mental health

Cure Bad Breath To Be Happy!

December 20th, 2016

Did you know that one of the keys to happiness is curing bad breath?

According to a study published in the International Journal of Dental Hygiene, those who suffered from halitosis, or bad breath, were twice as unhappy as those who didn't and experienced 500% more negative encounters than those without the same problem.

Bad breath is a common problem usually caused by food particles getting stuck between teeth or bacteria that coat your tongue. This issue not only impacts your oral health, but also your psychology, including self-esteem and confidence. It makes sense that you may be a little shy to speak confidently when your breath doesn't smell the greatest! This is just another piece of evidence that there is a strong link between oral health, mental health, and lifestyle.

There are many easy ways to fix this problem and improve your happiness:

  • Use mouthwash or sugar-free chewing gum
  • Brush for two minutes two times a day with a fluoride toothpaste
  • Make regular appointments with your dentist!

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.

Resources:

http://www.newhealthadvisor.com/images/1HT03614/bad-breath.jpg

http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/diabetes-slideshow/?source=promospots&content=topstories&medium=diabetes

Avoid Marijuana To Prevent Periodontal Disease

October 20th, 2016

Your oral health isn't only determined by your brushing habits and diets - it's also affected by your everyday habits. You've probably heard that smoking cigarettes is an unhealthy habit that can harm more than just your mouth. But did you know that smoking marijuana, an illicit drug used by over 22 million Americans in the past month and particularly common among adolescents, (based on a survey from the National Institute on Drug Abuse conducted in 2014) also leads to oral and overall health problems?

According to a study published in JAMA Psychiatry, researchers from Arizona State University showed that periodontal disease, which is caused by infection and inflammation of the gums and bone mass, is directly linked to cannabis usage. Those who persistently smoked marijuana for up to 20 years had a great risk for periodontal disease later in life at 38 years old. In addition, marijuana users are more likely to have poor oral hygiene habits and depend on alcohol, which can also lead to periodontal disease.

Other problems caused by marijuana use include short-term fear, anxiety, psychosis, delusions, or hallucinations. Additionally, cannabis may be linked to increased risk of accidents, injuries, bronchitis, heart problems, cancer, and mental health issues.

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.

Resources:

http://420day.org/sites/default/files/anti-marijuana%20symbol.png

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/310667.php

 

Depression Is a Threat to Oral Health

May 23rd, 2016

Did you know that depression, a common serious mental health and mood disorder, is linked to poor oral health care? If you suffer from depression, you may have a lack of motivation to take care of yourself and experience decreased salivation, which can directly impact oral health. Risk factors for depression include: personal or family history, major stress, and certain illnesses or side effects of medications.

Some signs and symptoms of depression are:

  • lasting feelings of sadness, anxiousness, emptiness, hopelessness, or pessimism
  • irritability
  • lack of energy/motivation
  • no interest in activities
  • guilt, worthlessness, etc.
  • difficulty concentrating or sleeping

There are many different types of depression, including:

  • persistent depression disorder (dysthymia): depressive symptoms for at least two years
  • perinatal depression: major depression during or after pregnancy (postpartum)
  • psychotic depression: severe depression and psychosis (delusions, hallucinations, etc.)
  • seasonal affective disorder: depression during the winter months

Depression is directly linked to oral health, because its consequences include xerostomia (dry mouth), a cariogenic diet (diet composed of sweets), and a poor immune system that can lead to oral infections. Risk for cardiovascular diseases also increases with depression.

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.

Resources:

http://dualdiagnosis.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/bigstock-Girl-Sits-In-A-Depression-On-T-52227706-300x207.jpg

http://www.dentistryiq.com/articles/2016/03/how-depression-threatens-oral-health-and-other-oral-systemic-links.html

https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/depression/index.shtml

Benefits of Living Near Trees

April 28th, 2016

It's spring, which means it's a great time to spend some time relaxing in the sun and admiring the beauty of nature.

Did you know that living near trees is proven to benefit our overall health? According to a recent study published in the journal Scientific Reports and conducted by University of Chicago psychologist Omid Kardan and his research team, nature can improve both cognitive and psychological aspects of our health.

This team of researchers examined the connection between the health records of more than 30,000 Toronto residents and Toronto's dataset of around 530,000 public, urban trees with the addition of private greenspace measured by satellites. The public tree data was grouped in terms of location, species, and diameter. The health records included self-reports and cases of cancer, diabetes, mental health problems, and heart problems. Although self-perceptions can be subjective, Marc Berman, co-author of the study and psychologist at the University of Chicago, says that they are mostly similar to objective measures of health.

