Halloween

Thank YOU for a Sweet 12th Annual Candy Drive: Event Highlights

November 18th, 2019

Just because Halloween is over, doesn’t mean the sweetness has to end! The past couple of weeks, we hosted our 12th Annual Candy Drive at Wellesley Dental Group-- the largest one in size and scope to date! This year we had a record number of 17,000 students across 52 schools and 15 towns in the MetroWest and Greater Boston area participate. Together, our community collected 13,237 pounds of Halloween candy-- beating the 2018 all-time high of 12,000 pounds! That's about 6,500 pounds of sugar. This candy is assembled into care packages for the US troops overseas with the help CarePacks, a local non-profit organization. The candy, along with sweet handwritten cards and oral hygiene supplies, will be sure to put a smile on the faces of the troops -- just in time for the approaching holiday season. We could not have done this without YOU!

In celebration of the annual initiative, we had our community and press event on November 8th. The chilly November weather didn’t stop members of the community from coming together to celebrate the monumental candy collection. The crowd enjoyed performances from Evan Lariviere and the Wellesley High School Keynotes, led by Dr. Kevin McDonald. Rick Bruce from CarePacks and Assistant Fire Chief Jeff Peterson from the Wellesley Fire Department also shared a few words thanking participants for their generosity towards our servicepeople. Also in attendance were representatives from the 51st Command Troop, West Suburban Veterans’ District, U.S. Coastguard and Wellesley Police Department, not to mention all the local students of all ages!

During the event, the grand prize of $1000 was awarded to Hardy Elementary School in Wellesley for raising the greatest amount of candy by weight per student. In second place was Fiske Elementary in Wellesley and in third place was Willard Elementary in Concord.

Every year, this candy drive draws the community together, and we unite over the generosity of our children, as they give up their prized Halloween candy to help our servicepeople enjoy a sweet taste from home.

We are grateful for all of the participants and organizations who made this event possible, Take a look at this years participating schools and organizations:

Babson College

Bates School

Beaver Country Day School

Bowen Elementary

Broadmeadow School

Cabot Elementary

Charles River School

Chickering School

Claypit Hill Elementary

Council on Aging

Dana Hall Middle School

Dedham Country Day

Deerfield Elementary School

Dover-Sherborn Middle School

Downey School

Elizabeth Seton Residence

Fiske School

Greenlodge Elementary Student

Hanlon School

Happy Hollow School

Hardy Elementary

Haynes Elementary

Heath School

High Rock School

Hills and Falls Nursery School

Hunnewell Elementary

John Eliot School

Kennedy Middle School

Liberty School

Loker Elementary

Magic Beans

Marillac Residence

Martha Jones School

Mason-Rice Elementary School

Memorial School

Noble and Greenough School

Parker Elementary

Potter Road School

Preschool at Wellesley Schools

Schofield Elementary School

Sheehan School

Sprague Elementary School

Tenacre Country Day School

Thayer Academy Middle School

The Tobin Family of Schools

Thurston Middle School

Upham Elementary

Waterstone at Wellesley

Wellesley College Pre-Dental Society

Wellesley High School

Wellesley Hills Junior Women's Club

Wellesley Middle School

Wellesley Mothers Forum

Westwood High School

Westwood Integrated Preschool

Willard Elementary School

Williams Elementary

Wilmington Youth Soccer

Wilson Middle School

Wrentham Elementary

For any questions or more information about the Wellesley Dental Group, please contact (781) 237-9071 or email candydrive@wellesleydentalgroup.com. Stay up to date with the Wellesley Dental Group by following @WellesleyDental on Twitter,  LinkedIn, Instagram, and Facebook.

 

What's in Your Candy Bowl?

October 31st, 2019

Here at WDG, we wish you a happy, safe, and tooth-friendly Halloween! It's hard not to love candy, especially when there's so much of it around like during Halloween. Most of us have a "sweet-tooth," but we all know sometimes this can come at a cost to our dental health. Tooth decay can develop as the sugars from candy breakdown your tooth enamel.
Today lots of candy will be collected from house to house, and most of the time children will have a collection of all types of candy within their bags. But, did you know that all candies are not created equal? There are some candies that are worse for your oral health than others. Take a look at what candies should be avoided:

Sour Patch Kids

Sour Patch Kids are loaded with sugar. In fact, it's ingredients all contain sugar and acids that are harmful to your teeth, including corn syrup, tartaric acid, citric acid, modified corn starch, and artificial flavoring. In just a 2 ounce bag, there is about 36 grams fo sugar! Sour candies also contribute to enamel erosion due to their high acidic content.

Tootsie Rolls

As you may know, sticky candies like tootsie rolls have a hard time being removed from the pits and grooves on your teeth. This allows bacteria to make themselves at home and produce acids that contribute to tooth decay. Not to mention, even though they're small, they're packed with sugar. In 6 tootsie rolls there is about 20 grams of sugar.

Caramel

Caramel can be another sticky issue. Its ingredients include glucose syrup, sugar and cane sugar syrup for a total of 16 grams of sugar for 6 tiny pieces.

Candy corn

Candy corn is a Halloween staple. However, it can contain more sugar than ice-cream and is another sticky culprit that your teeth will benefit from not having.

Jawbreakers

The name itself is terrifying, and true. Hard candies, such as jawbreakers can cause extreme jaw pain and even lead to cracked teeth. They also last a long period of time within the mouth which exposes your teeth to harmful sugars for the lengthy periods.

Fun Dip

The assortment of colors and sweet taste of fun dip can be cool, but it is essentially made up of 100% sugar and can be detrimental to your pearly-whites.

Snickers

The chocolate and caramel goodness can be not so sweet for your teeth despite the high sugar content. It's another sticky treat, and contains 27 grams of sugar, and contains 266 calories.

But not to worry, once done sorting from the huge candy pile collected today, our Annual Candy Drive is a great way to share extra Halloween candy for a great cause. We will send all donations and caring messages to our U.S. troops overseas to express our gratitude for their service. Any school, organization, or individual is welcome to participate. We also award a grand prize of $1000 to the school PTO that donated the most candy, taking into account the number of students per school and amount of pounds of candy collected per student. Please join us for the upcoming grand celebration this year:

Candy Collection: 1st-7th November 2019Press Event: 8th November, 2019 @ 10 AMLocation: 5 Seaward Rd, Wellesley, MA 02481

If you have questions or queries about how you can join hands with us for this great cause, send us an email at candydrive@wellesleydentalgroup.com, or call us at 781-237-9071. This year you can also register online!

RSVP: https://forms.gle/WdvFhU9UoM6RU2fR7

Be sure to follow us on Twitter,  LinkedIn, and Facebook, and look for updates on our Facebook Event Page.

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:

http://www.dentalproductsreport.com/dental/article/8-candies-make-dental-professionals-scream?page=0,8

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Halloween Do's and Don'ts!

October 26th, 2019

Halloween is quickly approaching, and the last thing anyone wants to be haunted by is cavities! Halloween can be a great time to promote good oral health habits for life, even with the temptation of sweet treats around for the occasion. What many people may not know is that the frequency of snacking on foods high in sugar, like candy, is more harmful to your teeth than the actual amount of sugar present in the snack. The amount of time the sugar is present on your teeth leads to a greater number of acid attacks on your teeth, eventually resulting in tooth decay. So, to prevent being spooked by cavities, here's a few suggestions to keep your teeth strong and healthy this Halloween:

Pass out sugar-free treats

A great way to promote healthy teeth to your little ones is to pass out tooth-friendly Halloween treats during this trick-or-treat season. Passing out glow-in-the dark stick bracelets and necklaces are fun and nice for trick-or-treaters so that they can shine as they walk through neighborhoods collecting treats. Small water bottles are also useful for the kids to drink after they consume their candy treats while going from house to house. Also, sugar-free gum with xylitol, stickers, and even toothbrushes make for great gifts that can be passed out during Halloween!

 

Timing is Everything!

Halloween candy is best eaten with meals or not too long after mealtime when saliva production is at its highest. Saliva helps wash away the acids made by bacteria as well as any leftover food particles within the mouth. Water also is important to swish with after indulging in sweets. 

Donate some of your treats to WDG's 12th Annual Candy Drive:

Our Annual Candy Drive is a great way to share extra Halloween candy for a great cause. We will send all donations and caring messages to our U.S. troops overseas to express our gratitude for their service. Any school, organization, or individual is welcome to participate. We also award a grand prize of $1000 to the school PTO that donated the most candy, taking into account the number of students per school and amount of pounds of candy collected per student. Please join us for the upcoming grand celebration this year:
Candy Collection: 1st-7th November 2019Press Event: 8th November, 2019 @ 10 AMLocation: 5 Seaward Rd, Wellesley, MA 02481

If you have questions or queries about how you can join hands with us for this great cause, send us an email at candydrive@wellesleydentalgroup.com, or call us at 781-237-9071. This year you can also register online!

RSVP: https://forms.gle/WdvFhU9UoM6RU2fR7

Be sure to follow us on Twitter,  LinkedIn, and Facebook, and look for updates on our Facebook Event Page.

Avoid sticky situations:

Sticky and sour candies can do a number on your teeth more than other candies. Sticky candies can get stuck in the grooves of teeth and remain their for long periods of time and increase your risk of developing cavities. Also, sour candies often are more acidic and can break down your tooth enamel. 

We wish you all a happy, safe, and cavity-free Halloween!

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.mouthhealthy.org/en/non-candy-halloween-treats

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Columbus Day Fun Activities

October 14th, 2019

 

Looking for cool things for you and your family to do on your day off this Columbus Day? Look no further, check out these activities around the Greater Boston Area that will get you out of the house for a fun-filled day!

Columbus Day is a national holiday that marks Christopher Columbus, an Italian explorer,  landing in the Americas on October 12, 1492. Presently, many places across the United States, such as Washington D.C. have voted to replace the national holiday with Indigenous Peoples' Day to honor the resilience and culture of Native Americans.

Halloween Fall Festival: Smolak Farms

Where?

315 South Bradford Street, North Andover, MA01845

When?

Monday, Oct 14th, 2019 @ 10:00am-5:00pm

Bring your family for a great start to Fall with apple picking at the Standard Orchard across the street, along with food, beverages, and lots of activities for everyone. This includes a cow train, bouncy house, carnival-themed games, face painting, and crafts.

Indigenous Peoples’ Day at the MFA

Where?

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115

When?

