Nutrition

Does My Tea or Coffee Really Need Sugar?

September 22nd, 2019

It's not a surprise that sugar is bad for our teeth, but it's sometimes hard to resist consuming each day. We are often asked, "would you like sugar in your coffee?" or "would you like sugar added to your tea?" This can lead to a spiral of adding one teaspoon of sugar to even three or four teaspoons for that perfect tasting cup of tea or coffee. It might sound like a small amount, but each day as you have your morning jump-start of caffeine it can add up and take a harmful toll on your teeth. The American Heart Association (AHA) states that the maximum amount of added sugars you should consume each day is 37.5 grams/9 teaspoons for men, and 25 grams/6 teaspoons for women. These numbers are quick to reach, for example, one can of coke contains a whopping 36 grams of sugar! According to a study conducted by Euromonitor in 2015, the United States is the #1 country that consumes the most sugar per person each day (126.4 grams). The impact of sugar on oral and overall health is significant, as sugar can increase the risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, and most widely known, tooth decay.

Reducing or cutting out adding sugar completely to your tea or coffee can be a great start to a healthier lifestyle. Natural sweetness such as xylitol have been found to help reduce the risk of tooth decay and can be a great alternative to sugar and artificial sweeteners.

Remember, your diet plays an important role in your dental and general health. Be sure to notice when food labels mention words such as sucrose, glucose, fructose, maltose, or corn syrup, for instance, as these are also masked terms for sugar.

Take a look at some tips to help reduce sugar in your daily diet:

Eat a healthy breakfast

Starting the day off with a healthy filling breakfast can give you the energy you need to get through the day and help you avoid snacking throughout the day on items that may contain a lot of sugar. Try picking out cereals that have no added sugar, and having tooth-friendly items including cheese, or yogurt. It's best not to consume sugary snacks throughout the day because frequency of sugar exposure is more detrimental for your teeth than the amount of sugar consumed. When we eat sugary and acidic foods, the pH of our mouths become lower and more acidic, which can put your teeth in a weakened state. When you do need a snack, be sure to choose healthy snack options.

Note that fat free does not equal sugar free
Some items are highlighted as healthy products because they are fat-free. However, fat-free items may still contain high amounts of sugar which can negatively impact your teeth. Be sure to look at the nutrition label when buying fat-free products to see how much sugar is in them.
Avoid sticky foods
Sticky foods such as candy, and even dried fruits can become trapped within teeth and harm your tooth enamel.
Keep up with your dental visits 

Your dentist can help you keep up with maintaining your pearly-whites and ensuring that they are healthy. It is important to schedule regular dental check-ups and cleanings.

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.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist, Dr. Derek, and Dr. Emad is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Stephens would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.

References:

https://www.dentalhealth.org/blog/phasing-out-our-addiction-to-sugar-one-sugarless-tea-and-coffee-at-a-time

https://coach.nine.com.au/diet/the-20-countries-who-eat-the-most-and-the-least-sugar/76adbc2d-1c89-4e7c-9693-0b875afadaad#1

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Lowering Liver Cancer Risk with Good Oral Hygiene

August 3rd, 2019

Why is it important to take care of your teeth? Some people may be wondering how their oral hygiene habits affect their overall well-being. There’s increasing awareness that poor oral health is linked to more than just issues found within the mouth. Research has consistently shown us that poor oral health can be linked to heart disease, diabetes, and stroke, just to name a few associations. Now, a recent study conducted at Queen's University Belfast in the United Kingdom has found another possible link between oral health and gastrointestinal cancers, for instance, liver, colon, rectum and pancreatic cancer.

Just about 60,000 people each year in the European Union are killed by liver cancer. This is ranked as the 6thmost common cancer related death, with only an 11% five-year survival rate! The study looked at the oral health of about 469,000 people in the United Kingdom, noting conditions such as loose teeth, gingival and periodontal diseases, missing teeth, and tooth decay. Although the study did not find significant evidence between gastrointestinal cancers and poor oral hygiene, people with poor oral health may have a 75% increase in developing liver cancer according to the study. However, more research is needed to better establish the mechanisms behind this connection. Researchers are interested in investigating the role certain microbes found originally within the mouth, including Fusobacterium nucleatum, may have in liver cancer.

The good news is, with healthy lifestyle habits including diet, exercise, oral hygiene, and avoidance of behaviors including smoking and excessive alcohol consumption, you can lower this risk!

It is important to schedule regular dental visits, and keep up with brushing at least twice a day, and flossing at least once a day to keep your mouth healthy. Keeping your oral health and liver in check also includes eating well and maintaining a nutritious and balanced diet.

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.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist, Dr. Derek, and Dr. Emad is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Stephens would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.

References:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/06/190617125124.htm

https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/2050640619858043

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Is Your Body Trying to ask for Vitamins and Minerals?

April 8th, 2019

It's been ingrained in us that a healthy and well-balanced diet is necessary for normal daily functioning and growth. However, it may not be that simple to realize when we're deficient in certain vitamins and minerals, even when we're eating healthy! Vitamins and minerals play a major role in carrying out the normal functions of our bodies, including synthesizing  tissues, removing waste products, and being necessary precursors for enzymes. Therefore, deficiencies can result in several health problems, so it is important to know what signs to look for in order to meet the body's needs! For instance, oral signs such as burning tongue and mouth sores, feeling tired after a good night's rest, having a pale appearance, or brittle fingernails can all be signs of particular nutrient deficiencies. In fact, it has been reported that when the proper nutrients are not consumed in adequate amounts, both physical and mental issues such as skin problems, bone abnormalities, and even dementia could be negative consequences.

Take a look at the signs of various vitamin deficiencies and how to make these symptoms improve or be gone altogether:

Severe hair loss

If you notice that you are losing more than the typical 100 strands of hair a day, this could be a sign of a deficiency in the minerals iron and zinc, in addition to the fatty acids linoleum acid and alpha-linolenic acid, and vitamins such as biotin (Vitamin B7) and Niacin (Vitamin B3):

  • Iron is necessary for the production of DNA, which is present in hair follicles.
  • Zinc is needed for the synthesis of proteins necessary for hair growth.
    • A deficiency in both iron and zinc can lead to hair loss or cause the hair to stop growing. A diet rich in meat, fish, eggs, legumes, dark leafy greens, nuts, seeds and whole grains can help manage a deficiency in iron and zinc.
  • Linoleic acid (LA) and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) are integral to hair growth.
    • A diet comprising leafy vegetables, nuts, whole grains, and vegetable oils all offer a source of LA. ALA can be found in chia seeds and soy nuts.
  • Niacin (vitamin B3): Niacin is needed for keeping healthy strong hair.
  • Biotin (vitamin B7): Biotin helps form thick hair and stimulates hair growth.
    • Meat, fish, dairy, whole grains, legumes, nuts, seeds and leafy greens are rich in both niacin and biotin.

You may notice that there are also a lot of supplements advertised for hair loss prevention that include these nutrients. These supplements should be taken at the discretion of your health care provider, as there is limited research on their effects.

Brittle nails

A sign of brittle or splitting nails could be your body telling you that it is in need of iron or biotin.

  • Iron: In addition to brittle nails, a deficiency in iron can include fatigue, pale skin, chest pain, constant sensation of cold, inflamed or sore tongue, and dizziness just to name a few.
    • Iron-rich foods include in meat, poultry, seafood, and spinach.
  • Biotin: biotin deficiencies are rare, but can present as brittle hair or nails, in addition to fatigue, and muscle pain. Risk factors of a biotin deficiency include pregnancy, smoking, alcoholism, Crohn's disease, and individuals on some anti-seizure medications or prolonged antibiotic use. Consumption of raw egg whites can also lead to a deficiency in biotin because  the protein avidin within raw egg whites reduces the absorption of biotin.
    •  Egg yolks, organ meats, fish, meat, dairy, nuts, seeds, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, yeast, whole grains and bananas are good sources of biotin.

Mouth ulcers or cracks in the corners of the mouth

Mouth ulcers, also known as canker sores, and cracking around the corners of the mouth have been linked to deficiencies including iron, B1, B2, B6 and B12.

  • Iron
  • Thiamin (Vitamin B1) plays a role in maintining the nervous system and the release of energy from food.
  • Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) helps keep the skin, eyes and nervous system healthy, and helps the body release energy from food.
  • Pyridoxine (Vitamin B6) is responsible for the storage of protein and carbohydrates absorbed from food, and the formation of hemoglobin in red blood cells. A deficiency in B6 is typically rare.
    • Thiamin, riboflavin and pyridoxine can all be found in whole grains, poultry, meat, fish, eggs, dairy, organ meats, legumes, green vegetables, starchy vegetables, nuts and seeds.

In addition, cracking at the corners of the mouth could be caused by angular cheilitis (inflammation and an accumulation of microorganisms, particularly Candida albicans, at the corners of the mouth).

Bleeding Gums

Bleeding gums could be a result of several things, including gingivitis due to bacterial plaque, medications, brushing technique, and poor diet or oral hygiene habits. In addition, it could be due to a lack of vitamin C in your diet.

  • Vitamin C: Vitamin C plays a role in healing wounds, your immunity, and also helps prevent cell damage. If the deficiency is severe, the condition known as scurvy could develop. Symptoms of scurvy include tooth loss, weakness, fatigue, and muscle soreness.
    • Citrus fruit, guava, kiwi, broccoli, dark green leafy vegetables (broccoli, spinach, lettuce, kale), berries, tomatoes, cabbage, and brussel sprouts all are sources of Vitamin C.

Burning tongue

The sensation of a burning tongue or feet could be a result of a deficiency in Vitamin B12.

  • Vitamin B12: B12 is known to help produce hemoglobin in red blood cells, and is also needed for the proper function of the digestive system. Vegans are at an increased risk of B12 deficiency because meats and dairy products are common sources of good amounts of B12. Signs of a deficiency in vitamin B12 often include damage to your nervous system, memory changes, and can sometimes mimic anemia.
    • Vitamin B12 an be found in meats, shellfish, poultry, fish, dairy, almond milk, nutritional yeast, and fortified soy and coconut milk.

Muscle cramps

If you notice that you begin having muscle cramps, your body could be craving potassium. A deficiency in potassium is typically caused by loss of fluid (excessive sweat, vomit, diarrhea).

  • Potassium: Potassium is known to help build muscle and protein.
    • A good source of potassium can be found in sweet potatoes, bananas, avocados, and coconut water.

 

So, you may be wondering, "will dietary supplements help get me all of the nutrients I need?" The best way to ensure that you are getting adequate amounts of vitamins and minerals is to make sure your diet includes each major food group, rather than relying only on dietary supplements. Some individuals may be lacking certain vitamins or minerals due to an underlying medical condition. Be sure to have your regular check-ups with your primary care physician so that the proper diagnoses and treatment can be made.

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. DerekDr. Emad is happy to help with your orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs Dr. Stephens would be more than willing to help.

References:

https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/1101051/vitamin-deficiency-symptoms-B12-D-signs-tiredness-hair-loss-mouth-ulcers

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/vitamin-deficiency#section1

https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/2016/08/22/the-common-signs-of-vitamin-and-mineral-deficiencies_a_21456849/

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Each Bite Counts: National Nutrition Month

March 10th, 2019

The popular saying, "You are what you eat," reminds us that a healthy diet is important in order to keep our bodies healthy, vibrant, and energized. National Nutrition Month is a yearly initiative each March created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to educate individuals on healthy food choices. What we eat on a daily basis not only effects our general health, but also the health of our teeth and gums. In fact, the initial signs of poor nutrition can often first be seen in the mouth.

Healthy teeth aren't just a result of daily toothbrushing and flossing...nutrition plays a major role, too! It is important to include a variety of nutrient-rich foods from all the food groups.

Here are some tips to help you make informed choices on foods and beverages that are tooth-friendly and heart-healthy:

  • Be sure to educate your children about the benefits of eating smart and keeping hydrated with milk and water over sugary sodas and sports drinks. If consuming acidic foods or beverages, it is best to drink water immediately, but wait 30 minutes before brushing your teeth to avoid damaging your enamel since it is at a weakened state during this period. If you have an infant, only send them to sleep with water, as milk or juice can lead to baby bottle tooth decay.
  • Find out your nutritional and calorie needs, based on your age, gender, amount of physical activity, and other health factors. A balanced diet should include:
    • Fruits and Vegetables
      • Fruits and vegetables contain a high water and fiber content, which is beneficial for your teeth and body.
    • Whole Grains
      • Whole wheat bread
      • Brown rice
      • Oatmeal
    • Dairy (low-fat or fat-free)
      • Cheese, milk, and plain yogurt help keep your pearly whites strong!
    • Protein
      • Lean beef
      • Skinless poultry and fish
      • Eggs
      • Beans
      • Peas
      • Legumes

  • Avoid foods that harm your dental health, including empty calorie foods like candy, sweet desserts and non-nutritional snacks. Foods and drinks high in sugar, starch, and carbohydrates, stick to tooth enamel and the bacteria within your mouth consume the sugar. In return the bacteria then release harmful acid that breaks down tooth enamel. It is best to limit your consumption of soda, juice, and sweetened coffee or tea, as these choices promote tooth decay. Not to mention, coffee, tea, and wine are big culprits of causing tooth staining.
  • Nutrients including phosphorus, calcium, Vitamin D, and probiotics, help strengthen enamel and fight against tooth decay. Also, Vitamin C , found in citrus fruits, tomatoes, peppers, spinach, broccoli, and potatoes to name a few, helps promote gum health.
  • Snacking between meals can expose your teeth to more sugar and acids, so it is best to limit snacking. If you do snack, make a conscious nutritious choice, such as cheese, yogurt, fruits, vegetables, or nuts.
  • In addition to eating healthy, make sure you are staying physically active for at least 1 hour a day.
  • If you have medical conditions including gastrointestinal reflux or an eating disorder, your risk of cavities and enamel erosion may be higher.

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. DerekDr. Emad is happy to help with your orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs Dr. Stephens would be more than willing to help.

References:

https://www.eatright.org/food/resources/national-nutrition-month/national-nutrition-month

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/basics/nutrition-and-oral-health/ada-march-is-national-nutrition-month

https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/nutrition/food-tips?utm_source=mouthhealthyorg&utm_medium=mhrotator&utm_content=nutrition-month

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Are Your Gums Affected by your Blood Sugar Levels?

January 23rd, 2019

Diabetes, which impacts about 30 million people in the United States, surprisingly doesn't just affect your blood sugar. Research has consistently showed that gum disease, including both gingivitis and periodontitis, is linked with diabetes. The relationship between gum disease and diabetes works both ways: individuals with diabetes have a higher chance of developing gum disease, and people with severe gum disease are more prone to have issues controlling their blood glucose levels.

Early stages of gum problems begin as gingivitis, also described as inflammation of the gums. As bacteria invade the gum pockets and inflammation remains, gum recession and bone loss begin to occur in the more severe stages of gum disease, known as periodontitis.  People who have diabetes unfortunately have a a harder time clearing bacterial infections, which they are also more at risk for developing. That's why having good oral hygiene practices is so important, especially if you have diabetes or a current diagnosis of periodontal disease. Take a look at how you can manage your oral care with diabetes:

Diet & Exercise

If you're a diabetic, one of the best things to do to maintain overall health is to keep your blood sugar levels controlled. It is best to add exercise into your daily routine and to have a balanced diet. This will help you not only maintain a healthy mouth, but also help lower your risk of developing other complications associated with diabetes, including kidney disease and heart disease.

Regular Dental Visits & Oral Hygiene

Since people with diabetes have greater chances of developing oral infections, it is important to keep a strict routine of brushing, flossing, and rinsing. Also, be sure to clean any oral appliances that you have, such as dentures or retainers, as they often harbor bacteria and left over food particles that can contribute to tooth decay. Scheduling regular dental check-ups is also necessary to ensure that no infections have begun to develop.

Avoid smoking & Poor Oral Habits

Smoking puts you at risk for many health problems such as cancer. It is never too late to quit smoking! Avoiding tobacco products can help you improve your oral and overall health. It is also important to avoid habits like nail biting, as our fingernails harbor a lot of bacteria from the things we touch throughout the day.

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. VanDr. Emadis happy to help with your orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other periodontal or oral surgery needs, Dr. Ghaziwould be more than willing to help.

The caring team at Wellesley Dental Groupwill be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.comto set up an appointment and consultation.

References:

https://www.timesnownews.com/health/article/oral-care-for-diabetics-how-people-suffering-from-diabetes-can-protect-their-teeth-and-gums/346614

http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/treatment-and-care/oral-health-and-hygiene/diabetes-and-oral-health.html

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New Year, Healthier Teeth!

