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Do You Have a Gap Between Your Teeth?

May 26th, 2016

Taylor Swift might like the gap between your teeth, but your orthodontist might think differently. A gap between teeth, most commonly between the two upper front teeth, is called a diastema. Extra spaces between teeth or crowding of teeth can be caused by one of these problems:

  • a difference in jaw bone size or teeth size
  • teeth that are too big or small for the jaw
  • some teeth are missing or undersized (especially with the upper lateral incisors)
  • habits such as thumb sucking, incorrect swallowing reflexes, tongue thrusting
  • periodontal disease

A diastema doesn't seem like the worst, but spaces can become larger if tongue habits are not corrected or if periodontal disease is not treated. Pain might occur during eating, and teeth could become even more loose. The gaps can last a lifetime. To decrease your chances of getting a diastema, make sure to brush and floss regularly and correct your tongue habits.

There are many options for treating a diastema. You can choose to:

  • get orthodontic treatment (braces) to close the gap
  • use thin pieces of porcelain (porcelain veneers) that are bounded to the outside of the teeth
  • dental implants or dentures
  • crown and bridge work

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/cosmetic-dentistry/early-orthodontics/article/diastema-gap-between-teeth

http://www.colgateprofessional.com/patient-education/articles/diastemas-and-treatment-options

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Teens Afraid to Smile with Braces?

February 22nd, 2015

 

Do you remember your years as a teenager? From homecoming to sweet sixteen parties to prom, and the beloved senior pictures,  these are the memories that seem to last forever! Maintaining an image can be very important for teens, which includes having straight teeth. Yet, a surprising 54% of teens believe metal braces would make them more self-conscious, and 50% would smile less often, According to a research survey conducted by Kelton Global.  The American Association of Orthodontists reported that more than half of the approximated two million orthodontic cases in the United States are teenagers, ranging in age from 12 to 17. The good news is that your teenager has options! An alternative to conventional braces is Invisalign, which is clear, removable, and customized for each individual. Having straight teeth it not only important for beauty reasons, but also for maintaining a healthy mouth. 

When worn properly, Invisalign is just as effective as conventional braces. It can fix several dental problems, including crooked teeth, protruding teeth, gapped teeth, overly crowded teeth, and bite issues. The aligners are smooth and comfortable. Not to mention, if there's got a special event coming up, like prom,  your teen can easily remove and put them back in after the occasion. Yet, they're hardly noticeable when on anyway!

With regular braces, your teen may experience some pain, discomfort, difficulty eating, or mouth sores due to the brace wires. They may also have to sacrifice eating hard foods, including apples, corn on the cob, and hard breads.

One of the great things about Invisalign is that it doesn't dramatically affect one's everyday life. They should be worn the recommended 20 to 22 hours a day, and each set of aligners is typically worn for two weeks depending on the treatment plan. No worries, it all requires little effort!

With Invisalign, there will be no food getting stuck in-between wires and brackets. When it's time to eat, simply remove the aligners and then brush and floss normally before putting them back on.  This lets them avoid the time-consuming act of trying to floss and brush in between the brackets and wires on conventional braces. A challenge with regular braces is removing this trapped food, which has a greater chance of leading to plaque buildup and tooth decay. Invisalign allows for normal brushing and flossing that helps with better dental hygiene. At bedtime, they just need to clean their aligners and do their regular nighttime oral health habits. Also, Invisalign requires fewer trips into the office than with regular  braces. The best part, especially for teenagers, is that most people won't even know they are straightening their teeth.

Sports can also be an essential part of your teens life. Particularly contact sports can be hard with the sharp brackets on metal braces. Whether it's basketball, football, or volleyball, Invisalign won't give them troubles. Invisalign allows for them to wear a mouthguard comfortably and avoid scraping their mouth while actively doing what they love!

However, there can also be small sacrifices when choosing Invisalign over conventional braces. They may need to kiss lipstick goodbye as well as coffee and other teeth staining drinks, to avoid tenting the aligners.

No matter what your age is, Invisalign as a teeth straightening alternative may be best for your lifestyle and even confidence!

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.invisalign.com

http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/ColgateNewandNow/Personal/2014/June/article/SW-281474979302949.cvsp

http://news.health.com/2015/02/13/11-things-i-wish-id-known-before-i-got-invisalign/

http://majeronibraces.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/invisalign_teen1.jpg 

February Vacation Week is Back in Action!

February 18th, 2015

Is your child eager to get out of the house this break? No need to worry, February vacation week is finally here! It began on February 16th and will continue until the 20th.  Which means, kids and adults alike can enjoy fun activities happening all week.

Explore Boston's myriads of museums and theatres! Boston's museums are hosting special activities this week.  The Boston Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) has free drop-in activities, including arts and crafts, gallery tours, performances, and other family fun.  Kids also get free admission.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum's 

Feb. 19-20 http://www.gardnermuseum.org, Boston, 617-566-1401

Are your kids enchanted by the music, literature, and arts of Asia? Then they will love the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum's "Journeys East" themed week, which encompasses it all!  They can also craft their own accordion books, rock gardens, and Nelson Mandela-inspired buttons.  And to top it off, two musicians from the New England Conservatory of music, Jonas Kublickas and DoYeon Kim, will deliver a duet while playing the guitar and the gayageum.