Mon Oct 14, 2019

10:00am to 5:00pm

Enjoy free admission for all ages with special events including music, dance, and exciting art activities from Native artists.

Wrentham Village Premium Outlets Celebrates Columbus Day Weekend

Where?

Wrentham Village Premium Outlets

Outlet Boulevard, Wrentham,  MA 02093

When?

Monday, Oct 14th, 2019 @ 9:00am- – 9:00p.m.

Love shopping? Spend your day at Wrentham Outlets with your family checking out major sales.

Cathedral Station Brunch

Where?

Cathedral Station

1222 Washington St, Boston, Massachusetts 02118

When?

Monday, October 14 from 11am - 3pm

Looking to go out to eat on your day off? Cathedral station will be hosting a brunch on Columbus Day.

Columbus Day Lego Party

Where?

Patriot Place Activity Center

Foxboro at 225 Patriot Place, Foxborough, Massachusetts, 02035

When?

Monday, October 14, 2019 from 11:00 am to 03:00 pm

In love with legos? Today you’ll have the opportunity to buildlife sized Lego structures at the Patriot Place Activity Center.

References:

https://www.npr.org/2019/10/14/769083847/columbus-day-or-indigenous-peoples-day

https://patch.com/massachusetts/northandover/amp/cal/20191014/666970/halloween-fall-festival-columbus-day-weekend-2019

https://mommypoppins.com/boston-kids/event/free/indigenous-peoples-day-at-the-mfa

https://patch.com/massachusetts/boston/amp/cal/20191014/664301/wrentham-village-premium-outlets-celebrates-columbus-day-weekend

https://events.time.ly/h7egroe?event=34035517

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Treats for Troops: What Our Annual Candy Drive is All About

October 8th, 2019

Each fall here at the Wellesley Dental Group is an exciting and sweet-filled season: It's Candy Drive time! We are reminded just how truly amazing the power of giving is, and how special it is when our community comes together for a great cause. We are extremely grateful to see this annual initiative continue to grow, now going on for twelve years! This tradition sprung from our goal of promoting selfless acts of giving in children through sharing extra Halloween candy to protect their pearly whites, and sending caring messages to honor and express gratitude to our U.S. troops overseas. Community and service to others is an essential part of our core values, and each year we could not accomplish these efforts without YOU! Last year 13,749 students were involved and we collected 12,238 pounds of candy from over 43 schools, and several other individuals and organizations. This year we plan to break this record and are excited for the celebration to be even greater.

Last year we were able to send over 500 packages filled with the candy, oral hygiene supplies, and caring handwritten cards from the community’s donations through CarePacks, a non-profit organization located in Weymouth, MA.

But, the party doesn't stop there. Once the donations are collected, we celebrate with the community at our community and press event at our office in Wellesley. This grand celebration is always a blast, with performances by young students, special guest speakers, representatives from the National Guard, and Wellesley Fire and Police departments! Take a look in the past and check out photos from 2017's 10th Annual Candy Drive here, and 2018's 11th Annual Candy Drive here.

Not to mention, we always award a grand prize of $1000 to the school PTO that donated the most candy, taking into account the number of students per school and amount of pounds of candy collected per student. Last years first place winner was Hardy Elementary School, with Broadmeadow Elementary in second place, and Fiske Elementary School in third place. Who will be the winner this year in 2019? We can't wait to find out!

So, as we head into the season of trick-or-treats with Halloween in the near future, we are looking forward to celebrating this fun tradition with you!

Our 2019 12th Annual Candy Drive for the Troops event details are as follows:

Candy Collection: 1st-7th November 2019

Press Event: 8th November, 2019 @ 10 AM

Location: 5 Seaward Rd, Wellesley, MA 02481

 

 

If you have questions or queries about how you can join hands with us for this great cause, send us an email at candydrive@wellesleydentalgroup.com, or call us at 781-237-9071. This year you can also register online! ????: https://forms.gle/WdvFhU9UoM6RU2fR7

Be sure to follow us on Twitter,  LinkedIn, and Facebook, and look for updates on our Facebook Event Page.

Happy Halloween!

October 31st, 2018

The haunted holiday has arrived. Happy Halloween from our team at WDG to you and your family! We hope that you have a safe and fun day filled with nice tricks or treats. Halloween can be a great time to teach or remind children about the importance of taking care of their teeth since lots of sugary goodies will be collected. The main goal is to let children know that candy and sweet treats in excess and without proper oral hygiene can lead to cavities. After a days worth of collecting treats, you may be wondering what to do with the surplus of Halloween candy. Consider donating it to our deployed troops at our 11th annual Candy Drive.  This grand celebration started with the goal of instilling the selfless spirit of giving in children, and helping them learn how to balance a healthy diet and manage their oral health and physical health.

To help prevent cavities, try setting a time of day to eat Halloween candy to avoid continuous snacking throughout the day. Also, even though rushing to the bathroom to brush your teeth after eating sweet treats may sound like a good idea, it's actually best to wait at least 30 minutes before brushing. You should, however, drink water immediately. Since acidic and sugary foods can cause your enamel to soften, brushing too soon after can further damage the tooth enamel while it's in a weakened state. It is important to help or watch your child brush their teeth to ensure that they are brushing correctly. Don't forget to replace toothbrushes every 3-4 months and use a toothpaste that contains fluoride. Fluoride helps fight cavities and remineralize tooth enamel.

Also, be careful when getting dressed and made up for trick-or-treating. Avoid using mascara on teeth to represent a missing tooth and instead opt for blackout wax.

Most of all, have fun this Halloween! Checkout our recent blog here on tips to having a successful Halloween.

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/life-stages/childrens-oral-care/four-halloween-tips-for-oral-care-1015

https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/features/5-tricks-for-dealing-with-halloween-treats#1

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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

Sweet Treats for Our Troops: Candy Drive 2018

October 16th, 2018

It is the season of pumpkin spice and halloween candy here at the Wellesley Dental Group! As the air turns crisp and the trees turn red and gold, we gear up for one of our favorite annual events - Wellesley Dental Group’s 11th Community Candy Drive! This initiative was coined eleven years ago in an attempt to promote the spirit of sharing in our young ones while at the same time incentivizing them to eat less candy at Halloween time, and instead sharing this seasonal joy with US troops serving abroad. Over more than a decade we have been able to grow this event from just Wellesley to more than 14 towns and 40 schools across Massachusetts, gathering 10,000 pounds of candy for our soldiers last year alone! Every year we get fantastic participation from schools across the region, and for the last few candy drives, WDG has also been awarding a cash prize to the PTO of the school that contributes the highest amount of candy. 

The fun will continue this year! Candy Drive 2018 will run from November 1st to 8th, with candy been collected at the Wellesley Dental Group (5 Seaward Road, Wellesley).  Check out our flyer here. We will be hosting a community and press event on the 9th of November, from 10 am to 11 am, also at our office in Wellesley. We have a lineup of performances by young students, with State Representative Alice Peisch as our special guest. Like every year, we will also have representatives from the National Guard present, along with the Wellesley Fire and Police departments!

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.

 

   

 

Share Some Sugar: 11th Annual Community Candy Drive

October 4th, 2018

Can you believe it's October already? That means pumpkin picking, colorful fall leaves, and Halloween are in the near future. This season is one of our favorites because it's almost time for our annual Candy Drive for the U.S. Troops serving overseas. Our caring team at the Wellesley Dental Group is excited to announce the 11th Annual Community Candy Drive! This grand celebration began over a decade ago with the goal of instilling the selfless spirit of giving in children by having them share their extra Halloween candy and bring a piece of home to those serving our country. Not to mention also helping protect their pearly whites by eating less candy!

We are looking forward to 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. The packages will be sent via CarePacks, a non-profit organization. This year we will be collecting candy, and handwritten cards at the Wellesley Dental Group (5 Seaward Road, Wellesley Hills) from November 1st to November 8th 2018. 

Take a look in the past and check out last year's blog posts with pictures from the event here. Every year we are fortunate enough to have around 40 generous schools and institutions that make up close to 15 different towns participate! All schools, institutions and civic organizations are invited to join. We have loved seeing the drive grow over the years and the generosity spread. Last year we shattered a record of nearly 10,000 pounds of candy.

But the fun doesn't stop there, we're also encouraging some friendly competition again this year with a grand prize of $1000 to the school PTO that collects the most candy. On November 9th from 10am-11am, we will be having a celebratory press/community event where we will announce the prize winner. Principals, faculty, parents, and students with the permission of their teachers are more than welcome to attend.

We would be happy to coordinate directly with any schools that are interested, and provide bins for candy collection, and any other support. To schedule a candy drop-off, please call (781-237-9071) or email us at candydrive@wellesleydentalgroup.com.

We can't wait to spread our gratitude to our U.S. troops with you and keep this fun tradition going!

Be sure to follow us on Twitter  and Facebook, and look for updates on our Facebook Event Page.

 

10 years, 10,000 pounds

November 10th, 2017

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Thank you to our wonderful community for helping make our 10th Annual Candy Drive a huge success. Every year, the drive grows in size and scope. What started as a small candy buy back with a handful of local kids has grown into an endeavor that spans the Metrowest: this year, we have 41 number of schools participating, along with numerous businesses and organizations. Best of all, we have collected more candy than ever before: we have shattered a record of nearly 10,000 pounds of candy. To be exact, if anyone is curious, we collected 9,883.3 pounds of candy.

I’m sure everyone is wondering what we’re going to do with so much candy - and no, we will not be eating it all! The candy will be assembled into care packages and distributed to our troops all over the world. This is no small feat, and we are beyond thankful to be working with CarePacks, a non-profit organization who helps us make this happen.

Thank you to our troops and veterans for everything they do to keep us safe.The dedicated men and women who serve us overseas deserve so much more than we can offer; we simply hope these small treats offer a little taste of home, and a token of our gratitude.

Last but not least, congratulations to the winning school this year: Katherine Lee Bates Elementary School in Wellesley! They received our $1000 Grand Prize for the most candy collected per student.

 

Stay tuned for more pictures.

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6 Tips to Keep Your Teeth Healthy During Halloween!

October 27th, 2016

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With Halloween right around the corner, it's hard to prevent yourself and your kids from indulging in mountains of candy. However, it's very important to keep the teeth and the mouth healthy because maintaining oral hygiene is key to one's overall well-being (especially during October, which is National Dental Hygiene Month).

