Drs. Ali & Ali

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

June 15th, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

June 13th, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

Trick or Treat, Brush Your Teeth!

October 31st, 2014

Happy Halloween from the Wellesley Dental Group! In just a few hours, the night will be filled with scary goblins, ghosts, and princesses too! Typical Halloween activities include costume parties, trick-or-treating, pumpkin carving, scary movies, haunted houses, bobbing for apples, and many more spooky events. All around the world, Halloween night is commonly anticipated by the young and even the young at heart! Have you ever wondered how this tradition came about?

Many historians believe that Halloween originated in North America from Celtic nations, including Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Isle of Man, Cornwall, and Brittany. It is believed to be influenced by the Celtic festival of Samhain, meaning "summer's end" in Old Irish. Samhain marks the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter. For the superstitious, it was believed that the coming winter was accompanied by spirits. They believed that by dressing up in costumes, the spirits wandering in the dark would be fooled and tricked away. At the end of the night, it is said that the Celts would create a bonfire built by their priests. Similar to Halloween, these creative costumes, apples, bonfires, folk plays, and going from door to door reciting verses in exchange for food are all a part of the celebration!

Other historians believe the traditions of Halloween in North America stemmed from Parentalia, or the Festival of the Dead, celebrated in ancient Rome. Centuries later, we still see similar customs and traditions at this spooky time of year!

Today, a huge part of Halloween is loading up on a lot of candy. Each Halloween, children typically look forward to wearing a costume and going from house to house collecting candy by saying the magic words, "trick or treat!" Halloween can be a lot of fun for children because of the tasty candy being passed around. However, it is still important to keep good oral hygiene habits in mind during Halloween! The sugars in candy can lead to tooth decay and other oral health problems.

Here are a few tips to keep your smile healthy on Halloween:

  • Brush and floss after eating candy to reduce risk of tooth decay
  • Avoid hard, sticky and chewy candies
  • Limit the amount of candy consumed
  • Drink fluoridated water to keep teeth strong and help rinse away sugars

Also, did you know that Halloween has come to evolve in other countries around the world? Countries including Italy and Canada also celebrate Halloween. Other countries including Sweden, Norway, and Germany have also joined in the fun of Halloween! However, some countries, including Australia, are not so involved in Halloween.

This time of the year also marks the 7th Annual Candy Drive at the Wellesley Dental Group! Halloween is a fun and creative celebration, filled with family, friends, goblins, ghosts, superheros, princesses, and anything that you want to dress up as!

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

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

References:

http://www.jeremiahproject.com/culture/the_origins_of_halloween.html

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http://patch.com/massachusetts/brookline/tricks-and-treats-halloween-0

http://www.novaroma.org/nr/Parentalia

Summer Experience at Wellesley Dental Group

August 29th, 2014

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Dear WDG,

Thank you to everyone at Wellesley Dental Group.  Special thanks to Dr. Femina and Dr. Ali for letting me shadow and be a part of their practice. My time at Wellesley Dental Group went above and beyond any shadowing experience I could have ever imagined. Going into this summer I expected shadowing to be hours of watching procedure after procedure; and I was right. Shadowing is just that, being a shadow. This office allowed me to step out of the shadows and become a helping hand. With the help of everyone at Wellesley Dental Group, I slowly learned how the practice operated. In the beginning I was taught the basics of sanitizing rooms and equipment. Gradually I began to help the dental hygienists by charting for new or existing patients. Now at the end of summer, I have been trusted in the assistant’s chair assisting Dr. Ali in several procedures. Throughout this wonderful progression I have experienced not only the life of a dentist, but also the lives of dental assistants, dental hygienists, and dental managers. This office also allowed me to observe a Pediatric Dentist, Dr. Kim, an Orthodontist, Dr. Emad, and a Periodontist, Dr. Ghazi. I have gained so much dental knowledge from everyone involved and for that, I am thankful. I could not have asked for a better summer experience.

 

Thank you Dr. Ali for not getting annoyed at me breathing down your back this summer .

Thank you Dr. Femina Ali for encouraging me to try new things around the office.

Thank you Carmen for being so happy all the time. Seriously, even when you were feeling down you still had a smile on your face.

Thank you Dewilca for being the friendly face I see when I step into the office.

Thank you Helio for being so darn nice. Side note, we make a good moving team.

Thank you Leyla for being the crazy of the office. Just kidding! You are the  lovable kind of crazy. I think everyone can agree.

