COVID-19 pandemic

World No Tobacco Day!

May 31st, 2021

Today, May 31st marks World No Tobacco Day, which is an annual celebration that aims to educate the world about the harmful consequences of using tobacco. The World Health Organization (WHO) created this observance dating back to 1987 in hopes to fight the tobacco epidemic to help protect individuals and future generations against preventable death and diseases caused by tobacco. This year the theme is ‘Quit tobacco to be a winner.'  Lots of social media campaigns and programs across the world are happening now to help promote quitting smoking.

Quitting smoking can be very hard and you are not alone, but the benefits of doing so are extremely powerful. Now in particular with the presence of COVID-19 and its link to respiratory diseases, it's a perfect time to quit smoking. The WHO reported, "When the news came out that smokers were more likely to develop severe disease with COVID-19 compared to non-smokers, it triggered millions of smokers to want to quit tobacco.”

Take a look at the health benefits of quitting from the WHO:

Tobacco use also plays a significant negative role on ones oral health. Tobacco use can increase the risk of developing oral cancer compared to non-smokers, and can lead to bad breath and stain teeth. Tobacco use is also associated with an increased risk of gum disease. In addition, the FDA reports that smoking can make your body heal slower following procedures such as dental surgery, as it causes carbon monoxide to enter your blood and depletes your body of the oxygen it needs. This can lead to greater risk of having post-operative complications. The damaging effects of using tobacco can be both permanent and life-threatening.

After time away from smoking, study's report that your brain will begin to get used to not smoking, and it will become easier to break the cycle of addiction. Here's some tips to help you quit as soon as possible:

  1. Schedule check-up appointments with your health professionals. See your primary physician and dental professional to help you start fresh and make goals toward quitting. They can provide resources and guide you through your process of quitting. There are also helplines available, such as 1-800-QUIT-NOW.
  2. Start eliminating things tied to your smoking life. Trash your cigarettes, ashtrays, and lighters to help make it easier to not indulge. Also, try to eliminate any triggers that can create cravings.
  3. Switch smoking with healthier oral habits. Chewing sugar-free gum or having nutritious snack items around can help keep you distracted from smoking and be good for your teeth. When you have the desire to smoke, head to brush your teeth instead, which will freshen your breath and help remove smoking stains.
  4. Keep the air fresh. Try to eliminate the aroma of cigarettes to rid the reminder of smoking.

Whether you smoke tobacco or e-cigarettes or chew tobacco, your oral health and overall health are harmed. Plan to quit smoking today! Your dental professional can help you take the necessary steps to get your started on your journey to quitting smoking.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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. Bahar Houshman and Dr. Marisa Reason is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Reisman would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.

References:

https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/tobacco-health-benefits-of-smoking-cessation

https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-no-tobacco-day

https://www.firstpost.com/india/world-no-tobacco-day-2021-theme-this-year-is-quit-tobacco-to-be-a-winner-9664371.html

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/threats-to-dental-health/how-to-quit-smoking-and-protect-your-oral-health

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cadca.org%2Fblog%2Fmay-31st-marks-annual-world-no-tobacco-day&psig=AOvVaw1nzL9Ehq7Cp0QCqfgg7kUa&ust=1622296530918000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCNig3NXD7PACFQAAAAAdAAAAABAI

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.who.int%2Fmediacentre%2Fevents%2F2018%2Fworld-no-tobacco-day%2Fen%2F&psig=AOvVaw1nzL9Ehq7Cp0QCqfgg7kUa&ust=1622296530918000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCNig3NXD7PACFQAAAAAdAAAAABAD

Nervous about the Way Braces Look? Masks can Help!

May 19th, 2021

Looking for a smile that others can spot from across the room? Orthodontics can help you reinvent your smile, and now might be the best time to start treatment. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about many challenges and losses, and have required us to practice many safety precautions, including social distancing and wearing masks.

If you're concerned about the look of traditional metal braces, the chance of people seeing them now during the pandemic is much lower than before, as we've all had to hide our smiles for the time-being. With masks being worn in public and many professional and social gatherings being held virtually, you won't have to worry about people seeing your braces as frequently if that is a concern of yours. Virtual meetings with proper position of light and camera also make braces sometimes unrecognizable.

Most importantly, it is safe to visit the orthodontist, with offices using personal protective equipment, and maintaining standard safety and health protocols with additional COVID-19 guidelines and equipment to ensure everyone's safety.

Not sure whether you need braces? A dental professional can help determine or refer you to an orthodontist to help determine if you'd be a good candidate for orthodontics. Wellesley Dental Group's very own Dr. Marisa Reason is passionate about providing excellent orthodontic treatment, and is a wonderful leader in the field who will be happy to answer any questions you have.

Braces can be a great treatment option for both children and adults. They can not only transform your smile and straighten your teeth, but also they can improve your oral health. Plus, if esthetics of braces isn't a concern for you and you are looking to show them off, there's lots of colored rubber bands to choose from and you can customize your look to match your desires. In addition, there are other alternatives to traditional metal braces, including clear ceramic braces, removable clear braces with Invisalign, and in some cases. After a consultation with proper photographs, models of your teeth, and x-rays, your orthodontist will be able to help you decide which type of braces are the right fit for you.

