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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

Top Phone Apps for Dental Hygiene

March 4th, 2016

hands texting with mobile phones in cafe

In today's society, there's pretty much an app for everything...that include dental health! Now that many of us are becoming tech savvy smart phone owners, it's the perfect opportunity to use these tools to learn more about oral health. The good thing is that there are many dental health apps out there for Iphone and Android users.

Here's a list of the top five dental apps out today:

1. Dental Expert app: This is a very comprehensive app that helps explain oral health conditions and dental procedures. This app includes a section with the most frequently asked dental questions and answers by experts in the field of dentistry. It's particularly great for parents because there is a lot of info on dental problems that little ones face.

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2.Tiny Dentist app: This app is great for children, especially if their a little frightened of going to the dentist. Children can act like the dentist in the app by “be the dentist” removing cavities and brushing the teeth of cartoon characters, while also learning more about dentistry!

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3.Flossy app: It can sometimes be easy to forget to floss. However, flossing is important for removing food particles in hard-to-reach places and preventing cavities.This app helps you keep track of flossing and keeping this essential habit becomes way easier. It alerts you with reminders to floss and lets you schedule specific times for flossing. You can then go back and check out the history tab to see how often you've been flossing.

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4. Brush DJ app: This is a cool app that lets you use any song (cut short to two minutes, the suggested time for brushing) for you to enjoy as you brush your teeth. It helps you make sure you're brushing for the right amount of time and allows for a fun brushing experience!

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5. My Bright Smile app: Sponsored by Colgate, this interactive and educational app is great for children gain essential oral health habits. It includes five free games that emphasize the importance of flossing every day, visiting the dentist regularly, brushing with fluoride toothpaste, eating a healthy diet, among many more lessons.

Screen Shot 2016-03-04 at 7.21.23 PMFeel 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:

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