Dr. Zarah

How to Prepare for a Safe Thanksgiving

November 25th, 2020

We’ve all had to make many sacrifices and adjust to a lot of change as we continue fighting through the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. Much like all of the other holidays this year, Thanksgiving will be celebrated uniquely. For many families, Thanksgiving is marked by being surrounded by family and friends with lots of tasty food. Thanksgiving gatherings often involve families and loved ones, including parents, grandparents, friends, children, and college students traveling long distances to come together, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns that travel greatly increases the risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19. It’s undeniable that individuals are starting to feel “pandemic fatigue,” as several months have passed since the onset of COVID-19. But health professionals and experts are cautioning individuals to be mindful and not relax on safety practices when it comes to the holidays. Coronavirus is still steadily increasing, with more than 1 million COVID-19 cases reported in the United States over the last week, according to the CDC. According to the Washington Post, Michelle DallaPiazza, an infectious diseases specialist at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School stated, “There is a real danger in complacency, and we are seeing the effects of that play out in real time…Across the country, we have begun to see another increase in infections and deaths after a period of time with low transmission.”

Health experts are encouraging individuals to stay home to protect yourself and others. If you are considering traveling and/or gathering for Thanksgiving, it is important to understand the risks involved and follow safe preventative guidelines when celebrating:

Traveling Safety Precautions:

If you are considering traveling for Thanksgiving, the CDC recommends asking these questions before making your decision to travel. Keep these safety guidelines in mind when traveling:

If You Are Sick, Stay Home

If you are experiencing symptoms or do not feel well stay at home and do not gather with others.

Wash Your Hands Frequently

It’s important to regularly and thoroughly wash your hands. Hand washing should last at least 20 seconds. When unable to wash your hands with soap and water, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content.

Wear your Mask

Be sure to wear your mask, only removing when eating and drinking. Keep your mask over your nose and mouth and ensure that it is tightly secured under your chin and against the sides of your face.

Keep it Small

Do your best to only be around a limited amount of people. If possible, plan for gatherings that only include people who live in the same house. If attending another household, to make the celebration safer bring your own food, drinks, plates, cups, and utensils.

Social Distance

Maintain social distancing guidelines of staying at least 6 feet apart (about two arm lengths apart) from individuals who do not live in the same household as you.

Celebrate Virtually

Try a virtual Thanksgiving dinner via FaceTime, Zoom, Skype, WhatsApp, or other social media platforms with your loved ones. You can share screens and watch television, sports, or play fun games!

The CDC classifies holiday activities into the following categories:

We wish you all a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

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

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

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

References:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/holiday-coronavirus-family-gatherings/2020/10/30/3b938d48-14aa-11eb-bc10-40b25382f1be_story.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays/thanksgiving.html

https://www.bassettcreekdental.com/news/2020/11/planning-safe-thanksgiving

Is the Stress of COVID-19 Getting to you, and your Teeth?

November 22nd, 2020

Have you noticed an increase in your stress levels lately? The COVID-19 pandemic has unexpectedly had an undeniable impact on our lives in many ways. With many lives lost, financial hardships, isolation, and continued uncertainty, health care professionals, especially dentists, are noticing an increase in stress-related health issues.

Many have had to adapt to different work, home, and school environments, become used to digital technology, and add new precautionary practices to daily life routines like wearing a mask and practicing social distancing. The American Psychological Association (APA) warns that over time, the negative mental health effects of the coronavirus pandemic can be serious and long-lasting.

Not much has changed in terms of practicing universal precautions for all patients of dental professionals, as these practices were implemented at the peak of the AIDS crisis in the 1980's. Due to these safe practices and use of personal protective equipment, epidemiologists and the American Dental Association (ADA) have reported that there are no cases of COVID-19 outbreaks associated to any dental offices in the United States!

According to the ADA Health Policy Institute's COVID-19 impact poll to dentists in the United States, dentists are seeing an increase in stress-related oral health conditions in patients since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Approximately 59.4% of the participating dentists reported increases in the prevalence of tooth grinding (bruxism), 53.4% chipped and cracked teeth, and 53.4% temporomandibular disorder symptoms among their patients. Plus, approximately 26.4% documented an increase in tooth decay (caries), and 29.7% reported an increase in periodontal disease. As of the week of Sept. 21, greater than 99% of dental offices in the United States were open according to the American Dental Association (ADA).

The overall health and safety of patients remains our #1 priority. It’s important to acknowledge any stress you may feel, know how to cope with stress, and where to turn for help if needed so that you can continue to care for yourself and remain healthy. Along with practicing social distancing, wearing face masks, and frequent hand-washing, it is equally important to manage stress and anxiety during these challenging times. Prolonged stress and anxiety can play a significant role on the health of your overall body, including increasing heart rate and blood pressure, issues with digestion, teeth grinding, headaches, trouble sleeping, mental health disturbances, and inability to focus, just to name a few issues.

Take a look at some tips to stay mentally and physically healthy during these troubling times:

Stay in the loop with current events:

Stay up to date with research and reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) on COVID-19 statistics and prevention resources. Being in-the-know can help keep you and your loved ones calm and prepared.

Take breaks:

Although it’s important to be aware of what’s going on globally, allow yourself some time to disconnect from too much negative news and social media. It is also necessary to get adequate rest.

Stay physically active:

A great way to reduce stress is to increase your physical activity. While following safety precautions, take walks, jog, bike ride, meditate, or do the activities that normally make you happy! It is also important to eat well and make sure that you are getting proper nutrition and fluids to keep your body and immune system healthy.

Avoid negative habits:

Sometimes stress can lead to negative coping behavioral habits such as use of alcohol and tobacco.  If you or a loved one are struggling with alcoholism, know that this is not a fight that has to be done alone. For help with alcohol addiction, please check out these resources with 24/7 availability. For individuals struggling with tobacco use, the Massachusetts Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Program offers information and resources that can help individuals quit. Also, check out a list of resources and other helpful information on our WDG blog here.

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

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

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

References:

https://www.dentistryiq.com/covid-19/article/14184297/dentist-takes-holistic-approach-with-patients-who-grind-teeth-due-to-covidrelated-stress?utm_source=DEC_DIQ+Morning+Briefing&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=CPS201002009&o_eid=3760I9143045C2X&rdx.ident%5Bpull%5D=omeda%7C3760I9143045C2X&oly_enc_id=3760I9143045C2X

https://www.ada.org/en/publications/ada-news/2020-archive/september/hpi-poll-dentists-see-increase-in-patients-stress-related-oral-health-conditions

https://success.ada.org/en/practice-management/dental-practice-success/dps-summer-2020/strategies-for-dealing-with-stress-during-the-pandemic

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.myannapolisdentist.com%2F2020%2F03%2F25%2Fcovid-19-and-maintaining-oral-health%2F&psig=AOvVaw15O7NhSbT2tavg0RhOC8y5&ust=1606148746593000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCMCrosXIlu0CFQAAAAAdAAAAABAQ

Tackling the Myths about Fluoride

November 17th, 2020

You’ve come in for your routine checkup and your hygienist has suggested that you apply fluoride to your teeth. You know that fluoride is in some toothpastes, so you may wonder why do you need extra? In today’s post we will tackle the myths about fluoride:

What is fluoride?

Fluoride is a mineral found in your food and water. This mineral is lost when acid from the plaque on your teeth performs a process called demineralization. If too much demineralization occurs, this results in a weakened tooth structure.  When this happens, the tooth has a higher chance of developing a cavity.

Myth #1

Fluoride should not be in drinking water

Truth: Fluoride is found naturally in almost all water supplies.  Even though it is found naturally in water, this is not enough to protect our teeth. It is recommended that your water’s fluoride  levels be at 0.7 parts per million of water to be the most effective.

Myth #2

Fluoride is a medication

Truth: Fluoride is not medicine. It is a mineral. When proper amounts are consumed, decay is less rampant and teeth are healthier and stronger.

Myth #3

Fluoride causes cancer

Fact: There is no scientific evidence to prove this. In fact, The National Cancer Institute has performed decades of studies that debunk this. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) states that fluoridation is one of the top 10 public health achievements within the last 20 years.

Myth #4

Fluoride is not good for young children

Fact: When children drink fluoridated water, the enamel of their teeth becomes strengthened at an early age.

Myth #5

Fluoride can damage my teeth

Fact: This is partially true. While decay is much more damaging, high levels of fluoride can cause a condition called fluorosis. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), fluorosis is the appearance of faint, white lines on teeth in children who have consumed too much fluoride. In most cases, the appearance is mild.  After the age of 8, the chances of fluorosis decreases.  For children younger 3, it is recommended that parents brush their teeth with toothpaste equivalent to the size of a grain of rice. For children 3-6, a parent should use a pea sized amount.

Types of Fluoride

Topical Fluoride: aids in the remineralization of teeth and stops bacteria from growing. This reduces the amount of plaque on teeth.

  • Toothpaste: is the most commonly used self-applied fluoride. When used, the fluoride concentration in your saliva increases 100-1000 fold. However this is short term as the fluoride baseline returns to normal in 1-2 hours. Most over the counter toothpastes have a concentration of 1,000-1,500 ppm.

  • Mouth rinses or gels are to be used daily or weekly. These are meant to be rinsed out of the mouth. Use in children under the age of 6 is not recommended. These mouth washes have 230 ppm of fluoride.

  • Fluoride varnish is applied professionally by a health care professional. This allows for high concentrations of fluoride to come in contact with teeth for several hours. It is recommended that fluoride is applied twice a year for the best benefits. According to the CDC, there is no evidence that professionally applied fluoride leads to fluorosis in children under the age of 6.

Systemic Fluoride: fluoride that is consumed

  • Water fluoridation is the most inexpensive way to receive fluoride to prevent tooth decay. Studies have shown that it is effective in reducing tooth decay in children and adults by up to 20-40%.
  • Dietary fluoride can be prescribed for children who are 6 months and older that are high risk for tooth decay. Tablets or lozenges are prescribed in the concentrations of 0.25, 0.5, or 1.0 mg. These are meant to be sucked on for 1-2 minutes before swallowing. The following guidelines are recommended by the ADA. All prescriptions should follow this guideline.

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

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

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

References:

https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/f/fluorosis

https://www.ada.org/en/science-research/ada-seal-of-acceptance/ada-seal-products?source=promospots&medium=button&content=adasealproducts

https://www.ada.org/en/member-center/oral-health-topics/fluoride-topical-and-systemic-supplements

https://www.colgateprofessional.com/hygienists/articles/debunking-fluoride-myths-how-to-educate-patients-about-its-benef

https://cdn-prod.medicalnewstoday.com/content/images/articles/154/154164/fluoride-in-dental-products.jpg

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.medicalnewstoday.com%2Farticles%2F154164&psig=AOvVaw2NJejBfB1Ydoy65OFZ2CyZ&ust=1605729126520000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCNCLw6Wtiu0CFQAAAAAdAAAAABAD

COVID-19 Symptoms to Watch Out For!

November 10th, 2020

As the days pass, we can probably all say that we are counting the days until the world beats COVID-19. This global pandemic has created many obstacles and sadly has taken the lives of many. We remain united together and will continue doing our part to stop the spread of coronavirus. A lot of information and evidence based research continues to be gathered regarding the virus as time goes on, and it's important to stay abreast of all of the new findings to keep everyone safe and protected. As reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), anyone exposed to COVID-19 can experience mild to severe symptoms. In particular, researchers have found that older individuals and individuals who have severe underlying medical conditions, such as heart or lung disease or diabetes, are at an increased risk for developing more serious complications from the virus.

So what exactly are the documented symptoms of COVID-19? Well, a wide range of symptoms have been reported, which typically have been found to appear approximately 2-14 days after exposure to coronavirus. Check out some of the more common symptoms reported by the CDC:

According to a study published in the journal Abdominal Radiology conducted by the University of Alberta faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, approximately 1 in 5 patients (20%) with COVID-19 may only show gastrointestinal symptoms. These symptoms can include abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and appetite loss. The article analyzed 36 studies conducted on COVID-19 symptoms starting in July 2020. Plus, the researchers found potential signs that radiologists should look for while conducting abdominal radiographs that could be evidence of COVID-19 infection. They noted signs of inflammation of the small and large intestines, air within the wall of the intestines (pneumatosis) and perforation (pneumoperitoneum). However, researchers reported that these symptoms are rare. Mitch Wilson, a radiologist and clinical lecturer in the University of Alberta's Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, explained, "Seeing these things is not necessarily telling us a patient has COVID-19," said Wilson. "It could be from a variety of potential causes. But one of those potential causes is infection from the virus, and in an environment where COVID-19 is very prevalent, it's something to consider and potentially raise as a possibility to the referring physician."

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

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

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

References:

https://decisionsindentistry.com/2020/11/one-in-five-covid-19-patients-presents-only-with-gastrointestinal-symptoms/?inf_contact_key=45820791642b1ab6a6e4dcf7c731f3a0d18a532c4142cb79caf2b269de1401fa

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/11/201103104734.htm

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.elitecme.com%2Fresource-center%2Fcovid-19%2Fcovid-19-digestive-issues-and-common-symptoms&psig=AOvVaw1XjnenYq5fifIjEfELuYra&ust=1605048878955000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCJi8kJfH9uwCFQAAAAAdAAAAABAD

Sore Throat Keeping you Down?

November 4th, 2020

Have you been experiencing a sore throat that just doesn’t seem to go away? Do you find yourself removing a hard, white stone from your mouth and you can’t figure out why they keep appearing? If so, you may have something going on with your tonsils.

Tonsils are the lymph nodes found at either side of the back of the throat. Their job is to keep your body fluids balanced. The tonsils are covered with a pink lining with small pits in them called crypts. These crypts can collect mucous, food and other debris. This can lead to feeling like something is stuck in your throat, sore throat, and bad breath. This can also lead to tonsil stones which are foul smelling clumps in the mouth. The tonsils are also made up of white blood cells that help fight off infections. They are a part of mucous-associated lymph tissue (MALT) which creates a response when infectious agents are detected in the body. They communicate with the B and T cells of the immune system. The B cells make antibodies IgA that helps to protect you. T cells kill any invaders that enter your body. Essentially, your tonsils are your body’s first line of defense against bacteria and viruses. Despite, these unique qualities, the tonsils can become infected. This is known as tonsillitis. Symptoms of tonsillitis include:

  • Sore throat
  • Red and enlarged tonsils
  • Trouble swallowing
  • White or yellow film on tonsils
  • Swollen lymph nodes in neck
  • Fever
  • Bad breath

Take a look at the different types of tonsils:

  • Palatine tonsils- these are the most commonly known tonsils. They are found in the back of the mouth on either side of the throat.
  • Lingual tonsils- are at the back of the tongue. They contain lymph nodes and immunocytes. The immunocytes cause the immune system to wake up if they are hit with infectious agents.
  • Adenoids- are found in the throat, behind the nose. If these become enlarged they can cause the stoppage of airflow.
  • Tubal tonsils-are found in the roof of the nasopharynx at the opening of the middle ear tube. They contain lymph nodes.

Your tonsils are checked during your comprehensive or periodic dental exam. The palatine tonsils are examined for size and color. The following grading system is used during the evaluation:

  • Stage 0- tonsils have been removed
  • Stage 1- normal size and no inflammation present
  • Stage 2- tonsils extend behind the pillars
  • Stage 3-tonsils are swollen and easily seen beyond the pillars
  • Stage 4- tonsils extend to the midline of the mouth. This is the worst stage of tonsil sizing

The tonsils are a concern because if they are enlarged they can lead to sleep apnea and breathing issues. During sleep apnea a person starts and stops breathing while asleep. Removing enlarged tonsils can improve quality of sleep, reduces the risk of sleep apnea, and improve breathing.

Tonsil stones are created when the crypts within the tonsils have debris that has calcified. Tonsil stones can be the cause of bad breath. To prevent them, you should brush your teeth at least twice a day. This removes bits of food and bacteria before they have a chance to reach the tonsils. If you do experience tonsil stones, it is recommended that you rinse with mouthwash to kill the bacteria in the mouth as well as freshen your breath.

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

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

References:

https://teachmeanatomy.info/neck/misc/tonsils-and-adenoids/

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/bad-breath/tonsil-stones-and-bad-breath

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/sleep-apnea/symptoms-causes/syc-20377631

https://teachmeanatomy.info/neck/misc/tonsils-and-adenoids/

https://medlineplus.gov/tonsillitis.html

https://www.todaysrdh.com/tonsils-close-scrutiny-can-pinpoint-disease-and-raise-oral-health-awareness/

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.insider.com%2Fhow-to-get-rid-of-a-sore-throat&psig=AOvVaw1FmbL49tpuCG5j5OgrnjAj&ust=1604589684182000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCJDg-ceY6ewCFQAAAAAdAAAAABAD

Trick or Trivia! Happy Halloween

October 31st, 2020

For those who celebrate, we want to wish you a spook-tacular Halloween! As Halloween this year approaches during the COVID-19 global pandemic, we all may be wondering how to celebrate the occasion safely. Although Halloween, like many other occasions, will be celebrated differently this year as we fight through the COVID-19 global pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released guidelines to help protect us all and celebrate the occasion safely.

Here's some fun, and maybe scary, dental facts that you may not have known. Take a look:

What is the hardest substance in the human body?
It's your tooth enamel, which is stronger than bone! It's important to take care of your tooth enamel, because once it's gone your body can not regenerate it.

Over the course of your lifetime, how much will you have brushed your teeth?
On average, an American will have spent approximately 38.5 days brushing their teeth over their lifetime. Don't forget, flossing is important too!

What are scary Halloween candies for your teeth?
Sour and sticky candies can linger on teeth and break down your tooth enamel due to the acidic content. When consuming candy, it is best to do so during meals when your mouth is producing a lot of saliva, which will help wash away the sugars and bacteria.

How much sugar and calories are in a typical Halloween stash?
The average Halloween candy bag collected by children has approximately between 3,500 and 7,000 calories. Plus, an article published in Fortune reported that children consume approximately three cups of sugar in 7,000 calories of candy, which is about 675 grams of sugar, or the same as eating about 169 standard sugar cubes!

What's the deal with soda?

Soda can be damaging to your tooth enamel and overall health. Did you know, there are 10-12 teaspoons of sugar in one can of soda! It has been found that individuals who drink 3 or more glasses of soda each day have 62% more cavities, dental fillings and tooth loss than individuals who do not. It is best to drink fluoridated water to help keep your pearly whites strong and healthy.

 

Is my tongue unique?

Yes, everyone's tongue print is different just like fingerprints. It's important not to forget about your tongue when brushing, as bacterial plaque can buildup on the tongue and even contribute to bad breath.

How often do people brush for?

The average American only brushes for about 45 to 70 seconds a day, however, the American Dental Association (ADA) recommended toothbrushing amount is for 2 minutes twice a day.

Typically during this time we are gearing up for our Annual Candy Drive. However, this year we have decided to cancel our 13th Annual Candy Drive, as our utmost priority as healthcare professionals is to keep our community safe and healthy, and we want to minimize any risk of transmission of COVID-19. But, we haven't let that damper our spirit of giving! We have created a new tradition this year, launching our Healthcare Heroes Appreciation Drive. We would love for you to participate by sharing your appreciation for healthcare professionals via cards or letters which can be dropped off or mailed to  to the Wellesley Dental Group office (5 Seaward Road, Wellesley 02481) by Monday, November 9th.

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

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

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

References:

https://www.businessinsider.com/halloween-candy-consumption-usa-facts-statistics-2019-10#studies-show-that-kids-can-consume-up-to-three-cups-of-sugar-eating-halloween-candy-this-equals-almost-169-sugar-cubes-3

https://fi.pinterest.com/pin/501799583465517820/

http://www.etobicokedental.ca/blog/halloween-dental-quiz.html

https://www.childrensdentalvillage.net/patient/resources/interesting-facts/

http://madinsurance.com.au/the-dangers-of-sugary-drinks.html

Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease: What Do I Need to Know?

October 28th, 2020

Hand, foot and mouth disease is a viral infection caused by coxsackievirus. This viral infection is common in children and infants who are younger than 5 years old. Once exposed, it takes 3 to 6 days for symptoms to appear. This time period is known as the incubation period. Sign and symptoms can include: fever, sore throat, and a runny nose.

As the virus progresses, mouth sores may appear on the tongue, gums, and inside the cheeks one to two days after the onset of the fever. The sores are small and red and can be painful. A rash on the hands can follow one to two days later. The rash may be accompanied with blisters. The fluid in the blisters may contain the virus so it is recommended to avoid touching blisters and scabs, and to keep them clean.

Hand foot and mouth disease is very contagious. It can be spread by nose and throat secretions, respiratory droplets, fluid from blisters formed, and feces. Those who have the illness are most contagious during the first week of infection. To prevent the spreading of the virus, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends:

  • Washing your for at least 20 seconds as well as teaching children how to wash their hands
  • Clean and disinfect toys, items, and surfaces that are touched often
  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes; this will lessen the chance of getting the virus
  • Avoid contact with those who are sick

While this disease may sound concerning, symptoms usually go away within 7 to 10 days. Some at home remedies can be used to provide relief. This includes:

  • drinking cold beverages such as ice water
  • avoiding acidic foods and drinks
  • avoiding spicy foods
  • eating soft foods that are easy to chew
  • rinsing with warm salt water

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

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

References:

https://www.cdc.gov/hand-foot-mouth/about/signs-symptoms.html

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hand-foot-and-mouth-disease/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20353041

https://www.healthline.com/health/hand-foot-mouth-disease#treatments

https://kidspluspgh.com/doctors-notes/hand-foot-and-mouth-disease/

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/infections/Pages/Hand-Foot-and-Mouth-Disease.aspx

https://www.homeo-cure.com/homeopathy-treatment-on-hand-foot-and-mouth-disease/

https://www.facebook.com/Biocair/photos/hand-foot-and-mouth-disease-or-hfmd-has-definitely-been-making-its-rounds-here-i/2102506673316284/

Supporting Breast Cancer Awareness

October 25th, 2020

Each October people from all across the world show their support for individuals impacted by breast cancer, as October marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The recognizable vibrant shades of pink and pink ribbons represent spreading awareness about breast cancer and the risks, prevention, detection and diagnosis, and treatment of this deadly disease. Approximately 1 in 8 women (about 12%) in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer. But, breast cancer does not only affect women, it can affect men, too. Approximately 2,620 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in men in 2020. About 1 in 883 men will develop breast cancer during their life.

Breast cancer is typically recognized by a tumor seen on an x-ray or felt as a lump, which can be present in different parts of the breast. However, some breast cancers can be present without the common symptom of a lump or mass. According to the American Cancer Society, other possible symptoms of breast cancer can include:

  • Swelling of all or part of a breast (even if no lump is felt)
  • Skin dimpling (sometimes looking like an orange peel)
  • Breast or nipple pain
  • Nipple retraction (turning inward)
  • Nipple or breast skin that is red, dry, flaking or thickened
  • Nipple discharge (other than breast milk)
  • Swollen lymph nodes (Sometimes a breast cancer can spread to lymph nodes under the arm or around the collar bone and cause a lump or swelling there, even before the original tumor in the breast is large enough to be felt.)

If you experience any of these symptoms it is important to bring it to the attention of a health care professional so the cause can be found. Also, regular mammograms and screening tests for early detection are important, particularly with increasing age. Early detection and diagnosis is key to having a greater chance of successful treatment, and increase the chances of catching breast cancer before potentially spreading into the blood or lymph system to other areas of the body.

Currently there is no solution to preventing breast cancer, however, certain actions have been found to lower the risk including maintaining a healthy body weight, staying physically active, and limiting or avoiding alcohol consumption. In addition, gum disease has been found by several studies to be linked to an increased risk of breast cancer. For instance, one study published in the journal of Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology, found that individuals who had periodontitis (severe form of gum disease), were 2-3 times more likely to develop breast cancer. In addition, cancer treatments can impact the oral tissues and result in many oral health complications, which is why dental care is extremely important for individuals undergoing breast cancer treatment. Take a look:

Throughout October, numerous events to bring awareness about breast cancer occur across the globe. Many events sponsored by the American Cancer Society aim to increase breast cancer research to help support finding effective treatments and a cure. Although the activities look somewhat different this year as we battle through the COVID-19 pandemic, the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer movement is continuing to fundraise and unite survivors, caregivers and supporters.

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

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

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

References:

https://secure.acsevents.org/site/SPageServer?pagename=strides_learn

https://www.cancer.org/cancer/breast-cancer/about/what-is-breast-cancer.html

https://www.cancer.org/cancer/breast-cancer/about/breast-cancer-signs-and-symptoms.html

https://www.cancer.org/cancer/breast-cancer/treatment.html

https://www.cancer.org/cancer/breast-cancer/risk-and-prevention/can-i-lower-my-risk.html

https://www.unitedconcordia.com/dental-insurance/dental-health/conditions/breast-cancer/breast-cancer-oral-health/

https://decisionsindentistry.com/article/oral-health-maintenance-for-patients-with-breast-cancer/

https://www.breastcancer.org/symptoms/understand_bc/statistics

https://addisonmagazine.com/2020/10/breast-cancer-awareness-month-3/

https://www.dentalhealth.org/news/breast-cancer-risk-up-to-three-times-higher-in-women-with-gum-disease

What's the Scoop on Chewing Gum?

October 20th, 2020

Chewing gum, it’s used to freshen breath but is it good for you? The average American consumes 1.8 pounds of it a year. We’ve heard the age-old tale that candy is bad for your teeth. Well, there is good news when it comes to gum. Using sugar free chewing gum can help to prevent tooth decay, cause the production of more saliva, and ultimately help to strengthen teeth.

The Oral Health Foundation recommends sugar free gum in between meals when brushing is not possible. When you eat, acid is made by the bacteria in your mouth and the sugar in your food and drinks. The acid created dissolves your tooth enamel, creating a cavity. When sugar free gum is chewed, saliva is created. This washes away the acid and reduces the chance of developing tooth decay. The increased saliva can also help clear away acid in the esophagus as well as reduce the effects of dry mouth.

Chewing sugar free gum can help to increase pH within the mouth after eating. This is important because pH drops each time that you consume food or drinks. The critical pH that causes enamel to dissolve is 5.5. Sugar free gum helps to buffer the lowering of pH after eating.

Sugar free gum contains less than 0.5 grams of sugar per serving. Sweeteners such as aspartame, sucrose, or stevia and sugar alcohols such as xylitol, mannitol, and sorbitol are used in place of sugar. These sweeteners have less calories than sugar. Out of all of these sweeteners, xylitol has been proven to be the most effective in preventing cavities. Studies have shown that chewing gum that contains xylitol has a long- and short-term effect of reducing the production of plaque and bacteria that causes tooth decay. Bacteria cannot feed off of xylitol which reduces their amount within the oral cavity.

So, you may be wondering, which gum to chew? When choosing gum, look for the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of approval. The following have been evaluated and have met the ADA’s criteria for safety and efficiency.

Bazooka Sugar Free Bubble Gum:

Eclipse Sugar Free Gum:

Ice Breakers Ice Cubes Sugar Free Chewing Gum:

Orbit Sugar Free Gum:

Trident Sugar free Gum:

Yes, sugar free gum can be beneficial, but that does not mean that it can replace brushing and flossing. The ADA recommends brushing twice a day and flossing at least once a day.

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

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

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

References:

https://www.ada.org/en/member-center/oral-health-topics/chewing-gum

https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/c/chewing-gum

https://oralb.com/en-us/oral-health/life-stages/adults/effects-chewing-gum-on-teeth/

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/basics/nutrition-and-oral-health/gum-that-is-good-for-your-teeth-too-good-to-be-true-0213

https://www.dentalhealth.org/sugar-free-chewing-gum?_ga=2.254167688.10820751.1600308545-1646793870.1600308545

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4232036/

Tricky Treats for your Teeth

October 14th, 2020

As pumpkin spice, reddish-orange leaves, and cool air highlight the season of fall, we also prepare for spooky Halloween festivities. Although Halloween will be celebrated differently this year as we all do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19, that doesn’t need to put a damper on your spirit! Check out these helpful tricks for how to safely celebrate Halloween this year.

We also need to be cautious about the sweet treats that deliciously mark this annual occasion. Unfortunately, the sweet treats can be a not-so-sweet trick to the health of your teeth! This is the perfect time to continue to reinforce good dental hygiene habits as the sugary candies begin to pile up. Here are a few tips on how to help keep minimize your risk of developing dental cavities (tooth decay):

  • Choose healthier treats: 

If you plan to give out goodie bags with treats this year, try to avoid purchasing candies that are sour, which can be highly acidic and tend to break down tooth enamel, as well as sticky candies like caramel, gummy worms, or jelly beans that stick to the surfaces of teeth for long amounts of time. It is also best to avoid hard candies that can potentially lead to tooth enamel fracture or choking hazards for young children. Instead, opt for healthier tooth-friendly treats such as granola bars or dark chocolate, for instance.

  • Sort through any candy received:

Along with frequent hand-washing and disinfecting received items, it is important to check that there are no dangerous items within your child’s Halloween stash. This is also a great opportunity to explain to your child which candies are best to avoid as mentioned above, and encourage healthier options.

  • Create a plan ahead of time:

Come up with a plan for Halloween to discuss with your family, including information about the importance of oral health and how their diet can impact the health of their teeth. Although it might be your child’s priority to collect large amounts of candy to consume during Halloween, their teeth will be what bears the consequence. It may be good to set a specific time when the Halloween treats can be eaten to help monitor how much and how frequently the sugar is being consumed. Remember, having things in moderation is key! An interesting point to note is that the frequency of consuming sugary foods and beverages matters. Each time you consume fermentable carbohydrates, the pH in your mouth drops as oral bacteria turn the sugar to acid, and thus makes the oral environment more acidic. If the pH drops below the critical pH of dental enamel (pH=5.5), this will lead to demineralization and the breakdown of the tooth enamel. So, be sure to let your child know that the amount of sugar and the frequency of sugar intake plays a role on the health of your teeth.

After satisfying your sweet tooth with Halloween treats, be sure to brush and floss.

Not to mention, every year around Halloween, WDG passionately gears up for our annual Candy Drive, which gets bigger and better each year all thanks to our lovely community! This year, out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to cancel the 13th Annual Candy Drive. Our utmost priority as healthcare professionals is to keep our community safe and healthy, and we want to minimize any risk of transmission of COVID-19. But, the celebration and spirit of giving will not stop, as we have launched our Healthcare Heroes Appreciation Drive. Check here for details and see how you can get involved.

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

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

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

References:

https://amp.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/conditions/cavities/how-to-prevent-cavities-from-halloween-candy-1013

https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/features/5-tricks-for-dealing-with-halloween-treats#1

https://www.nymetroparents.com/columnpic2/halloween-themed-recipes-for-kids.jpg?clear=1

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.quora.com%2FWhat-is-the-Stephan-curve-in-dentistry&psig=AOvVaw16rt8napAYukKoiATxapbZ&ust=1602817587209000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCLj37vrOtewCFQAAAAAdAAAAABAK

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.sandytoesandpopsicles.com%2Fcelebrate%2Fhalloween%2Fparty-ideas-appetizers-dinner-desserts-printable-spookysnacks%2F&psig=AOvVaw28XEIEOrV1Da_ibHLAamUl&ust=1602817849822000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCNihifzPtewCFQAAAAAdAAAAABAN

Avoiding the Scare of COVID-19 During Halloween

October 11th, 2020

Every year as fall fills the air and leaves begin to change, we all start preparing to celebrate a spooky Halloween, where we all can dress up and have fun being whoever we want to be! As Halloween this year approaches during the COVID-19 global pandemic, we all may be wondering how to celebrate the occasion safely. Halloween this year will look a lot different than in the past as we all try to do our part in slowing the spread of coronavirus. But don't let that bring your spirits down, there are still plenty of ways families can celebrate and have fun without being spooked by spreading or being exposed to the virus.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released guidelines to help protect us all during these uncertain times:

The CDC notes that If you are packaging goodie bags to give away, be sure to wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 second before and after preparing the goodie bags. They also warn that a Halloween costume mask should not be a substitute for a cloth mask, unless it is made of two or more layers of breathable fabric that covers the mouth and nose, leaving no gaps around the face. If planning to participate in outdoor Halloween activities, be sure to wear your face mask, practice social distancing, and frequently wash your hands with hand sanitizer and soap and water. Any place with large groups of individuals, whether outside or inside, should be avoided to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Most importantly, If you believe you have COVID-19 ,or have been in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, you should not participate in in-person Halloween activities or disperse any goods to the public.

