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Could Oral Bacteria be a Cause of Migraines?

February 26th, 2021

Migraines can be a nuisance! If you've ever suffered a migraine, you know how significant an attack can feel. Could your dentist help relieve your migraines? In some cases, yes! A study published by the American Society for Microbiology suggests that certain oral bacteria known to increase nitric oxide in the bloodstream can cause the blood vessels in the brain to widen, which consequently can trigger the onset of a migraine.

As you may know, there are many factors that could be the cause of your headaches or migraine, and treatment requires a correct diagnosis. Migraines are commonly known to be triggered by foods high in nitrates and nitrites, which are often found in processed meats like hot dogs, ham and bacon, alcohol, and even chocolate.

In addition, migraines may be triggered by other certain factors, including:

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Female hormonal changes
  • Bright or flashing lights
  • Loud noises
  • Strong smells
  • Medications
  • Excess or lack of sleep
  • Sudden changes in weather or environment
  • Increased physical activity
  • Tobacco
  • Caffeine or caffeine withdrawal
  • Skipped meals
  • Medication overuse

What exactly does a migraine entail?

A migraine often presents with severe throbbing or pulsating pain that typically occurs on one side of the head. According to MedlinePlus, approximately 12% of Americans experience migraines. Females, individuals with a family history of migraines, and individuals with certain medical conditions including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, sleep disorders, and epilepsy, are at an increased risk of having migraines.

Migraines often involve 4 different stages:

  • Stage 1: Prodrome

This stage is the first stage that occurs before you actually experience the migraine. Early signs may be food cravings, unexplained mood swings, fluid retention, frequent urination, and uncontrollable yawning.

  • Stage 2: Aura

During the aura phase which occurs often right before the start of a migraine, individuals may see bright lights or zig-zag lines. Individuals may also experience muscle weakness.

  • Stage 3: Headache

The severity of migraines often occurs gradually. Some individuals may experience a migraine without a headache, but instead experience sensitivity to light, sound, and smell, nausea and vomiting, and pain when moving.

  • Stage 4: Postdrome

The final stage of a migraine is the postdrome stage, in which individuals often experience fatigue, weakness, and potential confusion lasting sometimes around 1 day after the migraine.

Our body's are full of bacteria that naturally and harmlessly live within us. However, some bacteria can be harmful and lead to cavities, gum disease, and even migraines. This is one of the many reasons why regular dental visits and proper oral care at home is essential. It is important to brush at least twice a day for two minutes each time to help remove dental plaque and prevent it from causing tooth decay. Flossing is also necessary to remove dental plaque that is stuck in hard-to-reach places like in-between teeth, which is where cavities commonly are initiated. Rinsing with an anti-microbial and fluoride containing mouth rinse can also help kill bacteria and strengthen your teeth.

Your dentist can check to see if your headaches or migraines are caused by other oral conditions such as temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD) or oral habits such as clenching/bruxism. Toothaches from dental infection by oral bacteria can also cause significant pain in the head and jaw area.

Speak with your doctor and dentist if you feel that you are experiencing chronic migraines.

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

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

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

References:

https://www.deltadentalins.com/oral_health/migraines-oral-bacteria.html

https://drania.com/why-your-migraines-might-be-caused-by-oral-bacteria/

https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/connection-between-migraines-and-tooth-pain

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https://medlineplus.gov/migraine.html

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Tips to Consider this Holiday Season

December 24th, 2020

As the pandemic still remains as we approach the holidays and a new year, we know that we must all continue to do our part to avoid increasing our and other people’s risk of contracting COVID-19. Although normal family gatherings and celebrations will be different this winter, we must not forget about our mental and physical health (including the health of our teeth!)

Please review some of these quick tips to consider this holiday season:

Manage your Stress

The holidays can be stressful, especially during a global pandemic! Anxiety and stress can lead to the development of detrimental habits if not managed properly. Some harmful dental habits include teeth grinding (bruxism), nail biting, and using your teeth as tools such as to crack open nuts, bottles, or packages. These negative habits can lead to tooth enamel fracture and the need for additional dental procedures. In addition, nail biting can add germs and viruses from the outside world into your body. If you notice that your stress levels may be out of control, take a look at some tips to stay mentally and physically healthy during these troubling times, here.

Stay On Top of Your Dental Hygiene Routine

It can be easy to get off of your normal oral hygiene routine over the holidays. With lots of shopping and holiday festivities, brushing or flossing your teeth may get pushed to the wayside. But, letting food sit on and in-between your teeth can cause the bacteria within your mouth to have a field day, and not a fun one! The bacteria can feed off of the leftover food particles and create acids that breakdown your tooth enamel. It’s important to stay on track and brush at least twice a day for two minutes each time. Flossing is also an important part of keeping your teeth healthy and dazzling. If you are traveling this holiday season, be sure to continue to follow COVID-19 safety precautions and also pack your complete dental care travel kit equipped with a toothbrush, a fluoride toothpaste, dental floss, and mouthwash. Remember, keeping up with your oral hygiene is important for managing your overall health.

Watch out for Sticky and Chewy Sweets

Lots of tasty holiday treats are what we all usually look forward to during this time. But, the sticky, hard, chewy, and high sugar content in some sweets can be damaging to your teeth and lead to the development of cavities, toothaches, and tooth fracture. For instance, holiday staples like dried fruit, eggnog, candy canes, caramel, candy apples, and gummies can be damaging to your teeth. Plus, soda and alcohol can be high in sugar and can be acidic. Be sure to brush and floss after consuming these treats and remember, moderation is key. It is also better to consume these treats with meals rather than as snacks throughout the day, because snacking increases the frequency your mouth is subject to a more acidic and harmful environment. Instead, opt for more tooth-friendly treats such as nuts, cheeses, fruit, and vegetables.

Keep up with Your Dentist Check-Ups

Make sure that you are visiting your dentist for your regular check-ups. Let your dentist know of any concerns you may have about your mouth. Your dentist will check during your oral exam for any issues to ensure your overall health.

Keep your teeth merry and bright by following these precautions over the holiday season.

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

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

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

References:

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ne.ncsu.edu%2Fnews%2F2019%2Fhappy-holidays-wish%2F&psig=AOvVaw2gBvcZVXZ-6wQybqP0tmMH&ust=1608911250601000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCNin38775u0CFQAAAAAdAAAAABAT

https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/features/holiday-smile#

https://www.dentalassociates.com/blog/7-oral-health-tips-and-tricks-healthy-holiday-season

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Trick or Trivia! Happy Halloween

October 31st, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

What's the deal with soda?

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

 

Is my tongue unique?

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

How often do people brush for?

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

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

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

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

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

References:

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

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

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

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

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

Got Dental Hygiene?

October 5th, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

Floss Every Day

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

Brush Twice a Day for Two Minutes

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

Rinse with Mouthwash

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

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

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

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

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

References:

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

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

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

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Using Your Heart for you and your Loved Ones

September 29th, 2020

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

This year’s message is to:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

References:

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

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

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

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

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

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

August 24th, 2020

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

References:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Proper Oral Hygiene Can Boost Your Immune System

June 22nd, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

References:

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

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

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Taking Care of your Teeth During COVID-19

June 19th, 2020

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

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

Here are some helpful tips to remember during this time:

1. Protect Your Toothbrush

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

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

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

2. Don't Forget About Your Tongue!

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

3. Flossing Is Also A Priority

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

4. Gum Disease Poses Many Health Risks

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

5. Diet Matters

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

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

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

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

References:

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

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

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

June 15th, 2020

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

What is rheumatoid arthritis (RA)? 

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

Periodontitis...What's that?

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

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

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

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

How are the two diseases linked?

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

Treating one disease may help improve the other!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

References:

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

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

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

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4 Easy Steps to a Healthy Mouth

October 5th, 2019

The work dental hygienists do is tremendously valuable, and worth celebrating every day! In fact, the month of October represents Dental Hygiene Month across the nation. Each October we are all reminded to promote healthy smiles. Practicing good oral health is necessary to keep strong teeth, healthy gums, and even a healthy overall body. The connections between periodontal disease (gum disease) and systemic diseases such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes is real. Unfortunately, the American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA) reports that approximately 75% of people in America have some form of periodontal disease, which is the most common cause of tooth loss in adults. This, however, is preventable with good oral hygiene practices.

With early starts to your day and a big to-do list, it can sometimes be easy to skip some of your oral hygiene routine. But, not to worry! The American Dental Hygienists Association and American Dental Association offer four essential , quick, and easy tips on how to keep a healthy and clean mouth, even when you're on-the-move: Brush. Floss. Rinse. Chew. Check it out:

Brushing:

Brushing your teeth is necessary twice daily for two minutes each time. Brushing is key to help eliminate the accumulation of food particles and plaque that oral bacteria feed off of leading to gum disease and tooth decay.

 

Flossing:

Flossing may seem tedious, but your oral health depends on it. Flossing is recommended once daily to help remove plaque and food in hard to reach areas between the teeth that the toothbrush cannot remove.

 

Rinsing:

Mouth rinses are not only good to help freshen breath, but also offer an antibacterial component that helps fight and prevent cavities. Be sure to purchase a  non-alcohol based mouthwash with the ADA Seal of Acceptance. Mouthwash will help eliminate plaque and keep your gums healthy.

 

Chewing:

Sugar-free gum has been found to help improve your oral health by stimulating saliva to wash away remaining food particles. It also can help strengthen enamel by neutralizing the acids produced by oral bacteria and is recommended to chew for about 20 minutes after consuming meals.

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

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

References:

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/life-stages/adult-oral-care/ada-october-is-national-dental-hygiene-month

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

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Lowering Liver Cancer Risk with Good Oral Hygiene

August 3rd, 2019

Why is it important to take care of your teeth? Some people may be wondering how their oral hygiene habits affect their overall well-being. There’s increasing awareness that poor oral health is linked to more than just issues found within the mouth. Research has consistently shown us that poor oral health can be linked to heart disease, diabetes, and stroke, just to name a few associations. Now, a recent study conducted at Queen's University Belfast in the United Kingdom has found another possible link between oral health and gastrointestinal cancers, for instance, liver, colon, rectum and pancreatic cancer.

Just about 60,000 people each year in the European Union are killed by liver cancer. This is ranked as the 6thmost common cancer related death, with only an 11% five-year survival rate! The study looked at the oral health of about 469,000 people in the United Kingdom, noting conditions such as loose teeth, gingival and periodontal diseases, missing teeth, and tooth decay. Although the study did not find significant evidence between gastrointestinal cancers and poor oral hygiene, people with poor oral health may have a 75% increase in developing liver cancer according to the study. However, more research is needed to better establish the mechanisms behind this connection. Researchers are interested in investigating the role certain microbes found originally within the mouth, including Fusobacterium nucleatum, may have in liver cancer.

The good news is, with healthy lifestyle habits including diet, exercise, oral hygiene, and avoidance of behaviors including smoking and excessive alcohol consumption, you can lower this risk!

It is important to schedule regular dental visits, and keep up with brushing at least twice a day, and flossing at least once a day to keep your mouth healthy. Keeping your oral health and liver in check also includes eating well and maintaining a nutritious and balanced diet.

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

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

References:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/06/190617125124.htm

https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/2050640619858043

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My Lungs, Mouth, and Inhaler: What to Know

April 17th, 2019

It's that time of the year where blooming flowers and warm breezes take over and are welcomed by many. However, for some, this time of the year triggers asthma and allergies! Unfortunately, individuals with asthma may not share the same joy in this seasonal change. Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease that is characterized by airway obstruction, coughing, and wheezing caused by constriction of the lung bronchi. But, that's not all! Since the body is all interconnected, this respiratory condition also has been found to increase your risk of developing gum disease (gingivitis and periodontal disease), tooth decay, malocclusion (overbite, overate, posterior crossbite), oral candidiasis, dry mouth, and oral sores. In particular, these conditions are often more prominent and aggressive in children. A contributing factor is that children's teeth have thinner enamel than adults, and consequently are more susceptible to harm and breakdown caused by bacteria that cause cavities. Here's how you can lower these risks and keep your mouth healthy so that it can last you a lifetime:

A recent study analyzing 40 children with asthma looked at the prevalence of dental cavities, gingival bleeding, the pH of saliva, composition of bacteria within the mouth, in addition to assessing their oral hygiene habits. It was found that the children with asthma experienced dry mouth, had at least 5-8 cavities, and a rapid formation of plaque. The children also had an increased acidity of pH within the mouth, which puts them at a higher risk of cavities and the fungal infection, candidiasis. Another study reported that individuals with asthma had approximately a 19% increased risk of suffering from periodontitis.

Fortunately, avoiding gum disease can be achieved by practicing proper oral hygiene techniques, including using a fluoride toothpaste, mouth rinse, brushing and flossing regularly, and making regular visits to the dentist. If you notice red puffy gums, bleeding with brushing or flossing, or persistent bad breath, these can be early signs of gum disease.  It is also important to always bring your inhaler to dental and medical appointments to ensure your safety in the case of an acute asthma attack.

The Effect of Asthma Medications

The medications taken to combat asthma also play a role in negatively impacting the oral cavity. This is because the protective mucous membrane within the mouth is less effective/reduced in individuals with asthma, lowering the body's immune system. Dry mouth is a major consequence of many medications, which allows for plaque build-up and bacteria accumulation that contribute to dental cavities, bad breath, and gum disease.

Inhaled corticosteroids, including Advair and Azmacort, may cause oral thrush, dental cavities, oral ulcers, and hoarseness. In addition, Albuterol, a medication used to treat bronchospasm, can have side effects including oral thrush, dry mouth, increased heart rate, high blood pressure, throat irritation, and nausea.

Tips for Managing Oral Health with Asthma

  • Rinsing with water after you using your inhaler can help avoid developing an oral fungal infection.
  • Stay hydrated in order to help combat dry mouth.
  • Keep your dentist informed about your medications and medical conditions. Make sure your dentist knows if you have asthma and what medications you are taking so that your health can be managed properly.
  • Manage allergies. Both asthma and allergies typically flare-up together. Managing both properly can help prevent mouth-breathing and dry mouth.
  • Practice good dental hygiene.

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

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

References:

https://www.dentalhealth.org/news/asthma-found-to-increase-the-likelihood-of-gum-disease-by-a-fifth

https://www.deltadentalins.com/oral_health/asthma.html

http://www.thetotaldentistry.com/2018-07-dental-caries-in-asthmatic-children/

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Should you be Tongue Scraping?

March 28th, 2019

As you walk down the oral hygiene isle at your local drug store and see the limitless brands of toothpastes, mouthwashes, and toothbrushes, you may have noticed an item labeled tongue scraper. You may be wondering, “Is it really necessary to brush my tongue?” According to evidence based research, yes it's necessary! Bacteria, dead cells, leftover food debris, and toxins can accumulate on your tongue overtime, which can contribute to bad breath, also known as halitosis. By the end of the day you may notice a thick film coating on your tongue that often ranges in color from clear, white, yellow, or green. According to research, around 85% of all halitosis cases originate from bacteria within the mouth, and a surprising 50% are caused by the debris leftover on the tongue.

Read on to learn about the benefits of tongue scraping for maintaining your oral health:

The good news is, tongue scrapers can quickly and efficiently remove extra particles from the surface of your tongue. They are inexpensive and can be found at many drug stores or online sites. They can be made of plastic or different metals (copper, stainless steel), both effective in removing debris from the tongue. However, plastic tongue scrapers are typically cheaper but may not last as long.

Your tongue can also be cleaned with a regular toothbrush, however, research has reported that a tongue scraper is more effective at removing volatile sulfur compounds, the common culprits of causing bad breath, from the tongue than using just a soft-bristled toothbrush on the tongue. So, after brushing the surfaces of your teeth with a toothbrush and flossing, add a tongue scraper to your morning and evening oral hygiene routine to help enhance your dental health.

