Protecting Your Smile While Playing Sports

June 22nd, 2014

April is the National Facial Protection Month, and we want to spread awareness on how to be better protected when playing sports. Athletes participating in contact sports have 10% chance of sustaining significant oral-facial injury each season and about 50% chance during their secondary school careers, according to the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA). Aside from helmets and faceguards, sports mouthguards play a key role in making it a safer experience. Mouthguards not only help reduce the risk of concussions, but also the chances of damaged or knocked-out teeth – a simple fall can cause a chipped, bent-in or loosened tooth! They typically cover only the upper teeth and act as a protective cushion to the mouth.

Mouthguards are used most commonly in contact sports, including boxing, football, hockey, and lacrosse. Yet, they can also be beneficial for non-contact sports including bike-riding, basketball, gymnastics, and skateboarding. According to the American Dental Association, an athlete is 60 times more likely to suffer damage to the teeth without mouth protection.  Each sport is different, and thus requires various styles of mouthguards. Based on the type of sport, individuals can seek the help of a dentist to guarantee the specific mouthguard thickness and satisfactory protection in impacted areas.

When choosing a mouthguard, select one that will be retentive and not-easily shifted when impacted. Mouthguards should be regularly examined professionally to ensure proper function. It needs replacement if tears develop or it becomes loose, which could negatively effect teeth and oral tissues. The cost to fix a damaged tooth can be much more expensive than investing in a mouth guard before engaging in sports!

There are three types of mouthguards, which include the “stock,” “boil-and-bite,” and the “custom-fit” mouthguard.

Stock mouthguard
Ready to wear mouthgaurds that are available in one size. They are the least expensive, can be found at an average sports store. However, they are also not very durable, which can lead to chipped teeth or other oral injuries.

Boil-and-bite mouthguard
This style of mouthguards is slightly expensive and can be bought at a general store. They are dipped in boiled water and then molded to the upper teeth while you bite them for about a minute. While boil-and-bite mouthguards offer a better fit, they often make breathing and speaking hard.

Custom-fit mouthguard
Tailored to fit each individual’s mouth, cutom-fit mouthguards are the most comfortable and resilient mouthguard, especially for those with braces. A custom-fit mouthguard is more effective than a store-bought mouthguard because it is proven to be more protective, according to the American Dental Association 

A mouthguard made by a dental professional can also tailor the mouthguard to the demands of the athlete and the sport. Speech and bite requirements as well as relative dental and concussion injury risk management for each sport can only be customized by fabricating an individual mouthguard. It is difficult to see how an over- the-counter mouthguard can fill all of an athlete's requirements without being checked and adjusted by an informed dental professional. Academy for Sports Dentistry.


The custom-fit mouthguard is designed in three steps:

1) Quick dental exam and consultation that includes questions about the sport played, team colors/logo and any additional customization requests.
2) Teeth molds/scans, followed by manufacturing of the mouthguard over the following 3-4 days.
3) Delivery visit, proper fit assurance and care instructions.

Now your smile is protected like never before, and you are ready to show your best on the play field! You can't lose with a mouthguard! Good luck!


P.S.: Wellesley Dental Group in proud to be working on the "Protecting Our Athletes" initiative in collaboration with Wellesley High School Athletics. Mr. John Brown, WHS Athletic Director, and Patty Hickey, WHS  Athletic Trainer, are partnering up with us to help spread awareness and setting up raffles for each local sports teams for free custom sports mouthguards.

Patty Hickey says that the athletes who are exposed to custom fit mouth guards often comment on the superior fit that offers excellent protection, allows to communicate on the field easily and does not inhibit breathing during intense exercise.

To get a custom-fit sports mouthguard or for more information, please feel free to contact us at or call 781-237-9071.


Is Your Child Ready for Spring Sports?

