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Treats that can Trick You

October 16th, 2021

We all need a sweet treat once in a while, and each year Halloween definitely reminds us of that. There are so many candy options to choose from, but does it matter to our teeth? Surprisingly, yes -all candy is not created equally when it comes to oral health! Some candies can place you at even higher risks for developing tooth decay. Check it out:

The Worst Candy:

If the candy is sticky or long lasting, it can do significant damage to your teeth. Candies like caramel, gummies, taffy, and lollipops for instance can subject your teeth to sugar and bacteria that remain in the mouth for long periods of time. This increases your risk for developing cavities and adds additional trips to the dentist. In addition, hard candies may even lead to chipped or broken teeth. As tasty as they may be, do your best to avoid these sweet treats this Halloween:

  • Gummy products (bears, worms, etc)
  • Starbursts
  • Lollipops
  • Tootsie Rolls
  • Caramels
  • Lifesavers
  • Fruit snacks
  • Skittles

Surprisingly, sour candies like sour patch kids are also pretty harmful to your teeth. Sour candies lower the pH of your mouth, making your mouth more acidic and vulnerable to decay and tooth wear.

Opt for dark chocolate:

Dark chocolate often contains less sugar and has been noted to contain several health benefits, including lowering blood pressure, protecting against cavities, and improving brain function. Dark chocolate is loaded in antioxidants and nutrients like fiber, iron, magnesium, copper, manganese, potassium, phosphorus, zinc, and selenium.

Colgate has offered some other alternatives to Halloween candy that you can make look spooky and festive including:

  • Pumpkin oranges
  • Banana ghosts

 

  • Cheese Stick fingers

  • Monster Mouths made from apples: Slice an unpeeled apple into large wedges, then create a hole and fill it with peanut or almond butter and chopped nuts.

  • Veggie Skeletons: arrange your choice of vegetables in the shape of a skeleton

So, as you’re sorting through your Halloween bucket, be sure to choose carefully to help protect your teeth. Also make sure you are drinking lots of water and continuing to brush and floss your teeth.

We hope that you and your family and loved ones have a happy Halloween!

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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. Bahar Houshman and Dr. Marisa Reason is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Reisman would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.

References:

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/nutrition-and-oral-health/oral-health-tips-the-worst-and-best-sweets-for-kids-at-halloween

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/kids-oral-care/five-ways-to-avoid-candy-teeth-other-scary-treats-for-a-healthier-halloween

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Tis the Season: How to Prepare for Halloween

October 16th, 2021

 

What a wonderful time of year! Halloween is upon us again and the sweet treats we all love are about to make their way into our goodie bags. Ghosts, witches, and candy galore, this time can be a scary event even for our teeth. To lower your chances of having additional dental work done due to cavities from sugar overload, here are some tips this season:

Indulge in moderation:

As commonly said, too much of anything probably is not good for you. Consuming a lot of candy increases your risk of tooth decay and other oral health problems.

Drink a lot of water:

Water is good for keeping every part of your body healthy, including your teeth! Drinking fluoridated water can help protect your teeth from tooth decay and keep the pH levels within your mouth balanced. In addition, water helps to rinse away leftover food particles and sugars that can cause harm.

Sticky candy can put you in a sticky situation:

All candy is not created equally when it comes to your teeth. Try to avoid eating sticky or chewy candy like gummy bears, caramels, and candy corn. These candies tend to become trapped between your teeth and can be tricky to remove even when brushing and flossing. If the candy remains in-between the teeth or on tooth surfaces this can allow bacteria to produce acids that break down your teeth and cause cavities quickly.

Watch out for sour candies:  Sour candy, like hard and sticky candies, can also be harmful to your teeth. Acidic items can progressively wear down the outer layer of your teeth, the tooth enamel. Not to mention, it lowers the pH of your mouth allowing for bacteria thrive in the acidic environment.

Chew sugar-free gum:

Love chewing gum? Not to worry, with sugar-free gum you can fulfill your desires without harming your teeth. Chewing sugar-free gum is beneficial for your teeth as it helps to increase saliva flow, which helps rinse away and neutralize bad acids and bacteria that are present after consuming sugary foods like candy. Sugar-free gum with the ingredient xylitol is recommended as research has shown it to have protective effects against tooth decay. Instead of candy, try gum!

Avoid candies that last:

Hard candy like lollipops remain in the mouth a long time, which leaves a lot of time for sugar and bacteria to wreck havoc. Besides how often you snack, the length of time sugary food is in your mouth plays a role in developing cavities. Unless it is a sugar-free product, candies that stay in the mouth for a long period of time subject teeth to an increased risk for tooth decay.

Eat candy during mealtime:

Candy can be especially hard to resist during Halloween but limiting candy consumption and eating it around mealtime can be better than frequently snacking on candy throughout the day. This is because there is an increase in saliva production during mealtime which helps fight off bad bacteria. In addition, the frequency of consuming sugary foods has an effect on tooth decay.

Be sure you are practicing good oral hygiene: As always, taking care of your teeth is important each day to ensure your pearly whites last a lifetime. Brushing twice a day for at least two minutes, and flossing at least once a day is essential. And, if you haven’t already scheduled your regular check-up with your dentist, now is a perfect time!

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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. Bahar Houshman and Dr. Marisa Reason is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Reisman would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.

References:

https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/halloween-slideshow

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.almanac.com%2Fcontent%2Fwhen-is-halloween&psig=AOvVaw317M0xlnm-aQa9GhkK0Jfc&ust=1634504716749000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAsQjRxqFwoTCPixiqDsz_MCFQAAAAAdAAAAABAE

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Celebrating Resilience and all Dental Hygienists!

October 16th, 2021

An important awareness month occurs in October, and that’s National Dental Hygiene Month! In celebration of all of the hard work dental hygienists do, we are always ecstatic during this national observance. This month we also focus on promoting good oral health for everyone and the importance of a healthy mouth for a healthy body. This year’s theme focuses on honoring the strength, dedication and endurance of dental hygienists even throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

National Dental Hygiene Month is important for many reasons, including:

1. It promotes healthy mouths

Practicing good oral hygiene is key to keeping your teeth for a life-time. You should brush your teeth at least twice a day for at least two minutes, floss daily, and rinse with a fluoride-containing mouth rinse. You should also make sure you are visiting your dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings to ensure the health of your mouth. Gum disease has been linked to several systemic inflammatory diseases like diabetes, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, and much more. So, keeping your teeth healthy can go a long way in protecting your body too!

 

2. It honors dental hygienists

There are over 200,000 dental hygienists in the United States, and the work that they do to keep our pearly whites healthy and sparkling cannot go unnoticed!

3. It's a reminder to schedule your dental visit if you haven’t already

Make sure you are keeping up with your dental appointments and having all the recommended treatments completed to keep your teeth healthy.

National Dental Hygiene Month is also a great time to perfect your oral hygiene practices. Make sure you are flossing every day. Flossing is essential to remove food particles that cannot be reached by your toothbrush. If food particles remain on the surfaces of your teeth, tooth decay will ensue. Also, ditch your toothbrush after 3-4 months or earlier if the bristles become visibly frayed and replace it with a brand new toothbrush.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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. Bahar Houshman and Dr. Marisa Reason is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Reisman would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.

References:

https://www.adha.org/national-dental-hygiene-month

https://nationaltoday.com/national-dental-hygiene-month/

https://img.emedihealth.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/how-to-brush-your-teeth.jpg

What Causes Yellow Teeth?

October 16th, 2021

One of the first things people notice when they greet us is our smiles. Which is why many people aim for having sparking white teeth to dazzle others. Discolored teeth often can cause one to have less confidence in their smile and may even cause individuals not to smile as much. Wondering what may cause yellow teeth? Take a look at some of the common causes of yellow teeth here:

  1. Genetics

Some things in life we cannot control, and that’s particularly the case when genetics are involved. In some cases, the color of our teeth runs in the family. Tooth color including reddish brown, reddish yellow, gray and reddish gray could be passed down from family members.

  1. Worn Down Teeth

Naturally with age or due to para-functional dental habits like tooth grinding and clenching can cause the outer layer of your teeth (dental enamel) to wear down and expose the layer underneath, the dentin. Dentin characteristically has a yellow/brownish color.

  1. Acid Erosion

Foods and beverages like soda, coffee, and acidic candy for instance can also cause your tooth enamel to wear down and expose the dentin. In addition, these foods and beverages may even stain teeth.

  1. Smoking

We all know the damage smoking can do to our bodies. Smoking can even leave our teeth a yellow/brown color by leaving surfaces stains on your teeth.

  1. Foods and Beverages

Foods and beverages can also stain your teeth. For example, red wine, tea, coffee, pasta sauce, curry, berries, and many other good foods and drinks that we all love contain ingredients that tend to stain tooth enamel.

  1. Certain Antibiotics

According to the National Institutes of Health, tetracycline antibiotics taken during the second half pregnancy or a child taking them during the development of their adult permanent teeth, may result in the child having permanently stained teeth. Typically dental restorations like crowns or veneers have to be used to cover the stains.

  1. Fluorosis

Fluoride is one of the great public health achievements in the U.S. and can help prevent tooth decay. But, excess fluoride while permanent adult teeth are forming can cause yellow or brownish patches on the teeth called fluorosis.

  1. Trauma

Accidents happen, and when trauma occurs to a tooth it can cause the outside and even inside of the tooth to become affected. This can lead to the tooth becoming discolored and the need for dental treatment.

Looking into options to whiten your teeth? Speak with your dental professional to determine the cause and best treatment options to help your smile sparkle.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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. Bahar Houshman and Dr. Marisa Reason is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Reisman would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.

References:

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/adult-oral-care/ten-causes-of-yellow-teeth-and-how-to-avoid-them

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fmadebyradius.com%2Fblogs%2Fgood-to-know%2Fwhy-our-teeth-turn-yellow&psig=AOvVaw3myO8MzDlY1UmpW-5_7Jub&ust=1634491114221000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAsQjRxqFwoTCLiM_Yi4z_MCFQAAAAAdAAAAABAE

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https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.todaysrdh.com%2Ftooth-staining-awareness-of-oral-health-effects-of-tetracycline-and-minocycline%2F&psig=AOvVaw3zipJE2tSJJxa5AZBXkROR&ust=1634491877215000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAsQjRxqFwoTCODx9vC6z_MCFQAAAAAdAAAAABAD

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A Memorable Veterans' Parade!

October 5th, 2021

 

The caring team of Wellesley Dental Group had a blast participating in the annual Veterans' Parade last weekend! This special day was full of smiles as we celebrated and honored members of our wonderful community.

Our team enjoyed passing out toothbrushes and toothpaste to parade watchers, spreading oral health awareness, and serving as true smile ambassadors of the community. From riding in World War II Jeeps, to creating lasting memories with our entire town, we couldn't have asked for a more perfect day!

Drs. Ali and Ali were joined by Dr. Barra and our orthodontist, Dr. Marisa Reason along with our furry friends Scotch and Howard during the parade. Thank you to the Wellesley Celebrations committee and all volunteers for all of their hard work in coordinating this very successful event.

Check out some of the fun moments captured:

Better Taste Ability after Wisdom Teeth Extracted?

September 10th, 2021

Feeling extra wise lately? Maybe your wisdom teeth are playing a role :) Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the last adult teeth to come into the mouth typically between the ages of 17 to 25. Yet, sometimes these teeth may not appear in all individuals. In addition, some people may develop impacted wisdom teeth, in which the teeth do not come fully into the mouth.

You may have heard a friend or loved one having to have their wisdom teeth removed. Wisdom teeth extraction is a relatively common dental procedure that may be indicated for individuals who have impacted wisdom teeth that are causing pain, tooth decay, damage to other teeth/the bone, infection, or need to be removed for orthodontic purposes to allow for more space in the jaws for instance.

A recent study has reported that extraction of wisdom teeth may improve taste function overtime. The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine found that participants of their study who had their wisdom teeth extracted had better tasting abilities 20 years after these teeth were removed. The study was published in the journal Chemical Senses. Lead author, Dr. Richard L. Doty, Director of the Smell and Taste Center at the University of Pennsylvania, stated "Prior studies have only pointed to adverse effects on taste after extraction and it has been generally believed that those effects dissipate over time...This new study shows us that taste function can actually slightly improve between the time patients have surgery and up to 20 years later. It's a surprising but fascinating finding that deserves further investigation to better understand why it's enhanced and what it may mean clinically."

They analyzed 1,255 patients via a chemosensory evaluation of sucrose, sodium chloride, citric acid, and caffeine at Penn's Smell and Taste Center. 891 of these patients had received third molar extractions and 364 had not.

Participants were asked whether the solutions they were given tasted sweet, salty, sour, or bitter. The individuals with wisdom teeth extractions had improved tastes than those without extractions, and women were found to have improved taste when compared to men (on average a 3-10 percent improvement in taste ability). The researchers suggest that these findings may be due to two potential factors. They note that damage to taste bud nerves that supply the front of the mouth with taste may restrict taste bud nerves in the back of the mouth following tooth extraction which might make the entire mouth more sensitive to taste. Also they report that peripheral nerve injury after tooth extraction may increase taste response.

This is the first study to report the positive effects of taste ability following wisdom teeth extraction. Thus, more research is needed to determine this relationship and the science behind these findings.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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. Bahar Houshman and Dr. Marisa Reason is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Reisman would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.

References:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/06/210628170521.htm

https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/wisdom-tooth-extraction/about/pac-20395268

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.dentalselect.com%2Fwisdom-teeth-remove-not-remove%2F&psig=AOvVaw2K96ZLlX4Mpuhlb6gbfAgZ&ust=1630945818672000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAsQjRxqFwoTCPDd8PSg6PICFQAAAAAdAAAAABAD

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Oral Piercings: How to Handle

September 10th, 2021

Oral piercings such as jewelry on the tongue, lip, cheek, or other soft tissues is a true art-form. Often the tongue one of the most common sites within the mouth to be pierced. However, there are many complications and negative health consequences that can arise due to oral piercings. Due to this fact, the American Dental Association (ADA) does not recommend practices including cosmetic intraoral/perioral piercings and tongue splitting. Some of the complications of oral piercings reported by the ADA include swelling, severe bleeding, infection, chipped or damaged teeth, receding gums, nerve damage, sensitivity to metals, sores/scarring, oral jewelry becoming stuck within oral tissues that may require surgical removal, airway obstruction, excess salivation, inflammation, keloid formation, pus discharge, or other complications. In addition, individuals may develop speech problems and there is a potential to choke on jewelry if it becomes loose.

Individuals may experience common signs of infection like chills and a fever. This may require individuals to present to the emergency room to help combat the infection, which may involve treatment of cleaning the site and administration of oral antibiotics. If experiencing severe symptoms like airway compromise, hospitalization may be required. There is also a risk that the infection can spread to areas beyond the mouth. Individuals with existing medical conditions such as heart disease should speak with their healthcare professionals before getting an oral piercing to discuss potential risks and complications.

If you have an oral piercing, it is important to keep up with regular dental visits and maintain good oral hygiene. Rinsing with an alcohol-free mouth-rinse, tooth-brushing with a soft-bristled brush and fluoride-containing toothpaste, and flossing is key to helping keep your oral piercing and teeth healthy. It is very easy for food and dental plaque to accumulate on oral jewelry which can lead to many oral issues. Plus, oral jewelry should be removed before any sports activities to avoid injury to your oral cavity.

It is important to consult with your dentist before getting an oral piercing to discuss the risks and evaluate your oral health.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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. Bahar Houshman and Dr. Marisa Reason is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Reisman would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.

References:

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/threats-to-dental-health/what-to-do-with-an-infected-piercing

https://www.ada.org/en/member-center/oral-health-topics/oral-piercing-jewelry

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Recovery is for Everyone!

September 10th, 2021

One of the important awareness campaigns in September includes National Recovery Month. This annual observance gathers communities across the United States to promote advances of treatment for substance abuse and mental health services, as well as to celebrate the strides of those in recovery and the dedication of all individuals who provide these services. 
In the past years Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) sponsored and ran this campaign. SAMHSA is a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. SAMHSA's main goal is to help address and improve substance abuse and mental illness in America. Their five priority include:1. Combating the Opioid Crisis through the Expansion of Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery Support Services

2. Addressing Serious Mental Illness and Serious Emotional Disturbances

3. Advancing Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery Support Services for Substance Use

4. Improving Data Collection, Analysis, Dissemination, and Program and Policy Evaluation

5. Strengthening Health Practitioner Training and Education

Although still supported by SAMHSA, this observance is currently sponsored by Faces & Voices of Recovery. Their mission is to improve the public's understanding of addiction and recovery through advocacy, education and leadership. Their vision is to help those suffering or who have suffered in the past from addiction become connected with resources and free from discrimination and injustice in society.

2021 marks the 32nd year of Recovery Month and the theme is:national_recovery-month_tag-line_041521

This year's theme highlights the fact that recovery is possible for everyone and that no one is alone on their journey to living a healthy life. This month is the perfect time to listen and/or share personal journeys with loved ones or the community to help increase awareness and improve knowledge of mental and substance use disorders.National Recovery Month. Prevention Works, Treatment is Effective, People Recover. September 2018.

Check out the available resources and virtual and in-person events by state location.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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. Bahar Houshman and Dr. Marisa Reason is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Reisman would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.

References:

https://www.samhsa.gov/

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.samhsa.gov%2Frecovery-month&psig=AOvVaw25lLQYx9rRDZcTG4pFBC4J&ust=1630939193445000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAsQjRxqFwoTCLjs8J-I6PICFQAAAAAdAAAAABAD

https://rm.facesandvoicesofrecovery.org/

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.recoveryanswers.org%2Fblog%2Fnational-recovery-month%2F&psig=AOvVaw25lLQYx9rRDZcTG4pFBC4J&ust=1630939193445000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAsQjRxqFwoTCLjs8J-I6PICFQAAAAAdAAAAABAJ

Using the Heart to Connect: World Heart Day

September 10th, 2021

We all know how important the heart is, yet it can be easy to take our hearts for granted. We use our hearts to love and to live, and without a healthy heart the rest of our body cannot function properly.

Did you know, every 29th of September represents World Heart Day? Started by the World Heart Federation, World Heart Day is an important campaign that aims to connect and bring awareness to individuals and communities across the globe regarding cardiovascular diseases (CVD) like heart disease and stroke. This campaign also encourages and celebrates heart-healthy living across the world. This year's partners for World Heart Day include AstraZeneca, Boehringer Ingelheim and Lilly alliance, and Pfizer.

In May 2012, A main goal of world leaders set in 2012 has been to lower global death rates from non-communicable diseases like heart disease by 25% by 2025.Shockingly, cardiovascular disease is the world’s top cause of death. Approximately 18.6 million lives are lost each year. In addition, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one person dies every 36 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease. One of the goals of World Heart Day is to inform the public of prevention methods by controlling risk factors like tobacco use, poor diets, and lack of physical activity.

Grasping control of our heart health is especially necessary as we still fight against COVID-19, which can exacerbate the severity of infection with the virus. Heart disease can be caused by many factors, for instance, smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity, just to name a few conditions. It's reported that there are approximately 520 million people living with CVD.

Since our body is one whole connected system, keeping your heart healthy also involves keeping your oral health in-check. Evidence-based research has suggested the possible link between a serious form of gum disease, periodontal disease, and heart disease. Although further research needs to be conducted to determine the exact relationship between the two diseases, we can be sure that practicing good oral hygiene is important for maintaining overall health.
This year's theme focuses on using the heart to connect individuals everywhere to heart health. 3 key pillars to focus on from the World Heart Federation include:

Check out these resources from the World Heart Federation to use and share with others.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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. Bahar Houshman and Dr. Marisa Reason is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Reisman would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.

References:

https://world-heart-federation.org/world-heart-day/about-whd/

https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/11264-oral-health--risk-for-cv-disease

https://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/facts.htm

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fresyncproducts.com%2Fblogs%2Fresync-blog%2Fresync-your-heart-on-world-heart-day&psig=AOvVaw39Hj14QXsE4avkNSXGwa-1&ust=1630942267191000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAsQjRxqFwoTCLifgseT6PICFQAAAAAdAAAAABAI

Plant-Based Foods Helping your Heart?

August 10th, 2021

Choosing what to eat can be hard, especially wen we have to make these decisions every day, and more than once a day! We all know that choosing what we consume plays a significant role in our health, which is why eating balanced nutritious meals is so important for our well-being. We also all may have heard about the benefits of consuming plant-based foods. In fact, recent research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association reports that adding more plant-based foods into your diet can go a long way in supporting your heart, no matter what age you are.

Two studies researching healthy plant food consumption indicated that both young adults and postmenopausal women in particular experienced less heart attacks and had a lower risk of developing heart disease when they had diets high in plant foods. A well-balanced diet should include different fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, poultry and fish, nuts and legumes and vegetable oils. Foods high in saturated fat, trans fat, salt, in addition to red meat, and sugary foods and beverages should be limited, which will also help maintain the health of your pearly whites by lowering your risk of developing tooth decay.

One of the studies, "A Plant-Centered Diet and Risk of Incident Cardiovascular Disease during Young to Middle Adulthood," looked at the long-term risk of developing heart disease in midlife after having plant-based diets in young adulthood. The length of this study was 32 years. In 1985, researchers enrolled 4,946 young adults (54.9% women) aged between 18- to 30-years-old who were not diagnosed with any heart problems. Participants were analyzed through 8 follow-up exams from 1987 to 2016 via lab tests, physical measurements, and reporting of medical histories and lifestyle factors. Their reported diets were scored using the A Priori Diet Quality Score (APDQS). They found that 289 of the participants developed heart disease, classified as either having a heart attack, stroke, heart failure, heart-related chest pain or blocked arteries. In addition, individuals who had diet scores within the top 20% indicating they consumed the most plant-based foods and less animal products were 52% less likely to develop heart disease. This analysis included factoring the individual's age, gender, race, average caloric consumption, education, family history of heart disease, smoking and average physical activity. Researchers also found that participants who improved their diets between the years of 7-20 while the study was being conducted were 61% less likely to develop heart disease when compared to study participants whose diets worsened during the time. Lead author,  Yuni Choi, Ph.D. stated, "A nutritionally rich, plant-centered diet is beneficial for cardiovascular health. A plant-centered diet is not necessarily vegetarian...People can choose among plant foods that are as close to natural as possible, not highly processed. We think that individuals can include animal products in moderation from time to time, such as non-fried poultry, non-fried fish, eggs and low-fat dairy." Although this study cannot prove a cause-and-effect relationship, it does offer valuable insights.

The second study, "Relationship Between a Plant-Based Dietary Portfolio and Risk of Cardiovascular Disease: Findings from the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) Prospective Cohort Study," similarly looked to see the role of plant-based foods in lowering the risk of heart disease in postmenopausal women. From1993 to 2017, 123,330 female participants without any reported heart disease were instructed to follow the "Portfolio Diet," which involves consumption of nuts; plant protein from soy, beans or tofu; viscous soluble fiber from oats, barley, okra, eggplant, oranges, apples and berries; plant sterols from enriched foods and monounsaturated fats found in olive and canola oil and avocados; and limited amounts of saturated fats and dietary cholesterol. This diet has been discovered in previous research to lower the amount of "bad" cholesterol (LDL cholesterol). In follow-up exams, they were asked to complete food-frequency questionnaires. From this data, researchers found that those who closely followed the Portfolio Diet were 11% less likely to develop any type of heart disease, 14% less likely of having coronary heart disease, and 17% of having heart failure. Lead author,  Andrea J. Glenn, M.Sc., R.D. stated, "We also found a dose response in our study, meaning that you can start small, adding one component of the Portfolio Diet at a time, and gain more heart-health benefits as you add more components." Like the following study, no cause-and effect relationship can be confirmed.

Checkout the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) recommended food groups and proportions on https://www.myplate.gov/.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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. Bahar Houshman and Dr. Marisa Reason is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Reisman would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.

References:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/08/210804123607.htm

https://www.myplate.gov/

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.pcrm.org%2Fnews%2Fblog%2F12-plant-based-recipes-keep-your-heart-healthy&psig=AOvVaw12mx_XsIAA9dbKsrL92CVz&ust=1628611827454000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAsQjRxqFwoTCMjT5pyqpPICFQAAAAAdAAAAABAD 

Can you Roll or Twist your Tongue?

August 10th, 2021

Trying to learn a new trick? Maybe you've seen people rolling or twisting their tongue to create a lucky cloverleaf and want to do the same but cannot figure out how. Interestingly, moving the tongue to form shapes was once thought to be a purely genetic ability. However, some research reports it may be the language you speak that contributes to this trick.

The tongue is a muscle, and can be moved into cool shapes, such as the letter "U" by moving the two sides of your tongue up. Or, you can fold the tongue over or under, twist it from right to left, create a roll, or make a cloverleaf.

Are you able to make a cloverleaf tongue?

This ability is a rare and special ability. A study published in the journal Dysphagia reported that approximately 84% of the population can roll their tongue but only about 15% can form the cloverleaf with their tongue.

Why rolling your tongue may not be genetic:

A study published in the Journal of Clinical & Diagnostic Research found that your language may play a role in the ability to roll your tongue. This study looked at 450 medical students in Malaysia making up three ethnic groups with different languages (Malay, Malaysian Chinese, and Malaysian Indian). The results showed Malaysian Indians had a greater ability to make tongue movements than individuals who identified as Malay, and Malaysian Chinese. The study concluded that the tongue requirements necessary to pronounce words in different languages may play a role in individual's ability to make certain tongue movements.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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. Bahar Houshman and Dr. Marisa Reason is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Reisman would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.

References:

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/mouth-and-teeth-anatomy/can-you-make-a-cloverleaf-tongue

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.news-medical.net%2Fhealth%2FGenetics-of-Tongue-Twisting.aspx&psig=AOvVaw2E8oKgADwvVts2BTIRWXAu&ust=1628615429823000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAsQjRxqFwoTCMja97S3pPICFQAAAAAdAAAAABAD

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Back to School: Have you Checked in with the Dentist?

August 10th, 2021

As we prepare to get back into the swing of things, getting your child ready for school can add a lot to your to-do list. Need a new backpack? Check. Pencils and notebooks? Check. Dental check-up and cleaning? Be sure to check this off your list too! Dental check-ups are necessary for all individuals, regardless of age.

Heading back to school is the perfect time to have your child visit the dentist to ensure that they are healthy and less at risk of having to miss school due to trips to the dentist to handle cavities or other dental problems! According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), tooth decay (cavities) are the most common chronic disease of school-aged children (ages 6 to 11 years and adolescents aged 12 to 19 years). Tooth decay is even more common than asthma in these age groups! In addition, tooth decay is also a prominent issue in adults, with 9 out of 10 individuals over 20 years old being impacted by tooth decay, according to the CDC. Tooth decay has reportedly caused 51 million school hours to be missed each year. And, don't let the current COVID-19 pandemic prevent you from attending your regular dental check-ups. Dental offices have always followed standard safety protocols, and since the beginning of the pandemic, offices have incorporated new equipment and protocols to strengthen protection against the spread of bacteria and viruses to ensure the safety of all individuals. Check out more information on safety protocols and the low risk of transmission of COVID-19 at dental offices, here.

Luckily, tooth decay can be prevented, and treatment can be more effective and less costly when caught early. Save the trouble of tooth pain, difficulty eating, and missing school and work by attending your regular dental check-ups.

At your child's dental visit, here are some things to prepare for:

At your child's dental exam, the dental professionals will evaluate their bite, perform an oral cancer screening, diagnose any pathology and cavities. Dental x-rays are necessary to help see how your child's teeth are doing and developing. The x-ray's can help detect cavities and depending on when they were last taken, your dentist will inform you if they are needed at the check-up.

Following the exam, the treatment plan and all necessary procedures such as a dental cleaning, and any fillings needed will be discussed. Be sure to ask the dentist how your child's teeth and gums overall are doing. your dental professionals can help show  toothbrushing techniques and recommend different oral products to keep their mouth healthy. Your dentist may recommend dental sealants, which are thin layers of a dental material that is placed on the chewing surfaces of the back permanent teeth. These add some protection against cavities, although they do not replace proper oral health habits like regular brushing and flossing.

If your child is playing a contact sport this year in school, be sure their mouths are protected with mouth-guards. Your dentist can help you learn about the different types of mouth-guards and check its fit for optimum protection.

As your child heads off to begin a new school year, consider starting over with a new toothbrush if theirs looks frayed/worn. Also, start planning healthy and tooth-friendly meals to pack for lunch and stock up on water!

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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. Bahar Houshman and Dr. Marisa Reason is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Reisman would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.

References:

https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/babies-and-kids/questions-for-school-dental-exam?utm_source=mouthhealthyorg&utm_medium=mhtopstories&utm_content=backtoschool

https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/hygiene/disease/dental_caries.html

https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/babies-and-kids/back-to-school

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.revealdental.com%2Fremember-schedule-kids-back-school-dental-visit%2F&psig=AOvVaw1ENDfkP6qdUlcXkvIZ0SfJ&ust=1628618585192000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAsQjRxqFwoTCLDguZfDpPICFQAAAAAdAAAAABAD

National Immunization Awareness Month

August 10th, 2021

The month of August marks an important yearly campaign, National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) to increase knowledge about the importance of vaccinations for all individuals. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about many uncertainties and is an ongoing fight that we must all continue to battle together. As the virus continues to rapidly change, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urges everyone to maintain safety practices, including immunization. Immunizations help prevent the development of severe illness, hospitalizations, and even death.

In recent news, you may have heard about the Delta variant of COVID-19, which has contributed to a significant rise in reported cases around the world. New research is suggesting that the Delta variant is more contagious, even in vaccinated individuals. In addition, the Delta variant may cause greater severity of illness. As of now, the Delta variant is the most prevalent strain of the virus in the United States.

According to the CDC, fully vaccinated people with Delta variant can spread the virus to others individuals. But, fully vaccinated people appear to be infectious for less time than other variants. Unvaccinated people are of the greatest concern as they are more likely to catch and spread the virus, as well as experience greater symptoms from infection.

Please be sure to continually check the CDC website for updates regarding the pandemic. They have updated guidance for fully vaccinated people based on new evidence on the Delta variant.

Please review WDG's COVID-19 update when preparing to visit our office: https://www.wellesleydentalgroup.com/blog/2021/06/covid-19-update

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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. Bahar Houshman and Dr. Marisa Reason is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Reisman would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.

References:

https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/events/niam/index.html

https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/events/niam/graphics.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/variants/delta-variant.html

Looking into Reusable Straws?

August 1st, 2021

Trying to cut back on plastic to help save the environment by using reusable straws? Well, this may help protect your teeth, too! Straws can help keep your teeth pearly white by preventing discoloration from beverages prone to staining such as sodas, coffee, and red wines. Plus, straws can also add a layer of protection against tooth decay by limiting your teeth's contact with acidic and sugary beverages. It's best to try to consume as much water as possible, as it can help wash away food particles and sugars that harmful bacteria can feed off of, as well as stimulate salivary flow which is beneficial for your teeth.

Here are the different types of reusable straws available:

1. Stainless steel straws

Stainless Steel Straws, Set of 6 | Sur La Table

You may have seen stainless steel straws advertised recently, as they are becoming increasingly popular. They are marketed as inexpensive, easy to carry around, sturdy, and easy to clean. Yet, these straws might not be the best option for your teeth, as they are very strong and can lead to chipped or cracked teeth if biting down on them too hard. Plus, the insulation of these straws may cause discomfort and sensitivity in your teeth depending on the temperature of your beverage. Extremely cold or hot beverages may also create sensitivity for your lips.

2. Silicone straws

Amazon.com: Hiware Reusable Silicone Straws, Long Flexible Silicone Drinking Straws with Cleaning Brushes for 30 oz Tumblers RTIC/Yeti - 10 Pieces - BPA-Free - No Rubber Taste: Health & Personal Care

Silicone straws can be a great reusable option for kids and adults without the risk of chipping teeth like with metal straws. Not to mention, the colors are limitless! These straws are flexible and can be cleaned through the dishwasher.

3. Bamboo straws

Bamboo Straws | Eco Friendly Bamboo Straws | Tropeaka

Bamboo straws are also a great option as they are flexible and have less risk of damaging teeth. These are environmentally friendly and non-toxic. It will be important to keep these straws clean to avoid bacterial growth.

4. Titanium straws

Amazon.com: TiTo Titanium straw supper strong and ultralight Drinking straw with cleaning brush Dia 7mm X 0.4mm with bent and straight two shape Titanium alloy straw (pack of 2) (2 bent): Kitchen

Titanium straws are also sold widely, however much care has to be taken as they can damage teeth. Unlike stainless steel, titanium is less likely to get hot or cold fast that would normally trigger tooth sensitivity. They are also corrosion resistant and are dishwasher safe.

5. Glass straws

Glass Straws (Set of 4) on Food52

Glass straws are also a great option, but unfortunately aren't as durable to travel with. Most glass straws are heat and erosion resistant. Glass straws are also relatively easy to clean.

It is important when using straws to place them toward the very back of your mouth to limit contact with teeth, and be cautious about what beverages you consume to help keep your pearly whites healthy!

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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. Bahar Houshman and Dr. Marisa Reason is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Reisman would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.

References:

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/threats-to-dental-health/drinking-straws-effect-on-teeth

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fpre-tend.com%2Fwhat-straw-do-you-use-the-best-reusable-straws-in-2019%2F&psig=AOvVaw2lSiYh3r8IcRYd-75O44qM&ust=1627932674858000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAsQjRxqFwoTCNimhv3HkPICFQAAAAAdAAAAABAj

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.surlatable.com%2Fsur-la-table-stainless-steel-straws-set-of-6%2FPRO-1669159.html&psig=AOvVaw3B_dcK9Fx1aQRNTYprXF3w&ust=1627939515004000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAsQjRxqFwoTCKiOqLbhkPICFQAAAAAdAAAAABAE

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Diabetes Linked with Severity of COVID-19?

July 25th, 2021

Ongoing research on COVID-19 continues to shed light on this unpredictable virus. For individuals diagnosed with diabetes, the impact of COVID-19 may be even more significant than thought before. A recent study of Japanese patients revealed diabetes as a main factor for progressing the severity of infection with COVID-19. In the Takatsuki Red Cross Hospital in Osaka, researchers analyzed a total of 102 male and female patients with an average age of 62 years who suffered with moderate symptoms of COVID-19 and initial favorable oxygen saturation levels. 49% of the patients also had type-2 diabetes. The lead researcher, Dr. Shizuka Kaneko, reported that 88% of patients whose symptoms of COVID-19 advanced from moderate to severe requiring ventilation were in the group of patients suffering from Type-2 diabetes. Whereas only 25 (24.5%) of the patients with Type-2 diabetes patients with moderate symptoms of COVID-19 improved. The researchers found a significant link between progression from moderate to severe COVID-19 and hemoglobin A1c levels of 6.2% or higher. They also suggested that older age and males were at greater risk for COVID-19 progression.