Here's how tongue scraping can positively impact your oral health:

  1. Tongue scraping can help eliminate bad breath

  • Bad breath is never fun to deal with, and can take a toll on a person’s relationships and self-esteem. In addition to brushing your teeth, tongue scraping has been found to remove the oral bacteria that typically causes bad breath.
  1. Tongue scraping benefits your taste buds

  • The build up of debris often leads to taste buds becoming less effective. By removing the debris from the tongue, you are better able to taste bitter, sweet, salty, and sour sensations.
  1. Help boost your immunity

  • Tongue scraping can help prevent toxins from being reabsorbed into your body and help improve your immune system. It has been found to lower the presence of Strep. Mutans and Lactobacilli bacteria, which are known to cause tooth decay and bad breath.
  1. Improve the appearance of your tongue

  • Sometimes the buildup of debris can cause your tongue to have a white coating, which tongue scraping can help remove and restore your tongue back to its normal pink color.

 

To perform tongue scraping, stick your tongue out and place the tongue scraper at the back of your tongue and gently scrape forward along the surfaces of your tongue as often as needed. One to two scrapes in the same area typically suffices. After each scrape, you can use a water or tissue to remove the debris from the scraper. Try to avoid placing the tongue scraper too far back to prevent stimulating a gag reflex. Also be mindful of how much pressure you are applying when tongue scraping. Be sure to use gentle strokes to avoid causing any harm. The entire process typically takes less than 2 minutes and can be done throughout the day, especially after meals is a great time.

Be sure you are keeping up with brushing at least twice a day for at least two minutes, flossing at least once a day to remove plaque and food particles from hard to reach areas in-between teeth, and keeping up with regular dental visits. It is important to drink a lot of water, which will not only help prevent dry mouth, but also help eliminate bad breath.

If you notice any white patches in your mouth or unusual discoloration, bumps, or sores, be sure to let your dentist know so that it can be evaluated. This may be a sign of oral thrush or other conditions such as those pictured below, which can be managed under your dentist’s supervision.

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

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

References:

https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/t/tongue-scrapers

https://www.healthline.com/health/dental-and-oral-health/tongue-scraping

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15341360

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/bad-breath/expert-answers/tongue-scraper/faq-20057795

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Each Bite Counts: National Nutrition Month

March 10th, 2019

The popular saying, "You are what you eat," reminds us that a healthy diet is important in order to keep our bodies healthy, vibrant, and energized. National Nutrition Month is a yearly initiative each March created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to educate individuals on healthy food choices. What we eat on a daily basis not only effects our general health, but also the health of our teeth and gums. In fact, the initial signs of poor nutrition can often first be seen in the mouth.

Healthy teeth aren't just a result of daily toothbrushing and flossing...nutrition plays a major role, too! It is important to include a variety of nutrient-rich foods from all the food groups.

Here are some tips to help you make informed choices on foods and beverages that are tooth-friendly and heart-healthy:

  • Be sure to educate your children about the benefits of eating smart and keeping hydrated with milk and water over sugary sodas and sports drinks. If consuming acidic foods or beverages, it is best to drink water immediately, but wait 30 minutes before brushing your teeth to avoid damaging your enamel since it is at a weakened state during this period. If you have an infant, only send them to sleep with water, as milk or juice can lead to baby bottle tooth decay.
  • Find out your nutritional and calorie needs, based on your age, gender, amount of physical activity, and other health factors. A balanced diet should include:
    • Fruits and Vegetables
      • Fruits and vegetables contain a high water and fiber content, which is beneficial for your teeth and body.
    • Whole Grains
      • Whole wheat bread
      • Brown rice
      • Oatmeal
    • Dairy (low-fat or fat-free)
      • Cheese, milk, and plain yogurt help keep your pearly whites strong!
    • Protein
      • Lean beef
      • Skinless poultry and fish
      • Eggs
      • Beans
      • Peas
      • Legumes

  • Avoid foods that harm your dental health, including empty calorie foods like candy, sweet desserts and non-nutritional snacks. Foods and drinks high in sugar, starch, and carbohydrates, stick to tooth enamel and the bacteria within your mouth consume the sugar. In return the bacteria then release harmful acid that breaks down tooth enamel. It is best to limit your consumption of soda, juice, and sweetened coffee or tea, as these choices promote tooth decay. Not to mention, coffee, tea, and wine are big culprits of causing tooth staining.
  • Nutrients including phosphorus, calcium, Vitamin D, and probiotics, help strengthen enamel and fight against tooth decay. Also, Vitamin C , found in citrus fruits, tomatoes, peppers, spinach, broccoli, and potatoes to name a few, helps promote gum health.
  • Snacking between meals can expose your teeth to more sugar and acids, so it is best to limit snacking. If you do snack, make a conscious nutritious choice, such as cheese, yogurt, fruits, vegetables, or nuts.
  • In addition to eating healthy, make sure you are staying physically active for at least 1 hour a day.
  • If you have medical conditions including gastrointestinal reflux or an eating disorder, your risk of cavities and enamel erosion may be higher.

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

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

References:

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

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/basics/nutrition-and-oral-health/ada-march-is-national-nutrition-month

https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/nutrition/food-tips?utm_source=mouthhealthyorg&utm_medium=mhrotator&utm_content=nutrition-month

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The Perfect Smile for Valentine's Day

February 14th, 2019

Today on Valentine's Day we are reminded of all of the love that surrounds us. Pink and red flowers, cards, and treats may also make an appearance on this holiday. As we celebrate, make sure you're showing your smile some love too! Here's some tips on how you can keep your pearly whites glistening on your special date or day with loved ones:

Cavities and Kissing:

Did you know cavities can be contagious? Bacteria that cause tooth decay can transmit from one mouth to another through kissing or sharing utensils. The good news is, kissing helps stimulate saliva, which is necessary to wash away leftover foods and fight cavities. But, to prevent swapping germs, it is important to brush your teeth 2x a day for at least 2 minutes and floss for a healthy and cavity-free smile.

Bad Breath Be Gone!

Bad breath can be a burden, but there are a lot of things that can be done to help prevent it.  Bad breath is often a result of bacteria, so good hygiene habits like brushing and flossing are the easiest things to do to keep your breath smelling fresh. A lot of plaque and bacteria are hiding between teeth and on the surface of your tongue so don't forget these areas! There are also a variety of mouth rinses available in the store that are anti-microbial and help get rid of bacteria and bad breath. Not to mention, chewing xylitol gum can help stimulate saliva and keep your breath fresh.

Brighten Smiles with Whitening

Looking to get rid of stains or not as confident with the color of your teeth? If you'd like to brighten your smile, our in-office ZOOM! Whitening is the way to go, and also could be a great gift to surprise your loved one with.

Avoid Smoking

Smoking is not only bad for your lungs, it also has a negative impact on your mouth. It can cause oral cancer, bad breath, and stain your pearly whites.

Sweet Treats

One of the fun aspects of Valentine's Day is the sweet treats and desserts that you may indulge in. If you happen to have some goodies, just be sure to keep your teeth in mind. Avoid hard candies, or candies that are sticky such as caramels or gummies as they can be damaging to your enamel. Also be sure to rinse with water and try eating the sweets with a meal so that your saliva flow can help wash away the sugars that cause tooth decay.

We wish you a Happy Valentine's Day!

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

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

References:

https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/adults-under-40/healthy-habits/valentines-day

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Are Your Gums Affected by your Blood Sugar Levels?

January 23rd, 2019

Diabetes, which impacts about 30 million people in the United States, surprisingly doesn't just affect your blood sugar. Research has consistently showed that gum disease, including both gingivitis and periodontitis, is linked with diabetes. The relationship between gum disease and diabetes works both ways: individuals with diabetes have a higher chance of developing gum disease, and people with severe gum disease are more prone to have issues controlling their blood glucose levels.

Early stages of gum problems begin as gingivitis, also described as inflammation of the gums. As bacteria invade the gum pockets and inflammation remains, gum recession and bone loss begin to occur in the more severe stages of gum disease, known as periodontitis.  People who have diabetes unfortunately have a a harder time clearing bacterial infections, which they are also more at risk for developing. That's why having good oral hygiene practices is so important, especially if you have diabetes or a current diagnosis of periodontal disease. Take a look at how you can manage your oral care with diabetes:

Diet & Exercise

If you're a diabetic, one of the best things to do to maintain overall health is to keep your blood sugar levels controlled. It is best to add exercise into your daily routine and to have a balanced diet. This will help you not only maintain a healthy mouth, but also help lower your risk of developing other complications associated with diabetes, including kidney disease and heart disease.

Regular Dental Visits & Oral Hygiene

Since people with diabetes have greater chances of developing oral infections, it is important to keep a strict routine of brushing, flossing, and rinsing. Also, be sure to clean any oral appliances that you have, such as dentures or retainers, as they often harbor bacteria and left over food particles that can contribute to tooth decay. Scheduling regular dental check-ups is also necessary to ensure that no infections have begun to develop.

Avoid smoking & Poor Oral Habits

Smoking puts you at risk for many health problems such as cancer. It is never too late to quit smoking! Avoiding tobacco products can help you improve your oral and overall health. It is also important to avoid habits like nail biting, as our fingernails harbor a lot of bacteria from the things we touch throughout the day.

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and their newest addition to the team, Dr. Zarah Ali, if you have any thoughts or concerns. Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. VanDr. Emadis happy to help with your orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other periodontal or oral surgery needs, Dr. Ghaziwould be more than willing to help.

The caring team at Wellesley Dental Groupwill be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.comto set up an appointment and consultation.

References:

https://www.timesnownews.com/health/article/oral-care-for-diabetics-how-people-suffering-from-diabetes-can-protect-their-teeth-and-gums/346614

http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/treatment-and-care/oral-health-and-hygiene/diabetes-and-oral-health.html

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Experiencing Toothaches from Winter Weather?

January 13th, 2019

As you're walking outside this winter, do you ever feel a cringing pain in your teeth from the cold air? Not only can the cold cause dry skin, it can also cause some tooth sensitivity, especially if you already struggle with sensitive teeth. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, approximately 40 million Americans have sensitive teeth. This causes many people to avoid foods that are either very cold or very hot, such as ice-cream or soup. So, why does tooth sensitivity occur?

The bulk of your teeth are composed of dentin, which is covered but your enamel on the outside, your gums, and also by cementum on the roots. Inside the dentin is a lot of nerve endings, so once dentin is exposed your nerves respond painfully to hot and cold!

Numerous factors can cause your dentin to become exposed, take a look:

  • Periodontal disease: Gum disease is a common cause of tooth sensitivity. Over time if plaque builds up on your teeth, your gums can become inflamed leading to gingivitis. If not treated, periodontal disease can arise which leads to gum recession and exposed roots and dentin. Be sure to keep up with regular brushing twice a day, flossing, rinsing, and dental check-ups to ensure that your gums stay healthy.
  • Improper brushing techniques: It's true, there is a science to brushing! Brushing aggressively can cause your enamel to wear down and eventually expose your nerve endings within dentin. Make sure you have a soft bristled tooth brush and that you are brushing toward the gum line lightly to remove bacteria within your gum pockets. 
  • Teeth clenching and grinding:  Someone may have told you that you grind your teeth at night, or you may notice that you're clenching your teeth throughout the day. Clenching and grinding can cause your enamel to wear down and also cause headaches and cracks within your teeth. Let your dentist know if you are clenching or grinding and treatment options such as a night guard can be discussed.
  • Tooth decay: If you begin experiencing cold sensitivity on a regular basis, it is important to let your dentist know because it could be a sign of tooth decay. Tooth decay and fillings that have cracked can cause exposure of dentin and result in tooth sensitivity.
  • Tooth whitening/dental treatment: Sometime bleaching agents and recent dental procedures such as fillings and crowns can cause temporary sensitivity. Be sure to let your dentist know when you begin experiencing sensitivity.
  • Acidic diet: Foods and beverages with high acid content, including sodas, coffee, juice, pickles, etc., can cause enamel erosion and exposure of dentin.
To help your winter go smoothly, when going outside try breathing through your nose as much as possible so that the cold air has less contact with your teeth. Make sure that you are bundled up when going outside. Fluoride rinses and toothpastes geared to help with sensitivity can also help decrease your pain to cold. Your dentist may recommend root canal treatment if the pulp inside the tooth is infected, or a procedure to cover your root surfaces to help improve gum recession.

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Aliand their newest addition to the team, Dr. Zarah Ali, if you have any thoughts or concerns. Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. VanDr. Emadis happy to help with your orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other periodontal or oral surgery needs, Dr. Ghaziwould be more than willing to help.

The caring team at Wellesley Dental Groupwill be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.comto set up an appointment and consultation.

References:

https://www.guardiandirect.com/resources/articles/winter-and-sensitive-teeth

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/conditions/tooth-sensitivity/what-causes-sensitive-teeth-0714

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How Does Your Cold/Flu Affect Your Mouth?

January 6th, 2019

Catching a cold or the flu can be one of the worst things that come with the cold weather during winter. The (CDC) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that adults typically get a cold 2-3 times a year! A lot of challenges come with being sick, including trouble sleeping, eating, and just going about your normal daily activities. With a sore throat, stuffy or runny nose, and a box of tissues by your side, you may be looking to cough medicine and nasal decongestants to hide the symptoms. But, did you ever wonder how your cold or the medicines to treat them impact your teeth and mouth?  Here's some things to keep in mind in order to keep your body and mouth healthy while combatting a cold:

Stuffy Nose & Dry Mouth

It's a real struggle when you cannot breathe through your nose, especially when you're trying to get a good night's rest. As a result, you have to breathe through your mouth, which can cause you to experience dry mouth. Dry mouth occurs when there is less saliva flow, which can also occur from taking nasal decongestants like sudafed to remedy your stuffy nose. Unfortunately, dry mouth not only makes it hard to swallow, it can also impact your mouth by promoting bacterial growth. So, when taking nasal decongestants to help your cold, stay hydrated with water and chewing xylitol-containing gum can help stimulate saliva flow. You can also try using a humidifier in the room you sleep in.

Sinus & Tooth Pain 

Another obstacle that you may face as a result of being sick is tenderness and pain around your sinuses as a result of sinusitis. This can cause you to feel like you have a toothache in your upper jaw since they are near your sinuses. Some signs of sinusitis include a yellow colored mucous drainage, and pressure near your mid-face. Fortunately, this experience should improve once your cold clears up.

Cough Drops/Syrup & Throat Lozenges

Here's the scoop on cough syrup, cough drops and sore throat lozenges:  most of the time these products contain sugar for flavor and can be damaging to your teeth as they are held in your mouth for long periods of time. Not to mention, cough syrups are sticky and can remain on teeth and cause harm to your enamel. Try to look for pills, sugar-free cough drops, and sore throat lozenges as these are best for your oral health! Be sure to also keep your regular oral care routine brushing, flossing, and rinsing.

Orange Juice

Orange juice is loaded with vitamin C to help your immune system fight your cold. Due to the acidity which can weaken your tooth enamel, try drinking orange juice in one sitting during a meal, and drink water afterwards to help protect your tooth from the acid.

As you fight a cold/flu keep your dental health in mind and replace your toothbrush once you feel better so you can start fresh!

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Aliand their newest addition to the team, Dr. Zarah Ali, if you have any thoughts or concerns. Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. VanDr. Emadis happy to help with your orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other periodontal or oral surgery needs, Dr. Ghaziwould be more than willing to help.

The caring team at Wellesley Dental Groupwill be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.comto set up an appointment and consultation.

References:

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/conditions/dry-mouth/how-the-common-cold-teeth-and-oral-health-are-connected-1215

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New Year, Healthier Teeth!