Here are some tips on how to protect your oral health during this festive candy-filled holiday season!

1. Avoid sticky or acidic candy

These kinds of treats, such as sour gummies and caramel apples, can stick to your the surface of your teeth and promote tooth decay.

2. Chew sugar-free gum and rinse your mouth with water

Gum promotes saliva flow and water helps neutralize your mouth's acid levels. Both help wash away food particles that are stuck to your teeth.

3. Control your portions and when you eat candy

Don't think that just because fun size bars are smaller that they can't do the same amount of harm! The key for healthy teeth is to limit the time your teeth are exposed to sugar. If you need a sweet treat, eat it in one sitting during your meal, when your saliva flow is greater. This reduces the likelihood that you will develop tooth decay and the chance that food particles will cling to your teeth.

4. Think of healthy alternatives

  • Dark chocolate
  • Pretzels
  • Apples
  • Carrots

5. Maintain a proper oral hygiene routine

  • Brush twice a day
  • Floss daily
  • Ask your dentist for ways to maintain good oral health

6. Schedule regular check-ups and cleanings

You're not alone in the challenge of keeping your mouth clean! Even if you're busy all the time, make sure to take the time to schedule check-ups and cleanings with your dentist.

...and last but not least, donate your candy to support our 9th Annual Candy Drive and encourage your friends and family to join us in promoting healthy teeth and helping out a good cause!

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

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

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

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

Let’s keep this fun tradition going!

 

Resources:

http://www.pharmiweb.com/pressreleases/pressrel.asp?ROW_ID=187602#.WBAEQPkrLIV

https://globenewswire.com/news-release/2016/10/24/882085/10165746/en/Keep-Your-Teeth-Healthy-This-Halloween.html

Participate In Our 9th Annual Candy Drive!

October 12th, 2016

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

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

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

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

Let's keep this fun Wellesley tradition going!

News Flash: #CandyDrive2015 in the Media!

November 16th, 2015

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

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

Check out #CandyDrive2015 in the news:

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

 

Westwood Hometown Weekly: Westwood Girl Scout Fundraiser Helps Overseas Troops

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Post Candy Drive:

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

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

Links:

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

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

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

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

http://hometownweekly.net/index152.htm

http://bcove.me/wzjwe7qs

Candy Drive 2015- Check!

November 6th, 2015

 

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

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

Here are some highlights from our event:

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

A Special Thank You to the following Participants:

 

 

 

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

November 2nd, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

Let's keep this fun tradition going!

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

Halloween Events You Won't Want to Miss

October 31st, 2015

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As we celebrate one of the most anticipated fall events, Halloween, there is plenty to do in the local area with family and friends. Not only is this day full of spooks and ghost stories, but also it's a day where the young and the young-at-heart can walk through the town as superheroes, Disney princesses, gremlims, and even tooth fairies! As you prepare for a day of traditional Halloween festivities, check out a few events that you may not want to miss:

Wellesley Dental Group Community Candy Drive:

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First and foremost, the start of our Annual Community Candy Drive is just a day away. November 1st-5th, please feel free to drop off candy at our office, as well as handwritten notes and cards for the American troops in honor of Veteran’s Day.

This event is a great incentive for children to eat less candy, and provide a nature of sharing, patriotism, and community pride. All organizations, schools, and individuals are invited to participate. If you're one who likes a little friendly competition, you'll love to hear that this year we will be awarding a grand prize of $1000 to the school PTO that donates the most candy! We also hope that you will be present at our Candy Drive Press Event, to be held November 5th at 10 A.M. at our office (5 Seaward, Wellesley). For more info, follow our Candy Drive Facebook page and watch out for new blogs!

The Boston Common Costume Dash

1,500 Costumed Crazies Will Run the Streets of Boston This Halloween

Happening today from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Copley Square is a fun Halloween tradition where the community gathers to run the streets of Boston in their Halloween costumes. This year about 1,500 runners are expected to attend. Admission is $50.

Halloween with the Gorillas

zooFrom 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today the Franklin Park Zoo is a great family outing event where everyone can watch the gorillas enjoy pumpkins as a seasonal treat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

8th Annual Great Pumpkin Festival

pumkin-fest-2015-copy-730x657For adults, the Cambridge Brewing Company is hosting multiple sessions of beer tasting where everyone will be in costume. Admission is $30.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Halloween Bike Ride 2015

bikeToday from 7 to 11 p.m. in Copley Square today, there will be a 10-12 mile ride and two  secret dance party pit stops. Admission is free.

 

 

 

 

 

Ghosts and Gravestones Tour

Boston Ghosts and Gravestones Tour - Not just for Halloween!

Boston's nightly Ghosts and Gravestones Tour is both a trolley ride and a walking trip to visit some of the city's scariest sites. This tour is also available other nights besides Halloween. Be prepared to learn some spooky history about the city! RSVP for admission.

 

 

We hope that you and your family have a safe and happy Halloween!

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://bostinno.streetwise.co/2015/10/29/best-halloween-events-in-boston-2015/

http://www.boston-discovery-guide.com/halloween-boston.html

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/120682464988547531/

Not All Chocolate Is Created Equal: The Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate

October 29th, 2015

dark-chocolateAlthough people usually associate chocolate with trips to the dentist's, eating certain types of chocolate in moderation may actually be beneficial for your health. If you want to indulge on candy this Halloween, dark chocolate is one of the better options. Here are some reasons why:

1. It's nutritious.

Dark chocolate with high cacao content is packed with nutrients. One 100 gram bar (although we recommend consuming dark chocolate in moderation) high in cacao content contains a wealth of fiber, iron, magnesium, copper, and manganese. Despite the sugar and calories, there is also plenty of potassium, phosphorous, zinc, and selenium that is beneficial for your health. The fats in dark chocolate include mostly saturated fats, which are recommended over unsaturated fats, and some polyunsaturated fats, which help lower your chances of developing heart disease, stroke, and high cholesterol. Dark chocolate is also a great choice if you want an energy boost without having to worrying about not being able to sleep at night - its caffeine level is minimal compared to that of coffee.

2. It has tons of antioxidants.

Dark chocolate holds the ranking of the sixth top antioxidant food. This is due to the fact that it is packed with biologically active organic compounds (polyphenols, flavonols, catechins, etc.) which act as antioxidants. In addition, cacao has greater antioxidant activity than many other fruits such as blueberries and Acai berries. Antioxidants help prevent or delay cell damage caused by free radicals, which can effectively help lower risks of cancer and other diseases.

3. It has great benefits for your blood (and your brain)!

According to a study from JAMA (The Journal of the American Medical Association), cacao and dark chocolate can at least mildly improve blood flow and reduce blood pressure. High-flavonol cacao also improves blood flow in the brain and cognitive function, especially for elders with mild mental impairment. Because it contains stimulants such as caffeine, dark chocolate is especially helpful for improving short-term brain function.

4. It's great for your skin!

Flavonols enhance blood flow to the skin, increase hydration , and prevent skin damage from the sun. According to one study, the amount of UV radiation required to produce sunburn or redness within 24 hour of exposure increased significantly after eating high-flavonol dark chocolate for 12 weeks.

5. It can lower the risk of cardiovascular disease.

The substances in dark chocolate prevent cholesterol from accumulating in the arteries and protect against the reaction of unhealthy cholesterol with free radicals. One study published in Clinical Nutrition in 2012 observed that eating chocolate more than 5 times per week reduced cardiovascular disease risks by 57%!

After saving some dark chocolate for yourself, feel free to donate the rest of your candy to our Annual Candy Drive! This November 1st through 5th, we will be collecting candy and handwritten notes for our troops at our office in Wellesley. We are particularly excited about our new grand prize of $1,000 that will be awarded to the school’s PTO who donates the most candy. We hope that you have a happy Halloween, and are looking forward to seeing you at the Candy Drive Nov 5th, 10AM at our office!

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://authoritynutrition.com/7-health-benefits-dark-chocolate/

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Post-Halloween Treats: Try These Orthodontics-Safe Recipes!

October 27th, 2015

spooky-cookiesThe truly scary part about Halloween are the days that follow --mainly due to the large stashes of candy collected that can be damaging to your oral health. Not to mention, those who have braces may be tempted to indulge in sticky or hard candies that could bend wires and break brackets off of the teeth.

During Halloween season, the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) sponsor National Orthodontic Health Month, which is the perfect opportunity to remind patients with braces to think about braces-friendly treats that they can enjoy this Halloween. The AAO combines the spooky spirit of Halloween with tips for maintaining braces by compiling a list of tasty recipes that will make your orthodontist smile.

These recipes, created by cooking instructor and food blogger Aura Kavadlo, include:

Although we all know that sugar is a major part of Halloween, we hope that these recipes will offer examples of healthier alternatives and give some guidance to patients who have orthodontic work done. It is important to avoid hard, sticky, gooey, crunchy, and chewy types of candy, such as Now and Laters, Jolly Ranchers, jellybeans, taffy, caramel, and jawbreakers.

Halloween is a scary time for orthodontists, because there is usually a rise in breakages of bonds and brackets, bent wires, and gum irritation. Patients who are undergoing treatment of Align Technology's Invisalign need to go a step further to ensure proper treatment by removing their trays from their mouths before snacking on hard or sticky candy to avoid cracking the trays.

However, going trick-or-treating can still be fun if you clean your teeth thoroughly after snacking! Make sure to floss, brush properly for the full two minutes, or use devices to remove excess sugar from your teeth.

Along with the AAO, we hope to advocate good oral health and proper ways to take care of dental appliances even though Halloween is known for its sugar temptations.

Instead of jeopardizing your dental work and overall dental health, make yourself some of these creative treats and donate your piles of leftover candy to our Annual Candy Drive! The drive serves as a treat for the community as a whole. In celebration of Veteran’s Day with care packages full of candy, cards, and oral hygiene supplies for the United States troops, this year’s eighth Annual Candy Drive is a great incentive for children to eat less candy, and provide a nature of sharing, patriotism, and community. The Candy Drive Press Event will take place November 5th at 10 A.M. at our office (5 Seaward, Wellesley). This year we will be awarding a grand prize of $1000 to the school PTO that donates the most candy!

Please feel free to drop off candy, as well as handwritten notes and cards for American servicemen at our office from November 1st to November 5th. For more info, follow our Candy Drive Facebook page and watch out for new blogs!