Museum of Science

February 15 – 28, Member Price 5$, http://www.mos.org, Boston, 617-723-2500

The fun and the learning both continue at the Museum of Science.  A new IMAX film, Humpback Whales, will be playing in the Mugar Omni Theatre on a five-story-tall dome IMAX screen!  In this film, you’ll watch whales frolicking in Alaska, Hawaii, and the Kingdom of Tonga. It is also National Engineers Week (February 15 – 28), where an array of additional hands-on engineering-themed programs will be going on throughout the museum.

MIT Museum

Feb. 16-21Workshops $5, mit.edu/museums, Cambridge, 617-253-5927

Engineering-oriented children will enjoy the MIT Museum. During “Feb Fest: Light, Cameras, Science!” MIT will be hosting tons of engineering-themed crafts and activities.

Boston Children Museum 

Feb. 15-22, Admission $14 ,http://www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org, Boston, 617-426-6500

The Boston Children Museum is hosting many activities this week, including boxy crafts based on the children's book "Not a Box."

Boston Children's Theatre

Feb. 18-22, http://bostonchildrenstheatre.org, Boston, 617-424-6634

Boston Children's Theatre is another fun destination your child can enjoy.  The cast will be performing Pinkalicious, a play about a little girl who enjoys so many pink cupcakes that she turns pink!

Brattle Theatre 

Feb. 14-21, 8$ Tickets, http://www.brattlefilm.org, Cambridge, 617-876-6838

Last but not least, the Brattle Theatre will be celebrating its twentieth annual Bugs Bunny film festival.  Now showing the All Bugs Revue, Daffy Duck and Friends, and the Looney Toons Revue.

 

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.

Resources:

http://www.bostonmagazine.com/arts-entertainment/blog/2015/02/10/presidents-day-school-vacation-week-events-boston-2015/ 

http://www.gardnermuseum.org/calendar/event_series/school_vacation_week_activities

http://www.mfa.org/programs/special-event/cogan-family-foundation-vacation-week-adventures

http://www.mos.org/imax

http://web.mit.edu/museum/programs/feb-fest.html

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Happy World Smile Day from the Smile Ambassadors!

October 2nd, 2014

world smile day

Today is a special holiday - celebration of positivity and friendly connection that smiles create! Your smile says a lot about you: it can be the basis of a first impression, it reflects both your personality and confidence and leaves a long-lasting impact on others. Smiling is the most efficient way to communicate friendliness, trustworthiness, desire to connect and offer emotional support.

Multiple studies have been done that support the health benefits of smiling or even seeing a smile on somebody's face. For instance, in a study where participants were flashed a smile, even though it was shown too quickly for them to even realize they had come across it, they started to perceive things around them more positively. Marianne LaFrance, a psychology professor at Yale, concluded that if we see a happy face for just 4 milliseconds,  that’s long enough to bring out a mini emotional high.

A smile activates the release of dopamine, endorphins and serotonin that all work to reduce stress. Endorphins are known to act as a natural pain reliever and serotonin acts as an anti-depressant/mood lifter as well. Many pharmaceuticals have done extensive research on synthesizing a drug that will influence levels of serotonin, but a smile is the natural way to go, without the negative side effects and the necessary prescription from the doctor.

It is our mission to help you obtain and maintain a healthy, beautiful smile that reflects who you are. Your smile should be one of your biggest assets, and we’re here to help make sure it is! If there is something you would like to improve about your smile, we can offer you a professional smile makeover! It's like makeovers they offer on TV, only this one will last you for life!

Check out Wellesley Dental Group blog for tips on:

How to Maintain a Beautiful Healthy Smile,
Getting a Better Bite Painlessly,
Whiter Smile for a Woman On-the-go,
5 Easy Ways to Bring Your A-Game to Oral Care
Brighten Your Smile For The Holidays.

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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.

Children Skipping Breakfast Are at a Higher Risk of Cavities

February 3rd, 2014

smiling girl

The late morning rush to school many families experience and/or lack of food due to insufficient funds that often results in children not eating breakfast is detrimental to their oral health. When children, particularly preschoolers, miss out on breakfast their chances of having tooth decay rises, according to a study in a journal issue in Journal of the American Dental Association conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study focused on the association between healthy eating habits, including eating breakfast and having healthy balanced meals, as well as cavities in the primary teeth of more than 4,000 preschoolers among the age of two to five years old.

Researchers who conducted the study determined that children in this age group who skip breakfast are about four times more likely to develop cavities.  Also, children who do not eat the recommended five servings of fruits and vegetables per day are three times as likely to get cavities.

Young children will have a reduced risk of getting cavities if healthy eating practices are established. Emphasizing the importance of eating breakfast daily will not only promote oral health, but also reduce tooth decay in children.

It is also important to be careful about the foods you choose to consume for breakfast. There are many beneficial snacks and breakfast foods that can help stimulate a healthy atmosphere in your mouth. Healthy teeth are a result of consuming healthy foods and drinks such as milk, green tea, yogurt, raisins, cheese, and crunchy fruits and vegetables. Also, drinks with calcium not only strengthen bones, but also ensure healthy teeth.

