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Why Should I Wear a Mask?

December 11th, 2020

We've all had to adapt to a lot of changes in 2020, with masks being one of our daily life adjustments. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend everyone continue to wear masks to help lower the risk of spreading COVID-19, which has been found to be transmitted mainly through respiratory droplets from simply talking, coughing, sneezing, or even breathing. The use of masks is particularly important as COVID-19 can be spread from individuals who are not experiencing any symptoms but who are unknowingly infected with the virus. According to the CDC, not only do masks help prevent you from releasing respiratory droplets, but they also help reduce the risk of you inhaling  these droplets.The CDC reports that multi-layer cloth masks effectively block the exhalation of most large droplets (i.e., 20-30 microns and larger) in addition to up to 50-70% of aerosols smaller than 10 microns that are common when individuals speak.

Several studies have shown the benefits of communities universally wearing masks in helping to lower the spread of COVID-19, plus lowering the amount of mortality rates from the virus. As reported by the CDC, an economic analysis based on United States data revealed that increasing universal use of masks by 15% could prevent the need for lockdowns and lower associated losses of up to $1 trillion (approx. 5%) of gross domestic product. More research is actively being conducted to further explore the benefits of masks and determine filtering effectiveness for instance. The CDC states that they will update their recommendations as new scientific evidence becomes available.

According to the CDC, individuals aged two years and older should wear masks in public and when around people who don’t live in their household.​ In addition, individuals also should practice social distancing while wearing masks. In certain circumstances individuals should not wear a mask, including people who are younger than two years old, those with trouble breathing, and those who may have sensory, cognitive, or behavioral conditions for instance.

Be sure to wear your mask, for your safety and the safety of others! To follow social distancing guidelines and ensure safety, our office at WDG requires everyone entering the office to wear a mask. In addition, you can learn more about the increased safety and our latest equipment additions on our blog post: https://www.wellesleydentalgroup.com/blog/2020/05/whats-new-at-wdg-covid-19-safety-precautions

But, not all masks are created equally! Check out the types of masks that recommended vs. not recommended according to the CDC:

The CDC does not recommend using masks with exhalation valves/vents as respiratory droplets may exit the vents and contribute to the spread of COVID-19. Further research on these masks are ongoing.

The CDC also states that face shields or goggles should NOT substitute for masks and should not be placed on newborns or infants.

Experiencing skin trouble from wearing a mask? Take a look at these skin care recommendations on our blog: https://www.wellesleydentalgroup.com/blog/2020/07/the-latest-science-on-masks-plus-skincare-tips

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist, Dr. Derek, and Dr. Emad is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Stephens would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.

References:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover-guidance.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/more/masking-science-sars-cov2.html?for-guid=b9fa359a-5e8b-11ea-9855-1267072b3abf&utm_source=usatoday-Coronavirus%20Watch&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=baseline_greeting&utm_term=newsletter_greeting

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.wsj.com%2Farticles%2Fhow-face-masks-work-and-which-types-offer-the-best-covid-19-protection-11595946178&psig=AOvVaw3HcChEzTkC5EHBw-Zs0xGZ&ust=1606666959581000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCLjKqYLTpe0CFQAAAAAdAAAAABAK

How to Prepare for a Safe Thanksgiving

November 25th, 2020

We’ve all had to make many sacrifices and adjust to a lot of change as we continue fighting through the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. Much like all of the other holidays this year, Thanksgiving will be celebrated uniquely. For many families, Thanksgiving is marked by being surrounded by family and friends with lots of tasty food. Thanksgiving gatherings often involve families and loved ones, including parents, grandparents, friends, children, and college students traveling long distances to come together, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns that travel greatly increases the risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19. It’s undeniable that individuals are starting to feel “pandemic fatigue,” as several months have passed since the onset of COVID-19. But health professionals and experts are cautioning individuals to be mindful and not relax on safety practices when it comes to the holidays. Coronavirus is still steadily increasing, with more than 1 million COVID-19 cases reported in the United States over the last week, according to the CDC. According to the Washington Post, Michelle DallaPiazza, an infectious diseases specialist at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School stated, “There is a real danger in complacency, and we are seeing the effects of that play out in real time…Across the country, we have begun to see another increase in infections and deaths after a period of time with low transmission.”

Health experts are encouraging individuals to stay home to protect yourself and others. If you are considering traveling and/or gathering for Thanksgiving, it is important to understand the risks involved and follow safe preventative guidelines when celebrating:

Traveling Safety Precautions:

If you are considering traveling for Thanksgiving, the CDC recommends asking these questions before making your decision to travel. Keep these safety guidelines in mind when traveling:

If You Are Sick, Stay Home

If you are experiencing symptoms or do not feel well stay at home and do not gather with others.

Wash Your Hands Frequently

It’s important to regularly and thoroughly wash your hands. Hand washing should last at least 20 seconds. When unable to wash your hands with soap and water, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content.

Wear your Mask

Be sure to wear your mask, only removing when eating and drinking. Keep your mask over your nose and mouth and ensure that it is tightly secured under your chin and against the sides of your face.

Keep it Small

Do your best to only be around a limited amount of people. If possible, plan for gatherings that only include people who live in the same house. If attending another household, to make the celebration safer bring your own food, drinks, plates, cups, and utensils.

Social Distance

Maintain social distancing guidelines of staying at least 6 feet apart (about two arm lengths apart) from individuals who do not live in the same household as you.