December 31st, 2018

Happy New Year's Eve! As we approach 2019 this is a perfect time to think about what we want for the New Year. Many people wish for improved health without realizing that overall health involves dental health. Resolutions to keep your smile beaming will help your body in the long run! Here's some resolutions that can make a huge difference in improving your health:

Applying Good Toothbrushing and Flossing Habits

In order to successfully remove bacterial plaque and prevent developing cavities, it is important to brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once a day. Choosing a soft-bristled manual or electric toothbrush along with toothpaste that has fluoride in it is essential for effective toothbrushing. Fluoride within toothpaste helps remineralize your tooth enamel and prevent bacteria from forming acids that can erode your tooth enamel. It is also important to make sure that you are brushing gently at a 45- degree angle toward the gumline, as food particles and bacteria love to hide in this area. A toothbrush should be replaced approximately every 3-4 months or as soon as you notice the bristles are frayed. Although it can be hard to remember to floss, your teeth will thank you in the long run because regular toothbrushing cannot reach in the same areas (below the gumline and in-between teeth). This way you can prevent gingivitis, periodontal disease, tooth decay, and bad breath. You can add mouthwash containing fluoride to your oral hygiene regimen also to improve your oral health.

Adopt a Healthy Diet

What you eat plays an important role in your dental and overall health. It is best to stay away from frequently consuming foods and drinks that have a lot of sugars and acids which contribute to tooth decay. Nutritious foods including fruits, vegetables, and nuts often help your body fight bacteria and inflammation, as well as keep your teeth in great condition. Replace unhealthy snacks with foods such as apples, carrots, celery, and cheese which naturally help remove plaque from teeth. It is also recommended to chew gum that contains Xylitol after eating which can help neutralize acids and prevent cavities from developing.

Schedule Regular Dental Checkups in the New Year

Scheduling regular dental visits will help improve your smile and keep a close check on any dental problems that may be around. The New Year is a great time to begin or complete any dental work including crowns, implants, or fillings that need to be done, or even correction of an abnormal bite with braces or Invisalign to enhance your smile. Also if you've been looking for a brighter smile, tooth whitening is a great option and can be done at our office with ZOOM!

Avoid Tobacco and Alcohol Use 

The New Year is a great time to quit smoking to help improve your dental and overall health. Tobacco products negatively impact your mouth in several ways including causing gum recession, cavities, tooth discoloration, and cancer. Research states that smokers are approximately 2X's more likely to have tooth loss than people who don't smoke. In addition, alcohol consumption can lead to increased gum recession and tooth staining.

 

 

Take these New Year's resolutions into consideration for 2019. May your New Year be bright and all your smiles be white!

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Aliand their newest addition to the team, Dr. Zarah Ali, if you have any thoughts or concerns. Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. VanDr. Emadis happy to help with your orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other periodontal or oral surgery needs, Dr. Ghaziwould be more than willing to help.

The caring team at Wellesley Dental Groupwill be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.comto set up an appointment and consultation.

References:

https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/h/holiday-ideas

https://www.deltadentalins.com/oral_health/new-year.html

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Merry and Bright Teeth for the Holidays!

December 21st, 2018

As the holidays approach, your dentist and teeth may not be high on your list of things to think about. But, it's important to keep your oral health in mind so that you can enter 2019 with a healthy start! Take a look at these tips so that you can enjoy the holidays while keeping your teeth and gums healthy and bright:

1. Don't forget your oral health routine

Be sure to keep up your routine of brushing at least twice a day for two minutes, rinsing, and flossing. If you're looking for stocking stuffer ideas, toothbrushes are a great option! Toothbrushes should be replaced once the bristles look worn or approximately every 3 to 4 months. When looking for toothpaste, make sure to buy toothpaste with the ADA Seal of Acceptance and fluoride to help prevent cavities. Also, if your due for your dental visit make sure to schedule!

2. Protect your teeth

It may be tempting to use your teeth for situations other than chewing and speaking. You may get the urge to bite your nails to relieve stress, or use your teeth to open packages or bottles, but avoid using your teeth as tools at all costs! Be sure to grab scissors or a bottle opener instead of your teeth. Poor habits can lead to jaw problems, facial pain, sensitive teeth, and can even lead to cracked or loss of teeth.

3. Stay hydrated

Keep water by your side during the holidays and avoid sodas, juices, and sports drinks as they contain high amounts of sugar and create acids that can weaken your tooth enamel. Water with fluoride in it can keep your teeth strong, which is particularly important as you may be indulging in sweet holiday treats! Drinking water can also help keep skin healthy and glowing, and help eliminate bad breath.

4. Avoid chewing hard candies or ice cubes

The sugar in hard candies is just one thing to worry about. Crunching on hard candy can cause chipped or cracked teeth. Also avoid chewing on ice cubes as they could cause chipped teeth or cold sensitivity. Instead, let the ice dissolve naturally and try to stay away from hard or sticky candies that can weaken your tooth enamel.

 

It may not be easy to stay away from sweets and goodies during the holiday, but try your best to keep your teeth a priority!

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Aliand their newest addition to the team, Dr. Zarah Ali, if you have any thoughts or concerns. Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. VanDr. Emadis happy to help with your orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other periodontal or oral surgery needs, Dr. Ghaziwould be more than willing to help.

The caring team at Wellesley Dental Groupwill be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.comto set up an appointment and consultation.

References:

https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/babies-and-kids/holiday-healthy-teeth-tips

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Brush Your Teeth, Your Heart Will Thank You

November 11th, 2018

Who would have thought that your dentist would be telling you how to help prevent heart disease? It’s commonly known that smoking, a poor diet, lack of exercise, and an uncontrolled weight can impact your heart. However, did you know that brushing your teeth is linked with maintaining a healthy heart? Research published in Scotland revealed that brushing your teeth can lower your risk of experiencing a heart attack or other issues impacting your heart.

Heart disease is a serious problem that unfortunately impacts a lot of people. According to the American Heart Association, about 2,600 people in the United States die each day from a heart attack, heart failure, or stroke. The study looked at approximately 12,000 women and men and observed their oral health habits, daily exercise, and smoking habits. About 60% of the individuals reported seeing a dentist every 6 months, and approximately 70% reported brushing their teeth two times each day. Those who stated brushing their teeth less often were found to have a 70% increased risk of heart disease and had increased amounts of C-reactive protein and fibrinogen, which are found in the blood indicating inflammation. Inflammation is a significant finding related to poor oral hygiene and atherosclerosis (accumulation of fat substances around artery walls). Periodontal disease, which is a chronic condition impacting the gums and tissues around teeth, is a result of poor oral hygiene and adds to the inflammatory response. Some signs of periodontal disease include red and swollen gums, bleeding gums when eating or brushing and flossing, pus or infection around gums, poor taste in your mouth, and loose teeth.

The American Heart Association also conducted a recent study analyzing brushing frequency in 682 participants and the link to heart disease risk. Those who stated brushing their teeth less than two times a day for less than two minutes had a 3 times higher risk of developing heart disease than those brushing for the recommended two times a day for 2 minutes or more. More research is needed to determine whether or not the link is a cause and effect relationship.

Practicing good oral hygiene habits and scheduling regular dental visits can help not only keep your smile healthy but also help keep your heart and overall health in check.

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and their newest addition to the team, Dr. Zarah Ali, if you have any thoughts or concerns. Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. Van. Dr. Emad is happy to help with your orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other periodontal or oral surgery needs, Dr. Ghazi would be more than willing to help.

The caring team at Wellesley Dental Group will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation.

References:

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/conditions/heart-disease/ada-06-consumer-news-heart-disease-tooth-brushing

https://www.cdapress.com/article/20181107/AP/311079959

https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/news/20050207/brush-your-teeth-help-your-heart#2

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Treats are Tricky: Tips for Halloween

October 25th, 2018

Halloween can be a scary time of year. There's lots of spooky costumes and decorations that can give us all the chills. Not to mention the famous question, "Trick or Treat?" Most people opt for the delicious treats and often have a huge stash of candy that lasts beyond the holiday. But, what you may not have been aware of is the scary effects of all the treats being passed out that can impact your teeth! Normal bacteria in the mouth thrive off of the sugar within Halloween candy and in turn produce acid that cause tooth decay. Not to worry though, it's okay to indulge in a little Halloween candy but make sure you know these tips and tricks to help you and your family keep your pearly whites healthy. With your leftover candy, we'd love for you to come participate in our 11th Annual Candy Drive from November 1st to 8th at the Wellesley Dental Group (5 Seaward Road, Wellesley). We are gathering our communities together to collect thousands of pounds of candy, a ton of thoughtful messages, and oral hygiene kits, which will be sent to the U.S. troops as a thanks for all that they do to keep us safe. Check out our flyer here. We will be hosting a community and press event on the November 9th, from 10 am to 11 am, also at our office in Wellesley where a cash prize will be given to the PTO of the school that contributes the highest amount of candy. If you have questions or queries about how you can join hands with us for this great cause, or to RSVP for the community event, send us an email at candydrive@wellesleydentalgroup.com, or call us at 781-237-9071.

1. Eat Halloween candy with meals

Interestingly, the timing of when you eat candy makes a difference. It's better to eat Halloween candy with meals or shortly after eating a meal because there is more saliva production. Saliva helps wash away food particles and neutralize the acids produced by bacteria. Chewing sugarless gum can also help increase saliva flow and wash out leftover foods in the mouth.

2. Pick and choose your candy

It's better to stay away from hard and sticky candies (ex: caramels, gummy bears) that can linger in your mouth for long periods of time. The longer sugary foods are in your mouth, the greater risk of tooth decay. Chocolate is often a better option as it is washed away quickly in the mouth.

3. Stay hydrated with water

Consuming fluoridated water can help prevent tooth decay and is especially good to rinse with after consuming candy.

Most importantly, make sure to practice good oral hygiene by brushing, flossing, and visiting the dentist regularly.

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and their newest addition to the team, Dr. Zarah Ali, if you have any thoughts or concerns. Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. Van. Dr. Emad is happy to help with your orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other periodontal or oral surgery needs, Dr. Ghazi would be more than willing to help.

The caring team at Wellesley Dental Group will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation.

References:

https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/h/halloween-candy-survival-guide

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/basics/nutrition-and-oral-health/ada-10-tooth-friendly-halloween

Dentists Recommending Chewing Gum: Too Good to be True?

October 10th, 2018

October is National Dental Hygiene Month, which is the perfect time to spread awareness on good oral hygiene practices, including brushing, flossing, rinsing, and possibly to your surprise, chewing gum! This may sound alarming because gum, like candy, is known to cause tooth decay. However, chewing sugarless gum after eating can be beneficial to your teeth for many reasons. This is particularly the case when chewing sugar-free gum that is sweetened with the ingredient xylitol.

Chewing sugarless gum helps wipe away leftover food particles and stimulates saliva secretion. As a result, the proteins and minerals within saliva help neutralize harmful acids made by the bacteria found within plaque. Some studies have shown that people who chew sugar-free gum for 20 minutes after eating can help prevent cavities and strengthen tooth enamel.

A common ingredient in sugar-free gum is Xylitol (a natural sweetener), which helps blocks the growth of Streptococcus mutans, a common bacteria found in the mouth. This in turn helps prevent tooth decay. Some companies are starting to add casein phosphopeptide-amorphous calcium phosphate (CPP-ACP), also known as Recaldent, to their chewing gum. Recaldent has been found to remineralize and strengthen tooth enamel.

Chewing gum is especially important if you experiences dry mouth due to a lack of saliva production. Dry mouth is associated with several oral health problems, including gum swelling, bad breath, and periodontal disease. However, if you are having any symptoms of jaw pain or temporomandibular disorder symptoms (TMD/TMJ), chewing gum is typically not recommended and be sure to let your dentist know.

Even though there is no substitute for brushing, flossing, or rinsing, chewing sugar-free gum after meals can be a nice addition that will freshen breath and keep your mouth healthy!

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and their newest addition to the team, Dr. Zarah Ali, if you have any thoughts or concerns. Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. Van. Dr. Emad is happy to help with your orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other periodontal or oral surgery needs, Dr. Ghazi would be more than willing to help.

The caring team at Wellesley Dental Group will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation.

References:

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

https://www.deltadentalins.com/oral_health/gum-chewing.html

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Am I Using the Right Toothpaste?

August 20th, 2018

Do you ever get overwhelmed by the limitless types of toothpaste on the shelves at a store? From natural fluoride-free toothpastes to those that contain fluoride, it can be hard to know which one you should choose. Fluoride is known to play an important a role in preventing cavities and is naturally found within community water sources. So, that leaves the question: Which type of toothpaste should you be using, fluoride-free or fluoride containing toothpaste?

Some people are choosing to switch to natural fluoride-free toothpaste because they've heard about the potential side effects of Fluoride. Global Healing Center notes that those side effects include arthritis, female puberty acceleration, kidney health, toxic to the thyroid, and adverse cognitive effects. Tom’s of Maine Antiplaque & Whitening Fluoride-Free Toothpaste is a particularly popular brand that people are switching to. However, even Tom’s of Maine brand manager notes that the company’s fluoride-free products don't promise to protect your teeth from tooth decay.

With more research needed to be done, it's still not certain whether or not fluoride-free toothpaste works. Some dentists argue that brushing and flossing the excess plaque off the teeth can help prevent tooth decay. Yet, other dentists say that the components within the toothpaste, such as fluoride are what's mainly preventing tooth decay.

 So, what should you use? If you have a child  that is less than two years old, the American Dental Association recommends that they should not be using a fluoride toothpaste because they are in danger of swallowing too much fluoride. Consuming too much fluoride can cause dental fluorosis, which can cause brown spots on teeth or pitting. Also, avoid fluoride-containing tooth paste if you are allergic to fluoride. Fluoride intake  in the correct amount is important for adults, and infants and children ages 6 months to 16 years, when primary and permanent teeth are developing. Fluoride-containing toothpastes are recommended to help prevent tooth decay.

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and their newest addition to the team, Dr. Zarah Ali, if you have any thoughts or concerns. Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. Van. Dr. Emad is happy to help with your orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other periodontal or oral surgery needs, Dr. Ghazi would be more than willing to help.

The caring team at Wellesley Dental Group will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation.

References:

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https://www.cheatsheet.com/health-fitness/does-fluoride-free-toothpaste-work.html/

To pick or not to pick?

March 24th, 2018

You may see these little wooden toothpicks in restaurants across your city, either by the register or on the table. Although you may feel tempted to grab one and pry food debris between your teeth, you may not be doing your gums and teeth a favor by doing so! Here are some reasons why tooth picking is a bad habit:

  1. It irritates your gums.

People could be very harsh when trying to get food debris from in between their teeth. As a result, they may also end up picking their gums too harshly to the point where they are red and inflamed. If this is the case, stop picking your teeth immediately!

  1. Nothing replaces brushing and flossing.

Even though you may have been successful in removing some food debris using a wooden toothpick, it is still essential that you follow proper brushing and flossing habits at home. This is ultimately what will protect your teeth from decay.

  1. You may actually be pushing food particles further down into your gums.

If you are following proper flossing technique, you should be ‘scooping’ out plaque and food debris from in between your teeth. By using a wooden toothpick, you could be jamming food particles further down into your gum, becoming harder to remove.

  1. You could damage a pre-exisiting filling or Veneers.

If you have prior dental work, such as fillings, crowns, or Veneers, you should avoid using toothpicks as it could cause damage to any dental work you have. If this has happened to you, be sure to visit your dentist for a replacement as soon as possible.

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and their newest addition to the team, Dr. Zarah Ali, if you have any thoughts or concerns. Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. Van. Dr. Emad is happy to help with your orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other periodontal or oral surgery needs, Dr. Ghazi would be more than willing to help.