Dr. Kaneko mentioned, "Our findings shed light on the combined threat of COVID-19 and diabetes has on global population health and reinforces the importance of diabetes prevention more than ever before…While future pandemics are unpredictable, diabetes can be effectively managed - which could ultimately have far-reaching impacts on patient outcomes especially during times of public health crisis, like the COVID-19 outbreak." Although more research is needed to be conducted to evaluate the possible link between COVID-19 severity and diabetes, this study offers valuable insights that should be considered.

Unfortunately, individuals with diabetes are also at a higher risk for gum disease and other oral health issues due to improper blood sugar levels. Plus, gum disease may also negatively impact blood sugar levels according to research. This can make managing diabetes harder as these individuals can be more susceptible to infections and less capable of fighting infections.

If you have diabetes, be sure to inform your dental professional for the best management of your care.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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. Bahar Houshman and Dr. Marisa Reason is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Reisman would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.

References:

https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/954159

https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/d/diabetes

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fweillcornell.org%2Fnews%2Fwhat-to-know-about-diabetes-covid-19&psig=AOvVaw3-wIGxSi_CYr50Nyh3WGi3&ust=1627324022789000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAsQjRxqFwoTCJCh47Dt_vECFQAAAAAdAAAAABAM

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Flowcountryfamilydentistry.com%2Fperiodontal-disease-and-diabetes%2F&psig=AOvVaw2aZKHxMht7dSgLUKyFTbvk&ust=1627324852534000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAsQjRxqFwoTCNigkNHv_vECFQAAAAAdAAAAABAF

Dental Offices are not High Risk Places for COVID-19, Study Shows

July 16th, 2021

How to get patients back in the dental office amid the COVID-19 pandemic - CDA

There’s been a lot of uncertainty and apprehension throughout the pandemic due to the unpredictable COVID-19 virus. But, rest assured as the world works together we are getting closer and closer to defeating this virus. A new study conducted published in the Journal of Dental Research by researchers at Ohio State University revealed that the risk of catching SARS-CoV-2 infection, which can cause COVID-19, is low at the dentist's office. This helps dismiss the belief that patients, staff, and dental professionals are at high risk of contracting COVID-19.

Due to the fact that common dental procedures such as cleanings and restorations produce aerosols, many have feared that the dental clinical setting could be a risky place to contract SARS-CoV-2 from scattering saliva. During the start of the pandemic, many believed that saliva could be a significant route of transmission for the virus. This notion led researchers to investigate whether or not saliva is the main source of dental aerosols. They collected samples from staff, equipment, and several surfaces at a dental office during different dental procedures to determine what organisms were present and if saliva was the main source of the spatter. These dental procedures involved common aerosol producing equipment including high-speed drills and ultrasonic scalers. Through testing samples of saliva and water-based cleaning solutions that were used to rinse out patients mouths, they found that saliva was not the main source of the presence of any bacteria or viruses. Regardless of the procedure or the location where they collected the samples, the organisms from the water-based solutions contributed to approximately 78% of the organisms found in aerosols, whereas saliva only contributed to 0.1% to 1.2% of the microbes found. Thus, lead author and professor of periodontology at Ohio State University stated, "…It is the water from the ultrasonic equipment that's causing bacteria to be there. It's not saliva. So the risk of spreading infection is not high…However, we should not lose sight of the fact that this virus spreads through aerosol, and speaking, coughing or sneezing in the dental office can still carry a high risk of disease transmission." However, when low levels of the SARS-CoV-2 virus were found in the saliva of asymptomatic patients, they found no presence of SARS-CoV-2 in the aerosols created during their dental procedures. Purnima Kumar concluded, "Getting your teeth cleaned does not increase your risk for COVID-19 infection any more than drinking a glass of water from the dentist's office does…These findings should help us open up our practices, make ourselves feel safe about our environment and, for patients, get their oral and dental problems treated -- there is so much evidence emerging that if you have poor oral health, you are more susceptible to COVID."

Dental offices have always followed standard safety protocols, and since the beginning of the pandemic, offices have incorporated new equipment and protocols to strengthen protection against the spread of bacteria and viruses to ensure the safety of all individuals. Be sure to not put off visiting your dentist! Our team is equipped with all necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure an environment that is safe and healthy at all times. Staff will thoroughly clean all areas using disinfectants effective against COVID-19 and other infectious diseases. You can learn more about the increased safety and our latest equipment additions on our blog post: https://www.wellesleydentalgroup.com/blog/2020/05/whats-new-at-wdg-covid-19-safety-precautions

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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. Bahar Houshman and Dr. Marisa Reason is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Reisman would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.

References:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/05/210513084956.htm

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cda.org%2FHome%2FNews-and-Events%2FNewsroom%2FArticle-Details%2Fhow-to-get-patients-back-in-the-dental-office-amid-the-covid-19-pandemic&psig=AOvVaw0pW7lsl2JdCDsDk6Ug0xwo&ust=1626441167999000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAsQjRxqFwoTCOj9pfOT5fECFQAAAAAdAAAAABAD

Is Harmful Oral Bacteria Contributing to Alzheimer's Disease?

July 7th, 2021

 

Just last month, nationwide awareness campaigns for Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness took place to shed light on this major public health issue. Alzheimer’s disease is a common type of dementia that impacts the brain. Recently, researchers at the New York University (NYU) College of Dentistry and Weill Cornell Medicine found that older individuals with harmful oral bacteria associated with periodontal disease are more at risk for having an Alzheimer’s disease biomarker, amyloid beta, present in their cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). Amyloid beta is a protein that forms plaques within the brain and is noted to be the first protein present as Alzheimer's disease develops. The researchers found that individuals with amyloid beta had more harmful oral bacteria and less beneficial bacteria present in their oral cavity. Another protein that is present in individuals with Alzheimer's disease is tau, which is found to clump together in nerve cells. However, the tau protein was not found in this study to be linked to harmful oral bacteria.

Periodontal disease, a severe form of gum disease, impacts approximately 70% of adults over the age of 65 years, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). When your gums are infected, bad bacteria can begin to create pockets within your gums that host more bacteria and damage the bone surrounding your teeth. This can eventually result in tooth loss along with many other oral health issues. In addition, the bacteria influence inflammation, which can affect not just your mouth but the rest of your body systemically.

More research is needed to be done regarding this complex disease and its association to periodontal disease. Senior author Mony J. de Leon stated, “the present study adds support to the understanding that proinflammatory diseases disrupt the clearance of amyloid from the brain, as retention of amyloid in the brain can be estimated from CSF levels,”

The researchers of this study determined the harmful oral bacteria to be PrevotellaPorphyromonas, and Fretibacterium. Whereas, the healthy oral bacteria included CorynebacteriumActinomyces, and Capnocytophaga. The researchers believe that the presence of healthy bacteria and less inflammation in the oral cavity may help protect against developing Alzheimer's disease. They are interested in future research to test if improving gum health by reducing plaque build-up and harmful bacteria will help protect against Alzheimer’s disease.

Check out these quick facts about Alzheimer's disease from the Alzheimer's Association:

June is Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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. Bahar Houshman and Dr. Marisa Reason is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Reisman would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.

References:

https://act.alz.org/site/Donation2?df_id=32112&32112.donation=form1&utm_source=google&utm_medium=paidsearch&utm_campaign=google_giving&set.custom.wt=giving&gclid=CjwKCAjww-CGBhALEiwAQzWxOmBPlwCaakm3ybowHLB1zV3MGX5bR0ZlVN0sShkR772_wAhDt5WXrRoCa5YQAvD_BwE

https://engage.healthtrustjobs.com/june-is-alzheimers-brain-awareness-month

https://www.alz.org/alzheimer_s_dementia

https://www.dentistrytoday.com/news/industrynews/item/8113-gum-bacteria-imbalance-linked-to-alzheimer-s-disease-biomarker

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.aarp.org%2Fhealth%2Fdementia%2Finfo-2018%2Falzheimers-what-we-know.html&psig=AOvVaw1gCp9_qLzp0XExJVkgXtyS&ust=1625772585309000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAoQjRxqFwoTCODA24DZ0fECFQAAAAAdAAAAABAD

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Men's Health: Let's Make it a Priority

June 28th, 2021

Before June comes to a close, we could not miss this opportunity to celebrate Men’s Health Month. Each year people across the world honor Men’s Health Month and promote important health facts and knowledge to help prevent health conditions that impact men. Typically, organizations and community members host health screenings, health fairs, and other important events throughout the month. In turn, this can lead to early detection of issues and help promote prevention of avoidable health problems.

We all know that taking care of your health also involves taking care of your oral health. Here’s some health facts about men’s health and tips to help keep men’s oral health on track:

  • Avoid smoking. We’ve all heard a lot about the dangers of smoking throughout our lives. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 15.3% of men aged 18 and over currently smoke cigarettes. Smoking is strongly associated with the development of cancer, including oral cancers. Men are at a higher risk of developing oral cancers. In addition, individuals who smoke cigarettes also have an increased risk of gum disease, which can lead to several oral issues and eventual tooth loss.
  • Being active is important to keeping your body healthy. The CDC reports 40.5% of American men aged 20 and over suffer from obesity. Changing your lifestyle habits to include daily exercise and a healthy diet can help keep your weight under control and prevent other diseases that have been linked to obesity, such as heart disease. When playing contact sports to get your exercise in, be sure to wear a mouthguard and any other necessary gear for protection. Injury to your mouth without the proper protection can lead to broken, cracked, or lost teeth.
  • Monitor your blood pressure. The CDC reports that 51.9% of American men aged 20 and over have hypertension. Speak with your Doctor as soon as possible if you notice signs of consistent high blood pressure.
  • Make sure you are making your regular dental checkups. Often, individuals schedule their dental checkups twice a year, but some people may need more frequent visits depending on the recommendation of their dentist depending on each person’s oral conditions. When dental visits are missed, this can cause problems to go undetected and untreated, which can lead to more invasive and costly procedures down the road. It is also important to follow through with treatment your dentist recommends for the improvement of your dental health. For instance, be sure to have your fillings, root canals, and crowns done in a timely manner to avoid further oral health problems.
  • According to the American Academy of Periodontology, men are at a higher risk of developing gum disease (56% of men compared to 38% of women). Gum disease has been linked to many other systemic diseases that can decline your overall health and wellbeing, including heart disease, certain cancers, and even prostate problems in men. Gum disease has been found to increase the levels of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in men.
  • Dry mouth can be an irritating feeling. When there is inadequate salivary flow, the risk of tooth decay is higher. Saliva helps neutralize harmful bacterial acids, in addition to washing away dental plaque that can contribute to tooth decay. If experiencing dry mouth, be sure to inform your dentist. It will also be important to stay hydrated with water.
  • The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends everyone change their toothbrush approximately every 3-4 months or when the bristles become excessively frayed. The ADA reported a study where men changed their toothbrush less frequently than women, taking on average 5 months to change out their toothbrushes. Regularly changing your toothbrush is necessary because bacteria and food build up overtime, and the worn bristles won’t allow you to effectively brush your teeth. Worn bristles can also be damaging to the gums.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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. Bahar Houshman and Dr. Marisa Reason is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Reisman would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.

References:

https://nationaltoday.com/national-mens-health-month/

http://www.menshealthmonth.org/

https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/mens-health.htm

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.healthline.com%2Fnutrition%2Fbest-multivitamins-for-men&psig=AOvVaw1423OcUZGIBPPbqGCz3T1O&ust=1624919998582000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAoQjRxqFwoTCPDq8e_wuPECFQAAAAAdAAAAABAJ

https://www.lumahealth.io/blog/four-things-to-know-about-mens-health-2/

Toothpaste Tablets, a New Trend?

June 18th, 2021

New trends are always interesting to learn about, and one of the latest in the dental world is toothpaste tablets! Toothpaste tablets, also referred to as unpaste, has been in the limelight recently as an alternative to regular toothpaste. This has been particularly popular for consumers who are environmentally conscious and aiming to limit waste, such as from traditional plastic toothpaste tubes.

Toothpaste tablets resemble small mints, and are chewed prior to toothbrushing. They have been made to include typical toothpaste ingredients, including xylitol, calcium carbonate, sodium bicarbonate, and tartaric acid derivatives. Some also include fluoride. In addition, some brands offer vegan and all-natural toothpaste tablets, free of synthetic dyes, sulfates, and other ingredients. Once the tablet is chewed, it will mix with your saliva and create a toothpaste-like substance aimed to help remove food particles and dental plaque.

Toothpaste tablets are advertised to show similar effects as regular toothpaste. However, these tablets have not currently been approved by dental organizations like the American Dental Association (ADA), as more research and data is needed.

Along with their eco-friendly characteristics, other pros to toothpaste tablets include their easy accessibility when on-the-go or traveling. They can even be used without a toothbrush if out and about without one. Plus, they are resistant to temperature differences so they won't dry out like regular toothpastes when leaving the cap off.

Some of the cons to toothpaste tablets include a higher cost when compared to regular toothpaste brands. In addition, toothpaste tablets currently aren't found in many stores, but are starting to make their appearance at certain companies. Also, toothpaste tablets may not be as effective as using regular toothpaste, as it is harder to reach all of the surfaces of your teeth evenly with the tablets as compared to regular toothpaste. This can lead to lack of removal of food on certain teeth which can contribute to dental decay. Furthermore, many of the toothpaste tablets marketed do not contain fluoride, which is a beneficial mineral that helps promote tooth remineralization and fight tooth decay.

Thus, for now, toothpaste tablets may only provide benefit for those who are traveling or are out on the town without access to a traditional fluoride containing toothpaste.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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. Bahar Houshman and Dr. Marisa Reason is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Reisman would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.

References:

https://www.dentistryiq.com/dentistry/products/hygiene/article/14203936/toothpaste-tablets-your-next-big-thing?utm_source=DEC_DIQ+Morning+Briefing&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=CPS210524071&o_eid=3760I9143045C2X&rdx.ident%5Bpull%5D=omeda%7C3760I9143045C2X&oly_enc_id=3760I9143045C2X

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https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2021/feb/15/down-the-tubes-should-you-brush-your-teeth-with-toothpaste-tablets

What are Those Bumps in my Mouth?

June 7th, 2021

Some people may notice hard bumps when sliding their tongue around the floor of their mouth and/or at the roof of their mouth. Wondering what these are? These bumps are most likely dental tori, which are harmless bony projections that are covered by your gums. Yet, if you are experiencing any pain or detect any areas in your mouth that concern you be sure to let your dentist know to determine the correct diagnosis. Most people live with dental tori for a long time and never notice, until perhaps their dentist informs them.

The bony growths located on the lower jaw are termed mandibular tori, while the ones located on the roof of the mouth are called palatal tori. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) states that 27 out of every 1,000 individuals have tori. To put this into perspective with percentages, the Cleveland Clinic reports that approximately 6% of Americans have mandibular tori, while approximately 20% of Americans have palatal tori. Some people may even notice these bumps located on the upper or lower jaw facing their cheeks, called buccal exostoses.

Individuals can have one bump (torus), or multiple, and they can vary in shape. They can also be found on one side of the jaw or on both sides. Sometimes these bony projections can grow larger slowly overtime.

Dental tori may be a result of many factors, including genetics, age, gender, trauma, or nutritional deficiencies for instance. Tori don't typically cause any trouble, so treatment is often not recommended by dental professionals in many cases. However, if the tori are causing interferences, such as with daily eating or speaking, treatment may be needed. In addition, the tori may be recommended to be removed if they interfere with dental prostheses such as braces or dentures. If tori removal is suggested by your dental professional, typically a maxillofacial surgeon will surgically remove them.

Practicing good oral habits including toothbrushing, flossing, and rinsing with antibacterial mouth rinse can help keep your tori and mouth overall healthy. 

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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. Bahar Houshman and Dr. Marisa Reason is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Reisman would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.

References:

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/mouth-and-teeth-anatomy/what-are-mandibular-tori

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/threats-to-dental-health/torus-mandibularis-what-you-need-to-know

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World No Tobacco Day!

May 31st, 2021

Today, May 31st marks World No Tobacco Day, which is an annual celebration that aims to educate the world about the harmful consequences of using tobacco. The World Health Organization (WHO) created this observance dating back to 1987 in hopes to fight the tobacco epidemic to help protect individuals and future generations against preventable death and diseases caused by tobacco. This year the theme is ‘Quit tobacco to be a winner.'  Lots of social media campaigns and programs across the world are happening now to help promote quitting smoking.

Quitting smoking can be very hard and you are not alone, but the benefits of doing so are extremely powerful. Now in particular with the presence of COVID-19 and its link to respiratory diseases, it's a perfect time to quit smoking. The WHO reported, "When the news came out that smokers were more likely to develop severe disease with COVID-19 compared to non-smokers, it triggered millions of smokers to want to quit tobacco.”

Take a look at the health benefits of quitting from the WHO:

Tobacco use also plays a significant negative role on ones oral health. Tobacco use can increase the risk of developing oral cancer compared to non-smokers, and can lead to bad breath and stain teeth. Tobacco use is also associated with an increased risk of gum disease. In addition, the FDA reports that smoking can make your body heal slower following procedures such as dental surgery, as it causes carbon monoxide to enter your blood and depletes your body of the oxygen it needs. This can lead to greater risk of having post-operative complications. The damaging effects of using tobacco can be both permanent and life-threatening.

After time away from smoking, study's report that your brain will begin to get used to not smoking, and it will become easier to break the cycle of addiction. Here's some tips to help you quit as soon as possible:

  1. Schedule check-up appointments with your health professionals. See your primary physician and dental professional to help you start fresh and make goals toward quitting. They can provide resources and guide you through your process of quitting. There are also helplines available, such as 1-800-QUIT-NOW.
  2. Start eliminating things tied to your smoking life. Trash your cigarettes, ashtrays, and lighters to help make it easier to not indulge. Also, try to eliminate any triggers that can create cravings.
  3. Switch smoking with healthier oral habits. Chewing sugar-free gum or having nutritious snack items around can help keep you distracted from smoking and be good for your teeth. When you have the desire to smoke, head to brush your teeth instead, which will freshen your breath and help remove smoking stains.
  4. Keep the air fresh. Try to eliminate the aroma of cigarettes to rid the reminder of smoking.

Whether you smoke tobacco or e-cigarettes or chew tobacco, your oral health and overall health are harmed. Plan to quit smoking today! Your dental professional can help you take the necessary steps to get your started on your journey to quitting smoking.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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. Bahar Houshman and Dr. Marisa Reason is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Reisman would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.

References:

https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/tobacco-health-benefits-of-smoking-cessation

https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-no-tobacco-day

https://www.firstpost.com/india/world-no-tobacco-day-2021-theme-this-year-is-quit-tobacco-to-be-a-winner-9664371.html

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/threats-to-dental-health/how-to-quit-smoking-and-protect-your-oral-health

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cadca.org%2Fblog%2Fmay-31st-marks-annual-world-no-tobacco-day&psig=AOvVaw1nzL9Ehq7Cp0QCqfgg7kUa&ust=1622296530918000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCNig3NXD7PACFQAAAAAdAAAAABAI

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Notice Bumps on the Tips of your Teeth?

May 28th, 2021

Ever stare at your front teeth and notice bumpy ridges on the tips of them? No need to be concerned if this is the case, these are called mamelons. Mamelons are located on the upper and lower incisors, which are the teeth in the front of the mouth that we use to cut into food. These appear when the tooth enamel fuses during development before the teeth erupt into the mouth through your gums. There are typically three mamelons on each tooth, and can be present on both baby and permanent teeth. Mamelons don't serve any significance or have any function, although certain sources say they help the tooth cut through he gums to enter the mouth when the tooth is coming in.

Most of the time, mamelons don't last long, as they tend to wear down naturally as they're used to chew foods throughout childhood. Sometimes they persist when teeth erupt later than normally or if the upper and lower teeth do not interact when chewing to naturally grind them away. For instance, people who have an open bite, in which the teeth do not come into contact. Often if an individuals bite is not correct, orthodontic treatment is recommended.

Mamelons are completely harmless, yet some adults may request to have them removed by their dentist for esthetic purposes by smoothing out the incisal edges. Once they are removed, however, they will not grow back.

Mamelons should be distinguished from abnormal tooth wear. Tooth wear can include attrition, abfraction and abrasion. Attrition is commonly a result of teeth grinding (bruxism) or an improper bite, which causes chips in the tooth enamel where the tooth is worn down. Abfraction occurs when there is an unhealthy load on the teeth creating a notch on the tooth near the gumline. Abfraction can also be a result of tooth grinding or a misaligned bite. Lastly, abrasion can be a result of an excessive amount of force, such as from brushing the teeth too hard. Abrasion presents similarly to abfraction, as it can create a notch on the tooth near the gumline.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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. Bahar Houshman and Dr. Marisa Reason is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Reisman would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.

References:

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/adult-oral-care/what-causes-tooth-erosion

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.newhopeorthodontics.com%2Ftreatment%2Fcosmetic-dentistry%2Ftooth-wear&psig=AOvVaw3bMFfqVUlkLBouqyv7eRLf&ust=1622302559812000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCNiSt5Da7PACFQAAAAAdAAAAABAD

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https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/kids-oral-care/what-are-mamelons-teeth

https://www.healthline.com/health/mamelons

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.elitedentalanddenture.com%2Fblog%2Fbumps-on-your-childs-newly-erupted-permanent-teeth-dont-worry&psig=AOvVaw28ToDZB2DOde16BSX9jOKj&ust=1622296040014000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCICKjIDC7PACFQAAAAAdAAAAABAD

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Nervous about the Way Braces Look? Masks can Help!

May 19th, 2021

Looking for a smile that others can spot from across the room? Orthodontics can help you reinvent your smile, and now might be the best time to start treatment. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about many challenges and losses, and have required us to practice many safety precautions, including social distancing and wearing masks.

If you're concerned about the look of traditional metal braces, the chance of people seeing them now during the pandemic is much lower than before, as we've all had to hide our smiles for the time-being. With masks being worn in public and many professional and social gatherings being held virtually, you won't have to worry about people seeing your braces as frequently if that is a concern of yours. Virtual meetings with proper position of light and camera also make braces sometimes unrecognizable.

Most importantly, it is safe to visit the orthodontist, with offices using personal protective equipment, and maintaining standard safety and health protocols with additional COVID-19 guidelines and equipment to ensure everyone's safety.

Not sure whether you need braces? A dental professional can help determine or refer you to an orthodontist to help determine if you'd be a good candidate for orthodontics. Wellesley Dental Group's very own Dr. Marisa Reason is passionate about providing excellent orthodontic treatment, and is a wonderful leader in the field who will be happy to answer any questions you have.

Braces can be a great treatment option for both children and adults. They can not only transform your smile and straighten your teeth, but also they can improve your oral health. Plus, if esthetics of braces isn't a concern for you and you are looking to show them off, there's lots of colored rubber bands to choose from and you can customize your look to match your desires. In addition, there are other alternatives to traditional metal braces, including clear ceramic braces, removable clear braces with Invisalign, and in some cases. After a consultation with proper photographs, models of your teeth, and x-rays, your orthodontist will be able to help you decide which type of braces are the right fit for you.

If you decide on orthodontic treatment, it will be crucial as always to maintain good oral health from home. Brushing and flossing are important to keep your pearly whites lasting a lifetime.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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. Bahar Houshman and Dr. Marisa Reason is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Reisman would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.

References:

https://www.wellesleydentalgroup.com/orthodontics

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.news-medical.net%2Fnews%2F20201224%2FResearchers-find-correlation-between-consistent-mask-wearing-and-improved-well-being.aspx&psig=AOvVaw07YUFXSNRt33WnbTdZah-4&ust=1620071583245000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCOi60Y7jq_ACFQAAAAAdAAAAABAp

Spotlight: Women’s Health!

May 14th, 2021

woman sitting on floor exercisingJoin us in honoring the special observance, National Women’s Health Week (NWHW), which highlights the necessity of maintaining good health for all women. Organized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health (OWH), this awareness week begins on Mother's Day each year. Staying healthy is especially important throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and there are lot s of ways to safely stay physically active and healthy.Check out some tips to gain better health according to the OWH:

  • Be sure you are making regular check-ups with your physicians and dentists. Check-ups are necessary to ensure there is no disease or issues present. Taking preventative measures to stay healthy can help lower the risk of developing health issues or help identify issues early on when treatment is often more manageable.
  • If you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, be sure to be in contact with your health care professionals.
  • Staying physically active is important. The CDC recommends adults aged 18–65 years  should exercise for a minimum of 30 min on five days per week. Physical activity can lower the risk of developing several conditions, including heart disease, which is one of the leading causes of death for women.
  • Eat a healthy well-balanced diet, which plays a significant role in keeping your body healthy. Getting all of the right nutrients is essential to stay healthy. For instance, folic acid is particularly important for women who are pregnant. Also, consuming tooth-friendly foods, such as fruits and vegetables, and limiting the amount of high-sugar foods and drinks can help keep your body and pearly whites strong and healthy. Vitamin D and calcium intake are important in particular for strong bones and teeth. Avoid heavy alcohol consumption, and remember everything in  moderation is key.
  • Put your mental health at the forefront. Having a positive mental state has been shown to improve overall health. Stress, on the other hand, can take a toll on your body and has been linked to poorer health and well-being. Find healthy behaviors that make you happy to help manage stress. If you find that stress is getting in the way of your daily activities, it is important to seek professional help as soon as possible.
  • Make sure you are getting the appropriate amount of sleep each day. The CDC recommends adults rest for at least 7 hours per night. While children and adolescents should have 8-12 hours of sleep each night.
  • Avoid harmful behaviors such as smoking, which can have a significant negative impact on your overall health.

Making changes to better your health isn't always a walk in the park, but luckily there are a lot of tools and resources available to give you a jump start on achieving your goals. The OWH encourages everyone to learn more about the COVID Vaccine and how schedule your appointment. Not only does the vaccine provided the best protection against COVID-19 as recommended by the CDC, but also fully vaccinated individuals are able to enjoy greater freedoms than during the start of the pandemic. The OWH offers an online tool customized to help you create your plan for improving your health.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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. Bahar Houshman and Dr. Marisa Reason is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Reisman would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.

Honoring Mothers Everywhere!

May 9th, 2021

 

WDG would like to wish a Happy Mother's Day to all moms everywhere! This is a special day honoring all of the sacrifices and love to those who have been a mother in all aspects of life.

As we celebrate Mother's Day, here are some tips regarding oral health for new and expecting mothers:

  • For women who are expecting a new child via pregnancy or adoption, there can be a lot of exciting new tasks to take on. This new to-do list and gain in responsibility can lead to less sleep, which can impact bone health and tissue regeneration that also will affect the health of your teeth and gums.
  • It has been well established that maintaining oral health is an important part of a healthy pregnancy. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 60 to 75% of women have gingivitis during pregnancy, which is an early stage of a severe form of gum disease known as periodontal disease. Hormones during pregnancy may cause the gums to become red and swollen. If left untreated, bone loss can be a consequence, leading to eventual tooth loss. Not only that, but periodontitis has also been associated with poor pregnancy outcomes, such as preterm birth and low birth weight, according to the CDC.
  • Some research studies have suggested that periodontal disease may also be linked to high blood pressure during pregnancy (preeclampsia), however more research is needed to confirm these reports.
  • In addition, pregnant women can also have an increased risk of developing dental cavities due to changes in eating habits for instance. The CDC reports that 1 in 4 women of childbearing age have untreated dental cavities, and the kids of moms who have several untreated dental cavities or tooth loss are more than 3 times more likely to have tooth decay during childhood.
  • Calcium and Magnesium, which are found naturally in several foods, as well as through supplements, are key minerals for new mothers to maintain to help keep and build strong bones and teeth. Magnesium has also been reported to help improve sleep quality and lower risks of headaches, leg cramps, and teeth grinding (bruxism).  
  • Another interesting finding is that the common oral bacteria that contributes to the cause of dental cavities, Streptococcus mutans, can be transmitted from mom to her child's mouth via kissing, licking a pacifier, sharing food, or sharing utensils.
  • During pregnancy, some individuals may notice an inflamed gum growth between your teeth. This may be a pyogenic granuloma, which is fairly common during pregnancy. Pyogenic granulomas are benign skin growths that appear small, round, and can sometimes bleed.

  • Morning sickness and heartburn may cause stomach acid to erode your tooth enamel. Your health professional may recommend rinsing with baking soda and warm water to help neutralize the acid, or the use of an antacid.
  • If you are pregnant, be sure to let your dentist know, as this can impact some aspects of your dental care.
  • It is important to teach good oral hygiene practices to your children at home. Be sure that your children are brushing at least twice a day for at least two minutes each time. Be sure to also teach them the importance of flossing to help prevent dental cavities. With younger children, brushing may be encouraged through the use of fun songs and phone apps geared to promote oral health. Make sure they are also scheduled for their regular dental check-ups and cleanings.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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. Bahar Houshman and Dr. Marisa Reason is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Reisman would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.

References:

https://www.cdc.gov/oralhealth/publications/features/pregnancy-and-oral-health.html

https://www.healthline.com/health/pyogenic-granuloma#complications

https://blog.pregistry.com/healthy-mouth-pregnant/

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https://blog.1stfamilydental.com/smile-its-mothers-day-dental-health-tips-for-moms/

Looking for a Smile Makeover? Orthodontics can Help

May 4th, 2021

Are you looking to improve your smile, or notice you may not be as confident smiling? Orthodontics can help you reinvent your smile by correcting misaligned teeth, crooked or rotated teeth, protruding teeth, spaces, and much more! Your dentist may also refer you to an orthodontist to help improve your bite so that you can chew, speak, and function better.

Orthodontics is a specialty of dentistry that focuses on the art and science of dental and facial irregularities. Orthodontists diagnose, prevent, and treat these irregularities and help promote healthy function of the teeth and jaws. The American Academy of Orthodontics (AAO) is recognized as the world's oldest and largest dental specialty organization. Following a DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) or DMD (Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry or Doctor of Dental Medicine) degree, orthodontists train an additional 2-4 years in the speciality of orthodontics.

Wellesley Dental Group's very own Dr. Marisa Reason is passionate about providing excellent orthodontic treatment, and is a wonderful leader in the field. Dr. Reason is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, Massachusetts Dental Association (MDS), and American Association of Public Health Dentistry. She completed her CAGS/MSD in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics in the Advanced Orthodontic Training Program at the Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine. In addition, she is recognized as a Diamond Top 1%  Invisalign provider and was voted a 2020 Top Dentist by Boston Magazine for Orthodontics. Learn more about Dr. Marisa Reason on our website, here.

Other bite issues that can be corrected with orthodontics include jaw growth problems, congenitally missing teeth, extra teeth, and bringing a tooth into your mouth that is stuck under the gums. In some cases when children lose their baby teeth before the natural time, for instance due to tooth decay, the orthodontist may suggest using a space maintainer to hold the space for the permanent tooth to come in. In addition, poor habits such as thumb-sucking, tongue-thrusting, or nail biting can also create a need for orthodontics as para-functional habits can cause tooth misalignment.

Having your teeth in the correct orientation and having a healthy jaw relationship is important not only for cosmetic reasons, but also for proper function. Misaligned teeth can also be very tricky to clean and can result in a greater risk for tooth decay and gum disease.

Braces can be a good treatment option for anyone of any age! Based on each person's individual case, the orthodontist may offer or recommend traditional metal braces, orthopedic appliances that guide facial and jaw development in growing children, palatal expanders to widen the upper jaw, removable retainers,  headgear, or more inconspicuous options such as ceramic braces, lingual braces (placed on the back side of teeth), or clear removable aligners, just to name a few orthodontic and orthopedic appliances! The orthodontist will develop a treatment plan custom to your specific needs based on diagnostic tools including clinical exams, models of your teeth, and X-rays.

As always, keeping up with your oral hygiene is extremely important, especially with orthodontic appliances. It can be really easy for food and bacterial plaque to stick to the irregular surfaces of the braces, making brushing and flossing more challenging and require more time. Lack of proper oral hygiene can lead to white spot lesions, which are areas of demineralization on the surface of the outer layer of your tooth, the tooth enamel. When the braces are removed, white spot lesions are often spotted in a white square surrounding where the bracket was placed. Unfortunately, removal of white spot lesions can require removing tooth structure and additional dental procedures.

Not only are these white areas unaesthetic, they also can eventually develop into dental cavities. The good news is, white spot lesions can be prevented with good oral hygiene practices. Electric toothbrushes and water-flossers can be a great addition in particular for individuals with braces to help remove food particles. Regular dental cleanings and visits to your dentist are important to ensure that your teeth remain nice and healthy.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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. Bahar Houshman and Dr. Marisa Reason is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Reisman would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.

References:

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/teen-oral-care/what-is-orthodontics

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/early-orthodontics/what-is-orthodontics

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.news-medical.net%2Fnews%2F20201224%2FResearchers-find-correlation-between-consistent-mask-wearing-and-improved-well-being.aspx&psig=AOvVaw07YUFXSNRt33WnbTdZah-4&ust=1620071583245000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCOi60Y7jq_ACFQAAAAAdAAAAABAp

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Vaccines Bring Us Closer!

April 26th, 2021

As the month of April comes to a close, individuals around the globe recognize World Immunization Week, which is an annual campaign that aims to highlight the importance of vaccines in helping us all to live health and safe lives. This year the campaign is running from April 24th-30th 2021, with the theme being, ‘Vaccines bring us closer.’ Vaccinations help prevent the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases and connect us to people everywhere as individuals become vaccinated across the globe.

With vaccinations being particularly a hot-topic as we endure the COVID-19 pandemic, vaccines are an important solution to the pandemic. Scientists and researchers across the world have been working together to help rollout safe and effective vaccines. Although we have all had to make the necessary sacrifices to keep everyone safe, as people become vaccinated the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports some new freedoms that fully vaccinated individuals can enjoy.
 
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), vaccines have helped keep us safe against many diseases for over 200 years, and are recognized as one of the greatest scientific innovations in history. The CDC reported there are now 30 dangerous diseases for which there are safe and effective vaccines to prevent and control, including the four COVID-19 vaccines. They have helped the world tackle diseases such as tuberculosis, Ebola, cervical cancer, tetanus, measles, and much more. With new research and technology, vaccines continue to advance and help save lives. WHO reports that child deaths have decreased over 50% in the last 30 years in huge part due to vaccines. However, according to WHO, there are still currently approximately 20 million children in the world who do not have routine vaccines.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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. Bahar Houshman and Dr. Marisa Reason is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Reisman would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.