December 31st, 2018

Happy New Year's Eve! As we approach 2019 this is a perfect time to think about what we want for the New Year. Many people wish for improved health without realizing that overall health involves dental health. Resolutions to keep your smile beaming will help your body in the long run! Here's some resolutions that can make a huge difference in improving your health:

Applying Good Toothbrushing and Flossing Habits

In order to successfully remove bacterial plaque and prevent developing cavities, it is important to brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once a day. Choosing a soft-bristled manual or electric toothbrush along with toothpaste that has fluoride in it is essential for effective toothbrushing. Fluoride within toothpaste helps remineralize your tooth enamel and prevent bacteria from forming acids that can erode your tooth enamel. It is also important to make sure that you are brushing gently at a 45- degree angle toward the gumline, as food particles and bacteria love to hide in this area. A toothbrush should be replaced approximately every 3-4 months or as soon as you notice the bristles are frayed. Although it can be hard to remember to floss, your teeth will thank you in the long run because regular toothbrushing cannot reach in the same areas (below the gumline and in-between teeth). This way you can prevent gingivitis, periodontal disease, tooth decay, and bad breath. You can add mouthwash containing fluoride to your oral hygiene regimen also to improve your oral health.

Adopt a Healthy Diet

What you eat plays an important role in your dental and overall health. It is best to stay away from frequently consuming foods and drinks that have a lot of sugars and acids which contribute to tooth decay. Nutritious foods including fruits, vegetables, and nuts often help your body fight bacteria and inflammation, as well as keep your teeth in great condition. Replace unhealthy snacks with foods such as apples, carrots, celery, and cheese which naturally help remove plaque from teeth. It is also recommended to chew gum that contains Xylitol after eating which can help neutralize acids and prevent cavities from developing.

Schedule Regular Dental Checkups in the New Year

Scheduling regular dental visits will help improve your smile and keep a close check on any dental problems that may be around. The New Year is a great time to begin or complete any dental work including crowns, implants, or fillings that need to be done, or even correction of an abnormal bite with braces or Invisalign to enhance your smile. Also if you've been looking for a brighter smile, tooth whitening is a great option and can be done at our office with ZOOM!

Avoid Tobacco and Alcohol Use 

The New Year is a great time to quit smoking to help improve your dental and overall health. Tobacco products negatively impact your mouth in several ways including causing gum recession, cavities, tooth discoloration, and cancer. Research states that smokers are approximately 2X's more likely to have tooth loss than people who don't smoke. In addition, alcohol consumption can lead to increased gum recession and tooth staining.

 

 

Take these New Year's resolutions into consideration for 2019. May your New Year be bright and all your smiles be white!

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Aliand 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. VanDr. Emadis happy to help with your orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other periodontal or oral surgery needs, Dr. Ghaziwould be more than willing to help.

The caring team at Wellesley Dental Groupwill be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.comto set up an appointment and consultation.

References:

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

https://www.deltadentalins.com/oral_health/new-year.html

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What's the Point in Replacing Missing Teeth?

December 2nd, 2018

It is important to replace lost teeth, but why? The average adult begins with 32 teeth, which consists of incisors, canines, premolars, molars, and wisdom teeth. This full dentition allows us to eat healthy and nutritious foods such as nuts, vegetables, and protein, as well as speak, and smile. However, as we age and move through life, people may lose a tooth due to trauma, tooth decay, or periodontal disease. Missing teeth won't just cause a gap in your smile, but can lead to problems with your remaining teeth, gums, and overall structure of your mouth and jaws. Overtime, even if only one tooth is lost, the bone where the tooth used to be will begin to atrophy, which can change the appearance of your face by causing the jaw to look sunken. Not to mention, missing teeth can cause surrounding teeth to shift and make it easier for bacterial plaque to build up.

Fortunately, there are a lot of ways to replace missing teeth:

Brush Your Teeth, Your Heart Will Thank You

November 11th, 2018

Who would have thought that your dentist would be telling you how to help prevent heart disease? It’s commonly known that smoking, a poor diet, lack of exercise, and an uncontrolled weight can impact your heart. However, did you know that brushing your teeth is linked with maintaining a healthy heart? Research published in Scotland revealed that brushing your teeth can lower your risk of experiencing a heart attack or other issues impacting your heart.

Heart disease is a serious problem that unfortunately impacts a lot of people. According to the American Heart Association, about 2,600 people in the United States die each day from a heart attack, heart failure, or stroke. The study looked at approximately 12,000 women and men and observed their oral health habits, daily exercise, and smoking habits. About 60% of the individuals reported seeing a dentist every 6 months, and approximately 70% reported brushing their teeth two times each day. Those who stated brushing their teeth less often were found to have a 70% increased risk of heart disease and had increased amounts of C-reactive protein and fibrinogen, which are found in the blood indicating inflammation. Inflammation is a significant finding related to poor oral hygiene and atherosclerosis (accumulation of fat substances around artery walls). Periodontal disease, which is a chronic condition impacting the gums and tissues around teeth, is a result of poor oral hygiene and adds to the inflammatory response. Some signs of periodontal disease include red and swollen gums, bleeding gums when eating or brushing and flossing, pus or infection around gums, poor taste in your mouth, and loose teeth.

The American Heart Association also conducted a recent study analyzing brushing frequency in 682 participants and the link to heart disease risk. Those who stated brushing their teeth less than two times a day for less than two minutes had a 3 times higher risk of developing heart disease than those brushing for the recommended two times a day for 2 minutes or more. More research is needed to determine whether or not the link is a cause and effect relationship.

Practicing good oral hygiene habits and scheduling regular dental visits can help not only keep your smile healthy but also help keep your heart and overall health in check.

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.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/conditions/heart-disease/ada-06-consumer-news-heart-disease-tooth-brushing

https://www.cdapress.com/article/20181107/AP/311079959

https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/news/20050207/brush-your-teeth-help-your-heart#2

https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/news/20100527/brushing-teeth-may-keep-heart-disease-away

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https://www.medindia.net/patients/patientinfo/atherosclerosis.htm

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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Do you like a lot of sauce on your food? Here's how your teeth are taking it

April 1st, 2018

It’s hard to resist dipping french fries in ketchup, adding a extra dressing on salad, or smothering steak in steak sauce. After all, all we crave is a little added taste for our food. Ketchup is basically crushed tomatoes, right? Actually, one bottle of ketchup contains approximately 33 teaspoons of sugar! 

One of the main reasons why sauce is unhealthy and bad for your teeth is due to the added sugars and acidity of the sauces. The acid weakens your enamel, while the added sugars feed bacteria in your mouth. Both of these elements ultimately result in an increased prevalence of cavities. In addition to the negative effects on your oral health, the added calories in sauce on your food is also not ideal for maintaining a healthy diet.

Sometimes it is hard to interpret how much sugar is in a sauce (or any other food at that) by just reading the grams off of the nutritional label. There are tools you can use on your smartphone or computer that let you see how many tablespoons of sugar are in foods.

TIPS:

-Always use sauce in your foods in moderation.

-Brush your teeth after meals, or at least after you’ve had a heavy meal.

-Read nutritional labels on food packaging and watch out for how many grams of sugar are in it.

 

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:

http://www.sugarstacks.com/sauces.htm

http://www.happilyunprocessed.com/2014/10/09/shocking-sugar-finds/

 

Happy National Nutrition Month!

March 22nd, 2017

March is National Nutrition Month, which means it's the perfect time to start focusing on improving your diet! Eating healthy is not only important for your overall well being, but also your dental health because your teeth, gums, and mouth play a huge role in eating, chewing, and swallowing. Signs of poor nutrition can be easily detected from the status of your oral hygiene. Although what you need to eat to maintain your health depends on your age, gender, weight, and level of exercise, the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion recommends the following nutritional guidelines:

  • Fruits and vegetables should cover half your plate
  • Whole grains (oatmeal, whole wheat bread, rice, etc.) should make up half of the grains you eat
  • Dairy (choose low-fat/fat-free options)
  • Protein (lean meat, eggs, beans, fish, peas, legumes, etc.)

Other tips for a healthy lifestyle include:

  • Moderate exercise for 2.5 hours a week
  • Avoiding sugary and acidic foods and beverages (protect your teeth!)
  • Try not to snack too much between meals, but if you do, choose healthy options such as nuts, fruit, or yogurt
    • This is especially important, because bringing cakes and sweets into the workplace has become a common unhealthy trend. Say no if you can!
  • Choose foods that benefit your dental health, including leafy greens (high in fiber), almonds, dairy (calcium rich), and protein-rich foods (great sources of phosphorous)
  • Drink lots of fluoridated water

Try to make nutrition a priority this month!

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.mouthhealthy.org/en/nutrition/food-tips

https://www.choosemyplate.gov/national-nutrition-month

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/01/30/civil-servants-warned-office-cake-culturecould-public-health/amp/

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February is American Heart Month!

February 26th, 2017

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Did you know that heart disease is the MAIN cause of death of both women and men in the United States? Heart disease is the reason behind 25% of deaths each year,  which is why the American Heart Association is working so hard to increase awareness during February, American Heart Month.

Although these statistics may seem scary, it's easy to prevent heart disease if you make healthy choices! For instance, use spices instead of salt to add flavor to your food, and prioritize physical exercise. Other health tips include scheduling regular visits with your doctor, eating healthy foods, avoiding smoking, and taking medication if needed. If you are obese or have diabetes, your risk for heart disease could increase.

Preventing heart disease involves taking care of your entire body, which includes your teeth! Excellent oral health is connected to a healthy heart, as proven by the link between bacteria from periodontal disease and heart disease.

So this month, make sure to not only prioritize your cardiovascular health, but also your dental 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.cdc.gov/features/heartmonth/

https://healthfinder.gov/NHO/FebruaryToolkit.aspx

http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/conditions/heart-disease/article/heart-disease-and-gum-disease

http://www.demmerlibrary.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/february-heart-month.jpg

Healthy Office Snacks

November 20th, 2016

We all need a little pick-me-up sometimes when we're at work. However, don't reach for that leftover cupcake from the night before or something from your co-worker's candy dish. There are many healthier alternatives that are both nutritious, tooth-friendly and delicious!

  1. Nuts
    -almonds (protein, vitamin E, healthy fats, fiber)
  2. Fresh Fruit
    -antioxidants, vitamins, naturally sweet
    -apples & peanut butter (fiber, carbohydrates, protein for energy and maintaining blood sugar levels)
    -bananas
    -oranges
    -melons
  3. Rice Cakes
    -low calorie
    -variety of flavors
  4. Pretzels
    -low in fat
    -carbohydrates
  5. Yogurt or Cheese
    -low-fat yogurt (probiotics, calcium, and vitamins)
    -low-fat cottage cheese (protein keeps your blood sugar levels steady and prevent you from falling asleep)
    -low-fat cheese
  6. Vegetables and Hummus
    -hummus (calcium, iron, protein, fiber from chickpeas - maintains blood sugar levels)
    -celery
    -carrots
    -broccoli

In summary, choose less sugary foods and eat a variety of foods from each food group! Make sure to brush between meals and after snacks if you can.

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.inc.com/jacquelyn-smith/the-best-16-snacks-to-eat-at-your-desk.html

http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/basics/nutrition-and-oral-health/article/smart-snacks-for-healthy-teeth

http://www.snacknation.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/healthy-office-snacks.jpg

High Blood Sugar Increases Risk of Heart Disease

October 27th, 2016

To be heart healthy, you not only need to pay attention to your habits, but also your diet!

According to a study published in the journal Nature, scientists discovered that cardiac arrhythmia, a condition that causes irregular heartbeats, is linked to a biological pathway activated by abnormally high levels of blood sugar. This finding explains why diabetes greatly increases the risk for heart disease.

The National Institutes of Health claims that diabetics are four times more likely to have heart disease, and the American Heart Association notes that about 65 percent of the death of diabetics are caused by heart disease or stroke. Therefore, if you have diabetes or high blood sugar levels, make sure to check on your heart 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:

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http://dentistrytoday.com/news/science-a-medicine/item/60-how-high-blood-sugar-throws-off-heart-rhythm

Drink More Water!

October 17th, 2016

Looking for a cheap and easy way to improve your well-being and oral health at the same time? The solution to staying healthy can be as simple as drinking more water every day.

A recent study published in the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics that studied the dietary habits of over 18, 000 adults in the U.S. provided evidence that most people who increased their intake of plain water (tap water, water from a drinking fountain, bottled water, etc.) by one percent decreased their intakes of sugar, sodium, saturated fat, cholesterol, and daily calorie intake. Drinking more water especially benefits those who wish to control their weight.

In addition to overall health benefits, an increase in water intake also prevents dry mouth (xerostomia), a condition that results when there is a lack of saliva to keep your mouth wet and moisturized. Some symptoms of dry mouth include bad breath, mouth sores, a burning or dry sensation in the mouth, tongue, and throat, cracked lips, and gum irritation. By drinking more water, you can minimize and relieve dry mouth.

If you need another reason to increase your water intake, tap water is especially beneficial for your oral health. Tap water often contains fluoride, which prevents tooth decay in a safe, natural, and effective way.

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://ottmag.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/health-benefits-of-drinking-water-1.jpg

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/03/160301174759.htm

http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/conditions/dry-mouth

http://www.ada.org/en/public-programs/advocating-for-the-public/fluoride-and-fluoridation

Oral Health Is Still Important After 50!

October 1st, 2016

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Unlike wine, teeth don't always get finer with age! However, with all the advanced technology we have today, it's not uncommon for older adults to keep their natural teeth by maintaining their oral health with a proper hygiene routine and a healthy diet.

Here are some tips you can follow to ensure a healthy smile:

  • Brush with a fluoride toothpaste at least two times a day to decrease your risk for cavities
  • Use a soft toothbrush to prevent wearing down gum tissue and sensitive areas
  • Floss and use interdental cleaners regularly to clean areas your toothbrush can't reach
  • Keep making appointments with your dentist

If you suffer from xerostomia (dry mouth), a side effect of some medications, make sure to drink plenty of water, chew sugar-free gum, or use oral moisturizers so you're less likely to get cavities or gum disease.

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.senior1care.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/senior-couple-brushing-teeth.jpg

http://www.caledonianrecord.com/features/health/dental-health-after/article_1d46046d-d02f-5e38-bf1b-331ca73bafa7.html

http://seniorsoralhealth.org/?doing_wp_cron=1473121507.1317451000213623046875

Check Out These Fun Resources for Kids' Oral Health!

May 19th, 2016

For kids, brushing can seem like a boring task. However, there are many ways to make maintaining oral health fun! Take a look at these following resources for children from the AGD's campaign 2min2x:

1. If you need more information on kids' oral health, check out these helpful webpages:

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This helpful timeline provides information for when kids should start brushing, visiting dentists, flossing, and using fluoride toothpaste. Clicking this link will also give you access to to-do lists for oral health, videos for proper brushing and flossing techniques, and Q&As!

Make sure to download this checklist as well to record of your children's brushing habits and reward them to keep up the good work!

The About Kid's Teeth section of the website features simple and colorful info graphics on baby teeth. It also lists tips for preventing tooth decay prevention, stopping thumb sucking, and ensuring proper nutrition.aboutkidsteeth

2. Your kids aren't brushing for a full two minutes? Let them watch these videos as they clean their pearly whites!

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These cute videos featuring Wishenpoof, Adventure Time, and other fun adventures will brighten their day! You'll be sure to put a smile on their face when you show these to them. They'll look forward to brushing their teeth for two minutes two times a day every day!

3. This playlist will definitely make brushing a fun time!

Brushing doesn't have to be boring with these terrific tunes! There are songs from Sesame Street, Little Baby Bum, and even Plants vs. Zombies!

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For even more information on oral health for kids, check out the link below:

http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/babies-and-kids/

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://2min2x.org/about-kids-teeth/

http://2min2x.org/watch-brush/

http://2min2x.org/about-kids-teeth/

http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/kids-brushing-playlist

The Effect of Birth Control on Oral Health

January 26th, 2016

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Birth control pills have many benefits and are a popular contraceptive method which increases estrogen/progesterone levels. However, they can also negatively affect your oral health.

According to The American Academy of Periodontology, many factors such as smoking, poor nutritiongenetics, and medications (including oral contraceptives, antidepressants, and heart medications) can impact gum health. These factors may increase risk for gum disease, which 75 percent of Americans, and especially periodontal disease, an advanced type of gum disease linked to osteoporosis, stroke, diabetes, heart disease, and low-birth-weight babies that 50% of Americans have.

