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Participate In Our 9th Annual Candy Drive!

October 12th, 2016

9th-annual-candy-drive-3All Metrowest Schools and organizations are invited to join Wellesley Dental Group's 9th Annual Community Candy Drive to benefit the US troops serving overseas. From November 1st to November 9th, we will be collecting candy, along with handwritten notes and cards for our soldiers.

Our goal is to teach our kids lessons in giving by encouraging them to share their extra Halloween candy with our troops. The sweet treats and the handwritten cards are a little reminder of home for our troops, and a message of support just in time for Veteran's Day. The packages will be sent via CarePacks, a non-profit organization, along with oral hygiene supplies.

We are inviting all schools and organizations to participate in our Press Event - November 10th at 10:00 am. Local media and photographers will capture the spirit of giving in our community. Principals, faculty, parents, and students (with the permission from their teachers, of course) are all?welcome to attend.

To schedule a candy drop-off or RSVP for the event, please call (781-237-9071) or email us (candydrive@wellesleydentalgroup.com).

Let's keep this fun Wellesley tradition going!

News Flash: #CandyDrive2015 in the Media!

November 16th, 2015

[caption id="attachment_9197" align="alignleft" width="502"]Wellesley Dental Group team picture! Wellesley Dental Group team picture![/caption]

What an exciting November it's been at the Wellesley Dental Group. This year brought our biggest and best Candy Drive yet! With participation from over 30 schools from across the Metro-West, and more than 9,000 students involved, the spirit of community giving and patriotism was in the air. Not to mention, our 8th Annual Candy Drive stirred up a lot of amazing press coverage. We cannot thank you and the community enough for all of the support and donations of candy and handwritten notes for the troops. A special thank you to Wellesley Public MediaWestwood Hometown WeeklyThe Swellesley Report, Wellesley Weston Magazine, and The Wellesley Townsman for featuring our Candy Drive in their publications. We can't wait to see what next year's drive has in store for us.

Check out #CandyDrive2015 in the news:

Wellesley Public Media captured our lovely Dr. Zarah Ali showcasing the highlights of the 2015 Candy Drive.

 

Westwood Hometown Weekly: Westwood Girl Scout Fundraiser Helps Overseas Troops

[caption id="attachment_9248" align="alignleft" width="430"]Photos courtesy of Chandana Gopal. Photo courtesy of Chandana Gopal.[/caption]

The fourth grade Girl Scout Troop 75364 at Downey School in Westwood ran a Halloween Candy Drive to collect candy to be packaged in Care Packs for troops stationed abroad.

The Downey community has participated in this event run by Wellesley Dental Group for the last four years.

This year, the Girl Scouts took in their biggest collection yet, and collected more than 200 pounds of candy, which equates to almost one pound per child at Downey.

 

Hometown Weekly: Candy Collected For U.S. Armed Forces At Wellesley Event

[caption id="attachment_9252" align="alignleft" width="430"]The Upham Elementary School in Wellesley and the Delaney Elementary School in Wrentham shared the $1,000 prize for their PTOs. (Photos courtesy of Femina Ali) The Upham Elementary School in Wellesley and the Delaney Elementary School in Wrentham shared the $1,000 prize for their PTOs.[/caption]

In what has become an annual tradition, Drs. Femina, Ejaz and Zarah Ali of the Wellesley Dental Group recently held a candy drive that raised nearly 8,000 pounds of candy for members of the U.S. armed forces serving our country overseas.

The candy is delivered to Care Packs, a nonprofit organization that creates and ships individual packages full of candy, handwritten notes, oral hygiene supplies and other treats and essentials from home for the troops overseas.

The week-long collection, which receives support and participation from several schools, including all the Wellesley Public Schools, and other organizations culminated last week in a big celebration that had approximately 100 people join in, including Superintendent David Lussier, Ellen Gibbs from the Board of Selectmen, MSG Trevor George and local veteran Pete Jones. Thirty-one schools from 13 towns participated in the collection.

“Our favorite part was to see the community come together in the spirit of giving and gratitude,” Femina Ali said. “It’s truly inspiring to see how much candy our kids willingly donate, and reading their handwritten notes and cards really strikes a chord. It’s a wonderful thing to see right before Veterans Day.”

Also attending the big celebration were members of the Wellesley Police Department and many of the school principals. Wellesley High’s Keynotes performed and elementary school student Evan Lariviere sang the National Anthem.

The Upham Elementary School shared the $1,000 grand prize that will go to its PTO with Delaney Elementary in Wrentham.

“We definitely raised more candy this year than last year, and than ever before, but the real accomplishment was the scope of the event,” Femina Ali said. “We’ve never had such widespread participation from the surrounding communities, and we reached as far as Wrentham and Braintree this year.”

 

Wellesley Weston Blog: Wellesley Dental Group’s 8th Annual Community Candy Drive

All Metro-West Schools are invited to join Wellesley Dental Group’s 8th Annual Community Candy Drive to benefit the U.S. troops serving overseas. From November 1st to November 5th, our office will be collecting candy, as well as handwritten notes and cards, to be sent to American servicemen via non-profit organization CarePacks, along with oral hygiene supplies.

This year, the competition is bigger than ever! We will be awarding a grand prize of $1,000 to the school PTO that donates the most candy! The winning school will be selected based on the amount of candy donated divided by the number of students in the school, to ensure fair competition.

The Candy Drive is open to any school or institute that is interested in participating in this cause. We also invites schools and organizations to be a part of our Press Event on November 5th at 10:00 am, at our office on 5 Seaward Road in Wellesley. Principals, faculty members, parents, and students (with the permission of their parents and teachers) are welcome to attend. Local institutions, media and photographers are also invited to participate. RSVP is requested.

To schedule a candy drop-off, please call 781-237-9071 or email the Wellesley Dental Group at candydrive@wellesleydentalgroup.com. Our goal is to teach our kids lessons in giving by encouraging them to share their extra Halloween candy with our troops overseas. These sweet treats and the handwritten cards are a reminder of home for these soldiers, and a reflection of our gratitude. To check out awesome photos and more information regarding last year’s event, click here. Let’s keep this fun tradition going!

 

The Swellesley Report: Wellesley Dental Group has sweetened the pot for annual post-Halloween candy collection

Ready to get rid of all that candy? Join Wellesley Dental Group’s 8th Annual Community Candy Drive to benefit the U.S. troops serving overseas. From November 1st to November 5th, the office will be collecting candy, as well as handwritten notes and cards, to be sent to American servicemen via non-profit organization CarePacks, along with oral hygiene supplies.

This year, the office will award a grand prize of $1000 to the school PTO that donates the most candy. The winning school will be selected based on the amount of candy donated divided by the number of students in the school, to ensure fair competition. The Candy Drive is open to any school or institute that is interested in participating in this cause.

To schedule a candy drop-off, please call 781-237-9071 or email the Wellesley Dental Group at candydrive@wellesleydentalgroup.com. If your child attends a Wellesley public school, check with the office. Many of the schools are collecting candy and will bring it all in a big pile to the drop-off point.

 

The Wellesley Townsman: Wellesley's candy mountain: Each year at Halloween, it grows outside a local dental office

[caption id="attachment_9196" align="alignleft" width="319"]One of the many handwritten cards from local elementary school students One of the many handwritten cards from local elementary school students[/caption]

It may seem a little ironic for a dental office to be collecting candy, but for the eighth year in a row Wellesley Dental Group sponsored their Annual Community Candy Drive. Outside their 5 Seaward Road offices on the morning of Nov. 5 stood a huge candy mountain.

It wasn’t just the Wellesley school community that donated. More than 9,000 students participated this year, not including colleges. From Nov. 1-5, students from 30 schools in 13 towns brought their extra Halloween candy to Wellesley Dental Group for the benefit of U.S. troops serving overseas. The students also wrote letters and cards to accompany the candy that will be sent along with oral hygiene supplies.

“It’s become a community event. I love it,” said Dr. Femina Ali, who added that this year’s candy drive was definitely bigger than last year’s.

“It just gets bigger and bigger every year … she [Dr. Ali] puts her heart and soul into it,” said Wellesley resident Mary Bowers who attended the donation celebration.

According to Dr. Femina Ali, however, it was her daughter, Dr. Zarah Ali, also a dentist at Wellesley Dental Group, spearheaded this year’s event.

“It’s definitely a team effort,” said Dr. Zarah Ali. In estimating the amount of candy students dropped off this year, she said, “I know we have more than 7,000 pounds. I would guess 9,000.”

With a promise of $1,000 to the PTO of the school that donated the most candy, participation was robust. As it turned out there was a tie: Upham Elementary School in Wellesley and the Delaney Elementary School of Wrentham shared the prize money.

Dr. Zarahi Ali said they determined the winning schools by taking the amount of candy donated and dividing it by the number of students – to the 10th of a pound.

Megan Fennell was there with fellow students from the Kennedy Middle School in Natick. She said she wanted to participate because “I thought it would be an experience, and we wrote letters for the soldiers that we’re giving the candy to.” Her school collected 586 pounds of sweet treats.

Superintendent of Wellesley Public Schools David Lussier attended the event and was proud not only of his schools’ participation but also of the Wellesley students who performed for the crowd – Evan Lariviere, a third-grader from the Upham School, and the Wellesley High School Keynote Singers, who all demonstrated their vocal talents.

Rick Bruce of CarePacks was on hand with a truck to take the candy to the non-profit organization’s warehouse in Weymouth. He said the drive is “a great community event.”

After the candy gets packed into sandwich-size bags Bruce said, “We’ll get two or three shipments out of this.”

Also, don't forget to like us on Facebook to view pictures and more from the event!

Post Candy Drive:

We received a thank you note from one of our soldiers to a Sprague Elementary School student who participated in our candy drive. Read more here in this article written by The Swellesley Report:

http://theswellesleyreport.com/2015/12/heartwarming-wellesley-tale-the-soldier-the-2nd-grader/

Links:

http://hometownweekly.net/candy-collected-for-us-armed-forces-at-wellesley-event-p15630-197.htm#

http://wellesley.wickedlocal.com/article/20151112/ENTERTAINMENTLIFE/151118220/0/SEARCH

http://www.wwmblog.com/news/wellesleydental-candydrive8

http://theswellesleyreport.com/2015/11/wellesley-dental-group-has-sweetened-the-pot-for-annual-post-halloween-candy-collection/

http://hometownweekly.net/index152.htm

http://bcove.me/wzjwe7qs

Candy Drive 2015- Check!

November 6th, 2015

 

[caption id="attachment_9209" align="aligncenter" width="658"]The 3 Drs. Ali in front of the mountain of candy collected this year! The 3 Drs. Ali in front of the mountain of candy collected this year![/caption]

We did it again! The 8th annual community candy drive was an amazing success! We had over 30 schools from 13 different towns and more than 9,000 students participate in our drive, making it the largest in size and scope thus far. To make it even sweeter, we collected more candy than ever before! We are beyond thrilled that our community, and so many neighboring communities, came together in the spirit of generosity to show gratitude and appreciation for our troops overseas. We hope they enjoy these sweet treats, along with handwritten notes, cards and oral hygiene supplies.

Here are some highlights from our event:

Our annual community candy drive was in full swing last week, and candy donations from schools and organizations were piling in.

[caption id="attachment_9192" align="aligncenter" width="647"]Candy Delivery from the Cabot School! Candy Delivery from the Cabot School![/caption]

 

We culminated with a press event on November 5th, paying homage to our troops overseas, showing off our mountain of candy, and bringing the community together in the spirit of giving, and a little competition! This year, our $1000 grand prize was shared between two winning schools, Upham Elementary in Wellesley, and Delaney Elementary in Wrentham!

[caption id="attachment_9194" align="aligncenter" width="643"]The winners of this year's competition: Upham Elementary and Delaney Elementary The winners of this year's competition: Upham Elementary and Delaney Elementary[/caption]

 

All in all, we had over 30 schools from 13 towns participating-- that's over 9,000 students! We love how so many schools, organizations, and communities came together for the same great cause!

[caption id="attachment_9195" align="aligncenter" width="663"]Sprague, Schofield, and Hardy School Principals with our Wellesley Schools Superintendent, Dr. David Lussier Sprague, Schofield, and Hardy School Principals with our Wellesley Schools Superintendent, Dr. David Lussier[/caption]

Thanks to Evan Lariviere for singing the National Anthem and the WHS Keynotes for singing America the Beautiful; it was an honor to hear such beautiful voices stirring up patriotism right before Veteran's Day.

 

[caption id="attachment_9198" align="aligncenter" width="486"]The Wellesley High School Keynotes, who sang America the Beautiful for us The Wellesley High School Keynotes, who sang America the Beautiful for us[/caption]

 

[caption id="attachment_9199" align="aligncenter" width="321"]Evan, who moved us all as he sang the National Anthem Evan, who moved us all as he sang the National Anthem[/caption]

 

The handwritten notes and cards for the troops will be sure to put a smile on their faces! We imagine that they must be even sweeter than the candy.

[caption id="attachment_9196" align="aligncenter" width="254"]One of the many handwritten cards from local elementary school students One of the many handwritten cards from local elementary school students[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_9203" align="aligncenter" width="276"]Handwritten card for the troops Handwritten card for the troops[/caption]

 

A big thank you to our amazing Wellesley Dental Group team for all their hard work, and off course to everyone that participated-- we couldn't have done it without you all.

[caption id="attachment_9197" align="aligncenter" width="659"]Wellesley Dental Group team picture! Wellesley Dental Group team picture![/caption]

 

A Special Thank You to the following Participants:

 

 

 

A Sweet Tradition-Happening Now: 8th Annual Candy Drive!

November 2nd, 2015

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All Metro-West Schools are invited to join Wellesley Dental Group's 8th Annual Community Candy Drive to benefit the U.S. troops serving overseas. From November 1st to November 5th, our office will be collecting candy, as well as handwritten notes and cards, to be sent to American servicemen via non-profit organization CarePacks, along with oral hygiene supplies.

This year, the competition is bigger than ever! We will be awarding a grand prize of $1000 to the school PTO that donates the most candy! The winning school will be selected based on the amount of candy donated divided by the number of students in the school, to ensure fair competition. The Candy Drive is open to any school or institute that is interested in participating in this cause.

We also invites schools and organizations to be a part of our Press Event on November 5th at 10:00 am, at our office on 5 Seaward in Wellesley. Principals, faculty members, parents, and students (with the permission of their parents and teachers) are welcome to attend. Local institutions, media and photographers are also invited to participate. RSVP is requested.

To schedule a candy drop-off, please call 781-237-9071 or email the Wellesley Dental Group at candydrive@wellesleydentalgroup.com.

Our goal is to teach our kids lessons in giving by encouraging them to share their extra Halloween candy with our troops overseas. These sweet treats and the handwritten cards are a reminder of home for these soldiers, and a reflection of our gratitude.

To check out awesome photos and more information regarding last year’s event, click here.

Let's keep this fun tradition going!

[caption id="attachment_9007" align="aligncenter" width="600"]DSC02378 (1) Tufts Jumbos Making a Difference! Dr. Zarah Ali, Dr. Femina Ali, and Dr. Ejaz Ali at the 2014 Candy Drive.[/caption]

 

 

[caption id="attachment_9004" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Candy Drive 2012 had over 5000 lbs of candy donated. Candy Drive 2013 had over 7000 lbs of candy donated. More than 7600 lbs of candy collected in 2014! We’re getting bigger and better each year! Candy Drive 2012 had over 5000 lbs of candy donated. Candy Drive 2013 had over 7000 lbs of candy donated. More than 7600 lbs of candy collected in 2014! We’re getting bigger and better each year![/caption]

[caption id="attachment_9002" align="aligncenter" width="600"]DSC02266 Students from Wellesley High School[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_8994" align="aligncenter" width="600"]A striking rendition of the national anthem was given by a seven-year old Elementary School Student, Evan Lariviere. A striking rendition of the national anthem was given by a seven-year old Elementary School Student, Evan Lariviere.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_9005" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Speakers at the 2014 Candy Drive event included Wellesley Selectman Ellen Gibbs, School Superintendent Wellesley Dr. David Lussier, and The President of Care Packs, Mr. Rick Bruce. The US Marines, Army and the National Guards, the American Legion, the Wellesley Fire Department and the Wellesley Police Department were present. Speakers at the 2014 Candy Drive event included Wellesley Selectman Ellen Gibbs, School Superintendent Wellesley Dr. David Lussier, and The President of Care Packs, Mr. Rick Bruce. The US Marines, Army and the National Guards, the American Legion, the Wellesley Fire Department and the Wellesley Police Department were present.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_8993" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Students interacting with our Troops! Students interacting with our Troops![/caption]

A Sweet Tradition: 8th Annual Candy Drive

October 14th, 2015

 

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All Metro-West Schools are invited to join Wellesley Dental Group's 8th Annual Community Candy Drive to benefit the U.S. troops serving overseas. From November 1st to November 5th, our office will be collecting candy, as well as handwritten notes and cards, to be sent to American servicemen via non-profit organization CarePacks, along with oral hygiene supplies.

