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Say s-"oolong" to Bad Teeth!

August 8th, 2014

If you've ever been to a traditional Chinese restaurant, you may have drank some of the complimentary hot tea that comes with every meal.  This fragrant tea is usually a floral jasmine tea or an earthy, bold oolong tea.  Oolong tea is made through a unique oxidation and withering process of leaves, buds, and stems of the Camelia sinensis plant.  This tea has been around for centuries and often used to treat different ailments ranging from eczema to digestion problems.  Similar to green tea, drinking oolong tea has been shown to have a host of health benefits including strengthening teeth and overall, is helpful in maintaining good oral health.

Some theorize that oolong tea was named after an ancient Chinese tea harvester named Wu Liang.  Legend has it that by the end of the day of tea picking, he became distracted by a deer.  Because of this distraction, Wu Liang's tea leaves had become oxidized by being kept out in the sun for too long.  Oolong tea has been around for hundreds of years in China and is famously known for its healthy effects on the body.  The tea is rich in vital vitamins and minerals: calcium, manganese, copper, carotin, selenium, potassium, and Vitamin A, B, C, E, and K.

There is no question that the fluoride found in toothpaste and in our water supplies is essential in maintaining great oral health and promoting strong teeth.  The same cavity-fighting and enamel-strengthening fluoride is found in oolong tea.  Research conducted by Osaka University's Japan Dentistry Department found that people who consumed oolong tea on a regular basis had significantly stronger teeth.  The tea helped to prevent decaying, stop harmful build up of plaque, and reduced harmful enzymes that break down enamel.  More specifically, oolong tea help to protect teeth from the acids produced by the bacteria responsible for cavities; Streptococcus mutans. 

Oolong tea has also been shown to aid in weight loss and can boost metabolism for about 2 hours after drinking it.  Furthermore, studies have shown that this powerful tea is capable of lower blood sugar, inhibiting allergic reactions, and have anti-inflammatory properties.  Make sure to try this delicious tea without any added sugar to receive maximal nutrition benefits!

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 781-237-9071or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation.
Our specialists are happy to help you with your questions. Dr. 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.

Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oolong

http://www.doctoroz.com/slideshow/health-benefits-tea?gallery=true&page=2

http://www.mindbodymedicalcenter.com/the-medical-benefits-of-oolong-tea/

http://www.oolongteainfo.com/strengthen-teeth/

http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-1099-OOLONG%20TEA.aspx?activeIngredientId=1099&activeIngredientName=OOLONG%20TEA

http://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/beverage/health-benefits-of-oolong-tea.html

Image credit: http://www.teamajesty.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Oolong-Tea-for-health.jpg

Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

April 14th, 2014

apple-cider-vinegar-stock-largeApple cider vinegar is a type of vinegar that is made by fermenting apple cider resulting in a rich source of acetic acid, nutrients, and enzymes.  Apple cider vinegar in its organic, raw, and unfiltered form has long been used as a natural cure for a variety of ailments ranging from dandruff and sunburns to even hiccups.  Although people claim it to be effective, there is not substantial scientific research that supports the vinegar's wide range of capabilities.  One of the popular supposed health benefits of apple cider vinegar include its ability to improve oral health.

Apple cider vinegar is rich in potassium and malic acid; both proven to help with maintaining good oral health.  Potassium deficiencies can lead to tooth decay.  Furthermore, the variety of acids present in apple cider vinegar can kill harmful bacteria responsible for infections in the mouth.  Some people even claim that gargling vinegar can whiten teeth by dissolving built up plaque on teeth.  Above all, vinegar is still very acidic and thus, can erode tooth enamel when used improperly.  It is crucial to both dilute the acid before using it and also to rinse very well with water afterwards.

The most common way to utilize the health benefits of apple cider vinegar is to dilute 1 -2 teaspoons of it in 8 oz of water and drink it.  If the taste it too strong, honey can be added to make it taste better.

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 781-237-9071or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. Kim or Dr.PradhanDr. 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.

Sources:

http://www.livinghealthy360.com/index.php/using-apple-cider-vinegar-for-keeping-your-teeth-healthy-43998/

http://altmedicine.about.com/od/applecidervinegardiet/a/applecidervineg.htm

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/06/02/apple-cider-vinegar-hype.aspx

http://www.webmd.com/diet/apple-cider-vinegar?page=2

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-5875/15-Reasons-to-Use-Apple-Cider-Vinegar-Every-Day.html

http://www.livestrong.com/article/529504-is-apple-cider-vinegar-bad-for-tooth-enamel/

Image credit: http://res.mindbodygreen.com/img/ftr/apple-cider-vinegar-stock-large.jpg

Vitamins: Key to Healing after Oral Surgery

January 13th, 2014

While vitamin C is a great way to boost your immune system, vitamins can also play a major role in timely recovery after oral surgery.