Help your kids fight tooth decay by limiting the amount of sugar in their diet, and monitor how much candy they consume. It is important to remember that a healthy diet, along with good oral health habits, can help maintain a healthy 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.

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://dentistrytoday.com/news/todays-dental-news/item/451-halloween-recipes-are-certified-safe-for-orthodontia

https://mylifemysmile.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/spooky-cookies.jpg

Is Halloween Candy a Trick or a Treat?

October 25th, 2015

It’s almost Halloween and the scariest part of trick-or-treating often comes in the days that follow, as the candy stash still may be lying around the house. Although the Halloween costumes and decorations may be at the top of your child's mind right now, your child may also be eager to get a full bag of treats!

Many individuals are commonly aware that candy is not healthy, and can be particularly damaging to the enamel of teeth. Thus, your child may be facing a dilemma: How can something that tastes so good, be so damaging? Is candy a trick or a treat?

Annually, Americans spend approximately $9 billion total on candy, and both during and after Halloween, a lot of candy will lead to oral health problems! The natural bacteria in the mouth feed on sugar in candy and in turn produce acid. This acid destroys tooth enamel and causes decay if not properly taken care of.

It’s important to remember the damage that all the tasty candy can cause to teeth. While candy in moderation and followed by brushing and flossing can be okay, it can become an unhealthy snack habit! Some candies can be even more damaging for teeth than others. Sticky or chewy candies, including caramel, gummy candies, and taffy are more likely to get stuck between the crevices of teeth and can cause more damage to tooth enamel. The longer the sugar is stuck to the surface of teeth, the more time acid can be produced, increasing your risk of developing cavities. Also, sour candies are particularly bad choices of candy as they contain high acid levels. On the other hand, although containing sugar, dark chocolate contains antioxidants that may be good for the heart and even lower blood pressure, according to recent studies. Regularly encourage good oral health habits with your children, in addition to introducing healthy snack alternatives.

The good news is that Halloween candy at the Wellesley Dental Group is not completely a trick! The Annual Community Candy Drive serves as a treat for the community as a whole. In celebration of Veteran’s Day with care packages full of candy, cards, and oral hygiene supplies for the United States troops, this year’s eighth Annual Candy Drive is a great incentive for children to eat less candy, and provide a nature of sharing, patriotism, and community. The Candy Drive Press Event will take place November 5th at 10 A.M. at our office (5 Seaward, Wellesley). This year we will be awarding a grand prize of $1000 to the school PTO that donates the most candy! Please feel free to drop off candy, as well as handwritten notes and cards for American servicemen at our office from November 1st to November 5th. For more info, follow our Candy Drive Facebook page and watch out for new blogs!

Help your kids fight tooth decay by limiting the amount of sugar in their diet, and monitor how much candy they consume. It is important to remember that a healthy diet, along with good oral health habits, can help maintain a healthy 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.

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://authoritynutrition.com/7-health-benefits-dark-chocolate/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tag/worst-halloween-candy/

http://www.knowyourteeth.com/infobites/abc/article/?abc=b&iid=296&aid=11070

http://media.cmgdigital.com/shared/img/photos/2014/10/14/b1/37/ROU9s6halloween-candy-buy-back-family-cosme-90.jpeg

 

Pumpkin, Spice, and Everything Nice!

October 22nd, 2015

It’s that spooky time of year again! With Halloween around the corner, pumpkins are back in season. Many individuals only think of pumpkins as decorative jack-o’-lanterns and the tasty addition to a thanksgiving dinner. From pumpkin pies to pumpkin spice lattes, the options are endless! However, did you know that these huge orange fruits, as well as the seeds within them contain an abundance of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals? Pumpkins are considered one of nature's top nutritional foods. Pumpkins are a rich source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin B5, essential fatty acids, fiber, potassium, magnesium, zinc, and iron. Not only do these nutrients help protect skin and fight off disease, but they also help prevent cavities and tooth decay!

It is important to remember that a healthy diet is essential in maintaining a healthy mouth and body. Luckily, pumpkin seeds make great nutritional snacks! Pumpkin seeds do not require refrigeration and are easy to pack in your child's lunchbox or throw in a Ziploc bag.

In addition to keeping your teeth strong and healthy, here are few reasons you should indulge in the delicious taste of pumpkin throughout the year:

Pumpkins keep your skin youthful.

Pumpkins are rich in Vitamin A, which helps increase the rate of cell renewal and the production of collagen to keep your skin smooth and soft. In addition, pumpkins are packed with essential fatty acids that help diminish wrinkles. Vitamin E and Beta-carotenes found in pumpkins also helps promotes skin health.

Pumpkins defend against disease.

According to the National Cancer Institute, it is estimated that up to 30 percent of all cancers can be prevented by a healthy diet, including a diet that's rich in carotene. Merely a 1/2 cup serving of pumpkin fulfills the recommended intake of alpha-carotene and beta-carotene!

Pumpkins aid vision and provide UV protection.

Similar to carrots, the beta-carotenes gives pumpkin its' bright orange color, as well as protection against sun damage. Further, according to the National Institutes of Health, a cup of cooked pumpkin has more than 200 percent of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin A, which aids vision.

Pumpkins can help you process information more efficiently. 

Zinc and omega-3 fatty acids found in pumpkins can help promote healthy bone density and even sharpen your brain skills.

Pumpkins aid weight loss.

Pumpkins are rich in fiber and low in calories! Fiber helps aid gastrointestinal health, weight-loss, and balanced cholesterol levels.

Pumpkins may reduce the risk of cancer.

According to the National Cancer Institute, a diet rich in foods containing the antioxidant beta-carotene may play a role in cancer prevention and protect against heart disease.

Pumpkins can help refuel your body after exercise.

Like bananas, a cup of cooked pumpkin contains an ample amount of potassium, which helps restore electrolytes after a hard workout and keeps your muscles operating efficiently.

As you carve your pumpkin, keep the insides and the seeds for a nutritious treat! Eating pumpkin seeds is an easy way to consume many nutrients vital to your overall health. Even though fresh pumpkins are in season in the fall, freezing pumpkin seeds or purchasing canned pumpkin or pumpkin seed oil is a good alternative for enjoying pumpkin throughout the year.

Don't forget, our Annual Candy Drive is shortly after Halloween! Make sure that your school is involved for a chance to win a grand prize of $1000 for your school's PTO. At our office (5 Seaward, Wellesley) we are collecting candy donations and hand-written cards for the troops from Nov. 1-Nov.5th. Please join us Nov. 5th at 10AM at the office for our big kickoff event. We're so excited, as this year's drive is bigger and better!

For more info on the Candy Drive and photos from previous events, like our Facebook page.

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://www.completelyyou.com/feature/food/pumpkin_health_benefits/index.html#.VDwYg144LSP

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/09/30/pumpkin-seed-benefits.aspx

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/04/pumpkin-health-benefits_n_1936919.html

http://urbanext.illinois.edu/pumpkins/nutrition.cfm

http://dianadishes.files.wordpress.com/2012/10/garlic-worcestershire-pumpkin-seeds-1280x857.jpg

 

Disney and Digital Dentistry

October 20th, 2015

UntitledWith Halloween coming up, we'll be seeing a lot of the awesome Disney characters trick-or-treating around town. From princesses to action heroes, Disney has been a fun and creative part of childhood for kids and the kids-at-heart.

Many of us have been entertained by the creative animation in Disney films. How amazing would it be if the same technology used in Disney could also be used to improve medical and dental practices? What if we told you that there is already progress on this innovative idea?

Thabo Beeler, Swiss scientist and leader of the Capture and Effects Group at Disney Research Zurich, explains how new technologies initially designed for entertainment purposes can also be helpful in medicine and dentistry. 

At the Computer Graphics Laboratory, virtual patient simulation has been of interest for a long time. However, Doctors have just recently began to learn more about this scanning technology. Now, research has begun on a project to discover whether or not research in virtual patient simulation could be used in the medical and dental field.

Disney's work can help create the bridge between digital technologies and medicine/dentistry because there are many similarities between the technologies used in in these fields and those used in the film industry. Doctors hope to integrate all digital surface or dental scans into a virtual patient because this would simulate all processes of the human. How cool would it be to create a digital copy of a real human?! Researchers have used photogrammetry, which combines two or more slightly displaced pictures of the same object into a 3-D computer image. This process is inexpensive and relatively easy to follow.

Research groups at Disney are attempting to recreate all the details of facial structures for the entertainment industry due to how perceptive our eyes are in terms of faces and social communication. Similarly, medical researchers try their best to simulate virtual patients in order to provide accurate diagnoses and treatments. Beeler believes that the new technologies can be used for planning surgeries, monitoring healing processes, and so much more. There is great potential for these digital technologies in future generations. Maybe in the future, you’ll be able to get a dental checkup from the convenience of your own computer!

Not only will we be looking forward to seeing all of the lovely Halloween costumes, but we're also gearing up for our Annual Candy Drive. This November 1st through 5th, we will be collecting candy and handwritten notes for our troops at our office in Wellesley. We are particularly excited about our new grand prize of $1,000 that will be awarded to the school's PTO who donates the most candy. We hope that you have a happy Haloween, and are looking forward to seeing you at the Candy Drive Nov 5th, 10AM at our office!

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.dental-tribune.com/articles/news/nordic/25770_entertainment_meets_digital_dentistry_.html

http://www.disneyresearch.com/

A Sweet Tradition: 8th Annual Candy Drive

October 14th, 2015

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Let's keep this fun tradition going!

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

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It's Candy Drive Time Again!

October 3rd, 2015

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

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

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

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More than 7600 lbs. of Candy collected in 2014!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Happy Easter Every Bunny!

April 5th, 2015

The Easter bunny is out and about today! Spring is considered to bring new life and a time of rebirth. Easter is a Christian holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Holy Week is also celebrated during the week before Easter. It starts on Palm Sunday and continues on to Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and lastly Easter Sunday. It also marks the end of Lent, which involves 40 days of fasting, prayer, and penance. Typically individuals who participate in Lent focus on giving up a significant indulgence. On Easter morning when Lent ends, people often reward themselves with what they gave up for Lent. Many other Easter traditions have been present for centuries, including the decorating of eggs and easter parades. Eggs are recognized as an ancient symbol of fertility. A prominent symbol of the holiday is the Easter bunny, which is said to have been created by German immigrants who spoke of stories of an egg-laying hare.

