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Participate In Our 9th Annual Candy Drive!

October 12th, 2016

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

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

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

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

Let's keep this fun Wellesley tradition going!

News Flash: #CandyDrive2015 in the Media!

November 16th, 2015

[caption id="attachment_9197" align="alignleft" width="502"]Wellesley Dental Group team picture! Wellesley Dental Group team picture![/caption]

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

Check out #CandyDrive2015 in the news:

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

 

Westwood Hometown Weekly: Westwood Girl Scout Fundraiser Helps Overseas Troops

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Post Candy Drive:

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

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

Links:

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

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

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

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

http://hometownweekly.net/index152.htm

http://bcove.me/wzjwe7qs

Candy Drive 2015- Check!

November 6th, 2015

 

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

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

Here are some highlights from our event:

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

[caption id="attachment_9197" align="aligncenter" width="659"]Wellesley Dental Group team picture! Wellesley Dental Group team picture![/caption]

 

A Special Thank You to the following Participants:

 

 

 

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

November 2nd, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

Let's keep this fun tradition going!

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

A Sweet Tradition: 8th Annual Candy Drive

October 14th, 2015

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Let's keep this fun tradition going!

 

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

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

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

 

 

[caption id="attachment_8994" align="alignleft" width="600"]DSC02248 A striking rendition of the national anthem was given by a seven-year old Elementary School Student, Evan Lariviere.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_9005" align="alignleft" width="600"]DSC02280 Speakers at the 2014 Candy Drive event included Wellesley Selectman Ellen Gibbs, School Superintendent Wellesley Dr. David Lussier, and The President of Care Packs, Mr. Rick Bruce. The US Marines, Army and the National Guards, the American Legion, the Wellesley Fire Department and the Wellesley Police Department were present.[/caption]

 

 

[caption id="attachment_8993" align="alignleft" width="600"]DSC02060 Students interacting with our Troops![/caption]

 

 

It's Candy Drive Time Again!

October 3rd, 2015

[caption id="attachment_9007" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Dr. Zarah Ali, Dr. Femina Ali, and Dr. Ejaz Ali hosting the 2014 Candy Drive[/caption]

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

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

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

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More than 7600 lbs. of Candy collected in 2014!

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

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

[caption id="attachment_9003" align="alignleft" width="600"]DSC02632 Students from Wellesley High School[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_8993" align="alignleft" width="600"]DSC02060 Students interacting with our Troops![/caption]

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

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

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

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

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Spread a Smile: Donate to the Walker Wishes Holiday Toy Drive!

December 10th, 2014

The holidays are a great time to share joy and give back to others! During this season of giving, even the smallest gift can make all the difference to children and their families. As you celebrate with your family, help us make this season special for children!

The Wellesley Dental Group is very excited to announce our participation with the Walker Wishes Holiday Toy Drive. The Walker Wishes Holiday Toy Drive is an opportunity for individuals to help make the lives of little ones even more special. By donating toys in support of this event, we are able to brighten the community and make a positive difference. We are a drop off location for Walker. From now until December 16th, donate toys to our office any time during our regular office hours! Drop off unwrapped toys between the ages of 3 and 14.

Walker School is located in Needham, Massachusetts and serves to provide intensive programs for youth experiencing emotional, behavioral, and learning challenges. Their mission is to positively impact the lives of children by cultivating hope and skills that can last a lifetime. Our very own Dr. Femina Ali serves on the Walker Advancement Team.

You can also purchase holiday cards to send to children. There are two different styles with information about Walker on the back of each card. The proceeds will benefit the youth Walker serves.

Smiles are so very important! Help invest in a child's happiness this holiday season. All donations are appreciated. Every donation can help put a smile on a little one!

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

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. 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://walkerschool.org

http://www.walkercares.org/walkerwishes/

http://www.prweb.com/releases/WalkerWisher/HolidayToyDrive/prweb12314414.htm

 

Together We Did it Again!

November 16th, 2014

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We did it again! This year’s Candy Drive was a great success, and we are proud to say we have collected even more candy than last year: over 7600 pounds! The candy will be sent as care packages with carepacks.org to the troops overseas as a sweet reminder of home.

Here are some highlights from the Candy Drive!

We were joined by so many wonderful people and organizations! We had the National Guards come out. We were also joined by some Veterans, and U.S. Marines who served as an amazing reminder for everything our troops do for us. We also had the Wellesley Police Department, along with Chief DeLorie and the Wellesley Fire Department—everyone who keeps us safe! All the local public schools were represented, along with many other schools and organizations from the surrounding MetroWest community. Many children and school principals came personally as well. Even local businesses and organizations came to drop off candy and show their support!

[caption id="attachment_8149" align="alignleft" width="200"] Evan singing the National Anthem.[/caption]

 

 

 

 

 

The spirit of patriotism was running high. Evan sang the National Anthem, and we had a moment of silence for those overseas.

 

 

 

 

[caption id="attachment_8208" align="alignright" width="300"] Winners from High Rock School Needham[/caption]

 

 

 

 

The Wellesley Public Schools and surrounding MetroWest schools were each awarded 3 prizes to hand off to the raffle winners.

 

 

[caption id="attachment_8145" align="alignleft" width="300"] National Guards, U.S. Marines, and Local Police and Fire[/caption]

 

 

It is heart warming to see the whole MetroWest community come together in the spirit of giving. The Wellesley Fire Department and Wellesley Police Department, along with the National guards supporting the town-wide initiative to support the troops. All Wellesley Public Schools participated with many private and neighboring town schools.

 

 

 

[caption id="attachment_8209" align="alignright" width="300"] Lovely handwritten notes![/caption]

 

 

 

We received so many handwritten notes. We imagine that these kind words of love and support will be even sweeter than the candy!

 

 

 

 

[caption id="attachment_8129" align="alignleft" width="300"] The Caring Team at Wellesley Dental Group[/caption]

 

It has been so touching to see the message of health and giving being spread across our community. We really could not have done it without everyone’s help, and we want to thank everyone who participated! And lastly, a big thank you to the Wellesley Dental Group team that put in the hard work to make our Candy Drive such a success!

 

 

 

Making Big News and A Bigger Impact!

 

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Hometown Weekly

Wellesley Weston Magazine

Patch 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out out past Candy Drive Blogs!

The Pyramid of Candy

Candy Drive: Behind the Scenes!

The Candy Collection has Begun!

Candy Drive Details 2014

7th Annual Candy Drive: Send the Sweet Message of Support to our Troops!

 Together We Can Do So Much!

Our Candy Brigade!

 A Note Sweeter Than Candy!

Candy Pouring In!

Candy Drive Flyer

Candy Drive Kick-Off

 

Thank you Nuriman Faris for taking beautiful pictures and to Haynes Management for being such great neighbors!

 

A Special Thank You to the following Participants:

 

The Candy Collection Has Begun!

November 5th, 2014

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The Event: 7th Annual Community Candy Drive, celebrating Veteran's Day with Candy and Cards for the US Troops

Date: Nov 14th 2014

Time: 10:00 am -11:00 am

 

Background:

 

The Community Candy Drive initiative started off small, seven years back, out of a desire to incentivize children to eat less candy, without decreasing any of the fun that Halloween brings, and instilling in them the spirit of sharing and giving.

 

It started as a community wide buy-back program, where kids could bring us their treats and we would pay them for it. This became immensely popular, and we decided to go a step further by sharing these treats with our troops abroad. Candy is not a big deal for most of us, but for those that are serving our country, it’s a piece of home, and a reflection of our gratitude for their sacrifices.

 

We send care packs to our soldiers via a Weymouth-based non-profit, Care Packs.

The response from our community has been phenomenal.

Last year, over twenty different organizations and Wellesley schools participated in our Annual Community Candy Drive. We were able to collect more than 7300 lbs. of candy! Students included heart-warming notes of gratitude and appreciation for the American Troops. This year, we have already been contacted by institutions across the metro-west region, including schools from Newton and Natick.

A graduate student and Fulbright scholar from Babson College, Meenah Tariq, is helping us with the event.

In order to make the event more fun for the kids that participate and reward their spirit of giving and community service, the 7th Annual Community Candy Drive incorporates an element of student appreciation, with a raffle for all participants, with the prizes being handed out at our grand finale on the 14th of November.

 

Guests and Speakers:

Ellen Gibbs, Selectman at Town of Wellesley

Dr. David Lussier , Wellesley School Superintendent

Wellesley High School Band - performance

Elementary School students - National Anthem

 

Representatives from: 

  • United States Marine Corps Representative
  • Wellesley's American Legion Post 72
  • Celebrations Committee
  • Wellesley Veterans officer
  • Wellesley Police Dept
  • Wellesley Fire Department
  • National Guard (probable)

 

Participants 2014 (confirmed thus far): 

 

At the Wellesley Dental Group we believe that the amazing turn-out and outpouring of donations and notes that we witness each year are a reflection of the strength of this community. It renews our faith in humanity to see young children sharing the treats they love so much, with our servicemen. We hope to continue and grow this tradition, making it bigger and better each year.

 

Media - Candy Drive 2014:

 

Hometown Weekly: http://hometownweekly.net/wellesley-dentists-collecting-candy-for-troops-overseas-p12953-197.htm

Wellesley Weston Blog: http://www.wwmblog.com/news/welldental-candydrive

Patch.com: http://patch.com/massachusetts/wellesley/7th-annual-candy-drive-send-sweet-message-support-our-troops-0

 

Media - candy Drive 2013:

http://www.boston.com/yourtown/news/wellesley/2013/10/wellesley_dental_group_collecting_thousands_of_pounds_of_can.html

http://wellesleydentalgroup.com/blog/making-big-news-and-a-bigger-impact-thanks-to-your-support/

 

Photographs from past Candy Drive Events:

http://wellesleydentalgroup.com/blog/candy-drive-details/

http://wellesleydentalgroup.com/blog/our-candy-drive-brigade/

http://wellesleydentalgroup.com/blog/candy-drive-2011-video-you-may-star-in-our-next-one/

 

Candy Drive Details!

October 31st, 2014

Send a sweet message of support to our brave soldiers overseas at our 7th Annual Candy Drive!

Drop off your candy donations and notes November 3rd-14th.

 

FOR DETAILS

Call (781)237-9071

Email smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com

 

Please RSVP if interested in participating at our press event on November 14th at 10 A.M.

All participating schools will be winning 3 raffles prizes presented the day of the event. We have the Superintendent of Wellesley Schools, Dr. David Lussier, joining us along with U.S. Marines, the National Guard, Veterans, local police and fire department, and many other principals and students attending the event. We will be sending the care packages of candy, notes, and oral hygiene supplies through CarePacks. Local press will be capturing this special event. Celebrate everyone’s generous donations of candy and notes, enjoy refreshments, and get a picture with this year’s surprise candy display. All are welcome!

Check out last year's turnout here!
 
 
 

5 Ways to Get an A in Oral Health

August 27th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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References:

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

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

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

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

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

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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

Coconut Oil Can Help Fight Tooth Decay

March 14th, 2014

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Did you know that coconut oil acts as a natural antibiotic when digested? Did you also know that it kills the bacteria responsible for tooth decay?
It's true! There's also evidence to suggest that the antibiotic part of the oil can be added to oral hygiene products.

Dr. Damien Brady and his team at the Athlone Institute of Technology in Ireland are responsible for these findings. They set out to see if the natural antibiotic in coconut oil could be used to fight strains of streptococcus bacteria, which is commonly found in the mouth and responsible for tooth decay.

The researchers tested the impact of coconut oil, vegetable oil and olive oil in their natural states and when treated with enzymes, in a process similar to digestion.  The oils were then tested against Streptococcus bacteria which are common inhabitants of the mouth. Only the enzyme-modified coconut oil showed an ability to halted most strains of bacteria from reproducing. It also attacked Streptococcus mutans, an acid-producing bacterium which is a major cause of tooth decay.

Test studies have also found that semi-digested coconut oil kills Candida albicans, a yeast that causes thrush. The scientists think that enzyme-modified coconut oil, meaning in its semi-digested state, could possibly have antimicrobial properties in oral healthcare, specially in hygiene products.

The research gave some insight into the workings of antibacterial activity in the human gut. "Our data suggests that products of human digestion show antimicrobial activity. This could have implications for how bacteria colonise the cells lining the digestive tract and for overall gut health," said Dr Brady.

Dr. Brady said: "Dental caries is a commonly overlooked health problem affecting 60-90% of children and the majority of adults in industrialized countries. Incorporating enzyme-modified coconut oil into dental hygiene products would be an attractive alternative to chemical additives, particularly as it works at relatively low concentrations."

nutiva coconut oil

spectrum coconut oil

barleans coconut oil

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    Drs. Ali & Ali are happy to answer any questions you may have about this exciting new discovery! Or, if you have a different question or concern, don't hesitate to contact us at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com.

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

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References:
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The Upcoming ‘Great American Smokeout'

November 19th, 2013

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Spirit of Patriotism at Our Candy Drive!

November 11th, 2013

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We did it again! This year’s Candy Drive was a great success, and we are proud to say we have collected even more candy than last year: over 7340 pounds so far—and the candy is still pouring in!  This weighs more than a Humvee! The candy will be sent as care packages with carepacks.org to the troops overseas as a sweet reminder of home.

Here are some highlights from the Candy Drive!

We were joined by so many wonderful people and organizations! We had the National Guards come out, along with a Humvee! We were also joined by some Veterans, who served as an amazing reminder for everything our troops do for us. We also had Chief Cunningham and the Wellesley Police Department, along with Chief DeLorie and the Wellesley Fire Department—everyone who keeps us safe! All the local public schools were represented, and a lot of children and school principals came personally as well. Even local businesses and organizations came to drop off candy and show their support!

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The spirit of patriotism was running high, just in time for Veteran’s Day! Two of our children sang the National Anthem, and we had a moment of silence for those overseas. Everyone was waving around handheld flags with big smiles on their faces.

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The Wellesley Public Schools had a little contest to see which school could collect the most candy. The winner was Upham, whose PTO was awarded with a $500 check, and second and third place went to Hardy and Sprague, respectively.

 

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Our World War II Veterans Lindsay Ellms and Pete Jones were honored. Wellesley Celebration Committee was also represented by Carl Nelson and Pete Jones. Thank you to Roy Switzler for your help and support.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is heart warming to see the whole town come together in the spirit of giving. The Wellesley Fire Department and Wellesley Police Department, along with the National guards supporting the town-wide initiative to support the troops. All Wellesley Public Schools participated with many private and neighboring town schools.

 

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At the letter writing table, kids and adults both had an opportunity to write a personal note or card to send along with the candy to our troops. We imagine that these kind words of love and support will be even sweeter than the candy!

 

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It has been so touching to see the message of health and giving being spread across our community. We really could not have done it without everyone’s help, and we want to thank everyone who participated! And lastly, a big thank you to the Wellesley Dental Group team that put in the hard work to make our Candy Drive such a success!

Making Big News and A Bigger Impact!

 

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Boston.com

Boston.com

Wellesley Weston Magazine

Wellesley Weston Magazine

Patch 

Patch

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bostonglobe.com

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 Together We Can Do So Much!

Our Candy Brigade!

 A Note Sweeter Than Candy!

Candy Pouring In!

Candy Drive Flyer

Candy Drive Kick-Off

 

Thank you Maura Wayman Photography for taking beautiful pictures and to Haynes Management for being such great neighbors!

Together We Can Do So Much!