This year, the competition is bigger than ever! We will be awarding a grand prize of $1000 to the school PTO that donates the most candy! The winning school will be selected based on the amount of candy donated divided by the number of students in the school, to ensure fair competition. The Candy Drive is open to any school or institute that is interested in participating in this cause.

We also invites schools and organizations to be a part of our Press Event on November 5th at 10:00 am, at our office on 5 Seaward in Wellesley. Principals, faculty members, parents, and students (with the permission of their parents and teachers) are welcome to attend. Local institutions, media and photographers are also invited to participate. RSVP is requested.

To schedule a candy drop-off, please call 781-237-9071 or email the Wellesley Dental Group at candydrive@wellesleydentalgroup.com.

Our goal is to teach our kids lessons in giving by encouraging them to share their extra Halloween candy with our troops overseas. These sweet treats and the handwritten cards are a reminder of home for these soldiers, and a reflection of our gratitude.

To check out awesome photos and more information regarding last year’s event, click here.

Let's keep this fun tradition going!

 

[caption id="attachment_9007" align="alignleft" width="600"]DSC02378 (1) Tufts Jumbos Making a Difference! Dr. Zarah Ali, Dr. Femina Ali, and Dr. Ejaz Ali at the 2014 Candy Drive.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_9004" align="alignleft" width="600"]DSC01972 Candy Drive 2012 had over 5000 lbs of candy donated. Candy Drive 2013 had over 7000 lbs of candy donated. More than 7600 lbs of candy collected in 2014! We're getting bigger and better each year![/caption]

[caption id="attachment_9002" align="alignleft" width="600"]DSC02266 Students from Wellesley High School[/caption]

 

 

[caption id="attachment_8994" align="alignleft" width="600"]DSC02248 A striking rendition of the national anthem was given by a seven-year old Elementary School Student, Evan Lariviere.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_9005" align="alignleft" width="600"]DSC02280 Speakers at the 2014 Candy Drive event included Wellesley Selectman Ellen Gibbs, School Superintendent Wellesley Dr. David Lussier, and The President of Care Packs, Mr. Rick Bruce. The US Marines, Army and the National Guards, the American Legion, the Wellesley Fire Department and the Wellesley Police Department were present.[/caption]

 

 

[caption id="attachment_8993" align="alignleft" width="600"]DSC02060 Students interacting with our Troops![/caption]

 

 

It's Candy Drive Time Again!

October 3rd, 2015

[caption id="attachment_9007" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Dr. Zarah Ali, Dr. Femina Ali, and Dr. Ejaz Ali hosting the 2014 Candy Drive[/caption]

It's Candy Drive time again here at the Wellesley Dental Group, and we're as excited as ever! As the season changes and becomes cooler, and Halloween draws nearer, we're gearing up to host the 8th Annual Candy Drive for the troops this November 5th!

Donations to the Candy Drive will be happily accepted up until Thursday, November 5 at Wellesley Dental Group on 5 Seaward Rd in Wellesley. We request that  donations be dropped off between 8 am to 11 am. Be sure to follow our Candy Drive Facebook Page for more updates and photos!

Each year, the WDG collects candy donations, as well as hand written notes and letters, from all around the metro-west region. All the candy that is collected is sent to US soldiers serving abroad, via Care Packs, along with the heart-warming letters and cards, and hygiene packages.

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More than 7600 lbs. of Candy collected in 2014!

 If you or your organization are interested in participating in this great cause, send us an email at smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com, call us at 781-237-9071, or come drop by at 5 Seaward Road, Wellesley! Candy collection officially starts on the 31st of October, and continues until the 5th of November. Also join us at our Candy Drive finale event on the 5th of November, at 10:00 am, at the Wellesley Dental Group!

Last year's event saw the highest amount of candy donated so far, and a huge number of beautifully made cards. At our press event, even the threat of snow and the freezing wind could not sway the enthusiasm of the large group of metro-west residents, including school children, gathered to honor the US troops. As part of the Veteran's Day celebrations, and the grand finale of the 7th Annual Community Candy Drive, this event brought together schools and organizations from across the region, to express gratitude for the soldiers serving abroad.

[caption id="attachment_9003" align="alignleft" width="600"]DSC02632 Students from Wellesley High School[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_8993" align="alignleft" width="600"]DSC02060 Students interacting with our Troops![/caption]

The final weight of the candy donated amounted to 7650 pounds, with participation from schools in Needham, Natick, Framingham, Weston, Dedham, Westwood, Newton, Wellesley, Jamaica Plains and Waltham! Students, parents and teachers from these schools were present at this event. The 2014 Candy Drive managed to cross state boundaries with the involvement of an organization from Connecticut, as well!

The event started with a striking rendition of the national anthem DSC02080by a seven-year old Elementary School Student, Evan Lariviere. The Wellesley High School Keynote Singers Club was present, and performed America The Beautiful. Speakers at the event included Wellesley Selectman Ellen Gibbs, who commended the Wellesley Dental Group and all participating towns in coming together for the cause. Dr. David Lussier, School Superintendent Wellesley, also spoke, highlighting how almost every person present would be able to trace their lineage back to a Veteran. The President of Care Packs, a non-profit organization that creates and sends individual packages to soldiers, Mr. Rick Bruce, thanked the community for contributing each year, and relayed how candy from past years has made thousands of soldiers happy.DSC02280DSC02248

The highlight of the event was the presence of the US Marines, Army and the National Guards, the American Legion, the Wellesley Fire Department and the Wellesley Police Department. Community members and children enjoyed personally interacting with Veterans and soldiers on active duty, and  getting their photographs taken in front of the huge candy display. The event ended with a prize giving ceremony sponsored by the Wellesley Dental Group, rewarding the students present at the event for their contribution to the cause, and awarding certificates to participating schools and organizations. 

We hope that you're as excited as we are to kick start the 2015 Wellesley Dental Group Candy Drive. For more photos, check out our Facebook Page. Stay tuned, there are more great photos to come!

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5 Ways to Get an A in Oral Health

August 27th, 2014

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With the school season around the corner oral health has to be at the top of your list! During the summer it’s easy to become more lenient with kids about what they eat, so dentists recommend that now is a good time to check in with the dentist and do a cleaning. Research shows that 60% of children fail to visit the dentist once a year. Now is a good time to check for cavities, for untreated tooth decay - all of this can keep a child from eating, speaking, sleeping, and even learning to their fullest potential. Parents should also be mindful of the snacks and lunches they pack. Some schools offering enticing sugary snacks for kids, but it is a good idea to pack healthy foods, keeping a child’s sugar intake at bay.

We challenge you do beat these statistics and start the school year off with healthy teeth! Request an appointment with Dr. Kim, our excellent pediatric dentist, or call 781-237-9071 with questions.

1891176_10151970757410913_476601832_n1. Consistent brushing. As always it is important to instill the habit of brushing twice a day. Getting back to school, children have to be reminded of the morning and evening routine. It is helpful to set up a time for brushing after breakfast and before going to bed. Dentists also recommend that brushing after every meal can be beneficial.  There are many fun toothbrushes that have been coming out, and along with buying new folders and notebooks, parents can look into buying themed travel toothbrush and toothpaste that children can bring to school in their lunchbox. Just make sure that the toothpaste contains fluoride and that the travel toothbrush has soft bristles!

2. Flossing before brushing. To get an A vs. a B in oral care, you have to make sure to remember flossing.  For small children, convenient pre-strung floss picks can make it easier to reach between teeth in little mouths. Put a floss pick on your child’s plate so they remember that right after they eat, they need to floss. By making these actions routine, your child will develop good habits they can lean on for the rest of their life.

3. Fluoride rinses. Once you are sure your child can swish mouthwash without swallowing it, add a rinse to their routine. Not only is it fun and leaves the cleanest feeling, but it also helps remineralise teeth and protect them from the effects sweets and soda have on gentle enamel. This step will put the parent's mind at ease!

4. Help make dentist their friend. Dentist visits are necessary and although many young students are afraid of them, parents can help put their mind at ease. Research shows, that if the parents show anxiety about the dental check-ups, it's far more likely that the children will, as well. Dentist are working to help you have the best quality of life, besides dentistry has come a long way in terms of comfort and amenities. A kid's visit often includes playing in the waiting area, watching cartoons for distraction, drawing and getting fun prizes and stickers. Be sure to prepare your child for their dental visits by explaining how the staff will take a picture of their teeth during X-rays, clean their teeth and examine the teeth. Eliminate the unknowns and your child will walk into the dentist office with more confidence and a better understanding.

At our office in Wellesley, two friends will greet your children upon their visit - dinosaurs Christoper and Kiki. They will help your kids practice their brushing skills!

5. See the dentist every 6 months.  It is recommended that school-age children visit the dentist twice a year. It is important to make sure all transitions that a child’s teeth goes through are happening in a timely manner, whether is it is losing baby teeth or expecting permanent ones to come in. Staying on a regular six month schedule will keep your visits timely and give you an early alert if a child needs extra help with their brushing and flossing or has issues that need to be treated.

Now that everyone is getting back to school, let’s make it important to keep up with good oral health this school year! Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com

Request a check-up with Dr. Kim, our pediatric dentist, or call 781-237-9071.

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Scared of the Dentist?

March 5th, 2014

Every now and then studies come about that put fear of death, public speaking and dentists at the very top of the list of the most terrifying things. Patients fearing a visit to the dentist continue to delay necessary treatment. A study shows that these emotions of fear can be transferred from parent to child.

Studies done in the past have pinpointed the relationship between fear levels of parents and their children, but there was never research done on the different roles that mothers and father play. America Lara Sacido, one of the researchers at the Rey Juan Carlos University of Madrid explain that there is a more relevant role that fathers play in this emotional transmission when compared to mothers.

This study, which was published in the International Journal of Pediatric Dentistry, analyzed 183 children between the ages of 7-12 and their respective parents. The authors verified that, similar to previous studies, when there is higher level of dentist fear or anxiety in one family member, there is also a higher level in the rest of the family. Research showed that fathers are key in transmitting dentist fear from mothers to their children. Researchers found that the children mainly paid attention to the emotional reactions of the fathers when determining the level of stress a visit dentist would cause.

The researchers state that it is important to involve both mothers and fathers in dentist fear prevention campaigns, and that fathers can help appease a child’s dental visit through displaying no signs of fear or anxiety. Parents should continue to ensure their children and keep them relaxed. They concluded that through the transmission of positive attitudes, parents can set the right attitude for their children and visits to the dentists may not be as big as a problem.

 

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! Please call before your child’s appointment, especially if you have anxiety. Coming into the office before your child’s appointment  is a great idea to ensure a happy appointment. Contact us today at 781-237-9071or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation.

We have a wonderful pediatric dental specialist, Dr. Pradhan, and hope that with your new insight on dental visits, future visits with your child will be enjoyable! Your little ones and teens will also be happy to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. Kim. Dr. Emad is happy to help with your orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs Dr. Ghazi would be more than willing to help.

References:

América Lara-Sacido, Antonio Crego and Martín Romero-Maroto. Emotional contagion of dental fear to children: the fathers' mediating role in parental transfer of fear.International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry, 2012; 22:324-330

Science Daily

Stress on Children: Dental Consequences

February 23rd, 2014

Copy of smile-familyStress is sometimes seen as an inevitable problem that is here to stay throughout a lifetime. There are many sources of stress, including school, work, family and friends. While it does not come as a surprise that adults deal with stress on a daily basis, but it must be kept in mind that children are not exempt from this fact.

School comes to mind as the main source of stress for children, but other events such as world events, natural disasters, familial issues, death, and even separation anxiety as a toddler can present as stressful situations. These occurrences can lead to a physical response in children that can adversely affect oral health.

Some tall tale signs of stress can reveal themselves in various forms in children. These include moodiness, lying, bullying, physical symptoms of headaches and stomach aches, changes in eating habits, and different sleeping schedules. These changes can lead to unhealthy habits, such as indulging in sugary food choices, resulting in higher rates of dental decay. Decay can lead to multiple dental visits for fillings and even abscesses, which are bacteria-induced infections resulting in a swelling.  A child suffering from stress can also go back to habits of thumb sucking, which interferes with proper forming and erupting of teeth.

As parents, it is important to recognize these signs of stress and to make active steps to alleviating it. Here are some tips to helping children cope with stress:

  • Spend quality time with them on a daily basis
  • Have conversations about their day and look for root causes of the stress
  • Help them keep up with a good amount of sleep and a healthy diet
  • Appointments for wellness visits and follow-up visits to the dentist can help ensure healthy teeth

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation. Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. Kim or Dr.PradhanDr. Emad is happy to help with your orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs Dr. Ghazi would be more than willing to help.

References:
http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Glossary/Abscess.cvsp
http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/ColgateNewandNow/Community/2013/September/article/SW-281474979201581.cvsp
http://link.springer.com/article/10.1023%2FA%3A1009576213027#page-1

Children Skipping Breakfast Are at a Higher Risk of Cavities

February 3rd, 2014

smiling girl

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

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

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

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

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

References:

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

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

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

Bioteeth: the Possibility of Biological Tooth Replacement

January 31st, 2014

man woman happy smile

Scientists have recently created a method for replacing missing teeth through the use of bio-engineered material developed from a person’s own gum cells. Up until now, dentists have been using implant-based methods to accommodate tooth loss. However, with this new breakthrough in dental research, perhaps patients may be able to receive a biological tooth replacement down the road!

Professor Paul Sharpe, a specialist in craniofacial development and stem cell biology King’s College London, published his findings in the Journal of Dental Research and was excited to present studies showing promising results on creating of “bio-teeth,” which is the generation of immature teeth that are similar those found in embryo. Professor Sharpe believes that these can be transplanted into adults and eventually develop to become perfectly functioning teeth. The team’s research showed that these embryonic immature teeth can grow normally in the adult mouth and may potentially be used clinically.

So far, the researchers have been able to isolate epithelial cells derived adult human gum tissue taken from patients at the Dental Institute at King’s College London. They were grown in the lab and then combined with mice cells that were known to form teeth. Through transplanting, Professor Sharpe and his team were created hybrid human/mouse teeth that had formed dentine and enamel, along with viable roots. This research shows that these easily accessible epithelial cells may be a feasible source for creating the human bio-tooth. Professor Sharpe explains there is still some ways to go in the progress of creating bio-teeth. Still more research needs to be done in identifying adult sources of specific epithelial cells, which are cells that line the surfaces of structures throughout the body; these cells may be the key in forming bio-tooth. Currently, scientists have only been able to create viable teeth through the use of embryonic cells; it is important for more research to be done to look for ways to manipulate adult human cells to develop into tooth. With more effort dedicated to this field of research, researches may one day be able to make bio-teeth a reality in patients needing teeth replacement!

But for now, patients have the opportunity to receive implants, which have been a successful method in dentistry to replace teeth. Usually made from titanium, implants are placed within the bone; quite amazingly, the bone in the jaw accepts the new structure and the implant readily fuses with the bone. Dentists have been using this method for restoring a single tooth and even a group of teeth that could have gone missing due to significant tooth decay or fracture.

If you believe that you may be in need of dental implants, feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation.

References:

Journal of Dental Research

WebMD

Maternal Smoking Can Cause Cleft-Lip in Babies

January 29th, 2014

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

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

During any stage of life, it is always important to make healthy choices. A poor health decision is not always specific to one location in the body, but can very well affect many different areas of the body. If you have any more questions, feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions!

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

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

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

How Exactly Does Smoking Affect Oral Health?

January 28th, 2014

While smoking has been found to lead to various unhealthy consequences, it also has been linked with resulting in poor oral health.

Smoking and tobacco-based products have been shown to result in gum disease. It damages bone and soft tissue of teeth and interferes with the functioning of gum tissue cells. This leaves smokers more susceptible to infections, including periodontal disease, and also tends to lessen blood flow to the gums, which would hinder wound healing.

The Journal of the American Dental Association published results showing that cigar smokers have experienced tooth loss and alveolar bone loss, which is the bone within the jawbone responsible for anchoring teeth. The rate at which bone and tooth are loss for cigar smokers are very similar to cigarette smokers. Pipe smokers also are in danger of tooth loss; moreover, they are also at risk for oral and pharyngeal (throat) cancer, even if the smoke is not inhaled. Other oral health consequences included halitosis, stained teeth, and gum disease.