Many studies have demonstrated the clear connection between dental health and sex hormones. The risk for periodontitis is especially high during puberty and pregnancy due to increased estrogen levels, which promote the flow of blood in the mouth and forces gums become red, swollen, and more susceptible to bacteria. Furthermore, women have a greater chance of having dental problems because of their hormones.

There is also evidence that those who use oral contraceptives had more bleeding sites, tooth attachment loss, gum gaps, inflammation, and gum destruction. If you are our patient, please let us know your history and habits so we can effectively treat and prevent gum disease. Certain medications can impact the effectiveness of antibiotics. To prevent and resolve gum disease, make sure to use an antimicrobial mouthwash, floss, and avoid smoking, stress, and sugar.

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.huffingtonpost.com/caroline-beaton/birth-control-pills-may-cause-bad-breath----and-worse_b_8513492.html

https://www.perio.org/consumer/types-gum-disease.html

http://myfancytips.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/All-About-The-Serious-Side-Effects-Of-The-Birth-Control-Pill-3.jpg

The Power of Milk

January 16th, 2016

A classic food pairing is cookies and milk, but have you ever stopped to wonder why? Sure, this combination is delicious. But did you know that according to researchers in The Journal of the American Dental Association, a glass of milk after eating sweets could keep tooth decay away?

However, it's not enough to just drink milk. It's important to drink milk after eating those sweets. The researchers also stated that the order that we eat sugary and non-sugary foods has a great impact on our oral health. This is due to the fact that consuming sweets causes the bacteria in the plaque on teeth to produce acids which can result in decay.

A study conducted at the University of Illinois at Chicago's School of Dentistry tested the effects of drinking milk, apple juice, and water after eating sugary cereal on the acidity of dental plaque. The results demonstrated that plaque acid levels decreased the most when participants drank milk after eating the cereal. Water was the second most efficient at lowering plaque acid levels, followed by cereal alone and apple juice. Therefore, if you are lactose intolerant, make sure to drink water after consuming sweets.

Milk is not only beneficial for our health. Did you know that the mutations that make us tolerant of milk are among those that are under the strongest selection in the human genome? The continued production of lactase, an intestinal enzyme needed during infancy to help digest lactose milk sugar, results from these mutations, which are prevalent in some parts of the world such as Northern Europe. However, most other populations cannot properly digest lactose, which often leads to diarrhea and other symptoms that are caused by the production of gases by the fermentation of gut bacteria. Furthermore, milk sugars can be easily removed from foods and the mutations are only needed for raw milk or whey.

It's a wonder why these mutations have lasted. Therefore, there have been many attempts to understand the reason behind their persistence by studying where and when humans used milk. Archaeologists have found evidence for the prevalence of females in animal herds and the presence of milk lipids on pots. In addition, international researchers at the Universities of York, Oklahoma, and Copenhagen, and University College London (UCL) studied ancient human calcified dental plaque. This team detected traces of beta-lactoglobulin, a dominant milk protein often used to build muscle mass, in ancient samples.

This new evidence proves that humans have consumed cattle, sheep, and goat whey since at least 5,000 years ago, which supports the fact that archaeologists have found milk fats on pottery and utensils from ancient farmers. The researchers even found proof of milk from the Bronze Age (c. 3150 BCE)!

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.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/basics/nutrition-and-oral-health/article/ada-07-milk-may-help-reduce-tooth-decaycaused-by-sugary-foods

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/11/141127094944.htm

http://jada.ada.org/article/S0002-8177(14)60548-1/pdf

http://www.ancient.eu/Bronze_Age/

Pumpkin, Spice, and Everything Nice!

October 22nd, 2015

It’s that spooky time of year again! With Halloween around the corner, pumpkins are back in season. Many individuals only think of pumpkins as decorative jack-o’-lanterns and the tasty addition to a thanksgiving dinner. From pumpkin pies to pumpkin spice lattes, the options are endless! However, did you know that these huge orange fruits, as well as the seeds within them contain an abundance of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals? Pumpkins are considered one of nature's top nutritional foods. Pumpkins are a rich source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin B5, essential fatty acids, fiber, potassium, magnesium, zinc, and iron. Not only do these nutrients help protect skin and fight off disease, but they also help prevent cavities and tooth decay!

It is important to remember that a healthy diet is essential in maintaining a healthy mouth and body. Luckily, pumpkin seeds make great nutritional snacks! Pumpkin seeds do not require refrigeration and are easy to pack in your child's lunchbox or throw in a Ziploc bag.

In addition to keeping your teeth strong and healthy, here are few reasons you should indulge in the delicious taste of pumpkin throughout the year:

Pumpkins keep your skin youthful.

Pumpkins are rich in Vitamin A, which helps increase the rate of cell renewal and the production of collagen to keep your skin smooth and soft. In addition, pumpkins are packed with essential fatty acids that help diminish wrinkles. Vitamin E and Beta-carotenes found in pumpkins also helps promotes skin health.

Pumpkins defend against disease.

According to the National Cancer Institute, it is estimated that up to 30 percent of all cancers can be prevented by a healthy diet, including a diet that's rich in carotene. Merely a 1/2 cup serving of pumpkin fulfills the recommended intake of alpha-carotene and beta-carotene!

Pumpkins aid vision and provide UV protection.

Similar to carrots, the beta-carotenes gives pumpkin its' bright orange color, as well as protection against sun damage. Further, according to the National Institutes of Health, a cup of cooked pumpkin has more than 200 percent of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin A, which aids vision.

Pumpkins can help you process information more efficiently. 

Zinc and omega-3 fatty acids found in pumpkins can help promote healthy bone density and even sharpen your brain skills.

Pumpkins aid weight loss.

Pumpkins are rich in fiber and low in calories! Fiber helps aid gastrointestinal health, weight-loss, and balanced cholesterol levels.

Pumpkins may reduce the risk of cancer.

According to the National Cancer Institute, a diet rich in foods containing the antioxidant beta-carotene may play a role in cancer prevention and protect against heart disease.

Pumpkins can help refuel your body after exercise.

Like bananas, a cup of cooked pumpkin contains an ample amount of potassium, which helps restore electrolytes after a hard workout and keeps your muscles operating efficiently.

As you carve your pumpkin, keep the insides and the seeds for a nutritious treat! Eating pumpkin seeds is an easy way to consume many nutrients vital to your overall health. Even though fresh pumpkins are in season in the fall, freezing pumpkin seeds or purchasing canned pumpkin or pumpkin seed oil is a good alternative for enjoying pumpkin throughout the year.

Don't forget, our Annual Candy Drive is shortly after Halloween! Make sure that your school is involved for a chance to win a grand prize of $1000 for your school's PTO. At our office (5 Seaward, Wellesley) we are collecting candy donations and hand-written cards for the troops from Nov. 1-Nov.5th. Please join us Nov. 5th at 10AM at the office for our big kickoff event. We're so excited, as this year's drive is bigger and better!

For more info on the Candy Drive and photos from previous events, like our Facebook page.

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://www.completelyyou.com/feature/food/pumpkin_health_benefits/index.html#.VDwYg144LSP

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/09/30/pumpkin-seed-benefits.aspx

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/04/pumpkin-health-benefits_n_1936919.html

http://urbanext.illinois.edu/pumpkins/nutrition.cfm

http://dianadishes.files.wordpress.com/2012/10/garlic-worcestershire-pumpkin-seeds-1280x857.jpg

 

Listen up, Kids: Dental Care for Children

October 9th, 2015

kidBelieve it or not, a third of children today have tooth decay before even starting school. According to statistics published by the Health & Social Care Information Centre, tooth decay is one of the main causes of hospital visits for children in elementary school. Surprisingly, 25,812 children ranging from ages 5 to 9 went to the hospital for tooth extractions in the last year alone.

Here are some tips below on how to protect your child’s teeth to make sure that your child doesn’t become part of these statistics!

  1. Drink less fruit juice!

Just because fruit juice is nutritious and often rich in vitamin C does not mean that it’s also beneficial for your teeth! Many juices have around the same amount of sugar as that in sodas, or even more. For instance, NPR states that apple juice contains 65.8 grams of sugar per liter, while cola contains 62.5 grams of sugar per liter. This copious amount of sugar leads to tooth decay. Furthermore, the acid from the juice destroys the enamel of teeth, which can cause teeth to deteriorate. Even the British Dental Association claims that 50% of children ranging from four to 18 years old show these signs.

Because of these harmful effects of fruit juice, dentists recommend water and milk as healthy beverage alternatives for children. If your child is still craving fruit juice, try to dilute it as much as possible and make sure that your child has a meal with it. Also, try your best to avoid letting your child have too much contact time with the cup and his or her teeth and instead opt for using a straw.

 

  1. Avoid dried fruit !

Dried fruit isn’t a good replacement for candy it has a great deal of sugar, and even worse, its sticky texture clings onto your child’s teeth. Due to these unhealthy properties, dried fruit can ruin enamel and rot your little one’s molars. Although chocolate isn’t a great option, dark chocolate is known to  be rich in antioxidants that help prevent the spread of tooth-decay causing bacteria.

Whole fruit can be a better option than dried fruit and fruit juice because it contains water and fibers that help wash away sugar from teeth. However, try not to feed your child more than one or two low-sugar fruit pieces (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, kiwis, peaches, and pears) instead of high-sugar fruit pieces (grapes or pineapple) per day. Incorporate fruit into meals rather than simply having them as snacksBreadsticks, toast, cheese, nuts, or seeds are some healthier snack alternatives.

 

  1. Baby teeth matter!

It's important not to presume that just because baby teeth are not permanent, that they should not be taken care of! Your child’s permanent teeth are at a higher risk of decay and other dental problems when primary teeth decay. Baby tooth decay could lead children to experience dental anxiety, which could make them less likely to visit the dentist later on.

 

  1. Help your child brush his/her teeth!

Depending on how mature your child is, you should help brush your child’s teeth until at least age seven to ensure that they are using proper brushing techniques. 

 

  1. Proper brushing techniques!
  • Don’t let your child brush his/her teeth right after eating, particularly after eating or drinking something acidic. Doing so will brush the enamel away! Your child should either brush before eating breakfast or wait an hour after the meal. Chewing sugar-free gum can also be an effective way to clean teeth, because it produces saliva, which defends against decay, and brings mouths back to a neutral pH level.
  • It doesn’t matter if your child uses a manual or electric toothbrush. What’s important is that the brushing lasts for at least two minutes! Electric toothbrushes often have built-in timers, so this feature can be effective.
  • Don’t let your child rinse the toothpaste away right after brushing! The fluoride in the toothpaste can keep protecting his or her teeth for 30 minutes. Children under three should use toothpaste with 1,000 fluoride parts per million, while children over three should use adult toothpaste that contains 1,450 fluoride parts per million.

For many parents, the first time they took their children to the dentist was when their children were at least one year old. However, parents should set their first appointment for when their children’s teeth begin to come out, which is around five to six months old. Further oral health tips for children can be found here.

This past spring, we welcomed Dr. Van, our Pediatric Dentist, onto our caring team at the Wellesley Dental Group! Dr. Van strongly believes in the importance of creating a fun and welcoming atmosphere for patients as well as parents. One of his goals is to introduce good dental habits to our youth, preventing dental diseases later on in life.

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:

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http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/609471/Children-dental-care-truths-myths

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http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2014/06/09/319230765/fruit-juice-vs-soda-both-beverages-pack-in-sugar-and-health-risk

Can Yoga Improve Your Oral Health?

April 30th, 2015

 

 

Stressed out? Your dentist can usually tell! Stress can have a significant impact on your oral health.  In fact, dentists can detect oral symptoms of stress, including canker sores, teeth grinding (bruxism), gum diseasetemporomandibular disorders (TMD), burning mouth syndrome, and dry mouth, just to name a few. Luckily, many studies have shown that yoga can help people relieve stress, anxiety, and believe it or not, dental troubles!

Many studies have revealed that individuals who are stressed are more likely to neglect their oral care. As mentioned above, the tension in jaw muscles can lead to jaw clenching and teeth grinding. The good news is that along with alleviating stress, yoga improves posture. Poor posture not only affects your body, but also your mouth. It can cause the jaw to shift and affect the alignment of teeth. This can lead to Temporo-Mandibular Joint disorders (TMJ), which can cause pain chewing, nerve inflammation, headaches, and more!

Stress can also lead to dry mouth, which occurs due to low amounts of saliva production. Saliva flow is essential in helping get rid of germs in the mouth. Dry mouth leads to bad breath (halitosis), and can eventually develop into tooth decay and periodontal disease. Further, stress has been shown to increase inflammation in the mouth and  body. Bacteria in your mouth can cause gum inflammation, which plays a huge part in gingivitis and periodontal disease.

Although yoga may not fight cavities, it can improve the condition of your mouth and the health of your body by eliminating tension and stress. Yoga is a popular form of exercise that dates years and years back from India. Yoga incorporates both physical and mental disciplines for the purpose of achieving a peaceful balance between body and mind.  It promotes relaxation and can boost your mood, which can help you live longer and age-well. It also can reduce your blood pressure.

Another great thing about yoga is that it encourages a healthy lifestyle. It typically prompts people to practice better oral hygiene habits, implement healthier diets, and to get rid of poor oral health habits, including smoking.

So why not enjoy the many health benefits of yoga? There are plenty more, including:

  • Improving flexibility
  • Increasing muscle strength 
  • Preventing cartilage and joint breakdown 
  • Boosting immunity
  • Lowering blood sugar
  • Helping you focus
  • Improving your balance
  • Helping you sleep better
  • Increasing your self-esteem 
  • Benefiting your relationships

Yoga may not have been the first thing that you thought of when discussing how to maintain a healthy mouth. However, few methods of stress relief compare to that of yoga! Eliminating stress through practicing yoga may be a great option for preventing pain and oral health problems.

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:

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http://awomanshealth.com/stress-and-oral-health/

http://yoganonymous.com/practice-for-the-teeth-3-ways-yoga-improves-dental-health

http://www.medicinenet.com/temporomandibular_joint_syndrome_tmj/article.htm

http://www.yogajournal.com/article/health/count-yoga-38-ways-yoga-keeps-fit/

Mind your Mouth and Body!

March 15th, 2015

In your body, since all of the organs are interconnected, your mouth health will impact your overall body health, and vice versa. In this article, we'll first describe connections between oral health problems and overall body problems. Next, we'll describe the nutritional and lifestyle decisions you can make to help not only your overall body, but your mouth too!

Health professionals have noticed connections between oral health problems, and other medical problems, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, pneumonia, and pregnancy complications. Gum disease and bacteria in your mouth can lead to clogged arteries and blood clots. Mouth bacteria can also cause inflammation throughout the body, including the arteries. This inflammation can lead to atherosclerotic plaques in the arteries, which can increase your risk of heart attacks or stroke.

Doctors have also found a link between diabetes and gum disease. Diabetes lowers your body's resistance to infection, thus making your mouth more susceptible to damage. Gum disease may also make it more difficult for you to control diabetes by causing insulin resistance.

Like diabetes, HIV/AIDS can lower your body's resistance to infection, thus exacerbating gum disease. There are even links between gum disease and pneumonia. If the mouth becomes infected, unhealthy bacteria can get aspirated into the lungs.

Additionally, gum disease is linked to premature and low-weight births. Gum disease can cause the release of toxins throughout the body, which enter the mother's placenta, and thus cause developmental problems for her baby.

It is important to establish healthy lifestyle and dietary habits for a healthy mouth and body. Nutrition is especially important to both your oral health and overall health. The month of March marks National Nutrition Month, making it the perfect time to implement healthy foods into your diet and spread the word about the benefits of good nutrition! Avoid sugary and acidic foods, as they can be damaging to tooth enamel. Tooth decay occurs when plaque come into contact with sugar, causing acid to harm the teeth. Also, make sure that your body intakes vital nutrients. If you lack certain nutrients, tissues in your mouth will have a more difficult time trying to resist infection. Eat a diet high in vegetables to make your entire body health, and you'll even reduce your risk of gum disease. Be sure to get proper nutrients into your body. If you're low on certain nutrients, your mouth may become an acidic environment, which can increase your risk of gum disease.

Links between medications and gum disease have also been found. Hundreds of medications have side effects that include dry mouth. Decongestants, antihistamines, painkillers, and diuretics commonly reduce saliva flow. Saliva is an important part of your oral health because it helps prevent too many bacteria from thriving in your mouth. A dry mouth is more likely to have gum disease and tooth decay. Be sure to stay hydrated!