November 9th, 2013

Together we can do so much! It was wonderful to see the Wellesley and Metrowest community united through the spirit of philanthropy. The candy drive is not only a wonderful way to promote oral health but it is also a way to give back. Our mission of being smile ambassadors is two-fold: promoting healthier teeth for our children and  also bringing smiles to the troops overseas. Seeing all of the kids give up their extra candy and writing beautiful heart-warming letters to send to the troops is incredibly touching, and shows just how much our community cherishes our troops.

Special thanks to all the Wellesley Public School Principals, Chief Rick DeLorie of the Wellesley Fire Department, Chief Terrence Cunningham of the Wellesley Police Department, and Joanna Bandte for her tireless efforts in making this a huge success!

 

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Wellesley Schools:

Bates  School

Fiske  School

Hardy  School

Hunnewell School

Schofield School

Sprague School

Tenacre School

Upham School

Wellesley High School 

Bright Horizons at Wellesley

Babson College

Other Town Schools:

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Charles River School- Dover

Cabot School- Newton

Downey School- Westwood

Field School- Weston

High Rock School- Needham

Needham ECC- Needham

Newman School- Needham

Peirce School- West Newton

Saint Jude School- Waltham

 

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Organizations

Wellesley Mother's Forum

Wellesley Department of Veteran's Services

Wellesley Celebrations Committee

National Guard Family Program of Massachusetts

Wellesley Fire Department

Wellesley Police Department

 

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Local Businesses

 

Magic Beans  

Au Pair USA

Boston Sports Club

BellaSante- Wellesley

Roche Bros- Wellesley

Metrowest Academy of Jiu Jitsu

AccuRev

 

Our Candy Drive Brigade!

November 7th, 2013

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It’s the day before we wrap up this year’s Candy Drive and the action never stops. Our Candy Brigade at work! We've been filling boxes upon boxes of candy to tomorrow's festivities. Our friend, Joanna Bandte, and our dental assistant, Helio,  has been so busy driving around town in a Uhaul to collect notes and candy from the community. So far we have collected from Sprague, Bates, Fiske, Schofield, Upham, Hardy, Magic Beans, Cabot, Downey, and the list is still growing! We can't wait to see how much we have in store this year.  Our Uhaul is filling up nicely and our office is already full of candy. We will have to bring our drive outside.

Mike , from Magic Beans came over, dropping off even more candy.  Magic Beans has been so incredibly generous again this year with their donation – a true symbol of the generosity of the Boston community.

We can hardly wait to see all the excited faces tomorrow as students, principals, parents, volunteers, national guard, veterans, and the media from all over the Metrowest area join together in the spirit of giving. We have children that will be singing the national anthem. It is amazing for us to see the community come together centering around the drive. We can’t imagine how happy the soldiers will be to receive all this candy and those beautiful letters.  It warms our hearts amidst this rainy day to know how much good we all are doing through this remarkable event. Keep up the wonderful work!

Generous contributors have been coming in and out of the office this week. If you haven’t already, pay us a visit! It’s not too late for you to join in on the fun and donate your candy and hand-written notes to the troops.  Stop by tomorrow morning and you’ll be able to see our ever-growing gargantuan and multi-colored candy display.

Donations to the Candy Drive will be happily accepted up until Friday, November 8 at Wellesley Dental Group on 5 Seaward Rd in Wellesley. We request that  donations be dropped off between 8 am to 11 am. All the candy and letters will be shipped overseas to the soldiers via CarePacks, a non-profit organization.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at (781) 237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com.

 

Make sure to check us out on Boston.comWellesley Weston, and Patch!!

A Note Sweeter Than Candy

November 6th, 2013

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One of the sweetest notes from J. B. Our 10 year old smile ambassador :)

"Dear Troops,

As a thanks for supporting our country we hope you enjoy the candy that a lot of families bring for you every year. Thank you!"

Thanks to the Wellesley and surrounding communities our piles of notes and candy are expanding. It is not too late to donate any leftover candy or write a sweet note to send to the troops overseas. Especially the notes, they can perhaps be even sweeter than the candy. If you would like to participate or make a donation please email smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com or call (781)237-9071.

 

 

Find us on Boston.comWellesley Weston, and Patch!

 

 

Candy Pouring In!

November 5th, 2013

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We are happy to report that schools from Newton, Needham, Dover, Westwood, and beyond will be participating this year. This upcoming week we will be working closely with these schools, as well as daycares and community organizations, like the Wellesley Mother’s Forum. Also, we are happy to report that Magic Beans has joined hands and will be bringing all of their collected candy to us. Children and adults are encouraged not only to donate extra candy but to bring handwritten letters and cards for the troops overseas. Help us beat last year’s record of 5260 pounds and bring smiles to countless soldiers!

 

If your school or organization would like to participate, please let us know. Donations for the Candy Drive will be happily accepted from now until Friday, November 8th at the Wellesley Dental Group on 5 Seaward Rd in Wellesley. We request that all donations be dropped off during business hours: Monday through Thursday from 8am to 5pm. From our office in Wellesley, all the candy and letters will be shipped overseas to the soldiers via CarePacks, a non-profit organization - Get more info here.

 

Also, check us out on Boston.com, Wellesley Weston, and Patch!

Candy Drive Flyer

November 1st, 2013

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Candy Drive Kick-Off Halloween Party!

November 1st, 2013

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Thank you everyone who joined us for our Halloween Costume Party to kick-off our 6th Annual Candy Drive.

The Day After Halloween: What To Do With the Candy?

November 1st, 2013

candy

 

After a night of trick-or-treating, children are more than excited to dig in and eat their hard-earned treats. Parents may think that the days following Halloween is when they have to be more lenient about the amount of candy their children eat, but pediatric dentists urge parents to pay closer attention to their teeth and the candy they are consuming.

 

Children are receiving a variety of different candies, and dentists recommend avoiding sticky or liquid candies, which tend to stick onto children’s teeth. Individuals may ask whether there is a better alternative than these candies, but it is hard to give a solid answer. Candies are high in sugar content, providing the bacteria in the oral cavity with plenty of food. This ultimately increases the production of acid via bacteria, which leads to a higher risk of tooth decay and cavities. When looking through children’s basket of candy, here are a few candies that tend to be less harmful for teeth:

 

1. Sugar-free candy and gum with xylitol: these candies do not continue sugar, which is the primary source of food for bacteria; gum and candy has the potential to prevent tooth decay by increasing saliva and rinsing sugars and acids in the oral cavity

 

2. Even though powdery candy is packed with sugar, powder tends to dissolve quickly and is less likely to stick to teeth

 

3. Chocolate: chocolate also dissolves relatively quickly in the mouth; however, try to stay away from chocolate containing caramel and nuts, which are substances that can easily stick to teeth

 

Halloween can be a treacherous time for teeth, but there are also many ways to help children prevent tooth decay. Be sure to monitor the amount of candy that a child is consuming. After eating the candy, it is important to enforce proper brushing. Make sure that sticky candies have been brushed off and removed for tooth surfaces. A toothpaste containing fluoride can also keep teeth strong, protecting them from cavities. 30 seconds of brushing should be allotted to each quadrant, with a total of 2 minutes of brushing. Going in the small crevices between teeth is just as important, ensuring that there is no sugary residue for bacteria to consume and produce acid.

 

Holidays are always a fun time, but be sure to help your child practice good oral hygiene! If you have any more questions, feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com

 

Please donate all excess Halloween candy and handwritten notes to be sent to the troops overseas in their care packages along with oral hygiene supplies.

To get more information click here.

 

 

References:

 

http://www.alligator.org/news/campus/article_b5a3d2f6-3b99-11e3-a7f2-0019bb2963f4.html

 

http://kidshealth.org/kid/stay_healthy/body/teeth_care.html

 

http://www.dentistryiq.com/articles/2013/10/halloween-candy-eating-tips-from-dentists.html

 

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

October 25th, 2013

 

 

diamond

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Both results found for nanodiamonds and titanium prove to be exciting news in field of Periodonistry and even in the medical world as a whole. These nanodiamonds may possibly revolutionize dental implants, allowing them to be longer lasting and effective, while this the new CaP and collagen coating and greatly improve the use of titanium. Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com

 

References:

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

Feeling Good About 5260 lbs!

October 17th, 2013

Candy DriveDid you know that Wellesley Dental Group gathered 5,260 pounds of candy last year? What exactly does that mean? Our friend Janice Bogasky, President of  Women's Business Group,  shared that information with us.

5260 pounds x 16 ounces/pound =  84,160 ounces That is equivalent to 84,160 mini-chocolate (1 oz) candy bars.
84,160 ounces x 152 calories/ounce (calories in 1 ounce of milk chocolate)  = 12,792,320 calories!
12,792,320 calories divided by 3,500 calories/pound (extra calories consumed  to gain a pound of weight) = 3,655 pounds of weight gain were in that U-Haul!!

Just think about all the weight gain we all helped prevent during last year's endeavors! We are looking to make things even bigger and better this year. So please click here to read more about our Candy Drive.

If you are a school or organization and would like to participate please call (781)237-9071 or email smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com

 

 

6th Annual Candy Drive: Sending Some Sweetness Overseas!

September 24th, 2013

SENDING SOME SWEETNESS OVERSEAS! It's that time of the year again. We just sent our press release out!
Wellesley Dental Group organizes 6th annual community-wide Candy Drive

WELLESLEY, MASS. (Sept. 24, 2013) – It all started with local dentists, Drs. Ali & Ali, asking their young patients to donate their excessive Halloween candy in exchange for $1 to protect their teeth. Today, this gesture has grown into a community-wide effort involving schools, the police department, local organizations, retailers and neighboring towns who collect and donate extra Halloween candy and write notes of thanks to U.S. troops overseas.

“Our community is too generous. Kids come home with pillowcases full of candy. We’re all for celebrating the holiday, but no one needs that much candy,” said Dr. Femina Ali, of Wellesley Dental Group. “But for our troops, who are so far away, M&Ms and the handwritten cards children send are a little treat that remind them of home.”

Each year the drive gets bigger and bigger. Last year, Wellesley Dental Group collected a “wall of candy which weighed 5260 pounds,” explains Dr. Ali. “This year we’ll kick-off the drive with a Costume party on the day before Halloween on October 30th from 4-6 p.m. at our office with food, games, prizes and toothbrushes. Everyone is welcome.”

Wellesley Dental Group will accept candy donations from Nov. 1 through Nov. 8 and hold a press event on Nov. 8th at 10 a.m., which is open to the community, before they send the candy off in a U-Haul. CarePacks, a non-profit organization that sends care packages to troops overseas, will package up the candy and cards.

About Wellesley Dental Group
Established in 1997 by Drs. Femina and Ejaz Ali, Wellesley Dental is a family-run dental practice that provides state-of-the-art, high quality oral care in a friendly and caring environment. For more information, visit http://www.wellesleydentalgroup.com/

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To schedule a candy drop-off between November 1 and November 8 at Wellesley Dental Group, located at 5 Seaward Road in Wellesley, Mass., please call 781.237.9071 or e-mail smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com

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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Happy Holidays from WDG

December 13th, 2012

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

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

We want to extend that joy to you, our patients. Our family. Through your support and trust, together, we have created the community that is Wellesley Dental Group.

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

 

From the Caring Team at Wellesley Dental Group,

 

Happy Holidays!

 


Are You Sensitive?

December 11th, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sources:
Crest
Sensodyne
WebMD

The Silent Destroyer

December 3rd, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Flex Spending | Are you ready for the New Year?

November 26th, 2012


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy Veteran's Day!

November 12th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_3874" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Beautiful handwritten cards from this year's Candy Drive."]Created by our very own Andrea[/caption]We want to extend a huge "Thank You" to the troops overseas and to all the veterans who have served our country. As we look back on our Candy Drive, we saw, first hand, how much our community loves our servicemen and women. Wellesley Dental Group saw the whole community unite through the spirit of philanthropy to give back to those who have already given so much. Our Candy Drive is not only a wonderful way to promote oral health but also is aligned with our core values. Through our work this past week, we realize our mission of being "Smile Ambassadors" is two-fold; our community's children have healthier grins and together, we are bringing joyful smiles to the troops.

While today is Veteran's Day, it's evident that one day is not enough to show our veterans how grateful we are for their tireless efforts. Everyday they are in our thoughts and we are so glad that we have had this opportunity to give back, in some small way this year. We will continue to show our support and we know that our veterans will remain in our thoughts and in the thoughts of all our participants in this year's Candy Drive.

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Thank you, thank you, thank you. We could never be grateful enough for what our veterans have given and sacrificed for us.

Special Thanks to the Wellesley Police Department

November 11th, 2012

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We were awe-struck on Friday when Officer Evan Rosenberg stopped by on behalf of the Wellesley Police Department. The candy that they gathered for the troops was HUGE! The Department was a drop-off point for the Wellesley Community and accumulated hundreds of pounds. We want to extend a special thanks to Chief Terrence Cunningham for coordinating with us to make this Candy Drive such a success.

To say the least, the Great Wall of Candy wouldn't have been so high without WPD's help. We have at least doubled the amount of candy this year!

Want to guess the final weight of the candy? It's not too late and you just might win a free "Sinsational" whitening! Check it out here.

Great Wall of Candy Contest

November 9th, 2012

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Want to guess how much our Great Wall of Candy weighed? Wellesley Dental Group had a record-breaking amount of candy this year. We are holding a contest to have you guess the final weight of candy that was donated during this year’s Annual Candy Drive. The lucky winner with the closest guess will receive a free “Sinsational” teeth whitening. The contest concludes November 18th.

To submit your guesses, post a comment on our blog, FaceBook page, or send us a tweet. You can also write us an email at smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com or mail in your responses to 5 Seaward Road, Wellesley, 02481. The contest winner will be announced on November 19th.

Want to know where all this candy came from? Read about it here.

We did this together!

November 9th, 2012

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We did this together. Thank you, thank you, thank you to the Wellesley and the entire Metrowest community and our wonderful Wellesley Dental Group Patients! You have outdone yourselves this year.

It’s unbelievable to see how far we have come in five years. What started with a little candy buy-back program in the office has now turned into a monumental wall of candy and most importantly a major, fun event that has brought the entire community together for a good cause.

The generosity and spirit of giving we have witnessed these past weeks has been incredibly special. It’s not every day that one can be a part of such a profound endeavor. We are and have been so committed to educating our community about oral health and we are proud to serve as “Smile Ambassadors”.

We are holding a contest to guess the final weight of the candy, check it out here.

We want to give an official Thank-You to all these organizations and many more:

Wellesley Schools:
Babson College
Bates
Hardy
Hunnewell
Schofield
Sprague
Tenacre

Dover Schools:
Charles River
Chickering

Needham Schools:
Hillside School
Needham ECC Pre-School

Newton Schools:
Bowen
Cabot
Pierce

Westwood Schools:
Downey

Local Organizations and businesses:
Wellesley Police Department
Wellesley Hills Junior Women’s Club
Wellesley Mother’s Forum
Wellesley Newcomers Club
Morse Institute Library in Natick
Magic Beans

Media:
Wellesley Townsman
Wellesley Media Corporation
Swellesley Report
The Patch

And all the patients of Wellesley Dental Group

Without your help, this would not have been possible.

Our Great Wall of Candy

November 8th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_3828" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Jesse Lyons from Bagic Beans dropped off around 500 lbs of candy!"][/caption]

It's the day before we wrap up this year's Candy Drive and the action never stops. We've been filling boxes upon boxes of candy to build up our Great Wall of Candy for the festivities tomorrow. Helio has been so busy making sure everything is set and the whole office is pitching in to make tomorrow an event we'll never forget.