For many individuals, Easter involves an exquisite meal shared with family and/or attending church. Others may participate in easter egg hunts full of chocolate and sweet treats, which can be troublesome for teeth. From chocolate bunnies to marshmallow peeps, Easter candy can be tempting. However, too much sweets can lead to tooth decay. In fact, Americans spend approximately $1.9 billion on Easter candy, which is the second biggest candy holiday besides Halloween.

Here are a few simple tips to ensure that your family enjoys the tasty treats while also protecting their teeth:

  • Don’t let sugary treats remain in your mouth for long periods of time. Also, it is best to eat candy during meal time, when there is a high production of saliva present to help attack acids and tooth decay. Try not to drag out the candy consumption over several days.
  • Make sure to brush and floss, as bacteria in the mouth feed off of sugar to create acids that damage the teeth enamel.
  • Limit the amount of Easter candy your child receives, especially if they end up with a lot of easter eggs!
  • Create non-candy basket and replace the sweets with toys, games, books or even dental supplies, like a toothbrush and toothpaste!
  • After candy consumption, drink a glass of water to wash away any left-behind sugars on your teeth.
  • Dark chocolate is one of the healthier options of candy. Dark chocolate is believed to interfere with the bacteria that contributes to gum disease.
  •  Avoid gummy candies such as jellybeans, as well as hard/sticky candies that can become stuck to your teeth.
  • Read the labels, as many candies vary in sugar content.
  • Don’t make a meal out of candy! Choose your treats responsibly and eat them only in moderation!

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://www.benjaminkanarekblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/happy-easter-full-hd-wallpapper-2013.jpg

http://www.sbdentalspa.com/easter-dental-tips-teeth-santa-barbara-dentist/

http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/history-of-easter

https://www.dosomething.org/facts/11-facts-about-easter

 

Together We Did it Again!

November 16th, 2014

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

Here are some highlights from the Candy Drive!

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

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

Making Big News and A Bigger Impact!

 

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Hometown Weekly

Wellesley Weston Magazine

Patch 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out out past Candy Drive Blogs!

The Pyramid of Candy

Candy Drive: Behind the Scenes!

The Candy Collection has Begun!

Candy Drive Details 2014

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

 Together We Can Do So Much!

Our Candy Brigade!

 A Note Sweeter Than Candy!

Candy Pouring In!

Candy Drive Flyer

Candy Drive Kick-Off

 

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

 

A Special Thank You to the following Participants:

 

The Candy Collection Has Begun!

November 5th, 2014

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

Date: Nov 14th 2014

Time: 10:00 am -11:00 am

 

Background:

 

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

 

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

 

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

The response from our community has been phenomenal.

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

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

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

 

Guests and Speakers:

Ellen Gibbs, Selectman at Town of Wellesley

Dr. David Lussier , Wellesley School Superintendent

Wellesley High School Band - performance

Elementary School students - National Anthem

 

Representatives from: 

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

 

Participants 2014 (confirmed thus far): 

 

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

 

Media - Candy Drive 2014:

 

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

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

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

 

Media - candy Drive 2013:

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

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

 

Photographs from past Candy Drive Events:

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

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

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

 

Candy Drive Details!

October 31st, 2014

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

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

 

FOR DETAILS

Call (781)237-9071

Email smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com

 

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

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

Check out last year's turnout here!
 
 
 

Trick or Treat, Brush Your Teeth!

October 31st, 2014

Happy Halloween from the Wellesley Dental Group! In just a few hours, the night will be filled with scary goblins, ghosts, and princesses too! Typical Halloween activities include costume parties, trick-or-treating, pumpkin carving, scary movies, haunted houses, bobbing for apples, and many more spooky events. All around the world, Halloween night is commonly anticipated by the young and even the young at heart! Have you ever wondered how this tradition came about?

Many historians believe that Halloween originated in North America from Celtic nations, including Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Isle of Man, Cornwall, and Brittany. It is believed to be influenced by the Celtic festival of Samhain, meaning "summer's end" in Old Irish. Samhain marks the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter. For the superstitious, it was believed that the coming winter was accompanied by spirits. They believed that by dressing up in costumes, the spirits wandering in the dark would be fooled and tricked away. At the end of the night, it is said that the Celts would create a bonfire built by their priests. Similar to Halloween, these creative costumes, apples, bonfires, folk plays, and going from door to door reciting verses in exchange for food are all a part of the celebration!

Other historians believe the traditions of Halloween in North America stemmed from Parentalia, or the Festival of the Dead, celebrated in ancient Rome. Centuries later, we still see similar customs and traditions at this spooky time of year!

Today, a huge part of Halloween is loading up on a lot of candy. Each Halloween, children typically look forward to wearing a costume and going from house to house collecting candy by saying the magic words, "trick or treat!" Halloween can be a lot of fun for children because of the tasty candy being passed around. However, it is still important to keep good oral hygiene habits in mind during Halloween! The sugars in candy can lead to tooth decay and other oral health problems.

Here are a few tips to keep your smile healthy on Halloween:

  • Brush and floss after eating candy to reduce risk of tooth decay
  • Avoid hard, sticky and chewy candies
  • Limit the amount of candy consumed
  • Drink fluoridated water to keep teeth strong and help rinse away sugars

Also, did you know that Halloween has come to evolve in other countries around the world? Countries including Italy and Canada also celebrate Halloween. Other countries including Sweden, Norway, and Germany have also joined in the fun of Halloween! However, some countries, including Australia, are not so involved in Halloween.

This time of the year also marks the 7th Annual Candy Drive at the Wellesley Dental Group! Halloween is a fun and creative celebration, filled with family, friends, goblins, ghosts, superheros, princesses, and anything that you want to dress up as!

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.jeremiahproject.com/culture/the_origins_of_halloween.html

http://cdn.history.com/sites/2/2013/11/Halloween-Hero-1-H.jpeg

http://patch.com/massachusetts/brookline/tricks-and-treats-halloween-0

http://www.novaroma.org/nr/Parentalia

5 Ways to Get an A in Oral Health

August 27th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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References:

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

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

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

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

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

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The Upcoming ‘Great American Smokeout'

November 19th, 2013

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Spirit of Patriotism at Our Candy Drive!

November 11th, 2013

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

Here are some highlights from the Candy Drive!

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

Making Big News and A Bigger Impact!

 

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 Together We Can Do So Much!

Our Candy Brigade!

 A Note Sweeter Than Candy!

Candy Pouring In!

Candy Drive Flyer

Candy Drive Kick-Off

 

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

Together We Can Do So Much!

November 9th, 2013

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

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

 

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Wellesley Schools:

Bates  School

Fiske  School

Hardy  School

Hunnewell School

Schofield School

Sprague School

Tenacre School

Upham School

Wellesley High School 

Bright Horizons at Wellesley

Babson College

Other Town Schools:

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Charles River School- Dover

Cabot School- Newton

Downey School- Westwood

Field School- Weston

High Rock School- Needham

Needham ECC- Needham

Newman School- Needham

Peirce School- West Newton

Saint Jude School- Waltham

 

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Organizations

Wellesley Mother's Forum

Wellesley Department of Veteran's Services

Wellesley Celebrations Committee

National Guard Family Program of Massachusetts

Wellesley Fire Department

Wellesley Police Department

 

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Local Businesses

 

Magic Beans  

Au Pair USA

Boston Sports Club

BellaSante- Wellesley

Roche Bros- Wellesley

Metrowest Academy of Jiu Jitsu

AccuRev

 

Our Candy Drive Brigade!

November 7th, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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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

 

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

October 25th, 2013

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

References:

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

Feeling Good About 5260 lbs!

October 17th, 2013

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

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

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

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

 

 

Local Halloween Events!

October 15th, 2013

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Looking for some things to do locally or in you area this October? Please check out the many events that are happening this year! From Pumpkin picking to Spooktakular Parties, there will be something for you to do!

 

LOCAL EVENTS

Halloween Costume Bash

Enjoy a well-deserved break from the rigors of 24/7 parenthood with our Parents Night Out program. While you recharge with some precious “me” time, we’ll keep your kids active and entertained with a full schedule of fitness activities, crafts and games in a safe and caring environment. Programs are for ages 3-10. Nonmembers welcome.

Friday, October 18, 2013, 6:00 PM at the Wellesley Boston sports clubs

Parents Night Out Activities:

• Sports

• Arts and crafts

• Games and relays

• Laser tag and more

*Pizza Provided

 

3rd Annual Superheroes Party

Saturday, October 19, 2013, 10:30 AM at Linden Square Courtyard, 180 Linden Street, Wellesley, MA 02482 

Parents and children are invited to fly, zip and zoom to Linden Square for our 3rd Annual Superheroes Party and an enjoy an action-packed afternoon of fun including:

  • Photos & fun with your favorite superheroes
  • Visits from the local heroes of the Wellesley Police & Dire Department
  • Airbrush tattoos
  • Super treats and crafts
  • Great gift bags and more!

Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

 

Halloween Prowl at Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary

Oct 25, 26 &27 starting at 5:30-8:00 pm at Moose Hill is located at 293 Moose Hill St, Sharon, MA.

Mass Audubon’s Moose Hill is celebrating its 30th year of its very popular Halloween Prowl. This annual event is experienced in a creative, non-scary, safe and educational manner. It is an enchanting evening with many delights including a barn filled with Jack-o'-lanterns. Discover the history of Halloween from a Druid and then encounter costumed characters performing nature skits as you are guided along a candle-lit trail. After the hour-long guided walk, return to the Nature Center for refreshments. Sing along with the folk singers as you enjoy the campfire. If you have come in the past, please note that the characters change every year. All are encouraged to wear a costume to be part of the fun as we will have an on-going costume “parade” as participants are checked in. New this year…after your walk, search for stamps to complete your Prowl Passport. The guided tours are every 15 minutes, rain or shine!
Tickets are $9, children under 3 are free. There are no refunds or exchanges on Prowl reservations. Pre-registration is required, call Moose Hill at 781-784-5691.This annual event is the perfect fall kick-off outing for scout and other community groups.

 

Halloween Trick or Treat Parade

Saturday, October 26, 2013, 11:00 AM at Dorset Organic Cafe 352 Washington St. Wellesley Hills

The Wellesley Recreation Dept. and the Wellesley Hills Merchants invite children
0-8 to participate in a Halloween Parade in Wellesley Hills. Wellesley Hills merchants will be handing out treats on the parade which finishes in Clock Tower Park with games provided by Knucklebones and a visit from the Wellesley Fire Dept. truck. The parade starts at Dorset Cafe 352 Washington St. (across from the Hills T stop) at 11. Join the fun - it's all free!