Drs. Ali & Ali and their team at Wellesley Dental Group will be more than happy to answer your questions, thoughts, or concerns about oral health or the significance of a healthy breakfast. Feel free to contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com.

References:

http://www.webmd.com/parenting/news/20040116/eating-breakfast-may-prevent-cavities

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2004/01/040115080612.htm

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/01/11/food-for-teeth_n_1200301.html

Maternal Smoking Can Cause Cleft-Lip in Babies

January 29th, 2014

pregnant womanIn the United States alone, there is a 1/750 chance that a baby is born with isolated, also called non-syndromic, cleft lip and/or palate. While this condition can be corrected through various surgeries, families of the child with this condition can be inundated both emotionally and economically. Throughout the world, there are about 12 million women each year who smoke through pregnancies. About one in every 600 U.S. babies is born with a cleft lip and/or palate. The American Journal of Human Genetics published results from a study done at the University of Iowa demonstrating that if a pregnant woman smokes 16 cigarettes or more per day, the chances of her GSTT1-lacking fetus developing a cleft increase 20 fold.

Researchers at the University of Iowa have found through an international study that some babies are predisposed to cleft lip and/or palate because of their inability to detoxify and process cigarette smoke. The study showed that the fetuses lacking both copies of a gene used to thwart the smoke and have mothers who smoked during pregnancy had a greater risk of developing cleft lip. These scientists have compiled a last of 16 genes that are directly related in cigarette smoke toxicity and determined whether variations of these genes would influence a baby’s ability to remove the toxins. The researchers found that the GSTT1 gene made a significant contribution to clefting; this gene is responsible for 20 different enzymes in the body, specifically essential for common detoxification processes. The study also found that 60 percent of babies with Asian ancestry and 25 percent of babies of European ancestry do not possess copies of the gene called GSTT1. Without this gene, the baby is unable to eliminate the toxins from the smoke that has been spread across the placenta.

During any stage of life, it is always important to make healthy choices. A poor health decision is not always specific to one location in the body, but can very well affect many different areas of the body. 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 questions!

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

Ref: http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/ADA/2007/article/ADA-03-Mom-Smoking-Cleft-Lip.cvsp

http://www.nih.gov/news/pr/jan2007/nidcr-03.htm

The Dangers of Food Coloring

January 27th, 2014

Soda bubblesNot only do sodas contain excessive amounts of sugar and high levels of acidity, but also carcinogens!

A chemical present in many sodas of golden-brown color may be dangerous to your health. "Caramel coloring" or 4-methylimidazole may cause cancer, says he World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer.

The state of California supports that opinion and limits manufacturers to 29 micrograms of exposure for the average consumer per day. The products that exceed that limit have to have a warning label that reads: "WARNING: This product contains a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer."

Unfortunatelly, a lot of companies do not strickly abide by this standard and add the warning, including Pepsi ("Pepsi One") or Goya ("Malta").

The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) doesn't set federal limits on 4-Mel in food, which means that in some cases consumers outside California end up drinking a drink with a higher concentration of the chemical. For instance, Pepsi One purchased by the Consumer Reports group in New York contained 4 times as much 4-Mel as the same drink bought in Califonia same month.

Consumers interested in more information on 4-Mel can check out the FDA's FAQ page.

Ref.: http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/23/health/consumer-reports-soda-caramel-coloring/

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Chewing May Prevent Memory Loss

January 23rd, 2014

older lady teethAccording to research, chewing stimulates the mind and can lower the stress levels. Just remember to opt for the sugar-free gym!

When new memories are received, they are stored in an area associated with learning, known as the hippocampus. As individuals grow older, it is more likely that some will begin to experiences deterioration of hippocampal cells, leading to a loss of cognitive functions, including memory, problem solving and decision-making. Research shows that there is a connection between lack of teeth and loss of cognitive function, leading to a higher risk of memory loss.

Japanese researchers led by Gifu University School of Medicine’s Dr. Minuro Onozuka have genetically manipulated laboratory mice to age prematurely. When this occurred, mice shows signs of aging, including cataracts, hair loss and failing memory. Scientists then had the molar teeth extracted from the mice to keep them from chewing; these mice were placed in a water maze in order to locate a hidden platform. While young mice were able recall the specified location in a water maze, old mice that had their molars taken out were unable to find the location, and constantly went in the wrong direction. The scientists then examined the hippocampus of the old mice and found that cells within the hippocampus, known as glia, had worsened more than usual.

Dr. Onozuka was able to show that chew seems to stimulate the mind, increasing hippocampal signals during activity. The action of chewing actually sends a signal to the hippocampus, which ends up lessening the stress hormone levels in the blood. When older people chew less, their stress levels tend to rise, which can lead to a decline in short-term memory. While research has found a correlation between teeth and memory, it does not mean that they are linked, having a causal effect. However, scientists recommend that individuals chew often, releasing the build up of stress and optimizing the activity of hippocampal signals.

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 questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation.

References:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/670612.stm

Is a Dental Visit Every 6 Months Still the Standard?