While some smokers believe that using smokeless tobacco products tend to be safer, that is not the case. Similar to cigars and cigarettes, smokeless tobacco products, including chewing tobacco, contain at least 28 chemicals that have shown to increase the risk of oral cancer, along with cancer of the throat and esophagus. Smokeless tobacco can also irritate gum tissue, leading to the receding and pulling away of teeth. When gum tissue recedes, teeth roots are left more exposed, which increases the chance for tooth decay to occur. The Journal of the American Dental Association also showed that chewing tobacco users were four times more likely than nonusers to have tooth decay. Smokeless tobacco also contains sand and grit, which can easily wear down teeth.

Even though you may be a tobacco product user, it is never too late to quit. Studies have shown that 11 years after quitting, former smokers were found to have risks of developing gum disease that were not too different from those who had never smoked. Cutting out tobacco products can truly lead to healthier oral health. Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation.

References:
http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/smoking-oral-health

http://www.dentalplans.com/dentalhealtharticles/53837/smoking-tobacco-may-affect-oral-health.html

The Dangers of Food Coloring

January 27th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Indulgence in Sugary Sodas Can Lead to Poor Oral Health & Cardiovascular Disease

January 24th, 2014

colaThe proven connection between poor oral heath and increased risk of cardiovascular disease should re-enforce the importance of new heath policy creation, focusing on reduction of sugars such as those contained in junk food, particularly fizzy drinks,  say experts writing in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine.

Poor oral hygiene and excess amount of sugar in the diet can cause periodontal disease and decay of the teeth-supporting bone. It is thought that chronic infection brought on by gym disease can lead to inflammation that will over time cause heart disease through atherosclerosis, hardening of the arteries. Despite sufficient evidence of the connection between the poor oral health and premature heart disease, the recent suggested UK national guidance on Cardiovascular disease prevention at population level does not suggest the strong need to reduce sugar consumption.

Dr Ahmed Rashid, Department of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Cambridge, who co-wrote the paper, said: "As well as having high levels of fats and salt, junk foods often contain a great deal of sugar and the effect this has on oral health may be an important additional mechanism by which junk food elevates risk of CVD." He added: "Among different types of junk food, soft drinks have raised particular concerns and are the main source of free sugar for many individuals."

The authors refer to the well-knows  New York 'soda ban' controversy which has brought a lot of attention to the issue. They stress more can be done about making the sugary sodas dominating the public areas in the United States. Dr Rashid said: "The UK population should be encouraged to reduce fizzy drink intake and improve oral hygiene. Reducing sugar consumption and managing dental problems early could help prevent heart problems later in life."

Reference: http://goo.gl/ppiqpM

Chewing May Prevent Memory Loss

January 23rd, 2014

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

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

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

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

If you have any more questions, feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation.

References:

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

The Daily Grind

January 21st, 2014

stress woman

Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, may be a habit that can easily go unnoticed. Most people usually grind their teeth throughout the day, and for the most part, occasional teeth grinding does not cause significant harm. However, grinding can continue on a regular basis and often occurs during sleep. After a night of grinding, people tend to wake up with a headache and even a sore jaw.

Although teeth grinding may not initially seem too big of a problem, chronic bruxism can lead to the fracturing and loosening of teeth. Constant grinding can also result in micro-cracks in the enamel, which makes teeth more susceptible to decay. Bridges, crowns, root canals, and implants may then be necessary down the road. Teeth grinding not only results in tooth loss, but can also cause hearing loss and problems with the jaw.

Here are some tips to prevent teeth grinding:

Researchers have attributed teeth grinding to stress and even anger. When things get heavy, take a break and go for a walk. Learn how to find an outlet during stressful and frustrating situations; your teeth will thank you!

Try to avoid foods and drinks that contain caffeine, such as certain carbonated drinks and coffee.

Chewing on pencils and pens may be a way to pass by time, but it can allow jaw muscles to become used to clenching frequently, leading to a higher likelihood of teeth grinding.

It is possible to also train yourself from clenching and grinding teeth. Be mindful of jaw movements throughout the day. Positioning the tip of your tongue between your teeth can help allow jaw muscles to relax.

If you believe that you may be grinding teeth, or you are aware that teeth grinding continues to persist, don’t hesitate to come in for a consultation. We can look for signs of bruxism and assess its causes whether it be stress-related, TMJ, bite issues, etc, and see if a night guard is necessary to protect your teeth.

Drs. Ali & Ali and their team at Wellesley Dental Group will be very happy to answer your questions about oral health and teeth grinding. Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com!

References: Webmd, mayoclinic

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Consuming Cheese Can Prevent Cavities

January 20th, 2014

Happy National Cheese Lover's Day!

Dairy has been long known to be packed with a great amount of calcium, protein, and vitamin D in every serving. It has always been said that drinking milk and other dairy products will keep bones healthy and strong, but there has not been much research done on how beneficial dairy products are to oral health until recently. General Dentistry just published in their most recent journal issue that cheese and other dairy products have the potential of keeping cavities at bay.

Researchers that conducted the study looked at 68 participants between the ages of 12 and 15. The subjects had their dental plaque pH checked before eating cheese, milk, or sugar-free yogurt. Previous studies indicate that a pH level below 5.5 makes an individual more susceptible to the wearing down of enamel, resulting in tooth erosion. The higher the pH level, the lower the chance an individual has of getting cavities.

The subjects were randomly split into three groups: one that ate cheddar cheese, another that drank milk, and a final group that ate sugar-free yogurt. After eating their chosen type of dairy for 3 minutes, the subjects were asked to rinse their mouth with water. The pH level of each subject’s mouth was then measured 10, 20, and 30 minutes the dairy product was consumed. The researchers found that the individuals who drank milk and ate sugar-free yogurt did not have a significant change in pH level; however, those who ate cheese showed a great increase in pH levels after each time interval, indicating that this particular dairy product may be the key to preventing cavities. The results suggest that because there is more of a need to chew when consuming cheese, there is an increase in saliva production, which also leads to an increase of pH levels. The researchers also found compounds inherent in cheese binds to tooth enamel, preventing acid from causing further damage.

This new finding gives us more of a reason to add a slice of cheese to a sandwich. Continue to make sure daily that your diet increases and strengthens oral health!

If you have any questions, thoughts, or concerns feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation.

References:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/06/130605130118.htm

http://online.wsj.com/article/PR-CO-20130605-908423.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/6-reasons-to-get-your-diary

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-204_162-57587876/cheesy-grins-may-protect-teeth-from-cavities/

Picture Credit: http://dailym.ai/17rk9ET

Local recommendation: Wasik Cheeseshop 

Is a Dental Visit Every 6 Months Still the Standard?

January 16th, 2014

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

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

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

References:

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

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

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January 15th, 2014

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Vitamins: Key to Healing after Oral Surgery

January 13th, 2014

While vitamin C is a great way to boost your immune system, vitamins can also play a major role in timely recovery after oral surgery.

The Academy of General Dentistry explained that patients lacking in vitamin C have shown to recover at a slower rate. Appropriate amounts of vitamin C, along with other vitamins, minerals, fats, and protein, were reported to be essential for the growth and regeneration of normal tissues. Nutrients work both individually and cooperatively to move along the healing process. Tissue maintenance and repair requires the help of carbohydrates, fat and protein. Recovery of these tissues involves vitamin C, along with vitamins such as vitamins E, B and K.

Vitamin C is responsible for the making collagen (connective tissue) that strengthens skin muscles and blood vessels; this is key to proper wound healing.

Vitamin E has the ability to...thin blood, preventing blood platelets from clumping. It also speed up cell regeneration and promotes blood circulation, strengthening capillary walls while nourishing cells.

Vitamin B is crucial for carbohydrate metabolism and energy production. It facilitates energy-releasing reactions and can also help deliver oxygen and nutrients, allowing energy pathways to run smoothly.

Vitamin K promotes blood clotting and prevents bleeding; this is can be used to prevent post-surgery bruising.

Without these important nutrients, patients are more prone to infection and healing time can be further delayed. Researchers note that severely underweight or overweight patients, or those who take steroids, immunosuppressant, or chemotherapeutic agents may experience poor recovery after oral surgery. It is crucial to maintain a healthy balance of vitamins before going into surgery.

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs Dr. Ghazi would be more than willing to help.

References:

http://www.knowyourteeth.com/infobites/abc/article/?abc=N&iid=315&aid=1277

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/003042208290295X

http://www.livestrong.com/article/470706-nutrition-related-to-the-oral-cavity/

Beware of BPA: Found to Damage Tooth Enamel

January 12th, 2014

girl looking in the mirrorThere has been much talk about the dangers of ingesting BPA through plastic sippy cups and even water bottles that we bring on the go. BPA, also known as bisphenol A, is a chemical found in hard plastics of food and drink containers and acts in a similar way to estrogen, and other hormones in the body.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had originally deemed BPA to be a safe substance, but recent studies have shown that this chemical has lead to disruption of normal hormone levels, possible brain and behavior problems in infants and young children, and an increased risk of cancer and heart problems.

Recently, researchers have tied enamel damage to early exposure to BPA. A team led by Ariane Berdal of the Universite Paris-Derot showed that rats that have been treated daily with low doses of BPA resulted in damaged enamel. The rats were observed during a 30-day development window where researchers exposed the rats to the doses of BPA. The earliest observations founds on the rats were white marks found on their incisors. On a macroscopic level, the teeth with white marks were found to have fragile and brittle BPA. On a microscopic level, the enamel showed a decreased level of crucial minerals, the teeth were more susceptible to cavities.

The damage found on the teeth of these rats is comparable to damaged tooth enamel found in 18% of children between the ages of 6 and 8. These researchers believe that enamel damage is another effect of BPA damage to the body. It is important to check products for a “BPA-free” label before they are bought. While the FDA has cracked down on plastics containing, be cautious when buying baby bottles, sippy cups, baby formula cans, and other products for young children. Our pediatric dentist, Dr. Pradhan and Drs. Ali & Ali at Wellesley Dental Group will be very happy to answer your questions. Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com!

Resources:

http://children.webmd.com/environmental-exposure-head2toe/bpa

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/06/130610133246.htm

http://www.voanews.com/content/bpa-teeth-13jun13/1681088.html

Cutting Back on Chewing Gum May Mean Less Headaches!

January 9th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

Whether you are in your adolescent years are well past your teenage years, it’s still important to consider the stress that is placed daily on the TMJ. When it’s up to the third stick of gum for the day, think of your TMJ and maybe it’ll save you from that reoccurring migraine! If you have any more questions, feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questionsContact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation. 

 

References:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131219130937.htm
http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/temporomandibular-disorders
http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/12/how-chewing-gum-can-cause-headaches/282569/

Wellesley Townsman 10: Femina and Ejaz Ali

January 6th, 2014

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

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

Wellesley Townsman Newspaper

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How Can You Help Prevent Cavities?

December 18th, 2013

shutterstock_31383964Prevent Cavities with Fluoride Varnish

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

 

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

 

Also, check out this AGD fact sheet!

 

 

References:

 

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

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

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

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

Cholesterol Medication Can Help Decrease Gum Inflammation

December 12th, 2013

youngoldHeart disease is one of the leading health issues in the United States. Arteries within the body become inflamed and patients are often recommended to take medication that lowers cholesterol

Statins is a commonly prescribed medication that helps patients with heart disease. But what’s more is that a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology demonstrated that statins can also be beneficial for those suffering from gum disease.

Periodontal disease is marked by chronic gum inflammation that affects approximately half of the U.S. adult population. Dr. Ahmed Tawkol of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School notes that there is a connections between heart and gum disease: both periodontitis and atherosclerosis are driven by inflammation. These inflammatory conditions are often seen to occur together, indicating to researchers that their biologies may be related.

A study was administered to test this theory. Patients with either heart disease or considered to have high heart disease risk were asked to take 80 mg of statin or 10 mg of stain daily for 12 weeks. PET/CT scans were used to observe inflammation over the course of the study. Results indicated that the 59 patients in the study demonstrated a significant reduction in gum inflammation, some after only 4 weeks of treatment. The researchers also found that the improvement of inflammation in the gums related closely with the improvement seen in inflammation in the arteries.

This study provides strong evidence that links atherosclerosis and periodontal disease. This research opens doors to new methods of treatments. Because of the relationship between these two diseases, medications that originally targeted one of these diseases may also be beneficial for the other. These results also points to better and improved oral hygiene to reduce inflammation in the gums can also lead to reduced atherosclerosis.

This study again shows the strong relationship between oral health and overall systemic health. Maintaining proper oral care can really go a long way for the body as a whole. Keeping up with oral hygiene can truly lead to a healthier smile and a healthier you!

If you have any questions or concerns please don't hesitate to ask Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group or our periodontist, Dr. Ghazwan Ghazi. We would all be more than happy to help. Please contact us at (781)237-9071 or email smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com.

 

References:

 

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/10/131002185652.htm

http://consumer.healthday.com/dental-and-oral-information-9/misc-dental-problem-news-174/statins-drugs-may-boost-your-gums-health-too-680723.html

http://www.webmd.com/cholesterol-management/news/20131002/cholesterol-drugs-may-boost-your-gums-health-too

 http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/ADA/2013/article/ADA-10-Mouth-Changes-May-Be-Related-To-Menopause.cvsp

 

What is Burning Mouth Syndrome?

December 11th, 2013

The elusive yet painful burning mouth syndrome!

Dentists and researchers have been scratching their heads for quite some time over a type of oral pain that seems to be plaguing a good amount of individuals. Patients’ chief complaint is that the mouth feels scalded; however, mouth and gums continue to appear normal. Because of this syndrome’s lack of visible symptoms (except for sensations of pain), it can take several visits before finally concluding that it is BMS. Over these years, it has come to be known as burning mouth syndrome (BMS). Because of its elusive symptoms, dental researchers have been looking into the burning mouth syndrome, hoping to find more clues to where the and why the pain originates.

Dr. Andres Pinto is the new chair in the Department of Oral Diagnosis and Radiology at Case Western Reserve University’s School of Dental Medicine, and he is delving into reach on the burning mouth syndrome. BMS have spread to 2-5% of the population and mainly strikes women between the age of 50 and 70 and from three years before to 12 years after menopause. Earlier research on BMS has also paired their symptoms with psychogenic disorders. BMS is also mentioned as a secondary issue along with anemia, diabetes, vitamin deficiency, and thyroid disorders. Although an exact cause has yet to be found, burning mouth syndrome has been suspected to result from the deterioration of the nerves beneath the oral lining. Because the oral lining is not visible, this can explain the difficulty in diagnosing this disorder.

Dr. Pinto encourages individuals that continue to feel pain in their mouth to check for BMS these symptoms:

 

  • Persistent burning tongue and oral pain with no apparent dental cause
  • Abnormal taste or dry feeling in mouth
  • Symptoms that subside when eating
  • Burning sensations that migrate across various oral areas

 

Even when there is oral pain with no sign of these symptoms, it is advised to go in for a dental checkup. If you have any more questions, feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questionsContact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com

 

References:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/10/131023100957.htm

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/burning-mouth-syndrome/DS00462

http://www.ada.org/sections/scienceAndResearch/pdfs/patient_53.pdf

 

 

Want To Brighten Your Smile For The Holidays?

December 6th, 2013

sinsational_gal_loIt’s that time of year again, gathering for family affairs and celebrating holidays as the year draws to a close. It definitely doesn’t hurt to have a set of pearly whites for the occasion! Here are a few tips to achieving a brighter smile:

Take a pass on the usual bag of chips and make a grab for fruits: while fruits boost many benefits for one’s overall health, fruits are also a great way to beginning removing stains from teeth. Some fruits, including apples and strawberries, contain malic acid, which has been shown to oxidize and remove stains from teeth. Crunchy fruits and vegetables also help whiten teeth by increasing saliva production, which neutralizes acids from other food such as tomatoes and wines.

Cutting out staining beverages is also a great way to cut down on the instances teeth are susceptible to stains. Drinks such as wine, coffee and various sodas are known to stain teeth; furthermore, beverages, such as soda, are extremely high in sugar content, leading to more bacteria production and more cavities. In the cases where these drinks are consumed, using a straw can really make a difference. The straw keeps the outer teeth from coming in contact with the beverage, preventing stains from forming.

And of course there are whitening strips. These strips are becoming more accessible and easy to use; some even simply dissolve in the mouth when applied! However, for individuals with more sensitive teeth, be mindful about the frequency of treatments used per week.