The caring team at Wellesley Dental Group will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation.

 

Bright and Healthy Smiles for the Summer!

June 28th, 2017

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

June 15th, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017!

January 12th, 2017

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Some common new year's resolutions are exercising more or trying a new activity, but did you know that improving your oral health should also be one of your priorities for 2017? Healthy teeth is the key to your overall well-being! A few small improvements could lead to great rewards.

The first step to a healthier mouth is to have better brushing and flossing habits.

  • If you've had your toothbrush for more than three or four months, replace it! Worn bristles don't clean your teeth as well as a brand new toothbrush!
  • Brush at least two times a day with a fluoride toothpaste for two minutes every day. This is the best way to avoid bad breath, cavities, and infection!
  • Don't forget to floss at least once a day to get rid of the bacteria and food particles stuck between your teeth.
  • Use a fluoride mouthwash.

Another important part of maintaining your oral health is your diet.

  • Avoid acidic and sugary drinks to prevent tooth decay!
  • Try to limit snacking in between meals
  • Chew sugar-free gum or brush after meals
  • Drink water with fluoride

And last but not least, make sure to schedule regular appointments with your dentist!

  • You could prevent oral diseases or fix them at an early stage
  • You may need braces to fix abnormal bites, straighten your teeth, or enhance your smile
  • You could get whitening treatment to have a whiter smile
  • It's important for your overall health!

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

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

Resources:

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http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/life-stages/adult-oral-care/article/a-new-years-you-dental-health-resolutions-0114

http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/h/holiday-ideas

Sensational Sealants

November 15th, 2016

Sealants, or plastic coatings that cover the surface of teeth (particularly molars and premolars), help prevent tooth decay by smoothing out uneven surfaces where bacteria and acids could get trapped. There are many different types of sealants, including: resin-based, glass ionomer, etc.

This treatment is especially recommended for children, but is also an option for adults who are prone to cavities. Even though brushing, flossing, and fluoride mouthwashes can remove plaque from your teeth, sealants add an extra layer of protection.

According to a systematic review of sealants published by the Cochrane Collaboration in 2013, scientists concluded that getting sealant treatment effectively reduces cavities for at least four years and that children without sealants were twice as likely to get cavities as those with sealants. Additionally, both the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommend the application of sealants.

Sealants are also cost-effective compared to fillings. Although the cost depends on your insurance, fillings cost about $100 per cavity, while sealants only cost about $30 to $40 per tooth.

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

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

Resources:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/20/upshot/defending-your-childrens-teeth-and-dentists-the-value-of-sealants.html?_r=2

http://www.cochrane.org/CD001830/ORAL_sealants-for-preventing-dental-decay-in-the-permanent-teeth

http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/procedures/sealants/article/dental-sealants

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http://jada.ada.org/article/S0002-8177(16)30473-1/pdf

Milk Helps Prevent Cavities

August 31st, 2016

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Many of us have heard the famous advertising campaign, "Got Milk?" Well, it's a good question to ask when speaking about oral health. Grabbing a glass of milk after consuming sugary foods can help reduce the risk of developing cavities, especially for children!

Tooth decay can arise when proper dental habits are not being practiced. Plaque then begins to form on tooth enamel and produces acids stimulated by the sugary foods and drinks that have been consumed leading to cavity formation.

Along with brushing, flossing, rinsing, and other necessary oral habits, milk can also help increase pH levels making the mouth less acidic. According to the Journal of the American Dental Association, researchers looked at the impact of  whole milk, apple juice, and tap water after 20 participants ate cereal. Participants were asked not to brush their teeth for 24 hours so that they could test the drinks on the plaque buildup. It was found that milk helped lower the acidic levels after the consuming cereal and helped strengthen tooth enamel.

So, the next time you indulge in a cookie or other sweet treat, be sure to have a glass of milk by your side. If you have any questions about foods and drinks beneficial to your child's oral health, your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. Van.

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

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

References:

http://www.dentistrytoday.com/news/industrynews/item/1084-research-suggests-drinking-milk-after-sweet-snacks-to-fight-decay?hq_e=el&hq_m=1054420&hq_l=2&hq_v=7c40e2efa1

http://www.medicaldaily.com/no-more-tooth-decay-6-surprising-foods-and-drinks-help-prevent-cavities-248070

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Keep flossing!

August 6th, 2016

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You may have recently seen on the news or on social media sites that there isn't scientific research to demonstrate the oral health benefits of flossing. However,  many professional dental associations such as the ADA (American Dental Association) have confirmed that floss and interdental cleaners are essential for maintaining proper oral health.

Despite the fact that flossing was removed from the 2015 U.S. Dietary Guidelines, the government has not changed its perspective on flossing. Instead, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) decided to focus on reducing sugar intake and nutrition. Furthermore, other health agencies have continually recommended cleaning between teeth daily. For instance, the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) suggests including flossing daily in your oral hygiene routine.

Dentists and oral health professionals, who understand the oral health conditions and history of their patients, are among the most qualified to give advice on flossing. Just because there isn't solid proof doesn't mean that flossing is ineffective. If you don't clean between your teeth, you could experience tooth decay, gum disease, or plaque buildup. Floss and interdental cleaners help remove plaque, debris, and bacteria.

Therefore, remember to use interdental cleaners once a day in addition to brushing two minutes twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste!

Resources:

http://dentistrytoday.com/news/industrynews/item/1143-professional-groups-defend-flossing-s-effectiveness

http://www.ada.org/en/press-room/news-releases/2016-archive/august/statement-from-the-american-dental-association-about-interdental-cleaners?source=PromoSpots&medium=ADAHomeRotator&content=Flossing

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Think About Your Oral Health During the Summertime!

July 28th, 2016

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Summer is the time to relax, but it's also the time to check on your family's oral health!

To maintain a healthy smile and avoid damages, check out these list of tips from Colgate's® Oral Care Center:

  • keep up your brushing (twice a day) and flossing (daily) routine
  • replace your old toothbrush
  • schedule regular dental checkups
  • avoid buying sugary snacks and drinks
  • stock up on fruits, vegetables, etc.
  • make sure your kids follow the rules at the pool!
  • prepare an emergency dental kit for your vacation

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

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

Resources:

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http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/life-stages/childrens-oral-care/article/oral-health-tips-for-summer-0714

Get Whiter Teeth For Summer!

July 5th, 2016

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A dazzling bright smile is all the catch nowadays. Especially now that it's summer and there are many graduations, weddings, and fun events planned, why not show off a healthy white smile! Of course regular dental habits like brushing and flossing are ways to keep a brighter smile. However, if you feel like your smile doesn't sparkle as much as you'd like, there are many products and whitening treatments available to achieve your smile goals.

Tooth whitening is a simple process and a great option for individuals who have stained or discolored teeth. Teeth can become stained for many reasons, including tobacco use, certain medications, foods with dark dyes, and such as red wine, coffee, tea, and soda.  Even the natural aging process can cause tooth discoloration.

Since so many whitening options are available, it can sometimes be challenging to decide which one you would like to use. Come schedule an appointment and talk to the Smile Ambassadors at Wellesley Dental Group about the differences between in-office professional whitening and at-home whitening. Check out the in-office professional whitening we offer:

Zoom! Whitening

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Philips Zoom is a safe, easy, quick, and pain-free way to whitening teeth and perfect your smile. This procedure can help make your teeth up to eight shades brighter in a short amount of time! Zoom includes a Chairside Light-Activated Gel and LED light to help accelerate and enhance the whitening process. Just three 15-minute applications of the gel and light occur in one hour, leaving you with a dazzling whiter smile.

Your dentist can help you determine if Zoom whitening is the best whitening option for your individual smile. Contact us today for more information or to schedule an appointment for Philips Zoom whitening.

Sinsational Smile Whitening

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Sinsational Smile® is a great way to whiten teeth because it uses fast and safe technology allowing for a comfortable whitening experience. This procedure lasts approximately 20 minutes and involves pre-filled trays and a LED light which helps quickly activate the gel's whitening ingredients. Sinsational Smile® contains 35% of the active ingredient, Carbamide Peroxide, along with carbomer, menthol, glycerin, and mint flavor in the gel. The whitening experience is painless and the outcome is rewarding! Check out some of the testimonials here.

Home Whitening

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There are many products sold for tooth whitening that can be done at home, but it is important to consult with a dental professional before use.

Tray whitening:

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Tray whitening involves using custom-made trays and whitening gel only available through your dentist. At-home professional tray whitening typically lasts from ten to 14 days.

Paint-on teeth whiteners:

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Paint-on whiteners are sold at convenient stores and are relatively inexpensive. This method consists of a gel that is applied to the tooth using a small brush. The gel hardens and eventually dissolves in the mouth.

Whitening strips:

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Teeth-whitening strip kits are a common home whitening procedure which includes thin, flexible plastic (polyethylene) strips that contain hydrogen peroxide on one side. The strips are typically worn for 30 minutes a day, twice a day but vary in duration depending on the brand.

Whitening mouthwash and toothpaste:

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Several brands of whitening toothpastes and mouthwashes can be found at many drug stores and convenient stores and are typically the least expensive option. These toothpastes and mouthwashes help remove surface stains by using mild abrasives. However, these products only mildly lighten your teeth and are not as reliable as in-office whitening treatments.

 

 

 

If you would like to learn more about teeth whitening, please contact our practice to schedule an appointment.

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

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

References:

http://www.sinsationalsmile.com/

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http://www.usa.philips.com/c-m-pe/teeth-whitening

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Top Phone Apps for Dental Hygiene

March 4th, 2016

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In today's society, there's pretty much an app for everything...that include dental health! Now that many of us are becoming tech savvy smart phone owners, it's the perfect opportunity to use these tools to learn more about oral health. The good thing is that there are many dental health apps out there for Iphone and Android users.

Here's a list of the top five dental apps out today:

1. Dental Expert app: This is a very comprehensive app that helps explain oral health conditions and dental procedures. This app includes a section with the most frequently asked dental questions and answers by experts in the field of dentistry. It's particularly great for parents because there is a lot of info on dental problems that little ones face.

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2.Tiny Dentist app: This app is great for children, especially if their a little frightened of going to the dentist. Children can act like the dentist in the app by “be the dentist” removing cavities and brushing the teeth of cartoon characters, while also learning more about dentistry!

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3.Flossy app: It can sometimes be easy to forget to floss. However, flossing is important for removing food particles in hard-to-reach places and preventing cavities.This app helps you keep track of flossing and keeping this essential habit becomes way easier. It alerts you with reminders to floss and lets you schedule specific times for flossing. You can then go back and check out the history tab to see how often you've been flossing.

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4. Brush DJ app: This is a cool app that lets you use any song (cut short to two minutes, the suggested time for brushing) for you to enjoy as you brush your teeth. It helps you make sure you're brushing for the right amount of time and allows for a fun brushing experience!

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5. My Bright Smile app: Sponsored by Colgate, this interactive and educational app is great for children gain essential oral health habits. It includes five free games that emphasize the importance of flossing every day, visiting the dentist regularly, brushing with fluoride toothpaste, eating a healthy diet, among many more lessons.

Screen Shot 2016-03-04 at 7.21.23 PMFeel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and their newest addition to the team, Dr. Zarah Ali, if you have any thoughts or concerns. The caring team at Wellesley Dental Group will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation.

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

References:

Reap the Potential Benefits of Coconut Oil

February 11th, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

References:

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

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

The Fantastic Four of Dental Hygiene

December 12th, 2015

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

1. Brush twice daily!

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

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

2. Floss, floss, floss!

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

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

3. Use an antimicrobial mouthwash!

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

4. Chew sugar-free gum!

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

Finally, make sure to schedule regular dental checkups!

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

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

Resources:

http://www.wrigleyoralhealth.com/

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October Marks National Dental Hygiene Month

October 11th, 2015

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

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

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

Follow the 2 x 2 rule!

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

Make flossing a daily habit

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

Use mouthwash to improve oral health

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

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

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

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

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

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

References:

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

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Skipping Breakfast May Lead To Bad Breath

July 25th, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

References:

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

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

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

Are Summer Foods Ruining Your Smile?

July 14th, 2015

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From sunny afternoons by the poolside to perfect evenings under the stars, summer is the best time to relax, be adventurous, and most importantly, to smile. Many of us also enjoy summer for the delicious foods, fruit juices, and tropical cocktails. Although a summer diet may appear healthy, there are some cravings that are harmful to your teeth that may take you by surprise.

Here are some treats that can damage your teeth and gums:

Juices sometimes contain a higher amount of sugar than soda.

Many people are aware that candy and soda can erode tooth enamel, but how about fruit drinks? Although some juices, smoothies, and cocktails contain many good nutrients, many of the drinks we consume during the summer are acidic and contain a high amount of sugar per serving. Sugars can cling to teeth and harm your pearly whites by feeding the bacteria in your mouth. This process produces acids that can sometimes irreversibly damage teeth.

As it becomes hotter, make sure to keep a glass of water by your side. Also, it is best to drink juice through a straw so that the juice has a harder time sticking to the surface of your teeth. Wait to brush your teeth at least 45-minutes after consuming sugary or acidic foods/drinks, as brushing them immediately after can leave them more susceptible to damage.

Dried Fruit

Dried fruit is often sticky and packed with sugar that can harm teeth the same way that candies do. Instead, opt for crisp apples or pears.

Chewable Vitamins

Gummy vitamins are not much better for our mouths than regular gummy candies. They often stick to the surfaces of teeth and can hide in hard-to-reach places, leading to tooth decay. It is best to take vitamins in pill form.

Popcorn

We often turn to popcorn as a snack choice, especially at the movies. Yet, popcorn is famous for getting stuck in your teeth and in areas that are hard to reach with a toothbrush. Make sure to brush and floss after consuming popcorn.

Peanut Butter and Jelly

Although a delicious and easy-to-make sandwich, peanut butter and Jelly is sticky and high in sugar content. Make sure to check nutrition labels and look for natural peanut butters and sugar-free jelly.

Salad Dressing

Salad dressings often give a nice taste to salad, but the vinegar and sugar inside the dressings can harm your smile. Avoid drenching your healthy salad with too much dressing.

Barbecue sauce

Barbecues are a great part of summer, however, the sweet barbecue sauce can cause tooth discoloration and even lead to cavities if proper oral habits are not implemented.

Vinegar with Vegetables

While the vegetables are healthy, adding vinegar, which is acidic, can harm your teeth and smile.

Wine

While red and white wine has its benefits, they also can cause trouble for your teeth. Red wine can cause staining, and the acids in white wine can damage your enamel. When consuming wine, accompany it with cheese, which is rich in nutrients including protein, calcium and phosphorus, to help fight the acids.

 

Don't fall into the sweet summer temptations that can harm your smile! There are many products sold that brand themselves as healthy products, however, sometimes the ingredients can cause damage to your teeth. It is important to remember that along with brushing, flossing, visiting the dentist, and practicing other good oral health habits, your diet plays a significant role in the health of your teeth. Make sure that your smile sparkles by monitoring the foods and drinks you consume this summer.

 

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

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

References:

http://time.com/3907886/teeth-damage-causes/

http://summertomato.com/10-foods-you-didnt-know-were-damaging-your-teeth/

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Is Mouthwash Necessary?

June 18th, 2015

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

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

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

  • Preventing Cavities

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

  • Freshening Breath

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

  • Whitening Teeth

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

  • Preventing Dry mouth, Periodontal Disease, and Sensitivity

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

 

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

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

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

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

References:

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

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

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New Year's Resolutions for Dental Health

December 31st, 2014

The start of the New Year is just a few hours away. 2015 is full of new beginnings and promises! The New Year is a great time to make a resolution’s list and make changes that will enhance your health! Oral health is extremely important, as it plays a huge role in our overall health. Make oral health a part of your New Year’s resolutions this upcoming year! Here are several ways to help keep your teeth healthy and strong in 2015:

1. Throw away old toothbrushes: Make sure to change your toothbrush! Worn bristles do not do an effective job of cleaning. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends switching your old toothbrush for a new one every three months. Sometimes the bristles can get worn down sooner than 3 months and should be tossed out when appropriate.

