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Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017!

January 12th, 2017

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Some common new year's resolutions are exercising more or trying a new activity, but did you know that improving your oral health should also be one of your priorities for 2017? Healthy teeth is the key to your overall well-being! A few small improvements could lead to great rewards.

The first step to a healthier mouth is to have better brushing and flossing habits.

  • If you've had your toothbrush for more than three or four months, replace it! Worn bristles don't clean your teeth as well as a brand new toothbrush!
  • Brush at least two times a day with a fluoride toothpaste for two minutes every day. This is the best way to avoid bad breath, cavities, and infection!
  • Don't forget to floss at least once a day to get rid of the bacteria and food particles stuck between your teeth.
  • Use a fluoride mouthwash.

Another important part of maintaining your oral health is your diet.

  • Avoid acidic and sugary drinks to prevent tooth decay!
  • Try to limit snacking in between meals
  • Chew sugar-free gum or brush after meals
  • Drink water with fluoride

And last but not least, make sure to schedule regular appointments with your dentist!

  • You could prevent oral diseases or fix them at an early stage
  • You may need braces to fix abnormal bites, straighten your teeth, or enhance your smile
  • You could get whitening treatment to have a whiter smile
  • It's important for your overall health!

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.smartpractice.com/Images/Products/PC/PhotoLg/LC03266.jpg

http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/life-stages/adult-oral-care/article/a-new-years-you-dental-health-resolutions-0114

http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/h/holiday-ideas

Ringing in the New Year in Greater Boston

December 31st, 2016

As we count down to 2017 and say goodbye to 2016, we'd like to share with you some fun ways to ring in the new year in the Greater Boston area. Although we don't have the tradition of dropping a giant ball like in Times Square, New York City, there are plenty of ways to have a great time on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day in Boston!

1. Go bowling

For $20, you can purchase a guaranteed admission ticket (covering fees, shoes, appetizers, favors, and bowling) to Rock & Bowl New Year's Eve at Jillian's/Lucky Strike (145 Ipswich St in Kenmore Square) from 7PM to 2AM. Jillian's also has private lane bowling packages available. So put on your bowling shoes and have some fun!

2. Dress up for a theme party

Have you always dreamed of spending your new year's eve in the classiest way possible? Make sure to check out the James Bond New Year's Eve Gala at The Castle at Park Plaza. There will be live dancing, a live DJ, and even a red carpet entrance!

3. Go on a hike

Going on a hike is a great way to get more fit for the new year! The First Day Hike program is a hiking event on New Year's Day where free guided hikes are offered. Hikes around the Boston area include Carson Beach, Blue Hills Reservation, and Nantasket Beach State Reservation.

4. Winter on the Waterfront

From 1-4PM today, you can follow the ice sculpture trail in the North End, Waterfront, and Charlestown neighborhoods to find family-friendly activities, food, and museums along the way.

5. First Night

You can't go wrong with going to the events planned for the annual First Night celebration, which includes ice sculptures, performances, dance lessons, and a light and pyrotechnics show above Copley Square and the Boston Public Library.

We hope you have a lovely New Year's Eve. See you next year!

Resources:

http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/new-years

https://www.boston.com/culture/events/2016/12/28/10-things-to-do-in-boston-this-new-years-weekend

https://www.boston.com/culture/events/2016/12/27/join-a-first-day-hike-at-one-of-these-7-massachusetts-parks-on-new-years-day

A Healthy Smile = A Healthy Start to 2016

January 13th, 2016

 

It's the beginning of 2016 and a great time to make some resolutions for the new year! If staying healthy is one of your resolutions this year, make sure to add "excellent oral health" to the list as well. Dr. Nathan Pfister, a biological dentist in Alabama, claims that dental health and overall health influence each other in many ways.

Dr. Pfister recognizes the fact that dental bacteria and oral inflammation are connected to many medical conditions such as memory disorders, Alzheimer's, heart problems, diabetes, and stroke. Therefore, he connects the diet and oral health habits of his patients by observing plaque samples with a microscope. This way, Dr.Pfister can determine whether dental issues are caused by poor oral hygiene habits, an unbalanced diet, or a medical problem.

There is even further evidence of the strong connection between dentistry and medicine in a study published in the journal of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. According to this study, there is also a link between periodontal or chronic inflammatory gum disease (which can vary based on smoking habits) and an increased risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal women. Professor Jo L. Freudenheim, PhD, of the University at Buffalo's School of Public Health and Health Professions adds that this common disease is associated with heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and other cancers.

