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Ice cream, you scream, your teeth shouldn’t scream!

June 13th, 2017

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With the hot summer already here, ice cream is one of our favorite cold treat. But while you are enjoying your summer treat, also keep in mind the effect that too much of it can have not only on your summer figure, but also on your teeth.

If you were thinking “well, how bad can ice cream really be?; it is a dairy product; it supplies me with calcium, and that’s mostly what teeth are made of, so how can it harm my teeth?” Yes, ice cream is a dairy product, but that doesn't necessarily mean that it is a good source of calcium. In fact, it has only a minimal amount of calcium when compared to pure milk or yogurt. Most of it is sugar. So, ice cream alone is not sufficient to deliver the enough amount of calcium that your body needs. Our bones and teeth are made of calcium and our nervous system, endocrine system and muscles need it to work properly. Do not neglect other healthier options such as milk, cheese and yogurt.

Additionally, ice cream's high sugar concentration can be bad for your smile. Why? Because bacteria in our mouths use the sugar that we ingest as their food and the product that they release causes teeth to decay. Therefore, it is important to brush your teeth after every meal, even after every snack. And nowadays, you can choose ice cream that is sugar-free. And you can also avoid the sugary toppings. You can do it!

And when it comes to the feeling of sensitive teeth while or after devouring the cold treat, this can be a sign of already existing cavities, or receding gums. This may indicate poor oral hygiene, and it is very important to resolve this issue swiftly by your dentist. Don’t avoid your regular check-ups and have your dental fillings done on time.

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.

Today is National Ice Cream Day!

July 19th, 2015

icecream_2622398bHere's the inside scoop: Today, July 19th, the world is celebrating National Ice Cream Day! This cool holiday originated in 1984, when President Ronald Reagan declared the third Sunday of July as National Ice Cream Day and all of July as National Ice Cream Month.

Ice cream is particularly a summertime favorite. Unsurprisingly, ice cream is consumed by more than 90 percent of the U.S. population. You and your family are in for a treat today, as local ice cream shops across the world offer special deals on your favorite flavors.

Baskin-Robbins: Enjoy a free baked waffle cone at Baskin-Robbins, available for the rest of July.

Bruster's: Join Bruster's Sweet Rewards program for specials and deals.

Carvel: Today, buy one soft-serve cup or cone of your choice and get one free. Also, today and July 20, Carvel is offering $1 off any Sundae Dasher, shake, and ice cream cup or cone.

Cold Stone Creamery: Participating locations are serving free ice cream.

Dairy Queen: Join the Blizzard Fan Club and get a buy one, get one free coupon for joining.

Dippin' Dots: Celebrate the day with Dippin' Dots and receive a free sample of Redberry Sherbet, their new flavor.

Friendly's: Friendly's is offering buy one ice cream for $1.99 and get one free!

Sonic Drive In: Create a My Sonic account and get free desserts or choose from a variety of milkshakes and slashes.

Since ice cream does contain a high sugar content, it is important to practice good oral health habits. Some individuals may experience tooth sensitivity when consuming cold foods such as ice cream. Tooth sensitivity results when dentin, the surface under your gums, becomes exposed. This can lead to nerve irritation when consuming hot or cold beverages or foods, or simply exposing your teeth to the cool air. If you experience tooth sensitivity, visit your dentist as soon as possible.

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://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/02622/icecream_2622398b.jpg

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/gobankingrates/heres-where-to-get-free-i_b_7820002.html

http://www.idfa.org/news-views/media-kits/ice-cream/july-is-national-ice-cream-month

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/tooth-sensitivity

 

Summertime in the City: What's Healthy and What's Not

June 2nd, 2015

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June is finally here and it will be hard for many of us to resist a cold drink on a hot summer day. With the many family barbecues and outings, you're sure to be in for a treat this summer. During the warmer months, there are many tasty foods and drinks at our convenience. However, some of these items aren’t so tooth-friendly. As we all know, it is important to limit the amount of sugary foods and drinks we intake to ensure a healthy smile. For the health of your mouth, which links to your overall health, try adding these healthy options to your plate and glass this summer:

Drink, Drink, and Drink more water:

A nice glass of water can be a refreshing drink as you relax by the poolside. Water is important for staying hydrated, especially when your active and the sun is shining. Your smile will also thank you if you rinse your mouth with water after meals. Water, particularly tap water, even has the benefit of containing fluoride.