 

2.  Use Mouthguards for protection when involved in sports: Mouthguards should be used at all ages to protect your mouth, face, teeth, and jaws from injury, especially in contact sports. Mouthguards help prevent traumas including fractures, chipped teeth, tooth loss, and much more.

 

3. Eat healthy foods and less sugar: A healthy diet promotes strong teeth. Fruits and vegetables contain many antioxidants and vitamins that help improve teeth and gums by fighting bacteria and inflammation. Also, dairy contains vitamin B12 and calcium, which help remineralize teeth. Avoid sodas and other acidic and sugary drinks and foods, which damage the enamel on teeth. Added sugar in coffee and tea can also be a less obvious source of tooth decay.

 

4. Quit Smoking: Tobacco products negatively impact your overall health and oral health too! Smoking increases your risk for tooth discoloration, tooth decay, gum recession, periodontal disease, oral cancer, and other diseases.

 

5. Improve Brushing and Flossing Habits: Brushing and flossing keeps teeth protected from many oral health problems including tooth decay, gingivitis, and periodontal disease. Flossing is equally important as brushing because it removes plaque from teeth in hard-to-reach areas. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends brushing teeth at least twice a day for two minutes each time, and flossing at least once a day.

 

Healthy resolutions can keep your smile brighter and healthier in the coming year!

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

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

References:

http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/ColgateNewandNow/Personal/2014/January/article/SW-281474979258123.cvsp

http://www.nj.com/helpinghands/deltadental/index.ssf/2014/12/5_ways_to_put_oral_health_on_y.html

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Holiday Treats that are Tough on Teeth!

December 28th, 2014

Much like Thanksgiving, the winter holiday season is a time for celebration and lots of delicious foods! Most importantly, it’s a time for smiles. Family events and holiday parties usually involve platters of cookies, candies, and other sweet desserts to enjoy. Although it can be normal to indulge your sweet tooth minimally, make sure to continue to brush and floss after consumption. It’s important to keep your smile healthy during the holiday as you’re surrounded by the tasty treats that may not be so good for your teeth!

Sweet treats are known to be trouble! Sugary foods or drinks cause the bacteria in your mouth to turn the sugar into acid.  The acid produced is detrimental to your oral health, as it destroys the enamel on your teeth. This can lead to tooth decay, and other dental health problems like gum disease. It is especially harmful to snack on sweets for an extended period of time without brushing and flossing because the acid will continue to damage tooth enamel.

Here are a few foods to avoid in order to get through the holidays with healthy teeth:

Candies: Candy is well-known for having a high sugar content and harmful affects on teeth. Chewy candies are especially harmful as they can easily get stuck in hard-to-reach areas.

Sodas: Carbonated drinks are full of sugar and are highly acidic, leading to many oral health problems.

Biscuits, cakes, puddings, cookies: Minimize the amount of sweets you have this holiday because they are typically loaded with sugar!

Processed cereals: Try to stay away from processed cereals and lean more towards eggs or other less sugary breakfast alternatives to avoid tooth decay.

White Wine: White wine can be highly acidic and promote enamel erosion. In addition, Red wine, although containing many health-benefits, can cause teeth staining.

 

On the bright side, there are also several tooth-friendly foods that are around in abundance during the holiday:

Gingerbread cookies: Gingerbread cookies can be a better option than other baked goods because they typically contain less sugar and are low-fat.

Cheese: Dairy products such as cheese are rich in calcium, protein, and vitamin D, which promote healthy teeth.  It also helps balance the PH in your mouth and prevent acid from causing further damage to tooth enamel.

Nuts:  Nuts contain several vitamins and minerals, including Vitamin E, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin B9, which all positively help the immune system. Nuts are also rich in fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, which are said to lower blood pressure and reduce risks of heart disease.

Vegetables: Vegetables are good for your overall health and teeth.Vegetables such as carrots, which contain vitamin A, help strengthen tooth enamel.

Cranberries: Cranberries make a tasty snack and are good for your teeth. Not only do they help prevent plaque formation, but also they keep oral thrush away!

Turkey: Turkey is  full of protein and phosphorous, which helps keep teeth strong and healthy.

 

The holidays can be hard on your teeth if you’re not careful! With all the sweet treats, it is important to maintain good oral health habits and steer clear of sugary foods or drinks. Also, stay hydrated! Water helps wash away the acid-producing bacteria and lessens your risk of tooth decay. Don't forget, a healthy smile is dependent on a healthy diet!

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

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

References:

http://www.livescience.com/40569-foods-healthy-teeth-bad-breath.html

http://www.femalefirst.co.uk/health/Dental+health+tips-269686.html#ixzz3MsFu1mYp

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September is National Gum Care Month!

September 8th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

Don't forget, good dental health benefits more than just a great smile!

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

References:

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

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

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What's a Kid with Smelly Breath to Do?

August 14th, 2014

Bad breath, also referred to as halitosis, is often a condition that adults are conscious of, but did you know that even healthy children can experience halitosis? Surprisingly, even toddlers can have smelly breath! If you’ve noticed that your child’s breath is not so pleasant, there’s no need to worry! Although the main culprit is typically not brushing enough, there are also other conditions that could be causing your child to have bad breath.

It is important to inform your child of the importance of brushing, flossing, and rinsing after meals. Missing this routine can cause plaque buildup and bacteria in the mouth to multiply, thus resulting in oral odor. The main odor causing areas in the mouth are between teeth, under the gum line, and on the tongue. However, it is not abnormal for your child to experience morning breath. The unwanted bacteria eventually becomes washed away by your child's saliva as the day continues.

Here are some common causes of bad breath in children:

  • Dry mouth. When saliva production in your child's mouth is lower than normal, dry mouth can occur, which typically produces smelly odors. It is crucial to remind your child to stay hydrated, especially when participating sports or other physical activities, to avoid risk of dry mouth and bad breath. In addition, saliva also protects the mouth from tooth decay, cavities, and other oral health problems.
  • Mouth breathing. It is hard for saliva to wash away odor-producing bacteria when a child breathes through their mouth rather than through their nose. Mouth breathing dries out the mouth and can lead to other oral health problems for children.
  • Bacteria on the tongue. Remind your child when brushing to brush their tongue too! A lot of smelly bacteria reside on the tongue, which can be easily removed using a soft bristled brush!
  • Allergies or a sinus infection. Your child's sore throat or stuffy nose could be the cause of bad breath, due to bacteria within the nasal passages and throat.
  • Swollen tonsils. When tonsils become infected and inflamed, they often carry an unpleasant smell. Bacteria can gather on the swollen tonsils and cause bad breath.
  • A foreign object. As strange as it may sound, your child's bad breath could be the result of a small object stuck in their nasal passages. Sometimes a baby may place small items such as beads, food particles, tiny toys, or beans in his or her nose, which can lead to bad breath.
  • Your child's diet. Bad breath can be simply caused by what your child consumed for lunch. Foods with strong odors, including garlic or onions may be influencing the odor of your child's breath.
  • Medications. If your child is taking certain medications, the chemicals released within their bodies may result in bad breath.

Despite the cause of bad breath, it is important to teach children the importance of forming good oral health care habits at an early age. Consider obtaining flavored floss and a toothbrush with your child’s favorite television character on it, which can make brushing more fun. Also, try to avoid breath mints, which typically contain sugar that can lead to more oral bacteria!

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

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

References:

http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/ColgateNewandNow/Family/2014/May/article/SW-281474979302506.cvsp

http://kidshealth.org/kid/stay_healthy/body/bad_breath.html#

Image credit: http://parentingmojo.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/child-hands-over-mouth-.jpg

 

Can Seaweed Help Fight Tooth Decay?

June 27th, 2014

 

Are your taste buds a fan of seaweed? It turns out that your teeth may love it too! According to studies conducted at Newcastle University's School of Dental Sciences, researchers have found a correlation between seaweed and tooth decay prevention.

Tooth decay is a common oral health problem that typically arises from a buildup of dental plaque on the surface of teeth. Dental plaque is a slimy layer of biofilm that contains many types of bacteria, which release acids that damage tooth enamel. The Newcastle University researchers discovered that an enzyme extracted from Bacillus licheniformis, a bacterium found on the surface of seaweed in marine ecosystems, attacks and removes plaque. The researchers initially began researching the bacterium to see if it could remove bacteria from ship hulls. Soon, they discovered that the enzyme from this bacterium could be a potential weapon in the fight against tooth decay!

The researchers believe that this discovery could lead to more effective oral hygiene products. Although toothpastes are effective, there are still spaces between teeth where the bacteria in plaque can hide, leading to cavities. Further research is being done to see if the enzyme found in seaweed could be used in toothpaste to help reduce such oral health problems. Researchers believe that seaweed-derived toothpaste may protect teeth in the spaces that are hard to reach with toothbrushes. More tests are being planned to verify if this product would be both effective and safe. Scientists have discovered that eating seaweed may even be effective in whitening teeth.

Not only is seaweed good for your oral health, but it also contains a wealth of nutrients that will improve your overall health. Seaweed is rich in iodine, calcium, iron, magnesium and vitamin C. It helps with digestive health and has cholesteral-lowering effects. Seaweed even contains anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties. In addition, eating seaweed can improve liver function, and stabilize blood sugar. Try adding seaweed to your diet! Seaweed leaves as well as seaweed sheets that are commonly used in sushi rolls are sold at many grocery stores, and can taste nicely in a sandwich, salad, or soup.

Ultimately, seaweed could have a variety of medical and dental applications. Yet, it is important not to forget that regularly brushing, rinsing, and flossing are also essential in the fight against tooth decay!

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

References:

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/seaweed-could-fight-toothdecay-7907620.html

http://www.bbc.com/news/health-18686179

http://www.thebestofrawfood.com/seaweed-health-benefits.html

http://en.es-static.us/upl/2012/03/seaweed.jpeg 

Is Sugar-Free Gum Actually Harming Your Teeth?

June 16th, 2014

 

chewing-gum_0Do you chew sugar-free gum as an alternative for gum? If so, you are one among many others! Sugar-free gum is accessible in the checkout aisles of almost every gas station, pharmacy, grocery store, and convenience store. It is sometimes marketed as a cavity-prevention dental aid or diet aid. However, sugar-free gum may not be best product.

Sugar-free gum actually has little influence on your appetite or weight loss. Research has shown that individuals who chewed sugar-free gum as a diet aid were less motivated to eat fruits and vegetables. This may be likely because flavored gum often leaves a remnant taste that causes fruits and vegetables to have a bitter taste. In addition, those who consumed fewer meals as a result of chewing sugar-free gum ended up eating larger proportions when they did consume meals.

Sugar-free gum typically consists of sweeteners such as aspartame, xylitol, and sorbitol. Xylitol is the most common sweetener in sugar-free gum, and has been found by research studies to prevent the formation of plaque, and ultimately reduce the risk of tooth decay. However, be careful! A product labeled “sugar-free” does not always mean that it is safe for your teeth. The term sugar-free typically forms a false safety because people may believe that sugar-free products protect teeth.

Although sugar-free gum appears to trump chewing gum, there is little evidence to show that sugar-free sweeteners are better for your teeth than sugar. According to the British Dental Journal, researchers found that sugar-free sweeteners, like the “tooth-friendly” xylitol, could cause damage if ingested in combination with acidic additives, including preservatives or flavorings. Since fruit-flavored sugar-free gums typically contain these additives, individuals are at risk for dental erosion, an irreversible loss of tooth enamel. It is best to avoid, sour and fruit-flavored sugar-free gum. However, this not only applies for gum, but also for sugar-free candies and sodas, which also may contain these risky additives.

Gum should never be used as an substitute to good oral hygiene.Don’t forget that it is also important to brush and floss after meals and maintain a healthy diet!

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

References:

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/sugar-free-gum-good-for-teeth-maybe-not-study-says/

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/09/14/chewing-gum-cancer-risk.aspx

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-2gFFyb8E4Wk/T9y2FpYwx4I/AAAAAAAAAIk/nfuyWvobIhY/s1600/chewing-gum_0.jpg

Prevent Gingivitis During Pregnancy!

May 31st, 2014

pregnant-with-diabetes-400x400Did you know that healthy gums might make your expected child healthier? Pregnancy can have a huge impact on oral health! Hormonal changes during pregnancy can make gum tissue more sensitive to dental plaque, as well as altering the body’s typical response to bacteria in the mouth. Inflammation of the gums, also known as gingivitis, can arise during pregnancy as a result of an increase in estrogen and progesterone. Pregnant women are also at an increased risk of developing gum disease, also known as periodontitis. If these oral health problems were already present before pregnancy, they are more likely to worsen during pregnancy. It is important to maintain good oral hygiene in order to improve your overall health.
Pregnancy gingivitis affects most women between the second and eighth month of pregnancy. As blood flow to gum tissues increases, the gums become more irritable and swollen.

Gingivitis can lead to gum disease, which is caused by a buildup of plaque. Tooth loss is often a result of gum disease. Symptoms include tooth sensitivity, bad breath, loose teeth, bleeding gums, and bright red or inflamed gums. When gums become infected, it is easier for bacteria to enter into the bloodstream through the gums, which can then travel to the uterus. According to the American Academy of Periodontology and the European Federation of Periodontology, gum disease and gingivitis in women have been linked to pre-mature births, or low-birth weight infants. Pre-maturely born children can suffer from growth complications.

Gingivitis and gum disease can be treated with proper oral health care. Brushing, flossing, and rinsing, are all critical oral habits during pregnancy. Brushing is particularly essential after morning sickness. Make sure to use soft toothbrushes, and be gentle when brushing and flossing. A good diet with nutritious foods is also essential in keeping the mouth clean and healthy. Make sure to intake foods or supplements with vitamins C and B12. Additional scheduled visits to the dentist for cleanings can also help prevent oral health problems.

Researchers have also found a correlation between pregnancy tumors and plaque buildup. Pregnancy tumors are inflammatory, non-cancerous growths that can develop between teeth when the gums are inflamed. These tumors usually disappear after labor. However, dental professionals can remove them if they begin to cause pain, or affect chewing and brushing.

Women during pregnancy are more susceptible to oral health problems. These symptoms, especially during pregnancy, should not be ignored. Thus, good oral care is essential during pregnancy, not only for your overall health, but also your expected child’s!

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

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

References:

http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/ADA/2013/article/ADA-09-Expectant-Moms-Need-Healthy-Gums.cvsp

http://americanpregnancy.org/pregnancyhealth/swollengums.html

http://www.knowyourteeth.com/infobites/abc/article/?abc=c&iid=325&aid=4854

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/pregnancy-gingivitis-tumors

http://img2.timeinc.net/health/images/gallery/condition-centers/pregnant-with-diabetes-400x400.jpg

Shy Away from Morning Breath!

May 26th, 2014

bluenessDo you wake up in the morning with an unpleasant taste in your mouth? You may be experiencing a case of bad breath, also known as halitosis. Bad breath can not only harm relationships, but more importantly your oral health! Morning breath is typically a result of plaque buildup in the mouth that causes inflammation and a release of bad odors. However, common medical problems including diabetes, bronchitis, liver disease, acid reflux, and respiratory tract infections can also cause bad breath.

Saliva plays a key role in preventing bad breath by killing bacteria in the mouth and washing away food particles. As you are asleep, the production of saliva steadily decreases. Thus, the cleansing process of food particles and bacteria is limited during sleep. Going to sleep without implementing good oral health habits, such as brushing and flossing, can not only lead to bad breath, but also tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease.