Jesse Lyons, from Magic Beans came over, dropping off even more candy. He estimated it at around 500 lbs!! I hope we can fit it all! Magic Beans has been so incredibly generous this year with their donation - a true symbol of the generosity of the Boston community.

It's not too late for you to join in on the fun and donate your candy and hand-written notes to the troops.  Stop by tomorrow morning and you'll be able to see our ever-growing gargantuan and multi-colored candy Wall for yourself.

[caption id="attachment_3830" align="alignleft" width="225" caption="Helio is hanging up our banner and building our Great Wall of Candy."][/caption]

We can hardly wait to see all the excited faces tomorrow as students, principals, parents, volunteers, and the media from all over the Metrowest area join together in the spirit of giving. It is amazing for us to see the community and sharing that is centering on this Candy Drive.  We can't imagine how happy the soldiers will be to receive all this candy and those beautiful letters.  It warms our hearts amidst the first snow of the season to know how much good we all are doing through this remarkable event. Keep up the good work!

Such wonderful contributors have been coming in and out of the office this week. If you haven't already, pay us a visit!

Donations to the Candy Drive will be happily accepted Friday, November 9 at the Wellesley Dental Group on 5 Seaward Rd in Wellesley. We request that  donations be dropped off between 8am to 1pm. All the candy and letters will be shipped overseas to the soldiers via CarePacks, a non-profit organization.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at (781) 237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com.

Bringing smiles to our faces

November 7th, 2012

So many happy children, parents, and volunteers have been coming in and out of the office, building our mountain of candy higher and higher. With every piece of candy and every lovingly written note brought in, we cannot help but think of the joy and brilliant smiles the troops overseas will have. We want to especially thanks Tenacre School, and the Wellesley Food Pantry, for their recent donations. We also are so inspired by the generosity of our patients and their children as well.

Here are some beautiful photos of the candy piling up higher than the kids!

[caption id="attachment_3804" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="So many bags from Tenacre School :)"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_3803" align="alignleft" width="225" caption="So many boxes of candy!"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_3801" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Nolan's contribution!"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_3802" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Mother and Daughter"][/caption]

Donations for the Candy Drive will be happily accepted now through Friday, November 9 at the Wellesley Dental Group on 5 Seaward Rd in Wellesley. We request that all donations be dropped off during business hours: Monday through Thursday from 8am to 4pm and on Fridays from 8am to 1pm. From our office in Wellesley, all the candy and letters will be shipped overseas to the soldiers via CarePacks, a non-profit organization

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at (781) 237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com.

Heaps of Candy from Hunnewell!

November 6th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_3793" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Beautiful Handwritten notes from Hunnewell Elementary School at our Candy Drive!"][/caption]

The Hunnewell School in Wellesley just stopped by with bags upon bags of candy. Numerous 4th graders helped bring in the enormous load that over 20 students worked hard to gather. What was even more striking, however, beyond all the colorful wrappers of Halloween candy were the beautiful, handwritten letters the students so carefully made. We know that these precious notes will bring many bright smiles on our service men and women overseas.  The Candy will be shipped by CarePacks, a nonprofit organization, who sends care packages to soldiers serving abroad.

There is still time to join in on the giving! The Candy Drive will be wrapping up this Friday, November 9th, so if your organization is thinking about donating the candy, don't hesitate.

 

This is our 5th annual Candy Drive and it's shaping up to be our biggest ever. Communities from Wellesley and the entire metro-west area are coming together for this event.

Donations for the Candy Drive will be happily accepted now through Friday, November 9 at the Wellesley Dental Group on 5 Seaward Rd in Wellesley. We request that all donations be dropped off during business hours: Monday through Thursday from 8am to 4pm and on Fridays from 8am to 1pm. From our office in Wellesley, all the candy and letters will be shipped overseas to the soldiers via CarePacks, a non-profit organization

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at (781) 237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com.

 

Halloween Candy - best and worst options for your children's teeth

October 18th, 2012

Candy consumption at this time of year for kids is pretty unavoidable. However, the  Academy of General Dentistry in Chicago (AGD) released a short list of the season's best and worst candy options that we want to share with you for your children's optimum oral health.

Worst:

  • Chewy/sticky sweets, such as gummy candies, taffy, and even dried fruit can be difficult for children and adults to resist, and even more difficult to remove from teeth. These candies can get stuck in ones cavities in their teeth causing more deterioration.
  • Sour candies are highly acidic and can break down tooth enamel quickly. The good news: Saliva slowly helps to restore the natural balance of the acid in the mouth. We recommend that patients wait 30 minutes to brush their teeth after consuming sour/acidic candies; otherwise, they will be brushing the acid onto more tooth surfaces and increasing the risk of enamel erosion.
  • Sugary snacks, including candy corn, cookies, and cake, all contain high amounts of sugar, which can cause tooth decay.
Best:
  • Sugar-free lollipops and hard candies stimulate saliva, which can help prevent dry mouth. A dry mouth allows plaque to build up on teeth faster, leading to an increased risk of cavities so choose candies that cause an increase in saliva.
  • Sugar-free gum can actually prevent cavities as it not only dislodges food particles from between the teeth but also increases saliva—which works to neutralize the acids of the mouth and prevent tooth decay.
  • Dark chocolate and its antioxidants, according to some studies, can be good for the heart and may even lower blood pressure.

If you have any further questions regarding oral health do not hesitate to  call us - we are happy to answer questions for you. Also, please bring your left over candy to our  5th Annual Candy Drive. We will be accepting donations from Thursday Nov 1 - Friday Nov 9 during office hours and we would love to see your smiling faces!

Five Habits that Destroy Your Smile

October 11th, 2012

Our friends at  The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) in Chicago say five specific habits will ruin your pearly whites and leave you with an unhealthy smile —and  we couldn't agree more.

Spokesperson for the AGD, Steven A. Ghareeb, DDS, FAGD, explains the bad habits and offers advice on how to keep-up your beautiful smile.

1. Not flossing

Brushing your teeth twice a day is important, but many patients don’t realize that flossing at least once a day is just as critical to achieving—and maintaining—a healthy smile. Flossing removes the cavity-causing bacteria left behind from food particles that get stuck between teeth. “Although bleeding and irritation sometimes can occur when you first start flossing, it’s important to keep at it,” says Dr. Ghareeb. “Your gums will toughen up and your oral health will be better for it.” For more on preventative care for your teeth and gums,  click here.

2. Brushing too soon after eating

Consuming acidic foods and beverages, such as sports and energy drinks, citrus fruits, wine, and tomatoes, can erode tooth enamel—the glossy outer layer of the tooth. Brushing your teeth too soon after eating and drinking these items can cause more damage because you are essentially brushing the acid into the teeth, not getting rid of it. Instead, you should rinse your mouth with water after consuming acidic foods and beverages and wait at least 30 minutes before brushing your teeth.

3. Not replacing your toothbrush often enough

Not only are old toothbrushes ineffective, but they also harbor harmful bacteria that can cause infections. Toothbrushes should be changed every three to four months. “It’s also important to change your toothbrush after you’ve had a cold,” says Dr. Ghareeb.

4. Excessively bleaching your teeth

Overzealous bleaching can cause your teeth to look unnaturally white and increase tooth sensitivity. Before using an at-home bleaching product, talk to your dentist. “He or she can advise you on proper use of these products as well as which type of bleaching system will provide you with the best results,” says Dr. Ghareeb. Take Dr. Ghareeb's advice and please inquire about your  teeth whitening options here at  Wellesley Dental Group.

5. Using a hard-bristled toothbrush

A hard-bristled toothbrush coupled with an aggressive brushing technique can cause irreversible damage to your gums. Use a soft toothbrush and gently brush your teeth at a 45-degree angle, in a circular motion. Using a back-and-forth, sawing motion causes the gums to recede, and can expose the root of the tooth, making teeth extremely sensitive.

Have any questions about your oral health? Don't hesitate to  call us or  come in for a visit! We are here to answer all your questions.

Candy Drive 2011 video - You may star in our next one!

October 10th, 2012

Only a few weeks until our 5th Annual Candy Drive here at Wellesley Dental Group and we couldn't be more excited.

In fact, we wanted to share with you a video from last year's successful drive!

This year, our candy will be sent over seas courtesy of CarePacks, a non-profit organization that sends care packages to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. CarePacks is a wonderful organization that provides soldiers with supplies to help improve their morale, mental health, and quality of life. What better way to make them feel "back home" than with loads of Halloween candy? We look forward to your support on November 9th!

Candy Drive 2012

October 4th, 2012

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It is not every day that you see a mountain of candy at a dental office. This November, though, Drs. Ali at the Wellesley Dental Group say “Bring it on and keep it coming!”

Once again it is time for our annual Candy Drive. What began as a way to keep cavities off the streets, has blossomed into a five year Wellesley community tradition that keeps on growing. Working closely with local schools, daycares and community organizations, children (and adults!) are encouraged to donate extra candy as well as handwritten letters and cards to servicemen stationed overseas. Join us as we strive to beat last year’s record of 2,500 pounds and bring smiles to countless soldiers!

Donations for the Candy Drive will be happily accepted from Thursday, November 1 through Friday, November 9 at the Wellesley Dental Group on 5 Seaward Rd in Wellesley. We request that all donations be dropped off during business hours: Monday through Thursday from 8am to 4pm and on Fridays from 8am to 1pm. From our office in Wellesley, all the candy and letters will be shipped overseas to the soldiers via CarePacks, a non-profit organization

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at (781) 237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com.

Community Halloween Party on Thursday, October 25th!

October 3rd, 2012

 

You are invited to our Community Halloween Party on Thursday, October 25th from 4 to 6p.m.!

This annual costume party will be a fun afternoon full of games and prizes. The party will also serve as a kick off for our annual Candy Drive, where we collect extra candy and handwritten notes to send to the troops overseas. More information on the Candy Drive coming soon.

The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Insurance and Flex Spending for 2012

October 3rd, 2012

As the season starts to grow cold, we are reminded that the year is now coming to an end. Before we all become wrapped up in all that this entails, now is the time to remember that time is running out for dental insurance benefits and flex spending for 2012.

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

There are many options available to you for utilizing the remainder of your flex spending. Remember to check your plan and take the necessary steps to make the most of you flex spending. Here are some commonly available options:

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

There are many more available! Check with your insurance or dentist to find out exactly what is covered and how it fits with your current needs.

The New York Times offers some suggestions on ways to maximize this insurance benefit before it is too late.

It bears repeating that for most individuals, insurance benefits and flex spending do not carry over into the next year. In essence, what you do not use, you lose.

Studies show us that patients who postpone dental needs run a higher risk of emergency care in the future. Putting off dental treatment does not make the problem go away – it worsens it, which in turn increases the cost.

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

Pediatric Cavities Reach Record High

October 2nd, 2012

A combination of the food we eat and our culture is drastically changing children's oral health. We wish it was for the better!

Our society moves at a rapid pace, which means more meals and snacks are consumed on the go. Furthermore, because of our fast paced nature, we turn to fast food and unhealthy, sometimes sugary snacks rather than nutritious options. This results in an elevated number of cavities in children.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a statement saying that "28 percent of preschoolers in the U.S. experience decay in primary or "baby teeth." And for the first time in four decades the number is increasing. Currently, among children 2 to 5 years old, one in five has untreated cavities."

Poor diet, drinking bottled water (no fluoride) versus tap, and going to bed with sippy cups are all culprits of the rise in pediatric cavities. Also, because many people are out of work in the recession, without dental insurance, visits to the dentist can't be afforded.

The dental society states:

"A dentist should examine a child as soon as primary teeth begin to appear, usually during the first six months and no later than the first birthday. This is similar to a 'well-baby' checkup, and it will not only identify potential problems, it gets the child used to visiting the dentist at an early age."

Some tips for preventing tooth decay in children are:

- Wipe a baby's gums after feeding with a clean, moist cloth to ensure all residue is removed.

- When two teeth appear that are touching, gently floss between them.

- Avoid giving children sports drinks and soda.

Drs. Ali & Ali are more than happy to answer any questions you have about pediatric oral care or any other concern. Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com!

Flu Shots For Kids 6 Months And Up

September 27th, 2012

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is stressing that parents bring their children aged 6 months and up to receive a flu shot. Small children are especially susceptible to influenza.

Recent studies have shown that these young children are even more prone to catching the flu than the elderly, a fact commonly thought to be reversed. Parents and day care workers are also advised at getting the vaccine as well. This will help protect kids and is called "cocooning."

The AAP states:

"The concept of cocooning is particularly important to help protect infants less than 6 months of age because they are too young to be immunized with influenza vaccine."

This practice doesn't just help protect infants and young children from the flu - it helps prevent it from spreading into large groups of people as well.

Children was asthma, diabetes, weak immune systems or neurological problems are all at high risk as well as women who are pregnant, just delivered, or breastfeeding.

Yearly immunization is stronly recommended because the flu virus mutates with each passing year. Immunizing yourself and children as soon as possible is advised.

There are several flu clinics coming up in Wellesley:

- Walk-In Clinic - Saturday, October 20, 2012 - 9 am to 3 pm - seniors 65+ - Wellesley Hills Congregational Church (pregnant women/those with compromised immune systems also welcome)

 

- Walk-In Clinic Wednesday, October 24, 2012 (volunteers can do both shifts)

Shift #1  1:15 pm to 4:30 pm

Shift #2  4:00 pm to 7:15 pm

Dinner-snack will be served

 

-Walk-In Clinic - Thursday, October 25, 2012 - 8:15 am - 1:15 pm

Breakfast will be served

 

Also, optimal oral health is key to warding off sickness, especially in flu season. Contact Drs. Ali & Ali at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com for more information!

 

Wellesley Farmers Market Open Until End Of October

September 24th, 2012

Summer may be over, but that doesn't mean the Farmers Market is!

Every Thursday from 2-6 pm until late October, the Wellesley Farmers Market will be in the Whole Foods parking lot with bushels of fresh produce and more.

This week's market will feature the first "Farm to School" event for Wellesley. Local farmers will have activities and games to play with children to raise awareness of local farming land and where we get our food.

There will also be chickens to meet, honey tasting, and much more. Why not come out for this fun, educational event and purchase some farm fresh produce to take home?

Half Of American Adults Have Periodontal Disease

September 18th, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Filtered Yelp Reviews

September 12th, 2012

While perusing Yelp recently, we stumbled across a button labeled "filtered" reviews. We were surprised to see so many wonderful things written about our office. The doctors and staff thank you all so much for your kind words. It means to much that you trust us with your oral health.

"Dr and Dr Ali always make me feel welcome and comfortable. Our kids don't mind going to the dentist because it's a nice place and not a place of fear. Always on time and always with a smile." - Lisa

"Wellesley Dental Group is the best! I came from out of the area to go to school at Babson and needed a place out here for all my dental needs! It is in an incredibly convenient location and the whole process from check-in to follow-up is efficient and pleasant." - Jason

"I really love Wellesley Dental. A warm, friendly staff that makes dental visits enjoyable, thorough and satisfying. I know when i leave their office, I have had the best care and wouldn't trade that for anything." - Apple

"It was my first visit to dental office in America, and it was absolutely great! Drs. Ali and Ali are highly competent and smart people. I get excellent care here. The staff is very friendly and welcoming.  I never regretted that I chose Wellesley Dental Group!" - Nadia

Read more! :)

 

High Calorie Drinks Reduced In Schools

September 6th, 2012

A while ago, we blogged about a possible sugar tax being implemented on foods with added sugar and sweeteners, such as soft drinks. It was designed to discourage both adults and children from purchasing unhealthy food and drink. Now it seems that the next step has been taken by reducing the availability of these items in schools, helping to further combat obesity.

