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Bright and Healthy Smiles for the Summer!

June 28th, 2017

It is summertime and you are finally ready to take on a good well-deserved vacation. You have finally freed up some space on your phone and are probably just ready for the limitless photo opportunities. But, is your smile also ready to steal the show?

Wherever you go this summer, remember that your smile is one of the first things that people notice about you. That is why the state of your teeth is a big contributor to your overall confidence.

Any diet that is high in acidic food or drinks leads to a weakening of the enamel which makes it more more likely to get stained and discolored. In addition, acid leads to the wearing away of your tooth enamel. The worn areas of your tooth expose the dentin, which is also yellow in color and adds to the dullness of your smile.

Here are a few things you can do yourself to keep a bright and healthy smile and prevent dental diseases and discoloration.

 

  • One of the easiest things you can do to have good oral health is to brush your teeth regularly, meaning at least twice a day, preferably after each meal; the mechanical motion of brushing your teeth helps you remove plaque.
  • Flossing and brushing go hand-in-hand. This helps you keep your teeth and gums healthy. Using a rubbing motion, go gently between each tooth and make sure that you also go under the gum line. So, floss after every meal, and snack, to prevent build-ups.
  • Rinsing with a good mouthwash also goes hand-in-hand with brushing your teeth and flossing. Rinsing with a mouthwash that could be either diluted hydrogen peroxide or fluoride based gives you an extra support when trying to remove bacteria, or strengthen your teeth and prevent cavities.
  • Healthy eating also plays a major role when it comes to your smile. Avoid consuming foods and beverages that cause stain. Blueberries, cherries, blackberries are popular fruits during the summer, but try rinsing your mouth with water after you snack on them. The same goes for coffee, iced tea, red or white wine, and fruity juices. One way you can consume those drinks is either by using a straw, or by having a glass of water and rinsing your mouth regularly.
  • The best help you can get for a healthy and white smile would be to visit a dental specialist for professional cleaning and whitening treatments.

 

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.

 

October Marks National Dental Hygiene Month

October 11th, 2015

teNot only does October represent the beginning of new season, colorful leaves, and plenty of pumpkins, it also marks National Dental Hygiene Month. The American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) and the Wrigley Oral Healthcare Program (WOHP) are teaming together for the sixth year to highlight the importance of practicing good oral health habits and maintaining a healthy smile.

It is important to note that a healthy daily dental routine not only benefits your oral health, but also improves your overall health! Being aware of this can help prevent diseases such as diabetes, cancers, and cardiovascular diseases, which are commonly linked to condition of your oral health.

National Dental Hygiene Month was created in order to spread awareness on the necessities of brushing teeth at least twice daily, flossing every day, rinsing with antimicrobial mouthwashes, and chewing sugar-free gum. Take a look at how these essential habits can keep your teeth and body healthy for a lifetime:

Follow the 2 x 2 rule!

Brushing your teeth for 2 minutes, twice a day is one of the most important ways to get rid of plaque and prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health issues. Also, don't forget about your tongue! Many bacteria hide out on the surface of your tongue, which often produces a smelly aroma contributing to bad breath. Stay tuned on our social media for our weekly #ToothbrushingTipTuesday to help you find out more about how to brush your way to a healthier smile.

Make flossing a daily habit

Sometimes, remembering to floss can be hard. However, flossing is very important for removing plaque and food particles that are located in hard-to-reach areas that your toothbrush skips over.

Use mouthwash to improve oral health

Using a anti-microbial mouth rinse is an additional healthy step that you can take to prevent common oral health problems. There are many mouth rinses available that you can choose from to tailor to your needs, including those specialized for whitening, tooth sensitivity, and more!

Chewing sugar-free gum may be beneficial to your oral health

Chewing sugar-free gum after meals may help protect your teeth and stimulate saliva production to help wash away leftover food particles. Saliva production can also help neutralize plaque acids on teeth, reducing your risk of developing tooth decay.

Keep these tips in mind as you celebrate National Dental Hygiene Month, and don't forget to spread the word!

hygFeel 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.adha.org/national-dental-hygiene-month

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http://www.tnstate.edu/dentalhygiene/documents/dental-hygienist-lv-350x260.jpg

 

Happy World Smile Day from the Smile Ambassadors!