In order to help increase saliva production and ultimately prevent morning breath, here are a few things to remember:

  • Some medications can result in a dry mouth overnight, worsening morning breath.

  • Smoking is not only bad for your lungs, but it can also lead to a dry mouth and morning breath.

  • Mucus from allergies or sickness can cause halitosis. The odor-causing bacteria thrive on mucus and can multiply within the mouth.

  • Use a non-alcoholic mouthwash before going to sleep in order to prevent a dry mouth.

  • Clear your nasal passages before going to bed to avoid breathing through your mouth.

Sometimes it can be hard to tell whether or not your breath smells. Looking at your dental floss after flossing to see if the floss smells or if your gums are bleeding can be a good indication of the presence of odors within your mouth. Don’t forget to brush your tongue, which holds odor-causing bacteria!

There is no need to be worried or embarrassed! Halitosis is treatable and easy to eliminate. It is important to have a healthy diet and to drink water. Make sure to carefully rinse, floss, and brush after your morning breakfast. Avoid diets and foods that lack nutrition and have strong odors. When food particles and plaque are not quickly removed from your teeth, bacteria multiply and create unpleasant odors. Stay away from acidic foods, as they provide a favorable environment for bacteria to thrive.

You can lower the amount of bacteria in your mouth by practicing proper oral health care on a daily basis!

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

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

References:

http://www.everydayhealth.com/dental-health/why-do-we-have-morning-breath.aspx

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/change-your-breath-from-bad-to-good

http://www.breathmd.com/bad-morning-breath.php

http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/Oral-and-Dental-Health-Basics/Common-Concerns/Bad-Breath/article/What-Causes-My-Bad-Breath.cvsp

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The Secret is in the Gums

May 13th, 2014

It’s not new to dentists that their patients aren’t always 100% on top of maintaining their oral health. It’s especially easy to fall behind on consistent flossing, and many think that they can get away with out flossing for some time. The consequences of lack of maintaining oral health may result in varying severity for different people; however, no doubt that bacteria continue to grow and feed on leftover food and sugars in the mouth. Lack of proper oral care can lead to inflamed and bleeding gums, bone loss, all symptoms pointing to gum disease.

Gum disease, also known as periodontitis, is a disease, which causes the gums to bleed. Another symptom includes bone loss and can eventually lead to the loss of teeth over time. Gum disease has tied to the over-active immune response to bacteria in the mouth. Periodontitis is incredibly prevalent in the general population, spurring scientists to find new ways to approach this disease.

Researchers at the University of London with research groups in the United States published their findings in Nature Immunology, in which they looked closer at what may be the cause of gum disease.

Previous studies have connected these inflammatory diseases to age and have found that as people age they become more susceptible to such diseases. These researchers looked into periodontitis in young and old mice and found that there is an increase in gum disease in the older mice when they saw a drop of a chemical called Del-1. Del-1 is considered to be an important protein responsible for restraining the immune system through stopping white blood cells from attacking mouth tissue.

Scientists found that mice that lacked this important protein developed periodontitis and severe bone loss. When the mice suffering from gum disease were treated with Del-1, bone loss was reduced and the other symptoms of gum disease decreased as well.

Before this study, scientists were only aware of the correlation between age and gum disease, but could not pinpoint what exactly was causing the gum disease. This new research can lead to new treatment plans and even prevention plans for gum disease!

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 to set up an appointment and consultation.

 References:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/04/120417102407.htm
http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/nidcr2.nih.gov/Templates/CommonPage.aspx?NRMODE=Published&NRNODEGUID=%7bCE246689-D899-4CC7-B68A-805AD910F4E7%7d&NRORIGINALURL=%2fOralHealth%2fTopics%2fGumDiseases%2fPeriodontalGumDisease%2ehtm&NRCACHEHINT=Guest#whoGets
http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/gingivitis-periodontal-disease
https://www.nidcr.nih.gov/ScienceSpotlight/InterviewsbyTopic/PeriodontalDisease/Hajishengallis.htm

Water Flossing vs Traditional Flossing

April 27th, 2014

Waterpik-ultra-water-flosserWater flossers are an alternative to traditional flossing.  Popular water flossers like the "Waterpik" use a pulsating stream of water of different pressures to whisk away food particles and bacteria stuck in between teeth.  Traditional flossing, on the other hand, uses a string of floss in order to rub against the tight junctions between individual teeth to also remove plaque, bacteria, and food particles.

Traditional floss is most effective in removing plaque and preventing plaque from becoming tartar (hardened plaque).  Tartar, also known as dental calculus, can cause gingivitis which can be a risk factor for ultimately developing gum disease.  An ADA spokesperson and Chicago-based dentist, Mary Hayes says, "Flossing scrapes off the sticky film of bacteria, while a Waterpik just rinses it."  However, one way in which water flossing can be beneficial is if you have braces and traditional flossing becomes more difficult for you.  Water flossing can easily be navigated between the network of wires and brackets while string floss can be much more cumbersome.  Regardless, many dentists warn that water flossing should never replace traditional flossing.

Both water flossers and traditional flossing are effective in maintaing good oral health.  People are advised to floss at least once every day to get rid of particles that are unable to be reached by regular brushing.  People are more likely to use a water flosser daily because it is more enjoyable and fun to use.  However, many dentists agree that traditional flossing is still the best method to clean the hard to reach places between teeth.  Furthermore, traditional floss is much more mobile in the sense that you can carry a floss pick or a spool of floss almost anywhere you go.  Using both a water flosser and a traditional flosser would be a great addition to an oral healthcare routine, but not necessary.  If you decide to employ both methods of flossing into your routine, first use the string floss first to break up plaque.  Then, use the water floss to flush the debris out and follow up with your normal brushing routine with fluoride toothpaste.  

In order to ensure that you are flossing correctly, following these illustrated guidelines:

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 781-237-9071or 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.

Sources:

http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/oral-care/products/waterpik-better-than-flossing.htm

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/adult-health/expert-answers/dental-floss/faq-20058112

http://parkridgedds.com/ask-the-dentist-floss-vs-waterpik/

http://www.ada.org/sections/publicResources/pdfs/watch_materials_floss.pdf

http://blog.beamtoothbrush.com/?p=428

http://www.livestrong.com/article/287399-waterpik-vs-floss/

Flossing instructions image: http://wichitafamilydentistry.com/how2floss.jpg

Image credit: http://waterpikultrawaterflosserreview.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Waterpik-ultra-water-flosser.jpg

Genes Play an Important Role in Oral Health

March 26th, 2014

Genes Play an Important Role in Oral HealthIt’s easy to blame cavities on the ton of sugar that was consumed or the lack of brushing and caring for teeth. However, what if we can control how our body fights off oral bacteria before we consume any sugar or decide skip out on flossing? Recent published in the Australian Dental Journal demonstrated that the field of epigenetics could play a crucial role in making these dental dreams come true. 

Our genetic code contains all the elements that we need to function as a human being, but the epigenetic code determines which genes are activated and which genes remain silent. Genes are regulated according to the environment, such as the level of oral microbes the oral cavity is exposed to. The scientists believe that these adjustments are connected to how well an individual can maintain their oral health and that there may be a way to epigenetically manipulate the genes, preventing oral disease.

Since the completion of the Human Genome Project in 2007, epigenetics started playing a more important role in biological and medical research. Dentists and other healthcare researchers are now looking into which genes are essential for good oral health. Studies are comparing individuals with good oral health and those with poor oral health and determining which part of the genome plays an important role in dental development. 

This proves to be exciting news for the field of dentistry. With future studies, scientists are able to target these keys genes and drive down the frequency of common oral health problems. Perhaps in the future, it will be possible to stop the development of the prevalent oral health problems at an early age.

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 to set up an appointment and consultation.

References:
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/03/140306095115.htm
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23394189
https://encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRwNIxzz33rUoIb6Ga3nY-cqMQ_tLEVUSZSIXqzWK3X5de08tmD

Dental Hygiene Habits to Break that Cause Plaque

March 21st, 2014

tooth brush trainingKeep plaque from forming on your teeth by avoiding poor dental hygiene habits. Plaque is a colorless film of bacteria that sticks to teeth. The bacteria within plaque releases acids that deteriorate tooth enamel. Brushing and flossing regularly can easily remove plaque. However, as time passes and plaque builds up on teeth, it steadily hardens, forming tartar. Tartar is not easily removable and can cause gum disease. Instilling good habits will make for healthy teeth and a knockout smile!

Win the battle against plaque by dodging these bad habits for your oral health:

No. 1: Not Brushing Regularly

The buildup of plaque damages your teeth. It is important to brush your teeth at least twice a day. Don’t forget to brush all of the surfaces of your teeth, especially the space where the gums and teeth collide.

No. 2: Forgetting to Floss Daily

You can prevent cavities from forming by flossing once a day! Flossing is extremely important, particularly because brushing often cannot reach in between teeth where plaque hides. Also, flossing is essential in order to prevent periodontal disease because it clears plaque at the gum line. Antibacterial mouthwash also helps prevent tooth decay.

No. 3: Turning Teeth into Tools

Untying knots, chewing ice, or opening bags with your teeth can damage fillings and cause your teeth to crack. It is easy for plaque to hide in grooves and crevices on the surfaces of teeth.

No. 4: Missing Regular Dental Check-Ups

Brushing and flossing daily are not the only essential dental habits. It is important to visit the dentist for your regular check-ups. Without visiting the dentist, you have a higher chance of losing your teeth, and developing cavities and other oral health problems.

No. 5: Having a Poor Diet

The foods you eat play a major role in your oral health. Many vegetables and fruits, such as cucumbers, carrots, and apples, eliminate plaque from your teeth. Stay away from sodas, energy drinks, candy, and processed foods. Bacteria within your mouth break down the leftover food particles on your teeth and produce acid and plaque, which leads to tooth decay.

Avoiding these poor habits can help maintain the health and strength of your teeth. Don’t forget about dental sealants! They can also help protect your teeth from plaque and tooth decay.

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

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

References:

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/healthy-teeth-10/plaque-causes?page=2
http://www.drcobbthekidsdentist.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/tooth-brushing-training.jpg

Tooth Brush Training 101

March 16th, 2014

mom baby learning tooth brushing techniques Does your child seem unexcited about brushing their teeth? Help your child care for their teeth by teaching them proper oral care at a young age. This investment in their health will be a lifelong reward! Start by showing your child that the task of brushing is valuable. Brushing along with your child, or creating catchy songs for brushing will help encourage oral health.

The following tips are easy practices that parents can follow to get your child enthusiastic to brush their teeth and reduce their risk from getting cavities:                  

Let your child pick out the materials

When shopping for oral care products, let your child choose his or her own toothbrush and toothpaste. A favorite television show character, or bright colors on their toothbrush may positively change their attitude when brushing their teeth. Also, allowing them to choose from an array of toothpaste flavors can go a long way!

Make brushing a fun game

Join in with your child as they brush! Try making it a competition, such as seeing who can brush every tooth. This will up their performance in brushing, while also making the routine more exciting.

Offer your child rewards

For each time your child cooperatively brushes their teeth, give them a sticker or small reward. Making a rewards board can be a great motivator for promoting good oral health practices. This can boost you child's  self-esteem and make them look forward to brushing.

Buy a fun flossing device

Flossing is an essential part of good oral hygiene. Flossing is particularly important for children because it eliminates plaque in places that the toothbrush misses. Encourage the habit of flossing by buying a colorful flossing tool.

A healthy child begins with healthy teeth! By making the routine of tooth brushing fun, children will be more eager to brush their teeth.

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

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

References:

http://www.whattoexpect.com/toddler-health/learning-to-brush-teeth.aspx
http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Video-Library/No-More-Nasties.cvsp
http://www.beliefnet.com/~/media/D8B3436649CB4E07BB83160F49A5214A.ashx?w=333&h=250&c=1

Stress on Children: Dental Consequences

February 23rd, 2014

Copy of smile-familyStress is sometimes seen as an inevitable problem that is here to stay throughout a lifetime. There are many sources of stress, including school, work, family and friends. While it does not come as a surprise that adults deal with stress on a daily basis, but it must be kept in mind that children are not exempt from this fact.

School comes to mind as the main source of stress for children, but other events such as world events, natural disasters, familial issues, death, and even separation anxiety as a toddler can present as stressful situations. These occurrences can lead to a physical response in children that can adversely affect oral health.

Some tall tale signs of stress can reveal themselves in various forms in children. These include moodiness, lying, bullying, physical symptoms of headaches and stomach aches, changes in eating habits, and different sleeping schedules. These changes can lead to unhealthy habits, such as indulging in sugary food choices, resulting in higher rates of dental decay. Decay can lead to multiple dental visits for fillings and even abscesses, which are bacteria-induced infections resulting in a swelling.  A child suffering from stress can also go back to habits of thumb sucking, which interferes with proper forming and erupting of teeth.

As parents, it is important to recognize these signs of stress and to make active steps to alleviating it. Here are some tips to helping children cope with stress:

  • Spend quality time with them on a daily basis
  • Have conversations about their day and look for root causes of the stress
  • Help them keep up with a good amount of sleep and a healthy diet
  • Appointments for wellness visits and follow-up visits to the dentist can help ensure healthy teeth

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

References:
http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Glossary/Abscess.cvsp
http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/ColgateNewandNow/Community/2013/September/article/SW-281474979201581.cvsp
http://link.springer.com/article/10.1023%2FA%3A1009576213027#page-1

Indulgence in Sugary Sodas Can Lead to Poor Oral Health & Cardiovascular Disease

January 24th, 2014

colaThe proven connection between poor oral heath and increased risk of cardiovascular disease should re-enforce the importance of new heath policy creation, focusing on reduction of sugars such as those contained in junk food, particularly fizzy drinks,  say experts writing in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine.

Poor oral hygiene and excess amount of sugar in the diet can cause periodontal disease and decay of the teeth-supporting bone. It is thought that chronic infection brought on by gym disease can lead to inflammation that will over time cause heart disease through atherosclerosis, hardening of the arteries. Despite sufficient evidence of the connection between the poor oral health and premature heart disease, the recent suggested UK national guidance on Cardiovascular disease prevention at population level does not suggest the strong need to reduce sugar consumption.

Dr Ahmed Rashid, Department of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Cambridge, who co-wrote the paper, said: "As well as having high levels of fats and salt, junk foods often contain a great deal of sugar and the effect this has on oral health may be an important additional mechanism by which junk food elevates risk of CVD." He added: "Among different types of junk food, soft drinks have raised particular concerns and are the main source of free sugar for many individuals."

The authors refer to the well-knows  New York 'soda ban' controversy which has brought a lot of attention to the issue. They stress more can be done about making the sugary sodas dominating the public areas in the United States. Dr Rashid said: "The UK population should be encouraged to reduce fizzy drink intake and improve oral hygiene. Reducing sugar consumption and managing dental problems early could help prevent heart problems later in life."

Reference: http://goo.gl/ppiqpM

Cholesterol Medication Can Help Decrease Gum Inflammation

December 12th, 2013

youngoldHeart disease is one of the leading health issues in the United States. Arteries within the body become inflamed and patients are often recommended to take medication that lowers cholesterol

Statins is a commonly prescribed medication that helps patients with heart disease. But what’s more is that a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology demonstrated that statins can also be beneficial for those suffering from gum disease.

Periodontal disease is marked by chronic gum inflammation that affects approximately half of the U.S. adult population. Dr. Ahmed Tawkol of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School notes that there is a connections between heart and gum disease: both periodontitis and atherosclerosis are driven by inflammation. These inflammatory conditions are often seen to occur together, indicating to researchers that their biologies may be related.

