Dr. Ghazi

The future of dentistry is digital!

July 10th, 2017

"The future of dentistry is digital" says Biomed Central of Oral Health. It is true, the future of dentistry is indeed digital.

Consider the last time you had an impression taken at the dentist's. That feeling of discomfort and the recurrence of the ultimate gag reflex made your dental experience, surely, less enjoyable and your dentist's experience more nerve-racking. In addition to that, the custom design of the trays, the materials used, and sending the impression to lab and getting the plaster model back is time consuming and expensive.

 

Therefore, recently the use of Intraoral Scanner (IOS) devices is becoming more and more popular. The technique is referred to as taking optical impressions. It works by projecting a beam of light that hits the surface of the teeth and a high-resolution camera captures the distortion that the beam undergoes. This device can collect the complete shape and size of the dental arch and then those pictures can be translated into a 3D model.

 

The application of this new technology is vast in the dental field. IOS is especially very helpful when used for dental implants, in the preparation of prosthesis to model and fabricate restorations, in surgical dentistry for guided surgery and in orthodontics to precisely make aligners, or other customized orthodontic devices.

 

In addition to the ease that comes for the dentist with the immediate results, it is also well tolerated by patients. In addition, the 3D models are obtained on the computer and can be stored with an easier access for a longer time than the collection of breakable plaster models.

 

Here at Wellesley Dental Group, we embrace the new cutting-edge technologies that are shaping the dental field. We have been using our 3D scanner with great success, and patients have reported that it is much easier than traditional impressions. Call us today at 781-237-9071 to find out more!

 

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.

Bright and Healthy Smiles for the Summer!

June 28th, 2017

It is summertime and you are finally ready to take on a good well-deserved vacation. You have finally freed up some space on your phone and are probably just ready for the limitless photo opportunities. But, is your smile also ready to steal the show?

Wherever you go this summer, remember that your smile is one of the first things that people notice about you. That is why the state of your teeth is a big contributor to your overall confidence.

Any diet that is high in acidic food or drinks leads to a weakening of the enamel which makes it more more likely to get stained and discolored. In addition, acid leads to the wearing away of your tooth enamel. The worn areas of your tooth expose the dentin, which is also yellow in color and adds to the dullness of your smile.

Here are a few things you can do yourself to keep a bright and healthy smile and prevent dental diseases and discoloration.

 

  • One of the easiest things you can do to have good oral health is to brush your teeth regularly, meaning at least twice a day, preferably after each meal; the mechanical motion of brushing your teeth helps you remove plaque.
  • Flossing and brushing go hand-in-hand. This helps you keep your teeth and gums healthy. Using a rubbing motion, go gently between each tooth and make sure that you also go under the gum line. So, floss after every meal, and snack, to prevent build-ups.
  • Rinsing with a good mouthwash also goes hand-in-hand with brushing your teeth and flossing. Rinsing with a mouthwash that could be either diluted hydrogen peroxide or fluoride based gives you an extra support when trying to remove bacteria, or strengthen your teeth and prevent cavities.
  • Healthy eating also plays a major role when it comes to your smile. Avoid consuming foods and beverages that cause stain. Blueberries, cherries, blackberries are popular fruits during the summer, but try rinsing your mouth with water after you snack on them. The same goes for coffee, iced tea, red or white wine, and fruity juices. One way you can consume those drinks is either by using a straw, or by having a glass of water and rinsing your mouth regularly.
  • The best help you can get for a healthy and white smile would be to visit a dental specialist for professional cleaning and whitening treatments.

 

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.

 

It's not you, it's your morning breath!

June 15th, 2017

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Have you ever wondered why despite keeping good oral hygiene, brushing your teeth and tongue regularly, using a mouthwash and flossing before bed, you still wake up with an unpleasant odor coming from your mouth? Well, it's not you; bad breath in the morning is very common. The condition is also known as halitosis. It happens because during the supposed 8-hours of sleep at night, our mouth goes through a period of reduced salivary flow and no access to food and water. The main function of saliva is to 'rinse' and remove solid food particles which if not removed cause bad breath. And when there is no source of carbohydrates at night, your body ends up breaking down the proteins, the byproducts of which feed bacteria and lead to their growth in the mouth. But as you may have noticed, bad breath disappears after having breakfast and going through our morning dental routine, as most bacteria are removed.

Here are some things that you can do to help yourself and minimize the odor of your ‘morning breath’! Regular dental cleanings and check-ups should go without saying. Professional cleaning helps remove plaque from above and below the gum and places that are hard to reach, or we often neglect. Also, pay attention to the instructions and recommendations your dentist gives you for brushing, flossing, and rinsing. And your overall health matters as well! Try improving your diet, physical activity, and reduce work-load and stress. Remember that everything is interconnected.

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There are also conditions which cause oral malodor. Chronic oral malodor is a condition resulting from chronic dry mouth. Other medical conditions such as diabetes, GI disturbance and respiratory infections can also contribute to chronic malodor. It is important to consult your dentist if you experience dry mouth and they will refer you to a primary care physician in the case of medical conditions.

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.

 

Source: https://www.colgateprofessional.com/patient-education/articles/oral-malodor

Ice cream, you scream, your teeth shouldn’t scream!

June 13th, 2017

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With the hot summer already here, ice cream is one of our favorite cold treat. But while you are enjoying your summer treat, also keep in mind the effect that too much of it can have not only on your summer figure, but also on your teeth.

If you were thinking “well, how bad can ice cream really be?; it is a dairy product; it supplies me with calcium, and that’s mostly what teeth are made of, so how can it harm my teeth?” Yes, ice cream is a dairy product, but that doesn't necessarily mean that it is a good source of calcium. In fact, it has only a minimal amount of calcium when compared to pure milk or yogurt. Most of it is sugar. So, ice cream alone is not sufficient to deliver the enough amount of calcium that your body needs. Our bones and teeth are made of calcium and our nervous system, endocrine system and muscles need it to work properly. Do not neglect other healthier options such as milk, cheese and yogurt.

Additionally, ice cream's high sugar concentration can be bad for your smile. Why? Because bacteria in our mouths use the sugar that we ingest as their food and the product that they release causes teeth to decay. Therefore, it is important to brush your teeth after every meal, even after every snack. And nowadays, you can choose ice cream that is sugar-free. And you can also avoid the sugary toppings. You can do it!

And when it comes to the feeling of sensitive teeth while or after devouring the cold treat, this can be a sign of already existing cavities, or receding gums. This may indicate poor oral hygiene, and it is very important to resolve this issue swiftly by your dentist. Don’t avoid your regular check-ups and have your dental fillings done on time.

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.

To Pull Or Not To Pull: Wisdom Teeth Extractions

December 13th, 2016

To pull or not to pull, that is the question! Wisdom teeth, molars found in the back of your mouth, usually appear in your late teens or early twenties, may need to be removed if they are impacted, or fail to erupt due to a lack of room or a poor entry angle.

If an impacted wisdom tooth is not removed, you may experience painful crowding and infections. For instance, if a gum flap is covering part of a wisdom tooth that can't come out all the way, food particles and bacteria could become trapped and lead to pericoronitis, a low-grade infection, and swelling.

Additionally, in more serious cases, fluid-filled growths called cysts can form and permanently damage your bone, teeth, and nerves.

To determine whether your wisdom teeth need to be removed, make sure to make an appointment early on in your late teens or early twenties so that there is less of a chance that the roots of your teeth have not fully formed and the bone surrounding your teeth is less dense. Additionally, your recovery time will be much shorter. At your appointment, your dentist will take a panoramic X-ray to take a look at your situation.

At Wellesley Dental Group, Dr. Ghazi, our periodontist, is our specialist in wisdom teeth extractions. Be sure to make make an appointment with us for a consultation.  Regular check-ups cleaning are essential to keep your teeth happy and healthy!

Resources:

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http://www.wellesleydentalgroup.com/wisdom-teeth-extraction

http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/conditions/wisdom-teeth/article/should-you-have-your-wisdom-teeth-removed

Participate In Our 9th Annual Candy Drive!

October 12th, 2016

9th-annual-candy-drive-3All Metrowest Schools and organizations are invited to join Wellesley Dental Group's 9th Annual Community Candy Drive to benefit the US troops serving overseas. From November 1st to November 9th, we will be collecting candy, along with handwritten notes and cards for our soldiers.

Our goal is to teach our kids lessons in giving by encouraging them to share their extra Halloween candy with our troops. The sweet treats and the handwritten cards are a little reminder of home for our troops, and a message of support just in time for Veteran's Day. The packages will be sent via CarePacks, a non-profit organization, along with oral hygiene supplies.

We are inviting all schools and organizations to participate in our Press Event - November 10th at 10:00 am. Local media and photographers will capture the spirit of giving in our community. Principals, faculty, parents, and students (with the permission from their teachers, of course) are all?welcome to attend.

To schedule a candy drop-off or RSVP for the event, please call (781-237-9071) or email us (candydrive@wellesleydentalgroup.com).

Let's keep this fun Wellesley tradition going!

Wellesley's Wonderful Weekend Parade Schedule 2016

May 18th, 2016

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

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The 2016 Schedule is as follows:

Friday – May 20th 

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

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

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

7:30p.m

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

Saturday – May 21st 

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

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

Saturday—Sunday

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

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

9:00a.m.

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

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

9:30a.m.

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

10:00a.m.—11:30a.m.

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

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

10:00a.m.—2:00p.m

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

10:00a.m.—2:00p.m

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

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

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

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

10:00a.m.—5:00p.m

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

10:00a.m.—5:00p.m

Wonderful Weekend Sidewalk Sale
Linden SquareClick for details

11:00a.m.— 3:00p.m.

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

11:00a.m.— 3:00p.m.

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

11:00a.m.— 3:00p.m.

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

11:00a.m.— 3:00p.m.

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

11:00a.m.— 3:00p.m.

Open House at Wellesley Police Station
485 Washington Street

11:00a.m.— 3:00p.m.

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

1:00p.m. — 4:00p.m.

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

1:00p.m.—4:00p.m.

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

2:00p.m.

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

4:00p.m.

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

Sunday – May 22nd

8:00a.m.—10:00a.m.

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

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

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

Click for registration.

10:00a.m.—4:00p.m.

Wonderful Weekend Sidewalk Sale
Linden SquareClick for details

1:00p.m.—3:00p.m.

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

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

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

4:00p.m.—5:30p.m.

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

5:00p.m. — DUSK

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

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

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

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

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

(Check here for last minute updates)

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Reap the Potential Benefits of Coconut Oil

February 11th, 2016

cYou may have heard about oil pulling in the news, on blogs, or from friends. This latest trend is actually an old Indian oral therapy dating back 3,000 years! It's an inexpensive practice that involves the gentle swishing of approximately 1 tablespoon of oil through the teeth for about 10 minutes daily before rinsing out. However, it should be well noted that this procedure should never replace brushing, flossing, and other daily dental habits.

Research has found that coconut oil may be effective in keeping our mouths healthy. It was tested against strains of Streptococcus bacteria, which are often found in the oral cavity and aid in producing acids that cause tooth decay. The study reported that the oil was able to fight off cavity-causing bacteria in the mouth. A beneficial ingredient of coconut oil is lauric acid, which is well-known for its anti-microbial agents that help defeat gingivitis, plaque, and microbes that cause bad breath.

Not to mention, recently, there has been news of individuals using coconut oil as toothpaste (for both humans and pets!). The suggested reasons behind this trend are that coconut oil does not contain harmful antibacterial chemicals, for example triclosan, which are sometimes found in traditional toothpastes. These harmful chemicals have raised concerns about antibiotic resistance and endocrine disruption. In addition, coconut oil is believed to help maintain a healthier balance of lipids on your tongue in comparison to some toothpastes. Toothpastes often contain chemicals that create the foam-like texture of the toothpaste, including sodium laureth sulfate (SLS), or sodium lauryl ether sulfate (SLES). These chemicals interfere with phospholipids found on the tongue, which as a result can create a bitter taste in your mouth. Research has found that SLS may even negatively impact the health of individuals with recurring canker sores. However, further research is needed to prove the effectiveness of using coconut oil as toothpaste.

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

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

References:

https://www.yahoo.com/health/the-4-best-uses-for-coconut-1343871427731510.html

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/features/oil-pulling

Something's Fishy: Regenerating Teeth

December 16th, 2015

When one of our adult teeth is knocked out by a baseball, we can’t just grow it back. But if a fish loses a tooth, it can grow a new one to replace it. How can we learn from our friends underwater? Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology and King’s College in London are now searching for a way for human epithelial tissue to grow back new teeth by studying the way the structures in Lake Malawi cichlids change into teeth and taste buds.

The scientists also studied dental differentiation in mice. The results showed that the period during which the structures required for growing new teeth is active may be longer than previously estimated.

According to a professor at the Georgia Tech school of biology, researchers discovered that there is developmental plasticity between taste buds and teeth and are attempting to figure out how pathways lead cells toward dental or sensory growth.

Because fish don't have tongues, their teeth and taste buds are mixed together. In the case of one species of Lake Malawi cichlids, which mostly eat plankton, few teeth are needed. These fish uses its eyes to locate food and swallows food without breaking it down. However, another species depends on algae, which needs to be scraped from rocky lake structures, for its food source. This species requires a lot more taste buds and teeth.

When the researchers crossed the species, they discovered ample teeth and taste bud variation in the second generation of hybrids. Examining the genetic differences in the hybrids allowed the researchers to determine genetic factors of variation.

There are "developmental switches" that signal epithelial cells to grow either dental or sensory structures. Both teeth and taste buds come from the same type of epithelial tissue in the developing jaws of embryonic fish. They are modified later to form either soft taste buds or teeth that contain hard enamel. This new information demonstrates that the epithelium in the mouth of humans can be flexible and may be able to regenerate new 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.

Resources:

http://dentistrytoday.com/news/industrynews/item/470-researchers-study-fish-to-regenerate-teeth

http://www.pnas.org/

http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/

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The Fantastic Four of Dental Hygiene

December 12th, 2015

Want to become a dental hygiene superhero? Make sure to follow these four steps of fun recommended by the American Dental Hygienists' Association and the Wrigley Oral Healthcare Program!

1. Brush twice daily!

Brushing your teeth properly for a full two minutes twice a day is the key to excellent oral health. It can prevent both gum disease and tooth decay, which are the two most common causes of loosing teeth. Brushing is effective in limiting oral bacterial growth.

However, in order to ensure that your brushing is as optimal as it can be, make sure to switch to a new toothbrush every few months and to use a toothpaste that has fluoride in it (to prevent cavities).

2. Floss, floss, floss!

Flossing is crucial for cleaning those spots in your mouth that your toothbrush can't reach, such as spaces between teeth and gum pockets. In order to maintain healthy teeth, floss at least once daily.

Proper flossing technique includes digging deep into the pockets between your gums and teeth and refraining from snapping floss against your gums, which could lead to bleeding and irritation. Furthermore, use plenty of floss to ensure that there is a clean piece for every space between your teeth.