There has been a huge reduction in drink calorie content available in schools (90%) between 2004-10. These numbers reflect the partnership between the William J. Clinton Foundation and the American Heart Association with major drink companies to lessen these drinks' availability.

Vending machines in schools now look much different than in previous years. An assortment of water, milk, juice and sports drinks is what's typically available versus an assortment of sodas before. An assessment of the foods offered in school cafeterias will be underway soon as well.

As the obesity rate climbed, officials began to take notice and search for the cause. Christopher Ashley, supervisor of food and nutrition for Springfield City Schools, said:

“Nine years ago I came into this segment of food service, and you’d see a Honey Buns and two Mountain Dews for breakfast. Now kids are going through the line and getting a better breakfast. That’s just the start.”

The alliance between the William J. Clinton Foundation and beverage companies should continue to make a difference. As stated above, obesity rates have dropped significantly in the past few years. With an emphasis placed on health and wellness not just in schools, but in the media, it is believed that the rate will continue to drop. Once the school menus reflect the nutrition of the drinks, students will be at a major advantage for better overall health.

It's important to note that reducing the consumption of soft drinks will improve your smile! Drs. Ali & Ali are committed to spreading oral health awareness and urge you to opt for healthier drinks that don't damage teeth. Feel free to contact us with any questions at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com.

 

Fit 50 Year Olds Have Less Chronic Disease

September 5th, 2012

It's common knowledge that eating right and exercising regularly will help maintain a healthy lifestyle. However, a new study shows that 50 year olds that are in shape are less likely to develop sickness as they age. This helps magnify the connection between exercise and overall health.

Dr. Jarett Berry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, says:

"It has been known for decades that if you are more fit, you live longer. But it has not been clear that [if] you have a higher quality of life, you age better.

There was speculation that perhaps exercise and a healthy diet simply prolong the development of disease. However, according to this research, it is not the case. Chronic illness is indeed reduced a great deal in healthy, fit individuals.

The study evaluated over 18,600 men and women who had done a treadmill test to measure their cardio health at age 50. These results were then linked to disease such as diabetes, colon cancer, and heart disease among others.

The comparison showed:

"Among men in the lowest fifth of fitness scores, the rate of chronic disease was 28 percent per year. By contrast, the rate was only 16 percent per year among the top fifth. For women, the numbers were 20 percent per year versus 11 percent, respectively."

As we said above, eating right in combination with exercise is the best method for a healthier you. There's also genetic factors to take into consideration that may sway certain people in one direction, be it healthy or not so healthy. However, it should be said that there are other benefits of being fit and healthy, such as having a healthy weight, strong bones, and good mental health.

As dentists, Drs. Ali & Ali would like to point out that smiling is a simple and easy way to elevate your mood. If you take care of yourself and maintain a positive attitude, there's a great chance it'll pay off in the long run! Be sure to contact us at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com should you have any questions about how a healthy smile means a healthy you.

Poor Oral Health Can Impact School Performance

August 31st, 2012

A recent study that appeared in the September 2012 issue of the American Journal of Public Health shows a strong correlation between poor oral health and academic performance. The survey looked at 1,500 low income students in the Los Angeles area. School performance and attendance were compared to oral health.

According to the study,

"Children who reported having recent tooth pain were four times more likely to have a low grade point average -- below the median GPA of 2.8 -- when compared to children without oral pain, according to study results."

This also contributed to missed school for students and also missed work for parents. On average, kids missed between 2 and 2.5 days of school. This is in part due to dental care not being easily accessible for a variety of reasons, such as insurance or transportation.

There is discussion of including more oral health education in schools. This is easy way to spread the message and importance of healthy teeth and gums for life!

Gingival Recontouring

August 31st, 2012

Your smile is your most important social asset. However, often times people are embarrassed by their teeth, gums, or both, resulting in self confidence issues.

A common problem is unhappiness with gumlines. Whether it's from rough brushing or periodontal disease, uneven gums or "gummy" smiles are more prevalent than you may think. Fortunately, most times this is an easy fix.

Gingivoplasty is the resculpting of gum tissue into a more even gumline. First, excess gum tissue is taken off to reveal more of the tooth which is followed by the recontouring of the gums. This can be done easily and relatively painlessly with a laser. Drs. Ali & Ali are proud to offer Biolase laser dentistry to their patients. Biolase uses a combination of laser and water to provide a quick and unique cutting action that is precise and gentle.

If gum recession is a concern, a gum graft could be a solution. This will cover the exposed roots of the tooth, preventing decay and further recession.

Teeth are one of the first things people notice about you, so why not have a smile you can be confident about?

Drs. Ali & Ali are happy to answer any questions you may have about gingival recontouring or any other procedure! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com.

Heading Back To School? Don't Forget The Dentist!

August 29th, 2012

It's hard to believe September is right around the corner! School will soon begin, studying long into the night will commence, and many cups of coffee will be consumed.

With all that you are trying to juggle, it's important not to forget about your health. It's easy to not eat right when you're busy and get less sleep than normal. However, taking a moment to breathe and take care of yourself is just as important as your seemingly never ending checklist.

Drs. Ali & Ali cannot stress enough the importance of optimal oral health! Overall health can be linked back to a healthy smile, so be sure to schedule your hygiene appointment before heading back to school. It's an easy way to help ensure a productive and healthy academic year, and who wouldn't want that? :)

Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to make an appointment!

Cradles to Crayons Needs Help!

August 28th, 2012

Back to school time is right around the corner! It's time brave the crowds and shop for new clothes and school supplies. Sadly, this is not possible for all children. Many are less fortunate and do not have the money to purchase essential items for school.

Cradles to Crayons wants to help change that. They recently filled over 300,000 backpacks with school supplies for needy children during their 6th annual Backpack-A-Thon. Now, they need help getting the backpacks to those in need.

Visit their website to learn more and to make a donation to this worthy cause.

Benefits of Coffee

August 22nd, 2012

The latest survery conducted regarding coffee consumption shows more positive than negative effects. In fact, it may help you stay healthy. While scientists won't confirm this with absolute certainty, the research is leaning very much toward its favor.

Coffee provides the drinker with antioxidants, which protect our bodies from oxygen radicals it produces. These are damaging to DNA and antioxidants help prevent that. People can get antioxidants from fruits and vegetables as well, but research shows coffee is the #1 source.

Coffee can also help ward off prostate cancer in men and endometrial cancer in women. It lowers levels of estrogen and insulin, which studies lead to believe may reduce the risk of these diseases. There is also research to support coffee warding off Parkinson's disease and type II diabetes.

As with anything, coffee can have adverse effects as well. Some people may experience jitters, frequent urination, headaches, and heartburn to name a few problems. Research in the 1980s linked it to pancreatic cancer as well, but future studies have not found this to be consistent. Some people are not able to drink coffee toward the end of the day because the caffiene will keep them up well into the evening.

To sum it up, coffee has varying effects on everyone. Trial and error will show you how it effects you negatively. However, the pros seem to outweigh the cons. Pour us another cup!

Early Orthodontic Treatment at Wellesley Dental Group

August 8th, 2012

Did you know that there is an prime time for a child to see an orthodontist? The American Association of Orthodontists suggests that the first orthodontic exam should be done at the first sign of orthodontic issues or no later than age 7. At this young age, orthodontic treatment may not be necessary, but a short examination can help pinpoint the most beneficial time to start treatment. This also helps achieve the best results with the smallest amont of time and money.

Even if a child is not ready for orthodontic treatment just yet, visiting an orthodontist is still beneficial. They will be able to watch the development of the teeth and set a time when treatment should begin.

Age 7 is the optimal age to first see an orthodontist because the first adult molars have come in. It allows the teeth to be completely evaluated at all angles for bite.

At Wellesley Dental Group, Dr. Emad Abdallah, our orthodontist, is happy to provide a free consultation to evaluate your orthodontic needs. Call us today at 781-237-9071 to schedule an appointment!

Weight Trainers Have Lower Risk Of Diabetes

August 8th, 2012

A new study has found that weight training, not just cardio, helps to lower the risk of developing diabetes. Dr. Frank Hu, from the Harvard School of Public Health, said:

"We all know that aerobic exercise is beneficial for diabetes - many studies have looked at that - but no studies have looked at weight training."

The survey looked at over 32,000 men over an 18 year period. They completed questionnaires every two years. The scientists found that out of 1,000 men, four develop type 2 diabetes each year.

What's amazing is that the risk of developing the problem was only half as high for men who performed cardio workouts for at least 150 minutes per week. If these men also weight trained, the risk dropped to a third.

The benefits of exercise are well known and documented facts. However, this new discovery is a great motivator for men who already do cardio and have thought about weight training. Here's to your health!

Benefits Of Invisalign

August 8th, 2012

We can all agree that straight teeth are aesthetically pleasing. However, did you know that there are health benefits as well? Having straight teeth helps you maintain overall good health. Invisalign is the clear, virtually undetectable way to straighten teeth without brackets and wires. Using this system is a great way to achieve optimum oral health without anyone knowing you're straightening your teeth.

One of the main benefits is healthier teeth and gums. A cause of inflamed, red gums can be crowded or widely spaced teeth. It can also be a sign of periodontal disease. When teeth are correctly aligned, the gums fit around the teeth more snugly. This is the best defense against developing gum problems. Invisalign can easily shift your teeth into alignment, giving you the ultimate dream smile!

Braces are often times hard to clean. Food gets stuck between the brackets and wires, and without proper removal, tooth decay can develop. Invisalign uses removable aligners that are taken out to eat, brush, and floss. No more trapped food!

Straight teeth will lead to great overall health, too. Untreated gum disease and tooth decay can lead to a multitude of problems in the future. Studies conducted by the American Dental Association show that oral infections can lead to the development of serious health problems such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.

If you've been thinking about straightening your teeth, now is the time! Wellesley Dental Group is having an Invisalign Special Event on September 27, 2012 from 3pm-6pm. Drs. Ali and Ali will provide free consultations to see if Invisalign is right for you. You will also receive a complimentary teeth whitening worth $550 with your scheduled treatment.

Also, part of the proceeds will be donated to the Wellesley Food Pantry, a wonderful organization committed to helping others. Space is limited so call today to schedule your appointment at 781-237-9071!

 

 

Cancer Causing Foods

August 8th, 2012

We all know that certain foods are healthier than others. However, did you know that some foods can actually lead to the development of cancer? Some of the ingredients in common foods are carcinogens, or cancer causers. Once you get to know these ingredients, you can make smart choices about the foods you eat.

Part of what causes cancerous tumors to develop is sugar in the blood. Consuming too many sugar ridden snacks (simple carbs) creates an ideal environment for cancer cells to grow. Eating a low-glycemic diet means avoiding refined sugars at all costs.

Some examples of these are high-fructose corn  syrup, sugar, sucrose, enriched bleached flour, white rice, white pastas, and white breads. Also, eliminating soda and sweeteners is advised. Not only will you be eating healthier, you'll also help keep a good body weight and warding off diabetes.

Below are five cancer causing foods to avoid:

- Hot dogs: Children should not eat more than 12 hot dogs in a month. If these are a favorite of your child, look for ones without harmful sodium nitrite as an ingredient.

- Processed meats/bacon: These also have sodium nitrite as an ingredient most of the time. Going to an organic market would be the best way to find some without it. There is also a high amount of saturated fat, which is bad for heart health.

- Doughnuts: They are loaded with hydrogenated oils and are condemned by experts as a terrible breakfast choice.

- French fries: Hydrogenated oils are an ingredient in these as well. They're fried at an extremely high temperature and contain saturated and trans fats, which are counter productive to heart health.

- Chips, crackers and cookies: What makes them so delicious is excess sugar, trans fats, and white flour. Also, there are often preservatives to maintain their shelf life.

Avoiding these foods as much as possible is an easy way to a better, healthier life!

Psychological Distress Linked To Increased Risk Of Death

August 8th, 2012

Stressed out? It may be time to take a breather! New research shows that stress, even at low levels, were 20% more likely to die over a ten year time span.

However, these findings can't necessarily prove that being stressed or depressed is directly linked to death. Similar studies have been conducted and have been unsuccessful in figuring out if people become sick because they're stressed or they become stressed because they're sick.

This study was featured in the British Medicine Journal. The data was compiled from information taken from over 68,000 people over the age of 35. The survey asked a variety of questions on topics such as sleep patterns, ability to face problems, and feelings of worthlessness. The lower the score of the survey taker, the less stressed of a person they are.

The most startling part of the survey is that more than 8,300 people passed away, mostly from heart disease and stroke.

Taking steps toward reducing stress is an important factor in maintaining optimum health. If you feel that your stress level is affecting your quality of life, make an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible.

Stem Cell Therapy Could Help Dental Problems

August 8th, 2012

Researchers have recently discovered that regenerating craniofacial tissue (mostly bone) is possible using stem cell therapy. It is a much faster process and less invasive than regular bone regrowth methods.

The study examined 24 patients who needed reconstructive surgery after having teeth removed. Some of the patients were treated using stem cell therapy and others using the traditional method.

Darnell Kaigler, principal investigator and assistant professor at the U-M School of Dentistry, said "In patients with jawbone deficiencies who also have missing teeth, it is very difficult to replace the missing teeth so that they look and function naturally. This technology and approach could potentially be used to restore areas of bone loss so that missing teeth can be replaced with dental implants."

Using stem cells is a great alternative because it uses the patient's cells rather then foreign ingredients. The results of the study were positive. All of the patients received dental implants after 6 to 12 weeks, and the ones with stem cells were regenerating bone at a quicker rate. They also needed less bone grafting.

This technology is still quite a few years away from being approved for mass use, but it's an exciting option to look forward to.

CEREC System Is Beneficial To Both Dentists And Patients

August 8th, 2012

When it comes to restorative dentistry, most patients want to get it done as soon as possible. At Wellesley Dental Group, we are thrilled to have CEREC technology that enables us to do just that. Roddy MacLeod, Sirona's Vice President of CAD/CAM, sums it up perfectly:

“People are busy; they don’t like coming to the dental office more than once to get a tooth fixed or to have other issues remedied. Sirona’s CEREC® system capitalizes on patients’ desire to minimize their visits to the dental office by enabling restorative treatment to be completed in one appointment rather than two or more."

Because the CEREC system speeds up the process, Drs. Ali and Ali are able to help more patients. It allows the patient to receive an all-ceramic crown in just one appointment. They have beautiful aesthetic value as well.

CEREC crowns also allow Dr. Ali to cement the permanent crown in the same appointment as the tooth preparation. The risk for an infection is greatly reduced, which can happen with a loose or lost temporary crown.

Contact us today to learn more about CEREC crowns at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com. Drs. Ali and Ali are happy to explain how this innovative technology can benefit you!

Weekly Exercise Time For Adults

August 8th, 2012

The American College of Sports Medicine has recently announced that adults should exercise at least 150 minutes per week (about 1.5%). The exercise can be spread out over the week and can be done in small increments each time.

Of course, they have considered that most people can't just jump right into an exercise regimen. The ACSM recommends planning the time each week so that you have time allotted for just exercising. Reading up on the benefits will help you realize the importance of being active.

