases during an oral exam. The initial symptoms of many diseases appear in the mouth. Diabetes, for example, is a complex disease that surprisingly shows many symptoms in the oral cavity. Thrush is an oral infection in the mouth that thrives when there are increased levels of blood glucose found in the saliva, which is an indication of diabetes. Dry mouth is another indicator of this disease, decreasing the production of saliva, leading to mouth soreness and tooth decay. Diabetes also increases the time for wound healing, which can be observed after an invasive dental procedure.  Saliva and the oral cavity as a whole continue to reveal much about an individual’s oral health simply through a check up. It is crucial to consistently make appointments with the dentist both to ensure good oral health and to screen for signs of systemic disease. If you have any more questions, feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com

 

 

References:

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/what-is-saliva

http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/ADA/2013/article/ADA-09-Saliva-May-Hold-Key-To-Detecting-Deadly-Diseases-In-The-Body.cvsp

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2674509/

http://www.richmondinstitute.com/salivary-diagnostics-in-dentistry-and-medicine

 

Mealey, B. 2000. Diabetes and periodontal disease. Journal of Periodontology 71(4):664-678.

 


More Effective Pain Relief!

December 2nd, 2013

It can be quite unnerving when going in for dental surgery. Quick and effective pain relief is definitely on patients’ minds, and the hope is that their dentist will come through and prescribe drugs that will do the trick. While there are combinations of drugs that are effective in alleviating postoperative pain, they also come with a price, usually in form of side effects. However, there is new research showing an alternative solution, one involving safer over-the-counter drugs that may be just as, if not more, effective.

According to the Journal of the American Dental Association, taking ibuprofen and acetaminophen (APAP) together can help ease the pain after surgery without any significant side effects. Researchers have been advocating patients to take over-the-counter drugs, such as ibuprofen, APAP and naproxen after oral surgery. One of the most common combinations that patients take is APAP and an opioid, which is a prescription drug. However, the down side of this opioid-APAP combination is that patients may face potential adverse reactions linked with opioids. Most dentists and oral surgeons also frequently prescribe Vicodin, which is a combination of hydrocodone and acetaminophen for severe postoperative pain. While this form of pain relief is effective, it poses a risk for abuse and other adverse reactions.  Dentists are now advised to move towards the over-the-counter APAP and ibuprofen combination to keep side effects at bay.

Drs. Paul A. Moore from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, and Elliot V. Hersh from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine were able to determine whether this ibuprofen-APAP combination would be the better alternative to take over combinations including opioids. They were able to use the over-the-counter combination to manage the pain patients felt after they had their wisdom teeth removed. Their results indicated that the ibuprofen-APAP combination was more effective at reducing pain and had fewer side effects than many of the combinations including opioids. They also showed that the ibuprofen-APAP combination resulted in greater pain relief than using ibuprofen or APAP alone.

 

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:

 

http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/ADA/2013/article/ADA-08-Ibuprofen-And-Acetaminophen-Together-May-Give-Profound-Pain-Relief-With-Fewer-Side-Effects-After-Dental-Surgery.cvsp

 

http://jada.ada.org/content/144/8/898.abstract

 

Making Big News and A Bigger Impact, Thanks To Your Support!

November 26th, 2013

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Dr. Ali's Volunteerism was featured in the Wellesley Weston Magazine. Her passion for promoting oral health....Read More here. 

Our Candy Drive was bigger and better than ever! We were highlighted in Boston.com and many other local media. Please check them out below. Together we can do so much!

At this Thanksgiving time, we are thankful for being part of this wonderful community. We love serving as the Smile Ambassadors!

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Wellesley Weston Magazine

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Things To Do During Thanksgiving Break!

November 26th, 2013

happy-thanksgivingHappy Thanksgiving! Hope everyone is excited for it! There are so many things to look forward to at Thanksgiving- having your family gathered together, good friends, great food, smiles and laughter, and of course having some time just to relax. Don’t forget to prepare ahead of time for Thanksgiving dinner so you can avoid those last minute trips to the grocery store! What are you most thankful for this year? I am thankful for the love and support of my many friends and family, my health, and the new experiences.  We are fortunate and grateful for being a part of the Wellesley community for the past fourteen years, and we appreciate all the support we have found within the community and beyond!  Remember to be grateful for healthy teeth, and as always we are extremely thankful and grateful for all our amazing patients!

 

We have compiled a list of things to do around and some favorite recipes, enjoy your Thanksgiving Holiday guide!

RECIPES

Rosemary Roasted Turkey Recipe

Homestyle Turkey Recipe

How to Brine a Turkey

Pumpkin Pie

Cranberry Sauce

Celery Stuffing

 

LOCAL

 Thanksgiving Holiday Guide

Wellesley Parking Restrictions and Road Closures

Wellesley 5 KTurkey5

FREEDOM TRAIL HOLIDAY STROLL

Wellesley vs. Needham : The oldest public school football rivalry in the country

Family Gratitude - 5K Dedham Turkey Trot: Thursday, November 28, 2013, 8:00 AM,  Endicott Estates 656 East Street Dedham, Ma

Dedham-based, Non-Profit Ripples of Hope Presents 2nd Annual Thanksgiving Day Family Gratitude 5K Turkey Trot to Benefit the Dedham Food Pantry and Dedham Youth Commission’s College Bound Program. Family-Friendly Race Offers Area Residents Opportunity to Give Back and Start or Continue a New Family Thanksgiving Day Tradition

Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s Fifth Annual Festival of Trees: Friday, November 29, 2013, 9:00 AM, 900 Washington Street, Wellesley, MA 02482 in the Hunnewell Carriage House

 Admission: $8 adults (children under 11 free)

Featuring: over 70 beautifully decorated Christmas trees- all raffled off!

Horse-drawn Hayrides

Christmas Pajama Story time

Holiday Wreath Workshop

Tropical Terrarium Workshop

Kids’ Holiday Craft Workshops

Santa Visits

Gardeners’ Gift Boutique: December 5th 4-8pm, in the Education Center

Read more here!

 

The Nutcracker presented by Boston Ballet:  Friday, November 29, 2013, 7:30 PM , Boston Opera House: 539 Washington St, Boston, MA 02111

Boston Ballet's production of Mikko Nissinen's The Nutcracker received rave reviews during its premiere in 2012. This sparkling production, with sets and costumes by Robert Perdziola, "brings a softness and light to the venerable holiday classic"  (The Boston Globe).

Remember the magic! The timeless story of Clara, who bravely saves her Nutcracker Prince and is swept away on a magical journey through the Nutcracker Prince's kingdom in the clouds, is an engaging tale for the whole family and a holiday tradition for many years to come.

Get your tickets early - many performances sold out last season  - don't miss your chance to see the production that brought audiences to their feet!

 

Irving Berlin's White Christmas:  Saturday, November 30, 2013, 2:00 PM,  Weston Town Hall, One Town House Road, Weston, MA

The Weston Friendly Society is celebrating the holiday season with Irving Berlin's WHITE CHRISTMAS!  Irving Berlin's WHITE CHRISTMAS tells the story of two showbiz buddies putting on a show in a picturesque Vermont inn, and finding their perfect mates in the bargain.  Full of dancing, romance, laughter, and some of the greatest songs ever written, including "Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep,"  "Happy Holiday," "Sisters,"  "Blue Skies," and the unforgettable title song, Irving Berlin's WHITE CHRISTMAS promises to be a merry and bright experience for the entire family!

For tickets call 617-795-2195 or visit www.westonfriendly.org

 

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GREATER BOSTON

Thanksgiving Dining in Boston

Thanksgiving Day feasts abound in Boston where you’ll find all the trimmings in addition to gourmet delights such as Harvest Pumpkin Bisque with Roasted Pecans, Pan Roasted Duck with Cranberry Molasses Sauce, Ricotta Gnocchi with Pumpkin Sauce and Sage, Apple Cranberry Tart with Pumpkin Gelato and Cinnamon Spiced Popcorn, Hot Mulled Apple Cider and more!

Throughout Boston

Zoolights

November 23-December 31 ?5:00-9:00pm? A beloved holiday family tradition returns to Stone Zoo when ZooLights opens on Thanksgiving. This winter wonderland attracts thousands of visitors each year who get into the holiday spirit by strolling along tree-lined paths lit by thousands of twinkling lights. Upon entering the Zoo, guests will visit Yukon Creek, which not only features dazzling holiday lights but is also home to bald eagles, porcupine, lynx, a gray fox and a pair of reindeer. Children will want to make sure they visit with Santa, who awaits their arrival in Santa’s Castle.

Stone Zoo, Stoneham

Thanksgiving with the Grafton Group

Enjoy Thanksgiving dinner at Russell House TavernPARKGrafton Street Pub & Grill or Temple Bar.