As you may know, every year around Halloween, WDG passionately gears up for our annual Candy Drive, which gets bigger and better each year all thanks to our lovely community! This year, out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to cancel the 13th Annual Candy Drive. Our utmost priority as healthcare professionals is to keep our community safe and healthy, and we want to minimize any risk of transmission of COVID-19. But, the celebration and spirit of giving will not stop, as we have launched our Healthcare Heroes Appreciation Drive. Check here for details and see how you can get involved.

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

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

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

References:

https://www.nymetroparents.com/columnpic2/halloween-themed-recipes-for-kids.jpg?clear=1

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html#halloween

https://cdn.abcotvs.com/dip/images/6423711_091520-ktrk-halloween-covid-img.jpg?w=1600

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/COVID-19/Pages/Halloween-COVID-Safety-Tips.aspx

Healthcare Heroes Appreciation Drive

October 8th, 2020

Dear friends & community members,

This year, out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to cancel the 13th Annual Candy Drive. Our utmost priority as healthcare professionals is to keep our community safe and healthy, and we want to minimize any risk of transmission of COVID-19.

Instead, this year, we plan to continue the spirit of giving back and bringing our community together by launching our Healthcare Heroes Appreciation Drive. 

This new initiative is a drive to collect handmade “kindness cards” & letters for our local healthcare workers. Our goal is to have every student write a letter or make a card to show our appreciation and gratitude for all the sacrifices our healthcare workers have made over the last several months.

 

To amplify the impact of this drive, Wellesley Dental Group will donate 25 cents for each letter or card to the Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA), who will use the donation to purchase PPE for their frontline workers. 

How you can get involved:

  1. Encourage your students to share their appreciation via a card or letter
  2. Drop off the letters / cards (completely contactless) or mail them to the Wellesley Dental Group office by Monday, November 9th. Our office address is: 5 Seaward Road, Wellesley 02481
  3. Help us spread the word to increase our impact!

As always, we look forward to partnering with you all to make a difference. While it may look a little different this year, we’re excited to continue our tradition of community giving.  

All my best,  

Femina Ali, DMD

781-237-9071

femina@wellesleydentalgroup.com

 

 

Got Dental Hygiene?

October 5th, 2020

October marks National Dental Hygiene Month, which was initiated by the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) and Wrigley dating back to 2009. Even as we all battle through a global pandemic, the dental hygiene community remains grounded together and are remaining resilient as essential health care providers. As reported by the ADHA, their organization is the largest national organization, representing over 185,000 registered dental hygienists (RDHs) across the United States. Dental hygienists are a subgroup of oral health professionals, who help support you and you’re your smile through providing educational and preventative clinical care. This national observance focuses on promoting the importance of keeping your mouth, teeth and gums healthy, and best of all is a celebration of all of the fabulous work dental hygienists perform!

This year the ADHA is collaborating with Colgate® Oral Pharmaceuticals, Inc. to celebrate the perseverance of dental hygienists throughout challenging times such as now. In this year’s theme, the ADHA is encouraging dental hygienists to “show your face of courage,” by submitting a photo on their website that shows how you handle your day at work, or even at home.

As you may know, making an investment in your oral health can go a long way in helping maintain your overall health. There are so many important reasons for making dental health a priority, as what’s in your mouth can reveal a lot about what’s going on in the rest of your body. Not only can taking care of your teeth improve common conditions like bad breath, cavities, and gum disease, it can also help discourage the development or worsening of certain medical conditions like diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and a plethora of other health issues. These discoveries continue to get stronger with increasing research on the connection between oral health and systemic diseases.

So, it's fair to say that the mouth is a very special place, with many biological systems working at play. For instance, saliva is one of the body’s main defense mechanisms against bacteria and viruses that enter the mouth. Saliva is rich in specific proteins that can help weaken potentially harmful invaders. Certain conditions like dry mouth can lead to an increased risk for developing cavities, as the decreased amount of saliva can add to this phenomenon. But, saliva doesn’t totally kill all of the invaders, which is why practicing oral health is particularly important to control the bacteria within your mouth from causing harm. Taking it easy on brushing and flossing can lead to a buildup of dental plaque, which bacteria thrive on and consequently produce acids that can break down your tooth enamel. This can also lead to an infection within the gums, known as gingivitis, which can progress to periodontal disease if untreated. Unfortunately, periodontal disease can lead to irreversible changes within the mouth, including bone loss and ultimately tooth loss. Plus, bacteria from the mouth can spark inflammation not only within the mouth, but also in other parts of your body through travel through the bloodstream, as shown in many research studies.

So, how can you maintain good oral health? To celebrate this month in style, be sure to:

Floss Every Day

Flossing can be easy to forget, but should be part of your daily routine! Brushing cannot remove all of the left over food particles and dental plaque within the spaces between your teeth, which is where floss comes to the rescue. This is particularly important as many cavities develop in those hard-to-reach areas as bacteria become comfortable in the crevices.

Brush Twice a Day for Two Minutes

Brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes is a key component of oral hygiene. But, there’s also a technique to it. Brushing effectively involves tilting your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle, which is angled toward the gum-line. Gently move your toothbrush in a back and forth motion, making sure the bristles are slightly underneath your gum-line (a spot where bacteria love to hide). Be careful not to brush aggressively, as this can lead to gum recession and cause other dental issues. Be sure not to miss a spot, and don’t leave your tongue out of the equation. Bacteria and food reside on your tongue and need to be brushed away. Removing the odor-causing bacteria can also help freshen your breath. This can be done using a toothbrush or a tongue scraper.

Rinse with Mouthwash

Rinsing with mouthwash can help reinforce the hard work you put into flossing and brushing. It helps rinse away any remaining particles and can have additional oral health perks included in the ingredients. Aim for purchasing an anti-microbial mouth rinse with fluoride in the composition, which can help promote tooth remineralization and lower the risk of developing tooth decay. Aim to make rinsing with mouthwash a regular occurrence after you brush and floss. Plus, mouthwash can hep tackle bad breath.

It’s also necessary to make your regular check-up appointments with your dentist and to avoid postponing treatment to help keep your pearly whites healthy.

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

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

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

References:

https://nationaltoday.com/national-dental-hygiene-month/

https://www.colgateprofessional.com/education/patient-education/topics/systemic/why-a-healthy-mouth-is-good-for-your-body#:~:text=Good%20oral%20and%20dental%20hygiene,you%20ward%20off%20medical%20disorders.

https://www.adha.org/national-dental-hygiene-month

https://denverhighlandsdentist.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Dental_Hygiene_9437.jpg

https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5952880320099e4af548b918/5a1f677cf9619aaae97f4388/5d89a532358ba566026565f6/1569891699719/1-OCT_NationalDentalHygieneMonth_2019-09-24.JPG?format=1500w

Using Your Heart for you and your Loved Ones

September 29th, 2020

World Heart Day 2020 is here, and has a particularly impactful significance during these uncertain times. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to influence our current daily lives, heart health is important now more than ever as we all try to stay healthy and safe. Individuals with heart disease are at an increased of developing severe infection from COVID-19. Every year September 29th marks World Heart Day, which aims to spread awareness about heart disease and stroke prevention. The #1 cause of death in the world is cardiovascular disease (CVD). It results in the deaths of approximately 17.1 million people every year. Some of the most common causes of the disease include smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity, just to name a few.

This year’s message is to:

This powerful campaign reminds us to strive for living longer and healthier lives. The organization notes that using your heart is also about using your head to learn more about how to take care of your heart, using your influence to make positive behavioral choices to set good examples for loved ones, and acting in ways that support those who are vulnerable in society especially during this pandemic. In addition, the campaign encourages the government to implement policies to help improve heart health, as well as encouraging healthcare professionals and organizations to help individuals make positive health changes.

The positive thing is that heart problems can be prevented! Heart health is an extremely important topic as obesity, unhealthy diets, and decreased physical activity are becoming increasingly common in society. Treating our hearts better can include improving our diets, avoiding tobacco use, limiting alcohol intake, increasing our daily exercise, and making sure to attend your regular medical check-ups. It is necessary to routinely have your cholesterol, blood pressure, and heart examined to ensure that you are healthy.

It is also necessary for us to mention the important heart-mouth connection. Both heart disease and oral disease, like gum disease have been linked in many research studies. Moderate to severe gum disease has been associated with a greater risk for developing heart disease than when compared to someone with healthy gums. Since the mouth is the window to the rest of the body, oral bacteria and other germs from your mouth can travel through the bloodstream into other part of your body and cause damage to important organs like the heart. Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing daily, along with having a well-balanced diet and regular dental check-ups will not only go a long way for your oral health, but also for your overall health. According to the America Heart Association (AHA), other cardiovascular conditions such as atherosclerosis (or clogged arteries) and stroke have also been linked to inflammation due to oral bacteria.

According to the American Association of Periodontology (AAP), some signs of gum disease include:

  • Red, swollen and sore gums
  • Bleeding gums when you eat, brush or floss.
  • Visible pus or other signs of infection around the gums and teeth.
  • Gum recession
  • Frequent bad breath/bad taste in the mouth
  • Loose teeth

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

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

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

References:

https://www.world-heart-federation.org/world-heart-day/world-heart-day-2020/

https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/heart-day/

https://www.fdiworlddental.org/news/20160929/fdi-celebrates-world-heart-day

https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/h/heart-disease-and-oral-health

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/conditions/heart-disease/how-oral-health-and-heart-disease-are-connected-0115

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Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Will a Healthy Mouth Help?

September 28th, 2020

Believe it or not, bacteria found normally in your mouth may be involved with gut diseases and digestion issues. Digestive tract diseases, such as Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) can be a real pain! The most common types of IBD include ulcerative colitis and Chron’s disease, which both involve chronic inflammation, and sometimes even painful sores (ulcers). Some common signs and symptoms of both ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease include severe diarrhea, abdominal pain, fatigue and weight loss. As these conditions take a toll on the digestive tract, it can be easy to forget that the mouth is a part of this system, too! Your dentist may even be the first to notice common oral signs of these gastrointestinal diseases that could lead to early diagnosis, such as cobblestoning of the oral mucosa, canker sores (aphthous ulcers), pyostomatitis vegetans, inflammation at the corners of the mouth (angular cheilitis), redness around the mouth, and inflammation of the tongue (glossitis), just to name a few! Here are some common oral conditions that may manifest as a result of Chron's disease and ulcerative colitis:

Several research studies in the past investigating the guts of individuals diagnosed with IBD have found an overgrowth of common oral bacteria present in the gastrointestinal tracts of studied participants. Now, a recent study at the University of Michigan School of Medicine and School of Dentistry has also uncovered further discoveries on the topic, and suggests that poor oral health may make IBD symptoms more severe. Researchers are warning that neglecting your oral health may lead to trouble beyond tooth decay- extending to other systemic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and potentially IBD. According to the study, IBD affects an estimated 3 million adults in the United States, and may be the latest condition made worse by poor oral health.

The study, published in the journal Cell, investigated mice and showed two pathways that involved oral bacteria appearing to exacerbate gut inflammation. In the first pathway, researchers looked at the gut microbes in mice with inflamed colons and periodontitis, a severe form of gum disease. They found that periodontitis led to an increase in oral bacteria, which were also found to be present within the guts of the mice by traveling through the digestive tract. They believe that the disease-causing oral bacteria may aggravate gut inflammation by disrupting the normal healthy gut bacteria. They also observed that these mice were found to have both greater weight loss and disease activity.

The second pathway involved the initiation of T cells (a main component of the immune system). The researchers believe that the inflammation resulting from periodontal disease triggers T cells, which can travel from the mouth to the gut where they may aggravate inflammation and prompt an immune response within the gut. Co-author Dr. William Giannobile, Professor of dentistry and chair of the department of periodontics and oral medicine at the U-M School of Dentistry, mentioned, "This exacerbation of gut inflammation driven by oral organisms that migrate to the gut has important ramifications in emphasizing to patients the critical need to promote oral health as a part of total body health and wellbeing,"

More research is necessary to determine the association between IBD and oral health, and exciting new research may provide more clues to how monitoring oral inflammation relates to improving systemic diseases like IBD. Practicing proper oral hygiene and attending regular dental visits to keep your oral care and inflammation under control is extremely important for keeping the rest of your body healthy!

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

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

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

References:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/06/200616113927.htm

https://labblog.uofmhealth.org/lab-report/could-cure-for-ibd-be-inside-your-mouth

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/inflammatory-bowel-disease/symptoms-causes/syc-20353315

https://images.everydayhealth.com/images/digestive-health/crohns-disease/crohns-management-tips-for-seniors-1440x810.jpg?sfvrsn=2cf1348e_0

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4851452/#:~:text=Among%20the%20main%20oral%20manifestations,%2C%20perioral%20erythema%2C%20and%20glossitis.

https://decisionsindentistry.com/article/oral-manifestations-crohns-disease/

https://www.cell.com/cell/fulltext/S0092-8674(20)30681-4

https://image.slidesharecdn.com/oralpathology-en-lecture-6-170820102334/95/oral-pathology-enlecture6-31-638.jpg?cb=1503224626

 

Dangerous Oral Health TikTok Trends

September 23rd, 2020

Among the teen and young adult crowd, you may have been hearing about the recently popular app named TikTok. TikTok is a social media outlet that allows individuals to create and share short videos with the world. Many videos often are watched by thousands of people across the globe. But, as with all social media, there are certain potential dangers and exposure to harmful trends that can impact people, especially when targeted toward younger populations.

Dangerous trends even impact the dental world, particularly most recently on TikTok as people have showcased themselves filing their teeth down using nail files to make them look aligned. This dangerous trend has caught the attention of dentists and health professionals across the world, who are warning about the harm this can cause.

The outer surface of your tooth is composed of tooth enamel, which helps to keep your teeth strong to allow you to chew and enjoy your daily meals. Tooth enamel also adds a layer of protection around the sensitive inner layers of teeth, including the dentin, pulp, and blood vessels/nerves from the acids and bacterial plaque when exposed to foods. What’s really important to note is that once your enamel is destroyed, your body cannot replace or regenerate new tooth enamel, so it’s important to help make it last a lifetime! Individuals who are filing down their teeth are consequently causing irreversible damage, and increasing their risk of increased sensitivity and pain, tooth fracture, infection, and other dental issues that could develop later on. Filing your teeth can even change the way your teeth fit together (your bite/occlusion). Not to mention, you may add the need the for extensive (and expensive!) additional treatment to help repair the damage caused from this trend, including dental crowns or fillings for instance.

If you are concerned about the esthetics of your teeth, it is important to get evaluated by a dental professional who will help properly examine, diagnose, and recommend treatment options to help make sure that your smile is healthy and beautiful.

Unfortunately, another detrimental trend impacting oral health on TikTok has also made headlines, which involved individuals advertising dangerous methods to whiten teeth. Some TikTok users recommended applying 3% hydrogen peroxide to whiten their teeth using cotton swabs as a cheaper alternative to professional whitening procedures. The trend increased as over 15 million viewers watched the original video. However, dental professionals once again warned about this extremely harmful trend, which can cause irreversible damage. Waterpik spokesperson and dentist, Chris Strandburg, mentioned, “Prolonged bleaching with these high concentrations of hydrogen peroxide, especially when used multiple days in a row, can lead to highly irritated gums and sensitive teeth… significant bleaching can increase tooth sensitivity permanently with long term use.” Tooth whitening without the supervision of a professional dentist can lead to severe damage to your gums and tooth enamel. It is important to be careful in reviewing recommendations on social media. If you’re interested in brightening your smile, there are safe and effective whitening options available for in-office applications, along with at-home products supplied by dental professionals, and over-the-counter whiteners, which are approved by the American Dental Association (ADA).  Here at WDG we offer in-office teeth whitening with Philips Zoom, which is safe, simple, pain-free, and one of the fastest ways to improve the beauty of your smile.

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

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

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

References:

https://metro.co.uk/2020/09/17/dentists-warn-against-filing-teeth-nail-files-tiktok-13285959/

https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article245815230.html

https://www.health.com/condition/oral-health/tiktok-teeth-bleaching

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-8714305/Leading-dentists-warn-extremely-harmful-TikTok-beauty-trend-cause-teeth-fall-out.html

https://www.pronamel.us/tooth-enamel/what-is-tooth-enamel/

https://www.ada.org/en/member-center/oral-health-topics/whitening

https://miro.medium.com/max/2400/0*_3_ShXoafikbzetC.jpg

Breastfeeding and Dental Health: Does it Cause Dental Problems?

September 19th, 2020

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that infants be breastfed exclusively for the first 6 months of their life in order to promote healthy growth and development. As defined, exclusive breastfeeding is no other food, drink or water except breastmilk. From a dental standpoint, breastfeeding reduces the chances of baby bottle tooth decay. Studies have also shown that exclusive breastfeeding reduced the likelihood of teeth alignment issues such as open bite, crossbite, and overbite.

An open bite is where the teeth do not align properly when the jaws are closed. Causes of open bite include thumb sucking, tongue thrusting, and skeletal problems.

Open Bite:

A crossbite has two classifications: Posterior and anterior crossbite. A posterior crossbite involves the lower back teeth fitting over the teeth in the upper jaw.

Posterior Crossbite:

An anterior crossbite involves the bottom front teeth fitting over the teeth in the upper jaw.

Anterior Crossbite:

An overbite involves the teeth in the upper jaw overlapping the teeth of the lower jaw. This is commonly known as “buck teeth”.

Overbite:

What  does research say happens if you breastfeed past 6 months?

A study by Pediatrics showed that prolonged breastfeeding increased the risk of cavities (tooth decay) in children. The research showed that children who were breastfed 24 months or longer were 2.4 more times likely to have severe cavities. Now does this mean that you should stop breastfeeding after 6 months? No! The study did not take into account the oral health habits of the children, frequency of breastfeeding, and the additional foods added to the baby’s diet once exclusive breastfeeding is no longer done. More recently, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition determined that there was no association between breastfeeding beyond the age of one and cavities. The factors that did lead to increased risk of cavities involved high sugar intake and socioeconomic status.

What are some causes of tooth decay?

  • Frequency of sugar

limiting the consumption of foods and drinks that have a high contact of sugar is important to reducing the risk of cavities.

  • Bacteria in the mouth

Streptococcus mutans bacteria, is the main source of cavities. This agent can be passed from caretakers to children through sharing of utensils and kissing.

  • Poor oral hygiene

Ways to protect from decay

  • Your child’s first dental visit should be around their first birthday
  • Teeth or gums should be cleaned twice a day. This can be done by wiping them with a wet washcloth
  • Once other foods have been introduced into the diet, offer water as this will wash away lingering sugar
  • Make sure that your child goes to sleep with a clean mouth- this means no juice or sugar filled foods before bedtime
  • Avoid putting your child’s toys, cups, utensils in your mouth to reduce the spread of bacteria from your mouth to theirs

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

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

References:

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https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/26/Crossbite.jpg

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https://www.ozident.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/screenshot-2014-03-05-19-19-32.png

https://thenewageparents.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/buck-teeth-in-children-what-to-do.jpg

https://www.healthline.com/health/open-bite

https://www.healthline.com/health/crossbite#definition

https://www.healthline.com/health/buck-teeth

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https://thoroughdentsmiles.com/2020/03/25/breastfeeding-and-dental-health/

Risky Behavior: Vaping, Cigarette Use, and COVID-19

September 14th, 2020

We have all been impacted in some way by the COVID-19 pandemic, which makes us all in this fight together. Even though the virus still persists, great strides and global participation in social distancing, wearing face coverings, and following safety protocols are helping to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Scientists and researchers across the world are continuously uncovering important research and highlighting factors that increase the risk of battling coronavirus. From the beginning of the pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has emphasized, based on research and clinical expertise, that individuals with weakened immune systems, including older adults, and those with underlying medical conditions (examples: lung disease, heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, and hypertension, just to name a few) are at an increased risk of severe COVID-19 illness. More recently a new study, published in the Journal of Adolescent Health and conducted by researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine, suggests teens and young adults who vape or smoke cigarettes are at an increased risk of COVID-19 infection.

Along with the COVID-19 pandemic (currently 29,182,627 worldwide cases and a disheartening 928,281 deaths reported), the devastating health crisis in many young adults: tobacco and electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes)/vaping product use, has still been an extensive public health issue across the nation. Back on September 24, 2019, the Governor of Massachusetts, Charles D. Baker, declared e-cigarette use a public health emergency following the significant link between e-cigarette products and severe lung disease leading to many deaths across the United States. Unfortunately, e-cigarettes have routinely been marketed as “safer” alternatives to cigarette smoking, although in reality they carry many of the same risks as well as new risks. The inhaled liquids are often composed of nicotine, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabinoid (CBD) oils, along with other substances. Each product, however, can have a variation of other ingredients and concentrations, which may be toxic to the body.

The study, entitled, Association Between Youth Smoking, Electronic Cigarette Use, and Coronavirus Disease 2019, consisted of an online survey conducted in May completed by 4,351 individuals across the United States ranging in age from 13 to 24 years old. The study participants were asked if they had ever used vaping products or cigarettes, and if they had vaped or smoked in the past 30 days. The participants were then divided between those who used nicotine products in comparison to those who reported never using nicotine products. The groups were asked if they had experienced COVID-19 symptoms, received a test for COVID-19, or tested positive for the virus. Taking into consideration reported medical conditions and sociodemographic factors, the researchers found that individuals who used both cigarettes and e-cigarettes in the last 30 days were approximately 5 times more likely to experience COVID-19 symptoms than those who never used nicotine products. Of the individuals who received a COVID test, those who had used e-cigarettes were 5 times more likely to be diagnosed with COVID-19 than those who never vaped. Plus, individuals who used both e-cigarettes and regular cigarettes within the last 30 days were approximately 7 times more likely to test positive for COVID-19. The study authors believe that the link between nicotine products and lung damage is thought to be the reason behind the resulting increased risk of coronavirus infection. "This study tells us pretty clearly that youth who are using vapes or are dual-using are at elevated risk, and it's not just a small increase in risk, it's a big one," Dr. Shivani Mathur Gaiha, one of the study's authors, warned.

Knowing the dangers about vaping and cigarette smoking is key. The Massachusetts Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Program offers information and resources that can help individuals quit. Also, check out a list of resources and other helpful information on our WDG blog here.

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

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

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

References:

https://decisionsindentistry.com/2020/08/vaping-raise-risk-covid-among-teenagers-young-adults/

http://med.stanford.edu/news/all-news/2020/08/vaping-linked-to-covid-19-risk-in-teens-and-young-adults.html

https://www.news-medical.net/news/20200811/Smoking-and-vaping-significantly-increase-risk-of-COVID-19-in-teens-and-young-adults.aspx

https://www.tecc.org/tobacco-and-covid-19/

https://discoveries.childrenshospital.org/vaping-and-covid-19/

A Hot Topic: Ceiling UV Lights

September 10th, 2020

Ever heard of a ceiling light that could kill microorganisms and viral infections like COVID-19? Researchers and scientists are looking heavily into the idea with germicidal ultraviolet (GUV or UV-C) lights. Hospitals and large health corporations commonly use ultraviolet (UV) light devices for sterilization, and it has proven in many circumstances to be a safe and effective non-chemical method to kill germs. More recently, some hospitals are even using UV light to sterilize used N95 masks to avoid personal protective equipment (PPE) shortages. Plus, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) in New York City is now using UV light to help sterilize surfaces on public transportation.

Now, according to the National Public Radio (NPR), some restaurants and medical offices, including ours, are utilizing UV light in the ceiling to eradicate potentially harmful airborne particles. As stated by NPR, there are already numerous research studies out that have shown UV-C light to safely and effectively stop airborne microbes from spreading diseases including measlestuberculosis and SARS-CoV-1, a coronavirus disease that is genetically similar to COVID-19. UV-C light works by using its high energy to obstruct microbial DNA by blocking their ability to reproduce and infect the environment. It is our top priority to keep our patients and staff safe and healthy, and our caring team at WDG is doing everything that we can to always be here for you and your family.

UV light is particularly becoming a topic of interest as the number of coronavirus cases continues to rise across the United States, which researchers know primarily spread through microscopic aerosol particles which may linger in the air for long periods of time. As new research continues to be conducted, the use of UV light may even become more widespread in other indoor places such as schools and local stores.

David Sliney, a faculty member at Johns Hopkins University who has also studied germicidal UV light commented, “Although it’s not perfect, it probably offers the best solution for direct air disinfection.” However, more research needs to be done regarding UV light and its effect on fighting COVID-19. Many researchers believe this is a step in the right direction, along with following current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines including wearing face coverings, social distancing, and frequent hand washing and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces.

Did you know, at WDG we have also introduced these UV devices at ground-level to protect our patients and staff:

UV-SANITIZING HEPA AIR PURIFIERS and STERILIZING UV LAMPS

H13 HEPA air purifiers have been installed in the reception area and hallways. These purifiers have been tested to eliminate over 99.97% of airborne pollutants. Additionally, these purifiers have the built-in germicidal UV system that sanitizes the air of microorganisms including viruses and mold. In complement to our heightened airflow management and filtration systems, we have also installed UV lamps that sterilize the environment.

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

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

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

References:

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/07/13/890387205/coronavirus-sparks-new-interest-in-using-ultraviolet-light-to-disinfect-indoor-a

https://ultraviolet.com/what-is-germicidal-ultraviolet/

https://www.6sqft.com/mta-launches-uv-light-pilot-program-to-kill-covid-19-on-nyc-subways-and-buses/

Celebrating Labor Day Safely

September 6th, 2020

Can you believe we're approaching Labor Day already? Labor Day honors the work and achievements of U.S. workers and typically marks the closing of summer for many as we get ready to approach the fall. Normally, Labor Day weekend is full of social parties and celebrations across America, but experts warn that this Labor Day should look differently during the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, although the holiday may be a vacation for us, COVID-19 is still rising and not taking any days off!

Sadly, after gatherings during Memorial Day, the cases of COVID-19 drastically increased, with 4 million more cumulative cases since the holiday. As of today, in the United States there are currently 6,432,209 cases of COVID-19 and 192,864 deaths reported. According to CNN, a model cited by leading health experts predicts over 400,000 Americans could die by January 1st 2021. Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, explains, “If we’re careless about it, then we could wind up with a surge following Labor Day...It really depends on how we behave as a country.”

It is important to remember that the pandemic is not over, and not to let up on safety precautions, especially during this holiday weekend! Beth Blauer, an executive director at Johns Hopkins University Centers for Civic Impact, who has been tracking U.S. COVID-19 transmission data at the Coronavirus Resource Center, warns, "We're seeing a lot of evidence that transmission is happening in smaller, family-driven parties." Even small gatherings can consequently lead to greater spread, which can be deadly for some. CNN reports that a wedding and reception in Maine on August 7th was found to have infected 144 people within the past month. Of the 144 infected individuals, 56 of the cases were from individuals who were at the wedding and reception, however, after interactions with people who attended the gathering the virus also spread 100 miles to a nursing home and 220 miles to a county jail. Sadly, two individuals have passed away following the spread from the event.

So, what does this mean for your day off? Health experts say that the pandemic does not have to stop all of your Labor Day fun. However, to avoid a surge in cases, there are actions to take to lower the risk of COVID-19 infection and spread to help make the holiday weekend safer for everyone, according to epidemiologist and professor of health metrics sciences at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, Ali Mokdad:

  • Getting outside, hiking, bike rides, and other outdoor activities in non-crowded areas is preferred over indoor activities
  • Wear masks at all times when not eating, continue to practice social distancing, and keep your hands and frequently touched surfaces disinfected
  • Keep the family units separated by at least 6 feet or more
  • Make sure tables, food, condiments, eating utensils and trash containers are also separated
  • Have each family bring their own food, avoid food sharing. If food is shared, separate into small containers in advance to be distributed
  • Communicate safety protocols to all guests if hosting an event

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

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

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

References:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/02/health/labor-day-covid-19-precautions-wellness/index.html

https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/06/health/us-coronavirus-sunday/index.html

https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/04/health/labor-day-coronavirus-safety-wellness/index.html

https://nypost.com/2020/09/04/fauci-warns-7-states-need-to-be-covid-19-cautious-over-labor-day-weekend/

https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/labor-day-1

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/us/

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https://www.mytwintiers.com/news-cat/local/chemung-county-health-department-advising-a-covid-free-labor-day-weekend/

Does Oral Bacteria Impact COVID-19 Complications?

August 25th, 2020

Scientists and researchers across the globe are in full-force battle mode when it comes to finding out more information about COVID-19 to help beat the virus. Although COVID-19 has brought about many challenges, losses, and uncertainties, it has brought so many individuals and an abundance of knowledge from across the world together, even if simply virtually! This constantly evolving pandemic has helped fuel important research, all sharing a common goal of finding connections and solutions to bringing this outbreak to a close. In the United Kingdom, researchers have explored the potential connection between oral health and COVID-19. The study, “Could There Be a Link Between Oral Hygiene and the Severity of SARS-Cov-2 Infections?,” published in the British Dental Journal, aimed to determine whether health complications and deaths as a result of COVID-19 were linked to oral bacteria and periodontal disease (gum disease). Also, they hoped to learn more about whether or not the amount of bacteria present in the mouth plays a role in the severity of COVID-19, as well as how improving oral health could possibly lower the risk of individuals experiencing detrimental COVID-19 complications. As many researchers have found, COVID-19 seems to impact individuals in differing ways in terms of symptoms and severity of the disease. Some of the common severe complications of coronavirus include pneumonia, heart problems, blood clots, organ failure, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), and acute kidney injury.

In a healthy mouth, the presence of oral bacteria is natural and exists in harmony with the rest of your body. However, when the bacterial balance becomes out of control, harmful bacteria can not only create problems for your teeth and gums, but also for other parts of your body such as your lungs. The study highlighted several research studies that suggest that bacterial infections were common in individuals with severe COVID-19 symptoms. For instance, a study by Zheng and colleagues found that 50% of patients within their conducted study with severe COVID-19 who passed away also had the presence of a secondary bacterial infection. In addition, a study by Liu and colleagues found similar results, revealing that over 80% of the severe cases of COVID-19 in their study had significantly high bacterial loads as a result of a bacterial superinfection.

The study authors note that tiny droplets of saliva containing oral bacteria that are linked to gum disease, such as Porphyromonas gingivalis (P. gingivalis)Fusobacterium nucleatum (F. nucleatum) and Prevotella intermedia (P. intermedia), can contaminate other areas of your body, for instance the lungs. This can create an inflammatory response throughout the body and increase the risk of many developing other infections and complications. Thus, good oral hygiene practices and management of gum disease has been widely studied and associated with a reduction in the risk of respiratory infections. Not to mention, properly managing gum disease also plays a role in lowering the risks and complications associated with other systemic diseases such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

The authors of the study suggest that taking care of your oral health could particularly go a long way in lowering your risk of developing severe complications from COVID-19. The authors concluded, “We recommend that oral hygiene be maintained, if not improved, during a SARS-CoV-2 infection in order to reduce the bacterial load in the mouth and the potential risk of a bacterial superinfection. We recommend that poor oral hygiene be considered a risk to post-viral complications, particularly in patients already predisposed to altered biofilms due to diabetes, hypertension or cardiovascular disease. Bacteria present in patients with severe COVID-19 are associated with the oral cavity and improved oral hygiene may play a part in reducing the risk of complications.” More research is needed to determine if there is a concrete connection between oral bacteria and COVID-19 complications, as well as the link between gum disease and the virus.

So, don’t forget that your mouth is connected to your entire body, which means keeping up with your overall health goes hand in hand with also maintaining your oral health! Continue to stay safe and healthy.

