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2020 Resolutions for a Healthy Smile!

January 1st, 2020

Can you believe it's 2020 already? This year is a great one to establish healthy habits and improve our overall fitness. Each year is a perfect time to set new resolutions for ourselves. If you are wanting to keep your teeth healthy in the new year, take a look at these easy tips  to help you achieve your goals. And remember, whether a big or small goal, it can be rewarding to accomplish even with baby steps to achieve them!

Perfect your Oral Home Care

Preventing gum disease will help lower your risk of developing many other systemic health problems, for instance diabetes. By proper brushing at least two time a day and flossing at least once a day, these are excellent steps to healthy teeth and gums. The habit of flossing can sometimes be hard to commit too, but it is necessary because floss accesses areas that your toothbrush cannot reach, helping to prevent breakdown of your tooth enamel. It is important to position your teeth angled toward your gum line (about 45 degrees) and make a circular motion across each tooth. Your toothbrush should be replaced approximately every 3-4 months according to the American Dental Association. And don't forget your fluoride toothpaste, which helps remineralize tooth enamel and protect against cavities.

Keep in Touch with your Dentist

Be sure to schedule your dental appointments in the new year. Dental cleanings are often each 6 months, but your dentist may recommend every 3-4 months depending on your oral status. The new year is also the perfect time to finish any remaining dental treatment such as fillings, implants, or crowns.

Preserve Teeth

If you notice you grind your teeth, talk to your dentist so that the proper treatment can be provided. You may experience headaches, jaw pain, sore teeth, or even fractured tooth surfaces. A night guard may be suggested to help prevent damage to your pearly whites.

Kick Bad Habits

If you have a habit that you're looking to stop, it's never the wrong time to quit! For instance, smoking doubles your risk for gum disease and is also connected with many other health problems such as cancer. Contact your dentist if you're looking to quit smoking for recommendations and resources.

Choose Healthy Foods

Try cutting back on sugar, which is directly associated with tooth decay. Choose tooth-friendly foods like cheese and other dairy products high in calcium. In addition, high fibrous foods that help stimulate saliva to help wipe away plaque and help protect your tooth enamel.

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.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/life-stages/adult-oral-care/looking-after-your-teeth-five-new-years-resolutions-for-a-healthier-mouth-1214

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The Power of Milk

January 16th, 2016

A classic food pairing is cookies and milk, but have you ever stopped to wonder why? Sure, this combination is delicious. But did you know that according to researchers in The Journal of the American Dental Association, a glass of milk after eating sweets could keep tooth decay away?

However, it's not enough to just drink milk. It's important to drink milk after eating those sweets. The researchers also stated that the order that we eat sugary and non-sugary foods has a great impact on our oral health. This is due to the fact that consuming sweets causes the bacteria in the plaque on teeth to produce acids which can result in decay.

A study conducted at the University of Illinois at Chicago's School of Dentistry tested the effects of drinking milk, apple juice, and water after eating sugary cereal on the acidity of dental plaque. The results demonstrated that plaque acid levels decreased the most when participants drank milk after eating the cereal. Water was the second most efficient at lowering plaque acid levels, followed by cereal alone and apple juice. Therefore, if you are lactose intolerant, make sure to drink water after consuming sweets.

Milk is not only beneficial for our health. Did you know that the mutations that make us tolerant of milk are among those that are under the strongest selection in the human genome? The continued production of lactase, an intestinal enzyme needed during infancy to help digest lactose milk sugar, results from these mutations, which are prevalent in some parts of the world such as Northern Europe. However, most other populations cannot properly digest lactose, which often leads to diarrhea and other symptoms that are caused by the production of gases by the fermentation of gut bacteria. Furthermore, milk sugars can be easily removed from foods and the mutations are only needed for raw milk or whey.

It's a wonder why these mutations have lasted. Therefore, there have been many attempts to understand the reason behind their persistence by studying where and when humans used milk. Archaeologists have found evidence for the prevalence of females in animal herds and the presence of milk lipids on pots. In addition, international researchers at the Universities of York, Oklahoma, and Copenhagen, and University College London (UCL) studied ancient human calcified dental plaque. This team detected traces of beta-lactoglobulin, a dominant milk protein often used to build muscle mass, in ancient samples.

This new evidence proves that humans have consumed cattle, sheep, and goat whey since at least 5,000 years ago, which supports the fact that archaeologists have found milk fats on pottery and utensils from ancient farmers. The researchers even found proof of milk from the Bronze Age (c. 3150 BCE)!

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and their newest addition to the team, Dr. Zarah Ali, if you have any thoughts or concerns. 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.

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 periodontal or oral surgery needs, Dr. Ghazi would be more than willing to help.

Resources:

http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/basics/nutrition-and-oral-health/article/ada-07-milk-may-help-reduce-tooth-decaycaused-by-sugary-foods

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/11/141127094944.htm

http://jada.ada.org/article/S0002-8177(14)60548-1/pdf

http://www.ancient.eu/Bronze_Age/

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