Watermelon:

Watermelon, made of 92% water, is another tasty  and healthy snack that will keep you hydrated this summer. It contains  lycopene, which helps keep skin protected. Also, many foods that are mainly composed of water have fewer calories. Your kids may even enjoy making watermelon popsicles!

Milk:

Milk is a great alternative to sugary drinks because it has been found to reduce levels of acid produced by plaque bacteria. Milk helps remineralize teeth by providing calcium to keep your teeth strong.

Sugar-Free Gum:

Chewing sugar-free gum can help to stimulate saliva flow and ultimately help to wash away left behind foods. However, it is not clear whether or not xylitol, commonly found in sugar-free gum, actually lowers the risk of developing dental cavities.

Strawberries:

Strawberries are in season and packed with healthy ingredients. Strawberries contain malic acid, which is known to whiten enamel. They also contain many antioxidants and vitamin C, which can help to regulate blood pressure and cholesterol, and promote eye health.

Cheese:

Cheese is full of calcium, the protein casein, and vitamin D, all good for the health of your teeth. Researchers have discovered that cheese helps increases the pH levels of dental plaque, helping to reduce tooth decay.

Pears:

Pears contain a wealth of fiber that will benefit your teeth. They help to produce saliva and lower plaque levels in the mouth.

Apples:

Crispy apples are full of vitamins and nutrients. Full of water and lots of fiber, apples help to scrub and clean the surface of your teeth.

Vegetables:

Veggies ranging from carrots rich in Vitamin A to dark leafy greens rich in iron, can make a great snack to chew on. Including vegetables in your diet is essential for the health of your teeth and body.

Cranberries:

Research has suggested that cranberries help lower the risk of cavities by helping to keep plaque from sticking to teeth. But, you may want to pay attention to the labels on cranberry products, as many of them can contain added sugars to compensate for their naturally tart flavor.

 

Some foods and drinks that are hard-to-resist, but should be avoided to keep strong and healthy teeth, include:

 

Soft Drinks, Sports Drinks, Sweet Tea, and Juice: Drinking a cold soda may sound refreshing, but it is damaging to tooth enamel. It can also dehydrate your body and make you feel more thirsty. Even sports drinks, artificially sweetened drinks, and concentrated fruit juice contain sugars for the bacteria in dental plaque to feed on and produce harmful acids. The acid then tears away at tooth enamel and can eventually lead to tooth decay. Highly acidic drinks can even cause heartburn and stomach pain. Sipping on these drinks throughout the day rather than at meal times should also be avoided because saliva production is not at its peak. Saliva is important for washing away bacteria and food particles.

Ice Cream:

The many flavors of ice cream are delicious, but unfortunately is full of sugar. Some individuals may also experience tooth sensitivity. Sensitive teeth results when the dentin underneath tooth enamel becomes exposed. This can cause pain, but can be treated. If you do have a taste for ice cream, try and select ice cream with less sugar.

Citrus Fruits:

As we all know, limes, lemons, oranges, and grapefruits are very acidic. These fruits contain citric acid and can be damaging to teeth if consumed frequently.

Vinegar:

A common practice, but an unhealthy one, is to mix vegetables with vinegar. This acidic combination can erode tooth enamel. Pickles are also very acidic.

Granola and Energy Bars:

These items may appear to be good for teeth, but often the dried fruit and other ingredients can be sticky, chewy, and hard to get off of teeth.

Candy: 

We all know that candy contains a lot of sugar, and should be avoided for the protection of your smile.

 

It is important to remember that if you do choose some of the not-so-healthy foods and beverages, consume them in moderation. Also, avoid snacking between meals, as acids can stick around for up to 20 minutes after eating. Not to mention, be mindful of the dyes used in many foods and beverages that can cause tooth discoloration. Practice good oral health habits and lean more towards a tooth-friendly diet.

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.therabreath.com/articles/blog/fresh-breath-happenings/teeth-friendly-summer-food-ideas-34659.asp

http://greatist.com/health/healthy-teeth-foods

http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-watermelon-popsicles-10713

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Why Did Colgate Make Chili Pepper Ice Cream?

July 23rd, 2014

Colgate is a famous American oral hygiene company that manufactures many of the toothpaste and toothbrush products we use.  Recently, Colgate has come out with a toothpaste, Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief, which is aimed to relieve the most bothersome of tooth sensitivity pains.  It is advertised to "fix tooth problems at the source" by targeting dentin tubules of teeth.  In order to prove just how effective Colgate's Sensitive Pro-Relief toothpaste is, the company employed a culinary research and contemporary food design company to create some very interesting ice cream flavors.