We also provide Sinsational in-office whitening. They procedure easily lightens your teeth and causes little to no sensitivity! It could be a great option for people who want a brighter smile without feeling any discomfort.

If strips are still a hassle, there are whitening toothpastes that are great for tackling hard to remove stains. While brushing teeth can lead to a brighter smile, it is still important to keep in mind the importance of daily brushing and flossing. Maintaining a bright smile should mean maintaining a healthy smile as well!

If you have any more questions, feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group ; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation.

 

References

 

http://www.3dwhite.com/teeth-whitening/teeth-whitening-kits/make-teeth-whiter.aspx

 

http://voices.yahoo.com/5-easy-ways-whiten-teeth-remove-stains-4616045.html

 

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/weighing-your-toothpaste-options

 

Ease Oral Burns With Innovative Strip!

December 5th, 2013

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When hot, delicious food is placed before you, it is easy to quick to scarf down that plate of food. Or even in the morning, the goal is to quickly down that cup of coffee before getting to work. In the heat of the moment, the burning sensation is an afterthought, but once that gooey slice of pizza has been consumed or when you have stepped into your workplace, the pain begins to set in and feelings of regret for eating or drinking so quickly start to well up.

 

Pain from burns causing by consumption of hot foods and liquids tends to be an issue that everyone will likely face. Even though the pain eventually subsides, it still lingers for some time. A pharmaceutical, biomedical engineering research team may have found the solution to this problem. Dr. Jason McConville of New Mexico, along with researchers from the University of Texas from Austin, had presented on possible dissolvable strips to treat oral thermal burns. This strip would be applied directly to the affected part of the tongue, cheek or roof of the mouth. Scientists note that this adhesive will not hinder any normal day-to-day activities because of its quickly dissolving nature. These strips will look and act similarly to breath freshening strips that can be found in the local drugstore.

 

The strip would locally deliver anesthetic, benzocaine, and a therapeutic polymer. This film can instantly release benzocaine when it is placed on affected areas in the oral cavity and has shown to relieve pain significantly over an extended period of time. What’s more is all the materials used to create these dissolvable strips are relatively inexpensive. The team of scientists has proposed that this film could give way to instant, sustained, and affordable relief from oral burns.

 

There are high hopes for these dissolvable strips and it will be exciting to see this new product enter the market. Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com

 

References:

 

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/10/121016125647.htm

http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/ADA/2013/article/ADA-02-scientists-develop-film-strip-to-treat-oral-burns.cvsp

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-204_162-57535420/

Why Is Junk Food Bad?

December 4th, 2013

Even though junk foods are known to be unhealthy snack options, it is easy to look past health concerns and succumb to sodas, chips, and candies. But just how bad are junk foods an individual and how exactly are these foods harmful? The nature of junk foods suggests that a high level of intake of such foods can lead poor oral health, which is not surprising considering the amount sugar found in these foods. However, it is suggested that the level of sugar in junk foods, which indubitably has an effect on oral health, also ends up increasing the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Past research has shown that high sugar intake along and poor oral hygiene have been linked to periodontal (gum) disease. In the case of periodontal disease, gums end up pulling away from teeth, leaving “pockets” that can end up becoming infected. The body ends up responding to this infection by breaking down bone and connective tissue that support the teeth. If these symptoms are left untreated, the bones eventually become destroyed, leaving teeth loose or in need to be removed.

However, the story does not stop here. Research also shows that chronic gum disease can trigger an inflammatory response, resulting in cardiovascular disease; this occurs through atherosclerosis, which is the process where arteries become hardened. Thus, the sugar in the junk food that is consumed not only affects the oral cavity, specifically the bones surrounding teeth, but can lead to unhealthy consequences for the heart as well.

It is important to keep in mind that the body is comprised of many interconnected parts. Do not hold the misconception that damage done to one area of the body is contained in only that region. Poor oral health choices can result in issues concerning other areas in the body. On the same token, consuming teeth-friendly foods not only is beneficial for the oral cavity but can also be favorable for the rest of the body.

If you have any more questions, feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation.

References:

http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/OralHealth/Topics/GumDiseases/PeriodontalGumDisease.htm

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131202105301.htm

http://www.menshealth.com/nutrition/bad-foods-teeth

Saliva, a Potential Player In Detecting Systemic Diseases?

December 2nd, 2013

Through a lifetime, saliva proves to be integral for the breakdown and digestion of foods that are consumed. This watery liquid keeps the mouth moist and comfortable, while fighting germs in the mouth. Because of its proteins and minerals, teeth, specifically tooth enamel, is fortified and protected from tooth decay. Saliva has had a consistent function in the maintenance of good oral health, but researchers are now finding that it may have a significant role in revealing systemic diseases.

 

A group at the University of California Los Angeles School of Dentistry has been looking at biological markers derived from saliva that could potential test for the presence of stomach cancer and other deadly diseases. Dr. David Wong, the head of this five-year project, has high hopes of detecting cancer cells through capturing extracellular RNA, an important player in the production of proteins. The researchers hope to develop a method for using saliva to detect life-threatening diseases, such as pancreatic, breast and ovarian cancers. Currently, Dr. Wong’s team initially disordered salivary extracellular molecules and have strong evidence for detecting oral cancer with the biological markers they have created. The team also has successfully developed salivary extracellular RNA biomarkers for diseases such as salivary gland tumors and Sjögren’s syndrome.

 

While this research team continues to look for ways to genetically screen for these cancers, dentists have been able to start the process in detecting these systemic diseases during an oral exam. The initial symptoms of many diseases appear in the mouth. Diabetes, for example, is a complex disease that surprisingly shows many symptoms in the oral cavity. Thrush is an oral infection in the mouth that thrives when there are increased levels of blood glucose found in the saliva, which is an indication of diabetes. Dry mouth is another indicator of this disease, decreasing the production of saliva, leading to mouth soreness and tooth decay. Diabetes also increases the time for wound healing, which can be observed after an invasive dental procedure.  Saliva and the oral cavity as a whole continue to reveal much about an individual’s oral health simply through a check up. It is crucial to consistently make appointments with the dentist both to ensure good oral health and to screen for signs of systemic disease. If you have any more questions, feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com

 

 

References:

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/what-is-saliva

http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/ADA/2013/article/ADA-09-Saliva-May-Hold-Key-To-Detecting-Deadly-Diseases-In-The-Body.cvsp

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2674509/

http://www.richmondinstitute.com/salivary-diagnostics-in-dentistry-and-medicine

 

Mealey, B. 2000. Diabetes and periodontal disease. Journal of Periodontology 71(4):664-678.

 


More Effective Pain Relief!

December 2nd, 2013

It can be quite unnerving when going in for dental surgery. Quick and effective pain relief is definitely on patients’ minds, and the hope is that their dentist will come through and prescribe drugs that will do the trick. While there are combinations of drugs that are effective in alleviating postoperative pain, they also come with a price, usually in form of side effects. However, there is new research showing an alternative solution, one involving safer over-the-counter drugs that may be just as, if not more, effective.

According to the Journal of the American Dental Association, taking ibuprofen and acetaminophen (APAP) together can help ease the pain after surgery without any significant side effects. Researchers have been advocating patients to take over-the-counter drugs, such as ibuprofen, APAP and naproxen after oral surgery. One of the most common combinations that patients take is APAP and an opioid, which is a prescription drug. However, the down side of this opioid-APAP combination is that patients may face potential adverse reactions linked with opioids. Most dentists and oral surgeons also frequently prescribe Vicodin, which is a combination of hydrocodone and acetaminophen for severe postoperative pain. While this form of pain relief is effective, it poses a risk for abuse and other adverse reactions.  Dentists are now advised to move towards the over-the-counter APAP and ibuprofen combination to keep side effects at bay.

Drs. Paul A. Moore from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, and Elliot V. Hersh from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine were able to determine whether this ibuprofen-APAP combination would be the better alternative to take over combinations including opioids. They were able to use the over-the-counter combination to manage the pain patients felt after they had their wisdom teeth removed. Their results indicated that the ibuprofen-APAP combination was more effective at reducing pain and had fewer side effects than many of the combinations including opioids. They also showed that the ibuprofen-APAP combination resulted in greater pain relief than using ibuprofen or APAP alone.

 

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com

 

References:

 

http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/ADA/2013/article/ADA-08-Ibuprofen-And-Acetaminophen-Together-May-Give-Profound-Pain-Relief-With-Fewer-Side-Effects-After-Dental-Surgery.cvsp

 

http://jada.ada.org/content/144/8/898.abstract

 

Making Big News and A Bigger Impact, Thanks To Your Support!

November 26th, 2013

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Dr. Ali's Volunteerism was featured in the Wellesley Weston Magazine. Her passion for promoting oral health....Read More here. 

Our Candy Drive was bigger and better than ever! We were highlighted in Boston.com and many other local media. Please check them out below. Together we can do so much!

At this Thanksgiving time, we are thankful for being part of this wonderful community. We love serving as the Smile Ambassadors!

Boston.com

Boston.com

bostonglobe.com

Wellesley Weston Magazine

Wellesley Weston Magazine

Patch 

Patch

swellesley

WickedLocal

InAgist

 

Things To Do During Thanksgiving Break!

November 26th, 2013

happy-thanksgivingHappy Thanksgiving! Hope everyone is excited for it! There are so many things to look forward to at Thanksgiving- having your family gathered together, good friends, great food, smiles and laughter, and of course having some time just to relax. Don’t forget to prepare ahead of time for Thanksgiving dinner so you can avoid those last minute trips to the grocery store! What are you most thankful for this year? I am thankful for the love and support of my many friends and family, my health, and the new experiences.  We are fortunate and grateful for being a part of the Wellesley community for the past fourteen years, and we appreciate all the support we have found within the community and beyond!  Remember to be grateful for healthy teeth, and as always we are extremely thankful and grateful for all our amazing patients!

 

We have compiled a list of things to do around and some favorite recipes, enjoy your Thanksgiving Holiday guide!

RECIPES

Rosemary Roasted Turkey Recipe

Homestyle Turkey Recipe

How to Brine a Turkey

Pumpkin Pie

Cranberry Sauce

Celery Stuffing

 

LOCAL

 Thanksgiving Holiday Guide

Wellesley Parking Restrictions and Road Closures

Wellesley 5 KTurkey5

FREEDOM TRAIL HOLIDAY STROLL

Wellesley vs. Needham : The oldest public school football rivalry in the country

Family Gratitude - 5K Dedham Turkey Trot: Thursday, November 28, 2013, 8:00 AM,  Endicott Estates 656 East Street Dedham, Ma

Dedham-based, Non-Profit Ripples of Hope Presents 2nd Annual Thanksgiving Day Family Gratitude 5K Turkey Trot to Benefit the Dedham Food Pantry and Dedham Youth Commission’s College Bound Program. Family-Friendly Race Offers Area Residents Opportunity to Give Back and Start or Continue a New Family Thanksgiving Day Tradition

Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s Fifth Annual Festival of Trees: Friday, November 29, 2013, 9:00 AM, 900 Washington Street, Wellesley, MA 02482 in the Hunnewell Carriage House

 Admission: $8 adults (children under 11 free)

Featuring: over 70 beautifully decorated Christmas trees- all raffled off!

Horse-drawn Hayrides

Christmas Pajama Story time

Holiday Wreath Workshop

Tropical Terrarium Workshop

Kids’ Holiday Craft Workshops

Santa Visits

Gardeners’ Gift Boutique: December 5th 4-8pm, in the Education Center

Read more here!

 

The Nutcracker presented by Boston Ballet:  Friday, November 29, 2013, 7:30 PM , Boston Opera House: 539 Washington St, Boston, MA 02111

Boston Ballet's production of Mikko Nissinen's The Nutcracker received rave reviews during its premiere in 2012. This sparkling production, with sets and costumes by Robert Perdziola, "brings a softness and light to the venerable holiday classic"  (The Boston Globe).

Remember the magic! The timeless story of Clara, who bravely saves her Nutcracker Prince and is swept away on a magical journey through the Nutcracker Prince's kingdom in the clouds, is an engaging tale for the whole family and a holiday tradition for many years to come.

Get your tickets early - many performances sold out last season  - don't miss your chance to see the production that brought audiences to their feet!

 

Irving Berlin's White Christmas:  Saturday, November 30, 2013, 2:00 PM,  Weston Town Hall, One Town House Road, Weston, MA

The Weston Friendly Society is celebrating the holiday season with Irving Berlin's WHITE CHRISTMAS!  Irving Berlin's WHITE CHRISTMAS tells the story of two showbiz buddies putting on a show in a picturesque Vermont inn, and finding their perfect mates in the bargain.  Full of dancing, romance, laughter, and some of the greatest songs ever written, including "Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep,"  "Happy Holiday," "Sisters,"  "Blue Skies," and the unforgettable title song, Irving Berlin's WHITE CHRISTMAS promises to be a merry and bright experience for the entire family!

For tickets call 617-795-2195 or visit www.westonfriendly.org

 

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Thanksgiving Dining in Boston

Thanksgiving Day feasts abound in Boston where you’ll find all the trimmings in addition to gourmet delights such as Harvest Pumpkin Bisque with Roasted Pecans, Pan Roasted Duck with Cranberry Molasses Sauce, Ricotta Gnocchi with Pumpkin Sauce and Sage, Apple Cranberry Tart with Pumpkin Gelato and Cinnamon Spiced Popcorn, Hot Mulled Apple Cider and more!

Throughout Boston

Zoolights

November 23-December 31 ?5:00-9:00pm? A beloved holiday family tradition returns to Stone Zoo when ZooLights opens on Thanksgiving. This winter wonderland attracts thousands of visitors each year who get into the holiday spirit by strolling along tree-lined paths lit by thousands of twinkling lights. Upon entering the Zoo, guests will visit Yukon Creek, which not only features dazzling holiday lights but is also home to bald eagles, porcupine, lynx, a gray fox and a pair of reindeer. Children will want to make sure they visit with Santa, who awaits their arrival in Santa’s Castle.

Stone Zoo, Stoneham

Thanksgiving with the Grafton Group

Enjoy Thanksgiving dinner at Russell House TavernPARKGrafton Street Pub & Grill or Temple Bar.

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NORTH OF BOSTON & GREATER MERRIMACK VALLEY

20th Annual Methuen Festival of Trees

November 23-December 7

Visitors are invited to attend the Festival and view the 200+ trees donated by individuals, businesses, organizations, and school groups from Methuen and several Merrimack Valley communities.  The proceeds from the Festival of Trees provide funding to preserve our heritage and the monuments that make Methuen so unique.

Valley Office Park, Methuen

Thanksgiving Grand Buffet

November 28 ?Spend Thanksgiving at the beautiful seaside Emerson Inn by the Sea in Rockport. From noon-5pm, enjoy a delicious 3-course meal with your family for only $45 per person, $22.50 per child (ages 3-10). Tax and gratuity not included.

Emerson Inn by the Sea, Rockport

10th Annual Wild Turkey 5 Mile Run

November 28? Work up your appetite on Thanksgiving morning at the largest road race on the North Shore! All proceeds go to Boys & Girls Club and Salem Park & Recreation Youth programs.

Salem

Lowell City of Lights Parade and Holiday Arts Stroll

November 30, 11 am – 8 pm? Celebrate the coming holiday season in Lowell with festivities including family activities, music and a hot chocolate competition as well as a holiday parade featuring local and regional floats and marching bands. 978-970-4257

Downtown Lowell


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SOUTH OF BOSTON

Thanksgiving at Plimoth Plantation

November 28? – Celebrate the quintessential Thanksgiving experience at Plimoth Plantation. Be among the thousands who make the annual pilgrimage to the museum to share in the holiday spirit. Visitors will explore the Plantation’s multiple sites, which include the Wampanoag Homesite, the 1627 English Village, the Crafts Center and Mayflower II.

Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth

Thanksgiving Day in America’s Hometown

Thursday, November 28

9am-5pm

North Street, Water Street Leyden Street, Town Square, Main Street, Plymouth Visit Pilgrim Hall Museum and Plimoth Plantation, Mayflower II and Plymouth Rock, National Monument to the Forefathers, Jabez Howland House & more!? 10am – “The Pilgrim Progress” Procession? A reenactment of the Pilgrims’ march to their original church site followed by a short worship service. This annual Thanksgiving Procession begins at the Mayflower Society House at the foot of North Street. Costumed participants, representing the 51 Pilgrim survivors of the first, harsh winter of 1620/1621 assemble to the beat of a drum, march down North Street, past Plymouth Rock, up Leyden Street and to the top of Burial Hill, the site of the first fort where Pilgrims met for worship. Psalms sung are taken from “The Book of Psalms” by Henry Ainsworth, which was actually used by the Pilgrims in Holland and in Plymouth. Passages read by Elder Brewster are selected from Gov. William Bradford’s “Of Plymouth Plantation.” After the brief service, the participants descend the hill and travel north along Main Street through the downtown back to the Mayflower Society House.? 12 Noon – National Day of (American Indian) Mourning Ceremonies ?Participants honor Native ancestors and their struggles. Held at the Massasoit Statue on Cole’s Hill (Water Street).