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NORTH OF BOSTON & GREATER MERRIMACK VALLEY

20th Annual Methuen Festival of Trees

November 23-December 7

Visitors are invited to attend the Festival and view the 200+ trees donated by individuals, businesses, organizations, and school groups from Methuen and several Merrimack Valley communities.  The proceeds from the Festival of Trees provide funding to preserve our heritage and the monuments that make Methuen so unique.

Valley Office Park, Methuen

Thanksgiving Grand Buffet

November 28 ?Spend Thanksgiving at the beautiful seaside Emerson Inn by the Sea in Rockport. From noon-5pm, enjoy a delicious 3-course meal with your family for only $45 per person, $22.50 per child (ages 3-10). Tax and gratuity not included.

Emerson Inn by the Sea, Rockport

10th Annual Wild Turkey 5 Mile Run

November 28? Work up your appetite on Thanksgiving morning at the largest road race on the North Shore! All proceeds go to Boys & Girls Club and Salem Park & Recreation Youth programs.

Salem

Lowell City of Lights Parade and Holiday Arts Stroll

November 30, 11 am – 8 pm? Celebrate the coming holiday season in Lowell with festivities including family activities, music and a hot chocolate competition as well as a holiday parade featuring local and regional floats and marching bands. 978-970-4257

Downtown Lowell


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SOUTH OF BOSTON

Thanksgiving at Plimoth Plantation

November 28? – Celebrate the quintessential Thanksgiving experience at Plimoth Plantation. Be among the thousands who make the annual pilgrimage to the museum to share in the holiday spirit. Visitors will explore the Plantation’s multiple sites, which include the Wampanoag Homesite, the 1627 English Village, the Crafts Center and Mayflower II.

Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth

Thanksgiving Day in America’s Hometown

Thursday, November 28

9am-5pm

North Street, Water Street Leyden Street, Town Square, Main Street, Plymouth Visit Pilgrim Hall Museum and Plimoth Plantation, Mayflower II and Plymouth Rock, National Monument to the Forefathers, Jabez Howland House & more!? 10am – “The Pilgrim Progress” Procession? A reenactment of the Pilgrims’ march to their original church site followed by a short worship service. This annual Thanksgiving Procession begins at the Mayflower Society House at the foot of North Street. Costumed participants, representing the 51 Pilgrim survivors of the first, harsh winter of 1620/1621 assemble to the beat of a drum, march down North Street, past Plymouth Rock, up Leyden Street and to the top of Burial Hill, the site of the first fort where Pilgrims met for worship. Psalms sung are taken from “The Book of Psalms” by Henry Ainsworth, which was actually used by the Pilgrims in Holland and in Plymouth. Passages read by Elder Brewster are selected from Gov. William Bradford’s “Of Plymouth Plantation.” After the brief service, the participants descend the hill and travel north along Main Street through the downtown back to the Mayflower Society House.? 12 Noon – National Day of (American Indian) Mourning Ceremonies ?Participants honor Native ancestors and their struggles. Held at the Massasoit Statue on Cole’s Hill (Water Street).

Thanksgiving Day Dinner Train

November 28 – 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Looking to try something new this Thanksgiving? Start a tradition this year on the Cape Cod Central Railroad! Enjoy a leisurely five-course gourmet meal, beautiful scenery, and all the elegance of a bygone era — without any of the work! Reservations are required.

Cape Cod Central Railroad

252 Main Street, Hyannis

508-771-3800

Harvest Dinner with the Pilgrims

November 2, 9, 16, 23, 24, 27, 29, 30 at 5:30 p.m. ?Your Pilgrim hosts, residents of 1627 Plimoth, will spice up your dinner conversation with tales of England, old and new. Discover the table manners and recipes that traveled across the Atlantic with the Pilgrims, and find out about what happened at the famous harvest celebration of 1621. For reservations call 800-262-9356 ext. 8353, 8364, or 8365. Call early as these popular dinners sell out quickly.

Plimoth Plantation

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CAPE COD & THE ISLANDS

17th Annual Vineyard Artisans Festival

November 29-30

The largest Holiday Art Show on the Vineyard with over 85 Island Artisans. Balsam wreaths and ceramic ornaments to start off the holiday season and gifts galore from the Islands finest artists and craftsmen. Fine jewelry, glass, ceramics, fine art, clothing, book arts and much more.

Agricultural Hall, West Tisbury

103rd Lighting of the Pilgrim Monument

November 27

Watch as one of the most recognizable landmarks on Cape Cod is illuminated with 5000 lights. The lights go on at 6:00pm followed by entertainment and refreshments.

Provincetown

Festival of Wreaths

November 27, 29-30, December 1 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Take a chance and bid on one of the many stunning wreaths made by Nantucket artists, designers, and merchants for this annual silent auction. Free admission.

Peter Foulger Gallery, 15 Broad Street, Nantucket

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CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS

Thanksgiving 1830?s-style at Old Sturbridge Village

November 28-December 2

This Thanksgiving, costumed historians at Old Sturbridge Village demonstrate hearthside cooking in early New England – roasting turkeys in a tin kitchen and also before the fire suspended on skewers and string to evenly rotate the meat. Old Sturbridge Village re-creates various activities from an early New England Thanksgiving Day, including cooking at the hearth, demonstrations of 19th-century table manners, a Thanksgiving sermon, and after-dinner entertainment. The Thanksgiving Day menu includes turnip sauce, stuffing, pies and Marlboro Pudding. Proper 19th century table manners required eating from one’s knife. After dinner, the men will demonstrate a target shoot, the 1830s entertainment equivalent of today’s Thanksgiving Day football games.? Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge

Fireplace Feasts

Check website for dates

Relax by the fire or lend a hand as dinner is prepared for you 18th century style. Stir the chowder as it bubbles in the cast iron cauldron. Watch your prime rib turning as the only known Roasting Jack still operating in America rotates slowly over a crackling fire of cherry logs.

Salem Cross Inn, West Brookfield

Publick House Thanksgiving Day Feast

November 28, 11:00 a.m. Menu available online

On the Common, Route 131, Sturbridge

508-347-3313


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WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS

Parade of the Big Balloons

November 29

A Springfield tradition for the whole family. This wonderful parade features giant helium balloons led by the 75ft “Cat in the hat” along with marching bands, a visit from Santa, and plenty of fun for all ages.

Downtown Springfield

After-Thanksgiving Weekend Sale featuring Midnight Madness

November 29-December 1

Lee Premium Outlets will open at midnight the day after Thanksgiving for the Annual Thanksgiving Sale featuring Midnight Madness! Visit our website for weekend hours and to download weekend offers and specials.

Lee Premium Outlets, Lee

413.243.8196

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http://www.wellesley.edu/news/stories/node/31421

 

http://wellesley.patch.com/groups/events/p/massachusetts-horticultural-societys-fifth-annual-festival-of-trees?ncid=newsltuspatc00000001&evar4=events-7-post&newsRef=true

 

http://www.pacificgrilltacoma.com/thanksgiving/ picture credit

Immune Cells: Potential Warriors In the Battle Against Gum Disease

November 22nd, 2013

perio diseasePeriodontal disease is one of the most prevalent oral diseases, affecting 78 million people in the United States. Periodontal disease (also known as gum disease) can range from gum inflammation to serious disease results in severe damage of the soft tissue and bones that support the teeth. While this oral disease remains an issue at large, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh may have found an innovative way to keep this disease at bay. They have discovered that certain immune system cells can be brought right to the inflamed tissues, resulting in effective treatment.

 

When dentists see that patients have symptoms of periodontal disease, the usual recommendation is proper oral hygiene. Through daily brushing and flossing, one is able to prevent plaque and eventually tartar from forming near the gum line.  These strategies aim to keep the growth of oral bacteria at bay. Dr. Charles Sfeir, the director of the Center Regeneration at the University’s School of Dental Medicine notes that these are ways to keep the bacteria from triggering sever inflammation in the oral cavity; however, there needs to be a method to prevent the underlying problem, which is the overreaction of the immune system that results in an adverse response to oral bacteria.

 

Within a healthy mouth, there is a response system between the immune system and bacteria that prevents infection without starting up inflammation. However, when there is too much bacteria in the oral cavity (due to lack maintenance of oral health), the immune system is on overdrive, leading to harmful consequences on oral tissues. The scientists have discovered that these disease tissues are low on a group of immune cells called the regulatory T-cells, which is responsible for informing immune cells to stand down, stopping the inflammatory response. These researchers believe that when more of these regulatory T-cells are brought back to the gums, the inflammatory response will be contained. The researchers are on their way in developing new technology that can deliver these immune cells to where they are lacking. With this new system, perhaps inflammation, thus periodontal disease may potentially be kept at bay.  If you have any more questions, feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group ; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com

 

References:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/11/131101112412.htm

 

http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/OralHealth/Topics/GumDiseases/PeriodontalGumDisease.htm

 

http://www.yurovskydental.com/periodontaldisease.php

Why the Mouth Matters!