References:

https://www.cdc.gov/globalhealth/immunization/wiw/index.html

https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-immunization-week/2021/overview

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fm4health.pro%2Fworld-vaccine-week-2020%2F&psig=AOvVaw17Lhark558CVU5pt7G2MxF&ust=1619523483763000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCNDY4aPpm_ACFQAAAAAdAAAAABAP

Don't Pause Your Dental Check-Ups During COVID-19

April 18th, 2021

With the unexpected and unpredictable COVID-19 pandemic entering our lives well over a year ago, it has put a pause to many of our normal daily activities and brought about caution to our regular lives. With the national shutdowns, and confinement to our homes and closure of business and schools for a period of time, many have had to cancel important events and scheduled appointments. Although the pandemic isn't over yet, with vaccines becoming readily available throughout the world, we are beginning to get a glimpse of some normalcy returning. Studies have reported the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines in helping prevent contraction of the virus and lowering the risk of having severe symptoms of the virus if infected.

Now, dental and doctor's offices that were previously closed or limited in available procedures are starting to resume normal services and have effective and safe health safety protocols in place to avoid the spread of COVID-19. According to a survey in TIME-Harris Poll of over 1,000 Americans, approximately 78% of individuals have canceled at least one medical service during the past three months, 30% have missed their dental exam, and 27% missed their yearly physical. But, health experts are currently reminding individuals that it's time to reschedule and attend your regular appointments and to not put your oral health or overall health on the back-burner. To find out what safety precautions and protocols your Doctors are performing, be sure to contact their offices with any questions or concerns you may have. Check out some of the changes we have made at WDG, in addition to those mandated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), to ensure the well-being of patients: https://www.wellesleydentalgroup.com/blog/2020/05/whats-new-at-wdg-covid-19-safety-precautions

Visiting your dentist is particularly necessary to keep you healthy and strong, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your dentist will determine based on your individual needs and oral condition how often dental cleanings and check-ups are needed. Early detection of harmful oral conditions/diseases are key to keeping the rest of your body healthy, as your oral cavity is the window into the rest of your body. Your dentist will even check for signs of COVID-19 in the oral cavity. Radiographs can help identify tooth decay, gum issues, bone loss, and other pathology, and are often taken during your dental exams. Your dentist will also perform an oral cancer screening of your head, neck, and mouth. When issues are detected early, this can help prevent problems from increasing severity/harm, and potentially save you from having to have more invasive and costly dental procedures such as root canals and dental crowns when tooth decay is too extensive to be managed by a dental filling. 

Individuals with gum disease are at a higher risk of developing or worsening many systemic diseases, often linked due to the body's inflammatory immune response. This includes threatening conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and cerebrovascular events such as strokes. Not to mention, individuals with uncontrolled gum disease are 9 times more likely to die from infection with COVID-19, as reported in a recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology. Don't risk harming your health by putting of your health appointments!

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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. Bahar Houshman and Dr. Marisa Reason is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Reisman would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.

References:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/dentist-gum-disease-11618003919

https://www.health.com/mind-body/doctor-appointments-to-stop-postponing-covid

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fsuccess.ada.org%2Fen%2Fpractice-management%2Fpatients%2Fcovid-19-patient-communication-resources-for-dental-visits&psig=AOvVaw2smOVUaOZ4_HNLiFEt2hD8&ust=1618853646751000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCOCj15iqiPACFQAAAAAdAAAAABAg

How Much Do You Know About Oral Cancer?

April 13th, 2021

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month! Risk factors for oral cancer include smoking and use of other tobacco products. However, the fastest growing cause of oral cancer in young, healthy individuals that do not use tobacco is the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). HPV within the mouth affects the tonsils and base of tongue.

Facts about HPV:

  • HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States
  • There are over 200 strains. Out of the 200, 9 of the strains can cause oral cancer.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that more than 80% of Americans will have HPV in their lifetime
  • With a ratio of 4:1, males are most likely to develop oral cancer when compared to females.

Signs and Symptoms of Oral Cancer:

  • Red or white patches in the mouth
  • An ulcer or sore that does not heal in 2-3 weeks
  • Difficult swallowing
  • Hoarse or sore throat
  • Painless lump on the outside of the neck

At your checkups, oral cancer screenings are performed by your dentist to look for precancerous conditions or signs of cancer within the oral cavity.  They will look for asymmetries in the face, discolorations of the tissues and ulcerations within the mouth.

Is there a cure for HPV?

While there is no cure for HPV, it can resolve itself and does not normally cause health problems. Currently there is one vaccine,  Gardasil which protects against the 9 strains of HPV that cause cancer. The vaccines are recommended for boys and girls of ages 11 and 12.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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. Bahar Houshman and Dr. Marisa Reason is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Reisman would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.

References:

https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/h/hpv-and-oral-cancer

https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/hpv/basic_info/hpv_oropharyngeal.htm

https://oralcancerfoundation.org/understanding/hpv/hpv-oral-cancer-facts/

Easter Bunny Tips!

April 4th, 2021

As we hop into spring and a new month, we're reminded to keep our health up to par especially as we continue to fight through COVID-19. Easter, like many of the other holidays celebrated over the past year may still look different as we continue to avoid large crowds and limit our gatherings to people in our immediate households to help protect against the spread of coronavirus.

With Easter also comes lots of sweet treats, from marshmallow peeps, to jellybeans, to chocolate bunnies! But, will this impact your smile? Some sweets can be more harmful to your teeth than others, and while indulging in your favorite treats every once in a while can be okay, we're here to tell you about some of the most dangerous candies that can lead to tooth decay.

This Easter, and in general, you'll want to avoid:

  1. Sticky and gooey candies: These candies, such as caramels, gummies, jelly beans, and taffy, tend to stay in the mouth longer and adhere to the surfaces of your teeth, allowing dangerous oral bacteria to feed off the sugars and create acids that break down your tooth enamel.

  1. Hard candies: Rock solid candies like lollipops or jawbreakers tend to stay in your mouth for longer periods of time while you eat them, leaving teeth exposed to sugar during this time. This gives the oral bacteria a greater chance to cause damage. Not to mention, hard candies can cause tooth damage and lead to chipped or broken teeth.

  1. Sour treats: Sour treats can be just as tricky as sweet ones. The sugars and acids put your teeth at risk of weakening the outer layer of your teeth, the dental enamel, and offer an environment for damaging bacteria to thrive in and create tooth decay.

Luckily, there are healthier alternatives:

  • Dark Chocolates: Dark chocolate is a great option to satisfy your sweet tooth. Research has reported dark chocolate to have properties that help fight cavities and dental plaque. In addition, it has been found to contain nutrients beneficial to health, including potassium, phosphorous, zinc, and selenium. It also contains antioxidants, which can help lower risks of cancer and other diseases. Plus, studies have even found it to have blood pressure lowering effects and increase skin hydration.
  • Sugar-Free Treats: Sugar-free candies can be just as tasty and lower your risk of tooth decay.

After satisfying your sweet tooth, be sure to drink water, which helps neutralize harmful acids and rinse away leftover candy particles. You should wait approximately 30 minutes before instructing your child to brush their teeth after having sweets to avoid harming your dental enamel which is in a softened state due to acidity.

Avoid potential dental issues from consuming too much Easter candy! Remember, you can avoid developing cavities with the right plan of action and by following proper oral health guidelines. Proper oral health and seeing your dentist regularly is essential for keeping your pearly whites shining and healthy. If you are having a hard time trying to get your children to brush twice a day for two minutes each time, try implementing fun activities that promote brushing, including videos, books, coloring pages, and even music while brushing.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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. Bahar Houshman and Dr. Marisa Reason is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Reisman would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.

References:

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/kids-oral-care/4-fun-dental-activities-for-children

https://connect2local.com/l/21843/c/259446/3-important-dental-care-tips-for-kids-during-easter

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.sunrisedentalcare.com%2Fblog%2Fyour-tooth-friendly-guide-to-easter-candy%2F&psig=AOvVaw3D_Xk2BH6B3Ln2j7qz51Oi&ust=1617635975436000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCPC1sPHx5O8CFQAAAAAdAAAAABAQ

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Gum Disease could be Threatening your Life During COVID-19

March 28th, 2021

We all know how important taking care of our teeth are, but did you know that in doing so you could be lowering your risk of having severe complications from COVID-19? The human body is fascinating, and throughout the years research has been continuously proving the relationship between our oral conditions and the conditions that can develop throughout the entire body, particularly as a result of systemic inflammation. A recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology reported that individuals with a severe form of gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, are 9 times more likely to die from infection with COVID-19. 

Periodontal disease has been found to be linked as a culprit of many detrimental health conditions, including diabetes, respiratory disease, chronic kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer's disease, obesity, and metabolic syndrome, just to name a few. In addition, periodontal disease can lead to oral problems such as bad breath, bone loss, and ultimately result in loss of teeth.

The Surprising Link Between Gum Disease and Systemic Disease - Millennium Dental Technologies, Inc.

More recently, it has been suggested that controlling periodontal gum inflammation could possibly help lower the chance of experiencing severe COVID-19 symptoms

Another study published in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology also found that individuals with gum disease who become infected with COVID-19 are 3.5 times more likely to be in the intensive care unit (ICU) and 4.5 times more likely to require use of a ventilator. They found that the blood inflammatory markers were significantly higher in patient with gum disease.

Not to mention, a California Dental Association (CDA) Journal study looking at inflammatory markers and their relationship to COVID-19 complications found that pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and other pulmonary complications linked to COVID-19 could result form the aspiration of oral bacteria. This is also supported by previous research that has found an association between periodontal disease and other common lung conditions such as asthma.

This is why many research authors and health professionals are highlighting the importance of prevention and avoiding the promotion of systemic inflammation to help decrease the chance of developing severe complications from the virus.

On a positive note, periodontal disease can be prevented and managed! Regular dental visits and proper oral hygiene practices are necessary to help prevent the disease from progressing. Your dentist may recommend non-surgical and/or surgical treatments.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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. Bahar Houshman and Dr. Marisa Reason is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Reisman would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.

References:

https://nypost.com/2021/02/08/covid-19-patients-with-gum-disease-more-likely-to-die-study/

https://www.beckersdental.com/clinical-leadership-infection-control/36224-routine-dental-care-may-prevent-severe-covid-19-complications-study-finds.html

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jcpe.13435

https://www.beckersdental.com/clinical-leadership-infection-control/36458-covid-19-patients-with-gum-disease-9-times-more-likely-to-die-from-the-virus-study-finds.html?origin=DentalE&utm_source=DentalE&utm_medium=email&utm_content=newsletter&oly_enc_id=7754I6987723B8B

https://www.cda.org/Home/News-and-Events/Newsroom/Article-Details/routine-dental-care-may-protect-against-severe-covid-19-related-complications#:~:text=Oral%20bacteria%20can%20be%20aspirated,to%20dentistry%20and%20COVID%2D19.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fleemingdental.com.au%2Fnew-studies-show-gum-disease-may-increase-severity-of-covid-19%2F&psig=AOvVaw2eU7rvXv9h5qjRprOqk-Bv&ust=1617025137826000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCMDBpqeO0-8CFQAAAAAdAAAAABAD

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.lanap.com%2F2016%2F09%2F22%2Fsurprising-link-between-gum-disease-and-systemic-disease%2F&psig=AOvVaw2yP2PqAwAjz0-Wnp8RPUO8&ust=1617028498531000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCJjskN-a0-8CFQAAAAAdAAAAABAI

What Can I Do If I've Been Vaccinated?

March 22nd, 2021

With COVID-19 vaccines rolling out and progressively becoming more available throughout the U.S., it has been an important piece of the puzzle in helping us fight against COVID-19 and gain back a sense of normalcy. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have reported the existing available vaccines to be safe and effective in lowering your risk of getting COVID-19 and helping prevent severe illness following infection with COVID-19. There is still research being done to determine the efficacy of the vaccines in fighting other variants of COVID-19. In addition, the length of time the vaccines offer protection against COVID-19 is still being investigated.

The CDC cautions that as more information is found on the impact of the vaccines in helping to lower the spread of COVID-19, safety precautions in public spaces such as wearing a mask, social distancing with 6-feet distance between others, frequent hand-washing, and avoiding crowds should still continue even if you are vaccinated. In addition, fully vaccinated individuals should still continue to follow guidance set by individual employers. However, individuals who have been fully vaccinated do have some more freedom in terms of being able to begin doing certain activities that they were unable to do during the beginning of the pandemic. As reported by the CDC, this includes:

  • Gathering indoors with fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask.
  • Gathering indoors with unvaccinated people from one different household than your own without wearing masks if the individuals are low-risk for severe illness from COVID-19. This should be avoided if individuals are at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 infection.
  • If in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, you do not need to quarantine from others or get a COVID test unless you develop symptoms or unless you live in a group home or group facility.

Individuals are considered fully vaccinated if 2 weeks have passed after receiving two doses of the vaccine in the two-dosed vaccinations including Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or 2 weeks have passed after receiving a single-dose vaccine such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.

illustration of people eating insideThe CDC also recommends that people should still postpone traveling domestically and internationally. If travel is necessary, it is still necessary to follow the essential precautions as stated by the CDC.
If you have tested positive for COVID-19 or are symptomatic, you should not visit with individuals or gather in public places, regardless of whether vaccinated or not. As more information on vaccinations and COVID-19 become available, the CDC will continue to update recommendations for all individuals on their website.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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. Bahar Houshman and Dr. Marisa Reason is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Reisman would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.

References:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/keythingstoknow.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated-guidance.html

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.phila.gov%2F2021-01-12-city-announces-schedule-of-priority-populations-for-covid-19-vaccine%2F&psig=AOvVaw15qHF05S5cpgFG2cDgSveK&ust=1616454376374000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCPi3tf-_wu8CFQAAAAAdAAAAABAD

A Great Reason to Celebrate: World Sleep Day

March 19th, 2021

World Sleep Day®, which sounds like one of the coolest days ever, is put on yearly to celebrate sleep and inform the public on the importance of sleep, which can often be overlooked. This year it's held today, Friday March 19th, 2021, with this year's slogan being ‘Regular Sleep, Healthy Future.’ ! Organized by the World Sleep Day Committee of the World Sleep Society, this day of awareness brings to light prevention and management of sleep disorders, education about sleep, sleep medications, and driving issues related to sleep.

Why is sleep important?

There are many benefits to getting a regular amount of sleep, and it's an essential part of life. Several research studies have reported that having a regular bedtime and getting the recommended amount of sleep for your age plays an important role in the quality of your life, including its effect on your mood, psychomotor performance, and even your academic performance. That's why a lack of sleep or chronic sleep interruptions can negatively impact your health.

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is one of the more common sleep disorders that you may have heard a lot about, which impacts approximately 25 million Americans, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Common signs of sleep apnea include snoring, insomnia, trouble remembering, trouble breathing, gasping for air during sleep, daytime tiredness, trouble concentrating, dry mouth, headaches shortly after waking up, frequent urination during night time, and sexual dysfunction. Children may also show signs of sleep apnea including worsening of asthma, hyperactivity, bed-wetting, and trouble concentrating in school. Individuals with sleep apnea are plagued with constant breathing interruptions during their sleep cycles due to a lack of oxygen reaching the lungs. According to the American Sleep Apnea Association, approximately 4% of children ages 2-8 years old have sleep apnea. Surprisingly, untreated sleep apnea can even be threatening if not enough oxygen reaches the lungs.

Is there a specific cause of sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea could be caused from many different factors, including weak airway muscles, an enlarged tongue, enlarged neck, obesity, small jaw bone, nasal or sinus issues, and the position of your lower jaw. In addition, males and individuals with a family history of snoring or sleep apnea are at an increased risk of having sleep apnea.

How is sleep apnea treated?
There are different treatment options to alleviate sleep apnea depending on each individual case, including a CPAP machine, orthodontic treatment, orthognathic surgery, behavior modifications, and dental mouth guards for example.

How does my oral health factor into sleep conditions?

Plus, sleep disorders like sleep apnea can also impact your dental health and vice versa. Getting adequate rest helps reduce the risk of having bad breath, oral sores, and worsening of gum disease. Individuals with sleep apnea often have temporomandibular disorders (TMJ), experience teeth grinding or clenching, and also mouth breathing. A research study showed individuals with sleep apnea are 3 times as likely to have a TMJ disorder, which is often characterized by trouble chewing, jaw, head, neck and shoulder pain, clicking sounds of the jaws, and locked jaw where the jaw is unable to open or close temporarily. In addition, mouth breathing can also cause dry mouth which is another factor that contribute to gum disease and dental cavities, and if not resolved can even result in tooth loss.

Wondering how much sleep your body requires? Check out the recommended sleep requirements by age reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The World Sleep Society recommends these 10 tips to help you achieve better sleep leading to a healthier overall life:

If you believe you suffer from a sleep condition, be sure to discuss your symptoms with your primary Doctor and dental professional.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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. Bahar Houshman and Dr. Marisa Reason is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Reisman would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.

References:

https://worldsleepsociety.org/programs/world-sleep-day/

https://www.verywellhealth.com/sleep-apnea-and-oral-health-4587690

https://www.cdc.gov/sleep/about_sleep/how_much_sleep.html

https://worldsleepday.org/tips-for-adults

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fholisticdentalcenternj.com%2Fsleep-oral-health%2F&psig=AOvVaw3Km_gH_SEXjLbWXF8PaFiL&ust=1616166659444000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCPiJq52Quu8CFQAAAAAdAAAAABAY

Multiple Sclerosis & Maintaining a Healthy Mouth

March 14th, 2021

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a neurodegenerative disorder which effects the myelin sheath, altering the communication between the central nervous system (CNS) and the rest of the body. During March, MS Awareness week is held to shed light on the progress and stories of people across the world who manage & bravely fight this disease despite the challenges. MS is a progressive disease and is also considered an autoimmune disease. The exact cause of is currently still unknown. Many factors may play a role in the condition, including genetics, environmental factors, presence of immune system disorders, infection, vitamin deficiencies, smoking, and systemic inflammation. Researchers are also investigating the potential of the gut microbiome and chronic stress in relation to MS. MS can cause CNS changes in motor, sensory and cognitive functions, but the symptoms can vary between each individual.

In addition, World MS Day, created by the  Multiple Sclerosis International Federation (MSIF), will be celebrated on May 30, 2021, which aims to unite people and organizations from across the world to help learn more about the condition and help us all move to elimination of MS. Worldwide more than 2.3 million people live with multiple sclerosis. During this time loads of information and research is highlighted to help everyone understand this complex and unpredictable disease. Explore powerful stories of people with MS.
There are different types of MS, the most common being relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS), which 85% of people with MS have. This is characterized by symptom flare-ups, then times of improvement. The flare-ups may last for days to weeks, and then start to resolve overtime. It has been reported that approximately half of the relapses can cause permanent damage to the CNS. Overtime, the disease can progress to secondary progressive MS, which consists of consistent worsening of symptoms.

Another type of MS is called Primary-Progressive Multiple Sclerosis (PPMS), in which individuals (10-15% of people diagnosed with MS) experience progressive worsening symptoms with few or no recovery periods. This type is often more severe and disabling,  and nerve damage is often found more in the spinal cord than in the brain.

Some symptoms of MS can include pain, vision issues, motor impairment and fatigue. MS may also have a negative effect on bladder and bowel problems, sexual dysfunction, trouble focusing and memory problems, and depression. Facial pain including partial facial paralysis or muscle spasms, and trouble speaking and chewing may also occur. 

Individuals with MS may also experience challenges with their oral health. Individuals are at a higher risk of developing dental caries and gum disease, for instance due to physical complications of MS and the lowered immune response. Systemic inflammation has been linked as a potential trigger for MS as well as periodontal disease, a severe form of gum disease. Plus, manual dexterity may be compromised in some individuals, making it hard for them to brush and floss adequately. In these cases, modified toothbrushes and/or electric toothbrushes may be more helpful. In more severe cases, caregivers may need to help provide help with oral care. Patients with MS may also need to be seen by the dentist more frequently for visits and cleanings. Your dentist may even recommend fluoride treatment or prescription fluoride toothpaste as an added protective treatment.

There is currently no cure for MS, but numerous medications and treatment methods have been found to help manage/slow the progression of the disease and relapse occurrences. However, MS medications may also produce negative effects on oral health, including dry mouth (also known as xerostomia), inflamed gingival tissues, altered taste, and fungal infections including oral candidiasis and angular cheilitis, for instance. Immunosuppressants may increase the risk of developing infections and cancers as well. Be sure to inform your health care providers of all of the current medications you are taking.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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. Bahar Houshman and Dr. Marisa Reason is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Reisman would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.

References:

https://www.nationalmssociety.org/Get-Involved/Raise-Awareness

https://decisionsindentistry.com/article/oral-health-risks-multiple-sclerosis/

https://www.everydayhealth.com/multiple-sclerosis/living-with/how-ms-affect-oral-health/

https://www.nationalmssociety.org/NationalMSSociety/media/MSNationalFiles/Brochures/Brochure-Dental-Health.pdf

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fhealthykcmag.com%2Fmultiple-sclerosis-awareness-month%2F&psig=AOvVaw1pEiJpXj4ePew6y5snrUFR&ust=1615644189477000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCLD5pYz2qu8CFQAAAAAdAAAAABAK

Ready to Personalize Your Plate?

March 11th, 2021

National Nutrition Month® is back and always an important topic of discussion as our diet significantly impacts our oral and overall health. This annual campaign each March put on by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics highlights knowledge about healthy food choices, the nutrition our body's need, and the importance of physical activity. It's important to note that there's no one single way to approach nutrition and health, as we all have individual shapes, sizes, and different taste preferences.

In 1973 the first National Nutrition Week campaign occurred with a presidential proclamation and a lot of media coverage, featuring the theme, Invest in Yourself—Buy Nutrition. This year's theme in 2021 is Personalize Your Plate, which emphasizes creating healthy meals to meet your specific cultural and personal food needs.

National Nutrition Month 2021 Logo

Plus, the second Wednesday of March is also recognized as Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day, which celebrates the hard work of registered dietitian nutritionist (RDNs) around the world. There are tons of resources available as part of the campaign to help spread the message of good nutrition and positive lifestyle habits. For updates on virtual events/resources check out the National Nutrition Month® social media including Facebook and Twitter using #NationalNutritionMonth.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics also has an online Find an Expert service which allows you to find registered dietitian nutritionists in your area. MyPlate is another great resource that allows you to see your plate organized by recommended nutrients, grains, protein-rich foods, fruits, vegetables, and low-fat or fat-free dairy.

One of the messages promoted is that proper nutrition is important at each stage of life. National spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in Philadelphia, Pa, and registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN), Colleen Tewksbury, stated “What works for you in your twenties won’t necessarily work for you in your fifties. As you age and evolve, so do your health and nutrition needs. It’s important to eat right for life.” In your teens and 20's, it's important to build bone density by keeping your diet rich in foods and drinks containing calcium, including fat-free or low-fat dairy milk, yogurt, or calcium-fortified soy beverages. Non-dairy calcium can also be found in fortified cereals, beans, and some leafy greens, for instance. In your 20's to 30's, it's essential to help lower your risk of developing detrimental medical conditions like obesity, Type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Fiber, such as whole grains, legumes, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds should be included in your diet. Sources of folate, including beans, peas and dark-green leafy vegetables, and folic acid like breads, cereals and other grain products. Throughout life it is always important to exercise regularly and limit added sugars, salt and saturated fat.

Take a look at some healthy tips on how to shape your month, and each month thereafter:

 

 

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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://www.eatright.org/food/resources/national-nutrition-month

https://www.newswise.com/articles/national-nutrition-month-2021-eat-right-for-life-stages

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwell-concepts.com%2Fnational-nutrition-month-2018%2F&psig=AOvVaw3QmPo7ua5d5cgodmpnG3xX&ust=1615471026428000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCPC0_4Hxpe8CFQAAAAAdAAAAABAJ

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.eatrightutah.org%2Fblog%2F2020%2F02%2F25%2Fnational-nutrition-month-are-you-ready%2F&psig=AOvVaw3QmPo7ua5d5cgodmpnG3xX&ust=1615471026428000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCPC0_4Hxpe8CFQAAAAAdAAAAABAQ

Finding yourself Grinding your Teeth?

March 5th, 2021

Many have noticed they might clench or grind their teeth on occasion, especially when stressed out. As you may know, teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, can cause damage to your teeth and even lead to other oral health issues. For instance, it can cause your teeth to fracture, diminish in size, become loose, or even lead to the loss of teeth. This can result in the need for expensive dental procedures down the line, such as crowns, root canals, bridges, or prostheses to replace missing teeth including implants or partial dentures.

As the COVID-19 pandemic persists, dentists across the nation, and even world, are seeing some of the toll it has taken on individuals, even on their teeth. There has been a significant increase in reported teeth grinding and other oral health issues since the start of the pandemic, as reported by the American Dental Association’s Health Policy Institute. A survey conduced by the American Dental Association (ADA) found that there has been a 59.4% increase in cases of teeth grinding and clenching found in dental offices since the start of the pandemic. In addition, they found that temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), and chipped and cracked teeth has increased over 50%, which may be associated with the increased teeth grinding. Although there is not a direct correlation between the increase in teeth grinding and the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Matt Messina, clinic director of Ohio State Upper Arlington Dentistry, stated, “it does demonstrate the signs of increased stress in the population.”

Teeth grinding can even be experienced in children, too. In fact, approximately 15% to 33% of children grind their teeth. Often, it has been found that children may grind their teeth during the time when their baby teeth begin to come in and also during the transition into their permanent dentition. Luckily, teeth grinding in children is often not permanently damaging and children often outgrow the habit.

Many people commonly grind their teeth when they are sleeping, and is often pointed out by individual's partners or loved ones who hear them doing this habit at night. This phenomenon is particularly present in individuals who have sleep disorders, malocclusion, and/or  crooked teeth. Individuals who grind their teeth may be pained by a dull, constant headache when they wake up, or even a sore jaw. Teeth grinding can result in or worsen Temporomandibular disorders (TMD). 

Some other symptoms of teeth grinding include:

  • Neck pain.
  • Ear pain.
  • Jaw pain, soreness and stiffness.
  • Painful or sensitive teeth.
  • Pain while you chew.
  • Popping, clicking or grinding noises when moving the mouth and jaw.
  • Cracking or chipping of teeth or fillings.
  • Loose teeth or pain on biting.

You may be wondering what to do about teeth grinding. Some tips to help stop teeth grinding include avoiding certain foods and drinks such as alcohol, caffeine, sodas, and chocolate. Plus, it can help to try to help relax your jaw muscles by holding a warm washcloth against your cheek. If you notice that you grind your teeth during the daytime, try to become conscious of what your are doing, and position the tip of your tongue  between your teeth to help train your jaw muscles to relax. Try avoiding chewing gum as it can increase the strain on your jaw muscles. 
If you think teeth grinding may be happening during your sleep, or even find yourself doing it throughout the day, it is important to talk with your dentist. Commonly, dentists will recommend a night guard for individuals suffering from teeth grinding to wear at night to help protect the surfaces throughout sleep. Other treatments that have been found to be beneficial include stress counseling, jaw relaxation training, exercising, and muscle relaxants or anti-inflammatory medications. However, treatments are determined after a comprehensive examination and diagnosis by your dentist.
This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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://health.usnews.com/health-care/patient-advice/articles/what-to-do-about-teeth-grinding

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.dentalcare.com%2Fen-us%2Fpatient-education%2Fpatient-materials%2Fteeth-grinding-bruxism&psig=AOvVaw3cEiLNHlmlO4Bq2J1TDNv0&ust=1614995968340000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCMiJqoOHmO8CFQAAAAAdAAAAABAK

https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/teeth-grinding-bruxism

Could Oral Bacteria be a Cause of Migraines?

February 26th, 2021

Migraines can be a nuisance! If you've ever suffered a migraine, you know how significant an attack can feel. Could your dentist help relieve your migraines? In some cases, yes! A study published by the American Society for Microbiology suggests that certain oral bacteria known to increase nitric oxide in the bloodstream can cause the blood vessels in the brain to widen, which consequently can trigger the onset of a migraine.

As you may know, there are many factors that could be the cause of your headaches or migraine, and treatment requires a correct diagnosis. Migraines are commonly known to be triggered by foods high in nitrates and nitrites, which are often found in processed meats like hot dogs, ham and bacon, alcohol, and even chocolate.

In addition, migraines may be triggered by other certain factors, including:

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Female hormonal changes
  • Bright or flashing lights
  • Loud noises
  • Strong smells
  • Medications
  • Excess or lack of sleep
  • Sudden changes in weather or environment
  • Increased physical activity
  • Tobacco
  • Caffeine or caffeine withdrawal
  • Skipped meals
  • Medication overuse

What exactly does a migraine entail?

A migraine often presents with severe throbbing or pulsating pain that typically occurs on one side of the head. According to MedlinePlus, approximately 12% of Americans experience migraines. Females, individuals with a family history of migraines, and individuals with certain medical conditions including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, sleep disorders, and epilepsy, are at an increased risk of having migraines.

Migraines often involve 4 different stages:

  • Stage 1: Prodrome

This stage is the first stage that occurs before you actually experience the migraine. Early signs may be food cravings, unexplained mood swings, fluid retention, frequent urination, and uncontrollable yawning.

  • Stage 2: Aura

During the aura phase which occurs often right before the start of a migraine, individuals may see bright lights or zig-zag lines. Individuals may also experience muscle weakness.

  • Stage 3: Headache

The severity of migraines often occurs gradually. Some individuals may experience a migraine without a headache, but instead experience sensitivity to light, sound, and smell, nausea and vomiting, and pain when moving.

  • Stage 4: Postdrome

The final stage of a migraine is the postdrome stage, in which individuals often experience fatigue, weakness, and potential confusion lasting sometimes around 1 day after the migraine.

Our body's are full of bacteria that naturally and harmlessly live within us. However, some bacteria can be harmful and lead to cavities, gum disease, and even migraines. This is one of the many reasons why regular dental visits and proper oral care at home is essential. It is important to brush at least twice a day for two minutes each time to help remove dental plaque and prevent it from causing tooth decay. Flossing is also necessary to remove dental plaque that is stuck in hard-to-reach places like in-between teeth, which is where cavities commonly are initiated. Rinsing with an anti-microbial and fluoride containing mouth rinse can also help kill bacteria and strengthen your teeth.

Your dentist can check to see if your headaches or migraines are caused by other oral conditions such as temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD) or oral habits such as clenching/bruxism. Toothaches from dental infection by oral bacteria can also cause significant pain in the head and jaw area.

Speak with your doctor and dentist if you feel that you are experiencing chronic migraines.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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://www.deltadentalins.com/oral_health/migraines-oral-bacteria.html

https://drania.com/why-your-migraines-might-be-caused-by-oral-bacteria/

https://blog.themigrainereliefcenter.com/connection-between-migraines-and-tooth-pain

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.infinitydentalfoxlake.com%2Fdental-concerns%2Ffrequent-headaches%2F&psig=AOvVaw37hxjRFQJvc6UPujGNOF7b&ust=1613951004832000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCIjc9f_S-e4CFQAAAAAdAAAAABAm

https://medlineplus.gov/migraine.html

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fgenesisresearchservices.com%2Fmigraine-symptoms-treatment-clinical-trials%2F&psig=AOvVaw2YMfuEAnZGCULPV5PlPlxP&ust=1613957134912000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCND76oDp-e4CFQAAAAAdAAAAABAJ

Every Body Has a Seat at the Table: Eating Disorder Awareness

February 21st, 2021

Every year, many organizations and individuals across the nation recognize National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (#NEDAwareness), which is the biggest and most recognized eating disorders education effort in the United States. This year, NEDAwareness Week runs from Monday, February 22 - Sunday, February 28. This national event aims is to shed light on eating disorders through educating, spreading hope, and making resources accessible to individuals in need. The theme for 2021 is "Every Body to Has a Seat at the Table."

According to the campaign, approximately 30 million people in the United States will be affected by an eating disorder during their lifetime. Even though this year brings additional challenges as we combat COVID-19, communities across the nation are still coming together to raise awareness through social media events, virtual discussions, and more informative and cool activities.

As reported by the National Eating Disorders Association, eating disorders have been found to be most common in teenagers and young adult women, although they can effect people of any gender or age. Eating disorders can negatively impact a person's physical and mental well-being, and have an effect on personal relationships, confidence, and overall performance at life tasks. In addition, eating disorders can have a significant impact on an individual's oral health. Your teeth, gums, and the surrounding oral tissues depend on healthy nutrients and a healthy diet.

Eating disorders can stem from many physical, mental and social hardships. If you suffer from an eating disorder, it’s important to talk to your health care providers so that proper diagnosis and treatment can begin.

So, what are some of the different types of eating disorders?

  • Anorexia: Individuals with anorexia may experience severe fear of gaining weight and may experience negative thoughts on the way their body appears. Signs may include individuals starving themselves to avoid gaining weight, and excessive exercise.
  • Bulimia: This condition is similar to anorexia in the sense that individuals may also have fears of being overweight. However, individuals may also experience periods of overeating/binge eating followed by self-induced vomiting, purging, misusing laxatives, or fasting throughout the day or several times throughout the week.
  • Binge Eating or Compulsive Overeating: This condition involves individuals who binge eat but do not regularly try to purge the food. Individuals may experience feelings of guilt, making it easier to continue to overeat.

In fact, your dentist may be the first to notice the signs of an eating disorder as changes in the mouth are often the first physical signs that become noticeable. Unfortunately, eating disorders can cause permanent damage to the teeth and oral tissues. Recognizing the signs of an eating disorder early can help lead to a better and easier road to recovery for the body and mouth.

Some of the oral consequences of eating disorders include:

  • Easily bleeding gums
  • Swollen salivary glands which may cause Individuals to experience chronic dry mouth, increasing the risk of developing tooth decay.
  • Lack of nutrients that promote healthy teeth such as calcium, iron and vitamins B and D can also increase the risk of developing tooth decay and gum disease. Lack of iron can lead to the development of oral sores. Similarly, improper amounts of vitamin B3/niacin can lead to bad breath (halitosis) and the development of oral canker sores. Gums may also become puffy and red.
  • Frequent vomiting causes the tooth enamel, or the outer layer of your teeth, to become weak, eroded, soft, and become yellow in color due to the highly acidic environment created from stomach acids. This can create tooth sensitivity when eating hot or cold foods or drinks, and eventually lead to tooth and tissue loss. As enamel wears away, the layer underneath, the dentin, can become exposed and in extreme cases the pulp, which is the next layer of the tooth underneath the dentin, can be exposed and cause infection and pulp death. Tooth decay can even be worsened by extensive tooth brushing following vomiting due to the acidity and weakened state of the mouth.

    Water should be rinsed with following purging to help reduce the high acidic content in the mouth. Vomiting can also induce inflammation, cuts, and soreness of the roof of the mouth/soft palate.