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

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

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

References:

https://decisionsindentistry.com/2020/08/paper-explores-connection-between-oral-hygiene-severity-covid/?inf_contact_key=de1345513d0cf654b8e4b4892fabc16109c74070ac2bf3cfa7869e3cfd4ff832

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7319209/#!po=12.5000

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7258848/

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/coronavirus/symptoms-causes/syc-20479963#:~:text=%2D%20Pneumonia%20and%20trouble%20breathing,%2D%20Acute%20kidney%20injury.

https://www.vaildentistry.com/blog/whats-living-in-your-mouthand-whats-it-doing-to-your-heart/

https://hickorydentist.com/caring-for-your-oral-health-while-preventing-covid-19/

https://decisionsindentistry.com/covid-19/

Smart High-Tech Toothbrushes, What's Best For you?

August 24th, 2020

From an early age, we all hear how important it is to take care of our teeth to keep us healthy. Even so, as time progresses we are learning more about how the condition of our mouth relates to our overall health and other systemic diseases. When it comes to keeping our pearly whites shining and our gums healthy, we all have an important decision to make when it comes choosing the right toothbrush. There’s a plethora toothbrush types, ranging from different shapes, sizes, colors, and technology.

No matter whether you go with a manual or an electric toothbrush, there are certain characteristics that the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends be incorporated:

  • Make sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush: If you check the store isles, you may notice that toothbrushes come in soft, medium, or hard nylon bristles. It is recommended to use a soft-bristled toothbrush, as medium-hard bristles can harm your tooth enamel, gums, and root surfaces due to abrasive forces. You will want to confirm that the toothbrush you choose has the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Approval to ensure that the toothbrush has been researched and tested to be safe and effective in removing bacterial dental plaque and food particles.
  • The ADA also recommends that manual toothbrushes/electric toothbrush heads should be changed approximately every three to four months, or sooner if the bristles become frayed.
  • A comfortable toothbrush is necessary: Be sure to pick a toothbrush that is the right size and shape to best fit your mouth so that you can easily access all of your teeth when brushing.
  • Electric versus manual toothbrush, which is better? The ADA notes that both electric and manual toothbrushes can both be effective at removing dental bacterial plaque with proper toothbrushing techniques. Some studies have revealed that electric toothbrushes may remove more plaque than manual brushes, and can be especially effective for individuals with hand dexterity problems or people with oral appliances such as braces. In addition, many of the electric toothbrushes now have smart Bluetooth technology and built-in timers and app suggestions to make sure your brushing experience is excellent!
  • Take a look at the ADA's method on proper brushing technique:

 

Here are some of the cool top rated electric toothbrushes out that are ADA-approved:

Oral-B, which is the first electric toothbrush brand to be accepted by the ADA, is well known for its effective and cost-friendly electric toothbrushes. On Amazon, this brush has over 10,549 5-star reviews! This brush comes with a pressure sensor that will tell you if you’re brushing too hard, in addition to a minute timer, and tooth brushing heads such as the CrossAction, FlossAction, and 3D White to choose from.

Phillips Sonicare is another dentist and ADA recommended brand for electric toothbrushes with a lot to offer! This brush can sync to your smart phone along with the Sonicare app to guide you with your brushing techniques. Plus it has different tooth brushing modes and bristle heads to fit your needs.

This Oral-B smart toothbrush has standard features such as pressure sensor, a timer, and brushing modes, but also connects to your smart phone using the Oral-B app.  The app will give you feedback on your brushing methods and help give you tips to keep your gums and teeth healthy. 

Waterpik offers a built-in water flosser to their electric toothbrush with different modes to choose from: brush, water floss, or brush + water floss. This toothbrush is great for individuals who may forget to floss. It can also be used with mouthwash through the toothbrush.

This toothbrush is another Sonicare product that connects with the Sonicare app for personalized brushing feedback, pressure sensor, and even comes with a UV brush head sanitizer that can help kill bacteria and viruses.

Quip offers a cute, affordable, and easy to use electric toothbrush. It is battery operated, waterproof, and contains a compact travel tube. It operates via silent sonic vibrations and also has a built-in two minute timer.

Sonicare offers a toothbrush geared to get children excited about brushing their teeth. This brush includes bluetooth and app connection capability, fun stickers, and multiple brushing modes. The interactive app also has fun oral health games and is perfect for children around the age of 7 years or older.

Recently, Candibell Inc. launched a fundraiser campaign on Indiegogo for its Truthbrush that is the first to allow parents to monitor their family’s toothbrushing habits. This way families can keep each other on track with developing great oral hygiene practices. We will be on the lookout for more awesome and effective toothbrushing technology!

Also, remember, when picking a toothbrush for your child make sure to show them all of the awesome colors and designs available to peak their interest! Plus Colgate and some other brands offer interactive talking electric toothbrushes with timers to help children brush for two minutes. Check to make sure that it is the appropriate size for your child, and that it is soft-bristled with the ADA Seal of Approval.

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

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

References:

https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/health-products/g28818208/best-electric-toothbrush/

https://www.ada.org/en/science-research/ada-seal-of-acceptance/ada-seal-products/product-category?category=Toothbrush+-+Powered

https://www.ada.org/en/member-center/oral-health-topics/toothbrushes

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/basics/selecting-dental-products/choosing-the-right-toothbrush

https://www.ada.org/~/media/ADA/Science%20and%20Research/Files/watch_materials_brush.pdf?la=en

https://oralb.com/en-us/oral-b-pro-1000-rechargeable-electric-toothbrush/

https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/choosing-a-toothbrush-the-pros-and-cons-of-electric-and-disposable#1

https://www.waterpik.com/oral-health/products/flossing-toothbrush/SF-02CD010-1/

https://www.getquip.com/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=%5BBrand%5D+-+Quip+General+Terms&utm_content=Quip+Toothbrush+-+Exact&utm_term=quip+toothbrush&gclid=CjwKCAjwsan5BRAOEiwALzomXyd9xZGZ3QMn02PK4dpY0n5uxUzt438RCCtWUmPEVYizIDfI1G8QgRoCVtIQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

https://www.usa.philips.com/c-p/HX9192_02/sonicare-flexcare-platinum-connected-sonic-electric-toothbrush-with-app

https://images.philips.com/is/image/PhilipsConsumer/HX9194_53-IMS-en_US?$jpglarge$&wid=1250

https://www.usa.philips.com/c-m-pe/electric-toothbrushes?origin=7_700000001603708_71700000062950648_58700005638898501_43700051420604490&gclid=CjwKCAjwmrn5BRB2EiwAZgL9osgqbdal6nmcrf-yIM0_80LZew0MA7YneAeLZH98Qh-6E1TjqAsjWxoCgcEQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds#triggername=color_white

https://oralb.com/en-us/products/electric-toothbrushes/genius-9600-rechargeable-electric-toothbrush/

https://www.wfmz.com/news/pr_newswire/pr_newswire_technology/candibell-launches-first-ever-device-that-monitors-family-toothbrushing-habits/article_9a50c7e5-08fa-5720-8a41-3f04e70d952c.html

https://www.usa.philips.com/c-p/HX6321_02/sonicare-for-kids-sonic-electric-toothbrush

https://www.nbcnews.com/shopping/wellness/best-electric-toothbrushes-n1193846

Noticing Bad Breath in your Mask?

August 20th, 2020

Halitosis, also known as bad breath, is an oral health problem that leads to your breath being less than socially acceptable. Up to one-third of the population experiences this. According to the Journal of International Society of Preventive and Community Dentistry, 90% of the causes of halitosis start within the mouth. The bacteria within the mouth can cause unpleasant odors and tastes.

Many states have issued face covering mandates as the cases of COVID-19 have risen around the United States. Wearing face coverings may have you wondering, “hmmm, is that my breath?” A lot of factors could play a role in causing bad breath, for instance poor oral health, uncontrolled diabetes or other medical conditions, smoking, and certain foods, just to name a few! Below are some surprising foods that may be leading to your bad breath and some tips to help combat it:

Alcohol

A study by Microbiome has shown that alcohol consumption reduces the amount of “good bacteria” in your mouth leading to the increase in favorable conditions for the growth of odor producing bacteria. If you choose to consume alcohol, follow it up with water. Not only does it remove alcohol from remaining on the structures within the mouth, it also replenishes saliva and reduces the dry mouth effect created by alcohol.

Sulfur Producing Foods

Certain foods like garlic and onions are part of the allium family which are made of sulfur compounds. These foods are absorbed by the blood stream where their particles are taken to the lungs and released when you exhale. To combat their sulfuric odor, brush and floss after each meal. This removes food residue as well as reduces the amount of odor producing bacteria. Studies have also shown that eating raw apples, mint and drinking green tea can help deodorize breath after the consumption of garlic.

Citrus Fruits

They’re refreshing but very acidic. Do you know what odor producing bacteria love? An acidic environment. Consuming large quantities of citrus creates the perfect home for the unwanted bacteria. If you have acid reflux, the citrus can cause a flare up leading to the production of unwanted, smelly gas.

Coffee

Coffee and Diabetes - Benefits of Coffee & Effect on Blood Sugar

Coffee, especially when had with cream or sugar contributes to bad breath. The caffeine in coffee dries out the mouth and reduces the production of saliva. This allows for odor producing bacteria to feed on any remnants of food that remain in the mouth. The sugars found in milk and cream also feed the odor producing bacteria, causing for rapid growth of the bacteria.  Brushing your teeth and rinsing with water can help alleviate the unwanted “coffee breath”.

High Protein Diet

Bulking up for the summer on protein? This could be contributing to your bad breath. Ammonia is created as the body breaks down protein. This creates a “rotten egg” smell. Consuming foods with zinc helps destroy bacteria and aids in the reduction of bad breath.

Peanut Butter

It’s thick, creamy and delicious. It is also very sticky. So sticky that it is hard for water to wash it away. Peanut butter sticks to the structures in the mouth which allows for the feeding and overproduction of bad bacteria. To help reduce peanut butter from lingering on teeth and other structures, brush and floss after consumption.

Skipping Meals

Has the “Quarantine 15” caused weight gain and you’ve found yourself skipping meals? Don’t! Bad breath is common in those who are dieting or skipping meals. Chewing food produces saliva which washes away bacteria; skipping meals causes a reduction in saliva which allows for the growth of bacteria that cause bad odors.

You will need to visit your oral health provider if you notice that your bad breath is persistent. Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment.

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

References

https://www.uofmhealth.org/health-library/sig258649spec

https://www.healthline.com/health-news/alcoholic-drinks-kill-good-mouth-bacteria-but-leave-the-bad#3

https://www.healthline.com/health/get-rid-of-garlic-onion-breath#1

https://smartmouth.com/articles/blog/coffee-breath-mouthwash/

http://home.bt.com/lifestyle/health/wellness/unlikely-causes-of-bad-breath-4-foods-that-encourage-halitosis-11363921489068

https://www.glendale.edu/home/showdocument?id=23931

https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn%3AANd9GcQAQ56THE9AgiaMcv7vVr9jUMeQmNq68ax_SQ&usqp=CAU

https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb/alcohol

https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn%3AANd9GcRQDlkjkrUZqxM9OOYTL4i5_V9zexczBTTRLQ&usqp=CAU

https://food.ndtv.com/food-drinks/7-citrus-fruits-you-must-try-this-summer-from-blood-orange-to-buddhas-hand-1682443

https://www.diabetes.co.uk/food/coffee-and-diabetes.html

https://www.pamperedchef.ca/recipe/Side+Dishes/Deluxe+Cooking+Blender/Peanut+Butter/1564381

https://www.mynetdiary.com/can-a-high-protein-meal-plan-help-you-lose-weight.html

https://images.everydayhealth.com/images/diabetes/type-2-diabetes/diabetes-diet-no-no-skip-meals-01-1440x180.jpg?w=720

Possible Signs of COVID-19 In the Mouth

August 16th, 2020

There’s a lot to look out for when it comes to COVID-19 and trying to stay safe and healthy. From frequent hand washing, to social distancing, to getting used to wearing a face covering, to recognizing common coronavirus symptoms -the list of things is numerous! Researchers are finding that there may be another COVID-19 symptom to monitor for that can appear in your mouth.

Several recent studies have looked at the presence of oral lesions in individuals with COVID-19. Much of the research remains unclear regarding whether or not the oral symptoms were a result of the coronavirus infection or due to the individual’s other current systemic medical conditions, or because of adverse medication reactions.

In a published study authored by Carreras‐Presas and colleagues, three case reports were presented involving individuals who all developed oral ulcers/blisters and were believed to be infected with COVID-19. Out of the three investigated individuals, one tested positive for COVID-19, while the other two individuals were not tested for COVID-19 due to milder symptoms. Here’s a breakdown of the cases:

  1. The first case was a 56‐year‐old male with no existing medical conditions. He reported experiencing a fever, change in taste, pain at the roof of his mouth (palate), and a sore throat. These lesions resolved after approximately 10 days with treatment. The palate is pictured below:
  2. The second case was a 58‐year‐old male with diabetes and high blood pressure (hypertension). He presented with ulcers on his palate and reported no previous history of a herpetic infection. The lesions were healed after approximately 1 week with treatment.
  3. The third case involved a 65‐year‐old female who tested positive for COVID-19 and experienced a high fever, diarrhea, and tongue pain. Her existing medical conditions included obesity and high blood pressure, which she controlled with high blood pressure medications. Shortly after being released from the hospital she developed blisters on the inside of her lip, as pictured below. With a prescribed mouthwash her oral lesions improved after 3 days.

More research needs to be conducted to determine if oral lesions can be considered a sign of COVID-19 infection. Due to the susceptibility of COVID-19 through air droplets, researchers believe that the mouth could possibly be the first place in the body to show signs of infection. The study authors also believe that this data matches other studies that have shown ulcers and blisters to be common lesions associated with other viruses, including hand, foot, and mouth disease, and herpetic gingivostomatitis for instance.

Another research study looked at 21 hospitalized individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 who presented with a skin rash on the outer surface of their bodies. The study was published in JAMA Dermatology and conducted in Spain. Of the 21 individuals, six individuals (29%) also presented with an oral rash, resembling small red spots on the mucosa inside the mouth. These oral lesions appeared approximately two weeks after other COVID-19 symptoms were present, with a reported average of 12.3 days. Of the six individuals, four were women and two were men, and their ages ranged from 40 to 69 years old. On all individuals the oral mucosal spots (also known as an enanthem) were present on the palate. The authors of the study believe that these oral manifestations were most likely linked to the presence of a virus rather than due to a drug reaction because the oral lesions in 5 out of the 6 individuals presented with a petechial pattern. Petechiae, small red-purple spots created by bleeding under the skin, have been found in several other research studies to be associated with viral infections.

If you notice any unusual signs or symptoms occurring within your mouth, or are experiencing any typical COVID-19 symptoms, seek a medical professional immediately.

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

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

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

References:

https://www.medpagetoday.com/infectiousdisease/covid19/87584

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/odi.13382

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7323044/

https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/-/media/images/health/1_-conditions/teeth-and-mouth/oral-herpes-teaser.ashx

COVID-19 and Gum Disease: A Link?

August 16th, 2020

As more research is being done on COVID-19, there has been a new link to gum disease and severe complications from this worrisome virus. Gum disease is caused by bacteria that causes persistent inflammation of the gums and surrounding structures. Gum disease includes an early stage, gingivitis, and a later stage with progression called periodontitis, which is more severe.

COVID-19 is a disease that is caused by the novel coronavirus named SARS-COV-2. This virus causes damage to the lungs and other organs. The Journal of  the California Dental Association has associated inflammation in the gums with the release of inflammatory markers such as IL-6 protein. These proteins cause systemic inflammation as they travel throughout the body. This occurs when fibroblasts within inflamed gingiva produce IL-6, causing an elevation in levels. The elevated levels of IL-6 then leads to bone loss and tissue destruction. Additionally, high levels of IL-6 within the body can hinder oxygen exchange between the blood and lungs.  This can cause severe breathing problems. The latest study from The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology found that high levels of IL-6 are predictors for respiratory failure. Patients with high levels of IL-6 h are 22 times higher risk for respiratory complications.

So, you’re probably wondering what does this mean for you? Risk factors associated with gum disease include: smoking, diabetes, poor oral hygiene, medication, age, and obesity.

According to the American Dental Association (ADA) warning signs of gum disease are as follows:

  • Gums that are red a bleed easily
  • Gums that have pulled away from teeth
  • Loose teeth
  • Consistent bad breath or bad taste in mouth

How to prevent gum disease:

  • Brush twice a day
  • Floss daily
  • Visit your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings
  • Avoid smoking and or using tobacco products

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

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

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

References:

https://www.dentalproductsreport.com/view/cdc-updates-infection-control-guidelines-for-dental-practices

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7303044/

https://ca.crest.com/en-ca/oral-care-topics/general-oral-hygiene/gum-disease-symptoms-causes-treatments

https://www.jacionline.org/article/S0091-6749(20)30685-0/fulltext

https://www.ada.org/~/media/ADA/Publications/Files/for_the_dental_patient_jan_2011.pdf

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-8600401/Could-gum-disease-make-coronavirus-deadly.html

Recalled Onions? The Latest News

August 12th, 2020

For many, onions are a must-add ingredient to enhance your meal. For all of the onion lovers, whether in a salad, pasta, or sandwich, the flavor of an onion can take your food to the next level! They’re loaded with healthy antioxidants, fiber, prebiotics, and vitamins and minerals, including vitamin B, C, and potassium. Not to mention, they possess anti-bacterial properties. But, recently, you may have been told to dispose of your onions, as news reports of a salmonella outbreak from onions has reached more than 640 people across 43 states in the U.S. Salmonella is a bacteria, commonly associated with contaminated food, which typically cause symptoms of diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)salmonella could cause severe illness leading to hospitalizations or even death in individuals with weakened immune systems, most commonly impacting children under the age of 5 and elderly individuals over the age of 65. The CDC reports that this recent outbreak has resulted in approximately 85 hospitalizations.

The onion recall was initially issued on August 1st by Thomson International Inc., located in Bakersfield, California, reporting the recall for Red, Yellow, White, and Sweet Yellow Onions distributed from May 1, 2020-present. According to the company, these onions were transported to wholesalers, restaurants, and retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. Posted on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website, the company announced, “Consumers who have any Red, Yellow, White, and Sweet Yellow Onions under the above brand names, or who cannot tell if their onions are from Thomson International, should immediately discard these products and disinfect any surfaces that came into contact with the onions.” The onions were sold under several brand names, including Kroger, Thomson  Premium, Tender Loving Care, and others listed on the FDA’s website.

On August 10ththe FDA released an expansion of the initial recall. The company Progressive Produce LLC recalled red onions sold in Arizona, California, Nevada, and Utah stores at Trader Joe’s, in addition to yellow onions at Ralph’s in California stores.

The CDC states these guidelines if you suspect that you are experiencing symptoms of a Salmonella infection:

The CDC also states, “Several companies have recalled onions and foods made with recalled onions, such as chicken salad, macaroni salad, fajita stir-fry, pizza, sub sandwiches, diced raw onions and peppers, and other salads. Check your homes for these recalled products and throw them away. Do not eat them or try to cook the onions or other food to make it safe.”

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

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

References:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/08/health/onions-salmonella-outbreak/index.html

https://www.foodnetwork.com/healthyeats/news/food-recall-onions-safe-to-eat

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/onion-benefits#section7

https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts/thomson-international-complete-list-recalled-products

https://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/index.html

https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts/thomson-international-inc-conducts-voluntary-recall-red-yellow-white-and-sweet-yellow-onions-because

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https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2020/s0807-investigation-update-salmonella.html

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FDA's Update on Potentially Harmful Hand Sanitizers

August 9th, 2020

During these uncertain times we are all trying to be cautious about germs, which seem to be all around us! Staying safe and doing the best we can to avoid spreading and contracting COVID-19 is of extreme importance as cases and deaths continue to rise across the United States. Because our daily lives involve the constant sense of touch, it's necessary to keep our hands clean to help lower the number of germs present that could make us sick. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has created several guidelines to follow regarding the use of soap and water, as well as alcohol-based hand sanitizer. According to the CDC, soap and water are more effective at fighting certain microbes and viruses, including norovirusCryptosporidium, and Clostridioides difficile. Whereas, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer can help lower the presence of some microorganisms in particular situations. Take a look:

Yet, you may have seen through the media that recently there have been a number of recalls for certain hand sanitizer brands. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has drastically increased its list of hand sanitizers to avoid due to potentially dangerous ingredients. Back in June, the FDA reported the toxicity of some hand sanitizers due to the presence of methanol. Methanol is toxic to humans and can lead to dangerous complications, including permanent blindness, seizures, coma, and even death.

More recently, the FDA is concerned about the inadequate amounts of ethyl or isopropyl alcohol in hand sanitizers. Now, their list, which has hit over 100 products, contains both those with potentially toxic ingredients and those with insufficient levels of active ingredients like alcohol. The FDA reports that many of the hand sanitizers that are a part of their list of products to avoid were created in Mexico and imported to the United States. Recalls and importation warnings have been issued to prevent these potentially dangerous hand sanitizers from making it to the store shelves. The FDA advises against using any products from the manufacturers listed, even if only specific products are being recalled, and to avoid any product with the ingredient methanol. Also, be sure to monitor hand sanitizer use around young children to ensure that ingestion of product does not occur.

FDA Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn noted, "Consumers must also be vigilant about which hand sanitizers they use, and for their health and safety we urge consumers to immediately stop using all hand sanitizers on the FDA's list of dangerous hand sanitizer products." Here is the most current list of hand sanitizers to avoid per the FDA:

  • Blumen Clear Advanced Hand Sanitizer with 70% Alcohol
  • Blumen Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer Clear Ethyl Alcohol 70%
  • BLUMEN Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer Clear
  • BLUMEN Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer Clear
  • KLAR AND DANVER Instant Hand Sanitizer
  • MODESA Instant Hand Sanitizer Moisturizers and Vitamin E
  • BLUMEN Advanced Hand Sanitizer
  • BLUMEN Advanced Hand Sanitizer
  • BLUMEN Advanced Hand Sanitizer Aloe
  • BLUMEN Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer Lavender
  • BLUMEN Clear Advanced Hand Sanitizer
  • BLUMEN Clear Advanced Hand Sanitizer
  • BLUMEN Clear LEAR Advanced Hand Sanitizer
  • BLUMEN Clear LEAR Advanced Hand Sanitizer
  • The Honeykeeper Hand Sanitizer
  • BLUMEN Advanced Hand Sanitizer Clear
  • BLUMEN Clear Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer
  • BLUMEN Clear Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer Aloe
  • BLUMEN Clear Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer Lavender
  • BLUMEN Aloe Advanced Hand Sanitizer, with 70 Alcohol
  • BLUMEN Aloe Advanced Hand Sanitizer, with 70 Alcohol
  • Blumen Advanced Hand Sanitizer Lavender, with 70% alcohol
  • Blumen Advanced Hand Sanitizer Aloe, with 70% alcohol
  • Blumen Antibacterial Fresh Citrus Hand Sanitizer
  • Blumen Hand Sanitizer Fresh Citrus
  • KLAR and DANVER Instant Hand Sanitizer
  • Hello Kitty Hand Sanitizer
  • Assured Instant Hand Sanitizer (Vitamin E and Aloe)
  • Assured Instant Hand Sanitizer (Aloe and Moisturizers)
  • Assured Instant Hand Sanitizer Vitamin E and Aloe
  • Assured Instant Hand Sanitizer Aloe and Moisturizers
  • BLUMEN Instant Hand Sanitizer Fragrance Free
  • BLUMEN Instant Hand Sanitizer Aloe Vera
  • Assured Aloe
  • bio aaa Advance Hand Sanitizer
  • LumiSkin Advance Hand Sanitizer 4 oz
  • LumiSkin Advance Hand Sanitizer 16 oz
  • QualitaMed Hand Sanitizer
  • NEXT Hand Sanitizer
  • Clear Advanced Hand Sanitizer with 70% Alcohol extra soft with glycerin and aloe
  • NuuxSan Instant Antibacterial Hand Sanitizer
  • NuuxSan Instant Hand Sanitizer
  • Assured Instant Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer with Aloe and Moisturizers
  • Assured Instant Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer with Vitamin E and Aloe
  • Modesa Instant Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer with Moisturizers and Aloe Vera
  • Modesa Instant Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer with Moisturizers and Vitamin E
  • Herbacil Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer 70% Alcohol
  • Herbacil Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer 70% Alcohol
  • Herbacil Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer 70% Alcohol
  • Earths Amenities Instant Unscented Hand Sanitizer with Aloe Vera Advanced
  • Hand Sanitizer Agavespa Skincare
  • Vidanos Easy Cleaning Rentals Hand Sanitizer Agavespa Skincare
  • All-Clean Hand Sanitizer
  • Esk Biochem Hand Sanitizer
  • Lavar 70 Gel Hand Sanitizer
  • The Good Gel Antibacterial Gel Hand Sanitizer
  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol
  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol
  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol
  • Saniderm Advanced Hand Sanitizer
  • Hand sanitizer Gel Unscented 70% Alcohol
  • Medicare Alcohol Antiseptic Topical Solution
  • GelBact Hand Sanitizer
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • TriCleanz
  • Sayab Antisepctic Hand Sanitizer 100
  • Jaloma Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer Ethyl Alcohol 62% with Vitamin E
  • Leiper's Fork Distillery Bulk Disinfectant per 5 gallon and Leiper's Fork Distillery 16 oz bottle
  • Andy's Best
  • Andy's
  • NeoNatural
  • Plus Advanced
  • Optimus Instant Hand Sanitizer
  • Optimus Lubricants Instant Hand Sanitizer
  • Optimus Instant Hand Sanitizer
  • Selecto Hand Sanitizer
  • Shine and Clean Hand Sanitizer
  • Hand Sanitizer Disinfectant Gel 70% Ethyl Alcohol
  • Hand Sanitizer Disinfectant Gel 70% Ethyl Alcohol Rinse Free Hand Rub
  • Mystic Shield Protection hand sanitizer
  • Born Basic. Anti-Bac Hand Sanitizer 70% alcohol
  • Born Basic. Anti-Bac Hand Sanitizer 65% Alcohol
  • Scent Theory -- Keep It Clean -- Pure Clean Anti-bacterial Hand Sanitizer
  • Cavalry
  • ENLIVEN Hand Sanitizing Gel
  • Lux Eoi Hand Sanitizing Gel
  • Scent Theory -- Keep It Clean -- Pure Clean Anti-bacterial Hand Sanitizer
  • Bersih Hand Sanitizer Gel Fragrance Free
  • Bersih Antiseptic Alcohol 70% Topical Solution hand sanitizer
  • Purity Advanced Hand Sanitizer
  • Hand Sanitizer Gel Alcohol 70%
  • TriCleanz Tritanium Labs Hand Sanitizer
  • Britz Hand Sanitizer Ethyl Alcohol 70%
  • Parabola Hand Sanitizer
  • Urbane Bath and Body Hand Sanitizer
  • Cleaner Hand Sanitizer Rinse Free 70%
  • Handzer Hand Sanitizer Rinse Free
  • Kleanz Antibacterial Hand Sanitizer Advanced
  • Be Safe Hand Sanitizer
  • Wave Hand Sanitizer Gel
  • DAESI Hand Sanitizer

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

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

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

References:

https://www.cnn.com/interactive/2020/07/us/cnn-fda-hand-sanitizer-quiz-july-15-2020-trnd/

https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/03/health/fda-hand-sanitizers-list-expands-trnd/index.html

https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/27/health/fda-list-hand-sanitizers-trnd/index.html

https://i0.wp.com/post.healthline.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Hand_Sanitizer_1296x728-header.jpg?w=1155&h=1528

https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/hand-sanitizer-use.html

https://www.cdc.gov/handhygiene/campaign/provider-infographic-4.html

The Latest News on a COVID-19 Vaccine

August 5th, 2020

A new day brings new research! In times like these, we all are ready to resume some sense of normalcy. Currently, the best way to prevent sickness is to avoid exposure to the virus, which is mostly spread from person-to-person contact. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone should continue washing their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, practice social distancing keeping a distance of at least 6 feet from others, wear a face covering, continuously clean and disinfect surfaces, and monitor your health daily.

Although there is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, researchers across the globe are racing to produce a safe and effective vaccine to beat the virus. To date, there are currently 18,699,432 confirmed cases worldwide, with approximately 704,324 deaths reported. At the end of June, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that AstraZeneca, a global biopharmaceutical organization, in collaboration with Oxford University, along with the United States based pharmaceutical company Moderna Inc., were leading the way with an experimental Covid-19 vaccine. AstraZeneca and Oxford University are currently in Phase 3 of human trials and plan to release results this October.

More recently, on July 30th the company Johnson & Johnson began conducting human safety trials of a COVID-19 vaccine after exhibiting positive results from the vaccine when tested on monkeys. The study was published in the science journal Nature. They found that out of 6 monkeys tested with a single dose of the COVID-19 vaccine candidate, all 6 were protected from lung disease and 5 were protected from COVID-19. Dr. Dan Barouch, a virologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and a co-author of the new study mentioned, “It’s a very reassuring level of protection we saw.” Now it is the goal of Dr. Paul Stoffels, Johnson & Johnson’s chief scientific officer, to see whether or not these results will prove to have the same protective effect on humans. Johnson & Johnson plans to test the vaccine on 1,000 healthy individuals ranging in age from 18 to 55 years and 65 years and older. Their aiming to enter Phase 3 testing giving a single-shot to a greater portion of the population beginning in mid-September, while also studying the effectiveness of a two-shot COVID-19 vaccine.

But, this isn’t the only study going on! It is one of over 30 human trials for a COVID-19 vaccine across the globe. Two days prior to when Johnson & Johnson’s study was published, a comparable study from Moderna Inc. and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) was published. However, their vaccines function in battling COVID-19 differently. Moderna’s vaccine candidate sends genetic messenger RNA into cells, which results in the creation of a coronavirus spike protein, which is hypothesized to initiate the body’s immune response. Moderna Inc. is expected to begin Phase 3 trials during this first week of August. On the other hand, Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine candidate uses a modified version of a common cold virus, adenovirus type 26, to bring the coronavirus spike protein into the body to initiate an immune response.

Plus, scientists are also enthusiastic about Novavax’s vaccine candidate in Maryland. In one study, the company found that their vaccine provided protection against coronavirus infections in monkeys. In addition, another study found that 56 volunteer participants had antibodies against the virus and did not have any dangerous side effects. As Novavax continues with Phase 1 trials, they hope to produce 100 million doses of the vaccine by the start of 2021 if the vaccine is proven to be safe and effective.

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

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

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

References:

https://decisionsindentistry.com/2020/07/jj-begins-human-trials-of-its-one-dose-covid-19-vaccine/?inf_contact_key=4c127a488872b6b59f88388fe4b5590e7e470d92b8b75168d98a0b8cac0e9c09

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/30/health/covid-19-vaccine-monkeys.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-who-development/astrazeneca-moderna-ahead-in-covid-19-vaccine-race-who-idUSKBN23X1WA

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/04/health/covid-19-vaccine-novavax.html

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Bad Breath: A Possible Early Sign of Diabetes

August 1st, 2020

We Are Happy To Answer Your Bad Breath Questions | Katy, TX

With roughly 1.5 million Americans diagnosed each year, diabetes remains a silent killer, as early symptoms are often easy to miss. Interestingly, your breath could be warning you that something’s going on in your body. One of the many potential causes of bad breath, also known as halitosis, includes diabetes.

So, What is Diabetes?

The latest statistics noted by the American Diabetes Association reveal that approximately 34.2 million (10.5%) Americans had a diagnosis of diabetes in 2018. Plus, a whopping 88 million (34.5%) individuals aged 18 years or older have prediabetes in the U.S.

Diabetes is a metabolic disorder in which the body has too much blood sugar (glucose) within the bloodstream. Some of the most common types of diabetes that you may have heard of include Type 1 and Type 2. In Type 1 diabetes, the body is blocked from producing insulin, which is normally released by the pancreas to absorb the sugar from the foods you eat for energy. Therefore, treatment involves taking insulin each day to help keep blood sugar levels under control. Type 1 is believed to be caused by an autoimmune response. On the other hand, individuals with Type 2 diabetes suffer from inadequate amounts of insulin release, or their bodies no longer appropriately respond to the action of insulin. Fortunately, Type 2 diabetes can be prevented with healthy lifestyle habits, including exercise, a healthy diet, and practicing good oral hygiene! Diabetes can have a negative, and sometimes life-threatening impact on major organs, including your heart, kidneys, and eyes.

