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Together We Did it Again!

November 16th, 2014

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We did it again! This year’s Candy Drive was a great success, and we are proud to say we have collected even more candy than last year: over 7600 pounds! The candy will be sent as care packages with carepacks.org to the troops overseas as a sweet reminder of home.

Here are some highlights from the Candy Drive!

We were joined by so many wonderful people and organizations! We had the National Guards come out. We were also joined by some Veterans, and U.S. Marines who served as an amazing reminder for everything our troops do for us. We also had the Wellesley Police Department, along with Chief DeLorie and the Wellesley Fire Department—everyone who keeps us safe! All the local public schools were represented, along with many other schools and organizations from the surrounding MetroWest community. Many children and school principals came personally as well. Even local businesses and organizations came to drop off candy and show their support!

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The spirit of patriotism was running high. Evan sang the National Anthem, and we had a moment of silence for those overseas.

 

 

 

 

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The Wellesley Public Schools and surrounding MetroWest schools were each awarded 3 prizes to hand off to the raffle winners.

 

 

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It is heart warming to see the whole MetroWest community come together in the spirit of giving. The Wellesley Fire Department and Wellesley Police Department, along with the National guards supporting the town-wide initiative to support the troops. All Wellesley Public Schools participated with many private and neighboring town schools.

 

 

 

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We received so many handwritten notes. We imagine that these kind words of love and support will be even sweeter than the candy!

 

 

 

 

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It has been so touching to see the message of health and giving being spread across our community. We really could not have done it without everyone’s help, and we want to thank everyone who participated! And lastly, a big thank you to the Wellesley Dental Group team that put in the hard work to make our Candy Drive such a success!

 

 

 

Making Big News and A Bigger Impact!

 

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Hometown Weekly

Wellesley Weston Magazine

Patch 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out out past Candy Drive Blogs!

The Pyramid of Candy

Candy Drive: Behind the Scenes!

The Candy Collection has Begun!

Candy Drive Details 2014

7th Annual Candy Drive: Send the Sweet Message of Support to our Troops!

 Together We Can Do So Much!

Our Candy Brigade!

 A Note Sweeter Than Candy!

Candy Pouring In!

Candy Drive Flyer

Candy Drive Kick-Off

 

Thank you Nuriman Faris for taking beautiful pictures and to Haynes Management for being such great neighbors!

 

A Special Thank You to the following Participants:

 

The Candy Collection Has Begun!

November 5th, 2014

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The Event: 7th Annual Community Candy Drive, celebrating Veteran's Day with Candy and Cards for the US Troops

Date: Nov 14th 2014

Time: 10:00 am -11:00 am

 

Background:

 

The Community Candy Drive initiative started off small, seven years back, out of a desire to incentivize children to eat less candy, without decreasing any of the fun that Halloween brings, and instilling in them the spirit of sharing and giving.

 

It started as a community wide buy-back program, where kids could bring us their treats and we would pay them for it. This became immensely popular, and we decided to go a step further by sharing these treats with our troops abroad. Candy is not a big deal for most of us, but for those that are serving our country, it’s a piece of home, and a reflection of our gratitude for their sacrifices.

 

We send care packs to our soldiers via a Weymouth-based non-profit, Care Packs.

The response from our community has been phenomenal.

Last year, over twenty different organizations and Wellesley schools participated in our Annual Community Candy Drive. We were able to collect more than 7300 lbs. of candy! Students included heart-warming notes of gratitude and appreciation for the American Troops. This year, we have already been contacted by institutions across the metro-west region, including schools from Newton and Natick.

A graduate student and Fulbright scholar from Babson College, Meenah Tariq, is helping us with the event.

In order to make the event more fun for the kids that participate and reward their spirit of giving and community service, the 7th Annual Community Candy Drive incorporates an element of student appreciation, with a raffle for all participants, with the prizes being handed out at our grand finale on the 14th of November.

 

Guests and Speakers:

Ellen Gibbs, Selectman at Town of Wellesley

Dr. David Lussier , Wellesley School Superintendent

Wellesley High School Band - performance

Elementary School students - National Anthem

 

Representatives from: 

  • United States Marine Corps Representative
  • Wellesley's American Legion Post 72
  • Celebrations Committee
  • Wellesley Veterans officer
  • Wellesley Police Dept
  • Wellesley Fire Department
  • National Guard (probable)

 

Participants 2014 (confirmed thus far): 

 

At the Wellesley Dental Group we believe that the amazing turn-out and outpouring of donations and notes that we witness each year are a reflection of the strength of this community. It renews our faith in humanity to see young children sharing the treats they love so much, with our servicemen. We hope to continue and grow this tradition, making it bigger and better each year.

 

Media - Candy Drive 2014:

 

Hometown Weekly: http://hometownweekly.net/wellesley-dentists-collecting-candy-for-troops-overseas-p12953-197.htm

Wellesley Weston Blog: http://www.wwmblog.com/news/welldental-candydrive

Patch.com: http://patch.com/massachusetts/wellesley/7th-annual-candy-drive-send-sweet-message-support-our-troops-0

 

Media - candy Drive 2013:

http://www.boston.com/yourtown/news/wellesley/2013/10/wellesley_dental_group_collecting_thousands_of_pounds_of_can.html

http://wellesleydentalgroup.com/blog/making-big-news-and-a-bigger-impact-thanks-to-your-support/

 

Photographs from past Candy Drive Events:

http://wellesleydentalgroup.com/blog/candy-drive-details/

http://wellesleydentalgroup.com/blog/our-candy-drive-brigade/

http://wellesleydentalgroup.com/blog/candy-drive-2011-video-you-may-star-in-our-next-one/

 

Candy Drive Details!

October 31st, 2014

Send a sweet message of support to our brave soldiers overseas at our 7th Annual Candy Drive!

Drop off your candy donations and notes November 3rd-14th.

 

FOR DETAILS

Call (781)237-9071

Email smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com

 

Please RSVP if interested in participating at our press event on November 14th at 10 A.M.

All participating schools will be winning 3 raffles prizes presented the day of the event. We have the Superintendent of Wellesley Schools, Dr. David Lussier, joining us along with U.S. Marines, the National Guard, Veterans, local police and fire department, and many other principals and students attending the event. We will be sending the care packages of candy, notes, and oral hygiene supplies through CarePacks. Local press will be capturing this special event. Celebrate everyone’s generous donations of candy and notes, enjoy refreshments, and get a picture with this year’s surprise candy display. All are welcome!

Check out last year's turnout here!
 
 
 

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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References:

http://fatcatwebproductions.com/ThePaper_2014/md-thenews/content/complete-your-healthy-back-school-routine-dental-care

http://islandgazette.net/news-server5/index.php/local-business-news/business-news/health-and-wellness/20333-back-to-school-time-to-get-back-to-dental-routine-9-11-2013

http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/ADA/2010/article/ADA-08-Consumer-News-Back-to-School.cvsp

http://www.astdd.org/docs/schoolbased-ohp-ma-oh-coalition-whitepaper-nov-2011.pdf

http://thegazette.com/2012/10/31/halloween-a-dentists-dilemma/

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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

Bioteeth: the Possibility of Biological Tooth Replacement

January 31st, 2014

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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

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 Daily Grind

January 21st, 2014

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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

Pic credit: http://goo.gl/qiQh1K

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

 

Spirit of Patriotism at Our Candy Drive!

November 11th, 2013

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We did it again! This year’s Candy Drive was a great success, and we are proud to say we have collected even more candy than last year: over 7340 pounds so far—and the candy is still pouring in!  This weighs more than a Humvee! The candy will be sent as care packages with carepacks.org to the troops overseas as a sweet reminder of home.

Here are some highlights from the Candy Drive!

We were joined by so many wonderful people and organizations! We had the National Guards come out, along with a Humvee! We were also joined by some Veterans, who served as an amazing reminder for everything our troops do for us. We also had Chief Cunningham and the Wellesley Police Department, along with Chief DeLorie and the Wellesley Fire Department—everyone who keeps us safe! All the local public schools were represented, and a lot of children and school principals came personally as well. Even local businesses and organizations came to drop off candy and show their support!

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The spirit of patriotism was running high, just in time for Veteran’s Day! Two of our children sang the National Anthem, and we had a moment of silence for those overseas. Everyone was waving around handheld flags with big smiles on their faces.

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The Wellesley Public Schools had a little contest to see which school could collect the most candy. The winner was Upham, whose PTO was awarded with a $500 check, and second and third place went to Hardy and Sprague, respectively.

 

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Our World War II Veterans Lindsay Ellms and Pete Jones were honored. Wellesley Celebration Committee was also represented by Carl Nelson and Pete Jones. Thank you to Roy Switzler for your help and support.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is heart warming to see the whole town come together in the spirit of giving. The Wellesley Fire Department and Wellesley Police Department, along with the National guards supporting the town-wide initiative to support the troops. All Wellesley Public Schools participated with many private and neighboring town schools.

 

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At the letter writing table, kids and adults both had an opportunity to write a personal note or card to send along with the candy to our troops. We imagine that these kind words of love and support will be even sweeter than the candy!

 

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It has been so touching to see the message of health and giving being spread across our community. We really could not have done it without everyone’s help, and we want to thank everyone who participated! And lastly, a big thank you to the Wellesley Dental Group team that put in the hard work to make our Candy Drive such a success!

Making Big News and A Bigger Impact!

 

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Boston.com

Boston.com

Wellesley Weston Magazine

Wellesley Weston Magazine

Patch 

Patch

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bostonglobe.com

WickedLocal

InAgist

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 Together We Can Do So Much!

Our Candy Brigade!

 A Note Sweeter Than Candy!

Candy Pouring In!

Candy Drive Flyer

Candy Drive Kick-Off

 

Thank you Maura Wayman Photography for taking beautiful pictures and to Haynes Management for being such great neighbors!

Together We Can Do So Much!

November 9th, 2013

Together we can do so much! It was wonderful to see the Wellesley and Metrowest community united through the spirit of philanthropy. The candy drive is not only a wonderful way to promote oral health but it is also a way to give back. Our mission of being smile ambassadors is two-fold: promoting healthier teeth for our children and  also bringing smiles to the troops overseas. Seeing all of the kids give up their extra candy and writing beautiful heart-warming letters to send to the troops is incredibly touching, and shows just how much our community cherishes our troops.

Special thanks to all the Wellesley Public School Principals, Chief Rick DeLorie of the Wellesley Fire Department, Chief Terrence Cunningham of the Wellesley Police Department, and Joanna Bandte for her tireless efforts in making this a huge success!

 

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Wellesley Schools:

Bates  School

Fiske  School

Hardy  School

Hunnewell School

Schofield School

Sprague School

Tenacre School

Upham School

Wellesley High School 

Bright Horizons at Wellesley

Babson College

Other Town Schools:

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Charles River School- Dover

Cabot School- Newton

Downey School- Westwood

Field School- Weston

High Rock School- Needham

Needham ECC- Needham

Newman School- Needham

Peirce School- West Newton

Saint Jude School- Waltham

 

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Organizations

Wellesley Mother's Forum

Wellesley Department of Veteran's Services

Wellesley Celebrations Committee

National Guard Family Program of Massachusetts

Wellesley Fire Department

Wellesley Police Department

 

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Local Businesses

 

Magic Beans  

Au Pair USA

Boston Sports Club

BellaSante- Wellesley

Roche Bros- Wellesley

Metrowest Academy of Jiu Jitsu

AccuRev

 

Our Candy Drive Brigade!

November 7th, 2013

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It’s the day before we wrap up this year’s Candy Drive and the action never stops. Our Candy Brigade at work! We've been filling boxes upon boxes of candy to tomorrow's festivities. Our friend, Joanna Bandte, and our dental assistant, Helio,  has been so busy driving around town in a Uhaul to collect notes and candy from the community. So far we have collected from Sprague, Bates, Fiske, Schofield, Upham, Hardy, Magic Beans, Cabot, Downey, and the list is still growing! We can't wait to see how much we have in store this year.  Our Uhaul is filling up nicely and our office is already full of candy. We will have to bring our drive outside.

Mike , from Magic Beans came over, dropping off even more candy.  Magic Beans has been so incredibly generous again this year with their donation – a true symbol of the generosity of the Boston community.

We can hardly wait to see all the excited faces tomorrow as students, principals, parents, volunteers, national guard, veterans, and the media from all over the Metrowest area join together in the spirit of giving. We have children that will be singing the national anthem. It is amazing for us to see the community come together centering around the drive. We can’t imagine how happy the soldiers will be to receive all this candy and those beautiful letters.  It warms our hearts amidst this rainy day to know how much good we all are doing through this remarkable event. Keep up the wonderful work!