3. Use an antimicrobial mouthwash!

Mouthwashes can do a lot more than simply making your breath smell more pleasant. Their property of killing germs associated with gum disease, tooth decay, and bad breath is essential to having good oral health. However, make sure you pick out a mouthwash that is alcohol-free, because alcohol tends to dry out the mouth. According to the American  Dental Hygienists' Association, you should rinse once per day.

4. Chew sugar-free gum!

Chewing sugar-free gum is a fun and effective way to help decrease your risk of getting cavities. The act of chewing and the gum's flavor help produce saliva, which can wash away debris and bacteria that could cause cavities. Increased saliva flow also helps minerals that strengthen and rebuild enamel travel to the teeth.

Finally, make sure to schedule regular dental checkups!

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

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

Resources:

http://www.wrigleyoralhealth.com/

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Diamonds Are a Tooth's Best Friend

November 30th, 2015

 

We've heard that diamonds are a girl's best friend. But what if I told you that diamonds can also be a tooth's best friend? In an article in last month's edition of ACS Nano, bioengineer Dr. Dean Ho from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Dentistry suggests that diamond is an ideal substance for  root-canal treatment, the deepest type of filling for dental cavities.

Root-canal therapy penetrates the bottom of the tooth and is required for bacterial infections that have passed through both the enamel and dentin layer underneath to the pulp of the tooth's center that is rich in nutrients and contains nerves. This type of filling is difficult to execute, complicated, and often painful. It is also sometimes ineffective in preventing the infection from returning, because either the hole created when the pulp is removed may not be fully cleaned or the gum used to fill the hole, gutta percha, is not an effective enough seal to prevent bacteria from reaching inside again.

Dr. Ho explains how the properties of nanodiamonds, diamonds that are 4-6 nanometers across, make nanodiamonds the optimal substance to be mixed into gutta percha. These diamonds have the shape of  octahedrons with sharp edges. Their geometry allows them to penetrate and stick to the surfaces of the teeth. Furthermore, their facets are coated with amines, carboxyls, and hydroxyls, which are ideal for keeping antibiotic molecules in place. On the other hand, when antibiotics are incorporated in pure gutta percha, they quickly move away from the material, which allows the plug to be vulnerable to the colonization of bacteria. Another excellent property of diamonds is that with the exception of their surface groups, they are crystals of pure carbon. This abundance of carbon makes these diamonds resistant to the mouth's harsh chemical environment. Finally, these diamonds are also economically feasible, because they are inexpensive. Traditional mining and refining create them as byproducts.

In order to test how effective this idea is, researchers left a mixture of nanodiamonds and the common antibiotic amoxycillin at room temperature for five to seven days. By this time, the antibiotic would have been able to stick to the diamonds. After adding the nanodiamonds to a portion of gutta percha, researchers shook the product with sound waves. They tested the flexibility, elasticity, ability to withstand stresses, and rate of antibiotic leakage of  the new material. The scientists discovered that it was about three times stronger in all aspects than that of gutta percha by itself.

Because of these positive results, scientists expect that in two years, there will be clinical trials on patients that use diamonds in root-canal treatments.

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

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

Resources:

http://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21677190-adding-tiny-gems-may-make-root-canal-treatment-more-effective-tooth-fairy-dust

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News Flash: #CandyDrive2015 in the Media!

November 16th, 2015

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What an exciting November it's been at the Wellesley Dental Group. This year brought our biggest and best Candy Drive yet! With participation from over 30 schools from across the Metro-West, and more than 9,000 students involved, the spirit of community giving and patriotism was in the air. Not to mention, our 8th Annual Candy Drive stirred up a lot of amazing press coverage. We cannot thank you and the community enough for all of the support and donations of candy and handwritten notes for the troops. A special thank you to Wellesley Public MediaWestwood Hometown WeeklyThe Swellesley Report, Wellesley Weston Magazine, and The Wellesley Townsman for featuring our Candy Drive in their publications. We can't wait to see what next year's drive has in store for us.

Check out #CandyDrive2015 in the news:

Wellesley Public Media captured our lovely Dr. Zarah Ali showcasing the highlights of the 2015 Candy Drive.

 

Westwood Hometown Weekly: Westwood Girl Scout Fundraiser Helps Overseas Troops

[caption id="attachment_9248" align="alignleft" width="430"]Photos courtesy of Chandana Gopal. Photo courtesy of Chandana Gopal.[/caption]

The fourth grade Girl Scout Troop 75364 at Downey School in Westwood ran a Halloween Candy Drive to collect candy to be packaged in Care Packs for troops stationed abroad.

The Downey community has participated in this event run by Wellesley Dental Group for the last four years.

This year, the Girl Scouts took in their biggest collection yet, and collected more than 200 pounds of candy, which equates to almost one pound per child at Downey.

 

Hometown Weekly: Candy Collected For U.S. Armed Forces At Wellesley Event

[caption id="attachment_9252" align="alignleft" width="430"]The Upham Elementary School in Wellesley and the Delaney Elementary School in Wrentham shared the $1,000 prize for their PTOs. (Photos courtesy of Femina Ali) The Upham Elementary School in Wellesley and the Delaney Elementary School in Wrentham shared the $1,000 prize for their PTOs.[/caption]

In what has become an annual tradition, Drs. Femina, Ejaz and Zarah Ali of the Wellesley Dental Group recently held a candy drive that raised nearly 8,000 pounds of candy for members of the U.S. armed forces serving our country overseas.

The candy is delivered to Care Packs, a nonprofit organization that creates and ships individual packages full of candy, handwritten notes, oral hygiene supplies and other treats and essentials from home for the troops overseas.

The week-long collection, which receives support and participation from several schools, including all the Wellesley Public Schools, and other organizations culminated last week in a big celebration that had approximately 100 people join in, including Superintendent David Lussier, Ellen Gibbs from the Board of Selectmen, MSG Trevor George and local veteran Pete Jones. Thirty-one schools from 13 towns participated in the collection.

“Our favorite part was to see the community come together in the spirit of giving and gratitude,” Femina Ali said. “It’s truly inspiring to see how much candy our kids willingly donate, and reading their handwritten notes and cards really strikes a chord. It’s a wonderful thing to see right before Veterans Day.”

Also attending the big celebration were members of the Wellesley Police Department and many of the school principals. Wellesley High’s Keynotes performed and elementary school student Evan Lariviere sang the National Anthem.

The Upham Elementary School shared the $1,000 grand prize that will go to its PTO with Delaney Elementary in Wrentham.

“We definitely raised more candy this year than last year, and than ever before, but the real accomplishment was the scope of the event,” Femina Ali said. “We’ve never had such widespread participation from the surrounding communities, and we reached as far as Wrentham and Braintree this year.”

 

Wellesley Weston Blog: Wellesley Dental Group’s 8th Annual Community Candy Drive

All Metro-West Schools are invited to join Wellesley Dental Group’s 8th Annual Community Candy Drive to benefit the U.S. troops serving overseas. From November 1st to November 5th, our office will be collecting candy, as well as handwritten notes and cards, to be sent to American servicemen via non-profit organization CarePacks, along with oral hygiene supplies.

This year, the competition is bigger than ever! We will be awarding a grand prize of $1,000 to the school PTO that donates the most candy! The winning school will be selected based on the amount of candy donated divided by the number of students in the school, to ensure fair competition.

The Candy Drive is open to any school or institute that is interested in participating in this cause. We also invites schools and organizations to be a part of our Press Event on November 5th at 10:00 am, at our office on 5 Seaward Road in Wellesley. Principals, faculty members, parents, and students (with the permission of their parents and teachers) are welcome to attend. Local institutions, media and photographers are also invited to participate. RSVP is requested.

To schedule a candy drop-off, please call 781-237-9071 or email the Wellesley Dental Group at candydrive@wellesleydentalgroup.com. Our goal is to teach our kids lessons in giving by encouraging them to share their extra Halloween candy with our troops overseas. These sweet treats and the handwritten cards are a reminder of home for these soldiers, and a reflection of our gratitude. To check out awesome photos and more information regarding last year’s event, click here. Let’s keep this fun tradition going!

 

The Swellesley Report: Wellesley Dental Group has sweetened the pot for annual post-Halloween candy collection

Ready to get rid of all that candy? Join Wellesley Dental Group’s 8th Annual Community Candy Drive to benefit the U.S. troops serving overseas. From November 1st to November 5th, the office will be collecting candy, as well as handwritten notes and cards, to be sent to American servicemen via non-profit organization CarePacks, along with oral hygiene supplies.

This year, the office will award a grand prize of $1000 to the school PTO that donates the most candy. The winning school will be selected based on the amount of candy donated divided by the number of students in the school, to ensure fair competition. The Candy Drive is open to any school or institute that is interested in participating in this cause.

To schedule a candy drop-off, please call 781-237-9071 or email the Wellesley Dental Group at candydrive@wellesleydentalgroup.com. If your child attends a Wellesley public school, check with the office. Many of the schools are collecting candy and will bring it all in a big pile to the drop-off point.

 

The Wellesley Townsman: Wellesley's candy mountain: Each year at Halloween, it grows outside a local dental office

[caption id="attachment_9196" align="alignleft" width="319"]One of the many handwritten cards from local elementary school students One of the many handwritten cards from local elementary school students[/caption]

It may seem a little ironic for a dental office to be collecting candy, but for the eighth year in a row Wellesley Dental Group sponsored their Annual Community Candy Drive. Outside their 5 Seaward Road offices on the morning of Nov. 5 stood a huge candy mountain.

It wasn’t just the Wellesley school community that donated. More than 9,000 students participated this year, not including colleges. From Nov. 1-5, students from 30 schools in 13 towns brought their extra Halloween candy to Wellesley Dental Group for the benefit of U.S. troops serving overseas. The students also wrote letters and cards to accompany the candy that will be sent along with oral hygiene supplies.

“It’s become a community event. I love it,” said Dr. Femina Ali, who added that this year’s candy drive was definitely bigger than last year’s.

“It just gets bigger and bigger every year … she [Dr. Ali] puts her heart and soul into it,” said Wellesley resident Mary Bowers who attended the donation celebration.

According to Dr. Femina Ali, however, it was her daughter, Dr. Zarah Ali, also a dentist at Wellesley Dental Group, spearheaded this year’s event.

“It’s definitely a team effort,” said Dr. Zarah Ali. In estimating the amount of candy students dropped off this year, she said, “I know we have more than 7,000 pounds. I would guess 9,000.”

With a promise of $1,000 to the PTO of the school that donated the most candy, participation was robust. As it turned out there was a tie: Upham Elementary School in Wellesley and the Delaney Elementary School of Wrentham shared the prize money.

Dr. Zarahi Ali said they determined the winning schools by taking the amount of candy donated and dividing it by the number of students – to the 10th of a pound.

Megan Fennell was there with fellow students from the Kennedy Middle School in Natick. She said she wanted to participate because “I thought it would be an experience, and we wrote letters for the soldiers that we’re giving the candy to.” Her school collected 586 pounds of sweet treats.

Superintendent of Wellesley Public Schools David Lussier attended the event and was proud not only of his schools’ participation but also of the Wellesley students who performed for the crowd – Evan Lariviere, a third-grader from the Upham School, and the Wellesley High School Keynote Singers, who all demonstrated their vocal talents.

Rick Bruce of CarePacks was on hand with a truck to take the candy to the non-profit organization’s warehouse in Weymouth. He said the drive is “a great community event.”

After the candy gets packed into sandwich-size bags Bruce said, “We’ll get two or three shipments out of this.”

Also, don't forget to like us on Facebook to view pictures and more from the event!

Post Candy Drive:

We received a thank you note from one of our soldiers to a Sprague Elementary School student who participated in our candy drive. Read more here in this article written by The Swellesley Report:

http://theswellesleyreport.com/2015/12/heartwarming-wellesley-tale-the-soldier-the-2nd-grader/

Links:

http://hometownweekly.net/candy-collected-for-us-armed-forces-at-wellesley-event-p15630-197.htm#

http://wellesley.wickedlocal.com/article/20151112/ENTERTAINMENTLIFE/151118220/0/SEARCH

http://www.wwmblog.com/news/wellesleydental-candydrive8

http://theswellesleyreport.com/2015/11/wellesley-dental-group-has-sweetened-the-pot-for-annual-post-halloween-candy-collection/

http://hometownweekly.net/index152.htm

http://bcove.me/wzjwe7qs

Latte, Espresso, Cappuccino? Think Twice Before You Indulge

November 12th, 2015

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Coffee is America’s favorite beverage, especially for early risers. Not to mention, coffee lovers have many options to choose from. From sweetened flavors like mocha, caramel swirl, and French vanilla, to the less sweet flavors of cinnamon, coconut, hazelnut, raspberry, and toasted almond.

It’s estimated that 68 percent of the American population indulge in a cup of coffee every morning to help them wake up and to keep them going throughout the day. The real question is, "Is coffee good or bad for you?"

Coffees is known to increase mental alertness, boost our concentration, and prevent the development of certain cancers and other diseases.  In addition, according to recent studies, black coffee may help fight bacteria if consumed without artificial sweeteners.

Along with some good effects, there are also many adverse effects on the body. Coffee is often associated with high blood pressure, heart disease, osteoporosis. In addition, coffee can have a negative impact on your dental health. Some studies suggest that coffee wears down tooth enamel. Weakened enamel can make teeth more vulnerable to diseases and permanent damage. Enamel is porous calcified substance made up of matrix of crystal like rods, which keeps our teeth strong. The bad part is that once your enamel is gone, you can't get it back!

Not to mention, moderate to high consumption of coffee can cause tooth discoloration, leaving your teeth stained yellow.

Many of us know that it can be hard to give up the daily dose of coffee each morning. But, there are a few preventive measures that you can take to reduce the amount of coffee you intake. This includes rinsing your mouth after drinking coffee, using proper brushing and flossing habits, and using a straw to prevent coffee from touching the surfaces of your teeth.  Also, Zoom! Whitening is a great way to keep your teeth pearly white.

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://cdn1.medicalnewstoday.com/content/images/articles/297/297449/a-cup-of-coffee.jpg

 

Candy Drive 2015- Check!

November 6th, 2015

 

[caption id="attachment_9209" align="aligncenter" width="658"]The 3 Drs. Ali in front of the mountain of candy collected this year! The 3 Drs. Ali in front of the mountain of candy collected this year![/caption]

We did it again! The 8th annual community candy drive was an amazing success! We had over 30 schools from 13 different towns and more than 9,000 students participate in our drive, making it the largest in size and scope thus far. To make it even sweeter, we collected more candy than ever before! We are beyond thrilled that our community, and so many neighboring communities, came together in the spirit of generosity to show gratitude and appreciation for our troops overseas. We hope they enjoy these sweet treats, along with handwritten notes, cards and oral hygiene supplies.

Here are some highlights from our event:

Our annual community candy drive was in full swing last week, and candy donations from schools and organizations were piling in.

[caption id="attachment_9192" align="aligncenter" width="647"]Candy Delivery from the Cabot School! Candy Delivery from the Cabot School![/caption]

 

We culminated with a press event on November 5th, paying homage to our troops overseas, showing off our mountain of candy, and bringing the community together in the spirit of giving, and a little competition! This year, our $1000 grand prize was shared between two winning schools, Upham Elementary in Wellesley, and Delaney Elementary in Wrentham!

