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National Immunization Awareness Month

August 10th, 2021

The month of August marks an important yearly campaign, National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) to increase knowledge about the importance of vaccinations for all individuals. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about many uncertainties and is an ongoing fight that we must all continue to battle together. As the virus continues to rapidly change, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urges everyone to maintain safety practices, including immunization. Immunizations help prevent the development of severe illness, hospitalizations, and even death.

In recent news, you may have heard about the Delta variant of COVID-19, which has contributed to a significant rise in reported cases around the world. New research is suggesting that the Delta variant is more contagious, even in vaccinated individuals. In addition, the Delta variant may cause greater severity of illness. As of now, the Delta variant is the most prevalent strain of the virus in the United States.

According to the CDC, fully vaccinated people with Delta variant can spread the virus to others individuals. But, fully vaccinated people appear to be infectious for less time than other variants. Unvaccinated people are of the greatest concern as they are more likely to catch and spread the virus, as well as experience greater symptoms from infection.

Please be sure to continually check the CDC website for updates regarding the pandemic. They have updated guidance for fully vaccinated people based on new evidence on the Delta variant.

Please review WDG's COVID-19 update when preparing to visit our office: https://www.wellesleydentalgroup.com/blog/2021/06/covid-19-update

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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. Bahar Houshman and Dr. Marisa Reason is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Reisman would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.

References:

https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/events/niam/index.html

https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/events/niam/graphics.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/variants/delta-variant.html

Dental Offices are not High Risk Places for COVID-19, Study Shows

July 16th, 2021

How to get patients back in the dental office amid the COVID-19 pandemic - CDA

There’s been a lot of uncertainty and apprehension throughout the pandemic due to the unpredictable COVID-19 virus. But, rest assured as the world works together we are getting closer and closer to defeating this virus. A new study conducted published in the Journal of Dental Research by researchers at Ohio State University revealed that the risk of catching SARS-CoV-2 infection, which can cause COVID-19, is low at the dentist's office. This helps dismiss the belief that patients, staff, and dental professionals are at high risk of contracting COVID-19.

Due to the fact that common dental procedures such as cleanings and restorations produce aerosols, many have feared that the dental clinical setting could be a risky place to contract SARS-CoV-2 from scattering saliva. During the start of the pandemic, many believed that saliva could be a significant route of transmission for the virus. This notion led researchers to investigate whether or not saliva is the main source of dental aerosols. They collected samples from staff, equipment, and several surfaces at a dental office during different dental procedures to determine what organisms were present and if saliva was the main source of the spatter. These dental procedures involved common aerosol producing equipment including high-speed drills and ultrasonic scalers. Through testing samples of saliva and water-based cleaning solutions that were used to rinse out patients mouths, they found that saliva was not the main source of the presence of any bacteria or viruses. Regardless of the procedure or the location where they collected the samples, the organisms from the water-based solutions contributed to approximately 78% of the organisms found in aerosols, whereas saliva only contributed to 0.1% to 1.2% of the microbes found. Thus, lead author and professor of periodontology at Ohio State University stated, "…It is the water from the ultrasonic equipment that's causing bacteria to be there. It's not saliva. So the risk of spreading infection is not high…However, we should not lose sight of the fact that this virus spreads through aerosol, and speaking, coughing or sneezing in the dental office can still carry a high risk of disease transmission." However, when low levels of the SARS-CoV-2 virus were found in the saliva of asymptomatic patients, they found no presence of SARS-CoV-2 in the aerosols created during their dental procedures. Purnima Kumar concluded, "Getting your teeth cleaned does not increase your risk for COVID-19 infection any more than drinking a glass of water from the dentist's office does…These findings should help us open up our practices, make ourselves feel safe about our environment and, for patients, get their oral and dental problems treated -- there is so much evidence emerging that if you have poor oral health, you are more susceptible to COVID."

Dental offices have always followed standard safety protocols, and since the beginning of the pandemic, offices have incorporated new equipment and protocols to strengthen protection against the spread of bacteria and viruses to ensure the safety of all individuals. Be sure to not put off visiting your dentist! Our team is equipped with all necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure an environment that is safe and healthy at all times. Staff will thoroughly clean all areas using disinfectants effective against COVID-19 and other infectious diseases. You can learn more about the increased safety and our latest equipment additions on our blog post: https://www.wellesleydentalgroup.com/blog/2020/05/whats-new-at-wdg-covid-19-safety-precautions

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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. Bahar Houshman and Dr. Marisa Reason is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Reisman would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.

References:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/05/210513084956.htm

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cda.org%2FHome%2FNews-and-Events%2FNewsroom%2FArticle-Details%2Fhow-to-get-patients-back-in-the-dental-office-amid-the-covid-19-pandemic&psig=AOvVaw0pW7lsl2JdCDsDk6Ug0xwo&ust=1626441167999000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAsQjRxqFwoTCOj9pfOT5fECFQAAAAAdAAAAABAD

Nervous about the Way Braces Look? Masks can Help!

May 19th, 2021

Looking for a smile that others can spot from across the room? Orthodontics can help you reinvent your smile, and now might be the best time to start treatment. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about many challenges and losses, and have required us to practice many safety precautions, including social distancing and wearing masks.

If you're concerned about the look of traditional metal braces, the chance of people seeing them now during the pandemic is much lower than before, as we've all had to hide our smiles for the time-being. With masks being worn in public and many professional and social gatherings being held virtually, you won't have to worry about people seeing your braces as frequently if that is a concern of yours. Virtual meetings with proper position of light and camera also make braces sometimes unrecognizable.

Most importantly, it is safe to visit the orthodontist, with offices using personal protective equipment, and maintaining standard safety and health protocols with additional COVID-19 guidelines and equipment to ensure everyone's safety.

Not sure whether you need braces? A dental professional can help determine or refer you to an orthodontist to help determine if you'd be a good candidate for orthodontics. Wellesley Dental Group's very own Dr. Marisa Reason is passionate about providing excellent orthodontic treatment, and is a wonderful leader in the field who will be happy to answer any questions you have.

Braces can be a great treatment option for both children and adults. They can not only transform your smile and straighten your teeth, but also they can improve your oral health. Plus, if esthetics of braces isn't a concern for you and you are looking to show them off, there's lots of colored rubber bands to choose from and you can customize your look to match your desires. In addition, there are other alternatives to traditional metal braces, including clear ceramic braces, removable clear braces with Invisalign, and in some cases. After a consultation with proper photographs, models of your teeth, and x-rays, your orthodontist will be able to help you decide which type of braces are the right fit for you.

If you decide on orthodontic treatment, it will be crucial as always to maintain good oral health from home. Brushing and flossing are important to keep your pearly whites lasting a lifetime.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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. Bahar Houshman and Dr. Marisa Reason is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Reisman would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.

References:

https://www.wellesleydentalgroup.com/orthodontics

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.news-medical.net%2Fnews%2F20201224%2FResearchers-find-correlation-between-consistent-mask-wearing-and-improved-well-being.aspx&psig=AOvVaw07YUFXSNRt33WnbTdZah-4&ust=1620071583245000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCOi60Y7jq_ACFQAAAAAdAAAAABAp

Spotlight: Women’s Health!

May 14th, 2021

woman sitting on floor exercisingJoin us in honoring the special observance, National Women’s Health Week (NWHW), which highlights the necessity of maintaining good health for all women. Organized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health (OWH), this awareness week begins on Mother's Day each year. Staying healthy is especially important throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and there are lot s of ways to safely stay physically active and healthy.Check out some tips to gain better health according to the OWH:

  • Be sure you are making regular check-ups with your physicians and dentists. Check-ups are necessary to ensure there is no disease or issues present. Taking preventative measures to stay healthy can help lower the risk of developing health issues or help identify issues early on when treatment is often more manageable.
  • If you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, be sure to be in contact with your health care professionals.
  • Staying physically active is important. The CDC recommends adults aged 18–65 years  should exercise for a minimum of 30 min on five days per week. Physical activity can lower the risk of developing several conditions, including heart disease, which is one of the leading causes of death for women.
  • Eat a healthy well-balanced diet, which plays a significant role in keeping your body healthy. Getting all of the right nutrients is essential to stay healthy. For instance, folic acid is particularly important for women who are pregnant. Also, consuming tooth-friendly foods, such as fruits and vegetables, and limiting the amount of high-sugar foods and drinks can help keep your body and pearly whites strong and healthy. Vitamin D and calcium intake are important in particular for strong bones and teeth. Avoid heavy alcohol consumption, and remember everything in  moderation is key.
  • Put your mental health at the forefront. Having a positive mental state has been shown to improve overall health. Stress, on the other hand, can take a toll on your body and has been linked to poorer health and well-being. Find healthy behaviors that make you happy to help manage stress. If you find that stress is getting in the way of your daily activities, it is important to seek professional help as soon as possible.
  • Make sure you are getting the appropriate amount of sleep each day. The CDC recommends adults rest for at least 7 hours per night. While children and adolescents should have 8-12 hours of sleep each night.
  • Avoid harmful behaviors such as smoking, which can have a significant negative impact on your overall health.

Making changes to better your health isn't always a walk in the park, but luckily there are a lot of tools and resources available to give you a jump start on achieving your goals. The OWH encourages everyone to learn more about the COVID Vaccine and how schedule your appointment. Not only does the vaccine provided the best protection against COVID-19 as recommended by the CDC, but also fully vaccinated individuals are able to enjoy greater freedoms than during the start of the pandemic. The OWH offers an online tool customized to help you create your plan for improving your health.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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. Bahar Houshman and Dr. Marisa Reason is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Reisman would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.

Don't Pause Your Dental Check-Ups During COVID-19

April 18th, 2021

With the unexpected and unpredictable COVID-19 pandemic entering our lives well over a year ago, it has put a pause to many of our normal daily activities and brought about caution to our regular lives. With the national shutdowns, and confinement to our homes and closure of business and schools for a period of time, many have had to cancel important events and scheduled appointments. Although the pandemic isn't over yet, with vaccines becoming readily available throughout the world, we are beginning to get a glimpse of some normalcy returning. Studies have reported the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines in helping prevent contraction of the virus and lowering the risk of having severe symptoms of the virus if infected.