Choosing a set time of day to do the exercise will help you develop a routine. For example, you can go for a brisk walk on your lunch break. This will not only help break up the day, but will expose you to the sun, which is important for vitamin D intake. Just remember to wear sunscreen!

After a few months, be sure to really think about your new lifestyle changes and how they are benefitting you. This is a good time to implement new things if you're becoming bored. A healthier you is a happier you, and who wouldn't want that?

Wellesley Food Pantry

August 8th, 2012

The Wellesley Food Pantry is a wonderful organization committed to helping the members of the community in need. They are currently looking for:

Canned meals, mayonnaise, coffee, jelly, canned peas, canned carrots, hearty beef soup (e.g., Progresso), and cereal.

They are also looking for bar soap and toilet paper.

We were happy to donate toothbrushes and toothpaste recently. Oral health is very important and we're happy to help!

All donations are greatly appreciated and really make a difference. Thank you for your generosity!

Intern and Shadow Opportunities at Wellesley Dental Group

August 8th, 2012

Are you interested in dentistry or a dental student? Are you looking to get some real life experience? If so, we would love to have you! We currently have intern and shadow opportunities available at our office. Below is some information about our doctors:

Drs. Ali and Ali are both graduates from the Tufts School of Dental Medicine and are recognized leaders in cosmetic, implant, and restorative dentistry. In order to remain on the leading edge of dental technologies and techniques, their personal commitment includes hundreds of hours each year in advanced dental training.

Drs. Ali and Ali consistently stay up to date on the most current techniques including procedures in restorative, Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD), sedation, implant, and laser dentistry.

Please submit your cover letter and resume to smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

Many Middle Aged Americans Have Two Or More Chronic Illnesses

August 8th, 2012

The U.S. National Center for Health Statistics released some eye opening news recently. Over the past ten years, the number of middle aged people (45+) with two or more chronic health issues has increased. Seniors are most prone to developing diabetes and and high blood pressure.

From a survey taken in 1999-2000 and again 2009-2010, the number grew from 16% to 21%. These numbers increased in the elderly population.

The survery looked at a few common diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension. Many people postponed treatment due to inability to pay or simply didn't receive care. The percentage of people doing this was up 17% since the previous decade. Also, people who didn't get the necessary medical attention rose.

This elevation in sick people "presents a complex challenge to the U.S. health care system, both in terms of quality of life and expenditures for an aging population," says the report.

One way to help ward off some of these illnesses is being physically active and eating right. Obesity is a huge factor in developing health problems. Staying fit in middle age helps ensure a healthier life later on!

 

Outstanding Yelp Review

August 8th, 2012

We recently received the below review on Yelp. We are truly speechless and touched by our patient's kind words and comments. Thank you so very much!

08/07/12

"After a negative experience at another local dentist, I followed my friends' advice and took my then 2.5 year old twins to see Dr. Femina Ali at Wellesley Dental Group.  Immediately, she put my children's minds at ease--even conducting my daughter's dental exam in a waiting room chair when she was too nervous to sit in the big dental chair.  Dr Ali's patience and natural ability with children has had such a positive impact on my children that they actually LOOK FORWARD to their semi-annual cleanings and visits.
Once we saw firsthand their high level of service and dedication at the Pediatric level and realized that they work with adults as well, my husband and I switched for our own dental visits as well.  Now we all go as a family, which I feel sets an especially good example for my kids.  They see that we're making our dental care a priority, so they are as well. My husband and I have both needed fillings in the past five years, and Dr. Ejaz Ali is an absolute perfectionist (which we love)!  Using cutting edge technology, he makes a mold to not only fill the tooth, but to make it a seamless match that will last a lifetime and look like it was always part of the tooth.  He did such a great job that I opted to have my previous fillings taken out and replaced with his handiwork.  My teeth look great and my smile is brighter and healthier than ever!

In addition to Drs. Femina and Ejaz Ali, I also have to mention their staff.  They employ a team of people who are warm, engaging, and passionate about dental health.  In the office and representing the practice around town, they make everyone feel welcome and take a genuine interest in each patient.  They even help entertain our kids while we're having our teeth cleaned!

Over the years, we have used their Oral Surgeon Dr. Ghazi to extract numerous teeth from both children.  He has the gentlest touch and always took great care to make it quick, easy, and painless for my children.  My children have also seen Dr. Emad--their orthodontist--to have their teeth evaluated for future orthodonture needs.  As a busy working mom, I am so grateful to have these services offered in-house, so I don't have to go elsewhere.  It makes it so much easier for me, especially knowing their high standard of care.

All in all, we can't say enough about the Wellesley Dental Group.  They are what every dental practice should be.  After six years as patients and friends of the Wellesley Dental Group -- we wouldn't trust our teeth and smiles to anyone else!!" - Joanna

 

Invisalign Special Event to Benefit Wellesley Food Pantry

August 3rd, 2012

Drs. Ali and Ali and the Caring Team at Wellesley Dental Group are thrilled to announce an Invisalign special event on September 27th from 3-6 PM! The Drs. will be providing free consultations to answer your questions about Invisalign treatment, the clear way to straighten teeth.

If you have wondered if Invisalign is right for you, make an appointment for this event!

You will also receive a complimentary teeth whitening (valued at $550) with your scheduled treatment.

The best part of this event is that part of the proceeds will be donated directly to the Wellesley Food Pantry, an organization committed to helping local residents in need. Now that's something to smile about!

Space is limited so contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com.

Stressful Pregnancy Can Harm Child

August 1st, 2012

A new study of English women showed that a major ordeal during pregnancy, such as death or divorce, greatly increases the risk of health problems in the child by four years old. Scientists who worked on the study highly recommend supporting a pregnant woman affected by this.

The women surveyed were asked at the beginning of their pregnancies and again a few weeks before giving birth about their stress levels. Then, they were interviewed a third time four years later about the health of their children.

Many mothers reported problems with asthma as well as stomach issues in their children. You can read the full article here.

Five Reasons to Not Drink Soda

July 30th, 2012

There have been multiple studies done on why drinking soda isn't good for you. Besides lacking any nutritional value, it has been linked to obesity and diabetes among other things. However, there are several other detrimental effects that come from soda consumption.

One major concern is the artificial caramel color used in colas. The Nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest conducted a study and found that two contaminants in the coloring have been linked to cancer in animals.

There is also the issue of "Mountain Dew Mouth." Children who drink too much Mountain Dew typically have numerous cavities in their teeth. The same can be said for any type of soda with excess sugar. There's also an added ingredient called brominated vegetable oil (BVO) that is used to prevent loss of flavor. Did you know that this is also used as a flame retardant in plastics? Are you sure you want that can of soda?

You can read the article in full to learn other reasons to switch out soda for a healthier beverage. Also, as always, free to contact us with any questions at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com!

Pre-Dental Societies

July 27th, 2012

Are you a college student thinking about going into the dental field? Checking to see if your school has a Pre-Dental Society is a great way to learn more. You can receive guidance on classes, opportunities to intern or shadow, how to go about applying to dental school, and so much more.

Several colleges in the area have wonderful Pre-Dental Societies, such as Wellesley, College, Boston University, and Tufts University.

Drs. Ali and Ali welcome any students interested in learning more about the dental field. They provide shadowing and intern opportunities and love working with young people considering a career in dentistry. Feel free to contact them with any questions at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com!

Lasers In Dentistry

July 26th, 2012

It's true that many people fear the unknown, especially when it comes to dentistry. However, did you know that there is technology available that makes getting your teeth fixed a comfortable experience?

Dr. Ejaz Ali explains,

“Most of our patients don’t even know this exists, but we are always looking for ways to improve the comfort and clinical care of our patients, and thus we have invested in this advanced technology."

This revolutionary system called Waterlase MD™, from BIOLASE Technology, Inc., is a unique dental tool that pairs laser energy and water to perform numerous dental procedures less invasively. It is approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration for use in filling cavities, prepping teeth for crowns and root canals, inserting implants, and more.

To learn more about this cutting edge technology or to schedule an appointment, please contact us at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com!

Mom's Who Eat Nuts Tied to Less Allergies in Children

July 25th, 2012

We're sure you've heard the saying "You are what you eat" before. Well, it couldn't be more true! According to a recent study of 62,000 Danish mothers, those who consumed peanuts and tree nuts while they were pregnant were less likely to give birth to children with asthma or allergies.

Before, it was considered to be just the opposite. Many organizations and doctors recommended staying away from nuts during pregnancy.

The articles states,

"There is little research implicating even peanuts, specifically, eaten by a pregnant mother and her child's risk for peanut allergy - much less a wider range of sensitivities. Yet the fear continues to lead many expectant mothers to steer clear of nuts."

You can read the full article here. As always, if you have any questions, feel free to contact us at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com!

Fillings That Kill Bacteria and Regenerate Teeth

July 23rd, 2012

Fillings that do more than just fill in decay? It's true! Scientists at the University of Maryland have created the first dental filling that not only kills bacteria, but also helps regrow tooth that has been damaged be decay.

Professor Huakun Xu explains,

"Tooth decay means that the mineral content in the tooth has been dissolved by the organic acids secreted by bacteria residing in biofilms or plaques on the tooth surface. These organisms convert carbohydrates to acids that decrease the minerals in the tooth structure."

These new fillings, called nanocomposites, should last longer than the normal amount of time (five to ten years).  More tests must be conducted to confirm this, but this new technology will definitely change the world of dentistry.

You can read the full article here. Also, please contact us if you have any questions at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com!

Foods That Whiten Teeth

July 20th, 2012

Did you know that you can eat your way to whiter teeth? It's true! The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry has just announced that particular foods help to clean and defend teeth and gums against harmful bacteria.

Dr. Shawn Frawley said, “The teeth and gums mirror what’s going on in the rest of your body. Therefore, what you consume influences the health of your smile."

Some of these foods include pineapples, carrots, and salmon. Pineapples contain bromelain, an enzyme that helps keep plaque at bay. Carrots have vitamin A, which is excellent for tooth enamel. Salmon has a lot of vitamin D, which strengthens teeth as well as bones.

You can check out the full list here. Incorporate as many of these foods as you can for a sparking, healthy smile. As always, if you have any questions, contact us at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com!

Sugar Alcohols

July 19th, 2012

The next time you pop a stick of sugar-free gum into your mouth, take a look at the package. There is probably one or more ingredients listed that end in -ol. One of the most popular ones is xylitol.

These ingredients are sugar alcohols and there's some things you should know about them.

- They contain two calories per gram versus sugar's four calories per gram.

- They are a type of carbohydrate. The structure of sugar alcohols looks like a hybrid between a sugar and alcohol molecule.

A good thing about the sugar alcohol, xylitol, is that it benefits your teeth! It protects a sugar attack from your food on your teeth after you eat. Chewing a stick of sugar-free gum with xylitol will do thr trick! You can learn more about sugar alcohols from the Joslin Diabetes Center or by contacting us at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com.

Importance of Vitamin D for Bone Health

July 17th, 2012

Did you know that many people are vitamin D deficient? Vitamin D is an essential vitamin for bone health, and a new study shows that a high daily dose of at least 800 international units can help prevent bone fractures in the elderly. It helps the body absorb and process calcium and phosphorus. It should also be noted that taking too much calcium in conjunction with vitamin D can lessen the benefit.

Many older people who fracture a hip due to weak bones never regain full mobility. Implementing vitamin D could reduce the risk of broken bones up to 30%. You can read the article in full here.

There are also other health risks associated with vitamin D deficiency. There can be an increased risk of death due to cardiovascular disease, cognitive impairment, severe asthma in kids, and even cancer. It can even affect your oral health.

WebMD offers a comprehensive look at vitamin D and how to make sure you are getting enough. You can also contact us at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com with any questions!

Limited Knowledge of Cancers Caused by Smoking

July 16th, 2012

A study conducted in the UK found that more than 80% of people are ignorant to the types of cancers caused by smoking. The survey examined over 4,000 people.

Most people knew of the obvious cancers caused by smoking, such as oral, lung and esophageal, but a large number didn't know it is linked to cancers of the kidney, stomach, and bladder. Cigarette smoke itself contains numerous chemicals that are distributed throughout the bloodstream when inhaled.

What's alarming is that people know smoking is dangerous but still continue to do it for whatever reason. Nearly half of all smokers who smoke for a long period of time will die from either cancer or other illnesses brought on by this habit. You can read the article in full here.

Drs. Ali and Ali urge all of their patients who are smokers to consider quitting. Smoking increases the risk of oral cancer and many other related problems dramatically. Contact us today to learn more about how smoking impacts your oral health at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com.

Americans Have Bad Oral Health

July 12th, 2012

The American Dental Association has just released a survery that shows Americans aren't up to par with their oral health. Overall, most scored low on the true/false survey. Many did not even know how often their teeth should be cleaned.

Nine out of ten adults between the ages of 20 and 64 have cavities in their teeth. Also, almost half of children between 2 and 11 years old have cavities in their baby teeth.

Some other statistics found from the survey include:

- 75% have no idea at what age they should take a child to the dentist for the first time. According to ADA recommendations, a child's first dentist visit should be within six months after the first tooth appears or before the child's first birthday.

- 65% of people think their toothbrush should be replaced twice a year, when it should be replaced every three months.

To help battle this problem, the ADA launched a new website aimed at educating people. The goal is to help improve oral health knowledge and awareness in the United States. Also, you can read the full article here.

Of course, if you have any questions regarding your oral health, you can always contact us at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com! We are more than happy to assist you.

Gum Disease, HPV Could Lead To Head, Neck Cancer

July 11th, 2012

New research is showing that chronic gum disease in conjunction with HPV may lead to head and neck cancer. The National Cancer Institute in the United States says that HPV is definitely a factor.

The study of 124 people who were diagnosed with squamous cell carcinomas showed that about 40% of tumors tested positive for HPV. These people were also more likely to have gum disease.

Gum disease is simple to detect and could help prevent the development of cancer in these patients.

The article is available in full here. If you have any questions, please contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com.

Sleep Apnea and Teeth Grinding

July 10th, 2012

Research is showing  a correlation between sleep apnea and teeth grinding. It was discovered that 1 in 4 patients suffering from sleep apnea also grind their teeth while sleeping.

It is believed that around 8 percent of Americans suffer from teeth grinding.

Shyam Subramanian, a doctor in Texas from Baylor College of Medicine, said:

"The relationship between obstructive sleep apnea and sleep bruxism is usually related to an arousal response. The ending of an apneic event may be accompanied by a number of mouth phenomena, such as snoring, gasps, mumbles, and teeth grinding."

More men than women report symptoms of sleep apnea than women. Also, caffiene use and anxiety are thought to be factors that can lead to developing the condition.

You can learn more and read the article in full here. Be sure to contact Dr. Ali with any questions about teeth grinding, or bruxism, at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com.

Nutrition Myths Debunked

July 9th, 2012

There are numerous articles, claims, and studies in the media that proclaim certain foods are either good or bad for us. It's hard to know what to believe! However, recent findings have debunked several myths that are thought to be true.

One such claim is that "superfoods" are better than other foods. The term "superfood" has yet to be defined by a federal agency or food organization. It is more than likely a word coined by the media to trick consumers into buying certain things.

Another claim is that multi-vitamins are needed to be healthy. This is not always the case. Most people can get the vitamins they need by eating a balanced diet. There is a select group that may need to take vitamins to cover a deficiency brought on by a health issue.

You can read this interesting article in full here.

Fourth of July

July 3rd, 2012

Happy Fourth of July, everyone! While Wellesley lights its fireworks each May during Wellesley's Wonderful Weekend, nearby towns are planning super spectaculars you won't want to miss!