A study was administered to test this theory. Patients with either heart disease or considered to have high heart disease risk were asked to take 80 mg of statin or 10 mg of stain daily for 12 weeks. PET/CT scans were used to observe inflammation over the course of the study. Results indicated that the 59 patients in the study demonstrated a significant reduction in gum inflammation, some after only 4 weeks of treatment. The researchers also found that the improvement of inflammation in the gums related closely with the improvement seen in inflammation in the arteries.

This study provides strong evidence that links atherosclerosis and periodontal disease. This research opens doors to new methods of treatments. Because of the relationship between these two diseases, medications that originally targeted one of these diseases may also be beneficial for the other. These results also points to better and improved oral hygiene to reduce inflammation in the gums can also lead to reduced atherosclerosis.

This study again shows the strong relationship between oral health and overall systemic health. Maintaining proper oral care can really go a long way for the body as a whole. Keeping up with oral hygiene can truly lead to a healthier smile and a healthier you!

If you have any questions or concerns please don't hesitate to ask Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group or our periodontist, Dr. Ghazwan Ghazi. We would all be more than happy to help. Please contact us at (781)237-9071 or email smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com.

 

References:

 

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/10/131002185652.htm

http://consumer.healthday.com/dental-and-oral-information-9/misc-dental-problem-news-174/statins-drugs-may-boost-your-gums-health-too-680723.html

http://www.webmd.com/cholesterol-management/news/20131002/cholesterol-drugs-may-boost-your-gums-health-too

 http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/ADA/2013/article/ADA-10-Mouth-Changes-May-Be-Related-To-Menopause.cvsp

 

What is Burning Mouth Syndrome?

December 11th, 2013

The elusive yet painful burning mouth syndrome!

Dentists and researchers have been scratching their heads for quite some time over a type of oral pain that seems to be plaguing a good amount of individuals. Patients’ chief complaint is that the mouth feels scalded; however, mouth and gums continue to appear normal. Because of this syndrome’s lack of visible symptoms (except for sensations of pain), it can take several visits before finally concluding that it is BMS. Over these years, it has come to be known as burning mouth syndrome (BMS). Because of its elusive symptoms, dental researchers have been looking into the burning mouth syndrome, hoping to find more clues to where the and why the pain originates.

Dr. Andres Pinto is the new chair in the Department of Oral Diagnosis and Radiology at Case Western Reserve University’s School of Dental Medicine, and he is delving into reach on the burning mouth syndrome. BMS have spread to 2-5% of the population and mainly strikes women between the age of 50 and 70 and from three years before to 12 years after menopause. Earlier research on BMS has also paired their symptoms with psychogenic disorders. BMS is also mentioned as a secondary issue along with anemia, diabetes, vitamin deficiency, and thyroid disorders. Although an exact cause has yet to be found, burning mouth syndrome has been suspected to result from the deterioration of the nerves beneath the oral lining. Because the oral lining is not visible, this can explain the difficulty in diagnosing this disorder.

Dr. Pinto encourages individuals that continue to feel pain in their mouth to check for BMS these symptoms:

 

  • Persistent burning tongue and oral pain with no apparent dental cause
  • Abnormal taste or dry feeling in mouth
  • Symptoms that subside when eating
  • Burning sensations that migrate across various oral areas

 

Even when there is oral pain with no sign of these symptoms, it is advised to go in for a dental checkup. 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.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/10/131023100957.htm

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/burning-mouth-syndrome/DS00462

http://www.ada.org/sections/scienceAndResearch/pdfs/patient_53.pdf

 

 

Want To Brighten Your Smile For The Holidays?

December 6th, 2013

sinsational_gal_loIt’s that time of year again, gathering for family affairs and celebrating holidays as the year draws to a close. It definitely doesn’t hurt to have a set of pearly whites for the occasion! Here are a few tips to achieving a brighter smile:

Take a pass on the usual bag of chips and make a grab for fruits: while fruits boost many benefits for one’s overall health, fruits are also a great way to beginning removing stains from teeth. Some fruits, including apples and strawberries, contain malic acid, which has been shown to oxidize and remove stains from teeth. Crunchy fruits and vegetables also help whiten teeth by increasing saliva production, which neutralizes acids from other food such as tomatoes and wines.

Cutting out staining beverages is also a great way to cut down on the instances teeth are susceptible to stains. Drinks such as wine, coffee and various sodas are known to stain teeth; furthermore, beverages, such as soda, are extremely high in sugar content, leading to more bacteria production and more cavities. In the cases where these drinks are consumed, using a straw can really make a difference. The straw keeps the outer teeth from coming in contact with the beverage, preventing stains from forming.

And of course there are whitening strips. These strips are becoming more accessible and easy to use; some even simply dissolve in the mouth when applied! However, for individuals with more sensitive teeth, be mindful about the frequency of treatments used per week.

We also provide Sinsational in-office whitening. They procedure easily lightens your teeth and causes little to no sensitivity! It could be a great option for people who want a brighter smile without feeling any discomfort.

If strips are still a hassle, there are whitening toothpastes that are great for tackling hard to remove stains. While brushing teeth can lead to a brighter smile, it is still important to keep in mind the importance of daily brushing and flossing. Maintaining a bright smile should mean maintaining a healthy smile as well!

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 to set up an appointment and consultation.

 

References

 

http://www.3dwhite.com/teeth-whitening/teeth-whitening-kits/make-teeth-whiter.aspx

 

http://voices.yahoo.com/5-easy-ways-whiten-teeth-remove-stains-4616045.html

 

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/weighing-your-toothpaste-options

 

Ease Oral Burns With Innovative Strip!

December 5th, 2013

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When hot, delicious food is placed before you, it is easy to quick to scarf down that plate of food. Or even in the morning, the goal is to quickly down that cup of coffee before getting to work. In the heat of the moment, the burning sensation is an afterthought, but once that gooey slice of pizza has been consumed or when you have stepped into your workplace, the pain begins to set in and feelings of regret for eating or drinking so quickly start to well up.

 

Pain from burns causing by consumption of hot foods and liquids tends to be an issue that everyone will likely face. Even though the pain eventually subsides, it still lingers for some time. A pharmaceutical, biomedical engineering research team may have found the solution to this problem. Dr. Jason McConville of New Mexico, along with researchers from the University of Texas from Austin, had presented on possible dissolvable strips to treat oral thermal burns. This strip would be applied directly to the affected part of the tongue, cheek or roof of the mouth. Scientists note that this adhesive will not hinder any normal day-to-day activities because of its quickly dissolving nature. These strips will look and act similarly to breath freshening strips that can be found in the local drugstore.

 

The strip would locally deliver anesthetic, benzocaine, and a therapeutic polymer. This film can instantly release benzocaine when it is placed on affected areas in the oral cavity and has shown to relieve pain significantly over an extended period of time. What’s more is all the materials used to create these dissolvable strips are relatively inexpensive. The team of scientists has proposed that this film could give way to instant, sustained, and affordable relief from oral burns.

 

There are high hopes for these dissolvable strips and it will be exciting to see this new product enter the market. 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/2012/10/121016125647.htm

http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/ADA/2013/article/ADA-02-scientists-develop-film-strip-to-treat-oral-burns.cvsp

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-204_162-57535420/

Why Is Junk Food Bad?

December 4th, 2013

Even though junk foods are known to be unhealthy snack options, it is easy to look past health concerns and succumb to sodas, chips, and candies. But just how bad are junk foods an individual and how exactly are these foods harmful? The nature of junk foods suggests that a high level of intake of such foods can lead poor oral health, which is not surprising considering the amount sugar found in these foods. However, it is suggested that the level of sugar in junk foods, which indubitably has an effect on oral health, also ends up increasing the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Past research has shown that high sugar intake along and poor oral hygiene have been linked to periodontal (gum) disease. In the case of periodontal disease, gums end up pulling away from teeth, leaving “pockets” that can end up becoming infected. The body ends up responding to this infection by breaking down bone and connective tissue that support the teeth. If these symptoms are left untreated, the bones eventually become destroyed, leaving teeth loose or in need to be removed.

However, the story does not stop here. Research also shows that chronic gum disease can trigger an inflammatory response, resulting in cardiovascular disease; this occurs through atherosclerosis, which is the process where arteries become hardened. Thus, the sugar in the junk food that is consumed not only affects the oral cavity, specifically the bones surrounding teeth, but can lead to unhealthy consequences for the heart as well.

It is important to keep in mind that the body is comprised of many interconnected parts. Do not hold the misconception that damage done to one area of the body is contained in only that region. Poor oral health choices can result in issues concerning other areas in the body. On the same token, consuming teeth-friendly foods not only is beneficial for the oral cavity but can also be favorable for the rest of the body.

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 to set up an appointment and consultation.

References:

http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/OralHealth/Topics/GumDiseases/PeriodontalGumDisease.htm

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131202105301.htm

http://www.menshealth.com/nutrition/bad-foods-teeth

Saliva, a Potential Player In Detecting Systemic Diseases?

December 2nd, 2013

Through a lifetime, saliva proves to be integral for the breakdown and digestion of foods that are consumed. This watery liquid keeps the mouth moist and comfortable, while fighting germs in the mouth. Because of its proteins and minerals, teeth, specifically tooth enamel, is fortified and protected from tooth decay. Saliva has had a consistent function in the maintenance of good oral health, but researchers are now finding that it may have a significant role in revealing systemic diseases.

 

A group at the University of California Los Angeles School of Dentistry has been looking at biological markers derived from saliva that could potential test for the presence of stomach cancer and other deadly diseases. Dr. David Wong, the head of this five-year project, has high hopes of detecting cancer cells through capturing extracellular RNA, an important player in the production of proteins. The researchers hope to develop a method for using saliva to detect life-threatening diseases, such as pancreatic, breast and ovarian cancers. Currently, Dr. Wong’s team initially disordered salivary extracellular molecules and have strong evidence for detecting oral cancer with the biological markers they have created. The team also has successfully developed salivary extracellular RNA biomarkers for diseases such as salivary gland tumors and Sjögren’s syndrome.

 

While this research team continues to look for ways to genetically screen for these cancers, dentists have been able to start the process in detecting these systemic diseases during an oral exam. The initial symptoms of many diseases appear in the mouth. Diabetes, for example, is a complex disease that surprisingly shows many symptoms in the oral cavity. Thrush is an oral infection in the mouth that thrives when there are increased levels of blood glucose found in the saliva, which is an indication of diabetes. Dry mouth is another indicator of this disease, decreasing the production of saliva, leading to mouth soreness and tooth decay. Diabetes also increases the time for wound healing, which can be observed after an invasive dental procedure.  Saliva and the oral cavity as a whole continue to reveal much about an individual’s oral health simply through a check up. It is crucial to consistently make appointments with the dentist both to ensure good oral health and to screen for signs of systemic disease. 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

 

 

References:

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/what-is-saliva

http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/ADA/2013/article/ADA-09-Saliva-May-Hold-Key-To-Detecting-Deadly-Diseases-In-The-Body.cvsp

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2674509/

http://www.richmondinstitute.com/salivary-diagnostics-in-dentistry-and-medicine

 

Mealey, B. 2000. Diabetes and periodontal disease. Journal of Periodontology 71(4):664-678.

 


More Effective Pain Relief!

December 2nd, 2013

It can be quite unnerving when going in for dental surgery. Quick and effective pain relief is definitely on patients’ minds, and the hope is that their dentist will come through and prescribe drugs that will do the trick. While there are combinations of drugs that are effective in alleviating postoperative pain, they also come with a price, usually in form of side effects. However, there is new research showing an alternative solution, one involving safer over-the-counter drugs that may be just as, if not more, effective.

According to the Journal of the American Dental Association, taking ibuprofen and acetaminophen (APAP) together can help ease the pain after surgery without any significant side effects. Researchers have been advocating patients to take over-the-counter drugs, such as ibuprofen, APAP and naproxen after oral surgery. One of the most common combinations that patients take is APAP and an opioid, which is a prescription drug. However, the down side of this opioid-APAP combination is that patients may face potential adverse reactions linked with opioids. Most dentists and oral surgeons also frequently prescribe Vicodin, which is a combination of hydrocodone and acetaminophen for severe postoperative pain. While this form of pain relief is effective, it poses a risk for abuse and other adverse reactions.  Dentists are now advised to move towards the over-the-counter APAP and ibuprofen combination to keep side effects at bay.

Drs. Paul A. Moore from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, and Elliot V. Hersh from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine were able to determine whether this ibuprofen-APAP combination would be the better alternative to take over combinations including opioids. They were able to use the over-the-counter combination to manage the pain patients felt after they had their wisdom teeth removed. Their results indicated that the ibuprofen-APAP combination was more effective at reducing pain and had fewer side effects than many of the combinations including opioids. They also showed that the ibuprofen-APAP combination resulted in greater pain relief than using ibuprofen or APAP alone.

 

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.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/ADA/2013/article/ADA-08-Ibuprofen-And-Acetaminophen-Together-May-Give-Profound-Pain-Relief-With-Fewer-Side-Effects-After-Dental-Surgery.cvsp

 

http://jada.ada.org/content/144/8/898.abstract

 

Immune Cells: Potential Warriors In the Battle Against Gum Disease

November 22nd, 2013

perio diseasePeriodontal disease is one of the most prevalent oral diseases, affecting 78 million people in the United States. Periodontal disease (also known as gum disease) can range from gum inflammation to serious disease results in severe damage of the soft tissue and bones that support the teeth. While this oral disease remains an issue at large, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh may have found an innovative way to keep this disease at bay. They have discovered that certain immune system cells can be brought right to the inflamed tissues, resulting in effective treatment.

 

When dentists see that patients have symptoms of periodontal disease, the usual recommendation is proper oral hygiene. Through daily brushing and flossing, one is able to prevent plaque and eventually tartar from forming near the gum line.  These strategies aim to keep the growth of oral bacteria at bay. Dr. Charles Sfeir, the director of the Center Regeneration at the University’s School of Dental Medicine notes that these are ways to keep the bacteria from triggering sever inflammation in the oral cavity; however, there needs to be a method to prevent the underlying problem, which is the overreaction of the immune system that results in an adverse response to oral bacteria.

 

Within a healthy mouth, there is a response system between the immune system and bacteria that prevents infection without starting up inflammation. However, when there is too much bacteria in the oral cavity (due to lack maintenance of oral health), the immune system is on overdrive, leading to harmful consequences on oral tissues. The scientists have discovered that these disease tissues are low on a group of immune cells called the regulatory T-cells, which is responsible for informing immune cells to stand down, stopping the inflammatory response. These researchers believe that when more of these regulatory T-cells are brought back to the gums, the inflammatory response will be contained. The researchers are on their way in developing new technology that can deliver these immune cells to where they are lacking. With this new system, perhaps inflammation, thus periodontal disease may potentially be kept at bay.  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

 

References:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/11/131101112412.htm

 

http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/OralHealth/Topics/GumDiseases/PeriodontalGumDisease.htm

 

http://www.yurovskydental.com/periodontaldisease.php

Why the Mouth Matters!

November 20th, 2013

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Even though the mouth is such an integral aspect of the human body, it’s easy to often take it for granted. It’s only when things go wrong when the oral cavity receives more attention and care. But why wait until those times in need? The mouth holds so many exciting facts that may very well be fascinating and sometimes even surprising. Here are a few interesting facts to keep you on your toes.

 

1. Teeth are the hardest substance in the human body. These mighty parts of your body are powerful tools of digestion and the break down of food. It’s easy to forget that individuals are able to enjoy and consume food only because of teeth! But what exactly keeps teeth so strong and resilient? Scientists have found that the human tooth enamel is composed of a basket-weave structure, which gives teeth their strength and also prevents any cracks that have formed from worsening and propagating through the enamel. Teeth can withstand an incredible amount of force, all due to their well-engineered core!