Thank you Tanya for being so hardworking and helpful. Congrats hygienist!

Thank you everyone!

 

Your friend,

Justin Chow

 

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

How to Get Involved: Global Medical Brigades

August 28th, 2014

Wellesley College Student and Wellesley GMB Fundraising Chair, Zahra Pirani,  recently reached out to Drs. Ali & Ali, asking Wellesley Dental Group to show its support for the Global Medical Brigades, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. We are so proud to support them in this endeavor by donating oral hygiene supplies and we also want to raise awareness. Join us in giving back to this great cause! Call or email us for more information on the supplies they need at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com!

The Brigades is the world’s largest student-led international relief organization, whose members travel to rural communities with the mission to set up a medical clinic that provides free check-ups, routing testing, medication, and education to the community's members. In January 2015, Wellesley GMB will travel to Panama, where we will spend our time interacting directly with patients with the help of general practitioners, registered nurses, gynecologists, dentists, and pharmacists, thus ensuring that the hundreds of community members whom we will see will have access to preventative care, maintenance medications, and education about health and hygiene. 

Wellesley GMB Chapter went to Honduras in January 2014 and saw over 900 patients, most commonly administering anti-parasitic medication to young children, monitoring the progress of chronic conditions, providing preventative medication and basic medical supplies to families, and much more. Wellesley GMB is particularly interested in improving the lives of women abroad via medicine.To ensure that the medical needs of the community will be met, the volunteers reach out to the community in efforts to raise funds and collect donations in medical supplies for the clinic. 

Feeling the need to give back and volunteer? The group is also looking for medical professionals to volunteer. There is no time better than the present to take part!

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 781-237-0271 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation.

Internship Experience at Wellesley Dental Group

August 18th, 2014

file2Hi, my name is Dan and I recently interned at Wellesley Dental Group.  It has only been a few weeks since my last day as an intern, and already I miss my friends and mentors at WDG.  I spent four years as a Pre-Dental student at Boston University, and I can say, without reservation, that my semester long internship at Wellesley Dental was the most eye-opening and rewarding learning experience of my life.

In November of 2013, about three months prior to my first day at WDG, I began researching the top dental practices around Boston for potential internship/shadowing opportunities.  I knew that my first hands-on experience in the dental world would forever shape my perception of how a dental practice should be run; so I took this research seriously.  Wellesley Dental Group quickly jumped out as the best fit for me.  I read dozens of customer testimonials glowing about the practice’s friendly staff and top-notch dental care.  I was wowed by the initiative taken by the practice’s team to get involved in the local community.  To me, Wellesley Dental Group seemed to be the perfect family dental practice.

As strong a reputation as Wellesley Dental Group carries, no reviews can possibly do this dental team justice.  From the second I walked into the office on the day of my interview, I was treated like a member of the family.  This is a team that wears its passion for dentistry and for premiere patient care on its sleeve and, throughout the semester, each team member took the time to share that passion with me.  This type of genuine warmth and spirit is why patients, many of whom enter the office prior to treatment unhappy with their teeth, are able to walk out of Wellesley Dental Group with new-found confidence in their beautiful smiles.

I really cannot stress enough how essential Drs. Ali & Ali and all members of the Wellesley Dental family have been to my growth as an individual and as a future dentist.  I have a long road ahead of me before I can own a dental practice, and I am unsure of what that road will bring.  I do know that if I am ever part of a practice even half as brilliant as Wellesley Dental Group, I will have done something right.

Seriously, thank you so much to the best dental team in the world!

Sincerely,

Daniel Nayebi

 

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.

Wellesley's First Commercial Solar Installation

July 21st, 2014

On the sunny morning of July 18th, 2014, Wellesley Dental Group welcomed the local friends in the celebration the first commercial solar panel installation. The community came out to support the efforts of the local volunteers of the Wellesley Green Collaborative Network. Wellesley Weston Magazine (see article and pictures), Wellesley Townsman and Wellesley Media Corporation covered the community event.

The event started out with a heart-warming performance of the National Anthem by Evan Lariviere, a Wellesley student of the Upham Elementary School. Evan's calm and confident delivery helped the guests to stop for a moment to reflect and ponder about the main reason for the celebration - the community-wide effort to live in a better society and build a better world the children. The six-year-old shared that he likes doing things for the community and wants to be a dentist or an engineer.