Berman also noted that the public trees had the strongest impact on health. After comparing the effect that trees have on health to other factors such as wealth and age, the researchers discovered that adding 10 trees in an urban block can improve one's perception of health in similar ways to increasing one's income by $10,000, living in a neighborhood that has a median income higher by $10,000, or being younger by seven years! The study also concluded that trees not only improve self-perceptions, but also cardio-metabolic conditions such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and obesity.

Although these findings are powerful, they are "correlational," and therefore do not directly prove that trees cause better overall health. However, that doesn't mean that there aren't possible explanations. For instance, another study has shown that urban trees can remove ozone and pollution from the air and therefore improve the quality of air and protect people from these dangerous substances. Furthermore, Berman believes greenery is associated with a reduction of stress and increased motivation to exercise. Stress can lead to problems such as bruxism (grinding teeth and jaw clenching), gum disease, and canker sores, so trees can improve oral health as well!

Therefore, if you plan on moving to a new neighborhood, make sure to add "lots of trees" to your checklist!

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.

Resources:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2015/07/09/scientists-have-discovered-that-living-near-trees-is-good-for-your-health/

http://www.nature.com/articles/srep11610

http://www.fs.fed.us/ne/newtown_square/publications/other_publishers/OCR/ne_2006_nowak001.pdf

https://www.deltadentalins.com/oral_health/stressed_out.html

March 6-13: National Sleep Awareness Week

March 8th, 2016

Have you been getting 7-9 hours of sleep every night? If not, make sure to add "better sleep" to your goals this month, because March 6-13 is the National Sleep Foundation's National Sleep Awareness Week! Check out this list of tips and the 2016 SAW Infographic.

In order to get a good night's sleep, here are some recommendations from the National Sleep Foundation:

  • Turn off electronics such as mobile devices and laptops (which give off blue light that can prevent you from falling asleep) before going to sleep.
  • Schedule enough hours of sleep. Plan ahead and stick with the same schedule.
  • Even a little exercise can mean better sleep.
  • Create a sleep-friendly environment (a comfortable bed, closed curtains, no loud noises, etc.).
  • Have a bedtime routine (relaxing exercises, deep breathing, light reading, calming music, etc.).

You may think that missing a few hours of sleep is no big deal, but the quality and quantity of sleep you get can have a huge impact (both short-term and long-term) your overall health. Still not convinced? Here are some reasons why sleep is important from the NIH's National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute:

Mental Health

A lack of sleep can lead to depression, suicide, risky behavior, and other emotional problems. It changes the brain's activity, which can cause children and adolescents in particular to lose focus, feel unmotivated, or have mood swings.

Brain Health

Adequate sleep is crucial for proper brain function, because it allows your brain to solidify what you've learned and get ready to learn more the next day. Don't think that pulling an all-nighter will help you score better on your exam: sleeping well improves learning and helps you solve problems more efficiently.

Physical Health

Sleep is connected to the healing of heart and blood vessels, maintenance of hormone levels, growth, and the immune system. If you don't get enough sleep, you could have a higher risk of heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, or stroke.

Safety

Your safety could be at risk when you don't get enough sleep. Sleep deficiency means a slower reaction time, more opportunities for mistakes, and decreased productivity. You definitely don't want to be driving when you feel sleepy!

Take this Sleep IQ Quiz to find out how much of an expert you are on sleep now!

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.

Resources:

https://sleepfoundation.org/SAW

https://sleepfoundation.org/sleep-tools-tips/healthy-sleep-tips

http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/sdd/why

Psychological Distress Linked To Increased Risk Of Death

August 8th, 2012

Stressed out? It may be time to take a breather! New research shows that stress, even at low levels, were 20% more likely to die over a ten year time span.

However, these findings can't necessarily prove that being stressed or depressed is directly linked to death. Similar studies have been conducted and have been unsuccessful in figuring out if people become sick because they're stressed or they become stressed because they're sick.

This study was featured in the British Medicine Journal. The data was compiled from information taken from over 68,000 people over the age of 35. The survey asked a variety of questions on topics such as sleep patterns, ability to face problems, and feelings of worthlessness. The lower the score of the survey taker, the less stressed of a person they are.

The most startling part of the survey is that more than 8,300 people passed away, mostly from heart disease and stroke.

Taking steps toward reducing stress is an important factor in maintaining optimum health. If you feel that your stress level is affecting your quality of life, make an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible.

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