  • Degenerative arthritis of the jaw's temporomandibular joints (TMJ) are also associated with eating disorders. This can lead to jaw pain, chronic headaches, and problems chewing and opening/closing the mouth.

If you suffer from an eating disorder, it is important to contact a health professional. To help reduce associated oral health issues it is also important to maintain oral health care by proper tooth brushing and flossing, and frequent visits to your dentist. Your dentist may provide fluoride rinses or other products to help remineralize tooth enamel.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/get-involved/nedawareness

https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/dental-complications-eating-disorders

https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/e/eating-disorders

Wine and Chocolate to the Rescue!

February 14th, 2021

Our loving team at WDG is wishing you a Happy Valentine's Day! Valentine’s Day is known for being a day full of love and sweet treats in appreciation of our relationships with others. Although delicious, we all know that sugary treats can be harmful to our teeth. But, what if we told you that there are some treats with added heart-healthy benefits to them?

Red wine and dark chocolate are two delights that have been found to have some overall health and oral health benefits. Both are high in antioxidants, which play a big role in helping to decrease the "bad cholesterol" and protect the inside of your blood vessels. Antioxidants are known to protect against free radicals, which are highly chemically reactive molecules that are involved in the cellular aging process. Take a look at some of the other surprising benefits of red wine and dark chocolate:

Ready to Pour a Glass of Red Wine?

Red wine has been found to help fight against heart issues, diabetes, and neurodegenerative problems, while also helping to boost your gut's immune system. New studies have even suggested that red wine may add protective benefits against the adverse effects of aging.

It also contains resveratrol, which has been found to lower the amount of "bad cholesterol" also known as LDL cholesterol. Resveratol also helps lower your blood pressure, which can make you feel more relaxed and at ease. Plus, it increases the amount of omega-3 in plasma and red blood cells, which helps lower the risk of developing blood clots. Furthermore, ethanol alcohol, another ingredient in wine, helps improve your “good cholesterol," also known as HDL cholesterol. 

Not to mention, researchers have even found red wine to be beneficial for your oral health. They have suggested that polyphenols in red wine can help block specific bacteria from sticking to your teeth and causing harm such as tooth decay and gum disease. Plus, when absorbed into the small intestine, they can help fight off the bad gut bacteria and help keep your digestive system functioning properly. But, the downside is that red wine can stain your teeth.

Have a Craving for some Chocolate?

Dark chocolate is another tasty delight that has been found to have blood pressure lowering effects.The flavanols inside can help loosen the lining of the arteries, allowing blood to flow more easily through the blood vessels. They also help lower LDL cholesterol levels and raise HDL cholesterol levels.

However, not all chocolate is created equally. The darker the chocolate, the better. This is due to the fact that unprocessed cocoa beans have lots of antioxidants that get removed during the refining process, plus high amounts of sugar are often added to manufactured chocolate. It's important to read nutrition labels to keep an eye out for potentially counteractive health effects. You'll want to aim for having chocolate with 70% or higher cocoa content. Dark chocolate typically contains less sugar and is a better option than other types of chocolate. It has also been found that theobromine in chocolate has similar effects as fluoride, which can help strengthen tooth enamel.

But, this doesn't mean to go to town on consuming chocolate and wine in surplus. It's important to enjoy these items in moderation, as too much of these treats can be unhealthy. So, remember this Valentine's Day, it's important to show your mouth some love, too!

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bluffton.com%2Fheres-healthy-valentines-day-wine-chocolate%2F&psig=AOvVaw2m7c1F4F3HsTvEfXpPj2o8&ust=1613432092968000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCJDMtYnF6u4CFQAAAAAdAAAAABAE

https://www.bluffton.com/heres-healthy-valentines-day-wine-chocolate/

https://www.healthline.com/health-news/red-wine-can-help-protect-your-teeth#Looking-ahead

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/321028#Polyphenols-to-the-rescue

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.synergyworldwideblog.com%2F2016%2F06%2Fnew-antioxidant-infographic.html&psig=AOvVaw0ae2yQJxrIQofLC1Jb4Ipk&ust=1613436254395000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCPjf5MjU6u4CFQAAAAAdAAAAABAJ

Preparing your Smile for Valentine's Day!

February 12th, 2021

Love is in the air! With Valentine's Day approaching there will be lots of kisses, roses, hearts, candy, chocolates, kind words, and lovely memories exchanged by many as people across the United States celebrate the occasion. As you begin to make plans for this special day, there is one important thing that you won't want to neglect: oral hygiene! Take a look at these tips and facts to get you ready to have a happy Valentine's Day:

Are cavities contagious?

When sharing your love with a kiss or even with a fork while indulging in tasty treats, you can also be passing harmful bacteria that can cause dental cavities. Be sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day and don't forget about flossing to help stay cavity-free! In addition, sharing items such as toothbrushes should be avoided.

Fighting bad breath

Everybody dislikes bad breath, but it can be fought! Bad breath can be caused by a number of factors, including poor oral hygiene, certain food, dental decay from bacteria, alcohol, smoking, or other health problems. For healthy fresh smelling breath you'll want to make sure that you have a superb daily oral hygiene routine. This includes brushing not just your teeth, but also your tongue which houses bacteria and food particles. Alcohol-free antibacterial mouth rinses can also help fight oral bacteria and gum disease, while also adding a minty fresh flavor. Other items such as sugarless chewing gum and sugar-free breath mints are also great options when you're on the run. If it's date night, you may want to stay away from pungent foods such as onions and garlic. If bad breath has been a persistent problem where nothing seems to help, there may be an underlying oral health problem going on s including tooth decay or gum disease, which your dental professional will help diagnose.

Want a brighter smile?

Teeth whitening treatments can help give you a confident bright smile. Teeth can become stained for many reasons, including tobacco use, certain medications, red winecoffee, teasoda, and age. There are several products and techniques available for patients who want to whiten their teeth. Come schedule an appointment and talk to the Smile Ambassadors at Wellesley Dental Group about the differences between in-office professional whitening and at-home whitening. Check out the in-office professional whitening we offer, here.

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Try to quit smoking

Smoking is not only bad for your overall health, but also can damage your oral health, cause bad breath, stain teeth, and increase your risk of developing gum disease and oral cancer.

Be mindful of Valentine's sweets

Just like Halloween, Valentine's Day can involve many delicious sweets that unfortunately can cause damage to your teeth. Try to avoid sticky candies like caramel and sweets high in sugar. If consuming sugary treats be sure to brush, floss, and consume water. Remember, everything in moderation is key.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/adults-under-40/healthy-habits/valentines-day

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fbenefitsbridge.unitedconcordia.com%2Fprepping-your-mouth-for-valentines-day%2F&psig=AOvVaw2R5qQFym3CZhppDr2-_Dpa&ust=1613095480988000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCOjG2JDf4O4CFQAAAAAdAAAAABAl

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.harfordcountydentistry.com%2Fdental-services%2Fteeth-whitening-fallston-md%2F&psig=AOvVaw0I-oJ_6i1FrU__AcMi7zbU&ust=1613099032360000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCPiQta3s4O4CFQAAAAAdAAAAABAD

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February Calls for a Heart to Heart

February 6th, 2021

February is a month that is near and dear to many of our hearts as it marks American Heart Month, which sheds light on the dangers of heart disease. This year marks the 57th consecutive American Heart Month. Heart disease, also known as cardiovascular disease, is the #1 cause of death in the United States causing about 1 in 4 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Heart disease encompasses many types of heart problems. Coronary artery disease (CAD), which can cause a heart attack, is the most common type of heart disease in America.

Heart disease is often referred to as the "silent killer" because it often goes undiagnosed until a person experiences chest pain, chest palpitations, or shortness of breath for instance and the person experiences a heart attack, heart arrhythmias, or heart failure.

Take a look at some of the symptoms, according to the AHA:

Heart disease can impact anyone. According to the AHA's Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics – 2021, approximately 18.6 million people across the globe died of heart disease in 2019, which is a 17.1% increase over the past 10 years. In addition, approximately 523.2 million cases of cardiovascular disease were reported in 2019, which also represents an increase of 26.6% over 10 years.

Dating back to history, President Lyndon B. Johnson, who had himself experienced heart attacks, was the first to issue a proclamation in 1964 that declared February as American Heart Month. Since then, U.S. President's continue this legacy. Check out this year's Proclamation on American Heart Month issued by President Joseph R. Biden Jr., here.

All month the American Heart Association (AHA) will be hosting exciting virtual experiences on relevant topics relating to heart disease each week. For example, the video "Heart to Heart: Why Losing One Woman Is Too Many" campaign will discuss how 1 in 3 women are diagnosed with heart disease each year. During this important month the AHA and other organizations emphasize the importance of heart health and continued research and efforts to help end this tremendous health threat!

Heart health is even more important as we battle against the COVID-19 pandemic, as the virus can have a negative impact on the heart and vascular system, as recent research shows according to the AHA. The AHA has also created the motto, "Don't Die of Doubt," which is a national awareness campaign reminding individuals that even as we conquer COVID-19 and there are concerns about visiting hospitals due to the presence of patients with coronavirus, hospitals are the safest place to go when you are experiencing symptoms. We also need to be conscious of our lifestyle decisions during this time of staying at home, as risk factors for heart disease include unhealthy behaviors including poor dietary habits, excessive alcohol consumption, and limited physical activity for example.

All in all, heart disease in many instances can be prevented with healthy lifestyle choices. According to the CDC, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, and smoking are top risk factors for heart disease. Shockingly, 47% of Americans according to the CDC have at least one of these risk factors. Other risk factors can include diabetes and obesity.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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://www.heart.org/en/about-us/heart-attack-and-stroke-symptoms

https://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/about.htm

https://www.heart.org/en/around-the-aha/february-is-american-heart-month

https://www.heart.org/

https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2021/02/03/proclamation-on-american-heart-month-2021/#:~:text=NOW%2C%20THEREFORE%2C%20I%2C%20JOSEPH,Day%20on%20February%205%2C%202021.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fagrilifetoday.tamu.edu%2F2021%2F02%2F01%2Ffebruary-ideal-month-to-focus-on-the-heart%2F&psig=AOvVaw3k1yOhgjxMumS-DAp6K0KY&ust=1612713316611000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCOji3b3P1e4CFQAAAAAdAAAAABAE

What to do about Swollen Tongue Bumps?

February 1st, 2021

Ever notice the rough small bumps on the top of your tongue when you look in the mirror? These bumps, known as papillae, naturally appear on all of our tongues and are typically the same color as the tongue. These bumps often appear small and have different names depending on their form and location. The bumps located in the front of the tongue and are called fungiform papillae, whereas the bumps appear slightly larger and in a V-shape near the back of the throat and are called circumvallate papillae. The Fungiform papillae contain taste buds and help us enjoy all of the tasty delicious foods we love.

Other types of papillae include Filiform papillae, which is the most common type and the only form of papillae that does not have taste buds. Another form of papillae are called Foliate papillae, which are present on the sides of your tongue.

Sometimes, you may notice the bumps become enlarged and inflamed. This could be due to a number of reasons, including canker sores, an oral infection, and in rare cases due to oral cancer. Take a look at some of the common causes of enlarged papillae:

  • Canker sores can be a real pain, and typically take around 10-14 days to resolve themselves without treatment. Canker sores typically present as painful red lesions. Over-the counter pain medications and salt-water rinses may help temporarily relieve pain.

  • Oral thrush is another condition that may trigger enlarged tongue papillae. It is caused by an accumulation of the fungus Candida albicans. It presents with white patches on the tongue or cheeks inside of the mouth, and may cause trouble swallowing and discomfort. Oral thrush is typically managed with oral anti-fungal medications prescribed by a health professional.

  • Lie bumps/transient lingual papillitis may occur as a result of the papillae being irritated, and is believed to be caused by stress, poor nutrition, smoking, allergic reactions, particular foods, or hormones, although definitive causes have not been determined. They present as small white or red bumps on the surface of the tongue. These bumps can also be painful and may alter your sense of taste. Lie bumps typically heal on their own after a few days and no treatment is necessary. However, if you are experiencing extreme pain or notice that the bumps do not resolve after several days, contact a health professional.

  • Leukoplakia, which is characterized by white patches, may appear on the gums, cheeks, or tongue. It is often associated with use of tobacco products. These lesions are typically noncancerous, however, it is a risk factor for oral cancer. Leukoplakia is usually painless and will heal on its own. Contact a dental professional if these lesions fail to heal or develop a red border.

  • Squamous cell papilloma may be present on the tongue and is often described as small noncancerous bumps. This condition is typically cause by infection with human papillomavirus (HPV). In rare cases this condition may become cancerous.

  • Oral cancer may occur in rare instances on the back of the tongue. Oral cancer may present as painful white or red bumps, and may bleed. These lesions must be biopsied for proper diagnosis and may be referred to an oncologist.
  • Eruptive lingual papillitis is a condition commonly seen in children, where the tongue may have show enlarged papillae. This condition is contagious and is typically caused by a viral infection. It typically resolves on its own in several days and does not require treatment.

If you notice enlarged or inflamed papilla on your tongue, usually there’s no need to be concerned. But, if the tongue bumps do not seem to be resolving or you are experiencing excruciating pain or trouble swallowing or speaking, it is best to consult your health care professional to be evaluated. In general, if you notice swollen tongue papilla, it is helpful to drink lots of water, use an alcohol-free mouthwash, avoid irritants such as tobacco products and acidic or spicy foods, and continue to practice proper oral hygiene.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/adult-oral-care/bumps-on-the-back-of-the-tongue-normal-or-abnormal

https://crest.com/en-us/oral-health/conditions/tongue-hygiene/tongue-bumps-enlarged-papillae-and-other-problems

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/mouth-sores-and-infections/what-are-lie-bumps

https://dermnetnz.org/topics/transient-lingual-papillitis/

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.yourdentistryguide.com%2Foral-thrush%2F&psig=AOvVaw1-pmhZ1xVNnaRPZH2Y1bor&ust=1612298599089000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCMilgr_Gye4CFQAAAAAdAAAAABAD

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.yahoo.com%2Flifestyle%2Fcovid-tongue-strange-under-radar-190918223.html&psig=AOvVaw1okqk9pwvqj3GIsNKzeD3u&ust=1612299042198000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCODdspTIye4CFQAAAAAdAAAAABAK

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Flupinepublishers.com%2Fpediatric-dentistry-journal%2Ffulltext%2Foral-squamous-papilloma-on-the-tongue-of-a-12-year-old-female.ID.000145.php&psig=AOvVaw01nbY9t8HGNp7Df3asdpPA&ust=1612299130445000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCJjMm7zIye4CFQAAAAAdAAAAABAD

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nhs.uk%2Fconditions%2Fleukoplakia%2F&psig=AOvVaw24H7bkZnsUX2BuuAJDJ8vG&ust=1612299331426000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCLi24JrJye4CFQAAAAAdAAAAABAD

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.medicalnewstoday.com%2Farticles%2Fcanker-sore-on-tongue&psig=AOvVaw0dbRgjnKhBPJl4I-YCAnTR&ust=1612299384991000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCLi8kLTJye4CFQAAAAAdAAAAABAD

Kidney Function and Gum Disease: New Study

January 25th, 2021

Swollen, red, and tender gums, mobile teeth, bad breath, tooth loss: Do these symptoms sound familiar? Periodontal disease, also known as a later and more harmful form of gum disease, is a commonly reported disease as approximately 47.2% of adults over the age of 30 years in the United States have some degree of periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is an inflammatory disease which has been linked to many other systemic diseases, for instance, metabolic syndrome, heart disease, diabetes, and much more. Earlier research has even showed a link between gum disease and chronic kidney disease. Studies have suggested that gum inflammation can lead to worsened kidney function.

The Oral Microbiome: A New Culture of Health & Well-being | by Bonnie Feldman | Medium

A new study conducted by researchers at the University of Birmingham evaluated the connection between periodontal inflammation and kidney function. They analyzed more than 700 patients with chronic kidney disease and found that simply a 10% increase in gum inflammation lowers kidney function by 3%! They found that the increase in gum inflammation also increases the risk of kidney failure from 32%-34% over a 5 year period. The study also reported that a 10% reduction in kidney function increases periodontal inflammation by 25%.

The researchers reported that the link between periodontal disease and kidney function was a result of oxidative stress, which is a biological process where the body’s tissues become damaged due to an improper amount of oxygen reactive species (ROS) and antioxidants in the body. This is groundbreaking research because, "This is the first paper to quantify the casual effect of periodontitis on kidney function and vice-versa as well as the first to elucidate the pathways involved…It showed that even a modest reduction in gum inflammation can benefit renal function. Given the relative ease of achieving a 10% reduction in gum inflammation, through simple measures like correct brushing techniques and cleaning between the teeth, these results are very interesting,” according to lead study author, Dr Praveen Sharma.

As more research continues to be done pertaining to kidney function and periodontal disease, it will be exciting to see how improvement in oral health can help improve the overall health of individuals.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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://www.cdc.gov/oralhealth/conditions/periodontal-disease.html

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/01/210105095615.htm

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.absolutedental.com%2Fblog%2F10-health-issues-caused-by-bad-oral-health%2F&psig=AOvVaw0BlLu29W0Q6Syx-TQYHyPf&ust=1611606783829000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCKipqam1te4CFQAAAAAdAAAAABAD

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fmedium.com%2F%40DrBonnie360%2Fthe-oral-microbiome-a-new-culture-of-health-well-being-1d26147214d9&psig=AOvVaw1V3wcDToy99LCHCrkzV5PZ&ust=1611606934043000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCKi0jOm1te4CFQAAAAAdAAAAABA8

Got Chapped Lips?

January 21st, 2021

Dry or chapped lips can be a true mood killer, especially when you’re trying to speak, eat, or smile! Chapped lips are extremely uncomfortable, and when they begin to peel it can be a real pain, both literally and figuratively.  Even so, dry lips also look painful. It’s important to know how to care for your lips and keep them healthy and protected.

But what causes dry lips to occur? According to the Cleveland Clinic, the skin that makes up the lips are thin and can dry out 10 times quicker than the skin on other areas of the face. People may experience dry lips as a result of an allergic reaction, trauma, cold weather, frequent licking of the lips, smoking, mouth breathing, dehydration, certain medications, medical conditions (i.e. lupus) , ultraviolet rays from sun exposure, and nutritional deficiencies, for instance.

With dry lips also may come cracking at the corners of the mouth, known as angular cheilitis. The corners of the mouth can also become infected by bacteria. Individuals who suck their thumbs or those who wear poorly fitted dentures have an increased risk of developing angular cheilitis.

Signs of angular cheilitis can include:

  • Bleeding
  • Blisters
  • Cracks
  • Crust
  • Itchy
  • Painful
  • Red
  • Scaly
  • Swollen

Another form of cheilitis is actinic cheilitis, which is dry lips caused by excessive sun exposure.

Luckily, dry lips can be managed! Be sure to keep your lips protected in both cold and hot environments, as both cool windy weather and sun exposure on a hot summer day can be harsh on your lips. Try using a lip balm with sunscreen to help keep your lips moist. The American Academy of Dermatology also recommends using lip balms containing petroleum jelly to help keep the lips moist. Plus, if you notice the air in your home is dry, a humidifier can help add moisture to the air and help manage dry lips. Not to mention, staying hydrated with water is particularly necessary to keep your skin healthy. If you notice any lip dryness or irritation after using a new lip balm or face moisture, be cautious with use as it may be a sign of an allergic reaction.

Avoid licking your lips when they feel chapped at all costs, as this makes them drier than before. It's also important not to peel or bite your lips when they feel dry and flaky. If these tips and tricks don’t seem to help, or if you notice your condition is severe, be sure to check with a dermatologist or doctor to help manage dry lips.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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://www.webmd.com/oral-health/angular-cheilitis#1

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/dry-mouth/waking-up-with-dry-mouth

https://health.clevelandclinic.org/6-tips-to-protect-your-lips-from-the-cold/

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.goodhousekeeping.com%2Fbeauty%2Fanti-aging%2Ftips%2Fa16642%2Fdry-skin-relief%2F&psig=AOvVaw2q6L4bDOs8a569C9nqWpYX&ust=1611288398240000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCKDjt5yTrO4CFQAAAAAdAAAAABAK

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.wikihow.health%2FHelp-Chapped-Lips&psig=AOvVaw2q6L4bDOs8a569C9nqWpYX&ust=1611288398240000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCKDjt5yTrO4CFQAAAAAdAAAAABAQ

 

All About the Bacteria Living Inside of Us

January 15th, 2021

Believe it or not, bacteria living inside of our bodies is a natural part of our lives. Even within our mouths there are tons of bacteria living harmoniously. A new study performed by researchers at Harvard University in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology assessed the oral microbiome to learn more about why certain bacteria tend to be abundant in particular places of the mouth while not present in other places. The study, which was published in Genome Biology this past December, found numerous genes that may explain why this phenomenon occurs.

Lead author of the study Daniel R. Utter noted, "As microbial ecologists, we are fascinated by how bacteria can seemingly divide up any habitat into various niches, but as humans ourselves, we also have this innate curiosity about how microbes pattern themselves within our bodies." The study authors also questioned how bacteria may end up in the wrong place within our bodies, and how might we add the correct bacteria into its normal place when necessary? New technology in the field has helped researchers tackle these questions and some of the major challenges in analyzing the diverse groups of bacteria and their scientific properties.

According to the study, the mouth carries an astonishing amount of site-specific microbes in different areas. For example, the microbes found on the tongue are unique to the microbes found in the plaque on the surfaces of your teeth.  Co-author A. Murat Eren, assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Chicago, stated, "Your tongue microbes are more similar to those living on someone else's tongue than they are to those living in your throat or on your gums!"

The researchers first looked at 100 genomes representing four common oral bacterial species as references, and then compared them to the oral bacteria sampled in the mouths of hundreds of volunteer research participants from the Human Microbiome Project (HMP). They found a significant amount of variability of bacteria between different parts of the mouth, in particular on the tongue, cheeks, and tooth surfaces.  In several instances the researchers identified a specific group of genes that may play a role in the bacterial group's specific location within the mouth.

The researchers hope that these findings could help the future of targeted probiotics to help manipulate beneficial microbes to a specific location. They are looking forward to further research that could offer new knowledge on oral microbes and our health.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/12/201218165105.htm

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fdrania.com%2Fwhy-your-migraines-might-be-caused-by-oral-bacteria%2F&psig=AOvVaw0oGXkMwn-7bAtEvxTfSlml&ust=1610819537876000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCLj5kcbAnu4CFQAAAAAdAAAAABAJ

Could Poor Oral Health be Related to Metabolic Syndrome? 

January 11th, 2021

Having swollen or bleeding gums? No one likes that. Gum disease can involve pesky symptoms such as swollen inflamed gums, gums that bleed easily, bad breath, and painful chewing, for instance. A main cause of gum disease is dental plaque, which with good oral health practices can be managed and prevented! When dental plaque adheres to the surfaces of your teeth and is not removed, this can lead to gum inflammation. Gingivitis can progress into periodontal disease, in which irreversible bone loss and tissue damage begins to occur. Unfortunately, gum disease can lead to permanent tooth loss. But, that's not all! Periodontal disease has also been found in many research studies to be linked with several other systemic diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, and now also metabolic syndrome, according to a new study.

Researchers at Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU) found that a common bacteria known to cause periodontal disease, Porphyromonas gingivalis (P. gingivalis), also has the capability to cause skeletal muscle metabolic dysfunction through changing an individual's gut microbiome.The purpose of their study, according to the study's author Kazuki Watanabe, was to determine how infection with periodontal bacteria may lead to metabolic changes in skeletal muscle and ultimately lead to metabolic syndrome. However, the study reports that a direct link between the periodontal bacteria and the metabolic function of skeletal muscle has not been proven yet.

The oral cavitiy is a true window into the rest of the body. Oral inflammation caused by periodontal bacteria can influence inflammation within other parts of the body, and the study reports that it can lead to increases in body weight and increased insulin resistance. The body's resistance to insulin is a huge part of type 2 diabetes, in addition to the development of metabolic syndrome.

What's Metabolic syndrome?

Metabolic syndrome consists of multiple conditions in association with each other, including high blood pressure, high blood sugar levels, obesity, abnormal fat metabolism, and systemic inflammation.

The researchers studied individuals with metabolic syndrome and discovered that these individuals had high antibody titers against P. gingivalis, meaning they had likely been infected with the bacteria. In addition, they found a positive correlation between the antibody titers and increased insulin resistance. The researchers then observed mice given both a high fat diet, a common risk factor for developing metabolic syndrome, and P. gingivalis injected orally. As a result, they discovered that the mice developed an increased insulin resistance, fat infiltration, and lower uptake of sugar into the skeletal muscle creating metabolic dysfunction when compared to mice not infected with the bacteria. The researchers noted a significant difference in the gut microorganisms in the mice infected with P. gingivalis versus the mice that were not infected.

So, one important thing that the researchers noted in their study is how periodontal disease can impact other parts of the body, and not just the mouth. More research is needed to investigate the link between periodontal disease and metabolic syndrome.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/12/201208111428.htm

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/metabolic-syndrome/symptoms-causes/syc-20351916

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fflairzhealth.com%2Fwhat-is-the-metabolic-syndrome%2F&psig=AOvVaw2Cz9QHTUqmTqo55YxjB1dP&ust=1610405890584000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCMiIksu7ku4CFQAAAAAdAAAAABA3

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.dockeodental.com%2Fgum-disease%2F&psig=AOvVaw1fQ3ks6wQZmJ_Jv-DJufGS&ust=1610406249444000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCLi0-vm8ku4CFQAAAAAdAAAAABAp

New Year, New You: Dental Resolutions

January 5th, 2021

It’s a new year, which for many means starting the year off with a clean slate and resolutions to achieve throughout the year. 2021 is here, and like many individuals, improving health typically tops the list for New Year’s resolutions, as people often place exercising more and eating healthier as a high priority. What about your dental health? Improving your dental health can be another great resolution to incorporate on your list. Preventing tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health issues is key to improving your overall wellness. Sometimes, we make New Year’s resolutions that don’t always stick after the holidays, however, making small strides to achieve your goals can be a perfect start.

Check out these resolutions that can help improve your dental health this New Year:

Improve your Oral Hygiene Routine

As you know, brushing and flossing each day are key to helping fight against cavities and a long list of oral health issues. It is important to brush at least twice a day for two minutes each time, particularly after eating and before bedtime. For proper brushing, an ADA-approved soft bristled toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste are recommended. Your toothbrush should be angled toward your gum line when brushing and use gentle and short strokes to help remove the food particles and oral bacteria. You also don’t want to forget to brush your tongue! According to the American Dental Association (ADA), you should replace your toothbrush approximately every 3 to 4 months, or sooner if you have been sick or you notice the bristles are frayed. But, the fun shouldn’t stop there, flossing is equally important. It’s necessary to floss at least once a day to help remove food particles in hard-to-reach areas in between teeth where most cavities begin. Flossing is also important to help reduce your risk of gum disease. Flossing can be easy to forget sometimes, but try putting a reminder in your phone or calendar, or place a box of floss in your purse or out on the counter so that it is visible. Not to mention, flossing and brushing properly will help keep your breath fresh. Plus, using an antimicrobial and fluoride mouth rinse daily can be a great addition to improve your oral health.

Limit Sugary and Acidic Foods

Your diet plays a huge role in your oral health, too. Cavity-causing bacteria love to eat sugar and starches. If food particles are left on the surfaces of teeth, the bacteria can produce acids from the dental plaque which damages your tooth enamel and can lead to decay. In addition, acidic foods can lead to enamel erosion and weaken your teeth. Try checking food and beverage labels to see the sugar content and do your best to only consume these items in moderation. Instead of sugary treats, try adding more tooth-friendly healthy foods to your diet. This can include foods like dairy products, which are high in calcium. In addition, foods high in fiber often stimulate saliva and can help naturally remove dental plaque. If consuming sugary or acidic beverages, grab a straw to help limit the beverages contact with your teeth and be sure to drink water afterwards to help rinse your mouth.

Drink Lots of Water

Water not only will improve your overall health, but also your dental health, too. Staying hydrated with water is necessary to helping prevent cavities by diluting acids within the mouth and rinsing away food particles.

Quit Using Tobacco Products

This year, say no to tobacco use to help improve your oral and overall health. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), smoking has been found to double your risk for gum disease, and is related to many other health problems. Try checking out the Massachusetts Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Program, which offers information and resources that can help individuals quit. Also, check out a list of resources and other helpful information on our WDG blog here.

Schedule your Dental Visit

Be sure to schedule your dental check-up to help maintain your oral health. Dental visits are necessary to ensure the health of your mouth and to catch any disease or oral health problem early so that it can be managed appropriately. The New Year is also the perfect time to finish or begin any dental work, for instance dental crowns, implants, or fillings. If you are interested in brightening your smile, talk with your dentist about whitening options. The New Year may also be a great time to correct an abnormal bite or straighten your teeth with orthodontic treatment.

So, what’s on your resolution list this year?

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.drappolon.com%2Fyour-2020-dental-health-resolutions%2F&psig=AOvVaw3UdZWSibfwUM2X_3HyhT0K&ust=1609698909190000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCJC3mPjx_e0CFQAAAAAdAAAAABAc

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/adult-oral-care/a-new-years-you-dental-health-resolutions

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/brushing-and-flossing/looking-after-your-teeth-five-new-years-resolutions-for-a-healthier-mouth

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/cavities/how-to-prevent-cavities-healthy-new-years-dental-resolutions

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwonderopolis.org%2Fwonder%2Fwhat-is-junk-food&psig=AOvVaw0NVDd4oVZg4fLnskBzTH3R&ust=1609821743313000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCOjFgMC7ge4CFQAAAAAdAAAAABAJ

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https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.dentalcare.com%2Fen-us%2Fpatient-education%2Fpatient-materials%2Fmanual-brushing-and-flossing&psig=AOvVaw1wmUVWNn4IE_X2w9yl2-W2&ust=1609821923248000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCLCU45G8ge4CFQAAAAAdAAAAABAD

The Benefits of a Salt Water Gargle

December 31st, 2020

After experiencing the annoying symptoms of a sore throat or mild pain in your mouth, have you ever turned to a salt water mouth rinse for comfort? The use of salt for medicinal purposes dates far back to 1600 B.C. in Egypt, according to the Science Tribune. Although salt water rinses cannot replace proper dental hygiene practices such as brushing and flossing, it can be a positive addition to your oral routine when trying to relieve symptoms from a sore throat or gum sores for instance. In addition, the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends the use of a warm salt water rinse after dental extractions to help promote healing of the extraction sites. Rinsing with salt water after dental extractions can also help keep food particles out of the extraction site and lower the risk of developing an infection. Rinsing with salt water has been a cost-friendly, safe, and effective way to help alleviate symptoms of common oral conditions without irritating the oral tissues, as do some conventional mouthwashes that contain alcohol.

Some common uses for an oral salt water rinse include soothing the pain from sore throats, canker sores, respiratory infections, and allergies. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), saltwater rinses can help lower the risk of infections, especially for individuals undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy. In addition, a study published in International Journal of Preventive Medicine in 2013 found that those who gargled with salt water were less likely to have upper respiratory infections.

Does salt water reduce oral bacteria?

According to Medical News Today, salt water can kill some, but not all, oral bacteria and help bring some bacteria to the surface of the gums by temporarily creating a less acidic environment in your mouth. This harms bacteria, which tend to thrive in a more acidic environment, which is harmful to your oral health and can lead to tooth decay.

How do you make a salt water mouth rinse?

The ADA recommends mixing half of a teaspoon (tsp) of salt with 8 ounces of warm water until combined. Another recipe according to the ACS involves combining 1 qt water, 1 tsp salt, and 1 tsp baking soda.

When rinsing with salt water, gargle the solution around the back of the throat and rinse around your gums and teeth for approximately 30 seconds, then spit the solution out. Rinsing with salt water can be done several times a day. However, if used over a long period of time over time, an oral salt solution may negatively affect the tooth enamel, leading to tooth decay.

If instructed to use the salt water rinse by your dental professional, be sure to follow your instructions given. If you have high blood pressure (hypertension), it is best to discuss with your dentist before using salt water rinses.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/mouth-sores-and-infections/how-salt-water-mouth-rinse-benefits-oral-health

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/325238

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DIljWnRjvdf4&psig=AOvVaw2ktupQYRzE1ATzw8uMKlkj&ust=1609353250412000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCLiTuqXq8-0CFQAAAAAdAAAAABAY

https://www.verywellhealth.com/how-to-make-saline-solution-salt-water-mouth-rinse-4109216

https://www.guardiandirect.com/resources/articles/how-saltwater-rinse-can-improve-your-oral-health

Tips to Consider this Holiday Season

December 24th, 2020

As the pandemic still remains as we approach the holidays and a new year, we know that we must all continue to do our part to avoid increasing our and other people’s risk of contracting COVID-19. Although normal family gatherings and celebrations will be different this winter, we must not forget about our mental and physical health (including the health of our teeth!)

Please review some of these quick tips to consider this holiday season:

Manage your Stress

The holidays can be stressful, especially during a global pandemic! Anxiety and stress can lead to the development of detrimental habits if not managed properly. Some harmful dental habits include teeth grinding (bruxism), nail biting, and using your teeth as tools such as to crack open nuts, bottles, or packages. These negative habits can lead to tooth enamel fracture and the need for additional dental procedures. In addition, nail biting can add germs and viruses from the outside world into your body. If you notice that your stress levels may be out of control, take a look at some tips to stay mentally and physically healthy during these troubling times, here.

Stay On Top of Your Dental Hygiene Routine

It can be easy to get off of your normal oral hygiene routine over the holidays. With lots of shopping and holiday festivities, brushing or flossing your teeth may get pushed to the wayside. But, letting food sit on and in-between your teeth can cause the bacteria within your mouth to have a field day, and not a fun one! The bacteria can feed off of the leftover food particles and create acids that breakdown your tooth enamel. It’s important to stay on track and brush at least twice a day for two minutes each time. Flossing is also an important part of keeping your teeth healthy and dazzling. If you are traveling this holiday season, be sure to continue to follow COVID-19 safety precautions and also pack your complete dental care travel kit equipped with a toothbrush, a fluoride toothpaste, dental floss, and mouthwash. Remember, keeping up with your oral hygiene is important for managing your overall health.

Watch out for Sticky and Chewy Sweets

Lots of tasty holiday treats are what we all usually look forward to during this time. But, the sticky, hard, chewy, and high sugar content in some sweets can be damaging to your teeth and lead to the development of cavities, toothaches, and tooth fracture. For instance, holiday staples like dried fruit, eggnog, candy canes, caramel, candy apples, and gummies can be damaging to your teeth. Plus, soda and alcohol can be high in sugar and can be acidic. Be sure to brush and floss after consuming these treats and remember, moderation is key. It is also better to consume these treats with meals rather than as snacks throughout the day, because snacking increases the frequency your mouth is subject to a more acidic and harmful environment. Instead, opt for more tooth-friendly treats such as nuts, cheeses, fruit, and vegetables.