[caption id="attachment_9194" align="aligncenter" width="643"]The winners of this year's competition: Upham Elementary and Delaney Elementary The winners of this year's competition: Upham Elementary and Delaney Elementary[/caption]

 

All in all, we had over 30 schools from 13 towns participating-- that's over 9,000 students! We love how so many schools, organizations, and communities came together for the same great cause!

[caption id="attachment_9195" align="aligncenter" width="663"]Sprague, Schofield, and Hardy School Principals with our Wellesley Schools Superintendent, Dr. David Lussier Sprague, Schofield, and Hardy School Principals with our Wellesley Schools Superintendent, Dr. David Lussier[/caption]

Thanks to Evan Lariviere for singing the National Anthem and the WHS Keynotes for singing America the Beautiful; it was an honor to hear such beautiful voices stirring up patriotism right before Veteran's Day.

 

[caption id="attachment_9198" align="aligncenter" width="486"]The Wellesley High School Keynotes, who sang America the Beautiful for us The Wellesley High School Keynotes, who sang America the Beautiful for us[/caption]

 

[caption id="attachment_9199" align="aligncenter" width="321"]Evan, who moved us all as he sang the National Anthem Evan, who moved us all as he sang the National Anthem[/caption]

 

The handwritten notes and cards for the troops will be sure to put a smile on their faces! We imagine that they must be even sweeter than the candy.

[caption id="attachment_9196" align="aligncenter" width="254"]One of the many handwritten cards from local elementary school students One of the many handwritten cards from local elementary school students[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_9203" align="aligncenter" width="276"]Handwritten card for the troops Handwritten card for the troops[/caption]

 

A big thank you to our amazing Wellesley Dental Group team for all their hard work, and off course to everyone that participated-- we couldn't have done it without you all.

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A Special Thank You to the following Participants:

 

 

 

A Sweet Tradition-Happening Now: 8th Annual Candy Drive!

November 2nd, 2015

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All Metro-West Schools are invited to join Wellesley Dental Group's 8th Annual Community Candy Drive to benefit the U.S. troops serving overseas. From November 1st to November 5th, our office will be collecting candy, as well as handwritten notes and cards, to be sent to American servicemen via non-profit organization CarePacks, along with oral hygiene supplies.

This year, the competition is bigger than ever! We will be awarding a grand prize of $1000 to the school PTO that donates the most candy! The winning school will be selected based on the amount of candy donated divided by the number of students in the school, to ensure fair competition. The Candy Drive is open to any school or institute that is interested in participating in this cause.

We also invites schools and organizations to be a part of our Press Event on November 5th at 10:00 am, at our office on 5 Seaward in Wellesley. Principals, faculty members, parents, and students (with the permission of their parents and teachers) are welcome to attend. Local institutions, media and photographers are also invited to participate. RSVP is requested.

To schedule a candy drop-off, please call 781-237-9071 or email the Wellesley Dental Group at candydrive@wellesleydentalgroup.com.

Our goal is to teach our kids lessons in giving by encouraging them to share their extra Halloween candy with our troops overseas. These sweet treats and the handwritten cards are a reminder of home for these soldiers, and a reflection of our gratitude.

To check out awesome photos and more information regarding last year’s event, click here.

Let's keep this fun tradition going!

[caption id="attachment_9007" align="aligncenter" width="600"]DSC02378 (1) Tufts Jumbos Making a Difference! Dr. Zarah Ali, Dr. Femina Ali, and Dr. Ejaz Ali at the 2014 Candy Drive.[/caption]

 

 

[caption id="attachment_9004" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Candy Drive 2012 had over 5000 lbs of candy donated. Candy Drive 2013 had over 7000 lbs of candy donated. More than 7600 lbs of candy collected in 2014! We’re getting bigger and better each year! Candy Drive 2012 had over 5000 lbs of candy donated. Candy Drive 2013 had over 7000 lbs of candy donated. More than 7600 lbs of candy collected in 2014! We’re getting bigger and better each year![/caption]

[caption id="attachment_9002" align="aligncenter" width="600"]DSC02266 Students from Wellesley High School[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_8994" align="aligncenter" width="600"]A striking rendition of the national anthem was given by a seven-year old Elementary School Student, Evan Lariviere. A striking rendition of the national anthem was given by a seven-year old Elementary School Student, Evan Lariviere.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_9005" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Speakers at the 2014 Candy Drive event included Wellesley Selectman Ellen Gibbs, School Superintendent Wellesley Dr. David Lussier, and The President of Care Packs, Mr. Rick Bruce. The US Marines, Army and the National Guards, the American Legion, the Wellesley Fire Department and the Wellesley Police Department were present. Speakers at the 2014 Candy Drive event included Wellesley Selectman Ellen Gibbs, School Superintendent Wellesley Dr. David Lussier, and The President of Care Packs, Mr. Rick Bruce. The US Marines, Army and the National Guards, the American Legion, the Wellesley Fire Department and the Wellesley Police Department were present.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_8993" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Students interacting with our Troops! Students interacting with our Troops![/caption]

Halloween Events You Won't Want to Miss

October 31st, 2015

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As we celebrate one of the most anticipated fall events, Halloween, there is plenty to do in the local area with family and friends. Not only is this day full of spooks and ghost stories, but also it's a day where the young and the young-at-heart can walk through the town as superheroes, Disney princesses, gremlims, and even tooth fairies! As you prepare for a day of traditional Halloween festivities, check out a few events that you may not want to miss:

Wellesley Dental Group Community Candy Drive:

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First and foremost, the start of our Annual Community Candy Drive is just a day away. November 1st-5th, please feel free to drop off candy at our office, as well as handwritten notes and cards for the American troops in honor of Veteran’s Day.

This event is a great incentive for children to eat less candy, and provide a nature of sharing, patriotism, and community pride. All organizations, schools, and individuals are invited to participate. If you're one who likes a little friendly competition, you'll love to hear that this year we will be awarding a grand prize of $1000 to the school PTO that donates the most candy! We also hope that you will be present at our Candy Drive Press Event, to be held November 5th at 10 A.M. at our office (5 Seaward, Wellesley). For more info, follow our Candy Drive Facebook page and watch out for new blogs!

The Boston Common Costume Dash

1,500 Costumed Crazies Will Run the Streets of Boston This Halloween

Happening today from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Copley Square is a fun Halloween tradition where the community gathers to run the streets of Boston in their Halloween costumes. This year about 1,500 runners are expected to attend. Admission is $50.

Halloween with the Gorillas

zooFrom 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today the Franklin Park Zoo is a great family outing event where everyone can watch the gorillas enjoy pumpkins as a seasonal treat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

8th Annual Great Pumpkin Festival

pumkin-fest-2015-copy-730x657For adults, the Cambridge Brewing Company is hosting multiple sessions of beer tasting where everyone will be in costume. Admission is $30.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Halloween Bike Ride 2015

bikeToday from 7 to 11 p.m. in Copley Square today, there will be a 10-12 mile ride and two  secret dance party pit stops. Admission is free.

 

 

 

 

 

Ghosts and Gravestones Tour

Boston Ghosts and Gravestones Tour - Not just for Halloween!

Boston's nightly Ghosts and Gravestones Tour is both a trolley ride and a walking trip to visit some of the city's scariest sites. This tour is also available other nights besides Halloween. Be prepared to learn some spooky history about the city! RSVP for admission.

 

 

We hope that you and your family have a safe and happy Halloween!

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://bostinno.streetwise.co/2015/10/29/best-halloween-events-in-boston-2015/

http://www.boston-discovery-guide.com/halloween-boston.html

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/120682464988547531/

Is Halloween Candy a Trick or a Treat?

October 25th, 2015

It’s almost Halloween and the scariest part of trick-or-treating often comes in the days that follow, as the candy stash still may be lying around the house. Although the Halloween costumes and decorations may be at the top of your child's mind right now, your child may also be eager to get a full bag of treats!

Many individuals are commonly aware that candy is not healthy, and can be particularly damaging to the enamel of teeth. Thus, your child may be facing a dilemma: How can something that tastes so good, be so damaging? Is candy a trick or a treat?

Annually, Americans spend approximately $9 billion total on candy, and both during and after Halloween, a lot of candy will lead to oral health problems! The natural bacteria in the mouth feed on sugar in candy and in turn produce acid. This acid destroys tooth enamel and causes decay if not properly taken care of.

It’s important to remember the damage that all the tasty candy can cause to teeth. While candy in moderation and followed by brushing and flossing can be okay, it can become an unhealthy snack habit! Some candies can be even more damaging for teeth than others. Sticky or chewy candies, including caramel, gummy candies, and taffy are more likely to get stuck between the crevices of teeth and can cause more damage to tooth enamel. The longer the sugar is stuck to the surface of teeth, the more time acid can be produced, increasing your risk of developing cavities. Also, sour candies are particularly bad choices of candy as they contain high acid levels. On the other hand, although containing sugar, dark chocolate contains antioxidants that may be good for the heart and even lower blood pressure, according to recent studies. Regularly encourage good oral health habits with your children, in addition to introducing healthy snack alternatives.

The good news is that Halloween candy at the Wellesley Dental Group is not completely a trick! The Annual Community Candy 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. 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://authoritynutrition.com/7-health-benefits-dark-chocolate/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tag/worst-halloween-candy/

http://www.knowyourteeth.com/infobites/abc/article/?abc=b&iid=296&aid=11070

http://media.cmgdigital.com/shared/img/photos/2014/10/14/b1/37/ROU9s6halloween-candy-buy-back-family-cosme-90.jpeg

 

Pumpkin, Spice, and Everything Nice!

October 22nd, 2015

It’s that spooky time of year again! With Halloween around the corner, pumpkins are back in season. Many individuals only think of pumpkins as decorative jack-o’-lanterns and the tasty addition to a thanksgiving dinner. From pumpkin pies to pumpkin spice lattes, the options are endless! However, did you know that these huge orange fruits, as well as the seeds within them contain an abundance of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals? Pumpkins are considered one of nature's top nutritional foods. Pumpkins are a rich source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin B5, essential fatty acids, fiber, potassium, magnesium, zinc, and iron. Not only do these nutrients help protect skin and fight off disease, but they also help prevent cavities and tooth decay!

It is important to remember that a healthy diet is essential in maintaining a healthy mouth and body. Luckily, pumpkin seeds make great nutritional snacks! Pumpkin seeds do not require refrigeration and are easy to pack in your child's lunchbox or throw in a Ziploc bag.

In addition to keeping your teeth strong and healthy, here are few reasons you should indulge in the delicious taste of pumpkin throughout the year:

Pumpkins keep your skin youthful.

Pumpkins are rich in Vitamin A, which helps increase the rate of cell renewal and the production of collagen to keep your skin smooth and soft. In addition, pumpkins are packed with essential fatty acids that help diminish wrinkles. Vitamin E and Beta-carotenes found in pumpkins also helps promotes skin health.

Pumpkins defend against disease.

According to the National Cancer Institute, it is estimated that up to 30 percent of all cancers can be prevented by a healthy diet, including a diet that's rich in carotene. Merely a 1/2 cup serving of pumpkin fulfills the recommended intake of alpha-carotene and beta-carotene!

Pumpkins aid vision and provide UV protection.

Similar to carrots, the beta-carotenes gives pumpkin its' bright orange color, as well as protection against sun damage. Further, according to the National Institutes of Health, a cup of cooked pumpkin has more than 200 percent of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin A, which aids vision.

Pumpkins can help you process information more efficiently. 

Zinc and omega-3 fatty acids found in pumpkins can help promote healthy bone density and even sharpen your brain skills.

Pumpkins aid weight loss.

Pumpkins are rich in fiber and low in calories! Fiber helps aid gastrointestinal health, weight-loss, and balanced cholesterol levels.

Pumpkins may reduce the risk of cancer.

According to the National Cancer Institute, a diet rich in foods containing the antioxidant beta-carotene may play a role in cancer prevention and protect against heart disease.

Pumpkins can help refuel your body after exercise.

Like bananas, a cup of cooked pumpkin contains an ample amount of potassium, which helps restore electrolytes after a hard workout and keeps your muscles operating efficiently.

As you carve your pumpkin, keep the insides and the seeds for a nutritious treat! Eating pumpkin seeds is an easy way to consume many nutrients vital to your overall health. Even though fresh pumpkins are in season in the fall, freezing pumpkin seeds or purchasing canned pumpkin or pumpkin seed oil is a good alternative for enjoying pumpkin throughout the year.

Don't forget, our Annual Candy Drive is shortly after Halloween! Make sure that your school is involved for a chance to win a grand prize of $1000 for your school's PTO. At our office (5 Seaward, Wellesley) we are collecting candy donations and hand-written cards for the troops from Nov. 1-Nov.5th. Please join us Nov. 5th at 10AM at the office for our big kickoff event. We're so excited, as this year's drive is bigger and better!

For more info on the Candy Drive and photos from previous events, like our Facebook page.

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.completelyyou.com/feature/food/pumpkin_health_benefits/index.html#.VDwYg144LSP

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/09/30/pumpkin-seed-benefits.aspx

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http://urbanext.illinois.edu/pumpkins/nutrition.cfm

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Disney and Digital Dentistry

October 20th, 2015

UntitledWith Halloween coming up, we'll be seeing a lot of the awesome Disney characters trick-or-treating around town. From princesses to action heroes, Disney has been a fun and creative part of childhood for kids and the kids-at-heart.

Many of us have been entertained by the creative animation in Disney films. How amazing would it be if the same technology used in Disney could also be used to improve medical and dental practices? What if we told you that there is already progress on this innovative idea?

Thabo Beeler, Swiss scientist and leader of the Capture and Effects Group at Disney Research Zurich, explains how new technologies initially designed for entertainment purposes can also be helpful in medicine and dentistry. 

At the Computer Graphics Laboratory, virtual patient simulation has been of interest for a long time. However, Doctors have just recently began to learn more about this scanning technology. Now, research has begun on a project to discover whether or not research in virtual patient simulation could be used in the medical and dental field.

Disney's work can help create the bridge between digital technologies and medicine/dentistry because there are many similarities between the technologies used in in these fields and those used in the film industry. Doctors hope to integrate all digital surface or dental scans into a virtual patient because this would simulate all processes of the human. How cool would it be to create a digital copy of a real human?! Researchers have used photogrammetry, which combines two or more slightly displaced pictures of the same object into a 3-D computer image. This process is inexpensive and relatively easy to follow.

Research groups at Disney are attempting to recreate all the details of facial structures for the entertainment industry due to how perceptive our eyes are in terms of faces and social communication. Similarly, medical researchers try their best to simulate virtual patients in order to provide accurate diagnoses and treatments. Beeler believes that the new technologies can be used for planning surgeries, monitoring healing processes, and so much more. There is great potential for these digital technologies in future generations. Maybe in the future, you’ll be able to get a dental checkup from the convenience of your own computer!