 

Diabetes and Your Oral Health - McOmie Family Dentistry

Bad breath, a possible early sign of diabetes?

Individuals with diabetes may experience bad breath for several reasons which may be detected early. Early diagnosis and treatment of pre-diabetes and diabetes is important for early management and to lower the risk of detrimental complications to your overall health. Some of the common causes of bad breath in pre-diabetic/diabetic patients can include periodontal disease or ketoacidosis:

Periodontal disease:

  • What some people may not know is that diabetes can impact your oral health, and vice versa! This two-way relationship has been shown in several studies revealing a significant link between uncontrolled diabetes and the more severe form of gum disease, periodontitis, as well as severe gum disease being associated with high blood sugar levels.
  • Periodontal disease is a chronic inflammatory disease that involves oral bacteria which attack the oral tissues and bone that surround your teeth. Other systemic diseases, like heart disease and strokes, are linked to both diabetes and periodontal disease. Bad breath is a common sign of periodontal disease, and is typically a result of the bacteria within the mouth that produce volatile sulfur compounds. If blood sugar levels are not controlled, periodontal disease can progress and lead to tooth loss.

Ketoacidosis (DKA):

  • One of the complications of diabetes is ketoacidosis. This condition occurs when the body does not have enough insulin, which leads to certain cells not receiving enough energy from the uptake of sugar.
  • This causes your body to break down fat for energy, which consequently makes a high amount of acids in the blood called ketones. A high amount of ketones in your body can lead to bad breath, and you may notice a smell similar to nail polish. Once reaching an unsafe level, diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) occurs, which can present with a sweet and fruity odor on your breath, frequent urination, trouble breathing, confusion, abdominal pain, nausea, and/or vomiting. This condition can be life-threatening, and immediate medical attention is necessary if you experience these symptoms.Common Causes of Bad Breath

Take a look at some of the other associations between diabetes, oral health, and bad breath:

Dry mouth:

  • Diabetics may experience dry mouth, which can also cause bad breath. Your saliva does more than you may think! Without saliva, acid produced by oral bacteria can attack the surfaces of your teeth and lead to tooth decay/cavities. Not to mention, saliva helps wash away leftover food particles that the bacteria feed on. To fight dry mouth, stay hydrated with water. Chewing xylitol sugar free gum can also help stimulate saliva production. Dry mouth may also be a result of certain medications, including those taken for diabetes. Be sure to keep your dentist in the loop regarding all of your current medications.

Greater Risk of Infections:

  • Individuals with diabetes are at a higher risk of developing infections due to a weakened immune system. Plus, uncontrolled diabetics may experience slow wound healing due to poor circulation from high blood sugar levels. It is especially important to stay healthy and keep your immune system strong during these unprecedented times. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), individuals with Type 2 diabetes are considered at a high risk for experiencing illness from COVID-19. Make sure to continue practicing social distancing, proper hand-washing and disinfecting, and wear a face covering to help fight coronavirus.
  • In addition, people with diabetes may be at a higher risk of developing an oral yeast infection, also known as oral thrush. Oral thrush often appears as a white coat on the tongue or inside of the cheeks and can result in uncomfortable mouth sores and ulcers, along with a foul odor and taste. Your dentist will be able to diagnose oral thrush and offer treatment recommendations.

Remember, your oral cavity is a window to the rest of your body so be sure to take care of it! Your body may be showing you small signs that relate to a bigger health issue. Keep up with your regular dental appointments and practice good oral hygiene at home. When tooth brushing, don’t forget to brush your tongue, which is a common ground for odor producing bacteria.

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

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

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

References:

https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/1312660/type-2-diabetes-signs-symptoms-diabetic-ketoacidosis-halitosis-blood-sugar

https://www.diabetes.org/resources/statistics/statistics-about-diabetes

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https://www.healthline.com/health/diabetes/bad-breath

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/conditions/diabetes-and-other-endocrine-disorders/diabetes-and-dental-problems-0614

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/people-with-medical-conditions.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fneed-extra-precautions%2Fgroups-at-higher-risk.html#diabetes

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Battling Germs with UVC Lights

July 27th, 2020

At all times our caring team at WDG is putting your safety first. Although the world’s “new normal” might not be clear, we are fully prepared and equipped to keep you and your family safe when visiting with us. Since reopening, we have invested in several additional safety equipment, in addition to updating our protocols and training our staff to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Our office has introduced one of the more recent ground-breaking methods to remove airborne microbes: UVC sterilization technology.

What is UVC sterilization technology?

You might have heard about Ultraviolet (UV) light technology trending recently through the media. It's a hot topic, particularly because of its microbial disinfection benefits. UV light is a part of electromagnetic light, which is not visible to our eyes, that consists of wavelengths ranging from 100-400 nm. The UV spectrum is split into 3 parts including, UVA (long-wave: 315 to 400 nm), UVB (medium-wave: 280 to 315 nm), and UVC (short-wave: 100 to 280 nm)

Hospitals and large health corporations commonly use UV light devices for sterilization purposes with much success, both in terms of safety and efficiency. These devices may also prove to be a huge benefit for dental practices during this global pandemic.

As reported by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), UVC sterilization technology devices use UVC light to compete against microorganisms (also referred to as being germicidal). This high energy short UV wavelength works to interfere with microbial DNA and consequently block their reproduction and prevent them from infecting the environment.

According to Dr. Richard Martinello, an associate professor at Yale School of Medicine and medical director of the Department of Infection Prevention at Yale New Haven Hospital, UV light has been found to be beneficial against coronaviruses, including Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). Yet, more research needs to be done regarding UV light and its effect on battling COVID-19.

At WDG we've introduced these UV devices to protect our patients and staff:

UV-Sanitizing HEPA Air Purifiers

H13 HEPA air purifiers have been installed in the reception area and hallways. These purifiers have been tested to eliminate over 99.97% of airborne pollutants. Additionally, these purifiers have the built-in germicidal UV system that sanitizes the air of microorganisms including viruses and mold.

Sterilizing UV Lamps

In complement to our heightened airflow management and filtration systems, we have also installed UV lamps that sterilize the environment by breaking down microbe DNA.

As the sun continues to shine during these warm summer days, remember to keep these summer safety tips in mind as we all try to limit the spread of COVID-19. Plus, keeping your immune system healthy and strong during these unprecedented times is particularly important. Don't forget, your oral health is an essential part of your overall heath, and we are always here for you. If you experience any COVID-19 symptoms, postpone dental treatment and seek immediate medical care.

Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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

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

References:

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/05/26/dental-practices-consider-using-uv-light-tech-to-safely-reopen.html

https://www.dentistryiq.com/dentistry/products/infection-control-and-instrument-management/article/14180067/uvc-sterilization-works-in-large-healthcare-settings-what-about-dental-offices?utm_source=DEC_DIQ+Morning+Briefing&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=CPS200721105&o_eid=3760I9143045C2X&rdx.ident%5Bpull%5D=omeda%7C3760I9143045C2X&oly_enc_id=3760I9143045C2X

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New Research: COVID-19 and Heartburn Medications

July 23rd, 2020

 

Research has become a significantly important part of our lives, particularly as we all hope to gain knowledge about COVID-19 and how to conquer the pandemic. Researchers across the globe are trying to piece together any answers to these puzzling times. The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found numerous risk factors that are linked to COVID-19. For instance, individuals of any age with particular medical conditions are considered high risk for contracting coronavirus. Now, there may be another possible risk factor to add to the already long list that could make you more susceptible to get COVID-19.

A new study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, reports that taking proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), a common medication to treat heartburn, acid reflux, and stomach ulcers, may place individuals at a higher risk of developing COVID-19. PPIs work by blocking an acid-producing stomach enzyme to lower the amount of acid made in the stomach. Although stomach acid is natural and a part of the body’s defense mechanism, having a surplus or if it’s found in the wrong place can be a real pain and harmful to the body. PPIs can be prescribed by your physician or found over-the-counter. Some brand name over-the-counter PPIs that you may have heard of include Prilosec (omeprazole), Nexium (esomeprazole), and Prevacid (lansoprazole).

The researchers of this study, guided by Dr. Brennan Spiegel at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, created an online survey which was emailed to a total of 264,058 adults in the United States from May 3 to June 24, 2020. 86,602 individuals were eligible participants and of these individuals more than 53,000 reported heartburn, abdominal pain, and acid reflux and were asked to disclose what medications, if any, they used for relief. Among them, greater than 3,300 tested positive for COVID-19. After data collection and analysis, researchers found that people who reported use of PPI medications were 2-4 times more likely to have COVID-19 compared to those not taking PPIs. In addition, the frequency of intake of PPIs also played a role in the results. They found that individuals taking PPIs twice a day were at a higher risk than individuals taking the medication once a day. Interestingly, those who reported taking histamine-2 receptor antagonists medication (H2 Blockers), which also treat heartburn and gastric ulcers, were not found to be associated with an increased risk of contracting COVID-19 in the study.

The researchers believe that the change in the stomach environment as a result of PPIs could create an environment where pathogens and viruses like COVID-19 can thrive. These results also mirror some common side effects of longterm PPI use in other research studies. For instance, PPIs have been linked to the bacterial infection C. difficile, which researchers believe also thrives due to less stomach acid being present to fight against pathogens.

Although this research is a step toward a possible association between PPIs and COVID-19, more research has to be done to determine a cause and effect relationship. Dr. Christopher Almario, one of the study authors, stated “By no means do we say that people need to stop their PPIs…We found an association here; This needs to be confirmed. Many U.S. residents take PPIs for severe acid reflux, heartburn or peptic ulcers, and these people should not lower their dose or switch medications without first consulting a health care provider.”

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

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

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

References:

https://www.uspharmacist.com/article/proton-pump-inhibitors-considerations-with-longterm-use

https://decisionsindentistry.com/2020/07/possible-link-between-heartburn-medications-and-covid-19-risk/?inf_contact_key=c1aff9e57306be06b8e82905e898e2fbb7af0999dac2af6212784c39e05d2aef

https://time.com/5863532/covid-19-heartburn/

https://www.livescience.com/ppi-heartburn.medication.covid19-risk.html

https://www.drugwatch.com/proton-pump-inhibitors/

https://parenting.firstcry.com/articles/foods-to-avoid-with-acid-reflux-or-heartburn/

Sneaky Culprits of a Silent Epidemic: Noodles and White Bread

July 19th, 2020

As we continue to fight what seems like a long and strenuous battle against COVID-19, our children are also combatting a more silent epidemic: Tooth decay. Cavities, also known as tooth decay, are one of the most common chronic diseases impacting children in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 1 of 5 (20%) children aged 5 to 11 years have at least one untreated cavity. For children aged 12 to 19 years old, approximately 1 of 7 (13%) have at least one untreated cavity. Sadly, without treatment, children may experience trouble speaking, chewing, learning, and enjoying everyday life. In fact, approximately two million missed days of school occur annually in the U.S. as a result of poor oral health problems among children.

A recent study, done by the University of Auckland and Starship Children’s Hospital in New Zealand, revealed that a higher frequency of consumption of simple carbohydrates, including white bread, rice, noodles, soft drinks, cake, and breakfast cereals, for instance, led to a greater risk of tooth decay. It can be surprising for many to think of these common, and delicious, food items as enemies of our oral health!

The study looked at the dental records and reported diet of 4000 children beginning at the age of two years old. The researchers found that foods such as whole wheat bread, vegetables, and cheese were associated with less tooth decay coupled with proper oral hygiene practices. Parental help with toothbrushing, brushing at least twice a day, and brushing after meals/snacks were linked with fewer dental cavities. On a positive note, researchers found that ¾ of the tested children had no dental cavities at their first dental appointment.

They also observed that ethnicity and socio-economic status played a role in the study. Children of Pacific ethnicity were four times at risk of having four or more cavities at their first dental appointment. On the other hand, Asian and Māori children were only twice as likely to have four or more cavities at their first appointment. As in the United States, many oral health disparities exist for individuals of many ethnic and racial groups, often pertaining to accessibility and affordability of healthcare.

The results of this study support the many other studies that have shown a strong link between diet and oral health. Other studies, such as one done in Cambodia, found that common diets made up of noodles and rice shared comparable results.

We all want to keep our child’s teeth bright and cavity-free. Luckily, cavities are 100% preventable. Prevention is key to helping children avoid invasive and costly treatments in the future! Tooth decay results when bacteria, a food source, and a host are coexisting together. The normal bacteria within the oral cavity feed off of carbohydrates and as a result produce damaging acids that breakdown the surfaces of teeth. It’s best to try to limit how often you and your children are consuming carbohydrates and processed sugars. When it’s time for your child’s snack time, offer tooth-friendly options like cheese, nuts, and carrots. Food consistency matters too! Sticky and chewy foods like fruit snacks tend to get stuck on and in-between teeth longer, increasing the risk for decay.

Certain treatments, such as fluoride varnish and dental sealants can help prevent tooth decay. Dental sealants are applied to the pits and grooves on the chewing surfaces of teeth to prevent food from becoming trapped. Make sure that your child drinks fluoridated tap water and is brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.

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

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

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

References:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/122104452/noodles-and-bread-among-food-most-at-risk-of-causing-tooth-decay-in-children

https://www.cdc.gov/oralhealth/basics/childrens-oral-health/index.html

https://www.rwjf.org/en/library/research/2016/09/the-relationship-between-school-attendance-and-health.html

 

 

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The Latest Science on Masks, Plus Skincare Tips!

July 16th, 2020

 

Face masks have become a normal part of society, and are a significant help in slowing the spread of COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is urging everyone to wear masks, especially as the number of cases and deaths is rampantly increasing across the United States. Numerous current studies reveal that asymptomatic individuals and individuals who later develop symptoms can transmit coronavirus during the time that they are pre-symptomatic.

The Director of the CDC, Dr. Robert R. Redfield, commented “cloth face coverings are one of the most powerful weapons we have to slow and stop the spread of the virus – particularly when used universally within a community setting. All Americans have a responsibility to protect themselves, their families, and their communities.”

Several research studies, including a review study published on Tuesday July 14th in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), have identified that cloth face coverings are helping prevent people with coronavirus from spreading the virus to other individuals. The review comprised two recent case studies, one from the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). This study observed two Missouri hair stylists infected with COVID-19 and symptomatic through contact tracing. One of the stylists saw customers for 8 days while experiencing common coronavirus symptoms, while the other stylist saw customers for 4 days while symptomatic. With all staff and customers wearing a mask in the salon per local government regulations, it was found that none of the 139 customers in contact with the two hair stylists became ill, and 67 customers who voluntarily were tested received negative test results for COVID-19.Both stylists reported wearing cloth face masks or surgical masks when taking care of their customers. Of the 139 customers at the salon, approximately 47% wore a cloth face mask, 46% wore surgical masks, and 5% wore N-95 respirator masks. Their appointment times ranged from 15 to 45 minutes. The CDC affirms that wearing face masks could add huge benefits to protecting the community against the virus.

Wearing a face covering is especially important when in public spaces or when in environments where it is hard to maintain social distancing. The CDC recommends that face coverings should not be worn by anyone under the age of two or anyone with certain medical conditions. If you feel sick or notice that you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, immediately seek medical care and self-isolate.

What are the different types of masks?

1. N95 respirators

These medical masks are meant to lower the exposure to small and large air particles. These masks are fit-tested for medical professionals to ensure a secure fit.

2. Surgical masks

These masks are loose-fitting masks, but still provide some barrier against large respiratory droplets. These masks are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

3. Cloth masks

The CDC also reports that cloth masks may help slow the spread of COVID-19. Some people have bought filters to add to masks, which are currently being researched to determine if they add any additional protection.

Experiencing skin trouble from wearing a mask?

If so, not to worry, there are recommendations that may help. Wearing a mask may aggravate certain skin conditions, such as eczema or acne, but there are ways to get it under control.

Director of the Dermatology Laser and Cosmetic Center at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Mathew Avram, shares that trying a silk face covering to wear in public may help individuals who have acne or sensitive. Silk may provide less friction between your mask and face, which may help lessen your risk of irritation or inflammation.

Clinical director of the Mohs Dermatologic Surgery Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Dr. Abigail Waldman, recommends using a face cleanser after wearing a mask to remove any trapped dirt and oil the collects under the mask. Avoid using any bar soaps that may irritate and cause your skin to feel tight. When looking for a face lotion, be sure that it is non-comedogenic, meaning that it does not block pores. Wearing a moisturizer before putting your mask on can help add a layer of protection between your skin and the mask. Also be sure to wash your face covering after each use.

Over-the-counter products may also help clear up breakouts. Acne products typically contain adapalene gel or other retinoids, which often help limit the accumulation of dead skin cells at a minimum, and/or have antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory effects.

If you’re experiencing an acne breakout, try avoiding wearing makeup under the area covered by the mask. Makeup may block your pores and cause skin irritation when wearing a mask throughout the day. If wearing makeup, try to aim for wearing non-comedogenic products. If you notice that your skin condition gets worse or does not go away, contact your dermatologist.

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

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

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

References:

https://www.bostonmagazine.com/health/2020/05/20/face-mask-breakouts-skincare-tips/

https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/npptl/pdfs/UnderstandDifferenceInfographic-508.pdf

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover-guidance.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/about-face-coverings.html

https://article.images.consumerreports.org/f_auto/prod/content/dam/CRO-Images-2020/Health/03Mar/CR-Health-facemask-corona-update-0320

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https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/coronavirus/coronavirus-face-masks-what-you-need-to-know

https://inside.akronchildrens.org/2020/04/01/help-akron-childrens-protect-our-patients-and-staff-with-diy-face-masks/

Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness & Prevention

July 12th, 2020

Each year, cleft and craniofacial conditions impact thousands of infants in the United States. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 1 in every 1,600 infants are born with both cleft lip with cleft palate in the United States. While approximately 1 in every 2,800 infants are born with only cleft lip, and about 1 in every 1,700 babies are born with only cleft palate. These phenomenons occur when an infant's upper lip or roof of the mouth does not completely fuse together during pregnancy. The month of July marks National Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness and Prevention Month, which is the perfect time to spread awareness and learn more about orofacial clefts and complex craniofacial conditions. The American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA) aims to increase knowledge and create situations catered to help individuals with these conditions thrive.

What is Cleft Lip?

During the amazing development of an infant during pregnancy, body tissue from each side of the head grow toward the center of the face and come together to create the face. A cleft lip occurs if the tissue that creates the lip does not join completely. This creates an opening in the lip in the middle or on either side of the lip, and can sometimes extend to the nose. Lip formation normally occurs between the fourth and seventh weeks of pregnancy.

Baby wih a cleft lip

What is Cleft Palate?

A cleft palate results if the tissue of the roof of the mouth, also known as the palate, does not come together completely during pregnancy. This can occur in the front, back, or spanning across the entire palate. The formation of the roof of the mouth naturally occurs between the sixth and ninth weeks of pregnancy.

Baby with Cleft Palate

What Is Cleft Lip and Palate?

The most common cleft condition of the face is both cleft lip and palate combined. This occurs when there is both a separation in the upper lip and in the roof of the mouth.

What is Craniosynostosis?

Craniosynostosis occurs when the skull sutures fuse together during development. This can be noticeable at birth or during growth and development after birth.

What Is Plagiocephaly?

Plagiocephaly, also known as positional plagiocephaly, causes an infant's head to have a flattened appearance due to external pressure.

Orofacial clefts can cause children to experience other problems, including problems with their teeth, feeding, speaking, and hearing. Research is continuously being conducted to help become more knowledgeable of these conditions in hopes for prevention. Cleft and craniofacial conditions typically require long and challenging treatment methods, and require a multi-professional team approach consisting of medical, surgical, dental and other health professionals.

The causes of orofacial clefts are not completely known. Some may be due to genetics or other factors, according to the CDC. The CDC reports that women who smoke during pregnancy have an increased risk of having a baby with an orofacial cleft. In addition, women with a diagnosis of diabetes before pregnancy, and women who take certain medications during their first trimester, such as anticonvulsants, have an increased risk of having a baby with cleft lip/palate. It is important to talk with your medical professionals during your pregnancy about ways to increase your chances of having a healthy baby.

Orofacial clefts are normally diagnosed during pregnancy with routine ultrasounds or after the baby is born. Certain types of cleft palate, such as a submucous cleft palate and bifid uvula may not be diagnosed until later in life.

Treatment can vary depending on the severity of the condition, in addition to the child's age and presence of other birth defects. Cleft lip surgery normally occurs within the first year of life as recommended. It is recommended to repair cleft palate within the first 18 months of life or earlier. It is common for many children to need additional surgeries later on in life to help improve not only appearance, but breathing, hearing, and speech development. Children with orofacial clefts may also need special dental or orthodontic care. Treatment of orofacial clefts have been proven effective and most children lead a healthy life.

Join us in spreading the word!

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

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

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

References:

https://acpa-cpf.org/2018/07/10/july-is-national-cleft-and-craniofacial-awareness-month-2/

https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6425a5.htm?s_cid=mm6425a5_w

https://www.gillettechildrens.org/get-involved/cleft-and-craniofacial-awareness-month

https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/birthdefects/cleftlip.html

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http://www.nccapm.org

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Will Nasal Breathing Help Fight Coronavirus?

July 8th, 2020

As the number of COVID-19 cases across the United States continues to rise, scientists and researchers are continuously trying to find ways to help control and beat the virus. Research is currently being conducted to determine if nasal breathing can help lower the risk of contracting coronavirus. You may be wondering, why would breathing through your nose be beneficial?

Interestingly, breathing through your nose and mouth are two completely different methods of breathing. Nasal breathing is connected to your diaphragm and signals a response from your parasympathetic nervous system (PNS), also known as your rest and digest system. The PNS acts on your heart, lungs, and digestive tract. On the other hand, breathing through your oral cavity signals your sympathetic nervous system (SNS), also known as the fight or flight system. The SNS acts in opposition to the PNS, and instead elevates your pulse and breathing rates, while slowing digestion. Breathing through your nose, rather than your mouth, is the best way to receive the optimal amount of oxygen. Here’s why:

Your nose produces nitric oxide, which helps increase the transport of oxygen throughout your body by allowing your blood vessels to dilate. It also helps relax and open your airways in the lungs, acting as a bronchodilator. Nitric oxide is a huge plus to the immune system too, as it has antifungal, antiviral, antiparasitic, and antibacterial effects. In addition, your nasal turbinates function to warm and humidify air as it moves into the lungs, helping to filter and block harmful particles from entering your body.

According to scientists, humming has been found to increase the production of nitrous oxide in the sinus cavities surrounding the nose. Researchers revealed that the sound waves from humming increase the speed of gas exchange, and can help provide some relief for individuals with a sinus infection (Sinusitis). Foods high in nitrates, including leafy green vegetables, beets, and garlic for example, may also increase the concentration of nitrous oxide in the body and provide the same health benefits. In hopes to find treatment and prevention methods against COVID-19, clinical trials have currently begun to investigate the direct application of nitrous oxide to the respiratory system.

It can be hard to breathe through your nose at times, especially when you have sleep apnea, allergies, or are sick and congested, or even when you have your mask on to help fight coronavirus. Having a stuffy nose is a pain, and we often don’t notice how important the nose is until it isn’t functioning properly.  When your airway is obstructed, your mouth naturally opens to allow air flow to your lungs. However, breathing through your mouth doesn’t offer the same benefits as nasal breathing, and can even lead to health problems. Breathing through your mouth increases dehydration and inflammation in the body. Mouth breathing can cause enlarged tonsils/adenoids, dry mouth, bad breath (halitosis), chronic fatigue, irritability, dry lips, periodontal disease, and throat/ear infections, and other conditions. Many studies have also shown that breathing through the mouth can make individuals with asthma experience worse symptoms.

In children, mouth breathing can lead to several physical and cognitive challenges. Children who aren’t treated for mouth breathing can develop misaligned teeth, gummy smiles, facial deformities including long narrow faces/mouths, sleep disorders, lack of concentration, poor posture, or poor growth.

Talk with your dentist if you notice or believe that you or your child is mouth breathing. Practicing nasal breathing makes perfect! Also, be sure to try to reduce your stress levels, as stress can also lead to abnormal breathing patterns.

Breathing through your nose is important for your health! It can be our first line of defense against airborne particles, and is especially important to make a habit during these unprecedented times. While wearing your mask, initiate slow breaths through your nose to help lower the amount of carbon dioxide inhaled. This will help reduce your risk of experiencing trouble breathing, headaches, and dizziness.

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

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

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

References:

https://decisionsindentistry.com/2020/06/nasal-breathing-help-reduce-risk-covid/?inf_contact_key=7a5419cd2ce100bb3ce3a594e8fa09441b0a3f0fd3ee5d9b43fb34c6613498d7

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https://www.healthline.com/health/mouth-breathing#symptoms

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The Global Race for a COVID-19 Vaccine

July 5th, 2020

With Covid-19 on the rise in many states and across the globe, scientists and researchers are racing to produce a safe and effective vaccine. To date, there are currently 11,304,534 confirmed cases worldwide, with approximately 531,659 deaths reported. The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that AstraZeneca, a global biopharmaceutical organization, in collaboration with Oxford University are leading the way with an experimental Covid-19 vaccine. WHO chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan stated AstraZeneca’s experimental vaccine is “the most advanced in terms of development.”

AstraZeneca has started large-scale, mid-stage human trials of the vaccine candidate and are currently in Phase III. The company has signed its tenth supply-and-manufacturing deal this past week. Brazil recently signed an agreement to begin producing the vaccine, and has estimated that it will make 30 million doses by January 2021. The CEO of AstraZeneca believes that the vaccine will provide immunity against Covid-19 for 1 year.

WHO’s chief scientist also stated that Moderna Inc., a United States based pharmaceutical company, is “not far behind” in its production of a vaccine, although she believes, “AstraZeneca certainly has a more global scope at the moment in terms of where they are doing and planning their vaccine trials.” Moderna Inc. is currently in Phase II trails of the vaccine and plans to make 100 million doses starting this July. Moderna is partnered with other companies including the pharmaceutical company Catalent, Johnson and Johnson, and AstraZeneca.

However, in total there are approximately 140 experimental vaccines currently being developed, with more than 13 experimental vaccines undergoing clinical trials. The WHO is also in contact with Chinese and Indian manufacturers and researchers regarding potential vaccines. It is their hope that companies will collaborate to help create a vaccine to help fight the virus.

Although nothing is set in stone yet, scientists predict that it is possible to have a COVID-19 vaccine within one year, according to the Director-General of the World Health Organization.

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

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

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

References:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-who-development/astrazeneca-moderna-ahead-in-covid-19-vaccine-race-who-idUSKBN23X1WA

https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/british-pharma-major-astrazeneca-ahead-in-global-race-for-covid-19-vaccine-all-you-need-to-know/story-wAc0QNcBaul7VyDUzOie8J.html

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Could Dogs also be COVID-19 Frontline Heroes?

July 1st, 2020

Dogs can definitely be your best pal. These furry bundles of joy are helpful companions, even during coronavirus! Now, current research is being done to determine whether dogs can use their nose to detect the presence of COVID-19 in humans. Fascinatingly, dogs outpower our sense of smell by an enormous magnitude. Their sense of smell is 10,000 to 100,000 times stronger! In addition to their trained ability to sniff out contraband food items and drugs, some research has also connected dogs to their ability to smell other medical conditions, including Parkinson’s disease, malaria, and some cancers. So, will dogs be on the front lines serving as potential screeners of COVID-19?

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania are in the process of training and researching 8 Labrador retrievers. The goal of the study is to determine whether dogs can identify a smell associated with coronavirus. Prior knowledge has been gained that respiratory diseases can impact body odor. If the study is proven to be effective, dogs would be a tremendous help in screening individuals at airports, hospitals, and other establishments.

Within a few weeks, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine will begin conducting similar research by collecting COVID-19 samples and training dogs with the help of Medical Detection Dogs. Researchers predict that each dog will be able to screen up to 250 people an hour. Researchers report that the Labradors and Cocker spaniels will be trained to identify an odor first, then saliva and urine samples from patients who tested positive and negative for COVID-19 at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. They predict that the training will last for approximately 6-8 weeks. Researchers hope to further research the possibility of creating an electric detector of coronavirus.

 

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Our office follows the recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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

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

References:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-52686660?fbclid=IwAR01T9Mf--Ao0O5M6YNTqnQrBi2elHt1GIAvnOCpo7dekKJtrXZhVDivl_Y

https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/2020/04/29/coronavirus-detection-dogs/

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/factcheck/2020/06/17/fact-check-can-dogs-sniff-out-coronavirus-maybe/3204745001/?for-guid=b9fa359a-5e8b-11ea-9855-1267072b3abf&utm_source=usatoday-Coronavirus%20Watch&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=baseline_greeting&utm_term=list_article_thumbhttps://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/article/dogs-sense-of-smell/

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Summer Safety During COVID-19

June 28th, 2020

Staying safe and healthy is crucial amid this global pandemic, even as we begin to take breaths of fresh summer air heading into July. With summer normally being full of trips to the beach, pool parties, barbeques, and fun gatherings with loved ones, this summer calls for us to enjoy the season cautiously and safely. Although stay-at-home orders have been lifted in many states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns that this pandemic is not over yet! Shockingly, the current number of COVID-19 cases in the United States tops 2.5 million, and has sadly taken the lives of nearly 126,000 individuals in America.

Wondering if the warmer temperatures will stop coronavirus?

The CDC reports that currently it is not known whether the weather impacts the spread of COVID-19, as there is significantly more to learn about the transmissibility, severity, and other characteristics of the virus.

Before heading out, it is important to evaluate your risk. Having a plan in place and taking the best safety measures you can while outside can help stop the spread and minimize risk. Here’s some tips that will help you stay prepared and safe this summer:

1. Wear a face mask

The CDC strongly advises people over the age of 2 to wear a cloth face-covering in public settings. This can help lower the spread of COVID-19, which can also be spread by people who are asymptomatic and do not know that they are infected.

  • Avoid putting your face covering around your neck, forehead, or under your nose
  • Avoid touching your face covering

When removing your face covering, hold it only by the ear handles, being careful not to touch your face. Wash your hands immediately after removing. If you own a cloth face covering, the CDC recommends that it should be washed after each use. Here's how to wash your cloth face covering.

Looking for a face mask? USA Today compiled a list of 55 places you can buy face masks online right now.

2. Bring and use hand sanitizer

Although washing your hands with soap and water is best, if you're out and about without access, the CDC recommends using a hand sanitizer with at least 70% alcohol when entering and leaving public places, or consuming food. Place enough sanitizer on your hands to cover all surfaces, and rub them together approximately 20 seconds until dry.

3. Use disinfecting wipes or spray

Traveling with disinfecting spray or wipes can be beneficial when out in public to wipe down surfaces before touching them. The CDC recommendations include using a cleaner made up of at least 70% alcohol, if possible.

4. Are disposable gloves necessary?

The CDC reports that gloves should be used when cleaning, or caring for someone who is sick. However, they are not necessary in other instances and can still lead to the spread of harmful pathogens.

5. Keeping your phone sanitized

 

Phones are one of the most frequent items we touch regularly. Your phone can harbor bacteria, especially when you place it down on surfaces. Keep your phone clean by disinfecting it, along with your hands too!

6. Practice social distancing

Limiting physical contact with others is the best way to lower the spread of COVID-19, says the CDC. Social distancing involves staying at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other individuals.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Our office follows the recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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

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

References:

https://blogs.cdc.gov/publichealthmatters/2020/04/essential-errands/

https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/2020/06/18/coronavirus-covid-19-summer-minimizing-risk/5319841002/?for-guid=b9fa359a-5e8b-11ea-9855-1267072b3abf&utm_source=usatoday-Coronavirus%20Watch&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=baseline_greeting&utm_term=list_arti

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https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/reviewedcom/2020/06/17/summer-travel-and-covid-19-12-products-keep-you-safe-and-comfortable/3204564001/

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/social-distancing.html

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Celebrating Men's Health Month

June 26th, 2020

There’s often a lot of celebration in the month of June with many holidays and the fresh start of summer. But, you may not have known that June also represents Men’s Health Month! Promoted by the Congressional Health Education Program, Men’s Health Month is often celebrated across the United States with health screenings, and the promotion of health education through the media and fun activities. The goal of this national campaign is to highlight health issues that many men face and to promote healthy lifestyle choices to help prevent diseases early on.