Keep up with Your Dentist Check-Ups

Make sure that you are visiting your dentist for your regular check-ups. Let your dentist know of any concerns you may have about your mouth. Your dentist will check during your oral exam for any issues to ensure your overall health.

Keep your teeth merry and bright by following these precautions over the holiday season.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ne.ncsu.edu%2Fnews%2F2019%2Fhappy-holidays-wish%2F&psig=AOvVaw2gBvcZVXZ-6wQybqP0tmMH&ust=1608911250601000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCNin38775u0CFQAAAAAdAAAAABAT

https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/features/holiday-smile#

https://www.dentalassociates.com/blog/7-oral-health-tips-and-tricks-healthy-holiday-season

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.jnj.com%2Fhealth-and-wellness%2F9-tips-to-boost-your-oral-hygiene-routine&psig=AOvVaw22brc9C2tC7EiGe7iyPxU2&ust=1608911375165000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCIiyxov85u0CFQAAAAAdAAAAABAD

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fhuntortho.com%2Fabout-braces%2Fcomplete-care-guide-for-your-teeth-with-braces%2F&psig=AOvVaw2Prvmm0P1-xS9_WX1jfb18&ust=1608911442129000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCMDDxLb85u0CFQAAAAAdAAAAABAe

COVID-19 Vaccine: Here's What you need to Know

December 16th, 2020

It has been a long journey through the COVID-19 pandemic likely for everyone. As the coronavirus deaths in the United States have reached over 300,000 individuals, it can be challenging at times to see a silver lining. But, we are all stronger together and must continue to do our part in helping to keep ourselves and others safe and healthy during these challenging times. Now, news of the first doses of an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer-BioNTech has been sent to all 50 states in the U.S., in addition to the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The CEO of Pfizer reported that the company is aiming to make 1.3 billon COVID-19 vaccine doses across the world next year, and approximately 2.9 million doses of the vaccine will be received across the U.S. this week. As of right now the first doses of the vaccine are being distributed to health care workers due to the limited supply, and it may take months until the vaccine can be administered to the general public, according to CNN.

Sadly, the pandemic is not slowing down, with approximately 110,000 current COVID-19 hospitalizations reported in the U.S. on Monday, December 14th, as reported by the Covid Tracking Project. According to CNN, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, warned that even with the introduction of a vaccine, "I don't believe we're going to be able to throw the masks away and forget about physical separation in congregate settings for a while, probably likely until we get into the late fall and early next winter.” He also commented on the effectiveness of the vaccine, stating, "It's going to be gradual, and I think we will know when we see the level of infection in the country at a dramatically lower level than it is right now that we can start gradually tiptoeing towards normality."

The vaccine is currently authorized for emergency use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has authorized it to be given to people 16 and older. CNN also reports that Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine is also being reviewed and may be the next in line to be authorized for emergency use in the near future. According to the FDA, the most commonly reported side effects of the vaccine were pain at the injection site, tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, joint pain, and fever. Most individuals reported these side effects after the second dose than after the first dose, and stated that the effects lasted typically for several days.

Some individuals may be concerned about receiving the COVID-19 vaccination, but the CDC reassures that routine processes and procedures remain in place for the safety and efficacy of the vaccines. Read more about how the U.S. vaccine safety system is ensuring the safety of COVID-19 vaccines.

Check out these benefits of getting a COVID-19 vaccine per the CDC:

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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://www.cnn.com/2020/12/14/health/us-coronavirus-monday/index.html

https://www.fda.gov/emergency-preparedness-and-response/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/pfizer-biontech-covid-19-vaccine

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/8-things.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/vaccine-benefits.html

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fvaccines%2Fcovid-19%2Findex.html&psig=AOvVaw1iwzWjGykyfWV5jQZRpZWN&ust=1608221526923000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCKC4vZzy0u0CFQAAAAAdAAAAABAJ

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.thelocal.it%2F20201118%2Fhow-italy-is-preparing-for-a-covid-19-vaccine&psig=AOvVaw1iwzWjGykyfWV5jQZRpZWN&ust=1608221526923000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCKC4vZzy0u0CFQAAAAAdAAAAABAO

Why Should I Wear a Mask?

December 11th, 2020

We've all had to adapt to a lot of changes in 2020, with masks being one of our daily life adjustments. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend everyone continue to wear masks to help lower the risk of spreading COVID-19, which has been found to be transmitted mainly through respiratory droplets from simply talking, coughing, sneezing, or even breathing. The use of masks is particularly important as COVID-19 can be spread from individuals who are not experiencing any symptoms but who are unknowingly infected with the virus. According to the CDC, not only do masks help prevent you from releasing respiratory droplets, but they also help reduce the risk of you inhaling  these droplets.The CDC reports that multi-layer cloth masks effectively block the exhalation of most large droplets (i.e., 20-30 microns and larger) in addition to up to 50-70% of aerosols smaller than 10 microns that are common when individuals speak.

Several studies have shown the benefits of communities universally wearing masks in helping to lower the spread of COVID-19, plus lowering the amount of mortality rates from the virus. As reported by the CDC, an economic analysis based on United States data revealed that increasing universal use of masks by 15% could prevent the need for lockdowns and lower associated losses of up to $1 trillion (approx. 5%) of gross domestic product. More research is actively being conducted to further explore the benefits of masks and determine filtering effectiveness for instance. The CDC states that they will update their recommendations as new scientific evidence becomes available.

According to the CDC, individuals aged two years and older should wear masks in public and when around people who don’t live in their household.​ In addition, individuals also should practice social distancing while wearing masks. In certain circumstances individuals should not wear a mask, including people who are younger than two years old, those with trouble breathing, and those who may have sensory, cognitive, or behavioral conditions for instance.

Be sure to wear your mask, for your safety and the safety of others! To follow social distancing guidelines and ensure safety, our office at WDG requires everyone entering the office to wear a mask. In addition, you can learn more about the increased safety and our latest equipment additions on our blog post: https://www.wellesleydentalgroup.com/blog/2020/05/whats-new-at-wdg-covid-19-safety-precautions

But, not all masks are created equally! Check out the types of masks that recommended vs. not recommended according to the CDC:

The CDC does not recommend using masks with exhalation valves/vents as respiratory droplets may exit the vents and contribute to the spread of COVID-19. Further research on these masks are ongoing.

The CDC also states that face shields or goggles should NOT substitute for masks and should not be placed on newborns or infants.

Experiencing skin trouble from wearing a mask? Take a look at these skin care recommendations on our blog: https://www.wellesleydentalgroup.com/blog/2020/07/the-latest-science-on-masks-plus-skincare-tips

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover-guidance.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/more/masking-science-sars-cov2.html?for-guid=b9fa359a-5e8b-11ea-9855-1267072b3abf&utm_source=usatoday-Coronavirus%20Watch&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=baseline_greeting&utm_term=newsletter_greeting

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.wsj.com%2Farticles%2Fhow-face-masks-work-and-which-types-offer-the-best-covid-19-protection-11595946178&psig=AOvVaw3HcChEzTkC5EHBw-Zs0xGZ&ust=1606666959581000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCLjKqYLTpe0CFQAAAAAdAAAAABAK

Keeping your Hands Germ-Free!

December 6th, 2020

National Handwashing Awareness Week is coming up (each 2nd week of December), and clean hands have never mattered more! With the COVID-19 pandemic still impacting all of our daily lives, it is of utmost importance to have excellent hand hygiene to help slow the spread of coronavirus and other infectious diseases.

No matter what time of day it is or what activity you are doing, germs can be all around us at any time. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), having good hand hygiene is an important step in preventing getting sick and spreading germs to others. Germs are easily spread from other people or surfaces, for example when touching your face with unwashed hands, eating or preparing food with unwashed hands, touching unclean surfaces, or blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing into unwashed hands.

Each December, National Handwashing Awareness Week is the perfect time to remind us all how big of an impact hand washing can have on our health. We all know how important keeping your hands clean is, but what exactly are the risks connected with not washing our hands? The CDC reports that proper handwashing with soap and water can prevent 1 in 3 diarrheal illnesses and 1 in 5 respiratory infections, such as a cold or the flu.

Check out these facts and tips for proper handwashing:  

The CDC recommends washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (approximately the time it takes to sing the "Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice), or when unable, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol to clean your hands. Although hand sanitizers can help quickly lower the number of germs on hands, they do not eliminate all types of germs.

So, be sure to keep your hands clean for your health and the health of others!

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.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

References:

https://www.snapcomms.com/blog/national-hand-washing-awareness-week

https://www.nphic.org/nphichighlights/3811-newshighlight-2

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fpublichealthmaps.org%2Fcalendar%2F2020%2F12%2F7%2Fnational-handwashing-awareness-week&psig=AOvVaw01A9mphaql_005cSvgpOPR&ust=1606763146840000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCJD6ybm5qO0CFQAAAAAdAAAAABAQ

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World AIDS Day

December 1st, 2020

December 1st each year marks World AIDS Day, which was first observed in 1988. Every year, organizations and people across the globe spread awareness about HIV and AIDS to help increase the public's knowledge and counter HIV stigma. This year's theme is “Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic: Resilience and Impact."

Red ribbon for AIDS awareness

So, what is HIV and AIDS? HIV, also known as human immunodeficiency virus, is a viral disease that attacks CD4 cells, which are a specific type of T cell that our immune system needs to help fight off infections and keep us healthy when we get sick. If HIV progresses untreated, the CD4 cell count can be so low that the disease can be progressed to AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome), where the immune system no longer fights infections and is in a life-threatening weakened state. HIV impacts over 1.2 million people in the United States alone, and can commonly be contracted through sexual contact or use of a contaminated needle or syringe. But, approximately 1 in 8 people in the United States are living with HIV but are unaware that they have the virus. This is one of the reasons why HIV testing and early diagnosis is extremely important. If you believe you have come into contact with HIV, it is important to get tested immediately. According to the  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), routine testing for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases is recommended for anyone who is sexually active with a new partner or multiple partners.

Currently there is no exact cure for HIV, however, HIV can be effectively managed through antiretroviral therapy and continued monitoring of CD4 cell levels in the body for those who have living with HIV. If an individual is initially exposed to HIV, post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) therapy should be started as soon as possible to potentially block HIV infection, and is typically recommended to be taken for up to 4 weeks.

Interestingly, HIV can have a significant impact on your oral health. In fact, your mouth may be the first part of your body to be affected with HIV. Individuals with HIV may be a greater risk for developing the following oral conditions:

 

  • White lesions on the sides of the tongue (oral hairy leukoplakia)

  • Red band gingivitis

HIV Infection—AIDS | Pocket Dentistry

  • Ulcerative periodontitis
  • Karposi’s Sarcoma

Picture of Kaposi's Sarcoma of the Palate Otolaryngology Houston

  • Outbreaks of herpes simplex virus

  • Mouth ulcers

Should I worry about mouth ulcers? - Redmires Dental Care Website

Oral issues related to HIV can be painful and may contribute to trouble chewing or swallowing. Most mouth health problems related to HIV can be resolved and managed by your dental professional. It's important to visit your dentist for routine check-ups and continue practicing good oral hygiene. If taking HIV medicine, inform your health care professionals if you are experiencing dry mouth potentially from the medication or any other oral conditions related to HIV.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/hiv-aids-and-stds/dental-problems-associated-with-hiv-aids

https://www.nidcr.nih.gov/health-info/hiv-aids/more-info#:~:text=Some%20of%20the%20most%20common,tongue)%2C%20and%20dental%20caries.

https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/h/hiv-aids-and-dental-health

https://www.hiv.gov/events/awareness-days/world-aids-day

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ghorayeb.com%2Fkaposisarcoma.html&psig=AOvVaw1Jk_rUZh6xFadRdM8zWYkT&ust=1606916655969000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCLDpmZ31rO0CFQAAAAAdAAAAABAD

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fpocketdentistry.com%2Fhiv-infection-aids%2F&psig=AOvVaw0ApVmRpRCPMuHq_8z04Cv0&ust=1606916702827000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCOjGmrH1rO0CFQAAAAAdAAAAABAK

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.redmiresdentalcare.co.uk%2F2017%2F08%2Fshould-i-worry-about-mouth-ulcers%2F&psig=AOvVaw3r9FIjd3uQ44DlK3p1vhXx&ust=1606916774716000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCKC4oM_1rO0CFQAAAAAdAAAAABAJ

How to Prepare for a Safe Thanksgiving

November 25th, 2020

We’ve all had to make many sacrifices and adjust to a lot of change as we continue fighting through the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. Much like all of the other holidays this year, Thanksgiving will be celebrated uniquely. For many families, Thanksgiving is marked by being surrounded by family and friends with lots of tasty food. Thanksgiving gatherings often involve families and loved ones, including parents, grandparents, friends, children, and college students traveling long distances to come together, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns that travel greatly increases the risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19. It’s undeniable that individuals are starting to feel “pandemic fatigue,” as several months have passed since the onset of COVID-19. But health professionals and experts are cautioning individuals to be mindful and not relax on safety practices when it comes to the holidays. Coronavirus is still steadily increasing, with more than 1 million COVID-19 cases reported in the United States over the last week, according to the CDC. According to the Washington Post, Michelle DallaPiazza, an infectious diseases specialist at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School stated, “There is a real danger in complacency, and we are seeing the effects of that play out in real time…Across the country, we have begun to see another increase in infections and deaths after a period of time with low transmission.”

Health experts are encouraging individuals to stay home to protect yourself and others. If you are considering traveling and/or gathering for Thanksgiving, it is important to understand the risks involved and follow safe preventative guidelines when celebrating:

Traveling Safety Precautions:

If you are considering traveling for Thanksgiving, the CDC recommends asking these questions before making your decision to travel. Keep these safety guidelines in mind when traveling:

If You Are Sick, Stay Home

If you are experiencing symptoms or do not feel well stay at home and do not gather with others.

Wash Your Hands Frequently

It’s important to regularly and thoroughly wash your hands. Hand washing should last at least 20 seconds. When unable to wash your hands with soap and water, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content.

Wear your Mask

Be sure to wear your mask, only removing when eating and drinking. Keep your mask over your nose and mouth and ensure that it is tightly secured under your chin and against the sides of your face.

Keep it Small

Do your best to only be around a limited amount of people. If possible, plan for gatherings that only include people who live in the same house. If attending another household, to make the celebration safer bring your own food, drinks, plates, cups, and utensils.

Social Distance

Maintain social distancing guidelines of staying at least 6 feet apart (about two arm lengths apart) from individuals who do not live in the same household as you.

Celebrate Virtually

Try a virtual Thanksgiving dinner via FaceTime, Zoom, Skype, WhatsApp, or other social media platforms with your loved ones. You can share screens and watch television, sports, or play fun games!

The CDC classifies holiday activities into the following categories:

We wish you all a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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://www.washingtonpost.com/health/holiday-coronavirus-family-gatherings/2020/10/30/3b938d48-14aa-11eb-bc10-40b25382f1be_story.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays/thanksgiving.html

https://www.bassettcreekdental.com/news/2020/11/planning-safe-thanksgiving

Is the Stress of COVID-19 Getting to you, and your Teeth?

November 22nd, 2020

Have you noticed an increase in your stress levels lately? The COVID-19 pandemic has unexpectedly had an undeniable impact on our lives in many ways. With many lives lost, financial hardships, isolation, and continued uncertainty, health care professionals, especially dentists, are noticing an increase in stress-related health issues.

Many have had to adapt to different work, home, and school environments, become used to digital technology, and add new precautionary practices to daily life routines like wearing a mask and practicing social distancing. The American Psychological Association (APA) warns that over time, the negative mental health effects of the coronavirus pandemic can be serious and long-lasting.

Not much has changed in terms of practicing universal precautions for all patients of dental professionals, as these practices were implemented at the peak of the AIDS crisis in the 1980's. Due to these safe practices and use of personal protective equipment, epidemiologists and the American Dental Association (ADA) have reported that there are no cases of COVID-19 outbreaks associated to any dental offices in the United States!

According to the ADA Health Policy Institute's COVID-19 impact poll to dentists in the United States, dentists are seeing an increase in stress-related oral health conditions in patients since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Approximately 59.4% of the participating dentists reported increases in the prevalence of tooth grinding (bruxism), 53.4% chipped and cracked teeth, and 53.4% temporomandibular disorder symptoms among their patients. Plus, approximately 26.4% documented an increase in tooth decay (caries), and 29.7% reported an increase in periodontal disease. As of the week of Sept. 21, greater than 99% of dental offices in the United States were open according to the American Dental Association (ADA).

The overall health and safety of patients remains our #1 priority. It’s important to acknowledge any stress you may feel, know how to cope with stress, and where to turn for help if needed so that you can continue to care for yourself and remain healthy. Along with practicing social distancing, wearing face masks, and frequent hand-washing, it is equally important to manage stress and anxiety during these challenging times. Prolonged stress and anxiety can play a significant role on the health of your overall body, including increasing heart rate and blood pressure, issues with digestion, teeth grinding, headaches, trouble sleeping, mental health disturbances, and inability to focus, just to name a few issues.

Take a look at some tips to stay mentally and physically healthy during these troubling times:

Stay in the loop with current events:

Stay up to date with research and reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) on COVID-19 statistics and prevention resources. Being in-the-know can help keep you and your loved ones calm and prepared.

Take breaks:

Although it’s important to be aware of what’s going on globally, allow yourself some time to disconnect from too much negative news and social media. It is also necessary to get adequate rest.

Stay physically active:

A great way to reduce stress is to increase your physical activity. While following safety precautions, take walks, jog, bike ride, meditate, or do the activities that normally make you happy! It is also important to eat well and make sure that you are getting proper nutrition and fluids to keep your body and immune system healthy.

Avoid negative habits:

Sometimes stress can lead to negative coping behavioral habits such as use of alcohol and tobacco.  If you or a loved one are struggling with alcoholism, know that this is not a fight that has to be done alone. For help with alcohol addiction, please check out these resources with 24/7 availability. For individuals struggling with tobacco use, the Massachusetts Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Program offers information and resources that can help individuals quit. Also, check out a list of resources and other helpful information on our WDG blog here.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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://www.dentistryiq.com/covid-19/article/14184297/dentist-takes-holistic-approach-with-patients-who-grind-teeth-due-to-covidrelated-stress?utm_source=DEC_DIQ+Morning+Briefing&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=CPS201002009&o_eid=3760I9143045C2X&rdx.ident%5Bpull%5D=omeda%7C3760I9143045C2X&oly_enc_id=3760I9143045C2X

https://www.ada.org/en/publications/ada-news/2020-archive/september/hpi-poll-dentists-see-increase-in-patients-stress-related-oral-health-conditions

https://success.ada.org/en/practice-management/dental-practice-success/dps-summer-2020/strategies-for-dealing-with-stress-during-the-pandemic

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.myannapolisdentist.com%2F2020%2F03%2F25%2Fcovid-19-and-maintaining-oral-health%2F&psig=AOvVaw15O7NhSbT2tavg0RhOC8y5&ust=1606148746593000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCMCrosXIlu0CFQAAAAAdAAAAABAQ

Tackling the Myths about Fluoride

November 17th, 2020

You’ve come in for your routine checkup and your hygienist has suggested that you apply fluoride to your teeth. You know that fluoride is in some toothpastes, so you may wonder why do you need extra? In today’s post we will tackle the myths about fluoride:

What is fluoride?

Fluoride is a mineral found in your food and water. This mineral is lost when acid from the plaque on your teeth performs a process called demineralization. If too much demineralization occurs, this results in a weakened tooth structure.  When this happens, the tooth has a higher chance of developing a cavity.

Myth #1

Fluoride should not be in drinking water

Truth: Fluoride is found naturally in almost all water supplies.  Even though it is found naturally in water, this is not enough to protect our teeth. It is recommended that your water’s fluoride  levels be at 0.7 parts per million of water to be the most effective.

Myth #2

Fluoride is a medication

Truth: Fluoride is not medicine. It is a mineral. When proper amounts are consumed, decay is less rampant and teeth are healthier and stronger.

Myth #3

Fluoride causes cancer

Fact: There is no scientific evidence to prove this. In fact, The National Cancer Institute has performed decades of studies that debunk this. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) states that fluoridation is one of the top 10 public health achievements within the last 20 years.

Myth #4

Fluoride is not good for young children

Fact: When children drink fluoridated water, the enamel of their teeth becomes strengthened at an early age.

Myth #5

Fluoride can damage my teeth

Fact: This is partially true. While decay is much more damaging, high levels of fluoride can cause a condition called fluorosis. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), fluorosis is the appearance of faint, white lines on teeth in children who have consumed too much fluoride. In most cases, the appearance is mild.  After the age of 8, the chances of fluorosis decreases.  For children younger 3, it is recommended that parents brush their teeth with toothpaste equivalent to the size of a grain of rice. For children 3-6, a parent should use a pea sized amount.

Types of Fluoride

Topical Fluoride: aids in the remineralization of teeth and stops bacteria from growing. This reduces the amount of plaque on teeth.

  • Toothpaste: is the most commonly used self-applied fluoride. When used, the fluoride concentration in your saliva increases 100-1000 fold. However this is short term as the fluoride baseline returns to normal in 1-2 hours. Most over the counter toothpastes have a concentration of 1,000-1,500 ppm.

  • Mouth rinses or gels are to be used daily or weekly. These are meant to be rinsed out of the mouth. Use in children under the age of 6 is not recommended. These mouth washes have 230 ppm of fluoride.

  • Fluoride varnish is applied professionally by a health care professional. This allows for high concentrations of fluoride to come in contact with teeth for several hours. It is recommended that fluoride is applied twice a year for the best benefits. According to the CDC, there is no evidence that professionally applied fluoride leads to fluorosis in children under the age of 6.

Systemic Fluoride: fluoride that is consumed

  • Water fluoridation is the most inexpensive way to receive fluoride to prevent tooth decay. Studies have shown that it is effective in reducing tooth decay in children and adults by up to 20-40%.
  • Dietary fluoride can be prescribed for children who are 6 months and older that are high risk for tooth decay. Tablets or lozenges are prescribed in the concentrations of 0.25, 0.5, or 1.0 mg. These are meant to be sucked on for 1-2 minutes before swallowing. The following guidelines are recommended by the ADA. All prescriptions should follow this guideline.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/f/fluorosis

https://www.ada.org/en/science-research/ada-seal-of-acceptance/ada-seal-products?source=promospots&medium=button&content=adasealproducts

https://www.ada.org/en/member-center/oral-health-topics/fluoride-topical-and-systemic-supplements

https://www.colgateprofessional.com/hygienists/articles/debunking-fluoride-myths-how-to-educate-patients-about-its-benef

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COVID-19 Symptoms to Watch Out For!

November 10th, 2020

As the days pass, we can probably all say that we are counting the days until the world beats COVID-19. This global pandemic has created many obstacles and sadly has taken the lives of many. We remain united together and will continue doing our part to stop the spread of coronavirus. A lot of information and evidence based research continues to be gathered regarding the virus as time goes on, and it's important to stay abreast of all of the new findings to keep everyone safe and protected. As reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), anyone exposed to COVID-19 can experience mild to severe symptoms. In particular, researchers have found that older individuals and individuals who have severe underlying medical conditions, such as heart or lung disease or diabetes, are at an increased risk for developing more serious complications from the virus.

So what exactly are the documented symptoms of COVID-19? Well, a wide range of symptoms have been reported, which typically have been found to appear approximately 2-14 days after exposure to coronavirus. Check out some of the more common symptoms reported by the CDC:

According to a study published in the journal Abdominal Radiology conducted by the University of Alberta faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, approximately 1 in 5 patients (20%) with COVID-19 may only show gastrointestinal symptoms. These symptoms can include abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and appetite loss. The article analyzed 36 studies conducted on COVID-19 symptoms starting in July 2020. Plus, the researchers found potential signs that radiologists should look for while conducting abdominal radiographs that could be evidence of COVID-19 infection. They noted signs of inflammation of the small and large intestines, air within the wall of the intestines (pneumatosis) and perforation (pneumoperitoneum). However, researchers reported that these symptoms are rare. Mitch Wilson, a radiologist and clinical lecturer in the University of Alberta's Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, explained, "Seeing these things is not necessarily telling us a patient has COVID-19," said Wilson. "It could be from a variety of potential causes. But one of those potential causes is infection from the virus, and in an environment where COVID-19 is very prevalent, it's something to consider and potentially raise as a possibility to the referring physician."

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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://decisionsindentistry.com/2020/11/one-in-five-covid-19-patients-presents-only-with-gastrointestinal-symptoms/?inf_contact_key=45820791642b1ab6a6e4dcf7c731f3a0d18a532c4142cb79caf2b269de1401fa

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/11/201103104734.htm

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.elitecme.com%2Fresource-center%2Fcovid-19%2Fcovid-19-digestive-issues-and-common-symptoms&psig=AOvVaw1XjnenYq5fifIjEfELuYra&ust=1605048878955000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCJi8kJfH9uwCFQAAAAAdAAAAABAD

Sore Throat Keeping you Down?

November 4th, 2020

Have you been experiencing a sore throat that just doesn’t seem to go away? Do you find yourself removing a hard, white stone from your mouth and you can’t figure out why they keep appearing? If so, you may have something going on with your tonsils.

Tonsils are the lymph nodes found at either side of the back of the throat. Their job is to keep your body fluids balanced. The tonsils are covered with a pink lining with small pits in them called crypts. These crypts can collect mucous, food and other debris. This can lead to feeling like something is stuck in your throat, sore throat, and bad breath. This can also lead to tonsil stones which are foul smelling clumps in the mouth. The tonsils are also made up of white blood cells that help fight off infections. They are a part of mucous-associated lymph tissue (MALT) which creates a response when infectious agents are detected in the body. They communicate with the B and T cells of the immune system. The B cells make antibodies IgA that helps to protect you. T cells kill any invaders that enter your body. Essentially, your tonsils are your body’s first line of defense against bacteria and viruses. Despite, these unique qualities, the tonsils can become infected. This is known as tonsillitis. Symptoms of tonsillitis include:

  • Sore throat
  • Red and enlarged tonsils
  • Trouble swallowing
  • White or yellow film on tonsils
  • Swollen lymph nodes in neck
  • Fever
  • Bad breath

Take a look at the different types of tonsils:

  • Palatine tonsils- these are the most commonly known tonsils. They are found in the back of the mouth on either side of the throat.
  • Lingual tonsils- are at the back of the tongue. They contain lymph nodes and immunocytes. The immunocytes cause the immune system to wake up if they are hit with infectious agents.
  • Adenoids- are found in the throat, behind the nose. If these become enlarged they can cause the stoppage of airflow.
  • Tubal tonsils-are found in the roof of the nasopharynx at the opening of the middle ear tube. They contain lymph nodes.

Your tonsils are checked during your comprehensive or periodic dental exam. The palatine tonsils are examined for size and color. The following grading system is used during the evaluation:

  • Stage 0- tonsils have been removed
  • Stage 1- normal size and no inflammation present
  • Stage 2- tonsils extend behind the pillars
  • Stage 3-tonsils are swollen and easily seen beyond the pillars
  • Stage 4- tonsils extend to the midline of the mouth. This is the worst stage of tonsil sizing

The tonsils are a concern because if they are enlarged they can lead to sleep apnea and breathing issues. During sleep apnea a person starts and stops breathing while asleep. Removing enlarged tonsils can improve quality of sleep, reduces the risk of sleep apnea, and improve breathing.

Tonsil stones are created when the crypts within the tonsils have debris that has calcified. Tonsil stones can be the cause of bad breath. To prevent them, you should brush your teeth at least twice a day. This removes bits of food and bacteria before they have a chance to reach the tonsils. If you do experience tonsil stones, it is recommended that you rinse with mouthwash to kill the bacteria in the mouth as well as freshen your breath.

If you are experiencing enlarged tonsils or tonsil stones 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://teachmeanatomy.info/neck/misc/tonsils-and-adenoids/

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/bad-breath/tonsil-stones-and-bad-breath

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/sleep-apnea/symptoms-causes/syc-20377631

https://teachmeanatomy.info/neck/misc/tonsils-and-adenoids/

https://medlineplus.gov/tonsillitis.html

https://www.todaysrdh.com/tonsils-close-scrutiny-can-pinpoint-disease-and-raise-oral-health-awareness/

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.insider.com%2Fhow-to-get-rid-of-a-sore-throat&psig=AOvVaw1FmbL49tpuCG5j5OgrnjAj&ust=1604589684182000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCJDg-ceY6ewCFQAAAAAdAAAAABAD

Trick or Trivia! Happy Halloween

October 31st, 2020

For those who celebrate, we want to wish you a spook-tacular Halloween! As Halloween this year approaches during the COVID-19 global pandemic, we all may be wondering how to celebrate the occasion safely. Although Halloween, like many other occasions, will be celebrated differently this year as we fight through the COVID-19 global pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released guidelines to help protect us all and celebrate the occasion safely.

Here's some fun, and maybe scary, dental facts that you may not have known. Take a look:

What is the hardest substance in the human body?
It's your tooth enamel, which is stronger than bone! It's important to take care of your tooth enamel, because once it's gone your body can not regenerate it.

Over the course of your lifetime, how much will you have brushed your teeth?
On average, an American will have spent approximately 38.5 days brushing their teeth over their lifetime. Don't forget, flossing is important too!

What are scary Halloween candies for your teeth?
Sour and sticky candies can linger on teeth and break down your tooth enamel due to the acidic content. When consuming candy, it is best to do so during meals when your mouth is producing a lot of saliva, which will help wash away the sugars and bacteria.

How much sugar and calories are in a typical Halloween stash?
The average Halloween candy bag collected by children has approximately between 3,500 and 7,000 calories. Plus, an article published in Fortune reported that children consume approximately three cups of sugar in 7,000 calories of candy, which is about 675 grams of sugar, or the same as eating about 169 standard sugar cubes!

What's the deal with soda?

Soda can be damaging to your tooth enamel and overall health. Did you know, there are 10-12 teaspoons of sugar in one can of soda! It has been found that individuals who drink 3 or more glasses of soda each day have 62% more cavities, dental fillings and tooth loss than individuals who do not. It is best to drink fluoridated water to help keep your pearly whites strong and healthy.

 

Is my tongue unique?

Yes, everyone's tongue print is different just like fingerprints. It's important not to forget about your tongue when brushing, as bacterial plaque can buildup on the tongue and even contribute to bad breath.

How often do people brush for?

The average American only brushes for about 45 to 70 seconds a day, however, the American Dental Association (ADA) recommended toothbrushing amount is for 2 minutes twice a day.

Typically during this time we are gearing up for our Annual Candy Drive. However, this year we have decided to cancel our 13th Annual Candy Drive, as our utmost priority as healthcare professionals is to keep our community safe and healthy, and we want to minimize any risk of transmission of COVID-19. But, we haven't let that damper our spirit of giving! We have created a new tradition this year, launching our Healthcare Heroes Appreciation Drive. We would love for you to participate by sharing your appreciation for healthcare professionals via cards or letters which can be dropped off or mailed to  to the Wellesley Dental Group office (5 Seaward Road, Wellesley 02481) by Monday, November 9th.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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://www.businessinsider.com/halloween-candy-consumption-usa-facts-statistics-2019-10#studies-show-that-kids-can-consume-up-to-three-cups-of-sugar-eating-halloween-candy-this-equals-almost-169-sugar-cubes-3

https://fi.pinterest.com/pin/501799583465517820/

http://www.etobicokedental.ca/blog/halloween-dental-quiz.html

https://www.childrensdentalvillage.net/patient/resources/interesting-facts/

http://madinsurance.com.au/the-dangers-of-sugary-drinks.html

Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease: What Do I Need to Know?

October 28th, 2020

Hand, foot and mouth disease is a viral infection caused by coxsackievirus. This viral infection is common in children and infants who are younger than 5 years old. Once exposed, it takes 3 to 6 days for symptoms to appear. This time period is known as the incubation period. Sign and symptoms can include: fever, sore throat, and a runny nose.

As the virus progresses, mouth sores may appear on the tongue, gums, and inside the cheeks one to two days after the onset of the fever. The sores are small and red and can be painful. A rash on the hands can follow one to two days later. The rash may be accompanied with blisters. The fluid in the blisters may contain the virus so it is recommended to avoid touching blisters and scabs, and to keep them clean.

Hand foot and mouth disease is very contagious. It can be spread by nose and throat secretions, respiratory droplets, fluid from blisters formed, and feces. Those who have the illness are most contagious during the first week of infection. To prevent the spreading of the virus, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends:

  • Washing your for at least 20 seconds as well as teaching children how to wash their hands
  • Clean and disinfect toys, items, and surfaces that are touched often
  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes; this will lessen the chance of getting the virus
  • Avoid contact with those who are sick

While this disease may sound concerning, symptoms usually go away within 7 to 10 days. Some at home remedies can be used to provide relief. This includes:

  • drinking cold beverages such as ice water
  • avoiding acidic foods and drinks
  • avoiding spicy foods
  • eating soft foods that are easy to chew
  • rinsing with warm salt water

If you see anything that causes concern in the mouths of your little ones, 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://www.cdc.gov/hand-foot-mouth/about/signs-symptoms.html

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hand-foot-and-mouth-disease/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20353041

https://www.healthline.com/health/hand-foot-mouth-disease#treatments

https://kidspluspgh.com/doctors-notes/hand-foot-and-mouth-disease/

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/infections/Pages/Hand-Foot-and-Mouth-Disease.aspx

https://www.homeo-cure.com/homeopathy-treatment-on-hand-foot-and-mouth-disease/

https://www.facebook.com/Biocair/photos/hand-foot-and-mouth-disease-or-hfmd-has-definitely-been-making-its-rounds-here-i/2102506673316284/

Supporting Breast Cancer Awareness

October 25th, 2020

Each October people from all across the world show their support for individuals impacted by breast cancer, as October marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The recognizable vibrant shades of pink and pink ribbons represent spreading awareness about breast cancer and the risks, prevention, detection and diagnosis, and treatment of this deadly disease. Approximately 1 in 8 women (about 12%) in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer. But, breast cancer does not only affect women, it can affect men, too. Approximately 2,620 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in men in 2020. About 1 in 883 men will develop breast cancer during their life.