Not only will we be looking forward to seeing all of the lovely Halloween costumes, but we're also gearing up for our Annual Candy Drive. This November 1st through 5th, we will be collecting candy and handwritten notes for our troops at our office in Wellesley. We are particularly excited about our new grand prize of $1,000 that will be awarded to the school's PTO who donates the most candy. We hope that you have a happy Haloween, and are looking forward to seeing you at the Candy Drive Nov 5th, 10AM at our office!

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

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

Resources:

http://www.dental-tribune.com/articles/news/nordic/25770_entertainment_meets_digital_dentistry_.html

http://www.disneyresearch.com/

Fall in Love with These Healthy Fall Foods!

October 15th, 2015

fall-foodFall is finally here! From the beautiful leaves to the abundance of pumpkin spice products, there are so many reasons to love fall. And here’s another one: your favorite fall foods can also be super beneficial for your oral health!

Here are some delicious foods that may lead to better results at your next dental appointment!

  1. Apples

You’ve probably heard the saying, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” This saying is so well-known for a reason: this delicious fruit that comes in so many varieties has many health benefits. They have antioxidants, which can help prevent slow aging and chronic illnesses.  Furthermore, quercetin, a compound that is found in the skin of apples, can reduce risks of cancer, heart attacks, and asthma attacks. Apples have plenty of water in them, which does wonders for your teeth because water stimulates production of saliva. They also help wash food and neutralize acids from the surfaces of your teeth. The crunch in apples even helps remove dental plaque by loosening particles of food between teeth.

 

  1. Bone Broth

Everybody loves a good soup full of vegetables, broth, herbs, and spices. Bone broth is great for your immune system and digestive system. It’s also packed with calcium, phosphorous, and magnesium, which all do wonders for your teeth.

 

  1. Fish

If you love eating fish, you’re in luck. According to the Journal of Dietetic Association, fish oil can help fight gum disease. Salmon is especially beneficial for your teeth, because it can treat and prevent periodontitis.

 

  1. Cranberries

Best enjoyed October through November, cranberries not only ward off urinary tract infections, but they also restrain cancer growth and prevent oral diseases. 

 

  1. Pumpkins and Squash

Nutritionists at the National Institute of Health claim that foods rich in carotenoids, such as pumpkins and squash, can lower the risk of certain types of cancer. Pumpkins can also lead to healthy vision and cell growth, because they are great sources of alpha- and beta-carotene . Their seeds contain alpha-linolenic acid, which controls heart disease, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.

If you’re craving dessert, try pumpkin pie (without the crust, which is high in fat and cholesterol). This classic fall treat contains a ton of vitamin A, vitamin C, fiber, and iron. The boost of iron will keep you away from tooth decay and tongue inflammation. Pumpkin spice, a combination of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves, is also especially beneficial for your health. These spices all have phytonutrients, which are anti-inflammatory plant compounds that promote healing in cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Cloves fight cancer and blood clots, but they are also used for oral health. They have anaesthetic and antibacterial properties, which can relieve toothache and infections.

 

  1. Raw Dairy

Raw dairy (raw milk, cheese, butter, yogurt) that isn’t pasteurized or homogenized is a great source of calcium, which prevents tooth decay and gum disease.

 

  1. Green Tea

Containing natural catechins, green tea reduces plaque and by destroying plaque-causing bacteria. Enjoy a cup, but don’t forget to chew sugar-free gum afterwards to avoid teeth staining.

 

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.therabreath.com/articles/oral-care-tips-and-advice/best-nutritious-fall-foods-20798/

http://greatist.com/health/healthiest-fruits-and-vegetables-fall

http://www.myprimetimenews.com/spice-it-up-for-fall/

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17296290

http://naturallysavvy.com/care/dental-care-the-benefits-of-cloves

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A Sweet Tradition: 8th Annual Candy Drive

October 14th, 2015

 

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All Metro-West Schools are invited to join Wellesley Dental Group's 8th Annual Community Candy Drive to benefit the U.S. troops serving overseas. From November 1st to November 5th, our office will be collecting candy, as well as handwritten notes and cards, to be sent to American servicemen via non-profit organization CarePacks, along with oral hygiene supplies.

This year, the competition is bigger than ever! We will be awarding a grand prize of $1000 to the school PTO that donates the most candy! The winning school will be selected based on the amount of candy donated divided by the number of students in the school, to ensure fair competition. The Candy Drive is open to any school or institute that is interested in participating in this cause.

We also invites schools and organizations to be a part of our Press Event on November 5th at 10:00 am, at our office on 5 Seaward in Wellesley. Principals, faculty members, parents, and students (with the permission of their parents and teachers) are welcome to attend. Local institutions, media and photographers are also invited to participate. RSVP is requested.

To schedule a candy drop-off, please call 781-237-9071 or email the Wellesley Dental Group at candydrive@wellesleydentalgroup.com.

Our goal is to teach our kids lessons in giving by encouraging them to share their extra Halloween candy with our troops overseas. These sweet treats and the handwritten cards are a reminder of home for these soldiers, and a reflection of our gratitude.

To check out awesome photos and more information regarding last year’s event, click here.

Let's keep this fun tradition going!

 

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[caption id="attachment_9004" align="alignleft" width="600"]DSC01972 Candy Drive 2012 had over 5000 lbs of candy donated. Candy Drive 2013 had over 7000 lbs of candy donated. More than 7600 lbs of candy collected in 2014! We're getting bigger and better each year![/caption]

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October Marks National Dental Hygiene Month

October 11th, 2015

teNot only does October represent the beginning of new season, colorful leaves, and plenty of pumpkins, it also marks National Dental Hygiene Month. The American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) and the Wrigley Oral Healthcare Program (WOHP) are teaming together for the sixth year to highlight the importance of practicing good oral health habits and maintaining a healthy smile.

It is important to note that a healthy daily dental routine not only benefits your oral health, but also improves your overall health! Being aware of this can help prevent diseases such as diabetes, cancers, and cardiovascular diseases, which are commonly linked to condition of your oral health.

National Dental Hygiene Month was created in order to spread awareness on the necessities of brushing teeth at least twice daily, flossing every day, rinsing with antimicrobial mouthwashes, and chewing sugar-free gum. Take a look at how these essential habits can keep your teeth and body healthy for a lifetime:

Follow the 2 x 2 rule!

Brushing your teeth for 2 minutes, twice a day is one of the most important ways to get rid of plaque and prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health issues. Also, don't forget about your tongue! Many bacteria hide out on the surface of your tongue, which often produces a smelly aroma contributing to bad breath. Stay tuned on our social media for our weekly #ToothbrushingTipTuesday to help you find out more about how to brush your way to a healthier smile.

Make flossing a daily habit

Sometimes, remembering to floss can be hard. However, flossing is very important for removing plaque and food particles that are located in hard-to-reach areas that your toothbrush skips over.

Use mouthwash to improve oral health

Using a anti-microbial mouth rinse is an additional healthy step that you can take to prevent common oral health problems. There are many mouth rinses available that you can choose from to tailor to your needs, including those specialized for whitening, tooth sensitivity, and more!

Chewing sugar-free gum may be beneficial to your oral health

Chewing sugar-free gum after meals may help protect your teeth and stimulate saliva production to help wash away leftover food particles. Saliva production can also help neutralize plaque acids on teeth, reducing your risk of developing tooth decay.

Keep these tips in mind as you celebrate National Dental Hygiene Month, and don't forget to spread the word!

hygFeel 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.adha.org/national-dental-hygiene-month

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Listen up, Kids: Dental Care for Children

October 9th, 2015

kidBelieve it or not, a third of children today have tooth decay before even starting school. According to statistics published by the Health & Social Care Information Centre, tooth decay is one of the main causes of hospital visits for children in elementary school. Surprisingly, 25,812 children ranging from ages 5 to 9 went to the hospital for tooth extractions in the last year alone.

Here are some tips below on how to protect your child’s teeth to make sure that your child doesn’t become part of these statistics!

  1. Drink less fruit juice!

Just because fruit juice is nutritious and often rich in vitamin C does not mean that it’s also beneficial for your teeth! Many juices have around the same amount of sugar as that in sodas, or even more. For instance, NPR states that apple juice contains 65.8 grams of sugar per liter, while cola contains 62.5 grams of sugar per liter. This copious amount of sugar leads to tooth decay. Furthermore, the acid from the juice destroys the enamel of teeth, which can cause teeth to deteriorate. Even the British Dental Association claims that 50% of children ranging from four to 18 years old show these signs.

Because of these harmful effects of fruit juice, dentists recommend water and milk as healthy beverage alternatives for children. If your child is still craving fruit juice, try to dilute it as much as possible and make sure that your child has a meal with it. Also, try your best to avoid letting your child have too much contact time with the cup and his or her teeth and instead opt for using a straw.

 

  1. Avoid dried fruit !

Dried fruit isn’t a good replacement for candy it has a great deal of sugar, and even worse, its sticky texture clings onto your child’s teeth. Due to these unhealthy properties, dried fruit can ruin enamel and rot your little one’s molars. Although chocolate isn’t a great option, dark chocolate is known to  be rich in antioxidants that help prevent the spread of tooth-decay causing bacteria.

Whole fruit can be a better option than dried fruit and fruit juice because it contains water and fibers that help wash away sugar from teeth. However, try not to feed your child more than one or two low-sugar fruit pieces (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, kiwis, peaches, and pears) instead of high-sugar fruit pieces (grapes or pineapple) per day. Incorporate fruit into meals rather than simply having them as snacksBreadsticks, toast, cheese, nuts, or seeds are some healthier snack alternatives.

 

  1. Baby teeth matter!

It's important not to presume that just because baby teeth are not permanent, that they should not be taken care of! Your child’s permanent teeth are at a higher risk of decay and other dental problems when primary teeth decay. Baby tooth decay could lead children to experience dental anxiety, which could make them less likely to visit the dentist later on.

 

  1. Help your child brush his/her teeth!

Depending on how mature your child is, you should help brush your child’s teeth until at least age seven to ensure that they are using proper brushing techniques. 

 

  1. Proper brushing techniques!
  • Don’t let your child brush his/her teeth right after eating, particularly after eating or drinking something acidic. Doing so will brush the enamel away! Your child should either brush before eating breakfast or wait an hour after the meal. Chewing sugar-free gum can also be an effective way to clean teeth, because it produces saliva, which defends against decay, and brings mouths back to a neutral pH level.
  • It doesn’t matter if your child uses a manual or electric toothbrush. What’s important is that the brushing lasts for at least two minutes! Electric toothbrushes often have built-in timers, so this feature can be effective.
  • Don’t let your child rinse the toothpaste away right after brushing! The fluoride in the toothpaste can keep protecting his or her teeth for 30 minutes. Children under three should use toothpaste with 1,000 fluoride parts per million, while children over three should use adult toothpaste that contains 1,450 fluoride parts per million.

For many parents, the first time they took their children to the dentist was when their children were at least one year old. However, parents should set their first appointment for when their children’s teeth begin to come out, which is around five to six months old. Further oral health tips for children can be found here.

This past spring, we welcomed Dr. Van, our Pediatric Dentist, onto our caring team at the Wellesley Dental Group! Dr. Van strongly believes in the importance of creating a fun and welcoming atmosphere for patients as well as parents. One of his goals is to introduce good dental habits to our youth, preventing dental diseases later on in life.

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

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

References:

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http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/609471/Children-dental-care-truths-myths

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http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2014/06/09/319230765/fruit-juice-vs-soda-both-beverages-pack-in-sugar-and-health-risk

It's Candy Drive Time Again!

October 3rd, 2015

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It's Candy Drive time again here at the Wellesley Dental Group, and we're as excited as ever! As the season changes and becomes cooler, and Halloween draws nearer, we're gearing up to host the 8th Annual Candy Drive for the troops this November 5th!

Donations to the Candy Drive will be happily accepted up until Thursday, November 5 at Wellesley Dental Group on 5 Seaward Rd in Wellesley. We request that  donations be dropped off between 8 am to 11 am. Be sure to follow our Candy Drive Facebook Page for more updates and photos!

Each year, the WDG collects candy donations, as well as hand written notes and letters, from all around the metro-west region. All the candy that is collected is sent to US soldiers serving abroad, via Care Packs, along with the heart-warming letters and cards, and hygiene packages.

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More than 7600 lbs. of Candy collected in 2014!

 If you or your organization are interested in participating in this great cause, send us an email at smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com, call us at 781-237-9071, or come drop by at 5 Seaward Road, Wellesley! Candy collection officially starts on the 31st of October, and continues until the 5th of November. Also join us at our Candy Drive finale event on the 5th of November, at 10:00 am, at the Wellesley Dental Group!

Last year's event saw the highest amount of candy donated so far, and a huge number of beautifully made cards. At our press event, even the threat of snow and the freezing wind could not sway the enthusiasm of the large group of metro-west residents, including school children, gathered to honor the US troops. As part of the Veteran's Day celebrations, and the grand finale of the 7th Annual Community Candy Drive, this event brought together schools and organizations from across the region, to express gratitude for the soldiers serving abroad.

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The final weight of the candy donated amounted to 7650 pounds, with participation from schools in Needham, Natick, Framingham, Weston, Dedham, Westwood, Newton, Wellesley, Jamaica Plains and Waltham! Students, parents and teachers from these schools were present at this event. The 2014 Candy Drive managed to cross state boundaries with the involvement of an organization from Connecticut, as well!

The event started with a striking rendition of the national anthem DSC02080by a seven-year old Elementary School Student, Evan Lariviere. The Wellesley High School Keynote Singers Club was present, and performed America The Beautiful. Speakers at the event included Wellesley Selectman Ellen Gibbs, who commended the Wellesley Dental Group and all participating towns in coming together for the cause. Dr. David Lussier, School Superintendent Wellesley, also spoke, highlighting how almost every person present would be able to trace their lineage back to a Veteran. The President of Care Packs, a non-profit organization that creates and sends individual packages to soldiers, Mr. Rick Bruce, thanked the community for contributing each year, and relayed how candy from past years has made thousands of soldiers happy.DSC02280DSC02248

The highlight of the event was the presence of the US Marines, Army and the National Guards, the American Legion, the Wellesley Fire Department and the Wellesley Police Department. Community members and children enjoyed personally interacting with Veterans and soldiers on active duty, and  getting their photographs taken in front of the huge candy display. The event ended with a prize giving ceremony sponsored by the Wellesley Dental Group, rewarding the students present at the event for their contribution to the cause, and awarding certificates to participating schools and organizations. 

We hope that you're as excited as we are to kick start the 2015 Wellesley Dental Group Candy Drive. For more photos, check out our Facebook Page. Stay tuned, there are more great photos to come!

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Appreciate the Relatively Unpainful Methods of Modern-Day Dentistry!

October 2nd, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

References:

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

http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/03376/teeth_3376286b.jpg

Chronic Maternal Stress Increases Dental Cavities in Kids

September 23rd, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

References:

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

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

Don't Bite into Bruxism

September 17th, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

Keep a stiff upper lip and make sure that you are practicing the necessary oral habits in order to prevent the wear and tear to your teeth!