 

2. Some say that the mouth is the window to the body, but other than the fact that you can physically look into the oral cavity, dentists are able to see how well an individual is doing in terms of their overall health. 90% of life-threatening diseases have symptoms that show up within the mouth. Heart disease, respiratory disease, and even Alzheimer’s disease have been linked to oral health. Taking care of oral health is just as important (in fact it is related) to the body’s overall health.

 

3. Bad breath odors are definitely something that everyone wants to be kept far away from. In fact, more than a billion dollar a year has been spent on over-the-counter products to mask bad breath odors! In the United States, 65% of the population has been estimated to have bad breath, also known as halitosis. But no worries; there are many ways to treat bad breath. Cavities or gum disease have been shown to lead to bad breath, which are caused by lack of brushing and flossing. Always remember to keep up with healthy oral health habits; it may just say you from bad breath.

 

4.  Speaking of flossing, if individuals never make it to pulling some floss out and getting it in between teeth, they are actually missing 35% of their tooth surfaces. That’s quite a lot of tooth surface to be missing out on! When there is lack of proper flossing, bacteria are more than ready to take over these surfaces, foraging for leftover food to consume. The more leftover food, the more bacteria!

 

5. It’s been estimated that there are over 100 million bacteria in just one drop of saliva. But saliva is a big help in dealing with the amount of bacteria in the mouth. It is a major fighter of germs in the mouth and also prevents bad breath! Saliva has key proteins and minerals that fortify tooth enamel and prevent tooth decay. What’s more is that the average human produces 25,000 quarts of saliva in a lifetime, that’s enough to fill up 2 swimming pools!

 

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.

 

References:

 

Where I got inspiration from: http://visual.ly/your-mouth-matters-fun-dental-facts

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/humanbody/body/factfiles/teeth/teeth.shtml

http://www.livescience.com/3498-mystery-tooth-strength-cracked.html

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/change-your-breath-from-bad-to-good

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/what-is-saliva

http://naturalrevolution.org/natural-body/

 

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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[caption id="attachment_5874" align="alignright" width="300"]Veterans Lindsay Ellms and Pete Jones and Carl Nelson from the Wellesley Celebrations Committee. Veterans Lindsay Ellms and Pete Jones and Carl Nelson from the Wellesley Celebrations Committee.[/caption]

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

WickedLocal

InAgist

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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

 

[caption id="attachment_5830" align="alignleft" width="300"]Everyone getting together and sending the candy and handwritten notes off to the troops! Everyone getting together and sending the candy and handwritten notes off to the troops![/caption]

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.

 

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

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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

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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

 

Thank You Wellesley Mother's Forum!

September 24th, 2013

The caring team at Wellesley Dental Group had a fun Saturday morning at the Wellesley Town Hall Greens, next to the Wellesley Post Office . We were the guest of Wellesley Mother's Forum. Mother's Forum is a non-profit organization and a member-led social and support group for Wellesley women with young children. Members are required to live in Wellesley or surrounding towns and have at least one child (or be currently expecting). The majority of their members have children between the ages of birth to eight years old.

Serving as the Smile Ambassadors for Wellesley and the surrounding towns this was a perfect way to educate the young kids about brushing and flossing. Events like this help motivate and encourage young children and their parents about being proactive for their dental health. While Dr. Femina Ali was helping demonstrate on our famous mascot, Christopher,with a giant toothbrush Dr. Ejaz Ali was giving balloons as prizes. Everyone that stopped for brushing lessons also got an Oral Stages toothbrush.

The kids also loved having pictures taken with our wonderful Tooth Fairy. It was a successful event and we cannot thank Wellesley Mother's Forum enough for including us. We were so happy to see all of our young smile ambassadors and teach them about the importance of maintaining good oral health. Thank you Wellesley Mother's Forum for being so proactive in the community!

We want to acknowledge the help of our friend Joanna Bandte who brought smiles to tons of children by doing feather extensions in their hair. Thank you Joanna!

Also, we want to give a big thank you to the event directors Diane Conway & Meryl Glassman and also to the Co-Presidents Sabreena Kropp & Meghan Thompson. What a fun community event, we can't wait for to participate again next year for the Fall Carnival! We are also looking forward to hosting our annual Candy Drive for the Wellesley Mother's Forum.
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Are toothbrushes actually clean?

July 29th, 2013

Researchers at England’s University of Manchester have looked into the various kinds of germs found in bacteria, and they found that toothbrushes are crawling with them! They discovered that a toothbrush could harbor more than 100 million bacteria, with the likes of diarrhea-causing E. coli and skin-infecting staphylococci bacteria. This may sound completely unsanitary, but wait! The mouth isn't the cleanest place to begin with. There are hundreds of microorganisms in the mouth on a daily basis. Medical professionals note that this is perfectly normal and it is not something to sweat over. But what individuals need to worry about is when there is an unhealthy balance of bacteria in the mouth. Many people forget that the plaque that develops inside the mouth (if proper brushing is not taking place) is, in fact, bacteria. Toothbrushes are continuously introduced to bacteria every time it is placed into the mouth.

 

So if there are constantly bacteria on toothbrushes, can they make people sick? Researchers think that it’s not likely. Considering there are already bacteria in the mouth, the body’s natural defenses make it difficult for an infection to occur just from brushing teeth. However, one should not take the body’s ability to defend itself for granted. There are still ways to keep fewer bacteria from entering the mouth. In many homes the bathroom sink is in close vicinity to the toilet. But that should not be the excuse for placing toothbrushes near where flushing occurs! Every time the toilet flushes, it sends sprays of bacteria into the air. Try to place toothbrushes as far as possible from the toilet, giving bacteria less of a chance in getting into the mouth.

 

Bacteria love moist environments and it is important that the brush dries through and through between each brushing. Try to avoid covers that enclose the brush, which would leave the toothbrush moist and bacteria-friendly. It is also a good idea to keep the toothbrush upright in a holder, instead of lying it down. Also, no matter how clean your sister or any of your other members of your family, don’t ever use each other’s brushes. Don’t even place toothbrushes in the same cup! Whenever toothbrushes come in contact with each other, they can easily exchange bacteria.

We recommend that you replace your toothbrush every season(3 months) to help prevent bacterial growth and to maintain oral hygiene.

 

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.webmd.com/oral-health/healthy-teeth-2/the-ugly-truth-about-your-toothbrush

 

http://www.ada.org/1887.aspx

 

3 Tips On Keeping Your Breath Fresh!

July 26th, 2013

Are you worried about the prospect of having breath? Don’t worry you’re not alone; according to the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, there are 40 millions Americans that suffer from bad breath. However, it doesn't need to be this way! Here are a few ideas on how to go about your day without worrying about halitosis.

1. Keep up with brushing and flossing

After a big meal, people are bound to have food caught in between the many crevices of their mouths. Food that has been left behind can break down, resulting in sticky build-up known as plaque. To keep this plaque build-up from happening, try brushing and flossing after meals, which can keep the mouth clean and breath fresh.

 

2. Don’t forget the tongue!
After brushing and flossing at night, many people just turn off the bathroom lights and hit the hay. But wait; the tongue can harbor tons of bad-smelling bacteria! Without proper maintenance, a white layer can form on the tongue. People tend to find toothbrushes to big to reach to back end of the tongue without causing discomfort. Dentists suggest using tongue scrapers, which can easily maneuver the tongue, getting rid of bacteria, leftover food, and even dead cells that brushing can’t take away.

3. Pass on the onions and garlic
Although they are undeniably great additions to a great sandwich, these two food ingredients are infamous bad-breath causers. Unfortunately, brushing after consuming garlic and onions does not do the trick; substances within these foods actually travel down the blood stream and into the lungs, where they constantly get breathed out. If you know fresh breath is necessary for a certain social meeting, save onions and garlic for another time!

 

These are simple tips to keep in mind, but they do go a long way. Always maintain good oral health and soon enough, you’ll be able to say goodbye to bad breath! Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation.

References:

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/healthy-teeth-2/get-rid-bad-breath

http://www.uihealthcare.org/Adam/?/HIE%20Multimedia/1/003058

I’m pregnant! But what about oral health?

July 24th, 2013

During pregnancy, women tend to look towards an overall healthier way of living. Many primarily seek out medical professionals that can keep them on track with a good diet and care for the coming baby. However, many expecting mothers tend to put oral health on the back burner during pregnancy.

 

It is highly recommended that good oral health be maintained before, during and after pregnancy. Pregnancy is known to kick start hormonal changes that can increase the risk of gum disease, which can in turn affect the coming baby. Because dental procedures have the potential of influencing the baby’s growth and development, it is recommended that mothers should avoid dental treatments during critical times for the baby, notably the first trimester and second half of the third trimester. But, routine dental care can be done on mothers in their second trimester. This also means that expecting mothers should be extra careful in keeping up with good oral hygiene during these critical stages of pregnancy.

 

It is important to keep the dentist informed of all the drugs that are taken during pregnancy; this can range from medications and even prenatal vitamins that have been prescribed. Dentists can potential modify the dental treatment plan based off of the drugs that are ingested. There are key drugs, including tetracycline, which can influence the expecting child’s teeth and should be avoided during pregnancy.

 

With these pointers in mind, it is essential to understand that being pregnant does not mean that it is a ticket out of a dental appointment. In fact, it should be more of a reason to make a visit to the dentist. Regular gum exams are very important during this time, for hormonal changes increase the risk of periodontal disease. It is important to pay close attention to any changes in the gums, whether there are signs of swelling or even bleeding.

 

The months of pregnancy can be both an exciting and stressful time, but with proper maintenance of both oral and overall systemic health, expecting mothers are then set on a path to a smoother pregnancy.  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 questionsContact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com

 

References:

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/dental-care-pregnancy

 

http://www.knowyourteeth.com/infobites/abc/article/?abc=h&iid=325&aid=1309

 

http://www.ada.org/sections/scienceAndResearch/pdfs/forthedentalpatient_may_2011.pdf

 

Bleeding Gums: What Can This Mean?

July 23rd, 2013

When the topic of oral health is brought up, the focus is usually placed on teeth and the possibility of getting cavities. However, there is definitely more to the mouth! Gums can be a good indicator of oral health as well as one’s overall health! Individuals may find that after brushing their gums may look red and they may even start bleeding. Many tend to dismiss these signs and just attribute them to good and thorough brushing. But wait! This is not the case.

First things first, there is a misconception that to get clean teeth, brushing needs to be done vigorously to get all the grime off. While afterwards your teeth may feel clean, your gums are not too pleased.

Remember: gums are made of soft tissue and when aggravated they can become sore and red. When choosing a toothbrush, it is important to opt for soft nylon bristle with blunt ends. Stores may carry brushes with medium or hard bristles; however they may damage the enamel on teeth and can cause swollen gums. The idea of being gentle goes the same for flossing. The goal of flossing is to remove leftover food and plaque stuck between teeth; it does not mean these particles need to be forcefully taken out. It is important to refrain from forcing the floss in between teeth; instead, carefully slide the floss up and down, following the curve of each tooth.

Aside from proper brushing and flossing, bleeding gums is actually a sign of gum disease. When proper dental hygiene is not practiced, bacteria takes over and plaque starts forming. The same bacteria that jumpstarts the formation of cavities as makes gums irritated and swollen. Bleeding gums is an early sign of gum disease, also know as gingivitis, and symptoms can be reversed with good oral hygiene. But if these symptoms are ignored, gingivitis can get worse, eventually leading to tooth loss. Be on the lookout for these symptoms:

- deep pockets between teeth and gums
- changes in the way teeth come together
- gums that bleed during/after toothbrushing
- shifting teeth
- red, swollen, tender gums

If you experience these symptoms, be sure to set up an appointment with the dentist to determine the necessary steps to keep these symptoms from getting worse. 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.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/gum-problem-basics-sore-swollen-and-bleeding-gums

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003062.htm

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

Read more at http://wellesleydentalgroup.com/blog/?p=4564http://wellesleydentalgroup.com/blog/?p=3457

Wellesley Parade and Picnic

May 23rd, 2013

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Wellesley’s Wonderful Weekend was once again truly wonderful—what an amazing experience to celebrate another year of this great community tradition!

Thank you to the Wellesley Celebrations Committee for organizing such wonderful events for the community and the volunteers who support it. We also want to thank the Wellesley Police Department for not only keeping everyone safe this weekend but for also representing our town in the OneFund by selling BostonStrong t-shirts and donating proceeds to those who were affected by the recent Boston Marathon tragedy.

Our tractor float caught a lot of attention this year! It was all thanks to the little smile ambassadors we had on board helping our team promote healthy, happy smiles. The fun continued later at the picnic, where the Wellesley Dental Group tent was a real party! We had face painting and feather extensions, guest appearances from the Tooth Fairy and Chuckles the Dinosaur, and lots of treats for all our young smile ambassadors! Even a little rain didn't dampen the community spirit, and the night came to a perfect end with some truly spectacular fireworks. We can’t wait to sponsor them again next year!

Keep your kids cavity free!

February 12th, 2013

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

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

 

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

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

 

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.

Ten Things

February 12th, 2010

Ten Things You Should Know about your Oral Health

 Presented at the WBN Breakfast this morning

10.) Power toothbrushes really are recommended and the best for your gums and teeth if used correctly.

9.) February is American Heart Month.  Women often have heart attack symptoms different than men: if you have an intense, lasting jaw pain, this could be a heart attack. Call your doctor or go to your nearest Emergency Room

8.) Having periodontal disease may make it harder to keep your insulin levels in check if you have diabetes.

7.) Do you wake up with headaches and aching necks? You may be grinding your teeth during your sleep.

6.) Oral Cancerrates are on the rise. Many people are being diagnosed with oral cancer, even those who have no risk factors such as smoking or use of tobacco or alcohol. Studies linking the Sexually Transmitted Disease, HPV, and Oral cancer are being performed to see if HPV is a cause of rising oral cancer rates among 18 – 24 year olds.

5.) Replacing missing teeth with dental implants or dentures is not just a matter of looking good.  When a large space exists between teeth, surrounding teeth may start to crowd or elongate. Lack of teeth affects speech, and eating – makes getting the proper nutrition harder.

4.) Technology is changing in dentistry just like in the rest of the world. Some of the latest advances have been made with the introduction of lasers in dentistry, Digital x-rays (which actually produce less radiation than a ride in an airplane) and natural looking crowns that can be made in a single visit. The technology allows dentist to provide a better service – but the time savings for patients is huge.

3.) Having stomach problems? Acid reflux disease often presents in the mouth. The acid eats away at the tooth enamel, causing pits, holes, and discoloration.  It many times shows up during the dental checkup even before the disease diagnosis.

2.)  Gingivitis can be contagious. People with gum disease can pass harmful bacteria to partners and children through kissing and sharing of utensils.  Another good reason to make sure you are taking care of any gum problems.

1.)  Daily Flossing is the #1 thing I hope you walk away from here knowing that is important.

Brushing Chart

September 14th, 2009

 

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Getting children in the habit of twice daily brushing  and daily flossing can seem like a chore. Kids love Wellesley Dental Group's brushing and flossing chart that tracks their progress toward keeping up on these healthy habits.

Print out our BRUSHING AND FLOSSING CHART and your children can happily check off each time they brush and floss.  Each brushing box should have two check marks in it (morning and evening brushing). After three weeks of brushing, children can send in the form to us to receive their own BRUSHING EXPERT CERTIFICATE! A nice reward for a job well done. 

If your child is younger than 7 and is not flossing yet, we do have another version available that excludes the flossing boxes, which we will upload soon.

More children's dental health fun facts, games, and activities are on our monthly kids' newsletters (on blog as Pediatric Newsletter).

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