Thanksgiving Day Dinner Train

November 28 – 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Looking to try something new this Thanksgiving? Start a tradition this year on the Cape Cod Central Railroad! Enjoy a leisurely five-course gourmet meal, beautiful scenery, and all the elegance of a bygone era — without any of the work! Reservations are required.

Cape Cod Central Railroad

252 Main Street, Hyannis

508-771-3800

Harvest Dinner with the Pilgrims

November 2, 9, 16, 23, 24, 27, 29, 30 at 5:30 p.m. ?Your Pilgrim hosts, residents of 1627 Plimoth, will spice up your dinner conversation with tales of England, old and new. Discover the table manners and recipes that traveled across the Atlantic with the Pilgrims, and find out about what happened at the famous harvest celebration of 1621. For reservations call 800-262-9356 ext. 8353, 8364, or 8365. Call early as these popular dinners sell out quickly.

Plimoth Plantation

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CAPE COD & THE ISLANDS

17th Annual Vineyard Artisans Festival

November 29-30

The largest Holiday Art Show on the Vineyard with over 85 Island Artisans. Balsam wreaths and ceramic ornaments to start off the holiday season and gifts galore from the Islands finest artists and craftsmen. Fine jewelry, glass, ceramics, fine art, clothing, book arts and much more.

Agricultural Hall, West Tisbury

103rd Lighting of the Pilgrim Monument

November 27

Watch as one of the most recognizable landmarks on Cape Cod is illuminated with 5000 lights. The lights go on at 6:00pm followed by entertainment and refreshments.

Provincetown

Festival of Wreaths

November 27, 29-30, December 1 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Take a chance and bid on one of the many stunning wreaths made by Nantucket artists, designers, and merchants for this annual silent auction. Free admission.

Peter Foulger Gallery, 15 Broad Street, Nantucket

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CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS

Thanksgiving 1830?s-style at Old Sturbridge Village

November 28-December 2

This Thanksgiving, costumed historians at Old Sturbridge Village demonstrate hearthside cooking in early New England – roasting turkeys in a tin kitchen and also before the fire suspended on skewers and string to evenly rotate the meat. Old Sturbridge Village re-creates various activities from an early New England Thanksgiving Day, including cooking at the hearth, demonstrations of 19th-century table manners, a Thanksgiving sermon, and after-dinner entertainment. The Thanksgiving Day menu includes turnip sauce, stuffing, pies and Marlboro Pudding. Proper 19th century table manners required eating from one’s knife. After dinner, the men will demonstrate a target shoot, the 1830s entertainment equivalent of today’s Thanksgiving Day football games.? Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge

Fireplace Feasts

Check website for dates

Relax by the fire or lend a hand as dinner is prepared for you 18th century style. Stir the chowder as it bubbles in the cast iron cauldron. Watch your prime rib turning as the only known Roasting Jack still operating in America rotates slowly over a crackling fire of cherry logs.

Salem Cross Inn, West Brookfield

Publick House Thanksgiving Day Feast

November 28, 11:00 a.m. Menu available online

On the Common, Route 131, Sturbridge

508-347-3313


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WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS

Parade of the Big Balloons

November 29

A Springfield tradition for the whole family. This wonderful parade features giant helium balloons led by the 75ft “Cat in the hat” along with marching bands, a visit from Santa, and plenty of fun for all ages.

Downtown Springfield

After-Thanksgiving Weekend Sale featuring Midnight Madness

November 29-December 1

Lee Premium Outlets will open at midnight the day after Thanksgiving for the Annual Thanksgiving Sale featuring Midnight Madness! Visit our website for weekend hours and to download weekend offers and specials.

Lee Premium Outlets, Lee

413.243.8196

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http://www.wellesley.edu/news/stories/node/31421

 

http://wellesley.patch.com/groups/events/p/massachusetts-horticultural-societys-fifth-annual-festival-of-trees?ncid=newsltuspatc00000001&evar4=events-7-post&newsRef=true

 

http://www.pacificgrilltacoma.com/thanksgiving/ picture credit

Immune Cells: Potential Warriors In the Battle Against Gum Disease

November 22nd, 2013

perio diseasePeriodontal disease is one of the most prevalent oral diseases, affecting 78 million people in the United States. Periodontal disease (also known as gum disease) can range from gum inflammation to serious disease results in severe damage of the soft tissue and bones that support the teeth. While this oral disease remains an issue at large, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh may have found an innovative way to keep this disease at bay. They have discovered that certain immune system cells can be brought right to the inflamed tissues, resulting in effective treatment.

 

When dentists see that patients have symptoms of periodontal disease, the usual recommendation is proper oral hygiene. Through daily brushing and flossing, one is able to prevent plaque and eventually tartar from forming near the gum line.  These strategies aim to keep the growth of oral bacteria at bay. Dr. Charles Sfeir, the director of the Center Regeneration at the University’s School of Dental Medicine notes that these are ways to keep the bacteria from triggering sever inflammation in the oral cavity; however, there needs to be a method to prevent the underlying problem, which is the overreaction of the immune system that results in an adverse response to oral bacteria.

 

Within a healthy mouth, there is a response system between the immune system and bacteria that prevents infection without starting up inflammation. However, when there is too much bacteria in the oral cavity (due to lack maintenance of oral health), the immune system is on overdrive, leading to harmful consequences on oral tissues. The scientists have discovered that these disease tissues are low on a group of immune cells called the regulatory T-cells, which is responsible for informing immune cells to stand down, stopping the inflammatory response. These researchers believe that when more of these regulatory T-cells are brought back to the gums, the inflammatory response will be contained. The researchers are on their way in developing new technology that can deliver these immune cells to where they are lacking. With this new system, perhaps inflammation, thus periodontal disease may potentially be kept at bay.  If you have any more questions, feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group ; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com

 

References:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/11/131101112412.htm

 

http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/OralHealth/Topics/GumDiseases/PeriodontalGumDisease.htm

 

http://www.yurovskydental.com/periodontaldisease.php

Why the Mouth Matters!

November 20th, 2013

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Even though the mouth is such an integral aspect of the human body, it’s easy to often take it for granted. It’s only when things go wrong when the oral cavity receives more attention and care. But why wait until those times in need? The mouth holds so many exciting facts that may very well be fascinating and sometimes even surprising. Here are a few interesting facts to keep you on your toes.

 

1. Teeth are the hardest substance in the human body. These mighty parts of your body are powerful tools of digestion and the break down of food. It’s easy to forget that individuals are able to enjoy and consume food only because of teeth! But what exactly keeps teeth so strong and resilient? Scientists have found that the human tooth enamel is composed of a basket-weave structure, which gives teeth their strength and also prevents any cracks that have formed from worsening and propagating through the enamel. Teeth can withstand an incredible amount of force, all due to their well-engineered core!

 

2. Some say that the mouth is the window to the body, but other than the fact that you can physically look into the oral cavity, dentists are able to see how well an individual is doing in terms of their overall health. 90% of life-threatening diseases have symptoms that show up within the mouth. Heart disease, respiratory disease, and even Alzheimer’s disease have been linked to oral health. Taking care of oral health is just as important (in fact it is related) to the body’s overall health.

 

3. Bad breath odors are definitely something that everyone wants to be kept far away from. In fact, more than a billion dollar a year has been spent on over-the-counter products to mask bad breath odors! In the United States, 65% of the population has been estimated to have bad breath, also known as halitosis. But no worries; there are many ways to treat bad breath. Cavities or gum disease have been shown to lead to bad breath, which are caused by lack of brushing and flossing. Always remember to keep up with healthy oral health habits; it may just say you from bad breath.

 

4.  Speaking of flossing, if individuals never make it to pulling some floss out and getting it in between teeth, they are actually missing 35% of their tooth surfaces. That’s quite a lot of tooth surface to be missing out on! When there is lack of proper flossing, bacteria are more than ready to take over these surfaces, foraging for leftover food to consume. The more leftover food, the more bacteria!

 

5. It’s been estimated that there are over 100 million bacteria in just one drop of saliva. But saliva is a big help in dealing with the amount of bacteria in the mouth. It is a major fighter of germs in the mouth and also prevents bad breath! Saliva has key proteins and minerals that fortify tooth enamel and prevent tooth decay. What’s more is that the average human produces 25,000 quarts of saliva in a lifetime, that’s enough to fill up 2 swimming pools!

 

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation.

 

References:

 

Where I got inspiration from: http://visual.ly/your-mouth-matters-fun-dental-facts

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/humanbody/body/factfiles/teeth/teeth.shtml

http://www.livescience.com/3498-mystery-tooth-strength-cracked.html

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/change-your-breath-from-bad-to-good

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/what-is-saliva

http://naturalrevolution.org/natural-body/

 

The Upcoming ‘Great American Smokeout'

November 19th, 2013

smokeoutWhile most people are aware of the dangers that smoking results in, it is surprising to most that dentists can have the ability to not only inform others on smoking effects on overall health, but also the damaging effects of smoking on oral health. Smoking and other tobacco products have been linked to periodontal, or gum, disease through affecting the attachment of bone and soft tissue to teeth. Along with increasing the risk of periodontal disease, smoking has been linked to specific cancers. There are toxins and carcinogens present in tobacco products, including cigars, cigarettes, pipe tobacco, and chewing tobacco. The American Lung Association has found that cigarettes cause 90% of all lung cancer deaths. Smokers of cigars and pipes have an increased risk of cancer of the oral cavity as well as the overall body. Also, don’t be swayed into thinking that tobacco products are harmless; while they are “smokeless” options including chewing tobacco, there are still more than 28 cancer-causing chemicals found in this form of tobacco. Chewing tobacco can cause cancer in the cheek, gums and lips, and this cancer usually developed where the tobacco is held in the mouth. Regardless of what form of smoking, there is no doubt that smoking is harmful to the oral cavity and the overall health of the body.

 

The American Cancer Society is holds an event called Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday of November to encourage current smokers to use that day to make a solid plan to quit, or to start making plans prior to the event and to quit on the day of. The American Cancer Society explains that smokers are most successful in stopping the habit is to have access to smoking-cessation hotlines, stop-smoking groups, counseling, nicotine replacement products, online quit groups, and encourage and support from friends and family members. When smokers implement two or more of these sources, they have a better chance of quitting.

 

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation.

 

 

http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/ADA/2013/article/ADA-10-Great-American-Smokeout-Is-Nov-21.cvsp

 

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/smoking-oral-health

 

http://medicalcenter.osu.edu/patientcare/healthcare_services/dental_care/oral_cancer_and_tobacco/Pages/index.aspx

 

Menopause: Possible Mouth Changes to Watch Out For

October 28th, 2013

shutterstock_59839630Menopause is a season where women tend to feel the many changes that occur. Many focus on the bodily changes and usually overlook differences that could be found in the mouth, where hormones can lead to unfavorable consequences. While this process is completely natural, signaling the end of female fertility, women should be aware of the mouth changes they are experiencing. Here are some of the potential changes and problems that have been associated with menopause:

 

Dry mouth: Because of the hormone fluctuations that occur during the time of menopause, the decreased levels of estrogen can lead to mouth dryness. Without sufficient saliva in the oral cavity, teeth become more susceptible to tooth decay and other infections. Saliva also plays an important role in the chewing and breaking down of food, allowing nutrients to enter the body.

 

Burning mouth syndrome: This condition tends to affect the tongue, gums, and lips, and even inside the cheeks of the mouth. The burning sensation primarily comes forth from problems with taste and sensory nerves, but can also be the consequence of dry mouth, nutritional deficiency, and allergic reactions to certain foods and medications. It is important to look out for these symptoms and to consult a dentist on possible ways to ease the pain.

 

Periodontitis and mucosal changes: Gum disease is also something to look out for when hitting menopause. Mucosal changes can also results in changes in appearance of gums, where they tend to look more pale, dry and shiny. Gums also tend to bleed more due to these changes.

 

Eating disorders: Going through menopause can take a psychological toll on some women, resulting in inconsistent and improper eating habits. These eating habits can be very detrimental for teeth, leading to erosion of tooth enamel. When tooth enamel is stripped down, teeth become more sensitive to hot and cold foods and they are more susceptible to cavities.

 

While these are problems that may arise during menopause, it is always possible to discuss possible solutions to these issues. Dentists should be notified of these changes, and they can aid in alleviating these symptoms and suggesting viable treatment plans. Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com

 

References:

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cavities/DS00896/DSECTION=risk-factors

http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/ADA/2013/article/ADA-10-Mouth-Changes-May-Be-Related-To-Menopause.cvsp

 

 

 

Is the Future of Dental Implants Found In Diamonds or Titanium?

October 25th, 2013

 

 

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It may be strange to think that a precious jewel can aid in the field of dentistry. Researchers at UCLA have been looking into diamonds and if they do have a place in creating better dental implants for patients. These researchers are focusing on nanodiamonds, which are made through conventional mining and refining operations and are definitely called “nano” for a reason; they come out to be approximately four to five nanometers in diameters, resembling miniature soccer balls. The UCLA researchers enlisted the help of the UCLA School of Dentistry, the UCLA Department of Bioengineering, Northwestern University, and even the NanoCarbon Research Institute in Japan to help come up with innovative ways to implement these nanodiamonds in dentistry. Their research has led them to believe that these nanodiamonds can improve bone growth and has the potential to counteract osteonecrosis, a disease marked by bone breakdown due to reduce blood flow.

 

Osteonecrosis can affect various parts of the body, but when this disease affects the joints in the jaw, it can keep people from eating and speaking properly, even restricting or impeding movement. What makes matters worse is that when osteonecrosis occurs near implants, including teeth or prosthetic joints, these implants loosen and can eventually fall out. These dental implant failures lead to additional procedures, which can not only be painful, but can also become very expensive.

 

These issues surrounding dental implants led the team at UCLA to conduct a study that would reveal whether nanodiamonds would be a viable solution. Conducted by Dr. Dean Ho, a professor of oral biology and medicine at the UCLA School of Dentistry, and his team used the nonadiamonds to deliver proteins responsible for bone growth. Their results indicated that nanodiamonds have the uncanny ability to bind rapidly the essential proteins and growth factors. The surface properties of these diamonds allow for a slower delivery of these proteins, which researchers believe contribute to a longer period of treatment of the affected area in the oral cavity. What’s more is that these nanodiamonds can be inserted in to patients in a non-invasive way, through either an injection or an oral rinsing.

 

Nanodiamonds are not only the technology that researchers are pursuing to improve. On the other side of the world, researchers in Japan and China have been revisiting the essential components of titanium, which contains alloys that are very commonly used in orthopedic implants. Because of its reliable mechanical and chemical properties, along with its biocompatible and corrosion resistant nature, titanium has been the go-to product to use in dental implant procedures. However, one of the drawbacks that titanium faces is its lack of ability to bond directly to living bone. Researchers have found that calcium phosphate (CaP) and collagen are main components of natural bone; these scientists believe that a composite of both of these components can be used to effectively coat titanium implants. The study they published in the journal of Science and Technology of Advanced Material showed that when titanium implants were coated with CaP gel and inserted into the thigh bone of rabbit, within four and eight weeks, the authors noticed that there was significantly more new bone on the surface of the titanium implants that had been covered with the CaP gel. These coated implants were also able to bond directly to the bone, without needing an intervening soft tissue layer. The researchers believe that this innovative CaP and collagen composite can play an important role in improving dental implants.

 

Both results found for nanodiamonds and titanium prove to be exciting news in field of Periodonistry and even in the medical world as a whole. These nanodiamonds may possibly revolutionize dental implants, allowing them to be longer lasting and effective, while this the new CaP and collagen coating and greatly improve the use of titanium. Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com

 

References:

 

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/09/130918102002.htm

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/10/131003142214.htm

http://newsroom.ucla.edu/portal/ucla/nanodiamond-encrusted-teeth-248066.aspx

http://news.sciencemag.org/health/2011/03/nanodiamonds-could-be-cancer-patients-best-friend

http://www.abcnetspace.com/2013/08/how-diamonds-are-shaping-technology.html to read more about Diamond Technology!