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

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

References:

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/bruxism/basics/treatment/con-20029395

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

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

Onions Are Nothing To Cry About

September 13th, 2015

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Many of us have shed tears when cracking open an onion to prepare for a meal. Yes it's true, they may make you cry every now and then, but the benefits of onions may help reduce your risk for many diseases that affect your oral health and overall health. Onions have been found to help improve the immune system, bacterial infections, respiratory diseases, and even reduce your risk of developing tooth decay! They are even known to keep blood-drinking insects away.

Onions are one of the most widely used vegetables and are typically known for giving a tasty kick to many foods. They come in a variety of sizes, colors that are grown across the globe based on the season. The great part is that onions have many medicinal applications because they are full of important nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. This includes, vitamin C, manganese, calcium, phosphorus, fiber, vitamin B6, Folate, and potassium. They are also rich in sulfur compounds, which are found to stop biochemical processes that lead to asthmatic conditions.

Here’re some of the awesome health benefits of onions:

Good For Your Oral Health:

Of course, onions are the most delicate-smelling food items. But, with proper oral health habits, you can keep your breath smelling good and still reap the benefits that onions have to offer. Onions are believed to help prevent tooth decay and oral infections. Particularly when eaten raw, onions have powerful antibacterial properties as a result of their antimicrobial sulfur-containing compounds. Consuming raw onions can kill many bacteria that can cause cavities and gum disease in the mouth.

Helps Keep Your Heart Healthy: 

Onions act as a blood-thinner, which in helps to prevents blood clot formation that could lead to cardiovascular diseases.

A Good Insect Repellent: 

Onion juice can be used to keep insects away and also to help with bee stings.

Can Help Maintain Beauty:

The many antioxidants including vitamins A, C and E help to keep the skin shining. In addition, the high sulfur content in onions can help with hair growth.

Helps Improve Asthma:

As mentioned, onions contain quercetin and sulfur compounds, which researchers have found to act similarly to an antihistamine.

Prevents Colon Cancer:

Quercetin not only helps asthmatic conditions, it also aids in preventing the development of tumors.

Sinus Relief: 

If you experience sinus problems, onions can help loosen mucous and make breathing much easier!

Improves the Immune System:

Onions contain significant amounts of phytochemicals, which helps stimulate the action of vitamin C in the body and prevent toxins that can lead to illness.

Helps Reduce Risk of Cancer:

Vitamin C also helps stop the formation of free radicals in the body and thus the spread of deadly diseases like cancer.

Prevents Diabetes:

Onions can help to lower glucose levels and maintain sugar levels appropriately in the body.

It is important to eat for your teeth!  Healthy teeth and gums significantly depend upon one's diet. Onion is an important ingredient in all kitchens and can easily be added to your favorite dishes. So, the next time onions make you cry, turn them into tears of joy, considering the many health benefits of consuming onions.

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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.besthealthmag.ca/slide/3-raw-onion#oFPz1A6k2Fc9UBKJ.97

http://naturalsociety.com/health-benefits-of-onions/

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/herbs-and-spices/onion.html

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Happy Labor Day!

September 7th, 2015

laborToday, the first Monday in September, is an annual celebration of American workers and their contributions and achievements!

Labor Day is typically viewed as a day of rest as many businesses, schools, and federal organizations are closed. Labor day also represents the end of summer or start of the back-to-school season for many individuals, and is often celebrated with parades, picnics, fireworks, and other fun events.

The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated in 1882, in New York City, and was promoted by the Central Labor Union. The celebration was accompanied with a street parade and speeches from leading women and men in the work field. With the expansion of labor organizations, the holiday began to spread across the states until eventually becoming a federal holiday in 1894. However, even after more than 100 years, it is still not clear as to who first suggested this holiday. Some people believe that Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners, and a cofounder of the American Federation of Labor, was the founder of Labor Day. Others believe that Matthew Maguire, secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York, first introduced the holiday.

As you enjoy the day off with family and friends, keep your smile health in mind.  There are several tooth-friendly snack alternatives for you and your children to enjoy.

Here are a few healthy Labor Day treats:

  • Watermelon
  • Frozen Greek yogurt with berries
  • Shrimp cocktail 
  • Cucumber pita pocket 
  • Baked peaches 
  • Cheese Platter

If you're near the Boston area, here's a few cool events that you and your family may enjoy:

Oysters & Craft Brews Cruise: Sip & Slurp - Karma Crew Yacht Charters, Boston Harbor
Boston Harbor Island Cruise: History, Mysteries, and More - Departs from Rowes Wharf on a 1920s-style mini-yacht
All-Day Paintball Pass (deep discount) - Paintball facilities in Bridgewater, Bourne, and Agawam, MA
- Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse
Boston Duck Tours from Museum of Science
Book of Mormon at Colonial Theatre
Boston's Unscripted Musical Project - Catalyst Comedy at Button Factory
The Donkey Show at Oberon, Cambridge
Tall Ship Adirondack III - Day sail around Boston Harbor
All Access Improv at ImprovBoston in Cambridge
Charles River & Locks Cruise

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://files.idealhomegarden.com/files/commons/labordayactivities1320x200.jpg

http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/labor-day

http://www.dol.gov/laborday/history.htm

http://www.boston-discovery-guide.com/boston-labor-day.html

Tooth Loss May Increase Your Risk for Heart Disease

September 3rd, 2015

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Loosing teeth as an adult is already a pain, but tooth loss is also found to be linked to various health diseases, including cardiovascular disease. Unfortunately, heart disease is the number 1 cause of death in the United States, and diabetes is the 7th most common cause of death.In a recent study conducted at the University of Helsinki in Finland with the help of The National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) , it was found that tooth loss could be an additional indicator of diabetes, heart disease, and even death. Not to mention, having diabetes makes having heart disease more likely. Approximately 8,500 individuals aged 25 to 75 were evaluated and participated in clinical examinations. According to the research, individuals with more than five missing teeth had an increased risk for heart disease and heart attacks by up to 140%! Individuals with more than nine missing teeth were at an increased risk for cardiovascular diseases by 51%, diabetes by 31%, and death by 37 %.

Researchers are finding more and more associations between these diseases and common inflammatory oral diseases, including periodontitis. Periodontitis may lead to a loss of teeth if left untreated, which is found to be common in middle aged and elderly men and women.

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It is important to note that smoking also has a strong association with both tooth loss and heart disease, and should be avoided for your oral and overall health.

Tooth loss should not only be dreaded for its appearance, but also for the many diseases that are linked to missing teeth. Practice good oral health habits and your entire body with thank you for it!

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

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

References:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/06/150605081609.htm

http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/statistics/

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When Life Gives You Lemons, Protect Your Enamel

August 30th, 2015

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Lemon water has recently been all the rage for several celebrities, and health and fitness lovers. Many individuals reportedly start their morning off with a glass of hot lemon water to cleanse their systems.

It's true, lemon water does have its own perks, including its ability to help with digestion, the immune system, and even with weight loss. Also, lemons are loaded with important nutrients, including vitamin C, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, and fiber. However, as refreshing as it may sound, drinking lemon water daily could cause enamel erosionUnfortunately, lemons are highly acidic, containing a pH between 2 and 3, which ultimately can lead to wear and tear on your enamel and eventually result in tooth decay. When the enamel erodes, the underlying dentin becomes exposed, which may result in painful sensitivity to hot and cold foods. Enamel erosion also makes the teeth appear hollowed and yellow. Although diluted, a daily habit of drinking lemon water can cause enamel erosion just like many other acidic foods and beverages.

Sipping on acidic beverages throughout the day should be avoided at all costs. If you do happen to find yourself drinking an acidic beverage, using a straw can help lower the chance of the liquid coming in contact with your teeth. In addition to brushing, rinsing, and flossing, chewing a piece of sugarless gum can also help get rid of the acidic residue from your teeth. Consuming dairy products and drinking water throughout the day can also help wash away acid and prevent dry mouth.

It is important not to brush your teeth immediately after drinking wine, lemon juice, or other acidic beverages due to the harmful combination of the acid and toothpaste that can soften enamel. It is recommended to rinse your mouth with water after consuming acidic liquids and to wait approximately one hour before brushing your teeth.

While hot water with lemon may be a fashionable way to start the day, dentists are warning it can ruin teeth

Individuals who suffer from bulimia or acid reflux are also at a high risk of developing enamel erosion. When the stomach acid travels to the mouth, it is powerful enough to wear down the enamel on your teeth. It is necessary to get help right away.

Take your dental health into consideration when choosing what foods and beverages to include in your diet. Remember, once enamel is gone, you can't get it back! Make sure that you follow good oral health habits in order to preserve your enamel for a lifetime of 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. 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.foodworldnews.com/articles/33583/20150824/drinking-a-glass-of-water-with-lemon-every-morning-could-ruin-teeth.htm

http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/11-benefits-lemon-water-you-didnt-know-about.html

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Head Back to School With a Smile

August 27th, 2015

Elementary school class outsideAs the new school year approaches, the lazy summer mornings that were a part of the normal routine quickly turns into a thing of the past! For families, back-to-school time involves a ton of shopping to prepare children for the work ahead. From purchasing shoes and outfits that match the latest trends, to school supplies, to sports equipment for the new school year.

Unfortunately, not all families have the finances to supply their children with essential items for school.

Cradles to Crayons is an organization that helps children who are less fortunate receive the supplies they need. This wonderful charity is dedicated to improving the lives of children, and our office is glad to be a permanent drop off location for the organization.

 

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Cradles to Crayons’ has initiated the Families Helping Families Challenge, which aims to help families in need by providing school supplies, in addition to clothing, shoes, toys, books, and more. Be a part of the Families Helping Families Challenge by making an online donation here! Your donation will help many children in need who live right here in Massachusetts.

Along with gathering together backpacks, notebooks, pencils, calculators, clothes and shoes, it is important to make sure that your child has all of the tools necessary to maintain a healthy smile. Heading back to school is a great time to reiterate the importance of good oral health and to incorporate positive oral habits into their daily routine.

To ensure that your child's teeth are healthy and school-ready, make sure that they have had their regular dental examination. According to the American Dental Association, a dental visit is as important as getting immunizations to prepare for school. Untreated tooth decay can cause dental pain or even disease, which ultimately results in a lot of hours of missed school. If your child plays a contact sport, make sure that they have a properly fitted mouthguard to use when participating.

As you add school supplies to your cart, head to the dental hygiene isle and pick up new toothbrushes (the recommended time to change toothbrushes is approximately 3 months), floss, and mouthwash. If you pack your child's school lunch, be careful when choosing which items to buy. Pick tooth-friendly snacks, including grains, milk, cheese, vegetables, yogurt, or fruit. Avoid purchasing sugary foods and sodas.

If your child is heading off to college, make sure that they didn't forget to pack floss. Floss is necessary to remove plaque that is left behind in hard-to-reach places that the toothbrush can't remove.  Flossing daily helps prevent gum disease, tooth decay, and other oral health problems that will require treatment, and not to mention, time away from school.

Send your child...(and other children) off to school smiling and prepared for the knowledge that awaits 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.cradlestocrayons.org/boston/2015FamiliesHelpingFamilies

http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/basics/dental-visits/article/ada-08-consumer-news-back-to-school

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Are Redheads More Sensitive to Dental Pain?

August 23rd, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

References:

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

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

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

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

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Back-to-School Dental Habits

August 20th, 2015

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As hard as it is to believe that summer is almost over, it is the unfortunate truth. That means that school is back in session! As you prepare your child for their first day of school, it's that time again to start thinking of packed lunch ideas. It's important to ensure that their lunches are healthy and tooth-friendly. Dental health should play a major role when planning your child's diet. Although individuals of all ages are at risk of developing cavities, tooth decay is found to be most prevalent in school children. In fact, tooth decay is the number one chronic childhood illness.

Here are a few helpful tips for parents to promote healthy teeth at home and away from home:

Avoid Stocking Your Fridge at Home With Unhealthy Foods

A healthy diet is not only good for your child's growth and development, but it's also important for their dental health. Learning healthy habits starts at home. One of the simplest ways that you can ensure that your child is making tooth-conscious decisions at school is to provide them with balanced meals at home, including vegetables, fruits, whole grains, vitamins, dairy products, and protein.

Fruits and Dairy Products

Snacking typically involves unhealthy foods, such as chips and candy. However, there are plenty of tasty foods that are healthy for your child to munch on while at school. Items including sliced apples, bananas, carrots, celery, and other fruits and vegetables will satisfy your child's taste buds, while also supplying a wealth of nutrients beneficial for their teeth. Not to mention, diary products including milk and cheese are great options to help their tooth enamel stay healthy and strong.

Say NO to Sticky and Sugary Foods/Beverages

Even though sweets can be tempting, it's no denying the fact that sugar is a culprit of cavities. Typically, foods that are sticky like gummy bears and other candies are full of sugar and easily become lodged between teeth, making them more susceptible to decay. Avoid packing sugary items and desserts, including cookies. Don't forget, juice, sodas, and sports drinks can be just as harmful to teeth, as they can be high in sugar and acidity. Also, be sure to inform your child of the dangers of vending machines! Vending machines often house many unhealthy snacks that promote cavities.

Practice and Promote Proper Dental Care

Children learn and take after their parents. It is important to make your child's teeth cleaning routines both fun and memorable. Instill healthy dental habits at home and teach them the steps to maintaining healthy pearly whites. They will use these habits throughout the rest of their lives!

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

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

References:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/07/150731182845.htm

http://www.rch.org.au/uploadedImages/Main/Content/ccch/teacher%20rounded.jpg

The Success of Dental Implants in Women with Osteoporosis

August 13th, 2015

Aging can be a beautiful process. Yet, with age, we can expect for gradual changes within the body to occur. For instance, post-menopausal women with osteoporosis often have a greater risk of losing their teeth. New research has found that dental implants can help improve the lives of women suffering from osteoporosis.Both osteoporosis and dental implants are more connected than you may think. Osteoporosis is a condition involving one's bones, where the bones become thinner and brittle due to a loss of calcium. As a result, the  bones become more prone to fractures. It is important to note that this condition does not only affect the spine and bones within the core of the body. It can also have an impact on bones within the jaw, and thus contribute to tooth loss. Bone loss in the jaw can lead to a change in the shape of a person's face and loss of function in keeping teeth secure.

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine studied over 200 women with osteoporosis. In addition, all of the women had at least two adjacent teeth missing. Some women had dental implants, fixed partial dentures, or removable dentures, while others had no restoration work done. The study titled, "Dental Implant Supported Restorations Improve the Quality of Life in Osteoporotic Women," was published in the Journal of International DentistryEach participant was given a survey which questioned their satisfaction with replacement teeth and how it impacted their lives socially and emotionally. Participants who had dental implants reported the highest overall satisfaction with the quality of their lives, followed by individuals with fixed dentures, false teeth, and no dental restoration work, respectively. This study may indicate that dental implants provide individuals with the highest satisfaction after losing teeth.

Along the same lines, a different study observed over 600 dental implants in approximately 200 patients over the age of 50. The study found that dental implants had a 94% success rate. The success rate was also high for individuals taking osteoporosis medications. If you have osteoporosis, it's important to let your dentist know what medications you are taking and how long that you've been taking them to ensure the success of dental implants.