January 16th, 2014

Dental Check UpDentists have long been asking patients to come in for a checkup every six months, setting this as the golden standard. However, new studies show that those who have high risk factors of developing periodontal disease may need to schedule preventive visits more often.

The Journal of Dental Research looked at insurance claims data for 5,117 adults mainly located in Michigan, and compared tooth extractions to the patient’s history of one or two dental visits, also with respect to his or her risk of periodontal disease. High-risk patients have a history of smoking and diabetes, or variations in the interleukin-1 gene, which research has shown to be a link to periodontal disease in Caucasians. Subjects that were characterized as low-risk patients did not have any of these risk factors. It was found that there was no significant difference in tooth loss between low-risk patients that either went in for a checkup once or twice a year. However, among the high-risk subjects, 17% of patients who followed the suggested biannual dental visits still had tooth extractions, while 22% of high-risk patients who went in once a year had their tooth extracted.

Doctors now believe that it is important for high-risk patients to make more frequent visits; the published findings suggest that the number of dental visits should be customized, fitting individual’s needs. However, doctors stress that these results do not indicate that patients don’t need to see dentists at all; they just need to be aware of their susceptibility to periodontal disease and go in for checkups accordingly. Low-risk individuals should still come in for checkups regularly to make sure good oral health is maintained. If you have any concerns, Drs. Ali & Ali and their team at Wellesley Dental Group will be very happy to answer your questions. Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com!

References:

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/06/10/rethinking-the-twice-yearly-dentist-visit/?ref=health

http://www.iuasda.org/2013/06/12/new-study-claims-little-evidence-supports-twice-yearly-dental-visits-for-preventive-care/

INVISALIGN® Special Event

January 15th, 2014

smile-familyLEARN HOW INVISALIGN CAN WORK FOR YOU

Thursday, January 23rd
3 - 6 pm

Drs. Ali & Ali will be providing FREE consultations to answer your questions about Invisalign treatment, the clear way to straighten teeth. If you have wondered if Invisalign is right for you, make an appointment for this special event.

Down payment matching with dollar value up to $500
Complimentary teeth whitening - a $550 value
Financing options available

Space is limited to the first 10 appointments.

If you would like to schedule or have any questions please don't hesitate to call
(781)237-9071 or email smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com

Read more about Invisalign here!

Cutting Back on Chewing Gum May Mean Less Headaches!

January 9th, 2014

headacheWhether it’s fighting bad breath, quenching a dry mouth, or even just for some good bubble popping, making a grab for a stick of gum has become almost an afterthought.

However, recent research indicates that chewing gum may actually be the culprit behind headaches. Dr. Nathan Watemberg of Tel Aviv University’s research demonstrated that teenagers and even younger children who regularly chew gum ended up with reoccurring headaches. 

When patients are treated for migraines and tension headaches, there is usually additional testing or medication prescribed to determine the cause of pain. Dr. Watemberg stated that out of the 30 patients that decided to stop gum chewing, 26 found a significant improvement and 19 of them had found that their headache had left completely. Dr. Watemberg then took a step further and asked twenty of his patients to go back to gum chewing, and within a couple days, all of them reported that the pain had come back.

Headaches have been known to be a common and reoccurring problem throughout childhood, especially in teenage girls. Past research have shown that these headaches can be set off by a range of stressors, including lack of sleep, tiredness, missed meals, noise, and menstruation, and even video games! But little research has put gum chewing in the spotlight.

Previous studies that have linked gum chewing to headaches offer various explanations; however, Dr. Watemberg believes that the amount of chewing can cause significant stress on the temporomandibular joint, TMJ, which is the area where the jaw meets the skull. Many people tend to continue to chew their gum even after the taste is gone, which then continues to put stress on the TMJ. Dr. Watemberg believes if children and teenagers should consider limiting the amount of gum they chew, they will be drastically less susceptible to the headaches that plague their age group.

Whether you are in your adolescent years are well past your teenage years, it’s still important to consider the stress that is placed daily on the TMJ. When it’s up to the third stick of gum for the day, think of your TMJ and maybe it’ll save you from that reoccurring migraine! 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://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131219130937.htm
http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/temporomandibular-disorders
http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/12/how-chewing-gum-can-cause-headaches/282569/

Wellesley Townsman 10: Femina and Ejaz Ali

January 6th, 2014

Drs.Ejaz and Femina AliEach year the readers of Wellesley Townsman Newspaper recognize the achievements and, most importantly, community involvement of Wellesley-connected individuals or groups who they believe have had a significant impact on the town or the larger world, especially over the last 12 months.

Their choices, plus staff nominations, become the pool from which the Townsman 10 are chosen. The Townsman 10 are not necessarily well-known; they may be making quiet contributions that we feel deserve the spotlight. They need not be the most popular folks in town — this is not a popularity contest. The one thing they do share is that they are somehow making a difference, whether behind the scenes or center stage.

Wellesley Townsman Newspaper

Why they were nominated: Femina and Ejaz Ali recognize the importance of giving back, and can make going to the dentist a tolerable—if not pleasurable—experience, according to Joanna Bandte. 