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Ellen Korpi and Phyllis Theermann, the volunteers of Wellesley Power to Choose and Sustainable Wellesley, started off with introducing Drs. Ali & Ali of Wellesley Dental Group as the local business owners, who are "leading by example", becoming the first business in Wellesley to go Solar. As the event went along the solar panels were being installed on the South-Eastern side of the building.

Ellen Gibbs, our Wellesley Selectman, honored Drs. Ali & Ali of Wellesley Dental Group and Wellesley Green Collaborative Network volunteers with commemorative Certificates of Appreciation (See the image gallery below).

Additionally, the State Representative Alice Peisch, congratulated the business on the recent transition to solar energy and thanked Wellesley Dental Group for "being a leader in Wellesley's sustainability-oriented initiative".

Drs. Ali & Ali appreciate all the support and strongly believe we should be thanking the community. Together we can do this! Thank you to all of the participants below (to name a few) and many others for your time and effort:

Ellen Korpi and Phyllis Theermann
Wellesley Power to Choose
Sustainable Wellesley
Evan Lariviere and Heidi Milne
(Upham Elementary School)
Matthew Hornung and Alex Goldman
(Wellesley High School)
Ellen Gibbs
(Wellesley Board of Selectmen)
Alice Peisch
(Massachusetts House of Representatives)
Wellesley Chamber of Commerce Board Memebers
Jill Nelson, Beth Furman and Paige Marino
(Wellesley Weston Magazine)
Cathy Brauner
(Wellesley Townsman)
Wellesley Media Corporation
Wellesley Patch
Swellesley Report
Boston.com
Wellesley Hometown Weekly
Michael Chmura
(Babson College)
Lynn Hunter
(Massbay Community College
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Friends of Brookside

Friends of Morses Pond
Friends of Recycling
Friends of Fuller Brook
Wellesley Wetlands Commission
Wellesley League of Women Voters
Temple Beth Elohim
St. Andrews Church
Christ Church, United Methodist
Friends Meeting
Wellesley Natural Resources Commission
Wellesley Municipal Light Plant
Astrum Solar
Sagewell
Joe Curtin
(Roche Brothers)
Kathy Mongeau
Wellesley Green Schools Committee
Wellseley Cancer Prevention Project
Wellesley Farmers Market
Wellesley Trails Committee
Wellesley Conservation Council
Unitarian Universalist Society
Wellesley Hills Congregational Church
Wellesley High School Green Team
Wellesley Village Church
Garden Club
Garden Study Group
Wellesley Department of Public Works
Marie Ann Figoni
(Centre Realty Group)
Haynes Management 
(for help with parking)
Paige Landscaping
First Commons Bank
Attorney Woodacre

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certificate_state_representativejuly18-140033Feel 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 781-237-9071or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation. 

Revolutionizing Dentistry with Technology

May 24th, 2014

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

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

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

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

Our New Hygienist Jennifer Holt

July 31st, 2013

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

 

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

Internship Experience at Wellesley Dental Group

July 30th, 2013

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

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

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

Thank You Wellesley Dental Group!

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Vacation week!

February 19th, 2013

It’s school vacation week! At WDG, we had an amazing President’s Day where we saw so many of our wonderful patients. We’re looking forward to seeing so many more this week. It really makes us happy when vacations come because it means that our busiest patients will have enough time to put their health first and come visit us for their much-needed care. This is especially true for our youngest patients who attend school.

 

Have you visited your dentist recently? Now might be a great time. It’s so important to prioritize your oral health, especially for children. Starting good oral health habits early on lead to a life of better oral and general health.

Besides visiting your dentist, here are some fun things you can do this vacation week!

1. Visit the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and check out their special learning opportunities with your child. Workshops are from 10 am – 4 pm.

2. It’s February Vacation week at the zoo! Visit the Franklin Park Zoo and experience the wonders of the animal kingdom and the jungle with your child. This week, the zoo is offering extra learning opportunities for young enthusiasts.

3. Even though it’s still chilly, if your child is outdoorsy, here are some great suggestions for family hikes from Mommy Poppins, like Walden Pond. It may be a good idea to call beforehand to make sure there are no weather-related issues.

4. Check out your local library for fun events, concerts, and movies! The Wellesley Free Library even has a Young Scientist event where they are bringing in owls!