October 2nd, 2014

world smile day

Today is a special holiday - celebration of positivity and friendly connection that smiles create! Your smile says a lot about you: it can be the basis of a first impression, it reflects both your personality and confidence and leaves a long-lasting impact on others. Smiling is the most efficient way to communicate friendliness, trustworthiness, desire to connect and offer emotional support.

Multiple studies have been done that support the health benefits of smiling or even seeing a smile on somebody's face. For instance, in a study where participants were flashed a smile, even though it was shown too quickly for them to even realize they had come across it, they started to perceive things around them more positively. Marianne LaFrance, a psychology professor at Yale, concluded that if we see a happy face for just 4 milliseconds,  that’s long enough to bring out a mini emotional high.

A smile activates the release of dopamine, endorphins and serotonin that all work to reduce stress. Endorphins are known to act as a natural pain reliever and serotonin acts as an anti-depressant/mood lifter as well. Many pharmaceuticals have done extensive research on synthesizing a drug that will influence levels of serotonin, but a smile is the natural way to go, without the negative side effects and the necessary prescription from the doctor.

It is our mission to help you obtain and maintain a healthy, beautiful smile that reflects who you are. Your smile should be one of your biggest assets, and we’re here to help make sure it is! If there is something you would like to improve about your smile, we can offer you a professional smile makeover! It's like makeovers they offer on TV, only this one will last you for life!

Check out Wellesley Dental Group blog for tips on:

How to Maintain a Beautiful Healthy Smile,
Getting a Better Bite Painlessly,
Whiter Smile for a Woman On-the-go,
5 Easy Ways to Bring Your A-Game to Oral Care
Brighten Your Smile For The Holidays.

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If you have any more questions, 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 questionsContact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation.

Indulgence in Sugary Sodas Can Lead to Poor Oral Health & Cardiovascular Disease

January 24th, 2014

colaThe proven connection between poor oral heath and increased risk of cardiovascular disease should re-enforce the importance of new heath policy creation, focusing on reduction of sugars such as those contained in junk food, particularly fizzy drinks,  say experts writing in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine.

Poor oral hygiene and excess amount of sugar in the diet can cause periodontal disease and decay of the teeth-supporting bone. It is thought that chronic infection brought on by gym disease can lead to inflammation that will over time cause heart disease through atherosclerosis, hardening of the arteries. Despite sufficient evidence of the connection between the poor oral health and premature heart disease, the recent suggested UK national guidance on Cardiovascular disease prevention at population level does not suggest the strong need to reduce sugar consumption.

Dr Ahmed Rashid, Department of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Cambridge, who co-wrote the paper, said: "As well as having high levels of fats and salt, junk foods often contain a great deal of sugar and the effect this has on oral health may be an important additional mechanism by which junk food elevates risk of CVD." He added: "Among different types of junk food, soft drinks have raised particular concerns and are the main source of free sugar for many individuals."

The authors refer to the well-knows  New York 'soda ban' controversy which has brought a lot of attention to the issue. They stress more can be done about making the sugary sodas dominating the public areas in the United States. Dr Rashid said: "The UK population should be encouraged to reduce fizzy drink intake and improve oral hygiene. Reducing sugar consumption and managing dental problems early could help prevent heart problems later in life."

Reference: http://goo.gl/ppiqpM

Cholesterol Medication Can Help Decrease Gum Inflammation

December 12th, 2013

youngoldHeart disease is one of the leading health issues in the United States. Arteries within the body become inflamed and patients are often recommended to take medication that lowers cholesterol

Statins is a commonly prescribed medication that helps patients with heart disease. But what’s more is that a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology demonstrated that statins can also be beneficial for those suffering from gum disease.

Periodontal disease is marked by chronic gum inflammation that affects approximately half of the U.S. adult population. Dr. Ahmed Tawkol of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School notes that there is a connections between heart and gum disease: both periodontitis and atherosclerosis are driven by inflammation. These inflammatory conditions are often seen to occur together, indicating to researchers that their biologies may be related.

A study was administered to test this theory. Patients with either heart disease or considered to have high heart disease risk were asked to take 80 mg of statin or 10 mg of stain daily for 12 weeks. PET/CT scans were used to observe inflammation over the course of the study. Results indicated that the 59 patients in the study demonstrated a significant reduction in gum inflammation, some after only 4 weeks of treatment. The researchers also found that the improvement of inflammation in the gums related closely with the improvement seen in inflammation in the arteries.