Generous contributors have been coming in and out of the office this week. If you haven’t already, pay us a visit! It’s not too late for you to join in on the fun and donate your candy and hand-written notes to the troops.  Stop by tomorrow morning and you’ll be able to see our ever-growing gargantuan and multi-colored candy display.

Donations to the Candy Drive will be happily accepted up until Friday, November 8 at Wellesley Dental Group on 5 Seaward Rd in Wellesley. We request that  donations be dropped off between 8 am to 11 am. All the candy and letters will be shipped overseas to the soldiers via CarePacks, a non-profit organization.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at (781) 237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com.

 

Make sure to check us out on Boston.comWellesley Weston, and Patch!!

A Note Sweeter Than Candy

November 6th, 2013

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One of the sweetest notes from J. B. Our 10 year old smile ambassador :)

"Dear Troops,

As a thanks for supporting our country we hope you enjoy the candy that a lot of families bring for you every year. Thank you!"

Thanks to the Wellesley and surrounding communities our piles of notes and candy are expanding. It is not too late to donate any leftover candy or write a sweet note to send to the troops overseas. Especially the notes, they can perhaps be even sweeter than the candy. If you would like to participate or make a donation please email smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com or call (781)237-9071.

 

 

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Candy Pouring In!

November 5th, 2013

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We are happy to report that schools from Newton, Needham, Dover, Westwood, and beyond will be participating this year. This upcoming week we will be working closely with these schools, as well as daycares and community organizations, like the Wellesley Mother’s Forum. Also, we are happy to report that Magic Beans has joined hands and will be bringing all of their collected candy to us. Children and adults are encouraged not only to donate extra candy but to bring handwritten letters and cards for the troops overseas. Help us beat last year’s record of 5260 pounds and bring smiles to countless soldiers!

 

If your school or organization would like to participate, please let us know. Donations for the Candy Drive will be happily accepted from now until Friday, November 8th at the Wellesley Dental Group on 5 Seaward Rd in Wellesley. We request that all donations be dropped off during business hours: Monday through Thursday from 8am to 5pm. From our office in Wellesley, all the candy and letters will be shipped overseas to the soldiers via CarePacks, a non-profit organization - Get more info here.

 

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Candy Drive Flyer

November 1st, 2013

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Candy Drive Kick-Off Halloween Party!

November 1st, 2013

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Thank you everyone who joined us for our Halloween Costume Party to kick-off our 6th Annual Candy Drive.

The Day After Halloween: What To Do With the Candy?

November 1st, 2013

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After a night of trick-or-treating, children are more than excited to dig in and eat their hard-earned treats. Parents may think that the days following Halloween is when they have to be more lenient about the amount of candy their children eat, but pediatric dentists urge parents to pay closer attention to their teeth and the candy they are consuming.

 

Children are receiving a variety of different candies, and dentists recommend avoiding sticky or liquid candies, which tend to stick onto children’s teeth. Individuals may ask whether there is a better alternative than these candies, but it is hard to give a solid answer. Candies are high in sugar content, providing the bacteria in the oral cavity with plenty of food. This ultimately increases the production of acid via bacteria, which leads to a higher risk of tooth decay and cavities. When looking through children’s basket of candy, here are a few candies that tend to be less harmful for teeth:

 

1. Sugar-free candy and gum with xylitol: these candies do not continue sugar, which is the primary source of food for bacteria; gum and candy has the potential to prevent tooth decay by increasing saliva and rinsing sugars and acids in the oral cavity

 

2. Even though powdery candy is packed with sugar, powder tends to dissolve quickly and is less likely to stick to teeth

 

3. Chocolate: chocolate also dissolves relatively quickly in the mouth; however, try to stay away from chocolate containing caramel and nuts, which are substances that can easily stick to teeth

 

Halloween can be a treacherous time for teeth, but there are also many ways to help children prevent tooth decay. Be sure to monitor the amount of candy that a child is consuming. After eating the candy, it is important to enforce proper brushing. Make sure that sticky candies have been brushed off and removed for tooth surfaces. A toothpaste containing fluoride can also keep teeth strong, protecting them from cavities. 30 seconds of brushing should be allotted to each quadrant, with a total of 2 minutes of brushing. Going in the small crevices between teeth is just as important, ensuring that there is no sugary residue for bacteria to consume and produce acid.

 

Holidays are always a fun time, but be sure to help your child practice good oral hygiene! 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

 

Please donate all excess Halloween candy and handwritten notes to be sent to the troops overseas in their care packages along with oral hygiene supplies.

To get more information click here.

 

 

References:

 

http://www.alligator.org/news/campus/article_b5a3d2f6-3b99-11e3-a7f2-0019bb2963f4.html

 

http://kidshealth.org/kid/stay_healthy/body/teeth_care.html

 

http://www.dentistryiq.com/articles/2013/10/halloween-candy-eating-tips-from-dentists.html

 

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!

 

 

 

 

Feeling Good About 5260 lbs!

October 17th, 2013

Candy DriveDid you know that Wellesley Dental Group gathered 5,260 pounds of candy last year? What exactly does that mean? Our friend Janice Bogasky, President of  Women's Business Group,  shared that information with us.

5260 pounds x 16 ounces/pound =  84,160 ounces That is equivalent to 84,160 mini-chocolate (1 oz) candy bars.
84,160 ounces x 152 calories/ounce (calories in 1 ounce of milk chocolate)  = 12,792,320 calories!
12,792,320 calories divided by 3,500 calories/pound (extra calories consumed  to gain a pound of weight) = 3,655 pounds of weight gain were in that U-Haul!!

Just think about all the weight gain we all helped prevent during last year's endeavors! We are looking to make things even bigger and better this year. So please click here to read more about our Candy Drive.

If you are a school or organization and would like to participate please call (781)237-9071 or email smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com

 

 

6th Annual Candy Drive: Sending Some Sweetness Overseas!

September 24th, 2013

SENDING SOME SWEETNESS OVERSEAS! It's that time of the year again. We just sent our press release out!
Wellesley Dental Group organizes 6th annual community-wide Candy Drive

WELLESLEY, MASS. (Sept. 24, 2013) – It all started with local dentists, Drs. Ali & Ali, asking their young patients to donate their excessive Halloween candy in exchange for $1 to protect their teeth. Today, this gesture has grown into a community-wide effort involving schools, the police department, local organizations, retailers and neighboring towns who collect and donate extra Halloween candy and write notes of thanks to U.S. troops overseas.

“Our community is too generous. Kids come home with pillowcases full of candy. We’re all for celebrating the holiday, but no one needs that much candy,” said Dr. Femina Ali, of Wellesley Dental Group. “But for our troops, who are so far away, M&Ms and the handwritten cards children send are a little treat that remind them of home.”

Each year the drive gets bigger and bigger. Last year, Wellesley Dental Group collected a “wall of candy which weighed 5260 pounds,” explains Dr. Ali. “This year we’ll kick-off the drive with a Costume party on the day before Halloween on October 30th from 4-6 p.m. at our office with food, games, prizes and toothbrushes. Everyone is welcome.”

Wellesley Dental Group will accept candy donations from Nov. 1 through Nov. 8 and hold a press event on Nov. 8th at 10 a.m., which is open to the community, before they send the candy off in a U-Haul. CarePacks, a non-profit organization that sends care packages to troops overseas, will package up the candy and cards.

About Wellesley Dental Group
Established in 1997 by Drs. Femina and Ejaz Ali, Wellesley Dental is a family-run dental practice that provides state-of-the-art, high quality oral care in a friendly and caring environment. For more information, visit http://www.wellesleydentalgroup.com/

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To schedule a candy drop-off between November 1 and November 8 at Wellesley Dental Group, located at 5 Seaward Road in Wellesley, Mass., please call 781.237.9071 or e-mail smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com

Mouth Sores: How to Differentiate and Alleviate

July 10th, 2013

As you are getting dressed for a night out, you notice a tingling sensation near your lips. One glance in the mirror reveals an unsightly sore forming. Is it a cold sore or a canker sore?

Canker sores also occur in the mouth, but unlike cold sores, they are not contagious. But canker sores can also be triggered by stress, genetics, trauma, medications, menstruation, food allergies, or even unrelated medical problems. To treat canker sores, one can acquire over-the-counter oral anesthetics. With a visit to a dentist, a treatment plan can be instigated for more serious outbreaks.

Cold sores are usually found to be small, clear fluid-filled blisters that form near the mouth, which are caused by herpes simplex virus-1 (HSV-1). These blisters usually do not show up on the lips, instead, they are found inside the mouth, on the face, or even inside the nose. In most cases, these sores do not last for more than two weeks; however one should be cautious. Sores are very contagious and are prone to come back due to stress, sunlight, fever, or illness. With the onset of a cold sore, one can apply ice cubes to the sores to help relieve pain. Cold sores can be treated with topical medication, which can prevent the sore from becoming more severe. Antiviral medication can also be used for serious cases.

Academy of General Dentistry ran clinical studies that revealed that students that are surrounded by a high stress environment are more likely to have canker sores or cold sores. It was found that after graduation, when stress levels have come down, sores become less prevalent as well. But sometimes it may be difficult to escape stressful situations. In this case, a natural soothing gel can do the trick. For more than 2,000 years, the aloe vera plant has become a great alternative treatment for a whole host of oral health problems, including sores, lichen planus and gingivitis. The Academy of Dentistry’s clinical, peer-reviewed journal found that the gel from the aloe has the able to cure canker sores and cold sores, both inside and outside of the mouth.

Mouth sores can be a hassle, but there are various treatments to alleviate their symptoms. 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://kidshealth.org/teen/your_body/skin_stuff/cold_sores.html
http://kidshealth.org/teen/diseases_conditions/mouth/canker.html
http://www.agd.org/public/OralHealthFacts/files/FS_MouthSores.pdf

Wellesley Parade and Picnic

May 23rd, 2013

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Wellesley’s Wonderful Weekend was once again truly wonderful—what an amazing experience to celebrate another year of this great community tradition!

Thank you to the Wellesley Celebrations Committee for organizing such wonderful events for the community and the volunteers who support it. We also want to thank the Wellesley Police Department for not only keeping everyone safe this weekend but for also representing our town in the OneFund by selling BostonStrong t-shirts and donating proceeds to those who were affected by the recent Boston Marathon tragedy.

Our tractor float caught a lot of attention this year! It was all thanks to the little smile ambassadors we had on board helping our team promote healthy, happy smiles. The fun continued later at the picnic, where the Wellesley Dental Group tent was a real party! We had face painting and feather extensions, guest appearances from the Tooth Fairy and Chuckles the Dinosaur, and lots of treats for all our young smile ambassadors! Even a little rain didn't dampen the community spirit, and the night came to a perfect end with some truly spectacular fireworks. We can’t wait to sponsor them again next year!

Spring sniffles can lead to poor oral health

May 17th, 2013

After a long winter, spring can literally be a breath of fresh air. However, for some, spring may mean going through countless tissue boxes. Seasonal allergies can mean lots of sneezing, and a lot of congestion, which is usually coupled with “mouth breathing.” While this may seem harmless, a clinical study published in General Dentistry pointed out that there can also be oral health repercussions to mouth breathing.

 

Mouth breathing, also known as upper airway obstruction, has been shown to cause abnormal facial and dental development, including long, narrow faces and mouths, and gummy smiles. Mouth breathing can lead to lack of saliva in the mouth. Saliva is essential for the reduction of acid and bacteria in the mouth, which causes individuals who lack saliva to end up with gingivitis. Crooked teeth can also be caused by an upper airway obstruction due to poor position of the tongue. Mouth breathers tend to rest their tongue on the roof of their mouths, causing cheek, muscles to relax and rest on the upper teeth. This causes the upper jaw to become more narrow leading to crooked teeth down the line. This condition can lead to poor sleeping habits, and can lead to poor oxygen concentration in the blood stream, resulting in possible high blood pressure-related conditions. Children who suffer from mouth breathing usually do not get enough rest, leading to tiredness throughout the day and lack of concentration on academics.

 

But no fear! There are possible treatments for mouth breathing, and it is very beneficial to discover this condition early on.  A dentist is able to look for mouth breathing symptoms, including dry, cracked lips, dry mouth, bad breath, snoring and daytime fatigue. Swollen tonsils are also known to be a prominent symptom of this disease. If there is the presence of inflamed tonsils, they can be surgically removed by an ear-nose-throat (ENT) specialist. If one has narrow face and mouth, dentists are able to use expansion appliances to aid in the widening of sinuses and the opening of nasal airway passages. After surgery and orthodontic treatment, patients have been shown to improve in behavior, energy level, academic performance, and peer acceptance.