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

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

References:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/06/150611131517.htm

http://downtowndentalsc.com/the-connection-between-dental-implants-and-osteoporosis-a-quick-look/

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Prostate Trouble? Your Dentist Can Help

August 2nd, 2015

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Researchers are finding even more connections between oral health and the health of your body. Periodontal health for men and women is crucial as it can influence several other health factors.

Current research suggests that there is a higher prevalence of periodontal disease in men (56.4%) than in women (38.4%). Researchers from Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine and the Departments of Urology and Pathology at University Hospitals Case Medical Center found a link between gum disease and prostatitis, a disease that causes inflammation of the prostate gland in men.  Since the prostate gland is located between the bladder and the penis, inflammation of this gland can make urination difficult. Inflammation of the prostate gland also causes prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels to rise above normal amounts. Research has shown that men with signs of periodontal disease and prostatitis have higher levels of PSA than men with only one of the conditions.

The study included 27 men with prostatitis, who were 21 years of age and older. Of the 27 participants, all experienced moderate to severe gum disease. Each of the participants received treatment for only periodontal disease and were tested again weeks later. Even without prostate treatment, 21 of the 27 participants showed significant improvement in prostate health and periodontal health. Six of the participants showed no changes. The article, "Periodontal Treatment Improves Prostate Symptoms and Lowers Serum PSA in Men with High PSA and Chronic Periodontitis," was published in the journal DentistryDr. Nabil Bissada, chair of periodontics at Case Western Reserve University, explained, "This study shows that if we treat the gum disease, it can improve the symptoms of prostatitis and the quality of life for those who have the disease."

Inflammation associated with periodontal disease does not just affect the mouth. Studies have also shown that chronic inflammatory conditions such as periodontal disease may increase your risk of cardiovascular disease, impotence, and even cancer. Maintaining oral health is essential, particularly for the sake of your overall health!

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

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

References:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/05/150505102437.htm

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/news/20150522/treating-gum-disease-might-help-prostate-symptoms-study

https://www.perio.org/consumer/men

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Skipping Breakfast May Lead To Bad Breath

July 25th, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

References:

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

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

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

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

Today is National Ice Cream Day!

July 19th, 2015

icecream_2622398bHere's the inside scoop: Today, July 19th, the world is celebrating National Ice Cream Day! This cool holiday originated in 1984, when President Ronald Reagan declared the third Sunday of July as National Ice Cream Day and all of July as National Ice Cream Month.

Ice cream is particularly a summertime favorite. Unsurprisingly, ice cream is consumed by more than 90 percent of the U.S. population. You and your family are in for a treat today, as local ice cream shops across the world offer special deals on your favorite flavors.

Baskin-Robbins: Enjoy a free baked waffle cone at Baskin-Robbins, available for the rest of July.

Bruster's: Join Bruster's Sweet Rewards program for specials and deals.

Carvel: Today, buy one soft-serve cup or cone of your choice and get one free. Also, today and July 20, Carvel is offering $1 off any Sundae Dasher, shake, and ice cream cup or cone.

Cold Stone Creamery: Participating locations are serving free ice cream.

Dairy Queen: Join the Blizzard Fan Club and get a buy one, get one free coupon for joining.

Dippin' Dots: Celebrate the day with Dippin' Dots and receive a free sample of Redberry Sherbet, their new flavor.

Friendly's: Friendly's is offering buy one ice cream for $1.99 and get one free!

Sonic Drive In: Create a My Sonic account and get free desserts or choose from a variety of milkshakes and slashes.

Since ice cream does contain a high sugar content, it is important to practice good oral health habits. Some individuals may experience tooth sensitivity when consuming cold foods such as ice cream. Tooth sensitivity results when dentin, the surface under your gums, becomes exposed. This can lead to nerve irritation when consuming hot or cold beverages or foods, or simply exposing your teeth to the cool air. If you experience tooth sensitivity, visit your dentist as soon as possible.

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

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

References:

http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/02622/icecream_2622398b.jpg

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/gobankingrates/heres-where-to-get-free-i_b_7820002.html

http://www.idfa.org/news-views/media-kits/ice-cream/july-is-national-ice-cream-month

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/tooth-sensitivity

 

Summer Fun in the Boston Area

July 10th, 2015

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

Kick it with Kismet

Sundays free admission from 10 a.m.-noon

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

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

 

Golf on the Village Green

508-653-4671gamesandgolf.com

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

 

Sandcastles and Surf

www.reverebeach.com

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

 

New England Aquarium

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

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

 

Whale Watching

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

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

“The Wizard of Oz.”

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

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

 

Frog Pond Carousel

Boston Common.
www.bostonfrogpond.com

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

 

Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA)

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

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

 

Charles River Canoe & Kayak

www.paddleboston.com

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

 

Tango Dancer

617-699-6246bostontango.org

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

 

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

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

References:

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

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

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

http://momsbyheart.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/summer-fun.jpg

 

 

Dental Breakthrough From Beavers

July 5th, 2015

Beavers are typically known for their extensive construction of dams on rivers and streams. Using their strong teeth, they're able build their homes and live from day to day. The amazing strength of their teeth have led researches to ask, what makes them so tough?

According to researchers at Northwestern University, Beavers' enamel is tougher and more protective against acid than regular enamel, and even enamel treated with fluoride. A study of beavers' tooth enamel may give insights on oral health for humans.Researchers from Washington University in St. Louis examined the composition and structure of beavers' enamel. Published in the journal Nature, they reported that the structure of beavers' tooth enamel is full of iron. The presence of iron in their tooth enamel not only helps provide great protection, but also helps fight tooth decay. This understanding  could help us learn more about tooth decay in humans, which is currently the number one chronic childhood disease in the United States. It could even lead to earlier detection of tooth decay and improve dental treatment methods.

The study found that beavers' enamel contains "layers of well-ordered, carbonated hydroxylapatite 'nanowires'" and is surrounded by a material rich in iron and magnesium.

Derk Joester, lead researcher and associate professor in Northwestern University's McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, explained, "The unstructured material, which makes up only a small fraction of enamel, likely plays a role in tooth decay. In regular enamel, it's magnesium, and in the pigmented enamel of beaver and other rodents, it's iron."

Joester argues, "A beaver's teeth are chemically different from our teeth, not structurally different." He believes that fluoride treatment can be improved by using an engineering strategy.

Who would've thought that beavers may lead us to new discoveries in oral health? Their unbelievably strong teeth may be a significant model for a better understanding of our own teeth and how to keep them healthy.

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://consumer.healthday.com/kids-health-information-23/cavities-and-dental-news-118/beavers-offer-tips-on-cavity-prevention-696494.html

http://www.hngn.com/articles/69631/20150215/beavers-decay-resistant-enamel-could-teach-dentists-a-thing-or-two.htm

http://cdn.zmescience.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/beaver.jpg

Connection Between Periodontitis and Rheumatoid Arthritis

June 27th, 2015

 

It's no doubt that oral health is a window to overall health. There is a significant amount of research linking common oral problems to heart disease, diabetes, pneumoniaAlzheimer’s disease, and now rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disease affecting the joints, which typically causes pain and stiffness. There is increasing interest in the relationship between oral health and inflammatory diseases. A recent study conducted in March of 2015 suggests that periodontitis, a type of inflammatory disease affecting the supportive structures of the teeth (such as bones and tissues), along with rheumatoid arthritis are associated with Porphyromonas gingivalis (P. gingivalis) and may trigger the development of rheumatoid arthritis.The study titled "Inflammation in the Mouth and Joints in Rheumatoid Arthritis," was presented at the 93rd General Session and Exhibition of the International Association for Dental Research. The study examined 8 chronic RA patients, 15 onset RA patients, and 20 individuals with neither periodontitis nor RA. Of the total 23 RA patients, 10 had gingivitis and 9 had periodontitis. In addition, 6 of the individuals with both periodontitis and RA also had P. gingivalis, a strain of bacterium in the oral cavity that is typically associated with the cause of periodontal disease.

Researchers also found that regardless of dental care, all RA patients showed oral inflammation. They suggest that P. gingivalis antibodies may help rheumatologists in distinguishing RA patients who may benefit from periodontal treatment.

Both RA and periodontal disease are similar in many ways. Smoking is a common risk factor of RA and periodontal disease and should be avoided. individuals with RA have a higher risk of developing periodontal disease and may experience more severe symptoms.

It is clear that inflammation and oral bacteria may go hand-in-hand. Take good care of your teeth, it can ultimately save your joints!

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

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

References:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/03/150312123526.htm

http://www.cadentalgroup.com/wp-content/themes/custom-theme/img/slider/dentist-1.jpg

Is Mouthwash Necessary?

June 18th, 2015

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

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

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

  • Preventing Cavities

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

  • Freshening Breath

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

  • Whitening Teeth

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

  • Preventing Dry mouth, Periodontal Disease, and Sensitivity

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

 

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

Incorporating mouthwash into your daily routine can help remove dental plaque, prevent tartar buildup, and left behind food particles from your teeth.

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

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

References:

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2015-03-mouthwash.html

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

http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Travel/Pix/pictures/2011/8/27/1314438844663/Mouth-wash-007.jpg

The Negative Effects of Tooth Loss on Your Mind and Body

June 11th, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

References:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/12/141218210023.htm

http://www.qualityservices.sg/wp-content/uploads/elder-2.jpg

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

Summertime in the City: What's Healthy and What's Not

June 2nd, 2015

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June is finally here and it will be hard for many of us to resist a cold drink on a hot summer day. With the many family barbecues and outings, you're sure to be in for a treat this summer. During the warmer months, there are many tasty foods and drinks at our convenience. However, some of these items aren’t so tooth-friendly. As we all know, it is important to limit the amount of sugary foods and drinks we intake to ensure a healthy smile. For the health of your mouth, which links to your overall health, try adding these healthy options to your plate and glass this summer:

Drink, Drink, and Drink more water:

A nice glass of water can be a refreshing drink as you relax by the poolside. Water is important for staying hydrated, especially when your active and the sun is shining. Your smile will also thank you if you rinse your mouth with water after meals. Water, particularly tap water, even has the benefit of containing fluoride.

Watermelon:

Watermelon, made of 92% water, is another tasty  and healthy snack that will keep you hydrated this summer. It contains  lycopene, which helps keep skin protected. Also, many foods that are mainly composed of water have fewer calories. Your kids may even enjoy making watermelon popsicles!

Milk:

Milk is a great alternative to sugary drinks because it has been found to reduce levels of acid produced by plaque bacteria. Milk helps remineralize teeth by providing calcium to keep your teeth strong.

Sugar-Free Gum:

Chewing sugar-free gum can help to stimulate saliva flow and ultimately help to wash away left behind foods. However, it is not clear whether or not xylitol, commonly found in sugar-free gum, actually lowers the risk of developing dental cavities.

Strawberries:

Strawberries are in season and packed with healthy ingredients. Strawberries contain malic acid, which is known to whiten enamel. They also contain many antioxidants and vitamin C, which can help to regulate blood pressure and cholesterol, and promote eye health.

Cheese:

Cheese is full of calcium, the protein casein, and vitamin D, all good for the health of your teeth. Researchers have discovered that cheese helps increases the pH levels of dental plaque, helping to reduce tooth decay.

Pears:

Pears contain a wealth of fiber that will benefit your teeth. They help to produce saliva and lower plaque levels in the mouth.

Apples:

Crispy apples are full of vitamins and nutrients. Full of water and lots of fiber, apples help to scrub and clean the surface of your teeth.

Vegetables:

Veggies ranging from carrots rich in Vitamin A to dark leafy greens rich in iron, can make a great snack to chew on. Including vegetables in your diet is essential for the health of your teeth and body.

Cranberries:

Research has suggested that cranberries help lower the risk of cavities by helping to keep plaque from sticking to teeth. But, you may want to pay attention to the labels on cranberry products, as many of them can contain added sugars to compensate for their naturally tart flavor.

 

Some foods and drinks that are hard-to-resist, but should be avoided to keep strong and healthy teeth, include:

 

Soft Drinks, Sports Drinks, Sweet Tea, and Juice: Drinking a cold soda may sound refreshing, but it is damaging to tooth enamel. It can also dehydrate your body and make you feel more thirsty. Even sports drinks, artificially sweetened drinks, and concentrated fruit juice contain sugars for the bacteria in dental plaque to feed on and produce harmful acids. The acid then tears away at tooth enamel and can eventually lead to tooth decay. Highly acidic drinks can even cause heartburn and stomach pain. Sipping on these drinks throughout the day rather than at meal times should also be avoided because saliva production is not at its peak. Saliva is important for washing away bacteria and food particles.

Ice Cream:

The many flavors of ice cream are delicious, but unfortunately is full of sugar. Some individuals may also experience tooth sensitivity. Sensitive teeth results when the dentin underneath tooth enamel becomes exposed. This can cause pain, but can be treated. If you do have a taste for ice cream, try and select ice cream with less sugar.

Citrus Fruits:

As we all know, limes, lemons, oranges, and grapefruits are very acidic. These fruits contain citric acid and can be damaging to teeth if consumed frequently.

Vinegar:

A common practice, but an unhealthy one, is to mix vegetables with vinegar. This acidic combination can erode tooth enamel. Pickles are also very acidic.

Granola and Energy Bars:

These items may appear to be good for teeth, but often the dried fruit and other ingredients can be sticky, chewy, and hard to get off of teeth.

Candy: 

We all know that candy contains a lot of sugar, and should be avoided for the protection of your smile.

 

It is important to remember that if you do choose some of the not-so-healthy foods and beverages, consume them in moderation. Also, avoid snacking between meals, as acids can stick around for up to 20 minutes after eating. Not to mention, be mindful of the dyes used in many foods and beverages that can cause tooth discoloration. Practice good oral health habits and lean more towards a tooth-friendly diet.

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.therabreath.com/articles/blog/fresh-breath-happenings/teeth-friendly-summer-food-ideas-34659.asp

http://greatist.com/health/healthy-teeth-foods

http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-watermelon-popsicles-10713

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Honoring Our Soldiers Who Died in Service

May 25th, 2015

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Today marks Memorial Day, a time to remember and honor the soldiers of the United States who died fighting for our country. With summer approaching and the weather warming, traditionally Memorial Day is filled with community parades, barbecue cook-outs, fireworks, and other celebratory ceremonies. Many visit cemeteries or memorials and place flowers, wreaths, or other sentimental items at the sites to honor those who died in service. Also, some ceremonies involve raising the American Flag and lowering it to a half-staff position in remembrance of the soldiers, until raising it once again to its full height.

No matter how you choose to spend the day, we hope that you have a chance to remember those lost and spend time with family, friends, and loved ones.

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Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States, originally named Decoration Day. The holiday began after the Civil War, which resulted in more deaths than any other conflict in U.S. history. Decoration Day was created on May 5, 1862 by General John A. Logan, and honored only those lost while serving in the Civil War. In 1966 the federal government named Waterloo, New York as the official birthplace of the holiday for having the first community event celebrating the holiday, dating back to May 5, 1866. In 1967 the name was changed from Decoration Day to Memorial Day to include all lost American soldiers. Then, in 1968, Congress changed the date of Memorial Day to the last Monday in May to allow for a three-day weekend. It later became an official federal holiday in 1971.

