periodontics

Winter Break at WDG

January 28th, 2013

 

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This winter we had a very special addition to our team when Wellesley College Junior and member of the Pre Dental Society, Christine Lee shadowed at WDG as she prepared for dental school. Originally from Seoul, South Korea, Christine is studying chemistry at Wellesley and enjoys cooking Korean food and playing the clarinet (although her time away at college has been a bit too busy for her to play much music).

She first realized her love of dentistry in high school when she accompanied her father, who is a dentist, to Nepal on a missionary service trip. They stayed there for a week at an orphanage. From then on, she has been single-minded in her pursuit of her dream to be a dentist.

Originally, she was thinking of applying to dental school in Korea, but last October, she realized she could go to dental school in the States. However, that meant she had many hours of shadowing to do! Searching for Wellesley’s best dental practice, Christine spoke to numerous sources and found that WDG is one of the most highly recommended practices in the area. The one thing that really convinced her that WDG was where she wanted to spend her winter break was that our mission statement reminded her of her dad’s. He, too, puts his relationship with the patient above all else.

She had a lot of fun over the month of January, organizing charts, experiencing the teamwork day-to-day, and becoming part of the WDG family. Dr. Ali even helped her stay relaxed and calm when she got worried about meeting new patients. The thing that resonated with her most, however, was Drs. Ali & Ali’s attitude toward their patients. Comfort and communication are their top priorities during treatment. Christine could see herself in their shoes post-graduation.

When not busy taking notes and absorbing everything dentistry, Christine took time to get to know the team. She had fun chatting with Carmen about her background and winter trip to Puerto Rico, she helped Julia on her search for an intern, and every day would light the room up with her smile.

Today, she will resume her classes at Wellesley as the spring semester begins. The Team at WDG will miss seeing her every day! She still doesn’t know the exact field in dentistry she wants to pursue, but is thinking that general dentistry might be where she wants to go. She doesn’t want to come into her practice with an attitude of, “I’m a doctor, you should listen to me.” Instead, she wants to be a dentist like her father and Drs. Ali & Ali.  Putting the patient first, truly serving them and building a relationship: that is what she really wants to do.

 

 

-Interview of Christine Lee '14 by Julia Di Cicco '12 on 1/28/13


Happy Holidays from WDG

December 13th, 2012

There's a nip in the air and soon enough, the snow will fall, leaving in its wake a quiet and reflective atmosphere. Most of all, it will be a warm sense of family that will keep the winter from feeling too cold.

We at Wellesley Dental Group have built our team through that sense of family. It was only this weekend that we joined together at the home of Drs. Ali and Ali and shared with each other the joy that comes with the holidays.

We want to extend that joy to you, our patients. Our family. Through your support and trust, together, we have created the community that is Wellesley Dental Group.

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

 

From the Caring Team at Wellesley Dental Group,

 

Happy Holidays!

 


Are You Sensitive?

December 11th, 2012

Over 40 million adults in the U.S. have experienced pain from sensitive teeth. So what causes this uncomfortable sensation that’s so widespread?

The underlying cause is that the dentin, which is under your enamel (the hard protective layer covering your teeth) is exposed. The dentin has tiny tubes full of fluid that trigger nerves found in the pulp of the tooth when the dentin is exposed to heat, cold, or acidity. When that trigger happens, you feel pain.

Why does the dentin get exposed in the first place? There numerous reasons, but the most common are:

  • Brushing too hard: you can wear down your enamel by brushing too hard. An easy way to see if you are brushing too hard is to take a look at your brush. If all the bristles are pointing different ways, you need to ease up. Using soft bristles is also a good idea to minimize enamel erosion.
  • Bruxism (grinding your teeth): your teeth flex when you grind your teeth, which increases enamel erosion.
  • Gingivitis (or gum disease): gum sensitivity can lead to increased tooth sensitivity because more underlying dentin root surface is exposed.
  • Tooth decay: especially painful when the pulp is exposed.
  • Certain whitening products: although there are more recent whitening options available, such as our Sinsational Whitening, that cause minimal to no sensitivity.
  • Acidic foods: these foods increase enamel erosion, which exposes more dentin.
  • Plaque build-up: especially when the build-up is near the root surface.
  • Recent dental procedures: however, this sensitivity should only last between four to six weeks.

Now that you understand some reasons why you may be experiencing sensitive teeth, you should visit your dentist. Drs. Ali & Ali will be more than happy to help, so be in touch by calling (781)-237-9071 or email them at smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com.

In the meantime, boost your oral health by reducing enamel erosion and take steps to:

1. Maintain good oral hygiene
2. Use a soft-bristled tooth brush
3. Use a desensitizing toothpaste
4. Be careful not to eat acidic food
5. Use fluoridated dental products
6. Get a mouthguard if you are grinding your teeth

Sensitive teeth is a treatable discomfort and with proper management, you have great chances of feeling better.

At Wellesley Dental Group, we can apply sealants, desensitizing agents, fluoride, as well as other specialized treatments for your discomfort. Come in for a consultation!