 

If you believe that you are a mouth breather, be sure to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group; 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/2010/04/100406125714.htm

 

http://www.webmd.com/allergies/video/josephson-mouth-breathing

 

 

We couldn't have done it without you!

May 10th, 2013

Drs. Ali & Ali of Wellesley Dental Group want to thank the community for the wonderful turnout as they conclude their two-week long fundraiser for the One Fund Boston. The fundraiser was held from April 29th through May 10th. Inspired by the phrase, Boston Strong, they wanted to give the community a way to show strength through smiling. As "Smile Ambassadors" their mission was quite clear: give supporters a beautiful smile when they do good for the community. They donated 100% of all proceeds from teeth whitening treatments.
Drs. Ali & Ali are incredibly thankful to their community for supporting this remarkable cause, helping the victims of April 15th's Marathon Monday bombings. Smiling together, we are all Boston Strong.

Dental Implants: a Great Alternative to Replacing Missing Teeth

May 7th, 2013

If you have missing teeth, dentures are just not comfortable enough, or if you want to keep tooth structure intact, dental implants may be the way to go.

Implants have been considered one of the biggest breakthroughs in dentistry within the past 40 years and have provided an innovative alternative when it comes to replacing missing teeth. Dental implants are made from titanium and other materials that are very compatible with the human body. The titanium implant fuses with the jawbone and acts as a sturdy anchor for the replacement teeth. It is also shaped and colored to blend right in with the rest of your pearly whites.

When going through the process of receiving dental implants, there are three major phases one goes through.

1. The titanium implant is surgically placed into the patient’s jawbone. During this time, dentists recommend that patients should consume soft or cold foods and warm soup during the healing process following the surgery.

2. Next comes the period where the bond surrounding the implants begins the healing process, known as osseointegration. Eventually, the implant combines with the bond and forms a sturdy base for the replacement tooth. This integration usually takes several months to occur.

3. The final step is the placement of the new artificial tooth. For a single tooth, a dentist would customize a dental crown that will serve as the replacement. This crown is picked just so that its color, shape, and size will fit perfectly with the surrounding teeth. Because it takes some time to create this, the dentist will make a temporary crown, bridge or denture in the meantime; this will allow the patient to still be able to eat and speak normally until the permanent replacement tooth is ready.

If you believe that dental implants may be the right option for you, Drs. Ali & Ali and their team at Wellesley Dental Group will be very happy to discuss possible procedures that can be done. Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up a consultation!

 

References:

MouthHealthy.org

The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

Make your grin pearly white for a good cause!

May 7th, 2013

Wellesley Dental Group’s teeth whitening fundraiser is still running at full speed. We’d like to dedicate this post to all those who have already donated to our One Fund fundraiser!  In solidarity with those affected by last month’s Boston Marathon bombings, Drs. Ali & Ali thank you from the bottom of their hearts for the steady influx of donations pouring in from all corners of the community. With your help, we’ve been making a huge impact on the physical and mental well-being of our community. It’s so inspiring to see how quickly our neighborhood has risen to the challenge, and to know that we are taking care of our own. Thank you for setting such an incredible example for the rest of us; together we are Boston Strong!

As you may have heard, Drs. Ali & Ali are taking great strides to rally our community together and help our neighbors in need. Until May 10th, Wellesley Dental Group will be donating 100% of the proceeds from all whitening treatments to Boston’s One Fund.  If you haven’t heard about this great cause, it’s time to get involved!

The Wellesley Dental Group is offering two whitening options: the Sinsational treatment, in which your smile is brightened by a few shades, and the Custom Home Whitening treatment, in which Dr. Ali creates custom whitening trays tailored specifically to your needs. The suggested minimum donations are $199 and $550, respectively, and will be donated directly to help the marathon victims and their loved ones. We invite you to come in for a free consultation to explore the different options and decide which works best for you. Please call us at (781) 237-9071 or email smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to schedule an appointment today! For more information about this event, click here.  Our office is open this week Monday-Friday from 8 am to 5 pm, at 5 Seward Road in Wellesley.

Remember, this is the final week of the fundraiser, so if you've been thinking that your smile could use a makeover, now is the time to act! A new smile, a new YOU, and a re-newed Boston is exactly what our city needs to regain its footing. Now that spring is upon us, what better way to rejuvenate your oral health, all the while rebuilding the health and unity of our community. And again, to those who have already made a difference, thank you SO much for your continued support!

Ouch, I Just Chipped My Tooth!

May 2nd, 2013

You finally get some time to yourself and decide to have a quick snack. You make a grab for your favorite mixed nut bar and take a big bite. All of a sudden, something doesn't feel right in your mouth. You realize those almonds that you just munched left you with a chipped tooth.

Even though the enamel that covers teeth is considered the hardest, most mineralized tissue in the body, it may not be able to hold up against a blow to the face or even a hard bite, which can easily cause a broken or chipped tooth. If you find yourself in this situation, don’t panic! There are many ways your dentist can help out!

  • Once a broken or chipped tooth is broken, be sure to make an appointment with your dentist before the tooth is damaged further or becomes infected. Before the appointment, here are some tips to ease the pain:
  • If the tooth is painful, take acetaminophen, such as Tylenol, or other over-the-counter pain relievers. Rinsing with salt water can keep you less susceptible to infection.
  • If the chipped area is sharp or jagged, stick a piece of wax or sugarless gum to keep from cutting the tongue or other areas inside the mouth.
  • Be sure to eat soft foods and avoid using the chipped or broken tooth.

Once it comes time to treating the tooth, it will depend on the severity of the damage. If only a small piece of enamel is broken off, the dentist may be able to fix it within one visit. The tooth may only need a filling or bonding, which is a procedure in which the dentist will shape a tooth-colored resin to look like a natural tooth.

If it is badly broken, the tooth can be covered with a crown, which is a tooth shaped cap made to protect the tooth and improve its appearance. Permanent crowns can either be made from metal, porcelain fused to metal, all resin, or all ceramic, each with their own pluses. Metal crowns are known to be the strongest, however, porcelain and resin crowns are more aesthetically pleasing and can be made to look more like the original tooth.

When a front tooth is broken, dentists can insert a dental veneer, which is a thin shell of tooth-colored porcelain or resin composite material. The veneer will make teeth look brand new, whole and healthy again. However, if a tooth chip is large enough to expose the center of the tooth, also know as the pulp, bacteria can easily infect this area. Root Canal therapy may be necessary, which involves taking out the dead pulp, cleaning the root canal, and then finally sealing it.

If you find you have a cracked tooth, it would be a good idea to chat with your dentist about Cracked Tooth Syndrome, which is when one has cracks either under the gum, or cracks too small to see on x-rays. Generally, symptoms are heat/cold sensitivity, pain that comes and goes (unlike a cavity), and occasionally, pus under the gum.

If you believe that you have chipped or broken your tooth, Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group will be happy to answer your questions about ways to go about fixing the tooth. Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation.

 

Source:

Colgate

 

 

Thank you - Smile Ambassadors at Sprague School

May 1st, 2013

 

On May 1st, Dr. Femina Ali visited Sprague School in Wellesley for their 5th Grade Career Day. Going not only as a dentist but a Smile Ambassador, she was so thrilled to share her passions and listen to the 5th graders' questions. The Career Day is a wonderful yearly event where kids can learn more about what they want to be when they grow up, whether their favorite hobbies can become their careers, even learn about what sort of inspiration can guide them towards their dream job.  Dr. Femina Ali commemorated this special occasion by handing out certificates to the kids, making them Smile Ambassadors for their communities, families, and beyond. Whatever career path these children will take down the road, they will always be Smile Ambassadors.

Also joining Dr. Ali were Christopher Price, sports columnist at the Boston Globe, Lisa Sewall, chef and restaurant owner of Lineage, Dr. Antonietta Orlandi, Wellesley-Natick Animal Hospital veterinarian, Katie Swenson, architect for Enterprise Community Partners, Prepresentative Alice Peisch of the 14th Norfolk District, and Dr. David Lussier, superintendent of schools in Wellesley.

Starting is easy, all it takes is a smile!

Dr. Femina Ali had the privilege of talking with the students about how she started on her journey to be a Smile Ambassador. "In my office, I'm a dentist. Outside, I am a Smile Ambassador... It all started with my family." Sharing smiles at home, making those you love happy is the first step. Dr. Femina Ali has always loved making people smile. She "fixes" smiles as a dentist and "spreads" them through her community volunteering.

She also had a few key take-home message she hopes her young "Smile Ambassadors" will hold close to heart:

  • The smiles you share with others will shine back on you.
  • Take care of your smile by brushing and flossing every day!
  • Being a Smile Ambassador can be hard, however, it's usually the most challenging things that are the most rewarding.
  • A Smile Ambassador spreads smiles not only at home, but in the classroom, community, and everywhere he or she goes.

Dr. Femina Ali cannot wait to visit Sprague School again and hopes that her new Smile Ambassadors will join her in the future to spread smiles in and around their beautiful town of Wellesley. After this amazing day, she realizes that, "I learned something, too, today, while I was eating with the students. Posted in the cafeteria was this quote by James Barrie, "Always try to be a little kinder than necessary," and it really struck me. I can see this quote reflected in everything that Sprague School does and in the student, who I know, irrespective of what they choose to do, will be successful Smile Ambassadors."

She sends a big Thank You to Sprague for this incredible honor of helping to shape the lives of these brilliant students. She would also like to thank Dr. Goodwin, Kathryn Ashraf, and Laura Brown-MacKinnon as well as all other committee members and parents without whom this wouldn't have been possible.

 

 

Smiling because we’re Boston strong - raising money for One Fund

April 25th, 2013

Get your pearly whites even whiter for a great cause! Wellesley Dental Group is teaming up with the community to fund-raise for The One Fund, Boston to help those affected by the Marathon Monday tragedy on April 15th. Drs. Ali & Ali will be donating 100% of all proceeds gathered from whitening treatments to the Fund. They are inviting Wellesley and its surrounding communities to stop by, boost smiles, and donate to this important cause.

From April 29th to May 10th, Wellesley Dental Group will be fundraising for The One Fund. Make an appointment by calling (781) 237-9071 or emailing smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com. The office is located at 5 Seaward Road in Wellesley.

The whitening treatments offered vary from Sinsational whitening, which boosts the smile by a few shades to custom home whitening, in which Dr. Ali creates whitening trays. The suggested minimum donation for the Sinsational whitening is $199 and is $550 for the custom home whitening. Feel free to make an appointment for a free consultation prior to deciding on which whitening option is best for you.

Join Wellesley Dental Group and smile in the face of what descended upon the community. Show how strong Boston truly is by sharing a newly radiant smile that gives hope to those in need. In the words of Mayor Menino, “We are one Boston. We are one community. As always, we will come together to help those most in need. And in the end, we will all be better for it.”

 

 

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April 25th, 2013

This year, the Wellesley Celebration's Committee is putting on the largest annual town gathering: Wellesley's Wonderful Weekend. On May 18th-19th, thousands of Wellesley residents and friends will attend the celebratory events, parade and fireworks. Wellesley Dental Group, true to their mission of being Smile Ambassadors, will once again be putting a smile on the whole town. This year, Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team of WDG are co-sponsors of the most amazing fireworks spectacle of the year!

Be sure to like the Wellesley Celebrations Committee on Facebook to stay up to date with the parade, weekend festivals, open house events, and more.

Wellesley Dental Group is inviting the community to join them in the parade and picnic. The parade will take place from 1 pm to 3 pm on May 19th and the picnic will follow at 5. The firework show we've all been waiting for will commence at dusk.

This year, Wellesley Dental Group will be in the parade on a huge tractor! Young children and the young at heart are invited to sign up to ride in the parade float. To sign up, please call at (781) 237-9071, email at smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com, or stop by their office at 5 Seaward Rd. They will be  passing out toothbrushes as they walking through the parade, spreading a message of oral health awareness.

At the picnic in the park, starting at 5 pm, stop by the Wellesley Dental Group tent to get one-on-one brushing lessons for young ones and participate in more fun activities for all ages. Balloons will be handed out as well as some special prizes.

This has become one of WDG's favorite annual town events as it speaks to their deep commitment to the community. For last year's parade video, click here!