Needham: July 3 at dark, Memorial Field
Newton: July 4 at 9 PM, Russell J. Halloran Field (off Route 16)
Waltham: July 4 at 8 PM, Leary Field
If you wish to venture into the city, Boston will host its 39th Fourth of July spectacle beginning on the 3rd. Visit their website for a complete schedule of events.

Child Allergies and Antibacterial Agents

July 3rd, 2012

A new study is linking the use of antibacterial agents in things such as toothpaste, mouthwash, and soap to the development of allergies in children.

Data was used from a survey taken of 860 kids between the ages of 6 to 18. The relationship between levels of antibacterials and preservatives found in urine were that are found in many personal hygiene products and the presence of IgE antibodies in the children's blood.

According to the study,

"Children with the highest levels of the antibacterial agent triclosan had more than twice the risk of food allergies and nearly twice the risk of environmental allergies as children with the lowest levels, the findings revealed." You can read the article in full here.

Is our society too germ cautious, and as a result, future generations will feel the effects? Let us know in the comments!

Fluoride Levels in Wellesley Water Supply

July 2nd, 2012

The Town of Wellesley has recently released their Drinking Water Consumer Awareness Report for 2011. Part of the report details the amount of fluoride in the water, and in Wellesley, there is an average of 1.02 ppm (parts per million). The highest level allowed is 4 ppm.

The fluoride is added to the water to help maintain dental health. According to Colgate, it helps prevent cavities in the following two ways:

- Fluoride concentrates in the growing bones and developing teeth of children, helping to harden the enamel on baby and adult teeth before they emerge.

- Fluoride helps to harden the enamel on adult teeth that have already emerged.

Please contact us at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to learn more about the effects of fluoride on the teeth!

Diabetes and Oral Health

June 29th, 2012

Although good oral health is important for all people, diabetics need to be extra vigilant when it comes to monitoring their mouths. Having a thorough understanding of oral care and things to look for will help ensure a healthy smile.

Gum disease is a common thing to happen to diabetics. This is when dental plaque has been sitting too long on teeth without being properly removed. Over time, gums can become inflamed and gingivitis could result. Symptons of this include red, swollen gums and bleeding when brushing.

Diabetics are also more likely to spread infections throughout their body due to the elevated blood sugar levels.  An easy way to help prevent this is keeping your glucose levels under control. However, the body's natural defense mechanism in the presence of an infection is to raise blood sugar.

Visiting the dentist on a regular basis is an easy way to help maintain your oral health. This keeps your dentist on top of any problems that may be developing. Another major thing to be aware of is heart problems. Cholesterol build up in the bloodstream can happen as well.

You can read more about diabetes and oral health care here. Also, Drs. Ali and Ali would be more than happy to answer any questions and concerns you may have regarding diabetes care. Contact us at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com!

Readers Choice Awards 2012

June 28th, 2012

Thanks to your unwavering support of our practice, we have been voted Best Dentist in Wellesley in the Readers Choice Awards for the fifth consecutive year!

We also received the Gold Award for Best Dentist in the MetroWest region!

We are truly touched by your faith and trust in us. We think of our patients as family and it's wonderful to know we're thought so highly of. Thank you so very much!

Fish Oil Could Help Periodontal Disease

June 27th, 2012

Fish oil has long been regarded as beneficial to overall health. But did you know that it may help periodontal symptoms? Doctors in Australia have been analyzing various studies to draw a clear conclusion. Although all of the studies showed improvements,  two showed great progress when used in conjunction with aspirin. However, more needs to be done to know the full effect of fish oil supplements.

Dr. Alison Coates who is working on the project said,

"I would recommend that people ensure they have a sufficient intake of long chain omega-3 fatty acids in their diet for general health," said Coates. "In Australia, these types of fatty acids are considered to be essential with ~500 mg recommended as the suggested dietary target. This equates to approximately 2 fatty fish meals per week."

More research needs to be done to see if aspirin is necessary to see the benefits of fish oil. You can read the full article here.

BPA In Canned Foods Dangerous

June 26th, 2012

Recent studies have shown that people who consume canned food are exposed to BPA. Tests indicate that these levels are now known to harm laboratory animals. Several factors were examined in the study, such as amount of canned food consumed, levels of it in the body, etc. Conditions such as prostate damage and diabetes have been linked.

Below is a section of the article about the relationship between BPA and pregnancy:

"EWG analyzed chronic exposures for women who eat either 1, 2, or 3 servings of canned food daily throughout pregnancy. We compared the percent of women in each of these scenarios who would exceed a given dose, against a number of toxic doses measured in lab studies. In each case, we found that significant fractions of women who regularly eat canned food would exceed safe levels of BPA exposures on average throughout pregnancy. Our analysis relies on government canned food consumption data and measured BPA levels from our tests of commonly eaten canned foods. We did not include soda consumption in these analyses."

One easy way to avoid BPA exposure is to look for canned foods that say "BPA Free" on the label. Also, purchasing food in glass jars is a wise choice. You can read the full study here.

TMD (Temporomandibular Disorders)

June 25th, 2012

Although commonly referred to as TMJ, the actual name is TMD (temporomandibular disorders). This refers to a number of disorders of the jaw. TMJ (temporomandibular joint) is the hinge joint that connects the jaw to the skull. This allows a person to talk, chew, etc.

There is no one thing that causes TMD. However, it is thought to come about from muscle or TMJ problems. Injury can cause it, such as being in a car accident and suffering whiplash. Also, teeth grinding and stress have been linked as culprits.

A variety of symptoms can arise, alerting a person of possible TMD. Locking of the jaw and jaw pain are common problems along with swelling and sensitivity.

At Wellesley Dental Group, Dr. Emad Abdallah specializes in TMD. He has a certificate in orthodontics and Masters of Science in TMD and Orofacial pain from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. Please contact us at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to schedule an appointment today!

Regrowing Teeth

June 22nd, 2012

Did you know that in the near future teeth may be able to be regrown? Researchers in Canada have made this amazing discovery and hope it will revolutionize how dental work is done.

A tiny device will be able to easily maneuver inside a patient’s mouth and perform the procedure. It will be able to attach to a braces bracket or even a plastic removable crown. This ground breaking technology would change much about how bridge and implant procedures are done.

New teeth would be grown on a mesh, grid like structure that is infused with the growth stimulation substance. Click here to read the full article on this extraordinary breakthrough!

WHJWC Phone Book

June 21st, 2012

It's that time of year again! The Wellesley Hills Junior Women's Club (WHJWC) has released their 44th annual phone book. This year, for the first time, they will be delivered in the mail to make sure they arrive on schedule.

The proceeds from advertisements in the phone book go to various charities, organizations, and scholarships. It's a perfect way to give back while maintaining a strong business presence in the local community.

Our very own Dr. Femina Ali is a Junior and is one of the phone book chairs. She sees firsthand how the phone book is beneficial for the advertiser as well as the community.

Visit the WHJWC website to learn more about the Juniors or to advertise in the phone book!

Wellesley Dental Group on Pinterest

June 19th, 2012

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

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

Please visit our Pinterest page and pin with us today!

Mouth Mounted MP3 Player

June 15th, 2012

Believe it or not, now you can listen to music through your teeth! The device, called Play-A-Grill, works similarly to how a hearing aid helps a hearing impaired person. It is mounted to a retainer and controlled with the tongue.

Aisen Caro Chacin, the inventor of this innovative product, explains, "There is a motor connected to the output socket of the MP3 player that vibrates to the frequency of the sound. When bitten, your teeth oscillate to the same frequency. Because they are embedded in the jaw, close to your ears, the inner ear bones also oscillate, allowing the nerves to process this vibration as sound information."

Although it may seem like a fun new product, many dentists are advising against using it. They fear biting down on something such as this for extended periods of time and vibrations throughout the jaw could disrupt the alignment of teeth.

You can read the full article here.

Cradles to Crayons

June 14th, 2012

Are you familiar with Cradles to Crayons? They are an organization committed to improving the lives of children. Their website says is perfectly: "Our vision is that one day every child will have the essentials they need to feel safe, warm, ready to learn, and valued."

Our office is a permanent drop off location for this wonderful charity. We accept donations of clothing, toys, school supplies, and more. Our office is located conveniently across from the Wellesley Hills train station on Route 16 at 5 Seaward Road. If you need directions, please call 781-237-9071 and we would be happy to assist you.

To learn more about Cradles to Crayons, please visit their website.

Thank you in advance for your support!

Benzocaine Use on Teething Babies Harmful

June 13th, 2012

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning about using benzocaine to ease gum pain in teething babies. They are advising not to use it in children under the age of two unless prescribed by a doctor.

Benzocaine is a local anesthetic and is found in such products as Orajel, which make it easily accessible. However, use of it can lead to a rare and serious condition called methemoglobinemia, which is an oxygen difficiency in the bloodstream.

To learn more, please read the full article.

Dr. Femina Ali on TV

June 12th, 2012

Did you know that your dentist was on TV? Dr. Femina Ali sat down with Wellesley Media to talk about her community involvement, the importance of giving back, and what she finds inspiring. It is truly a lovely segment and we hope you enjoy it!

Please visit our YouTube page to view the video. Feel free to leave a comment and let us know what you think!

White Fillings

June 11th, 2012

A big part of self esteem comes from your smile. Do you have silver fillings that you are embarrassed about? Or, are you worried about the reported side effects of the mercury?

Composite (white) fillings are made of a synthetic resin and can be customized to match the shade of your teeth. Unlike amalgam (silver) fillings which fill in the cavity and require strenghtening elements to hold it in place, composite fillings offer more durability. They are combined with dentin and enamel bonding properties to restore the tooth to its near original strength. The result is a tough and undectable filling, and that's definitely something worth smiling about!

Some people worry about the mercury content in silver fillings. They are made of half powdered alloy of silver, tin and copper and half liquid mercury. The mercury acts as a binding agent to fuse the particles together. The strength of the filling depends on mercury due to its unique bonding properties. Mercury vapor is the type of mercury that people are exposed to. You can read more about the concerns here.

Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to learn more about composite fillings!

Fluoride Levels in Over the Counter Products

June 7th, 2012

Last year, you may remember seeing in the news that the Department of Health and Human Services proposed changing the fluoride level in water. The reason for this was because they wanted to make sure the fluoride level in water was a healthy balance between the fluoride received in toothpaste.

The Food and Drug Administration allows over the counter toothpaste for adults to contain 1000 ppm or 1100 ppm of fluoride and allows it in three forms or compounds.

To meet the Food and Drug Administration regulations and be approved by the American Dental Association, over the counter toothpastes must have less than 276 mg of fluroride per tube.

You can read the full article to learn more about fluoride.

 

Flammable Sunscreen

June 6th, 2012

Aerosol spray sunscreen is a popular form of sun protection. However, it carries a warning label stating its flammable nature and not to use it near heat, flame, or while burning. Recently, a man applied aerosol sunscreen and immediately went near his grill. The sunscreen caught fire and resulted in second degree burns on his skin.

Experts say that perhaps it was not completely dry on his skin. Also, there's a possibility that particles of the spray were still in the air. Either way, be sure to make sure the sunscreen is completely dry on your skin before approaching heat or a flame. Also, make certain there isn't a flame, such as a grill, in the general area that could catch fire from stray particles in the air.

You can read the full story here.

 

Women's Hormones and Gum Disease

June 5th, 2012

Did you know that a woman's hormones affect her oral health? It's true! Hormone level changes through a woman's life cycle affect her gums' reaction to plaque. Making sure your mouth is healthy is an easy way to avoid the development of other health problems.

Although the symptoms of gum disease can be very apparent, such as swollen, tender, or bleeding gums, there are times when it's not visible or painful.

Another complication that can arise from an unhealthy mouth is periodontal disease. This painless disease is a bacterial infection in the gums that eats away at your bone. Loss of tooth structure or complete tooth loss can result when left untreated.

Please read the full article here and make sure routine visits to the dentist are always made. Drs. Ali and Ali at Wellesley Dental Group are focused on prevention and will happily answer any questions. Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com!

Truck Day 2012

June 4th, 2012

On Sunday, June 3rd, Mass Bay Community College was bustling with excitement for the 5th annual Truck Day! Wellesley Mother’s Forum hosts this event to benefit the Bright Horizons Foundation, an organization committed to helping children and families in crisis.

Our team had an informational table to help spread oral health awareness. Children could demonstrate their brushing technique on Christopher, our mascot, and receive a balloon and bubbles. We have a strong emphasis on prevention and are committed to helping the community maintain healthy teeth for life!

Truck Day is an opportunity for children to explore the trucks and cars they love. Some of the vehicles in attendance included a fire truck and a police car. There was also a petting zoo and children’s music for added entertainment.

To see photos from the event, check out our Facebook page or our Flickr gallery.

Truck Day 2012

May 31st, 2012

Are you ready for some fun? The 5th annual Wellesley Mother's Forum Truck Day will take place this Sunday, June 3rd, from 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM in the Mass Bay Community College parking lot.
In addition to the various trucks and cars for kids to explore,  this year there will be a petting zoo and music tent for added enjoyment!
We will have a table set up to raise oral health awareness. Please stop by to say hello, get a balloon, and demonstrate proper brushing technique on our mascot, Christopher!
All proceeds from the event benefit the Bright Horizons Foundation, an organization dedicated to assisting children and families in crisis.
We hope to see you there!

Coffee Makes You Live Longer

May 31st, 2012

Coffee drinkers rejoice! According to a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, people who drank four to five cups of coffee a day lived longer compared to those who drank one or less. These findings apply more to women than men, but men still benefitted.

Women who drank four or more cups reduced their likelihood of death by 16% and men who did by 12%. One thing to keep in mind is that this was an observational study, not a clinical trial. You can learn more here.

Wisdom Teeth Extraction

May 24th, 2012

Wisdom teeth extraction is a very common procedure performed in dental offices. Wisdom teeth, or your third set of molars, typically come in between the ages of 17 and 25. Some wisdom teeth may be aligned correctly, but most of the time they are not. If these teeth are not removed, a host of problems can occur. Some of which are:

• The teeth may be misaligned and come in at an angle.
• The jaw may not be large enough for these molars, and this can cause the wisdom teeth to be impacted, meaning they cannot break through the gums.
• Impacted teeth can lead to an increased likelihood of infection, as well as damage to other teeth and bones.

It may seem like a frightening procedure, but you can be sure our surgeon, Dr. Ghazi, will do whatever he can to make you comfortable. He will be happy to meet with you and go over any questions or concerns you may have.

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

Invisalign FAQ

May 24th, 2012

Have you been thinking about straightening your teeth with Invisalign? Do you have questions and don't know where to look for answers? Invisalign has a list of commonly asked questions with detailed answers available.

One of the most common questions is, "How do the aligners straighten teeth?" Here's what they say...

"Over the course of treatment, you will be supplied with a series of aligners. Each aligner will make slight adjustments to tooth position, a process that is mapped out in advance by your doctor, specifically for your situation. When the aligners are placed on the teeth, they cause the teeth to gradually shift from their current position. After approximately two weeks, you will begin using the next set of aligners, which will continue the teeth straightening process."

Visit Invisalign for more answers to questions you may have. Also, you can visit our website to learn more.

Sports Drinks Damage Teeth

May 9th, 2012

Did you know that there is a strong correlation between sports drinks/energy drinks and tooth enamel damage? The Academy of General Dentistry has learned just how harmful these beverages are after completing a lengthy study. Over the years, children and teens have drunk an increasing number of sports drinks, which is leading to early tooth decay.