Celebrate Virtually

Try a virtual Thanksgiving dinner via FaceTime, Zoom, Skype, WhatsApp, or other social media platforms with your loved ones. You can share screens and watch television, sports, or play fun games!

The CDC classifies holiday activities into the following categories:

We wish you all a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist, Dr. Derek, and Dr. Emad is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Stephens would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.

References:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/holiday-coronavirus-family-gatherings/2020/10/30/3b938d48-14aa-11eb-bc10-40b25382f1be_story.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays/thanksgiving.html

https://www.bassettcreekdental.com/news/2020/11/planning-safe-thanksgiving

The Latest Science on Masks, Plus Skincare Tips!

July 16th, 2020

 

Face masks have become a normal part of society, and are a significant help in slowing the spread of COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is urging everyone to wear masks, especially as the number of cases and deaths is rampantly increasing across the United States. Numerous current studies reveal that asymptomatic individuals and individuals who later develop symptoms can transmit coronavirus during the time that they are pre-symptomatic.

The Director of the CDC, Dr. Robert R. Redfield, commented “cloth face coverings are one of the most powerful weapons we have to slow and stop the spread of the virus – particularly when used universally within a community setting. All Americans have a responsibility to protect themselves, their families, and their communities.”

Several research studies, including a review study published on Tuesday July 14th in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), have identified that cloth face coverings are helping prevent people with coronavirus from spreading the virus to other individuals. The review comprised two recent case studies, one from the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). This study observed two Missouri hair stylists infected with COVID-19 and symptomatic through contact tracing. One of the stylists saw customers for 8 days while experiencing common coronavirus symptoms, while the other stylist saw customers for 4 days while symptomatic. With all staff and customers wearing a mask in the salon per local government regulations, it was found that none of the 139 customers in contact with the two hair stylists became ill, and 67 customers who voluntarily were tested received negative test results for COVID-19.Both stylists reported wearing cloth face masks or surgical masks when taking care of their customers. Of the 139 customers at the salon, approximately 47% wore a cloth face mask, 46% wore surgical masks, and 5% wore N-95 respirator masks. Their appointment times ranged from 15 to 45 minutes. The CDC affirms that wearing face masks could add huge benefits to protecting the community against the virus.

Wearing a face covering is especially important when in public spaces or when in environments where it is hard to maintain social distancing. The CDC recommends that face coverings should not be worn by anyone under the age of two or anyone with certain medical conditions. If you feel sick or notice that you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, immediately seek medical care and self-isolate.

What are the different types of masks?

1. N95 respirators

These medical masks are meant to lower the exposure to small and large air particles. These masks are fit-tested for medical professionals to ensure a secure fit.

2. Surgical masks

These masks are loose-fitting masks, but still provide some barrier against large respiratory droplets. These masks are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

3. Cloth masks

The CDC also reports that cloth masks may help slow the spread of COVID-19. Some people have bought filters to add to masks, which are currently being researched to determine if they add any additional protection.

Experiencing skin trouble from wearing a mask?

If so, not to worry, there are recommendations that may help. Wearing a mask may aggravate certain skin conditions, such as eczema or acne, but there are ways to get it under control.

Director of the Dermatology Laser and Cosmetic Center at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Mathew Avram, shares that trying a silk face covering to wear in public may help individuals who have acne or sensitive. Silk may provide less friction between your mask and face, which may help lessen your risk of irritation or inflammation.

Clinical director of the Mohs Dermatologic Surgery Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Dr. Abigail Waldman, recommends using a face cleanser after wearing a mask to remove any trapped dirt and oil the collects under the mask. Avoid using any bar soaps that may irritate and cause your skin to feel tight. When looking for a face lotion, be sure that it is non-comedogenic, meaning that it does not block pores. Wearing a moisturizer before putting your mask on can help add a layer of protection between your skin and the mask. Also be sure to wash your face covering after each use.

Over-the-counter products may also help clear up breakouts. Acne products typically contain adapalene gel or other retinoids, which often help limit the accumulation of dead skin cells at a minimum, and/or have antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory effects.

If you’re experiencing an acne breakout, try avoiding wearing makeup under the area covered by the mask. Makeup may block your pores and cause skin irritation when wearing a mask throughout the day. If wearing makeup, try to aim for wearing non-comedogenic products. If you notice that your skin condition gets worse or does not go away, contact your dermatologist.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist, Dr. Derek, and Dr. Emad is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Stephens would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.

References:

https://www.bostonmagazine.com/health/2020/05/20/face-mask-breakouts-skincare-tips/

https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/npptl/pdfs/UnderstandDifferenceInfographic-508.pdf

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover-guidance.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/about-face-coverings.html

https://article.images.consumerreports.org/f_auto/prod/content/dam/CRO-Images-2020/Health/03Mar/CR-Health-facemask-corona-update-0320

https://www.chicagotribune.com/resizer/oUvQp1s0kDCCJACU03CSWcEyr-4=/1200x957/top/cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/tronc/WXFENVDHA553QDSRKEUN2HH3GA.jpg

https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/social-media/mm6928e2_HairSalonCOVID19_IMAGE_14July20_1200x627-medium.jpg

https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/coronavirus/coronavirus-face-masks-what-you-need-to-know

https://inside.akronchildrens.org/2020/04/01/help-akron-childrens-protect-our-patients-and-staff-with-diy-face-masks/

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