5. Spend family time together. No matter what you do, having fun as a family is special! Get off the computer and connect with one another the old fashioned way. Cook, take walks, listen to music. It doesn't matter as long as you have each other.

Keep smiling and have a safe vacation!

Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group will be very happy to answer your questions and advise you on your oral health needs. Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com!

We love you, too!

February 15th, 2013

 

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We had such amazing Valentines with our wonderful WDG family! The very lucky Jobson family won the free whitening certificate while Andrew Harrison and Shana Hardgrave won a certificate 50% off their choice of whitening. We know it will make them smile.

Here are some of our favorite Valentines we received this year:

“Roses are red, violets are blue, who doesn’t love clean teeth? All of us do!” Kate F.

“We love <3 <3 <3 Drs. Ali, Emad, and Pradhan!” – The J. Family

“Wellesley Dental, where you never leave without a smile!” – Andrew H.

“Happy Valentine’s Day” Shana H.

“Thanks for helping to keep me smiling.” –Chris L.

“Thank you for all your kind care and help” – Tahera R.

“Wellesley Dental Group. Thanks for taking good care of my teeth!” - Trish L.

 

"I never had a dentist where I almost fall asleep during a treatment, known by name by every team member and are welcomed with the warmest smile. Your service is outstanding!" Miriam C.

“Happy Valentine’s Day! You are all wonderful!!” - Irene C.

“I love you WDG. We are the best team ever!”

“Wellesley Dental Group. Best wishes, thanks for everything” – Guido V.

“<3 Wellesley Dental for doing such a good job!”  - John Q.

“Thank you for giving me a great smile!” - Kate Y.

“Please make my smile brighter this Valentine’s Day! Thank you!!”

"OXOXOXOXO" Janet F.

Drs. Ejaz and Femina Ali and the Caring Team at WDG wants to let you all know, we love you too!


Keep your kids cavity free!

February 12th, 2013

Sure, they may have baby teeth that will fall out soon enough; however, prioritizing good oral health practices in your children early on is important. Building good habits in your kids will positively influence their overall health for years to come. So what can you do now to help your child’s future?

  • Make sure they brush twice a day every day and start flossing early on so they get into the habit now. Plaque, a bacterial film, builds up and in between the teeth, so consistent removal is important. If plaque is left to sit, it can cause decay and gum problems.
  • Make an appointment for your child’s first visit if you haven’t yet. It’s a good idea to make an appointment as soon as the child’s first tooth comes in or no later than their first birthday.
  • Set a good example by prioritizing your own oral health and remember, the way in which you talk about the dentist will affect your child’s expectations of their own dental visits. By staying positive and sharing good experiences with your child, you will keep your child at ease. Going to a dentist is a positive thing and it’s great when children look forward to it. Ask you dental office if you can bring your child beforehand for a show and tell! Help your dentist build a lasting relationship with your child.
  • Watch what your child eats. Sugars don’t come solely from candy and juices. In fact, a recent study discovered that the food that causes the most cavities isn't sweet at all, crackers. Most crackers are highly processed foods and are a feasting ground for bacteria, which deteriorates tooth enamel. A better option for your children are whole grains, unprocessed foods and be sure to stay away from sticky foods, which can get caught between teeth and within the groves of the tooth surface.

 

Oral hygiene is an integral part of the day, like eating breakfast. Help your child set him/herself apart from the alarming number of children who have tooth decay. In fact, according to the CDC, 25% of children between the ages of 2-5 have tooth decay. With better oral health practices from the start, this can change.

For more great health tips, please visit the ADA's website. If you want an in depth guide, go to this wonderful resource from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists that goes from pacifiers to fluoride treatments.

 

We love you, do you love us?

February 7th, 2013

It’s almost Valentine’s day – let your smile say “I Love You”. Share the love and say something sweet to WDG and be entered to win a drawing for a free whitening service. Tell your friends and family, anyone can enter!

 

Send WDG a valentine on our Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or email us a love note and you will be entered to win a free whitening (retail value up to $550). Two runners up will also be selected in a blind drawing to win 50% for a whitening.

Not feeling tech savvy? Stop by our office and fill out one of our cute Valentines with your contact information to enter.

The drawing will take place on February 14th. Kid's you can still enter and save your win as a present for Mother's or Father's Day! Must be 18 years of age and older to receive whitening treatment.

Our favorite love notes will be featured on our social media on Valentine's Day. Feeling shy? You can always send us a love note anonymously.