Now, dental and doctor's offices that were previously closed or limited in available procedures are starting to resume normal services and have effective and safe health safety protocols in place to avoid the spread of COVID-19. According to a survey in TIME-Harris Poll of over 1,000 Americans, approximately 78% of individuals have canceled at least one medical service during the past three months, 30% have missed their dental exam, and 27% missed their yearly physical. But, health experts are currently reminding individuals that it's time to reschedule and attend your regular appointments and to not put your oral health or overall health on the back-burner. To find out what safety precautions and protocols your Doctors are performing, be sure to contact their offices with any questions or concerns you may have. Check out some of the changes we have made at WDG, in addition to those mandated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), to ensure the well-being of patients: https://www.wellesleydentalgroup.com/blog/2020/05/whats-new-at-wdg-covid-19-safety-precautions

Visiting your dentist is particularly necessary to keep you healthy and strong, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your dentist will determine based on your individual needs and oral condition how often dental cleanings and check-ups are needed. Early detection of harmful oral conditions/diseases are key to keeping the rest of your body healthy, as your oral cavity is the window into the rest of your body. Your dentist will even check for signs of COVID-19 in the oral cavity. Radiographs can help identify tooth decay, gum issues, bone loss, and other pathology, and are often taken during your dental exams. Your dentist will also perform an oral cancer screening of your head, neck, and mouth. When issues are detected early, this can help prevent problems from increasing severity/harm, and potentially save you from having to have more invasive and costly dental procedures such as root canals and dental crowns when tooth decay is too extensive to be managed by a dental filling. 

Individuals with gum disease are at a higher risk of developing or worsening many systemic diseases, often linked due to the body's inflammatory immune response. This includes threatening conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and cerebrovascular events such as strokes. Not to mention, individuals with uncontrolled gum disease are 9 times more likely to die from infection with COVID-19, as reported in a recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology. Don't risk harming your health by putting of your health appointments!

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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. Bahar Houshman and Dr. Marisa Reason is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Reisman would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.

References:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/dentist-gum-disease-11618003919

https://www.health.com/mind-body/doctor-appointments-to-stop-postponing-covid

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fsuccess.ada.org%2Fen%2Fpractice-management%2Fpatients%2Fcovid-19-patient-communication-resources-for-dental-visits&psig=AOvVaw2smOVUaOZ4_HNLiFEt2hD8&ust=1618853646751000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCOCj15iqiPACFQAAAAAdAAAAABAg

Gum Disease could be Threatening your Life During COVID-19

March 28th, 2021

We all know how important taking care of our teeth are, but did you know that in doing so you could be lowering your risk of having severe complications from COVID-19? The human body is fascinating, and throughout the years research has been continuously proving the relationship between our oral conditions and the conditions that can develop throughout the entire body, particularly as a result of systemic inflammation. A recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology reported that individuals with a severe form of gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, are 9 times more likely to die from infection with COVID-19. 

Periodontal disease has been found to be linked as a culprit of many detrimental health conditions, including diabetes, respiratory disease, chronic kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer's disease, obesity, and metabolic syndrome, just to name a few. In addition, periodontal disease can lead to oral problems such as bad breath, bone loss, and ultimately result in loss of teeth.

The Surprising Link Between Gum Disease and Systemic Disease - Millennium Dental Technologies, Inc.

More recently, it has been suggested that controlling periodontal gum inflammation could possibly help lower the chance of experiencing severe COVID-19 symptoms

Another study published in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology also found that individuals with gum disease who become infected with COVID-19 are 3.5 times more likely to be in the intensive care unit (ICU) and 4.5 times more likely to require use of a ventilator. They found that the blood inflammatory markers were significantly higher in patient with gum disease.

Not to mention, a California Dental Association (CDA) Journal study looking at inflammatory markers and their relationship to COVID-19 complications found that pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and other pulmonary complications linked to COVID-19 could result form the aspiration of oral bacteria. This is also supported by previous research that has found an association between periodontal disease and other common lung conditions such as asthma.

This is why many research authors and health professionals are highlighting the importance of prevention and avoiding the promotion of systemic inflammation to help decrease the chance of developing severe complications from the virus.

On a positive note, periodontal disease can be prevented and managed! Regular dental visits and proper oral hygiene practices are necessary to help prevent the disease from progressing. Your dentist may recommend non-surgical and/or surgical treatments.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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. Bahar Houshman and Dr. Marisa Reason is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Reisman would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.

References:

https://nypost.com/2021/02/08/covid-19-patients-with-gum-disease-more-likely-to-die-study/

https://www.beckersdental.com/clinical-leadership-infection-control/36224-routine-dental-care-may-prevent-severe-covid-19-complications-study-finds.html

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jcpe.13435

https://www.beckersdental.com/clinical-leadership-infection-control/36458-covid-19-patients-with-gum-disease-9-times-more-likely-to-die-from-the-virus-study-finds.html?origin=DentalE&utm_source=DentalE&utm_medium=email&utm_content=newsletter&oly_enc_id=7754I6987723B8B

https://www.cda.org/Home/News-and-Events/Newsroom/Article-Details/routine-dental-care-may-protect-against-severe-covid-19-related-complications#:~:text=Oral%20bacteria%20can%20be%20aspirated,to%20dentistry%20and%20COVID%2D19.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fleemingdental.com.au%2Fnew-studies-show-gum-disease-may-increase-severity-of-covid-19%2F&psig=AOvVaw2eU7rvXv9h5qjRprOqk-Bv&ust=1617025137826000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCMDBpqeO0-8CFQAAAAAdAAAAABAD

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.lanap.com%2F2016%2F09%2F22%2Fsurprising-link-between-gum-disease-and-systemic-disease%2F&psig=AOvVaw2yP2PqAwAjz0-Wnp8RPUO8&ust=1617028498531000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCJjskN-a0-8CFQAAAAAdAAAAABAI

Finding yourself Grinding your Teeth?

March 5th, 2021

Many have noticed they might clench or grind their teeth on occasion, especially when stressed out. As you may know, teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, can cause damage to your teeth and even lead to other oral health issues. For instance, it can cause your teeth to fracture, diminish in size, become loose, or even lead to the loss of teeth. This can result in the need for expensive dental procedures down the line, such as crowns, root canals, bridges, or prostheses to replace missing teeth including implants or partial dentures.

As the COVID-19 pandemic persists, dentists across the nation, and even world, are seeing some of the toll it has taken on individuals, even on their teeth. There has been a significant increase in reported teeth grinding and other oral health issues since the start of the pandemic, as reported by the American Dental Association’s Health Policy Institute. A survey conduced by the American Dental Association (ADA) found that there has been a 59.4% increase in cases of teeth grinding and clenching found in dental offices since the start of the pandemic. In addition, they found that temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), and chipped and cracked teeth has increased over 50%, which may be associated with the increased teeth grinding. Although there is not a direct correlation between the increase in teeth grinding and the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Matt Messina, clinic director of Ohio State Upper Arlington Dentistry, stated, “it does demonstrate the signs of increased stress in the population.”

Teeth grinding can even be experienced in children, too. In fact, approximately 15% to 33% of children grind their teeth. Often, it has been found that children may grind their teeth during the time when their baby teeth begin to come in and also during the transition into their permanent dentition. Luckily, teeth grinding in children is often not permanently damaging and children often outgrow the habit.

Many people commonly grind their teeth when they are sleeping, and is often pointed out by individual's partners or loved ones who hear them doing this habit at night. This phenomenon is particularly present in individuals who have sleep disorders, malocclusion, and/or  crooked teeth. Individuals who grind their teeth may be pained by a dull, constant headache when they wake up, or even a sore jaw. Teeth grinding can result in or worsen Temporomandibular disorders (TMD). 

Some other symptoms of teeth grinding include:

  • Neck pain.
  • Ear pain.
  • Jaw pain, soreness and stiffness.
  • Painful or sensitive teeth.
  • Pain while you chew.
  • Popping, clicking or grinding noises when moving the mouth and jaw.
  • Cracking or chipping of teeth or fillings.
  • Loose teeth or pain on biting.

You may be wondering what to do about teeth grinding. Some tips to help stop teeth grinding include avoiding certain foods and drinks such as alcohol, caffeine, sodas, and chocolate. Plus, it can help to try to help relax your jaw muscles by holding a warm washcloth against your cheek. If you notice that you grind your teeth during the daytime, try to become conscious of what your are doing, and position the tip of your tongue  between your teeth to help train your jaw muscles to relax. Try avoiding chewing gum as it can increase the strain on your jaw muscles. 
If you think teeth grinding may be happening during your sleep, or even find yourself doing it throughout the day, it is important to talk with your dentist. Commonly, dentists will recommend a night guard for individuals suffering from teeth grinding to wear at night to help protect the surfaces throughout sleep. Other treatments that have been found to be beneficial include stress counseling, jaw relaxation training, exercising, and muscle relaxants or anti-inflammatory medications. However, treatments are determined after a comprehensive examination and diagnosis by your dentist.
This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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://health.usnews.com/health-care/patient-advice/articles/what-to-do-about-teeth-grinding

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.dentalcare.com%2Fen-us%2Fpatient-education%2Fpatient-materials%2Fteeth-grinding-bruxism&psig=AOvVaw3cEiLNHlmlO4Bq2J1TDNv0&ust=1614995968340000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCMiJqoOHmO8CFQAAAAAdAAAAABAK

https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/teeth-grinding-bruxism

Every Body Has a Seat at the Table: Eating Disorder Awareness

February 21st, 2021

Every year, many organizations and individuals across the nation recognize National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (#NEDAwareness), which is the biggest and most recognized eating disorders education effort in the United States. This year, NEDAwareness Week runs from Monday, February 22 - Sunday, February 28. This national event aims is to shed light on eating disorders through educating, spreading hope, and making resources accessible to individuals in need. The theme for 2021 is "Every Body to Has a Seat at the Table."

According to the campaign, approximately 30 million people in the United States will be affected by an eating disorder during their lifetime. Even though this year brings additional challenges as we combat COVID-19, communities across the nation are still coming together to raise awareness through social media events, virtual discussions, and more informative and cool activities.

As reported by the National Eating Disorders Association, eating disorders have been found to be most common in teenagers and young adult women, although they can effect people of any gender or age. Eating disorders can negatively impact a person's physical and mental well-being, and have an effect on personal relationships, confidence, and overall performance at life tasks. In addition, eating disorders can have a significant impact on an individual's oral health. Your teeth, gums, and the surrounding oral tissues depend on healthy nutrients and a healthy diet.