November 20th, 2013

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Even though the mouth is such an integral aspect of the human body, it’s easy to often take it for granted. It’s only when things go wrong when the oral cavity receives more attention and care. But why wait until those times in need? The mouth holds so many exciting facts that may very well be fascinating and sometimes even surprising. Here are a few interesting facts to keep you on your toes.

 

1. Teeth are the hardest substance in the human body. These mighty parts of your body are powerful tools of digestion and the break down of food. It’s easy to forget that individuals are able to enjoy and consume food only because of teeth! But what exactly keeps teeth so strong and resilient? Scientists have found that the human tooth enamel is composed of a basket-weave structure, which gives teeth their strength and also prevents any cracks that have formed from worsening and propagating through the enamel. Teeth can withstand an incredible amount of force, all due to their well-engineered core!

 

2. Some say that the mouth is the window to the body, but other than the fact that you can physically look into the oral cavity, dentists are able to see how well an individual is doing in terms of their overall health. 90% of life-threatening diseases have symptoms that show up within the mouth. Heart disease, respiratory disease, and even Alzheimer’s disease have been linked to oral health. Taking care of oral health is just as important (in fact it is related) to the body’s overall health.

 

3. Bad breath odors are definitely something that everyone wants to be kept far away from. In fact, more than a billion dollar a year has been spent on over-the-counter products to mask bad breath odors! In the United States, 65% of the population has been estimated to have bad breath, also known as halitosis. But no worries; there are many ways to treat bad breath. Cavities or gum disease have been shown to lead to bad breath, which are caused by lack of brushing and flossing. Always remember to keep up with healthy oral health habits; it may just say you from bad breath.

 

4.  Speaking of flossing, if individuals never make it to pulling some floss out and getting it in between teeth, they are actually missing 35% of their tooth surfaces. That’s quite a lot of tooth surface to be missing out on! When there is lack of proper flossing, bacteria are more than ready to take over these surfaces, foraging for leftover food to consume. The more leftover food, the more bacteria!

 

5. It’s been estimated that there are over 100 million bacteria in just one drop of saliva. But saliva is a big help in dealing with the amount of bacteria in the mouth. It is a major fighter of germs in the mouth and also prevents bad breath! Saliva has key proteins and minerals that fortify tooth enamel and prevent tooth decay. What’s more is that the average human produces 25,000 quarts of saliva in a lifetime, that’s enough to fill up 2 swimming pools!

 

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation.

 

References:

 

Where I got inspiration from: http://visual.ly/your-mouth-matters-fun-dental-facts

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/humanbody/body/factfiles/teeth/teeth.shtml

http://www.livescience.com/3498-mystery-tooth-strength-cracked.html

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/change-your-breath-from-bad-to-good

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/what-is-saliva

http://naturalrevolution.org/natural-body/

 

The Upcoming ‘Great American Smokeout'

November 19th, 2013

smokeoutWhile most people are aware of the dangers that smoking results in, it is surprising to most that dentists can have the ability to not only inform others on smoking effects on overall health, but also the damaging effects of smoking on oral health. Smoking and other tobacco products have been linked to periodontal, or gum, disease through affecting the attachment of bone and soft tissue to teeth. Along with increasing the risk of periodontal disease, smoking has been linked to specific cancers. There are toxins and carcinogens present in tobacco products, including cigars, cigarettes, pipe tobacco, and chewing tobacco. The American Lung Association has found that cigarettes cause 90% of all lung cancer deaths. Smokers of cigars and pipes have an increased risk of cancer of the oral cavity as well as the overall body. Also, don’t be swayed into thinking that tobacco products are harmless; while they are “smokeless” options including chewing tobacco, there are still more than 28 cancer-causing chemicals found in this form of tobacco. Chewing tobacco can cause cancer in the cheek, gums and lips, and this cancer usually developed where the tobacco is held in the mouth. Regardless of what form of smoking, there is no doubt that smoking is harmful to the oral cavity and the overall health of the body.

 

The American Cancer Society is holds an event called Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday of November to encourage current smokers to use that day to make a solid plan to quit, or to start making plans prior to the event and to quit on the day of. The American Cancer Society explains that smokers are most successful in stopping the habit is to have access to smoking-cessation hotlines, stop-smoking groups, counseling, nicotine replacement products, online quit groups, and encourage and support from friends and family members. When smokers implement two or more of these sources, they have a better chance of quitting.

 

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.

 

 

http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/ADA/2013/article/ADA-10-Great-American-Smokeout-Is-Nov-21.cvsp

 

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/smoking-oral-health

 

http://medicalcenter.osu.edu/patientcare/healthcare_services/dental_care/oral_cancer_and_tobacco/Pages/index.aspx

 

Menopause: Possible Mouth Changes to Watch Out For

October 28th, 2013

shutterstock_59839630Menopause is a season where women tend to feel the many changes that occur. Many focus on the bodily changes and usually overlook differences that could be found in the mouth, where hormones can lead to unfavorable consequences. While this process is completely natural, signaling the end of female fertility, women should be aware of the mouth changes they are experiencing. Here are some of the potential changes and problems that have been associated with menopause:

 

Dry mouth: Because of the hormone fluctuations that occur during the time of menopause, the decreased levels of estrogen can lead to mouth dryness. Without sufficient saliva in the oral cavity, teeth become more susceptible to tooth decay and other infections. Saliva also plays an important role in the chewing and breaking down of food, allowing nutrients to enter the body.

 

Burning mouth syndrome: This condition tends to affect the tongue, gums, and lips, and even inside the cheeks of the mouth. The burning sensation primarily comes forth from problems with taste and sensory nerves, but can also be the consequence of dry mouth, nutritional deficiency, and allergic reactions to certain foods and medications. It is important to look out for these symptoms and to consult a dentist on possible ways to ease the pain.

 

Periodontitis and mucosal changes: Gum disease is also something to look out for when hitting menopause. Mucosal changes can also results in changes in appearance of gums, where they tend to look more pale, dry and shiny. Gums also tend to bleed more due to these changes.

 

Eating disorders: Going through menopause can take a psychological toll on some women, resulting in inconsistent and improper eating habits. These eating habits can be very detrimental for teeth, leading to erosion of tooth enamel. When tooth enamel is stripped down, teeth become more sensitive to hot and cold foods and they are more susceptible to cavities.

 

While these are problems that may arise during menopause, it is always possible to discuss possible solutions to these issues. Dentists should be notified of these changes, and they can aid in alleviating these symptoms and suggesting viable treatment plans. 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:

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cavities/DS00896/DSECTION=risk-factors

http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/ADA/2013/article/ADA-10-Mouth-Changes-May-Be-Related-To-Menopause.cvsp

 

 

 

Is the Future of Dental Implants Found In Diamonds or Titanium?

October 25th, 2013

 

 

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It may be strange to think that a precious jewel can aid in the field of dentistry. Researchers at UCLA have been looking into diamonds and if they do have a place in creating better dental implants for patients. These researchers are focusing on nanodiamonds, which are made through conventional mining and refining operations and are definitely called “nano” for a reason; they come out to be approximately four to five nanometers in diameters, resembling miniature soccer balls. The UCLA researchers enlisted the help of the UCLA School of Dentistry, the UCLA Department of Bioengineering, Northwestern University, and even the NanoCarbon Research Institute in Japan to help come up with innovative ways to implement these nanodiamonds in dentistry. Their research has led them to believe that these nanodiamonds can improve bone growth and has the potential to counteract osteonecrosis, a disease marked by bone breakdown due to reduce blood flow.

 

Osteonecrosis can affect various parts of the body, but when this disease affects the joints in the jaw, it can keep people from eating and speaking properly, even restricting or impeding movement. What makes matters worse is that when osteonecrosis occurs near implants, including teeth or prosthetic joints, these implants loosen and can eventually fall out. These dental implant failures lead to additional procedures, which can not only be painful, but can also become very expensive.

 

These issues surrounding dental implants led the team at UCLA to conduct a study that would reveal whether nanodiamonds would be a viable solution. Conducted by Dr. Dean Ho, a professor of oral biology and medicine at the UCLA School of Dentistry, and his team used the nonadiamonds to deliver proteins responsible for bone growth. Their results indicated that nanodiamonds have the uncanny ability to bind rapidly the essential proteins and growth factors. The surface properties of these diamonds allow for a slower delivery of these proteins, which researchers believe contribute to a longer period of treatment of the affected area in the oral cavity. What’s more is that these nanodiamonds can be inserted in to patients in a non-invasive way, through either an injection or an oral rinsing.

 

Nanodiamonds are not only the technology that researchers are pursuing to improve. On the other side of the world, researchers in Japan and China have been revisiting the essential components of titanium, which contains alloys that are very commonly used in orthopedic implants. Because of its reliable mechanical and chemical properties, along with its biocompatible and corrosion resistant nature, titanium has been the go-to product to use in dental implant procedures. However, one of the drawbacks that titanium faces is its lack of ability to bond directly to living bone. Researchers have found that calcium phosphate (CaP) and collagen are main components of natural bone; these scientists believe that a composite of both of these components can be used to effectively coat titanium implants. The study they published in the journal of Science and Technology of Advanced Material showed that when titanium implants were coated with CaP gel and inserted into the thigh bone of rabbit, within four and eight weeks, the authors noticed that there was significantly more new bone on the surface of the titanium implants that had been covered with the CaP gel. These coated implants were also able to bond directly to the bone, without needing an intervening soft tissue layer. The researchers believe that this innovative CaP and collagen composite can play an important role in improving dental implants.