March 24th, 2014

Kids sports mouthguardApril is National Facial Protection Month: Guard your teeth and gums against sports injuries! As spring begins and athletes and spectators fill our fields, tracks, and gyms, many student athletes will wisely take precautions against concussions. We urge all sports participants not only to participate in concussion prevention programs, but also to wear a mouthguard.  It is a simple step that can prevent pain and permanent damage to teeth and gums as well as avoid the cost of restoring broken teeth or performing dental implants or root canals if teeth are knocked out or nerves are damaged. Mouthguards are effective The evidence for the use of mouthguards is compelling. Athletes who do not wear mouthguards are 60 times more likely to experience dental injuries than those who wear this simple but important protective device, according to the American Dental Association. For children and teens, the facts are especially striking. Sports accidents account for 10-39 percent of all dental injuries in children, according to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Perhaps surprising to many people is the fact that baseball and basketball have the highest incidence of dental injuries in children ages seven to 17. While some team sports require players to wear mouthguards, many do not.  Even when well-intentioned parents buy their children mouthguards, all too often they find them at the bottom of the gym bag amidst complaints that they are uncomfortable or make talking or breathing difficult. All sports mouthguards are not created equal


While wearing any mouthguard is better than wearing none at all, some types provide more comfort and a better fit than others, making them more likely to be worn. The least expensive mouthguards are “stock” guards that are one-size-fits-all and come ready to wear.  They are often bulky and make talking and breathing hard. Many sporting goods stores sell “boil and bite” mouthguards that can be boiled and then pushed up against the upper teeth to mold it.  While these mouthguards cost a little more, they often offer a slightly better fit.   The third type of mouthguard is the “custom-fit” which is individually made to fit each person’s mouth.  They provide a customized fit and offer the most comfortable protection for people with braces.  If you have questions about mouth guards, let us know so we can help you find the type that will work best for you. Fortunately, most people would no longer ride a bike or ski down a mountain without a helmet.  It is up to each of us to be sure we protect our teeth and gums as well as we protect our skulls.

To get a custom-fit sports mouthguard or for more information, please feel free to contact us at or call 781-237-9071.

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Don’t Let Cavities Keep You from Winning the Gold!

March 4th, 2014

sochi winter olympics In light of the recent Sochi XXII Olympic Winter Games, a report by researchers at the University College London revealed that professional athletes that competed in the 2012 Olympics in London had very poor levels of oral health. Their oral health problems were bad enough that they had a negative effect on sports performance. 

The team of researchers looked at oral health check-up results of over 300 athletes and also interviewed them.  Over half of the athletes, representing sports like track, boxing, and hockey, had tooth decay.  More than 75% had gingivitis and 15% were starting to show signs of periodontitis.  About half of the athletes reported that these oral health problems were bothersome.  Furthermore, around 20% of them reported that poor oral health was negatively impacting their training and athletic performance.   In fact, 9% of the athletes had never even been to a dentist before.

In order to conceptualize these staggering statistics, Professor Needleman of the University College London Eastman Dental Institute speculates that high sugar sports drinks, gels, and snacks with a high carbohydrate content.  Consuming both high sugar and high carbohydrate foods and drinks without frequent brushing contributes to cavity formation and other oral health problems.

Needleman was quoted as saying, “Oral health is important for well-being and successful elite sporting performance.  It is amazing that many professional athletes — people who dedicate a huge amount of time and energy to honing their physical abilities — do not have sufficient support for their oral-health needs, even though this negatively impacts on their training and performance.”

Again, we see that poor oral health can affect all aspects of a person's life even as an Olympic athlete.  Easily treatable ailments like dental cavities should not keep an athlete from performing to his or her best potential.

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 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.


Halloween Costume Party!

October 4th, 2013



Everyone is invited! We look forward to seeing all of our last year's Pirates, witches, princesses, gypsies and more! We are so excited to see what costumes the kids will be wearing this year at our annual community Halloween Party. There will be plenty of snacks and crafts. Everyone will leave a winner! We are looking forward to a spooktacular time and wish everyone a safe, healthy, and happy Halloween.

Wednesday, October 30th,  4:00-6:00 p.m.

Wellesley Dental Group

5 Seaward Rd. Wellesley, MA 02481

R.S.V.P. or (781)237-9071

Please join us at our Annual Halloween Party to kick off our 6th Annual Candy Drive! Come and go as you please. Games, prizes, food, and more!