Eating disorders can stem from many physical, mental and social hardships. If you suffer from an eating disorder, it’s important to talk to your health care providers so that proper diagnosis and treatment can begin.

So, what are some of the different types of eating disorders?

  • Anorexia: Individuals with anorexia may experience severe fear of gaining weight and may experience negative thoughts on the way their body appears. Signs may include individuals starving themselves to avoid gaining weight, and excessive exercise.
  • Bulimia: This condition is similar to anorexia in the sense that individuals may also have fears of being overweight. However, individuals may also experience periods of overeating/binge eating followed by self-induced vomiting, purging, misusing laxatives, or fasting throughout the day or several times throughout the week.
  • Binge Eating or Compulsive Overeating: This condition involves individuals who binge eat but do not regularly try to purge the food. Individuals may experience feelings of guilt, making it easier to continue to overeat.

In fact, your dentist may be the first to notice the signs of an eating disorder as changes in the mouth are often the first physical signs that become noticeable. Unfortunately, eating disorders can cause permanent damage to the teeth and oral tissues. Recognizing the signs of an eating disorder early can help lead to a better and easier road to recovery for the body and mouth.

Some of the oral consequences of eating disorders include:

  • Easily bleeding gums
  • Swollen salivary glands which may cause Individuals to experience chronic dry mouth, increasing the risk of developing tooth decay.
  • Lack of nutrients that promote healthy teeth such as calcium, iron and vitamins B and D can also increase the risk of developing tooth decay and gum disease. Lack of iron can lead to the development of oral sores. Similarly, improper amounts of vitamin B3/niacin can lead to bad breath (halitosis) and the development of oral canker sores. Gums may also become puffy and red.
  • Frequent vomiting causes the tooth enamel, or the outer layer of your teeth, to become weak, eroded, soft, and become yellow in color due to the highly acidic environment created from stomach acids. This can create tooth sensitivity when eating hot or cold foods or drinks, and eventually lead to tooth and tissue loss. As enamel wears away, the layer underneath, the dentin, can become exposed and in extreme cases the pulp, which is the next layer of the tooth underneath the dentin, can be exposed and cause infection and pulp death. Tooth decay can even be worsened by extensive tooth brushing following vomiting due to the acidity and weakened state of the mouth.

    Water should be rinsed with following purging to help reduce the high acidic content in the mouth. Vomiting can also induce inflammation, cuts, and soreness of the roof of the mouth/soft palate.

  • Degenerative arthritis of the jaw's temporomandibular joints (TMJ) are also associated with eating disorders. This can lead to jaw pain, chronic headaches, and problems chewing and opening/closing the mouth.

If you suffer from an eating disorder, it is important to contact a health professional. To help reduce associated oral health issues it is also important to maintain oral health care by proper tooth brushing and flossing, and frequent visits to your dentist. Your dentist may provide fluoride rinses or other products to help remineralize tooth enamel.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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.nationaleatingdisorders.org/get-involved/nedawareness

https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/dental-complications-eating-disorders

https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/e/eating-disorders

February Calls for a Heart to Heart

February 6th, 2021

February is a month that is near and dear to many of our hearts as it marks American Heart Month, which sheds light on the dangers of heart disease. This year marks the 57th consecutive American Heart Month. Heart disease, also known as cardiovascular disease, is the #1 cause of death in the United States causing about 1 in 4 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Heart disease encompasses many types of heart problems. Coronary artery disease (CAD), which can cause a heart attack, is the most common type of heart disease in America.

Heart disease is often referred to as the "silent killer" because it often goes undiagnosed until a person experiences chest pain, chest palpitations, or shortness of breath for instance and the person experiences a heart attack, heart arrhythmias, or heart failure.

Take a look at some of the symptoms, according to the AHA:

Heart disease can impact anyone. According to the AHA's Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics – 2021, approximately 18.6 million people across the globe died of heart disease in 2019, which is a 17.1% increase over the past 10 years. In addition, approximately 523.2 million cases of cardiovascular disease were reported in 2019, which also represents an increase of 26.6% over 10 years.

Dating back to history, President Lyndon B. Johnson, who had himself experienced heart attacks, was the first to issue a proclamation in 1964 that declared February as American Heart Month. Since then, U.S. President's continue this legacy. Check out this year's Proclamation on American Heart Month issued by President Joseph R. Biden Jr., here.

All month the American Heart Association (AHA) will be hosting exciting virtual experiences on relevant topics relating to heart disease each week. For example, the video "Heart to Heart: Why Losing One Woman Is Too Many" campaign will discuss how 1 in 3 women are diagnosed with heart disease each year. During this important month the AHA and other organizations emphasize the importance of heart health and continued research and efforts to help end this tremendous health threat!

Heart health is even more important as we battle against the COVID-19 pandemic, as the virus can have a negative impact on the heart and vascular system, as recent research shows according to the AHA. The AHA has also created the motto, "Don't Die of Doubt," which is a national awareness campaign reminding individuals that even as we conquer COVID-19 and there are concerns about visiting hospitals due to the presence of patients with coronavirus, hospitals are the safest place to go when you are experiencing symptoms. We also need to be conscious of our lifestyle decisions during this time of staying at home, as risk factors for heart disease include unhealthy behaviors including poor dietary habits, excessive alcohol consumption, and limited physical activity for example.

All in all, heart disease in many instances can be prevented with healthy lifestyle choices. According to the CDC, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, and smoking are top risk factors for heart disease. Shockingly, 47% of Americans according to the CDC have at least one of these risk factors. Other risk factors can include diabetes and obesity.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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.heart.org/en/about-us/heart-attack-and-stroke-symptoms

https://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/about.htm

https://www.heart.org/en/around-the-aha/february-is-american-heart-month

https://www.heart.org/

https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2021/02/03/proclamation-on-american-heart-month-2021/#:~:text=NOW%2C%20THEREFORE%2C%20I%2C%20JOSEPH,Day%20on%20February%205%2C%202021.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fagrilifetoday.tamu.edu%2F2021%2F02%2F01%2Ffebruary-ideal-month-to-focus-on-the-heart%2F&psig=AOvVaw3k1yOhgjxMumS-DAp6K0KY&ust=1612713316611000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCOji3b3P1e4CFQAAAAAdAAAAABAE

Tips to Consider this Holiday Season

December 24th, 2020

As the pandemic still remains as we approach the holidays and a new year, we know that we must all continue to do our part to avoid increasing our and other people’s risk of contracting COVID-19. Although normal family gatherings and celebrations will be different this winter, we must not forget about our mental and physical health (including the health of our teeth!)

Please review some of these quick tips to consider this holiday season:

Manage your Stress

The holidays can be stressful, especially during a global pandemic! Anxiety and stress can lead to the development of detrimental habits if not managed properly. Some harmful dental habits include teeth grinding (bruxism), nail biting, and using your teeth as tools such as to crack open nuts, bottles, or packages. These negative habits can lead to tooth enamel fracture and the need for additional dental procedures. In addition, nail biting can add germs and viruses from the outside world into your body. If you notice that your stress levels may be out of control, take a look at some tips to stay mentally and physically healthy during these troubling times, here.

Stay On Top of Your Dental Hygiene Routine

It can be easy to get off of your normal oral hygiene routine over the holidays. With lots of shopping and holiday festivities, brushing or flossing your teeth may get pushed to the wayside. But, letting food sit on and in-between your teeth can cause the bacteria within your mouth to have a field day, and not a fun one! The bacteria can feed off of the leftover food particles and create acids that breakdown your tooth enamel. It’s important to stay on track and brush at least twice a day for two minutes each time. Flossing is also an important part of keeping your teeth healthy and dazzling. If you are traveling this holiday season, be sure to continue to follow COVID-19 safety precautions and also pack your complete dental care travel kit equipped with a toothbrush, a fluoride toothpaste, dental floss, and mouthwash. Remember, keeping up with your oral hygiene is important for managing your overall health.

Watch out for Sticky and Chewy Sweets

Lots of tasty holiday treats are what we all usually look forward to during this time. But, the sticky, hard, chewy, and high sugar content in some sweets can be damaging to your teeth and lead to the development of cavities, toothaches, and tooth fracture. For instance, holiday staples like dried fruit, eggnog, candy canes, caramel, candy apples, and gummies can be damaging to your teeth. Plus, soda and alcohol can be high in sugar and can be acidic. Be sure to brush and floss after consuming these treats and remember, moderation is key. It is also better to consume these treats with meals rather than as snacks throughout the day, because snacking increases the frequency your mouth is subject to a more acidic and harmful environment. Instead, opt for more tooth-friendly treats such as nuts, cheeses, fruit, and vegetables.

Keep up with Your Dentist Check-Ups

Make sure that you are visiting your dentist for your regular check-ups. Let your dentist know of any concerns you may have about your mouth. Your dentist will check during your oral exam for any issues to ensure your overall health.

Keep your teeth merry and bright by following these precautions over the holiday season.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ne.ncsu.edu%2Fnews%2F2019%2Fhappy-holidays-wish%2F&psig=AOvVaw2gBvcZVXZ-6wQybqP0tmMH&ust=1608911250601000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCNin38775u0CFQAAAAAdAAAAABAT

https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/features/holiday-smile#

https://www.dentalassociates.com/blog/7-oral-health-tips-and-tricks-healthy-holiday-season

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.jnj.com%2Fhealth-and-wellness%2F9-tips-to-boost-your-oral-hygiene-routine&psig=AOvVaw22brc9C2tC7EiGe7iyPxU2&ust=1608911375165000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCIiyxov85u0CFQAAAAAdAAAAABAD

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fhuntortho.com%2Fabout-braces%2Fcomplete-care-guide-for-your-teeth-with-braces%2F&psig=AOvVaw2Prvmm0P1-xS9_WX1jfb18&ust=1608911442129000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCMDDxLb85u0CFQAAAAAdAAAAABAe

COVID-19 Vaccine: Here's What you need to Know

December 16th, 2020

It has been a long journey through the COVID-19 pandemic likely for everyone. As the coronavirus deaths in the United States have reached over 300,000 individuals, it can be challenging at times to see a silver lining. But, we are all stronger together and must continue to do our part in helping to keep ourselves and others safe and healthy during these challenging times. Now, news of the first doses of an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer-BioNTech has been sent to all 50 states in the U.S., in addition to the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The CEO of Pfizer reported that the company is aiming to make 1.3 billon COVID-19 vaccine doses across the world next year, and approximately 2.9 million doses of the vaccine will be received across the U.S. this week. As of right now the first doses of the vaccine are being distributed to health care workers due to the limited supply, and it may take months until the vaccine can be administered to the general public, according to CNN.