If you decide on orthodontic treatment, it will be crucial as always to maintain good oral health from home. Brushing and flossing are important to keep your pearly whites lasting a lifetime.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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. Bahar Houshman and Dr. Marisa Reason is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Reisman would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.

References:

https://www.wellesleydentalgroup.com/orthodontics

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.news-medical.net%2Fnews%2F20201224%2FResearchers-find-correlation-between-consistent-mask-wearing-and-improved-well-being.aspx&psig=AOvVaw07YUFXSNRt33WnbTdZah-4&ust=1620071583245000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCOi60Y7jq_ACFQAAAAAdAAAAABAp

Spotlight: Women’s Health!

May 14th, 2021

woman sitting on floor exercisingJoin us in honoring the special observance, National Women’s Health Week (NWHW), which highlights the necessity of maintaining good health for all women. Organized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health (OWH), this awareness week begins on Mother's Day each year. Staying healthy is especially important throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and there are lot s of ways to safely stay physically active and healthy.Check out some tips to gain better health according to the OWH:

  • Be sure you are making regular check-ups with your physicians and dentists. Check-ups are necessary to ensure there is no disease or issues present. Taking preventative measures to stay healthy can help lower the risk of developing health issues or help identify issues early on when treatment is often more manageable.
  • If you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, be sure to be in contact with your health care professionals.
  • Staying physically active is important. The CDC recommends adults aged 18–65 years  should exercise for a minimum of 30 min on five days per week. Physical activity can lower the risk of developing several conditions, including heart disease, which is one of the leading causes of death for women.
  • Eat a healthy well-balanced diet, which plays a significant role in keeping your body healthy. Getting all of the right nutrients is essential to stay healthy. For instance, folic acid is particularly important for women who are pregnant. Also, consuming tooth-friendly foods, such as fruits and vegetables, and limiting the amount of high-sugar foods and drinks can help keep your body and pearly whites strong and healthy. Vitamin D and calcium intake are important in particular for strong bones and teeth. Avoid heavy alcohol consumption, and remember everything in  moderation is key.
  • Put your mental health at the forefront. Having a positive mental state has been shown to improve overall health. Stress, on the other hand, can take a toll on your body and has been linked to poorer health and well-being. Find healthy behaviors that make you happy to help manage stress. If you find that stress is getting in the way of your daily activities, it is important to seek professional help as soon as possible.
  • Make sure you are getting the appropriate amount of sleep each day. The CDC recommends adults rest for at least 7 hours per night. While children and adolescents should have 8-12 hours of sleep each night.
  • Avoid harmful behaviors such as smoking, which can have a significant negative impact on your overall health.

Making changes to better your health isn't always a walk in the park, but luckily there are a lot of tools and resources available to give you a jump start on achieving your goals. The OWH encourages everyone to learn more about the COVID Vaccine and how schedule your appointment. Not only does the vaccine provided the best protection against COVID-19 as recommended by the CDC, but also fully vaccinated individuals are able to enjoy greater freedoms than during the start of the pandemic. The OWH offers an online tool customized to help you create your plan for improving your health.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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. Bahar Houshman and Dr. Marisa Reason is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Reisman would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.

Gum Disease could be Threatening your Life During COVID-19

March 28th, 2021

We all know how important taking care of our teeth are, but did you know that in doing so you could be lowering your risk of having severe complications from COVID-19? The human body is fascinating, and throughout the years research has been continuously proving the relationship between our oral conditions and the conditions that can develop throughout the entire body, particularly as a result of systemic inflammation. A recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology reported that individuals with a severe form of gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, are 9 times more likely to die from infection with COVID-19. 

Periodontal disease has been found to be linked as a culprit of many detrimental health conditions, including diabetes, respiratory disease, chronic kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer's disease, obesity, and metabolic syndrome, just to name a few. In addition, periodontal disease can lead to oral problems such as bad breath, bone loss, and ultimately result in loss of teeth.

The Surprising Link Between Gum Disease and Systemic Disease - Millennium Dental Technologies, Inc.

More recently, it has been suggested that controlling periodontal gum inflammation could possibly help lower the chance of experiencing severe COVID-19 symptoms

Another study published in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology also found that individuals with gum disease who become infected with COVID-19 are 3.5 times more likely to be in the intensive care unit (ICU) and 4.5 times more likely to require use of a ventilator. They found that the blood inflammatory markers were significantly higher in patient with gum disease.

Not to mention, a California Dental Association (CDA) Journal study looking at inflammatory markers and their relationship to COVID-19 complications found that pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and other pulmonary complications linked to COVID-19 could result form the aspiration of oral bacteria. This is also supported by previous research that has found an association between periodontal disease and other common lung conditions such as asthma.

This is why many research authors and health professionals are highlighting the importance of prevention and avoiding the promotion of systemic inflammation to help decrease the chance of developing severe complications from the virus.