Breast cancer is typically recognized by a tumor seen on an x-ray or felt as a lump, which can be present in different parts of the breast. However, some breast cancers can be present without the common symptom of a lump or mass. According to the American Cancer Society, other possible symptoms of breast cancer can include:

  • Swelling of all or part of a breast (even if no lump is felt)
  • Skin dimpling (sometimes looking like an orange peel)
  • Breast or nipple pain
  • Nipple retraction (turning inward)
  • Nipple or breast skin that is red, dry, flaking or thickened
  • Nipple discharge (other than breast milk)
  • Swollen lymph nodes (Sometimes a breast cancer can spread to lymph nodes under the arm or around the collar bone and cause a lump or swelling there, even before the original tumor in the breast is large enough to be felt.)

If you experience any of these symptoms it is important to bring it to the attention of a health care professional so the cause can be found. Also, regular mammograms and screening tests for early detection are important, particularly with increasing age. Early detection and diagnosis is key to having a greater chance of successful treatment, and increase the chances of catching breast cancer before potentially spreading into the blood or lymph system to other areas of the body.

Currently there is no solution to preventing breast cancer, however, certain actions have been found to lower the risk including maintaining a healthy body weight, staying physically active, and limiting or avoiding alcohol consumption. In addition, gum disease has been found by several studies to be linked to an increased risk of breast cancer. For instance, one study published in the journal of Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology, found that individuals who had periodontitis (severe form of gum disease), were 2-3 times more likely to develop breast cancer. In addition, cancer treatments can impact the oral tissues and result in many oral health complications, which is why dental care is extremely important for individuals undergoing breast cancer treatment. Take a look:

Throughout October, numerous events to bring awareness about breast cancer occur across the globe. Many events sponsored by the American Cancer Society aim to increase breast cancer research to help support finding effective treatments and a cure. Although the activities look somewhat different this year as we battle through the COVID-19 pandemic, the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer movement is continuing to fundraise and unite survivors, caregivers and supporters.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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://secure.acsevents.org/site/SPageServer?pagename=strides_learn

https://www.cancer.org/cancer/breast-cancer/about/what-is-breast-cancer.html

https://www.cancer.org/cancer/breast-cancer/about/breast-cancer-signs-and-symptoms.html

https://www.cancer.org/cancer/breast-cancer/treatment.html

https://www.cancer.org/cancer/breast-cancer/risk-and-prevention/can-i-lower-my-risk.html

https://www.unitedconcordia.com/dental-insurance/dental-health/conditions/breast-cancer/breast-cancer-oral-health/

https://decisionsindentistry.com/article/oral-health-maintenance-for-patients-with-breast-cancer/

https://www.breastcancer.org/symptoms/understand_bc/statistics

https://addisonmagazine.com/2020/10/breast-cancer-awareness-month-3/

https://www.dentalhealth.org/news/breast-cancer-risk-up-to-three-times-higher-in-women-with-gum-disease

What's the Scoop on Chewing Gum?

October 20th, 2020

Chewing gum, it’s used to freshen breath but is it good for you? The average American consumes 1.8 pounds of it a year. We’ve heard the age-old tale that candy is bad for your teeth. Well, there is good news when it comes to gum. Using sugar free chewing gum can help to prevent tooth decay, cause the production of more saliva, and ultimately help to strengthen teeth.

The Oral Health Foundation recommends sugar free gum in between meals when brushing is not possible. When you eat, acid is made by the bacteria in your mouth and the sugar in your food and drinks. The acid created dissolves your tooth enamel, creating a cavity. When sugar free gum is chewed, saliva is created. This washes away the acid and reduces the chance of developing tooth decay. The increased saliva can also help clear away acid in the esophagus as well as reduce the effects of dry mouth.

Chewing sugar free gum can help to increase pH within the mouth after eating. This is important because pH drops each time that you consume food or drinks. The critical pH that causes enamel to dissolve is 5.5. Sugar free gum helps to buffer the lowering of pH after eating.

Sugar free gum contains less than 0.5 grams of sugar per serving. Sweeteners such as aspartame, sucrose, or stevia and sugar alcohols such as xylitol, mannitol, and sorbitol are used in place of sugar. These sweeteners have less calories than sugar. Out of all of these sweeteners, xylitol has been proven to be the most effective in preventing cavities. Studies have shown that chewing gum that contains xylitol has a long- and short-term effect of reducing the production of plaque and bacteria that causes tooth decay. Bacteria cannot feed off of xylitol which reduces their amount within the oral cavity.

So, you may be wondering, which gum to chew? When choosing gum, look for the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of approval. The following have been evaluated and have met the ADA’s criteria for safety and efficiency.

Bazooka Sugar Free Bubble Gum:

Eclipse Sugar Free Gum:

Ice Breakers Ice Cubes Sugar Free Chewing Gum:

Orbit Sugar Free Gum:

Trident Sugar free Gum:

Yes, sugar free gum can be beneficial, but that does not mean that it can replace brushing and flossing. The ADA recommends brushing twice a day and flossing at least once a day.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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://www.ada.org/en/member-center/oral-health-topics/chewing-gum

https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/c/chewing-gum

https://oralb.com/en-us/oral-health/life-stages/adults/effects-chewing-gum-on-teeth/

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/basics/nutrition-and-oral-health/gum-that-is-good-for-your-teeth-too-good-to-be-true-0213

https://www.dentalhealth.org/sugar-free-chewing-gum?_ga=2.254167688.10820751.1600308545-1646793870.1600308545

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4232036/

Tricky Treats for your Teeth

October 14th, 2020

As pumpkin spice, reddish-orange leaves, and cool air highlight the season of fall, we also prepare for spooky Halloween festivities. Although Halloween will be celebrated differently this year as we all do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19, that doesn’t need to put a damper on your spirit! Check out these helpful tricks for how to safely celebrate Halloween this year.

We also need to be cautious about the sweet treats that deliciously mark this annual occasion. Unfortunately, the sweet treats can be a not-so-sweet trick to the health of your teeth! This is the perfect time to continue to reinforce good dental hygiene habits as the sugary candies begin to pile up. Here are a few tips on how to help keep minimize your risk of developing dental cavities (tooth decay):

  • Choose healthier treats: 

If you plan to give out goodie bags with treats this year, try to avoid purchasing candies that are sour, which can be highly acidic and tend to break down tooth enamel, as well as sticky candies like caramel, gummy worms, or jelly beans that stick to the surfaces of teeth for long amounts of time. It is also best to avoid hard candies that can potentially lead to tooth enamel fracture or choking hazards for young children. Instead, opt for healthier tooth-friendly treats such as granola bars or dark chocolate, for instance.

  • Sort through any candy received:

Along with frequent hand-washing and disinfecting received items, it is important to check that there are no dangerous items within your child’s Halloween stash. This is also a great opportunity to explain to your child which candies are best to avoid as mentioned above, and encourage healthier options.

  • Create a plan ahead of time:

Come up with a plan for Halloween to discuss with your family, including information about the importance of oral health and how their diet can impact the health of their teeth. Although it might be your child’s priority to collect large amounts of candy to consume during Halloween, their teeth will be what bears the consequence. It may be good to set a specific time when the Halloween treats can be eaten to help monitor how much and how frequently the sugar is being consumed. Remember, having things in moderation is key! An interesting point to note is that the frequency of consuming sugary foods and beverages matters. Each time you consume fermentable carbohydrates, the pH in your mouth drops as oral bacteria turn the sugar to acid, and thus makes the oral environment more acidic. If the pH drops below the critical pH of dental enamel (pH=5.5), this will lead to demineralization and the breakdown of the tooth enamel. So, be sure to let your child know that the amount of sugar and the frequency of sugar intake plays a role on the health of your teeth.

After satisfying your sweet tooth with Halloween treats, be sure to brush and floss.

Not to mention, every year around Halloween, WDG passionately gears up for our annual Candy Drive, which gets bigger and better each year all thanks to our lovely community! This year, out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to cancel the 13th Annual Candy Drive. Our utmost priority as healthcare professionals is to keep our community safe and healthy, and we want to minimize any risk of transmission of COVID-19. But, the celebration and spirit of giving will not stop, as we have launched our Healthcare Heroes Appreciation Drive. Check here for details and see how you can get involved.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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://amp.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/conditions/cavities/how-to-prevent-cavities-from-halloween-candy-1013

https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/features/5-tricks-for-dealing-with-halloween-treats#1

https://www.nymetroparents.com/columnpic2/halloween-themed-recipes-for-kids.jpg?clear=1

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.quora.com%2FWhat-is-the-Stephan-curve-in-dentistry&psig=AOvVaw16rt8napAYukKoiATxapbZ&ust=1602817587209000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCLj37vrOtewCFQAAAAAdAAAAABAK

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.sandytoesandpopsicles.com%2Fcelebrate%2Fhalloween%2Fparty-ideas-appetizers-dinner-desserts-printable-spookysnacks%2F&psig=AOvVaw28XEIEOrV1Da_ibHLAamUl&ust=1602817849822000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCNihifzPtewCFQAAAAAdAAAAABAN

Avoiding the Scare of COVID-19 During Halloween

October 11th, 2020

Every year as fall fills the air and leaves begin to change, we all start preparing to celebrate a spooky Halloween, where we all can dress up and have fun being whoever we want to be! As Halloween this year approaches during the COVID-19 global pandemic, we all may be wondering how to celebrate the occasion safely. Halloween this year will look a lot different than in the past as we all try to do our part in slowing the spread of coronavirus. But don't let that bring your spirits down, there are still plenty of ways families can celebrate and have fun without being spooked by spreading or being exposed to the virus.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released guidelines to help protect us all during these uncertain times:

The CDC notes that If you are packaging goodie bags to give away, be sure to wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 second before and after preparing the goodie bags. They also warn that a Halloween costume mask should not be a substitute for a cloth mask, unless it is made of two or more layers of breathable fabric that covers the mouth and nose, leaving no gaps around the face. If planning to participate in outdoor Halloween activities, be sure to wear your face mask, practice social distancing, and frequently wash your hands with hand sanitizer and soap and water. Any place with large groups of individuals, whether outside or inside, should be avoided to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Most importantly, If you believe you have COVID-19 ,or have been in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, you should not participate in in-person Halloween activities or disperse any goods to the public.

As you may know, every year around Halloween, WDG passionately gears up for our annual Candy Drive, which gets bigger and better each year all thanks to our lovely community! This year, out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to cancel the 13th Annual Candy Drive. Our utmost priority as healthcare professionals is to keep our community safe and healthy, and we want to minimize any risk of transmission of COVID-19. But, the celebration and spirit of giving will not stop, as we have launched our Healthcare Heroes Appreciation Drive. Check here for details and see how you can get involved.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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://www.nymetroparents.com/columnpic2/halloween-themed-recipes-for-kids.jpg?clear=1

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html#halloween

https://cdn.abcotvs.com/dip/images/6423711_091520-ktrk-halloween-covid-img.jpg?w=1600

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/COVID-19/Pages/Halloween-COVID-Safety-Tips.aspx

Healthcare Heroes Appreciation Drive

October 8th, 2020

Dear friends & community members,

This year, out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to cancel the 13th Annual Candy Drive. Our utmost priority as healthcare professionals is to keep our community safe and healthy, and we want to minimize any risk of transmission of COVID-19.

Instead, this year, we plan to continue the spirit of giving back and bringing our community together by launching our Healthcare Heroes Appreciation Drive. 

This new initiative is a drive to collect handmade “kindness cards” & letters for our local healthcare workers. Our goal is to have every student write a letter or make a card to show our appreciation and gratitude for all the sacrifices our healthcare workers have made over the last several months.

 

To amplify the impact of this drive, Wellesley Dental Group will donate 25 cents for each letter or card to the Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA), who will use the donation to purchase PPE for their frontline workers. 

How you can get involved:

  1. Encourage your students to share their appreciation via a card or letter
  2. Drop off the letters / cards (completely contactless) or mail them to the Wellesley Dental Group office by Monday, November 9th. Our office address is: 5 Seaward Road, Wellesley 02481
  3. Help us spread the word to increase our impact!

As always, we look forward to partnering with you all to make a difference. While it may look a little different this year, we’re excited to continue our tradition of community giving.  

All my best,  

Femina Ali, DMD

781-237-9071

femina@wellesleydentalgroup.com

 

 

Got Dental Hygiene?

October 5th, 2020

October marks National Dental Hygiene Month, which was initiated by the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) and Wrigley dating back to 2009. Even as we all battle through a global pandemic, the dental hygiene community remains grounded together and are remaining resilient as essential health care providers. As reported by the ADHA, their organization is the largest national organization, representing over 185,000 registered dental hygienists (RDHs) across the United States. Dental hygienists are a subgroup of oral health professionals, who help support you and you’re your smile through providing educational and preventative clinical care. This national observance focuses on promoting the importance of keeping your mouth, teeth and gums healthy, and best of all is a celebration of all of the fabulous work dental hygienists perform!

This year the ADHA is collaborating with Colgate® Oral Pharmaceuticals, Inc. to celebrate the perseverance of dental hygienists throughout challenging times such as now. In this year’s theme, the ADHA is encouraging dental hygienists to “show your face of courage,” by submitting a photo on their website that shows how you handle your day at work, or even at home.

As you may know, making an investment in your oral health can go a long way in helping maintain your overall health. There are so many important reasons for making dental health a priority, as what’s in your mouth can reveal a lot about what’s going on in the rest of your body. Not only can taking care of your teeth improve common conditions like bad breath, cavities, and gum disease, it can also help discourage the development or worsening of certain medical conditions like diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and a plethora of other health issues. These discoveries continue to get stronger with increasing research on the connection between oral health and systemic diseases.

So, it's fair to say that the mouth is a very special place, with many biological systems working at play. For instance, saliva is one of the body’s main defense mechanisms against bacteria and viruses that enter the mouth. Saliva is rich in specific proteins that can help weaken potentially harmful invaders. Certain conditions like dry mouth can lead to an increased risk for developing cavities, as the decreased amount of saliva can add to this phenomenon. But, saliva doesn’t totally kill all of the invaders, which is why practicing oral health is particularly important to control the bacteria within your mouth from causing harm. Taking it easy on brushing and flossing can lead to a buildup of dental plaque, which bacteria thrive on and consequently produce acids that can break down your tooth enamel. This can also lead to an infection within the gums, known as gingivitis, which can progress to periodontal disease if untreated. Unfortunately, periodontal disease can lead to irreversible changes within the mouth, including bone loss and ultimately tooth loss. Plus, bacteria from the mouth can spark inflammation not only within the mouth, but also in other parts of your body through travel through the bloodstream, as shown in many research studies.

So, how can you maintain good oral health? To celebrate this month in style, be sure to:

Floss Every Day

Flossing can be easy to forget, but should be part of your daily routine! Brushing cannot remove all of the left over food particles and dental plaque within the spaces between your teeth, which is where floss comes to the rescue. This is particularly important as many cavities develop in those hard-to-reach areas as bacteria become comfortable in the crevices.

Brush Twice a Day for Two Minutes

Brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes is a key component of oral hygiene. But, there’s also a technique to it. Brushing effectively involves tilting your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle, which is angled toward the gum-line. Gently move your toothbrush in a back and forth motion, making sure the bristles are slightly underneath your gum-line (a spot where bacteria love to hide). Be careful not to brush aggressively, as this can lead to gum recession and cause other dental issues. Be sure not to miss a spot, and don’t leave your tongue out of the equation. Bacteria and food reside on your tongue and need to be brushed away. Removing the odor-causing bacteria can also help freshen your breath. This can be done using a toothbrush or a tongue scraper.

Rinse with Mouthwash

Rinsing with mouthwash can help reinforce the hard work you put into flossing and brushing. It helps rinse away any remaining particles and can have additional oral health perks included in the ingredients. Aim for purchasing an anti-microbial mouth rinse with fluoride in the composition, which can help promote tooth remineralization and lower the risk of developing tooth decay. Aim to make rinsing with mouthwash a regular occurrence after you brush and floss. Plus, mouthwash can hep tackle bad breath.

It’s also necessary to make your regular check-up appointments with your dentist and to avoid postponing treatment to help keep your pearly whites healthy.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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://nationaltoday.com/national-dental-hygiene-month/

https://www.colgateprofessional.com/education/patient-education/topics/systemic/why-a-healthy-mouth-is-good-for-your-body#:~:text=Good%20oral%20and%20dental%20hygiene,you%20ward%20off%20medical%20disorders.

https://www.adha.org/national-dental-hygiene-month

https://denverhighlandsdentist.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Dental_Hygiene_9437.jpg

https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5952880320099e4af548b918/5a1f677cf9619aaae97f4388/5d89a532358ba566026565f6/1569891699719/1-OCT_NationalDentalHygieneMonth_2019-09-24.JPG?format=1500w

Using Your Heart for you and your Loved Ones

September 29th, 2020

World Heart Day 2020 is here, and has a particularly impactful significance during these uncertain times. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to influence our current daily lives, heart health is important now more than ever as we all try to stay healthy and safe. Individuals with heart disease are at an increased of developing severe infection from COVID-19. Every year September 29th marks World Heart Day, which aims to spread awareness about heart disease and stroke prevention. The #1 cause of death in the world is cardiovascular disease (CVD). It results in the deaths of approximately 17.1 million people every year. Some of the most common causes of the disease include smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity, just to name a few.

This year’s message is to:

This powerful campaign reminds us to strive for living longer and healthier lives. The organization notes that using your heart is also about using your head to learn more about how to take care of your heart, using your influence to make positive behavioral choices to set good examples for loved ones, and acting in ways that support those who are vulnerable in society especially during this pandemic. In addition, the campaign encourages the government to implement policies to help improve heart health, as well as encouraging healthcare professionals and organizations to help individuals make positive health changes.

The positive thing is that heart problems can be prevented! Heart health is an extremely important topic as obesity, unhealthy diets, and decreased physical activity are becoming increasingly common in society. Treating our hearts better can include improving our diets, avoiding tobacco use, limiting alcohol intake, increasing our daily exercise, and making sure to attend your regular medical check-ups. It is necessary to routinely have your cholesterol, blood pressure, and heart examined to ensure that you are healthy.

It is also necessary for us to mention the important heart-mouth connection. Both heart disease and oral disease, like gum disease have been linked in many research studies. Moderate to severe gum disease has been associated with a greater risk for developing heart disease than when compared to someone with healthy gums. Since the mouth is the window to the rest of the body, oral bacteria and other germs from your mouth can travel through the bloodstream into other part of your body and cause damage to important organs like the heart. Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing daily, along with having a well-balanced diet and regular dental check-ups will not only go a long way for your oral health, but also for your overall health. According to the America Heart Association (AHA), other cardiovascular conditions such as atherosclerosis (or clogged arteries) and stroke have also been linked to inflammation due to oral bacteria.

According to the American Association of Periodontology (AAP), some signs of gum disease include:

  • Red, swollen and sore gums
  • Bleeding gums when you eat, brush or floss.
  • Visible pus or other signs of infection around the gums and teeth.
  • Gum recession
  • Frequent bad breath/bad taste in the mouth
  • Loose teeth

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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://www.world-heart-federation.org/world-heart-day/world-heart-day-2020/

https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/heart-day/

https://www.fdiworlddental.org/news/20160929/fdi-celebrates-world-heart-day

https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/h/heart-disease-and-oral-health

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/conditions/heart-disease/how-oral-health-and-heart-disease-are-connected-0115

https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/sites/default/files/styles/16x9_crop/public/2020-01/NWRD%202019_edit.jpg?itok=Xy9SdP4M

Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Will a Healthy Mouth Help?

September 28th, 2020

Believe it or not, bacteria found normally in your mouth may be involved with gut diseases and digestion issues. Digestive tract diseases, such as Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) can be a real pain! The most common types of IBD include ulcerative colitis and Chron’s disease, which both involve chronic inflammation, and sometimes even painful sores (ulcers). Some common signs and symptoms of both ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease include severe diarrhea, abdominal pain, fatigue and weight loss. As these conditions take a toll on the digestive tract, it can be easy to forget that the mouth is a part of this system, too! Your dentist may even be the first to notice common oral signs of these gastrointestinal diseases that could lead to early diagnosis, such as cobblestoning of the oral mucosa, canker sores (aphthous ulcers), pyostomatitis vegetans, inflammation at the corners of the mouth (angular cheilitis), redness around the mouth, and inflammation of the tongue (glossitis), just to name a few! Here are some common oral conditions that may manifest as a result of Chron's disease and ulcerative colitis:

Several research studies in the past investigating the guts of individuals diagnosed with IBD have found an overgrowth of common oral bacteria present in the gastrointestinal tracts of studied participants. Now, a recent study at the University of Michigan School of Medicine and School of Dentistry has also uncovered further discoveries on the topic, and suggests that poor oral health may make IBD symptoms more severe. Researchers are warning that neglecting your oral health may lead to trouble beyond tooth decay- extending to other systemic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and potentially IBD. According to the study, IBD affects an estimated 3 million adults in the United States, and may be the latest condition made worse by poor oral health.

The study, published in the journal Cell, investigated mice and showed two pathways that involved oral bacteria appearing to exacerbate gut inflammation. In the first pathway, researchers looked at the gut microbes in mice with inflamed colons and periodontitis, a severe form of gum disease. They found that periodontitis led to an increase in oral bacteria, which were also found to be present within the guts of the mice by traveling through the digestive tract. They believe that the disease-causing oral bacteria may aggravate gut inflammation by disrupting the normal healthy gut bacteria. They also observed that these mice were found to have both greater weight loss and disease activity.

The second pathway involved the initiation of T cells (a main component of the immune system). The researchers believe that the inflammation resulting from periodontal disease triggers T cells, which can travel from the mouth to the gut where they may aggravate inflammation and prompt an immune response within the gut. Co-author Dr. William Giannobile, Professor of dentistry and chair of the department of periodontics and oral medicine at the U-M School of Dentistry, mentioned, "This exacerbation of gut inflammation driven by oral organisms that migrate to the gut has important ramifications in emphasizing to patients the critical need to promote oral health as a part of total body health and wellbeing,"

More research is necessary to determine the association between IBD and oral health, and exciting new research may provide more clues to how monitoring oral inflammation relates to improving systemic diseases like IBD. Practicing proper oral hygiene and attending regular dental visits to keep your oral care and inflammation under control is extremely important for keeping the rest of your body healthy!

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/06/200616113927.htm

https://labblog.uofmhealth.org/lab-report/could-cure-for-ibd-be-inside-your-mouth

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/inflammatory-bowel-disease/symptoms-causes/syc-20353315

https://images.everydayhealth.com/images/digestive-health/crohns-disease/crohns-management-tips-for-seniors-1440x810.jpg?sfvrsn=2cf1348e_0

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4851452/#:~:text=Among%20the%20main%20oral%20manifestations,%2C%20perioral%20erythema%2C%20and%20glossitis.

https://decisionsindentistry.com/article/oral-manifestations-crohns-disease/

https://www.cell.com/cell/fulltext/S0092-8674(20)30681-4

https://image.slidesharecdn.com/oralpathology-en-lecture-6-170820102334/95/oral-pathology-enlecture6-31-638.jpg?cb=1503224626

 

Dangerous Oral Health TikTok Trends

September 23rd, 2020

Among the teen and young adult crowd, you may have been hearing about the recently popular app named TikTok. TikTok is a social media outlet that allows individuals to create and share short videos with the world. Many videos often are watched by thousands of people across the globe. But, as with all social media, there are certain potential dangers and exposure to harmful trends that can impact people, especially when targeted toward younger populations.

Dangerous trends even impact the dental world, particularly most recently on TikTok as people have showcased themselves filing their teeth down using nail files to make them look aligned. This dangerous trend has caught the attention of dentists and health professionals across the world, who are warning about the harm this can cause.

The outer surface of your tooth is composed of tooth enamel, which helps to keep your teeth strong to allow you to chew and enjoy your daily meals. Tooth enamel also adds a layer of protection around the sensitive inner layers of teeth, including the dentin, pulp, and blood vessels/nerves from the acids and bacterial plaque when exposed to foods. What’s really important to note is that once your enamel is destroyed, your body cannot replace or regenerate new tooth enamel, so it’s important to help make it last a lifetime! Individuals who are filing down their teeth are consequently causing irreversible damage, and increasing their risk of increased sensitivity and pain, tooth fracture, infection, and other dental issues that could develop later on. Filing your teeth can even change the way your teeth fit together (your bite/occlusion). Not to mention, you may add the need the for extensive (and expensive!) additional treatment to help repair the damage caused from this trend, including dental crowns or fillings for instance.

If you are concerned about the esthetics of your teeth, it is important to get evaluated by a dental professional who will help properly examine, diagnose, and recommend treatment options to help make sure that your smile is healthy and beautiful.

Unfortunately, another detrimental trend impacting oral health on TikTok has also made headlines, which involved individuals advertising dangerous methods to whiten teeth. Some TikTok users recommended applying 3% hydrogen peroxide to whiten their teeth using cotton swabs as a cheaper alternative to professional whitening procedures. The trend increased as over 15 million viewers watched the original video. However, dental professionals once again warned about this extremely harmful trend, which can cause irreversible damage. Waterpik spokesperson and dentist, Chris Strandburg, mentioned, “Prolonged bleaching with these high concentrations of hydrogen peroxide, especially when used multiple days in a row, can lead to highly irritated gums and sensitive teeth… significant bleaching can increase tooth sensitivity permanently with long term use.” Tooth whitening without the supervision of a professional dentist can lead to severe damage to your gums and tooth enamel. It is important to be careful in reviewing recommendations on social media. If you’re interested in brightening your smile, there are safe and effective whitening options available for in-office applications, along with at-home products supplied by dental professionals, and over-the-counter whiteners, which are approved by the American Dental Association (ADA).  Here at WDG we offer in-office teeth whitening with Philips Zoom, which is safe, simple, pain-free, and one of the fastest ways to improve the beauty of your smile.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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://metro.co.uk/2020/09/17/dentists-warn-against-filing-teeth-nail-files-tiktok-13285959/

https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article245815230.html

https://www.health.com/condition/oral-health/tiktok-teeth-bleaching

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-8714305/Leading-dentists-warn-extremely-harmful-TikTok-beauty-trend-cause-teeth-fall-out.html

https://www.pronamel.us/tooth-enamel/what-is-tooth-enamel/

https://www.ada.org/en/member-center/oral-health-topics/whitening

https://miro.medium.com/max/2400/0*_3_ShXoafikbzetC.jpg

Breastfeeding and Dental Health: Does it Cause Dental Problems?

September 19th, 2020

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that infants be breastfed exclusively for the first 6 months of their life in order to promote healthy growth and development. As defined, exclusive breastfeeding is no other food, drink or water except breastmilk. From a dental standpoint, breastfeeding reduces the chances of baby bottle tooth decay. Studies have also shown that exclusive breastfeeding reduced the likelihood of teeth alignment issues such as open bite, crossbite, and overbite.

An open bite is where the teeth do not align properly when the jaws are closed. Causes of open bite include thumb sucking, tongue thrusting, and skeletal problems.

Open Bite:

A crossbite has two classifications: Posterior and anterior crossbite. A posterior crossbite involves the lower back teeth fitting over the teeth in the upper jaw.

Posterior Crossbite:

An anterior crossbite involves the bottom front teeth fitting over the teeth in the upper jaw.

Anterior Crossbite:

An overbite involves the teeth in the upper jaw overlapping the teeth of the lower jaw. This is commonly known as “buck teeth”.

Overbite:

What  does research say happens if you breastfeed past 6 months?

A study by Pediatrics showed that prolonged breastfeeding increased the risk of cavities (tooth decay) in children. The research showed that children who were breastfed 24 months or longer were 2.4 more times likely to have severe cavities. Now does this mean that you should stop breastfeeding after 6 months? No! The study did not take into account the oral health habits of the children, frequency of breastfeeding, and the additional foods added to the baby’s diet once exclusive breastfeeding is no longer done. More recently, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition determined that there was no association between breastfeeding beyond the age of one and cavities. The factors that did lead to increased risk of cavities involved high sugar intake and socioeconomic status.

What are some causes of tooth decay?

  • Frequency of sugar

limiting the consumption of foods and drinks that have a high contact of sugar is important to reducing the risk of cavities.

  • Bacteria in the mouth

Streptococcus mutans bacteria, is the main source of cavities. This agent can be passed from caretakers to children through sharing of utensils and kissing.

  • Poor oral hygiene

Ways to protect from decay

  • Your child’s first dental visit should be around their first birthday
  • Teeth or gums should be cleaned twice a day. This can be done by wiping them with a wet washcloth
  • Once other foods have been introduced into the diet, offer water as this will wash away lingering sugar
  • Make sure that your child goes to sleep with a clean mouth- this means no juice or sugar filled foods before bedtime
  • Avoid putting your child’s toys, cups, utensils in your mouth to reduce the spread of bacteria from your mouth to theirs

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://www.speareducation.com/spear-review/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/frank1_22.png

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/26/Crossbite.jpg

https://www.ozident.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/screenshot-2014-03-05-19-19-32.png

https://www.ozident.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/screenshot-2014-03-05-19-19-32.png

https://thenewageparents.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/buck-teeth-in-children-what-to-do.jpg

https://www.healthline.com/health/open-bite

https://www.healthline.com/health/crossbite#definition

https://www.healthline.com/health/buck-teeth

https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn%3AANd9GcT6NpB7mBH33ta2U478E4PmwEnqp_mMlxzYKg&usqp=CAU

https://thoroughdentsmiles.com/2020/03/25/breastfeeding-and-dental-health/

Risky Behavior: Vaping, Cigarette Use, and COVID-19

September 14th, 2020

We have all been impacted in some way by the COVID-19 pandemic, which makes us all in this fight together. Even though the virus still persists, great strides and global participation in social distancing, wearing face coverings, and following safety protocols are helping to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Scientists and researchers across the world are continuously uncovering important research and highlighting factors that increase the risk of battling coronavirus. From the beginning of the pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has emphasized, based on research and clinical expertise, that individuals with weakened immune systems, including older adults, and those with underlying medical conditions (examples: lung disease, heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, and hypertension, just to name a few) are at an increased risk of severe COVID-19 illness. More recently a new study, published in the Journal of Adolescent Health and conducted by researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine, suggests teens and young adults who vape or smoke cigarettes are at an increased risk of COVID-19 infection.

Along with the COVID-19 pandemic (currently 29,182,627 worldwide cases and a disheartening 928,281 deaths reported), the devastating health crisis in many young adults: tobacco and electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes)/vaping product use, has still been an extensive public health issue across the nation. Back on September 24, 2019, the Governor of Massachusetts, Charles D. Baker, declared e-cigarette use a public health emergency following the significant link between e-cigarette products and severe lung disease leading to many deaths across the United States. Unfortunately, e-cigarettes have routinely been marketed as “safer” alternatives to cigarette smoking, although in reality they carry many of the same risks as well as new risks. The inhaled liquids are often composed of nicotine, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabinoid (CBD) oils, along with other substances. Each product, however, can have a variation of other ingredients and concentrations, which may be toxic to the body.

The study, entitled, Association Between Youth Smoking, Electronic Cigarette Use, and Coronavirus Disease 2019, consisted of an online survey conducted in May completed by 4,351 individuals across the United States ranging in age from 13 to 24 years old. The study participants were asked if they had ever used vaping products or cigarettes, and if they had vaped or smoked in the past 30 days. The participants were then divided between those who used nicotine products in comparison to those who reported never using nicotine products. The groups were asked if they had experienced COVID-19 symptoms, received a test for COVID-19, or tested positive for the virus. Taking into consideration reported medical conditions and sociodemographic factors, the researchers found that individuals who used both cigarettes and e-cigarettes in the last 30 days were approximately 5 times more likely to experience COVID-19 symptoms than those who never used nicotine products. Of the individuals who received a COVID test, those who had used e-cigarettes were 5 times more likely to be diagnosed with COVID-19 than those who never vaped. Plus, individuals who used both e-cigarettes and regular cigarettes within the last 30 days were approximately 7 times more likely to test positive for COVID-19. The study authors believe that the link between nicotine products and lung damage is thought to be the reason behind the resulting increased risk of coronavirus infection. "This study tells us pretty clearly that youth who are using vapes or are dual-using are at elevated risk, and it's not just a small increase in risk, it's a big one," Dr. Shivani Mathur Gaiha, one of the study's authors, warned.

Knowing the dangers about vaping and cigarette smoking is key. The Massachusetts Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Program offers information and resources that can help individuals quit. Also, check out a list of resources and other helpful information on our WDG blog here.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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://decisionsindentistry.com/2020/08/vaping-raise-risk-covid-among-teenagers-young-adults/

http://med.stanford.edu/news/all-news/2020/08/vaping-linked-to-covid-19-risk-in-teens-and-young-adults.html

https://www.news-medical.net/news/20200811/Smoking-and-vaping-significantly-increase-risk-of-COVID-19-in-teens-and-young-adults.aspx

https://www.tecc.org/tobacco-and-covid-19/

https://discoveries.childrenshospital.org/vaping-and-covid-19/

A Hot Topic: Ceiling UV Lights

September 10th, 2020

Ever heard of a ceiling light that could kill microorganisms and viral infections like COVID-19? Researchers and scientists are looking heavily into the idea with germicidal ultraviolet (GUV or UV-C) lights. Hospitals and large health corporations commonly use ultraviolet (UV) light devices for sterilization, and it has proven in many circumstances to be a safe and effective non-chemical method to kill germs. More recently, some hospitals are even using UV light to sterilize used N95 masks to avoid personal protective equipment (PPE) shortages. Plus, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) in New York City is now using UV light to help sterilize surfaces on public transportation.

Now, according to the National Public Radio (NPR), some restaurants and medical offices, including ours, are utilizing UV light in the ceiling to eradicate potentially harmful airborne particles. As stated by NPR, there are already numerous research studies out that have shown UV-C light to safely and effectively stop airborne microbes from spreading diseases including measlestuberculosis and SARS-CoV-1, a coronavirus disease that is genetically similar to COVID-19. UV-C light works by using its high energy to obstruct microbial DNA by blocking their ability to reproduce and infect the environment. It is our top priority to keep our patients and staff safe and healthy, and our caring team at WDG is doing everything that we can to always be here for you and your family.

UV light is particularly becoming a topic of interest as the number of coronavirus cases continues to rise across the United States, which researchers know primarily spread through microscopic aerosol particles which may linger in the air for long periods of time. As new research continues to be conducted, the use of UV light may even become more widespread in other indoor places such as schools and local stores.

David Sliney, a faculty member at Johns Hopkins University who has also studied germicidal UV light commented, “Although it’s not perfect, it probably offers the best solution for direct air disinfection.” However, more research needs to be done regarding UV light and its effect on fighting COVID-19. Many researchers believe this is a step in the right direction, along with following current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines including wearing face coverings, social distancing, and frequent hand washing and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces.