With greater awareness, we hope that many of the health statistics for men will change. Research has found that compared to women, men are more likely to make risky health choices, including greater consumption of alcohol and smoking tobacco. In addition, men are less likely than women to seek care from health professionals. Major mental health problems that also impact men at high rates include depression, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, and schizophrenia.

There are also health conditions that only impact men, such as prostate cancer. Fortunately, some major health problems that men may encounter can be detected and treated early on, for instance colon cancer or heart disease. This is one of the many reasons why regular check-ups with your health professionals are significantly important. Sadly, According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the leading causes of death for men include heart disease and cancer.

Here are some health guidelines to promote in celebration of #MensHealthMonth:

Get your regular physical.

We all know the saying, “prevention is key.” It’s true. By regularly visiting your primary care physician, your provider will be able to establish baselines for many health parameters like blood pressure, weight, and cholesterol. Plus, they will screen for cancers, and catch potentially harmful health issues early on.

 

Don’t skip your dental visit: Gum disease & prostate health linked

Attending your regular scheduled dental visits is important for your dental and general health. Missing appointments can cause untreated problems to get worse, and lead to bigger and sometimes more expensive treatment. Your dentist can also diagnose conditions such as oral cancer and gum disease early when treatment is usually less invasive. Compared to women, men are two times more likely to develop oral cancer. Also, according to the American Academy of Periodontology, periodontal disease is present in approximately 56% of men in the U.S. as compared to about 38% of women. Gum disease unfortunately is not only tied to your oral cavity. It has also been linked to increased risks of heart disease, cancer, and even prostate health in men. According to research at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine and the Departments of Urology and Pathology at University Hospitals Case Medical Center, prostate inflammation improved in research participants with treatment of gum disease, and vice versa. It was found that prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels were higher in those individuals with both periodontal disease and prostatitis (inflammation of the prostate gland).

Stay hydrated and active

Dry mouth can also be pretty common in men, which can be damaging to oral health. When less saliva is around, your teeth are more at risk of tooth decay and acid breakdown from oral bacteria. Saliva helps neutralize acids and wash away leftover food particles and harmful bacteria to help keep your enamel strong. Be sure that you are drinking plenty of water and staying physically active.

Remind yourself and your loved ones that making healthy lifestyle choices can help enhance your life in the long run!

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Our office follows the recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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

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

References:

http://www.menshealthmonth.org

https://health.gov/news-archive/blog-bayw/2018/06/june-is-mens-health-month/index.html

http://www.menshealthmonth.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/MHM-Poster-2015-v1.pdf

https://medlineplus.gov/menshealth.html

https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/mens-health.htm

https://www.mhanational.org/infographic-mental-health-men

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

Proper Oral Hygiene Can Boost Your Immune System

June 22nd, 2020

Being sick...none of us have time for that. Luckily, our body's immune system is our defense mechanism against harmful bacteria, germs, allergens, and foreign particles that enter our body. That’s why keeping a strong and healthy immune system is key to fighting infectious diseases like COVID-19. Your immune system is a complex system made up of many cells, organs, and tissues that span throughout your entire body, including your oral cavity. In fact, your mouth is generally the first entry point to the rest of your body. Therefore, it’s important to maintain good oral health to help keep your immune system and overall health strong, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

When your immune system is functioning properly, normal oral bacteria and your natural microbiome aren’t typically a dangerous threat. However, when your oral health is not being maintained, bacteria can breakdown your pearly whites and lead to gum disease and inflammation, which can ultimately weaken your immune system. The early stages of gum disease is also known as gingivitis, which can be reversed with proper oral hygiene habits such as brushing twice a day, flossing daily, healthy diet and stress maintenance, and regular dental visits for comprehensive care. Some signs of gingivitis include inflamed gums, presenting with swelling, redness, and possible bleeding. A more severe form of gum disease is known as periodontitis, and the damage is typically irreversible. In periodontal disease, the inflammatory response triggered by bacteria not only impacts your teeth and gums, but also attacks your surrounding oral tissues and bone that hold your teeth in place. If untreated, periodontal disease can lead to both bone and tooth loss. Consequently, your immune system begins to work extra hard to help fight gum disease, and may promote inflammation within other parts of your body. Sadly, an unhealthy mouth has been linked to many systemic health conditions and inflammatory diseases, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, preterm birth, and more! The case for having good oral hygiene undeniably keeps getting stronger. It’s important to keep your mouth healthy to help allow your immune system to be strong for taking care of the rest of your body!

During a pandemic, it’s important to do everything you can to strengthen your immune system. Here are some ways you can help your body stay healthy during these unprecedented times:

  • Minimize stress: Some research suggests that stress can exacerbate inflammatory disease such as gum disease. Try to stay active and keep a healthy diet to help relieve stress.
  • Exercise regularly and stay hydrated
  • Get adequate sleep: It is recommended that most adults need between 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night to function at their best. Children and teens might need more sleep for their growing bodies.
  • Brush your teeth daily
  • Floss daily to remove bacteria between your teeth
  • Wash hands regularly
  • Disinfect high-touch surfaces including bathroom surfaces, toilets, faucets, sinks, tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones and keyboards
  • Wear a mask and practice social distancing
  • Eat a healthy diet heavy with fruits, vegetables, lean meats and healthy fat
  • Visit your dentist regularly for check-ups/professional cleanings/outstanding treatments

It's also important to avoid practices that are harmful to your teeth and body:

  • Avoid smoking
  • Avoid high sugar diets
  • Avoid acidic drinks like soda and energy drinks
  • Drink alcohol in moderation
  • Avoid nail biting, chewing on ice, and using your teeth to open bottles or objects

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19.  Our office follows the recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group. We look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors, and friends.

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

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

References:

https://www.guardiandirect.com/resources/articles/how-good-oral-health-may-help-you-keep-your-immune-system-strong

https://www.colgateprofessional.com/education/patient-education/topics/systemic/why-a-healthy-mouth-is-good-for-your-body

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Taking Care of your Teeth During COVID-19

June 19th, 2020

As we continue to fight against COVID-19 and face the many changes that come with these unprecedented times, it can be easy to get out of our normal daily routines. However, caring for your teeth during the coronavirus pandemic shouldn't be on the back burner!

It is important to take care of your body, both mentally and physically, including your pearly whites. Keeping your immune system healthy is particularly important during the COVID-19 outbreak, and the health of your oral cavity is a key part of your immune system.

Here are some helpful tips to remember during this time:

1. Protect Your Toothbrush

Keeping your toothbrush clean is important for your keeping your teeth healthy. Be sure to brush at least twice a day for 2 minutes, and rinse it well each afterwards each time.

Store your toothbrush in an open area to allow the brush to dry. Bacteria love moist and dark areas, and can grow on your toothbrush if left in these conditions. Avoid storing your toothbrush on counters near the toilet, or try closing the lid before flushing, as aerosols are generated when flushing. Also, keep your floss and tongue cleaners covered.

 The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends replacing your toothbrush every 3-4 months, or more often if the bristles become frayed. If you are recovering from an illness, including COVID-19, replace your toothbrush.
Also, make sure that you are brushing properly, technique matters for effective plaque removal:
Bacteria thrive on leftover bits of food and consequently produce acids that damage your tooth enamel. When plaque is left on teeth overtime it becomes calcified on the teeth, forming dental calculus. Calculus leaves your enamel discolored and makes the bacteria harder to remove.

2. Don't Forget About Your Tongue!

Brushing your tongue is also important to help combat oral bacteria. Not to mention, it also helps to stop bad breath. Both tongue scrapers and toothbrushes can be used to remove bacterial plaque on your tongue, however, many studies have found tongue scrapers to be the most effective.

3. Flossing Is Also A Priority

Flossing might be far down your to-do list, but try not to let it be! Flossing daily is necessary to remove lodged food particles between your teeth, which your toothbrush cannot access. Without flossing, bacteria and plaque may still be present in these spaces, which can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Flossing also helps fight bad breath by removing odor-causing bacteria.

4. Gum Disease Poses Many Health Risks

Gum disease has been linked with increased risks of a host of health problems, including heart disease, arthritis, strokes, and diabetes. Your mouth is truly a window to the rest of your body, and oral bacteria can impact other systems within your body. The good news is that gum disease is preventable! Taking care of your teeth is extremely important for the long term.

5. Diet Matters

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19.  Our office follows the recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group. We look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors, and friends.

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

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

References:

https://www.healthline.com/health-news/how-to-keep-your-teeth-healthy-if-your-dentist-office-is-closed

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/basics/threats-to-dental-health/dental-care-during-coronavirus

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Snap, Crackle, Pop! How Rheumatoid Arthritis & Gum Disease are Related

June 15th, 2020

Snap, crackle, pop! Creaky joints can be a real pain, but who would have thought that it would have any connection to your mouth? Surprisingly, rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and periodontitis have a lot in common, as they both are chronic inflammatory diseases that involve the breakdown of bone and soft tissue.

What is rheumatoid arthritis (RA)? 

RA is both a chronic inflammatory and an autoimmune disease, and is often characterized by pain and stiffness. RA typically affects the joints, but can also affect the body's organs.

Periodontitis...What's that?

On the other hand, periodontitis is an advanced form of gum disease. Without  treatment, periodontitis can lead to loss of tooth-supporting bone, tissue, and even your actual teeth!  Periodontitis can impact anyone at any age, but can be preventable. Unfortunately, 47.2% of adults over the age of 30 have periodontitis in the United States. A major cause of periodontal disease is poor oral hygiene, which leads to bacterial plaque attacking your tooth enamel. Other risk factors of periodontitis include tobacco use, diabetes, certain medications, older age, genetics, poor nutrition and obesity, tooth grinding, and misaligned teeth, just to name a few.

Gum disease can be harder to recognize because of its typical pain-free nature. However, there are some common signs and symptoms of periodontitis to look for:

  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Red, swollen, tender gums
  • Pus between your gums and teeth
  • Persistent bad breath or bad taste
  • Loose permanent teeth/tooth loss
  • Changes in your bite
  • Receding gums
  • Changes in the fit of oral appliances (ex: partial dentures)

Yet, It is still possible to experience no signs or symptoms of gum disease. That's just one of many reasons why visiting your dentist regularly is essential to your oral and overall health, in addition to eating healthy, brushing at least twice a day, flossing daily, and practicing good oral hygiene habits at home. It is important to catch gum disease in the early stages to avoid irreversible damage to your pearly whites. Remember, prevention is key!

How are the two diseases linked?

Recent studies have supported the link between RA and periodontal disease. According to the Arthritis Foundation, researchers found that tooth loss, a common indicator of periodontal disease, may predict rheumatoid arthritis and its severity. Within the study, they found that the more teeth lost due to periodontal disease, the higher the risk of developing RA. Other research has also suggested that the bacteria commonly associated with periodontal disease, Porphyromonas gingivalis (P. gingivalis), may play a role in onsetting RA.

Treating one disease may help improve the other!

Researchers at Case Western University found that individuals with both severe rheumatoid arthritis and gum disease experienced an improvement in their RA symptoms after successfully treating their gum disease.

Individuals with rheumatoid arthritis may face certain challenges in taking care of their oral health. It is important to inform your health care providers, who will help provide recommendations that will work best for you. To make brushing and flossing a little easier,  American Dental Association (ADA) recommendations include:

  • Make your toothbrush unique: To get a better grip of your toothbrush, add a tennis ball or bicycle grip to the handle.

  • Try different types of floss: Try floss holders, floss picks, or threaders.

  • Pump out your toothpaste: Toothpaste in a pump may be more comfortable than squeezing out of the tube.

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

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

References:

https://www.everydayhealth.com/rheumatoid-arthritis/living-with/the-link-between-gum-disease-and-rheumatoid-arthritis/

https://www.hopkinsrheumatology.org/2017/01/gum-disease-linked-to-rheumatoid-arthritis/

https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/g/gum-disease

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Congratulations Class of 2020!

June 10th, 2020

We would like to send a special congratulations to our intern Heather Smith on her recent graduation from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. Heather joined our team while studying at Wellesley College with aspirations to learn more about the field of dentistry. We are so excited to see that her dreams of becoming a dentist have come to fruition! She will be heading to Jacksonville University to pursue a Certificate in Orthodontics and a Master of Science in Dentistry. We wish her the best as she embarks on a new journey.

Here's a blast from the past of Heather's first visit to Wellesley Dental Group in 2014:

 

Congratulations Class of 2020, we are proud!

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

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

WDG Re-Opening Safety Plan

June 3rd, 2020

With uplifting news from Governor Baker, we remain optimistic for the future and have safety for both our patients and dental team as our top priority, as always! With the Governor's recent announcement that it is now safe to begin the first phase of reopening within the four-phase plan, we have initiated a "soft re-opening" from May 26th until June 7th, which consists of seeing patients for emergency procedures and pressing dental needs. Barring any changes, we plan to fully re-open on June 8th. 

Our lives have all been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in some form, but together we will overcome this crisis. Although your dental visits will not be exactly the same as before, we want to ensure you that your safety will always be our foremost concern. To prepare for our re-opening, we have made significant changes, including adding new in-office equipment, staff training, and additional safety precautions following science-based recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Dental Association (ADA).

Here’s what you can expect at your next dental appointment at WDG:

  • To follow social distancing guidelines and ensure safety, we have made adjustments to our appointment schedule:

  • We have established a new check-in protocol to keep you and your family safe when visiting us:

Don't forget, your oral health is an essential part of your overall heath, and we are always here for you. If you experience any COVID-19 symptoms, postpone dental treatment and seek immediate medical care.

Make sure you are following our Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram accounts for updates and more information!

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 text  781-462-6401.

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

References:

https://success.ada.org/en/practice-management/patients/infectious-diseases-2019-novel-coronavirus

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/dental-settings.html

Remembrance on Memorial Day

May 25th, 2020

Memorial Day is an important time to remember and honor those who have served our country. On this federal holiday, people across the country reflect on the sacrifices and service of U.S. veterans throughout history. Our team at Wellesley Dental Group is extremely grateful for the sacrifices of our country's heroes.

Memorial Day was first known as Decoration Day after the Civil War, where individuals visited and decorated the graves of military troops who lost their lives during battle. In more recent years, Memorial Day and the weekend surrounding is often filled with parades, picnics, and ceremonies. Memorial Day is also typically the kickoff of summer, with many people heading to beaches and parks. Although things will look differently this year due to COVID-19, we can still honor this important day at home and make strides to prevent coronavirus. The traditional Memorial Day parades and gatherings are not safe this year, but here are some creative ideas to honor our military service members while staying safe at home:

  • Make a grand meal with your quarantine crew! Fire up your backyard grill with some of these recipes:

  • Bring out the board games for some family fun, or sidewalk chalk to draw a memorial day mural if you are feeling artistic!

  • Organize a video party to spend time with those who you are unable to gather with. Share stories, catch up, and spend time with loved ones virtually and create new traditions.
  • Create a campfire in your backyard and gather your family around for sweet treats and stories.
  • Listen to veterans' stories online via Storycorps oral history.
  • Refresh your American history knowledge by reading and researching online. 

  • At 3 p.m. today local time, join in a moment of silence for the National Moment of Remembrance. During this time many across the nation will be sending their prayers and appreciation to those who have died who served the country, as well as active soldiers, and veterans.

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

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

References:

https://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/us/memorial-day

https://www.foodnetwork.com/holidays-and-parties/packages/memorial-day/memorial-day-recipes

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What's New at WDG? COVID-19 Safety Precautions

May 21st, 2020

We hope that the beautiful weather has filled you with a spirit of optimism for the future. Our team misses you all and hopes that you and your loved ones are doing well during these unprecedented times. There's one thing that remains unchanged, and that is our caring team at Wellesley Dental Group (WDG), which remains committed to serving the oral care needs of the community while also maintaining safety as our top priority. 

Following the Massachusetts Dental Society (MDS) guidance on COVID-19, WDG is temporarily offering only emergency and essential dental care until June 7th. We will fully reopen on June 8th and to protect your health and safety, we have added new equipment and protocols at our office. Please read below some of the changes we have made, in addition to those mandated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), to ensure the well-being of patients who need emergency dental care:

Enhanced Safety Measures: 

  • We have adjusted our schedule to limit the number of patients in the office at any given time
  • We are implementing an enhanced disinfecting protocol and allowing for ample time between patients to ensure rooms are meticulously disinfected
  • We have invested in UV-C lights, surgical air purifiers, medical-grade HVAC ionizers & filters, and aerosol extraoral suctions.. You can learn more about the increased safety this equipment below.
  • Staff that can work remotely will do so, and any in-office staff will have their temperature checked daily
  • Dentists, hygienists, and assistants will be in full PPE at all times, including: surgical face mask, face shield, disposable gowns and caps, and shoe covers

Appointment Logistics: 

  • When booking your next appointment, you can now request for the whole family to be seen at once. When possible, our entire office will be reserved for your family, limiting your interaction to only our essential staff
  • All patients will be pre-screened for signs and symptoms of COVID-19, including a temperature check with a no-touch thermometer
  • To avoid congestion in our reception area, please text the office at 781-462-6401 when you arrive and wait in your car until your appointment time
  • Upon entering the office, all patients are required to wear a mask and disinfect their hands (hand sanitizer will be provided)
  • We ask that you arrive at your appointment alone; children may be accompanied by one guardian
  • To minimize exposure, all future scheduling and financial transactions will take place in treatment rooms (no need to stop by the front desk on your way out)

Equipment Investment: 

  • Our office has installed Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved extra-oral suction systems to remove and filter aerosol particles created by dental procedures. These systems are equip with a H13 HEPA Filter, Carbon Filter and UV-C light to filter viruses, blood, germs, and fluids.
  • In addition, we have installed HEPA air purifiers, including medical grade UV purifiers, in the reception area and hallways. These air filters are fitted with H13 HEPA material which is tested to eliminate 99.97% of airborne pollutants as small as 0.1 microns (0.00001 cm)! The estimated size of COVID-19 is approximately 0.12 microns. Additionally, the UV614 air purifiers are fitted with True Medical-grade HEPA enhanced to capture 99.99% of particles. These filters are particularly effective for individuals who have immune systems that are compromised. 
  • We are equipped with hospital-grade H-VAC filters and ionizers that remove and neutralize airborne pollutants like bacteria, viruses, mold, and allergens. The H-VAC MERV 13 filters capture microbial pollutants that are less than 1 micron in size. The H-VAC ionizers function by removing essential hydrogen atoms from airborne pollutants, inhibiting potentially dangerous pathogens from surviving. 
  • Around our office you will also see sterilization UV lamps that work concurrently with heightened airflow management and filtration to reduce the viability of viral and bacterial pathogens by breaking down microbial genetic material (DNA).  

We continue to wish that you and your families are safe and 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.

References:

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https://phdentalinc.com/extraoral-dental-suction-system/

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FREE Fluoride Drive WDG 5/16/20

May 13th, 2020

Missing your favorite dental group? We’re certainly missing YOU!

We know that so much has changed over the last several months, and many of you have not been able to receive routine dental care. While we are eager to open our doors and serve our patients and community soon (we’re hoping by the end of May, but are going to abide by local guidelines and recommendations), we don’t know exactly when that will be.

In the meantime, we don’t want to leave you hanging!

Wellesley Dental Group remains dedicated to providing preventative care and promoting healthy habits for you and your family. As smile ambassadors of our community, Wellesley Dental Group will be offering free drive-by fluoride treatments this Saturday, May 16th from 1pm-5pm.

If interested in a free fluoride treatment sign up using this link: https://bit.ly/WDGfluoridedrive 
Check out some FAQs here, and expect more details closer to the 16th!

How Does My Mouth Change as I Age?

May 13th, 2020

With age comes many changes, and that includes changes within our health. The month of May is celebrated nationally as Older Americans Month, and we have some tips on how to keep your teeth healthy throughout each decade!

Because we only get one set of permanent teeth for our entire life, it's important that we do our best to keep them healthy. Many older adults suffer from gum disease, and often show signs of swollen and red gums that likely may bleed. In fact, the Washington Dental Service Foundation (WDSF) reported that severe gum disease impacts about 23% of individuals aged between 65 to 74, which can significantly impact the survival of natural teeth. Not to mention, the development of many systemic diseases have been linked with older age, in addition to poor oral health. So, its extremely necessary to continue to schedule your regular dental visits and practice good oral hygiene habits at home, especially to prevent tooth loss later on in life.

There are many factors impacting oral health that can be at play as we age. For instance, dry mouth is a common culprit of tooth decay, which often increases with medication use. Dry mouth has been noted to be a common side effect in over 500 medications, such as antidepressants, anxiolytics, antihypertensives, and antipsychotics just to name a few. It is important to inform your dentist about any medications that you are taking. To help alleviate dry mouth and lower your risk of developing cavities, your dentist may recommend avoiding certain acidic foods and beverages that can irritate dry mouths, in addition to over the counter mouth rinses, or saliva stimulants such as sugar-free gum or lozenges. Depending on the severity, your dentist may consult with your physician. Also remember, it is important to stay hydrated too!

Sometimes it can be harder to brush and floss as individuals age due to certain impairments. Individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or osteoporosis, for instance, often may need extra assistance taking care of their teeth and making regular dental visits. If your loved on has trouble brushing or flossing, speak with your dentist who can add helpful recommendations.

In addition, if recession has occurred overtime, it is important for older adults to properly clean exposed root surfaces of dental plaque and leftover food particles to help prevent decay on the root surfaces.

Most of us have experienced tooth sensitivity at some point in their lives, and age can be one of the many factors that can increase your risk of tooth sensitivity. Your dentist may recommend using a desensitizing toothpaste, or review toothbrushing techniques.

The rate of oral cancer also has been noted to increase with age. According to the American Cancer Society, the average age of most people diagnosed with oral cancer is 62. Often, your dentist is the first to detect oral cancer, which is another reason why keeping up with regular dental visits is important.

Here a few important tips to keep your pearly whites strong and help them last a lifetime:

  • Keep up with regular dental visits, even if you wear dentures, having your gums and surrounding oral tissues checked is necessary for your overall health.
  • Be sure to clean dentures or retainer daily to remove bacteria, using only cleaners made specifically for your oral appliance to avoid damaging. Make sure you remove your denture at night time to keep your oral tissues healthy.
  • Remember to brush at least twice each day for approximately two minutes, and use toothpaste containing fluoride.
  • It is important to floss once daily to remove leftover food debris and plaque in the areas in-between your teeth that the toothbrush cannot reach.
  • Try your best to avoid high intakes of sugar from items such as candy and soda to help lower your risk of tooth decay and improve your overall health.
  • Avoid using tobacco, which has been linked to oral cancer, gum disease, heart disease, and many other health problems. Talk to your dentist or physician for resources and help with quitting, it's never too late!
  • Add an antibacterial mouthwash to your oral hygiene routine to help reduce plaque buildup.

References:

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/life-stages/oral-care-age-55-up

https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/adults-over-60?utm_source=mouthhealthyorg&utm_medium=mhtopstories&utm_content=older-americans-month

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Story Books for Oral Health Education 

May 6th, 2020

One way to support your child in learning about oral health and care is through storybooks. Storybooks can be the perfect read to prepare your child before a dental visit or to enforce healthy oral habits. Below are some of our top picks!

Just Going to the Dentist

From Mercer Mayer’s classic Little Critter series, this heartwarming book is filled with plenty of humor and will help ease any worries about upcoming dental visits. In this book, Little Critter goes to the dentist for a check-up, takes a few x-rays, and even gets a filling for a cavity.

The Tooth Book: A Guide to Healthy Teeth and Gums

The Tooth Book provides oral care advice as well as some fun facts, history, and lore. The book helps answer a range of questions including what to do if you have lost a tooth, what to expect at dental visits, and how to floss. This book was recently named a Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year.

Sugarbug Doug

Written by dentist Dr. Ben Magelby, Sugarbug Doug helps children visualize how bacteria can cause cavities. With plenty of glowing reviews, this book teaches children about healthy eating habits and how to protect their teeth from sugarbugs! 

The Magic School Bus and the Missing Tooth

For a child who loves to learn about science, The Magic School Bus and the Missing Tooth provides a fun adventure. Young readers can follow Ms. Frizzle and her magic school bus as they explore the inside of a human mouth and learn all about different types of teeth and what they do.

Doctor De Soto

Children can read about the mouse dentist, Dr. De Soto, as he and his dental assistant treat a variety of animals with tooth pain. Written by William Steig, the author of Shrek, this book is classic and has even received a Newbery Honor.

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

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

References: 

https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/109631/just-going-to-the-dentist-little-critter-by-mercer-mayer/

https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/books/tooth-book-the-by-edward-miller/

https://sugarbugdoug.com/

https://shop.scholastic.com/parent-ecommerce/books/ 

https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/books/doctor-de-soto-by-william-steig/

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What's the Deal with Canker Sores?

April 29th, 2020

With the summer season around the corner, citrus fruits and fresh vegetables are aplenty. However, acidic foods such as oranges or tomatoes often trigger the appearance of canker sores. Additionally, salty and spicy foods or lack of vitamins and minerals can also lead to canker sores. According to the American Academy of Oral Medicine, canker sores (also known as recurrent aphthous stomatitis) are experienced by over half the population and typically first emerges in young teens. The oral condition affects the softer tissues of the mouth, such as the lips, cheeks, tongue, or soft palate. Sores are typically less than 1 centimeter in diameter and disappear without treatment, but it is not uncommon for sores to reappear in the same location. 

While the exact cause of a canker sore is not known, canker sores are thought to arise due to an accumulation of white blood cells in the mucosal tissue. Diet, stress, or hormonal changes are all considered possible triggers. If the canker sore is accompanied by a fever, abdominal pain, or fatigue, the sores could be a function of a systemic issue such as Crohn's, Bechet’s, or Celiac disease, and you should seek immediate medical attention. It is fairly common for canker sores to be a result of orthodontic treatment such as braces. If that is the case, ask your dentist for wax to cover any intrusive wires. 

 

To subside the pain and minimize the reoccurrence of canker sores, avoid any toothpaste or mouthwash that contains sodium lauryl sulfates and refrain from acidic, salty, or spicy foods that appear to irritate your mouth. Ask your dentist about over the counter gels available that can be applied to the sore to further ease the pain. Rinsing with warm salt water can also help. If the canker sores cause difficulty with eating, extreme pain, or the sores persist for more than two weeks you should immediately speak with your dentist to be further evaluated. 

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

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

References:

https://www.aaom.com/

https://wa.kaiserpermanente.org/

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/canker-sore/

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How Does Alcohol Impact My Oral Health?

April 18th, 2020

Alcohol in moderation may not be harmful, but excessive alcohol use can leave a damaging effect on your entire body, in particular your brain, heart, liver, immune system and oral cavity! Several studies have reported alcohol as a risk factor for oral and other cancers, heart disease, and liver cirrhosis, just to name a few diseases. In fact, alcohol acts as a depressant of the central nervous system, and with heavy usage overtime can even lead to memory loss and impaired cognition.

Many organizations linked with the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) bring awareness, especially in the month of April during Alcohol Awareness Month, to important resources and information on alcohol consumption. This includes the causes of alcoholism, the signs and effects, how to communicate with a loved who is facing a drinking problem, and available treatment options. This is even significantly important during the current pandemic, as individuals struggling with alcoholism may be at an even greater risk during COVID-19.

In the United States, over 15 million people struggle with an alcohol use disorder, with only 8% of the individuals receiving treatment. Alcohol use has also been reported to take the lives of approximately 4,700 teenagers each year, which is more than all illegal drugs combined. In addition, according to a study in The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) in 2018, about 27% of individuals 18 years and older reported binge drinking, which is classified typically as 4 drinks for women and 5 drinks for men in approximately 2 hours. The statistics surrounding unhealthy alcohol can be overwhelming, and many organizations and communities are joining together to help spread awareness about alcohol addiction and the dangers of alcoholism in order to help protect and save lives!

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), moderate alcohol use is classified as 1 drink a day for women, and no more than 2 drinks a day for men. In terms of your oral health, the CDC reports that alcohol dependence is the 2nd most common risk factor for oral cancer. Plus, heavy drinkers tend to have higher dental plaque levels, increasing their risk of developing tooth decay and gum disease. It was also found that heavy drinkers are 3 times more likely to experience permanent tooth loss.

Alcohol can even lead to dry mouth making you feel dehydrated, which creates even more problems. A lack of saliva can cause bad breath, also known as halitosis, and increase your chance of developing cavities as saliva helps to remove dental plaque and neutralize acids caused by oral bacteria. Plus alcohol can stain your pearly-whites. Beer and wine, for instance, are acidic and the dark colors can discolor your tooth enamel. It is important to brush your teeth after waiting at least 30 minutes after the consumption of alcohol to avoid harming your tooth enamel which is weakened by the acidic content of the alcohol.

 

 

If you or a loved one are struggling with alcoholism, know that this is not a fight that has to be done alone. For help with alcohol addiction, please check out these resources with 24/7 availability.

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

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

References:

https://www.alcohol.org/awareness-month/

https://talbottcampus.com/alcoholism-statistics/

https://www.healthline.com/health/dental-and-oral-health/what-does-alcohol-do-to-your-teeth#teeth

https://www.deltadentalins.com/oral_health/5-myths-about-alcohol-consumption-and-your-oral-health.html

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Happy Easter!

April 12th, 2020

We hope that you and your loved ones are in good health. Although the world health crisis of COVID-19 has interrupted everyone's daily routine, we hope that all are staying safe and making efforts to flatten the curve.

Even though the Easter bunny is not out and about this year, individuals are making new traditions in celebration of Easter ranging from virtual Easter egg hunts to online church services. Our team at WDG would like to wish those who celebrate a Happy Easter! Easter is a Christian holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Easter comes after a period of fasting, also known as Lent, which lasts for 40 days beginning on Ash Wednesday and ending on Good Friday, the day of Jesus' death.

Here's a fact that you may not have known about Easter: It's the second best-selling candy holiday in the nation, with nearly 2 billion dollars spent on Easter candy! If you have candy stocked up in the house and plan on indulging in some sweets this Easter, keep these quick tips in mind to help keep your pearly-whites healthy:

  1. Help wash away the harmful acids made by oral bacteria by consuming lots of water when eating candy. The basic properties of water also help neutralize the acids.
  2. Avoid snacking on candy throughout the day. It is best to eat candy or sugary sweets during mealtime to lower the frequency of acid exposure to your teeth.
  3. Hold off on brushing and flossing for at least 30 minute to 1 hour after consuming candy to help prevent wearing away the acid-attacked tooth enamel.
  4. Sticky and gummy candies, such as jelly beans and Peeps, are more damaging towards tooth enamel because they tend to be the most acidic and remain on tooth surfaces longer. Also, you want to avoid chewing on a chocolate easter bunny all day as this also exposes your teeth to more breakdown from the acids produced by bacteria.

Some healthier Easter candy alternatives can still be satisfying! For instance, dark chocolate has been found to be tooth-friendly, according to several studies. Dark chocolate is high in antioxidants and polyphenols, which can help limit oral bacteria.

The Easter Bunny is a fan of carrots, and so are our teeth! Real eggs are also a fun part of easter, great for decorating and eating too. They're rich in vitamin D, which can help keep your tooth enamel strong.

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! Given the ongoing practices of social distancing and our efforts to flatten the curve, Wellesley Dental Group will remain closed until further notice. We are hoping to open our doors as soon as possible to continue providing the very best dental care to our wonderful patients and community, but it is hard to predict at this time when it will be safe and prudent to do so. We are hoping this will be the first week of May, but we will continue to keep you updated.

In the interim, please note that our emergency line is available 24/7. IF you are in a dental emergency, please call us at 781-237-9071  and select option 2 to leave a voicemail for the on call doctor. For non-urgent matters, we can be reached by email at info@wellesleydentalgroup.com.

References:

https://universe.byu.edu/2012/04/05/easter-the-nations-second-biggest-candy-selling-holiday/

https://recipes.howstuffworks.com/dark-chocolate-good-for-teeth.htm

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My Tooth Hurts, Now What Do I Do? 

April 7th, 2020

We all know the uncomfortable feeling of a toothache. Yet, it turns out that there could be several possible culprits behind the pain.