 

Both results found for nanodiamonds and titanium prove to be exciting news in field of Periodonistry and even in the medical world as a whole. These nanodiamonds may possibly revolutionize dental implants, allowing them to be longer lasting and effective, while this the new CaP and collagen coating and greatly improve the use of titanium. 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:

 

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/09/130918102002.htm

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/10/131003142214.htm

http://newsroom.ucla.edu/portal/ucla/nanodiamond-encrusted-teeth-248066.aspx

http://news.sciencemag.org/health/2011/03/nanodiamonds-could-be-cancer-patients-best-friend

http://www.abcnetspace.com/2013/08/how-diamonds-are-shaping-technology.html to read more about Diamond Technology!

 

 

 

 

Dental Care Decreases Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

October 22nd, 2013

heart-diseaseA study conducted by the University of California, Berkeley that was published in the journal Health Economics suggests that women who consistently get dental care can lower their risk of stroke, heart attacks, and other cardiovascular problems by at least one-third!

 

The university researchers used data of individuals from nearly 7,000 registered for the Health and Retirement Study between the ages of 44 and 88. They used a longitudinal approach, keeping track of the same individuals over time. These participants were given survey questions, including the frequency of dentist visits and if there were any instances of heart, angina, stroke, or congestive heart failure in their health history within the previous two years. The data from the Health and Retirement Study was collected every two years from 1996 to 2004. While there had been previous studies that have found a link between oral health and cardiovascular disease, this study was able to show a causal effect, where dental care leads to fewer heart attacks, strokes, and other cardiovascular issues.

 

It was also found that the same benefits that are attributed to women’s health were not found for men. However, the researchers explain that this was not completely surprising. They believe that these findings demonstrate the differences in how men and women develop cardiovascular disease. Other studies have suggested that estrogen has a protect effect against heart disease, preventing the progression of atherosclerosis. Researchers note that it is not until women reach menopause at age 50 to 55 that they start catching up to men.

 

While this study proves to be great news for women, the study authors note that in order for dental care to have a protective effect, it should be done early in the development of cardiovascular disease. Don’t wait until tomorrow to practice healthy dental care habits! Be proactive in taking care of your teeth through daily brushing and flossing. If you have any more questions, feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com

 

References:

 

http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/ADA/2010/article/ADA-10-Dental-Visits-Reduce-Heart-Risks-in-Women.cvsp

 

http://newscenter.berkeley.edu/2010/09/30/dental/

 

 

 

Can Having Asthma Give You More Cavities?

October 4th, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Video on Asthma and Dry Mouth

Tooth decay and asthma are two of the most common health problems that plaque children, adolescents, and many young adults. Asthma stands to affect 20 million Americans, 6.3 million of which are children. There has been research detailing a possible link between these two seemingly different health issues. The a dental hygienist and researcher out of Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg looked at patients of varying age ranges, consisting of 3, 6, 12 to 16 and 18 to 24 year olds. Her results demonstrated that 3-year olds with asthma were more prone to cavities than 3-year olds without respiratory issues. When looking at patients in older age ranges, the children and young adults with asthma developed more cavities and even more gum disease than their asthma-free counterparts. Within the asthma group, only 1 out of 20 patients was caries-free, while 13 out of 20 patients were caries free in the asthma-free group.

 

A possible theory that has been posed of this correlation hints at asthma medications being the culprit to the increase in cavities. Because these inhaler formulas are often comprise of powders, they live a dry residue that sticks to teeth. These medications may inhibit the production of saliva, which would lead to an individual getting more cavities. Not only do these medications limit saliva secretion, these drugs, including inhalers, syrups, and even sugar-coated steroids, are taken throughout the day, leaving users’ teeth exposed to a lot of sugar. Children with asthma also have more of a tendency to breathe through their mouth. This would then lead to the case of dry mouth, which would have also contributed to the higher cavities prevalence.

 

Patients should be in communications with dentists about the medication they use and their oral hygiene habits. It is important for dentists to know enough to effectively help keep cavities at bay. If you have any more questions, feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com

 

References:

 

http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/ADA/2011/article/ADA-08-Youngsters-with-asthma-have-higher-risk-of-cavities.cvsp

 

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2004-05-30/features/0405300364_1_inhalers-asthma-drugs-decay

 

 

 

 

http://madisonkidsdentist.com/ for pic credit

Fighting Tooth Decay with Licorice!

October 2nd, 2013

Herb Licorice or Liquorice Roots

Licorice is often thought of as a nice, sweet treat, usually found as a main ingredient in candies, but who would of thought that it would keep teeth and gums healthy?

The Journal of Natural Products published a study done by Dr. Stefan Gafner, a researcher for a division of Colgate-Palmolive found two compounds present in dried licorice that were beneficial as antibacterial substances, preventing the growth of major bacteria that have been linked to cavities and periodontal disease. The study demonstrated that licroicidin and licorisoflavan A, which are two main components to licorice, prevented bacteria from introducing tooth decay.

 

Nowadays licorice root has been implemented into many oral health care products, including being used as a breath freshening ingredient in some natural toothpastes. Researchers have also delved in to the possibility of adding licorice root in various food products to cut down on tooth decay. A researcher, Dr. Wenyuan Shi, from University of California, Los Angeles have been working with Alaska Native and American Indian children, a group of individuals that are at high risk of early childhood caries. His research showed positive results, demonstrating that when licorice plant extract was added to lollipops, there was a reduction in the amount of caries found in children.

 

Aside from its contribution to oral health, the health benefits of licorice roots have been known for quite some time. It is a main component in Chinese traditional medicine and is often used in conjunction with other herbs to enhance their effectiveness. Outside of the US, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) showed that licorice roots have also been used to counteract the adverse effects of Hepatitis C.  Dried licorice root is also often used to relieve sore throats, digestive and respiratory problems.

 

If you have any more questions, feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com

 

References:

 

http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/ADA/2012/article/ADA-01-Licorice-root-fights-oral-bacteria.cvsp

 

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/news/20120105/licorice-root-may-cut-cavities-gum-disease

 

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/01/120104115106.htm

 

http://www.methowvalleyherbs.com/2013/04/brush-your-teeth-with-roots.html

 

 

 

Keeping Cavities Away: Protecting a Child’s Oral Health

September 20th, 2013

After making it to the dentist’s for your child’s biannual checkup, the dentist reveals that a cavity has been spotted. Don’t panic! It is important to monitor and keep up with a child’s oral health, it is definitely something that can occur. However, it is now a great way to brush up on tips to prevent future cavities from forming, which is especially important for children who have permanent teeth coming in.

One of the most effective ways to get a child on board with good oral health is to demonstrate it as a parent. If will make a world of a different if tooth brushing is done together. Emphasizing the steps of brushing, including holding the toothbrush, squeezing out a pea-sized amount of toothpaste, and even brushing the gum line can allow children to carefully learn the process in its entirety. Don’t be forgetting to floss! It is easy to forgo the floss and head straight to bed, but make take it a daily habit, making sure that the child understands that oral health should be a part of everyday life, and it should not be something to do only when it is remembered.

Because tooth brushing may start out seeming rather mundane to children, making the process fun can encourage them to maintain good oral health. Allowing a child to pick a colorful and fun toothbrush may just keep them excited about brushing teeth. Try to obtain child-friendly flossers that make flossing less of an ordeal and yummy tasting toothpaste to help them brush longer. If a child loses track of how long the should be brushing for, invest in an electric toothbrush with a self-timer; there are great brushes that beeps every 30 seconds, allowing the brusher to cover the four quadrants in the mouth in 2 minutes!

For course, it is just as important to keep track of what a child is eating. Cavities may easily arise when improper oral hygiene is coupled with a sugary diet. Try to limit children’s sugar intake and, instead, load their plate with foods from each food group. Look for healthy snacks that can add to their vitamin and mineral intake. If you have any more questions, feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com

 

References:
http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/ColgateNewandNow/Community/2013/January/article/SW-281474979047288.cvsp

 

http://www.orajel.com/articles/9-ways-to-make-brushing-fun.aspx

 

http://www.parenting.com/article/ask-dr-sears-toothbrushing-resistance

 

http://www.meetadentist.com/dentalcare/dental-care-for-children/

Eating Disorders and Their Effect On Oral Health

September 18th, 2013

Eating disorders continue to be a pressing issue in our nation. According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD), up to 24 million people of all ages and gender suffer from an eating disorder (anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder) in the U.S. The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) explains that eating disorders usually involved extreme attitudes and emotions towards weight and food issues. This disorder can ultimately have a grave impact on health, productivity and relationships. While most people know that eating disorders affect the individuals’ body, including their bones as well as their heart, these disorders also have detrimental consequences on teeth.