Annually, a national moment of remembrance occurs at 3:00 p.m. local time on Memorial Day. We hope that you have a safe memorial day and take the moment to remember those lives that were lost while serving our country.

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.history.com/topics/holidays/memorial-day-history

http://time.com/3892630/why-do-we-celebrate-memorial-day/

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http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/23/us/gallery/memorial-day-2015/

Another Wonderful Parade and Picnic!

May 18th, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

May 9th, 2015

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

References:

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Can Yoga Improve Your Oral Health?

April 30th, 2015

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

References:

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

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

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

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

Is Your Mouthpiece Making You Sick?

April 12th, 2015

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Whether your little one is signing up for little league or soccer camp, the season for sports is coming up. April marks National Facial Protection Month, which is a great time to remind children and adults about the importance of being safe by wearing a mouth guard during recreational and school sports this spring.  There are quite a few items of equipment you’ll need to get, but never forget to protect those teeth! All contact sports require mouthguards, and for good reason. To read some more about why using a mouthpiece is so important, visit “Sports Mouthguards: Necessary Protection for Your Child.” After learning a bit about what type of mouthguard you’d be best off with, you need to ensure that you know the necessary upkeep. Washing your mouthguard is as essential as washing your hands and needs it about as often. The importance of this cleanliness cannot be stressed enough.

Recently, there have been several extreme cases of viral infection stemming from unsanitized mouthguards. The bacteria on your mouthguard is in direct contact to your bloodstream via your gums. This leaves you even further susceptible to extremely dangerous internal infections. According to Thomas Glass, DDS, PHD, "While mouthguards appear solid, they are very porous, like a sponge, and with use, microorganisms invade these porosities...There are warning signs that can alert athletes that he or she may be suffering from a contaminated mouthguard.  Those include difficulty breathing, wheezing, diarrhea and nausea to the point of vomiting.”

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You can protect yourself and your child very easily with these maintenance tips:

  • Never share a mouthguard. Think of it as similar to sharing a toothbrush! Sharing oral appliances with others can expose you to germs and gum diseases, which often shows halitosis.
  • Make sure to brush your teeth and mouthguard before and after wearing it. Practicing good oral health habits will save your teeth in the long run!
  • If using a disposable mouthguards, ensure that you throw them out after the recommended amount of time.
  • Bring a backup mouthguard to games so that you have one in case your primary mouthguard gets dirty.
  • Store your mouthguard in a clean plastic case during half times to minimize handling.


If an athlete ever experiences a mouth injury, even as small as a scrape, the mouth should be sanitized with the necessary antiseptics and mouthwash.
The mouthguard should, then, be replaced immediately. As important as it is to wear your proper gear, make sure your gear isn't able to hurt you, too.

Wellesley Dental Group has worked with a number of schools around the Metro-west region, providing custom made mouthguards to our young athletes. If your children are involved in any sports this season, it might be a good idea to get custom mouthguards for them, to keep them safe from oral and facial injuries!

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.knowyourteeth.com/newsroom/?news=article&pid=89&iid=816&aid=4128

http://www.momsteam.com/health-safety/mouth-guards-prevent-dental-injuries-but-need-to-be-replaced-frequently

http://www.defensesport.com/reports/Sports-Dentistry-Article.pdf

http://www.massdental.org/content.aspx?id=2550

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Getting Your Crown Overseas

April 9th, 2015

 

Since the snow has taken longer than usual to start melting, it might come as a surprise that summer is almost upon us! Summer brings a variety of activities; you can finally plan that trip to the Cape, maybe go camping and of course, you finally have time for that six-month dental appointment. You might even be considering jumping on the bandwagon for a quickly rising trend called “dental tourism.” Dental tourism is the act of going abroad to find a cheap dental appointment, and getting a quick vacation in at the same time. Seems like a great idea, right? For the 500,000 Americans in 2013 who participated in the trend, it surely did.

According the the International Medical Travel Journal, “Teeth whitening in the U.S. can cost $2,300, but only $450 in Turkey, $350 in Mexico, $300 in Thailand, $250 in Costa Rica, and $100 in India. Patients can pay $2,000 for a dental crown in the U.S. and $1,000 in the UK, but only $400 in Mexico, $350 in Venezuela and Thailand, $300 in Turkey and India and $100 in Philippines.” From these numbers, it’s easy to see why someone might be inclined to get a dental appointment in with their summer excursions abroad. However, it’s essential to take into account the other costs and potential long-term effects. First comes the obvious issue of travel expenses. For the most part, after you buy a plane ticket to any of these countries, you’ll have already gone above and beyond the cost of the procedure at your own dentist. Then you have the issue of dealing with your dental insurance. Chances are, your insurance does not cover international procedures or appointments and this could cause your trip to be much more costly than it’s worth.

Aside from the risk of lower quality of care and communication issues, you must also take into account that you will probably need follow-up appointments. These multiple appointments could force you to stay at your travel destination for much longer than you’d planned. If you still decide to go abroad for your appointment, take a look at these tips to make the most out of your trip:

  • Make sure to research reviews from other dental tourists who visited this dentist. Did they have a good experience? How has their procedure fared since their appointment?
  • Never visit a dentist (at home or abroad) with poor sterilization and cleanliness! This could pose a true safety issue and an exponential amount of follow-up care costs.
  • Make sure you bring a friend. It is possible that you’ll find yourself needing a buddy in the waiting room in the instance that you’ve had any anesthetics.
  • Prepare yourself for the potential to stay abroad longer than you’d planned. Keep your hotel reservations as open-ended as possible.
  • Make your at-home dentist aware of your plans and do your best to connect her/him with your dentist abroad.

There are always risks in going abroad for dentistry or even switching dentists at home. Just follow these tips and make sure to stay safe if you decide this new trend is for you!

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.webmd.com/oral-health/features/dental-tourism#

http://www.imtj.com/articles/2014/trends-in-the-dental-tourism-market-in-2014-30195/

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A Dazzling White Smile is Worthwhile

March 5th, 2015

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

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

Tooth discoloration can happen to anyone, but don't let that discourage you from brightening your smile! Teeth whitening is a relatively inexpensive and won't affect existing dental appliances in the mouth. Although there are several natural home-remedies and over-the-counter whiteners, the most safe and reliable whitening techniques are provided by the dentist. A single visit to the dentist for whitening can brighten your teeth up to 10 shades within a short time. Teeth whitening is not permanent, but when repeated from time to time, your smile will remain brighter.
If you choose to use over-the-counter whitening products, be aware that you may experience tooth sensitivity and gum irritation if the whitening trays don't properly fit. Also, check with your dentist to make sure that your gums and teeth are healthy before beginning the whitening process to ensure the best results without side-effects.
Don't forget, good oral hygiene, including regular brushing, flossing, and office visits, can help you avoid many stains. Teeth whitening is a great option for a whiter and attention-grabbing smile!
Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation.

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

References:

http://www.aacd.com/whitening

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

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

Welcome Home Dr. Van Orenstein!

March 2nd, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

Protect the Smiles of Your Furry Friends

February 27th, 2015

Did you know that “doggie breath” is not normal? Well, it's true! If your pet has bad breath, it can be a symptom of an oral health problem, including tooth decay and gum disease. Oral health issues can be a common issue for many pets. In fact, approximately 70% of cats & 80% of dogs have some degree of periodontal diseaseLuckily, Pet Dental Month has brought awareness and tips for solving these common issues. Here are a few facts and tips to chew on about how to keep your cat and dog's mouths healthy.

First of all, ask your veterinarian to inspect your pet's teeth. Your vet may give you pointers on the specific needs of your pet. Then at home, you can regularly take these simple steps to help maintain your cat or dog's healthy mouth.

You can help keep your pet healthy by regularly inspecting their mouth. For instance, check their gums. They should be pink, not white or red. They should not be swollen. Often, signs of an arising oral health issue can include bad breath, difficulty chewing, pain, or discolored saliva.

You can also use special toothpaste and mouthwash for your pet. Many toothpastes are made specially for cats or dogs. Ask your veterinarian for suggestions. If your puppy is less than six months old, don't use toothpaste that contains fluoride. If it's your first time brushing your cat or dog's teeth, first help them get used to the sensations. For a couple weeks, massage their gums with your finger or a cotton swab daily. Be sure to use toothbrushes made specifically for cats or dogs.

You can also try pet foods made to help remove plaque. Be sure to give your cat hard food, not soft food. Your cat or dog's sharply shaped molars are designed for chewing hard food, which can be healthy for their teeth. Canned pet foods often contribute tooth decay, as they can get lodged between teeth and contribute to dental plaque.

What is the most enjoyable way to keep your cat and dog's teeth healthy? Give them chew toys! These can help keep their teeth strong, and they can remove plaque.

Taking these steps, you can help keep your beloved pet healthy. Your pet's breath will smell better, and we are sure you'll be happy about that!

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.petinsurance.com/healthzone/pet-articles/pet-dental-care/Brush-Up-on-Your-Pets-Oral-Care.aspx

http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/dog-care/ten-steps-your-dogs-dental-health

http://pets.webmd.com/cats/guide/10-steps-cat-dental-health?page=2

http://qvvh.com/pet-dental-health-month-3-fast-facts/

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September is National Gum Care Month!

September 8th, 2014

For many individuals, the arrival of September means back to school or work. However, with the ache of leaving summer behind we can sometimes forget that the month of September has more to offer. September is a great time to remember the importance of proper gum care, as it can make you a healthier person! Good oral health has been linked to the health of other areas of the body. Early action, recognition, and good oral health habits are essential steps to keeping your gums pain-free and pink!

Our gums help protect the roots of teeth and their surrounding support structures from bacteria that can cause periodontal (gum) disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 47 percent of American adults have mild, moderate or severe periodontitis. That is nearly half of American adults! Gingivitis is a mild form of periodontal disease that can cause redness, inflammation and bleeding of the gums. When left without proper treatment, gingivitis can advance to periodontitis. If still untreated, plaque can spread below the gum line and become inflamed.

The primary suspect of gum disease is bacteria in dental plaque, which produces toxins that create an inflammatory process in the gums. The more the plaque builds up on teeth, the more the toxins begin to break down gum tissue and bone that hold teeth in their sockets. If not properly treated, periodontitis can eventually lead to tooth decay. Other factors including hormonal changes, medications, smoking, diabetes, and poor oral hygiene habits can also contribute to gum disease. 

Sometimes symptoms of periodontal disease can easily go unnoticed. Be on the look out for tender gums, gums that are red or swollen, bleeding gums during brushing or flossing, receding gums, halitosis, and loose teeth.

Fortunately, gum disease can typically be avoided by proper dental care habits:

  • Flossing: Flossing is important in keeping healthy gums because it removes food particles that are in hard-to-reach places.
  • Brushing Gums: Healthy teeth require healthy gums! Gently brushing your gums in a circular motion will help get rid of decay-causing bacteria.
  • Regular Dental Visits: Cleanings and regular dental checkups can help keep your smile healthy and detect oral problems ahead of time before any damage occurs!

Don't forget, good dental health benefits more than just a great 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. Dr. Ghazi is available to help you with periodontic needs and any gum disease-related questions.

References:

http://www.ada.org/en/science-research/science-in-the-news/study-estimates-nearly-half-of-american-adults-have-periodontal-disease

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/gingivitis-periodontal-disease

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Health Benefits of Dental Implants

August 26th, 2014

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Did you know that the average adult between the ages of 20 and 64 has three or more decayed or missing teeth? The reasons can vary - sports-related injuries, cavities & infection, periodontal disease, etc. Although replacing a missing tooth is often considered a purely aesthetic need, filling a hole in your mouth has multiple health benefits.

Your teeth were designed to last a lifetime, but sometimes they don't! Replacing missing teeth is important to your general health and to the health of your other teeth. Not only do you lose chewing ability when a tooth is lost, but unreplaced teeth can cause other teeth to be lost, tipped or crowded and create subsequent problems.

Also, there are the obvious problems of poor appearance and loss of self-esteem caused by one or more missing teeth. Replacement of lost teeth with dental implants has been used for treating missing teeth for more than 50 years and is recognized as an effective treatment choice. Treatment is considered more predictable than bridgework, resin bonded bridges and endodontic treatment. To learn in detail what a dental implant is and how the procedure of inserting one is done, please read here. For our excellent implantologist, Dr. Ghazi's credentials, go here. If you are concerned with the financial side of the matter, whether your insurance will be able to cover it, now is a great time to plan your treatment, before the insurance benefits run out at the end of the year. Wellesley Dental Group office offers financing, CareCredit and is happy to guide you through the process (call 781-237-9071 with questions).

Am I a candidate for implants? Implants may be the right choice for anyone missing one or more teeth. Your dentist can determine if you are a candidate for dental implants after a careful evaluation of your dental and medical history.

Do I have enough bone? It is important for a patient to have enough bone to support the implant. If you don't, there are many safe and effective ways to correct bone deficiency. Your dentist will assess this and advise you if additional bone material is needed.

How long does the process take? Treatment time can vary greatly depending on your needs. Each situation needs a separate evaluation; your dentist will be able to give you an approximate timetable.

Whom should I consult for my implant treatment? Your general dentist is your first resource. The key is the implant dentist's training, experience and credentials. AAID credentialed dentists Include general dentists, periodontists, prosthodontists and oral surgeons who perform the surgical and/or restorative procedures. See here for our excellent implantologist, Dr. Ghazi's credentials

Benefits:

1. Functions and looks like a natural tooth. Improving biting/chewing, the look and feel of the tooth that was lost.

2. Preserving the integrity of facial structures. The implants is preventing the bone resorption, that can otherwise occur - the jawbone can deteriorate, losing its strength and firmness. Dental implants are the only dental restoration option that preserves and stimulates natural bone, actually helping to stimulate bone growth and prevent bone loss.

3. Confidence boost, quality of life improvement. With implant supported replacement teeth, the appearance of the smile is more natural and the teeth function more like natural teeth. The result is increased comfort and confidence when smiling, speaking, and eating your favorite foods. Long term esthetics are usually much better with an implant supported replacement tooth than with a traditional tooth supported bridge.

4. Long-lasting solution. Traditional, tooth-supported dental bridges only last five to seven years, and with proper care often more than 10 years, but at some point they may need to be replaced. While dental implants may need periodic adjustments, they can last a lifetime when properly placed and cared for over time. It is considered an orthodontic treatment with one of the most reliable and predictable results in the industry. 

5. Improved appearance. Since implants preserve bone, preventing deterioration of the facial structures, appearance is improved. Collapse of the lower one-third of the face caused by complete tooth loss can be visually corrected and the remaining bone preserved. The appearance of wrinkles around the mouth caused by posterior bite collapse, or complete facial structure collapse is virtually eliminated.

6. Adjacent teeth are not compromised to replace missing teeth. Sometimes, patients prefer choosing a traditional tooth-supported bridge that requires grinding down the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth/teeth, so that the bridge can be cemented onto them. This tooth structure can never be replaced and the long-term health of these teeth is compromised. Partial dentures have clasps that hook onto adjacent teeth, putting pressure on them as the partial rocks back and forth. Eventually these teeth can loosen and come out as a result of this pressure. Replacing missing teeth with implant supported crowns/bridges does not involve the adjacent natural teeth, so they are not compromised, or damaged.