I immediately fell in love with their engaging personalities, wonderful staff, and the mission that drives their practice when I saw them turn my children's nervousness about seeing a dentist into excitedness," Bandte said in nominating the pair for the Townsman 10. "They treat everyone who walks through their door like family, and I believe that comes from their connectedness and commitment to the Wellesley community."

"I've watched first hand as Drs. Ali and Ali have extended their generosity and passion for community service to Wellesley and beyond. I am especially appreciative of this, because living in an affluent town like Wellesley, it is hard to find opportunities to teach our children the importance of giving back. I am grateful that I need look no further than Wellesley Dental Group, where they've encouraged my children to drop off their gently used clothes, books, and toys at their office for Cradles to Crayons."

Wellesley Dental Group’s 2013 candy drive netted over 7,000 pounds of leftover Halloween candy that was sent to troops overseas as a sweet way to show their appreciation for the armed forces’ efforts. For the elementary schools that donated the most candy, the Alis awarded a total of $850.

"Wellesley Dental Group, whose philanthropic mission is at the heart of their practice, has set a terrific example for others to follow."

- Published in the Jan. 2 issue of The Wellesley Townsman Newspaper.

Read more: http://www.wickedlocal.com/wellesley/features/x920322020/Townsman-10-Femina-and-Ejaz-Ali#ixzz2pdPY70dr 

How Can You Help Prevent Cavities?

December 18th, 2013

shutterstock_31383964Prevent Cavities with Fluoride Varnish

Growing up, children start to develop a sweet tooth and begin to dig in to various desserts and candies. While sweets may leave kids happy, their teeth may be battling the development of cavities. A great way to slow down or help cavities from getting bigger is to give a child fluoride varnish. Fluoride varnish is a protective coating that can be painted on a child’s teeth to keep cavities from forming. If a child already has cavities, no fear! Fluoride varnish can be painted over teeth with cavities to prevent them from worsening. This varnish can be painted on a child’s teeth one or two times per year. Researchers have deemed ...the application of fluoride varnish to be safe and accepted. While this resin-based varnish adheres to teeth, fluoride is ingested over a period of time as the varnish slowly comes off. While a fluoride varnish can help maintain good oral health, it is not a ticket out of visiting a dentist to receive routine check ups. When this varnish is applied, the child’s teeth may look yellow in color and be a bit sticky to the touch on the first day. No worries; the color and the stickiness will eventually disappear. After a coat of fluoride varnish is applied, children can drink water at any time. However, children should only eat soft foods for their next meal and they should try to avoid sticky foods for the remainder of the day. These foods can include chewing gum, gummy bears, toffee, etc. A fluoride varnish also allows children to have a free pass on brushing their teeth for the day; this is the only time children should not brush or clean their teeth until the following day.

 

Don't forget, fluoride varnishes are also recommended for adults!  If you have any more questions, feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com

 

Also, check out this AGD fact sheet!

 

 

References:

 

http://www.health.gov.sk.ca/fluoride-varnish

http://www.astdd.org/docs/Sept2007FINALFlvarnishpaper.pdf

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12137653

http://www.ada.org/sections/newsAndEvents/pdfs/fluoridation_facts.pdf

2013 Holiday Party

December 16th, 2013

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Here at Wellesley Dental Group, we have built our team with a spirit of family and togetherness. Just this weekend, we joined together at the home of Drs. Ali and Ali and shared laughs, smiles and celebrations that come with the holidays. It is this warm sense of family that we have that we would like to share with you, our patients and our extended family. Through your support and trust, together, we have created the community that is Wellesley Dental Group!

We want to wish you all a very happy, warm, and beautiful Holiday Season!

 

From: The Caring Team at Wellesley Dental Group

 

Halloween Costume Party!

October 4th, 2013

FOR THE YOUNG AND  THE YOUNG AT HEART!

 



Everyone is invited! We look forward to seeing all of our last year's Pirates, witches, princesses, gypsies and more! We are so excited to see what costumes the kids will be wearing this year at our annual community Halloween Party. There will be plenty of snacks and crafts. Everyone will leave a winner! We are looking forward to a spooktacular time and wish everyone a safe, healthy, and happy Halloween.

Wednesday, October 30th,  4:00-6:00 p.m.

Wellesley Dental Group

5 Seaward Rd. Wellesley, MA 02481

R.S.V.P. smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com or (781)237-9071

Please join us at our Annual Halloween Party to kick off our 6th Annual Candy Drive! Come and go as you please. Games, prizes, food, and more!

Thank You Wellesley Mother's Forum!

September 24th, 2013

The caring team at Wellesley Dental Group had a fun Saturday morning at the Wellesley Town Hall Greens, next to the Wellesley Post Office . We were the guest of Wellesley Mother's Forum. Mother's Forum is a non-profit organization and a member-led social and support group for Wellesley women with young children. Members are required to live in Wellesley or surrounding towns and have at least one child (or be currently expecting). The majority of their members have children between the ages of birth to eight years old.

Serving as the Smile Ambassadors for Wellesley and the surrounding towns this was a perfect way to educate the young kids about brushing and flossing. Events like this help motivate and encourage young children and their parents about being proactive for their dental health. While Dr. Femina Ali was helping demonstrate on our famous mascot, Christopher,with a giant toothbrush Dr. Ejaz Ali was giving balloons as prizes. Everyone that stopped for brushing lessons also got an Oral Stages toothbrush.

