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Start the School Year Off Smiling!

August 31st, 2018

As the hot summer days and fun of summer are winding down, Labor Day and the beginning of the new school year are approaching! This is the time of year full of back-to-school shopping, final summer getaways, and lots of errands. But what's missing from this list? You're child's dental appointment!

Poor Oral Health is Connected to Lower School Grades

Surprisingly, tooth decay is the most common childhood disease, topping both asthma and allergies. It is important to catch dental problems early because it can lead to more school absences and missed work for parents. A study reported that for every 100 students, approximately 117 hours of school is missed per year as a result of oral health problems. Not to mention, it has been reported that children who experienced tooth pain were four times more likely to have a low grade point average below the average 2.8 GPA when compared to children not experiencing tooth pain. Tooth pain and untreated cavities can be a distraction to learning and may cause your child not to be focused in school.

It is important to prevent dental issues by teaching children good oral hygiene care at home, as well as scheduling regular dental check-ups. This will not only protect your child’s oral health, but also their success in school! Don’t forget your child needs a dental check-up at least two times a year.

Also, if your child is thinking about playing sports in the fall, make sure they have the necessary protection they need to keep their pearly whites safe. Approximately 39% of dental injuries happen during sports. A custom-fitted protective mouth guards is needed for all children playing contact sports, including football, wrestling, and so on. This will protect them from gum damage, tooth loss, and jaw problems.

Sending your child back to school with a happy smile and healthy mouth will be the best kick-off to a great school year!

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and their newest addition to the team, Dr. Zarah Ali, if you have any thoughts or concerns. Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. Van. Dr. 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.

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.

References:

https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/babies-and-kids/back-to-school

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/life-stages/childrens-oral-care/ada-08-poor-oral-health-can-mean-missed-school-lower-grades

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Sleep Apnea and Permanent Tooth Extraction

April 12th, 2016

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Sleep apnea is common condition that can lead to trouble sleeping and cause tiredness throughout the day even after a full night's rest. Individuals with sleep apnea experience one or more pauses in breathing during their sleep that can last from seconds to minutes. Aside from excessive daytime sleepiness, signs of sleep apnea also include dry mouth, headache, and snoring, just to name a few.

Research has found that sleep apnea may increase the risk of of high blood pressure, heart problems, stroke, obesity, and diabetes, and the chance of getting into a car accident.

So, you may be wondering how this condition plays a role in dentistry. Some studies suggest that getting teeth extracted for braces can increase one's risk for developing sleep apnea.Orthodontic treatment is the perfect solution to correcting crowded teeth, protruding teeth, gapped teeth, and jaw problems. For well over 50 years and still today, dentists have debated the treatment of extracting permanent teeth for orthodontic treatment. Some dentists extract permanent teeth because it's easier to create more space between teeth, while others use alternative methods, such as palate expansion or headgear to correct one's smile.

Some argue that pre-orthodontic tooth extraction makes the jaw narrower and forces the tongue to lay further back into the mouth and restrict the airway. Also, some believe that extractions can lead to changes in one's facial appearance and temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). TMD is a condition that results in oral issues including chewing problems and jaw pain. However, further research is needed because it is unclear whether these notions are actually the case.

Others counter these arguments and claim that the jaw doesn't necessarily become narrowed and can even become widened depending on various factors. In addition, some argue that extractions can be beneficial for individuals with lip strain or thin gums.

Studies observing patients who've had teeth extracted for orthodontic treatment are inclusive in their findings. These studies often only offer a limited assessment of the patient's airway to see what's actually occurring.  Two studies of patients found no change in the pharyngeal airway as well as a third study.  However, three other studies found a reduction in the airway size of some patients. Researchers believe that the difference in findings could be due to racial differences in the response of the airway to movement of the teeth.

Overall, its unclear whether or not extractions lead to sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a complex condition and further research is needed to explain its association with permanent tooth extractions. If you feel that you are excessively sleepy during the day you may want to contact a sleep specialist so that they can conduct a sleep study. If you are in need of any orthodontic treatment or have questions regarding permanent tooth extractions,  Dr. Emad is happy to help. Dr. Emad Abdallah is a faculty member at Tufts Craniofacial Pain Center.