The 2013 Schedule is as follows:

Saturday - May 4th

11:00a.m. - 3:00p.m. Wellesley Kitchen Tour 2013* — Wellesley Hills Junior Woman's Club
Tickets sold @ Wellesley Roche Bros or online at www.whjwc.org

Friday - May 17th

3:00p.m. - 6:00p.m. Annual Hunnewell Fun Fair* — Hunnewell School PTO
Hunnewell Elementary School, 28 Cameron Street, Rides, games, crafts

Saturday - May 18th

7:00a.m.—2:30p.m. Pancake Festival* at the Wellesley Middle School — Rotary Club of Wellesley
7:00a.m.—2:30p.m. Free Eye Exams at the Needham Lions Club Eye Mobile at the Wellesley Middle School — Needham Lions Club
Saturday—Sunday
(decamp after parade)
18th Century Military Encampment at Town Hall Grounds
The Royal Irish Artillery, Tours all day, Cannon Firing on the half hour on Saturday
All Weekend Display of Korean War Materials at the Wellesley Free Library
530 Washington Street
9:00a.m.—10:00a.m. Town Forest Walk — Wellesley Trails Committee
Longfellow Pond parking lot (left side of Oakland Street 0.9 miles south of Rt. 9)
9:00a.m.—10:30a.m. Guided Walk “How Transportation Shaped Wellesley” Wellesley Historical Society
Dadmun/McNamara House, 229 Washington Street (East corner of Route 9)
9:00a.m.—3:00p.m. Wellesley Community Center Wheels of Wellesley
219 Washington Street 

Exotic and Antique Cars, Motorcycles, and Bicycles

9:00a.m.—3:00p.m. Art in the Park — Wellesley Community Art Project & Wellesley Women Artisans
Simon’s  Park (Corner of Washington & Brook Street, left of the Library)
10:00a.m.—11:30a.m. Dog Contest*
Wellesley Board of Health, & Wellesley Animal Control
Warren School Field, 90 Washington Street (Route 16)   

Prizes awarded in various categories including "shaggiest", "best grooomed", "best tricks", "wiggliest", and many more!

11:00a.m.— 3:00p.m. Open House at Wellesley Police Station 485 Washington Street
11:00a.m.— 3:00p.m. Open House at Wellesley Main Fire Station #2 457 Worcester Street (Route 9)
11:00a.m.— 3:00p.m. Open House at Wellesley Municipal Light Plant — 2 Municipal Way (455 Worcester Street, Route 9)
11:00a.m.— 3:00p.m. Open House at Wellesley Department of Public Works — 20 Municipal Way (455 Worcester Street, Route 9)
1:00p.m. — 3:00p.m. Build Your Own Woodland Troll & Fairy House Wellesley Conservation Council
Cochituate Aqueduct, Russell Road / Kendall Road (for elementary school kids)
4:00p.m. Veterans’ Ecumenical Memorial Mass at Saint Paul Church
Wellesley Veterans’ Council
502 Washington Street

Sunday - May 19th

9:00a.m.—3:30p.m. Gardeners' Fair at Elm Bank Mass Horticultural Society
Elm Bank Horticulture Center, 900 Washington Street
1:00p.m.—3:00p.m. 45th Annual Wellesley Veterans’ Parade
2013 Theme: 60th Anniversary of the end of the Korean War
Wellesley Celebrations’ Committee 

Bring a food item to the parade for the Wellesley Food Pantry - Look for the World of Wellesley (WOW) Float

The parade starts at the intersection of Route 16 (Washington Street) and Route 9 and continues westbound along Route 16 to Wellesley Square. The reviewing stand is in Wellesley Square.

4:00p.m.—5:30p.m. Grace Knight Babson Fund for Religious Education — 54rd Annual Program
Knight Auditorium, Babson College Campus, Wellesley Avenue
5:00p.m. — DUSK Picnic in the Park at Hunnewell Field
Food*, drinks*,kid’s rides*, crafts, games & other fun
Food by Charles River Rotary and others
6:30p.m. Main Attraction Concert for Wellesley at Hunnewell Field
Featuring the Reminisants
DUSK Fireworks —the Biggest Ever! at Hunnewell Field
Sponsors: Roche Brothers/Sudbury Farms and Wellesley Dental Group, Drs Ali and Ali
*Please note, asterisk indicates a small fee may be charged. 

Good Oral Health Leads to a Healthier You!

April 24th, 2013

While keeping up with brushing and flossing may seem to be a trivial habit that only impacts the oral cavity, it is important to note that good dental hygiene not only affects the conditions inside the mouth, but also plays a major role in determining the health of various aspects of the body. Here some examples of how lack of proper dental care can lead to detrimental effects in the body.

Diabetes

As inflammation starts up in the mouth, studies have shown that this weakens the body’s ability to control blood sugar. Due to the lack of insulin, which is the hormone that converts sugar into energy, people who struggle with diabetes have trouble processing sugar. Diabetics who have periodontal disease are further impaired because inflammation hinders the body ability to use insulin. Research has also demonstrated that high blood sugar enables infections to worsen. However, because of this gum disease-diabetes relationship, keeping up with good oral hygiene can keep diabetes under control.

Heart Disease

Research has shown that up to 91% of patients with heart disease have gum disease, while 66% of people without heart disease have gum disease. Both heart disease and periodontitis share various risk factors, including smoking, unhealthy diet, and excess weight. Some researchers also suggest that periodontitis may play a direct role in raising the risk for heart disease. It is thought that inflammation in the mouth also leads to inflammation in the blood vessels, which can heighten the risk of heart attack. Inflamed blood vessels restrict blood travel between the heart and the rest of the body, which ultimately raises blood pressure.

Atherosclerosis

Studies also delved into how periodontitis affects arterial walls. Atherosclerosis is a condition where fatty material collects within arteries, causing these vessels to become narrower. The build up of fatty material leads to many cardiovascular problems, including heart attacks, angina (chest pains), and even stroke. It has been found that the bacteria that enters and grows in the mouth were the same bacteria found in the atherosclerotic plaques that were clogging patients’ arteries.

Pregnancy

The American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology published a study that found a relationship between the use of non-alcohol antimicrobial mouth rinse in pregnant women and the decreased rate of premature deliveries. Researchers have found that inflammation caused by gum disease has the potential of resulting in premature birth. Early deliveries can result in babies having low birth weight or even various health problems, including heart conditions and learning disorders. But good news: the study showed that pregnant women who rinse twice with mouthwash on a daily basis are 25% less likely to deliver early.

Respiratory Disease

There is strong evidence indicating that poor oral hygiene is a contributing factor to chronic lower respiratory diseases. Research suggests that bacteria developed from gum disease can travel through airways into the lungs, which may potentially lead to respiratory illnesses such as pneumonia. Poor dental health may worsen one’s conditions if one is a smoker, cancer patient, or is aging.  To protect the respiratory system, it is important to reduce the growth of bacteria and the development of plaque in one’s mouth to prevent inflammation in the airways and the worsening of other breathing problems.

Erectile Dysfunction

A Turkish study revealed evidence that lack of oral hygiene can have consequences on your sex life. It was found that men in their 30s who were suffering from severe periodontal disease were 3 times more likely to suffer from erection problems than were those who did not have gum disease. Erectile dysfunction and chronic periodontitis in humans also have similar risk factors, including age, smoking, diabetes and coronary artery disease.

Poor dental care has shown to result in negative impact on one’s overall health, but no fear! Continued efforts to maintain a healthy smile has been shown to improve one’s health in different parts of the body.

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 orsmile@wellesleydentalgroup.com!

 

References:

WebMD

Huffington Post

USNews

American Heart Association Journals

United Concordia

 

Swishing with the best of them

April 19th, 2013

The American Dental Association (ADA) has deemed mouth rinses as a solution to halitosis and a good preventive measure against tooth decay, plaque, and ultimately gingivitis. Mouthwashes contain various ingredients, including water, alcohol, cleansing agents, flavoring compounds and color agents. The active ingredients that are responsible are tackling issues like bad breath and tooth vary depending on the type of mouth rinse, which can been categorized in four main groups.

  • Antimicrobial agents attack oral bacteria, bringing down the prevalence of plaque, controlling the progression of gingivitis, and keeping bad breath at bay.
  • Fluoride help reduce the tooth decay found on tooth enamel and strengths teeth, keeping them less susceptible to decay.
  • Astringent salts are temporary odor-reducing agents that cover up bad breath.
  • Odor neutralizers respond by chemically inactivating odor-causing compounds.

Researchers have found that antibacterial mouth rinses can make a difference in masking or eliminating bad breath.  It was shown that halitosis is caused by the foods that have been trapped in the crevices of the mouth. These remaining foods break down into sulfur compounds, which are accountable for the smell. In the studies conducted, mouthwashes containing ingredients such as chlorhexidine and cetylpyridinium were successful in getting rid of bad breath, while chlorine dioxide and zinc help take away bad smells through neutralization. Mouth rinses also have detoxing effects in the mouth, which can alleviate canker sores by controlling the amount of bacteria in the irritated site.

While mouth rinses have been shown to be beneficial in a whole host of ways, they do not go without some cons. While mouth rinses can soothe canker sores, high alcohol content in the mouthwash used can actually end up irritating canker sores. While mouthwashes are great for eliminating odors and preventing tooth decay, they are by no means a substitute for brushing and flossing. Individuals with poor oral hygiene cannot use mouth wash to mask poor health. There also has been much debate over whether alcohol-containing mouth rinses are connected with oral cancer. However, the American Dental Association has been extensively reviewing the effectiveness and safety of mouthwashes containing alcohol and has placed their seal of approval on some of these mouthwashes.

The take home message is that mouth rinses should always be used in conjunction with good hygiene, and it is always best to ask your dentists which mouthwash is more suitable and effective for you. If you have more concerns about this issue, Drs. Ali & Ali and their caring 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:

WebMD

Everyday Health.com

American Dental Association

 

Can I Stop Wearing Retainers Already?

April 18th, 2013

After a couple of year of having braces, getting them off is quite the relief. There are no more brackets to get tons of food stuck in; flossing becomes such a charm! Then why is there still a need to wear retainers? It’s already a hassle taking them off every meal, is it really necessary to wear it all the time?

A retainer is responsible for keeping teeth set in their new positions after wearing braces. While that seems rather intuitive, what many people forget is that the body continues to grow and change. This also includes the mouth, which can lead to teeth shifting. Although it may not seem like much; retainers ensure that the shifts that occur are controlled. The pressure from the lips and tongue can slightly cause your teeth to shift out of alignment. Even though your teeth may still look in perfect position after a couple days going without a retainer, it doesn’t mean they haven’t moved. If you continue to go without a retainer, your teeth will continue to move out of alignment, and a repeat of orthodontic treatment may be needed down the line.

After getting braces, your orthodontist will tell you how long and when to wear it. Keep in mind that this is specific to you! For example, someone else may have to wear them all day for three months, but you may only have to wear them only at night. Although it may easily slip your mind in the beginning of your regimen, it will soon become a habit. Your specific timetable will allow your teeth to further adjust to their position and maintain that beautiful smile you worked on for months, maybe even years!

Although they can be an annoyance, retainers are made to maintain the work braces have done for you. Continue to strive to make it a habit to wear retainers; you will definitely thank yourself years down the line!

At Wellesley Dental Group, we have Dr. Emad, who specializes in Orthodontics and Dr. Ali is a preferred provider of Invisalign. If you want to know more about how Invisalign can change your smile, go no further than our blog!

If you have any questions regarding retainers or would like to learn more about Invisalign and Orthodontics, 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:

KidsHealth.org

WebMD

 

CEREC: restoration in one visit!

April 16th, 2013

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With CEREC treatment, patients only need to make one trip to the dentist with a procedure that can be carried out within the hour. There is no need for impressions, cementations, and even time spent waiting for the crown to come back from the lab. Because a short period of time is needed, patients only need to go through one round of Novocain. CEREC also takes faster photographic images of the tooth needing the procedure, this greatly reduces the patient’s time exposed to harmful x-rays.

While it has been the standard to implement porcelain fused to metal crowns for posterior restoration that requires full-coverage, these crowns require an extensive loss of tooth structure, is proven to be an allergen for some, and also lacks in aesthetics. CEREC provides patients with beautiful porcelain moldings that bear an identical shade to that of the patient’s tooth enamel. Once these crowns are in the mouth, they are barely distinguishable from the rest of the teeth, giving a picture perfect smile. On top of that, porcelain has been shown to be completely safe and healthy in patients, and is also known to be more durable and comfortable.

If you believe a CEREC crown procedure is right for you, Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group will be happy to answer your questions about tooth restorations. Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation.

 

Sources:

CEREC Online

Feeling the burn

April 12th, 2013

The burning mouth syndrome (BMS) has been noted as a chronic and painful condition known by burning sensations in the tongue, lips, roof of the mouth, gums, insides of the cheeks, and also the back of the mouth or throat. While dentists are still puzzled by this condition, the burning mouth syndrome has shown to be seven times more frequent in women than in men. Studies have shown that, in general, those who have dealt with this syndrome are middle aged.