 

Halloween Family Festival, Wellness Fair, and Blood Drive!

Sunday, October 27, 2013, 11:00 AM at 125 Lakeview St., Sharon, MA 02067

A new tradition in the South Shore, our 4th Annual Halloween Family Festival is going to be even more spectacular this year!  Be sure you save the date on your calendar for Sunday October 27th, from 11-3pm.   This year brings lots of great activities for kids and families including arts and crafts, hay rides, face painting, carnival games, food trucks and a visit from our favorite critter expert Joe’s Crazzy Critters.  In addition, enjoy performances from Flying High Frisbee Dogs, and Franc Karp the Magician! New for this year our added Wellness Fair will provide the opportunity to learn about lots of local business specializing in health and wellness for your family! In addition, we’re the host site for an American Red Cross Blood drive!  If you are interested in donating please visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS to schedule an appointment.

Learn more at: http://www.everwooddaycamp.com/news/4th-annual-halloween-family-festival-and-wellness-fair

 

Halloween Open House with Musical Trick-or-Treating

Sunday, October 27, 2013, 2:00 PM at Dana Hall School of Music

Families and children of all ages are invited to come in costume. The Halloween Open House features musical trick-or-treating. Behind every door, families will find a different instrument to explore from piano to violin to harp and even an Erhu.  There will also be guided instrument jams with Miss Becky for children ages 2 – 7.  And of course, candy too! Children are also invited to participate in a musical scavenger hunt. Every family receives a card with a list of instruments that can be found throughout the music school.  For every instrument found, the child receives a sticker.  Completed cards can be returned for a goody bag and to be entered in a special music raffle.
This event is so popular that R.S.V.P’s are requested although not necessary.

 

Halloween Costume Party

Wednesday, October 30, 2013, 4:00 PM at 5 Seaward Rd, Wellesley Mass. 02481

For the young and the young at heart!
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. - See more at: http://wellesleydentalgroup.com/blog/?p=5619#sthash.qqNq8qyD.dpuf

 

 Bates Pumpkin Fair

 Saturday, Oct. 19, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (rain or shine) at  Bates Elementary School 116 Elmwood Road

Every fall in Wellesley, children of all ages gather to enjoy one of the most anticipated events of the season, the Bates Pumpkin Fair. This wonderful event, celebrating its 40th year, is open to the public and plays host to families both near and far. ?For a ghoulishly good time, join us ton Saturday, Oct. 19 for kids’ games and activities, live entertainment, delicious food, tons of prizes and just good ole fashion Halloween fun.

So skip breakfast on Saturday and arrive first thing rain or shine! At 10 a.m. sharp, the Pumpkin Cafe will be in full swing serving hot chocolate, coffee and muffins. In the afternoon, pizza, Boloco wraps, chips, and plenty of refreshing juices and water will be available. No one will go home hungry.

After breakfast visit the sprawling Pumpkin Patch with hundreds of pumpkins of all sizes. Come early for the best selection; just tag your favorite gourd and volunteers will put your pumpkin aside. Later, pull up to the "pumpkin pickup," where pumpkins will be delivered right to your car. Out on the fields there will be Moon Bounces, sports and carnival games like Radar Ghost Ball, Scary Soccer, The Great Pumpkin and of course, the "Howl in One!" Redeem your winning tickets at the prize table for some frightfully cool prizes.

When you are ready for something sweet, be sure to visit the Sweet Treats table, where there will be plenty of baked goodies to go around -- cookies, cupcakes, caramel apples, breads and pies, all festively packaged to eat or go home with you to enjoy later. Nut-free and gluten-free items will also be available. For the third year in a row we will run the very popular "Cake Walk." Time your moves right and you will have a chance to win a variety of yummy, seasonally decked out cakes. These delicious, freshly baked confections rival any "Cake Boss."

Don't miss the legendary Haunted Hallway, all new for 2013. Come see what trick or treat lurks beyond every twist and turn. A fair favorite, it is suitable for all ages. Choose from three levels of spookiness: lights on, barely scary, to completely dark and creepy. The Haunted Hallway is sure to delight every age.

Another major attraction is the kids’ raffle. No family will want to miss a chance at winning an array of raffle prizes including an American Girl Doll, Green Machine, iPad Mini or a Kindle, all generously donated by Bates families.

Halloween Haunted House

Saturday, October 26, 2013, 5:00 PM at Congregational Church of Needham, 1154 Great Plain Avenue, Needham 

It’s fun, it’s not too scary and it wouldn’t be Halloween in Needham without it!  The Haunted House at The Congregational Church of Needham is back on Saturday, October 26, 5-8pm, featuring a traditional Halloween theme sure to please kids and adults of all ages. Walk through the Haunted Cemetery, run into scary ghosts and goblins, and visit Frankenstein’s Laboratory.  A party room with a bouncy house, carnival games and food will also be available for fun without the scares. A donation of $5 per person is suggested.  Tie-dyed pillowcases will also be on sale to use as candy bags for $5 each. All proceeds help fund the Senior High Youth Group’s summer mission trip to Wisconsin to rebuild houses in impoverished communities.

www.needhamucc.org or contact Rev. Jamie Green at 781-444-2510, x104, or
revjamie@needhamucc.org. Don't forget to wear your costume and bring all our friends!

 

Charles River School Family Fair and Marketplace

Saturday, October 19, 2013, 10:00 AM at  6 Old Meadow Road Dover, MA 

Charles River School in Dover, MA presents our 62nd annual Fair for the whole family including rides, games, food and fun.  A juried Craft Marketplace will be held in conjunction with the Family Fair and will feature jewelry, art, pottery, photography, woodcrafts, clothing, soaps, doll clothes, pet products, gourmet foods and much more from over 60 artists and craftspeople.

 

PumpkinFest

Saturday, October 19th, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., rain or shine at  340 Clapboardtree Street, Westwood (First Parish Meeting Hall)

Capture the spirit of Autumn in New England at Westwood’s annual PumpkinFest to benefit Clapboardtree Nursery School.

PumpkinFest will feature Baby Farm Animal Visits, Family Music Makers, moonwalks, games, prizes, crafts, a silent auction, a bake sale, lunch, and of course a pumpkin patch.  Don’t miss this fun-filled day for the whole family!  The event will take place at the First Parish Meeting Hall at the corner of Clapboardtree and Nahatan Streets in Westwood.  For more information, visithttp://www.clapboardtreepumpkinfest.org.

 

GREATER BOSTON

Boston Halloween Lunch Cruise – October 27 for the perfect mix of tricks and treats, bring the whole family down to the Harbor for Spirit of Boston’s festive Halloween Lunch Cruise. Enjoy an open soda and juice bar, trick or treat goodie bags for all kids and engaging DJ entertainment featuring fun games for the kids. Plus, there will be a kid’s costume parade, so don’t forget to dress up in your favorite Halloween garb!? Spirit of Boston? 200 Seaport Blvd.

Hanson’s Haunted Hayride – Friday and Saturday nights in October? Hanson’s Haunted Farm, Framingham?. Over 100 volunteers come out to thrill and scare you in an exciting hayride through our farm. We do group rates and discounts.

The Haunted Ship At the USS Salem– 739 Washington St., Quincy. Ever wanted to take a part in a real ghost tour? Members of RTS Paranormal will take you on a tour of the USS Salem’s most haunted places. See the areas that were featured on the hit TV showGhost Hunters. Prior to your tour you will receive a briefing on how the specialized “ghost hunting” equipment works and an overview of the ship, its history and our ghosts. This tour is recommended for people age 16 and older. This is a “Do Not Miss Opportunity” for anyone interested in the paranormal or ghost hunting. Our guided ghost tours are just $15 or can be combined with our haunted ship tickets for a $25 combo ticket. Have fun and happy ghost hunting.

Zoo Howl at Franklin Park Zoo – October 26-27. Franklin Park Zoo 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston Children throughout New England are invited to trick-or-treat among the animals. Thrills, chills, and animals lurk around every corner on the Trick-or-Treat Trail! Other haunted happenings offered throughout the day include: creepy crafts, ghoulish games, howling costume contests and a haunted maze! Be sure to take a hay ride at Zoo Howl! Hay rides will be provided by Pine Meadow Farm and will cost $2.00 per person or three for $5.00.

Boo at the Zoo at Stone Zoo! – October 19-20 Stone Zoo 149 Pond Street, StonehamChildren throughout New England are invited to trick-or-treat among the animals. Thrills, chills, and animals lurk around every corner on the Trick-or-Treat Trail. Other haunted happenings offered throughout the day include: creepy crafts, ghoulish games, howling costume contests, and a haunted maze!

Ghosts and Gravestones Tours of Boston – Through October. Come hear Boston’s real history – the stories you won’t hear before the sun goes down. What do you get when you combine a cursed privateer, a pyromaniac circus ringleader, a demon spat out of the pits of Hades, a homicidal opera diva, and a deranged nanny? An experience unlike anything else in Boston! Those are just a few of our guides who will drag you kicking and screaming through Boston’s sordid past. Never was there a more treacherous lot of characters – each one dying to tell you tales of Boston’s dead in their own unusual way. There are so many of us that each time you take our tour, you’ll have a startling new experience. So join us again and again! You will never know with whom you will be trapped. – 80 Dorchester Avenue, South Boston

Haunted Boston Ghost Tours?– Through November 10.  Step through the shadows and discover the chilling and ghastly tales of murder, revenge, lust, and heartache… The best way to see Historic Boston is by foot. This 90-minute walking tour takes you through the historic and haunted streets in search of the countless ghosts rumored to haunt the city. Daily? Central Burying Ground Boston

Frightful Friday Ghost Stories and Tour at The Gore Mansion?– October 11, 18 & 25. Gore Place 52 Gore Street Waltham. Guides lead visitors through the 1806 Governor Gore mansion where they hear stories from New England and beyond–A great way to celebrate the Halloween season and enjoy this beautiful historic house! $15, $10 members and children ages 5-12.

Beacon Hill With a Boo! – October 31. Boston By Foot, Inc. 77 North Washington Street Boston. Beacon Hill With a BOO! is the Halloween walking tour of Beacon Hill featuring the murders, executions, ghosts and politicians of this seemingly quaint neighborhood.