This event encouraged participants to create bizarre ice cream flavors using unique ingredients like chili peppers, hot sauces, vinegar, and violet syrup.  Why?  Heat, cold, sweetness, and acidity are all known to trigger tooth sensitivity, and Colgate decided that the best way to show how tooth sensitivity can happen to anyone was to organize an ice cream making event! Participants were able to create custom ice creams using liquid nitrogen and any combination of ingredients.  Afterwards, participants were told to apply the Sensitive Pro-Relief toothpaste and then eat/drink whatever triggers their own tooth sensitivity issues.

Tooth sensitivity is a relatively common oral health problem and can occur for a variety of reasons.  Some of the most common causes of sensitivity range from brushing with too much force to a symptom of gum disease.  When you brush your teeth with too much force, the protective layers of teeth become worn down.  As a result, hollow tubules that lead to dental nerves become exposed leading to that familiar sharp pain.  A characteristic of gum disease is receding gums.  When the roots of teeth become exposed as a result of gum disease, this can also cause sensitivity.  The best way to know for sure what is exactly causing your tooth sensitivity is to visit your dentist.

You can treat minor tooth sensitivity issues at home by using soft-bristled toothbrushes, avoid over-brushing, or use a special toothpaste like Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief to sooth exposed nerve endings in the tooth.  Your dentist may apply a fluoride varnish to also effectively cover the exposed nerve endings.

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 781-237-9071or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation.

Sources:

http://www.psfk.com/2014/06/colgate-bompas-parr-toothpaste.html#!beplq2

http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/prorelief/win.html

http://www.dentistrytoday.com/videos/video/428

http://www.everydayhealth.com/dental-health/10-biggest-causes-of-tooth-sensitivity.aspx

Image credit: http://cdn.psfk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/eaa254bc-d4ac-41ad-8075-854bf00da32b.jpg

 

July is National Ice Cream Month!

July 1st, 2014

Nothing says summer quite like eating an ice cream cone on a warm summer evening.  President Ronald Reagan deemed the month of July as National Ice Cream Month back in 1984.  Ice cream remains a huge part of American culture and is also an economic staple of the US dairy industry.  Around 9% of all the milk produced by US dairy farmers is used to make ice cream.  Although most of us may "scream for ice cream" during the hot and humid days of July, those with sensitive teeth may scream for a different reason.

People with sensitive teeth may experience a shooting nerve pain any time their teeth come into contact with something cold, like ice cream.  Although the cause of teeth sensitivity can vary on a case by case basis, one of the most common causes of sensitivity is exposed dentin.  Beneath the hard outer covering of our teeth (called enamel) is a layer of dentin which contains microscopic nerve fibers.  When the dentin becomes exposed due to dental decay, toothbrush abrasion, or gum recession, sensitivity to temperature can occur.

Some common reasons for exposed dentin include: excessive/rough tooth brushing, eating acidic foods, grinding teeth, or using many teeth whitening products.   Mark S. Wolff, DDS, PhD, a professor and chair of the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care at New York University College of Dentistry says, "Harsh strokes wear away at the gum tissue as well as the tooth's enamel layer, leaving each dentin tubule vulnerable to whatever it comes in contact with -- hot, cold, soft, or hard." Teeth sensitivity can be treated by a dentist and sometimes, the cure is as simple as switching to a "sensitive" toothpaste or incorporating a fluoride rinse into your daily dental routine.

If teeth sensitivity is keeping you from participating in July's National Ice Cream Month celebrations, make sure to make an appointment with a dentist as soon as possible!

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 781-237-9071or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation.

Sources:

http://www.idfa.org/news-views/media-kits/ice-cream/july-is-national-ice-cream-month

http://www.forestvilledentistry.com/blog/eating-ice-cream-pain-free-recognizing-and-treating-sensitive-teeth/

http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/natural-medicine/home-remedies/home-remedies-for-sensitive-teeth.htm

http://www.everydayhealth.com/dental-health/10-biggest-causes-of-tooth-sensitivity.aspx

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/features/case-sensitive

Image credit: http://dailyweighin.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/dailyweighin-woman-enjoying-an-icecream-650x400.jpg

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