Symptoms that have been documented to be prominent for BMS includes a pain or burning sensation that starts out in the mornings, but progressively worsens throughout the day, eventually reaching its worst during the evenings. Some have reported to feel pain that continues to persist throughout the day and some even say that the pain comes in here and there.

Although the cause of BMS has not been fully uncovered, dentists have their hunches of what factors may be related to this burning sensation; here are just a few:

Nutritional deficiencies: individuals who lack proper amounts of iron, folate and vitamin B complex have be linked with the burning sensation in the mouth; to counter this effect, some dentists believe that supplementing with B vitamin’s and minerals such as zinc and iron my relieve some of the pain.

Dry mouth: those who experience dry mouth have also reported a burning sensation as well; to reduce dry mouth, it is recommended to continue to stay hydrated throughout the day to lessen the symptoms that comes with this condition.

Diabetes: diabetics are known to be more vulnerable when it comes to oral infections, which is a possible culprit to burning mouth sensations; diabetics should continue to be mindful of blood sugar levels as to prevent the start up of burning mouth and may potentially lessen the symptoms that are related to this condition.

Menopause: as stated earlier, dentists believe that women are more likely to suffer from BMS, and it’s been thought that menopause attributes to this reason. Hormonal changes are shown to trigger the burning sensation in middle-aged women; hormone replacement therapy has been shown to be effective in treating the burning sensation in certain patients.

While dentists continue to find appropriate methods to find a way to counter BMS, there are several tips that may relieve the burning sensation you may be experiencing:

  • Don’t use mouthwash that contains alcohol
  • Don’t use toothpaste that contains sodium lauryl sulfate
  • Keep away from alcoholic beverages
  • Keep away from beverages with high acidity (sodas, juices)
  • Continue to stay hydrated

If you believe that you are experiencing burning sensations in your mouth, it is important to visit your dentist to discuss the symptoms and possible reasons for why this condition started occurring. If you have more concerns about this issue, 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:

Your Dentistry Guide

National Institute of Health

 

Supporting the Global Medical Brigades

April 10th, 2013

Wellesley College Student, Farah Mahmud, recently reached out to Drs. Ali & Ali, asking Wellesley Dental Group to show its support for the Global Medical Brigades, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. The Brigades is the world’s largest student-led international relief organization. Students from Wellesley College are gathering essential medical equipment, supplies, and drugs for an upcoming trip to Honduras in the summer. We are so proud to support them in this endeavor and want to raise awareness.

Join us in giving back to this great cause! Call or email us for more information on the supplies they need at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com!

Feeling the need to give back and volunteer? The group is also looking for medical professionals to volunteer.

There is no time better than the present to take part!

 

Dr. Femina Ali: Mom, dentist and volunteer extraordinaire

April 8th, 2013

Editor's note: Below is an except from Cassidy Swanson's article Dr. Femina Ali: Mom, dentist and volunteer extraordinaire featured on the Swellesley Report and JSONS.org. Cassidy Swanson is currently a journalism graduate student at Emerson College in Boston.

WELLESLEY – For the first thing on a Thursday morning, Wellesley Dental Group is an unusually cheery place. The staff is warm and friendly, and the patients seem happy to be there – not typical for a dentist’s office. At the center of it all is Dr. Femina Ali, with her bright smile and positive outlook.

“[My staff] are my daytime family, I tell them that,’” she said.

Femina is more than a friendly boss and dentist. As a Pakistani immigrant, she is part of the changing face of the town of Wellesley, an affluent and overwhelmingly white community for many years. That’s starting to change. Between 2000 and 2010, census data shows that people of Asian ancestry, particularly from eastern Asia and the Indian subcontinent, shot up from 6 percent to 10 percent of the total population – a significant change in a town of 28,000.

But Femina, who has lived in Wellesley for 16 years, is much more than a representative of demographic change in the community.  She is an agent of commitment and change as well. After starting as a volunteer at her children’s elementary school, today she is an active volunteer in many aspects of community life from A to Z, serving on 20 committees and fundraising events each year.

“[Femina] doesn't seem to be complete unless she is heavily engrossed in other town-wide projects,” said Mary Bowers, of the Council on Aging, where Femina donates dental service to elderly in need. “She never ceases to amaze me with her energy and resolve to make this place a better place while she is on this good earth.”

Femina grew up in Karachi, Pakistan, and attended dental school at De’Montmorency College of Dentistry in Lahore. There she met her husband, Dr. Ejaz Ali. The Alis graduated in 1982 and moved to the United States in 1987 with the goal of opening their own dentistry practice. They had a daughter, Zarah, in 1988, and a son, Zann, in 1990.

“We came here in pursuit of higher education, in pursuit of the American dream,” she said. “But now, this is home to me.”

The Alis lived their first few years in the United States in Indiana and Florida, supporting their family by working odd jobs. Though both Drs. Ali had completed dental school in Pakistan, they could not practice in the United States without completing another dental program here.

When Ejaz was accepted into Tufts Dental School, the family moved to Malden. He graduated in 1994, and Feminastarted at Tufts shortly after in 1995.

Being at Tufts brought the Alis to the state they grew to know and love.

“Massachusetts grew on us,” she said. “We cannot leave Massachusetts now, we are so spoiled [here]. This is the best place to live, I think, in the United States.”

When Femina graduated in 1997, the opportunity to start their own practice became available. The Alis moved to Wellesley, where they opened Wellesley Dental Group, and they haven’t looked back since.

With her husband’s support and a successful practice, by the time Zann and Zarah were in school, Femina felt she could give back to the Wellesley community. That’s when she was bitten by the volunteering bug.

Today, Femina is involved with more than 20 different organizations, annual events and fundraisers in the town of Wellesley. She serves as the president of the Women’s Business Network, a board member of the Wellesley Chamber of Commerce, a mentor for the Wellesley College Pre-Dental Society, a board member of the Wellesley Hills Junior Women’s Club, a founding member of the Fund for Wellesley, and many other positions. She also started a highly successful annual candy drive after Halloween, in which all the candy is sent in care packages to soldiers serving overseas.

“You just feel like you get a lot back by giving back,” she said. “Since I am part of all different organizations in town, I enjoy that relationship part, that I can cultivate a relationship with different organizations.”

Femina and Ejaz are also involved with the Wellesley Newcomers Club, an outreach organization for new residents.

Femina said she has seen many other immigrants from Asian countries getting involved in the community, and doesn't believe that any sort of cultural barrier or apathy keeps foreigners from fully integrating; it just takes a little time for some.

“Sometimes it is because you are new to town – you could be Asian-American, or just American,” she said. “You have to get through survival mode first, getting the kids settled in school, and then once you’re settled in, you [say], ‘What can I do to give back to the community?’”

Through her volunteer work, Femina has earned the respect and friendship of many. The Rev. Dr. Bonnie Jelinek, pastor at the Wellesley Hills Congregational Church, served with Femina on the Wellesley High School PTSO, and says Femina is “a woman of incredible integrity.”

“She comes up with ideas that are phenomenal,” Jelinek said. “She was just very, very good about having excellent communication between the parents and the school. She loves her community so much, and she’ll do anything she can to help it and advance it.”

Gail Van Kleeck, one of Femina’s colleagues in the Women’s Business Network, said Femina has been a great leader for the organization.

“I think she’s really good team player,” Van Kleeck said. “She does not seek the limelight; she encourages people. She is always there to affirm people. [That is] especially rare in a powerful woman. She is gracious and she is engaging and she is appreciative.”

Zarah is currently studying dentistry at Tufts, and the Alis hope to pass the practice onto their daughter when they retire. Ejaz said they would like to travel to developing countries and donate dental services to people in need.

“This way, we can travel, we can have fun, and we can take dentistry from the United States and spread it around the world,” he said.

But until then, Femina said, she still has a lot to do in Wellesley.

“This town has given me so much,” she said. “This town has give me a place to live, a place to work, a very friendly community…This town has given good education to my kids…So whatever I do for my town, it’s not enough. I wish I had more time.”

To read the full article, Dr. Femina Ali: Mom, dentist and volunteer extraordinaire, please visit JSONS.org.

 

Preventing Teeth Staining

April 4th, 2013

After appointments for tooth whitening and countless nights of whitening strips, you may still find yourself struggling with teeth staining. But what exactly causes the staining? Dentists explain that are certain foods and drinks that are prone to staining teeth.

To start off, foods and drinks with intense color tend to be big culprits of staining. The higher the pigmentation in color, the more likely it will cause a deeper stain. The color that is inherent in these foods comes from chromogens, which are highly colored molecules that have a strong affinity to dental enamel. This means that these molecules are more likely to stick and stay on your teeth. Acidic foods and drinks, even ones that may not be considered intensely colored, also lead to staining due to the erosion of dental enamel. These types of food tend to soften teeth, which makes it easier for chromogens to stick on. Another promoter of teeth includes tannins, which are food compounds that enhance chromogens’ ability to attach enamel.

Here are various foods and drinks that may leave you susceptible to teeth-staining:

Wine: red wine is considered an acidic beverage that holds both chromogens and tannins. Also, don’t be fooled! White wine, although almost colorless, also promotes staining. The New York University School of Dentistry presented studies that demonstrated that teeth exposed to tea were more likely to be more severely stained if they were previously exposed to white wine.

Tea: black tea is very saturated with stain-promoting tannins Dentists state that tea may leave teeth even more severely stained than coffee, which is chromogen-rich, but low in tannins. However, if you are a tea-lover and need your daily fix, some less teeth-staining alternatives include herbal, green and white teas.

Cola: it is obvious that this deep brown beverage (which is highly acidic and chromogen-rich) causes major teeth stain, but what you may not know is that the acidity of light-colored soft drinks also leads to a sufficient amount of teeth staining. Try your best to cut down on these carbonated drinks and reach for less acidic alternative.

Sports drinks: we know of the harmful effects of sports drinks on teeth enamel, and sure enough, the weakening of teeth enamel leads to more susceptibility to staining. Read more about these effects in our post Hold the Gatorade!

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Berries: although strawberries and blueberries are high in anti-oxidants and are known to be healthy food choices, they are highly pigmented in color and are very likely to stain teeth.

Sweets: after working through a lollipop, you may sometimes find yourself with a different colored tongue; this is a good indicator that hard candies, chewing gum, and popsicles can also lead to stains as well

Although there are many foods and beverages that can cause teeth staining, that doesn’t mean that cannot be eaten; just be sure to brush well! Dentists also suggest using straws to sip on beverages that are acidic and highly pigmented in nature. Swallowing stain-causing foods quickly also helps to protect your teeth. Swishing and rinsing after consuming and drinking can also lessen the acidity and remove the substances that cause teeth staining.

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:

Webmd

The Huffington Post

 

Hold the Gatorade!

April 4th, 2013

The harmful effects of energy and sports drinks


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Many people give the excuse that they’d rather drink energy drinks and sports drinks because they believe that they are healthier than soda when it comes to oral health. However, this is quite far from the truth, explains researcher Poonam Jian, an associate professor and director of community dentistry at the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine. Jian’s study, which was published in General Dentistry, looked at 13 different sport drinks and nine energy drinks for acidity. 6 drinks were tested and their effects on tooth enamel were determined. Jain and his team had acquired enamel samples, which were immersed in the different drinks for 15 minutes, stimulating an individual drinking the energy or sports drink in real life. It was found that both sports drinks and energy drinks resulted in tooth damage, where there was significant enamel loss. The average enamel lost with sports drinks was about 1.5% and the average loss for energy drink was more than 3%.

Researchers have listed Gatorade Blue as the sports drinks with the highest acidity, next to Hydr8. Other energy drinks containing high acidity content include:

  • Red Bull Sugarfree
  • Monster Assault
  • 5-hour Energy
  • Von Dutch
  • Rockstar

Because of their sugary content, both teens and young adults alike tend to consider these drinks as their favorite go-to beverages. Up to half of U.S. teens and young adults indulge in energy drinks, and studies have shown that more than half have at least one sports drink a day. To counter this, Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin and Senator Richard Blumenthal have been trying to bring about change by urging top energy drink makers to stop marketing to children. Durbin and Blumenthal sent letters to the CEOs of Monster, Red Bull and Rockstar that highlighted examples of ways these companies have been reaching out to children, including sponsoring high school sporting events and Little League games. This is a great start in weaning teens and young adults off of these drinks, and perhaps a good step forward in bringing about awareness of the drinks’ harmful effects.

Although it will be a difficult task to convince these major energy and sports drinks companies to limit their advertisements, it is important to be aware these drinks’ consequences on oral health. Jian suggests although it is best to cut these drinks out completely, but he understands that it is difficult to give them up completely. He provides some tips to minimize the intake of these drinks. Jian explains that diluting the drinks and not brushing immediately after drinking them would help lower the amount of acid intake and prevent the spreading of acid in the mouth.

