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Consuming Cheese Can Prevent Cavities

January 20th, 2014

Happy National Cheese Lover's Day!

Dairy has been long known to be packed with a great amount of calcium, protein, and vitamin D in every serving. It has always been said that drinking milk and other dairy products will keep bones healthy and strong, but there has not been much research done on how beneficial dairy products are to oral health until recently. General Dentistry just published in their most recent journal issue that cheese and other dairy products have the potential of keeping cavities at bay.

Researchers that conducted the study looked at 68 participants between the ages of 12 and 15. The subjects had their dental plaque pH checked before eating cheese, milk, or sugar-free yogurt. Previous studies indicate that a pH level below 5.5 makes an individual more susceptible to the wearing down of enamel, resulting in tooth erosion. The higher the pH level, the lower the chance an individual has of getting cavities.

The subjects were randomly split into three groups: one that ate cheddar cheese, another that drank milk, and a final group that ate sugar-free yogurt. After eating their chosen type of dairy for 3 minutes, the subjects were asked to rinse their mouth with water. The pH level of each subject’s mouth was then measured 10, 20, and 30 minutes the dairy product was consumed. The researchers found that the individuals who drank milk and ate sugar-free yogurt did not have a significant change in pH level; however, those who ate cheese showed a great increase in pH levels after each time interval, indicating that this particular dairy product may be the key to preventing cavities. The results suggest that because there is more of a need to chew when consuming cheese, there is an increase in saliva production, which also leads to an increase of pH levels. The researchers also found compounds inherent in cheese binds to tooth enamel, preventing acid from causing further damage.

This new finding gives us more of a reason to add a slice of cheese to a sandwich. Continue to make sure daily that your diet increases and strengthens oral health!

If you have any questions, thoughts, or concerns 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 to set up an appointment and consultation.


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Five Green Foods That Can Bring About Good Oral Health

June 4th, 2013

Have you been looking to get healthier and searching for how to change up your current diet? Here are a couple green healthy foods that can get you started on spicing up what you eat and also can be beneficial for your oral health!

Green tea: get ready to cut out sugary and carbonated beverages and look into a lighter and calming alternative. While green tea has been proven to reduce the risk of both stroke and oral cancer, it contains catechins, which are a type of antioxidants that also prevents cavities and gingivitis. Green tea also prevents halitosis by hindering bacterial growth. Make sure to read our blog to find out more about green tea health benefits!

Celery: these crunchy greens can help produce saliva, freshening up the mouth while neutralizing bacteria that results in cavities. Celery is also known to stimulate and massage gums during chewing and also cleanses areas between teeth.

Wasabi: the spicy Japanese horseradish not only adds flavor to sushi and sashimi, but can also be front line defense for teeth. What makes wasabi taste hot is a substance known as isothiocyanates, which also prevents the growth of bacteria in the mouth. Eating green paste can keep cavities away!

Parsley: these leaves can add flavor to a variety of dishes but can also help freshen up the mouth after a meal. These greens contain monoterpenes, which are substances that travel through the lungs and bloodstream; their odor ends up being released through one’s breath.

Kiwi: most fruits contain an assortment of vitamins, but kiwis are known to be jam-packed with Vitamin C, which allow maintains the collagen in gums, preventing tenderness and vulnerability to bacteria. Snacking on these sweet green fruits is another way to prevent cavities.

If you have any more questions, thoughts, or concerns 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 to set up an appointment and consultation.


Foods That Whiten Teeth

July 20th, 2012

Did you know that you can eat your way to whiter teeth? It's true! The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry has just announced that particular foods help to clean and defend teeth and gums against harmful bacteria.

Dr. Shawn Frawley said, “The teeth and gums mirror what’s going on in the rest of your body. Therefore, what you consume influences the health of your smile."

Some of these foods include pineapples, carrots, and salmon. Pineapples contain bromelain, an enzyme that helps keep plaque at bay. Carrots have vitamin A, which is excellent for tooth enamel. Salmon has a lot of vitamin D, which strengthens teeth as well as bones.

You can check out the full list here. Incorporate as many of these foods as you can for a sparking, healthy smile. As always, if you have any questions, contact us at 781-237-9071 or!

Gum Disease, HPV Could Lead To Head, Neck Cancer

July 11th, 2012

New research is showing that chronic gum disease in conjunction with HPV may lead to head and neck cancer. The National Cancer Institute in the United States says that HPV is definitely a factor.

The study of 124 people who were diagnosed with squamous cell carcinomas showed that about 40% of tumors tested positive for HPV. These people were also more likely to have gum disease.

Gum disease is simple to detect and could help prevent the development of cancer in these patients.

The article is available in full here. If you have any questions, please contact us today at 781-237-9071 or

Women's Hormones and Gum Disease

June 5th, 2012

Did you know that a woman's hormones affect her oral health? It's true! Hormone level changes through a woman's life cycle affect her gums' reaction to plaque. Making sure your mouth is healthy is an easy way to avoid the development of other health problems.

Although the symptoms of gum disease can be very apparent, such as swollen, tender, or bleeding gums, there are times when it's not visible or painful.

Another complication that can arise from an unhealthy mouth is periodontal disease. This painless disease is a bacterial infection in the gums that eats away at your bone. Loss of tooth structure or complete tooth loss can result when left untreated.

Please read the full article here and make sure routine visits to the dentist are always made. Drs. Ali and Ali at Wellesley Dental Group are focused on prevention and will happily answer any questions. Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or!

Prevent Gum Disease

January 13th, 2012

Were you thinking about beginning 2012 with a new workout regimen? If the answer is yes, you’re in luck. A recent study printed in the Journal of Periodontology claims that keeping a healthy body weight and exercising regularly reduces the risk of gum disease. Now there’s even more reason to get that gym membership!

Also, keep in mind that smokers and tobacco chewers are at a heightened risk for developing gum disease. Kicking this habit once and for all is an easy way to ward off future problems. Diabetics are at risk as well and should monitor their weight regularly. Faulty dental work has been linked to gum disease, too. Be sure to address any issues, such as broken fillings or ill-fitting bridges, to maintain optimum oral health.

There are various signs that a problem may be arising, such as inflamed or sensitive gums, receding of the gums, a constant bad taste in the mouth, or shifting teeth. Be diligent and watch for any indication of a problem. Addressing it sooner rather than later is always advised. You can learn more on our website.

Keeping your weight at a healthy level and working out consistently are both key factors in maintaining a positive lifestyle. With the new knowledge that is also benefits your oral health, it makes perfect sense to stay in shape!

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