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Spring into Sports with Facial Protection

April 15th, 2016


To those who have long awaited spring, the days are starting to get brighter, and warmer! With spring comes many joys, including the beginning of the spring sports season. Not to mention, April is National Facial Protection Month, which is sponsored by the Academy for Sports Dentistry, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association, the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, and the American Association of Orthodontists. Whether you'll be out on the field playing or watching from afar, it's important to spread the word to both children and adults participating in outdoor activities about the necessity of keeping their face, head, and mouths protected. It is important to take the necessary precautions, such as easily putting on mouth guards and helmets, to prevent sports-related injuries and the unwanted trip to the emergency room.

The Academy for Sports Dentistry highlights these five simple safety tips to keep your body healthy and safe:

  1. Mouth Guards are a Must. We're all aware that unfortunately, accidents happen. Mouth guards are can be customized by your dentist to ensure comfort. Mouth guards keep the teeth held together and allow for regular speech and breathing.
  2. Don't Forget about Helmets .  Helmets absorb the energy of an impact and help prevent damage to the head.
  3. Wear Protective Eyewear.  Eyes can easily be damaged during sports activities and it is necessary to protect them with eyewear!
  4. Shield Your Face and Skin.  In sports such as hockey and football, it is important to wear protective facial shields to prevent facial damage.
  5. Promote Mandatory Protective Gear.  Unfortunately, it is only mandatory for athletes who play football, hockey and boxing to wear mouth guards. Promote and spread the word of the importance of wearing mouth guards and sports gear for ALL sports!

A recent study conducted by study by the University of Alabama at Birmingham found that the five most common causes of childhood injuries were basketball, football, bicycling, playgrounds and soccer. Approximately 12 million individuals ranging in ages from 5 and 22 years suffer a sport-related injury each year, which results in 20 million lost days of schooland around $33 billion in medical and dental costs! But, these injuries CAN be prevented by following the necessary steps stated above.

Help your kids get excited about using mouth guards for protection, especially with all of the eye-catching designs that are available.

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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.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. Van. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other periodontal or oral surgery needs, Dr. Ghazi would be more than willing to help.






Donate a Prom Dress, Belle of the Ball

March 17th, 2016


Anton’s Cleaners is sponsoring the 12th annual Belle of the Ball  drive to collect, clean, and then distribute prom gowns to high school junior and senior girls.  These girls are nominated by community members, teachers, and others and would not normally be able to afford to attend prom.

Our team at the Wellesley Dental Group loves being Smile Ambassadors for the community and are happy to be a drop off site for this gown drive. If you have any gently worn or new prom gowns and you’d like to help, please bring your gowns to our office, 5 Seaward Rd Wellesley Hills, by March 25th and we will make sure to get them to a local Anton’s for cleaning and distribution.

This is a great opportunity to put a smile on someone's face! For more information on this event, please check out their website.

Demystifying Mouthguards

August 20th, 2014

A recent article at AGD Impact Magazine offered a great overview of mouthguards for people who engage in different kinds of sports. It is common knowledge that mouthguards can significantly reduce the severity and prevent the occurrence of injuries while playing sports, both contact and non-contact. For more detailed information about different kinds of mouthguards available on the market, and why dental professional strongly suggest using one to begin with, see below.

At Wellesley Dental Group we offer custom sports mouthguards, feel free to call with questions (781-237-9071) or come for a free consultation. Our office is at 5 Seaward Rd, Wellesley 02481.








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.

Source: GD Impact Magazine, August 2014, Vol. 42, No. 8; pages 17, 20-24.

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Protecting Your Smile While Playing Sports

June 22nd, 2014

April is the National Facial Protection Month, and we want to spread awareness on how to be better protected when playing sports. Athletes participating in contact sports have 10% chance of sustaining significant oral-facial injury each season and about 50% chance during their secondary school careers, according to the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA). Aside from helmets and faceguards, sports mouthguards play a key role in making it a safer experience. Mouthguards not only help reduce the risk of concussions, but also the chances of damaged or knocked-out teeth – a simple fall can cause a chipped, bent-in or loosened tooth! They typically cover only the upper teeth and act as a protective cushion to the mouth.

Mouthguards are used most commonly in contact sports, including boxing, football, hockey, and lacrosse. Yet, they can also be beneficial for non-contact sports including bike-riding, basketball, gymnastics, and skateboarding. According to the American Dental Association, an athlete is 60 times more likely to suffer damage to the teeth without mouth protection.  Each sport is different, and thus requires various styles of mouthguards. Based on the type of sport, individuals can seek the help of a dentist to guarantee the specific mouthguard thickness and satisfactory protection in impacted areas.