As you make another trip to the market to purchase more beverages, be mindful of the content of these drinks and think of the consequences they may have on your oral health! 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:

WebMD

Sun Times

Safety and Infection Control at the Dentist

April 3rd, 2013

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Recent news reports have come out regarding dental practice safety and infection control, notably, involving a Tulsa, Oklahoma practice. We want to take a moment and share what we do to ensure the safety of our patients. We take universal precautions in sterilization practices that are applied to everyone who comes through the doors of Wellesley Dental Group. Our top concern is in abiding by strict infection control guidelines for the health of our patients, team, and Drs.; “Do No Harm” is our mantra.

Every day, every hour, and every minute we adhere to a very strict regimen to disinfect and sterilize everything that comes into contact with our patients. We want to let you in on the behind-the-scenes processes that are as much a part of our routine as the teeth cleaning, crowns, and x-rays we do every day.

  • Hand washing
    • We wash our hands consistently, especially before and after interacting with any patients.
    • We follow the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Bloodborne Pathogens Standards.
  • Plastic barriers are placed on all surfaces that are potentially touched to prevent any cross contamination:
    • Before any patient enters, the operatory is cleaned with a medical grade disinfectant and all plastic barriers are changed. Disinfected surfaces include equipment and surfaces, such as x-ray units and countertops.
    • Masks and safety glasses are worn.
    • Gloves are worn at all times and are changed between every patient.
    • Sometimes numerous gloves are thrown out during particularly long procedures for a given patient. We go through boxes upon boxes of gloves every day.
    • All pillows, light handles, etc, are draped with protective covers.
  • All disposable instruments (needles, suction tips, etc) are disposed after one use. These instruments are disposed in puncture resistant biohazard containers.
  • Non-disposable instruments are sterilized in small, individual packages in our autoclave. The autoclaving process destroys all forms of microbial life.
    • Instruments (drills, filling and cleaning instruments, etc) are brought to the sterilization room
    • The instruments are scrubbed by hand and washed.
    • Steeped in a solution for 20 minutes as they undergo an ultrasonic bath
    • Dried and placed into special, small, individually wrapped packages
    • These packages are then autoclaved.
    • After the autoclaving, there is a color indicator on the package that changes, confirming that process was done correctly.

When it comes to knowing whether the autoclave works correctly every time, we don’t solely rely on the color indicator on the packages. Our autoclave is a brand-name, state of the art machine that blasts instruments with extreme heat and high, steam pressure in an airtight enclosure. Every week, to ensure it is working according to the manufacturer’s standards, we do a spore test.

  • We put a closed packet of spores into the autoclave
  • The packet undergoes the autoclaving process
  • The autoclaved packet is then sent to an independent lab for analysis.
  • To pass the test, all spores must be inactivated.

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We take the safety of our patients very seriously and will continue to follow the highest standards laid forth by the CDC, AGD, and OSHA. As members of the AGD (Academy of General Dentistry), we strive to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to protecting our patients from the transmission of diseases. We think that AGD President Jeffrey M. Cole, DDS, MBA, FAGD sums up our beliefs very concisely:

“Because many dental procedures involve direct contact with blood and saliva, safety protocols are put in place to help stop the spread of disease. Heat sterilization of dental instruments helps prevent the spread of diseases like hepatitis and HIV. By following stringent best practices, AGD dentists maintain a commitment to patient health and safety. If your dentist is an AGD member, you can be confident that he or she strives to provide the best quality care to their patients by utilizing the most current safety protocols.”

Our patients can always expect the highest standards of quality and care. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to be in touch with us. Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group are infection control advocates; we will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com!

 

Sources:

AGD:

OSHA

CDC

 

Tufts Alumni Admissions Program: TAAP

March 28th, 2013

 

Our wonderful Dr. Femina Ali recently reached the end of her commitment as Tufts Alumni Admissions Program's committee chair for the Metro-West area. Both and and Dr. Ali graduated from Tufts Dental School, one of the finest Dental Schools in the nation. Tufts is also the Alma Mater of Drs. Ali’s daughter, Zarah, who will soon become the next Dr. Ali. Zarah is currently enrolled in Tufts Dental School and recently had the honor of receiving her White Coat by her loving parents.

Dr. Femina Ali’s love of Tufts is palpable and she reluctantly decided to resign as Chair. Her numerous community commitments in and around the MetreoWest area as well as commitments to her family keep her incredibly busy. She is looking forward to her new adventures within her volunteer communities and is proud to be a part of the Wellesley Hills Junior Women’s Club, serves as President of the Women’s Business Network, serves on the board of the Wellesley Chamber of Commerce, supports the Wellesley Newcomers Club,  serves as a board member of the Wellesley Teen Center, and more. Drs. Ali & Ali also were among the founding members of the Fund for Wellesley and are members of the Wellesley Club.

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As hard as it is to step down from her position at Tufts, she knows that she will be back alongside her fellow Jumbos. Here is her letter of resignation to her Tufts Admissions Committee:

"I want to thank you so much for making my time as your TAAP Chair so enriching and fulfilling. You have been an amazing group. Together, we helped grow our Tufts family and changed the lives of our new Jumbos. What we do at TAAP is such an incredible testament to how special Tufts is. The care and time we take to get to know every applicant, hear their stories, and help them embark on one of the most exciting times of their lives; it's not something we take lightly. I have been so proud that we have upheld this tradition with integrity and tenacity.

"It is on this note that I want to announce my resignation from TAAP and resignation as the Committee Chair. It has been a time I will never forget and sadly, personal and other volunteer obligations will prevent me from participating next year. I wish you all the best and look forward to when I can serve alongside you once again for the greater good and for the Tufts we all love."

Her announcement has garnered a outpouring of love and support from the Tufts community:

"We have been lucky to have you as the chair of Norfolk North committee for as long as we did.  You have been a very thorough and conscientious chairperson who has demonstrated a strong commitment to the success of TAAP.  We thank you for the energy and heart you have brought to your TAAP volunteerism.  I have truly enjoyed working with you."

“I want to thank you so much for doing such amazing work as our TAAP committee chair! You will be incredibly difficult to replace, and you’ve done so much to  help many Tufts students find their way here. I appreciate your help! We’ll miss you, come back any time!"

"You did such a good job as chair of this committee.  It was fun and easy to work with you.  Good luck with all your new adventures.  I am sure we will cross paths again soon."

“Thanks for your hard work in the committee and best of luck in your future endeavors.”

"Thank you so much for your commitment to Tufts, especially in a challenging application year with high volume - after taking a hiatus from interviewing for several years, it was great to be back meeting with applicants, and I appreciate your help in making this return transition such an enjoyable one."

"You will absolutely be missed!  You have done an amazing job as the Committee Chair – thank you so much for all of your hard work!  I was so glad to finally meet you in the fall – and also sorry that I will not be working with you going forward.  I wish you lots of luck in all of your endeavors in the future"

 

 

A Possible Natural Remedy for Sensitive Teeth

March 26th, 2013

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The scientists explained that about 3 out of every 4 people have teeth that are sensitive to hot, cold, sweet or sour foods and drinks. This sensitivity results when teeth enamel and the underlying dentin begin to wear down, stimulating the nerves within the teeth. This results in the painful sensation that many feel when eating certain foods. While sugar-free gums and toothpastes, such as Sensodyne, have been used to reduce tooth sensitivity, the scientists highlighted the need for simultaneous rebuilding of both the enamel and dentin to ensure less sensitivity. They began to look into dopamine, the sticky material that mussels use to adhere to surfaces. The scientists believed that this type of material would allow minerals necessary for renewal to adhere long enough to the dentin to improve the rebuilding process.

They attempted to demonstrate the possibility of using this material through multiple laboratory tests where they bathed human teeth with worn down enamel and dentin in a solution that contained the dopamine and essential minerals. Results showed that teeth that were placed in dopamine and mineral solution reformed dentin and enamel; however, the teeth kept in the solution containing only minerals resulted in the rebuilding of only the enamel. This shows the power of the dopamine and its adhesive effect of binding minerals for more effective rebuilding both enamel and dentin. Yun-Zhi Zhou believes that this sticky material found in mussels may be a promising means for preventing teeth sensitivity and may prove to be a universal technique that can be applied to millions worldwide.

As for some current, tried and true options, numerous toothpastes are available. Please talk with your dentist about which may be best for you. Desensitizing toothpaste works by blocking "transmission of sensation from the tooth surface to the nerve" They generally require consistent use for sensitivity to diminish. Some options Drs. Ali & Ali recommend are:

-ClinPro (available in-office)

-Prevident (prescription)

-Sensodyne (over the counter)

For more information about tooth sensitivity, visit another post of our blog: Are You Sensitive? Also, if you have any more questions about sensitivity, please feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group; 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:

ACS.org

Science Daily.com

ADA Mouth Healthy

 

Picking Up a Healthy Habit: Flossing!

March 25th, 2013

A survey done in 2008 showed that 10% of Americans never floss and less than half the population flosses. Many seem to discount the importance of flossing, but it has been found to be even more essential than tooth brushing when it comes to the prevention periodontal disease and tooth loss.

People generally consider flossing as a means to remove food stuck in between teeth. However, flossing takes a further step and actually removes dental plaque, which is the known to be the main culprit of tooth decay, gingivitis, and gum disease. If plaque is not properly removed, it can harden into tartar, which can only be removed by a dental professional. When this occurs, brushing and cleaning between teeth can become more difficult, leading to swollen or even bleeding gum tissue. Another reason for a lack of flossing is how troublesome it can be.  Dentists do admit that it is not easy! But with more practice, you can get the hang of it.

The American Dental Association provides a couple steps to get you on board with flossing:

  • Use about 18 in. of floss wound around one of your middle fingers, with the rest wound around the opposite middle finger.
  • Hold the floss tightly between the thumbs and forefingers and gently insert it between the teeth.
  • Curve the floss into a “C” shape against the side of the tooth.
  • Rub the floss gently up and down, keeping it pressed against the tooth. Don’t jerk or snap the floss.
  • Floss all your teeth and don’t forget to floss behind your back teeth!

Remember, the last step is just as important! Although it may seem unlikely for anything to get stuck in that area, most gum disease and tooth decay is found in the back of your mouth. Be mindful of your back teeth as you floss. The American Dental Association also recommends flossing once a day. Many people find flossing in the evening before bed a good time to do so, allowing them to go to sleep with clean teeth.

If flossing proves to be very difficult for you or if poses as a problem due to previous dental work, do not fret! Alternatives to flossing include toothpick-like dental stimulators, such as Stim-U-Dents and Soft-Picks, allows you to go in spaces between your teeth as well. If you find it hard to maneuver floss between teeth, switching to waxed floss will make flossing smoother and easier to get between the crevices.

If you have any more questions about flossing, feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group; 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:

ADA Public Resources

ADA Floss Article

WebMD

 

100 Women We Admire Most

March 21st, 2013

A couple weeks ago, nominations were flowing in during the Women's Leadership Forum's 100 Women We Admire Most. Our own Dr. Femina Ali was nominated and we were all so touched by the wonderful things everyone had to say.

Today, the Women's Leadership Forum released an ebook of the final list of the 100 Women We Admire Most and, wonderfully, Dr. Femina Ali of Wellesley Dental Group, Drs. Ali & Ali is included! To get a copy of the ebook, please visit their website here. We want to thank you all for your support in making this happen, we couldn't have done it without the help of our WDG family!

Here are some wonderful things the community shared about Dr. Femina Ali during her nomination:

  • "Femina is bright, motivates others, a good delegator but not shy from rolling up her sleeves to do the work herself. She is very community oriented, spirited, a great leader, and an excellent listener. Her assessments are accurate and she's involved in many volunteer opportunities. Femina is always giving back."
  • "She's the bestest"
  • "She takes the responsibility for leadership and wraps it in kindness, wisdom and compassion."
  • "She is an amazing role model in the community and runs the type of family-owned business that you want to give your business to."
  • "Friendly, caring and has good leadership skills."
  • "She is well spoken, active in her community and has a sense of caring and kindness for her patients and people in general that is not often seen in the business community."
  • "She has dedicated her time and talent to making many opportunities for professional women to learn from and support each other."

 

Your Perfect Smile with Invisalign

March 20th, 2013

Have you ever looked in the mirror and thought to yourself hey, it would be nice to get my teeth straightened? However, afterwards you start to think of all those long months with braces and the hassles that come with them. It doesn’t have to be this way! Invisalign provides an alternative to braces and offers an innovative way to straighten teeth.