7. Convenient oral hygiene. It is much easier to care for an implant supported crown, which can be cleaned like a natural tooth. In comparison, a tooth supported bridge requires the use of a floss threader for proper cleaning. It is also more convenient to clean a full set of implant supported replacement teeth than a traditional denture. Also, there is no more worrying that your dentures might slip or fall out.

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, dental implants or any other oral surgery set up an appointment with Dr. Ghazi.

References: http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/adults-40-60/

http://www.aaid-implant.org/about-dental-implants/what-are-the-benefits-of-dental-implants-over-other-treatments/

http://www.missingteeth.org/benefits.html

Image credit: Wellesley Dental Group

Revolutionizing Dentistry with Technology

May 24th, 2014

cerecbluecam1Got a broken tooth? No problem! Your well-trained dentist has a covered. But what exactly is the process of getting the tooth fixed? Traditionally, to repair the tooth, the dentist need to make a model of the tooth and the surrounding area using mold and an impression of your mouth would need to be taken down to a dental laboratory to make a crown. The dentist will make a temporary crown until the permanent crown comes in after a week or two. This is a pretty reliable procedure to go by, but what if technology says that we can do better?

In the last couple of years, there has been an increasing number of dentists that have looked into quicker means to get the job down. Computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) technologies have recently come into the picture, making the process of receiving a crown a one time visit. Dentists implement the intra-oral camera, which takes a digital scan of the mouth. Based on the position, size and shape of the tooth that is in need of affix, the computer software gives suggests of dimensions that would be ideal for the crown. The information that the computer gathers is sent to a machine that is then able to carve the crown out of a ceramic block. And get this: this entire process takes less than two hours. Other than crowns, dentists have been looking into using digital radiography or X-rays, which allows dentists to take clear images of the oral cavity with significantly less amounts of radiation. Fixing and adjusting dentures can also be a time sucker during appointments, but new computer design now offer the convenient of recording a permanent digital model of dentures which can be easily duplicated of the original denture has been accidentally thrown away with last night’s trash. At the Wellesley Dental Group, we use state-of-the-art technology to better cater to our patients. We use CEREC, which is a computer-aided restoration device that allows us to create crowns for you within a single visit. Along with the CEREC, Wellesley Dental Group also uses intraoral cameras to provide an in-depth visual of the oral cavity. Laser Dentistry has been a great way for us to go through a procedure without the pain and the pressure! This technology can cut through the hardest tissue in the human body without any contact. With this new technology, we hope to provide our patients with the best care possible.

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.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/04/06/dentist-digital-crowns/6267717/ http://www.adajournal.com/content/137/suppl_1/7S.full.pdf http://wellesleydentalgroup.com/html/text_section.php?active_btn=5&sec_id=47&text_id=36&sub_type=drop-down

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!

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

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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

 

Our New Hygienist Jennifer Holt

July 31st, 2013

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

 

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

Internship Experience at Wellesley Dental Group

July 30th, 2013

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

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

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

Thank You Wellesley Dental Group!

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The Link Between Periodontal Disease and Diabetes

June 13th, 2013

26 million adults are known to be affected by diabetes. Statistics show that 1 out of 10 healthcare dollars are spent on diabetes. The link between periodontal disease and diabetes has been extensively studied over the past 50 years. There is strong evidence that diabetes is a risk factor for periodontitis and gingivitis. A study dating back to more than 30 years ago has already shown that children suffering from type 1 diabetes had a higher prevalence of gingival inflammation. Ervasti et al. examined patients with gingival bleeding and determined that there was greater amount of bleeding in patients with poorly controlled diabetes when compared to subjects that do not have diabetes and subjects with well-controlled diabetes. Research has also shown that types with type 2 diabetes also tend to have more gingival inflammation than the control group in the study.

Studies also show that the risk of developing periodontitis is increased when one has diabetes. Teenagers with type 1 diabetes have been found to be five times more likely to develop periodontitis. Research also supports the idea that there may be more bone loss linked to adults with diabetes. Subjects suffering from type 2 diabetes are three times more likely to develop periodontitis compared to subjects without diabetes.

Doctors were able to pinpoint the root cause of this relationship between diabetes and periodontal disease. There is a protein known as the c-reactive protein (CRP), which is found in the blood stream. CRP levels rise with inflammation of blood vessels, which has been linked to type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Researchers have also shown that CRP is continuously produced in the presence of periodontal diseases. It is important to note that an individual cannot keep diabetes under control if he or she is also suffering from periodontal disease. It is absolutely crucial that diabetic patients maintain good oral health to keep CRP at bay.

Periodontal disease can affect your general health; read more here.

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! They can assess the risk of periodontal disease and if need be our periodontist, Dr. Ghazwan Ghazi, can help.Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation.

References:

Cianciola L, Park B, Bruck E, Mosovich L, Genco R. Prevalence of periodontal disease
in insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (juvenile diabetes). JADA
1982;104(5):653-60.

Ervasti L, Knuuttila M, Pohjamo L, Haukipuro K. Relation between control of
diabetes and gingival bleeding. J Periodontol 1985;56(3):154-7.

http://www.diabetes.org/news-research/research/access-diabetes-research/greenfield-protein.html

http://www.ada.org/sections/professionalResources/pdfs/Perio_diabetes.pdf

http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/diabetes-statistics/

Happy Holidays from WDG

December 13th, 2012

There's a nip in the air and soon enough, the snow will fall, leaving in its wake a quiet and reflective atmosphere. Most of all, it will be a warm sense of family that will keep the winter from feeling too cold.

We at Wellesley Dental Group have built our team through that sense of family. It was only this weekend that we joined together at the home of Drs. Ali and Ali and shared with each other the joy that comes with the holidays.

We want to extend that joy to you, our patients. Our 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,

 

Happy Holidays!

 


Are You Sensitive?

December 11th, 2012

Over 40 million adults in the U.S. have experienced pain from sensitive teeth. So what causes this uncomfortable sensation that’s so widespread?

The underlying cause is that the dentin, which is under your enamel (the hard protective layer covering your teeth) is exposed. The dentin has tiny tubes full of fluid that trigger nerves found in the pulp of the tooth when the dentin is exposed to heat, cold, or acidity. When that trigger happens, you feel pain.

Why does the dentin get exposed in the first place? There numerous reasons, but the most common are:

  • Brushing too hard: you can wear down your enamel by brushing too hard. An easy way to see if you are brushing too hard is to take a look at your brush. If all the bristles are pointing different ways, you need to ease up. Using soft bristles is also a good idea to minimize enamel erosion.
  • Bruxism (grinding your teeth): your teeth flex when you grind your teeth, which increases enamel erosion.
  • Gingivitis (or gum disease): gum sensitivity can lead to increased tooth sensitivity because more underlying dentin root surface is exposed.
  • Tooth decay: especially painful when the pulp is exposed.
  • Certain whitening products: although there are more recent whitening options available, such as our Sinsational Whitening, that cause minimal to no sensitivity.
  • Acidic foods: these foods increase enamel erosion, which exposes more dentin.
  • Plaque build-up: especially when the build-up is near the root surface.
  • Recent dental procedures: however, this sensitivity should only last between four to six weeks.

Now that you understand some reasons why you may be experiencing sensitive teeth, you should visit your dentist. Drs. Ali & Ali will be more than happy to help, so be in touch by calling (781)-237-9071 or email them at smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com.

In the meantime, boost your oral health by reducing enamel erosion and take steps to:

1. Maintain good oral hygiene
2. Use a soft-bristled tooth brush
3. Use a desensitizing toothpaste
4. Be careful not to eat acidic food
5. Use fluoridated dental products
6. Get a mouthguard if you are grinding your teeth

Sensitive teeth is a treatable discomfort and with proper management, you have great chances of feeling better.

At Wellesley Dental Group, we can apply sealants, desensitizing agents, fluoride, as well as other specialized treatments for your discomfort. Come in for a consultation!

Sources:
Crest
Sensodyne
WebMD

The Silent Destroyer

December 3rd, 2012

Gingivitis. If you don’t know the signs, it’s easy to miss until it’s too late. Put simply, Gingivitis is gum inflammation and generally comes before full-blown periodontitis, or gum disease. Not all cases of gingivitis, however, lead to gum disease, so make sure to visit your dentist, to keep your gums healthy!

Usually starting painlessly, Gingivitis has few indicators, some of which may be:

• Gums that bleed during and after tooth brushing or upon flossing
• Red, swollen, or tender gums
• Persistent bad breath or bad taste in the mouth
• Receding gums
• Formation of deep pockets between teeth and gums
• Loose, shifting, or misaligned teeth
• Changes in the way teeth fit together upon biting down, or in the fit of partial dentures.

Even if you don’t have any of these symptoms, you may still have gum disease, so make sure you regularly visit your dentist.

It’s especially good to visit your dentist for a check up if you have been ill or have had hormonal changes. Even changing medication, especially to one that causes dry mouth, can increase your risk of gingivitis.

Bad habits, such as smoking and general bad oral health practices, such as not flossing, also increase your risk. Also, check your family history since gingivitis and periodontitis are more frequent in people whose family has dealt with gum disease. In fact, the American Academy of Periodontology says that up to 30% of Americans may be genetically susceptible to gum disease.

In the meantime, before you meet with your dentist about your gums, here are some things you can do to increase your oral health and decrease your chances of gum disease:

• Stop smoking. Smokers are seven times more likely to get gum disease than nonsmokers, and smoking can lower the chances of success of some treatments.
• Minimize stress. Stress may make it difficult for your body's immune system to fight off infection.

• Eat healthily. Eating foods with antioxidants can help your body get over an infection.
• If you clench or grind your teeth, get fitted for a mouth-guard. Grinding and clenching can put force on supporting teeth, which can increase gum damage.

And don’t forget to brush and floss your teeth! Removing plaque daily is one of the best ways to keep your gums and teeth happy and healthy.

Sources:
American Academy of Periodontology.
American Dental Association.
Web MD

Flex Spending | Are you ready for the New Year?

November 26th, 2012


The Holiday season is upon us and 2012 is in its last month. That means, time is running out to use up your flex spending before the New Year comes in! Use your dental insurance benefits and make an appointment now, before the Holidays come into full swing. Use it or lose it!

Wellesley Dental Group strives to provide our patients with the best possible care, and an important part of this process is informing patients of their dental needs. Many individuals who are paying for dental insurance do not realize that their plans provide coverage up to a certain dollar amount annually. It’s not too late to maximize your dental benefits! You still have time, so make the most of it, what are you waiting for?

There are many more options available to you so you can utilize your remaining flex spending. Remember to check your plan and take the necessary steps to make the most of you flex spending. Here are some available options:

• Invisalign
• Crowns
• Fillings
• Orthodontic Treatment
• Gum treatment and surgery
• Dental Implants
• Root canals
• Wisdom teeth extraction

Check with your insurance or dentist to find out exactly what is covered and how it fits with your current needs.

Remember, for most individuals, insurance benefits and flex spending do not carry over into the next year.

We would love to help you with your necessary treatments and find the best financial options for you. Take advantage of your tax-free dollars now before it’s too late by making an appointment now. Our office will be closed for the holidays from December 23rd -January 2nd, so be sure to get in early!

If you have already used up your flex spending for this year, it’s the perfect time to come in and start planning for 2013. It’s never too early to read up on new Healthcare Flex Spending account rules so you can start the New Year ahead of the game.

We highly recommend becoming familiar with both your dental benefits and needs. Planning for necessary and preventative treatment now will save you unnecessary risk, cost, and stress later. Drs. Ali & Ali and their team at Wellesley Dental Group will be very happy to answer your questions and advise you on how best to maximize your remaining dental benefits. Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com!

Half Of American Adults Have Periodontal Disease

September 18th, 2012

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have recently revealed that one out of every two American adults aged 30 or older has periodontal disease! How shocking is that?

These findings are based off of information gathered by the CDC in their 2009-2010 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). This survey aims to evaluate the health of both adults and children in the United States. This survey was unique because for the very first time, it examined the entire mouth for various stages of periodontal disease. It's important to note that gingivitis, the beginning stage of periodontal disease, was not examined.

Also, in earlier NHANES, only partial mouth exams were done. This would leave a large margin of error since not all teeth were checked for periodontal disease. This more than likely caused for underestimations in previous NHANES.

Pamela McClain, DDS, president of the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) and a practicing periodontist, said:

“This is the most accurate picture of periodontal disease in the U.S. adult population we have ever had. For the first time, we now have a precise measure of the prevalence of periodontal disease, and can better understand the true severity and extent of periodontal disease in our country. The AAP values its collaboration with CDC to better understand the burden of periodontal disease in Americans.”

There are also numerous curiousities worth noting, such as periodontal disease being more common in men than women and most prevalent in Mexican Americans. Smokers, those living below poverty level, and those with less than a high school diploma all boast high rates as well.

Drs. Ali & Ali take periodontal disease very seriously. During a hygiene appointment, each patient is thoroughly examined for signs and symptoms. If there is a problem developing, the patient is fully educated on the disease and what can be done to control it.

If you have questions on periodontal disease or another concern, please don't hesitate to contact us at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com!

Wellesley Dental Group on Pinterest

June 19th, 2012

Do you pin on Pinterest? If so, we want to pin with you!

Our Pinterest page is a great way for you to stay connected with what's going on in our office. It also features team photos and bios, services offered, office technology, and patient testimomials among other things.

Please visit our Pinterest page and pin with us today!

Implantologist at Wellesley Dental Group

May 3rd, 2012

Did you know that we have an implantologist on our team? Dr. Ghazwan Ghazi graduated from Boston University School of Dentistry in 1992. He practiced as a general dentist in Boston from 1992 – 1994 and received his special training in periodontics and dental implants from The New Jersey Dental School along with his Master’s degree in 1997.

Dr. Ghazi has been on the faculty of Harvard School of Dental Medicine since 1998 where he teaches clinical periodontics and dental implants to the post-graduate residents. He has been practicing periodontics and dental implants in the Boston area since 1997. Dr. Ghazi is also a Diplomate of The American Board of Periodontology.

Contact us at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ghazi today!

Holiday party!

December 31st, 2010

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Meet Dr. Ghazi

May 5th, 2010

We'd like to give a warm welcome to Wellesley Dental Group's new periodontist, Dr. Ghazwan Ghazi. Dr. Ghazwan Ghazi

Dr. Ghazi graduated from Boston University School of Dentistry in 1992. He practiced as a general dentist in Boston from 1992 - 1994 and received his special training in Periodontics and dental implants from The New Jersey Dental School along with his Master's degree in 1997. Dr. Ghazi has been on the faculty of Harvard School of Dental Medicine since 1998 where he teaches clinical periodontics and dental implants to the post-graduate residents. Dr. Ghazi has been practicing periodontics and dental implants in the Boston area since 1997.

Dr. Ghazi is a Diplomate of The American Board of Periodontology.

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