Sadly, the pandemic is not slowing down, with approximately 110,000 current COVID-19 hospitalizations reported in the U.S. on Monday, December 14th, as reported by the Covid Tracking Project. According to CNN, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, warned that even with the introduction of a vaccine, "I don't believe we're going to be able to throw the masks away and forget about physical separation in congregate settings for a while, probably likely until we get into the late fall and early next winter.” He also commented on the effectiveness of the vaccine, stating, "It's going to be gradual, and I think we will know when we see the level of infection in the country at a dramatically lower level than it is right now that we can start gradually tiptoeing towards normality."

The vaccine is currently authorized for emergency use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has authorized it to be given to people 16 and older. CNN also reports that Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine is also being reviewed and may be the next in line to be authorized for emergency use in the near future. According to the FDA, the most commonly reported side effects of the vaccine were pain at the injection site, tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, joint pain, and fever. Most individuals reported these side effects after the second dose than after the first dose, and stated that the effects lasted typically for several days.

Some individuals may be concerned about receiving the COVID-19 vaccination, but the CDC reassures that routine processes and procedures remain in place for the safety and efficacy of the vaccines. Read more about how the U.S. vaccine safety system is ensuring the safety of COVID-19 vaccines.

Check out these benefits of getting a COVID-19 vaccine per the CDC:

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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.cnn.com/2020/12/14/health/us-coronavirus-monday/index.html

https://www.fda.gov/emergency-preparedness-and-response/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/pfizer-biontech-covid-19-vaccine

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/8-things.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/vaccine-benefits.html

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fvaccines%2Fcovid-19%2Findex.html&psig=AOvVaw1iwzWjGykyfWV5jQZRpZWN&ust=1608221526923000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCKC4vZzy0u0CFQAAAAAdAAAAABAJ

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.thelocal.it%2F20201118%2Fhow-italy-is-preparing-for-a-covid-19-vaccine&psig=AOvVaw1iwzWjGykyfWV5jQZRpZWN&ust=1608221526923000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCKC4vZzy0u0CFQAAAAAdAAAAABAO

Why Should I Wear a Mask?

December 11th, 2020

We've all had to adapt to a lot of changes in 2020, with masks being one of our daily life adjustments. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend everyone continue to wear masks to help lower the risk of spreading COVID-19, which has been found to be transmitted mainly through respiratory droplets from simply talking, coughing, sneezing, or even breathing. The use of masks is particularly important as COVID-19 can be spread from individuals who are not experiencing any symptoms but who are unknowingly infected with the virus. According to the CDC, not only do masks help prevent you from releasing respiratory droplets, but they also help reduce the risk of you inhaling  these droplets.The CDC reports that multi-layer cloth masks effectively block the exhalation of most large droplets (i.e., 20-30 microns and larger) in addition to up to 50-70% of aerosols smaller than 10 microns that are common when individuals speak.

Several studies have shown the benefits of communities universally wearing masks in helping to lower the spread of COVID-19, plus lowering the amount of mortality rates from the virus. As reported by the CDC, an economic analysis based on United States data revealed that increasing universal use of masks by 15% could prevent the need for lockdowns and lower associated losses of up to $1 trillion (approx. 5%) of gross domestic product. More research is actively being conducted to further explore the benefits of masks and determine filtering effectiveness for instance. The CDC states that they will update their recommendations as new scientific evidence becomes available.

According to the CDC, individuals aged two years and older should wear masks in public and when around people who don’t live in their household.​ In addition, individuals also should practice social distancing while wearing masks. In certain circumstances individuals should not wear a mask, including people who are younger than two years old, those with trouble breathing, and those who may have sensory, cognitive, or behavioral conditions for instance.

Be sure to wear your mask, for your safety and the safety of others! To follow social distancing guidelines and ensure safety, our office at WDG requires everyone entering the office to wear a mask. In addition, you can learn more about the increased safety and our latest equipment additions on our blog post: https://www.wellesleydentalgroup.com/blog/2020/05/whats-new-at-wdg-covid-19-safety-precautions

But, not all masks are created equally! Check out the types of masks that recommended vs. not recommended according to the CDC:

The CDC does not recommend using masks with exhalation valves/vents as respiratory droplets may exit the vents and contribute to the spread of COVID-19. Further research on these masks are ongoing.

The CDC also states that face shields or goggles should NOT substitute for masks and should not be placed on newborns or infants.

Experiencing skin trouble from wearing a mask? Take a look at these skin care recommendations on our blog: https://www.wellesleydentalgroup.com/blog/2020/07/the-latest-science-on-masks-plus-skincare-tips

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover-guidance.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/more/masking-science-sars-cov2.html?for-guid=b9fa359a-5e8b-11ea-9855-1267072b3abf&utm_source=usatoday-Coronavirus%20Watch&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=baseline_greeting&utm_term=newsletter_greeting

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.wsj.com%2Farticles%2Fhow-face-masks-work-and-which-types-offer-the-best-covid-19-protection-11595946178&psig=AOvVaw3HcChEzTkC5EHBw-Zs0xGZ&ust=1606666959581000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCLjKqYLTpe0CFQAAAAAdAAAAABAK

Keeping your Hands Germ-Free!

December 6th, 2020

National Handwashing Awareness Week is coming up (each 2nd week of December), and clean hands have never mattered more! With the COVID-19 pandemic still impacting all of our daily lives, it is of utmost importance to have excellent hand hygiene to help slow the spread of coronavirus and other infectious diseases.

No matter what time of day it is or what activity you are doing, germs can be all around us at any time. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), having good hand hygiene is an important step in preventing getting sick and spreading germs to others. Germs are easily spread from other people or surfaces, for example when touching your face with unwashed hands, eating or preparing food with unwashed hands, touching unclean surfaces, or blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing into unwashed hands.

Each December, National Handwashing Awareness Week is the perfect time to remind us all how big of an impact hand washing can have on our health. We all know how important keeping your hands clean is, but what exactly are the risks connected with not washing our hands? The CDC reports that proper handwashing with soap and water can prevent 1 in 3 diarrheal illnesses and 1 in 5 respiratory infections, such as a cold or the flu.

Check out these facts and tips for proper handwashing:  

The CDC recommends washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (approximately the time it takes to sing the "Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice), or when unable, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol to clean your hands. Although hand sanitizers can help quickly lower the number of germs on hands, they do not eliminate all types of germs.

So, be sure to keep your hands clean for your health and the health of others!

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.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

References:

https://www.snapcomms.com/blog/national-hand-washing-awareness-week

https://www.nphic.org/nphichighlights/3811-newshighlight-2

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fpublichealthmaps.org%2Fcalendar%2F2020%2F12%2F7%2Fnational-handwashing-awareness-week&psig=AOvVaw01A9mphaql_005cSvgpOPR&ust=1606763146840000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCJD6ybm5qO0CFQAAAAAdAAAAABAQ

https://nationaltoday.com/national-handwashing-awareness-week/#:~:text=National%20Handwashing%20Awareness%20Week%20%E2%80%93%20December%201%2D7%2C%202020

https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/when-how-handwashing.html

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.teachhub.com%2Fclassroom-activities%2F2020%2F06%2Fprojects-for-teaching-kids-about-germs%2F&psig=AOvVaw3rLpSPT1MpSWJPjJ-pdzgQ&ust=1606774453919000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCNid1LzjqO0CFQAAAAAdAAAAABAJ

How to Prepare for a Safe Thanksgiving

November 25th, 2020

We’ve all had to make many sacrifices and adjust to a lot of change as we continue fighting through the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. Much like all of the other holidays this year, Thanksgiving will be celebrated uniquely. For many families, Thanksgiving is marked by being surrounded by family and friends with lots of tasty food. Thanksgiving gatherings often involve families and loved ones, including parents, grandparents, friends, children, and college students traveling long distances to come together, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns that travel greatly increases the risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19. It’s undeniable that individuals are starting to feel “pandemic fatigue,” as several months have passed since the onset of COVID-19. But health professionals and experts are cautioning individuals to be mindful and not relax on safety practices when it comes to the holidays. Coronavirus is still steadily increasing, with more than 1 million COVID-19 cases reported in the United States over the last week, according to the CDC. According to the Washington Post, Michelle DallaPiazza, an infectious diseases specialist at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School stated, “There is a real danger in complacency, and we are seeing the effects of that play out in real time…Across the country, we have begun to see another increase in infections and deaths after a period of time with low transmission.”

Health experts are encouraging individuals to stay home to protect yourself and others. If you are considering traveling and/or gathering for Thanksgiving, it is important to understand the risks involved and follow safe preventative guidelines when celebrating:

Traveling Safety Precautions:

If you are considering traveling for Thanksgiving, the CDC recommends asking these questions before making your decision to travel. Keep these safety guidelines in mind when traveling:

If You Are Sick, Stay Home

If you are experiencing symptoms or do not feel well stay at home and do not gather with others.

Wash Your Hands Frequently

It’s important to regularly and thoroughly wash your hands. Hand washing should last at least 20 seconds. When unable to wash your hands with soap and water, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content.

Wear your Mask

Be sure to wear your mask, only removing when eating and drinking. Keep your mask over your nose and mouth and ensure that it is tightly secured under your chin and against the sides of your face.

Keep it Small

Do your best to only be around a limited amount of people. If possible, plan for gatherings that only include people who live in the same house. If attending another household, to make the celebration safer bring your own food, drinks, plates, cups, and utensils.

Social Distance

Maintain social distancing guidelines of staying at least 6 feet apart (about two arm lengths apart) from individuals who do not live in the same household as you.

Celebrate Virtually

Try a virtual Thanksgiving dinner via FaceTime, Zoom, Skype, WhatsApp, or other social media platforms with your loved ones. You can share screens and watch television, sports, or play fun games!