 

Without sufficient nutrition, gums and other soft tissue that are in the mouth may have a greater tendency to bleed. The glands that are responsible for the production of saliva may become inflamed, leading to chronic dry mouth. The American Dental Association (ADA) notes that tooth surfaces are in danger during the course of the disease when people decide to clear the contents of their stomach through their mouth. The teeth are then exposed to harsh gastric acids that can wear down teeth, leaving them thin and translucent. Teeth will become brittle and will be more susceptible to chipping.

 

The ADA also provides some treatment options to ease oral health consequences of eating disorders. Patients who purge by vomiting are advised to rinse with baking soda to neutralize the harmful effects of stomach acid. Patients should also be assessed in terms of their oral health, with treatment options including additional fluoride modalities. What is most important is that family and friends help set good examples of healthy eating habits and offer positive encouragement should surround the individuals suffering from eating disorders. Please 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:

 

http://www.anad.org/get-information/about-eating-disorders/eating-disorders-statistics/

 

http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/anorexia-nervosa/features/anorexia-body-neglected

 

http://www.ada.org/2582.aspx?currentTab=2

 

https://www.unitedconcordia.com/dental-insurance/dental/age-groups/kids-teens/eating-disorders/

 

 

New Crooked Teeth Fad Can Lead to Oral Health Issues

September 17th, 2013

In the American culture, having straight teeth tends to be something that is coveted. People go to the orthodontists’ off, patiently waiting on the day when they can finally ditch the braces and have in place of beautiful teeth. Many see crooked teeth as embarrassing or even imperfections that they need to hide. In other parts of the country, this mindset is completely swapped.  There is a new trend in Japan that has started with women embracing and actually desiring a crooked smile. They believe that the “snaggletooth” look is considered cute and endearing. There are now many dental clinics in Japan offering the “multilayered” or “double” tooth, a look to accent crowded molars and canines that have been pushed forward. These crooked teeth can be temporarily or even permanently glued on teeth. Dentists in Japan believe that this look will be trending in their country for a while, and wonder if this fad will be brought overseas.

 

While Americans strive to have a straight set of pearly whites, there is strong reason to get braces for oral health reasons. When individuals have teeth that are misaligned, they are more susceptible to food, and eventually plaque, buildup in between teeth. Plaque then leads to a greater risk of periodontal disease and gingivitis. Improper bite also can lead to improper chewing, which has been shown to lead to gastrointestinal problems.

 

It may seem like the “snaggletooth” look is here to stay in Japan for a while, but individuals getting this fix should be aware of the possible oral health consequences. While braces can lead to straighter and more beautiful smiles, it is important to take note of the healthy benefits that straight pearly white reap. Please 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:

 

http://www.japantoday.com/category/lifestyle/view/why-japanese-women-go-for-fake-crooked-teeth

 

http://shine.yahoo.com/beauty/japanese-snaggletooth-craze-spawns-dental-procedures-girl-group-194500258.html

 

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/features/straight-talk-about-braces-for-adults

 

http://geekologie.com/2011/10/all-the-rage-japanese-girls-get-dental-p.php

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finding the Bacterial Link Between Rheumatoid Arthritis and Gum Disease

September 16th, 2013

Over the years, researchers have been able to demonstrate the importance of oral health in relation to systemic, or overall, health. Keeping up with oral hygiene has been shown to not only affect the oral cavity, but also various areas in the body. Oral health has been linked to the prevalence of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), diabetes, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s disease, and various other conditions. Researchers have been well aware of the strong association between oral health and these health conditions, but continue to look into the root cause and mechanisms that result in these links.

 

However, a research group at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry Oral Health and Systemic Diseases recently published their findings in PloS Pathogens, revealing the bacterium that is responsible for periodontal disease.  They found that the bacterium, Prophromonas gingivalis, leads to a faster progression of gum disease, increasing cartilage and bone destruction. Their research indicated that P. gingivalis produces an enzyme, peptidylarginine deiminanse (PAD), which increases collagen-induced arthritis (CIA). This enzyme makes the body believe that there are intruding proteins within the body, inducing an immune attack. This results in chronic inflammation, which accounts for the weakening of bone and cartilage within the joints.

 

This research group was able to show that there is a viable link between P. gingivalis periodontal infection and rheumatoid arthritis; however, more research needs to be done to verify these finds. Hopefully further research can bring about new strategies to prevent RA. These studies also should encourage individuals to maintain good oral hygiene. It is always important to keep in mind that brushing and flossing not only keeps the mouth clean, but also keeps the entire body healthy. Please 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:

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/dental/DE00001

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/09/130912203327.htm

http://www.genengnews.com/gen-news-highlights/how-bad-gums-lead-to-arthritis/81248849/

http://arthritisbroadcastnetwork.org/2013/09/gum-disease-may-be-an-indication-of-rheumatoid-arthritis/

 

 

 

Can School Milk Battle Tooth Decay?

September 10th, 2013

In recent news, a school in Blackpool, England had found a staggering level of tooth decay among the children living in the area. The dental health of children in this town have been found to be the worst in the country, with more than 1 in 3 five year olds with at least one tooth with a degree of decay. By the time the children reach the age of 12, the percent of unhealthy teeth reach to 43%.

 

With this overwhelming amount of tooth decay found in schoolchildren, health chiefs have been working on implementing a new plan to bring down the level of decay. This project consists introducing milk fortified with fluoride in the 77 primary schools in Blackpool. Blackpool also happens to be one of the few towns that do not have fluoride in its water; milk fortified with fluoride is considered the next best option after fluoride in water. Dentists in town fully support the idea, believing that it is a step in the right direction to stop the rising level of tooth decay found in the children.

 

Fluoride is a mineral that how shown to work wonders for teeth. On a daily basis, minerals are continuously lost and added to a tooth’s enamel layer via demineralization and remineralization, respectively. Demineralization occurs when acids from bacteria in the mouth attack the enamel. Fluoride, along with calcium and phosphate, are minerals are crucial for the remineralization of teeth. When there is too much demineralization without adequate remineralization, the tooth is then susceptible to tooth decay. Fluoride helps combat tooth decay by strengthening the tooth, making it more resistant to plaque bacteria and sugars that are consumed. Aside from consuming fluoride through water or milk, there are other methods of receiving fluoride. Dentists can apply a fluoride gel, foam, or varnish on the teeth to prevent decay. At your next hygiene visit please ask specifically for a fluoride application. Not only can kids benefit from this  Fluoride supplements in liquid or tablet form are also viable options, but must be prescribed by your dentist, pediatrician or family doctor.

 

For more tips for caring about your smile go here.

Keep Your Kids Cavity Free!

Check Your Local Town Website for the Fluoride Content in Tap Water. Here is Wellesley's!

Please 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:

http://www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/news/education/flouride-plan-for-school-milk-to-target-decay-1-5961467

 

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/fluoride-treatment

 

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/news/20001010/is-fluoride-good-for-teeth-bones

 

http://www.knowyourteeth.com/infobites/abc/article/?abc=D&iid=303&aid=7363

 

http://www.knowyourteeth.com/infobites/abc/article/?abc=%20&iid=295&aid=4236

Link Found Between Poor Oral Health and HPV

September 9th, 2013

There has been a recent studying showing a relationship between poor oral health and the human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is a sexually transmitted virus that has been shown to cause cancer of the cervix, mouth and throat. Cancer Prevention Research has been the first group to document this link. While this association has been made, it is still too early to say that flossing and brushing on a regular basis can prevent oral HPV infection.

 

Research done at the University of Texas health Science Center have looked over data on both low-risk and high-risk oral HPV infection and health in 3,439 adults between the ages of 30 and 69. The original study found that males who smoke cigarettes and having multiple oral sex partners have an increased risk of developing oral HPV infection. Researchers then controlled for smoking and the number of oral sex partners and found that self-rated poor oral health was an independent risk for this oral infection. It was shown that those with poor oral health were 56% more likely to contract the oral HPV infection, compared to those with fair oral health. It was also found that gum disease was linked to a 51% higher oral HPV risk and general dental problems were linked with a 28% increased prevalence of this infection. While there still has not been conclusive evidence revealing this, researcher believe that people who lack of good oral health, such as those suffering from ulcers, sores or lesions, and gum inflammation, give way to more openings in the mouth, providing more locations for HPV to enter.

 

Even though there is not enough evidence to decisively show the link between poor oral health and HPV, it never hurts to maintain good oral health. While more research needs to be done in this topic, there have been many more relationships shown, linking oral health to the body’s overall health. Good oral hygiene should become a lifestyle, a personal habit that individuals should hold up to. Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com

 

References:

 

http://cancerpreventionresearch.aacrjournals.org/

 

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/08/21/study-ties-poor-oral-hygiene-to-cancer-causing-virus/?_r=0

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/21/oral-health-hpv-risk-_n_3790205.html

 

Toothbrushing Mistakes to Know About (Part 2!)