This study provides strong evidence that links atherosclerosis and periodontal disease. This research opens doors to new methods of treatments. Because of the relationship between these two diseases, medications that originally targeted one of these diseases may also be beneficial for the other. These results also points to better and improved oral hygiene to reduce inflammation in the gums can also lead to reduced atherosclerosis.

This study again shows the strong relationship between oral health and overall systemic health. Maintaining proper oral care can really go a long way for the body as a whole. Keeping up with oral hygiene can truly lead to a healthier smile and a healthier you!

If you have any questions or concerns please don't hesitate to ask Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group or our periodontist, Dr. Ghazwan Ghazi. We would all be more than happy to help. Please contact us at (781)237-9071 or email smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com.

 

References:

 

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/10/131002185652.htm

http://consumer.healthday.com/dental-and-oral-information-9/misc-dental-problem-news-174/statins-drugs-may-boost-your-gums-health-too-680723.html

http://www.webmd.com/cholesterol-management/news/20131002/cholesterol-drugs-may-boost-your-gums-health-too

 http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/ADA/2013/article/ADA-10-Mouth-Changes-May-Be-Related-To-Menopause.cvsp

 

Want To Brighten Your Smile For The Holidays?

December 6th, 2013

sinsational_gal_loIt’s that time of year again, gathering for family affairs and celebrating holidays as the year draws to a close. It definitely doesn’t hurt to have a set of pearly whites for the occasion! Here are a few tips to achieving a brighter smile:

Take a pass on the usual bag of chips and make a grab for fruits: while fruits boost many benefits for one’s overall health, fruits are also a great way to beginning removing stains from teeth. Some fruits, including apples and strawberries, contain malic acid, which has been shown to oxidize and remove stains from teeth. Crunchy fruits and vegetables also help whiten teeth by increasing saliva production, which neutralizes acids from other food such as tomatoes and wines.

Cutting out staining beverages is also a great way to cut down on the instances teeth are susceptible to stains. Drinks such as wine, coffee and various sodas are known to stain teeth; furthermore, beverages, such as soda, are extremely high in sugar content, leading to more bacteria production and more cavities. In the cases where these drinks are consumed, using a straw can really make a difference. The straw keeps the outer teeth from coming in contact with the beverage, preventing stains from forming.

And of course there are whitening strips. These strips are becoming more accessible and easy to use; some even simply dissolve in the mouth when applied! However, for individuals with more sensitive teeth, be mindful about the frequency of treatments used per week.

We also provide Sinsational in-office whitening. They procedure easily lightens your teeth and causes little to no sensitivity! It could be a great option for people who want a brighter smile without feeling any discomfort.

If strips are still a hassle, there are whitening toothpastes that are great for tackling hard to remove stains. While brushing teeth can lead to a brighter smile, it is still important to keep in mind the importance of daily brushing and flossing. Maintaining a bright smile should mean maintaining a healthy smile as well!

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 to set up an appointment and consultation.

 

References

 

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

 

http://voices.yahoo.com/5-easy-ways-whiten-teeth-remove-stains-4616045.html

 

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/weighing-your-toothpaste-options

 

High Calorie Drinks Reduced In Schools

September 6th, 2012

A while ago, we blogged about a possible sugar tax being implemented on foods with added sugar and sweeteners, such as soft drinks. It was designed to discourage both adults and children from purchasing unhealthy food and drink. Now it seems that the next step has been taken by reducing the availability of these items in schools, helping to further combat obesity.

There has been a huge reduction in drink calorie content available in schools (90%) between 2004-10. These numbers reflect the partnership between the William J. Clinton Foundation and the American Heart Association with major drink companies to lessen these drinks' availability.

Vending machines in schools now look much different than in previous years. An assortment of water, milk, juice and sports drinks is what's typically available versus an assortment of sodas before. An assessment of the foods offered in school cafeterias will be underway soon as well.

As the obesity rate climbed, officials began to take notice and search for the cause. Christopher Ashley, supervisor of food and nutrition for Springfield City Schools, said:

“Nine years ago I came into this segment of food service, and you’d see a Honey Buns and two Mountain Dews for breakfast. Now kids are going through the line and getting a better breakfast. That’s just the start.”