Various brands and types of drinks were tested, such as Gatorade, Powerade, Propel, Fuze, Monster, and Red Bull. Several factors were considered, such as the frequency of consumption, the sugar content, acidic properties, etc.

The AGD found that both sports drinks and energy drinks have acidic content, sugar, and more that contributes to the breakdown of tooth enamel. Frequent consumption of these beverages can lead to serious oral problems. You can read the study in full here.

Acidic Drinks and Tooth Erosion

May 2nd, 2012

Have you ever taken a moment to think about what soda is doing to your teeth? Dentists have talked about the damaging effects of soda and other sugary, carbonated drinks on teeth for a long time. However, people still consume too much of them on a daily basis.

Research also shows that acidic fruit juice, such as orange juice, and energy drinks are just as corrosive to enamel. Constant consumption bathes the teeth in a sugary, acidic mixture that strips away tooth enamel over time.

What’s important to remember about enamel erosion is that it’s far more dangerous than decay. This is because by drinking these harmful beverages, you are exposing teeth to its corrosive properties all at once. Serious break down of the teeth can occur and may result in crowns or dentures depending on the severity.

You don’t have to give up these types of drinks all together. Like anything, moderation is key. There are techniques you can implement to help minimize erosion.

1. If you drink the acidic beverage all at once, instead of sipping it all day, you won’t constantly bathe teeth in acid or excess sugar.

2. By using a straw, you avoid having the liquid wash your teeth in the harmful acid and sugar.

3. Rinse your mouth with water after consuming acidic or sugary beverages.

4. Make a healthier choice and opt for water.

Eating Disorders and Teeth

April 23rd, 2012

Did you know that eating disorders are a leading cause of dental problems? These compulsive diseases are known to cause several problems, such as enamel erosion, sensitivity to hot and cold, and decreased saliva production.

Continuous vomiting leaves teeth susceptible to stomach acids, which eat away at enamel. The teeth deteriorate and become candidates for major problems. Extensive decay, breakage, and even tooth loss are all associated with eating disorders.

Numerous cavities over a small amount of time are a major problem for patients with eating disorders. Binging and purging are to blame for this. The sugar in food assaults tooth enamel when it’s consumed and purging subsequently washes the teeth in stomach acid. This acid is highly corrosive to teeth. Also, because eating disorders leave teeth highly fragile, infection is a possibility.

At Wellesley Dental Group, Drs. Ali are happy to help turn your oral health around. They will evaluate your mouth and devise a treatment plan to restore your smile to its radiant beauty. Please call us at 781-237-9071 or email us at smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to schedule an appointment today!

Cradles to Crayons

March 16th, 2012

When it comes to having a truly inspiring vision, Cradles to Crayons is a shining example. They hope "one day every child will have the essentials they need to feel safe, warm, ready to learn and valued."

Cradles to Crayons is a charity dedicated to providing children in homeless and low-income situations with clothing, school supplies, toys, and much more.

Wellesley Dental Group is a drop off location for anyone who wishes to make a donation to this wonderful organization. Visit their website to learn more.

Incredible Invisalign

March 15th, 2012

It is not uncommon to fear getting braces. Many people feel that they carry a social stigma or will cause them to be in pain. However, there is a painless, virtually undetectable method called Invisalign. This system has been on the market for a number of years, but many people don’t know just how wonderful it really is.

Invisalign straightens your teeth over a period of time, like traditional braces, but with clear, plastic aligners. They are custom made for your teeth and provide a smooth, comfortable fit.

Dr. Ali will plan out how the teeth should shift in advance, which will reflect in a series of aligners made just for you. What’s fantastic about Invisalign is there are no wires or brackets, eliminating irritation or cutting the inside of the mouth. You can learn more about Invisalign on our website.

Once every two weeks, a new set of aligners is used until the teeth have straightened. The result is a beautiful smile that radiates confidence. Wellesley Dental Group is a premier Invisalign provider, so why not schedule an appointment with us today?

Benefits of Xylitol

March 8th, 2012

You have probably seen or heard the term “xylitol” used in reference to oral health and wondered what it is. Xylitol is a natural sweetener that originates from plants. It is a great way to help prevent tooth decay and maintain a healthy smile.

When we eat, the bacteria in our mouths devour the sugar in food, which in turn fuels them. They begin to produce harmful acid that breaks down tooth enamel, eventually leading to decay and cavities.

Xylitol works as a defense against bacteria by stopping them from adhering to teeth. After you’ve finished eating, xylitol yields the acid from attacking your teeth. This is remarkable since the acid can assault your enamel for over thirty minutes!

Not only is xylitol a great preventative tool, it also can help rebuild tooth enamel. Although saliva protects teeth to a degree, most people eat more sugar in a day than it can keep up with. Saliva that is aided with xylitol is much more alkaline than saliva combined with sugar. With xylitol, the number of basic amino acids and ammonia in saliva and plaque elevates as well as plaque pH. When the pH is greater than seven, calcium and phosphate salts in saliva start to shift into weak sections of enamel. This leads to frail parts of enamel beginning to regenerate.

It is recommended that xylitol, in some form, be administered on a daily basis. One of the most common ways to get it is through sugar free gum and mints. Be sure to check the packaging to make sure it’s an ingredient. If you prefer brushing or rinsing after meals, there are toothpastes and mouth rinses that contain xylitol as well. If gum and mints don't appeal to you, there are various condiments, from barbecue sauce to honey, that contain xylitol as well.

At Wellesley Dental Group, we firmly believe in preventative care, such as xylitol enhanced products, to help ensure a healthy smile for life!

Types of Toothpaste

February 28th, 2012

It seems that the market today is saturated with products that seemingly do the same thing. Although this may be true in some cases, when it comes to toothpaste, it is far from accurate. There are several types of toothpaste that target specific issues. Three of the most common kinds are sensitivity relief, whitening, and natural.

--- Tooth sensitivity typically occurs due to gum recession or enamel loss. This exposes dentin, which is the part of the tooth covering the nerve. Dentin is porous and temperature fluctuations or specific foods can trigger sensitivity. Using toothpaste designed to soothe sensitive teeth will help ease the uncomfortable feeling. It is formulated to either numb the nerve of the tooth or gradually fill in the porous surface of the dentin. Daily use will help construct a barrier in the dentin, decreasing sensitivity.

--- Whitening toothpaste is primarily used for cosmetic purposes. It works by polishing away surface stains, such as those caused by coffee or red wine consumption, with abrasive ingredients like calcium carbonate and silica. It also contains carbamide peroxide, a chemical used to help break up surface stains. It’s important to note that whitening toothpaste cannot change the natural color of teeth, eliminate deep surface stains, or reverse any tooth decay. It also cannot remove any discoloration caused by fluoride.

--- Natural toothpaste, defined as such, should only contain certified organic ingredients. There should be no synthetics or chemicals that could prove harmful. Also, the ingredients should originate from non-toxic sources, in most instances, and have no negative health effects linked to them. It is typically sold in recycled packaging as well. A key factor to look for when selecting a natural toothpaste is fluoride. Some brands do not contain this ingredient, which is essential in cavity prevention.

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.Pradhan. Dr. Emad is happy to help with your orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs Dr. Ghazi would be more than willing to help.

Hunnewell, Fiske, and Bates Elementary School Auctions

February 23rd, 2012

At Wellesley Dental Group, we enjoy donating our services for a great cause. Recently, three local elementary schools asked us to participate in their fundraising auctions. All proceeds go directly back to the schools, benefitting both students and teachers.

We were thrilled to donate a custom home whitening gift certificate worth $550 to each school. Please attend the auctions and support our community's fantastic schools. Happy bidding!

 

 

  • Saturday, March 17th - Hunnewell Elementary School will host "Kickin' It Old School," its annual benefit auction at Babson College's Knights Auditorium.

 

  • Friday, March 23rd - Fiske Elementary School will host its biennial auction at Babson College's Knights Auditorium.

 

  • Saturday, March 24th - Bates Elementary School will host its bi-yearly auction at Babson College's Knights Auditorium.

 

Should I upgrade my toothbrush?

February 21st, 2012

There are so many toothbrush choices available, both inside and outside of the dentist’s office, that it’s often difficult to decide which kind you should be using. The costs and features of toothbrushes also vary widely. Here are some guidelines to help you decide which type of toothbrush is right for you.

  • Softer brushes are safer for the enamel and gums and there is no proof that a harder toothbrush does a better job removing plaque. Usually the brush packaging specifies if the bristles are soft or medium.
  • Manual brushes still work well if you polish each surface of each tooth in the mouth. Use a 45 degree angle of your brush against the gum line and a soft, circular motion. There is no need to bear down with lots of pressure. Brush with a manual for at least two minutes.
  • Power toothbrushes have many features that can help a person remove more plaque than a manual brush, as long as the user has the appropriate technique based on that brush. Some of the brushes have features like timers, speed controls, and massaging.
  • There are both spin brush heads and stationary brush heads on power toothbrushes. Many spinning/oscillating brush heads are backed by scientific research that shows they remove more plaque than manual brush heads (again, if you are using them correctly). Spin brush heads usually require you to keep the brush steady as you polish each tooth. If you prefer to have the feeling of normal brushing but with power, then a stationary power brush head is a better choice.
  • Timers on power brushes are helpful if you need help with brushing efficiency. Some powerbrushes will alert you to switch between quadrants (the upper right side, lower right, upper left, and lower left) with 30 seconds for each quadrant. This just helps you divide up your time and so you don’t spend more time brushing one side than the others. You can also ask us for a two minute timer, which we keep on hand at the office, that will give you an indication of how long to brush.

At Wellesley Dental Group, Drs. Ali and Ali do not endorse one power brush over another. However, Sonicare and Oral-B are two brands that efficiently remove plaque. The choice is yours!

National Children's Dental Health Month

February 8th, 2012

When a child smiles, it is hard not to smile in return. February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, which aims to raise awareness about the health of children’s teeth. The American Dental Association sponsors this event each year and provides educational materials to areas across the country.

Below are a few tips to keep children’s teeth healthy. We hope they help guide parents with taking an active role in maintaining their children’s teeth.

  • Believe it or not, a child's dental care begins in the womb. A child's teeth start to develop fairly early in the pregnancy. An expectant mother must be sure to eat right. Eating foods high in calcium such as leafy greens and dairy products is an easy way to ensure proper oral health.

 

  • Remember that there are teeth under a child’s gums. Even though they aren’t yet visible doesn’t mean they don’t need attention. Wipe a baby's gums with a soft cloth after meals to remove any bacteria or contaminants.

 

  • Be sure to have your child visit the dentist early on. Your one-year-old's oral health will be examined. Fluoride needs, if any, will be addressed as well.

 

  • Don't use toothpaste for children under two years of age. When the first teeth appear, brush them with only water. After children turn two, begin to use toothpaste in pea-sized amounts.

 

  • Take the time to show your children proper brushing technique. By age six to seven, children should be able to brush their own teeth. Choose a toothbrush designed for children and make sure to continue using a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. Demonstrate how to use circular brush strokes and make sure they spit out the toothpaste. Rinsing with water after is important to ensure all toothpaste is gone. Flossing is also crucial as soon as any two teeth are touching each other.

At Wellesley Dental Group, we make sure our young patients learn the importance of oral health early on. Dr. Ali uses an interactive and fun approach to teach children about their teeth and gums as well as proper brushing technique. This makes visiting the dentist an enjoyable experience. As we always say, healthy teeth for life!

What is Periodontal Disease?

January 23rd, 2012

Gingivitis that is left untreated can eventually morph into periodontal disease, or periodontitis, which is the swelling and infection of the supportive structures of the teeth. The breakdown of these structures leads to the loosening and eventual loss of teeth. Knowing how the disease develops and progresses and what warning signs to look for is imperative. After all, we all want healthy teeth and gums for life! Let’s learn a little bit about the disease and what symptoms may appear.

Periodontal disease develops when build up such as tartar and plaque accumulate near the gum line. Swelling occurs, which leads to a collection of this build up forming between the gums and teeth. Since the gums are swollen, the tartar and plaque become lodged. The supportive structures of the teeth, such as tissues and bones, begin to deteriorate. The likelihood of developing an infection is heightened because of the bacteria found in plaque. In some cases, a tooth abscess may even begin to form, speeding up the rate of deterioration.

Some symptoms to watch out for are halitosis (persistent bad breath), gums that are red or reddish purple, gums that seem to bleed easily (particularly with gentle brushing), tenderness of the gums when touched (but painless otherwise), and teeth that appear to be loosening. It is helpful to know that early signs bear a resemblance to gingivitis.

Treatment of periodontal disease aims to get rid of the swelling, eradicate any collections of tartar and plaque, and determine the ultimate cause of the problem. However, forms of treatment vary depending on the severity of the disease. It’s critical to remember that periodontal disease is a bacterial infection. The urgency of treating it is just as important as any other condition.

This is why it’s vital to remain vigilant regarding the health of your mouth. Keep an eye out for any and all warning signs and bring them to the attention of your dentist as soon as possible. The sooner any problems are addressed, the quicker a treatment plan can be implemented. You can learn more on our website. A happy smile is a healthy smile, so why not ensure its longevity with proper oral hygiene?

Waterlase MD™ Laser Dentistry Now Available

January 13th, 2012

It’s a truth as old as the human race: we fear the unknown. It’s also one of the main reasons many people are still afraid of going to the dentist. They simply don’t know how comfortable an experience having their teeth fixed can be. Yes, we said comfortable!

New laser dental technology is now allowing dentists like Dr. Ejaz & Femina Ali from Wellesley Dental Group to provide care in greater comfort than ever before. “Most of our patients don’t even know this exists, but we are always looking for ways to improve the comfort and clinical care of our patients, and thus we have invested in this advanced technology," says Dr. Ejaz Ali.

The laser system, called the Waterlase MD™, from BIOLASE Technology, Inc., is a revolutionary dental tool that uses a combination of laser energy and water to perform a variety of dental procedures with fewer shots and less anesthesia. It is approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration for use in many kinds of dental work – from fixing cavities to preparing teeth for crowns and root canals, and even inserting implants.

Studies have shown that Waterlase Dentistry™ can be less traumatic than the drill. The combination of laser and water provides a quick and unique cutting action that is precise and gentle, so it preserves healthy tooth or gums around a cavity or diseased gums. “It’s an approach called minimally invasive dentistry”, says Dr. Femina Ali. “The idea is to fix the diseased part of your tooth, gums, or bone without damaging adjacent healthy tissue. Laser-assisted dentistry gives us a big advantage in providing excellent clinical care with maximum patient comfort.”

For those putting off dental work due to the fear of discomfort, visiting Wellesley Dental Group at 5 Seaward Road in Wellesley, MA may mean ending this fear of dentists. “Like they say, ‘Knowledge is power’, Dr. Ejaz explains, “and the more people know about how we’re using Waterlase Dentistry, the easier it is for them to conquer their fears and let us take care of the dental work they need.”

“When it comes to treating our patients,” Dr. Femina explains, “the Waterlase MD™ is limited only by our imaginations.”

Prevent Gum Disease

January 13th, 2012

Were you thinking about beginning 2012 with a new workout regimen? If the answer is yes, you’re in luck. A recent study printed in the Journal of Periodontology claims that keeping a healthy body weight and exercising regularly reduces the risk of gum disease. Now there’s even more reason to get that gym membership!