If you are a smoker, strive to quit the habit. Smoking can cause tooth decay, periodontal disease, and oral cancer.

As you keep your mouth healthy, you’ll keep the rest of your body healthy.  Making positive oral health choices will lead to a healthy mouth and body!

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://www.colgateprofessional.com/patient-education/articles/why-a-healthy-mouth-is-good-for-your-body 

http://www.everydayhealth.com/dental-health/101/healthy-mouth-healthy-body.aspx

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/adult-health/in-depth/dental/art-20047475

http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/d/diet-and-dental-health

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Foods That look Healthy, But Secretly Aren't

February 11th, 2015

There are several foods dressed up to appear healthy, when in fact many are unhealthy imposters, filled with sugars bad for your oral health! Sometimes, nutrition labels can even be misleading. For example, granola. Seemingly wholesome, granola and other energy bars, depending on their ingredients and proportions, can be as poor for your teeth as a plate of sweets! They often contains a good amount of fiber, protein and potassium. However, some recipes can include very high amounts of sugar and fructose corn syrup, which are tough on teeth. Although many delicious foods can be hard-to-resist, the health of your mouth and overall body depends on good nutrition. Poor nutrition can lead to tooth decay, periodontal disease, halitosis, and other oral health problems. Here are a few seemingly healthy foods that may not be so beneficial for your mouth and overall health after all:


Smoothies

Smoothies can be deceiving because they are packed with healthy fruits and vegetables. In reality, smoothies often contain an excessive amount of sugar, which can lead to tooth decay. Most restaurants sell large sizes combined with added ice cream, sugar, and other ingredients not the best for strong teeth. If craving a smoothie, consider making your own and pack them with healthy ingredients!

Bran Muffins

Bran muffins can be healthy, however, coffee shops and bakeries tend to increase the portion size, sugar, and sodium content. According to Joan Blake, author of Nutrition & You, a bran muffin can have more calories and sugar than a doughnut! One bran muffin typically contains 350 calories or more, before adding toppings such as butter or jam. Some bran muffins have even been found to contain 600mg of sodium, which is approximately one-third of the recommended day's maximum!

Popcorn

Popcorn is a quick and easy snack, but full of high levels of sodium, fat, calories, and the chemical diacetyl. Diacetyl is a natural product that helps give artificial butter its flavor. It is linked to a chronic and even fatal lung condition called bronchiolitis obliterans. Kernels can also be easy to get lodged between teeth causing gum irritation. It is also important to watch out for uncooked kernels that can chip or crack teeth.

Frozen Dinner

Similarly, frozen dinners can be misleading and advertised as a weight-loss alternative. Yet, many frozen dinners often contain high amounts of salt, sugar, and fat. Frozen dinners typically lack many essential vitamins and nutrients. Replace these meals with a home-cooked dish as a healthier alternative.

Prepared Salads

It's hard to believe that a salad can be unhealthy. Be on the look out for prepared tuna salads, chicken salads, and salads loaded with high portions of dressings and mayonnaise. Although it depends on the portion size and ingredients, some salads can contain as many as 700 calories and 40 grams of fat. Opt for a bowl of healthy greens, with modest dressing and sugar content.

Fat-Free Foods

The label "fat-free" can sometimes lead us to believe the product is full of nutrients. Fat-free foods often have added sugar and flavor-enhancing sweeteners to make them taste better. Although there are many healthy fat-free foods, always check the nutrition labels to make sure you're getting a nutritious product in addition to fat-free.

 

Luckily, some foods help increase saliva flow, which protects teeth from tooth decay by neutralizing acids in the mouth. To prevent tooth decay, regularly practice proper oral health habits and choose healthy food alternatives. Also, minimize snacking, as acids can stick around on teeth for a half-hour after food consumption. Research has shown that individuals who eat unhealthy snacks between meals have higher rates of decay than those who eat an equal amount of unhealthy treats along with their meals.

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.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/Oral-and-Dental-Health-Basics/Oral-Hygiene/Oral-Hygiene-Basics/article/Mouth-Healthy-Eating.cvsp

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http://www.realsimple.com/health/nutrition-diet/healthy-eating/secretly-unhealthy-foods

http://www.womansday.com/health-fitness/nutrition/10-healthy-foods-that-arent-118588

http://www.mydiet.com/7-healthy-foods-that-turned-out-to-be-unhealthy/

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Packed Lunches for Kids Promote Healthy Teeth

August 25th, 2014

lunch boxDon’t let dental related problems be the reason for your child’s absence from school! Eating unhealthy snacks and junk foods can lead to an extra trip to the dentist for cavity treatments. Next week when school is back in session, make sure your kids get healthy snacks for lunch.

School’s can potentially be risky environments for dental health, especially with the availability of vending machines that contain unhealthy snacks and sodas. In order to enhance your child’s health and smile, it is important to consider and implement nutritious foods for lunch. Poor nutrition can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath. If you pack their lunches, make sure to include foods that contain nutrients essential to their oral health, such as carbohydrates, protein, calcium, and vitamins A and C.

Packing healthy foods for lunch will foster good nutritional habits within kids. The following tips  for packing healthy lunches can help meet your child’s dental and nutritional needs:

Healthy Fruits and Vegetables:

Who doesn't enjoy finger foods? Cutting slices of cucumber or carrots into bite-size pieces are easy and healthy to snack on. Try avoiding sugary dressings, potatoes, and fries.

Fruits including oranges, pears, and pineapple can be sliced into sections for a sweet and filling snack. Also, the potassium in bananas, and fiber and vitamins in apples are essential for maintaining good oral health. Try avoiding grapes due to their high sugar content.

Protein:

Eating proteins will help keeps muscles healthy and strong. Peanut butter, lean turkey, and nuts all have a good source of protein and are easy to pack for school.

Carbohydrates:

Carbohydrates provide energy for your children to focus and learn throughout the school day. Whole wheat bread, whole grain tortillas, pita bread, or bagels are all tasty carbs that your child can enjoy. Cheese is a good source of calcium and can also protect teeth from decaying. Try adding low-fat string cheese to whole grain crackers.

Drinks:

What your kids drink is equally important as what they eat. Water, especially fluoridated water, helps strengthen tooth enamel and wash down leftover pieces of food. Unsweetened tea also contains fluoride. Milk is a healthy option because it provides vitamin D and calcium. Avoid sports drinks, which contain a large amount of sugar, processed milk, as well as most juices.

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.

References:

http://www.therabreath.com/articles/news/oral-care-industry-news/healthiest-packed-lunches-for-kids-32375.asp
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What is Sending Kids to Hospitals in UK?

August 18th, 2014

Researchers at the National Health Service of England have found staggering figures concerning how many primary school children are being admitted to the hospital each week due to oral health problems.  Almost 500 children per week are being admitted to hospitals with rotten teeth.  In fact, most of the admitted children need between four and eight of their baby teeth taken out.  In some cases, all 20 baby teeth have been extracted.

The research concludes that more than 1 in 4 five-year-olds have some type of tooth decay and in some areas of England, it is even more prevalent.  Last month, the National Health Services of England encouraged people to cut down on sugar consumption due to recent spikes in obesity and type 2 diabetes in the country.  Similarly, it seems that sugar is also the culprit for the rising rates of tooth decay in children as well.  More specifically, the Health and Social Care Information Centre concluded that of children ages five to nine, 25,812 children were admitted to a hospital for dental problems between 2013 and 2014.  This makes tooth decay the most common reason kids are admitted to the hospital in the UK.

Kathryn Harley, a consultant in pediatric dentistry at the Edinburgh Dental Institute, said, "We have children who require all 20 of their baby teeth to be extracted. It beggars belief that their diets could produce such a drastic effect.  They are going into hospital because they are either presenting with acute problems with pain or because the stage of dental disease, the number of teeth with decay, is such that they need a general anesthetic."

Dentists are urging parents to limit and monitor the amount of fizzy soda drinks and fruit juices that their children are drinking.  The new National Health Services advises women to have five to six teaspoons of sugar a day while men should have seven to eight teaspoons.  Currently, the average person in Britain consumes 15 teaspoons of sugar a day.  A can of Coca-Cola has eight teaspoons of sugar in it and a cup of fruit juice has about five teaspoons of sugar.

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.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2690441/500-children-suffering-tooth-decay-hospitalised-WEEK-sugary-drinks-fruit-juice-toll.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/10964323/Tooth-decay-is-the-biggest-cause-of-primary-school-children-being-hospitalised.html

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What is Organic Toothpaste?

August 11th, 2014

The organic food and product market has exponentially grown in the past decade.  Currently, it is a multi-billion dollar industry that produces everything from organic vegetables to organic makeup products.  So what exactly does "organic" even mean?  The label "organic" has to do with how a product is either grown or processed.  All organic products undergo minimal processing and do not have any artificial ingredients, preservatives, or irradiation.  In order to be certified as such, organic products undergo stringent inspection and must have a high level of quality while meeting organic standards.  Organic toothpastes and mouthwashes are a great alternative to commercial products and can also meet all your oral health needs.

One of the biggest reasons people switch over to organic oral care products from commercial oral care products is to avoid artificial chemicals and additives.  Specifically, all-natural organic toothpastes do not contain added chemicals, dyes, sweeteners, and flavorings.  Furthermore, they are cruelty-free and are never tested on animals.

There are several benefits to using organic oral care products.  Organic toothpastes utilize many essential oils as primary ingredients.  Mint is a common essential oil derived from mint leaves that has anti-bacterial properties.  In contrast, most non-organic toothpastes achieve that minty fresh taste using synthetic flavoring instead.  Witch hazel extract is another common essential oil found in organic toothpastes.  This extract has been shown to have healing properties that can help prevent infections and thus, can alleviate some symptoms of bleeding gums or other minor gum abrasions.

Organic toothpastes are easily found and widely available in the United states.  They are most often found in health food stores like Whole Foods and can sometimes even be found in local drugstores.  The following are some popular organic toothpaste brands with great reviews:

Nature's Gate 

 

Tom's of Maine 

 

JASON 

 

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.

Sources:

http://www.ota.com/organic/mt/business.html

http://www.ota.com/organic/faq.html

http://www.livestrong.com/article/160101-what-are-the-benefits-of-natural-toothpaste/

http://frmeital.hubpages.com/hub/4-Good-Reasons-to-Start-Using-Organic-Toothpaste

http://www.organics.org/best-natural-and-fluoride-free-toothpaste/

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What is 'Mountain Dew Mouth'?

August 7th, 2014

Many people are aware of the negative health consequences of consuming too much soda like obesity or diabetes.  The term "Mountain Dew mouth" was coined by public health advocates to specifically describe the phenomenon of eroded, brown teeth that result from the overconsumption of the sugary drink.  Specifically, a region of the United States called Appalachia, which spans from southern New York to parts of Alabama, has faced unusually high incidents of Mountain Dew Mouth.

There are many contributing factors to this phenomenon in Appalachia mountains including food stamps that allow the purchase of sodas, lack of access to dental care in these remote and underserved areas, and the overall popularity of Mountain Dew.  Although all types of soda contribute to tooth decay, Mountain Dew is seen as one of the most harmful to oral health because of its unusually high sugar content.  In fact, recent studies have even compared the tooth decay effects of Mountain Dew on teeth to "meth mouth" because the rates of erosion are similar.

"I see erosion from the acids in the drinks, and decay from the sugars," says Steven Ghareeb, who is the spokesman for the Academy of General Dentistry, "They go hand in hand many times, and they're equally bad. I would definitely attribute these problems to drinks." Both sodas and energy drinks, he says, "are more damaging than food."

The high sugar content in sodas interact with the bacteria that exist in our mouths to form an acid that attacks the teeth.  Even diet sodas are extremely acidic and can still have a harmful effect on teeth.  Constant contact between soda and tooth enamel causes the weakening of the enamel which leads to eroded and decayed teeth.  Children and adolescents are even more impacted by this because their tooth enamel is still in development.

Some ways to combat the harmful effects of any soda include: sipping soda from a straw, limiting your daily intake of the sugary drink, and drinking plenty of water throughout the day.  Furthermore, dentists recommend that sodas should not be sipped for extended periods of time or shortly before bedtime.

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.

Sources:

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/story?id=6863173&page=2

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/09/12/221845853/mountain-dew-mouth-is-destroying-appalachias-teeth

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Squeezable Snacks: Sweet Invention

July 16th, 2014

The newest snack trend to hit supermarkets and store shelves is the squeeze snack: small pouches filled with anything from organic pureed fruit to baby food.  Each pouch can be sipped on through a convenient plastic straw and do not require any utensils, heating, or refrigeration.  Although these travel-friendly snacks may seem like a sweet deal, many dentists warn that these pouches can be detrimental to a child's oral health.

Many parents reach for the pouch snack for their children because they are under the impression that these snacks are organic and therefor healthier than other popular kid-friendly snacks.  However, don't be fooled by the misleading "100% fruit" label plastered on the front of many of these snacks.  While "squeezy snacks" may be made of fruit, they are still packed with sugars.  For example, Gerber Graduates Grabbers Squeezable Fruit Banana Blueberry has a staggering 20 grams of sugar per serving.  This is almost an entire day's worth of sugar in an adult's carb-controlled diet. Eating a whole apple is healthy and nutritious because of the fiber the natural fruit provides.  However, once the puree juice is packaged, you lose most of the nutritiousness and what remains is cavity-causing sugar.  Furthermore, the feeding straws promote lingering exposure in the same way sippy cups do for infants.  The biggest cause for concern is the amount of time the sticky sweet purees remain on teeth. "The constant exposure of sugar on their teeth is detrimental," says Paul Casamassimo, the oral health research and policy center director at the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. "My concern would be if the child walks around with this little pouch, then they might be doing the same thing," he says. Some dentists suggest that rinsing your children's mouth with water or brushing teeth after consuming the pouch snacks can alleviate some of their cavity-causing effects.  However, in the long run, it would be best to only have these sugary snacks sparingly as a treat.  Another alternative would be to manually mash up different fruits and spoon-feed it to children to avoid the prolonged exposure that squeezy pouches allow.

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.

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Could Coffee be Good for Your Teeth?

June 30th, 2014

Many people enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning before beginning a hectic day of work or school.  Whether you drink your coffee black or with milk and sugar, this caffeinated drink can possibly cause teeth staining and erosion.  However, recent research has shown that coffee could actually benefit your teeth as well.

Researchers at the Rio de Janeiro's Federal University in Brazil examined the effects of Coffea canephora extract on baby teeth.  This coffee extract is present in 30% of the world's coffee beans.  The results of this study concluded that the coffee extract actively broke down the bacterial biofilms which are responsible for causing dental plaques which lead to harmful tooth decay.

Lead researcher Andréa Antonio said, "Dental plaque is a classic complex biofilm and it’s the main culprit in tooth decay and gum disease. We are always looking for natural compounds – food and drink, even – that can have a positive impact on dental health."

This finding is important because dental plaque contributes to the development of gum disease.  The researchers believe that specifically the polyphenols found in the coffee bean lower the risk of developing dental plaque.  Past studies have suggested that coffee may have a myriad of other health benefits including protecting against Parkinson's disease, type 2 diabetes and liver disease, including liver cancer, improving cognitive function and decreasing the risk of depression.

However, it is important to keep in mind that in order to reap the most health benefits from coffee, it should be consumed black; without milk or sugar.  Sugary drinks can still cause tooth decay and add unnecessary, empty calories to a balanced diet.  Furthermore, it is not recommended to excessively drink coffee on a daily basis.

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.

Sources:

http://dentistrytoday.com/todays-dental-news/10619-coffee-could-lead-to-healthy-teeth

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2654546/How-cup-black-coffee-stops-teeth-rotting-Certain-type-bean-property-help-break-bacteria-causes-plaque.html

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/expert-answers/coffee-and-health/faq-20058339

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A Glass of Wine a Day Keeps the Dentist Away

June 25th, 2014

Many adults occasionally indulge in a glass of red wine at dinner.  Substantial research has supported the amazing health benefits of red wine including improving heart health and containing beneficial, cancer-fighting antioxidants.  A recent study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry suggests that red wine could also have benefits for teeth by preventing harmful bacteria from building up inside the mouth.

The "magic" ingredient responsible for combating the bacteria is phenolic extracts found in wine and grapes.  Similarly, polyphenols found in tea and cranberries also play a similar role.  Streptoccus is the name of the bad bacteria that cause cavities.  Both phenolic extracts in wine and polyphenols in tea and cranberries were found to inhibit the growth of the bad bacteria.  Non-alcoholic red wine and grape seed extract were also effecting in warding off the harmful bacteria in the mouth.