The CDC classifies holiday activities into the following categories:

We wish you all a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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.washingtonpost.com/health/holiday-coronavirus-family-gatherings/2020/10/30/3b938d48-14aa-11eb-bc10-40b25382f1be_story.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays/thanksgiving.html

https://www.bassettcreekdental.com/news/2020/11/planning-safe-thanksgiving

Is the Stress of COVID-19 Getting to you, and your Teeth?

November 22nd, 2020

Have you noticed an increase in your stress levels lately? The COVID-19 pandemic has unexpectedly had an undeniable impact on our lives in many ways. With many lives lost, financial hardships, isolation, and continued uncertainty, health care professionals, especially dentists, are noticing an increase in stress-related health issues.

Many have had to adapt to different work, home, and school environments, become used to digital technology, and add new precautionary practices to daily life routines like wearing a mask and practicing social distancing. The American Psychological Association (APA) warns that over time, the negative mental health effects of the coronavirus pandemic can be serious and long-lasting.

Not much has changed in terms of practicing universal precautions for all patients of dental professionals, as these practices were implemented at the peak of the AIDS crisis in the 1980's. Due to these safe practices and use of personal protective equipment, epidemiologists and the American Dental Association (ADA) have reported that there are no cases of COVID-19 outbreaks associated to any dental offices in the United States!

According to the ADA Health Policy Institute's COVID-19 impact poll to dentists in the United States, dentists are seeing an increase in stress-related oral health conditions in patients since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Approximately 59.4% of the participating dentists reported increases in the prevalence of tooth grinding (bruxism), 53.4% chipped and cracked teeth, and 53.4% temporomandibular disorder symptoms among their patients. Plus, approximately 26.4% documented an increase in tooth decay (caries), and 29.7% reported an increase in periodontal disease. As of the week of Sept. 21, greater than 99% of dental offices in the United States were open according to the American Dental Association (ADA).

The overall health and safety of patients remains our #1 priority. It’s important to acknowledge any stress you may feel, know how to cope with stress, and where to turn for help if needed so that you can continue to care for yourself and remain healthy. Along with practicing social distancing, wearing face masks, and frequent hand-washing, it is equally important to manage stress and anxiety during these challenging times. Prolonged stress and anxiety can play a significant role on the health of your overall body, including increasing heart rate and blood pressure, issues with digestion, teeth grinding, headaches, trouble sleeping, mental health disturbances, and inability to focus, just to name a few issues.

Take a look at some tips to stay mentally and physically healthy during these troubling times:

Stay in the loop with current events:

Stay up to date with research and reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) on COVID-19 statistics and prevention resources. Being in-the-know can help keep you and your loved ones calm and prepared.

Take breaks:

Although it’s important to be aware of what’s going on globally, allow yourself some time to disconnect from too much negative news and social media. It is also necessary to get adequate rest.

Stay physically active:

A great way to reduce stress is to increase your physical activity. While following safety precautions, take walks, jog, bike ride, meditate, or do the activities that normally make you happy! It is also important to eat well and make sure that you are getting proper nutrition and fluids to keep your body and immune system healthy.

Avoid negative habits:

Sometimes stress can lead to negative coping behavioral habits such as use of alcohol and tobacco.  If you or a loved one are struggling with alcoholism, know that this is not a fight that has to be done alone. For help with alcohol addiction, please check out these resources with 24/7 availability. For individuals struggling with tobacco use, the Massachusetts Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Program offers information and resources that can help individuals quit. Also, check out a list of resources and other helpful information on our WDG blog here.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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.dentistryiq.com/covid-19/article/14184297/dentist-takes-holistic-approach-with-patients-who-grind-teeth-due-to-covidrelated-stress?utm_source=DEC_DIQ+Morning+Briefing&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=CPS201002009&o_eid=3760I9143045C2X&rdx.ident%5Bpull%5D=omeda%7C3760I9143045C2X&oly_enc_id=3760I9143045C2X

https://www.ada.org/en/publications/ada-news/2020-archive/september/hpi-poll-dentists-see-increase-in-patients-stress-related-oral-health-conditions

https://success.ada.org/en/practice-management/dental-practice-success/dps-summer-2020/strategies-for-dealing-with-stress-during-the-pandemic

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.myannapolisdentist.com%2F2020%2F03%2F25%2Fcovid-19-and-maintaining-oral-health%2F&psig=AOvVaw15O7NhSbT2tavg0RhOC8y5&ust=1606148746593000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCMCrosXIlu0CFQAAAAAdAAAAABAQ

COVID-19 Symptoms to Watch Out For!

November 10th, 2020

As the days pass, we can probably all say that we are counting the days until the world beats COVID-19. This global pandemic has created many obstacles and sadly has taken the lives of many. We remain united together and will continue doing our part to stop the spread of coronavirus. A lot of information and evidence based research continues to be gathered regarding the virus as time goes on, and it's important to stay abreast of all of the new findings to keep everyone safe and protected. As reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), anyone exposed to COVID-19 can experience mild to severe symptoms. In particular, researchers have found that older individuals and individuals who have severe underlying medical conditions, such as heart or lung disease or diabetes, are at an increased risk for developing more serious complications from the virus.

So what exactly are the documented symptoms of COVID-19? Well, a wide range of symptoms have been reported, which typically have been found to appear approximately 2-14 days after exposure to coronavirus. Check out some of the more common symptoms reported by the CDC:

According to a study published in the journal Abdominal Radiology conducted by the University of Alberta faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, approximately 1 in 5 patients (20%) with COVID-19 may only show gastrointestinal symptoms. These symptoms can include abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and appetite loss. The article analyzed 36 studies conducted on COVID-19 symptoms starting in July 2020. Plus, the researchers found potential signs that radiologists should look for while conducting abdominal radiographs that could be evidence of COVID-19 infection. They noted signs of inflammation of the small and large intestines, air within the wall of the intestines (pneumatosis) and perforation (pneumoperitoneum). However, researchers reported that these symptoms are rare. Mitch Wilson, a radiologist and clinical lecturer in the University of Alberta's Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, explained, "Seeing these things is not necessarily telling us a patient has COVID-19," said Wilson. "It could be from a variety of potential causes. But one of those potential causes is infection from the virus, and in an environment where COVID-19 is very prevalent, it's something to consider and potentially raise as a possibility to the referring physician."

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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://decisionsindentistry.com/2020/11/one-in-five-covid-19-patients-presents-only-with-gastrointestinal-symptoms/?inf_contact_key=45820791642b1ab6a6e4dcf7c731f3a0d18a532c4142cb79caf2b269de1401fa

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/11/201103104734.htm

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.elitecme.com%2Fresource-center%2Fcovid-19%2Fcovid-19-digestive-issues-and-common-symptoms&psig=AOvVaw1XjnenYq5fifIjEfELuYra&ust=1605048878955000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCJi8kJfH9uwCFQAAAAAdAAAAABAD

Tricky Treats for your Teeth

October 14th, 2020

As pumpkin spice, reddish-orange leaves, and cool air highlight the season of fall, we also prepare for spooky Halloween festivities. Although Halloween will be celebrated differently this year as we all do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19, that doesn’t need to put a damper on your spirit! Check out these helpful tricks for how to safely celebrate Halloween this year.

We also need to be cautious about the sweet treats that deliciously mark this annual occasion. Unfortunately, the sweet treats can be a not-so-sweet trick to the health of your teeth! This is the perfect time to continue to reinforce good dental hygiene habits as the sugary candies begin to pile up. Here are a few tips on how to help keep minimize your risk of developing dental cavities (tooth decay):

  • Choose healthier treats: 

If you plan to give out goodie bags with treats this year, try to avoid purchasing candies that are sour, which can be highly acidic and tend to break down tooth enamel, as well as sticky candies like caramel, gummy worms, or jelly beans that stick to the surfaces of teeth for long amounts of time. It is also best to avoid hard candies that can potentially lead to tooth enamel fracture or choking hazards for young children. Instead, opt for healthier tooth-friendly treats such as granola bars or dark chocolate, for instance.

  • Sort through any candy received:

Along with frequent hand-washing and disinfecting received items, it is important to check that there are no dangerous items within your child’s Halloween stash. This is also a great opportunity to explain to your child which candies are best to avoid as mentioned above, and encourage healthier options.

  • Create a plan ahead of time:

Come up with a plan for Halloween to discuss with your family, including information about the importance of oral health and how their diet can impact the health of their teeth. Although it might be your child’s priority to collect large amounts of candy to consume during Halloween, their teeth will be what bears the consequence. It may be good to set a specific time when the Halloween treats can be eaten to help monitor how much and how frequently the sugar is being consumed. Remember, having things in moderation is key! An interesting point to note is that the frequency of consuming sugary foods and beverages matters. Each time you consume fermentable carbohydrates, the pH in your mouth drops as oral bacteria turn the sugar to acid, and thus makes the oral environment more acidic. If the pH drops below the critical pH of dental enamel (pH=5.5), this will lead to demineralization and the breakdown of the tooth enamel. So, be sure to let your child know that the amount of sugar and the frequency of sugar intake plays a role on the health of your teeth.

After satisfying your sweet tooth with Halloween treats, be sure to brush and floss.