Spooktacular on the Common - October 26, 12:30-4pm Natick Common. The Great “Spooktacular” Event and Trick or Treat Parade is coming soon. Natick Center Associates with the Natick Recreation Department will hold the “Spooktacular” event on Saturday, October 26th beginning at 12:30 p.m. At 2:00 p.m. there will be two separate children’s parades winding their way through downtown seeking candy and treats. In the event of inclement weather, the activities will be moved to the new Community-Senior Center on East Central Street. Enjoy games, treats, the great pumpkin smash, and a costume parade through Natick Center!

Harvard Square Ghost Tour – Thursdays thru Sundays at 7:30pm -Gather round and let our professional storytellers take you on a nighttime stroll to hear about the otherworldly tales of those who lurk the shadows of Harvard Square in the night. The gruesome murders and mysterious deaths will no doubt shock you, but your guide will cut the spooky atmosphere with plenty of spirited jokes. Don’t fret, you won’t wet your knickers! This friendly ghost tour is great fun, and is appropriate for all willing ages. Harvard Square ghost tours pass through the Square, through Harvard University campus, and finish by the Cambridge Burying Yard. Tour lasts 90 minutes. Admission for the tour is $15 for adults, $12 for students/seniors, $7 for kids 7-12. We gather by the Visitor Information kiosk at the Harvard Square T Stop. It’s rather hard to miss our guides in hoop skirts and top hats!

Upstairs on the Square’s Halloween Party – October 31. We look forward to Halloween all year long, because it’s our chance not only to dress up ourselves, but also to pass judgment on your silly sartorial statements. Our TV will have a showing of Rocky Horror Show as background to Scary-oke at 9:30, and best costume wins big. Lino is concocting some very potent but specially priced magic brews for the bar, and our kitchen is coming up with a special $40 prix fixe menu all night long—heavy on the pumpkins and apples. Upstairs on the Square 91 Winthrop Street in Cambridge 617-864-1933.

 

NORTH OF BOSTON & GREATER MERRIMACK VALLEY

Haunted Happenings – October 1-31. A month-long celebration of Halloween and fall in New England , Haunted Happenings features more than 130 events for all ages. In addition to special events in October, most Salem attractions and museums have extended hours and most restaurants will feature special programming including parties and live music.

Salem Witch Museum - 19 ½ Washington Square North, Salem The Salem Witch Museum presents one of the most tragic and enduring events in American history… THE WITCH HYSTERIA of 1692. Interest in what happened 300 years ago remains high and in fact keeps growing. Their exhibit: Witches: Evolving Perceptions traces the myths of this mysterious religion. From midwives and healers to witch hunts and Wiccans… Do you believe in witches? Don’t answer until you see Salem’s Most Visited Museum.

Witch’s Woods – Through November 1. Thurs – Sun Nashoba Valley Ski Area, Westford?Greater Merrimack Valley’s original Halloween Screampark. Climb aboard Witch’s Woods most popular attraction, the Haunted Hayride, and visit the Keeper’s Crypt, Castle Morbid and Nightmare Mansion.?? Groton’s Annual Halloween Costume Parade? October 28, ?2:40pm. ?Meet at Prescott School next to Ace Hardware Wear costumes! Parade starts at 3pm, runs down Main Street to the Town Field where children can enjoy dancing, games with prizes, face painting, giveaways, snacks, and more. There will also be a very special guest to greet the children. Age ranges from 2-10. Cost: Donation of at least one dollar per child at the field

Ed Emberley Halloween Program and Book Signing at Wenham Museum – Sunday, October 27; 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Dress up your little monsters and come to the museum for an afternoon of spooky fun, goolish games, and creepy crafts. Author Ed Emberely returns to sign copies of his new book Nighty Night, Little Green Monster. Reserve your book in the Museum Shop. Ages 3+ $8 adults, $6 children, members free. Group rates available.
132 Main Street, Wenham, MA, 978-468-2377

 

SOUTH OF BOSTON

Alden Haunted House – October 19 The Alden House Historic Site ?105 Alden Street, Duxbury

Spooktacular Halloween Party & Costume Contest – October 27 Paragon Carousel?205 Nantasket Avenue, Hull Arrive in costume and take a spin on the spookiest Halloween carousel ever!

Happy Haunted Kid’s Trail – Winslow Farm Animal Sanctuary, 37 Eddy St., Norton.

Factory of Terror - 33 Pearl St., Fall River

Trick or Trot 5k – October 26 – 9:00am to 11:00am Join in the 1st Annual Trick or Trot 5k beginning at historic Burial Hill in Plymouth. Costumes are welcome! Supporting the Arc of Greater Plymouth?Burial Hill Cemetery?Church Street, Plymouth

Scarecrow Contest – October 11-31 – Scarecrows will be displayed along Onset Avenue in the Village of Onset and along Main Street in Wareham. Local businesses, schools and families will show off their artistic side and create unique scarecrows for all to enjoy.
So take a ride through both the Village and Main Street for a Halloween Treat!.Onset Bay Association?4 Union Street, Onset

The Witches’ Ball – A Halloween Celebration– October 26 – 7:30pm Presented by the South Shore Art Center. Featuring Entertainment, Hors d’oeuvres, Silent Auction & Prizes. Sponsored by Panopticon Imaging, Inc. Tickets are $75 Members & $85 Non-Members. Call 781-383-2787?The River Club, 78 Border Street, Scituate

 

CAPE COD AND THE ISLANDS

Halloween Family Fun Nights – October 25-26 Heritage Museums and Gardens, Sandwich?feature festive, non-scary holiday activities designed for children of all ages. The Toe Jam Puppet Band will perform a concert with puppets and original Halloween songs, during which the performers will dress kids in kooky Halloween gear and teach them dances like “Do the Frankie” (as in Frankenstein). Participants will also play games, make creature-of-the-night crafts, get temporary tattoos, take spins around the carousel, and tour the Auto Museum, where they can “ride” in the 1913 Model T Ford. Weather permitting, visitors will be able to explore the lighted Hart Family Maze Garden, take a tractor-pulled hay ride around the Parade Field, and play in Hidden Hollow, lighted specially for this event. Treats will be for sale at the museum’s Magnolia Café. Participants are welcome to dress in costume, but should wear comfortable shoes to walk throughout the event.

Falmouth Museums on the Green – Saturday, October 26 Dr. Francis Wicks House, Falmouth. A “Visit with the Night Watchman” will be presented on Saturday, October 29 from 6 – 9 PM. The Dr. Francis Wicks House at 55 Palmer Avenue and the surrounding grounds will be used for the flashlight tour. Town “spirits” lurk in corners and interact with visitors in very short improvisations. The mildly scary tour is designed to attract families with children over the age of six.

Harvest of Horrors – Weekends in October Tony Andrews Farm, Old Meeting house Road, East Falmouth The Harvest of Horrors is the longest continuously-running haunted attraction in southeastern New England.

Annual Halloween Parade and Costume Pageant – October 31 Join the fun at the Annual Halloween Parade & Custume Pageant! Prize for Best Family Themed Costumes at 4:30 PM on the Methodist Church steps. Parade begins at 5 PM with every child recieving a ribbon and goodie bag! Hosted by Nantucket Chamber of Commerce and The Inquirer & Mirror

Nantucket Ghost Walk: Cemetery Route - Visit 5 of the island’s most haunted locations on this 1 and 1/3 mile, 90 min. evening stroll through Nantucket Town. Featuring the Old North Burial Ground, the Oldest House, and Nantucket’s 2 most haunted hotels, voted “Best Walking Tour on Nantucket” 3 years in a row, this is the island’s original ghost walk (begun in 1998) and the most popular walking tour ever on Nantucket, led by the original guide. $20. for adults, $10. for seniors (65 and over) and for teens, $5. for children 7 – 12, Kids under 7 are free. No credit cards. No reservations are necessary. Please arrive 10 min. prior to the 8:30pm departure.

 

CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS

Great Pumpkin Fest 2012 – October 19.  Ecotarium, Worcester?. Don’t miss the biggest Halloween celebration for families in Central Massachusetts!

Treats & Tricks - October 27. Donations of canned goods for a local food pantry encouraged. Bring your kids for a unique, safe and free Trick-or-Treating experience in the Center Village and stay for the family entertainment including comedic juggling, puppetry, and storytelling. Halloween “Fright Nights”? – Last three Fridays and Saturdays in October? Davis MegaMaze ?6-10pm?. Last admission is at 9 pm. Join us if you dare! Geared for adults.

 

WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS

13 Nights at Jiminy - October 4, 5, 11-13, 18, 19, 25, 26, 29-31. Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort. ?Descend into the depths of the mountains’ past as a haunted holdout, where Villagers from the Plantation of Jericho lived in terror of disfiguring diseases, deranged creatures and impending doom. Are you scared yet?! (ages 10+)

Ghost Tours at The Mount - Fridays through October 25 – For over a century, The Mount has been home to writers, actors, wealthy families, hard-working servants, and teenage girls. Tour the most haunted parts of the estate to find out what spirits might still be lurking. Join us on our Friday Night Fright Tours!? Check their website for details.

The Monster Mash Haunted Hay Ride (Adults) Fridays-Sundays in October McCrays Farm? 55 Alvord St., South Hadley. When you try McCray’s Farm’s Monster Mash Haunted Hayride, you’ll find an experience you won’t forget. With scares an screams around every corner, this is a ride you don’t want to miss!

The Munchkin Ride - (Kids) Fridays-Sundays - McCrays Farm 55 Alvord St., South Hadley. For the little ones in your family, McCray’s Farm offers a Munchkin Ride for children ages 7 and younger. This gentle, exciting ride is fun for the whole family.

Mike’s Maze – Fridays and Saturdays through October. South Main St., Sunderland. Visitors to Mike’s Maze will encounter countless activities, games, and amusements. Every year, Will creates a themed game within the maze that will entertain the entire family. The 2011 Maze features a bust of Noah Webster. You can also go on a horse drawn wagon ride, pick your own Halloween pumpkin, shoot spuds from our potato cannon, eat farm fresh food at the Corn Cafe, view the maze from the perspective of our walk-in Camera Obscura, ride a pony at our petting zoo, and even stock-up on fresh local produce from our farm!

Frightfest at Six Flags New England -Through November 1 – Check website for dates. Six Flags New England Agawam. Check out all Six Flags New England in Agawam has to offer for your Halloween celebrations. Thrills and frills you can’t get enough of. Call (413) 786-9300 ext 3241 for more information and times.