If you are experiencing sharp pain after the consumption of hot or cold beverages, you may have sensitive teeth. Tooth sensitivity can be a result of worn tooth enamel, a fractured tooth, deteriorated fillings, tooth decay, or receding gums. You should see your dentist to confirm a diagnosis and discuss possible treatment options, but until then try using a tooth sensitivity toothpaste with a soft bristle brush to help with the pain. Excessive teeth whitening and acidic foods should also be avoided. If instead you are experiencing a more constant throbbing pain, you may have an infected or abscessed tooth.

If the pain feels like it's radiating from the jaw, it could be a result of an impacted tooth, a temporomandibular disorder, arthritis, excessive teeth grinding or clenching. Sinusitis could be the underlying cause of the pain if you are experiencing discomfort on both sides of your face or in your upper teeth.

Regardless of the current level of pain you are experiencing, you should always make an appointment with your dentist so an exact diagnosis can be determined and to prevent the pain from developing further. What feels like a slight discomfort now, can quickly develop into acute pain down the line.

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

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

References:

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/conditions/tooth-sensitivity/potential-causes-of-toothaches-its-not-always-a-cavity-0213

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/conditions/tooth-sensitivity/how-to-relieve-sensitive-teeth-naturally-1214

https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/top-dental-symptoms

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Let's End Oral Cancer!

April 3rd, 2020

Many may not know much about oral cancer, but not to worry, we've got you covered! April is Oral Cancer Awareness month throughout the United States, and we are excited to join the Oral Cancer Foundation's (OCF) fight to end oral cancer by spreading awareness. Spreading information on oral cancer can help lead to earlier detection and thus save lives! According to the OCF, about 53,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with oral cancer each year. It's estimated to be about 132 new people each day. Sadly, one person will die from oral cancer every hour of every day of the year. In fact, oral and pharyngeal cancers have a high death rate which is highly attributed due to late detection of the cancer. Surprisingly, oral cancer is becoming widely seen in young, healthy, nonsmoking people possibly because of the increased risk of the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus 16 (HPV16). However, individuals who smoke tobacco are also still high risk. The majority of oral cancers are classified as oral squamous cell carcinomas.

Let's dive in to some of the risk factors of oral cancer:

  • Men are two times more likely to have oral cancer than women.
  • Approximately 25% have no known risk factors.
  • Infection with the sexually transmitted HPV16 virus
  • Alcohol and tobacco, including vaping, smokeless tobacco, pipe smoking, etc. (Individuals who use both in combination are 15 times more at risk)
  • Prolonged sun exposure increases risk of developing lip cancer
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Poor nutrition
  • Infectious diseases
  • Chronic physical trauma

Potential Signs and Symptoms:

  • A sore or lump on the lip or in the mouth that does not heal (monitored by dental professional, typically for 2 weeks)
  • A white or red patch on the gums, tongue, tonsils or lining of the mouth
  • Bleeding, pain or numbness in the lip or mouth
  • Change in voice
  • Loose teeth or dentures that no longer fit well
  • Trouble chewing, swallowing, or moving the tongue or jaw
  • Jaw swelling
  • Sore throat

Some individuals may not experience any symptoms at all. Early Detection is key! It is important to check your oral cavity regularly to identify any changes. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends performing these self-exams monthly. It is also necessary to keep up with your regular dental appointments and to notify your dentist if you notice anything unusual.

If a definitive diagnosis of oral cancer is determined and staged, treatment will involve multiple disciplines likely including surgeons, oncologists, dentists, nutritionists, and rehabilitation and restorative specialists.

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

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

References:

https://www.aaoms.org/media/raise-oral-cancer-awareness/posters-and-infographics

https://www.aaoms.org/docs/media/oral_cancer/2017_oral_cancer_fact_sheet.pdf

https://oralcancerfoundation.org/events/oral-head-neck-cancer-awareness-month/

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Will Eating Yogurt Help Reduce the Risk of Breast Cancer?

March 27th, 2020

Inflammation has been a common link to many systemic diseases. Inflammation is our body's way of fighting against potentially harmful pathogens. Gum disease, which includes periodontitis, is one of the most common inflammatory diseases and has been linked to several inflammatory conditions and cancers. Now, new research published in the journal Medical Hypotheses by Lancaster University is suggesting that one of causes of breast cancer may be due to inflammation in response to harmful bacteria. Although our body consists of more than10 billion bacterial cells, most of which are nontoxic, some can produce toxins that can initiate the inflammatory response within the body. But there is good news: The researchers recommend eating natural yogurt, as it contains the "good bacteria," also known as probiotics, that can help lessen the inflammatory response. It was found that the lactose fermenting bacteria within yogurt is remarkably similar to the bacteria /microflora found in a mother's breastmilk during lactation. They found that for each year of breast feeding, the risk of developing breast cancer is reduced by 4.3%!  Not to mention, the probiotics may also help to slow the growth of dental cavity causing bacteria.

Other studies have also suggested a positive link between consuming yogurt and a reduction in breast cancer risk, which researchers believe is because of the beneficial bacteria disrupting the harmful bacteria.

So, consuming yogurt may help lower your risk of breast cancer and help your gums. Plain yogurt is definitely tooth-friendly because of its high protein and calcium content, which help to keep your tooth enamel strong. Plus, yogurt helps make your mouth less acidic, which makes your oral environment one that bacteria have a hard time surviving in. By eliminating harmful bacteria that can produce smelly odors, this also can help to combat bad breath!

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

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

References:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/01/200124073857.htm

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Can a Toothpaste Help Prevent Heart Attacks or Strokes?

March 21st, 2020

Our immune response to illness and injury is pretty amazing. Inflammation is our body's defense mechanism to help our body heal, however, chronic inflammation can sometimes cause harm to our bodies. When arteries become blocked by a buildup of plaque, a composition of fat, cholesterol, calcium, and other substances, this can initiate an inflammatory response that can increase your risk of developing a heart attack or stroke. And, it's no secret that oral health has been connected with many systemic inflammatory diseases, as inflammation significantly affects the oral cavity. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that 47.2% of Americans over the age of 30 have some form of periodontal disease, which is a pathological inflammatory disease of the gums and oral tissues that surround the teeth. Inflammation within the body is measured by high sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP), which circulates throughout the blood and increases in response to inflammation. Doctor's can monitor the amount of hs-CRP in the blood to help lower the risk of having a heart attack or stroke.
Now, new research has suggested that the first toothpaste to identify dental plaque, Plaque HD®, may help to lower the risk of heart attacks and strokes by lowering C-reactive protein! The study, published in the American Journal of Medicine, conducted by researchers from Florida Atlantic University's Schmidt College of Medicine, Marshfield Clinic Research Institute, and the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health looked at whether or not the toothpaste Plaque HD® reduces hs-CRP in individuals. Plaque HD® helps make dental plaque visible on the surfaces of teeth in addition to weakening the dental plaque so that it can easily be removed with regular toothbrushing. Participants of the study were randomly split into groups, one group with Plaque HD® toothpaste, and the other group with a similar non-plaque identifying placebo toothpaste. The participants were monitored for 30 days. It was found that those who used Plaque HD® toothpaste had a statistically significant reduction in hs-CRP in comparison with the placebo group. However, more research is needed to determine if the Plaque HD® toothpaste directly correlates to a decrease in heart attacks or strokes.

Remember that it is important to take care of your teeth and practice good oral hygiene habits to help keep a healthy body.

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

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

References:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/02/200224100554.htm

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Can Changing your Bedtime Impact your Health?

March 13th, 2020

Sleep can often be overlooked when discussing personal health, but research education on sleep has proven that sleep should be a top priority! World Sleep Day, sponsored by the World Sleep Society (WSS), annually focuses on important issues regarding sleep in relation to many topics, including medicine, oral health, and everyday physical and mental performance.

Turns out, staying up to binge watch your favorite TV show may be putting your health at risk. A recent study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that your risk of having a heart attack or heart disease significantly increases with the simple act of changing your regular sleep cycle in either direction by just 90 minutes! In fact, According to Tianyi Huang, the study's author and an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, it was found that individuals with more than a 90 minute time difference on average for seven consecutive nights were two times more at risk of heart disease over a 5 year period. The participants of this study included over 2,000 people ages 45 to 84 who did not have any cardiovascular disease over a five-year period. The participant's sleep was monitored using a sleep wrist tracker for seven days. Approximately 1/4th of the participants were found not to have a regular bedtime. Huang notes that this observation may be even more drastic in younger people, as the demands for work and school are often present. Other studies have also linked lack of sleep with weight gain, a weakened immune system, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer's, depression, anxiety and other disorders.

Here's what you can do to help improve your sleep schedule:
Be sure to get your daily Exercise:
According to the National Sleep Foundation, exercising helps promote good quality sleep! Staying active daily is important for your overall health.
Keep cool:
Be sure to make sure the room you sleep in is a comfortable tempetuare, typically between 60 and 67 degrees, and is well ventilated. Also, avoid watching television or doing work in your bedroom. Bright lights from electronics can disrupt your sleep cycle.
Avoid certain food and drink:
Avoid consuming caffeine at least six hours before your normal bedtime. This can include coffee, sodas, tea, and even chocolate. Also, heavy and spicy foods can cause digestive trouble and affect your quality of sleep. Sugar is also on the top of the list to avoid, particularly before bedtime as it is linked to restlessness. Not to mention, you will be helping your teeth by cutting back on the sugar! The National Sleep Foundation recommends switching to healthy snacks suchas nuts, cherries, bananas, and decaffeinated teas. Alcohol should also be avoided prior to bedtime, as it can disrupt the normal stages of sleep.
Create and stick to a regular bedtime and wake-up time:
Keeping our circadian rhythm consistent is important, as the more days you sleep irregularly, the more you are at risk for diseases such as heart disease as shown by research. Create a regular routine before going to bed each night. The recommended amount of sleep is typically between 7-10 hours each night, depending on age.
Be mindful of naps:
Although naps can be helpful, it is recommended to not exceed more than 45 minutes during naps. Taking longer naps can place you into a deeper sleep cycle and often make you feel more tired throughout the day. In addition, it can interfere with your ability to fall asleep during the night. The optimal nap should be about 15 to 20 minutes, but should be done before 3 p.m. to avoid interrupting your full night's rest.
Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment.

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

References:

https://worldsleepday.org

https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/13/health/10-sleep-commandments-wellness/index.html

https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/02/health/irregular-sleep-health-risk-wellness/index.html

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Eat Right Bite by Bite!

March 7th, 2020

“Eat Right, Bite by Bite” is this year's theme for the annual National Nutrition Month®, sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics each March. Your overall health can significantly improve with even small changes to your diet overtime! This month we are highlighting the importance of being conscious of our dietary habits, increasing our daily physical activity, and choosing healthy foods.

The American Society for Nutrition researches the science of nutrition and provides knowledge and sound data to help improve the health of individuals around the world through nutrition.

Take a look at these recommendations for each week of this month of March to get you started on the journey toward developing a healthy diet and lifestyle:

Improving your nutrition can also improve your oral health! By choosing tooth-freindly foods, you’ll also be helping your body.

  • Try limiting snacking during National Nutritional Month. All though snacks can be tempting, frequent consumption of snacks high in carbohydrates often lower the pH of your mouth. This increases the amount of exposure your teeth have to acids broken down by the bacteria, which attacks your tooth enamel. If you need a snack, try choosing from these delicious healthy treats listed here.
  • Choose foods that help add vitamins and minerals to your teeth, such as milk, cheese, and protein-rich items such as nuts. Also, firm and crunchy fruits and vegetables, such as apples and celery are great for increasing your saliva, which have important minerals for your teeth and help wash away bacteria.
  • Grab xylitol chewing gum, which is sugar-free and helps increase your flow of saliva.
  • Say no to soda and other sweetened beverages and opt for water! Soda, juice, and sports drinks can be harmful not only to your teeth, but to your general health.
  • Arginine, an amino acid, is one you will want to include in your diet! Arginine can be found in meat, poultry, fish, and dairy, and can help protect against tooth decay and gum disease by targeting dental plaque.

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

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

References:

https://www.eatright.org/food/resources/national-nutrition-month?nnm_blogger_badge_rectangle

https://www.patientconnect365.com/dentalhealthtopics/article/Dental_Health_Tips_for_National_Nutrition_Month_

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National Eating Disorders Awareness Week: #ComeAsYouAre

February 28th, 2020

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week is happening now and people around the world are encouraged to Come as You Are! This year's theme is Come as You Are: Hindsight is 20/20 during February 24th to March 1st, which is the time where individuals are reflecting on their journeys toward accepting themselves and others.

The purpose of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (#NEDAwareness) is to shed light on eating disorders through education and provide resources that could save lives. According to the National Eating Disorder Association, approximately 30 million people in the United States are affected by an eating disorder, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa or binge eating disorder. In addition, about 70 million across the world are impacted by eating disorders. It is important to know that eating disorders can affect anyone, including people of all ages, genders, ethnicities and backgrounds. Overtime, eating disorders can place a tremendous toll on both a person's physical and mental wellbeing.

Individuals who are affected by eating disorders often experience a variety of symptoms, ranging from anxiety, emotional distress, depression, problems with development and growth, and medical problems. However, not all eating disorders are experienced in the same way by individuals.

Many are aware that diet can impact not just your physical health, but also your oral health. Signs of an eating disorder are often seen first within the mouth. Lack of nutrients and harmful habits can permanently damage teeth. Take a look at some of the consequences of eating disorders for your oral cavity:

  • Improper nutrition can impact the amount of protective saliva present within the mouth that may cause dry mouth. Dry mouth significantly increases your risk for developing tooth decay along with it's uncomfortable sensation. In addition, the gums and soft tissue may bleed easier due to lack of essential nutrients.
  • Nutritional deficiencies can increase the risk of developing tooth decay and gum disease, because teeth rely on vitamins and minerals including  calcium, iron and B vitamins. A lack of proper amounts of iron can lead to the development of oral sores. Also, a lack of sufficient amounts of vitamin B3 (niacin) can contribute to bad breath, dry mouth,  and the development of canker sores.
  • Vomit can be extremely damaging to teeth, because the stomach acid causes the tooth enamel, the outermost layer of the tooth, to wear down. This not only changes the shape and size  of teeth, but also changes the color. The layer underneath tooth enamel, dentin, which has a yellow hue can become exposed and increase sensitivity and make your tooth become brittle. Erosive lesions within the mouth may also appear. In more severe cases, the pulp, the innermost layer of the tooth, may become exposed and result in pulp death.
  • Degenerative arthritis within the temporomandibular joint in the jaw has been found to be associated with eating disorders, which can cause severe pain, chronic headaches, and trouble chewing or opening/closing the mouth.
  • Frequent binge-and-purging can cause the salivary glands to become inflamed and enlarged, causing pain within the oral cavity.

Eating disorders if not treated can result in death. Treatment can include a combination of psychotherapy, nutrition education, and medical monitoring, but can vary based on the type of eating disorder.

If you have any questions about eating disorders, talk with your primary care physician or dentist. The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) also has screening tools  available online. Now is the perfect time to help increase awareness and support those impacted by eating disorders.

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

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

References:

https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/get-involved/nedawareness

https://www.livewellmagazine.org/eating-disorder-awareness-week-feb-24-march-1/

https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/dental-complications-eating-disorders

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Craving Sugar? Check your Sleep Pattern!

February 20th, 2020

Craving something sweet constantly? Surprisingly, your sleep pattern may be the reason why. According to a study conducted this month in the Journal of the American Heart Association, lack of sleep may play a role in shaping your diet by stimulating cravings for sugar and unhealthy fats. The study performed by researchers at Columbia University's Irving Medical Center focused on sleep quality and diets of approximately 500 women aged between 20 and 76 years old for a period of one year. It was found that the women who reported less sleep also consumed more added sugars and fats within their diets. The participants of the study averaged less than 7 hours of sleep each night, which is lower than the recommended 8 or more hours of sleep. Those who reported not sleeping well averaged an additional 500-800 calories, in addition to exceeding the recommended daily amounts of total and saturated fat, added sugars, and caffeine. They also lacked healthy food group items including fiber and grains in their diets. Our diets can significantly increase the risk of developing certain health problems, including obesity, heart disease, Type 2 Diabetes, and even sleep disorders.

Sleep can often times get put on the back burner, especially when we have a lot of work to accomplish. However, good quality and amount of sleep is necessary for our overall health, and can even be important for helping to prevent heart disease, particularly for women. Sleep deprivation is believed to both stimulate hunger and mask hormone signals that tell the body that it is full. Kicking the bad habit of eating junk food might just begin with a good night's rest! Plus, it goes both ways; a healthier diet may also improve your sleep.
If you're having trouble sleeping, talk with your primary care physician and dentist to help determine the cause.

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

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

References:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/17/health/poor-sleep-quality-unhealthy-diet-wellness/index.html

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Reminder: Take Good Care of your Heart!

February 12th, 2020

It's hearts all over the world each month of February, especially with Valentine's Day right around the corner. But, this month isn't just about the cards and candy, it's also American Heart Month, where the importance of heart health is advocated by communities across the world. Heart disease is sadly the number 1 killer of Americans, killing more people than all forms of cancer! Both heart disease and stroke are the cause of approximately 2,300 deaths each day. This year, it is the 56th consecutive American Heart Month, which was first implemented by President Lyndon B. Johnson in February 1964. Organizations such as the American Heart Association promote the importance of heart disease awareness.

Over the years, rising obesity rates in children and adults have contributed to the progression of heart disease in America. Luckily, heart disease can be prevented with the right healthy life-style choices. From being more physically active, to eating healthier diets, and tracking your heart health by regularly checking your blood pressure and weight. Most people also don't realize that managing your stress and sleep schedule plays a role in your heart health. Lack of sleep can increase your risk for developing chronic health problems because your body needs the rest in order to keep your mental and physical health regulated.

Coronary heart disease is the most common type of heart disease and can lead to heart attacks. People are at a higher risk of developing heart disease if they have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, preeclampsia during pregnancy, or prediabetes or diabetes. In addition, people who smoke cigarettes, are over age of 55 for women or 45 for men, or people with a family history of heart disease are also at a higher risk for having heart disease. Although some risk factors cannot be change, most others are modifiable! It is important to make conscious choices to eat healthy and stay active.

Take a look at this list of food groups that should regularly be included in your diet:

  • Vegetables such as leafy greens (spinach, collard greens, kale, cabbage), broccoli, and carrots
  • Fruits such as apples, bananas, oranges, pears, grapes, and prunes
  • Whole grains such as plain oatmeal, brown rice, and whole-grain bread or tortillas
  • Fat-free or low-fat dairy foods such as milk, cheese, or yogurt
  • Protein-rich foods:
    • Fish high in omega-3 fatty acids (salmon, tuna, and trout)
    • Lean meats such as 95% lean ground beef or pork tenderloin or skinless chicken or turkey
    • Eggs
    • Nuts, seeds, and soy products (tofu)
    • Legumes such as kidney beans, lentils, chickpeas, black-eyed peas, and lima beans
  • Oils and foods high in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats:
    • Canola, corn, olive, safflower, sesame, sunflower, and soybean oils (not coconut or palm oil)
    • Nuts such as walnuts, almonds, and pine nuts
    • Nut and seed butters
    • Salmon and trout
    • Seeds (sesame, sunflower, pumpkin, or flax)
    • Avocados
    • Tofu

It is important to limit sodium (salt), saturated and trans fats, added sugars, and alcohol. Reading food labels can be tedious but could also save your life! Sweetened drinks and desserts have a lot of added sugars which can not only impact your oral health but also your heart 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.

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

References:

https://www.heart.org/en/around-the-aha/february-marks-56th-consecutive-american-heart-month

https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/education-and-awareness/heart-month

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Celebrating Children's Dental Health Month

February 4th, 2020

This month we are brought together with countless dental professionals, educators, healthcare providers, and the community at-large to celebrate National Children’s Dental Health Month! The goal of this annual campaign from the American Dental Association (ADA) is to promote and teach good oral hygiene and habits to children and their village. Each year a new theme is released in celebration. The 2020 slogan focuses on the benefits of Fluoride for the health of children's teeth in honor of 75 years of water fluoridation: “Fluoride in water prevents cavities! Get it from the tap”!

Throughout the years research has consistently shown that ideal levels of fluoride in community water is both safe and effective. It has been found to help lower the risk of tooth decay by at least 25% in both children and adults. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), community water fluoridation is considered one of the top 10 public health achievements of the 20th century!

Dating back to the 1930's it was found that Fluoride, a natural occurring mineral, played an important role in cavity prevention. Water fluoridation was first introduced on January 25, 1945 and started first in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

It is important to instill healthy habits early to ensure a lifelong smile! Children should receive their first dental exam no later than their first birthday, according to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD). Tell your dentist if your notice your child doing certain habits, including thumb-sucking.

Check out the National Children’s Dental Health Month website, ADA.org/ncdhm, for free flyers, resources for good oral health, and fun activities for children. Sometimes it can feel like pulling teeth trying to get your child to brush and floss regularly. But not to worry, here are some tips to get your child excited about perfecting their oral health: Help show your child that brushing can be fun! Get into a routine and make it a habit to brush. Sing songs that last two minutes to help them get into the rhythm of brushing effectivley. Let them know the importance of brushing to help eliminate "sugar bugs," or bacteria, which lead to tooth decay. Your child may also be excited to brush when they pick out their favorite toothbrush and toothpaste. Teach them how to floss early in life so that they can develop it as a lifelong habit. In addition, promote a healthy diet by limiting the amounts of sugary beverages and snacks. Most importantly, don't give up! Teaching children about good oral hygiene habits is necessary for their 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.Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist, Dr. Derek, and Dr. Emad is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Stephens would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.

References:

https://www.ada.org/en/publications/ada-news/2019-archive/october/national-childrens-dental-health-month-to-celebrate-water-fluoridation-in-2020

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/basics/fluoride/fluoride-varnish-toddlers

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/basics/fluoride/why-use-fluoride-for-children-0813

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/life-stages/infant-kids/national-childrens-dental-health-month-five-ways-to-celebrate-0214

https://www.apha.org/fluoridation

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Gain Wisdom on your 3rd Molars

January 25th, 2020

Many people seek to gain wisdom throughout life, but some may not realize that they might already have some towards the back of their mouth...their wisdom teeth! Wisdom teeth, also called third molars, are typically the last teeth in the mouth to erupt, and are the last molars present on the upper and lower jaw. Since they are the last permanent teeth to erupt (usually between the ages of 17 and 25), sometimes there is not enough space for them, which can lead to impacted wisdom teeth. If your dentist tells you that you have an impacted wisdom tooth, this means that your tooth may have only partially erupted, or stayed buried underneath the gum tissue.

When this occurs, symptoms including swelling, infection, pain, or tenderness may develop. Some people however, may not experience any problems with their wisdom teeth. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that people between ages 16 and 19 be evaluated by their dentist to see if they need to be removed. This age range is preferred by dentists because the roots of the wisdom teeth are usually not fully formed yet and are easier to remove than in older patients. Also, the risk of developing greater problems is lowered the earlier they are removed, including damage to the major nerve on the lower jaw, the inferior alveolar nerve. People receiving braces may also be recommended to remove their wisdom teeth to avoid their eruption altering the alignment of their teeth.

If it is determined by your dentist or dental specialist that your wisdom teeth need to be extracted, they will recommend either local anesthesia, IV sedation, or general anesthesia depending on the multiple factors of each case. After the extraction, you may be asked to bite softly on a piece of gauze for approximately 30 minutes to limit any bleeding. Bleeding, swelling and tenderness post-extraction are common and may last normally for a few days. However, if it is to continue past a few days, it is important to contact your dentist.

It is recommended not to brush, rinse, or spit within the first 24 hours after the extraction to allow proper healing of the extraction site. Staying hydrated and eating is important following the extraction for your recovery. It is important not to drink through a straw however, as this can lead to dry socket. Dry socket is a possible complication of wisdom tooth removal, which can occur during the first five days after extraction. This happens when the blood clot that formed a seal after the extraction begins to break down and exposes the bone and nerves of the tooth. Only approximately 2 to 5% of people will develop a dry socket. According to a study published in the Journal of Oral Health and Dental Management, dry socket was more common in people who smoke and more likely to occur in the lower jaw. Dry socket can be very painful and may present with an unpleasant smell or taste, but can be treated by your dentist. The site will be cleaned of all debris and covered with a medication until it heals.

If your wisdom teeth are still present and healthy within your mouth, be sure that you are still brushing and flossing them, as these teeth can still develop tooth decay.

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

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

References:

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/conditions/wisdom-teeth/what-is-a-wisdom-tooth-0415

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/conditions/wisdom-teeth

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/conditions/wisdom-teeth/5-possible-wisdom-teeth-removal-complications

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Acid Reflux: A Dental Threat

January 17th, 2020

An upset stomach can ruin your whole day! Individuals who experience acid reflux, a chronic digestive disease in which stomach acid travels into the esophagus, often experience a range of uncomfortable symptoms. Some symptoms of acid reflux include heartburn, chest pain, and regurgitation, leaving a sour or bitter taste in the mouth. Acid reflux is commonly referred to as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and this disease particularly impacts your oral health. This is because during those uncomfortable times of stomach acid entering your oral cavity, your tooth enamel is being surrounded by acid, which in turn can cause enamel erosion. Underneath the tooth enamel, the outer layer of the tooth, is dentin, which can then become exposed once the enamel is worn down. In addition, the lining of your esophagus can also become damaged as a result of acid reflux.

Not to mention, what you eat plays a huge role in this condition as well! Acid reflux can be exacerbated by certain foods, including tomatoes, citrus fruits, mint, chocolate, coffee, tea, sodas, spicy foods, garlic, onions, or fatty foods.

Your dentist may notice signs of acid reflux during your oral exam. This condition can affect all ages, even children! A study done at the University of California at San Francisco reported that children with acid reflux are six times more likely to experience damage to their tooth enamel than children without this condition. Your child may not recognize that they have acid reflux, but once diagnosed the proper steps can be taken to help protect their teeth.

Remember, prevention is key, so it is important to see your dentist regularly to ensure the proper diagnoses and treatment. Fluoride can add an extra layer of protection to teeth exposed to acid by helping to add important minerals to the tooth enamel. It is important to consume fluoridated water and use toothpaste containing fluoride. Your Doctor may prescribe medication to help with acid reflux depending on the severity. In addition, avoiding foods that typically trigger acid reflux is necessary to help keep acid reflux under control.

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

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

References:

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/conditions/gastrointestinal-disorders/acid-reflux-a-dental-disaster-in-the-making-1013

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What's Perio Breath?

January 9th, 2020

So, what exactly is causing the bad odor? Bad breath, also known as halitosis, is a result of the bacteria within the mouth that produce volatile sulfur compounds --the source of the bad smell! These sulfur compounds can be exacerbated by oral infections and gum disease. According to research published in the Journal of International
Society of Preventive & Community Dentistry, approximately 80% of patients with some degree of gum disease also experienced continuous bad breath.
On the bright side, your dentist can help you manage bad breath depending on the underlying cause. Other conditions that can contribute to bad breath include dry mouth, tobacco use, certain food diets, and other systemic diseases.
Treating periodontitis sometimes can involve a deep cleaning, also known as scaling and root planing. This involves the removal of bacteria both above and below the gumline. In some more severe cases gum surgery may be needed.
Keep up with brushing and flossing habits, in addition to brushing your tongue to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Good oral hygiene habits will help lower your risk of both gum disease and halitosis.

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

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

References:

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/conditions/bad-breath/what-is-perio-breath-the-connection-between-gum-disease-and-halitosis

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2020 Resolutions for a Healthy Smile!

January 1st, 2020

Can you believe it's 2020 already? This year is a great one to establish healthy habits and improve our overall fitness. Each year is a perfect time to set new resolutions for ourselves. If you are wanting to keep your teeth healthy in the new year, take a look at these easy tips  to help you achieve your goals. And remember, whether a big or small goal, it can be rewarding to accomplish even with baby steps to achieve them!

Perfect your Oral Home Care

Preventing gum disease will help lower your risk of developing many other systemic health problems, for instance diabetes. By proper brushing at least two time a day and flossing at least once a day, these are excellent steps to healthy teeth and gums. The habit of flossing can sometimes be hard to commit too, but it is necessary because floss accesses areas that your toothbrush cannot reach, helping to prevent breakdown of your tooth enamel. It is important to position your teeth angled toward your gum line (about 45 degrees) and make a circular motion across each tooth. Your toothbrush should be replaced approximately every 3-4 months according to the American Dental Association. And don't forget your fluoride toothpaste, which helps remineralize tooth enamel and protect against cavities.

Keep in Touch with your Dentist

Be sure to schedule your dental appointments in the new year. Dental cleanings are often each 6 months, but your dentist may recommend every 3-4 months depending on your oral status. The new year is also the perfect time to finish any remaining dental treatment such as fillings, implants, or crowns.

Preserve Teeth

If you notice you grind your teeth, talk to your dentist so that the proper treatment can be provided. You may experience headaches, jaw pain, sore teeth, or even fractured tooth surfaces. A night guard may be suggested to help prevent damage to your pearly whites.

Kick Bad Habits

If you have a habit that you're looking to stop, it's never the wrong time to quit! For instance, smoking doubles your risk for gum disease and is also connected with many other health problems such as cancer. Contact your dentist if you're looking to quit smoking for recommendations and resources.

Choose Healthy Foods

Try cutting back on sugar, which is directly associated with tooth decay. Choose tooth-friendly foods like cheese and other dairy products high in calcium. In addition, high fibrous foods that help stimulate saliva to help wipe away plaque and help protect your tooth enamel.

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

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

References:

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/life-stages/adult-oral-care/looking-after-your-teeth-five-new-years-resolutions-for-a-healthier-mouth-1214

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All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth

December 25th, 2019

Our team at WDG wishes you and your family a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! As the smell of home cooked meals, holiday treats, and Christmas trees fill the air, we hope that you are surrounded by loved ones during this holiday season. One of the songs you may hear during this seasons is, “All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth.” This classic Christmas song was written by Donald Yetter Gardner in 1944. Many children may be losing their "baby teeth," also known as primary teeth, and preparing for their permanent teeth to come in. Children will develop 20 primary teeth, typically all by the age of three. The important fact is that a lifetime of good oral health begins with primary teeth. The primary teeth help guide the permanent teeth into their correct position, and are necessary for the development of the mouth and facial muscles. Even though primary teeth are destined to come out before the permanent teeth come, their health is still extremely important. If primary teeth become decayed or damaged, the permanent teeth under them can also become negatively impacted. Be sure to encourage your child to develop good oral hygiene habits, even during the Holiday season!

This song is also a great reminder that your Holiday dental care is important to prevent problems with your teeth during the holidays. Some treats that you may want to beware of during this Holiday season include candy canes, sour candies, and sticky candies. These sugary treats often get stuck in your teeth and are full of sugars that bacteria feed off of, which can lead to cavities. Also, dried fruit contains a high amount of sugars and should be avoided. As far as beverages go during the Holidays, carbonated drinks such as Coca-Cola and other sodas should be ditched this Holiday season and replaced with water! This also goes for alcoholic beverages, as they are often high in sugar and can even lead to tooth staining, such as with red wine. Not to mention, avoid chewing ice as this can cause your tooth enamel to fracture or wear down. The same concept applies when chewing hard food items, such as nuts. Also, avoid using your teeth as tools during this holiday season. Opening presents or even bottles with your teeth can lead to cracked tooth enamel and other dental problems.

The Holiday vacation is no reason to take a break from your teeth. Be sure to keep up with your brushing and flossing. Remember, prevention is better than treatment! Make sure your dental check-ups are scheduled for the new year.

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

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

References:

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Is it Possible to Remineralize Tooth Enamel?

December 19th, 2019

How much do you know about tooth remineralization? Tooth remineralization is a normal process that happens each day within our mouths. Remineralization repairs the outer layer of our tooth, also known as enamel, which is known to be the hardest substance in our body. Tooth enamel comprises approximately 96% minerals including hydroxyapatite. Hydroxyapatite is made up of calcium, phosphate, and hydroxide, which are important for the integrity of our teeth. Naturally, the process of demineralization, otherwise known as the loss of minerals, happens when the normal bacteria within your mouth feed on the foods we eat and produce acids. Thus, it is important when consuming sugary and acidic foods and beverages to take necessary precautions to protect your teeth. For instance, consuming acidic items in moderation, rinsing with water afterwards, and practicing good oral hygiene habits. That is why our diet and lifestyle choices play an important role in the health of our teeth.