On a positive note, periodontal disease can be prevented and managed! Regular dental visits and proper oral hygiene practices are necessary to help prevent the disease from progressing. Your dentist may recommend non-surgical and/or surgical treatments.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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. Bahar Houshman and Dr. Marisa Reason is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Reisman would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.

References:

https://nypost.com/2021/02/08/covid-19-patients-with-gum-disease-more-likely-to-die-study/

https://www.beckersdental.com/clinical-leadership-infection-control/36224-routine-dental-care-may-prevent-severe-covid-19-complications-study-finds.html

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jcpe.13435

https://www.beckersdental.com/clinical-leadership-infection-control/36458-covid-19-patients-with-gum-disease-9-times-more-likely-to-die-from-the-virus-study-finds.html?origin=DentalE&utm_source=DentalE&utm_medium=email&utm_content=newsletter&oly_enc_id=7754I6987723B8B

https://www.cda.org/Home/News-and-Events/Newsroom/Article-Details/routine-dental-care-may-protect-against-severe-covid-19-related-complications#:~:text=Oral%20bacteria%20can%20be%20aspirated,to%20dentistry%20and%20COVID%2D19.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fleemingdental.com.au%2Fnew-studies-show-gum-disease-may-increase-severity-of-covid-19%2F&psig=AOvVaw2eU7rvXv9h5qjRprOqk-Bv&ust=1617025137826000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCMDBpqeO0-8CFQAAAAAdAAAAABAD

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.lanap.com%2F2016%2F09%2F22%2Fsurprising-link-between-gum-disease-and-systemic-disease%2F&psig=AOvVaw2yP2PqAwAjz0-Wnp8RPUO8&ust=1617028498531000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCJjskN-a0-8CFQAAAAAdAAAAABAI

February Calls for a Heart to Heart

February 6th, 2021

February is a month that is near and dear to many of our hearts as it marks American Heart Month, which sheds light on the dangers of heart disease. This year marks the 57th consecutive American Heart Month. Heart disease, also known as cardiovascular disease, is the #1 cause of death in the United States causing about 1 in 4 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Heart disease encompasses many types of heart problems. Coronary artery disease (CAD), which can cause a heart attack, is the most common type of heart disease in America.

Heart disease is often referred to as the "silent killer" because it often goes undiagnosed until a person experiences chest pain, chest palpitations, or shortness of breath for instance and the person experiences a heart attack, heart arrhythmias, or heart failure.

Take a look at some of the symptoms, according to the AHA:

Heart disease can impact anyone. According to the AHA's Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics – 2021, approximately 18.6 million people across the globe died of heart disease in 2019, which is a 17.1% increase over the past 10 years. In addition, approximately 523.2 million cases of cardiovascular disease were reported in 2019, which also represents an increase of 26.6% over 10 years.

Dating back to history, President Lyndon B. Johnson, who had himself experienced heart attacks, was the first to issue a proclamation in 1964 that declared February as American Heart Month. Since then, U.S. President's continue this legacy. Check out this year's Proclamation on American Heart Month issued by President Joseph R. Biden Jr., here.

All month the American Heart Association (AHA) will be hosting exciting virtual experiences on relevant topics relating to heart disease each week. For example, the video "Heart to Heart: Why Losing One Woman Is Too Many" campaign will discuss how 1 in 3 women are diagnosed with heart disease each year. During this important month the AHA and other organizations emphasize the importance of heart health and continued research and efforts to help end this tremendous health threat!

Heart health is even more important as we battle against the COVID-19 pandemic, as the virus can have a negative impact on the heart and vascular system, as recent research shows according to the AHA. The AHA has also created the motto, "Don't Die of Doubt," which is a national awareness campaign reminding individuals that even as we conquer COVID-19 and there are concerns about visiting hospitals due to the presence of patients with coronavirus, hospitals are the safest place to go when you are experiencing symptoms. We also need to be conscious of our lifestyle decisions during this time of staying at home, as risk factors for heart disease include unhealthy behaviors including poor dietary habits, excessive alcohol consumption, and limited physical activity for example.

All in all, heart disease in many instances can be prevented with healthy lifestyle choices. According to the CDC, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, and smoking are top risk factors for heart disease. Shockingly, 47% of Americans according to the CDC have at least one of these risk factors. Other risk factors can include diabetes and obesity.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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.heart.org/en/about-us/heart-attack-and-stroke-symptoms

https://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/about.htm

https://www.heart.org/en/around-the-aha/february-is-american-heart-month

https://www.heart.org/

https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2021/02/03/proclamation-on-american-heart-month-2021/#:~:text=NOW%2C%20THEREFORE%2C%20I%2C%20JOSEPH,Day%20on%20February%205%2C%202021.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fagrilifetoday.tamu.edu%2F2021%2F02%2F01%2Ffebruary-ideal-month-to-focus-on-the-heart%2F&psig=AOvVaw3k1yOhgjxMumS-DAp6K0KY&ust=1612713316611000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCOji3b3P1e4CFQAAAAAdAAAAABAE

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