"This study is about applying something to the teeth that decreases bacteria. The effectiveness of [red wine] depends on how long it stays on the tooth, known as its 'substantivity,' " says Dr. Glasband, DDS, a dentist in private practice in Long Beach, California (who was not involved in this study), "Wine has a high substantivity, which you can see as it stains the teeth when you drink it."  

It is important to note that drinking red wine can cause teeth staining.  One way to prevent teeth staining while still obtaining the health benefits of red wine is to drink water to wash away any wine left on your teeth between sips.  Another way is to brush your teeth before drinking since wine likes to stick onto any plaque that has built up onto your teeth.  Red wine should only be incorporated into a balanced and nutritious diet in moderate amounts.

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.

Sources:

http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/nutrition/healthy-eating/4-health-benefits-of-red-wine.html#b

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/277305.php

http://www.castledental.com/our-blog/preventing-red-wine-stains-your-teeth

http://www.prevention.com/health/health-concerns/weird-way-red-wine-fights-cavities

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June is National Dairy Month!

June 6th, 2014

The start of June signals the beginning of summer, warmer weather, beach vacations and... the start of National Dairy Month!  Formerly known as National Milk Month, National Dairy Month began in 1937 as a way to get people to incorporate more nutritious dairy into their diets.  Dairy products contain nine essential nutrients like calcium and potassium.  These healthy nutrients can help manage weight, reduce risk for high blood pressure and osteoporosis, and they also keep your teeth healthy.

Although most people know that drinking milk leads to strong bones, not many people realize that dairy products can also help keep your teeth strong as well.  Nutritious dairy products like yogurt or string cheese contain high levels of calcium and vitamin D.  Calcium is a vital nutrient responsible for the rebuilding of teeth.  More specifically, the saliva in our mouths expose calcium to our teeth and it helps to combat some of the corroding effects of foods we eat (like carbohydrates and sugars) and remineralization will take place.

The National Dairy Council suggests that people older than 9 years should ideally consume 3 servings of low-fat or fat-free dairy every day.  However, most people are only getting 2 or less servings of dairy daily.  For example, a single serving of dairy is equal to one 8-ounce glass of fat-free or low-fat milk or 1.5 ounces of reduced-fat natural cheese like cheddar.

Here are some fun dairy-filled snack ideas to try this summer adapted from the National Dairy Council:

  • Wrap pretzel rods with reduced-fat Cheddar cheese
  • Blend a cup of low-fat chocolate milk, a banana, and ice cubes
  • Cup up pieces of fruit and include low-fat or fat-free vanilla yogurt as a dip
  • "Yogurt-sicle"s: pour low-fat yogurt into small paper cups, insert popsticks and freeze
  • Fruit-and-Cheese Kabobs: alternate slices of apple and reduced-fat cheese cubes on small wooden skewers
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.nationaldairycouncil.org/SiteCollectionDocuments/30-Days-of-Dairy.pdf

http://www.idfa.org/news-views/media-kits/cheese/june-is-national-dairy-month

http://www.livestrong.com/article/541766-can-taking-calcium-rebuild-teeth/

Got Milk?.. For Your Cereal

June 4th, 2014

 

Whether you are on-the-go or craving a crunchy snack, dry cereal is a popular snack for both adults and children. Popular cereal brands like Fruit Loops and Cinnamon Toast Crunch have been scrutinized by health care professionals for its high sugar content.  As many of us know, sugar causes cavities.  However, research at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry suggests that chasing dry, sugary cereal with milk significantly lowers sugar's ability to eat away at our teeth and can prevent cavities.

A cavity is caused by leftover food debris on our teeth.  Our teeth are covered by a tough outer mineral covering called enamel.  However, the enamel can break down and become eroded when it comes into contact with acids. Specifically, bacteria love feeding on sugars and carbohydrates.  As the bacteria feast on these types of leftovers, they produce the harmful acids that break down enamel and cause cavities.

The researchers looked at three different liquids and their effectiveness in bringing down the risk of cavities when combined with dry cereal: apple juice, water, and milk.  They found that drinking milk following sugary cereals led to effectiveness in preventing cavities by most significantly lowering the overall acidity in the mouth.  Water also lowered the acidity, but to a lower extent.  Apple juice, on the other hand, did not lower the acidity because of its sugar content.  Milk is also known to be beneficial for teeth for its high calcium content and ability to help in tooth remineralization.

Interestingly, eating cereal soaked in a bowl of milk does not result in the same cavity-fighting results.  In other words, milk is only beneficial in combatting the detrimental effects of sugary cereals if it is sipped separately following the consumption of dry cereal.  This is because cereal immersed in milk leads to a syrupy, sugary solution as the sugar particles from the cereal become dissolved in the milk.  As a result, the researchers of the study say to avoid drinking sugary fruit juices following a bowl of milk and cereal to significantly lower the chances of introducing excess sugar into your diet.

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.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/07/130731164718.htm

http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/oral-care/problems/how-do-cavities-form.htm

http://www.therabreath.com/articles/news/oral-care-industry-news/drink-a-glass-of-milk-after-your-cereal-it-may-reduce-cavities-20625.asp

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Prevent Gingivitis During Pregnancy!

May 31st, 2014

pregnant-with-diabetes-400x400Did you know that healthy gums might make your expected child healthier? Pregnancy can have a huge impact on oral health! Hormonal changes during pregnancy can make gum tissue more sensitive to dental plaque, as well as altering the body’s typical response to bacteria in the mouth. Inflammation of the gums, also known as gingivitis, can arise during pregnancy as a result of an increase in estrogen and progesterone. Pregnant women are also at an increased risk of developing gum disease, also known as periodontitis. If these oral health problems were already present before pregnancy, they are more likely to worsen during pregnancy. It is important to maintain good oral hygiene in order to improve your overall health.
Pregnancy gingivitis affects most women between the second and eighth month of pregnancy. As blood flow to gum tissues increases, the gums become more irritable and swollen.

Gingivitis can lead to gum disease, which is caused by a buildup of plaque. Tooth loss is often a result of gum disease. Symptoms include tooth sensitivity, bad breath, loose teeth, bleeding gums, and bright red or inflamed gums. When gums become infected, it is easier for bacteria to enter into the bloodstream through the gums, which can then travel to the uterus. According to the American Academy of Periodontology and the European Federation of Periodontology, gum disease and gingivitis in women have been linked to pre-mature births, or low-birth weight infants. Pre-maturely born children can suffer from growth complications.

Gingivitis and gum disease can be treated with proper oral health care. Brushing, flossing, and rinsing, are all critical oral habits during pregnancy. Brushing is particularly essential after morning sickness. Make sure to use soft toothbrushes, and be gentle when brushing and flossing. A good diet with nutritious foods is also essential in keeping the mouth clean and healthy. Make sure to intake foods or supplements with vitamins C and B12. Additional scheduled visits to the dentist for cleanings can also help prevent oral health problems.

Researchers have also found a correlation between pregnancy tumors and plaque buildup. Pregnancy tumors are inflammatory, non-cancerous growths that can develop between teeth when the gums are inflamed. These tumors usually disappear after labor. However, dental professionals can remove them if they begin to cause pain, or affect chewing and brushing.

Women during pregnancy are more susceptible to oral health problems. These symptoms, especially during pregnancy, should not be ignored. Thus, good oral care is essential during pregnancy, not only for your overall health, but also your expected child’s!

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.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/ADA/2013/article/ADA-09-Expectant-Moms-Need-Healthy-Gums.cvsp

http://americanpregnancy.org/pregnancyhealth/swollengums.html

http://www.knowyourteeth.com/infobites/abc/article/?abc=c&iid=325&aid=4854

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/pregnancy-gingivitis-tumors

http://img2.timeinc.net/health/images/gallery/condition-centers/pregnant-with-diabetes-400x400.jpg

Vitamin D Levels and Childhood Cavities

May 29th, 2014

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The journey to great oral health may begin earlier than you might expect.  In fact, expecting mothers should carefully monitor the nutrients they are eating to ensure that their children will be at low-risk for cavities later on in life.

Dr. Robert J. Schroth and his research team at the University of Manitoba in Canada looked at the relationship between a mother’s vitamin D deficiency and its effects on oral health in their children.  The study tested 207 pregnant women during their second and third trimesters and subsequently looked at cavity prevalence in their children.  Mothers with regular levels of vitamin D during pregnancy were more likely to have children without cavities while mothers with significant vitamin D deficiencies experienced an increased prevalence of cavities in their children.

In order to conceptualize this correlation, researchers looked at the effect vitamin D has in enamel formation in utero.  Interestingly, enamel growth begins as early as during fetal development in the womb.  Without this essential vitamin, enamel cannot properly form and this increases a child’s susceptibility to cavities.  With these findings in mind, the researchers think that the best way to combat poor enamel formation is to both improve maternal nutrition during pregnancy and also take special preventative measures in early childhood to avoid cavities.  This can be done through an improved diet or taking a specific vitamin D supplement.

Nevertheless, there remains a debate within the dental community about vitamin D supplementation.  Dr. Philippe P. Hujoel of the University of Washington School of Dentistry was quoted as an advocate against extra vitamin D supplementation by saying in an e-mail to Reuters Health, “In place of supplementation, I would recommend maintaining proper vitamin D levels during pregnancy the natural way - enjoy the sun, choose foods such as wild salmon, ahi tuna, mushrooms and eggs. Additionally, reducing carbohydrate intake will reduce the body's need for vitamin D," he told Reuters Health in an email.

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. The 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.foxnews.com/health/2014/04/22/low-vitamin-d-during-pregnancy-linked-to-child-cavity-risk/

http://dentistrytoday.com/todays-dental-news/10050-low-vitamin-d-levels-could-raise-cavity-risk-for-children

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What Vitamins Your Teeth Need

May 15th, 2014

The foods we eat can have a huge impact on oral health.  As most people know, foods high in sugar can cause cavities and drinks like black coffee can stain teeth.  Other than sugar content or staining capabilities , different kinds of vitamins can also have a huge impact on oral health.  Taking vitamin supplements can prevent tooth decay and promote healthy gums.  The following vitamins can be incorporated into a balanced diet and oral health regimen.

vitamins-minerals

Vitamin C
Vitamin C prevents gum inflammation and helps to heal soft, bleeding gums.  Citrus fruits like oranges and lemons are known to be high in this essential vitamin.  Some lesser known foods that are high in Vitamin C include bell peppers and broccoli.

Vitamin A
Vitamin A prevents dry mouth, aids in the healing inflamed gums, and helps to maintain the mucous membranes of the gums.  Vitamin A can be found in beef, spinach, kale, cheese, and eggs.

Vitamin D
Vitamin D is necessary for optimal absorption of calcium.  Calcium helps with the development of healthy, strong teeth and can be found in milk and fatty fish like salmon.

Vitamins B12 and B2
A deficiency in these essential vitamins can lead to painful mouth sores.  Vitamin B12 can be found in red meat, chicken, liver, and dairy products.  Vitamin B2 can be found in almonds, bagels, and spinach.

Iron
An iron deficiency can also lead to mouth sores and an inflamed tongue.  Iron is available in capsule form and can be found in many common foods like bran cereals and nuts.

Potassium
Potassium is necessary for proper nerve function and muscle development.  Legumes, bananas, and whole grains are great sources for this.

Vitamin B3 (niacin)
A niacin deficiency can be a cause of bad breath and canker sores.  Adding more chicken or fish into your diet can alleviate these symptoms.

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:

Image credit: http://girlgonehealthy.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/vitamins-minerals.jpg

Snacks for Healthy Teeth

March 28th, 2014

Healthy Snacks for Kids and AdultsLooking for healthy snack alternatives? There are a lot of tasty snacks that are less damaging to teeth. Eating healthy foods can help protect you and your child from tooth decay and other oral health problems. It is important to avoid sugary snacks. The bacteria in plaque found on teeth turns sugar into acids. These acids deteriorate tooth enamel, which can lead to cavities. The more times you consume sugary snacks throughout the day, the more often bacteria is able to produce acids. Limiting sugar intake can improve oral health!

Encourage your child to eat healthy snacks to help keep their smiles healthy. An easy way to get your child interested in eating healthy snacks is to prepare tasty combinations, such as apple slices with peanut butter. Also, when creating a grocery list, involve your child by finding out what they enjoy eating, and helping them understand what’s good and bad for their teeth. Sending your child to school with nutritious snacks can help your them have healthier teeth.

Here's a list of some smart snack choices for you and your family:

Proteins

Chicken breast

Fish

Turkey

Pork

Pumpkin seeds

Sunflower seeds

Nuts

 

Fresh fruits and
raw vegetables

Berries

Melons

Pears

Broccoli

Celery

Carrots

Cucumbers

Tomatoes

 

Grains

Whole-wheat bagels

Unsweetened cereals

Plain popcorn

Baked tortilla chips

Whole-wheat crackers

Low-salt Pretzels

 

Milk and dairy products

Low or non-fat milk

Low or non-fat yogurt

Cheese

Sweets aren't the only unhealthy snacks. Junk foods, such as pizza, are also potentially damaging to teeth. Also, avoid sticky foods, which tend to remain on teeth and cause plaque to build up. Be aware that even some healthy snacks, if eaten in excess, may promote tooth decay. Be selective when it comes to choosing a snack, and remember to brush your teeth after snacks and meals!

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://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/Oral-and-Dental-Health-at-Any-Age/Infants-and-Children/Toddler-Child-Transitional-Care/article/Smart-Snacks-for-Healthy-Teeth.cvsp
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More Reasons to Smile While on Vacation

March 27th, 2014

family vacationVacations are a time for relaxing, having fun, and making memories with family and friends.  Whether you are camping in the wilderness or sipping coconut water in the Caribbean, everyone can benefit from good oral health tips on the go.  With summer vacations looming over the horizon, here are some great tips to keep you and your loved ones smiling the entire time!

 1. Plan ahead

If you or your family members haven’t had their bi-yearly dental check ups yet, now may be a good time to do so.  By seeing a dentist before leaving for vacation, you can guarantee that there will be no sudden dental problems that require medical attention while abroad.  For instance, having a cavity spotted and filled early might prevent annoying toothache issues that are difficult to treat away from home.

Furthermore, make sure you have all your medical and dental insurance information handy and kept in a safe place in case of an emergency.

2.  Keep things organized

Keeping all your oral health tools in one place will save time and effort.  Carrying a toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss in your carry-on bag will be helpful during long flights.  Another option would be to purchase smaller versions of your usual arsenal of products.  There are many travel-sized versions of all major toothpaste and mouthwash brands at most convenience stores.  Make sure to brush your teeth after every meal (just like you would at home) even while on a plane!

3.  Cover your toothbrushes

Throwing an uncovered toothbrush into your carry-on bag or placing it on countertops of hotel bathrooms gives unwelcome bacteria the opportunity to invade its bristles.  In order to prevent this, it is important to cover toothbrushes with a clean, plastic cover.  It’s crucial to let all toothbrushes air-dry before placing the cover on it, because covering a moist toothbrush will actually encourage bacteria growth.

4.   Maintain healthy eating habits

Vacation time is certainly a time to indulge.  However, keep some healthy snacks like fruit or veggies in hand for in between meals.  You can satisfy your appetite by chewing on nutritious snacks throughout the day and perhaps turn down a tempting sugary drink later on.

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.

Sources:

http://www.drpeterhazim.com/dental-tips-while-on-vacation/
http://lauriesteindds.com/blog/?p=378
http://pediatricdentalworld.com/blog/5-pointers-for-healthy-vacation-smiles/
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Facts About Aids, Simply Put

March 25th, 2014

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http://visual.ly/aids-today-facts-figures-and-trajectory-global-illness-0

 

What Is Oil-pulling?

March 23rd, 2014

olive oilThe latest dentistry-related craze to hit social media has been an article on the miraculous benefits of "oil-pulling" on oral health.  Some articles claim that this new fad can even eliminate acne and eczema, cures hang-overs, aids in sleep problems, and helps alleviate general pain.  Could oil-pulling be a new cure-all health practice or is it just another pseudoscience fad?

Oil-pulling is an ancient folk practice originating from India.  Essentially, this practice entails swishing a tablespoon of any cold pressed, vegetable-based oil like coconut oil around in your mouth for 20 minutes every morning.

If you haven't seen any of these articles yet, here are a few of the dentistry-related claims they make:

  • Removes bacteria and toxins in your mouth and lymph system
  • Re-mineralizes teeth
  • Strengthens gums
  • Whitens teeth naturally
  • Reduces bad breath

Groups of bloggers and scientific researchers have both been questioning the validity of all these claims.  Although there is some scientific literature supporting some of the claimed benefits of oil-pulling, the research does not lend any clear substantial support.  In fact, some report that a placebo effect is actually taking place.