Jeepers Creepers: Ghouls & Goblins!- October 26 – Wistariahurst and Parks and Recreation have collaborated to bring Halloween to the Museum’s haunted doorstep! The fun filled event will include music, magic performances, games, crafts, goodie bags and more! Admission $2 per child or $10 for families of 5 or more children. All attendees are encouraged to come in costume. Please register in advance with Parks & Recreation at 413-322-5620. This event is rain or shine.

 

References:

http://www.massvacation.com/explore/holidays/halloween/

http://wellesley.patch.com/blogs/teeth-for-life-wellesley-dental-group

http://needham.patch.com/

http://www.hgtv.com/

Want Your PTO to Win $500?

October 7th, 2013

Thank you vets Candy Drive 2012 PierceWANT TO WIN $500 FOR YOUR PTO?

 

 

Join Drs. Ali & Ali this year by supporting Wellesley Dental Group’s 6th annual Candy Drive to benefit U.S. Troops.

“Our goal is to encourage kids to give up their extra Halloween candy and send a little sweetness overseas. For our troops, who are so far away, M&Ms and the handwritten cards children send are a little treat that remind them of home,” said Dr. Femina Ali of Wellesley Dental Group.

All Wellesley Public schools are eligible to participate. The school that donates the most candy per child will win $500 to use at their PTO’s discretion.*

Wellesley Dental Group will kick-off the drive with a Halloween Costume party on October 30th  from 4-6 p.m. at their office (located at 5 Seaward Road in Wellesley, Mass.), with food, games, prizes and toothbrushes. Everyone is welcome. They will accept candy donations between Nov. 1 and Nov. 8 and will hold a press event on the 8th at 10 a.m., which is open to the community, before they send the candy off in a U-Haul. CarePacks, a non-profit organization that sends care packages to troops overseas, will package up the candy and cards. Principals, faculty, parents and students (with permission from their teachers of course) are welcome to attend.

 

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

*To ensure a fair competition the winner will be determined by the total weight of the candy donated divided by the total number of students attending each school. We are requesting the schools provide us with this information.  Read More here!

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

 

 

 

Halloween Costume Party!

October 4th, 2013

FOR THE YOUNG AND  THE YOUNG AT HEART!

 



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. smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com 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!

6th Annual Candy Drive: Sending Some Sweetness Overseas!

September 24th, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Happy Holidays from WDG

December 13th, 2012

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

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

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

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

 

From the Caring Team at Wellesley Dental Group,

 

Happy Holidays!

 


Are You Sensitive?

December 11th, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sources:
Crest
Sensodyne
WebMD

The Silent Destroyer

December 3rd, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Flex Spending | Are you ready for the New Year?

November 26th, 2012


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy Veteran's Day!

November 12th, 2012

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

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

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

Special Thanks to the Wellesley Police Department

November 11th, 2012

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

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

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

Great Wall of Candy Contest

November 9th, 2012

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

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

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

We did this together!

November 9th, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

Wellesley Schools:
Babson College
Bates
Hardy
Hunnewell
Schofield
Sprague
Tenacre

Dover Schools:
Charles River
Chickering

Needham Schools:
Hillside School
Needham ECC Pre-School

Newton Schools:
Bowen
Cabot
Pierce

Westwood Schools:
Downey

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

Media:
Wellesley Townsman
Wellesley Media Corporation
Swellesley Report
The Patch

And all the patients of Wellesley Dental Group

Without your help, this would not have been possible.

Our Great Wall of Candy

November 8th, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bringing smiles to our faces

November 7th, 2012

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

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

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

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

Heaps of Candy from Hunnewell!

November 6th, 2012

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

October 18th, 2012

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

Worst:

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

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

Five Habits that Destroy Your Smile

October 11th, 2012

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

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

1. Not flossing

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

2. Brushing too soon after eating

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

3. Not replacing your toothbrush often enough

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

4. Excessively bleaching your teeth

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

5. Using a hard-bristled toothbrush

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

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

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

October 10th, 2012

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

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

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

Community Halloween Party on Thursday, October 25th!

October 3rd, 2012

 

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

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

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

We look forward to seeing you there!

Filtered Yelp Reviews

September 12th, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

Read more! :)

 

Wellesley Dental Group on Pinterest

June 19th, 2012

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

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

Please visit our Pinterest page and pin with us today!

Dr. Femina Ali on TV

June 12th, 2012

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

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

Mountain of Candy

November 16th, 2010

 

Wellesley Dental Group thanks YOU, the greater community, for making the 2010 Post-Halloween candy drive a huge success.  All of the candy has been donated to SKIP who will be making care packages for our overseas troops.

This drive could not have happened without the great efforts and help from many local schools, PTO members, students, and helpful community members.

A sincere "Thanks" goes out to:

WellesleySchools -

  • Margaret Flitsch and Dr. Steven Goodwin and students from Sprague Elementary
  • Bernadette Dore and students from Bates Elementary
  • Maura Renzella and Hardy Elementary
  • Joanne from Schofield Elementary (she helped us construct the huge pile)
  • Jennifer Madden and Fiske Elementary
  • Kara Steinberg and the Hunnewell PTO
  • Upham Elementary parents and families

Westwood:

  • Chandana Gopal and Downey Elementary

Dover:

  • Susan Roer and Charles River School
  • Kristin Brophy and Chickering Elementary

Needham:

  • Tara Milligan and Needham Early Childhood Center
  • The Mitchell Elementary School

We'd also like to thank Bret Silverberg and Callum Borchers from the Wellesley Patch and Greg Abazorius from the Needham Patch.  Rachel from Wellesley Cable Access Corporation also was a super help in our drive. Thank you.

Pediatricians' offices that helped spread the word made a huge difference.

Thank you to everyone who donated, separated, delivered and parted with their candy!

Thanks also to SKIP (Frank, Skip, and Family) for doing a great job sending the care packages out to the troops.

Drs. Ali & Ali and the entire Wellesley Dental Group team

Share the candy

October 21st, 2010

If you'd like to have a candy drive at your workplace, or want your co-workers and friends to know about our drive, please download and print out our flyer.  Candy can be delivered November 1 through November 12. Monday through Thursday, from 8 am to 5 pm, Friday from 9 am to 1 pm.

Halloween Candy Drive poster

We're also hosting a Halloween party and costume contest on October 28 - Fun for all ages!

Halloween fun for all ages

Candy drive Nov. 1 - 12

October 18th, 2010

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Our Post-Halloween Candy drive begins Monday, November 1 and ends Friday, November 12. Your extra candy may be dropped off at 5 Seaward Road in Wellesley between 8 am and 5 pm, Monday through Thursday, and 9 am and 1 pm on Friday.

The candy will go to SKIP (Special Kindness in Packages), a local organization that sends care packages to troops overseas.

Sprague Elementary School of Wellesley and Chickering Elementary in Dover are also participating in the drive: we'll donate to each school's PTO.

Have any questions about the drive? Please call 781-237-9071 or email danica@wellesleydentalgroup.com.

Download and print out our Halloween Candy Drive poster

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.

National Orthodontic Health Month

October 7th, 2010

October is National Orthodontic Health Month!

If you have braces, do your best to avoid sticky sweets and treats this month - especially

with Halloween coming up.

For more tips on braces and your health, please visit this informative site.

 

Generosity Shines

November 11th, 2009

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Over 210 pounds of candy were donated to raise money for a sick child

 

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Amazing Generosity coming from Kids

Two brothers, Cayman and Bryce Cushing, age 12, are amazing to us. They represent the great hopes of tomorrow and the truth that generosity lives among us today.

These Framingham boys dropped off 210 pounds of candy at our office today.  In candy buy-back terms, that is $210!  We told kids that we'd give them $1.00 per bag (as part of the Halloween Candy Buy-Back - $1.00 per pound is the going price).

The most wonderful part of the story is that collectively with their friends and community, they collected hundreds of pounds of candy to help a friend who was diagnosed with a rare cancer in August.  They have asked for the $210 to be donated to the Michael Eden Medical Fund - a selfless, charitable, and intelligent idea, and one that has proved to touch all of our hearts at the office. 

Thank you to Bryce, Cayman, and Cushing family, and to all of the friends who also made the choice to donate rather than "eat" the candy! You have provided another wonderful example of true generosity.

The Halloween Party

November 2nd, 2009

Hope everyone had a wonderful Halloween!  Here are some of the photos from our recent party.

 

 

[caption id="attachment_730" align="alignnone" width="225" caption="Dr. Femina Ali was a good witch. "]Dr. Femina Ali as witch[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_736" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="5 Seaward Road in Wellesley looked festive. "]5 Seaward Road in Wellesley looked festive. [/caption]

[caption id="attachment_735" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Some of the costumes were scary.Leyla, the hygienist, and her daughters"]Some of the costumes were scary.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_732" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Daphne, Dr. Femina Ali, and Scooby-Doo!"]Daphne, Dr. Femina Ali, and Scooby-Doo![/caption]

Candy drive

October 31st, 2009

WDG Team and 900 lbs of candy 

WELLESLEY, MA -- A huge pile of candy does not scare the dentist away! In fact, Drs. Ali and Ali of Wellesley Dental Group say “bring it on” when it comes to the tons of candy local children collect at Halloween. Children and their parents are invited to drop off extra candy to benefit overseas troops during the second-annual Halloween Candy drive. 

[caption id="attachment_516" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="In 2008, more than 900 pounds of candy went to overseas troops."]In 2008, more than 900 pounds of candy went to overseas troops.[/caption]

Candy can be delivered to Wellesley Dental Group, 5 Seaward Road in Wellesley between 9 am and 4 pm, Monday through Thursday, and 9 am to 1 pm on Fridays, starting November 2 through November 13.

Each child will receive $1 for paper lunch bags full of candy in this candy “buy-back.” Last year, over 900 pounds of candy were donated to S.K.I.P. (Special Kindness in Packages, Inc.) This year, the goal is for over 2,000 pounds of candy to be sent to troops in fun care packages.  (We've actually upped the goal from 1,000 pounds).

For more information about the drive and Drs. Ali’s “Keeping Cavities off the Streets” campaign, please call 781-237-9071.

All of our events are featured on our Facebook and twitter accounts.  To stay in the loop, we welcome you to friend us on Facebook (we have a group and a fan page) or follow @WellesleyDental on twitter.

 

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