September 6th, 2013

Proper toothbrushing techniques are always a must to maintain good oral health; there are never too many good tips on keeping teeth healthy! Here are a few more common mistakes that individuals tend to make after years of brush; catch these mistakes and your teeth will be sure to thank you!

 

Beginning at the same place, every time.

 

It’s absolutely great to keep up with the systemic habit of brushing teeth on a daily basis, but sometimes it may be healthier and beneficial to switch things up for a change. Many people are prone to begin brushing in the same place in the mouth and areas that areas that are covered later on in the routine tend to get less attention, becoming more cavity-friendly. A great way to remember to give your undivided attention to all areas in the mouth is to divide the oral cavity into four sections. When it comes time for brushing, pick a different starting quadrant each time and make your way through all 4!

 

Not brushing the right way.

 

While toothbrushing is often thought of as a simple task, dentists have found that individuals don’t seem to know the correct way to brush teeth! A common mistake that people tend to make is to make long, horizontal strokes across teeth; it seems like the most holistic way to get all the teeth. However, this brushing technique tends to be harsh and quite abrasive to the gumline. The best technique is to brush in short stroke down (not across!) teeth. These strokes can be either vertical or circular, have your pick!

 

Forgetting to brush the inner tooth surfaces.

 

Many people tend to place their attention on tooth surfaces that are actually facing outside, neglecting to brush the inside surfaces well. While it’s great keeping the outside surface white and bright, it is just as important to keep the inner surface of teeth from developing cavities. Dentists say that the inner surfaces of the lower front teeth are the most commonly skipped area. Make it a goal to keep that area cavity-free!

 

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:

 

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/healthy-teeth-10/brushing-teeth-mistakes?page=2

 

http://www.webmd.boots.com/oral-health/guide/brushing-teeth-mistakes

 

http://healthmagazine.ae/10-tooth-brushing-mistakes/

 

Expecting Mothers: Maintain Good Oral Health for the Sake of Your Baby!

September 5th, 2013

Entering pregnancy can be a truly exciting season, with the growing anticipation of a new baby and the joys that he or she will bring. Soon-to-be mothers know that it is crucial to maintain a healthy lifestyle for herself and the baby that is on the way. However, many tend to underestimate how essential good oral health can be. A study published in Public Health Report examined the prevalence of dental care during pregnancy and found that 65% women in the state of California did not go to the dentist during pregnancy.  While 52% of these women reported to have dental problems prenatally, 62% of those women still did not go in to receive proper dental care. It is just as important to keep up with good oral health during pregnancy.

 

The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) and the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP) recently set out new clinical recommendations, highlighting the importance of maintaining good periodontal health. Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is a chronic condition where bacteria have attacked the gum tissues and even bone supporting teeth. When nothing is done to alleviate this disease, individuals may end up with tooth loss and even other diseases, such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Dentists recommend that individuals look out for signs of periodontal disease, including tenderness, swollen gums, and redness. Other symptoms include gums that tend to bleed during eat or brushing, gums that are pulling away from teeth, loose teeth, and halitosis. Many women see these warning signs but choose to ignore them, thinking that this disease would have no effect on their babies. Several studies have indicated that women with periodontal disease may be more likely to give premature births or have babies with low birth weight than mothers with healthy gums. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have stated that babies with weighing less than 5.5 pounds may be at risk of delayed motor skills, learning disabilities, and other long-term health problems. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recently stated that pregnant women should go in for regular dental cleanings during pregnancy.

 

It is always important to maintain good oral health, regardless of what life stage you are in. Dentists continue to stress good oral hygiene and routine brushing and flossing. If you have any more questions, feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com

 

References:

 

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2966664/

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/08/130828092310.htm

http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/Oral-and-Dental-Health-at-Any-Age/Adults/Oral-Health-and-Pregnancy/article/Pregnancy-Oral-Health-and-Your-Baby.cvsp

 

 

 

Common Oral Health Problems in Children

August 29th, 2013

As children begin to grow up, it is important to frequently check how they are doing in terms of oral health. Here are some cases that should raise some red flags for parents.

 

Missing or Decayed Baby Teeth: while it is true that baby teeth eventually fall out and are replaced by permanent teeth, it is important to take proper care of baby teeth. Decayed or missing baby teeth can lead to crooked permanent teeth, which can lead to difficulty chewing and more cavities. Individuals with misaligned teeth have areas that may be hard to reach, leading to poorer dental hygiene, which can lead to tooth decay and periodontal disease.

 

Nursing Bottle Syndrome: this is a syndrome that results when baby keeps taking in formula, breast milk, fruit juice, or any type of liquid containing sugar. When babies sleep through the night with a bottle of liquid that has sugar, they have an increased risk of developing caries, which is decay of the tooth. Sugar that comes in contact with teeth for long periods of time also increases the growth of bacteria, which are responsible for tooth decay or infection that can potentially spread to other areas of the body. Note that it isn’t necessarily how much sugar the baby takes in; rather, it’s the amount of time the baby’s teeth have been exposed to sugar.

 

Thumb and Lip Sucking: there has been research done showing that thumb sucking can lead to bone structure shifts and tooth misalignments, and children who suck their lips may face similar problems. Both thumb and lip sucking can lead to overbites and protrusion of teeth, and may also lead to difficulty and speech development.  While thumb sucking is a means of comfort for a child, it is important to lead a child away from this habit.

 

Tongue Thrusting: this is a condition that comes forth from the chronic pressing of the tongue against the lips, which leads to protrusion of teeth. There are speech pathologists that are able to help children strengthen their chewing muscles and to change swallowing patterns, which can prevent dental problems down the road.

 

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com

 

References: http://www.yourdentistryguide.com/children-poor-oral-health/ http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/oral-health-problems-children http://www.medicinenet.com/oral_health_problems_in_children/page3.htm

Quick Tips from the Tooth Fairy

August 28th, 2013

As a parent with a busy schedule, it can get tough monitoring and helping with the care of a child’s oral health. However, a child’s maintenance of good oral hygiene is extremely important, not just for their oral health but also for their overall health. On top of this week’s grocery list and the errands that need to be completed, we’ll throw in just a few more reminders and tips on the care of a child’s teeth.

 

  • Although work schedules can get overwhelming, a great and healthy way to spend time with the kids is to join them while they brush and floss. Children learn by example, and a great way for them to pick up good oral hygiene is if their parents show them great brushing and flossing techniques.

 

  • Keep track of times when your child demonstrates good oral hygiene. A fun way to get children to stick to good oral care is to create a calendar that can track their oral health. Hang the calendar in the bathroom and post a gold star or a fun sticker on days when they did a great job brushing and flossing their teeth. This is can get children excited about maintain good oral health and is a wonderful way to let their dentist know how they are doing!

 

  • There have been recent studies showing that bacteria responsible for tooth decay can be transferred when parents clean their child’s pacifier or bottle nipple. It’s best to clean these items in warm, soapy water and to avoid sharing food and drinks and children.

 

  • It is no secret that children love to get their hands on sweets. However, sugar-heavy foods can end up creating an environment that is optimal for the growth of tooth decay-causing bacteria. Try to opt for products containing xylitol, which is a tooth-friendly, nonfermentable sugar alcohol that does not get converted in the mouth to acids like regular sugars. It can reduce the levels of bacteria in saliva and can also act against some of the bacteria responsible for ear infections!

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:

 

http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-996-XYLITOL.aspx?activeIngredientId=996&activeIngredientName=XYLITOL

 

http://www.ncohf.org/resources/parents-corner

 

http://www.ada.org/news/8582.aspx

 

Chronic Rhinosinusitis Linked to Secondhand Smoking

August 23rd, 2013

Patients often come in during a dentist appointment mentioning sinus pain coupled with congestion and toothache. This pain can either be quite severe or even chronic, and can be hassle to deal with. Patients experiencing these symptoms have been found to be suffering from rhinosinusitis, which can arise due to allergies or infection. However, the Archives of Otolaryngology-Head & Surgery published a study that showed a link between secondhand smoke and chronic rhinosinusitis.

In their study, interviewers from the Henry Ford Health System were trained to hold telephone interviewed with 306 patients who have been suffering from rhinosinusitis between January 2000 and May 2004, along with 306 matched control patients. The researchers were able to collect data on age, ethnicity, sex, diet, and contact with possible air pollutants and chemicals. The main data that was examined were the secondhand smoke exposure that the patients were exposed to; the exposure could have been from home, work, public places, and private function, including parties and weddings.

This study revealed that there is a dose-response relationship found between chronic rhinosinusitis and the number of environments that individuals were susceptible to secondhand smoke. Amanda Holm, a study coauthor and project manager at the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention explained that their findings “reaffirm the health hazards of secondhand smoke.” She notes that the irritants found in secondhand smoke are harmful to the sinus and nasal passages and are the main cause to the progression of rhinosinusitis.