Out of the 73,737 postmenopausal women (none of whom were previously diagnosed with cancer) who participated in the Women's Health Initiative Observational Study led by Professor Freudenheim, 26.1% had periodontal disease. 6.7 years later, the women with this disease had a 14% higher risk of breast cancer.

Possible explanations for the connection between breast cancer and periodontal disease include the effect of inflammation on breast tissues and oral bacteria entering the circulatory system. Professor Freudenheim claims that more studies need to be conducted in other populations in order to determine if there is a causal relationship between oral bacteria and breast cancer.

Feel free to contact Dr. Zarah Ali and Drs. Ali & 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.sweet-cures.com/naturalhealth/images/healthy-teeth.jpg (photo credit)

http://www.aacr.org/Newsroom/Pages/News-Release-Detail.aspx?ItemID=823#.VosbDPkrLIV

http://www.dothaneagle.com/news/local/biological-dentist-takes-unconventional-approach-to-oral-health/article_d7c75fcc-a8e0-11e5-808c-3feb679bfe4c.html

Welcome to the New Year!

December 31st, 2015

nTime is moving quickly as we jump into the New Year, 2016! Today, many around the world enjoy traditions to bestow good luck for the year ahead. New Year’s celebrations date all the way back some 4,000 years to ancient Babylon! Beginning on New Year’s Eve, it's common to hear and see spectacular fireworks, and the well-awaited countdown to midnight.

In the United States, the popular New Year’s tradition is the dropping of a giant ball in New York City’s Times Square. This tradition began in 1907 and has continued ever-since! Millions of people from around the world watch the event live from their televisions. Over time, the ball has evolved from a 700-pound iron-and-wood ball to a brightly patterned sphere that weighs nearly 12,000 pounds! Other towns have joined in the tradition with their own versions, including Dillsburg Pennsylvania, which drops pickles at midnight.

In other countries, such as Spain, people traditionally bolt down twelve grapes before midnight, which symbolizes their hopes for the new year. In some countries, legumes such as lentils and black-eyed peas are eaten before New Year's, which signifies future financial success. In some cultures, pork is eaten to signify progress and prosperity.

However you decide to celebrate, we hope that you and your family have a safe and happy New Year!

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. VanDr. 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.

References:

http://nebula.wsimg.com/70a528531c8506bd6289584dc2356331?AccessKeyId=97B8EB07A10258B71A12&disposition=0&alloworigin=1

http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/new-years

 

Dental Habits to Break in the New Year

December 30th, 2015

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Do you have your New Year's resolutions list ready for 2016? As we countdown to the New Year, it's time to put our best foot forward and leave behind any negative habits. This also applies to dental care. Consider breaking these dental habits in 2016 that are harmful to your teeth:

Nail Biting

Finger nails often contain many germs. Nail biting puts you at a high risk for developing a cold or other health problems by introducing these germs into your mouth. Nail biting can not only negatively take a toll on the health of your body, but also can impact your teeth. It is typically a nervous habit, and can chip teeth and impact your jaw. Avoid nail biting at all costs, and instead opt for better stress-coping mechanisms. Try painting your nails or holding something to keep your fingers busy to let go of a nail biting habit.

Brushing Too Hard

It may seem weird, but there is such a thing as brushing too hard. It's definitely important to brush for two minutes twice a day, but gently! Brushing with a hard toothbrush can damage both teeth and gums. Try using your non-dominant hand for brushing, or purchasing a soft toothbrush. Applying proper pressure when brushing is important for your mouth's sake!

Grinding and Clenching

Grinding and clenching teeth often occurs during stressful situations. This can lead to chipped or cracked teeth. It can also cause mouth pains and trouble chewing foods. Sometimes it occurs during sleep, in which you should notify your partner or family member if this is noticed. Mouthguards and relaxation exercises can help knock out this harmful dental habit!

Chewing Ice Cubes

Teeth can be fragile, and it is important not to wear them down by chewing hard substances. Chewing ice cubes can break or chip teeth, as well as damage fillings and other dental appliances in the mouth. Try drinking with a straw or drinking cold beverages without ice to prevent any temptation of chewing on ice cubes.