Did you know, at WDG we have also introduced these UV devices at ground-level to protect our patients and staff:

UV-SANITIZING HEPA AIR PURIFIERS and STERILIZING UV LAMPS

H13 HEPA air purifiers have been installed in the reception area and hallways. These purifiers have been tested to eliminate over 99.97% of airborne pollutants. Additionally, these purifiers have the built-in germicidal UV system that sanitizes the air of microorganisms including viruses and mold. In complement to our heightened airflow management and filtration systems, we have also installed UV lamps that sterilize the environment.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/07/13/890387205/coronavirus-sparks-new-interest-in-using-ultraviolet-light-to-disinfect-indoor-a

https://ultraviolet.com/what-is-germicidal-ultraviolet/

https://www.6sqft.com/mta-launches-uv-light-pilot-program-to-kill-covid-19-on-nyc-subways-and-buses/

Celebrating Labor Day Safely

September 6th, 2020

Can you believe we're approaching Labor Day already? Labor Day honors the work and achievements of U.S. workers and typically marks the closing of summer for many as we get ready to approach the fall. Normally, Labor Day weekend is full of social parties and celebrations across America, but experts warn that this Labor Day should look differently during the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, although the holiday may be a vacation for us, COVID-19 is still rising and not taking any days off!

Sadly, after gatherings during Memorial Day, the cases of COVID-19 drastically increased, with 4 million more cumulative cases since the holiday. As of today, in the United States there are currently 6,432,209 cases of COVID-19 and 192,864 deaths reported. According to CNN, a model cited by leading health experts predicts over 400,000 Americans could die by January 1st 2021. Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, explains, “If we’re careless about it, then we could wind up with a surge following Labor Day...It really depends on how we behave as a country.”

It is important to remember that the pandemic is not over, and not to let up on safety precautions, especially during this holiday weekend! Beth Blauer, an executive director at Johns Hopkins University Centers for Civic Impact, who has been tracking U.S. COVID-19 transmission data at the Coronavirus Resource Center, warns, "We're seeing a lot of evidence that transmission is happening in smaller, family-driven parties." Even small gatherings can consequently lead to greater spread, which can be deadly for some. CNN reports that a wedding and reception in Maine on August 7th was found to have infected 144 people within the past month. Of the 144 infected individuals, 56 of the cases were from individuals who were at the wedding and reception, however, after interactions with people who attended the gathering the virus also spread 100 miles to a nursing home and 220 miles to a county jail. Sadly, two individuals have passed away following the spread from the event.

So, what does this mean for your day off? Health experts say that the pandemic does not have to stop all of your Labor Day fun. However, to avoid a surge in cases, there are actions to take to lower the risk of COVID-19 infection and spread to help make the holiday weekend safer for everyone, according to epidemiologist and professor of health metrics sciences at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, Ali Mokdad:

  • Getting outside, hiking, bike rides, and other outdoor activities in non-crowded areas is preferred over indoor activities
  • Wear masks at all times when not eating, continue to practice social distancing, and keep your hands and frequently touched surfaces disinfected
  • Keep the family units separated by at least 6 feet or more
  • Make sure tables, food, condiments, eating utensils and trash containers are also separated
  • Have each family bring their own food, avoid food sharing. If food is shared, separate into small containers in advance to be distributed
  • Communicate safety protocols to all guests if hosting an event

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.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

References:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/02/health/labor-day-covid-19-precautions-wellness/index.html

https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/06/health/us-coronavirus-sunday/index.html

https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/04/health/labor-day-coronavirus-safety-wellness/index.html

https://nypost.com/2020/09/04/fauci-warns-7-states-need-to-be-covid-19-cautious-over-labor-day-weekend/

https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/labor-day-1

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/us/

https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2020/09/03/USAT/b47f8c50-52ae-43ec-9483-84992a0fc2c0-Labor-Day.png?width=580&height=326&fit=bounds&auto=webp

https://www.mytwintiers.com/news-cat/local/chemung-county-health-department-advising-a-covid-free-labor-day-weekend/

Does Oral Bacteria Impact COVID-19 Complications?

August 25th, 2020

Scientists and researchers across the globe are in full-force battle mode when it comes to finding out more information about COVID-19 to help beat the virus. Although COVID-19 has brought about many challenges, losses, and uncertainties, it has brought so many individuals and an abundance of knowledge from across the world together, even if simply virtually! This constantly evolving pandemic has helped fuel important research, all sharing a common goal of finding connections and solutions to bringing this outbreak to a close. In the United Kingdom, researchers have explored the potential connection between oral health and COVID-19. The study, “Could There Be a Link Between Oral Hygiene and the Severity of SARS-Cov-2 Infections?,” published in the British Dental Journal, aimed to determine whether health complications and deaths as a result of COVID-19 were linked to oral bacteria and periodontal disease (gum disease). Also, they hoped to learn more about whether or not the amount of bacteria present in the mouth plays a role in the severity of COVID-19, as well as how improving oral health could possibly lower the risk of individuals experiencing detrimental COVID-19 complications. As many researchers have found, COVID-19 seems to impact individuals in differing ways in terms of symptoms and severity of the disease. Some of the common severe complications of coronavirus include pneumonia, heart problems, blood clots, organ failure, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), and acute kidney injury.

In a healthy mouth, the presence of oral bacteria is natural and exists in harmony with the rest of your body. However, when the bacterial balance becomes out of control, harmful bacteria can not only create problems for your teeth and gums, but also for other parts of your body such as your lungs. The study highlighted several research studies that suggest that bacterial infections were common in individuals with severe COVID-19 symptoms. For instance, a study by Zheng and colleagues found that 50% of patients within their conducted study with severe COVID-19 who passed away also had the presence of a secondary bacterial infection. In addition, a study by Liu and colleagues found similar results, revealing that over 80% of the severe cases of COVID-19 in their study had significantly high bacterial loads as a result of a bacterial superinfection.

The study authors note that tiny droplets of saliva containing oral bacteria that are linked to gum disease, such as Porphyromonas gingivalis (P. gingivalis)Fusobacterium nucleatum (F. nucleatum) and Prevotella intermedia (P. intermedia), can contaminate other areas of your body, for instance the lungs. This can create an inflammatory response throughout the body and increase the risk of many developing other infections and complications. Thus, good oral hygiene practices and management of gum disease has been widely studied and associated with a reduction in the risk of respiratory infections. Not to mention, properly managing gum disease also plays a role in lowering the risks and complications associated with other systemic diseases such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

The authors of the study suggest that taking care of your oral health could particularly go a long way in lowering your risk of developing severe complications from COVID-19. The authors concluded, “We recommend that oral hygiene be maintained, if not improved, during a SARS-CoV-2 infection in order to reduce the bacterial load in the mouth and the potential risk of a bacterial superinfection. We recommend that poor oral hygiene be considered a risk to post-viral complications, particularly in patients already predisposed to altered biofilms due to diabetes, hypertension or cardiovascular disease. Bacteria present in patients with severe COVID-19 are associated with the oral cavity and improved oral hygiene may play a part in reducing the risk of complications.” More research is needed to determine if there is a concrete connection between oral bacteria and COVID-19 complications, as well as the link between gum disease and the virus.

So, don’t forget that your mouth is connected to your entire body, which means keeping up with your overall health goes hand in hand with also maintaining your oral health! Continue to stay safe and healthy.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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://decisionsindentistry.com/2020/08/paper-explores-connection-between-oral-hygiene-severity-covid/?inf_contact_key=de1345513d0cf654b8e4b4892fabc16109c74070ac2bf3cfa7869e3cfd4ff832

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7319209/#!po=12.5000

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7258848/

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/coronavirus/symptoms-causes/syc-20479963#:~:text=%2D%20Pneumonia%20and%20trouble%20breathing,%2D%20Acute%20kidney%20injury.

https://www.vaildentistry.com/blog/whats-living-in-your-mouthand-whats-it-doing-to-your-heart/

https://hickorydentist.com/caring-for-your-oral-health-while-preventing-covid-19/

https://decisionsindentistry.com/covid-19/

Smart High-Tech Toothbrushes, What's Best For you?

August 24th, 2020

From an early age, we all hear how important it is to take care of our teeth to keep us healthy. Even so, as time progresses we are learning more about how the condition of our mouth relates to our overall health and other systemic diseases. When it comes to keeping our pearly whites shining and our gums healthy, we all have an important decision to make when it comes choosing the right toothbrush. There’s a plethora toothbrush types, ranging from different shapes, sizes, colors, and technology.

No matter whether you go with a manual or an electric toothbrush, there are certain characteristics that the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends be incorporated:

  • Make sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush: If you check the store isles, you may notice that toothbrushes come in soft, medium, or hard nylon bristles. It is recommended to use a soft-bristled toothbrush, as medium-hard bristles can harm your tooth enamel, gums, and root surfaces due to abrasive forces. You will want to confirm that the toothbrush you choose has the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Approval to ensure that the toothbrush has been researched and tested to be safe and effective in removing bacterial dental plaque and food particles.
  • The ADA also recommends that manual toothbrushes/electric toothbrush heads should be changed approximately every three to four months, or sooner if the bristles become frayed.
  • A comfortable toothbrush is necessary: Be sure to pick a toothbrush that is the right size and shape to best fit your mouth so that you can easily access all of your teeth when brushing.
  • Electric versus manual toothbrush, which is better? The ADA notes that both electric and manual toothbrushes can both be effective at removing dental bacterial plaque with proper toothbrushing techniques. Some studies have revealed that electric toothbrushes may remove more plaque than manual brushes, and can be especially effective for individuals with hand dexterity problems or people with oral appliances such as braces. In addition, many of the electric toothbrushes now have smart Bluetooth technology and built-in timers and app suggestions to make sure your brushing experience is excellent!
  • Take a look at the ADA's method on proper brushing technique:

 

Here are some of the cool top rated electric toothbrushes out that are ADA-approved:

Oral-B, which is the first electric toothbrush brand to be accepted by the ADA, is well known for its effective and cost-friendly electric toothbrushes. On Amazon, this brush has over 10,549 5-star reviews! This brush comes with a pressure sensor that will tell you if you’re brushing too hard, in addition to a minute timer, and tooth brushing heads such as the CrossAction, FlossAction, and 3D White to choose from.

Phillips Sonicare is another dentist and ADA recommended brand for electric toothbrushes with a lot to offer! This brush can sync to your smart phone along with the Sonicare app to guide you with your brushing techniques. Plus it has different tooth brushing modes and bristle heads to fit your needs.

This Oral-B smart toothbrush has standard features such as pressure sensor, a timer, and brushing modes, but also connects to your smart phone using the Oral-B app.  The app will give you feedback on your brushing methods and help give you tips to keep your gums and teeth healthy. 

Waterpik offers a built-in water flosser to their electric toothbrush with different modes to choose from: brush, water floss, or brush + water floss. This toothbrush is great for individuals who may forget to floss. It can also be used with mouthwash through the toothbrush.

This toothbrush is another Sonicare product that connects with the Sonicare app for personalized brushing feedback, pressure sensor, and even comes with a UV brush head sanitizer that can help kill bacteria and viruses.

Quip offers a cute, affordable, and easy to use electric toothbrush. It is battery operated, waterproof, and contains a compact travel tube. It operates via silent sonic vibrations and also has a built-in two minute timer.

Sonicare offers a toothbrush geared to get children excited about brushing their teeth. This brush includes bluetooth and app connection capability, fun stickers, and multiple brushing modes. The interactive app also has fun oral health games and is perfect for children around the age of 7 years or older.

Recently, Candibell Inc. launched a fundraiser campaign on Indiegogo for its Truthbrush that is the first to allow parents to monitor their family’s toothbrushing habits. This way families can keep each other on track with developing great oral hygiene practices. We will be on the lookout for more awesome and effective toothbrushing technology!

Also, remember, when picking a toothbrush for your child make sure to show them all of the awesome colors and designs available to peak their interest! Plus Colgate and some other brands offer interactive talking electric toothbrushes with timers to help children brush for two minutes. Check to make sure that it is the appropriate size for your child, and that it is soft-bristled with the ADA Seal of Approval.

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://www.goodhousekeeping.com/health-products/g28818208/best-electric-toothbrush/

https://www.ada.org/en/science-research/ada-seal-of-acceptance/ada-seal-products/product-category?category=Toothbrush+-+Powered

https://www.ada.org/en/member-center/oral-health-topics/toothbrushes

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/basics/selecting-dental-products/choosing-the-right-toothbrush

https://www.ada.org/~/media/ADA/Science%20and%20Research/Files/watch_materials_brush.pdf?la=en

https://oralb.com/en-us/oral-b-pro-1000-rechargeable-electric-toothbrush/

https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/choosing-a-toothbrush-the-pros-and-cons-of-electric-and-disposable#1

https://www.waterpik.com/oral-health/products/flossing-toothbrush/SF-02CD010-1/

https://www.getquip.com/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=%5BBrand%5D+-+Quip+General+Terms&utm_content=Quip+Toothbrush+-+Exact&utm_term=quip+toothbrush&gclid=CjwKCAjwsan5BRAOEiwALzomXyd9xZGZ3QMn02PK4dpY0n5uxUzt438RCCtWUmPEVYizIDfI1G8QgRoCVtIQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

https://www.usa.philips.com/c-p/HX9192_02/sonicare-flexcare-platinum-connected-sonic-electric-toothbrush-with-app

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Noticing Bad Breath in your Mask?

August 20th, 2020

Halitosis, also known as bad breath, is an oral health problem that leads to your breath being less than socially acceptable. Up to one-third of the population experiences this. According to the Journal of International Society of Preventive and Community Dentistry, 90% of the causes of halitosis start within the mouth. The bacteria within the mouth can cause unpleasant odors and tastes.

Many states have issued face covering mandates as the cases of COVID-19 have risen around the United States. Wearing face coverings may have you wondering, “hmmm, is that my breath?” A lot of factors could play a role in causing bad breath, for instance poor oral health, uncontrolled diabetes or other medical conditions, smoking, and certain foods, just to name a few! Below are some surprising foods that may be leading to your bad breath and some tips to help combat it:

Alcohol

A study by Microbiome has shown that alcohol consumption reduces the amount of “good bacteria” in your mouth leading to the increase in favorable conditions for the growth of odor producing bacteria. If you choose to consume alcohol, follow it up with water. Not only does it remove alcohol from remaining on the structures within the mouth, it also replenishes saliva and reduces the dry mouth effect created by alcohol.

Sulfur Producing Foods

Certain foods like garlic and onions are part of the allium family which are made of sulfur compounds. These foods are absorbed by the blood stream where their particles are taken to the lungs and released when you exhale. To combat their sulfuric odor, brush and floss after each meal. This removes food residue as well as reduces the amount of odor producing bacteria. Studies have also shown that eating raw apples, mint and drinking green tea can help deodorize breath after the consumption of garlic.

Citrus Fruits

They’re refreshing but very acidic. Do you know what odor producing bacteria love? An acidic environment. Consuming large quantities of citrus creates the perfect home for the unwanted bacteria. If you have acid reflux, the citrus can cause a flare up leading to the production of unwanted, smelly gas.

Coffee

Coffee and Diabetes - Benefits of Coffee & Effect on Blood Sugar

Coffee, especially when had with cream or sugar contributes to bad breath. The caffeine in coffee dries out the mouth and reduces the production of saliva. This allows for odor producing bacteria to feed on any remnants of food that remain in the mouth. The sugars found in milk and cream also feed the odor producing bacteria, causing for rapid growth of the bacteria.  Brushing your teeth and rinsing with water can help alleviate the unwanted “coffee breath”.

High Protein Diet

Bulking up for the summer on protein? This could be contributing to your bad breath. Ammonia is created as the body breaks down protein. This creates a “rotten egg” smell. Consuming foods with zinc helps destroy bacteria and aids in the reduction of bad breath.

Peanut Butter

It’s thick, creamy and delicious. It is also very sticky. So sticky that it is hard for water to wash it away. Peanut butter sticks to the structures in the mouth which allows for the feeding and overproduction of bad bacteria. To help reduce peanut butter from lingering on teeth and other structures, brush and floss after consumption.

Skipping Meals

Has the “Quarantine 15” caused weight gain and you’ve found yourself skipping meals? Don’t! Bad breath is common in those who are dieting or skipping meals. Chewing food produces saliva which washes away bacteria; skipping meals causes a reduction in saliva which allows for the growth of bacteria that cause bad odors.

You will need to visit your oral health provider if you notice that your bad breath is persistent. 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

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Possible Signs of COVID-19 In the Mouth

August 16th, 2020

There’s a lot to look out for when it comes to COVID-19 and trying to stay safe and healthy. From frequent hand washing, to social distancing, to getting used to wearing a face covering, to recognizing common coronavirus symptoms -the list of things is numerous! Researchers are finding that there may be another COVID-19 symptom to monitor for that can appear in your mouth.

Several recent studies have looked at the presence of oral lesions in individuals with COVID-19. Much of the research remains unclear regarding whether or not the oral symptoms were a result of the coronavirus infection or due to the individual’s other current systemic medical conditions, or because of adverse medication reactions.

In a published study authored by Carreras‐Presas and colleagues, three case reports were presented involving individuals who all developed oral ulcers/blisters and were believed to be infected with COVID-19. Out of the three investigated individuals, one tested positive for COVID-19, while the other two individuals were not tested for COVID-19 due to milder symptoms. Here’s a breakdown of the cases:

  1. The first case was a 56‐year‐old male with no existing medical conditions. He reported experiencing a fever, change in taste, pain at the roof of his mouth (palate), and a sore throat. These lesions resolved after approximately 10 days with treatment. The palate is pictured below:
  2. The second case was a 58‐year‐old male with diabetes and high blood pressure (hypertension). He presented with ulcers on his palate and reported no previous history of a herpetic infection. The lesions were healed after approximately 1 week with treatment.
  3. The third case involved a 65‐year‐old female who tested positive for COVID-19 and experienced a high fever, diarrhea, and tongue pain. Her existing medical conditions included obesity and high blood pressure, which she controlled with high blood pressure medications. Shortly after being released from the hospital she developed blisters on the inside of her lip, as pictured below. With a prescribed mouthwash her oral lesions improved after 3 days.

More research needs to be conducted to determine if oral lesions can be considered a sign of COVID-19 infection. Due to the susceptibility of COVID-19 through air droplets, researchers believe that the mouth could possibly be the first place in the body to show signs of infection. The study authors also believe that this data matches other studies that have shown ulcers and blisters to be common lesions associated with other viruses, including hand, foot, and mouth disease, and herpetic gingivostomatitis for instance.

Another research study looked at 21 hospitalized individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 who presented with a skin rash on the outer surface of their bodies. The study was published in JAMA Dermatology and conducted in Spain. Of the 21 individuals, six individuals (29%) also presented with an oral rash, resembling small red spots on the mucosa inside the mouth. These oral lesions appeared approximately two weeks after other COVID-19 symptoms were present, with a reported average of 12.3 days. Of the six individuals, four were women and two were men, and their ages ranged from 40 to 69 years old. On all individuals the oral mucosal spots (also known as an enanthem) were present on the palate. The authors of the study believe that these oral manifestations were most likely linked to the presence of a virus rather than due to a drug reaction because the oral lesions in 5 out of the 6 individuals presented with a petechial pattern. Petechiae, small red-purple spots created by bleeding under the skin, have been found in several other research studies to be associated with viral infections.

If you notice any unusual signs or symptoms occurring within your mouth, or are experiencing any typical COVID-19 symptoms, seek a medical professional immediately.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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://www.medpagetoday.com/infectiousdisease/covid19/87584

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/odi.13382

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7323044/

https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/-/media/images/health/1_-conditions/teeth-and-mouth/oral-herpes-teaser.ashx

COVID-19 and Gum Disease: A Link?

August 16th, 2020

As more research is being done on COVID-19, there has been a new link to gum disease and severe complications from this worrisome virus. Gum disease is caused by bacteria that causes persistent inflammation of the gums and surrounding structures. Gum disease includes an early stage, gingivitis, and a later stage with progression called periodontitis, which is more severe.

COVID-19 is a disease that is caused by the novel coronavirus named SARS-COV-2. This virus causes damage to the lungs and other organs. The Journal of  the California Dental Association has associated inflammation in the gums with the release of inflammatory markers such as IL-6 protein. These proteins cause systemic inflammation as they travel throughout the body. This occurs when fibroblasts within inflamed gingiva produce IL-6, causing an elevation in levels. The elevated levels of IL-6 then leads to bone loss and tissue destruction. Additionally, high levels of IL-6 within the body can hinder oxygen exchange between the blood and lungs.  This can cause severe breathing problems. The latest study from The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology found that high levels of IL-6 are predictors for respiratory failure. Patients with high levels of IL-6 h are 22 times higher risk for respiratory complications.

So, you’re probably wondering what does this mean for you? Risk factors associated with gum disease include: smoking, diabetes, poor oral hygiene, medication, age, and obesity.

According to the American Dental Association (ADA) warning signs of gum disease are as follows:

  • Gums that are red a bleed easily
  • Gums that have pulled away from teeth
  • Loose teeth
  • Consistent bad breath or bad taste in mouth

How to prevent gum disease:

  • Brush twice a day
  • Floss daily
  • Visit your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings
  • Avoid smoking and or using tobacco products

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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://www.dentalproductsreport.com/view/cdc-updates-infection-control-guidelines-for-dental-practices

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7303044/

https://ca.crest.com/en-ca/oral-care-topics/general-oral-hygiene/gum-disease-symptoms-causes-treatments

https://www.jacionline.org/article/S0091-6749(20)30685-0/fulltext

https://www.ada.org/~/media/ADA/Publications/Files/for_the_dental_patient_jan_2011.pdf

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-8600401/Could-gum-disease-make-coronavirus-deadly.html

Recalled Onions? The Latest News

August 12th, 2020

For many, onions are a must-add ingredient to enhance your meal. For all of the onion lovers, whether in a salad, pasta, or sandwich, the flavor of an onion can take your food to the next level! They’re loaded with healthy antioxidants, fiber, prebiotics, and vitamins and minerals, including vitamin B, C, and potassium. Not to mention, they possess anti-bacterial properties. But, recently, you may have been told to dispose of your onions, as news reports of a salmonella outbreak from onions has reached more than 640 people across 43 states in the U.S. Salmonella is a bacteria, commonly associated with contaminated food, which typically cause symptoms of diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)salmonella could cause severe illness leading to hospitalizations or even death in individuals with weakened immune systems, most commonly impacting children under the age of 5 and elderly individuals over the age of 65. The CDC reports that this recent outbreak has resulted in approximately 85 hospitalizations.

The onion recall was initially issued on August 1st by Thomson International Inc., located in Bakersfield, California, reporting the recall for Red, Yellow, White, and Sweet Yellow Onions distributed from May 1, 2020-present. According to the company, these onions were transported to wholesalers, restaurants, and retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. Posted on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website, the company announced, “Consumers who have any Red, Yellow, White, and Sweet Yellow Onions under the above brand names, or who cannot tell if their onions are from Thomson International, should immediately discard these products and disinfect any surfaces that came into contact with the onions.” The onions were sold under several brand names, including Kroger, Thomson  Premium, Tender Loving Care, and others listed on the FDA’s website.

On August 10ththe FDA released an expansion of the initial recall. The company Progressive Produce LLC recalled red onions sold in Arizona, California, Nevada, and Utah stores at Trader Joe’s, in addition to yellow onions at Ralph’s in California stores.

The CDC states these guidelines if you suspect that you are experiencing symptoms of a Salmonella infection:

The CDC also states, “Several companies have recalled onions and foods made with recalled onions, such as chicken salad, macaroni salad, fajita stir-fry, pizza, sub sandwiches, diced raw onions and peppers, and other salads. Check your homes for these recalled products and throw them away. Do not eat them or try to cook the onions or other food to make it safe.”

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://www.cnn.com/2020/08/08/health/onions-salmonella-outbreak/index.html

https://www.foodnetwork.com/healthyeats/news/food-recall-onions-safe-to-eat

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/onion-benefits#section7

https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts/thomson-international-complete-list-recalled-products

https://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/index.html

https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts/thomson-international-inc-conducts-voluntary-recall-red-yellow-white-and-sweet-yellow-onions-because

https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts/progressive-produce-voluntarily-recalls-red-and-yellow-onions-because-possible-health-risk?utm_campaign=Progressive%20Produce%20Voluntarily%20Recalls%20Red%20and%20Yellow%20Onions%20Because%20of%20Possible%20Health%20Risk&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Eloqua

https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2020/s0807-investigation-update-salmonella.html

https://gwillimdalefarms.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/onions-1024x683.jpeg

FDA's Update on Potentially Harmful Hand Sanitizers

August 9th, 2020

During these uncertain times we are all trying to be cautious about germs, which seem to be all around us! Staying safe and doing the best we can to avoid spreading and contracting COVID-19 is of extreme importance as cases and deaths continue to rise across the United States. Because our daily lives involve the constant sense of touch, it's necessary to keep our hands clean to help lower the number of germs present that could make us sick. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has created several guidelines to follow regarding the use of soap and water, as well as alcohol-based hand sanitizer. According to the CDC, soap and water are more effective at fighting certain microbes and viruses, including norovirusCryptosporidium, and Clostridioides difficile. Whereas, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer can help lower the presence of some microorganisms in particular situations. Take a look:

Yet, you may have seen through the media that recently there have been a number of recalls for certain hand sanitizer brands. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has drastically increased its list of hand sanitizers to avoid due to potentially dangerous ingredients. Back in June, the FDA reported the toxicity of some hand sanitizers due to the presence of methanol. Methanol is toxic to humans and can lead to dangerous complications, including permanent blindness, seizures, coma, and even death.

More recently, the FDA is concerned about the inadequate amounts of ethyl or isopropyl alcohol in hand sanitizers. Now, their list, which has hit over 100 products, contains both those with potentially toxic ingredients and those with insufficient levels of active ingredients like alcohol. The FDA reports that many of the hand sanitizers that are a part of their list of products to avoid were created in Mexico and imported to the United States. Recalls and importation warnings have been issued to prevent these potentially dangerous hand sanitizers from making it to the store shelves. The FDA advises against using any products from the manufacturers listed, even if only specific products are being recalled, and to avoid any product with the ingredient methanol. Also, be sure to monitor hand sanitizer use around young children to ensure that ingestion of product does not occur.

FDA Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn noted, "Consumers must also be vigilant about which hand sanitizers they use, and for their health and safety we urge consumers to immediately stop using all hand sanitizers on the FDA's list of dangerous hand sanitizer products." Here is the most current list of hand sanitizers to avoid per the FDA:

  • Blumen Clear Advanced Hand Sanitizer with 70% Alcohol
  • Blumen Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer Clear Ethyl Alcohol 70%
  • BLUMEN Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer Clear
  • BLUMEN Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer Clear
  • KLAR AND DANVER Instant Hand Sanitizer
  • MODESA Instant Hand Sanitizer Moisturizers and Vitamin E
  • BLUMEN Advanced Hand Sanitizer
  • BLUMEN Advanced Hand Sanitizer
  • BLUMEN Advanced Hand Sanitizer Aloe
  • BLUMEN Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer Lavender
  • BLUMEN Clear Advanced Hand Sanitizer
  • BLUMEN Clear Advanced Hand Sanitizer
  • BLUMEN Clear LEAR Advanced Hand Sanitizer
  • BLUMEN Clear LEAR Advanced Hand Sanitizer
  • The Honeykeeper Hand Sanitizer
  • BLUMEN Advanced Hand Sanitizer Clear
  • BLUMEN Clear Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer
  • BLUMEN Clear Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer Aloe
  • BLUMEN Clear Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer Lavender
  • BLUMEN Aloe Advanced Hand Sanitizer, with 70 Alcohol
  • BLUMEN Aloe Advanced Hand Sanitizer, with 70 Alcohol
  • Blumen Advanced Hand Sanitizer Lavender, with 70% alcohol
  • Blumen Advanced Hand Sanitizer Aloe, with 70% alcohol
  • Blumen Antibacterial Fresh Citrus Hand Sanitizer
  • Blumen Hand Sanitizer Fresh Citrus
  • KLAR and DANVER Instant Hand Sanitizer
  • Hello Kitty Hand Sanitizer
  • Assured Instant Hand Sanitizer (Vitamin E and Aloe)
  • Assured Instant Hand Sanitizer (Aloe and Moisturizers)
  • Assured Instant Hand Sanitizer Vitamin E and Aloe
  • Assured Instant Hand Sanitizer Aloe and Moisturizers
  • BLUMEN Instant Hand Sanitizer Fragrance Free
  • BLUMEN Instant Hand Sanitizer Aloe Vera
  • Assured Aloe
  • bio aaa Advance Hand Sanitizer
  • LumiSkin Advance Hand Sanitizer 4 oz
  • LumiSkin Advance Hand Sanitizer 16 oz
  • QualitaMed Hand Sanitizer
  • NEXT Hand Sanitizer
  • Clear Advanced Hand Sanitizer with 70% Alcohol extra soft with glycerin and aloe
  • NuuxSan Instant Antibacterial Hand Sanitizer
  • NuuxSan Instant Hand Sanitizer
  • Assured Instant Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer with Aloe and Moisturizers
  • Assured Instant Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer with Vitamin E and Aloe
  • Modesa Instant Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer with Moisturizers and Aloe Vera
  • Modesa Instant Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer with Moisturizers and Vitamin E
  • Herbacil Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer 70% Alcohol
  • Herbacil Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer 70% Alcohol
  • Herbacil Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer 70% Alcohol
  • Earths Amenities Instant Unscented Hand Sanitizer with Aloe Vera Advanced
  • Hand Sanitizer Agavespa Skincare
  • Vidanos Easy Cleaning Rentals Hand Sanitizer Agavespa Skincare
  • All-Clean Hand Sanitizer
  • Esk Biochem Hand Sanitizer
  • Lavar 70 Gel Hand Sanitizer
  • The Good Gel Antibacterial Gel Hand Sanitizer
  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol
  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol
  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol
  • Saniderm Advanced Hand Sanitizer
  • Hand sanitizer Gel Unscented 70% Alcohol
  • Medicare Alcohol Antiseptic Topical Solution
  • GelBact Hand Sanitizer
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • TriCleanz
  • Sayab Antisepctic Hand Sanitizer 100
  • Jaloma Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer Ethyl Alcohol 62% with Vitamin E
  • Leiper's Fork Distillery Bulk Disinfectant per 5 gallon and Leiper's Fork Distillery 16 oz bottle
  • Andy's Best
  • Andy's
  • NeoNatural
  • Plus Advanced
  • Optimus Instant Hand Sanitizer
  • Optimus Lubricants Instant Hand Sanitizer
  • Optimus Instant Hand Sanitizer
  • Selecto Hand Sanitizer
  • Shine and Clean Hand Sanitizer
  • Hand Sanitizer Disinfectant Gel 70% Ethyl Alcohol
  • Hand Sanitizer Disinfectant Gel 70% Ethyl Alcohol Rinse Free Hand Rub
  • Mystic Shield Protection hand sanitizer
  • Born Basic. Anti-Bac Hand Sanitizer 70% alcohol
  • Born Basic. Anti-Bac Hand Sanitizer 65% Alcohol
  • Scent Theory -- Keep It Clean -- Pure Clean Anti-bacterial Hand Sanitizer
  • Cavalry
  • ENLIVEN Hand Sanitizing Gel
  • Lux Eoi Hand Sanitizing Gel
  • Scent Theory -- Keep It Clean -- Pure Clean Anti-bacterial Hand Sanitizer
  • Bersih Hand Sanitizer Gel Fragrance Free
  • Bersih Antiseptic Alcohol 70% Topical Solution hand sanitizer
  • Purity Advanced Hand Sanitizer
  • Hand Sanitizer Gel Alcohol 70%
  • TriCleanz Tritanium Labs Hand Sanitizer
  • Britz Hand Sanitizer Ethyl Alcohol 70%
  • Parabola Hand Sanitizer
  • Urbane Bath and Body Hand Sanitizer
  • Cleaner Hand Sanitizer Rinse Free 70%
  • Handzer Hand Sanitizer Rinse Free
  • Kleanz Antibacterial Hand Sanitizer Advanced
  • Be Safe Hand Sanitizer
  • Wave Hand Sanitizer Gel
  • DAESI Hand Sanitizer

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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://www.cnn.com/interactive/2020/07/us/cnn-fda-hand-sanitizer-quiz-july-15-2020-trnd/

https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/03/health/fda-hand-sanitizers-list-expands-trnd/index.html

https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/27/health/fda-list-hand-sanitizers-trnd/index.html

https://i0.wp.com/post.healthline.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Hand_Sanitizer_1296x728-header.jpg?w=1155&h=1528

https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/hand-sanitizer-use.html

https://www.cdc.gov/handhygiene/campaign/provider-infographic-4.html

The Latest News on a COVID-19 Vaccine

August 5th, 2020

A new day brings new research! In times like these, we all are ready to resume some sense of normalcy. Currently, the best way to prevent sickness is to avoid exposure to the virus, which is mostly spread from person-to-person contact. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone should continue washing their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, practice social distancing keeping a distance of at least 6 feet from others, wear a face covering, continuously clean and disinfect surfaces, and monitor your health daily.

Although there is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, researchers across the globe are racing to produce a safe and effective vaccine to beat the virus. To date, there are currently 18,699,432 confirmed cases worldwide, with approximately 704,324 deaths reported. At the end of June, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that AstraZeneca, a global biopharmaceutical organization, in collaboration with Oxford University, along with the United States based pharmaceutical company Moderna Inc., were leading the way with an experimental Covid-19 vaccine. AstraZeneca and Oxford University are currently in Phase 3 of human trials and plan to release results this October.

More recently, on July 30th the company Johnson & Johnson began conducting human safety trials of a COVID-19 vaccine after exhibiting positive results from the vaccine when tested on monkeys. The study was published in the science journal Nature. They found that out of 6 monkeys tested with a single dose of the COVID-19 vaccine candidate, all 6 were protected from lung disease and 5 were protected from COVID-19. Dr. Dan Barouch, a virologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and a co-author of the new study mentioned, “It’s a very reassuring level of protection we saw.” Now it is the goal of Dr. Paul Stoffels, Johnson & Johnson’s chief scientific officer, to see whether or not these results will prove to have the same protective effect on humans. Johnson & Johnson plans to test the vaccine on 1,000 healthy individuals ranging in age from 18 to 55 years and 65 years and older. Their aiming to enter Phase 3 testing giving a single-shot to a greater portion of the population beginning in mid-September, while also studying the effectiveness of a two-shot COVID-19 vaccine.