Things To Do On July 4th!

June 28th, 2013

I bet everyone is so excited with July 4th right around the corner. Now that the Summer is here I know everyone has vacations, desserts, beaches, and other fun things on their mind.  If not, trust me, we will find plenty of things for you to enjoy whether it may be a cozy evening indoors or an active day outdoors. Here are a list of things to do in the following areas:


NEEDHAM - The Fireworks have been promised to be better than ever and our Grand Parade will feature special guests and new musical groups.   The Fireworks will be at Memorial Park on Wednesday evening, July 3rd.   The evening will begin with food, ponyrides, face painting and other family entertainment followed byFireworks.  The Grand Parade will start at 9 am on Thursday, July 4th.   After the Parade on Thursday there will be more food, a flea market, an old fashioned baseball game, children’s games and much more!

NEWTON - At Newton Centre Playground at Tyler Terrace
For children 3 – 12 (Cancelled in the event of rain) from 10 AM – Noon Enjoy the following:Grande Pet Parade, Teddy Bear Parade, Decorated Doll Carriage Promenade, and Foot Races. At the Russell J. Halloran Field & Sports Complex from 1 pm- 9 pm enjoy OPEN AIR MARKET & AMUSEMENT RIDES: Handmade and International Crafts, Food Vendors, Children's Activities, Amusement Rides. There will also be live entertainment at the Gazebo!

12:00 pm Maestro Muscians, String Quartet
2:00 pm The Kapps - Classic Rock & Roll
3:00 pm The Circuit Theatre Company
4:30 pm Kevin McNamara - Troubador

Lastly, don't forget a Spectacular display of Fireworks at 9 pm!!!

WALTHAM - At Leary Field from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. They will have pony rides, music, food and drinks. Profile will perform at 5:30 p.m. with fireworks starting at 9:30 p.m!!!



Boston Harborfest – June 28-July 4: Festival includes more than 220 events: walking tours, concerts, Revolutionary-era historical reenactments, the famous Chowdafest, visits from U.S. and foreign naval ships; harbor cruises; State House tours; guided walking tours of the North End, Boston’s underground and the Harbor Islands; treasure hunt; tour of Coast Guard ships; whale watch and dinner cruises; chowder fest; USS Constitution Turnaround Cruise; Boston Pops concert and fireworks. Check out the MBTA’s special schedules during Harborfest.

Boston Harborfest Children’s Day – Boston June 29: Kids can join organizations like The USS Constitution Museum, Historic New England and the New England Aquarium to learn something new and exciting about Boston and its history; with a live juggling act, children’s musical performers, balloon presentations, live dancers, and more. Location: City Hall Plaza.?10 a.m. – 3 p.m.? Cost: free.

Boston Chowderfest – Boston July 1:  As part of Boston’s Harborfest 2010, this day-long celebration of a New England favorite features all varieties of chowder from chefs and restaurants throughout New England. At City Hall Plaza.

Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular – July 4:  Free outdoor concert in the Hatch Shell aside the Charles River is a glittering, unforgettable Independence Day tradition. This Fourth of July musical celebration includes performances of patriotic favorites like “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” “America,” and “Stars and Stripes Forever”; thunderous rendition of Tchaikovsky”s “1812 Overture” followed by fireworks display over Charles River

Bicentennial of the War of 1812 – June 28-July 5:  Join the celebration of the USS Constitution, affectionately known as Old Ironsides, as she celebrates the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, 200 years of peace between the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, the creation of our national anthem, The Star Spangled Banner and her historic role in defending the country.?Highlights include:?*The Star Spangled Sail – USS Constitution Turnaround Cruise with sister ship the USCG Eagle and visiting navy and tall ships.?*21 Gun Salute?*Blue Angels Flyover and aerial demonstration?*USN Leap Frogs Jump?*All visiting ships will be open for public tours

Boston Navy Week – June 29-July 6: This is the sixth year in a row that Boston has been chosen to host a Navy Week celebration, which recognizes the Sailors who serve our country and the communities that support them. Through a series of events ranging from ship visits to Navy band musical performances and meet and greet events with local Sailors, the U.S. Navy will come together with the members of the greater Boston community to honor the history of the Navy and cultivate new connections between the city and the world’s greatest maritime fighting force. It will run in conjunction with the 29th annual Boston Harborfest.