Not to mention, every year around Halloween, WDG passionately gears up for our annual Candy Drive, which gets bigger and better each year all thanks to our lovely community! This year, out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to cancel the 13th Annual Candy Drive. Our utmost priority as healthcare professionals is to keep our community safe and healthy, and we want to minimize any risk of transmission of COVID-19. But, the celebration and spirit of giving will not stop, as we have launched our Healthcare Heroes Appreciation Drive. Check here for details and see how you can get involved.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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://amp.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/conditions/cavities/how-to-prevent-cavities-from-halloween-candy-1013

https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/features/5-tricks-for-dealing-with-halloween-treats#1

https://www.nymetroparents.com/columnpic2/halloween-themed-recipes-for-kids.jpg?clear=1

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.quora.com%2FWhat-is-the-Stephan-curve-in-dentistry&psig=AOvVaw16rt8napAYukKoiATxapbZ&ust=1602817587209000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCLj37vrOtewCFQAAAAAdAAAAABAK

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.sandytoesandpopsicles.com%2Fcelebrate%2Fhalloween%2Fparty-ideas-appetizers-dinner-desserts-printable-spookysnacks%2F&psig=AOvVaw28XEIEOrV1Da_ibHLAamUl&ust=1602817849822000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCNihifzPtewCFQAAAAAdAAAAABAN

Avoiding the Scare of COVID-19 During Halloween

October 11th, 2020

Every year as fall fills the air and leaves begin to change, we all start preparing to celebrate a spooky Halloween, where we all can dress up and have fun being whoever we want to be! As Halloween this year approaches during the COVID-19 global pandemic, we all may be wondering how to celebrate the occasion safely. Halloween this year will look a lot different than in the past as we all try to do our part in slowing the spread of coronavirus. But don't let that bring your spirits down, there are still plenty of ways families can celebrate and have fun without being spooked by spreading or being exposed to the virus.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released guidelines to help protect us all during these uncertain times:

The CDC notes that If you are packaging goodie bags to give away, be sure to wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 second before and after preparing the goodie bags. They also warn that a Halloween costume mask should not be a substitute for a cloth mask, unless it is made of two or more layers of breathable fabric that covers the mouth and nose, leaving no gaps around the face. If planning to participate in outdoor Halloween activities, be sure to wear your face mask, practice social distancing, and frequently wash your hands with hand sanitizer and soap and water. Any place with large groups of individuals, whether outside or inside, should be avoided to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Most importantly, If you believe you have COVID-19 ,or have been in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, you should not participate in in-person Halloween activities or disperse any goods to the public.

As you may know, every year around Halloween, WDG passionately gears up for our annual Candy Drive, which gets bigger and better each year all thanks to our lovely community! This year, out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to cancel the 13th Annual Candy Drive. Our utmost priority as healthcare professionals is to keep our community safe and healthy, and we want to minimize any risk of transmission of COVID-19. But, the celebration and spirit of giving will not stop, as we have launched our Healthcare Heroes Appreciation Drive. Check here for details and see how you can get involved.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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.nymetroparents.com/columnpic2/halloween-themed-recipes-for-kids.jpg?clear=1

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html#halloween

https://cdn.abcotvs.com/dip/images/6423711_091520-ktrk-halloween-covid-img.jpg?w=1600

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/COVID-19/Pages/Halloween-COVID-Safety-Tips.aspx

Got Dental Hygiene?

October 5th, 2020

October marks National Dental Hygiene Month, which was initiated by the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) and Wrigley dating back to 2009. Even as we all battle through a global pandemic, the dental hygiene community remains grounded together and are remaining resilient as essential health care providers. As reported by the ADHA, their organization is the largest national organization, representing over 185,000 registered dental hygienists (RDHs) across the United States. Dental hygienists are a subgroup of oral health professionals, who help support you and you’re your smile through providing educational and preventative clinical care. This national observance focuses on promoting the importance of keeping your mouth, teeth and gums healthy, and best of all is a celebration of all of the fabulous work dental hygienists perform!

This year the ADHA is collaborating with Colgate® Oral Pharmaceuticals, Inc. to celebrate the perseverance of dental hygienists throughout challenging times such as now. In this year’s theme, the ADHA is encouraging dental hygienists to “show your face of courage,” by submitting a photo on their website that shows how you handle your day at work, or even at home.

As you may know, making an investment in your oral health can go a long way in helping maintain your overall health. There are so many important reasons for making dental health a priority, as what’s in your mouth can reveal a lot about what’s going on in the rest of your body. Not only can taking care of your teeth improve common conditions like bad breath, cavities, and gum disease, it can also help discourage the development or worsening of certain medical conditions like diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and a plethora of other health issues. These discoveries continue to get stronger with increasing research on the connection between oral health and systemic diseases.

So, it's fair to say that the mouth is a very special place, with many biological systems working at play. For instance, saliva is one of the body’s main defense mechanisms against bacteria and viruses that enter the mouth. Saliva is rich in specific proteins that can help weaken potentially harmful invaders. Certain conditions like dry mouth can lead to an increased risk for developing cavities, as the decreased amount of saliva can add to this phenomenon. But, saliva doesn’t totally kill all of the invaders, which is why practicing oral health is particularly important to control the bacteria within your mouth from causing harm. Taking it easy on brushing and flossing can lead to a buildup of dental plaque, which bacteria thrive on and consequently produce acids that can break down your tooth enamel. This can also lead to an infection within the gums, known as gingivitis, which can progress to periodontal disease if untreated. Unfortunately, periodontal disease can lead to irreversible changes within the mouth, including bone loss and ultimately tooth loss. Plus, bacteria from the mouth can spark inflammation not only within the mouth, but also in other parts of your body through travel through the bloodstream, as shown in many research studies.

So, how can you maintain good oral health? To celebrate this month in style, be sure to:

Floss Every Day

Flossing can be easy to forget, but should be part of your daily routine! Brushing cannot remove all of the left over food particles and dental plaque within the spaces between your teeth, which is where floss comes to the rescue. This is particularly important as many cavities develop in those hard-to-reach areas as bacteria become comfortable in the crevices.

Brush Twice a Day for Two Minutes

Brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes is a key component of oral hygiene. But, there’s also a technique to it. Brushing effectively involves tilting your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle, which is angled toward the gum-line. Gently move your toothbrush in a back and forth motion, making sure the bristles are slightly underneath your gum-line (a spot where bacteria love to hide). Be careful not to brush aggressively, as this can lead to gum recession and cause other dental issues. Be sure not to miss a spot, and don’t leave your tongue out of the equation. Bacteria and food reside on your tongue and need to be brushed away. Removing the odor-causing bacteria can also help freshen your breath. This can be done using a toothbrush or a tongue scraper.

Rinse with Mouthwash

Rinsing with mouthwash can help reinforce the hard work you put into flossing and brushing. It helps rinse away any remaining particles and can have additional oral health perks included in the ingredients. Aim for purchasing an anti-microbial mouth rinse with fluoride in the composition, which can help promote tooth remineralization and lower the risk of developing tooth decay. Aim to make rinsing with mouthwash a regular occurrence after you brush and floss. Plus, mouthwash can hep tackle bad breath.

It’s also necessary to make your regular check-up appointments with your dentist and to avoid postponing treatment to help keep your pearly whites healthy.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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://nationaltoday.com/national-dental-hygiene-month/

https://www.colgateprofessional.com/education/patient-education/topics/systemic/why-a-healthy-mouth-is-good-for-your-body#:~:text=Good%20oral%20and%20dental%20hygiene,you%20ward%20off%20medical%20disorders.

https://www.adha.org/national-dental-hygiene-month

https://denverhighlandsdentist.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Dental_Hygiene_9437.jpg

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Using Your Heart for you and your Loved Ones

September 29th, 2020

World Heart Day 2020 is here, and has a particularly impactful significance during these uncertain times. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to influence our current daily lives, heart health is important now more than ever as we all try to stay healthy and safe. Individuals with heart disease are at an increased of developing severe infection from COVID-19. Every year September 29th marks World Heart Day, which aims to spread awareness about heart disease and stroke prevention. The #1 cause of death in the world is cardiovascular disease (CVD). It results in the deaths of approximately 17.1 million people every year. Some of the most common causes of the disease include smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity, just to name a few.

This year’s message is to:

This powerful campaign reminds us to strive for living longer and healthier lives. The organization notes that using your heart is also about using your head to learn more about how to take care of your heart, using your influence to make positive behavioral choices to set good examples for loved ones, and acting in ways that support those who are vulnerable in society especially during this pandemic. In addition, the campaign encourages the government to implement policies to help improve heart health, as well as encouraging healthcare professionals and organizations to help individuals make positive health changes.

The positive thing is that heart problems can be prevented! Heart health is an extremely important topic as obesity, unhealthy diets, and decreased physical activity are becoming increasingly common in society. Treating our hearts better can include improving our diets, avoiding tobacco use, limiting alcohol intake, increasing our daily exercise, and making sure to attend your regular medical check-ups. It is necessary to routinely have your cholesterol, blood pressure, and heart examined to ensure that you are healthy.

It is also necessary for us to mention the important heart-mouth connection. Both heart disease and oral disease, like gum disease have been linked in many research studies. Moderate to severe gum disease has been associated with a greater risk for developing heart disease than when compared to someone with healthy gums. Since the mouth is the window to the rest of the body, oral bacteria and other germs from your mouth can travel through the bloodstream into other part of your body and cause damage to important organs like the heart. Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing daily, along with having a well-balanced diet and regular dental check-ups will not only go a long way for your oral health, but also for your overall health. According to the America Heart Association (AHA), other cardiovascular conditions such as atherosclerosis (or clogged arteries) and stroke have also been linked to inflammation due to oral bacteria.

According to the American Association of Periodontology (AAP), some signs of gum disease include:

  • Red, swollen and sore gums
  • Bleeding gums when you eat, brush or floss.
  • Visible pus or other signs of infection around the gums and teeth.
  • Gum recession
  • Frequent bad breath/bad taste in the mouth
  • Loose teeth

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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.world-heart-federation.org/world-heart-day/world-heart-day-2020/

https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/heart-day/

https://www.fdiworlddental.org/news/20160929/fdi-celebrates-world-heart-day

https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/h/heart-disease-and-oral-health

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/conditions/heart-disease/how-oral-health-and-heart-disease-are-connected-0115

https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/sites/default/files/styles/16x9_crop/public/2020-01/NWRD%202019_edit.jpg?itok=Xy9SdP4M

Risky Behavior: Vaping, Cigarette Use, and COVID-19

September 14th, 2020

We have all been impacted in some way by the COVID-19 pandemic, which makes us all in this fight together. Even though the virus still persists, great strides and global participation in social distancing, wearing face coverings, and following safety protocols are helping to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Scientists and researchers across the world are continuously uncovering important research and highlighting factors that increase the risk of battling coronavirus. From the beginning of the pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has emphasized, based on research and clinical expertise, that individuals with weakened immune systems, including older adults, and those with underlying medical conditions (examples: lung disease, heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, and hypertension, just to name a few) are at an increased risk of severe COVID-19 illness. More recently a new study, published in the Journal of Adolescent Health and conducted by researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine, suggests teens and young adults who vape or smoke cigarettes are at an increased risk of COVID-19 infection.