The alliance between the William J. Clinton Foundation and beverage companies should continue to make a difference. As stated above, obesity rates have dropped significantly in the past few years. With an emphasis placed on health and wellness not just in schools, but in the media, it is believed that the rate will continue to drop. Once the school menus reflect the nutrition of the drinks, students will be at a major advantage for better overall health.

It's important to note that reducing the consumption of soft drinks will improve your smile! Drs. Ali & Ali are committed to spreading oral health awareness and urge you to opt for healthier drinks that don't damage teeth. Feel free to contact us with any questions at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com.

 

Heading Back To School? Don't Forget The Dentist!

August 29th, 2012

It's hard to believe September is right around the corner! School will soon begin, studying long into the night will commence, and many cups of coffee will be consumed.

With all that you are trying to juggle, it's important not to forget about your health. It's easy to not eat right when you're busy and get less sleep than normal. However, taking a moment to breathe and take care of yourself is just as important as your seemingly never ending checklist.

Drs. Ali & Ali cannot stress enough the importance of optimal oral health! Overall health can be linked back to a healthy smile, so be sure to schedule your hygiene appointment before heading back to school. It's an easy way to help ensure a productive and healthy academic year, and who wouldn't want that? :)

Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to make an appointment!

Fillings That Kill Bacteria and Regenerate Teeth

July 23rd, 2012

Fillings that do more than just fill in decay? It's true! Scientists at the University of Maryland have created the first dental filling that not only kills bacteria, but also helps regrow tooth that has been damaged be decay.

Professor Huakun Xu explains,

"Tooth decay means that the mineral content in the tooth has been dissolved by the organic acids secreted by bacteria residing in biofilms or plaques on the tooth surface. These organisms convert carbohydrates to acids that decrease the minerals in the tooth structure."

These new fillings, called nanocomposites, should last longer than the normal amount of time (five to ten years).  More tests must be conducted to confirm this, but this new technology will definitely change the world of dentistry.

You can read the full article here. Also, please contact us if you have any questions at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com!

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 smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com!

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 smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com.

Fluoride Levels in Wellesley Water Supply

July 2nd, 2012

The Town of Wellesley has recently released their Drinking Water Consumer Awareness Report for 2011. Part of the report details the amount of fluoride in the water, and in Wellesley, there is an average of 1.02 ppm (parts per million). The highest level allowed is 4 ppm.

The fluoride is added to the water to help maintain dental health. According to Colgate, it helps prevent cavities in the following two ways:

- Fluoride concentrates in the growing bones and developing teeth of children, helping to harden the enamel on baby and adult teeth before they emerge.

- Fluoride helps to harden the enamel on adult teeth that have already emerged.

Please contact us at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to learn more about the effects of fluoride on the teeth!

Benefits of Smiling

May 15th, 2012

Did you know that there are numerous benefits to smiling? Besides the outer advantages, such as looking more attractive and approachable, there are inner benefits as well. Who knew that there is a strong connection between smiling and your overall health?

One obvious plus of smiling is its ability to lift your mood. The British Dental Health Foundation learned that not only will it make you happier, but people around you as well. It also makes you exude confidence, which will make you thrive at work and connect with people easily. You can never have too many friends, right?

Another benefit is the influence you’ll have on your surroundings. The more comfortable and happy you feel, the more the environment around you will respond. Positive energy exuded by smiling is contagious and family, friends, coworkers, etc. will react to it. This will foster a stronger sense of belonging in your community, and who wouldn’t want that?

Lastly, smiling reduces stress! Human nature dictates that when we’re stressed, we become anxious and upset. However, taking deep breaths and breaking a smile can make a huge difference. Large amounts of pressure are never good for your body and well being, so why not make a conscious effort to smile in the face of stress?

Sports Drinks Damage Teeth

May 9th, 2012

Did you know that there is a strong correlation between sports drinks/energy drinks and tooth enamel damage? The Academy of General Dentistry has learned just how harmful these beverages are after completing a lengthy study. Over the years, children and teens have drunk an increasing number of sports drinks, which is leading to early tooth decay.

Various brands and types of drinks were tested, such as Gatorade, Powerade, Propel, Fuze, Monster, and Red Bull. Several factors were considered, such as the frequency of consumption, the sugar content, acidic properties, etc.

The AGD found that both sports drinks and energy drinks have acidic content, sugar, and more that contributes to the breakdown of tooth enamel. Frequent consumption of these beverages can lead to serious oral problems. You can read the study in full here.

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