Reading of the Declaration of Independence – Boston July 4: – Only once a year, Boston residents and visitors get to hear the famous speech read from the balcony as it was on July 18, 1776. Location: Old State House, State and Division Streets.?10 – 10:30 a.m.? Cost: free

Sky High Fourth of July Dinner – Boston July 4 – Celebrate the 4th of July 52 floors above the back bay at Top of the Hub, featuring an evening of cocktails, dinner, a simulcast of the Boston Pops concert, and an ideal vantage point from which to enjoy the holiday fireworks spectacular over the Charles River. Reservations are required.? Prudential Building, 800 Boylston Street ?7 p.m.? Reservations: 617-536-1775

Liberty Fleet of Tall Ships – Boston June 28 – July 4:  Lots of great tall ship events during Harborfest.

Black Bostonians of the Revolution – Boston: This is a guided walking tour about early African American leaders and the roots of the abolition movement in American. ?Location: tour starts at Sam Adams Statue, Faneuil Hall? 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Wrentham Village Premium Outlets – July 4th Summer Sale? Don’t miss the July 4th Summer Sale at Wrentham Village Premium Outlets®. Enjoy extra savings on top of already low outlet prices. Featuring 170 stores including Banana Republic Factory Store, Elie Tahari, Juicy Couture, Salvatore Ferragamo and many more. Visit the Sales & Events page for a sample of in-store promotions.



Sudbury’s Annual Fourth of July Parade – Sudbury July 4: All are welcome to come and watch one of the area’s best parades! (With a zip code like 1776, Sudbury’s patriotic spirit is one to be reckoned with…) The parade forms on Union Avenue between Station Road and Codjer Lane. Step off time is 1 p.m.

Acton Celebrates Independence Day – Acton July 4:  Celebrate Independence Day at NARA Park in Acton, MA. The day starts off with family fun activities from 3-7 PM, followed by a free concert featuring the Rolling Stones Tribute Band, The Blushing Brides at 7:30 PM and fireworks at 9:30 PM. Food vendors will be onsite. No alcoholic beverages permitted. Free Admission – some activities may have a small fee.

Picnic in the Park – Concord July 4: A program of favorite patriotic tunes by this 50-year-old concert band. Location: Emerson Field, Stow Street. The concert will be in the Concord Armory if it rains. Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., with band performance at 3 p.m.

Pepperell Fourth of July – Pepperell July 7: Parade at 12:30 p.m.; Rockin Rib Fest at the Community Center fields; fireworks at dusk. Location: Parade starts at Pepperell Town Hall, travels on Main Street East around the rotary, follows Hollis Street North past town field, turns left onto and marching up Tucker Avenue, and ends at the large parking lot between Nissitissit Middle School and the field where the fireworks are displayed.

Salisbury Beach 4th of July – Salisbury July 4:  Enjoy the sea and surf, ice cream and cotton candy, beach pizza and fried dough, arcades and more. Dine over the ocean, listen to reggae on a giant oceanfront deck. Get your palm read. Play games on the Broadway Mall. Visit the Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation’s Sea Life Discovery Center where you can come face-to-face with marine creatures at their new touch tank! Or take a surf lesson with Zapstix at their second, new oceanfront location. There’s something for everyone at Salisbury Beach!

Rockport Independence Day Celebration – July 3-4: Rockport Firemen’s Parade at 6 p.m., followed by a Legion Band Concert and bonfire on Back Beach at about 8:30 p.m

Gloucester Independence Day Horribles Parade and Fireworks – July 4 – ?Gloucester Horribles Parade begins at 6 p.m. and circles through downtown Gloucester. Fireworks begin at 10 p.m. Favorite viewing locations: Stacy Boulevard, Stage Fort Park, Western Avenue.