What's great about Invisalign is that the aligners are made from smooth and comfortable plastic that is worn over the teeth. These aligners will gradually straighten your teeth, without the hassle of getting wires tightened on a regular basis. Invisalign is also clear so that most people around you won't even know that you are straightening your teeth. You put on new aligners every two weeks until you have completed the treatment plan created by your dentist.

When you compare Invisalign and braces, there is also a big difference in terms of comfort and appearance. Invisalign allows you to straighten your teeth without having to worry about wires that can poke and irritate your mouth. The aligners are easy to take out and clean. Braces tend to capture food particles and flossing is an incredible hassle. What's also wonderful about Invisalign is that you can eat absolutely anything you want! You don't have to worry about getting gum stuck between wires and hard foods making your brackets come undone. You simply take off your aligners and dig in to your food.

If you are interested in Invisalign, Dr. Ejaz Ali is an Invisalign Preferred Provider. Please set up an appointment for a consultation. Do some research and get to know your wants and needs, Invisalign's website provides a list of questions based on your age that you can ask your doctor. Soon, you will have your dream smile!

References:

http://www.invisalign.com/Pages/default.aspx

 

Are you prepared for an emergency?

March 18th, 2013

Emergency preparedness is something that we all value. It’s a safeguard against the unthinkable. Emergency responders, especially, bear much responsibility for keeping the community safe and lending support during times of need.

Recently, dental responder legislation is awaiting presidential signature and enactment since its being approved by the House of Representatives, gained consent from the Senate, and approval by Congress. This means, dentists, dental schools, and dental facilities may be included in state public emergency plans!

In Wellesley, the Health Department has always valued dentists and their medical training. They have included dentists in their preparedness events, including the outbreaks of the norovirus and flu. The Wellesley Health Department also includes dentists in their Volunteer Reserve Corps, advanced CPR training and other wonderful events that benefit the community in such tangible and essential ways.

Drs. Ali & Ali are actively involved with the Wellesley Health Department and enjoy being the Smile Ambassadors for oral health. Urging dentists to play a more prominent role in public health and safety is a very positive change, and at Wellesley Dental Group, we will continue to serve our community gladly.

As it happens, Dr. Femina Ali attended an Emergency Preparedness event at the Wellesley Health Department in March, which discusses the importance of beginning safety measures at home. Some of the discussions that resonated with her were that emergency preparedness lies within the small measures one takes on a regular basis. Some tips she wants to share is that:

  • Stock emergency supplies, which can include 3 days worth of food and water in airtight containers, medicines and medical records for both you and your pets, and a photo of you and your pet together in case you are separated. Visit the American Red Cross for more ideas.
  • Conduct a home hazard hunt, which involves taking a closer look at ordinary items in your home that can cause injury. Anything that can move, fall, break, or cause a fire is a potential hazard.
  • Determine 2 escape routes out of every room and be sure you install smoke detectors on every floor, especially near bedrooms. Check batteries every 6 months.
  • Learn CPR.
  • ICE your cell phone so emergency responders know whom to contact.
  • Know your emergency phone numbers and keep them by the phone. Know the Mass 211 phone number, which is an information hotline for times of emergency. Visit their website for more information.

If you would like to learn more about the Wellesley Health Department and emergency preparedness, please visit their website here, or call them at: (781) 235-0135. Their office can be found at the Annie F. Warren Building on the Second Floor on 90 Washington Street, in Wellesley, MA. Check them out for more events so you, too, can be prepared!

Their next event is a workshop on Perimenopause and Menopause with women's health expert Dr. Ronee Skornik from Women’s Health Associates in Wellesley. The event will be held at the Wellesley Free Library from 6:30-8:39 pm on Thursday, March 21.

Resources:

ADA

Wellesley Health Department

American Red Cross

Mass 211

Wellesley Free Library

MA Health and Human Services

Is Tongue Brushing Necessary?

March 12th, 2013

 

Most people know that brushing and flossing teeth is necessary to maintain healthy teeth, preventing cavities and tooth decay. Often times tongue brushing is discounted. However, tongue brushing is just as important for your overall dental hygiene.

Taking a step into history, many eastern cultures have paid close attention to tongue hygiene. In Chinese medicine, tongue inspection was thought to be a critical aspect of making medical diagnoses and determining prognosis. It has also been recorded that Native Americans took part in a daily ritual that not only involved teeth brushing, but also tongue scraping, followed by a mouth rinse of concoctions of various herbs. Rudimentary tortoise shell and bone inscriptions have been able to reveal thoughts on tongue hygiene that even date back to the 16th century BC!

There must be a reason why tongue hygiene has been integral in terms of determining health in various cultures. Studies have shown that keeping your tongue clean and healthy is, indeed, essential. Many microorganisms have been found to reside on the dorsum of the tongue. Scientists have found that tongue brushing can lead to the decrease in bacterial counts on the tongue. Bacteria have been found to colonize the tongue and periodontal packets, which influence the generation of sulfur compounds in periodontal health and disease. These are the very compounds that cause patients to have halitosis, or simply known as bad breath.

It is very easy to forget about brushing your tongue, but it gets easier when practiced on a daily basis. People also tend to shy away from tongue brushing because their gag reflex starts right up. Doctors recommend that the best time for tongue cleaning is in the morning on an empty stomach, to reduce the possibility of vomiting and gagging. It has also been suggested that gag reflex becomes more controlled with the continual cleaning of the tongue.

Here are a couple steps to get you on your way to tongue bushing!

1. Place the tongue as far out of the mouth as possible

2. Look for the locations where there is debris accumulation; unfortunately, this is usual towards the back of your tongue.

3. Place the tongue cleaner as far as possible and make contact with the flattened tongue.

4. Pull the tongue cleaner forward slowly to the front of the mouth, making sure to cover as much surface area as possible.

5. Rinse the tongue cleaner and repeat!

Tongue brushing can be a hassle in the beginning, but once it becomes routine, the difference in your oral health will be so noticeable. Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group will be happy to answer your questions about oral health and tongue brushing. Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation.

 

References:

Christensen G. Why clean your tongue? J Am Dent Assoc 1998; 129: 1605–07.

Danser M. M., Gomez S. M., Van der Wejden, G. A. (2003). Tongue coating and tongue brushing: a literature review. 3:151-8.

 

A relaxing trip to the dentist

March 6th, 2013

Imagine not being afraid to go to the dentist. Imagine being able to accomplish all your dental care in as little as one appointment. This is what Sedation Dentistry can do for you. Oral Sedation Dentistry protocols have been used safely for over 30 years with millions of dental procedures. Years of neglect can be reversed in a few hours. You will be able to smile with confidence and chew your food without pain. If you've been putting off years of dental work, Sedation Dentistry can change your life.

After a consultation to discuss the level of sedation that is needed as well as an in-depth review of the patient's medical history, your dentist will recommend the right level of sedation.   Every patient is different and requires different levels of sedation.

Another form of calming treatment that dentists use is called relaxation dentistry. This process uses nitrous oxide (also known as laughing gas) to numb the nerves. Nitrous oxide is administered by placing a tube onto the patient's nose and having them inhale for a few minutes prior to the dentist starting. The patient has the option to keep the nitrous oxide mask on through the entire procedure, or having it removed once numbed enough. Most patients request to keep their masks on, as nitrous oxide can wear off.

Dentists treat millions of patients with sedatives and relaxation dentistry every year. Those who fear going to the dentist are able to rest at ease knowing that every visit will be painless and soothing. Another great thing about these forms of dentistry is that they're safe and effective for people in all age groups.

When thinking about whether sedation or relaxation dentistry is right for you, please chat with us to see whether it’s a good fit and what you need to do to prepare. Drs. Ali & Ali specialize in these forms of density and would love to make your next visit one that leaves you calm and relieved. Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation.

Sources: MouthHealthy.org

Thinking about your wisdom teeth...

March 4th, 2013

Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars that usually come in around the ages of 17 and 25. Getting new molars can be exciting. Who doesn’t want an extra set of teeth to gnaw on delicious food? New molars may at first seem like wonderful assets, however, sometimes they can lead to complications that can cause problems down the road.

There are instances when new teeth cannot fully come out all the way, resulting in what is known as impacted teeth. Since they are located towards the back of the mouth, these third molars may be tricky to clean, which can lead a buildup of food particles and bacteria. Once there is an accumulation of bacteria, the gum surrounding the tooth can become infected and swollen, which is the dental disorder known as pericoronitis. However, pericoronitis can be kept under control with antibiotics and warm salt-water rinses.

Partially erupted wisdom teeth can also lead to periodontal disease, also known as gum disease. In periodontitis, inflammation around the teeth causes the gums to pull away from the teeth. This can lead to the formation of “pockets,” which can become easily infected. Research has shown that once gum disease has been established in the wisdom teeth area, problems will be persistent and progressive. Dentists do suggest that a solution to this problem is to have your pesky molars extracted.

You may look at your teeth right now and say to yourself, hey, my wisdom teeth don’t look bad at all. They may seem to have come in normally and don’t really give you any problems. However, even if you are pain free, that doesn’t mean you should be worry free. The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons have shown that wisdom teeth that have come out fully can still be susceptible to disease and infections. Here at Wellesley Dental Group, we have Dr. Ghazi, our periodontist, who specializes in wisdom teeth extractions. Be sure to make make an appointment with us for a consultation.  Regular check-ups cleaning are essential to keep your teeth happy and healthy.

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

References:

Ash M. Costich ER, Hayward JR: A study of periodontal hazards of third molars. Journal of Periodontology 1962;33:209

Elter JR, Coumo CJ, Offenbacher S, et.al. Third molars associated with periodontal

pathology in NHANES III. Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, 2004; 62:440

Periocoronitis article from Colgate

 

 

 

 

Quick tips to healthier teeth

February 28th, 2013

Amid your busy schedules and rush to and from work, it’s easy to grab a snack that may not be the best thing for your teeth. Here are a few quick tips on how to keep your pearly whites in good shape.  Hold the sugar. Some of our favorite snacks unfortunately end up hurting our teeth. Foods high in sugar content, including cookies and carbonated drinks, end up increasing the amount of energy that acid-producing bacteria in your mouth consume.  Instead of making a grab for hard candies and cake, pick up some fresh fruit, such as apples or pears, which have high water content; these healthy alternatives will offset your sugar intake and keep you hydrated.
But what about potato chips and pasta? Although they aren't sweet, these foods can easily get stuck between the teeth and small crevices. Bacteria and also the pre-digestive process can easily convert starches to sugar in no time.
Watch what you’re chewing Sometimes you can be sitting in class or in your cubicle, gnawing away at your pencil without realizing it. Or maybe you can’t seem to find a pair of scissors and decide to use your teeth to remove clothing tags. Kick that habit! It has been shown that chewing on ice, popcorn kernels, pens, and even bobby pins can wear down your tooth and enamel surfaces. Hard foods including some nuts and fruits should be cut into smaller pieces before eating. Chewing on hard substances can lead to cracks in your tooth. Try to choose softer foods that don’t make you use excessive force.
Even though we want to keep our teeth healthy at all times, there are those instances when we want to treat ourselves to a delicious slice of pie or dig into a plate of French fries. Make sure to brush! Brushing is recommended after every meal; however if you don’t have time, rinse with plain water to clear your mouth.  Good dental hygiene makes for a healthier smile and a healthier you.

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

From our guest blogger, Jacquelyn Chou from Wellesley College.

 

My Sinsational experience

February 26th, 2013

For the last few years I’ve wanted to brighten my smile. As a tea lover, whitening toothpaste never worked well enough and I shudder to think what my teeth would look like without any assistance. Since I have fairly sensitive teeth, I’ve shied away from truly considering whitening because I’m not willing to buy into the thought that beauty means pain. How could I get the radiant teeth I’ve always wanted but not feel as though my teeth would disown me?

Once I started with Wellesley Dental Group, I kept hearing about Sinsational Whitening that not only is great for sensitive teeth, but also takes less than half an hour. I’d seen patients walking out of the office with pretty orange organza bags with a sleek whitening pen and feel jealous. I’d feel even more jealous when I’d see their gorgeous grin. I decided to take the leap.

Despite what everyone told me, I couldn’t fully believe that I wouldn’t experience any discomfort. My palms were damp from my nerves as Tanya polished my teeth, making sure the gel would be able to percolate through every part of my teeth. She smiled reassuringly once she was done; admiring her work before deftly glossing my lips with Vitamin E oil so the whitening gel wouldn’t sting. I was brimming with excitement and trepidation simultaneously.

I felt as though I were given the royal treatment, relaxing comfortably with the gel and interesting mouthpiece in place (it’s fashioned after a scuba mouthpiece!). True, not talking for twenty-some-odd minutes was a bit tough, and my jaw got a bit tired from clamping down, however, this was pretty great. What’s more, I was in no pain whatsoever. Shocking!

