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Vacation week!

February 19th, 2013

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Keep smiling and have a safe vacation!

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

We love you, too!

February 15th, 2013

 

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

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

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

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

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

“Happy Valentine’s Day” Shana H.

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"OXOXOXOXO" Janet F.

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


Keep your kids cavity free!

February 12th, 2013

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

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

 

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

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

 

We love you, do you love us?

February 7th, 2013

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

 

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

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

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

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

May cupid be on your side!

Yankee Dental Congress 2013

February 4th, 2013

This year, we made our yearly trek to Boston to attend the annual Yankee Dental Congress. We had so much fun learning about new equipment, procedures...and most of all, the freebies! Some of us scored a bag full of toothpaste, a power toothbrush, even MP3 stereos. What was most fun of all, however, was spending time together outside the office, sharing our passion for dentistry in a totally different way. When we weren't geeking out over all the newest and amazing dental technology, we had fun goofing around with the life-size Oral-B toothbrush. We even got Milo some dental dog biscuits because even dogs need to brush (photos below).

It was a wonderful weekend for all of us and it's great to be back in the office to share with our patients our love of oral health. Below are some more great photos from this weekend.

Don't our Drs. Ali & Ali look great next to the toothbrush-man?

There were so many booths, it took us hours to get to them all!

Who knew we would find dog treats at Yankee! Aren't they adorable? We just had to bring back a souvenir for Milo.

Milo certainly looks happy while he takes care of his oral health. He finished it so quickly!

Fluoride Levels in Over the Counter Products

June 7th, 2012

Last year, you may remember seeing in the news that the Department of Health and Human Services proposed changing the fluoride level in water. The reason for this was because they wanted to make sure the fluoride level in water was a healthy balance between the fluoride received in toothpaste.

The Food and Drug Administration allows over the counter toothpaste for adults to contain 1000 ppm or 1100 ppm of fluoride and allows it in three forms or compounds.

To meet the Food and Drug Administration regulations and be approved by the American Dental Association, over the counter toothpastes must have less than 276 mg of fluroride per tube.

You can read the full article to learn more about fluoride.

 

Ten Easy Steps

July 21st, 2010

Would you like to know ten very easy ways to maintain or improve your oral health?  There are more than ten, for sure, but here's a good start.

1.) Replace your toothbrush at least once every 3 months or when the brush shows signs of wear. It’s also important to switch to a new toothbrush if you’ve recently recovered from a sickness like a cold or the flu.

2.)  Use a rechargeable electric toothbrush with oscillating-rotating action or sonic technology if you are able to.  The head should still be replaced every 3 months or if it becomes worn out before three months.  The toothbrush will do most of the work for you and is a great tool for removing plaque.  It can take a while to get used to using an electric toothbrush, but I highly encourage it. 

3.)  Brush at least twice per day, after eating breakfast as well as before bed.  Try to limit the amount of snacking between meals.

4.)  Two minutes or longer is the appropriate amount of time to spend each time you brush.  You may divide that time up among the four “quadrants” – upper left, upper right, lower left, and lower right.

5.) When you’re done brushing your teeth, use your toothbrush to gently scrape your tongue. Germs can collect on your tongue, often causing bad breath, and this will help remove them.

6.)  Floss at least once daily.  Check with your dentist to see if you are doing it correctly.  Many people are never shown proper flossing techniques and it can really make a difference.  Disposable “flossers” and toothpicks are alright for removing trapped food, but should not replace dental floss.  Floss is the only thing that can safely get into the gum line to remove plaque.  Talk with your dentist about alternatives if you have difficulty holding the floss. 

7.)  See a dentist at least once every 6 months or as recommended.  Adults become more susceptible to dental cavities as they age, and regular cleanings can help keep this risk in check.  Even if you have dentures, you should still be seen by a dentist for an annual exam.  The dentist can monitor your gum health, cheeks, tongue, and will check you for any abnormalities.

8)  Do you wear dentures? If so, they may need to be realigned, so check with your dentist. Properly fitting dentures are very important for chewing and talking and can make daily living more comfortable.  If they don’t fit comfortably, you may be using too much denture cream to keep them in place.

9)  Let your dentist know if you’re experiencing dry mouth. Dry mouth, also known as “xerostomia”, is a side effect of many common medications, but it’s detrimental to your oral health.  It reduces the amount of saliva in the mouth, allowing for more plaque to build up on the teeth and along the gum line. 

10.)  Ask as many questions of your dentist as necessary.  If you have any questions or concerns whatsoever, I am here as a dental resource for you, and I’d be happy to speak with you.  Please do not hesitate to call me, Dr. Femina Ali, at 781-237-9071.   

 If you’d like a free dental care kit with a new toothbrush and paste, please stop into Wellesley Dental Group at 5 Seaward Road in Wellesley (behind Fraser Medical Building) between 8 am and 5 pm Monday through Thursday.

Father's Day Giveaway

June 8th, 2009

Father and ChildWith less than 2 weeks now until Father's Day (June 21), we are sure people are already making plans on how to celebrate the occasion.

We want to help honor all the great fathers in our community and so we are giving away a free power toothbrush, valued at over $100. Power toothbrushes can be a great tool in helping keep healthy teeth and gums.  They work really well at removing plaque build-up and certain features can make brushing more pleasurable and effective.

To enter our toothbrush giveaway, please send us a comment on our blog mentioning the contest.  You may also enter by joining us at our Facebook group (Wellesley Dental Group) or by following us on twitter (www.twitter.com/wellesleydental). All entries must be received by 11:59 pm on Wednesday, June 17.  The winner will be announced on Thursday, June 18.  The toothbrush must be picked up in person, so please only enter if you are in the Boston/Massachusetts area.  If you have any questions, please send Danica an email at danica@wellesleydentalgroup.com.

Thank you and Good LUCK!

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