An online community of doctors called Science Based Medicine state that "oil pulling for general health or any other indication is pure pseudoscience."  Other scientists and medical practitioners are choosing to take a more middle-ground stance on this practice.  Dr. Sanda Moldovan, a periodontist, agrees that maintaining proper oral health is essential to be healthy overall and that oil-pulling is just another (and not necessarily crucial) method of maintaining healthy teeth.  Studies have shown that coconut oil does indeed remove harmful bacteria from your mouth.  However, research has also shown that oil-pulling is not much better than regular mouthwash in removing harmful bacteria in your mouth.

The verdict?  It would best be advised that people should remain cautious to believe and try everything they read online through social media.  Although oil-pulling might have some health benefits, it seems that there is not enough scientific support to back up all of its claims.

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.foodmatters.tv/articles-1/oil-pulling-the-habit-that-can-transform-your-health

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-7857/why-you-should-start-oil-pulling-today.html

http://news.discovery.com/human/psychology/can-oil-pulling-improve-your-health-140311.htm

http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/oil-pulling-your-leg/

http://jezebel.com/the-oil-pulling-health-craze-works-just-not-in-the-w-1538252677

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"Does My Breath Smell?"

March 22nd, 2014

Cure Bad BreathHaving bad breath can be a symptom of a host of oral health problems like severe tooth decay, infections in the mouth, and gum disease.  In other cases, bad breath can just be the result of a garlic-heavy lunch.  Regardless, having odor-free breath is essential in our day-to-day social interactions with others.  Have you ever wondered if your breath smelled and had no way to check?  Although many people employ the strategy of breathing into their cupped hands to check, this method is actually ineffective.  Our bodies are all individually acclimated to our own scents, and thus it is difficult to notice any changes in the smell of our breath.

Luckily, there are other ways you can quickly check the smell of your own breath.

  • Cotton test: Take a cotton swab and run it across the top of your tongue near the back and smell it.  If it smells bad or is yellow in color, this suggests elevated sulfide production.
  • Wrist test: Lick your wrist and wait about 10 seconds before smelling it.
  • Dental floss/toothpick test: Smell floss or toothpick after you are done using it and look for any bad odors.
  • Mirror test: If the very back of your tongue is whitish in color, this may suggest foul odor.
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.therabreath.com/breath-test.html
http://www.breathmd.com/how-to-smell-your-own-breath.php
http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/bad-breath
Image credit: http://www.larsondentistry.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Cure-Bad-Breath.jpg

Take a Pass on Embarrassment with Clear Aligners

March 18th, 2014

clear braces on a smileAlthough wearing braces may be the “cool” new thing to have during the middle school years, metal brackets easily fall out of fashion after those years. However, the onset of clear braces has revolutionized orthodontics, allowing patients to realign their teeth without anyone noticing!

Clear braces were first introduced in 1997 with the use of 3D computer technology and the fabrication of clear plastic aligners. Patients interested in these clear braces were given a series of plastic retainer-like aligners. With these new aligners, adults who were once self-conscious about getting braces can improve their appearance and function of their smile without having to bother with the metal-mouth look.

The perks of teeth alignment include less plaque because teeth are easier to clean with proper brushing and flossing techniques. Teeth, just like the gears of a machine, can wear down over time. Molars can chip, break or wear at the gum line, especially if they are not in alignment. Clear aligners can straighten out teeth, allowing them to work more efficiently and preventing patients from having to spend more on restorations further down the line.

The gums also fit better in a straight alignment, which decreases the chances of getting inflammatory responses, leading to gum disease. Gum disease (also know as periodontal disease) has been shown to lead to other systemic illnesses, which can result in other health complications have it is not taken care of.

Many patients have also questioned whether clear aligners are as strong as metal brackets. Clear ceramic aligners are considered to be equally as strong as metal braces. The ceramic material is sealed by plasma light and has strong binding properties. Just like metal brackets, ceramic aligners can also become loose, but that can most definitely be easily fixed with a trip to the orthodontist.

Now with clear aligners, patients are is able to obtain a pretty smile without the embarrassment of metal brackets. If you have any more questions, 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 questionsContact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com

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.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/ColgateNewandNow/Community/2014/January/article/SW-281474979251232.cvsp
http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/features/straight-talk-about-braces-for-adults?page=2
http://conejovalleybraces.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/ceramic-braces-300x191.jpg 

Tooth Brush Training 101

March 16th, 2014

mom baby learning tooth brushing techniques Does your child seem unexcited about brushing their teeth? Help your child care for their teeth by teaching them proper oral care at a young age. This investment in their health will be a lifelong reward! Start by showing your child that the task of brushing is valuable. Brushing along with your child, or creating catchy songs for brushing will help encourage oral health.

The following tips are easy practices that parents can follow to get your child enthusiastic to brush their teeth and reduce their risk from getting cavities:                  

Let your child pick out the materials

When shopping for oral care products, let your child choose his or her own toothbrush and toothpaste. A favorite television show character, or bright colors on their toothbrush may positively change their attitude when brushing their teeth. Also, allowing them to choose from an array of toothpaste flavors can go a long way!

Make brushing a fun game

Join in with your child as they brush! Try making it a competition, such as seeing who can brush every tooth. This will up their performance in brushing, while also making the routine more exciting.

Offer your child rewards

For each time your child cooperatively brushes their teeth, give them a sticker or small reward. Making a rewards board can be a great motivator for promoting good oral health practices. This can boost you child's  self-esteem and make them look forward to brushing.

Buy a fun flossing device

Flossing is an essential part of good oral hygiene. Flossing is particularly important for children because it eliminates plaque in places that the toothbrush misses. Encourage the habit of flossing by buying a colorful flossing tool.

A healthy child begins with healthy teeth! By making the routine of tooth brushing fun, children will be more eager to brush their teeth.

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.whattoexpect.com/toddler-health/learning-to-brush-teeth.aspx
http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Video-Library/No-More-Nasties.cvsp
http://www.beliefnet.com/~/media/D8B3436649CB4E07BB83160F49A5214A.ashx?w=333&h=250&c=1

A Smarter Brushing Experience

March 15th, 2014

electric toothbrush

There is no doubt that smart phones have become a permanent staple in our day to day lives.  From editing pictures to counting calories, it seems like smart phones can do it all!  Now, with the production of Oral B's smart toothbrush, your smart phone can even help you brush your teeth better.

This electronic smart toothbrush (to be released worldwide in June, 2014) is linked via Bluetooth 4.0 to an app that can be downloaded for both Android and iOS devices.  The best features of this toothbrush include a video simulation that shows you exactly where to brush, which areas are neglected, and how hard to brush.  Additionally, it provides tips on how to improve your brushing habits by charting your progress.  Users found that using the electronic smart toothbrush significantly extended brushing times.

We highly recommend using electric toothbrushes if you look more thorough brushing results, they can make a huge difference in your oral hygiene. Some people think that using such a toothbrush, you are done in half the time. This is not really the case.  Due to the smaller brushing surface, you have to make sure you cover all the chewing surfaces.

There is a different technique to using an electric brush. Rather than moving the brush around the mouth in a circular motion, let the brush do the work. Start at one corner of the mouth eg. the cheek surface of the back teeth, and slowly move the brush along the teeth towards the lips. Then make a second pass from the same start point but slightly lower down so that the junction of the gums and teeth is thoroughly cleaned. Repeat this for the inside of the teeth and then each of the other corners of the mouth. Don't forget to brush the chewing surfaces as well.

If you can't wait until June for the pioneering smart toothbrush, check out some of these popular electronic toothbrushes, guaranteed to take your brushing to the next level:

1.  Oral-B Professional Healthy Clean + Floss Action Electric Toothbrush with SmartGuide (Amazon: $110)

This electronic toothbrush is Oral-B's most technologically advanced series.  This toothbrush has a "Deep Clean" mode (as well as 4 other modes like "Whitening" and "Massage") that guarantees the removal of 99.7% of plaque even in the hard-to-reach places of the mouth.  A unique pressure sensor automatically pauses the vibrations of the toothbrush if you are pressing down too firmly on your gums and teeth.

 2.  Philips Sonicare Essence Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush (Amazon: $50)

The Philips Sonicare Essence is a cheaper alternative that provides excellent plaque removal and a 2-minute timer to ensure proper brushing time.  This toothbrush claims to clean 2x more plaque than a manual toothbrush.

 3.  Philips Sonicare DiamondClean (Amazon: $190)

The DiamondClean toothbrush claims to remove 5x more plaque than a manual toothbrush and also significantly whitens teeth within 1 week of use.  A unique feature of this toothbrush is its diamond-shaped brush bristles which enable greater surface area coverage.  The DiamondClean also has five modes including whitening and massage functions.

Electronic toothbrushes aren't necessary to maintain good oral health. Manual toothbrushes are just as effective when used correctly.  However, if you use an electric toothbrush with an average technique and time, it will give far superior oral hygiene benefits compared to a manual toothbrush with an average technique.
It is important to keep in mind that a combination of proper diet,  flossing, and brushing are all necessary components of keeping your smile looking healthy.

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.inquisitr.com/1159163/new-oral-b-electronic-toothbrush-connects-to-smartphone-app-to-help-clean-your-teeth/
http://time.com/11376/busted-this-toothbrush-tattles-on-you-to-your-dentist/
http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/feb/26/oral-b-smart-toothbrush-dentists-spy-on-your-brushing
http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/toothbrushes/buying-guide.htm
http://www.bhbdental.co.nz/FAQs/Gum+Disease/Electric+Toothbrushes.html
Image credit: http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/cm/goodhousekeeping/images/ER/philips-sonicare-diamondclean-electric-toothbrush-lgn.jpg

 

Cranberries to the Rescue! The Hero in Fending off Oral Thrush

March 13th, 2014

cranberriesCranberries can be a delicious snack on the go and, in form of juice, can be a great way to quench your thirst. Along with being a healthy component to a meal, studies have shown that cranberries may very well keep oral thrush away!

Oral thrush is a common condition where a fungus called Candida albicans that can be found on the lining of your mouth. Oral thrush can leave white lesions, usually foud on the tongue or inner cheeks. These lesions can be very painful and can bleed when scraped. If oral thrush is not treated, it can spread to the roof of the mouth, the tonsils and even the back of the throat.

So what exactly causes thrush? Small amounts of fungus can be found in the mouth, digestive tract and skin of completely healthy people. Fungus is usually kept in check by bacteria and microorganisms found in the body. However, stress and certain medications which can cause fungus to grow without a check in the body.

Oral thrush can affect all age groups including babies, who can pass the infection onto their mothers during breast-feeding. Those who smoke or wear dentures are also at a higher risk of developing thrush.

Researchers at Rutgers University and the University of Laval in Quebec, Canada found that in ingredient in cranberry called AC-PAC that is successful in inhibiting the disease-causing properties of Candida albicans. AC-PAC works to prevent biofilm from forming at the gumline. C. albicans are prone to stick to the oral epithelial cells and saliva-coated resin discs. Because this infection needs to stick to biofilm to spread, AC-PAC can prevent the infection by decreasing adherence, and thus, decreasing infection rates.

Cranberries don’t only come to the rescue in terms of oral thrush; studies have shown that cranberry juice is effective in preventing plaque formation on teeth. Drinking cranberry juice daily is great for fighting off urinary infections and can even kill off bacteria that is known to be the cause of stomach cancer and ulcers.

Many may say that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but cranberries may also do the trick and maintain your oral and overall health! If you have any more questions, 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 questionsContact 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.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/dental-health-thrush
http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/ADA/2012/article/ADA-06-Cranberries-may-combat-oral-thrush.cvs
http://www.nbcnews.com/id/15814415/ns/health-diet_and_nutrition/t/research-shows-health-benefits-cranberries/#.Uxo-Nxw7vNk

Great Dental Apps for Your Smart Phone

March 12th, 2014

Virtual Dentist shot

There is an app for everything imaginable nowadays.  Teenagers and adults alike are constantly on their phones.  Why not add ways to maintain good oral health while you're routinely scrolling through different apps on your phone anyway?  We've narrowed down some great dental apps for everyone that are guaranteed to keep you smiling. Brush DJ (Price: free) Did you know that you're supposed to brush your teeth for a full 2 minutes?  The Brush DJ app plays music from your smart phone device to ensure that your 2-minute brushing session is an enjoyable one.  In addition to the music player, Brush DJ allows its users to set reminders like brushing twice a day, flossing, when to replace your toothbrush, and when to see a dentist.  Brush DJ has been shown to be a favorite among kids!

iTunes App store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/brush-dj/id475739913?mt=8

Google play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=uk.co.appware.brushdj&hl=en

 

Dental Phobia (Price: $0.99) One of the most effective ways of lowering anxiety related to dental procedures, is to be knowledgable about what exactly is going on.  This app promotes the power of knowledge and provides a wealth of information regarding all dental procedures.  Also, Dental Phobia allows its users to contact qualified dentists with individual questions and concerns.

iTunes App store:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dental-phobia/id447569018?mt=8

 

Teeth Whitener (Price: $0.99) Have you ever wondered what you would look like with brighter, whiter teeth?  This app allows its users to upload pictures of themselves and adjust the coloring of their teeth accordingly.  If you're wary about getting your teeth professionally whitened, this app would be a great way to see what your results may look like before you take the plunge.

iTunes App store: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/teeth-whitener-whiten-brighten/id504156800?mt=8

 

KidsDental (Price: $1.99) KidsDental incorporates superb animation in their learning tools.  This app was designed to teach children about important oral health issues and proper dental care.  It is even customizable by each individual user by allowing its users to input personal dental milestones like "first tooth loss" into an interactive calendar.  KidsDental covers a wide range of dental topics including: cavities, early tooth loss, and broken teeth.

iTunes App store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/kidsdental/id472980862?mt=8  

 

My Little Dentist - Kids Game  (Price: Free) For kids that have an interest in dentistry as a career - this is an interactive game that lets you "treat" patients.  This game utilizes a simple tap and drag interface with kids-friendly content.

Google play store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gss.little.dentist

 

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.123dentist.com/top-10-dental-apps-for-smartphones/ http://www.brushdj.com/#nogo

Image credit:  http://ww1.prweb.com/prfiles/2012/11/26/10171598/Virtual%20Dentist%20shot.png
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Make-up Tricks for a Whiter Smile!

March 9th, 2014

lipstickWhiter teeth can instantly brighten up a smile.  However, if you don't have time to get them professionally whitened, there are a few temporary makeup tricks to make them look whiter.  It's important to  keep in mind that no make-up trick will ever replace maintaining a healthy dental care regimen of brushing teeth, flossing, and have regular check-ups.

Applying a matte bronzer the hollows of your cheeks and all over your face gives your skin a sun-kissed glow.  The tanning effect of bronzer makes the whiteness of your teeth stand out.  The main areas you should focus on while applying bronzer are: under your cheekbones, sides of the nose, jawline, and under the chin.

Strategically choosing the right lip color is also very important.  A lip gloss or lipstick with cool undertones of blue or purple also give the illusion of whiter teeth because it counteracts the yellow-ness of teeth.  A berry-tinted lip gloss would be a great choice for this winter!  However, if purple-toned lip colors are out of your comfort zone, a classic red lip will also create an illusion of whiter teeth because it makes a sharp color contrast.  It is important to avoid any orange-based peach or caramel undertones in lip glosses because they enhance any yellow coloring of teeth.

Another useful trick to counterbalance any yellowing is to focus on your eye makeup and really making them pop.  Again, using cooler toned shades like purples and greens are your best bet.

In case you would like to get professional whitening done, we do have several options for you. You could try Sinsational in-office whitening that will brighten up your smile about four shades up in less than 30 minutes. You could also give take-home whitening kit a shot, with great results within two weeks. 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.cosmopolitan.com/hairstyles-beauty/skin-care-makeup/how-to-whiten-your-teeth#slide-1

http://www.besthealthmag.ca/look-great/makeup/makeup-tricks-to-make-your-teeth-look-whiter

http://blog.birchbox.com/post/24224204212/how-to-contour-your-face-like-a-celebrity

http://au.lifestyle.yahoo.com/womens-health/life-features/beauty/article/-/10641004/make-up-tips-to-make-your-teeth-appear-whiter/

Is Chewing Gum to Blame for Headaches in Kids?