Once I was done, and time really did fly, I couldn’t wait to see my teeth sparkle. They did and I had boosted my color a few shades. I was given one of those whitening pens so I could continue to whiten my teeth over the next week: every night for half an hour before I’d go to sleep.

For something as convenient as Sinsational, I’ll definitely do it again once my tea drinking catches up with me!

Do you have any whitening stories? Has any whitening treatment dazzled you? Share in the comments below.

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

Post by Julia Di Cicco for Wellesley Dental Group

Pre-term birth linked to gum disease

January 14th, 2013

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During pregnancy, between 50-70% of women will develop gingivitis. Gingivitis, while normally a serious condition, poses even more risks for mothers-to-be. In numerous studies (like this), low birth weight and pre-term birth are associated with gum disease, both of which are very serious and put the baby at risk for conditions such as respiratory disorders, blindness, and learning disabilities.

Why are pregnant women more at risk? Changes in the hormone, progesterone, occur during pregnancy. This change allows gingivitis-causing bacteria to grow more easily and gum tissue will also be more sensitive to plaque. Sometimes pregnancy tumors (non-cancerous growths) will form on inflamed gum tissue. If a woman has gingivitis before becoming pregnant, her gingivitis has a high likelihood of becoming more serious.

What can you do to minimize risk? Periodontal treatment can be done during pregnancy.By the time symptoms of gum disease are noticed, the infection is established and bacteria is already circulating through the woman’s body. If you are planning to become pregnant, or are already pregnant, meet with your dentist to create a plan to maintain good oral health. Good gum health practices are important to keep before and during pregnancy as preventative measures.

For more information about gingivitis and ways to maintain healthy gums, visit this article on our blog: Gingivitis, The Silent Destroyer. Also, these three articles are must-reads for expecting moms: Periodontal Disease and Pregnancy, Pregnancy GingivitisPremature Births Remain a Medical Mystery

Book your preventative check-up and assess your risks with our own Drs. Ali.  If additional help is needed, we always have our periodontist, Dr. Ghazi, who will help resolve any gum issues.

We highly recommend becoming familiar with both your dental benefits and needs.  Drs. Ali & Ali and their team at Wellesley Dental Group will be very happy to answer your questions and advise you on how best to minimize your chance of gum problems. Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com!

Sources:

ADA- Know Your Teeth

WebMD

LiveScience

New England flu outbreak, at peak

January 9th, 2013

 

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Boston has declared a public health emergency.

The 2013 flu season is the earliest flu season of the last ten years.  Confirmed cases are ten times higher compared to last season. It's not too late to get up to date on some important facts and protect yourself and others from this serious virus. College students should get vaccinated before commencing the spring semester.

Already, there have been 18 statewide deaths in MA.

If you haven't gotten vaccinated, visit your local Health Department. The Wellesley Health Department can be reached at: 781-235-0135, Mon-Fri: 9 am - 4:30 pm.

Together, we can minimize the impact of the flu if we take precautions. Protect yourself and your family by getting vaccinated.

Who is at risk?

We are all at risk; however, some people are more likely to have serious complications. Adults over 65, children under 5, and people with asthma, diabetes, and chronic heart disease are most at risk for serious complications.  People who work in the health industry, those who are in close contact with children, and students who live in a dorm setting are more likely to catch the flu.

What about the vaccine?

Vaccination is the first line of defense when it comes to flu prevention. While a flu vaccine does not fully guarantee that the person will be immune to the flu, it is the most effective option out there. It’s not too late to get vaccinated as long as you currently do not have a fever. The CDC recommends that everyone over the age of 6 months get vaccinated this season.

The 2012-2013 flu vaccine contains the following three viruses:

A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus;

A/Victoria/361/2011 (H3N2)-like virus;

B/Wisconsin/1/2010-like virus (form the B/Yamagata lineage of viruses)

Symptoms?

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Body aches
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Fatigue

If you get sick?

  • Cover your cough, sneezes, and don’t leave used tissues lying around.
  • Stay hydrated. If you prefer tea over water, decaffeinated teas are more hydrating.
  • Keep your hands clean, especially after coughing or sneezing. Frequently wash your hands with warm water and soap or use hand sanitizer.
  • If you get a fever, stay at home at least 24 hours after your fever goes away so that you don’t pass the flu onto someone else.
  • If you are at high risk and have a medical condition, contact your doctor during the early stages of illness, this increases your chances of getting effective treatment. Antivirals are commonly prescribed to people who have a high-risk health condition.

Sources: CDC, Flu.gov, ABC News, WCVB News

It’s a New Year!

January 9th, 2013


A New Year means new resolutions. Put your health first and make 2013 the year of your best smile yet! With our finest dentistry and consistently ahead-of-the-curve technology, we can offer you care that will keep your teeth strong and your gums healthy. Well-maintained teeth and gums not only create good oral health, but also contribute to your overall well-being.

The beginning of the year is one of the best times to plan your healthcare and spending. Come in to speak with Drs. Ali & Ali and create a plan so you can maximize your care and make the most of your health this year.

At WDG, we are dedicated to the community and know that everyone deserves to smile. We have created a caring environment in which our patients can be comfortable and know that they are receiving the best care possible. The start of the year is a time of new beginnings, so why not begin this year with your smile?

Add to your New Year’s resolution by making a promise to:

  • Floss more
  • Stay hydrated
  • Drink less carbonated drinks
  • Visit your dentist for preventative care
  • Smile more often

 

Start the year with a smile

January 8th, 2013

Why a Sinsational Smile might be right for you.

A popular teeth whitening system, Sinsational Smile boasts a brighter smile in just 20 minutes and lightens teeth between 2-5 shades. Sound too good to be true? Unlike many of their competitors Sinsational Smile uses a pre-filled silicone tray which sits comfortably on the jaw for 20 minutes. Alongside the tray there is a LED light that helps boost the gel’s effectiveness. After treatment, a Smile Whitening Pen is provided to be used once a day to continue whitening. Sinsational generally causes less discomfort than other whitening treatments, which makes it a better option for those who have put off whitening due to concerns about sensitivity.

To ensure your teeth stay bright:

  • Avoid certain foods that stain teeth- such as coffee and tea, red wine, soda, fruit juice, tomato sauce and candy.
  • Avoid the use of tobacco
  • Avoid use of certain medications

 

As always teeth whitening yields different results for everyone but make sure you learn the facts before choosing which option  is best for you. At WDG, we also offer ZOOM whitening, at home whitening kits, as well as veneers and implants.

 

At WDG, we are offering gift certificates for our Sinsational Whitening! Please be in touch and get yours today.  Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group will be very happy to answer your questions and advise you on how best to maintain your smile. Contact us at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com!

Sources:

sinsationalsmile.com

denversmilemakeover.com

Written by: Christina Haddad

Edited by: Julia Di Cicco

 

Happy Holidays from WDG

December 13th, 2012

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

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

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

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

 

From the Caring Team at Wellesley Dental Group,

 

Happy Holidays!

 


Are You Sensitive?

December 11th, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sources:
Crest
Sensodyne
WebMD

The Silent Destroyer

December 3rd, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Flex Spending | Are you ready for the New Year?

November 26th, 2012


The Holiday season is upon us and 2012 is in its last month. That means, time is running out to use up your flex spending before the New Year comes in! Use your dental insurance benefits and make an appointment now, before the Holidays come into full swing. Use it or lose it!

Wellesley Dental Group strives to provide our patients with the best possible care, and an important part of this process is informing patients of their dental needs. Many individuals who are paying for dental insurance do not realize that their plans provide coverage up to a certain dollar amount annually. It’s not too late to maximize your dental benefits! You still have time, so make the most of it, what are you waiting for?

There are many more options available to you so you can utilize your remaining flex spending. Remember to check your plan and take the necessary steps to make the most of you flex spending. Here are some available options:

• Invisalign
• Crowns
• Fillings
• Orthodontic Treatment
• Gum treatment and surgery
• Dental Implants
• Root canals
• Wisdom teeth extraction

Check with your insurance or dentist to find out exactly what is covered and how it fits with your current needs.

Remember, for most individuals, insurance benefits and flex spending do not carry over into the next year.

We would love to help you with your necessary treatments and find the best financial options for you. Take advantage of your tax-free dollars now before it’s too late by making an appointment now. Our office will be closed for the holidays from December 23rd -January 2nd, so be sure to get in early!

If you have already used up your flex spending for this year, it’s the perfect time to come in and start planning for 2013. It’s never too early to read up on new Healthcare Flex Spending account rules so you can start the New Year ahead of the game.

We highly recommend becoming familiar with both your dental benefits and needs. Planning for necessary and preventative treatment now will save you unnecessary risk, cost, and stress later. Drs. Ali & Ali and their team at Wellesley Dental Group will be very happy to answer your questions and advise you on how best to maximize your remaining dental benefits. Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com!

Happy Veteran's Day!

November 12th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_3874" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Beautiful handwritten cards from this year's Candy Drive."]Created by our very own Andrea[/caption]We want to extend a huge "Thank You" to the troops overseas and to all the veterans who have served our country. As we look back on our Candy Drive, we saw, first hand, how much our community loves our servicemen and women. Wellesley Dental Group saw the whole community unite through the spirit of philanthropy to give back to those who have already given so much. Our Candy Drive is not only a wonderful way to promote oral health but also is aligned with our core values. Through our work this past week, we realize our mission of being "Smile Ambassadors" is two-fold; our community's children have healthier grins and together, we are bringing joyful smiles to the troops.

While today is Veteran's Day, it's evident that one day is not enough to show our veterans how grateful we are for their tireless efforts. Everyday they are in our thoughts and we are so glad that we have had this opportunity to give back, in some small way this year. We will continue to show our support and we know that our veterans will remain in our thoughts and in the thoughts of all our participants in this year's Candy Drive.

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Thank you, thank you, thank you. We could never be grateful enough for what our veterans have given and sacrificed for us.

Special Thanks to the Wellesley Police Department

November 11th, 2012

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We were awe-struck on Friday when Officer Evan Rosenberg stopped by on behalf of the Wellesley Police Department. The candy that they gathered for the troops was HUGE! The Department was a drop-off point for the Wellesley Community and accumulated hundreds of pounds. We want to extend a special thanks to Chief Terrence Cunningham for coordinating with us to make this Candy Drive such a success.

To say the least, the Great Wall of Candy wouldn't have been so high without WPD's help. We have at least doubled the amount of candy this year!

Want to guess the final weight of the candy? It's not too late and you just might win a free "Sinsational" whitening! Check it out here.

Great Wall of Candy Contest

November 9th, 2012

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Want to guess how much our Great Wall of Candy weighed? Wellesley Dental Group had a record-breaking amount of candy this year. We are holding a contest to have you guess the final weight of candy that was donated during this year’s Annual Candy Drive. The lucky winner with the closest guess will receive a free “Sinsational” teeth whitening. The contest concludes November 18th.

To submit your guesses, post a comment on our blog, FaceBook page, or send us a tweet. You can also write us an email at smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com or mail in your responses to 5 Seaward Road, Wellesley, 02481. The contest winner will be announced on November 19th.

Want to know where all this candy came from? Read about it here.

We did this together!

November 9th, 2012

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We did this together. Thank you, thank you, thank you to the Wellesley and the entire Metrowest community and our wonderful Wellesley Dental Group Patients! You have outdone yourselves this year.

It’s unbelievable to see how far we have come in five years. What started with a little candy buy-back program in the office has now turned into a monumental wall of candy and most importantly a major, fun event that has brought the entire community together for a good cause.

The generosity and spirit of giving we have witnessed these past weeks has been incredibly special. It’s not every day that one can be a part of such a profound endeavor. We are and have been so committed to educating our community about oral health and we are proud to serve as “Smile Ambassadors”.

We are holding a contest to guess the final weight of the candy, check it out here.

We want to give an official Thank-You to all these organizations and many more:

Wellesley Schools:
Babson College
Bates
Hardy
Hunnewell
Schofield
Sprague
Tenacre

Dover Schools:
Charles River
Chickering

Needham Schools:
Hillside School
Needham ECC Pre-School

Newton Schools:
Bowen
Cabot
Pierce

Westwood Schools:
Downey

Local Organizations and businesses:
Wellesley Police Department
Wellesley Hills Junior Women’s Club
Wellesley Mother’s Forum
Wellesley Newcomers Club
Morse Institute Library in Natick
Magic Beans

Media:
Wellesley Townsman
Wellesley Media Corporation
Swellesley Report
The Patch

And all the patients of Wellesley Dental Group

Without your help, this would not have been possible.

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