Along with the COVID-19 pandemic (currently 29,182,627 worldwide cases and a disheartening 928,281 deaths reported), the devastating health crisis in many young adults: tobacco and electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes)/vaping product use, has still been an extensive public health issue across the nation. Back on September 24, 2019, the Governor of Massachusetts, Charles D. Baker, declared e-cigarette use a public health emergency following the significant link between e-cigarette products and severe lung disease leading to many deaths across the United States. Unfortunately, e-cigarettes have routinely been marketed as “safer” alternatives to cigarette smoking, although in reality they carry many of the same risks as well as new risks. The inhaled liquids are often composed of nicotine, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabinoid (CBD) oils, along with other substances. Each product, however, can have a variation of other ingredients and concentrations, which may be toxic to the body.

The study, entitled, Association Between Youth Smoking, Electronic Cigarette Use, and Coronavirus Disease 2019, consisted of an online survey conducted in May completed by 4,351 individuals across the United States ranging in age from 13 to 24 years old. The study participants were asked if they had ever used vaping products or cigarettes, and if they had vaped or smoked in the past 30 days. The participants were then divided between those who used nicotine products in comparison to those who reported never using nicotine products. The groups were asked if they had experienced COVID-19 symptoms, received a test for COVID-19, or tested positive for the virus. Taking into consideration reported medical conditions and sociodemographic factors, the researchers found that individuals who used both cigarettes and e-cigarettes in the last 30 days were approximately 5 times more likely to experience COVID-19 symptoms than those who never used nicotine products. Of the individuals who received a COVID test, those who had used e-cigarettes were 5 times more likely to be diagnosed with COVID-19 than those who never vaped. Plus, individuals who used both e-cigarettes and regular cigarettes within the last 30 days were approximately 7 times more likely to test positive for COVID-19. The study authors believe that the link between nicotine products and lung damage is thought to be the reason behind the resulting increased risk of coronavirus infection. "This study tells us pretty clearly that youth who are using vapes or are dual-using are at elevated risk, and it's not just a small increase in risk, it's a big one," Dr. Shivani Mathur Gaiha, one of the study's authors, warned.

Knowing the dangers about vaping and cigarette smoking is key. The Massachusetts Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Program offers information and resources that can help individuals quit. Also, check out a list of resources and other helpful information on our WDG blog here.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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://decisionsindentistry.com/2020/08/vaping-raise-risk-covid-among-teenagers-young-adults/

http://med.stanford.edu/news/all-news/2020/08/vaping-linked-to-covid-19-risk-in-teens-and-young-adults.html

https://www.news-medical.net/news/20200811/Smoking-and-vaping-significantly-increase-risk-of-COVID-19-in-teens-and-young-adults.aspx

https://www.tecc.org/tobacco-and-covid-19/

https://discoveries.childrenshospital.org/vaping-and-covid-19/

Celebrating Labor Day Safely

September 6th, 2020

Can you believe we're approaching Labor Day already? Labor Day honors the work and achievements of U.S. workers and typically marks the closing of summer for many as we get ready to approach the fall. Normally, Labor Day weekend is full of social parties and celebrations across America, but experts warn that this Labor Day should look differently during the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, although the holiday may be a vacation for us, COVID-19 is still rising and not taking any days off!

Sadly, after gatherings during Memorial Day, the cases of COVID-19 drastically increased, with 4 million more cumulative cases since the holiday. As of today, in the United States there are currently 6,432,209 cases of COVID-19 and 192,864 deaths reported. According to CNN, a model cited by leading health experts predicts over 400,000 Americans could die by January 1st 2021. Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, explains, “If we’re careless about it, then we could wind up with a surge following Labor Day...It really depends on how we behave as a country.”

It is important to remember that the pandemic is not over, and not to let up on safety precautions, especially during this holiday weekend! Beth Blauer, an executive director at Johns Hopkins University Centers for Civic Impact, who has been tracking U.S. COVID-19 transmission data at the Coronavirus Resource Center, warns, "We're seeing a lot of evidence that transmission is happening in smaller, family-driven parties." Even small gatherings can consequently lead to greater spread, which can be deadly for some. CNN reports that a wedding and reception in Maine on August 7th was found to have infected 144 people within the past month. Of the 144 infected individuals, 56 of the cases were from individuals who were at the wedding and reception, however, after interactions with people who attended the gathering the virus also spread 100 miles to a nursing home and 220 miles to a county jail. Sadly, two individuals have passed away following the spread from the event.

So, what does this mean for your day off? Health experts say that the pandemic does not have to stop all of your Labor Day fun. However, to avoid a surge in cases, there are actions to take to lower the risk of COVID-19 infection and spread to help make the holiday weekend safer for everyone, according to epidemiologist and professor of health metrics sciences at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, Ali Mokdad:

  • Getting outside, hiking, bike rides, and other outdoor activities in non-crowded areas is preferred over indoor activities
  • Wear masks at all times when not eating, continue to practice social distancing, and keep your hands and frequently touched surfaces disinfected
  • Keep the family units separated by at least 6 feet or more
  • Make sure tables, food, condiments, eating utensils and trash containers are also separated
  • Have each family bring their own food, avoid food sharing. If food is shared, separate into small containers in advance to be distributed
  • Communicate safety protocols to all guests if hosting an event

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.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

References:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/02/health/labor-day-covid-19-precautions-wellness/index.html

https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/06/health/us-coronavirus-sunday/index.html

https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/04/health/labor-day-coronavirus-safety-wellness/index.html

https://nypost.com/2020/09/04/fauci-warns-7-states-need-to-be-covid-19-cautious-over-labor-day-weekend/

https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/labor-day-1

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/us/

https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2020/09/03/USAT/b47f8c50-52ae-43ec-9483-84992a0fc2c0-Labor-Day.png?width=580&height=326&fit=bounds&auto=webp

https://www.mytwintiers.com/news-cat/local/chemung-county-health-department-advising-a-covid-free-labor-day-weekend/

Battling Germs with UVC Lights

July 27th, 2020

At all times our caring team at WDG is putting your safety first. Although the world’s “new normal” might not be clear, we are fully prepared and equipped to keep you and your family safe when visiting with us. Since reopening, we have invested in several additional safety equipment, in addition to updating our protocols and training our staff to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Our office has introduced one of the more recent ground-breaking methods to remove airborne microbes: UVC sterilization technology.

What is UVC sterilization technology?

You might have heard about Ultraviolet (UV) light technology trending recently through the media. It's a hot topic, particularly because of its microbial disinfection benefits. UV light is a part of electromagnetic light, which is not visible to our eyes, that consists of wavelengths ranging from 100-400 nm. The UV spectrum is split into 3 parts including, UVA (long-wave: 315 to 400 nm), UVB (medium-wave: 280 to 315 nm), and UVC (short-wave: 100 to 280 nm)

Hospitals and large health corporations commonly use UV light devices for sterilization purposes with much success, both in terms of safety and efficiency. These devices may also prove to be a huge benefit for dental practices during this global pandemic.

As reported by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), UVC sterilization technology devices use UVC light to compete against microorganisms (also referred to as being germicidal). This high energy short UV wavelength works to interfere with microbial DNA and consequently block their reproduction and prevent them from infecting the environment.

According to Dr. Richard Martinello, an associate professor at Yale School of Medicine and medical director of the Department of Infection Prevention at Yale New Haven Hospital, UV light has been found to be beneficial against coronaviruses, including Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). Yet, more research needs to be done regarding UV light and its effect on battling COVID-19.

At WDG we've introduced these UV devices to protect our patients and staff:

UV-Sanitizing HEPA Air Purifiers

H13 HEPA air purifiers have been installed in the reception area and hallways. These purifiers have been tested to eliminate over 99.97% of airborne pollutants. Additionally, these purifiers have the built-in germicidal UV system that sanitizes the air of microorganisms including viruses and mold.

Sterilizing UV Lamps

In complement to our heightened airflow management and filtration systems, we have also installed UV lamps that sterilize the environment by breaking down microbe DNA.

As the sun continues to shine during these warm summer days, remember to keep these summer safety tips in mind as we all try to limit the spread of COVID-19. Plus, keeping your immune system healthy and strong during these unprecedented times is particularly important. Don't forget, your oral health is an essential part of your overall heath, and we are always here for you. If you experience any COVID-19 symptoms, postpone dental treatment and seek immediate medical care.

Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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.cnbc.com/2020/05/26/dental-practices-consider-using-uv-light-tech-to-safely-reopen.html

https://www.dentistryiq.com/dentistry/products/infection-control-and-instrument-management/article/14180067/uvc-sterilization-works-in-large-healthcare-settings-what-about-dental-offices?utm_source=DEC_DIQ+Morning+Briefing&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=CPS200721105&o_eid=3760I9143045C2X&rdx.ident%5Bpull%5D=omeda%7C3760I9143045C2X&oly_enc_id=3760I9143045C2X

https://medicalxpress.com/news/2020-04-uv-wont-covid-19but-disinfect-medical.html

https://www.todaysrdh.com/ultraviolet-germicidal-irradiation-dental-medical-settings-method-sterilization/

https://www.fda.gov/media/136533/download

https://in.dental-tribune.com/news/how-to-use-ultraviolet-light-uvc-to-fight-covid-19-effectively-in-dental-clinics-dr-ajay-bajaj/

https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0024/5386/4500/files/Spectrum_of_Light.jpg?v=1528825019

https://facilityexecutive.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/UV.Covid-19.jpg

New Research: COVID-19 and Heartburn Medications

July 23rd, 2020

 

Research has become a significantly important part of our lives, particularly as we all hope to gain knowledge about COVID-19 and how to conquer the pandemic. Researchers across the globe are trying to piece together any answers to these puzzling times. The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found numerous risk factors that are linked to COVID-19. For instance, individuals of any age with particular medical conditions are considered high risk for contracting coronavirus. Now, there may be another possible risk factor to add to the already long list that could make you more susceptible to get COVID-19.

A new study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, reports that taking proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), a common medication to treat heartburn, acid reflux, and stomach ulcers, may place individuals at a higher risk of developing COVID-19. PPIs work by blocking an acid-producing stomach enzyme to lower the amount of acid made in the stomach. Although stomach acid is natural and a part of the body’s defense mechanism, having a surplus or if it’s found in the wrong place can be a real pain and harmful to the body. PPIs can be prescribed by your physician or found over-the-counter. Some brand name over-the-counter PPIs that you may have heard of include Prilosec (omeprazole), Nexium (esomeprazole), and Prevacid (lansoprazole).

