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Vitamins: Key to Healing after Oral Surgery

January 13th, 2014

While vitamin C is a great way to boost your immune system, vitamins can also play a major role in timely recovery after oral surgery.

The Academy of General Dentistry explained that patients lacking in vitamin C have shown to recover at a slower rate. Appropriate amounts of vitamin C, along with other vitamins, minerals, fats, and protein, were reported to be essential for the growth and regeneration of normal tissues. Nutrients work both individually and cooperatively to move along the healing process. Tissue maintenance and repair requires the help of carbohydrates, fat and protein. Recovery of these tissues involves vitamin C, along with vitamins such as vitamins E, B and K.

Vitamin C is responsible for the making collagen (connective tissue) that strengthens skin muscles and blood vessels; this is key to proper wound healing.

Vitamin E has the ability to...thin blood, preventing blood platelets from clumping. It also speed up cell regeneration and promotes blood circulation, strengthening capillary walls while nourishing cells.

Vitamin B is crucial for carbohydrate metabolism and energy production. It facilitates energy-releasing reactions and can also help deliver oxygen and nutrients, allowing energy pathways to run smoothly.

Vitamin K promotes blood clotting and prevents bleeding; this is can be used to prevent post-surgery bruising.

Without these important nutrients, patients are more prone to infection and healing time can be further delayed. Researchers note that severely underweight or overweight patients, or those who take steroids, immunosuppressant, or chemotherapeutic agents may experience poor recovery after oral surgery. It is crucial to maintain a healthy balance of vitamins before going into surgery.

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. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs Dr. Ghazi would be more than willing to help.

References:

http://www.knowyourteeth.com/infobites/abc/article/?abc=N&iid=315&aid=1277

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/003042208290295X

http://www.livestrong.com/article/470706-nutrition-related-to-the-oral-cavity/

Make Teeth Shine with Fruits and Vegetables!

June 26th, 2013

While coffee and red wine may have shown to be beneficial for health, they are drinks that can easily darken those pearly whites. Here are some healthy foods that are both great for the body and can leave teeth whiter. According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), these are a couple fruits and vegetables that can naturally make teeth brighter and whiter.

 

 

Pineapples: research has shown that these tangy fruits contain the enzyme bromelain, which acts as a natural stain remover. Bromelain helps fight plaque from forming, which can wear down the enamel of teeth and lead to cavities.

Apples: like that saying, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”, apples can help keep bacteria away. Munching on this particular fruit can generate saliva, which can help neutralize the acid from other foods, keeping teeth free from decay

Carrots: these stringy vegetables are a reservoir of vitamin, which keep tooth enamel in tip-top shape. Eating these veggies raw can help the mouth replenish saliva, which is responsible for keeping the mouth clean. Chewing on crunchy vegetables (count celery in!) will help keep teeth clean.

Broccoli: these mighty greens are chock-full of iron, which helps keep acid that is developed in the mouth from damaging the enamel of teeth. A Brazilian study found that broccoli can prevent erosion of enamel due to acid found in sodas.

Onions: although this vegetable is usually the culprit of leaving bad breath after a delicious sandwich, onions contain sulfur compounds, including thiosulfinates and thiosulfonates, which can reduce bacteria in mouth that cause decay. Researchers suggest to eat onions raw, for cooking them will destroy these sulfur compounds. If you are not a fan of onions, garlic also can supply you with these sulfur compounds.

 

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://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1601-5037.2010.00473.x/abstract

http://www.aacd.com/

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20922161

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

http://modestyplusglamour.wordpress.com/2012/10/07/pineapple-for-acne-scars/ (picture credit) Also, did you know that pineapples are good for acne scars?

Our Latest Google Reviews!

June 25th, 2013

Finding a dentist can be a process – a process that may include asking friends for advice, searching online, reading reviews, checking with dental insurance, and then actually calling the dental office for an appointment. You deserve to reach a friendly person on the line, too, when you do make the call.
Here’s a sampling of what some of the wonderful things our patients have said about their experience with Drs. Ejaz and Femina Ali, our specialists, and with Wellesley Dental Group. We also have a profile on DemandForce. Feel free to check it out!

[box] "Wellesley Dental Group is the best :) But, seriously...the best. PERIOD. I first went there when I was a student at Wellesley about 2 or so years ago. They did a wonderful job of giving me a new crown when the one I had done at a dentist back home fell out. I have been going ever since for cleanings and my teeth are beautiful. Thanks y'all!" Victoria Boyd- Google

 

"For someone who has never been fond of going to the dentist, I always find my experience at the Wellesley Dental Group to be effortless and even enjoyable. Both Dr.'s Ali are extremely knowledgeable and skilled practitioners. Not only do they use cutting edge technology and employ a standard of excellence in their craft, but they are also quick to explain what they are seeing and ensure that you are comfortable and cared for throughout your visit. On my most recent visit, I was even given headphones so I could listen to the music of my choice while having a cavity filled. Everyone from the Dr.'s to the hygienists to the front desk were helpful, kind and professional. I highly recommend this dental practice!" Tanya Khan- Google

 

"I was very nervous. Had terrible, painful experiences at the dentist before. They went to great lengths to make me feel comfortable and to make sure I was ready before starting. The procedure turned out to be painless, even a bit relaxing. I couldn't believe it and was so relieved. I hadn't been to the dentist in 20 years because of my phobia and now I have no reservations about going back. Thank you." Bill Ladd- Google

 

"I have been going to Wellesley Dental Group for approximately 7 years and have been very happy with the care and treatment I've received. About 5 years ago, I decided to get fitted for a night guard for TMJ. It took a few weeks to adjust to wearing it. It not only helped my jaw problems, but also unexpectedly helped with my chronic headaches. I had been taking four to six ibuprofen daily for, what I thought, were stress or tension headaches. Within six weeks of regular wear my headaches were gone. I'm thrilled with the impact the mouth guard has had on both my jaw and headaches and never sleep without it. It's wonderful to be headache free!" Karen Hegarty - Google

 

"It's always a challenge to find a good dentist. Wellesley Dental Group came highly recommended from a couple of people I know and for extremely good reasons. I found the doctors there to be very knowledgeable, timely, and professional. They take really good care of their patients. They also pay special attention to detail to ensure the highest quality of service and work on your teeth. The staff and all of the hygienists are extremely friendly and helpful. They staff goes out of their way to make your experience a great one. If you are looking for a great dentist in the area, definitely give them a try." Ayesha Khan- Google

 

"My entire family has been coming to see Dr. and Dr. Ali at the Wellesley Dental Group for years and they have consistently offered us all the best dental experience every time any of us visit visit! Whether I am coming in for my bi-annual teeth cleaning, teeth-whitening checkups, or even a cavity fill, Dr. and Dr. Ali and their talented and friendly staff ensure that my visit is as smooth and comfortable as possible. It doesn't hurt that their office is located conveniently in Wellesley right off Route 9! I would highly recommend coming to the Wellesley Dental Group (if you don't already) !" Anonymous- Google[/box]

 

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