The kids also loved having pictures taken with our wonderful Tooth Fairy. It was a successful event and we cannot thank Wellesley Mother's Forum enough for including us. We were so happy to see all of our young smile ambassadors and teach them about the importance of maintaining good oral health. Thank you Wellesley Mother's Forum for being so proactive in the community!

We want to acknowledge the help of our friend Joanna Bandte who brought smiles to tons of children by doing feather extensions in their hair. Thank you Joanna!

Also, we want to give a big thank you to the event directors Diane Conway & Meryl Glassman and also to the Co-Presidents Sabreena Kropp & Meghan Thompson. What a fun community event, we can't wait for to participate again next year for the Fall Carnival! We are also looking forward to hosting our annual Candy Drive for the Wellesley Mother's Forum.
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Vacation week!

February 19th, 2013

It’s school vacation week! At WDG, we had an amazing President’s Day where we saw so many of our wonderful patients. We’re looking forward to seeing so many more this week. It really makes us happy when vacations come because it means that our busiest patients will have enough time to put their health first and come visit us for their much-needed care. This is especially true for our youngest patients who attend school.

 

Have you visited your dentist recently? Now might be a great time. It’s so important to prioritize your oral health, especially for children. Starting good oral health habits early on lead to a life of better oral and general health.

Besides visiting your dentist, here are some fun things you can do this vacation week!

1. Visit the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and check out their special learning opportunities with your child. Workshops are from 10 am – 4 pm.

2. It’s February Vacation week at the zoo! Visit the Franklin Park Zoo and experience the wonders of the animal kingdom and the jungle with your child. This week, the zoo is offering extra learning opportunities for young enthusiasts.

3. Even though it’s still chilly, if your child is outdoorsy, here are some great suggestions for family hikes from Mommy Poppins, like Walden Pond. It may be a good idea to call beforehand to make sure there are no weather-related issues.

4. Check out your local library for fun events, concerts, and movies! The Wellesley Free Library even has a Young Scientist event where they are bringing in owls!

5. Spend family time together. No matter what you do, having fun as a family is special! Get off the computer and connect with one another the old fashioned way. Cook, take walks, listen to music. It doesn't matter as long as you have each other.

Keep smiling and have a safe vacation!

Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group will be very happy to answer your questions and advise you on your oral health needs. Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com!

We love you, too!

February 15th, 2013

 

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We had such amazing Valentines with our wonderful WDG family! The very lucky Jobson family won the free whitening certificate while Andrew Harrison and Shana Hardgrave won a certificate 50% off their choice of whitening. We know it will make them smile.

Here are some of our favorite Valentines we received this year:

“Roses are red, violets are blue, who doesn’t love clean teeth? All of us do!” Kate F.

“We love <3 <3 <3 Drs. Ali, Emad, and Pradhan!” – The J. Family

“Wellesley Dental, where you never leave without a smile!” – Andrew H.

“Happy Valentine’s Day” Shana H.

“Thanks for helping to keep me smiling.” –Chris L.

“Thank you for all your kind care and help” – Tahera R.

“Wellesley Dental Group. Thanks for taking good care of my teeth!” - Trish L.

 

"I never had a dentist where I almost fall asleep during a treatment, known by name by every team member and are welcomed with the warmest smile. Your service is outstanding!" Miriam C.

“Happy Valentine’s Day! You are all wonderful!!” - Irene C.

“I love you WDG. We are the best team ever!”

“Wellesley Dental Group. Best wishes, thanks for everything” – Guido V.

“<3 Wellesley Dental for doing such a good job!”  - John Q.

“Thank you for giving me a great smile!” - Kate Y.

“Please make my smile brighter this Valentine’s Day! Thank you!!”

"OXOXOXOXO" Janet F.

Drs. Ejaz and Femina Ali and the Caring Team at WDG wants to let you all know, we love you too!


Keep your kids cavity free!

February 12th, 2013

Sure, they may have baby teeth that will fall out soon enough; however, prioritizing good oral health practices in your children early on is important. Building good habits in your kids will positively influence their overall health for years to come. So what can you do now to help your child’s future?

  • Make sure they brush twice a day every day and start flossing early on so they get into the habit now. Plaque, a bacterial film, builds up and in between the teeth, so consistent removal is important. If plaque is left to sit, it can cause decay and gum problems.
  • Make an appointment for your child’s first visit if you haven’t yet. It’s a good idea to make an appointment as soon as the child’s first tooth comes in or no later than their first birthday.
  • Set a good example by prioritizing your own oral health and remember, the way in which you talk about the dentist will affect your child’s expectations of their own dental visits. By staying positive and sharing good experiences with your child, you will keep your child at ease. Going to a dentist is a positive thing and it’s great when children look forward to it. Ask you dental office if you can bring your child beforehand for a show and tell! Help your dentist build a lasting relationship with your child.
  • Watch what your child eats. Sugars don’t come solely from candy and juices. In fact, a recent study discovered that the food that causes the most cavities isn't sweet at all, crackers. Most crackers are highly processed foods and are a feasting ground for bacteria, which deteriorates tooth enamel. A better option for your children are whole grains, unprocessed foods and be sure to stay away from sticky foods, which can get caught between teeth and within the groves of the tooth surface.