Snacking

Snacking, especially on sugary foods and drinks, increases your risk of developing cavities. Instead, opt for well balanced and filling meals to keep your teeth healthy. If you indulge in an occasional sugary treat, make sure to drink water to wash away any left over food particles.

Using Your Teeth As Tools

Using your teeth to open items, cut things, or complete other rough actions can wear down your teeth. This puts you at a higher risk of cracking and damaging your teeth, as well as injuring your jaw. Always make sure you have an actual tool on hand, such as scissors or a bottle opener to do the job -your mouth will thank you!

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. VanDr. 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.

References:

https://richardwiseman.files.wordpress.com/2011/12/new-years-eve.jpg

http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/bad-habits?source=facebook&content=6_habits_to_break

Happy New Year!

January 1st, 2015

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Happy New Year from our team to you and your family! New Year's Day is the beginning of the  Gregorian calendar celebrated in most parts of the world. Midnight on New Year’s Day is typically celebrated with fireworks, fire crackers, noisemakers, and a toast with champagne or sparkling ciders. However, New Year's celebrations vary across cultures, religions, and countries. 

New Year’s Day is a public holiday in the United States, Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and many other places around the world. Many government businesses are closed and individuals have the day off from work or school. A highlight for many in the United States is watching the New Year’s Eve ball drop in Times Square, New York City. The concept of the New Year’s Eve ball  was thought of as an alternative because of a ban on fireworks in New York City in 1907. The New Year’s Eve ball is currently made of Waterford crystal and weighs six tons!

In Japan, the New Year symbolizes renewal. In December, several parties are thrown to say goodbye to the problems of the past year and welcome a new beginning. On New Year's Day, children often receive small gifts.

In Spain, many enjoy the tradition of eating twelve grapes at midnight to symbolize twelve happy months in the coming year.

The Jewish New Year is a ten-day celebration that begins with Rosh Hashanah and ends with Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. It is held in September or October, depending on the Hebrew calendar dates. During these holidays, Jews make amends for any wrongs they have committed during the previous year.

In Scotland, a popular New Year's tradition is called "first-footing," where neighbors visit with each other and tell their New Year's wishes.

There are a lot of fun celebrations going on across the world. We hope that you have a safe and fun New Year's celebration welcoming in the start of 2015!

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.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.

References:

http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/common/new-year-day

http://www.advanceddentistryofplantation.com/blog/2014/12/new-years-eve/

http://www.factmonster.com/spot/newyearcelebrations.html

http://imagesih.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/happy-new-year-2015-wallpaper-happy-new-year-2015-event-photo-happy-new-year-2015.jpeg

Holiday Cheer!

December 13th, 2013

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Our team wants to wish you happy holidays and share a few tips on how to protect your smile this time of the year!

Holiday season is upon us and we all want to look and feel our best for the celebration time!

Busy schedules and the stress of visiting stores after stores, trying to get everything on your wish list, will make it very easy to break your daily cleaning routine. Holiday banquets with plentiful amounts of delicious food and desserts, as well as alcoholic beverages that are usually highly acidic and can harm your enamel, can definitely make it more challenging to have a bright pearly smile for that family picture.

Here are a few things you can add to your holiday routine:

    1. Keep a pack of chewing gum or even a travel package of floss in your pocket/bag. It's a quick fix and will help you keep your breath fresh and get rid of some harmful bacteria.
    2. Indulge in moderation! If you get to enjoy a glass or two of wine or a different alcoholic beverage, be mindful of the acidity they can raise in your mouth. When choosing between drinks, go for the less sweet ones. Also, drink a glass of water in between to wash away some of the acidity.
    3. Always bring your toothbrush when you are travelling away from home.
    4. Get your dental work done before the holidays. It can be tempting to put off a root canal or filling until after the holiday fun is over, but the truth is that taking care of your dental needs before family, friends and festivities begin is the best way to make sure you don’t have an unpleasant dental surprise in the middle of your celebrations.
    5. Eat your carbs in one sitting, rather than keep snacking throughout the day. Every time a piece of candy is eaten it takes an hour for the acid inside the mouth to dissolve!

Have a wonderful celebration and please share you beautiful smile with people around you!

If you have any questions or concerns please don't hesitate to call (781)237-9071 or email smile@wellesleydentalgroup. Drs. Ali & Ali and the Caring Team at Wellesley Dental Group are always willing to help.

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