The Academy of General Dentistry explained that patients lacking in vitamin C have shown to recover at a slower rate. Appropriate amounts of vitamin C, along with other vitamins, minerals, fats, and protein, were reported to be essential for the growth and regeneration of normal tissues. Nutrients work both individually and cooperatively to move along the healing process. Tissue maintenance and repair requires the help of carbohydrates, fat and protein. Recovery of these tissues involves vitamin C, along with vitamins such as vitamins E, B and K.

Vitamin C is responsible for the making collagen (connective tissue) that strengthens skin muscles and blood vessels; this is key to proper wound healing.

Vitamin E has the ability to...thin blood, preventing blood platelets from clumping. It also speed up cell regeneration and promotes blood circulation, strengthening capillary walls while nourishing cells.

Vitamin B is crucial for carbohydrate metabolism and energy production. It facilitates energy-releasing reactions and can also help deliver oxygen and nutrients, allowing energy pathways to run smoothly.

Vitamin K promotes blood clotting and prevents bleeding; this is can be used to prevent post-surgery bruising.

Without these important nutrients, patients are more prone to infection and healing time can be further delayed. Researchers note that severely underweight or overweight patients, or those who take steroids, immunosuppressant, or chemotherapeutic agents may experience poor recovery after oral surgery. It is crucial to maintain a healthy balance of vitamins before going into surgery.

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 and consultation. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs Dr. Ghazi would be more than willing to help.

References:

http://www.knowyourteeth.com/infobites/abc/article/?abc=N&iid=315&aid=1277

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/003042208290295X

http://www.livestrong.com/article/470706-nutrition-related-to-the-oral-cavity/

Make Teeth Shine with Fruits and Vegetables!

June 26th, 2013

While coffee and red wine may have shown to be beneficial for health, they are drinks that can easily darken those pearly whites. Here are some healthy foods that are both great for the body and can leave teeth whiter. According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), these are a couple fruits and vegetables that can naturally make teeth brighter and whiter.

 

 

Pineapples: research has shown that these tangy fruits contain the enzyme bromelain, which acts as a natural stain remover. Bromelain helps fight plaque from forming, which can wear down the enamel of teeth and lead to cavities.

Apples: like that saying, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”, apples can help keep bacteria away. Munching on this particular fruit can generate saliva, which can help neutralize the acid from other foods, keeping teeth free from decay

Carrots: these stringy vegetables are a reservoir of vitamin, which keep tooth enamel in tip-top shape. Eating these veggies raw can help the mouth replenish saliva, which is responsible for keeping the mouth clean. Chewing on crunchy vegetables (count celery in!) will help keep teeth clean.

Broccoli: these mighty greens are chock-full of iron, which helps keep acid that is developed in the mouth from damaging the enamel of teeth. A Brazilian study found that broccoli can prevent erosion of enamel due to acid found in sodas.

Onions: although this vegetable is usually the culprit of leaving bad breath after a delicious sandwich, onions contain sulfur compounds, including thiosulfinates and thiosulfonates, which can reduce bacteria in mouth that cause decay. Researchers suggest to eat onions raw, for cooking them will destroy these sulfur compounds. If you are not a fan of onions, garlic also can supply you with these sulfur compounds.

 

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 and consultation.

References:

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1601-5037.2010.00473.x/abstract

http://www.aacd.com/

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20922161

http://www.3dwhite.com/teeth-whitening/teeth-whitening-kits/make-teeth-whiter.aspx

http://modestyplusglamour.wordpress.com/2012/10/07/pineapple-for-acne-scars/ (picture credit) Also, did you know that pineapples are good for acne scars?

Types of Toothpaste

February 28th, 2012

It seems that the market today is saturated with products that seemingly do the same thing. Although this may be true in some cases, when it comes to toothpaste, it is far from accurate. There are several types of toothpaste that target specific issues. Three of the most common kinds are sensitivity relief, whitening, and natural.

--- Tooth sensitivity typically occurs due to gum recession or enamel loss. This exposes dentin, which is the part of the tooth covering the nerve. Dentin is porous and temperature fluctuations or specific foods can trigger sensitivity. Using toothpaste designed to soothe sensitive teeth will help ease the uncomfortable feeling. It is formulated to either numb the nerve of the tooth or gradually fill in the porous surface of the dentin. Daily use will help construct a barrier in the dentin, decreasing sensitivity.

--- Whitening toothpaste is primarily used for cosmetic purposes. It works by polishing away surface stains, such as those caused by coffee or red wine consumption, with abrasive ingredients like calcium carbonate and silica. It also contains carbamide peroxide, a chemical used to help break up surface stains. It’s important to note that whitening toothpaste cannot change the natural color of teeth, eliminate deep surface stains, or reverse any tooth decay. It also cannot remove any discoloration caused by fluoride.

--- Natural toothpaste, defined as such, should only contain certified organic ingredients. There should be no synthetics or chemicals that could prove harmful. Also, the ingredients should originate from non-toxic sources, in most instances, and have no negative health effects linked to them. It is typically sold in recycled packaging as well. A key factor to look for when selecting a natural toothpaste is fluoride. Some brands do not contain this ingredient, which is essential in cavity prevention.

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 and consultation.
Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. Kim or Dr.Pradhan. Dr. 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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