 

Oral hygiene is an integral part of the day, like eating breakfast. Help your child set him/herself apart from the alarming number of children who have tooth decay. In fact, according to the CDC, 25% of children between the ages of 2-5 have tooth decay. With better oral health practices from the start, this can change.

For more great health tips, please visit the ADA's website. If you want an in depth guide, go to this wonderful resource from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists that goes from pacifiers to fluoride treatments.

 

We love you, do you love us?

February 7th, 2013

It’s almost Valentine’s day – let your smile say “I Love You”. Share the love and say something sweet to WDG and be entered to win a drawing for a free whitening service. Tell your friends and family, anyone can enter!

 

Send WDG a valentine on our Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or email us a love note and you will be entered to win a free whitening (retail value up to $550). Two runners up will also be selected in a blind drawing to win 50% for a whitening.

Not feeling tech savvy? Stop by our office and fill out one of our cute Valentines with your contact information to enter.

The drawing will take place on February 14th. Kid's you can still enter and save your win as a present for Mother's or Father's Day! Must be 18 years of age and older to receive whitening treatment.

Our favorite love notes will be featured on our social media on Valentine's Day. Feeling shy? You can always send us a love note anonymously.

May cupid be on your side!

Early Orthodontic Treatment at Wellesley Dental Group

August 8th, 2012

Did you know that there is an prime time for a child to see an orthodontist? The American Association of Orthodontists suggests that the first orthodontic exam should be done at the first sign of orthodontic issues or no later than age 7. At this young age, orthodontic treatment may not be necessary, but a short examination can help pinpoint the most beneficial time to start treatment. This also helps achieve the best results with the smallest amont of time and money.

Even if a child is not ready for orthodontic treatment just yet, visiting an orthodontist is still beneficial. They will be able to watch the development of the teeth and set a time when treatment should begin.

Age 7 is the optimal age to first see an orthodontist because the first adult molars have come in. It allows the teeth to be completely evaluated at all angles for bite.

At Wellesley Dental Group, Dr. Emad Abdallah, our orthodontist, is happy to provide a free consultation to evaluate your orthodontic needs. Call us today at 781-237-9071 to schedule an appointment!

Benefits Of Invisalign

August 8th, 2012

We can all agree that straight teeth are aesthetically pleasing. However, did you know that there are health benefits as well? Having straight teeth helps you maintain overall good health. Invisalign is the clear, virtually undetectable way to straighten teeth without brackets and wires. Using this system is a great way to achieve optimum oral health without anyone knowing you're straightening your teeth.

One of the main benefits is healthier teeth and gums. A cause of inflamed, red gums can be crowded or widely spaced teeth. It can also be a sign of periodontal disease. When teeth are correctly aligned, the gums fit around the teeth more snugly. This is the best defense against developing gum problems. Invisalign can easily shift your teeth into alignment, giving you the ultimate dream smile!

Braces are often times hard to clean. Food gets stuck between the brackets and wires, and without proper removal, tooth decay can develop. Invisalign uses removable aligners that are taken out to eat, brush, and floss. No more trapped food!

Straight teeth will lead to great overall health, too. Untreated gum disease and tooth decay can lead to a multitude of problems in the future. Studies conducted by the American Dental Association show that oral infections can lead to the development of serious health problems such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.

If you've been thinking about straightening your teeth, now is the time! Wellesley Dental Group is having an Invisalign Special Event on September 27, 2012 from 3pm-6pm. Drs. Ali and Ali will provide free consultations to see if Invisalign is right for you. You will also receive a complimentary teeth whitening worth $550 with your scheduled treatment.

Also, part of the proceeds will be donated to the Wellesley Food Pantry, a wonderful organization committed to helping others. Space is limited so call today to schedule your appointment at 781-237-9071!

 

 

Outstanding Yelp Review

August 8th, 2012

We recently received the below review on Yelp. We are truly speechless and touched by our patient's kind words and comments. Thank you so very much!

08/07/12

"After a negative experience at another local dentist, I followed my friends' advice and took my then 2.5 year old twins to see Dr. Femina Ali at Wellesley Dental Group.  Immediately, she put my children's minds at ease--even conducting my daughter's dental exam in a waiting room chair when she was too nervous to sit in the big dental chair.  Dr Ali's patience and natural ability with children has had such a positive impact on my children that they actually LOOK FORWARD to their semi-annual cleanings and visits.
Once we saw firsthand their high level of service and dedication at the Pediatric level and realized that they work with adults as well, my husband and I switched for our own dental visits as well.  Now we all go as a family, which I feel sets an especially good example for my kids.  They see that we're making our dental care a priority, so they are as well. My husband and I have both needed fillings in the past five years, and Dr. Ejaz Ali is an absolute perfectionist (which we love)!  Using cutting edge technology, he makes a mold to not only fill the tooth, but to make it a seamless match that will last a lifetime and look like it was always part of the tooth.  He did such a great job that I opted to have my previous fillings taken out and replaced with his handiwork.  My teeth look great and my smile is brighter and healthier than ever!