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.

References:

http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/sleepapnea

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24963245

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20677956

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24963245

 

Abnormal Tooth Enamel: Amelogenesis Imperfecta

March 17th, 2016

 enamelAmelogenesis imperfecta is an inherited disorder in which tooth enamel forms abnormally. As a result, individuals with this condition are at a higher risk of developing cavities. It typically causes teeth to be smaller than usual, discolored, grooved, easily damaged, among other dental problems that can vary by the individual. Secondary effects could be early tooth loss, periodontal disease, tooth sensitivity, and jaw problems.

Unfortunately, Amelogenesis imperfecta can negatively impact both primary teeth and permanent teeth. Around 14 forms of this condition have been determined by researchers. It has also been found to affect approximately 1 in 700 people in northern Sweden to 1 in 14,000 people in the United States.

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Many cases of Amelogenesis imperfecta are a result of mutations in the AMELX, ENAM, MMP20, and FAM83H genes, which are normally responsible for making proteins essential for normal tooth and enamel development (ameloblastin, enamelin, tuftelin and amelogenin). Tooth enamel is a hard outer layer rich in calcium that functions to protect the tooth. As a result of a mutation, tooth enamel becomes thin and weaker than normal, and may even appear yellow or brown in color. The genetic causes of other cases have not yet been identified.

This condition can be inherited in both an autosomal dominant pattern and autosomal recessive pattern. In an autosomal dominant pattern, once copy of the mutated gene in each cell can cause Amelogenesis imperfecta. An autosomal recessive pattern involves two mutated copies of the gene in each cell. Researchers found that around 5 percent of amelogenesis imperfecta cases are due to mutations in the AMELX gene and are inherited in an X-linked pattern. They also found that males with X-linked amelogenesis imperfecta have more severe dental problems than females with this form of the condition.

Preventive and restorative dental treatments can help make teeth impacted by this condition look normal and remain healthy. Full crown restorations are often used to treat this disorder. For severe cases, teeth may have to be extracted and implants or dentures may be required. If you feel like you have Amelogenesis imperfecta or any other enamel conditions, our very Dr. Ejaz Ali is an expert at fixing the issue, bringing the teeth back to ideal form, function, and esthetic. Dr. Ali was trained at Tufts School of Dental Medicine, and also did additional training at New York University’s in “Full Mouth Reconstruction: Advanced Principles and Practice for the GP” with special focus on Implants, Aesthetics, and Occlusion.

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.

References:

Sleep Apnea and Teeth Grinding

July 10th, 2012

Research is showing  a correlation between sleep apnea and teeth grinding. It was discovered that 1 in 4 patients suffering from sleep apnea also grind their teeth while sleeping.

It is believed that around 8 percent of Americans suffer from teeth grinding.

Shyam Subramanian, a doctor in Texas from Baylor College of Medicine, said:

"The relationship between obstructive sleep apnea and sleep bruxism is usually related to an arousal response. The ending of an apneic event may be accompanied by a number of mouth phenomena, such as snoring, gasps, mumbles, and teeth grinding."

More men than women report symptoms of sleep apnea than women. Also, caffiene use and anxiety are thought to be factors that can lead to developing the condition.

You can learn more and read the article in full here. Be sure to contact Dr. Ali with any questions about teeth grinding, or bruxism, at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com.

TMD (Temporomandibular Disorders)

June 25th, 2012

Although commonly referred to as TMJ, the actual name is TMD (temporomandibular disorders). This refers to a number of disorders of the jaw. TMJ (temporomandibular joint) is the hinge joint that connects the jaw to the skull. This allows a person to talk, chew, etc.

There is no one thing that causes TMD. However, it is thought to come about from muscle or TMJ problems. Injury can cause it, such as being in a car accident and suffering whiplash. Also, teeth grinding and stress have been linked as culprits.

A variety of symptoms can arise, alerting a person of possible TMD. Locking of the jaw and jaw pain are common problems along with swelling and sensitivity.

At Wellesley Dental Group, Dr. Emad Abdallah specializes in TMD. He has a certificate in orthodontics and Masters of Science in TMD and Orofacial pain from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. Please contact us at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to schedule an appointment today!

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