middle aged women

Is Your Mouth Feeling Sizzling Hot?

October 20th, 2018

Being in pain is one of the worst feelings, especially when you don't know the cause. Thanks to new research, knowledge is increasing about chronic oral pain, also called Burning Mouth Syndrome. This condition commonly impacts middle-aged women and can be very debilitating for most people. In past years this condition has been quite ambiguous, but new discoveries are currently being made.

People experiencing Burning Mouth Syndrome often report a sensation of stinging on their tongue, palate, lips and/or gums. This condition can also cause dry mouth, and bitter or metallic taste sensation in the oral cavity. These symptoms can occur gradually overtime or appear suddenly. For many people, it can lead to difficulty eating, sleeping, and cause anxiety or depression.

A dissertation at Sahlgrenska Academy reported that when 56 women with Burning Mouth Syndrome were asked to rate the condition from 0 (not difficult at all) to 100 (unbearable), the average response was 66. It was also found that 45% of the patients experienced altered taste, and 73% had a burning, stinging, numbness, or combination of the three sensations. Burning Mouth Syndrome was strongly correlated with self reports of teeth grinding, multiple medication use, allergies, and skin diseases. Not to mention, mucin proteins detected in the patients were altered and contained less carbohydrate structures that normally impact the immune system. These patients were found to have higher inflammatory levels than the control group of individuals without Burning Mouth Syndrome. With this information, researchers are looking for methods to help with diagnosis and treatment options.

If you're experiencing some of the symptoms mentioned, this can be evaluated during your dental visit. Burning Mouth Syndrome can be secondary to dry mouth from several factors including multiple medications, fungal infections such as oral thrush, nutritional deficiencies (B1, B2, B6, B9, B12, Iron, Zinc), ill-fitting dentures, stomach acid reflux (GERD), diabetes, or consumption acidic beverages.

In the meantime, to help ease the pain, avoid irritants such as tobacco smoking, hot spicy foods, alcoholic beverages or mouth rinses with alcohol, and acidic foods and beverages.

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.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/09/180921151427.htm

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/burning-mouth-syndrome/symptoms-causes/syc-20350911

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Thank You Women's Business Network!

June 14th, 2013

I just finished my second year as President for Women's Business Network in Wellesley. Women's Business Network (WBN) is built on a tradition of women helping women in the workplace through relationships, resources, and referrals. A program of the Wellesley Chamber of Commerce, WBN is a forum where members can meet, collaborate with, and support other working women. By connecting with other businesswomen, members build and nourish valuable personal and business relationships, and share and expand resources. WBN is a group of business, professional and entrepreneurial women from many diverse fields in the MetroWest Boston area. They take pride in supporting the professional development and success of members while strengthening the professional image of members.

I am so thankful to have had the privilege of leading the group. I am humbled and touched by all the warm and kind words from my leadership team; you made my life so easy. Serving alongside you was an honor; a memorable experience that I will forever cherish. I have learned a lot from you all and so blessed to have you all in my life. WBN will always have a special place in my heart. It is a fun, interactive, and social group and I highly recommend it for all business professionals. WBN will be in good hands under our new President Janice Bogasky and her leadership team. Thank you to the Wellesley Chamber of Commerce for coordinating our events and Wellesley College Club for offering such a nice serene venue for our meetings. Again I cannot thank you enough for the kind words and the love I have received from you.

"I loved being part of your WBN Board, Femina your enthusiasm and courtesy are outstanding. Thank you for leading the group for two years." - Susana

"It has been a pleasure the last two years working with you. Thanks for your time and effort." - Daryl

"You have been quite an inspiration to our leadership team. Thank you for your time and all you do for WBN." - Lisa

"Femina, you are one of the most gracious women I have ever met. Thank you." - Christine

"Thank you for your thoughtful, compassionate, and strong leadership. It has been a delight to work with you and the team." - Kathy

"Thanks you!" - Amy

"It was an honor to serve on the Board with you, learning from you as someone who has just started was just wonderful." - Miriam

"It has been a dynamic and wonderfully successful two years at WBN - mostly thanks to you, you reinvigorated us!" - Joanne

"Femina, you are the bright and shining star you were so lovingly created to be." - Gail

"Thanks so much for your two years of leadership- we will miss you." - Edith

"Thank You!" - Margie

"Thank you Femina-
great role model...
ball of energy...
positive spirit...
I appreciate you!" - Nancy

"Thank you for everything." - Phyllis

"Thanks for all you have done and your friendship." - Linda

Thank you Gretje for the beautiful leadership team picture!

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