May cupid be on your side!

Love letters from our patients

January 29th, 2013

 

We’ve been getting such amazing feedback from our patients; we want to highlight some in particular. Keep the great comments coming in. Don't forget, it's time to vote for the 2013 Reader's Choice Awards - click HERE to vote and share your love of Wellesley Dental Group today! With your help, we can be #1 for the 6th year running.

  • “I simply love this practice. Drs Ejaz and Femina Ali are absolutely amazing. They are up to date with everything in their area, they are extremely warm and compassionate towards their clients and I have always received the best dental care from them.” -Daniela H.
  • “When they give you an appointment for an hour, it implies that they will take care of you and only you that entire full hour. They do not rush you. They actually spend time on each and every single tooth.” -Reni J.
  • “After a very terrifying experience at another dental facility I was very nervous to have any work done again. Dr. Ali was more than helpful and reassuring throughout the entire process. I was thinking about trying the sedation therapy but they were so comforting that I didn't need it at all. I would definitely recommend them to anyone. They treat all their patients like family and take as much time as needed to make you feel comfortable.” -Anonymous
  • “Delighted for a rapid appointment to resolve an immediate situation.” Len S.

  • “My entire family has been coming to see Dr. and Dr. Ali at the Wellesley Dental Group for years and they have consistently offered us all the best dental experience every time any of us visit! Whether I am coming in for my bi-annual teeth cleaning, teeth-whitening checkups, or even a cavity fill, Dr. and Dr. Ali and their talented and friendly staff ensure that my visit is as smooth and comfortable as possible. It doesn't hurt that their office is located conveniently in Wellesley right off Route 9! I would highly recommend coming to the Wellesley Dental Group (if you don't already)!” -Max N.
  • “I had dental work done yesterday and I am delighted with my experience. Everyone in the office is polite and thoughtful. Dr. Ali and Dr. Ali are skilled dentists and they have modern equipment that allows them to provide the most up to date services to their patients.” -Susan H.

 
 

Which of these comments is your favorite? It’s hard for us to choose.


Thank you so much to our patients: you make us smile!

 

 

-Reviews were edited for spelling and some were shortened. Reviews were gathered on Demand Force.

Winter Break at WDG

January 28th, 2013

 

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This winter we had a very special addition to our team when Wellesley College Junior and member of the Pre Dental Society, Christine Lee shadowed at WDG as she prepared for dental school. Originally from Seoul, South Korea, Christine is studying chemistry at Wellesley and enjoys cooking Korean food and playing the clarinet (although her time away at college has been a bit too busy for her to play much music).

She first realized her love of dentistry in high school when she accompanied her father, who is a dentist, to Nepal on a missionary service trip. They stayed there for a week at an orphanage. From then on, she has been single-minded in her pursuit of her dream to be a dentist.

Originally, she was thinking of applying to dental school in Korea, but last October, she realized she could go to dental school in the States. However, that meant she had many hours of shadowing to do! Searching for Wellesley’s best dental practice, Christine spoke to numerous sources and found that WDG is one of the most highly recommended practices in the area. The one thing that really convinced her that WDG was where she wanted to spend her winter break was that our mission statement reminded her of her dad’s. He, too, puts his relationship with the patient above all else.

She had a lot of fun over the month of January, organizing charts, experiencing the teamwork day-to-day, and becoming part of the WDG family. Dr. Ali even helped her stay relaxed and calm when she got worried about meeting new patients. The thing that resonated with her most, however, was Drs. Ali & Ali’s attitude toward their patients. Comfort and communication are their top priorities during treatment. Christine could see herself in their shoes post-graduation.

When not busy taking notes and absorbing everything dentistry, Christine took time to get to know the team. She had fun chatting with Carmen about her background and winter trip to Puerto Rico, she helped Julia on her search for an intern, and every day would light the room up with her smile.

Today, she will resume her classes at Wellesley as the spring semester begins. The Team at WDG will miss seeing her every day! She still doesn’t know the exact field in dentistry she wants to pursue, but is thinking that general dentistry might be where she wants to go. She doesn’t want to come into her practice with an attitude of, “I’m a doctor, you should listen to me.” Instead, she wants to be a dentist like her father and Drs. Ali & Ali.  Putting the patient first, truly serving them and building a relationship: that is what she really wants to do.

 

 

-Interview of Christine Lee '14 by Julia Di Cicco '12 on 1/28/13


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