In addition to Drs. Femina and Ejaz Ali, I also have to mention their staff.  They employ a team of people who are warm, engaging, and passionate about dental health.  In the office and representing the practice around town, they make everyone feel welcome and take a genuine interest in each patient.  They even help entertain our kids while we're having our teeth cleaned!

Over the years, we have used their Oral Surgeon Dr. Ghazi to extract numerous teeth from both children.  He has the gentlest touch and always took great care to make it quick, easy, and painless for my children.  My children have also seen Dr. Emad--their orthodontist--to have their teeth evaluated for future orthodonture needs.  As a busy working mom, I am so grateful to have these services offered in-house, so I don't have to go elsewhere.  It makes it so much easier for me, especially knowing their high standard of care.

All in all, we can't say enough about the Wellesley Dental Group.  They are what every dental practice should be.  After six years as patients and friends of the Wellesley Dental Group -- we wouldn't trust our teeth and smiles to anyone else!!" - Joanna

 

Invisalign Special Event to Benefit Wellesley Food Pantry

August 3rd, 2012

Drs. Ali and Ali and the Caring Team at Wellesley Dental Group are thrilled to announce an Invisalign special event on September 27th from 3-6 PM! The Drs. will be providing free consultations to answer your questions about Invisalign treatment, the clear way to straighten teeth.

If you have wondered if Invisalign is right for you, make an appointment for this event!

You will also receive a complimentary teeth whitening (valued at $550) with your scheduled treatment.

The best part of this event is that part of the proceeds will be donated directly to the Wellesley Food Pantry, an organization committed to helping local residents in need. Now that's something to smile about!

Space is limited so contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com.

Orthodontist at Wellesley Dental Group

May 14th, 2012

Did you know we have an orthodontist on our team? Dr. Emad Abdallah received his doctorate degree, certificate in Orthodontics and Masters of Science in Temporomandibular Joint disorders (TMJ) and Orofacial pain from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts.

The American Board of Orofacial Pain certified him as a Diplomate in 1996. Dr. Abdallah has been on staff at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine since 1995 and is currently an Assistant Professor. He has published extensively and continues to lecture nationally and internationally in both Orthodontics and Orofacial Pain.

Contact us at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to schedule an appointment with Dr. Abdallah today!

Food and braces

January 4th, 2011

Q:  Dr. Emad, what foods should I avoid when wearing orthodontia?

A: HARD FOODS may do damage by bending wires, loosening cement under the bands or breaking the little brackets and tubes which are attached.

STICKY AND/OR CHEWY FOODS damage braces by bending wires and pulling cement loose.

FOOD RICH IN SUGAR CONTENT should be avoided whenever possible. If you eat any of them, brush your teeth immediately. If it's not convenient to brush, always rinse your mouth with clear water after eating very sweet food such as cake or pie.

Don't Eat

1.     Popcorn, Nuts, Peanut Brittle.

2.     Ice (not even if you're careful).

3.     Lemons (pure lemon juice can hurt your tooth enamel).

4.     Corn-on-the-cob (cut it off the cob).

5.     Corn chips, crisp taco shells, corn nuts, sunflower seeds in the shell.

6.     Taffy, Caramels, Starburst, Now-N-Later

7.     Jolly Ranchers, fruit chews, beef jerky. etc.

8.     Bubble Gum - a thousand times NO!

9.     Pizza Crust (the hard outer edge)

Of course, if you have the Invisalign® system,  you're able to remove the aligners prior to eating. That's great news if you LOVE popcorn!

Brace yourself!

November 19th, 2010

Q: Dr. Abdallah, I have braces. How often do I have to brush my teeth?

A: Braces are considered "food traps."  Sticky foods are more difficult than other types when it comes to cleaning between braces.  The day braces are placed, patients are given brushing kits that contain most of the tools needed to maintain the health of teeth.  We recommend that teeth be cleaned at least 4-5 times a day.  A travel toothbrush should always be used when patients are away - this prevents plaque from forming around braces, which could eventually turn into decay.  White spots forming around braces are a result of not brushing properly.  

Dr. Abdallah is Wellesley Dental Group's new orthodontist. He'll be sharing some tips and tricks for maintaining healthy teeth before, during, and after orthodontic treatment. Good luck on your journey to a great smile!

Orthodontist joins WDG

May 27th, 2010

Drs. Ali & Ali are proud to announce Orthodontics to Wellesley Dental Group's range of services.  

Emad Abdallah, DMD, MS, brings his orthodontic expertise to further assist patients with traditional braces and alternative systems including Invisalign®.  Dr. Abdallah

Dr. Abdallah received his doctorate degree, certificate in Orthodontics and Masters of Science in Temporomandibular Joint disorders (TMJ) and Orofacial pain from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston Massachusetts.

The American Board of Orofacial Pain certified him as a Diplomate in 1996. Dr. Abdallah has been on staff at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine since 1995 and is currently an Assistant Professor. He has published extensively and continues to lecture nationally and internationally in both Orthodontics and Orofacial Pain.

Dr. Abdallah has been and continues to be active in a variety of organizations. He is a member in good standing in several professional organizations and has served in various capacities with these groups.

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