Labor Day

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 to set up an appointment and consultation.



Labor Day Celebrations and Activities!

September 2nd, 2016

Happy Labor Day!

Labor Day, which takes place on the first Monday in September every year, honors the social and economic contributions of hard-working Americans to the freedom and strength of the country.

Did you know that the holiday is over a hundred years old? The first Labor Day celebration happened in New York City on Tuesday, September 5, 1882 as proposed by the Central Labor Union. In 1884, the Central Labor Union chose the first Monday in September as the official holiday. The expansion of labor unions allowed the idea to spread to many industrial centers in 1885. Street parades were held to show the embody the strong spirit of trade and labor unions.

While many businesses, schools, and federal organizations close on Labor Day, you can still enjoy your last few days of sweet summertime before back-to-school season starts with some of these fun and interactive Labor Day weekend activities!

  1. Labor Day Weekend Fireworks Show @ Boston Harbor
    Best viewing locations: Christopher Columbus Park, Long Wharf in the North End, the South Boston Waterfront around Fan Pier/Seaport, the Downtown Waterfront, and Piers Park
  2. Go on a cruise! Suggestions: Inner Harbor Sightseeing Cruise, Boston Harbor Sunset Cruise, Charles River & Locks Cruise, Codzilla Boat Ride
  3. Boston Wine Tasting & Walking Tour
  4. Take a day trip to Martha's Vineyard
  5. Tour of the USS Constitution
  6. Walk around the historical Lexington & Concord
  7. Dine at one of the Seaport Waterfront Restaurants
  8. Check out Fenway Park and watch a Red Sox game!

Fun With Kids:

  1. Whale Watching
  2. Go on a swan boat ride and take a stroll in Boston Common
  3. Water Country Water Park
  4. Watch a performance by the Blue Man Group


Happy Labor Day!

September 7th, 2015

laborToday, the first Monday in September, is an annual celebration of American workers and their contributions and achievements!

Labor Day is typically viewed as a day of rest as many businesses, schools, and federal organizations are closed. Labor day also represents the end of summer or start of the back-to-school season for many individuals, and is often celebrated with parades, picnics, fireworks, and other fun events.

The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated in 1882, in New York City, and was promoted by the Central Labor Union. The celebration was accompanied with a street parade and speeches from leading women and men in the work field. With the expansion of labor organizations, the holiday began to spread across the states until eventually becoming a federal holiday in 1894. However, even after more than 100 years, it is still not clear as to who first suggested this holiday. Some people believe that Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners, and a cofounder of the American Federation of Labor, was the founder of Labor Day. Others believe that Matthew Maguire, secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York, first introduced the holiday.

As you enjoy the day off with family and friends, keep your smile health in mind.  There are several tooth-friendly snack alternatives for you and your children to enjoy.

Here are a few healthy Labor Day treats:

  • Watermelon
  • Frozen Greek yogurt with berries
  • Shrimp cocktail 
  • Cucumber pita pocket 
  • Baked peaches 
  • Cheese Platter

If you're near the Boston area, here's a few cool events that you and your family may enjoy:

Oysters & Craft Brews Cruise: Sip & Slurp - Karma Crew Yacht Charters, Boston Harbor
Boston Harbor Island Cruise: History, Mysteries, and More - Departs from Rowes Wharf on a 1920s-style mini-yacht
All-Day Paintball Pass (deep discount) - Paintball facilities in Bridgewater, Bourne, and Agawam, MA
- Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse
Boston Duck Tours from Museum of Science
Book of Mormon at Colonial Theatre
Boston's Unscripted Musical Project - Catalyst Comedy at Button Factory
The Donkey Show at Oberon, Cambridge
Tall Ship Adirondack III - Day sail around Boston Harbor
All Access Improv at ImprovBoston in Cambridge
Charles River & Locks Cruise

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 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.


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