September

Tips on Living Long and Healthy

September 16th, 2019

Now that we're into the month of September, it's time to focus our attention on how to improve our overall health in honor and celebration of Healthy Aging Month! This yearly observance focuses on highlighting tips to help individuals improve their physical and mental health as adults get older. This means also focusing on oral health, since the mouth is a window to the rest of the body. In fact, gum disease, which is common in older people, has been found to be linked with memory loss. Which means taking care of your mind may rely heavily on taking care of your mouth! It is important to realize that as we continue to age, there are changes that occur within the mouth that affect our teeth and the surrounding gums and bone. It is key to minimize damage to our oral cavity at any age by maintaining regular dental visits, and keeping up with good oral hygiene habits each day. Often, poor oral health becomes a factor that worsens existing chronic health problems that an individual may face, including heart disease and diabetes.

In addition, older adults may often be taking several medications daily, which can lead to dry mouth. Not only is the feeling of dry mouth annoying, but it also is harmful to your teeth because it can increase your risk of developing tooth decay due to less saliva being present within the mouth.

No matter what age we are, it is always a great time to start practicing healthy lifestyle habits. Take a look at these tips for healthy aging:

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1. Drink plenty of water!

Staying hydrated is very important for our bodies. Tap water is the best resource because it contains fluoride, which plays a major role in keeping your teeth healthy.

2. Healthy snacks are the way to go

We need to be a little picky with our food choices in order to have a diet that is healthy for our teeth and body. Snacks filled with protein including yogurt, cheese, and nuts make great healthy and tooth-friendly snacks. Also eating foods high in iron, such as spinach, meats, and beans, can help give you the energy you need for each day. Avoid eating sugary foods and candy, as these items aren't so tooth-friendly despite their tastiness.

3. Brushing and flossing habits at home

It is important to brush at least twice a day, and floss at least once a day to help wash away all of the food particles and bacteria within the mouth that could cause harm to your pearly whites. If you wear any oral appliances, such as a retainer or denture, be sure to clean these since bacteria can harbor themselves there too! Fluoride Mouthwash also makes for a good addition to your oral care habits. Not only does the mouth wash help make your breath smell nice and fresh, it also may contain beneficial fluoride and can easily be added to your night and/or morning time routine.

4. Be active

Exercise is essential for staying healthy as we get older. Adults are recommended to get at least 150 minutes of exercise each week.

5. Schedule your dental visit

Be sure that your are visiting your dentist for a regular check up at least twice a year to ensure that your teeth are healthy.

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

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist, Dr. Derek, and Dr. Emad is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Stephens would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.

References:

https://healthyaging.net/healthy-lifestyle/oral-health/

https://www.deltadentalma.com/About-Us/News/2016/For-Healthy-Aging-Month,-know-your-mouth-may-hold

https://healthyaging.net/healthy-lifestyle/september-is-healthy-aging-month-10-tips-to-celebrate/

https://healthyaging.net/healthy-lifestyle/healthy-aging/

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September is National Gum Care Month!

September 8th, 2014

For many individuals, the arrival of September means back to school or work. However, with the ache of leaving summer behind we can sometimes forget that the month of September has more to offer. September is a great time to remember the importance of proper gum care, as it can make you a healthier person! Good oral health has been linked to the health of other areas of the body. Early action, recognition, and good oral health habits are essential steps to keeping your gums pain-free and pink!

Our gums help protect the roots of teeth and their surrounding support structures from bacteria that can cause periodontal (gum) disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 47 percent of American adults have mild, moderate or severe periodontitis. That is nearly half of American adults! Gingivitis is a mild form of periodontal disease that can cause redness, inflammation and bleeding of the gums. When left without proper treatment, gingivitis can advance to periodontitis. If still untreated, plaque can spread below the gum line and become inflamed.

The primary suspect of gum disease is bacteria in dental plaque, which produces toxins that create an inflammatory process in the gums. The more the plaque builds up on teeth, the more the toxins begin to break down gum tissue and bone that hold teeth in their sockets. If not properly treated, periodontitis can eventually lead to tooth decay. Other factors including hormonal changes, medications, smoking, diabetes, and poor oral hygiene habits can also contribute to gum disease. 

Sometimes symptoms of periodontal disease can easily go unnoticed. Be on the look out for tender gums, gums that are red or swollen, bleeding gums during brushing or flossing, receding gums, halitosis, and loose teeth.

Fortunately, gum disease can typically be avoided by proper dental care habits:

  • Flossing: Flossing is important in keeping healthy gums because it removes food particles that are in hard-to-reach places.
  • Brushing Gums: Healthy teeth require healthy gums! Gently brushing your gums in a circular motion will help get rid of decay-causing bacteria.
  • Regular Dental Visits: Cleanings and regular dental checkups can help keep your smile healthy and detect oral problems ahead of time before any damage occurs!

Don't forget, good dental health benefits more than just a great smile!

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. Dr. Ghazi is available to help you with periodontic needs and any gum disease-related questions.

References:

http://www.ada.org/en/science-research/science-in-the-news/study-estimates-nearly-half-of-american-adults-have-periodontal-disease

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/gingivitis-periodontal-disease

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Heading Back To School? Don't Forget The Dentist!

August 29th, 2012

It's hard to believe September is right around the corner! School will soon begin, studying long into the night will commence, and many cups of coffee will be consumed.

With all that you are trying to juggle, it's important not to forget about your health. It's easy to not eat right when you're busy and get less sleep than normal. However, taking a moment to breathe and take care of yourself is just as important as your seemingly never ending checklist.

Drs. Ali & Ali cannot stress enough the importance of optimal oral health! Overall health can be linked back to a healthy smile, so be sure to schedule your hygiene appointment before heading back to school. It's an easy way to help ensure a productive and healthy academic year, and who wouldn't want that? :)

Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to make an appointment!

Jimmy Fund Walk

September 9th, 2009

If the Jimmy Fund Walk, taking place on Sunday, September 13, follows the Boston Marathon route, that means it will go right by our office on Seaward Road in Wellesley!

GO WALKERS! I'm sure some people will be so excited for the great event that they might even run.

Whitening Special

August 31st, 2009

Back by popular demand, Wellesley Dental Group has a special for custom home whitening.  Through the end of September (2009), all patients that want to brighten their smile can save over $100 off the normal cost of treatment (special price is $395).

Custom home whitening consists of using custom molded trays (upper and lower) that we make for you here in combination with professional grade whitening gel worn overnight or for shorter periods during the day.  This is different than in-office whitening (ie: Zoom).

If you have any questions, please call us at 781.237.9071 or email us at abby@wellesleydentalgroup.com

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