 

 

 

 

Dental Care Decreases Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

October 22nd, 2013

heart-diseaseA study conducted by the University of California, Berkeley that was published in the journal Health Economics suggests that women who consistently get dental care can lower their risk of stroke, heart attacks, and other cardiovascular problems by at least one-third!

 

The university researchers used data of individuals from nearly 7,000 registered for the Health and Retirement Study between the ages of 44 and 88. They used a longitudinal approach, keeping track of the same individuals over time. These participants were given survey questions, including the frequency of dentist visits and if there were any instances of heart, angina, stroke, or congestive heart failure in their health history within the previous two years. The data from the Health and Retirement Study was collected every two years from 1996 to 2004. While there had been previous studies that have found a link between oral health and cardiovascular disease, this study was able to show a causal effect, where dental care leads to fewer heart attacks, strokes, and other cardiovascular issues.

 

It was also found that the same benefits that are attributed to women’s health were not found for men. However, the researchers explain that this was not completely surprising. They believe that these findings demonstrate the differences in how men and women develop cardiovascular disease. Other studies have suggested that estrogen has a protect effect against heart disease, preventing the progression of atherosclerosis. Researchers note that it is not until women reach menopause at age 50 to 55 that they start catching up to men.

 

While this study proves to be great news for women, the study authors note that in order for dental care to have a protective effect, it should be done early in the development of cardiovascular disease. Don’t wait until tomorrow to practice healthy dental care habits! Be proactive in taking care of your teeth through daily brushing and flossing. If you have any more questions, feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com

 

References:

 

http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/ADA/2010/article/ADA-10-Dental-Visits-Reduce-Heart-Risks-in-Women.cvsp

 

http://newscenter.berkeley.edu/2010/09/30/dental/

 

 

 

Can Having Asthma Give You More Cavities?

October 4th, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Video on Asthma and Dry Mouth

Tooth decay and asthma are two of the most common health problems that plaque children, adolescents, and many young adults. Asthma stands to affect 20 million Americans, 6.3 million of which are children. There has been research detailing a possible link between these two seemingly different health issues. The a dental hygienist and researcher out of Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg looked at patients of varying age ranges, consisting of 3, 6, 12 to 16 and 18 to 24 year olds. Her results demonstrated that 3-year olds with asthma were more prone to cavities than 3-year olds without respiratory issues. When looking at patients in older age ranges, the children and young adults with asthma developed more cavities and even more gum disease than their asthma-free counterparts. Within the asthma group, only 1 out of 20 patients was caries-free, while 13 out of 20 patients were caries free in the asthma-free group.

 

A possible theory that has been posed of this correlation hints at asthma medications being the culprit to the increase in cavities. Because these inhaler formulas are often comprise of powders, they live a dry residue that sticks to teeth. These medications may inhibit the production of saliva, which would lead to an individual getting more cavities. Not only do these medications limit saliva secretion, these drugs, including inhalers, syrups, and even sugar-coated steroids, are taken throughout the day, leaving users’ teeth exposed to a lot of sugar. Children with asthma also have more of a tendency to breathe through their mouth. This would then lead to the case of dry mouth, which would have also contributed to the higher cavities prevalence.

 

Patients should be in communications with dentists about the medication they use and their oral hygiene habits. It is important for dentists to know enough to effectively help keep cavities at bay. If you have any more questions, feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com

 

References:

 

http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/ADA/2011/article/ADA-08-Youngsters-with-asthma-have-higher-risk-of-cavities.cvsp

 

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2004-05-30/features/0405300364_1_inhalers-asthma-drugs-decay

 

 

 

 

http://madisonkidsdentist.com/ for pic credit

Fighting Tooth Decay with Licorice!

October 2nd, 2013

Herb Licorice or Liquorice Roots

Licorice is often thought of as a nice, sweet treat, usually found as a main ingredient in candies, but who would of thought that it would keep teeth and gums healthy?

The Journal of Natural Products published a study done by Dr. Stefan Gafner, a researcher for a division of Colgate-Palmolive found two compounds present in dried licorice that were beneficial as antibacterial substances, preventing the growth of major bacteria that have been linked to cavities and periodontal disease. The study demonstrated that licroicidin and licorisoflavan A, which are two main components to licorice, prevented bacteria from introducing tooth decay.

 

Nowadays licorice root has been implemented into many oral health care products, including being used as a breath freshening ingredient in some natural toothpastes. Researchers have also delved in to the possibility of adding licorice root in various food products to cut down on tooth decay. A researcher, Dr. Wenyuan Shi, from University of California, Los Angeles have been working with Alaska Native and American Indian children, a group of individuals that are at high risk of early childhood caries. His research showed positive results, demonstrating that when licorice plant extract was added to lollipops, there was a reduction in the amount of caries found in children.

 

Aside from its contribution to oral health, the health benefits of licorice roots have been known for quite some time. It is a main component in Chinese traditional medicine and is often used in conjunction with other herbs to enhance their effectiveness. Outside of the US, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) showed that licorice roots have also been used to counteract the adverse effects of Hepatitis C.  Dried licorice root is also often used to relieve sore throats, digestive and respiratory problems.

 

If you have any more questions, feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com

 

References:

 

http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/ADA/2012/article/ADA-01-Licorice-root-fights-oral-bacteria.cvsp

 

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/news/20120105/licorice-root-may-cut-cavities-gum-disease

 

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/01/120104115106.htm

 

http://www.methowvalleyherbs.com/2013/04/brush-your-teeth-with-roots.html

 

 

 

Keeping Cavities Away: Protecting a Child’s Oral Health

September 20th, 2013

After making it to the dentist’s for your child’s biannual checkup, the dentist reveals that a cavity has been spotted. Don’t panic! It is important to monitor and keep up with a child’s oral health, it is definitely something that can occur. However, it is now a great way to brush up on tips to prevent future cavities from forming, which is especially important for children who have permanent teeth coming in.

One of the most effective ways to get a child on board with good oral health is to demonstrate it as a parent. If will make a world of a different if tooth brushing is done together. Emphasizing the steps of brushing, including holding the toothbrush, squeezing out a pea-sized amount of toothpaste, and even brushing the gum line can allow children to carefully learn the process in its entirety. Don’t be forgetting to floss! It is easy to forgo the floss and head straight to bed, but make take it a daily habit, making sure that the child understands that oral health should be a part of everyday life, and it should not be something to do only when it is remembered.

Because tooth brushing may start out seeming rather mundane to children, making the process fun can encourage them to maintain good oral health. Allowing a child to pick a colorful and fun toothbrush may just keep them excited about brushing teeth. Try to obtain child-friendly flossers that make flossing less of an ordeal and yummy tasting toothpaste to help them brush longer. If a child loses track of how long the should be brushing for, invest in an electric toothbrush with a self-timer; there are great brushes that beeps every 30 seconds, allowing the brusher to cover the four quadrants in the mouth in 2 minutes!

For course, it is just as important to keep track of what a child is eating. Cavities may easily arise when improper oral hygiene is coupled with a sugary diet. Try to limit children’s sugar intake and, instead, load their plate with foods from each food group. Look for healthy snacks that can add to their vitamin and mineral intake. If you have any more questions, feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com

 

References:
http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/ColgateNewandNow/Community/2013/January/article/SW-281474979047288.cvsp

 

http://www.orajel.com/articles/9-ways-to-make-brushing-fun.aspx

 

http://www.parenting.com/article/ask-dr-sears-toothbrushing-resistance

 

http://www.meetadentist.com/dentalcare/dental-care-for-children/

Eating Disorders and Their Effect On Oral Health

September 18th, 2013

Eating disorders continue to be a pressing issue in our nation. According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD), up to 24 million people of all ages and gender suffer from an eating disorder (anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder) in the U.S. The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) explains that eating disorders usually involved extreme attitudes and emotions towards weight and food issues. This disorder can ultimately have a grave impact on health, productivity and relationships. While most people know that eating disorders affect the individuals’ body, including their bones as well as their heart, these disorders also have detrimental consequences on teeth.

 

Without sufficient nutrition, gums and other soft tissue that are in the mouth may have a greater tendency to bleed. The glands that are responsible for the production of saliva may become inflamed, leading to chronic dry mouth. The American Dental Association (ADA) notes that tooth surfaces are in danger during the course of the disease when people decide to clear the contents of their stomach through their mouth. The teeth are then exposed to harsh gastric acids that can wear down teeth, leaving them thin and translucent. Teeth will become brittle and will be more susceptible to chipping.

 

The ADA also provides some treatment options to ease oral health consequences of eating disorders. Patients who purge by vomiting are advised to rinse with baking soda to neutralize the harmful effects of stomach acid. Patients should also be assessed in terms of their oral health, with treatment options including additional fluoride modalities. What is most important is that family and friends help set good examples of healthy eating habits and offer positive encouragement should surround the individuals suffering from eating disorders. Please feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com

 

References:

 

http://www.anad.org/get-information/about-eating-disorders/eating-disorders-statistics/

 

http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/anorexia-nervosa/features/anorexia-body-neglected

 

http://www.ada.org/2582.aspx?currentTab=2

 

https://www.unitedconcordia.com/dental-insurance/dental/age-groups/kids-teens/eating-disorders/

 

 

New Crooked Teeth Fad Can Lead to Oral Health Issues

September 17th, 2013

In the American culture, having straight teeth tends to be something that is coveted. People go to the orthodontists’ off, patiently waiting on the day when they can finally ditch the braces and have in place of beautiful teeth. Many see crooked teeth as embarrassing or even imperfections that they need to hide. In other parts of the country, this mindset is completely swapped.  There is a new trend in Japan that has started with women embracing and actually desiring a crooked smile. They believe that the “snaggletooth” look is considered cute and endearing. There are now many dental clinics in Japan offering the “multilayered” or “double” tooth, a look to accent crowded molars and canines that have been pushed forward. These crooked teeth can be temporarily or even permanently glued on teeth. Dentists in Japan believe that this look will be trending in their country for a while, and wonder if this fad will be brought overseas.

 

While Americans strive to have a straight set of pearly whites, there is strong reason to get braces for oral health reasons. When individuals have teeth that are misaligned, they are more susceptible to food, and eventually plaque, buildup in between teeth. Plaque then leads to a greater risk of periodontal disease and gingivitis. Improper bite also can lead to improper chewing, which has been shown to lead to gastrointestinal problems.

 

It may seem like the “snaggletooth” look is here to stay in Japan for a while, but individuals getting this fix should be aware of the possible oral health consequences. While braces can lead to straighter and more beautiful smiles, it is important to take note of the healthy benefits that straight pearly white reap. Please feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com

References:

 

http://www.japantoday.com/category/lifestyle/view/why-japanese-women-go-for-fake-crooked-teeth

 

http://shine.yahoo.com/beauty/japanese-snaggletooth-craze-spawns-dental-procedures-girl-group-194500258.html

 

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/features/straight-talk-about-braces-for-adults

 

http://geekologie.com/2011/10/all-the-rage-japanese-girls-get-dental-p.php

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finding the Bacterial Link Between Rheumatoid Arthritis and Gum Disease

September 16th, 2013

Over the years, researchers have been able to demonstrate the importance of oral health in relation to systemic, or overall, health. Keeping up with oral hygiene has been shown to not only affect the oral cavity, but also various areas in the body. Oral health has been linked to the prevalence of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), diabetes, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s disease, and various other conditions. Researchers have been well aware of the strong association between oral health and these health conditions, but continue to look into the root cause and mechanisms that result in these links.

 

However, a research group at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry Oral Health and Systemic Diseases recently published their findings in PloS Pathogens, revealing the bacterium that is responsible for periodontal disease.  They found that the bacterium, Prophromonas gingivalis, leads to a faster progression of gum disease, increasing cartilage and bone destruction. Their research indicated that P. gingivalis produces an enzyme, peptidylarginine deiminanse (PAD), which increases collagen-induced arthritis (CIA). This enzyme makes the body believe that there are intruding proteins within the body, inducing an immune attack. This results in chronic inflammation, which accounts for the weakening of bone and cartilage within the joints.

 

This research group was able to show that there is a viable link between P. gingivalis periodontal infection and rheumatoid arthritis; however, more research needs to be done to verify these finds. Hopefully further research can bring about new strategies to prevent RA. These studies also should encourage individuals to maintain good oral hygiene. It is always important to keep in mind that brushing and flossing not only keeps the mouth clean, but also keeps the entire body healthy. Please feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com

 

 

References:

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/dental/DE00001

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/09/130912203327.htm

http://www.genengnews.com/gen-news-highlights/how-bad-gums-lead-to-arthritis/81248849/

http://arthritisbroadcastnetwork.org/2013/09/gum-disease-may-be-an-indication-of-rheumatoid-arthritis/

 

 

 

Can School Milk Battle Tooth Decay?

September 10th, 2013

In recent news, a school in Blackpool, England had found a staggering level of tooth decay among the children living in the area. The dental health of children in this town have been found to be the worst in the country, with more than 1 in 3 five year olds with at least one tooth with a degree of decay. By the time the children reach the age of 12, the percent of unhealthy teeth reach to 43%.

 

With this overwhelming amount of tooth decay found in schoolchildren, health chiefs have been working on implementing a new plan to bring down the level of decay. This project consists introducing milk fortified with fluoride in the 77 primary schools in Blackpool. Blackpool also happens to be one of the few towns that do not have fluoride in its water; milk fortified with fluoride is considered the next best option after fluoride in water. Dentists in town fully support the idea, believing that it is a step in the right direction to stop the rising level of tooth decay found in the children.

 

Fluoride is a mineral that how shown to work wonders for teeth. On a daily basis, minerals are continuously lost and added to a tooth’s enamel layer via demineralization and remineralization, respectively. Demineralization occurs when acids from bacteria in the mouth attack the enamel. Fluoride, along with calcium and phosphate, are minerals are crucial for the remineralization of teeth. When there is too much demineralization without adequate remineralization, the tooth is then susceptible to tooth decay. Fluoride helps combat tooth decay by strengthening the tooth, making it more resistant to plaque bacteria and sugars that are consumed. Aside from consuming fluoride through water or milk, there are other methods of receiving fluoride. Dentists can apply a fluoride gel, foam, or varnish on the teeth to prevent decay. At your next hygiene visit please ask specifically for a fluoride application. Not only can kids benefit from this  Fluoride supplements in liquid or tablet form are also viable options, but must be prescribed by your dentist, pediatrician or family doctor.

 

For more tips for caring about your smile go here.

Keep Your Kids Cavity Free!

Check Your Local Town Website for the Fluoride Content in Tap Water. Here is Wellesley's!

Please feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com

 

References:

http://www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/news/education/flouride-plan-for-school-milk-to-target-decay-1-5961467

 

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/fluoride-treatment

 

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/news/20001010/is-fluoride-good-for-teeth-bones

 

http://www.knowyourteeth.com/infobites/abc/article/?abc=D&iid=303&aid=7363

 

http://www.knowyourteeth.com/infobites/abc/article/?abc=%20&iid=295&aid=4236

Link Found Between Poor Oral Health and HPV

September 9th, 2013

There has been a recent studying showing a relationship between poor oral health and the human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is a sexually transmitted virus that has been shown to cause cancer of the cervix, mouth and throat. Cancer Prevention Research has been the first group to document this link. While this association has been made, it is still too early to say that flossing and brushing on a regular basis can prevent oral HPV infection.

 

Research done at the University of Texas health Science Center have looked over data on both low-risk and high-risk oral HPV infection and health in 3,439 adults between the ages of 30 and 69. The original study found that males who smoke cigarettes and having multiple oral sex partners have an increased risk of developing oral HPV infection. Researchers then controlled for smoking and the number of oral sex partners and found that self-rated poor oral health was an independent risk for this oral infection. It was shown that those with poor oral health were 56% more likely to contract the oral HPV infection, compared to those with fair oral health. It was also found that gum disease was linked to a 51% higher oral HPV risk and general dental problems were linked with a 28% increased prevalence of this infection. While there still has not been conclusive evidence revealing this, researcher believe that people who lack of good oral health, such as those suffering from ulcers, sores or lesions, and gum inflammation, give way to more openings in the mouth, providing more locations for HPV to enter.

 

Even though there is not enough evidence to decisively show the link between poor oral health and HPV, it never hurts to maintain good oral health. While more research needs to be done in this topic, there have been many more relationships shown, linking oral health to the body’s overall health. Good oral hygiene should become a lifestyle, a personal habit that individuals should hold up to. Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com

 

References:

 

http://cancerpreventionresearch.aacrjournals.org/

 

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/08/21/study-ties-poor-oral-hygiene-to-cancer-causing-virus/?_r=0

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/21/oral-health-hpv-risk-_n_3790205.html

 

Toothbrushing Mistakes to Know About (Part 2!)