Danvers Family Festival – Danvers June 3 – July 4:  Festivities leading up to the Danvers Fireworks on July 4 start about a month prior with themed nights, concerts, games and festivals. The Fireworks Festival itself takes place at Plains Park from 4 – 9 pm. The main stage hosts musical performances while various concession stands sell delicious food. The Just for Fun areas features games and rides for kids. Throughout the early evening there is a stunt plane show, along with parachuting and a military fly over. The famed fireworks show begins at 9:30 pm.

Beverly Farms Independence Day Celebration – Beverly Farms July 4: The featured events are the always unique morning Horribles Parade and a spectacular evening shoreline illumination and aerial fireworks display held at West Beach. Rounding out the holiday events, the Committee also sponsors the House Decorating Contest, the Family & Friends Cookout, the youngsters Scavenger Hunt, the post Parade “Old Timers” adult softball game at Dix Park, races and games at West Beach on the afternoon of the 4th, and musical entertainment at the Beach leading up to the fireworks.

Marblehead Fireworks & Harbor Illumination – Marblehead – July 4 – Monday, July 4th, 2011 approximately 9:00 p.m. The Harbor Illumination will begin at 8:45 p.m. and immediately following we will LIGHT THE FUSE ON THIS YEAR’S EDITION OF FIREWORKS FOREVER!

Harvard Town Fireworks at Fruitlands – Fruitlands Museum, Harvard July 3: The pastoral site of Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, Massachusetts will be home to an all-American Independence Day celebration on Friday, July 1st with bands, food, and fireworks. Music is slated to start at 5 P.M. Hot dogs, hamburger, and drinks will be available for purchase; local Girl Scouts will be on hand selling desserts. Visitors are also allowed to bring picnics to the event.


Fireman’s Parade, Rockport, July 4, 6 pm.  Independence Day Parade, Manchester, July 4, 12 noon.  Highlands Horribles Parade, Danvers, July 4, 9 am. Back Bay Parade, Danvers, July 4, 11 am.



Plymouth’s Fourth of July Festivities – July 4 – Always a great time to be in America’s Home Town! Parade route begins at Cordage Park Marketplace on Court Street in North Plymouth and winds its way down Court Street through downtown Plymouth and Main Street, continuing onto Main St. Ext and, turning left onto Water Street to the reviewing stand next to the Plymouth Rock. The Legion Bud Band starts at 7pm and ends just before the fireworks begin, with the playing of the 1812 Overture (508)747-7174

New Bedford Summerfest – July 6-8 – New Bedford’s annual old-fashioned, family oriented international folk music/arts festival. This fine summertime event is hosted by the City of New Bedford and The Standard-Times held throughout New Bedford’s beautiful National Park. Featuring an array of super musical performers, artisan’s marketplace, juried crafts, international bazaar showcasing a diverse selection of imported goods, variety of delectable food vendors, whale boat races and harbor tours.

138th Brockton Fair – June 28-July 8 Lively and exciting entertainment for all ages! In addition to the always-thrilling midway full of rides, other featured entertainment includes a surprise-filled magic show, exciting demolition derby, horse racing, amateur boxing, figure 8 racing, stock car football, big bear show, magician, petting zoo, puppet shows, livestock shows and spectacular fireworks displays!

Hingham Celebrates the 4th – June 30-July 7,  June 30: Fireworks over Hingham Harbor, July 4: Hingham Road Race & 4th of July Parade. July 7: Vintage Baseball Game  (781)749-1312

38th Braintree Independence Celebration


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Community Halloween Party on Thursday, October 25th!

October 3rd, 2012


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

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

The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to

We look forward to seeing you there!

Halloween Costume Party in Wellesley

October 16th, 2010

We hope you'll join us for the Halloween Party at Wellesley Dental Group.

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Thursday, October 28

3 pm - 5 pm

5 Seaward Road

Wear a costume, have some apple cider, "mummy wrap" and have some fun. Allegro Photography will be on site taking some great professional candids and costume portraits.

It's all free - open to children and adults.  Costume contest starts at 4:30 where everyone's a winner!

Please RSVP online or by calling 781-237-9071 (so we have plenty of goodies for everyone).

See how much fun we had last year during our party in these photos.

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