Secondhand smoke has also been shown to increase risk of respiratory ailments, lung cancer, and heart disease in nonsmokers. Although there have been antismoking laws established in the United States, 60% of nonsmokers continue to be exposed the toxic chemicals found in cigarette smoke. While many tend to shrug this issue off and may label this as unimportant, researchers urge individuals to be wary of secondhand smoke, highlighting that consequences are real and truly harmful. Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation.

References:
http://jada.ada.org/content/141/6/632.1.full

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12931083

http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/04/19/secondhand.smoke.sinus/index.html

Sodas Can Be Just As Damaging As Drugs to Oral Health

August 22nd, 2013

There have been countless articles and journals reporting that carbonated drinks can cause much damage to the teeth, but how damaging can these drinks be? A recent study was able to show that the damage done by these drinks is comparable to that of drugs including methamphetamine and cocaine.

The acidic nature of carbonated drinks has been shown to wear away tooth enamel, which is the protective material covering the outside of the tooth. With continual exposure to this acid, tooth erosion results. When teeth lack enamel, teeth are more prone to bacterial damage, leading to cracked and discolored teeth, and a higher risk of developing cavities.

General Dentistry was able to run a study depicting the severity of tooth erosion in various patients. The study looked into three different individuals: one who has admitted methamphetamine user, a longtime cocaine user, and another who expressed a habit of excessive soda consumption. Each of the three participants had also admitted that that do not maintain good oral hygiene and they also do not make consistent visits to the dentist’s office. While each of the participants were exposed to completely different substances, results showed that the severity of tooth erosion were relatively similar in each case.

The researchers explained that methamphetamine, cocaine, and soda are all high in acidity, which leads to the wearing down of tooth enamel. While methamphetamine requires harsh ingredients including battery acid, lantern fuel, and drain cleaner, the citric acid found in regular and diet soda can be just as corrosive and harmful to teeth. Many individuals hear of the detrimental consequences of drinking excessive soda; however, they are unaware of exactly how damaging soda can be. These results truly shed light on the importance of being mindful of what you drink.

This is a wake up call for those who do not think twice when they drink bottle after bottle of carbonated drinks. If you have any questions feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group; 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!

Read more here and also check out this article on sports & energy drinks!
References:

http://www.agd.org/media/145594/soda_meth_mouth.pdf
http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/tooth-enamel-erosion-restoration

 

Age Getting You Down? Dental Fixes Towards A Younger You!

August 21st, 2013

As well all continue to age, one of the biggest hopes is to age gracefully and beautifully. The honest truth about aging is that there are going to be signs of wear and tear as time passes. When it comes to anti-aging many tend to focus on the well being of their skin. However, teeth also play a huge role when it comes to aging. The good news is that there are easier fixes to making teeth look younger than skin! Here are a few ways get back that dazzling smile.

 

Fix #1: Front Teeth Blues

 

Teeth tend to wear down after much use. One can imagine that after years of biting on food, the upper front center teeth must be quite worn down. Turns out that these teeth get as much as 2 millimeters shorter than they were after twenty years! But no worries, the dentist has got you covered. These dentists can elongated the front teeth slightly with bonding, where a tooth-colored material is applied and sculpted to fit teeth. Another option that will get teeth looking noticeably longer is with porcelain veneers. These thin porcelain jackets cover the front of teeth, and another great plus is that dentists can help choose a color that will complement an individual’s natural teeth.

 

Fix #2: Flattened Tooth Ridges

 

Thinking back to the age when the tooth fairy was still as real as ever, the tooth, the teeth that came in after the baby teeth have tiny ripples towards the tip of teeth; these ridges actually give teeth their character and youthfulness. After years of using teeth, these ridges tend to get worn down, making teeth looking boxy and unnatural. A great solution to this is, again, porcelain veneers. These are veneers are made from a mold of an individual’s actual teeth, and a can help one get the little details on teeth back.

 

Fix #3: Shifting Teeth

 

As time passes, teeth have a tendency to shift in their position and move inward. As this occurs, cheeks and lips end up having less support, leaving a hollowed appearance. To keep teeth from gaping, dentists recommend getting braces. People who tend to not enjoy the metal-bracket-look can opt for Invisalign braces, which are clear acrylic molds that move teeth back into proper position. What is it great about Invisalign braces is that they are very noticeable; new casters even claim that they wear their Invisalign braces on air, and nobody notices!

 

Stay tuned to more tips on making aged teeth look younger! 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:

http://www.more.com/health/wellness/your-smile-aging-you-get-better-whiter-teeth?page=2

 

http://www.invisalign.com/how-invisalign-works

 

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/veneers

 

3 Foods That Help You “Brush”!

August 19th, 2013

Most people tend to identify the times when their teeth get brushed as the moments spent in the morning and evening when they brushing manually with their toothbrush. However, there are ways to sneak in more “brushing” time throughout the day without even touching the toothbrush. But how can that be? Well, there are certain foods that are delicious and healthy, and on top of that, even double as toothbrushers!

Celery: this long vegetable is considered to be an “abrasive” food, high in fiber content. As chewing breaks down the celery, its fibrous property helps enamel stay healthy and stronger. Celery is also a promoter of saliva secretion, which is crucial for the maintenance of a healthy pH level in the oral cavity.

Apple: there’s the saying that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. In this case, apples are great for keeping plaque away! Apples are also high in fiber, cleaning teeth while an individual chews. These delicious fruits also increase saliva production, keeping the levels of bacteria at bay.

Sesame seeds: most people are often ready to make a grab for a mirror after eating these seeds to avoid the embarrassment of missed bits and pieces stuck between teeth. But do give sesame seeds the benefit of the doubt! These seeds, similar to the effects of celery and apple, are able to “brush” the surface of teeth while they are consumed, keeping bacteria from wrecking more havoc. These mighty seeds are also full of calcium, which is absolute key and strengthen bone and teeth formation. Next time when there is a meal with a touch of sesame seeds, think of them fondly remember their cleansing properties!

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

Read more about foods that can help improve your oral health here!

References:

http://readynutrition.com/resources/top-10-foods-that-naturally-clean-teeth_27102011/

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/high-fiber-foods/NU00582

Goodbye Needles, Hello Nasal Spray!

August 15th, 2013

When the dentist mentions that a procedure requiring anesthesia is needed, many patients freeze up and become anxious at the thought of a needle sticking in their mouth. Whether it is a root canal or a tooth extraction, the patients’ fear of the needle keeps them from moving forward with the procedure. However, St. Renatus, a start-up based in Colorado, has begun the process of getting U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to approve of a nasal spray that can administer anesthetic without touching the needle.

This nasal mist, known as the Kovacaine Mist, is made to anesthetize the maxillary arch; if Kovacaine Mist is able to come into the market, this product will truly provide the dental practice with many advantages. A dental assistant can easily apply this topical drug to patient’s mouth, giving the dentist more time to work on the actual procedures. Kovacaine Mist is also an anesthetic that does not stay in the bloodstream for as much time as injected anesthetics; thus, this nasal mist is less harmful to the liver, lungs, and kidneys. Since this anesthetic’s effects will wear off in less time, patients will drool after their procedure is finished.

 

So how did this fantastic idea come up? Well, it was actually through a game of basketball. Mark Kollar, DDS, was shooting around with some of his friends one day, and a bad pass hit him right in the face, leaving him with a bloody and crooked nose. When he went in to straighten out his nose, Dr. Kollar noticed that the nasal spray he was given for the procedure not only numbed his ear, nose, and throat, but also numbed his upper teeth. This gave Dr. Kollar the idea of looking into a nasal mist targeted for dental procedures.

 

St. Renatus entered phase II clinical trials in July 2012; St. Rentatus hopes that this drug will gain FDA approval by early 2014 at the latest. If everything works out, we will soon have a new product on the market that will truly change the face of dentistry. Many tend to believe that a trip to the dentist’s office will always include needles and pain. With Kovacaine Mist, individuals may be more willing to go in for a check up.

 

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation.

 

 

References:

 

http://innovationews.com/science/bioscience/nasal-spray-anesthetic-beats-dental-injections-by-a-nose/

 

http://www.drbicuspid.com/index.aspx?sec=sup&sub=bai&pag=dis&ItemID=313570

 

http://www.st-renatus.com/sites/default/files/pdfs/RMI2_release.pdf

 

Sensitivity After Teeth Whitening: What To Do?

August 14th, 2013

Tooth whitening has become one of the most popular dental procedures, enhancing smiles for the brighter. Whether it’s setting up a dentist’s appointment to have the whitening done professionally or deciding to have a go at a home kit, some individuals have noted the tooth sensitivity that follows the process. Researchers claim that the exact root to the sensitivity is not very well known; however, properties of peroxide, which is one of the main components of tooth whitening products, have shown to be an irritant of tooth nerves. This irritation may lead to cold sensitivity and a tingling sensation in the tooth. While many have already taken up tooth sensitivity to be the trade off for having brilliant pearly whites, there are definitely ways to reduce the symptoms. Here are a few tips to follow after tooth whitening has been administered.