So, how do teeth become remineralized? Turns out, we can thank our saliva for playing a major role in protecting and repairing our tooth enamel. Saliva not only helps wash food away from adhering to your teeth, but it also neutralizes harmful acids. A healthy pH for our mouths is typically around 7.5 to 8.5. Once the pH drops below 5.5, this is when demineralization of tooth enamel begins to occur. The process of demineralization can lead our teeth to develop white spots or cavities. Saliva also consists of many minerals, including calcium, phosphorus, and fluoride ions which all help boost enamel remineralization. That is why dry mouth, which can occur due to certain medications, medical conditions, or lack of water consumption for instance, can be detrimental to your oral health and put you at an increased risk of developing tooth decay. It is important to inform your dentist of your medical history during each visit.

We want our tooth enamel to stay strong so that our teeth last a lifetime. To promote the remineralization process within the oral cavity, make sure to brush twice a day for two minutes each time, and floss at least once a day. Be sure to consume foods rich in vitamins and minerals, including vegetables, cheese, fish, and eggs. Regular dental check-ups are key to help stop demineralization early and to treat it before they become cavities.

 References:

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/basics/mouth-and-teeth-anatomy/how-does-tooth-remineralization-work

https://www.news-medical.net/health/What-is-Tooth-Remineralization.aspx

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/conditions/cavities/can-you-remineralize-teeth-0915

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How Can Vitamin K2 Help My Health?

December 11th, 2019

As we approach the holidays, our hearts and tummies begin to prepare for the tasty meals enjoyed with loved ones. There are a lot of vitamins and minerals that exist in the foods we eat that are beneficial, and sometimes even essential for our body to function properly. Many of us have been told that milk builds strong bones due to calcium and vitamin D, which work together to help maintain your teeth and bones. But what about the less popular vitamins, such as vitamin K2? Check out how vitamin K2 may provide benefits for your general and dental health:

First, what exactly is Vitamin K? Vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin that is considered an essential nutrient necessary for blood clotting, calcium metabolism, bone health, and cardiovascular health. If your body is lacking vitamin K, your body's normal healing process may be impaired and you may be more likely to bleed.

Vitamin K has two main forms, K1 and K2. Vitamin K1 can be found in plant foods such as leafy greens and is made from the compound phylloquinone. On the other hand, vitamin K2 is found in animal and fermented foods, and from the normal bacteria within our human digestive system. Vitamin K2 is made from menaquinones. Not as popular in the Western diet, vitamin K2 can be found in Natto, a fermented soybean paste that is common in Japan, and in some cheeses. However, there is no recommendation for supplementation or daily intake of vitamin K2. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) describes vitamin K1 as the preferred form of the vitamin since it is less toxic, works faster, is stronger. However, vitamin K2 is also beneficial for our health for the reasons stated below.

Research suggests that vitamin K2 may protect your bones from osteoporosis and lower your risk of bone fractures. In addition, a research study published in Integrative Medicine: A Clinician's Journal found that vitamin K2 may contribute to keeping your blood vessel walls clear of calcium accumulation. Calcium deposits within blood vessels can lead to an increased risk of heart disease. Although more research needs to be conducted regarding vitamin K2 and its role in the oral cavity, some animal studies have suggested that it may play a role in lowering your risk of developing tooth decay. Vitamin K2 has been found to activate the protein osteocalcin, which is necessary for bone metabolism and the growth of new dentin within your teeth. it works together with vitamin D3 to carry calcium to your teeth and bones for normal absorption. It is also believed that vitamin K2 slows down the rate of tooth loss with age. Some studies have also suggested that vitamin K3 can help lower risk of developing diabetes, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, kidney disease, and lower oxidative stress in the brain related to Alzheimer's disease.

Ultimately, it is important to have a balanced diet, and keep up with a regular oral care routine, by brushing with fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day for two minutes each time, flossing, and keeping regular dental appointments.

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

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

References:

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/basics/nutrition-and-oral-health/what-to-know-about-vitamin-k2-benefits-for-teeth

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/vitamin-k2#bottom-line

https://askthedentist.com/vitamin-k2-benefits/

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Drinking from a Can? Think Again!

December 4th, 2019

Ever wonder if drinking from a can, a glass, or using straw could make a difference to your teeth? We all know that foods and drinks can play a role on the health of your teeth, but many would not have thought that the way you consume your drink can also be an important factor. Well, as it turns out, your drinking method does matter when consuming sugary beverages!

Sugary drinks can cause a lot of damage to your teeth, and your body too. According to a study published in the Academy of General Dentistry people in the United States consume about one and a half cans of soda a day, and a total of 576 each year! The study found that people who drink soft drinks straight from the can are more likely to get tooth decay on their back molar teeth. Consuming sugary drinks like sodas and energy drinks increase your risk of weight gain, and developing several medical conditions including Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and gout -and kids are not exempt! Children are 60% more likely to become obese with each sugary beverage consumed per day and are 2 times more susceptible to tooth decay.

Sugar as we know is what bacteria love to eat, and as a result the bacteria within your mouth produce acids that ultimately lead to tooth decay and breakdown your tooth enamel. But, we all have that craving for a soda every once and a while. That's why it is important to learn about preventative measures to take when consuming sugary beverages. Research shows that holding a drink in your mouth and taking long sips is detrimental to your teeth because it increases the acidity within your mouth. A smaller drop in the pH occurs when you drink the beverage straight down quickly and in one sitting. Sipping on a soda can throughout the day leads right to decay due to the constant exposure of your teeth to the sugars. The American Dental Association (ADA) also recommends using a straw positioned towards the back of your mouth when consuming beverages to avoid contact of the drink with your teeth. This of course does not prevent you from developing cavities, but it will help reduce your risk.

Not to mention, when you consume your sugary beverages also matters. It is best to do so during mealtime as opposed to by itself. Rinsing with water is also important to help wash away the sugars. In addition, avoid brushing immediately after consuming sugary drinks, because your tooth enamel is in a weakened state and can be harmed from brushing.

Remember, everything in moderation is key. Always try to be mindful of what drinks you are consuming and how you are consuming 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.

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

References:

https://www.bphc.org/whatwedo/healthy-eating-active-living/sugar-smarts/be-sugar-smart/Pages/Health-Effects-of-Sugary-Drinks.aspx

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/06/050616060426.htm

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/basics/nutrition-and-oral-health/does-drinking-out-of-cans-affect-your-risk-for-tooth-decay

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Give Thanks for your Teeth!

November 28th, 2019

Our caring team at Wellesley Dental Group wishes you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving! We hope that you have a day filled with great food and are surrounded by loved ones. Today there are lots of traditional Thanksgiving foods filled with vitamins and nutrients that may be present on your table, in addition to some that may not be the most tooth-friendly. If your looking for vitamins and nutrients to help keep your smile healthy, take a look at our breakdown of some of the hidden gems that you may be having in your Thanksgiving spread this year:

Need a Healthy Appetizer While the Food Cooks?

While the food is cooking, cheese, mixed nuts, and raw vegetables make a great snack! Cheese is is rich in calcium which is important for keeping your teeth strong. Casein, a protein within milk products, helps to prevent cavities. Nuts also contain calcium and minerals that help strengthen and remineralize your tooth enamel. Your saliva production is also at a high rate by chewing nuts and raw vegetables , which helps neutralize harmful acids and protect your teeth. Vegetables like celery and carrots also can help clean between teeth by acting like mini toothbrushes. Not to mention they contain the tooth-friendly Vitamin A.

The All-Star Turkey

The star of this holiday is thankfully packed with protein. Your mucosal tissues are also positively impacted by the iron and zinc within turkey. In addition, turkey is rich in phosphorous which is important for the health of your bones and teeth. Just keep some floss handy as turkey strands can easily find its way in-between your teeth.

The Accompanying Sides

Cranberry sauce can be the turkey's best companion. Unfortunately, lots of sugar is often added to many cranberry sauce recipes and in canned cranberries. However, try having fresh cranberries with your turkey this year. Cranberries are known to protect your teeth by blocking the harmful bacteria from their process in making cavities. They are loaded with many antioxidants which help your immune system fight against diseases.

Green beans make a great tasty side dish as they are rich in vitamins A, C, and K, which are great for gum health.

Yams and sweet potatoes also make a great side. If prepared without sugar additives, yams and sweet potatoes can be tooth-friendly as they are packed with Vitamin C, Thiamine, Niacin, Vitamin A, Fiber, and Potassium. They contain anti-inflammatory properties which can help fight periodontal disease. If your recipe does call for sugar, just be sure to rinse with water afterwards and keep up with brushing and flossing habits.

Saving the Best for Last: Dessert!


The smell of dessert alone can be the sweetest part of Thanksgiving! There's nothing like a home-made pumpkin pie, which is full of Vitamin A that strengthens tooth enamel and promotes gum health. Plus, pumpkin pie doesn't necessary need the added sugars due to its naturally sweet taste.

Another tooth-friendly dessert to try is fresh pear slices with honey yogurt dip. This recipe calls for about 2 tablespoons of honey with a sprinkle of ground cinnamon and fresh pear slices served on a platter. Pears are great for neutralizing harmful acids on tooth surfaces. Yogurt is also tooth-friendly as it contains calcium and phosphates.

Be sure to drink plenty of water throughout your meal to help wash away any leftover food particles from clinging to your teeth. Tap water contains fluoride which helps remineralize teeth and protect against cavities. Black and green tea have also been found to help kill harmful bacteria and fight against tooth decay. After a well-deserve Thanksgiving meal don't forget to brush and floss.

Moderation and healthy eating choices are key. We hope that you enjoy your Thanksgiving feast and have a great holiday!

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

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

References:

https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/thanksgiving-slideshow

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/basics/nutrition-and-oral-health/healthy-thanksgiving-tips-for-a-tooth-friendly-holiday-1113

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What's a Dental Crown?

November 25th, 2019

Has your dentist told you that you need a crown? Of course you are royalty, but a dental crown is slightly different than the crowns we are used to hearing about. A dental crown is like a cap that your dentist places over your tooth to restore it to its normal appearance and function. You may need a crown depending on the amount of tooth structure that you have left remaining. For instance, if you have a cavity that becomes too big to be replaced by a filing. Or if your tooth is chipped or worn down. Also, a crown may be indicated if you are in need of a root canal. Crowns can be made from several types of materials, including  metal alloys, ceramics, porcelain, or porcelain fused to metal (PFM) for example. The best pick of material for your crown is decided taking into consideration the location of the tooth in need of the crown, the shade of the tooth, and the position of your gum tissue just to name a few factors.

The process of getting a crown include the dentist first preparing the tooth by removing the outer surface of the tooth and any decay that is present. Sometimes your tooth may require an additional filling, also known as a core buildup, to support the crown. Then, an impression is taken of the prepared tooth in order to get a model of the tooth. While the crown is being made a temporary crown will be placed on the tooth. While having a temporary crown it is important to avoid chewing gum and eating sticky foods to prevent the temporary crown from dislodging. Also, when flossing be sure to slide the floss through rather than lifting it out to avoid pulling off the temporary crown. The last step is the cementation of the crown within the mouth along with any necessary adjustments.

What's important to know is that your crown needs to be taken care of just like your natural teeth. Crowned teeth can still be subject to tooth decay and gum disease.  Like always, you still want to brush your teeth for twice a day for two minutes each time, floss at least once a day, and avoid hard candies and an excess of sugary/acidic substances. You also want to make sure you are seeing your dentist regularly to ensure that your crown is sealed properly and doing well.

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

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

 

References:

https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/dental-crowns

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/cosmetic-dentistry/bridges-and-crowns/your-dental-crown-procedure-what-to-expect-0113

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Thank YOU for a Sweet 12th Annual Candy Drive: Event Highlights

November 18th, 2019

Just because Halloween is over, doesn’t mean the sweetness has to end! The past couple of weeks, we hosted our 12th Annual Candy Drive at Wellesley Dental Group-- the largest one in size and scope to date! This year we had a record number of 17,000 students across 52 schools and 15 towns in the MetroWest and Greater Boston area participate. Together, our community collected 13,237 pounds of Halloween candy-- beating the 2018 all-time high of 12,000 pounds! That's about 6,500 pounds of sugar. This candy is assembled into care packages for the US troops overseas with the help CarePacks, a local non-profit organization. The candy, along with sweet handwritten cards and oral hygiene supplies, will be sure to put a smile on the faces of the troops -- just in time for the approaching holiday season. We could not have done this without YOU!

In celebration of the annual initiative, we had our community and press event on November 8th. The chilly November weather didn’t stop members of the community from coming together to celebrate the monumental candy collection. The crowd enjoyed performances from Evan Lariviere and the Wellesley High School Keynotes, led by Dr. Kevin McDonald. Rick Bruce from CarePacks and Assistant Fire Chief Jeff Peterson from the Wellesley Fire Department also shared a few words thanking participants for their generosity towards our servicepeople. Also in attendance were representatives from the 51st Command Troop, West Suburban Veterans’ District, U.S. Coastguard and Wellesley Police Department, not to mention all the local students of all ages!

During the event, the grand prize of $1000 was awarded to Hardy Elementary School in Wellesley for raising the greatest amount of candy by weight per student. In second place was Fiske Elementary in Wellesley and in third place was Willard Elementary in Concord.

Every year, this candy drive draws the community together, and we unite over the generosity of our children, as they give up their prized Halloween candy to help our servicepeople enjoy a sweet taste from home.

We are grateful for all of the participants and organizations who made this event possible, Take a look at this years participating schools and organizations:

Babson College

Bates School

Beaver Country Day School

Bowen Elementary

Broadmeadow School

Cabot Elementary

Charles River School

Chickering School

Claypit Hill Elementary

Council on Aging

Dana Hall Middle School

Dedham Country Day

Deerfield Elementary School

Dover-Sherborn Middle School

Downey School

Elizabeth Seton Residence

Fiske School

Greenlodge Elementary Student

Hanlon School

Happy Hollow School

Hardy Elementary

Haynes Elementary

Heath School

High Rock School

Hills and Falls Nursery School

Hunnewell Elementary

John Eliot School

Kennedy Middle School

Liberty School

Loker Elementary

Magic Beans

Marillac Residence

Martha Jones School

Mason-Rice Elementary School

Memorial School

Noble and Greenough School

Parker Elementary

Potter Road School

Preschool at Wellesley Schools

Schofield Elementary School

Sheehan School

Sprague Elementary School

Tenacre Country Day School

Thayer Academy Middle School

The Tobin Family of Schools

Thurston Middle School

Upham Elementary

Waterstone at Wellesley

Wellesley College Pre-Dental Society

Wellesley High School

Wellesley Hills Junior Women's Club

Wellesley Middle School

Wellesley Mothers Forum

Westwood High School

Westwood Integrated Preschool

Willard Elementary School

Williams Elementary

Wilmington Youth Soccer

Wilson Middle School

Wrentham Elementary

For any questions or more information about the Wellesley Dental Group, please contact (781) 237-9071 or email candydrive@wellesleydentalgroup.com. Stay up to date with the Wellesley Dental Group by following @WellesleyDental on Twitter,  LinkedIn, Instagram, and Facebook.

 

Sipping Soft Drinks Associated with Obesity and Tooth Wear

November 17th, 2019

We all have certain food and drink cravings. For many, sodas may be one of them. We all know soda isn't the healthiest drink choice, however, you may not have known that sodas have been associated with both tooth decay and obesity, according to new research. According to the study published in ‘Clinical Oral Investigations,’ researchers found a direct link between the amount of sugary soft drinks and the breakdown of tooth enamel. In adult study participants who had tooth wear, researchers found that the number of surfaces affected was 1.4 times higher for each additional sugary/acidic beverage per day. They also found that the number of surfaces with moderate-to-severe tooth wear was 17% lower for each additional non-sugar/non-acidic beverage the adult drank each day.

Carbonated and acidic drinks can lead to enamel erosion, or tooth wear, which can have a negative impact on your oral health. Once the tooth enamel becomes worn down, the shape and appearance of the teeth can begin to change. The layer beneath tooth enamel, known as dentin, also begins to show and you may begin experiencing tooth sensitivity to  cold or hot foods and beverages. This can lead to many extra costly dental procedures down the road. Plus, acidic beverages are also known to increase the risk of gastric reflux disease in people who are overweight. So, not only are these drinks causing harm to your teeth, they are also damaging your body. The good news is, tooth wear can be preventable!

Diet is important for your overall health and pearly whites. Be sure to choose healthier drink alternatives. If you are to indulge in soda, do so in moderation and be sure to drink plenty of water afterwards to dilute the acid and sugar. Using a straw when consuming acidic beverages is also helpful to keep the sugar away from sitting on your teeth. Not to mention, ever heard of the slogan, "sip all day, get decay?" The statement is true! Sipping on soda throughout the day for long p periods of time can quickly breakdown your teeth, as the acid attacks your enamel with each sip of soda you take. Be sure to engage in physical activity each day and keep up with good oral hygiene practices.

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

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

References:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/10/191028075946.htm

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A Special Day in Honor of Veterans

November 11th, 2019

Today marks Veterans Day and we are extremely grateful for all veterans who have served our country.

November 11, 1918 is the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice, which was the agreement to end World War I. There is a lot going on today which you and your family can join in celebration for! Checkout the cool events happening today.

Not to mention, we are so thankful for all of your donations and participation at our 12th Annual Candy Drive for the Troops, which was even bigger and better than ever before! The thousands of pounds of candy, tons of thoughtful messages, and oral hygiene kits were donated to our U.S. troops overseas.

There's not just one, but two parades happening in Boston! These parades will include walking around historical places including City Hall Plaza, Boston Common, and Faneuil Hall where there will be a lot of live music, poetry, and speeches in honor of Veteran's Day.

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12:00PM (Rain or Shine)
Location:
Boylston Street and Charles Street
Boston, MA 02116
The second parade, Parade and Rally for Peace, will occur shortly following the start of the first parade and follow the same route ending at Faneuil Hall where an event organized by the organization Veterans for Peace will take place around 2pm. The meet up is at the same location, Boylston street and Charles street.

Veterans Day Shopping Sales

Both Wrentham Village and Assembly Row offer military discounts for both active and retired veterans at several stores, with sales that typically include from 30% to 70% off the already discounted prices.

Volunteer Opportunity with New England Center for Homeless Veterans

Looking for a chance to honor and give back to Veterans? The New England Center for Homeless Veterans are in need of volunteers each day to serve lunch and dinner, along with helping with activities. Volunteer slots include volunteering for either an hour, or full-day, for one time visit or as a regular volunteer.

Volunteers can register at 617-371-1800, or register online.

Weekdays
  • Lunch: 11:30am – 12:45pm
  • Dinner: 4:30pm – 5:45pm
Weekends
  • Breakfast: 7:30am – 9:30am
  • Dinner: 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Location:

New England Center and Home for Veterans
17 Court Street, Boston MA 02108

Veterans Specials at Boston Restaurants

Looking for a good meal on Veteran's Day? If you're a veteran or on active duty there are several restaurants around Boston that are offering discounted or even free meals!

McCormick & Schmick's:

Veterans are offered a complimentary lunch or dinner entree from a special menu with a reservations: http://www.mccormickandschmicks.com/featured-promotion/Veterans-Day.aspx

Blue Ribbon BBQ:

Arlington, Dedham, and West Newton locations are offering a free sandwich with 2 sides to all veterans and first responders on Veteran's Day: http://www.blueribbonbbq.com/about.aspx

Bruegger's Bagels:

Free small drip coffee for veterans and active duty military with ID/proof of service.

Dunkin' Donuts:

Free doughnut for all veterans and active duty military on Veterans Day.

Bar Louie:

Free flatbread or burger for Veterans on Veterans Day.

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

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

References:

https://www.boston-discovery-guide.com/veterans-day.html

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What's in Your Candy Bowl?

October 31st, 2019

Here at WDG, we wish you a happy, safe, and tooth-friendly Halloween! It's hard not to love candy, especially when there's so much of it around like during Halloween. Most of us have a "sweet-tooth," but we all know sometimes this can come at a cost to our dental health. Tooth decay can develop as the sugars from candy breakdown your tooth enamel.
Today lots of candy will be collected from house to house, and most of the time children will have a collection of all types of candy within their bags. But, did you know that all candies are not created equal? There are some candies that are worse for your oral health than others. Take a look at what candies should be avoided:

Sour Patch Kids

Sour Patch Kids are loaded with sugar. In fact, it's ingredients all contain sugar and acids that are harmful to your teeth, including corn syrup, tartaric acid, citric acid, modified corn starch, and artificial flavoring. In just a 2 ounce bag, there is about 36 grams fo sugar! Sour candies also contribute to enamel erosion due to their high acidic content.

Tootsie Rolls

As you may know, sticky candies like tootsie rolls have a hard time being removed from the pits and grooves on your teeth. This allows bacteria to make themselves at home and produce acids that contribute to tooth decay. Not to mention, even though they're small, they're packed with sugar. In 6 tootsie rolls there is about 20 grams of sugar.

Caramel

Caramel can be another sticky issue. Its ingredients include glucose syrup, sugar and cane sugar syrup for a total of 16 grams of sugar for 6 tiny pieces.

Candy corn

Candy corn is a Halloween staple. However, it can contain more sugar than ice-cream and is another sticky culprit that your teeth will benefit from not having.

Jawbreakers

The name itself is terrifying, and true. Hard candies, such as jawbreakers can cause extreme jaw pain and even lead to cracked teeth. They also last a long period of time within the mouth which exposes your teeth to harmful sugars for the lengthy periods.

Fun Dip

The assortment of colors and sweet taste of fun dip can be cool, but it is essentially made up of 100% sugar and can be detrimental to your pearly-whites.

Snickers

The chocolate and caramel goodness can be not so sweet for your teeth despite the high sugar content. It's another sticky treat, and contains 27 grams of sugar, and contains 266 calories.

But not to worry, once done sorting from the huge candy pile collected today, our Annual Candy Drive is a great way to share extra Halloween candy for a great cause. We will send all donations and caring messages to our U.S. troops overseas to express our gratitude for their service. Any school, organization, or individual is welcome to participate. We also award a grand prize of $1000 to the school PTO that donated the most candy, taking into account the number of students per school and amount of pounds of candy collected per student. Please join us for the upcoming grand celebration this year:

Candy Collection: 1st-7th November 2019Press Event: 8th November, 2019 @ 10 AMLocation: 5 Seaward Rd, Wellesley, MA 02481

If you have questions or queries about how you can join hands with us for this great cause, send us an email at candydrive@wellesleydentalgroup.com, or call us at 781-237-9071. This year you can also register online!

RSVP: https://forms.gle/WdvFhU9UoM6RU2fR7

Be sure to follow us on Twitter,  LinkedIn, and Facebook, and look for updates on our Facebook Event 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.

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

References:

http://www.dentalproductsreport.com/dental/article/8-candies-make-dental-professionals-scream?page=0,8

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Halloween Do's and Don'ts!

October 26th, 2019

Halloween is quickly approaching, and the last thing anyone wants to be haunted by is cavities! Halloween can be a great time to promote good oral health habits for life, even with the temptation of sweet treats around for the occasion. What many people may not know is that the frequency of snacking on foods high in sugar, like candy, is more harmful to your teeth than the actual amount of sugar present in the snack. The amount of time the sugar is present on your teeth leads to a greater number of acid attacks on your teeth, eventually resulting in tooth decay. So, to prevent being spooked by cavities, here's a few suggestions to keep your teeth strong and healthy this Halloween:

Pass out sugar-free treats

A great way to promote healthy teeth to your little ones is to pass out tooth-friendly Halloween treats during this trick-or-treat season. Passing out glow-in-the dark stick bracelets and necklaces are fun and nice for trick-or-treaters so that they can shine as they walk through neighborhoods collecting treats. Small water bottles are also useful for the kids to drink after they consume their candy treats while going from house to house. Also, sugar-free gum with xylitol, stickers, and even toothbrushes make for great gifts that can be passed out during Halloween!

 

Timing is Everything!

Halloween candy is best eaten with meals or not too long after mealtime when saliva production is at its highest. Saliva helps wash away the acids made by bacteria as well as any leftover food particles within the mouth. Water also is important to swish with after indulging in sweets. 

Donate some of your treats to WDG's 12th Annual Candy Drive:

Our Annual Candy Drive is a great way to share extra Halloween candy for a great cause. We will send all donations and caring messages to our U.S. troops overseas to express our gratitude for their service. Any school, organization, or individual is welcome to participate. We also award a grand prize of $1000 to the school PTO that donated the most candy, taking into account the number of students per school and amount of pounds of candy collected per student. Please join us for the upcoming grand celebration this year:
Candy Collection: 1st-7th November 2019Press Event: 8th November, 2019 @ 10 AMLocation: 5 Seaward Rd, Wellesley, MA 02481

If you have questions or queries about how you can join hands with us for this great cause, send us an email at candydrive@wellesleydentalgroup.com, or call us at 781-237-9071. This year you can also register online!

RSVP: https://forms.gle/WdvFhU9UoM6RU2fR7

Be sure to follow us on Twitter,  LinkedIn, and Facebook, and look for updates on our Facebook Event Page.

Avoid sticky situations:

Sticky and sour candies can do a number on your teeth more than other candies. Sticky candies can get stuck in the grooves of teeth and remain their for long periods of time and increase your risk of developing cavities. Also, sour candies often are more acidic and can break down your tooth enamel. 

We wish you all a happy, safe, and cavity-free 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.

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

References:

https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/non-candy-halloween-treats

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Take a Deep Breath: Vaping Effects On Your Lungs

October 20th, 2019

Many of us have been following the devastating news of young adult deaths related to vaping across the country. Vaping has recently become an epidemic and major public health issue. With Respiratory Care Week beginning today, October 20th-26th, and  Healthy Lung Month the entire month of October, we would like to highlight all of the necessary information needed to keep our lungs breathing well to last us an entire lifetime!

The statistics on lung disease are disheartening, with greater than 35 million Americans living with a chronic lung disease such as asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Not to mention, lung cancer is the #1 cause of death related to cancer for both women and men in the U.S. Many lung diseases have been a result of cigarette smoking. Cigarette use has decreased in comparison to the past, however the rise of e-cigarettes/vaping has drastically made its way into society, particularly with young adults. The use of e-cigarettes has been reported by approximately 20% of high school students in the U.S. within the last month. Surprisingly even 5% of middle school students in the U.S. have reported using e-cigarettes within the last month. In Massachusetts, the numbers are even higher: 40% of high school students and 10% of middle school students have used e-cigarettes within the past month. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), over 1000 people have become affected with respiratory issues as a result of vaping. As of today, the CDC reports that there have been 33 deaths in 24 states.

The use of e-cigarettes not only damages lungs and brain development, but also one’s oral health, and it is important to our caring team here at WDG to keep you in the loop and ensure your safety and health. Sadly, vaping has been marketed as a “healthy” alternative to smoking tobacco cigarettes. With research still ongoing, vaping can contain the addictive substance nicotine, and chemical particles within the vapor, including volatile organic compounds, flavoring agents, cancer-causing chemicals, and heavy metals which can all negatively impact your health. Plus, e-cigarettes can cause dry mouth, gum inflammation, and increase the amount of cavity-causing bacteria. Long-term effects of vaping are still being researched.

It is important to spread the word about the dangers of vaping and provide individuals who are vaping with the information and resources needed to quit, which can be found below:

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

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

References:

https://nationaltoday.com/respiratory-care-week/

https://www.lung.org/about-us/mission-impact-and-history/our-impact.html

http://www.deltadentalma.com/The-Brush-Up/Blog/What-Dentists-Need-to-Know-About-the-Teen-Vaping-E

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Columbus Day Fun Activities

October 14th, 2019

 

Looking for cool things for you and your family to do on your day off this Columbus Day? Look no further, check out these activities around the Greater Boston Area that will get you out of the house for a fun-filled day!

Columbus Day is a national holiday that marks Christopher Columbus, an Italian explorer,  landing in the Americas on October 12, 1492. Presently, many places across the United States, such as Washington D.C. have voted to replace the national holiday with Indigenous Peoples' Day to honor the resilience and culture of Native Americans.

Halloween Fall Festival: Smolak Farms

Where?

315 South Bradford Street, North Andover, MA01845

When?

Monday, Oct 14th, 2019 @ 10:00am-5:00pm

Bring your family for a great start to Fall with apple picking at the Standard Orchard across the street, along with food, beverages, and lots of activities for everyone. This includes a cow train, bouncy house, carnival-themed games, face painting, and crafts.

Indigenous Peoples’ Day at the MFA

Where?

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115

When?

Mon Oct 14, 2019

10:00am to 5:00pm

Enjoy free admission for all ages with special events including music, dance, and exciting art activities from Native artists.

Wrentham Village Premium Outlets Celebrates Columbus Day Weekend

Where?

Wrentham Village Premium Outlets

Outlet Boulevard, Wrentham,  MA 02093

When?

Monday, Oct 14th, 2019 @ 9:00am- – 9:00p.m.

Love shopping? Spend your day at Wrentham Outlets with your family checking out major sales.

Cathedral Station Brunch

Where?

Cathedral Station

1222 Washington St, Boston, Massachusetts 02118

When?

Monday, October 14 from 11am - 3pm

Looking to go out to eat on your day off? Cathedral station will be hosting a brunch on Columbus Day.

Columbus Day Lego Party

Where?

Patriot Place Activity Center

Foxboro at 225 Patriot Place, Foxborough, Massachusetts, 02035

When?

Monday, October 14, 2019 from 11:00 am to 03:00 pm

In love with legos? Today you’ll have the opportunity to buildlife sized Lego structures at the Patriot Place Activity Center.

References:

https://www.npr.org/2019/10/14/769083847/columbus-day-or-indigenous-peoples-day

https://patch.com/massachusetts/northandover/amp/cal/20191014/666970/halloween-fall-festival-columbus-day-weekend-2019

https://mommypoppins.com/boston-kids/event/free/indigenous-peoples-day-at-the-mfa

https://patch.com/massachusetts/boston/amp/cal/20191014/664301/wrentham-village-premium-outlets-celebrates-columbus-day-weekend

https://events.time.ly/h7egroe?event=34035517

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Treats for Troops: What Our Annual Candy Drive is All About

October 8th, 2019

Each fall here at the Wellesley Dental Group is an exciting and sweet-filled season: It's Candy Drive time! We are reminded just how truly amazing the power of giving is, and how special it is when our community comes together for a great cause. We are extremely grateful to see this annual initiative continue to grow, now going on for twelve years! This tradition sprung from our goal of promoting selfless acts of giving in children through sharing extra Halloween candy to protect their pearly whites, and sending caring messages to honor and express gratitude to our U.S. troops overseas. Community and service to others is an essential part of our core values, and each year we could not accomplish these efforts without YOU! Last year 13,749 students were involved and we collected 12,238 pounds of candy from over 43 schools, and several other individuals and organizations. This year we plan to break this record and are excited for the celebration to be even greater.

Last year we were able to send over 500 packages filled with the candy, oral hygiene supplies, and caring handwritten cards from the community’s donations through CarePacks, a non-profit organization located in Weymouth, MA.

But, the party doesn't stop there. Once the donations are collected, we celebrate with the community at our community and press event at our office in Wellesley. This grand celebration is always a blast, with performances by young students, special guest speakers, representatives from the National Guard, and Wellesley Fire and Police departments! Take a look in the past and check out photos from 2017's 10th Annual Candy Drive here, and 2018's 11th Annual Candy Drive here.

Not to mention, we always award a grand prize of $1000 to the school PTO that donated the most candy, taking into account the number of students per school and amount of pounds of candy collected per student. Last years first place winner was Hardy Elementary School, with Broadmeadow Elementary in second place, and Fiske Elementary School in third place. Who will be the winner this year in 2019? We can't wait to find out!

So, as we head into the season of trick-or-treats with Halloween in the near future, we are looking forward to celebrating this fun tradition with you!