The researchers of this study, guided by Dr. Brennan Spiegel at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, created an online survey which was emailed to a total of 264,058 adults in the United States from May 3 to June 24, 2020. 86,602 individuals were eligible participants and of these individuals more than 53,000 reported heartburn, abdominal pain, and acid reflux and were asked to disclose what medications, if any, they used for relief. Among them, greater than 3,300 tested positive for COVID-19. After data collection and analysis, researchers found that people who reported use of PPI medications were 2-4 times more likely to have COVID-19 compared to those not taking PPIs. In addition, the frequency of intake of PPIs also played a role in the results. They found that individuals taking PPIs twice a day were at a higher risk than individuals taking the medication once a day. Interestingly, those who reported taking histamine-2 receptor antagonists medication (H2 Blockers), which also treat heartburn and gastric ulcers, were not found to be associated with an increased risk of contracting COVID-19 in the study.

The researchers believe that the change in the stomach environment as a result of PPIs could create an environment where pathogens and viruses like COVID-19 can thrive. These results also mirror some common side effects of longterm PPI use in other research studies. For instance, PPIs have been linked to the bacterial infection C. difficile, which researchers believe also thrives due to less stomach acid being present to fight against pathogens.

Although this research is a step toward a possible association between PPIs and COVID-19, more research has to be done to determine a cause and effect relationship. Dr. Christopher Almario, one of the study authors, stated “By no means do we say that people need to stop their PPIs…We found an association here; This needs to be confirmed. Many U.S. residents take PPIs for severe acid reflux, heartburn or peptic ulcers, and these people should not lower their dose or switch medications without first consulting a health care provider.”

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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.uspharmacist.com/article/proton-pump-inhibitors-considerations-with-longterm-use

https://decisionsindentistry.com/2020/07/possible-link-between-heartburn-medications-and-covid-19-risk/?inf_contact_key=c1aff9e57306be06b8e82905e898e2fbb7af0999dac2af6212784c39e05d2aef

https://time.com/5863532/covid-19-heartburn/

https://www.livescience.com/ppi-heartburn.medication.covid19-risk.html

https://www.drugwatch.com/proton-pump-inhibitors/

https://parenting.firstcry.com/articles/foods-to-avoid-with-acid-reflux-or-heartburn/

Sneaky Culprits of a Silent Epidemic: Noodles and White Bread

July 19th, 2020

As we continue to fight what seems like a long and strenuous battle against COVID-19, our children are also combatting a more silent epidemic: Tooth decay. Cavities, also known as tooth decay, are one of the most common chronic diseases impacting children in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 1 of 5 (20%) children aged 5 to 11 years have at least one untreated cavity. For children aged 12 to 19 years old, approximately 1 of 7 (13%) have at least one untreated cavity. Sadly, without treatment, children may experience trouble speaking, chewing, learning, and enjoying everyday life. In fact, approximately two million missed days of school occur annually in the U.S. as a result of poor oral health problems among children.

A recent study, done by the University of Auckland and Starship Children’s Hospital in New Zealand, revealed that a higher frequency of consumption of simple carbohydrates, including white bread, rice, noodles, soft drinks, cake, and breakfast cereals, for instance, led to a greater risk of tooth decay. It can be surprising for many to think of these common, and delicious, food items as enemies of our oral health!

The study looked at the dental records and reported diet of 4000 children beginning at the age of two years old. The researchers found that foods such as whole wheat bread, vegetables, and cheese were associated with less tooth decay coupled with proper oral hygiene practices. Parental help with toothbrushing, brushing at least twice a day, and brushing after meals/snacks were linked with fewer dental cavities. On a positive note, researchers found that ¾ of the tested children had no dental cavities at their first dental appointment.

They also observed that ethnicity and socio-economic status played a role in the study. Children of Pacific ethnicity were four times at risk of having four or more cavities at their first dental appointment. On the other hand, Asian and Māori children were only twice as likely to have four or more cavities at their first appointment. As in the United States, many oral health disparities exist for individuals of many ethnic and racial groups, often pertaining to accessibility and affordability of healthcare.

The results of this study support the many other studies that have shown a strong link between diet and oral health. Other studies, such as one done in Cambodia, found that common diets made up of noodles and rice shared comparable results.

We all want to keep our child’s teeth bright and cavity-free. Luckily, cavities are 100% preventable. Prevention is key to helping children avoid invasive and costly treatments in the future! Tooth decay results when bacteria, a food source, and a host are coexisting together. The normal bacteria within the oral cavity feed off of carbohydrates and as a result produce damaging acids that breakdown the surfaces of teeth. It’s best to try to limit how often you and your children are consuming carbohydrates and processed sugars. When it’s time for your child’s snack time, offer tooth-friendly options like cheese, nuts, and carrots. Food consistency matters too! Sticky and chewy foods like fruit snacks tend to get stuck on and in-between teeth longer, increasing the risk for decay.

Certain treatments, such as fluoride varnish and dental sealants can help prevent tooth decay. Dental sealants are applied to the pits and grooves on the chewing surfaces of teeth to prevent food from becoming trapped. Make sure that your child drinks fluoridated tap water and is brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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.stuff.co.nz/national/health/122104452/noodles-and-bread-among-food-most-at-risk-of-causing-tooth-decay-in-children

https://www.cdc.gov/oralhealth/basics/childrens-oral-health/index.html

https://www.rwjf.org/en/library/research/2016/09/the-relationship-between-school-attendance-and-health.html

 

 

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fhawaiifamilydental.com%2Fnews%2Fwhat-to-do-child-toothache&psig=AOvVaw1prvuyt7Vb65gPlK4Oa-gd&ust=1595273475038000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCMich_6G2uoCFQAAAAAdAAAAABAw

Proper Oral Hygiene Can Boost Your Immune System

June 22nd, 2020

Being sick...none of us have time for that. Luckily, our body's immune system is our defense mechanism against harmful bacteria, germs, allergens, and foreign particles that enter our body. That’s why keeping a strong and healthy immune system is key to fighting infectious diseases like COVID-19. Your immune system is a complex system made up of many cells, organs, and tissues that span throughout your entire body, including your oral cavity. In fact, your mouth is generally the first entry point to the rest of your body. Therefore, it’s important to maintain good oral health to help keep your immune system and overall health strong, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

When your immune system is functioning properly, normal oral bacteria and your natural microbiome aren’t typically a dangerous threat. However, when your oral health is not being maintained, bacteria can breakdown your pearly whites and lead to gum disease and inflammation, which can ultimately weaken your immune system. The early stages of gum disease is also known as gingivitis, which can be reversed with proper oral hygiene habits such as brushing twice a day, flossing daily, healthy diet and stress maintenance, and regular dental visits for comprehensive care. Some signs of gingivitis include inflamed gums, presenting with swelling, redness, and possible bleeding. A more severe form of gum disease is known as periodontitis, and the damage is typically irreversible. In periodontal disease, the inflammatory response triggered by bacteria not only impacts your teeth and gums, but also attacks your surrounding oral tissues and bone that hold your teeth in place. If untreated, periodontal disease can lead to both bone and tooth loss. Consequently, your immune system begins to work extra hard to help fight gum disease, and may promote inflammation within other parts of your body. Sadly, an unhealthy mouth has been linked to many systemic health conditions and inflammatory diseases, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, preterm birth, and more! The case for having good oral hygiene undeniably keeps getting stronger. It’s important to keep your mouth healthy to help allow your immune system to be strong for taking care of the rest of your body!

During a pandemic, it’s important to do everything you can to strengthen your immune system. Here are some ways you can help your body stay healthy during these unprecedented times:

  • Minimize stress: Some research suggests that stress can exacerbate inflammatory disease such as gum disease. Try to stay active and keep a healthy diet to help relieve stress.
  • Exercise regularly and stay hydrated
  • Get adequate sleep: It is recommended that most adults need between 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night to function at their best. Children and teens might need more sleep for their growing bodies.
  • Brush your teeth daily
  • Floss daily to remove bacteria between your teeth
  • Wash hands regularly
  • Disinfect high-touch surfaces including bathroom surfaces, toilets, faucets, sinks, tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones and keyboards
  • Wear a mask and practice social distancing
  • Eat a healthy diet heavy with fruits, vegetables, lean meats and healthy fat
  • Visit your dentist regularly for check-ups/professional cleanings/outstanding treatments

It's also important to avoid practices that are harmful to your teeth and body:

  • Avoid smoking
  • Avoid high sugar diets
  • Avoid acidic drinks like soda and energy drinks
  • Drink alcohol in moderation
  • Avoid nail biting, chewing on ice, and using your teeth to open bottles or objects

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19.  Our office follows the recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group. We look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors, and friends.

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.guardiandirect.com/resources/articles/how-good-oral-health-may-help-you-keep-your-immune-system-strong

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

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WDG Re-Opening Safety Plan

June 3rd, 2020

With uplifting news from Governor Baker, we remain optimistic for the future and have safety for both our patients and dental team as our top priority, as always! With the Governor's recent announcement that it is now safe to begin the first phase of reopening within the four-phase plan, we have initiated a "soft re-opening" from May 26th until June 7th, which consists of seeing patients for emergency procedures and pressing dental needs. Barring any changes, we plan to fully re-open on June 8th. 

Our lives have all been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in some form, but together we will overcome this crisis. Although your dental visits will not be exactly the same as before, we want to ensure you that your safety will always be our foremost concern. To prepare for our re-opening, we have made significant changes, including adding new in-office equipment, staff training, and additional safety precautions following science-based recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Dental Association (ADA).

Here’s what you can expect at your next dental appointment at WDG:

  • To follow social distancing guidelines and ensure safety, we have made adjustments to our appointment schedule:

  • We have established a new check-in protocol to keep you and your family safe when visiting us:

Don't forget, your oral health is an essential part of your overall heath, and we are always here for you. If you experience any COVID-19 symptoms, postpone dental treatment and seek immediate medical care.

Make sure you are following our Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram accounts for updates and more information!

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 text  781-462-6401.

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://success.ada.org/en/practice-management/patients/infectious-diseases-2019-novel-coronavirus

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/dental-settings.html

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