But, this isn’t the only study going on! It is one of over 30 human trials for a COVID-19 vaccine across the globe. Two days prior to when Johnson & Johnson’s study was published, a comparable study from Moderna Inc. and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) was published. However, their vaccines function in battling COVID-19 differently. Moderna’s vaccine candidate sends genetic messenger RNA into cells, which results in the creation of a coronavirus spike protein, which is hypothesized to initiate the body’s immune response. Moderna Inc. is expected to begin Phase 3 trials during this first week of August. On the other hand, Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine candidate uses a modified version of a common cold virus, adenovirus type 26, to bring the coronavirus spike protein into the body to initiate an immune response.

Plus, scientists are also enthusiastic about Novavax’s vaccine candidate in Maryland. In one study, the company found that their vaccine provided protection against coronavirus infections in monkeys. In addition, another study found that 56 volunteer participants had antibodies against the virus and did not have any dangerous side effects. As Novavax continues with Phase 1 trials, they hope to produce 100 million doses of the vaccine by the start of 2021 if the vaccine is proven to be safe and effective.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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://decisionsindentistry.com/2020/07/jj-begins-human-trials-of-its-one-dose-covid-19-vaccine/?inf_contact_key=4c127a488872b6b59f88388fe4b5590e7e470d92b8b75168d98a0b8cac0e9c09

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/30/health/covid-19-vaccine-monkeys.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-who-development/astrazeneca-moderna-ahead-in-covid-19-vaccine-race-who-idUSKBN23X1WA

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/04/health/covid-19-vaccine-novavax.html

https://images.theconversation.com/files/341551/original/file-20200612-153812-ws3rqu.jpg?ixlib=rb-1.1.0&q=45&auto=format&w=754&fit=clip

Bad Breath: A Possible Early Sign of Diabetes

August 1st, 2020

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With roughly 1.5 million Americans diagnosed each year, diabetes remains a silent killer, as early symptoms are often easy to miss. Interestingly, your breath could be warning you that something’s going on in your body. One of the many potential causes of bad breath, also known as halitosis, includes diabetes.

So, What is Diabetes?

The latest statistics noted by the American Diabetes Association reveal that approximately 34.2 million (10.5%) Americans had a diagnosis of diabetes in 2018. Plus, a whopping 88 million (34.5%) individuals aged 18 years or older have prediabetes in the U.S.

Diabetes is a metabolic disorder in which the body has too much blood sugar (glucose) within the bloodstream. Some of the most common types of diabetes that you may have heard of include Type 1 and Type 2. In Type 1 diabetes, the body is blocked from producing insulin, which is normally released by the pancreas to absorb the sugar from the foods you eat for energy. Therefore, treatment involves taking insulin each day to help keep blood sugar levels under control. Type 1 is believed to be caused by an autoimmune response. On the other hand, individuals with Type 2 diabetes suffer from inadequate amounts of insulin release, or their bodies no longer appropriately respond to the action of insulin. Fortunately, Type 2 diabetes can be prevented with healthy lifestyle habits, including exercise, a healthy diet, and practicing good oral hygiene! Diabetes can have a negative, and sometimes life-threatening impact on major organs, including your heart, kidneys, and eyes.

 

Diabetes and Your Oral Health - McOmie Family Dentistry

Bad breath, a possible early sign of diabetes?

Individuals with diabetes may experience bad breath for several reasons which may be detected early. Early diagnosis and treatment of pre-diabetes and diabetes is important for early management and to lower the risk of detrimental complications to your overall health. Some of the common causes of bad breath in pre-diabetic/diabetic patients can include periodontal disease or ketoacidosis:

Periodontal disease:

  • What some people may not know is that diabetes can impact your oral health, and vice versa! This two-way relationship has been shown in several studies revealing a significant link between uncontrolled diabetes and the more severe form of gum disease, periodontitis, as well as severe gum disease being associated with high blood sugar levels.
  • Periodontal disease is a chronic inflammatory disease that involves oral bacteria which attack the oral tissues and bone that surround your teeth. Other systemic diseases, like heart disease and strokes, are linked to both diabetes and periodontal disease. Bad breath is a common sign of periodontal disease, and is typically a result of the bacteria within the mouth that produce volatile sulfur compounds. If blood sugar levels are not controlled, periodontal disease can progress and lead to tooth loss.

Ketoacidosis (DKA):

  • One of the complications of diabetes is ketoacidosis. This condition occurs when the body does not have enough insulin, which leads to certain cells not receiving enough energy from the uptake of sugar.
  • This causes your body to break down fat for energy, which consequently makes a high amount of acids in the blood called ketones. A high amount of ketones in your body can lead to bad breath, and you may notice a smell similar to nail polish. Once reaching an unsafe level, diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) occurs, which can present with a sweet and fruity odor on your breath, frequent urination, trouble breathing, confusion, abdominal pain, nausea, and/or vomiting. This condition can be life-threatening, and immediate medical attention is necessary if you experience these symptoms.Common Causes of Bad Breath

Take a look at some of the other associations between diabetes, oral health, and bad breath:

Dry mouth:

  • Diabetics may experience dry mouth, which can also cause bad breath. Your saliva does more than you may think! Without saliva, acid produced by oral bacteria can attack the surfaces of your teeth and lead to tooth decay/cavities. Not to mention, saliva helps wash away leftover food particles that the bacteria feed on. To fight dry mouth, stay hydrated with water. Chewing xylitol sugar free gum can also help stimulate saliva production. Dry mouth may also be a result of certain medications, including those taken for diabetes. Be sure to keep your dentist in the loop regarding all of your current medications.

Greater Risk of Infections:

  • Individuals with diabetes are at a higher risk of developing infections due to a weakened immune system. Plus, uncontrolled diabetics may experience slow wound healing due to poor circulation from high blood sugar levels. It is especially important to stay healthy and keep your immune system strong during these unprecedented times. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), individuals with Type 2 diabetes are considered at a high risk for experiencing illness from COVID-19. Make sure to continue practicing social distancing, proper hand-washing and disinfecting, and wear a face covering to help fight coronavirus.
  • In addition, people with diabetes may be at a higher risk of developing an oral yeast infection, also known as oral thrush. Oral thrush often appears as a white coat on the tongue or inside of the cheeks and can result in uncomfortable mouth sores and ulcers, along with a foul odor and taste. Your dentist will be able to diagnose oral thrush and offer treatment recommendations.

Remember, your oral cavity is a window to the rest of your body so be sure to take care of it! Your body may be showing you small signs that relate to a bigger health issue. Keep up with your regular dental appointments and practice good oral hygiene at home. When tooth brushing, don’t forget to brush your tongue, which is a common ground for odor producing bacteria.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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://www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/1312660/type-2-diabetes-signs-symptoms-diabetic-ketoacidosis-halitosis-blood-sugar

https://www.diabetes.org/resources/statistics/statistics-about-diabetes

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25342350/

https://www.shalby.org/blog/endocrinology-diabetology/diabetes-silent-killer/

https://www.healthline.com/health/diabetes/bad-breath

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/conditions/diabetes-and-other-endocrine-disorders/diabetes-and-dental-problems-0614

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/people-with-medical-conditions.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fneed-extra-precautions%2Fgroups-at-higher-risk.html#diabetes

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/diabetic-ketoacidosis/symptoms-causes/syc-20371551

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Battling Germs with UVC Lights

July 27th, 2020

At all times our caring team at WDG is putting your safety first. Although the world’s “new normal” might not be clear, we are fully prepared and equipped to keep you and your family safe when visiting with us. Since reopening, we have invested in several additional safety equipment, in addition to updating our protocols and training our staff to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Our office has introduced one of the more recent ground-breaking methods to remove airborne microbes: UVC sterilization technology.

What is UVC sterilization technology?

You might have heard about Ultraviolet (UV) light technology trending recently through the media. It's a hot topic, particularly because of its microbial disinfection benefits. UV light is a part of electromagnetic light, which is not visible to our eyes, that consists of wavelengths ranging from 100-400 nm. The UV spectrum is split into 3 parts including, UVA (long-wave: 315 to 400 nm), UVB (medium-wave: 280 to 315 nm), and UVC (short-wave: 100 to 280 nm)

Hospitals and large health corporations commonly use UV light devices for sterilization purposes with much success, both in terms of safety and efficiency. These devices may also prove to be a huge benefit for dental practices during this global pandemic.

As reported by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), UVC sterilization technology devices use UVC light to compete against microorganisms (also referred to as being germicidal). This high energy short UV wavelength works to interfere with microbial DNA and consequently block their reproduction and prevent them from infecting the environment.

According to Dr. Richard Martinello, an associate professor at Yale School of Medicine and medical director of the Department of Infection Prevention at Yale New Haven Hospital, UV light has been found to be beneficial against coronaviruses, including Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). Yet, more research needs to be done regarding UV light and its effect on battling COVID-19.

At WDG we've introduced these UV devices to protect our patients and staff:

UV-Sanitizing HEPA Air Purifiers

H13 HEPA air purifiers have been installed in the reception area and hallways. These purifiers have been tested to eliminate over 99.97% of airborne pollutants. Additionally, these purifiers have the built-in germicidal UV system that sanitizes the air of microorganisms including viruses and mold.

Sterilizing UV Lamps

In complement to our heightened airflow management and filtration systems, we have also installed UV lamps that sterilize the environment by breaking down microbe DNA.

As the sun continues to shine during these warm summer days, remember to keep these summer safety tips in mind as we all try to limit the spread of COVID-19. Plus, keeping your immune system healthy and strong during these unprecedented times is particularly important. Don't forget, your oral health is an essential part of your overall heath, and we are always here for you. If you experience any COVID-19 symptoms, postpone dental treatment and seek immediate medical care.

Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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://www.cnbc.com/2020/05/26/dental-practices-consider-using-uv-light-tech-to-safely-reopen.html

https://www.dentistryiq.com/dentistry/products/infection-control-and-instrument-management/article/14180067/uvc-sterilization-works-in-large-healthcare-settings-what-about-dental-offices?utm_source=DEC_DIQ+Morning+Briefing&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=CPS200721105&o_eid=3760I9143045C2X&rdx.ident%5Bpull%5D=omeda%7C3760I9143045C2X&oly_enc_id=3760I9143045C2X

https://medicalxpress.com/news/2020-04-uv-wont-covid-19but-disinfect-medical.html

https://www.todaysrdh.com/ultraviolet-germicidal-irradiation-dental-medical-settings-method-sterilization/

https://www.fda.gov/media/136533/download

https://in.dental-tribune.com/news/how-to-use-ultraviolet-light-uvc-to-fight-covid-19-effectively-in-dental-clinics-dr-ajay-bajaj/

https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0024/5386/4500/files/Spectrum_of_Light.jpg?v=1528825019

https://facilityexecutive.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/UV.Covid-19.jpg

New Research: COVID-19 and Heartburn Medications

July 23rd, 2020

 

Research has become a significantly important part of our lives, particularly as we all hope to gain knowledge about COVID-19 and how to conquer the pandemic. Researchers across the globe are trying to piece together any answers to these puzzling times. The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found numerous risk factors that are linked to COVID-19. For instance, individuals of any age with particular medical conditions are considered high risk for contracting coronavirus. Now, there may be another possible risk factor to add to the already long list that could make you more susceptible to get COVID-19.

A new study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, reports that taking proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), a common medication to treat heartburn, acid reflux, and stomach ulcers, may place individuals at a higher risk of developing COVID-19. PPIs work by blocking an acid-producing stomach enzyme to lower the amount of acid made in the stomach. Although stomach acid is natural and a part of the body’s defense mechanism, having a surplus or if it’s found in the wrong place can be a real pain and harmful to the body. PPIs can be prescribed by your physician or found over-the-counter. Some brand name over-the-counter PPIs that you may have heard of include Prilosec (omeprazole), Nexium (esomeprazole), and Prevacid (lansoprazole).

The researchers of this study, guided by Dr. Brennan Spiegel at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, created an online survey which was emailed to a total of 264,058 adults in the United States from May 3 to June 24, 2020. 86,602 individuals were eligible participants and of these individuals more than 53,000 reported heartburn, abdominal pain, and acid reflux and were asked to disclose what medications, if any, they used for relief. Among them, greater than 3,300 tested positive for COVID-19. After data collection and analysis, researchers found that people who reported use of PPI medications were 2-4 times more likely to have COVID-19 compared to those not taking PPIs. In addition, the frequency of intake of PPIs also played a role in the results. They found that individuals taking PPIs twice a day were at a higher risk than individuals taking the medication once a day. Interestingly, those who reported taking histamine-2 receptor antagonists medication (H2 Blockers), which also treat heartburn and gastric ulcers, were not found to be associated with an increased risk of contracting COVID-19 in the study.

The researchers believe that the change in the stomach environment as a result of PPIs could create an environment where pathogens and viruses like COVID-19 can thrive. These results also mirror some common side effects of longterm PPI use in other research studies. For instance, PPIs have been linked to the bacterial infection C. difficile, which researchers believe also thrives due to less stomach acid being present to fight against pathogens.

Although this research is a step toward a possible association between PPIs and COVID-19, more research has to be done to determine a cause and effect relationship. Dr. Christopher Almario, one of the study authors, stated “By no means do we say that people need to stop their PPIs…We found an association here; This needs to be confirmed. Many U.S. residents take PPIs for severe acid reflux, heartburn or peptic ulcers, and these people should not lower their dose or switch medications without first consulting a health care provider.”

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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://www.uspharmacist.com/article/proton-pump-inhibitors-considerations-with-longterm-use

https://decisionsindentistry.com/2020/07/possible-link-between-heartburn-medications-and-covid-19-risk/?inf_contact_key=c1aff9e57306be06b8e82905e898e2fbb7af0999dac2af6212784c39e05d2aef

https://time.com/5863532/covid-19-heartburn/

https://www.livescience.com/ppi-heartburn.medication.covid19-risk.html

https://www.drugwatch.com/proton-pump-inhibitors/

https://parenting.firstcry.com/articles/foods-to-avoid-with-acid-reflux-or-heartburn/

Sneaky Culprits of a Silent Epidemic: Noodles and White Bread

July 19th, 2020

As we continue to fight what seems like a long and strenuous battle against COVID-19, our children are also combatting a more silent epidemic: Tooth decay. Cavities, also known as tooth decay, are one of the most common chronic diseases impacting children in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 1 of 5 (20%) children aged 5 to 11 years have at least one untreated cavity. For children aged 12 to 19 years old, approximately 1 of 7 (13%) have at least one untreated cavity. Sadly, without treatment, children may experience trouble speaking, chewing, learning, and enjoying everyday life. In fact, approximately two million missed days of school occur annually in the U.S. as a result of poor oral health problems among children.

A recent study, done by the University of Auckland and Starship Children’s Hospital in New Zealand, revealed that a higher frequency of consumption of simple carbohydrates, including white bread, rice, noodles, soft drinks, cake, and breakfast cereals, for instance, led to a greater risk of tooth decay. It can be surprising for many to think of these common, and delicious, food items as enemies of our oral health!

The study looked at the dental records and reported diet of 4000 children beginning at the age of two years old. The researchers found that foods such as whole wheat bread, vegetables, and cheese were associated with less tooth decay coupled with proper oral hygiene practices. Parental help with toothbrushing, brushing at least twice a day, and brushing after meals/snacks were linked with fewer dental cavities. On a positive note, researchers found that ¾ of the tested children had no dental cavities at their first dental appointment.

They also observed that ethnicity and socio-economic status played a role in the study. Children of Pacific ethnicity were four times at risk of having four or more cavities at their first dental appointment. On the other hand, Asian and Māori children were only twice as likely to have four or more cavities at their first appointment. As in the United States, many oral health disparities exist for individuals of many ethnic and racial groups, often pertaining to accessibility and affordability of healthcare.

The results of this study support the many other studies that have shown a strong link between diet and oral health. Other studies, such as one done in Cambodia, found that common diets made up of noodles and rice shared comparable results.

We all want to keep our child’s teeth bright and cavity-free. Luckily, cavities are 100% preventable. Prevention is key to helping children avoid invasive and costly treatments in the future! Tooth decay results when bacteria, a food source, and a host are coexisting together. The normal bacteria within the oral cavity feed off of carbohydrates and as a result produce damaging acids that breakdown the surfaces of teeth. It’s best to try to limit how often you and your children are consuming carbohydrates and processed sugars. When it’s time for your child’s snack time, offer tooth-friendly options like cheese, nuts, and carrots. Food consistency matters too! Sticky and chewy foods like fruit snacks tend to get stuck on and in-between teeth longer, increasing the risk for decay.

Certain treatments, such as fluoride varnish and dental sealants can help prevent tooth decay. Dental sealants are applied to the pits and grooves on the chewing surfaces of teeth to prevent food from becoming trapped. Make sure that your child drinks fluoridated tap water and is brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/122104452/noodles-and-bread-among-food-most-at-risk-of-causing-tooth-decay-in-children

https://www.cdc.gov/oralhealth/basics/childrens-oral-health/index.html

https://www.rwjf.org/en/library/research/2016/09/the-relationship-between-school-attendance-and-health.html

 

 

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The Latest Science on Masks, Plus Skincare Tips!

July 16th, 2020

 

Face masks have become a normal part of society, and are a significant help in slowing the spread of COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is urging everyone to wear masks, especially as the number of cases and deaths is rampantly increasing across the United States. Numerous current studies reveal that asymptomatic individuals and individuals who later develop symptoms can transmit coronavirus during the time that they are pre-symptomatic.

The Director of the CDC, Dr. Robert R. Redfield, commented “cloth face coverings are one of the most powerful weapons we have to slow and stop the spread of the virus – particularly when used universally within a community setting. All Americans have a responsibility to protect themselves, their families, and their communities.”

Several research studies, including a review study published on Tuesday July 14th in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), have identified that cloth face coverings are helping prevent people with coronavirus from spreading the virus to other individuals. The review comprised two recent case studies, one from the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). This study observed two Missouri hair stylists infected with COVID-19 and symptomatic through contact tracing. One of the stylists saw customers for 8 days while experiencing common coronavirus symptoms, while the other stylist saw customers for 4 days while symptomatic. With all staff and customers wearing a mask in the salon per local government regulations, it was found that none of the 139 customers in contact with the two hair stylists became ill, and 67 customers who voluntarily were tested received negative test results for COVID-19.Both stylists reported wearing cloth face masks or surgical masks when taking care of their customers. Of the 139 customers at the salon, approximately 47% wore a cloth face mask, 46% wore surgical masks, and 5% wore N-95 respirator masks. Their appointment times ranged from 15 to 45 minutes. The CDC affirms that wearing face masks could add huge benefits to protecting the community against the virus.

Wearing a face covering is especially important when in public spaces or when in environments where it is hard to maintain social distancing. The CDC recommends that face coverings should not be worn by anyone under the age of two or anyone with certain medical conditions. If you feel sick or notice that you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, immediately seek medical care and self-isolate.

What are the different types of masks?

1. N95 respirators

These medical masks are meant to lower the exposure to small and large air particles. These masks are fit-tested for medical professionals to ensure a secure fit.

2. Surgical masks

These masks are loose-fitting masks, but still provide some barrier against large respiratory droplets. These masks are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

3. Cloth masks

The CDC also reports that cloth masks may help slow the spread of COVID-19. Some people have bought filters to add to masks, which are currently being researched to determine if they add any additional protection.

Experiencing skin trouble from wearing a mask?

If so, not to worry, there are recommendations that may help. Wearing a mask may aggravate certain skin conditions, such as eczema or acne, but there are ways to get it under control.

Director of the Dermatology Laser and Cosmetic Center at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Mathew Avram, shares that trying a silk face covering to wear in public may help individuals who have acne or sensitive. Silk may provide less friction between your mask and face, which may help lessen your risk of irritation or inflammation.

Clinical director of the Mohs Dermatologic Surgery Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Dr. Abigail Waldman, recommends using a face cleanser after wearing a mask to remove any trapped dirt and oil the collects under the mask. Avoid using any bar soaps that may irritate and cause your skin to feel tight. When looking for a face lotion, be sure that it is non-comedogenic, meaning that it does not block pores. Wearing a moisturizer before putting your mask on can help add a layer of protection between your skin and the mask. Also be sure to wash your face covering after each use.

Over-the-counter products may also help clear up breakouts. Acne products typically contain adapalene gel or other retinoids, which often help limit the accumulation of dead skin cells at a minimum, and/or have antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory effects.

If you’re experiencing an acne breakout, try avoiding wearing makeup under the area covered by the mask. Makeup may block your pores and cause skin irritation when wearing a mask throughout the day. If wearing makeup, try to aim for wearing non-comedogenic products. If you notice that your skin condition gets worse or does not go away, contact your dermatologist.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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://www.bostonmagazine.com/health/2020/05/20/face-mask-breakouts-skincare-tips/

https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/npptl/pdfs/UnderstandDifferenceInfographic-508.pdf

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover-guidance.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/about-face-coverings.html

https://article.images.consumerreports.org/f_auto/prod/content/dam/CRO-Images-2020/Health/03Mar/CR-Health-facemask-corona-update-0320

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https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/coronavirus/coronavirus-face-masks-what-you-need-to-know

https://inside.akronchildrens.org/2020/04/01/help-akron-childrens-protect-our-patients-and-staff-with-diy-face-masks/

Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness & Prevention

July 12th, 2020

Each year, cleft and craniofacial conditions impact thousands of infants in the United States. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 1 in every 1,600 infants are born with both cleft lip with cleft palate in the United States. While approximately 1 in every 2,800 infants are born with only cleft lip, and about 1 in every 1,700 babies are born with only cleft palate. These phenomenons occur when an infant's upper lip or roof of the mouth does not completely fuse together during pregnancy. The month of July marks National Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness and Prevention Month, which is the perfect time to spread awareness and learn more about orofacial clefts and complex craniofacial conditions. The American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA) aims to increase knowledge and create situations catered to help individuals with these conditions thrive.

What is Cleft Lip?

During the amazing development of an infant during pregnancy, body tissue from each side of the head grow toward the center of the face and come together to create the face. A cleft lip occurs if the tissue that creates the lip does not join completely. This creates an opening in the lip in the middle or on either side of the lip, and can sometimes extend to the nose. Lip formation normally occurs between the fourth and seventh weeks of pregnancy.

Baby wih a cleft lip

What is Cleft Palate?

A cleft palate results if the tissue of the roof of the mouth, also known as the palate, does not come together completely during pregnancy. This can occur in the front, back, or spanning across the entire palate. The formation of the roof of the mouth naturally occurs between the sixth and ninth weeks of pregnancy.

Baby with Cleft Palate

What Is Cleft Lip and Palate?

The most common cleft condition of the face is both cleft lip and palate combined. This occurs when there is both a separation in the upper lip and in the roof of the mouth.

What is Craniosynostosis?

Craniosynostosis occurs when the skull sutures fuse together during development. This can be noticeable at birth or during growth and development after birth.

What Is Plagiocephaly?

Plagiocephaly, also known as positional plagiocephaly, causes an infant's head to have a flattened appearance due to external pressure.

Orofacial clefts can cause children to experience other problems, including problems with their teeth, feeding, speaking, and hearing. Research is continuously being conducted to help become more knowledgeable of these conditions in hopes for prevention. Cleft and craniofacial conditions typically require long and challenging treatment methods, and require a multi-professional team approach consisting of medical, surgical, dental and other health professionals.

The causes of orofacial clefts are not completely known. Some may be due to genetics or other factors, according to the CDC. The CDC reports that women who smoke during pregnancy have an increased risk of having a baby with an orofacial cleft. In addition, women with a diagnosis of diabetes before pregnancy, and women who take certain medications during their first trimester, such as anticonvulsants, have an increased risk of having a baby with cleft lip/palate. It is important to talk with your medical professionals during your pregnancy about ways to increase your chances of having a healthy baby.

Orofacial clefts are normally diagnosed during pregnancy with routine ultrasounds or after the baby is born. Certain types of cleft palate, such as a submucous cleft palate and bifid uvula may not be diagnosed until later in life.

Treatment can vary depending on the severity of the condition, in addition to the child's age and presence of other birth defects. Cleft lip surgery normally occurs within the first year of life as recommended. It is recommended to repair cleft palate within the first 18 months of life or earlier. It is common for many children to need additional surgeries later on in life to help improve not only appearance, but breathing, hearing, and speech development. Children with orofacial clefts may also need special dental or orthodontic care. Treatment of orofacial clefts have been proven effective and most children lead a healthy life.

Join us in spreading the word!

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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://acpa-cpf.org/2018/07/10/july-is-national-cleft-and-craniofacial-awareness-month-2/

https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6425a5.htm?s_cid=mm6425a5_w

https://www.gillettechildrens.org/get-involved/cleft-and-craniofacial-awareness-month

https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/birthdefects/cleftlip.html

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http://www.nccapm.org

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Will Nasal Breathing Help Fight Coronavirus?

July 8th, 2020

As the number of COVID-19 cases across the United States continues to rise, scientists and researchers are continuously trying to find ways to help control and beat the virus. Research is currently being conducted to determine if nasal breathing can help lower the risk of contracting coronavirus. You may be wondering, why would breathing through your nose be beneficial?

Interestingly, breathing through your nose and mouth are two completely different methods of breathing. Nasal breathing is connected to your diaphragm and signals a response from your parasympathetic nervous system (PNS), also known as your rest and digest system. The PNS acts on your heart, lungs, and digestive tract. On the other hand, breathing through your oral cavity signals your sympathetic nervous system (SNS), also known as the fight or flight system. The SNS acts in opposition to the PNS, and instead elevates your pulse and breathing rates, while slowing digestion. Breathing through your nose, rather than your mouth, is the best way to receive the optimal amount of oxygen. Here’s why:

Your nose produces nitric oxide, which helps increase the transport of oxygen throughout your body by allowing your blood vessels to dilate. It also helps relax and open your airways in the lungs, acting as a bronchodilator. Nitric oxide is a huge plus to the immune system too, as it has antifungal, antiviral, antiparasitic, and antibacterial effects. In addition, your nasal turbinates function to warm and humidify air as it moves into the lungs, helping to filter and block harmful particles from entering your body.

According to scientists, humming has been found to increase the production of nitrous oxide in the sinus cavities surrounding the nose. Researchers revealed that the sound waves from humming increase the speed of gas exchange, and can help provide some relief for individuals with a sinus infection (Sinusitis). Foods high in nitrates, including leafy green vegetables, beets, and garlic for example, may also increase the concentration of nitrous oxide in the body and provide the same health benefits. In hopes to find treatment and prevention methods against COVID-19, clinical trials have currently begun to investigate the direct application of nitrous oxide to the respiratory system.

It can be hard to breathe through your nose at times, especially when you have sleep apnea, allergies, or are sick and congested, or even when you have your mask on to help fight coronavirus. Having a stuffy nose is a pain, and we often don’t notice how important the nose is until it isn’t functioning properly.  When your airway is obstructed, your mouth naturally opens to allow air flow to your lungs. However, breathing through your mouth doesn’t offer the same benefits as nasal breathing, and can even lead to health problems. Breathing through your mouth increases dehydration and inflammation in the body. Mouth breathing can cause enlarged tonsils/adenoids, dry mouth, bad breath (halitosis), chronic fatigue, irritability, dry lips, periodontal disease, and throat/ear infections, and other conditions. Many studies have also shown that breathing through the mouth can make individuals with asthma experience worse symptoms.

In children, mouth breathing can lead to several physical and cognitive challenges. Children who aren’t treated for mouth breathing can develop misaligned teeth, gummy smiles, facial deformities including long narrow faces/mouths, sleep disorders, lack of concentration, poor posture, or poor growth.

Talk with your dentist if you notice or believe that you or your child is mouth breathing. Practicing nasal breathing makes perfect! Also, be sure to try to reduce your stress levels, as stress can also lead to abnormal breathing patterns.

Breathing through your nose is important for your health! It can be our first line of defense against airborne particles, and is especially important to make a habit during these unprecedented times. While wearing your mask, initiate slow breaths through your nose to help lower the amount of carbon dioxide inhaled. This will help reduce your risk of experiencing trouble breathing, headaches, and dizziness.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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://decisionsindentistry.com/2020/06/nasal-breathing-help-reduce-risk-covid/?inf_contact_key=7a5419cd2ce100bb3ce3a594e8fa09441b0a3f0fd3ee5d9b43fb34c6613498d7

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https://www.healthline.com/health/mouth-breathing#symptoms

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The Global Race for a COVID-19 Vaccine

July 5th, 2020

With Covid-19 on the rise in many states and across the globe, scientists and researchers are racing to produce a safe and effective vaccine. To date, there are currently 11,304,534 confirmed cases worldwide, with approximately 531,659 deaths reported. The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that AstraZeneca, a global biopharmaceutical organization, in collaboration with Oxford University are leading the way with an experimental Covid-19 vaccine. WHO chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan stated AstraZeneca’s experimental vaccine is “the most advanced in terms of development.”

AstraZeneca has started large-scale, mid-stage human trials of the vaccine candidate and are currently in Phase III. The company has signed its tenth supply-and-manufacturing deal this past week. Brazil recently signed an agreement to begin producing the vaccine, and has estimated that it will make 30 million doses by January 2021. The CEO of AstraZeneca believes that the vaccine will provide immunity against Covid-19 for 1 year.

WHO’s chief scientist also stated that Moderna Inc., a United States based pharmaceutical company, is “not far behind” in its production of a vaccine, although she believes, “AstraZeneca certainly has a more global scope at the moment in terms of where they are doing and planning their vaccine trials.” Moderna Inc. is currently in Phase II trails of the vaccine and plans to make 100 million doses starting this July. Moderna is partnered with other companies including the pharmaceutical company Catalent, Johnson and Johnson, and AstraZeneca.

However, in total there are approximately 140 experimental vaccines currently being developed, with more than 13 experimental vaccines undergoing clinical trials. The WHO is also in contact with Chinese and Indian manufacturers and researchers regarding potential vaccines. It is their hope that companies will collaborate to help create a vaccine to help fight the virus.

Although nothing is set in stone yet, scientists predict that it is possible to have a COVID-19 vaccine within one year, according to the Director-General of the World Health Organization.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-who-development/astrazeneca-moderna-ahead-in-covid-19-vaccine-race-who-idUSKBN23X1WA

https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/british-pharma-major-astrazeneca-ahead-in-global-race-for-covid-19-vaccine-all-you-need-to-know/story-wAc0QNcBaul7VyDUzOie8J.html

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Could Dogs also be COVID-19 Frontline Heroes?

July 1st, 2020

Dogs can definitely be your best pal. These furry bundles of joy are helpful companions, even during coronavirus! Now, current research is being done to determine whether dogs can use their nose to detect the presence of COVID-19 in humans. Fascinatingly, dogs outpower our sense of smell by an enormous magnitude. Their sense of smell is 10,000 to 100,000 times stronger! In addition to their trained ability to sniff out contraband food items and drugs, some research has also connected dogs to their ability to smell other medical conditions, including Parkinson’s disease, malaria, and some cancers. So, will dogs be on the front lines serving as potential screeners of COVID-19?

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania are in the process of training and researching 8 Labrador retrievers. The goal of the study is to determine whether dogs can identify a smell associated with coronavirus. Prior knowledge has been gained that respiratory diseases can impact body odor. If the study is proven to be effective, dogs would be a tremendous help in screening individuals at airports, hospitals, and other establishments.

Within a few weeks, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine will begin conducting similar research by collecting COVID-19 samples and training dogs with the help of Medical Detection Dogs. Researchers predict that each dog will be able to screen up to 250 people an hour. Researchers report that the Labradors and Cocker spaniels will be trained to identify an odor first, then saliva and urine samples from patients who tested positive and negative for COVID-19 at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. They predict that the training will last for approximately 6-8 weeks. Researchers hope to further research the possibility of creating an electric detector of coronavirus.

 

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Our office follows the recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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://www.bbc.com/news/uk-52686660?fbclid=IwAR01T9Mf--Ao0O5M6YNTqnQrBi2elHt1GIAvnOCpo7dekKJtrXZhVDivl_Y

https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/2020/04/29/coronavirus-detection-dogs/

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/factcheck/2020/06/17/fact-check-can-dogs-sniff-out-coronavirus-maybe/3204745001/?for-guid=b9fa359a-5e8b-11ea-9855-1267072b3abf&utm_source=usatoday-Coronavirus%20Watch&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=baseline_greeting&utm_term=list_article_thumbhttps://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/article/dogs-sense-of-smell/

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Summer Safety During COVID-19

June 28th, 2020

Staying safe and healthy is crucial amid this global pandemic, even as we begin to take breaths of fresh summer air heading into July. With summer normally being full of trips to the beach, pool parties, barbeques, and fun gatherings with loved ones, this summer calls for us to enjoy the season cautiously and safely. Although stay-at-home orders have been lifted in many states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns that this pandemic is not over yet! Shockingly, the current number of COVID-19 cases in the United States tops 2.5 million, and has sadly taken the lives of nearly 126,000 individuals in America.

Wondering if the warmer temperatures will stop coronavirus?

The CDC reports that currently it is not known whether the weather impacts the spread of COVID-19, as there is significantly more to learn about the transmissibility, severity, and other characteristics of the virus.

Before heading out, it is important to evaluate your risk. Having a plan in place and taking the best safety measures you can while outside can help stop the spread and minimize risk. Here’s some tips that will help you stay prepared and safe this summer:

1. Wear a face mask

The CDC strongly advises people over the age of 2 to wear a cloth face-covering in public settings. This can help lower the spread of COVID-19, which can also be spread by people who are asymptomatic and do not know that they are infected.

  • Avoid putting your face covering around your neck, forehead, or under your nose
  • Avoid touching your face covering

When removing your face covering, hold it only by the ear handles, being careful not to touch your face. Wash your hands immediately after removing. If you own a cloth face covering, the CDC recommends that it should be washed after each use. Here's how to wash your cloth face covering.

Looking for a face mask? USA Today compiled a list of 55 places you can buy face masks online right now.

2. Bring and use hand sanitizer

Although washing your hands with soap and water is best, if you're out and about without access, the CDC recommends using a hand sanitizer with at least 70% alcohol when entering and leaving public places, or consuming food. Place enough sanitizer on your hands to cover all surfaces, and rub them together approximately 20 seconds until dry.

3. Use disinfecting wipes or spray

Traveling with disinfecting spray or wipes can be beneficial when out in public to wipe down surfaces before touching them. The CDC recommendations include using a cleaner made up of at least 70% alcohol, if possible.

4. Are disposable gloves necessary?

The CDC reports that gloves should be used when cleaning, or caring for someone who is sick. However, they are not necessary in other instances and can still lead to the spread of harmful pathogens.

5. Keeping your phone sanitized

 

Phones are one of the most frequent items we touch regularly. Your phone can harbor bacteria, especially when you place it down on surfaces. Keep your phone clean by disinfecting it, along with your hands too!

6. Practice social distancing

Limiting physical contact with others is the best way to lower the spread of COVID-19, says the CDC. Social distancing involves staying at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other individuals.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Our office follows the recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

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