March 9th, 2014

gum chewing headachesGum chewing is a common habit for both adults and adolescents.  Although chewing gum can provide dental benefits like whitening and aid in the prevention of tooth decay, research has shown that chewing gum may not be as beneficial as once thought.  Many would not think to relate gum chewing with prolonged headaches.  However, recent research has begun to elucidate the correlation between the two.

Dr. Nathan Watemberg of Tel Aviv University and Meir Medical Center looked at the relationship between frequent gum chewing and headaches specifically in adolescents.  He focused on a group of patients between the ages of 6 and 19 who both reported chronic migraines or headaches and chewed gum on a daily basis.  Once the group of adolescents quit gum chewing entirely, almost 90% of the group reported decreased frequency and intensity in headaches and more than half of the group reported that their headaches completely disappeared.

There are a few theories that seek to to explain why gum chewing might cause headaches.  For one, the physical act of prolonged chewing causes stress to an area of the head where the jaw is connected to the skull.  Alternatively, some researchers believe that the artificial sweetener used in some types of gum is the culprit.

Regardless of the reason, it seems that forgoing gum chewing may alleviate the debilitating effects of daily headaches in adolescents.

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.ada.org/5097.aspx?currentTab=2

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131219130937.htm

Image credit: http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/01775/gum_1775702c.jpg

March is National Nutrition Month!

March 8th, 2014

children healthyCelebrate the 41st  anniversary of National Nutrition Month! Sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, this year’s theme, “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right,” reminds us to balance between the mouthwatering foods we crave and the nutrients we our body’s require. Establishing healthy eating habits is crucial to our dental health. Nutritious foods play a major role in preventing tooth decay and gum disease. We often purchase certain foods over others merely due to their sensational taste. However, it is important to evaluate and make constructive changes to our diets in order to protect our teeth!

The best food choices for enhancing oral health include an array of tasty diary products, nuts, vegetables, fruits, whole grains, lean meats, fish, and more! These foods protect tooth enamel by providing essential vitamins, nutrients, and protein. Check out the Dietary Guidelines for tips on nutritious consumption and portion sizing.

Foods Rich in Calcium

Milk, dairy, and cheeses all contain a considerable amount of calcium, which protects teeth from acid and bacteria that causes decay.

Fruits and Vegetables are Essential

Cucumbers, celery, carrots, apples, and bananas are some of the many nutritious fruits and vegetables that help eliminate plaque from teeth and freshen breath. Studies also indicate that cranberries stop the formation of plaque.

Water is Important!

Rinse sugars and acids away with water to prevent teeth from decaying.

Are You a Sandwich-Lover?

Replace white bread with whole grain to increase your fiber consumption. Instead of mayonnaise, try avocado, which contains several essential vitamins. Don’t forget to add other fiber-containing vegetables like tomatoes.

Watch Out for Sugar and Acidic-Rich Foods!

Limit added sugars, salts and saturated fats from your diet, especially when snacking. Sugary and acidic foods and beverages easily damage teeth by forming plaque. Train your taste buds to enjoy foods that promote the health of your teeth.

After meals, remember to brush and floss your teeth to remove food particles. By eating healthy foods that do not deteriorate your tooth enamel, you can keep your mouth and heart healthy. After all, the mouth is the entrance to the body!

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.

References:

http://www.prweb.com/releases/nutrition-month/tooth-friendly-foods/prweb9238441.htm

http://www.choosemyplate.gov

http://www.eatright.org/NNM/#

http://www.cnpp.usda.gov/DGAs2010-PolicyDocument.htm

http://imagelib4.circleofmoms.com/live_comm_6685

 

Don’t Let Cavities Keep You from Winning the Gold!

March 4th, 2014

sochi winter olympics In light of the recent Sochi XXII Olympic Winter Games, a report by researchers at the University College London revealed that professional athletes that competed in the 2012 Olympics in London had very poor levels of oral health. Their oral health problems were bad enough that they had a negative effect on sports performance. 

The team of researchers looked at oral health check-up results of over 300 athletes and also interviewed them.  Over half of the athletes, representing sports like track, boxing, and hockey, had tooth decay.  More than 75% had gingivitis and 15% were starting to show signs of periodontitis.  About half of the athletes reported that these oral health problems were bothersome.  Furthermore, around 20% of them reported that poor oral health was negatively impacting their training and athletic performance.   In fact, 9% of the athletes had never even been to a dentist before.

In order to conceptualize these staggering statistics, Professor Needleman of the University College London Eastman Dental Institute speculates that high sugar sports drinks, gels, and snacks with a high carbohydrate content.  Consuming both high sugar and high carbohydrate foods and drinks without frequent brushing contributes to cavity formation and other oral health problems.

Needleman was quoted as saying, “Oral health is important for well-being and successful elite sporting performance.  It is amazing that many professional athletes — people who dedicate a huge amount of time and energy to honing their physical abilities — do not have sufficient support for their oral-health needs, even though this negatively impacts on their training and performance.”

Again, we see that poor oral health can affect all aspects of a person's life even as an Olympic athlete.  Easily treatable ailments like dental cavities should not keep an athlete from performing to his or her best potential.

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.

Sources:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/091/130930093722.htm
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/267026.php
http://www.examiner.com/article/london-olympic-athletes-had-terrible-teeth-lots-of-cavities-gum-disease
http://corporate.comcast.com/images/sochi.jpg

Tooth Fairy's Generosity Growing Over the Years

February 27th, 2014

tooth fairyIf you a young investor and still happen to have your baby teeth, stick with the Tooth Fairy! Apparently, the Tooth Fairy's average payoff was up 44.6 percent last year! According to a poll from insurer Delta Dental, the average gift for a displaced tooth rose last year to $3.50, up from $2.42 in 2012. Like with the regular stock market investments, the Tooth Fairy can pay off big if you get in early. First-time tooth losers earned more than they did for other teeth in 59 percent of homes. Kids got an average of $4.51for their first tooth, a 29.2 percent increase from last year.

Besides, every Fairy is different, some can leave really special gifts under your pillow, like toys, gum or a lovely hand-written note. Here is what some kids find under their teeth:

  • For our family, she leaves $1 if Mom or Dad pull the tooth out for the child," shares Jacy Cheney of Washington. "If they pull it out themselves, or it falls out on its own, then it's $2."
  • "The tooth fairy always leave $1, a personal note (written with my opposite hand), a tooth brush and fairy dust!" offers Erika Deady-Wohlers of tutupourmondeux.com.
  • "The tooth fairy leaves $2 per tooth and $5 per molar," reveals Mary Anschutz. "However, if the tooth fairy is so busy that he or she cannot make it, i.e., she forgets, then the amount gets doubled."
  • "Our tooth fairy leaves small gifts instead of money," shares Roo Wyda of Oops! Sheet Inc.. "Puzzles, crafts, something to delight and engage her!"

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.

References:

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/tooth-fairy-pays-off-better-than-the-stock-market/
http://www.sheknows.com/parenting/articles/842499/how-much-does-the-tooth-fairy-pay
http://www.theoriginaltoothfairypoll.com/the-original-poll/

Hi-Chew - Can it Chew Away Our Enamel?

February 26th, 2014

hi-chew candyYou have probably heard of Hi-Chew candy, especially if you are a parent and live in Wellesley or MetroWest area. This caramel candy became a favorite snack for a lot of teenagers, you can find it in any 7-Eleven store. As a parent, that makes me concerned with the impact this fad can have on our kids' health. So I did a little research.

Turns out, Hi-Chew company has been on the market in Japan for more than 80 years, and now is extremely popular in the local Asian markets (China, Taiwan, Australia and New Zealand). There are over 100 flavors of Hi-Chew candy created, it clams to be the most delicious chewing gym that/candy that dissolves in your mouth, like Starburst. According to Swellesley Report, the candy, described by some as a tastier and less plasticky version of Starbursts, is chewy — as the name implies — and features a colorful and  flavorful goo in the middle of a firmer white exterior. You didn’t want to hear this, but it has been described as “crack for kids,” according to one woman who passed along this comment from a 7th grader.
The ingredients, however, don't look too good to me:

nutrition hi-chewingredients greenapple hi-chew

 

 

 

 

 

 

A serving of the candy has both 31 grams of sugar and acids (Citric and DL-Malic acids), which is an alarming fact. According to the article in the magazine of Academy of General Dentistry, What many people don’t know is that Citric acid —which is used as flavor enhancer and preservative — can severely damage teeth and cause significant erosion. The amount of sugar the candy contains can be detrimental to the teeth. They become even more vulnerable due to the sticky consistency of the candy - it stays on the surface of the teeth!

Although it's hard to persuade your teens to be careful with the candy that is manufactured to be sweet, juicy and somewhat addicting, you, as a parent, have to make sure they understand that indulging in this fad might cause a few new cavities.

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://theswellesleyreport.com/2014/02/wellesley-hooked-on-hi-chew-candy-from-japan/
http://www.grandavenuedental.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Jan14_DamagingDiets-from-Impact-AGD.pdf
http://www.hi-chew.com/
http://www.asianfoodgrocer.com/blog/morinaga-mango-hi-chew-blog.jpg

Uncovering the Past: Bacteria Withstanding the Test of Time

February 25th, 2014

ANCIENT TEETH Recently, a team of researched have discovered well-preserved oral bacteria on skeletons around 1,000 years old! What secrets do these remains hold?

The scientists found that dental plaque was what kept the bacteria and particles of food on the teeth in tact, which allowed the research team to look further into what oral pathogens were present in the past. They found that even with the drastic changes in diet and hygiene (we hope!), the ancient human cavity is the home to a variety of pathogens and bacteria similar to the ones found today.

What’s even more exciting was that the ancient human oral microbiome found contained the basic line of antibiotic resistance, which is more than eight centuries before the invention of therapeutic antibiotics in the 1940s! The scientists also uncovered dietary DNA from the dental plaque found, which give the researchers a window into the types of vegetables and fruits consumed.

Although these were exciting finds for the research team, the scientists have a long road ahead of them. Gaining a wealth of data is always an exciting event, but it will be a challenge for the researchers to piece together and identify the genetic sequences that came forth from the ancient oral microbiome they discovered.

These findings can truly be a great step forward towards a better understanding of the evolution of the human oral microbiome and the beginnings of periodontal disease. Periodontal disease affects more than 10% of the world population and has been associated with several systemic diseases including pulmonary disease, cardiovascular disease and even type II diabetes. Through analyzing the human oral microbiome, scientists can track the progression of bacteria, paving new ways to prevent periodontal disease and contain bacterial production within the oral cavity.

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.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/02/140223131629.htm
http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/6158/20140224/1000-year-old-dental-plaque-reveals-microbial-pompeii.htm
http://images.natureworldnews.com/data/images/full/4756/fossilised-dental-plaque-calculus-on-the-teeth-of-a-middle-aged-man-from-the-medieval-site-of-dalheim-germany-ca-ad-1100.jpg?w=600

A Cup of Coffee and a Beautiful Smile

February 18th, 2014

women-drinking-coffeeDrinking a hot cup of coffee in the morning is a daily ritual for many.  In fact, many people see caffeine intake as a necessity for proper functioning and alertness at work or at school.  According to the National Coffee Association, a whopping 83% of Americans have reported that they drink coffee.

Although this tasty drink may help us power through a 6 AM commute, it is important to be aware of the negative effects of frequent coffee intake on oral health.  The porous enamel of our teeth quickly absorbs the liquid and it ultimately causes staining.  If untreated, the dark drink can cause permanent yellowing.  Furthermore, coffee is considered an acidic drink.  Thus, it slowly wears down enamel and contributes to tooth decay.

Another negative side of effect of long term coffee drinking is bad breath and dry mouth.  Caffeine slows saliva production in the mouth.  Without saliva, we are unable to effectively wash away and kill bacteria that lead to plaque build-up.  As a result, the growth of bacteria causes a foul smell in the mouth.

However, there is hope for avid coffee drinkers out there.  Here are some tips to combat some of the negative effects of coffee:

  • Rinse with water following every cup of coffee
  • Limit your overall intake of coffee
  • Drink coffee through a straw if possible (like when you’re drinking iced coffee)
  • Do not let coffee sit in your mouth longer than necessary
  • Drink coffee at set times rather than constantly sipping it throughout the day
  • Always brush and floss
  • Adding cream to lighten the color of your coffee will not decrease its staining properties

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. 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.

References: 

http://www.therabreath.com/articles/blog/fresh-breath-happenings/coffee-public-enemy-for-teeth-32866.asp
http://www.mynoblesmile.com/how-does-coffee-affect-my-teeth/
http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/ColgateNewandNow/Personal/2013/February/article/SW-281474979067209.cvsp

Ancient Dental Problems

February 17th, 2014

neanderthal-jaws-(2)Fossil evidence has shown that our Neanderthal ancestors suffered from many of the same dental problems that afflict us today including bad breath (halitosis) and caries.

Skeletal fossil remains dated about 15,000 years old found in a town in Morocco have given us insight into the prehistoric hunter-gatherer diets and their resulting oral health problems.  A study by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that a staggering 51% of the teeth found had cavities and abscesses.  Furthermore, evidence has shown us a glimpse of their distinct diet of acorns, pine nuts, and fermentable fruits.  Just like the formation of any other cavity, researchers predict that bacteria broke down carbohydrate rich foods left on teeth.  Ultimately, these bacteria would release harmful acids that cause enamel degradation characteristic of caries.

Another Neanderthal fossil specimen found in France dated an astounding 175,000 years ago was also found to have severe abscesses that would have prevented her from eating properly.  The significance of this particular finding was that it showed that Neanderthals must have helped one another eat and gain nutrients.  One researcher hypothesizes that a peer must have chewed up food for this specimen and fed her in order for her to survive well into her 40s.

Interestingly, both accounts show that many of the dental problems people face today were also the same problems our ancient ancestors faced.

If you have any more questions, 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 questionsContact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation. 

References:

http://racers-republic.com/health/prehistoric-men-had-toothache-and-bad-breath-4495/
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/story?id=98275

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/

Are toothbrushes actually clean?

July 29th, 2013

Researchers at England’s University of Manchester have looked into the various kinds of germs found in bacteria, and they found that toothbrushes are crawling with them! They discovered that a toothbrush could harbor more than 100 million bacteria, with the likes of diarrhea-causing E. coli and skin-infecting staphylococci bacteria. This may sound completely unsanitary, but wait! The mouth isn't the cleanest place to begin with. There are hundreds of microorganisms in the mouth on a daily basis. Medical professionals note that this is perfectly normal and it is not something to sweat over. But what individuals need to worry about is when there is an unhealthy balance of bacteria in the mouth. Many people forget that the plaque that develops inside the mouth (if proper brushing is not taking place) is, in fact, bacteria. Toothbrushes are continuously introduced to bacteria every time it is placed into the mouth.

 

So if there are constantly bacteria on toothbrushes, can they make people sick? Researchers think that it’s not likely. Considering there are already bacteria in the mouth, the body’s natural defenses make it difficult for an infection to occur just from brushing teeth. However, one should not take the body’s ability to defend itself for granted. There are still ways to keep fewer bacteria from entering the mouth. In many homes the bathroom sink is in close vicinity to the toilet. But that should not be the excuse for placing toothbrushes near where flushing occurs! Every time the toilet flushes, it sends sprays of bacteria into the air. Try to place toothbrushes as far as possible from the toilet, giving bacteria less of a chance in getting into the mouth.

 

Bacteria love moist environments and it is important that the brush dries through and through between each brushing. Try to avoid covers that enclose the brush, which would leave the toothbrush moist and bacteria-friendly. It is also a good idea to keep the toothbrush upright in a holder, instead of lying it down. Also, no matter how clean your sister or any of your other members of your family, don’t ever use each other’s brushes. Don’t even place toothbrushes in the same cup! Whenever toothbrushes come in contact with each other, they can easily exchange bacteria.

We recommend that you replace your toothbrush every season(3 months) to help prevent bacterial growth and to maintain oral hygiene.

 

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

 

References:

 

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/healthy-teeth-2/the-ugly-truth-about-your-toothbrush

 

http://www.ada.org/1887.aspx

 

3 Tips On Keeping Your Breath Fresh!

July 26th, 2013

Are you worried about the prospect of having breath? Don’t worry you’re not alone; according to the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, there are 40 millions Americans that suffer from bad breath. However, it doesn't need to be this way! Here are a few ideas on how to go about your day without worrying about halitosis.

1. Keep up with brushing and flossing

After a big meal, people are bound to have food caught in between the many crevices of their mouths. Food that has been left behind can break down, resulting in sticky build-up known as plaque. To keep this plaque build-up from happening, try brushing and flossing after meals, which can keep the mouth clean and breath fresh.

