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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.





Healthy Teeth, Healthy Aging

October 1st, 2015

National Healthy Aging Month emphasizes the importance of practicing good health habits as age increases. In the United States, the current life expectancy for men and women is nearly 85 years. With continuing advances in public health, medical technology, and greater access to health insurance, people are living healthier and longer than preceding generations. With that said, oral health, regardless of age, plays a significant role in the overall health of your body! Especially as you get older, ignoring the health of your teeth and mouth can lead to more serious consequences than just a cavity.

As your age changes, your mouth also changes and it is even more vital to take care of your teeth. It is commonly believed that losing your teeth when you get older is inevitable. However, this is a misconception! If teeth are properly taken care of, they can last a lifetime!

Help your teeth age elegantly with you by keeping these few tips in mind:

Brush at least twice a day

Brushing your teeth is an essential oral health habit that applies in all stages of life. Brushing helps eliminate plaque, which contributes to tooth decay.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately one-third of older adults have untreated tooth decay. When brushing, remember to brush along the gumline and tongue. With age, gums may begin to wear away or recede, leaving the root of the tooth exposed. Tooth decay is more likely to develop around the softer root or old filling.

Floss daily

Taking care of your gums is just as important as taking care of your teeth! Flossing helps prevent plaque from building up between teeth and below the gum line, where decay and periodontal (gum) disease often develop. Many adults in the United States show mild or severe signs of gum disease. It is this disease, and not the progression of aging, that is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. Unfortunately, periodontal disease affects about 23 percent of adults aged 65 to 74, according to the CDC. Recent studies have concluded that the health of your gums may correlate to some chronic disease, including  Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease and diabetes.

Establish a balanced and nutritious diet

What you eat can not only help improve the health your body, but also keep your teeth healthy. Vitamins and other nutrients found in certain fruits and vegetables can improve your body’s ability to destroy bacteria and protect your teeth and gums.

Schedule regular dental visits

Regular dental check-ups and cleanings are an essential part of maintaining good oral health as you age. With age, the risk of developing chronic diseases increases. The dentist can diagnose and watch for oral problems that may point to other health problems.

Avoid smoking

Not only does smoking increase your risk for lung cancer, it also increases your risk for periodontal disease, mouth pain, gum recession, tooth decay, tooth loss and other oral health problems. According to two 30-year studies at Tufts University, smokers are approximately twice as likely to lose their teeth as non-smokers.  Also, a study conducted by the Journal of Dental Research shows that smokers are nearly twice as likely as non-smokers to need a root canal.

The use of medications also increases with age, many of which can negatively impact oral health. Some medications may cause dry mouth, which will lead to a decrease in saliva production and possibly lead to tooth decay. Saliva is critical for oral health, as it helps wash away bacteria and food particles. Also, if you wear full or partial dentures, remember to clean them daily! Food can become stuck between teeth, causing gum problems or halitosis (bad breath). By keeping your teeth healthy and strong, you might be surprised at what a difference a healthy mouth makes!

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. 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.



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 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.


What Causes Receding Gums?

April 7th, 2014

Smiling-Young-LadyGum recession is the gradual process in which the gum tissue wears away, uncovering the tooth’s root. Receding gums can be a result of numerous factors, including brushing or flossing too harshly! Receding gums is one of the symptoms of periodontal disease. The gaps formed between the gum line and teeth allow for bacteria to accumulate and cause damage. Bacteria infected gums can destroy gum tissue and supporting bones. This can ultimately lead to tooth loss. The observation of a tooth appearing to be longer, as well as tooth sensitivity, can also be signs of gum recession.

The following points are few common causes of gum recession:

  • Genetics could be a factor of acquiring gum recession. If gum recession runs in the family, you are at a higher risk for receding gums.
  • Harshly scrubbing your teeth rather than brushing can result in receding gums. Tooth brushes labeled “soft” are optimal brushes to reduce the risk of receding gums.
  • Gum recession can occur due to the misalignment of teeth.
  • Poor oral health habits.
  • A traumatic injury has occurred and has impacted the facial structure.

Gum recession is a common dental issue that can be treated. If caught in the early stages, the process of deep cleaning (tooth scaling) can remove the root surfaces below the gum line and even out the root area to eliminate bacteria from forming on the surface.

In order to prevent gum recession, be mindful of changes that occur in your mouth. Make sure to take care of your oral health and be gentle with 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 to set up an appointment and consultation.


Half Of American Adults Have Periodontal Disease

September 18th, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gingival Recontouring

August 31st, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sensitive Teeth

August 8th, 2012

Sensitive teeth is a common problem. Teeth typically are sensitive due to the root surface becoming exposed. The root lacks the protective enamel to keep sensitivity at bay.

Some of the most common causes of sensitivity are gum recession, tooth decay, faulty fillings, and teeth grinding.

One of the most common ways to treat it is a special toothpaste formulated to alleviate sensitivity. They aim to help seal the weakened and exposed tooth structure.

It takes a few weeks for the toothpaste to fully take effect. If this does not seem to work, you should schedule an appointment with your dentist. Drs. Ali would be happy to answer any questions you have, so feel free to contact us at 781-237-9071 or

Implantologist at Wellesley Dental Group

May 3rd, 2012

Did you know that we have an implantologist on our team? Dr. Ghazwan Ghazi graduated from Boston University School of Dentistry in 1992. He practiced as a general dentist in Boston from 1992 – 1994 and received his special training in periodontics and dental implants from The New Jersey Dental School along with his Master’s degree in 1997.

Dr. Ghazi has been on the faculty of Harvard School of Dental Medicine since 1998 where he teaches clinical periodontics and dental implants to the post-graduate residents. He has been practicing periodontics and dental implants in the Boston area since 1997. Dr. Ghazi is also a Diplomate of The American Board of Periodontology.

Contact us at 781-237-9071 or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ghazi today!

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