Sources:
Crest
Sensodyne
WebMD

The Silent Destroyer

December 3rd, 2012

Gingivitis. If you don’t know the signs, it’s easy to miss until it’s too late. Put simply, Gingivitis is gum inflammation and generally comes before full-blown periodontitis, or gum disease. Not all cases of gingivitis, however, lead to gum disease, so make sure to visit your dentist, to keep your gums healthy!

Usually starting painlessly, Gingivitis has few indicators, some of which may be:

• Gums that bleed during and after tooth brushing or upon flossing
• Red, swollen, or tender gums
• Persistent bad breath or bad taste in the mouth
• Receding gums
• Formation of deep pockets between teeth and gums
• Loose, shifting, or misaligned teeth
• Changes in the way teeth fit together upon biting down, or in the fit of partial dentures.

Even if you don’t have any of these symptoms, you may still have gum disease, so make sure you regularly visit your dentist.

It’s especially good to visit your dentist for a check up if you have been ill or have had hormonal changes. Even changing medication, especially to one that causes dry mouth, can increase your risk of gingivitis.

Bad habits, such as smoking and general bad oral health practices, such as not flossing, also increase your risk. Also, check your family history since gingivitis and periodontitis are more frequent in people whose family has dealt with gum disease. In fact, the American Academy of Periodontology says that up to 30% of Americans may be genetically susceptible to gum disease.

In the meantime, before you meet with your dentist about your gums, here are some things you can do to increase your oral health and decrease your chances of gum disease:

• Stop smoking. Smokers are seven times more likely to get gum disease than nonsmokers, and smoking can lower the chances of success of some treatments.
• Minimize stress. Stress may make it difficult for your body's immune system to fight off infection.

• Eat healthily. Eating foods with antioxidants can help your body get over an infection.
• If you clench or grind your teeth, get fitted for a mouth-guard. Grinding and clenching can put force on supporting teeth, which can increase gum damage.

And don’t forget to brush and floss your teeth! Removing plaque daily is one of the best ways to keep your gums and teeth happy and healthy.

Sources:
American Academy of Periodontology.
American Dental Association.
Web MD

Half Of American Adults Have Periodontal Disease

September 18th, 2012

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have recently revealed that one out of every two American adults aged 30 or older has periodontal disease! How shocking is that?

These findings are based off of information gathered by the CDC in their 2009-2010 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). This survey aims to evaluate the health of both adults and children in the United States. This survey was unique because for the very first time, it examined the entire mouth for various stages of periodontal disease. It's important to note that gingivitis, the beginning stage of periodontal disease, was not examined.

Also, in earlier NHANES, only partial mouth exams were done. This would leave a large margin of error since not all teeth were checked for periodontal disease. This more than likely caused for underestimations in previous NHANES.

Pamela McClain, DDS, president of the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) and a practicing periodontist, said:

“This is the most accurate picture of periodontal disease in the U.S. adult population we have ever had. For the first time, we now have a precise measure of the prevalence of periodontal disease, and can better understand the true severity and extent of periodontal disease in our country. The AAP values its collaboration with CDC to better understand the burden of periodontal disease in Americans.”

There are also numerous curiousities worth noting, such as periodontal disease being more common in men than women and most prevalent in Mexican Americans. Smokers, those living below poverty level, and those with less than a high school diploma all boast high rates as well.

Drs. Ali & Ali take periodontal disease very seriously. During a hygiene appointment, each patient is thoroughly examined for signs and symptoms. If there is a problem developing, the patient is fully educated on the disease and what can be done to control it.

If you have questions on periodontal disease or another concern, please don't hesitate to contact us at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com!

Fish Oil Could Help Periodontal Disease

June 27th, 2012

Fish oil has long been regarded as beneficial to overall health. But did you know that it may help periodontal symptoms? Doctors in Australia have been analyzing various studies to draw a clear conclusion. Although all of the studies showed improvements,  two showed great progress when used in conjunction with aspirin. However, more needs to be done to know the full effect of fish oil supplements.

Dr. Alison Coates who is working on the project said,

"I would recommend that people ensure they have a sufficient intake of long chain omega-3 fatty acids in their diet for general health," said Coates. "In Australia, these types of fatty acids are considered to be essential with ~500 mg recommended as the suggested dietary target. This equates to approximately 2 fatty fish meals per week."

More research needs to be done to see if aspirin is necessary to see the benefits of fish oil. You can read the full article here.

Implantologist at Wellesley Dental Group

May 3rd, 2012

Did you know that we have an implantologist on our team? Dr. Ghazwan Ghazi graduated from Boston University School of Dentistry in 1992. He practiced as a general dentist in Boston from 1992 – 1994 and received his special training in periodontics and dental implants from The New Jersey Dental School along with his Master’s degree in 1997.

Dr. Ghazi has been on the faculty of Harvard School of Dental Medicine since 1998 where he teaches clinical periodontics and dental implants to the post-graduate residents. He has been practicing periodontics and dental implants in the Boston area since 1997. Dr. Ghazi is also a Diplomate of The American Board of Periodontology.

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

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