When choosing a mouthguard, select one that will be retentive and not-easily shifted when impacted. Mouthguards should be regularly examined professionally to ensure proper function. It needs replacement if tears develop or it becomes loose, which could negatively effect teeth and oral tissues. The cost to fix a damaged tooth can be much more expensive than investing in a mouth guard before engaging in sports!

There are three types of mouthguards, which include the “stock,” “boil-and-bite,” and the “custom-fit” mouthguard.

Stock mouthguard
Ready to wear mouthgaurds that are available in one size. They are the least expensive, can be found at an average sports store. However, they are also not very durable, which can lead to chipped teeth or other oral injuries.

Boil-and-bite mouthguard
This style of mouthguards is slightly expensive and can be bought at a general store. They are dipped in boiled water and then molded to the upper teeth while you bite them for about a minute. While boil-and-bite mouthguards offer a better fit, they often make breathing and speaking hard.

Custom-fit mouthguard
Tailored to fit each individual’s mouth, cutom-fit mouthguards are the most comfortable and resilient mouthguard, especially for those with braces. A custom-fit mouthguard is more effective than a store-bought mouthguard because it is proven to be more protective, according to the American Dental Association 

A mouthguard made by a dental professional can also tailor the mouthguard to the demands of the athlete and the sport. Speech and bite requirements as well as relative dental and concussion injury risk management for each sport can only be customized by fabricating an individual mouthguard. It is difficult to see how an over- the-counter mouthguard can fill all of an athlete's requirements without being checked and adjusted by an informed dental professional. Academy for Sports Dentistry.


The custom-fit mouthguard is designed in three steps:

1) Quick dental exam and consultation that includes questions about the sport played, team colors/logo and any additional customization requests.
2) Teeth molds/scans, followed by manufacturing of the mouthguard over the following 3-4 days.
3) Delivery visit, proper fit assurance and care instructions.

Now your smile is protected like never before, and you are ready to show your best on the play field! You can't lose with a mouthguard! Good luck!


P.S.: Wellesley Dental Group in proud to be working on the "Protecting Our Athletes" initiative in collaboration with Wellesley High School Athletics. Mr. John Brown, WHS Athletic Director, and Patty Hickey, WHS  Athletic Trainer, are partnering up with us to help spread awareness and setting up raffles for each local sports teams for free custom sports mouthguards.

Patty Hickey says that the athletes who are exposed to custom fit mouth guards often comment on the superior fit that offers excellent protection, allows to communicate on the field easily and does not inhibit breathing during intense exercise.

To get a custom-fit sports mouthguard or for more information, please feel free to contact us at smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com or call 781-237-9071.

Sources: http://www.aaoms.org/media/april-is-national-facial-protection-month/

Is Your Child Ready for Spring Sports?

March 24th, 2014

Kids sports mouthguardApril is National Facial Protection Month: Guard your teeth and gums against sports injuries! As spring begins and athletes and spectators fill our fields, tracks, and gyms, many student athletes will wisely take precautions against concussions. We urge all sports participants not only to participate in concussion prevention programs, but also to wear a mouthguard.  It is a simple step that can prevent pain and permanent damage to teeth and gums as well as avoid the cost of restoring broken teeth or performing dental implants or root canals if teeth are knocked out or nerves are damaged. Mouthguards are effective The evidence for the use of mouthguards is compelling. Athletes who do not wear mouthguards are 60 times more likely to experience dental injuries than those who wear this simple but important protective device, according to the American Dental Association. For children and teens, the facts are especially striking. Sports accidents account for 10-39 percent of all dental injuries in children, according to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Perhaps surprising to many people is the fact that baseball and basketball have the highest incidence of dental injuries in children ages seven to 17. While some team sports require players to wear mouthguards, many do not.  Even when well-intentioned parents buy their children mouthguards, all too often they find them at the bottom of the gym bag amidst complaints that they are uncomfortable or make talking or breathing difficult. All sports mouthguards are not created equal


While wearing any mouthguard is better than wearing none at all, some types provide more comfort and a better fit than others, making them more likely to be worn. The least expensive mouthguards are “stock” guards that are one-size-fits-all and come ready to wear.  They are often bulky and make talking and breathing hard. Many sporting goods stores sell “boil and bite” mouthguards that can be boiled and then pushed up against the upper teeth to mold it.  While these mouthguards cost a little more, they often offer a slightly better fit.   The third type of mouthguard is the “custom-fit” which is individually made to fit each person’s mouth.  They provide a customized fit and offer the most comfortable protection for people with braces.  If you have questions about mouth guards, let us know so we can help you find the type that will work best for you. Fortunately, most people would no longer ride a bike or ski down a mountain without a helmet.  It is up to each of us to be sure we protect our teeth and gums as well as we protect our skulls.

To get a custom-fit sports mouthguard or for more information, please feel free to contact us at smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com or call 781-237-9071.

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