Our 2019 12th Annual Candy Drive for the Troops event details are as follows:

Candy Collection: 1st-7th November 2019

Press Event: 8th November, 2019 @ 10 AM

Location: 5 Seaward Rd, Wellesley, MA 02481

 

 

If you have questions or queries about how you can join hands with us for this great cause, send us an email at candydrive@wellesleydentalgroup.com, or call us at 781-237-9071. This year you can also register online! ????: https://forms.gle/WdvFhU9UoM6RU2fR7

Be sure to follow us on Twitter,  LinkedIn, and Facebook, and look for updates on our Facebook Event Page.

4 Easy Steps to a Healthy Mouth

October 5th, 2019

The work dental hygienists do is tremendously valuable, and worth celebrating every day! In fact, the month of October represents Dental Hygiene Month across the nation. Each October we are all reminded to promote healthy smiles. Practicing good oral health is necessary to keep strong teeth, healthy gums, and even a healthy overall body. The connections between periodontal disease (gum disease) and systemic diseases such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes is real. Unfortunately, the American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA) reports that approximately 75% of people in America have some form of periodontal disease, which is the most common cause of tooth loss in adults. This, however, is preventable with good oral hygiene practices.

With early starts to your day and a big to-do list, it can sometimes be easy to skip some of your oral hygiene routine. But, not to worry! The American Dental Hygienists Association and American Dental Association offer four essential , quick, and easy tips on how to keep a healthy and clean mouth, even when you're on-the-move: Brush. Floss. Rinse. Chew. Check it out:

Brushing:

Brushing your teeth is necessary twice daily for two minutes each time. Brushing is key to help eliminate the accumulation of food particles and plaque that oral bacteria feed off of leading to gum disease and tooth decay.

 

Flossing:

Flossing may seem tedious, but your oral health depends on it. Flossing is recommended once daily to help remove plaque and food in hard to reach areas between the teeth that the toothbrush cannot remove.

 

Rinsing:

Mouth rinses are not only good to help freshen breath, but also offer an antibacterial component that helps fight and prevent cavities. Be sure to purchase a  non-alcohol based mouthwash with the ADA Seal of Acceptance. Mouthwash will help eliminate plaque and keep your gums healthy.

 

Chewing:

Sugar-free gum has been found to help improve your oral health by stimulating saliva to wash away remaining food particles. It also can help strengthen enamel by neutralizing the acids produced by oral bacteria and is recommended to chew for about 20 minutes after consuming meals.

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

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

References:

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/life-stages/adult-oral-care/ada-october-is-national-dental-hygiene-month

https://nationaltoday.com/national-dental-hygiene-month/

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Vaping: A Public Health Emergency

September 28th, 2019

You may have heard about the recent devastating health crisis in young adults: electronic cigarettes (e-cigarette) and vaping products causing severe lung disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and state health departments, are looking into the link between e-cigarette products and lung disease. As of September 24, 2019, Governor of Massachusetts, Charles D. Baker, declared a public health emergency on this issue and initiated a temporary four-month statewide ban on the sale of vaping products, including tobacco and marijuana, in stores and online until January 25, 2020. The latest news reports 805 cases of lung damage from 46 states in America, with 12 current deaths. According to the CDC, 67% of cases are aged 18 to 34 years old, 38% are under the age of 21 years old, 17 % are over 35 years old, and 16% are under the age of 18. A majority of the individuals reported using e-cigarette products with THC and nicotine. The direct cause of the lung problems is still being investigated.

E-cigarette use is also known as vaping, and works by warming up a liquid which becomes inhaled into the lungs. E-cigarettes have become increasingly advertised over the past few years. So much so that Juul, an electronic cigarette company, increased their sales by almost 800% from 2017 to 2018. Sadly, they have been marketed as “safer” alternatives to cigarette smoking, although in reality they carry many of the same risks as well as new risks.The inhaled liquids are often made up of nicotine, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabinoid (CBD) oils, along with other substances. Each product, however, may contain a variation of other ingredients and concentrations, which may be toxic to the body.

Both cigarettes and vaping products are not only damaging for your lungs and body, but also are not good for your oral health. Nicotine has been found to prevent healthy blood flow within the gums, which can increase your risk of developing gingivitis and periodontitis. In addition, one of the ingredients found in vaping products, propylene glycol, has been found to cause dry mouth. Dry mouth plays a detrimental role in oral health because it can lead to tooth decay and oral thrush. Not to mention, e-cigarettes can contribute to DNA damage and result in oral cancer.

For your health and safety, avoid smoking all e-cigarettes/vaping products and use of tobacco cigarettes. The Massachusetts Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Program offers information and resources that can help individuals quit. Massachusetts also partners with national resources for teens interested in quitting smoking or vaping via My Life, My QuitTM and This is Quitting powered by Truth® program.

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

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

References:

https://www.foxnews.com/health/vaping-harming-teeth-study

https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/basic_information/e-cigarettes/severe-lung-disease.html

https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/marijuana/2019/09/24/governor-baker-make-vaping-announcement-amid-spate-lung-illnesses/o8sO6mf3GOmX4mOpLLtcEL/story.html

https://www.mass.gov/guides/vaping-public-health-emergency#-information-for-providers-

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Tips on Living Long and Healthy

September 16th, 2019

Now that we're into the month of September, it's time to focus our attention on how to improve our overall health in honor and celebration of Healthy Aging Month! This yearly observance focuses on highlighting tips to help individuals improve their physical and mental health as adults get older. This means also focusing on oral health, since the mouth is a window to the rest of the body. In fact, gum disease, which is common in older people, has been found to be linked with memory loss. Which means taking care of your mind may rely heavily on taking care of your mouth! It is important to realize that as we continue to age, there are changes that occur within the mouth that affect our teeth and the surrounding gums and bone. It is key to minimize damage to our oral cavity at any age by maintaining regular dental visits, and keeping up with good oral hygiene habits each day. Often, poor oral health becomes a factor that worsens existing chronic health problems that an individual may face, including heart disease and diabetes.

In addition, older adults may often be taking several medications daily, which can lead to dry mouth. Not only is the feeling of dry mouth annoying, but it also is harmful to your teeth because it can increase your risk of developing tooth decay due to less saliva being present within the mouth.

No matter what age we are, it is always a great time to start practicing healthy lifestyle habits. Take a look at these tips for healthy aging:

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1. Drink plenty of water!

Staying hydrated is very important for our bodies. Tap water is the best resource because it contains fluoride, which plays a major role in keeping your teeth healthy.

2. Healthy snacks are the way to go

We need to be a little picky with our food choices in order to have a diet that is healthy for our teeth and body. Snacks filled with protein including yogurt, cheese, and nuts make great healthy and tooth-friendly snacks. Also eating foods high in iron, such as spinach, meats, and beans, can help give you the energy you need for each day. Avoid eating sugary foods and candy, as these items aren't so tooth-friendly despite their tastiness.

3. Brushing and flossing habits at home

It is important to brush at least twice a day, and floss at least once a day to help wash away all of the food particles and bacteria within the mouth that could cause harm to your pearly whites. If you wear any oral appliances, such as a retainer or denture, be sure to clean these since bacteria can harbor themselves there too! Fluoride Mouthwash also makes for a good addition to your oral care habits. Not only does the mouth wash help make your breath smell nice and fresh, it also may contain beneficial fluoride and can easily be added to your night and/or morning time routine.

4. Be active

Exercise is essential for staying healthy as we get older. Adults are recommended to get at least 150 minutes of exercise each week.

5. Schedule your dental visit

Be sure that your are visiting your dentist for a regular check up at least twice a year to ensure that your teeth are 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.

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

References:

https://healthyaging.net/healthy-lifestyle/oral-health/

https://www.deltadentalma.com/About-Us/News/2016/For-Healthy-Aging-Month,-know-your-mouth-may-hold

https://healthyaging.net/healthy-lifestyle/september-is-healthy-aging-month-10-tips-to-celebrate/

https://healthyaging.net/healthy-lifestyle/healthy-aging/

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Why Should I Donate Blood?

September 10th, 2019

Donating blood may not be on your to-do list, but there are many great reasons to donate blood. By donating blood, you can help someone's life, even across the world! You may have noticed that your social media timelines, television screens, and phone news notifications were filled with news of Hurricane Dorian, the destructive Category 5 hurricane affecting the Bahamas, Southeastern United States, and Atlantic Canada recently. Blood donations are invaluable, especially during natural disasters when many people are in need. Not to mention, the selfless act of donating blood can help save 3 lives. People in hospitals, accidents, or with certain medical conditions, for instance, can benefit from blood donations.
Plus, the good thing is that it's a very easy process! There are some requirements needed before the blood donation can be given, such as you must weigh at least 110 pounds, be in good health and feeling well, and be over the age of 16.
Individuals with Type O blood are known as universal donors, and people with all blood types can receive this blood donation. But, interestingly enough, you are benefiting from the blood donation just like the person recieving the donation. Donating blood helps improve your cardiovascular health, lowers your risk of cancer, allows the production of new blood cells, and you can receive a free health screening.
Don't worry, donating blood is not harmful to your body. After about a day your body replaces the lost fluids. Be sure to drink plenty of fluids and eat a healthy meal before donating blood.

Our caring team at the Wellesley Dental Group is happily co-hosting a community blood donation drive with the American Red Cross and the Wellesley Community Center this month of September! Check out the details:

  • Date: Wednesday September 18th, 2019
  • Time: 1:00 pm-5:00 pm.
  • Location Wellesley Community Center
    219 Washington Street
    Wellesley, MA 02482.

For more information and to register for the blood drive, you can call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or register online here. We hope to see 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 to set up an appointment.

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

References:

https://www.redcrossblood.org/donate-blood/blood-donation-process/donation-process-overview.html

https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/blood-donation/about/pac-20385144

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Tooth Decay -Genetic or Environmental?

September 4th, 2019

It’s easy to blame somethings on our parents, but recent research shows that you shouldn’t blame tooth decay on genetics. In the past it has been thought that our risk of developing cavities is similar to our family members. However, more research is showing that tooth decay boils down mainly to environmental factors rather than genetics. Although we can’t just easily point to our parents when we develop a cavity, this can be a good thing because tooth decay is largely preventable! Take a look at what influences your risk of tooth decay and how you can prevent it:

Interestingly enough, we are made up of good bacteria that help us survive. However, some of the bacteria found within the mouth can feed on sugars within the foods we eat and lead to tooth decay. These bacteria produce acids that wear down our tooth enamel and create what we all dread and know to be cavities. These bacteria often come after birth, and with more research specific bacteria are being found to play a role in creating cavities. While some bacteria we do inherit from our parents, others that have been linked to causing dental cavities are not found to be associated with genetics, including Streptococcus mutants, and Porphyromonas gingivalis. The study conducted by the J. Craig Venter Institute in Maryland evaluated 485 pairs of identical and fraternal twins within the age range of 5 to 11 years old. When analyzing the study participants’ dental plaque and bacteria present within the mouth, they found that environmental factors played a significant role in the type of bacteria present that were associated with causing tooth decay. The bacteria responsible for causing tooth decay were mainly due to factors including diet and home care dental habits such as brushing and flossing. However, family history is important when looking at risks of tooth decay, for instance similar food diets shared between family members could increase or lower the risk of tooth decay.

What you may be able to blame genes for is the development of teeth. Such as the relationship between your teeth when biting together, the timing in which your teeth first appear, or even the size of teeth (macrodontia or microdontia).

So, while somethings you may get away with being able to blame your parents for, tooth decay is largely in part influenced by environmental factors. This is why it’s extremely important to get regular dental check-ups, and practice good oral hygiene care to ensure that your teeth are healthy and lasting lifetime!

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

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

References:

https://www.ameritasinsight.com/wellness/dental/mouth-bacteria-bad-teeth

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How to Protect "Buck Teeth"

August 28th, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

References:

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

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

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Healthy Start to the School Year

August 21st, 2019

Sometimes we often forget just how important our food choices are for our bodies. Especially when we are craving that most-delicious sweet that we all cannot resist! Things like candy and soda both typically fill our hearts desires, but as we all know they’re not on our good side. But, we truly do need to be more careful about what we eat, not only for your health but also for your pearly whites. Now that summer is soon coming to an end and school is approaching, it’s important to review what should be included on you and your child’s plate. Take a look at these healthy foods that can help satisfy your taste, and keep your mind, body, and teeth in good shape!

Dairy

Dairy products like cheese, milk, and yogurt make great tooth-friendly snacks. Cheese can help lower the risk of tooth decay by raising the pH, making the mouth less acidic. Not to mention, dairy is often full of protein and nutrients that help keep your enamel strong, like calcium. Yogurt contains healthy bacteria, also known as probiotics, which are known to help with digestion and fight off bad bacteria. Dairy is also typically low in sugar, making it a great pick for your lunch.

Nuts

 

Nuts are low in sugar, and are full of protein and minerals that are great for your overall health. Plus, chewing nuts helps trigger saliva production, which can lower your risk for tooth decay. Try tossing them in salads, or grab a bag of them to add to your lunchbox.

 

Hight Fiber Foods/Vegetables

Foods high in fiber such as leafy greens are the way to go when looking for something healthy! It aids digestion, promotes good cholesterol levels, and enhances saliva production necessary for protecting your teeth. Not only are they low in calories, but they're also loaded with vitamins and minerals.

Water

Staying hydrated with water, particularly fluoridated water, is key for keeping your body healthy. Fluoride is an important component as it helps remineralize tooth enamel and makes teeth more resistant to decay.

Apples

An apple a day can actually be good for your health and smile! Apples contain a great amount of fiber and water, and help act similarly to a toothbrush by helping to remove food particles from your teeth.

Carrots

Crunchy carrots also help stimulate saliva production and are a great source of fiber and vitamin A. They make a great snack by themselves or added to salad.

Cranberries

Cranberries have been found to protect your smile by helping keep plaque from sticking to teeth with the help of polyphenols.

Sugarless gum

For all of the gum lovers, sugar-free gum is the best option for your pearly whites. Chewing sugarless gum helps increase saliva production and helps wash away leftover food particles that bacteria feed on.

Prevention is the best way to keep your body and smile in tip-top shape. One method of prevention is to carefully choose healthy foods full of essential nutrients.

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

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

References:

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/basics/nutrition-and-oral-health/healthy-foods-list-seven-best-foods-for-your-teeth-0214

https://www.livescience.com/44111-foods-healthy-teeth-bad-breath.html

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Trouble Sleeping? Here's How to Manage Sleep Apnea

August 14th, 2019

Is sleep apnea taking a toll on your well-being? If you’re experiencing fatigue throughout the day and question whether or not you may have sleep apnea, your dentist can help! You may not have thought that your dentist could be the one helping you achieve a good night’s rest, but it’s true! In fact, many times dentists are the first medical professionals to observe the common signs and risk factors of sleep apnea in patients. These signs can include teeth grinding (also known as bruxism), dry mouth, sore throat, and jaw pain just to name a few.

Let’s take a look at the common methods of treating sleep apnea:

  • Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP):

This is the most popular method for treating obstructive sleep apnea. Oxygen is continuously supplied through a nose, mouth, or both nose and mouth mask that is connected to a machine. The device allows the airway to remain open via positive pressure. This has been proven to be highly effective in treating obstructive sleep apnea, but relies heavily on patient compliance to wear the mask throughout the night.

  • Oral appliance therapy (OAT):

Dentists can create a custom oral appliance that can help prevent your airway from collapsing during sleep. These appliances often help reposition the lower jaw and tongue from blocking the airway.

  • Surgery:

Surgery may be recommended in severe cases of sleep apnea to help eliminate airway obstruction. This may involve jaw surgery, or removing tonsils or throat tissues.

  • In addition, avoiding sleeping on your back, weight loss, and nasal decongestants can help some milder cases of sleep apnea.

If you think you may have sleep apnea, Wellesley Dental Group’s very own Dr. Emad Abdallah would love to help! Also, stay tuned to our social media accounts including FacebookLinkedIn, Pinterest, and Twitter for more sleep-related posts!

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

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

References:

https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/s/sleep-apnea-and-snoring

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/conditions/respiratory-conditions/is-sleep-apnea-or-snoring-robbing-you-from-your-sleep-0713

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Robbed of a Good Night's Rest?

August 10th, 2019

Sleep is an important part of each day, so much so that the effects of a restless night can change the entire productivity of our next day! Unfortunately, many people suffer from sleeping disorders. In fact, nearly 70 million adults in the United States have a sleeping disorder, the most common of which is sleep apnea. According to the National Sleep Foundation, a whopping 18 million adults in America have sleep apnea. So, what exactly is sleep apnea? There are two main types to know about:

  • The most common form, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), is a condition involving involuntary temporary interruptions in breaths for at least ten seconds at a time due to upper airway blockage. This causes a disrupted sleeping pattern and low blood oxygen levels, which can contribute to several health issues.
  • Central sleep apnea is much less common and is characterized by failure of the brain to signal the necessary muscles involved in breathing.

As a result of the interrupted breathing pattern, individuals with sleep apnea often produce snoring and choking sounds throughout the night. You may be wondering, what’s the big deal about having sleep apnea? Sleep apnea does not only just interrupt your night’s rest, it can also put you at a higher risk of developing many conditions, including high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, diabetes, depression, and worsening of ADHD.

Who does sleep apnea affect?

Obstructive sleep apnea can impact people of all ages and any gender, however, there are some factors that can place some people at higher risk. This includes people 40 years of age and older, smokers, heavy alcohol users, males, African Americans, those who have a family history of sleep apnea, and individuals suffering from obesity, sinus problems, or allergies. Your anatomy also plays a role in your risk of developing sleep apnea. People with nasal septum deviations, a thicker neck, narrow throat, large tongue, small jaw, or enlarged tonsils are at higher risk of sleep apnea.

If you think you have sleep apnea or have been told that you may have sleep apnea by your doctor, don’t worry! Sleep apnea can be treated, and Wellesley Dental Group’s very own Dr. Emad Abdallah can help you conquer sleep-disordered breathing!  Dr. Emad Abdallah received his doctorate, certificate in orthodontics, and Master of Science in temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ) and orofacial pain from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. Don't be robbed of a good night's sleep, contact us today!

Stay tuned to our social media accounts including FacebookLinkedIn, Pinterest, and Twitter for more sleep-related posts!

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

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

References:

https://www.sleepfoundation.org/sleep-apnea

https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/s/sleep-apnea-and-snoring

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/conditions/respiratory-conditions/is-sleep-apnea-or-snoring-robbing-you-from-your-sleep-0713

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Why is my Tongue White?

August 6th, 2019

 

The human body is amazing in so many ways. Our bodies often try to tell us things about our health through triggering certain signs and signals. The oral cavity can be an easy spot to indicate signs of specific health conditions developing. For instance, the color and texture of your tongue could be a clue that something is going on within your body.

The normal anatomy of the tongue is comprised of tiny nodules known as papilla. The color is typically a shade of pink, although food debris may temporarily stain the tongue. An indicator of poor oral health or possibly an underlying health condition is the presence of a white tongue that remains for a prolonged period of time. A white tongue has been associated with mouth breathing, smoking, oral thrush (fungal candidiasis infection), infections, excessive alcohol use, medication side effects, and congenital heart disease.

Most frequently it is linked with dry mouth and dehydration, which increases the risk of developing tooth decay and infections. Saliva is crucial for helping us breakdown food and protecting our teeth due to the proteins and minerals found within it. Without it, the dry environment promotes bacteria and fungi growth and typically produces an odor.

Other conditions that have been known to cause white tongue include oral lichen planus, geographic tongue, oral cancer, and HIV/AIDs.

Although white tongue is typically harmless, if you notice any pain or persistence of white tongue for a prolonged time that does not respond to oral care, be sure to contact your dentist.

It is important to remember to brush your tongue with either a toothbrush or tongue scraper each day to remove all of the plaque and leftover food particles that become trapped between the papilla on the surface of the tongue. Also, staying hydrated is important, especially during these hot summer days!

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

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

References:

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/319814.php

https://www.mayoclinic.org/symptoms/white-tongue/basics/causes/sym-20050676

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Lowering Liver Cancer Risk with Good Oral Hygiene

August 3rd, 2019

Why is it important to take care of your teeth? Some people may be wondering how their oral hygiene habits affect their overall well-being. There’s increasing awareness that poor oral health is linked to more than just issues found within the mouth. Research has consistently shown us that poor oral health can be linked to heart disease, diabetes, and stroke, just to name a few associations. Now, a recent study conducted at Queen's University Belfast in the United Kingdom has found another possible link between oral health and gastrointestinal cancers, for instance, liver, colon, rectum and pancreatic cancer.

Just about 60,000 people each year in the European Union are killed by liver cancer. This is ranked as the 6thmost common cancer related death, with only an 11% five-year survival rate! The study looked at the oral health of about 469,000 people in the United Kingdom, noting conditions such as loose teeth, gingival and periodontal diseases, missing teeth, and tooth decay. Although the study did not find significant evidence between gastrointestinal cancers and poor oral hygiene, people with poor oral health may have a 75% increase in developing liver cancer according to the study. However, more research is needed to better establish the mechanisms behind this connection. Researchers are interested in investigating the role certain microbes found originally within the mouth, including Fusobacterium nucleatum, may have in liver cancer.

The good news is, with healthy lifestyle habits including diet, exercise, oral hygiene, and avoidance of behaviors including smoking and excessive alcohol consumption, you can lower this risk!

It is important to schedule regular dental visits, and keep up with brushing at least twice a day, and flossing at least once a day to keep your mouth healthy. Keeping your oral health and liver in check also includes eating well and maintaining a nutritious and balanced 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.

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

References:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/06/190617125124.htm

https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/2050640619858043

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Popular "Health" Trends that aren't so Healthy!

July 28th, 2019

From online ads to television commercials, we are surrounded by many popular trends that are intended to improve our overall health. But are these trends truly thinking about your health overall? Often these trendy recommendations leave out the health of your pearly-whites, which play a critical role in the health of your body. Not to mention, you might be wondering are they backed by scientific evidence or just out to get your money? Take a look at these popular trends that could be doing more harm than good:

Juice Cleanses

Juice cleanses have become relatively popular for individuals looking to lose weight or detoxify the body. This diet often is based on drinking only juice from vegetables and fruits and is marketed as a way to help increase vitamin and mineral intake, as well as help improve digestion. However, many of the claimed benefits have not yet been proven scientifically. In addition, juice cleanses are not tooth-friendly because juices typically are high in sugar and can put you at a higher risk for tooth decay. Some fruit juices are also highly acidic, which can wear down your tooth enamel overtime. When consuming acidic beverages it is important to wait to brush until approximately 45 minutes later so that you do not harm your enamel during its weakened state.

Non-Dairy Milk

Almond and soy milk have become advertised as healthy alternatives to milk, but how true is this? Non-dairy milks often are high in sugar, which can be detrimental to your smile. In addition, non-dairy milk may be lacking calcium, which is an essential part of your dental health. Be sure to check the calcium content and aim for buying products with at least 120 milligrams of calcium per 3.4 fluid ounces.

Charcoal Toothpaste

There has been a lot of talk about charcoal toothpaste lately, particularly for its claimed whitening properties. Yet, a recent study showed that charcoal toothpaste can lead to permanently stained teeth. When choosing a toothpaste, the best option is one that contains fluoride, which will help promote enamel remineralization.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Could Apple cider vinegar keep the doctor away? This product has been said to help alleviate bloating and heartburn, lower blood sugar, and help with weight loss. However, according to the University of Chicago Medical Center these claims are not strongly supported by evidence. Not to mention, consuming apple cider vingar can cause enamel erosion due to its acidity.

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

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

References:

https://www.msn.com/en-in/health/wellness/are-these-health-trends-hurting-your-teeth/ar-AACOZV3

https://www.businessinsider.com/healthy-habits-that-damage-your-teeth-2017-10

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

July 17th, 2019

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

The Pathogens in Stroke Patients Brains May Surprise You

May 25th, 2019

In the past few years as new research continues to be discovered, it is becoming more recognized that your oral health is a window to your overall health. So much so that new studies are suggesting that the common bacteria found within the mouth have been found in people who have had a stroke.  In fact, the bacteria within your mouth that typically cause inflammation in the form of gingivitis and periodontitis can also lower your body’s immunity against infections, making other systemic issues more severe. It is important to know about the link between the health of your mouth and body. 



According to research published in the Journal of American Heart Association from the University of Tampere, Streptococcus Viridans, a bacteria normaly found within the mouth, was present in the cerebral emboli of people who had a stroke. The study looked at 75 individuals who suffered from a stroke, and is the first study to show the presence of this specific bacteria within ischemic stroke patients. Although this bacteria is typically harmless in the mouth, when it enters the blood stream it has been associated with an increased risk of infection of the cardiovascular system by increasing the likelihood of forming blood clots. Approxmiately 87% of strokes are a result of blood clots within the cerebral artery. 

Prior research has also found other oral bacteria in patients who have experienced a heart attack, endocarditis, ruptured cerebral aneurysms, and arterial and venous thrombosis. 

So, what can you do to protect your oral health? With this knowledge in mind, practicing good oral hygiene habits is necessary to prevent serious illnesses and even increase your lifespan. Visiting your dentist can be the best start to get a check up on your health. Also, make sure you are avoiding harmful habits including smoking and excessive alcohol use. 

References:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190523111357.htm

https://www.heart.org/en/news/2019/05/23/mouth-bacteria-found-in-stroke-patients-brains-what-does-it-mean

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Charcoal Toothpastes Doing More Harm than Good?

May 18th, 2019

Trending now: Charcoal toothpaste! In the past few years, you may have seen celebrities, advertisements, and Youtube videos along with other social media posts raving about using charcoal to brighten teeth. But, these notions may just be a marketing act. In fact, contrary to the advertisements, charcoal toothpastes may not be the solution for obtaining pearly whites and can also add potential risks to your oral health.



Besides just showing up in foods, beauty products, or in art pencils, toothpastes can be made with the ingredient charcoal too. As it turns out, the history of charcoal for tooth cleaning dates way back to Ancient Greek history! Activated charcoal is made by heating regular charcoal with a special gas, making it more porous. As a result, it can absorb toxins and be used medically to treat accidental poisonings. In addition, past research published in the Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) claimed its ability for whitening, combating bad breath, and having anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal properties. However, the researchers stated that more evidence is needed to ensure the safety and effectiveness of charcoal toothpastes. It is also necessary to consult with a Doctor before using charcoal toothpaste because it may interfere with certain medications being consumed.

According to a review in the British Dental Journal published in May 2019,  activated charcoal may actually contribute to tooth decay and staining rather than preventing it. Based off knowledge presented in a 2017 literature review, researchers found that there is not enough evidence support the safety or efficacy of anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, or anti-viral properties, or tooth whitening claims. Further, most of the marketed charcoal toothpastes do not contain fluoride like other regular toothpastes. Toothpastes containing fluoride help remineralize teeth making tooth enamel stronger, and help prevent tooth decay. Activated charcoal’s absorptive properties could even be inactivating your fluoride intake from other sources. Most importantly, it is also highly abrasive, which despite removing stains could damage the gums and wear down tooth enamel during the process. This can lead to greater risk of developing tooth decay and tooth sensitivity. Another thing to consider is that charcoal toothpaste does not contain the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance.

Overall, toothpastes containing fluoride are the best option for keeping a healthy smile. It is best to consult a dentist about whitening products and services to ensure the safety and optimal treatment for your 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. DerekDr. Emad is happy to help with your orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs Dr. Stephens would be more than willing to help.

References:

https://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/charcoal-toothpaste-doesnt-whiten-your-teeth-and-can-even-damage-them/

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https://www.huffpost.com/entry/negative-effects-of-charcoal-toothpaste_n_5b460487e4b07aea754647e4?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAJ48RIRfRxkznYv4r2VacUh8OyvcTQj0iqybXZjvoBSFIVtV11tmk2EL5PAWR2ssNw1FFuV7fa2vzQrvAZDBYpDzh6aNk99pPvBLVsIxtEB6Mx3GdOGmazuXGxvzE4v8pbtVf2wPMYBVhGVUHXzclwLwfiar0MxZaBYpfewptzbJ

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/cosmetic-dentistry/teeth-whitening/does-charcoal-teeth-whitening-work--

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2019 Mother's Day in Boston!

May 12th, 2019

Today we celebrate our appreciation for Mothers across the nation! Mother’s Day is the perfect holiday for celebrating everyone who has played a role as a mother figure. Their sacrifices, unconditional love, and all of their efforts. From flowers, to cards, to a trip out on the town, there is a lot going on in Boston to honor your special mom this Mother's Day 2019. Check out some events happening today: 



Mother's Day Brunch

Does your mom enjoy a good brunch? Check out brunch at the Fairmont Copley Plaza. The tickets include floral bouquets from Winston Flowers, and a lot of tasty items on the menu to try. Not to mention a chocolate fountain with strawberries, marshmallows, and biscotti!

When? 

10:30am and 11:00am

Where?

Fairmont Copley Plaza, Boston

138 Saint James Avenue 

Boston, MA 02116

Memories of Mothers

Looking for an outdoor activity this Mother’s Day? Check out the Mother’s Day stroll with Volunteer Docents Nancy Callan & Susan Zawalich at the Mount Auburn Cemetery to learn about the symbols of motherhood on monuments at the graves of many notable mothers, including the founder of Mother’s Day for Peace, Julia Ward Howe.

When?

Sun, May 12, 2019

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EDT

Where?

Mount Auburn Cemetery

580 Mt Auburn St 

Cambridge, MA 02138

Mother's Day Cruise on the Charles River

Spend your Sunday with your mom on a 90-minute cruise on the Charles River with a mimosa and assorted sweets at the Mother's Day Cruise on the Charles River. You’ll get a tour on the historic and cultural sights of Boston and Cambridge. 

When?

Sun, May 12, 2019

10:45 AM – 1:45 PM EDT

Where?

Charles Riverboat Company

100 Cambridgeside Place 

Cambridge, MA 02141

Mother Daughter Yoga Class

Looking to get your work-out on? Make your way to the BK Lounge Mother-Daughter yoga class on the beautiful esplanade in Boston. Available to all ages.

When?

Sun, May 12, 2019

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Where?

Charles River Esplanade 

Boston, MA 02116

If you’re looking for good places to eat around Boston this Mother’s Day, take a look here at special brunches and dinners here. Wishing all a Happy  Mother’s Day!

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

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

References:

https://www.eventbrite.com/d/ma--boston/mothers-day/?page=1

https://www.bostonchefs.com/holiday/mothers-day-boston-restaurants/

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Got Gingivitis? A Plant-Based Whole Foods Diet May Help

May 10th, 2019

As many of us know, our diet plays a huge role in our overall well-being. You may notice that your body feels differently when you eat certain foods. For instance, eating processed and fast foods often can make you feel less energized. For several reasons, opting for a healthy diet can improve your overall health. In fact, a new study points out that a plant-based whole foods diet may even improve your oral health. Researchers found that an ant-inflammatory plant-based whole food diet reduced gingivitis (inflammation of the gums).



So, what exactly is a plant-based whole foods diet? This diet’s main focus is on consuming fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, seeds and nuts, and to limit intaking processed foods and added sugars. 

The new study, published in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology, looked at 30 participants with gingivitis. The participants were split randomly into either a control group that was asked not to change their diet, and an experimental group, which was placed on a diet composed mainly of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin C, vitamin D, antioxidants, plant nitrates, and fibers over a four week time frame. Both groups did not use floss throughout the time period of the study. They found that individuals within the experimental group had significantly less bleeding gums, greater weight loss, as well as an increase in Vitamin D. The amount of plaque recorded for both groups, however, was similar. Researchers believe that the plant-based diet may have the ability to slow the progression of gingivitis. Whereas, the common fast food and high carb diet in America may be promoting inflammation, which plays a significant role in gingivitis and periodontal disease.

But, you may be wondering: can't dietary supplements just do the trick? The American Dietetic Association (ADA) states that choosing nutritious foods is the best way to lower your risk of chronic disease, rather than just relying solely on dietary supplements. 

Your dietary choices, along with good oral hygiene practices can keep your smile heathy and glistening.

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

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

References:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/04/190403080459.htm

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16182650

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/plant-based-diet-guide#overview

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Is there a Genetic Component to my Kid's Tooth Decay?

May 4th, 2019

Our genes make us who we are and seem to play a significant role in many conditions in our lives. However, according to a recent study (“