September 6th, 2013

Proper toothbrushing techniques are always a must to maintain good oral health; there are never too many good tips on keeping teeth healthy! Here are a few more common mistakes that individuals tend to make after years of brush; catch these mistakes and your teeth will be sure to thank you!

 

Beginning at the same place, every time.

 

It’s absolutely great to keep up with the systemic habit of brushing teeth on a daily basis, but sometimes it may be healthier and beneficial to switch things up for a change. Many people are prone to begin brushing in the same place in the mouth and areas that areas that are covered later on in the routine tend to get less attention, becoming more cavity-friendly. A great way to remember to give your undivided attention to all areas in the mouth is to divide the oral cavity into four sections. When it comes time for brushing, pick a different starting quadrant each time and make your way through all 4!

 

Not brushing the right way.

 

While toothbrushing is often thought of as a simple task, dentists have found that individuals don’t seem to know the correct way to brush teeth! A common mistake that people tend to make is to make long, horizontal strokes across teeth; it seems like the most holistic way to get all the teeth. However, this brushing technique tends to be harsh and quite abrasive to the gumline. The best technique is to brush in short stroke down (not across!) teeth. These strokes can be either vertical or circular, have your pick!

 

Forgetting to brush the inner tooth surfaces.

 

Many people tend to place their attention on tooth surfaces that are actually facing outside, neglecting to brush the inside surfaces well. While it’s great keeping the outside surface white and bright, it is just as important to keep the inner surface of teeth from developing cavities. Dentists say that the inner surfaces of the lower front teeth are the most commonly skipped area. Make it a goal to keep that area cavity-free!

 

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com

 

References:

 

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/healthy-teeth-10/brushing-teeth-mistakes?page=2

 

http://www.webmd.boots.com/oral-health/guide/brushing-teeth-mistakes

 

http://healthmagazine.ae/10-tooth-brushing-mistakes/

 

Expecting Mothers: Maintain Good Oral Health for the Sake of Your Baby!

September 5th, 2013

Entering pregnancy can be a truly exciting season, with the growing anticipation of a new baby and the joys that he or she will bring. Soon-to-be mothers know that it is crucial to maintain a healthy lifestyle for herself and the baby that is on the way. However, many tend to underestimate how essential good oral health can be. A study published in Public Health Report examined the prevalence of dental care during pregnancy and found that 65% women in the state of California did not go to the dentist during pregnancy.  While 52% of these women reported to have dental problems prenatally, 62% of those women still did not go in to receive proper dental care. It is just as important to keep up with good oral health during pregnancy.

 

The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) and the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP) recently set out new clinical recommendations, highlighting the importance of maintaining good periodontal health. Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is a chronic condition where bacteria have attacked the gum tissues and even bone supporting teeth. When nothing is done to alleviate this disease, individuals may end up with tooth loss and even other diseases, such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Dentists recommend that individuals look out for signs of periodontal disease, including tenderness, swollen gums, and redness. Other symptoms include gums that tend to bleed during eat or brushing, gums that are pulling away from teeth, loose teeth, and halitosis. Many women see these warning signs but choose to ignore them, thinking that this disease would have no effect on their babies. Several studies have indicated that women with periodontal disease may be more likely to give premature births or have babies with low birth weight than mothers with healthy gums. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have stated that babies with weighing less than 5.5 pounds may be at risk of delayed motor skills, learning disabilities, and other long-term health problems. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recently stated that pregnant women should go in for regular dental cleanings during pregnancy.

 

It is always important to maintain good oral health, regardless of what life stage you are in. Dentists continue to stress good oral hygiene and routine brushing and flossing. If you have any more questions, feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com

 

References:

 

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2966664/

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/08/130828092310.htm

http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/Oral-and-Dental-Health-at-Any-Age/Adults/Oral-Health-and-Pregnancy/article/Pregnancy-Oral-Health-and-Your-Baby.cvsp

 

 

 

Common Oral Health Problems in Children

August 29th, 2013

As children begin to grow up, it is important to frequently check how they are doing in terms of oral health. Here are some cases that should raise some red flags for parents.

 

Missing or Decayed Baby Teeth: while it is true that baby teeth eventually fall out and are replaced by permanent teeth, it is important to take proper care of baby teeth. Decayed or missing baby teeth can lead to crooked permanent teeth, which can lead to difficulty chewing and more cavities. Individuals with misaligned teeth have areas that may be hard to reach, leading to poorer dental hygiene, which can lead to tooth decay and periodontal disease.

 

Nursing Bottle Syndrome: this is a syndrome that results when baby keeps taking in formula, breast milk, fruit juice, or any type of liquid containing sugar. When babies sleep through the night with a bottle of liquid that has sugar, they have an increased risk of developing caries, which is decay of the tooth. Sugar that comes in contact with teeth for long periods of time also increases the growth of bacteria, which are responsible for tooth decay or infection that can potentially spread to other areas of the body. Note that it isn’t necessarily how much sugar the baby takes in; rather, it’s the amount of time the baby’s teeth have been exposed to sugar.

 

Thumb and Lip Sucking: there has been research done showing that thumb sucking can lead to bone structure shifts and tooth misalignments, and children who suck their lips may face similar problems. Both thumb and lip sucking can lead to overbites and protrusion of teeth, and may also lead to difficulty and speech development.  While thumb sucking is a means of comfort for a child, it is important to lead a child away from this habit.

 

Tongue Thrusting: this is a condition that comes forth from the chronic pressing of the tongue against the lips, which leads to protrusion of teeth. There are speech pathologists that are able to help children strengthen their chewing muscles and to change swallowing patterns, which can prevent dental problems down the road.

 

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com

 

References: http://www.yourdentistryguide.com/children-poor-oral-health/ http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/oral-health-problems-children http://www.medicinenet.com/oral_health_problems_in_children/page3.htm

Quick Tips from the Tooth Fairy

August 28th, 2013

As a parent with a busy schedule, it can get tough monitoring and helping with the care of a child’s oral health. However, a child’s maintenance of good oral hygiene is extremely important, not just for their oral health but also for their overall health. On top of this week’s grocery list and the errands that need to be completed, we’ll throw in just a few more reminders and tips on the care of a child’s teeth.

 

  • Although work schedules can get overwhelming, a great and healthy way to spend time with the kids is to join them while they brush and floss. Children learn by example, and a great way for them to pick up good oral hygiene is if their parents show them great brushing and flossing techniques.

 

  • Keep track of times when your child demonstrates good oral hygiene. A fun way to get children to stick to good oral care is to create a calendar that can track their oral health. Hang the calendar in the bathroom and post a gold star or a fun sticker on days when they did a great job brushing and flossing their teeth. This is can get children excited about maintain good oral health and is a wonderful way to let their dentist know how they are doing!

 

  • There have been recent studies showing that bacteria responsible for tooth decay can be transferred when parents clean their child’s pacifier or bottle nipple. It’s best to clean these items in warm, soapy water and to avoid sharing food and drinks and children.

 

  • It is no secret that children love to get their hands on sweets. However, sugar-heavy foods can end up creating an environment that is optimal for the growth of tooth decay-causing bacteria. Try to opt for products containing xylitol, which is a tooth-friendly, nonfermentable sugar alcohol that does not get converted in the mouth to acids like regular sugars. It can reduce the levels of bacteria in saliva and can also act against some of the bacteria responsible for ear infections!

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com

References:

 

http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-996-XYLITOL.aspx?activeIngredientId=996&activeIngredientName=XYLITOL

 

http://www.ncohf.org/resources/parents-corner

 

http://www.ada.org/news/8582.aspx

 

Chronic Rhinosinusitis Linked to Secondhand Smoking

August 23rd, 2013

Patients often come in during a dentist appointment mentioning sinus pain coupled with congestion and toothache. This pain can either be quite severe or even chronic, and can be hassle to deal with. Patients experiencing these symptoms have been found to be suffering from rhinosinusitis, which can arise due to allergies or infection. However, the Archives of Otolaryngology-Head & Surgery published a study that showed a link between secondhand smoke and chronic rhinosinusitis.

In their study, interviewers from the Henry Ford Health System were trained to hold telephone interviewed with 306 patients who have been suffering from rhinosinusitis between January 2000 and May 2004, along with 306 matched control patients. The researchers were able to collect data on age, ethnicity, sex, diet, and contact with possible air pollutants and chemicals. The main data that was examined were the secondhand smoke exposure that the patients were exposed to; the exposure could have been from home, work, public places, and private function, including parties and weddings.

This study revealed that there is a dose-response relationship found between chronic rhinosinusitis and the number of environments that individuals were susceptible to secondhand smoke. Amanda Holm, a study coauthor and project manager at the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention explained that their findings “reaffirm the health hazards of secondhand smoke.” She notes that the irritants found in secondhand smoke are harmful to the sinus and nasal passages and are the main cause to the progression of rhinosinusitis.

Secondhand smoke has also been shown to increase risk of respiratory ailments, lung cancer, and heart disease in nonsmokers. Although there have been antismoking laws established in the United States, 60% of nonsmokers continue to be exposed the toxic chemicals found in cigarette smoke. While many tend to shrug this issue off and may label this as unimportant, researchers urge individuals to be wary of secondhand smoke, highlighting that consequences are real and truly harmful. Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation.

References:
http://jada.ada.org/content/141/6/632.1.full

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12931083

http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/04/19/secondhand.smoke.sinus/index.html

Sodas Can Be Just As Damaging As Drugs to Oral Health

August 22nd, 2013

There have been countless articles and journals reporting that carbonated drinks can cause much damage to the teeth, but how damaging can these drinks be? A recent study was able to show that the damage done by these drinks is comparable to that of drugs including methamphetamine and cocaine.

The acidic nature of carbonated drinks has been shown to wear away tooth enamel, which is the protective material covering the outside of the tooth. With continual exposure to this acid, tooth erosion results. When teeth lack enamel, teeth are more prone to bacterial damage, leading to cracked and discolored teeth, and a higher risk of developing cavities.

General Dentistry was able to run a study depicting the severity of tooth erosion in various patients. The study looked into three different individuals: one who has admitted methamphetamine user, a longtime cocaine user, and another who expressed a habit of excessive soda consumption. Each of the three participants had also admitted that that do not maintain good oral hygiene and they also do not make consistent visits to the dentist’s office. While each of the participants were exposed to completely different substances, results showed that the severity of tooth erosion were relatively similar in each case.

The researchers explained that methamphetamine, cocaine, and soda are all high in acidity, which leads to the wearing down of tooth enamel. While methamphetamine requires harsh ingredients including battery acid, lantern fuel, and drain cleaner, the citric acid found in regular and diet soda can be just as corrosive and harmful to teeth. Many individuals hear of the detrimental consequences of drinking excessive soda; however, they are unaware of exactly how damaging soda can be. These results truly shed light on the importance of being mindful of what you drink.

This is a wake up call for those who do not think twice when they drink bottle after bottle of carbonated drinks. If you have any questions feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation!

Read more here and also check out this article on sports & energy drinks!
References:

http://www.agd.org/media/145594/soda_meth_mouth.pdf
http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/tooth-enamel-erosion-restoration

 

Age Getting You Down? Dental Fixes Towards A Younger You!

August 21st, 2013

As well all continue to age, one of the biggest hopes is to age gracefully and beautifully. The honest truth about aging is that there are going to be signs of wear and tear as time passes. When it comes to anti-aging many tend to focus on the well being of their skin. However, teeth also play a huge role when it comes to aging. The good news is that there are easier fixes to making teeth look younger than skin! Here are a few ways get back that dazzling smile.

 

Fix #1: Front Teeth Blues

 

Teeth tend to wear down after much use. One can imagine that after years of biting on food, the upper front center teeth must be quite worn down. Turns out that these teeth get as much as 2 millimeters shorter than they were after twenty years! But no worries, the dentist has got you covered. These dentists can elongated the front teeth slightly with bonding, where a tooth-colored material is applied and sculpted to fit teeth. Another option that will get teeth looking noticeably longer is with porcelain veneers. These thin porcelain jackets cover the front of teeth, and another great plus is that dentists can help choose a color that will complement an individual’s natural teeth.

 

Fix #2: Flattened Tooth Ridges

 

Thinking back to the age when the tooth fairy was still as real as ever, the tooth, the teeth that came in after the baby teeth have tiny ripples towards the tip of teeth; these ridges actually give teeth their character and youthfulness. After years of using teeth, these ridges tend to get worn down, making teeth looking boxy and unnatural. A great solution to this is, again, porcelain veneers. These are veneers are made from a mold of an individual’s actual teeth, and a can help one get the little details on teeth back.

 

Fix #3: Shifting Teeth

 

As time passes, teeth have a tendency to shift in their position and move inward. As this occurs, cheeks and lips end up having less support, leaving a hollowed appearance. To keep teeth from gaping, dentists recommend getting braces. People who tend to not enjoy the metal-bracket-look can opt for Invisalign braces, which are clear acrylic molds that move teeth back into proper position. What is it great about Invisalign braces is that they are very noticeable; new casters even claim that they wear their Invisalign braces on air, and nobody notices!

 

Stay tuned to more tips on making aged teeth look younger! Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com

 

References:

http://www.more.com/health/wellness/your-smile-aging-you-get-better-whiter-teeth?page=2

 

http://www.invisalign.com/how-invisalign-works

 

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/veneers

 

3 Foods That Help You “Brush”!

August 19th, 2013

Most people tend to identify the times when their teeth get brushed as the moments spent in the morning and evening when they brushing manually with their toothbrush. However, there are ways to sneak in more “brushing” time throughout the day without even touching the toothbrush. But how can that be? Well, there are certain foods that are delicious and healthy, and on top of that, even double as toothbrushers!

Celery: this long vegetable is considered to be an “abrasive” food, high in fiber content. As chewing breaks down the celery, its fibrous property helps enamel stay healthy and stronger. Celery is also a promoter of saliva secretion, which is crucial for the maintenance of a healthy pH level in the oral cavity.

Apple: there’s the saying that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. In this case, apples are great for keeping plaque away! Apples are also high in fiber, cleaning teeth while an individual chews. These delicious fruits also increase saliva production, keeping the levels of bacteria at bay.

Sesame seeds: most people are often ready to make a grab for a mirror after eating these seeds to avoid the embarrassment of missed bits and pieces stuck between teeth. But do give sesame seeds the benefit of the doubt! These seeds, similar to the effects of celery and apple, are able to “brush” the surface of teeth while they are consumed, keeping bacteria from wrecking more havoc. These mighty seeds are also full of calcium, which is absolute key and strengthen bone and teeth formation. Next time when there is a meal with a touch of sesame seeds, think of them fondly remember their cleansing properties!

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com

Read more about foods that can help improve your oral health here!

References:

http://readynutrition.com/resources/top-10-foods-that-naturally-clean-teeth_27102011/

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/high-fiber-foods/NU00582

Goodbye Needles, Hello Nasal Spray!

August 15th, 2013

When the dentist mentions that a procedure requiring anesthesia is needed, many patients freeze up and become anxious at the thought of a needle sticking in their mouth. Whether it is a root canal or a tooth extraction, the patients’ fear of the needle keeps them from moving forward with the procedure. However, St. Renatus, a start-up based in Colorado, has begun the process of getting U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to approve of a nasal spray that can administer anesthetic without touching the needle.

This nasal mist, known as the Kovacaine Mist, is made to anesthetize the maxillary arch; if Kovacaine Mist is able to come into the market, this product will truly provide the dental practice with many advantages. A dental assistant can easily apply this topical drug to patient’s mouth, giving the dentist more time to work on the actual procedures. Kovacaine Mist is also an anesthetic that does not stay in the bloodstream for as much time as injected anesthetics; thus, this nasal mist is less harmful to the liver, lungs, and kidneys. Since this anesthetic’s effects will wear off in less time, patients will drool after their procedure is finished.

 

So how did this fantastic idea come up? Well, it was actually through a game of basketball. Mark Kollar, DDS, was shooting around with some of his friends one day, and a bad pass hit him right in the face, leaving him with a bloody and crooked nose. When he went in to straighten out his nose, Dr. Kollar noticed that the nasal spray he was given for the procedure not only numbed his ear, nose, and throat, but also numbed his upper teeth. This gave Dr. Kollar the idea of looking into a nasal mist targeted for dental procedures.

 

St. Renatus entered phase II clinical trials in July 2012; St. Rentatus hopes that this drug will gain FDA approval by early 2014 at the latest. If everything works out, we will soon have a new product on the market that will truly change the face of dentistry. Many tend to believe that a trip to the dentist’s office will always include needles and pain. With Kovacaine Mist, individuals may be more willing to go in for a check up.