 

2. Don’t forget the tongue!
After brushing and flossing at night, many people just turn off the bathroom lights and hit the hay. But wait; the tongue can harbor tons of bad-smelling bacteria! Without proper maintenance, a white layer can form on the tongue. People tend to find toothbrushes to big to reach to back end of the tongue without causing discomfort. Dentists suggest using tongue scrapers, which can easily maneuver the tongue, getting rid of bacteria, leftover food, and even dead cells that brushing can’t take away.

3. Pass on the onions and garlic
Although they are undeniably great additions to a great sandwich, these two food ingredients are infamous bad-breath causers. Unfortunately, brushing after consuming garlic and onions does not do the trick; substances within these foods actually travel down the blood stream and into the lungs, where they constantly get breathed out. If you know fresh breath is necessary for a certain social meeting, save onions and garlic for another time!

 

These are simple tips to keep in mind, but they do go a long way. Always maintain good oral health and soon enough, you’ll be able to say goodbye to bad breath! 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://www.webmd.com/oral-health/healthy-teeth-2/get-rid-bad-breath

http://www.uihealthcare.org/Adam/?/HIE%20Multimedia/1/003058

Tips to Conquer Dental Fear!

July 25th, 2013

Let’s be honest: many people tend to be scared or nervous before a visit to the dentist’s office. Dental phobia is something that people continually cope with; however, it doesn’t always have to be this way! Here are a few tips on how to beat dental fear.

 

Look for a dentist that you feel most comfortable working with. There are many dentists out there with different personalities, and finding one that suits an individual can be key in feeling less anxious and nervous during an appointment. Dentists are willing to work through fears and are happy to go slow if need be.

 

Ask the dentist to go through the procedure beforehand. Having a dentist go through the steps can allow individuals to prepare for what is to come. Patients always have the right to know what kind of work their dentist will be doing on them.

 

Don’t be afraid to let the dentist know when the procedure is uncomfortable. Patients are able to establish “stop” signals with dentists. This allows the patient to take breaks when needed and can allow them to relax before proceeding.

 

Breathing exercises are also a great way to calm the nerves and prepare for a dental procedure. Here are six breathing exercises (hyperlink six breathing exercises and use: http://healthland.time.com/2012/10/08/6-breathing-exercises-to-relax-in-10-minutes-or-less/ ) that can bring about relaxation. Turning up your favorite music can also help turn down the anxiety. When sitting in the waiting room, pop in your earphones and listen to calming music or even music that you love. There are also dental offices that have TV monitors in the exam rooms. This is also a great way to take your mind off of the fear and anxiety and to tune into a great show.

 

There are medications that allow patients to relax. Dentists recommend nitration oxide, anti-anxiety medicine or sedation for patients who can become extremely nervous during an appointment. If you believe that medication can help cope with a dental visit, find a dentist that can cater to your needs.

 

Here at the Wellesley Dental Group, we need to make our patients feel as comfortable as possible. If you have any more questions, 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 questionsContact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com

 

References:

http://psychcentral.com/library/phobia_dentist.htm

http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/dental-fear-our-readers-suggest-coping-techniques-20100825327

http://healthland.time.com/2012/10/08/6-breathing-exercises-to-relax-in-10-minutes-or-less/

READ MORE HERE!!!

http://wellesleydentalgroup.com/blog/?p=1981

http://wellesleydentalgroup.com/blog/?p=600

Healthy Lifestyle = Good Oral Health!

July 9th, 2013

A study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the German Institute of Human Nutrition reported that adult men and women who never smoked, kept a healthy diet, maintained physical activity, and had a body mass index (BMI) under 30 were 78% less likely to develop chronic conditions, including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and stroke. Those who stuck it out with only one of these four healthy lifestyle factors lowered their chronic disease risk by almost 50%, and risk levels decreased as individuals adapted more of these healthy behaviors.

So how does this connect to dentistry and oral health? Well, when looking these healthy factors from the flip side, poor eating habits, tobacco use, and excess body weight have strong correlations with oral health, especially periodontal disease, along with other health conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.

The participants in the study ranged from ages 35-65 and at the start of the study, each individual’s weight and height were measured. Participant’s health history, physical activity and eating habits were also recorded. They were tracked for almost 8 years and their health was tracked throughout that time. Out of the participants that actively exhibited all four healthy behaviors, they had a 93% reduced risk for diabetes, 81% reduced risk for heart disease, 50% reduced risk for stroke, and 36% reduced risk for cancer.

Dentists continue to back up the importance of eating healthy, getting enough physical activity, and limiting tobacco use. Dental research continues to document oral health benefits that come with tobacco cessation, leading a healthy diet, and maintaining a healthy weight. Dentists continue to push for less frequent exposure to soft drinks and beverages with a high sugar content, which can lead to both tooth decay and an unhealthy increase in body mass index.

Remember: monitoring what you eat not only benefits your oral health but also benefit your overall body. Continue to be mindful of how much you exercise and what you decide to put in your mouth. Your teeth and your entire body 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.

References:

http://www.ada.org/3127.aspx
http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1108507

Things To Do On July 4th!

June 28th, 2013

I bet everyone is so excited with July 4th right around the corner. Now that the Summer is here I know everyone has vacations, desserts, beaches, and other fun things on their mind.  If not, trust me, we will find plenty of things for you to enjoy whether it may be a cozy evening indoors or an active day outdoors. Here are a list of things to do in the following areas:

LOCAL:

NEEDHAM - The Fireworks have been promised to be better than ever and our Grand Parade will feature special guests and new musical groups.   The Fireworks will be at Memorial Park on Wednesday evening, July 3rd.   The evening will begin with food, ponyrides, face painting and other family entertainment followed byFireworks.  The Grand Parade will start at 9 am on Thursday, July 4th.   After the Parade on Thursday there will be more food, a flea market, an old fashioned baseball game, children’s games and much more!

NEWTON - At Newton Centre Playground at Tyler Terrace
For children 3 – 12 (Cancelled in the event of rain) from 10 AM – Noon Enjoy the following:Grande Pet Parade, Teddy Bear Parade, Decorated Doll Carriage Promenade, and Foot Races. At the Russell J. Halloran Field & Sports Complex from 1 pm- 9 pm enjoy OPEN AIR MARKET & AMUSEMENT RIDES: Handmade and International Crafts, Food Vendors, Children's Activities, Amusement Rides. There will also be live entertainment at the Gazebo!

12:00 pm Maestro Muscians, String Quartet
2:00 pm The Kapps - Classic Rock & Roll
3:00 pm The Circuit Theatre Company
4:30 pm Kevin McNamara - Troubador

Lastly, don't forget a Spectacular display of Fireworks at 9 pm!!!

WALTHAM - At Leary Field from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. They will have pony rides, music, food and drinks. Profile will perform at 5:30 p.m. with fireworks starting at 9:30 p.m!!!

 

GREATER BOSTON

Boston Harborfest – June 28-July 4: Festival includes more than 220 events: walking tours, concerts, Revolutionary-era historical reenactments, the famous Chowdafest, visits from U.S. and foreign naval ships; harbor cruises; State House tours; guided walking tours of the North End, Boston’s underground and the Harbor Islands; treasure hunt; tour of Coast Guard ships; whale watch and dinner cruises; chowder fest; USS Constitution Turnaround Cruise; Boston Pops concert and fireworks. Check out the MBTA’s special schedules during Harborfest.

Boston Harborfest Children’s Day – Boston June 29: Kids can join organizations like The USS Constitution Museum, Historic New England and the New England Aquarium to learn something new and exciting about Boston and its history; with a live juggling act, children’s musical performers, balloon presentations, live dancers, and more. Location: City Hall Plaza.?10 a.m. – 3 p.m.? Cost: free.

Boston Chowderfest – Boston July 1:  As part of Boston’s Harborfest 2010, this day-long celebration of a New England favorite features all varieties of chowder from chefs and restaurants throughout New England. At City Hall Plaza.

Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular – July 4:  Free outdoor concert in the Hatch Shell aside the Charles River is a glittering, unforgettable Independence Day tradition. This Fourth of July musical celebration includes performances of patriotic favorites like “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” “America,” and “Stars and Stripes Forever”; thunderous rendition of Tchaikovsky”s “1812 Overture” followed by fireworks display over Charles River

Bicentennial of the War of 1812 – June 28-July 5:  Join the celebration of the USS Constitution, affectionately known as Old Ironsides, as she celebrates the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, 200 years of peace between the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, the creation of our national anthem, The Star Spangled Banner and her historic role in defending the country.?Highlights include:?*The Star Spangled Sail – USS Constitution Turnaround Cruise with sister ship the USCG Eagle and visiting navy and tall ships.?*21 Gun Salute?*Blue Angels Flyover and aerial demonstration?*USN Leap Frogs Jump?*All visiting ships will be open for public tours

Boston Navy Week – June 29-July 6: This is the sixth year in a row that Boston has been chosen to host a Navy Week celebration, which recognizes the Sailors who serve our country and the communities that support them. Through a series of events ranging from ship visits to Navy band musical performances and meet and greet events with local Sailors, the U.S. Navy will come together with the members of the greater Boston community to honor the history of the Navy and cultivate new connections between the city and the world’s greatest maritime fighting force. It will run in conjunction with the 29th annual Boston Harborfest.

Reading of the Declaration of Independence – Boston July 4: – Only once a year, Boston residents and visitors get to hear the famous speech read from the balcony as it was on July 18, 1776. Location: Old State House, State and Division Streets.?10 – 10:30 a.m.? Cost: free

Sky High Fourth of July Dinner – Boston July 4 – Celebrate the 4th of July 52 floors above the back bay at Top of the Hub, featuring an evening of cocktails, dinner, a simulcast of the Boston Pops concert, and an ideal vantage point from which to enjoy the holiday fireworks spectacular over the Charles River. Reservations are required.? Prudential Building, 800 Boylston Street ?7 p.m.? Reservations: 617-536-1775

Liberty Fleet of Tall Ships – Boston June 28 – July 4:  Lots of great tall ship events during Harborfest.

Black Bostonians of the Revolution – Boston: This is a guided walking tour about early African American leaders and the roots of the abolition movement in American. ?Location: tour starts at Sam Adams Statue, Faneuil Hall? 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Wrentham Village Premium Outlets – July 4th Summer Sale? Don’t miss the July 4th Summer Sale at Wrentham Village Premium Outlets®. Enjoy extra savings on top of already low outlet prices. Featuring 170 stores including Banana Republic Factory Store, Elie Tahari, Juicy Couture, Salvatore Ferragamo and many more. Visit the Sales & Events page for a sample of in-store promotions.

 

NORTH OF BOSTON & GREATER MERRIMACK VALLEY

Sudbury’s Annual Fourth of July Parade – Sudbury July 4: All are welcome to come and watch one of the area’s best parades! (With a zip code like 1776, Sudbury’s patriotic spirit is one to be reckoned with…) The parade forms on Union Avenue between Station Road and Codjer Lane. Step off time is 1 p.m.

Acton Celebrates Independence Day – Acton July 4:  Celebrate Independence Day at NARA Park in Acton, MA. The day starts off with family fun activities from 3-7 PM, followed by a free concert featuring the Rolling Stones Tribute Band, The Blushing Brides at 7:30 PM and fireworks at 9:30 PM. Food vendors will be onsite. No alcoholic beverages permitted. Free Admission – some activities may have a small fee.

Picnic in the Park – Concord July 4: A program of favorite patriotic tunes by this 50-year-old concert band. Location: Emerson Field, Stow Street. The concert will be in the Concord Armory if it rains. Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., with band performance at 3 p.m.

Pepperell Fourth of July – Pepperell July 7: Parade at 12:30 p.m.; Rockin Rib Fest at the Community Center fields; fireworks at dusk. Location: Parade starts at Pepperell Town Hall, travels on Main Street East around the rotary, follows Hollis Street North past town field, turns left onto and marching up Tucker Avenue, and ends at the large parking lot between Nissitissit Middle School and the field where the fireworks are displayed.

Salisbury Beach 4th of July – Salisbury July 4:  Enjoy the sea and surf, ice cream and cotton candy, beach pizza and fried dough, arcades and more. Dine over the ocean, listen to reggae on a giant oceanfront deck. Get your palm read. Play games on the Broadway Mall. Visit the Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation’s Sea Life Discovery Center where you can come face-to-face with marine creatures at their new touch tank! Or take a surf lesson with Zapstix at their second, new oceanfront location. There’s something for everyone at Salisbury Beach!

Rockport Independence Day Celebration – July 3-4: Rockport Firemen’s Parade at 6 p.m., followed by a Legion Band Concert and bonfire on Back Beach at about 8:30 p.m

Gloucester Independence Day Horribles Parade and Fireworks – July 4 – ?Gloucester Horribles Parade begins at 6 p.m. and circles through downtown Gloucester. Fireworks begin at 10 p.m. Favorite viewing locations: Stacy Boulevard, Stage Fort Park, Western Avenue.

Danvers Family Festival – Danvers June 3 – July 4:  Festivities leading up to the Danvers Fireworks on July 4 start about a month prior with themed nights, concerts, games and festivals. The Fireworks Festival itself takes place at Plains Park from 4 – 9 pm. The main stage hosts musical performances while various concession stands sell delicious food. The Just for Fun areas features games and rides for kids. Throughout the early evening there is a stunt plane show, along with parachuting and a military fly over. The famed fireworks show begins at 9:30 pm.

Beverly Farms Independence Day Celebration – Beverly Farms July 4: The featured events are the always unique morning Horribles Parade and a spectacular evening shoreline illumination and aerial fireworks display held at West Beach. Rounding out the holiday events, the Committee also sponsors the House Decorating Contest, the Family & Friends Cookout, the youngsters Scavenger Hunt, the post Parade “Old Timers” adult softball game at Dix Park, races and games at West Beach on the afternoon of the 4th, and musical entertainment at the Beach leading up to the fireworks.

Marblehead Fireworks & Harbor Illumination – Marblehead – July 4 – Monday, July 4th, 2011 approximately 9:00 p.m. The Harbor Illumination will begin at 8:45 p.m. and immediately following we will LIGHT THE FUSE ON THIS YEAR’S EDITION OF FIREWORKS FOREVER!

Harvard Town Fireworks at Fruitlands – Fruitlands Museum, Harvard July 3: The pastoral site of Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, Massachusetts will be home to an all-American Independence Day celebration on Friday, July 1st with bands, food, and fireworks. Music is slated to start at 5 P.M. Hot dogs, hamburger, and drinks will be available for purchase; local Girl Scouts will be on hand selling desserts. Visitors are also allowed to bring picnics to the event.

PARADES

Fireman’s Parade, Rockport, July 4, 6 pm.  Independence Day Parade, Manchester, July 4, 12 noon.  Highlands Horribles Parade, Danvers, July 4, 9 am. Back Bay Parade, Danvers, July 4, 11 am.

 

SOUTH OF BOSTON

Plymouth’s Fourth of July Festivities – July 4 – Always a great time to be in America’s Home Town! Parade route begins at Cordage Park Marketplace on Court Street in North Plymouth and winds its way down Court Street through downtown Plymouth and Main Street, continuing onto Main St. Ext and, turning left onto Water Street to the reviewing stand next to the Plymouth Rock. The Legion Bud Band starts at 7pm and ends just before the fireworks begin, with the playing of the 1812 Overture (508)747-7174

New Bedford Summerfest – July 6-8 – New Bedford’s annual old-fashioned, family oriented international folk music/arts festival. This fine summertime event is hosted by the City of New Bedford and The Standard-Times held throughout New Bedford’s beautiful National Park. Featuring an array of super musical performers, artisan’s marketplace, juried crafts, international bazaar showcasing a diverse selection of imported goods, variety of delectable food vendors, whale boat races and harbor tours.

138th Brockton Fair – June 28-July 8 Lively and exciting entertainment for all ages! In addition to the always-thrilling midway full of rides, other featured entertainment includes a surprise-filled magic show, exciting demolition derby, horse racing, amateur boxing, figure 8 racing, stock car football, big bear show, magician, petting zoo, puppet shows, livestock shows and spectacular fireworks displays!

Hingham Celebrates the 4th – June 30-July 7,  June 30: Fireworks over Hingham Harbor, July 4: Hingham Road Race & 4th of July Parade. July 7: Vintage Baseball Game  (781)749-1312

38th Braintree Independence Celebration

 

For more go to http://www.massvacation.com/explore/holidays/4th-of-july/http://www.july4th.org/

 

 

 

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