 

1. Take a look at the amount of peroxide used in the whitening product; a good indicator is that from 6 to 10% is considered a relatively low peroxide level. While most people may think that a product containing a more concentrated amount of peroxide will surely do the trick, the sensitivity that may follow is definitely not worth it.

 

2. Along the same lines, it is also important to space out whitening treatments. Overusing a whitening product can exacerbate the sensitivity and can potentially damage teeth. If there are feelings of sensitivity, it never hurts to cut back on the whitening treatment.

 

3. Teeth may be sensitive to extreme temperatures during whitening treatments. The best thing to do is to avoid any foods that may fall under that category.

 

4. Other great methods to combat sensitivity can include looking into fluoride rinses and toothpaste targeting sensitivity.

 

We offer many state-of-the-art whitening services in our office; Sinsational whitening is a 20-minute procedure with little to no sensitivity! Click here to read more about it and if you have any more questions, feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group; they will be happy to answer your questions! 

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References:

http://dentistry.about.com/od/teethwhitening/qt/Coping-With-Teeth-Whitening-Sensitivity.htm

 

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/teeth-whitening

 

Dietary Supplements and Their Effects In Dentistry

August 12th, 2013

Vitamin shops have long been boasting the benefits of taking dietary supplements, emphasizing the need for getting the recommended daily dose of various supplements. The National Institute of Health (NIH) revealed in 2007 that Americans spend a total of $27 billion on these supplements a year. Although these supplements may be considered healthy in the medical world, how do they play out in the dental world?

The Journal of American Dental Association (JADA) just came out with a report noting that some common supplements ingested by patients may result in adverse drug interactions when taken with certain medications used. Dentists do administer medications and sedatives during procedures. Research showed that St. John’s wort, evening primrose, ginkgo, and valerian are common dietary supplements that both dentists and patients should be wary about before taking medication. Other than these four supplements, oral healthcare providers can administer any medications frequently used in dentistry without worrying about detrimental consequences. The researchers also note that seniors tend to be most at risk, with a study reporting that people older than 65 are seven times more likely to have a negative reaction than younger people. They stress the importance of recognizing and avoiding dietary supplement-drug interactions that may likely occur.

If patients are taking dietary supplements, researchers have found safe medications that patients can take. Acetaminophen has been strongly recommended by scientists because it is not related to any of the dietary supplement-drug interactions. Antibiotics, cephalexin, metronidazole, amoxicillin, and penicillin are noted as the best choices for patients with dietary supplements.

Wellesley Dental Group strives to provide the best care for their patients. We continue to make sure that patients are getting the safest and healthiest treatment and medication options. If you have any more questions feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com

References:

http://jada.ada.org/content/144/7/787

http://www.drbicuspid.com/index.aspx?sec=sup&sub=pmt&pag=dis&ItemID=313704

Heat Wave Can Mean Better Oral Health!

August 9th, 2013

These hot summer days tend to send people running for the pools and air-conditioned buildings. The heat may seem unbearable and completely unbeneficial; however, the British Dental Health Foundation claims that heat waves may very well be advantageous to oral health.

Vitamin D has been commonly known to be the key in the process of bone development. The human body is also able to naturally produce vitamin D when exposed to sunlight. Research has shown that the exposure and production of vitamin D may help combat tooth decay, tooth loss, and gum disease.

 

Within the last couple of days, the United Kingdom has been experiencing temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius, which has occurred since 2006. Dr. Nigel Carter of the British Dental Health Foundation explained how the UK just went through a long and cold winter, resulting in many suffering from lack of vitamin D. Without the fortification of Vitamin D, gums can become inflamed and swollen and teeth can grow weaker. This leaves individuals more susceptible to gum disease and even tooth loss. With the recent heat wave, teeth and gum conditions may very well be improved with the increase of Vitamin D.

 

Dr. Carter notes that gum disease is actually quite preventable. What is important is that plaque needs to be removed from teeth on a daily basis. Brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste can really make a difference in the prevention of cavities. Summer days are also an excuse to indulge and cool carbonated sodas and ice creams. Remember, sweets and acidic drinks can be detrimental for teeth. Doctors recommend that instead of eating throughout the day, keep these snack within meal times to reduce the exposure to acidic drinks and sweets. 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:

http://www.femalefirst.co.uk/health/heatwave-good-for-oral-health-317971.html

 

http://www.economicvoice.com/heatwave-could-be-good-for-oral-health/50038649

 

E.N. Alshouibi, E.K. Kaye, H.J. Cabral, C.W. Leone, and R.I. Garcia., Vitamin D and Periodontal Health in Older Men., J DENT RES., August 2013 92: 689-693, first published on June 20, 2013 doi:10.1177/0022034513495239

 

Hujoel, P. P. (2013), Vitamin D and dental caries in controlled clinical trials: systematic review and meta-analysis. Nutrition Reviews, 71: 88-97. Doi: 10.1111/j.1753-4887.2012.00544.x

 

 

Kick that Bad Habit: Stop Slouching to Relieve Oral Pain and Stress

August 8th, 2013

Slouching seems to be a problem that has swept through teenagers across the world. Well, there’s no doubt that slouching is a comfortable position; however, it has always been highly recommended for anyone with bad posture to correct it immediately in order to prevent strain and injury of muscles. What’s more, dental professionals have also been commenting on problems that can occur due to bad posture. The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) recommends that if patients are feeling frequent headaches and pain in the lower jaw, poor posture may be the issue at hand.

 

Poor posture keeps the spine at a position that induces stress to the jaw joint. When individuals are slouching, the lower jaw actually moves forward, keeping the lower and upper teeth from aligning and fitting together. This type of movement can really put stress on muscles, bones and joints, and if let on its own, one can develop pain and inflammation near the joints where the mouth has the most motion. Dentists have noted that patients with facial pain tend to have unbalanced posture. This ends up rearranging their facial muscles, causing bumps and grooves (that naturally fit together properly) to not match up. When individuals end up with a bad bite, TMJ (Temporomandibular joint disorder) results. This is a condition where jaw joints that do not function properly end up causing pain and stress in the surrounding tissue. This can lead to symptoms including ringing in the ears, difficulty biting, and jaw popping.

 

Having good posture is constantly talked about in terms of back problems, but it can very well be linked to maintaining good oral health. It is important to practice good posture, not just to avoid back problems, but also to avoid oral cavity issues. Try to make sitting and standing up straight a healthy habit! If you have any more questions, feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com

 

References:

 

http://www.healthcentral.com/chronic-pain/h/does-slouching-cause-back-and-neck-pain.html

 

http://www.knowyourteeth.com/infobites/abc/article/?abc=h&iid=334&aid=1347

 

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001227.htm

 

Washing Down Cereal with Milk is Beneficial to Oral Health!

August 6th, 2013

When people say that milk is cereal’s best friend, that saying is true with respect to many aspects. Milk is definitely a great complement to any cereal consumed in the morning, but it can also do wonders for teeth! New research done at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry demonstrated that downing some milk after consuming sugary cereal could greatly cut down plaque acid levels, preventing damage to tooth enamel that could eventually lead to cavities.

 

Studies have previously shown that when individuals eat carbohydrates four times a daily, they are in fact increasing the risk of cavities. Christine Wu, a professor of pediatric dentistry at the University of Illinois, was interested in ways to prevent the onset of cavities while not avoiding morning carbs. Wu and her former graduate student conducted a study with 20 adults. Each participant was given 20 grams of dry Froot Loops cereal, along with one beverage, including whole milk, 100% apple juice or tap water. A microelectrode placed between premolar teeth before consumption was used to measured plaque pH or acidity in the oral cavity. A pH below 7 is considered acid; a pH at 7 is considered neutral; a pH above 7 is considered basic. Wu found that pH in plaque dropped quickly (became acidic) after consuming cereal alone, and remained at a pH of 5.83 after 30 minutes.

 

The individuals who drank milk after eating the Froot Loops showed the highest increase in pH, from 5.75 to 6.48 in 30 minutes. Those who drank apple juice were only at a pH of 5.84 after 30 minutes while those who consumed water experienced an increase of pH to 6.02. Wu’s study showed that milk was the only beverage that significantly reduced the acidity of dental plaque after the consumption of sugary carbs. She believes that milk counteracts the damaging effect of fermentable carbs and has the ability to effectively bring up plaque pH.

 

Diet continues to be absolutely crucial in oral health and the different types of food truly do determine the likelihood of developing cavities. 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:

 

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/07/130731164718.htm

 

http://life.nationalpost.com/2013/08/02/drinking-a-glass-of-milk-after-sugary-cereal-may-cut-risk-of-cavities-study/

 

http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/drinking-milk-eating-sugary-foods-cut-cavity-risk-article-1.1415092