 

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation.

 

 

References:

 

http://innovationews.com/science/bioscience/nasal-spray-anesthetic-beats-dental-injections-by-a-nose/

 

http://www.drbicuspid.com/index.aspx?sec=sup&sub=bai&pag=dis&ItemID=313570

 

http://www.st-renatus.com/sites/default/files/pdfs/RMI2_release.pdf

 

Sensitivity After Teeth Whitening: What To Do?

August 14th, 2013

Tooth whitening has become one of the most popular dental procedures, enhancing smiles for the brighter. Whether it’s setting up a dentist’s appointment to have the whitening done professionally or deciding to have a go at a home kit, some individuals have noted the tooth sensitivity that follows the process. Researchers claim that the exact root to the sensitivity is not very well known; however, properties of peroxide, which is one of the main components of tooth whitening products, have shown to be an irritant of tooth nerves. This irritation may lead to cold sensitivity and a tingling sensation in the tooth. While many have already taken up tooth sensitivity to be the trade off for having brilliant pearly whites, there are definitely ways to reduce the symptoms. Here are a few tips to follow after tooth whitening has been administered.

 

1. Take a look at the amount of peroxide used in the whitening product; a good indicator is that from 6 to 10% is considered a relatively low peroxide level. While most people may think that a product containing a more concentrated amount of peroxide will surely do the trick, the sensitivity that may follow is definitely not worth it.

 

2. Along the same lines, it is also important to space out whitening treatments. Overusing a whitening product can exacerbate the sensitivity and can potentially damage teeth. If there are feelings of sensitivity, it never hurts to cut back on the whitening treatment.

 

3. Teeth may be sensitive to extreme temperatures during whitening treatments. The best thing to do is to avoid any foods that may fall under that category.

 

4. Other great methods to combat sensitivity can include looking into fluoride rinses and toothpaste targeting sensitivity.

 

We offer many state-of-the-art whitening services in our office; Sinsational whitening is a 20-minute procedure with little to no sensitivity! Click here to read more about it and if you have any more questions, feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group; they will be happy to answer your questions! 

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References:

http://dentistry.about.com/od/teethwhitening/qt/Coping-With-Teeth-Whitening-Sensitivity.htm

 

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/teeth-whitening

 

Dietary Supplements and Their Effects In Dentistry

August 12th, 2013

Vitamin shops have long been boasting the benefits of taking dietary supplements, emphasizing the need for getting the recommended daily dose of various supplements. The National Institute of Health (NIH) revealed in 2007 that Americans spend a total of $27 billion on these supplements a year. Although these supplements may be considered healthy in the medical world, how do they play out in the dental world?

The Journal of American Dental Association (JADA) just came out with a report noting that some common supplements ingested by patients may result in adverse drug interactions when taken with certain medications used. Dentists do administer medications and sedatives during procedures. Research showed that St. John’s wort, evening primrose, ginkgo, and valerian are common dietary supplements that both dentists and patients should be wary about before taking medication. Other than these four supplements, oral healthcare providers can administer any medications frequently used in dentistry without worrying about detrimental consequences. The researchers also note that seniors tend to be most at risk, with a study reporting that people older than 65 are seven times more likely to have a negative reaction than younger people. They stress the importance of recognizing and avoiding dietary supplement-drug interactions that may likely occur.

If patients are taking dietary supplements, researchers have found safe medications that patients can take. Acetaminophen has been strongly recommended by scientists because it is not related to any of the dietary supplement-drug interactions. Antibiotics, cephalexin, metronidazole, amoxicillin, and penicillin are noted as the best choices for patients with dietary supplements.

Wellesley Dental Group strives to provide the best care for their patients. We continue to make sure that patients are getting the safest and healthiest treatment and medication options. If you have any more questions feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com

References:

http://jada.ada.org/content/144/7/787

http://www.drbicuspid.com/index.aspx?sec=sup&sub=pmt&pag=dis&ItemID=313704

Heat Wave Can Mean Better Oral Health!

August 9th, 2013

These hot summer days tend to send people running for the pools and air-conditioned buildings. The heat may seem unbearable and completely unbeneficial; however, the British Dental Health Foundation claims that heat waves may very well be advantageous to oral health.

Vitamin D has been commonly known to be the key in the process of bone development. The human body is also able to naturally produce vitamin D when exposed to sunlight. Research has shown that the exposure and production of vitamin D may help combat tooth decay, tooth loss, and gum disease.

 

Within the last couple of days, the United Kingdom has been experiencing temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius, which has occurred since 2006. Dr. Nigel Carter of the British Dental Health Foundation explained how the UK just went through a long and cold winter, resulting in many suffering from lack of vitamin D. Without the fortification of Vitamin D, gums can become inflamed and swollen and teeth can grow weaker. This leaves individuals more susceptible to gum disease and even tooth loss. With the recent heat wave, teeth and gum conditions may very well be improved with the increase of Vitamin D.

 

Dr. Carter notes that gum disease is actually quite preventable. What is important is that plaque needs to be removed from teeth on a daily basis. Brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste can really make a difference in the prevention of cavities. Summer days are also an excuse to indulge and cool carbonated sodas and ice creams. Remember, sweets and acidic drinks can be detrimental for teeth. Doctors recommend that instead of eating throughout the day, keep these snack within meal times to reduce the exposure to acidic drinks and sweets. Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com

 

 

References:

http://www.femalefirst.co.uk/health/heatwave-good-for-oral-health-317971.html

 

http://www.economicvoice.com/heatwave-could-be-good-for-oral-health/50038649

 

E.N. Alshouibi, E.K. Kaye, H.J. Cabral, C.W. Leone, and R.I. Garcia., Vitamin D and Periodontal Health in Older Men., J DENT RES., August 2013 92: 689-693, first published on June 20, 2013 doi:10.1177/0022034513495239

 

Hujoel, P. P. (2013), Vitamin D and dental caries in controlled clinical trials: systematic review and meta-analysis. Nutrition Reviews, 71: 88-97. Doi: 10.1111/j.1753-4887.2012.00544.x

 

 

Kick that Bad Habit: Stop Slouching to Relieve Oral Pain and Stress

August 8th, 2013

Slouching seems to be a problem that has swept through teenagers across the world. Well, there’s no doubt that slouching is a comfortable position; however, it has always been highly recommended for anyone with bad posture to correct it immediately in order to prevent strain and injury of muscles. What’s more, dental professionals have also been commenting on problems that can occur due to bad posture. The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) recommends that if patients are feeling frequent headaches and pain in the lower jaw, poor posture may be the issue at hand.

 

Poor posture keeps the spine at a position that induces stress to the jaw joint. When individuals are slouching, the lower jaw actually moves forward, keeping the lower and upper teeth from aligning and fitting together. This type of movement can really put stress on muscles, bones and joints, and if let on its own, one can develop pain and inflammation near the joints where the mouth has the most motion. Dentists have noted that patients with facial pain tend to have unbalanced posture. This ends up rearranging their facial muscles, causing bumps and grooves (that naturally fit together properly) to not match up. When individuals end up with a bad bite, TMJ (Temporomandibular joint disorder) results. This is a condition where jaw joints that do not function properly end up causing pain and stress in the surrounding tissue. This can lead to symptoms including ringing in the ears, difficulty biting, and jaw popping.

 

Having good posture is constantly talked about in terms of back problems, but it can very well be linked to maintaining good oral health. It is important to practice good posture, not just to avoid back problems, but also to avoid oral cavity issues. Try to make sitting and standing up straight a healthy habit! If you have any more questions, feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com

 

References:

 

http://www.healthcentral.com/chronic-pain/h/does-slouching-cause-back-and-neck-pain.html

 

http://www.knowyourteeth.com/infobites/abc/article/?abc=h&iid=334&aid=1347

 

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001227.htm

 

Washing Down Cereal with Milk is Beneficial to Oral Health!

August 6th, 2013

When people say that milk is cereal’s best friend, that saying is true with respect to many aspects. Milk is definitely a great complement to any cereal consumed in the morning, but it can also do wonders for teeth! New research done at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry demonstrated that downing some milk after consuming sugary cereal could greatly cut down plaque acid levels, preventing damage to tooth enamel that could eventually lead to cavities.

 

Studies have previously shown that when individuals eat carbohydrates four times a daily, they are in fact increasing the risk of cavities. Christine Wu, a professor of pediatric dentistry at the University of Illinois, was interested in ways to prevent the onset of cavities while not avoiding morning carbs. Wu and her former graduate student conducted a study with 20 adults. Each participant was given 20 grams of dry Froot Loops cereal, along with one beverage, including whole milk, 100% apple juice or tap water. A microelectrode placed between premolar teeth before consumption was used to measured plaque pH or acidity in the oral cavity. A pH below 7 is considered acid; a pH at 7 is considered neutral; a pH above 7 is considered basic. Wu found that pH in plaque dropped quickly (became acidic) after consuming cereal alone, and remained at a pH of 5.83 after 30 minutes.

 

The individuals who drank milk after eating the Froot Loops showed the highest increase in pH, from 5.75 to 6.48 in 30 minutes. Those who drank apple juice were only at a pH of 5.84 after 30 minutes while those who consumed water experienced an increase of pH to 6.02. Wu’s study showed that milk was the only beverage that significantly reduced the acidity of dental plaque after the consumption of sugary carbs. She believes that milk counteracts the damaging effect of fermentable carbs and has the ability to effectively bring up plaque pH.

 

Diet continues to be absolutely crucial in oral health and the different types of food truly do determine the likelihood of developing cavities. Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com

 

 

References:

 

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/07/130731164718.htm

 

http://life.nationalpost.com/2013/08/02/drinking-a-glass-of-milk-after-sugary-cereal-may-cut-risk-of-cavities-study/

 

http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/drinking-milk-eating-sugary-foods-cut-cavity-risk-article-1.1415092

 

 

Chewing On Ice: A Safe Way to Cool Down?

August 5th, 2013

There’s definitely no denying that summers can really bring the heat. There are tons of clever ways we try to cool down. A popular choice tends to be chewing on ice; I mean, who doesn’t like a cool down with zero calories? It may sound like an ingenious way to beat the heat, but in fact, chewing on ice can be harmful to teeth.

While ice does melt in the mouth, it is still a hard solid before a does! Dentists tend to see patients come in with gum injuries and broken teeth…all because of ice! The American Dental Association (ADA) has recommended that avoiding chewing on ice is a great way to keep away from tooth injuries.

But don’t worry! Dentists are not saying to keep away from ice at all costs. Instead of taking in large chunks of ice at a time, dentists recommend letting ice slivers melt in the mouth, just like candy. That way, you still get the cool down, but you’re keep teeth from harm’s way as well. If there are chewers out there who can’t resist a good crunching, safe and healthy alternatives can include baby carrots or apple chunks.

If there is still a need or craving to chew on ice, please let the dentist know. Craving to chew on ice has been shown to be associated with iron deficiency anemia. This case is due to the body’s lack of iron, as the name implies. Iron plays a key role in producing hemoglobin, which allows red blood cells to carry oxygen.

Even if the weather outside is sweltering, try to find refreshments that are both healthy for the body and safe on teeth. Here (hyperlink ‘here’ to the article I wrote on healthy summer popsicles) are a few fun ways to cool down in the summer. These treats will definitely keep you wanting more! If you have any more questions, feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com

References:

http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/ADA/2006/article/ADA-07-Chew-On-This.cvsp

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/chewing-ice/AN01278

http://www.burgpediatricdentistry.com/2012/10/top-three-habits-that-damage-teeth/

Toothbrushing Mistakes to Know About

August 2nd, 2013

Many think that by now, after all these years, they have gotten toothbrushing down. While brushing teeth may seem like an easy and routine matter, there are common mistakes that tend to occur!

Mistake #1: Picking the wrong toothbrush

Dentists at the American Dental Association ask individuals to not forget to consider the size of the mouth. With a toothbrush too big, one will not be able to get to tough to reach areas in the mouth. A general rule of thumb that can be followed is to see if it takes straining to open the mouth wide enough to let the toothbrush in. If that’s the case, the brush may be too large!

Another big concern is determining which is the better toothbrush: a manual one or an electronic? The general consensus among doctors is that it’s the individual preference. Dr. Richard H. Price of the American Dental Association explains, “It’s not the toothbrush, it’s the brusher”. What’s important is how well the individual brushes his or her teeth. Dentists believe that a manual toothbrush can do just as well as an electronic toothbrush.

Mistake #2: Not brushing long enough

Everyone generally knows that the rule is to brush teeth twice a day. However, many people tend to rush through their brushing time and have the mindset that as long as they brushed, everything is okay! However, that is not the case! Brushing should last at least two minutes, and preferably for three minutes. Dentists recommend that the mouth be split into four quadrants, and at least 30 seconds should be spent at each quadrant. Electric toothbrushes also have self-timers that can keep people on track. Another suggested way to brush for enough time is to multi-task: listen to your favorite song or watch a show while you’re at it. It’ll make time fly and your teeth clean.

Mistake #3: Brushing too hard

Some think that if they really get in there and scrub their teeth, they are most definitely doing their teeth some good. However, brush too vigorous can actually erode tooth enamel! Dentists recommend that individuals brush lightly to avoid erosion of the enamel and irritation of the gums. When choosing bristle type of toothbrushes, doctors also suggest opting for soft bristles.

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com

References:

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/healthy-teeth-10/brushing-teeth-mistakes?page=1

http://www.webmd.boots.com/oral-health/guide/brushing-teeth-mistakes

http://healthmagazine.ae/10-tooth-brushing-mistakes/

http://www.prevention.com/health/healthy-living/toothbrush-mistakes-can-damage-enamel

Caring For a Young Smile

August 1st, 2013

It’s an exciting time when parents are able to welcome a new face into the family. After some time caring for the new baby, you finally spot your little boy or girl’s new teeth budding out through the gums. In a blink of an eye, your child will have a full set of baby teeth. While baby teeth are quite small and are know to be replaced by adult teeth, it is very important for a baby to develop and maintain healthy teeth. A healthy set of baby teeth is integral for speech development and chewing. Here are a few pointers to ensure that your baby’s teeth have proper care!

It is important to choose a toothbrush that was be optimal for cleaning and maintaining healthy baby teeth. Be on the lookout for a soft brush with a small head and a large handle. This type of toothbrush will allow a parent to gently maneuver through a little one’s small mouth, getting the brush even to the smallest of crevices. Before the age of 1, baby teeth can be brushed with just a wet toothbrush; past that age, a pea-sized amount of non-fluoridated toothpaste can be incorporated into the brushing routine. It is advised that fluoride toothpaste should be held off until a child is at least 2 years old. While brushing, look for signs that would point to baby tooth decay, which can be found in form of brown or white spots on the teeth. If possible decay is detected, the child should be taken to a pediatric dentist for an examination. Good ways to prevent cavities from forming is to avoid giving your child juices, sodas, or any other drinks with high sugar content. Bacteria in the mouth easily thrives on any sugar present in the mouth, so it is essential to limit a baby’s sugar intake. As a child continues to grow, he or she will begin to want to be in command of their brushing routine. Parents still need to supervise their child with this process until he or she is able to hold the brush, and can rinse and spit without help.

The period it takes for a baby to develop a full set of teeth can be a difficult time for both the child and parents. Through this time, each tooth will begin to emerge, which is a process known as teething. Babies can begin to exhibit signs of teething through drooling, swollen gums, and even having temperatures a little above normal. Teething can be a very uncomfortable experience for the baby, but no fear! Teething rings can be used to allow the babies to chew something safe while their teeth starts to come in. Avoid giving a child small objects to chew on that could potentially lead to choking. If your child is in serious pain, consult your pediatrician and ask if the baby can take acetaminophen (i.e. Tylenol) for pain relief.

Helping your child develop beautiful pearly whites can take time and effort, but it will definitely be worth it! Oral hygiene doesn't begin when an individual ready to pick up a toothbrush, it starts right away! We have an excellent pediatric dentist, Dr. Pradhan, who would be more than happy to help your child. If you have more concerns about caring for baby teeth, Drs. Ali & Ali and their team at Wellesley Dental Group will be very happy to answer your questions. Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com!

Are toothbrushes actually clean?

July 29th, 2013

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com

 

References:

 

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

 

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

 

3 Tips On Keeping Your Breath Fresh!

July 26th, 2013

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

1. Keep up with brushing and flossing

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

 

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

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

 

These are simple tips to keep in mind, but they do go a long way. Always maintain good oral health and soon enough, you’ll be able to say goodbye to bad breath! Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation.

References:

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/healthy-teeth-2/get-rid-bad-breath

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