Also, keep in mind that smokers and tobacco chewers are at a heightened risk for developing gum disease. Kicking this habit once and for all is an easy way to ward off future problems. Diabetics are at risk as well and should monitor their weight regularly. Faulty dental work has been linked to gum disease, too. Be sure to address any issues, such as broken fillings or ill-fitting bridges, to maintain optimum oral health.

There are various signs that a problem may be arising, such as inflamed or sensitive gums, receding of the gums, a constant bad taste in the mouth, or shifting teeth. Be diligent and watch for any indication of a problem. Addressing it sooner rather than later is always advised. You can learn more on our website.

Keeping your weight at a healthy level and working out consistently are both key factors in maintaining a positive lifestyle. With the new knowledge that is also benefits your oral health, it makes perfect sense to stay in shape!

How To Find A Dentist

January 5th, 2012

Finding a dentist may seem like a tedious task that is both time consuming and stressful. However, asking the right questions as you search will prove to make the experience much smoother.

  • One essential aspect to consider is the location and hours of the office. Chances are if it’s far away or open at odd hours, you will be less likely to keep your appointments. Selecting a dentist that is close to home or work and easy to get to will ensure a pleasant experience.
  • Another important facet is the education and training of the dentist. Don’t make a decision based on advertising or cost alone. Be sure to research the schooling or programs they completed and confirm that they are indeed credible and trustworthy.
  • Also, knowing if the dentist participates in your dental health plan is vital. Be sure to call the office and find out what insurance plans they accept.
  • A final item to keep in mind is how often the dentist attends continuing education workshops or conferences. Staying up to date with the latest innovations and procedures in dentistry is essential.

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.

Readers Choice Awards: Best Dental Office!

June 23rd, 2011

We are extremely pleased to announce that Wellesley Dental Group won Best Dental Office in Wellesley and in the Region in the Readers’ Choice Awards! We are so grateful and so touched to receive this honor—and we couldn't have done it without you.

This community means everything to us. Every day, we come to work excited—excited to foster new relationships and nourish old ones, excited to put in our 100% best, excited to work with you to create a foundation for a lifetime of health, and best of all, excited to give you another reason to smile.

Needless to say, today you have given us one of the biggest reasons to smile. Your trust, satisfaction, loyalty, and friendship mean the world to us, and we hope we continue to meet and surpass your expectations year after year.

And, while we’re on the subject, we think you’re the best too.

Kids, Valentines, and Oral Health

February 9th, 2011

This month's newsletter is full of sweet information and surprises from Drs. Ali & Ali.

See what's happening at and around Wellesley Dental Group and don't miss out on the wonderful free treat for some lucky newsletter readers.

February Newsletter

Have a great February Vacation (if you get one)!

Holiday party!

December 31st, 2010

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Healthcare and Social Media

December 21st, 2010

New England Multimedia recently featured us on their blog about those in healthcare (dentistry) using social media to connect with the community.

We love sharing oral health and dental related news that we come across and plan on continuing this. Though sometimes it's hard to keep up with the technology, the most important part is that we can provide value as a dental office.

It doesn't hurt that Wellesley and the greater Boston area is so rich with medical teaching hospitals and bio-engineering companies - there is a wealth of information to pull from.

Thank you, New England Multimedia, and thank you community for staying connected!

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Free custom home teeth whitening!

September 7th, 2010

Pakistan boyImagine all of New England is flooded and under water.  Now realize that in Pakistan, an area almost exactly the same size as New England IS flooded and under water as a result of devastating monsoon rains this summer.

Extending from the north to the south, these floods have disrupted the lives of over 20 million people, including 6 million children who need food, water, shelter, medications, and vaccinations to prevent malnutrition, water-borne diseases, and infections. To understand the enormity of this disaster, consider that the size and number of people affected by this catastrophe is greater than the 2005 tsunami and the recent earthquakes in Pakistan and Haiti put together.

Drs. Ejaz and Femina Ali of Wellesley are hosting a fundraiser at Wellesley Dental Group and here's where the FREE Custom home teeth whitening comes into play.

Each person who makes a tax-deductible donation of $299 or more to APPNE Flood Relief (see info on APPNE below) will receive a free custom home teeth whitening package, valued at $550 (certain people may not be eligible for medical reasons).

This fundraiser lasts through October 14, where we cap the efforts with a celebration attended by our new specialists: Pediatric dentist, Dr. Nooruddin Pradhan, Orthodontist, Dr. Emad Abdallah, and Periodontist, Dr. Ghazwan Ghazi.

Please call us at 781-237-9071 for more information or to set up your appointment for teeth whitening.  You may also send an email to danica@wellesleydentalgroup.com.

Thank you!

The Association of Pakistani Physicians of New England (APPNE) has a track record of providing a substantial relief effort to the people of Pakistan and has set up disaster relief centers across the nation after the flooding. This group, based out of New England, has already collected over $60,000 for this relief effort. Much of this money is being directly used to buy food, medications and vaccination for the affected Pakistani population.  Drs. Ejaz and Femina Ali of Wellesley are originally from Pakistan and are active APPNE members.

APPNE’s goal is to collect over $200,000 during the next month to continue to provide direct assistance for both short term (rations, clean water, disease prevention and treatment) and long term needs (seeds for farming, shelter and disease prevention and treatment) for those affected by the flooding.  APPNE is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization (Tax ID: 360291079).

Spring Events with Wellesley Dental Group

March 1st, 2010

Spring in bloom

Spring is almost here!

There are a lot of events coming up in Wellesley and the surrounding area that may interest you.

March 26 (Friday) - 3rd Annual Heritage Day Celebration at Wellesley Middle School auditorium, 6 pm - includes production of "Our Story" by OrigiNation Cultural Arts Center

March 27 (Saturday) - Bates Elementary School Rock-N-Roll Auction at Regis College

March 27 (Saturday) - 3rd Annual Heritage Day Celebration continues at Wellesley Middle School from Noon to 6 pm, hosted by Wellesley High School, the WHS African American Studies Class, and the Wellesley METCO program.

March 27  (Saturday) - Wellesley High School Class of 2011 Junior Auction Fundraiser from 7:30 - 9:30 pm at Wellesley High School cafeteria.

March 27 (Saturday) - Earth Hour 2010

April 2010 - Oral Cancer Awareness Month - Vizilite Plus Oral Cancer Screenings www.oralcancer.org

April 9 (Friday ) - Fiske Elementary School biennial auction

April 10 (Saturday) - The Wellesley Community Children's Center Fun Run at Wellesley College

April 19 (Monday) - Patriot's Day and the Boston Marathon - Our 5 Seaward Road location is right next to the marathon route.

April 22 (Thursday) - Earth Day 2010 - We'll be giving out tote bags and are planning a special Earth Day event.

May 1 (Saturday) - Newton-Wellesley Hospital Charitable Foundation Gala

May 8 (Saturday) - Wellesley Mother's Forum Truck Day - Sprague Elementary School parking lot from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

 May 9 (Sunday ) - Mother's Day 2010

May 22 + 23 (Saturday + Sunday) - Wellesley's Wonderful Weekend - We'll be in the parade and participate at the picnic in the park.

June 20 (Sunday) - Father's Day 2010

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Recent events:

March 6 (Saturday) - "A Pot Full of Wishes" to benefit The Make-A-Wish Foundation at Coogan's in Boston.

March 7 (Sunday) - Community Health Fair at Newton-Wellesley Hospital - Free screenings!

March 17 (Wednesday) - St. Patrick's Day! Council on Aging concert

March 19 (Friday)  - Dr. Ali is speaking at the Wellesley Council on Aging about links between oral health and overall health.  Click here for more info.

 

Free exam for children Extended!

February 15th, 2010

FREE COMPREHENSIVE EXAM for all new children through March!

Has your child seen a dentist yet? The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that all children visit a dentist by their first birthday or within 6 months of the first tooth, whichever comes first.

Drs. Ali & Ali of Wellesley Dental Group are providing free comprehensive exams (value $95) to ALL NEW children patients now throughout the month of March.  There was such high demand that we needed to open up more appointment times to make it easier for parents to schedule.

There is no obligation - just the chance to help your child or a child you know get started on a healthy path.

Please call 781-237-9071 to schedule your appointment.

Family photos

January 20th, 2010

The Ali FamilyIt's been YEARS since we had a new family portrait taken.  The one currently displayed at the office is outdated and the kids still look like children.  

I'm so happy to be able to share these new portraits with you.  Our friend Gretje from Gretje Ferguson Photography took these recently at our home. Hope you enjoy!

Drs. Ejaz and Femina Ali

Looking for focus group participants

January 12th, 2010

 

Wellesley Dental Group is looking for a few non-patients to join us for a focus group on dentistry on Friday, January 22 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at our office, 5 Seaward Road in Wellesley.  bag logoIt would be best if the participants were also not part of a family that includes any patients of Drs. Ali and Ali.

As a special "Thank You" for participating, attendees will be awarded with a $40 gift card to AMC movie theaters.

If you, or someone you know might be interested in being part of this focus group, please send an email with your full name and phone number to me, Danica, at danica@wellesleydentalgroup.com by Wednesday, January 20.  I will confirm your participation by email or let you know that the focus group is full.

Thank you very much! We should have a great time, get to know more about what people are looking for, and enjoy some tasty refreshments.  Who knows? People may even choose to go use their gift card for a Friday night movie!

Wellesley Dental Group Year-In-Review

December 18th, 2009

2009 was a huge year for Wellesley Dental Group! 
 

We were very active this year, participating in many community events and organizations, and we added a pediatric dentist, Dr. Nooruddin Pradhan, to our dental team.

To recap some of the highlights of the year, I've put together some of our favorite photos and pieces about 2009.

 
Drs. Ali and Ali feel everyone deserves to have healthy teeth for life!
 
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 We started a blog this year, with our first post in February.  This has been a very fun and efficient way to provide updates about our office, events, dental news, and special promotions.
 
child infantFebruary is National Children's Dental Health Month.  It was our chance to share with parents the recommendations by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry that all children see a dentist by age one or within 6 months of their first tooth. We provided free comprehensive exams to all new children during February.
 
 February is also the month that we normally begin our elementary school and preschool visits.  We love working with the school nurses and teachers to coordinate these visits; the kids are so responsive and have wonderful ideas about keeping their teeth and gums health.
 
 The Wellesley Food Pantry benefitted from our March Invisalign® Open House - patients saved at least $495 on their orthodontic treatment if they made a $50 donation to the Wellesley Food Pantry. 

 

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In March, the Belle of the Ball gown drive began.  This is a program sponsored by Anton's Cleaners that provides low-income girls the opportunity to attend the prom in a free, clean, and stylish gown. Girls choose dresses at a boutique-style event each year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wow - April was a very important month because it was Oral Cancer Awareness Month. We donated proceeds from all advanced oral cancer screenings (we use Vizilite Plus®) to the American Cancer Society.  Oral cancer is on the rise in the United States, and it seems to be affecting more and more people with no risk-factors. For more information about this disease, please read here.

tote2Looking back, we also started a Twitter account in April (www.twitter.com/wellesleydental) and gave away free WDG tote bags on Earth Day.  Our green efforts multiplied and we started recycling boxes and as much in-0ffice paper waste as possible.

 

During May, we celebrated with the town as part of Wellesley Wonderful Weekend.  This weekend includes a Veterans' Parade and a Picnic in the Park.  At the parade, we always have a float and the Wellesley Dental Group team hands out toothbrushes to the parade watchers.  With the environment in mind, we did not pass out the toothbrushes in plastic bags, knowing that they might not be recycled and would end up thrown away.

Dr. Femina and Milo

 The Tooth Fairy always joins us during our parade and the picnic. She poses for photos with children and gives them helpful brushing and flossing lessons.

 More photos from our picnic and parade:

http://wellesleydentalgroup.com/blog/?p=288

 

 Emily of Wellesley met the Tooth Fairy yesterday.

 View of parade near Star Market

 

 

In June, we were honored for the second year in a row as the #1 Choice Dentist in Wellesley in the Community Newspaper Company's "Readers' Choice Awards." This means a lot to us; knowing that our patients appreciate our service and choosing us out of the dozens of dentists within Wellesley gives us great motivation to do even better.  Readers Choice 1

 

Through using Twitter and hearing from other sources, we learned about the non-profit organization Cradles to Crayons.  The summer months are a time when their incoming donations drop down, as students are not in school and people are often on vacation.  We knew that we could help by hosting a drive for Cradles to Crayons at our office - and because we had the space, we offered to be a permanent drop-off location in Wellesley.  One of our staff members periodically brings the donations to their Quincy headquarters.

For more on Cradles to Crayons, please visit http://www.cradlestocrayons.org.

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In the summer, we started working with a few interns from Babson, which was great because the college is so close.  The interns brought to our attention some perspective about college students' health and how they take care of themselves while away from home.
We thought it might be helpful to donate toothbrush/paste care kits for Babson students, in coordination with their Health Services Department.  So in September, as incoming freshmen were being welcomed, we donated over 500 care packages to the students. 
Care packages for Babson orientation
 
Once September started, we started planning ahead for all of our fall activities. Children being back and school and families back from summer vacation really brings a healthy energy back to Wellesley.
Dr. Nooruddin Pradhan was introduced to many pediatric patients this fall.

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Invisalign Info Night

November 3rd, 2009

Want to learn about Invisalign® and Invisalign Teen®?

Wellesley Dental Group invites you to our first Invisalign® Info Night, where you can learn about clear braces with no obligation.  See a virtual treatment plan and how Invisalign® has helped patients with a variety of complex dental problems, ask questions of Drs. Ali and Ali, and find out why so many adults and teenagers are choosing this method of orthodontic treatment.  This time of year is also great to plan ahead for flex spending in 2010.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

4 - 6 pm

5 Seaward Road, Wellesley, MA 02481

781-237-9071

Refreshments will be served.

Friends and children are welcome.

Stop by at any time during the above hours.

Office and on-street parking are available.

For more information on Invisalign® and Invisalign Teen®, please visit

www.WellesleyDentalGroup.com.

Event questions may be emailed to Abby at abby@wellesleydentalgroup.com and

you may also call us at 781-237-9071.

Bad breath go away

July 15th, 2009

The variety of information a person can find regarding any one subject just by doing a keyword search on the Internet is astounding.  Add to that what is heard through the radio, tv, print media, and word-of-mouth, and it's easy to get confused.  One article we recently read was "50 Secrets Your  Dentist Won't Tell You" in the July 2009 issue of Reader's Digest (and on Readersdigest.com).  This article goes to show that even among health professionals, you're gonna get some diverse opinion.

But one supposed "secret" that is "if you have bad breath, your dentist won't tell you unless you ask," is NOT true at our office.  I'm not saying we're out there calling you names, talking behind your back, making disgusted faces when you come in with bad breath-- quite the opposite-- we like to discuss it with you and we will bring it up if we notice it.  It does not offend us.  "Bad breath" is absolutely something to be addressed at the dental office, and if your dentist doesn't tell you about your breath, who will?

Also known as "halitosis," bad breath can occur for many different reasons, and it's important to discuss with your dentist.  Halitosis can be a symptom of an underlying oral problem, including "dry mouth" and gum infections and disease.  Diagnosing the halitosis can also lead to the diagnosis of other issues - or it can be quickly and easily solved with a few helpful tips from your dentist.

So please, take what you read out there with a few grains-of-salt, but rest assured that Drs. Ali and Ali are going to do what all dentists should do, and help resolve any bad breath issues with you in the privacy of the office and in a professional and helpful manner.

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