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Why Sports Drinks Shouldn't be a Social Norm

August 23rd, 2016

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As we all know, exercise is necessary for maintaining a healthy body. It's important to make sure our youth are staying active and getting their daily dose of exercise. However, children who play sports often turn to readily available sports drinks including Gatorade, Powerade, and Vitamin Water to quench their thirst after a hard workout. In addition, now research has found that an increasing amount of 12-14 year olds drink sports drinks just for social reasons. According to a survey conducted by Cardiff University School of Dentistry, individuals who drink sports drinks, whether after exercising or just for fun, increase their risk of obesity and tooth decay.

The study involved 160 children in four schools across South Wales and found that children are increasingly consuming sports drinks because of their low price, sweet taste, and availability. Approximately 80 of the children reported that they drink sports drinks socially, whereas only 18% said they drink them due to the advertised performance enhancing effect.

Unfortunately, many parents and children do not know the health dangers of consuming sports drinks. These drinks contain a high amount of sugar and a low pH level, making the drinks highly acidic leading to an increased risk of obesity, cavities, and enamel erosion. The Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine (FSEM) is trying create harsher regulations for the marketing of sports drinks, particularly in areas around schools.

Instead of opting for sports drinks, water is the best option for both children and adults to choose when hydrating. It will protect your dental health and overall health in the long run!

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

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. VanDr. Emad is happy to help with your orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other periodontal or oral surgery needs, Dr. Ghazi would be more than willing to help.

References:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/06/160627095627.htm

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Thank You Wellesley Mother's Forum!

September 24th, 2013

The caring team at Wellesley Dental Group had a fun Saturday morning at the Wellesley Town Hall Greens, next to the Wellesley Post Office . We were the guest of Wellesley Mother's Forum. Mother's Forum is a non-profit organization and a member-led social and support group for Wellesley women with young children. Members are required to live in Wellesley or surrounding towns and have at least one child (or be currently expecting). The majority of their members have children between the ages of birth to eight years old.

Serving as the Smile Ambassadors for Wellesley and the surrounding towns this was a perfect way to educate the young kids about brushing and flossing. Events like this help motivate and encourage young children and their parents about being proactive for their dental health. While Dr. Femina Ali was helping demonstrate on our famous mascot, Christopher,with a giant toothbrush Dr. Ejaz Ali was giving balloons as prizes. Everyone that stopped for brushing lessons also got an Oral Stages toothbrush.

The kids also loved having pictures taken with our wonderful Tooth Fairy. It was a successful event and we cannot thank Wellesley Mother's Forum enough for including us. We were so happy to see all of our young smile ambassadors and teach them about the importance of maintaining good oral health. Thank you Wellesley Mother's Forum for being so proactive in the community!

We want to acknowledge the help of our friend Joanna Bandte who brought smiles to tons of children by doing feather extensions in their hair. Thank you Joanna!

Also, we want to give a big thank you to the event directors Diane Conway & Meryl Glassman and also to the Co-Presidents Sabreena Kropp & Meghan Thompson. What a fun community event, we can't wait for to participate again next year for the Fall Carnival! We are also looking forward to hosting our annual Candy Drive for the Wellesley Mother's Forum.
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Thank You Women's Business Network!

June 14th, 2013

I just finished my second year as President for Women's Business Network in Wellesley. Women's Business Network (WBN) is built on a tradition of women helping women in the workplace through relationships, resources, and referrals. A program of the Wellesley Chamber of Commerce, WBN is a forum where members can meet, collaborate with, and support other working women. By connecting with other businesswomen, members build and nourish valuable personal and business relationships, and share and expand resources. WBN is a group of business, professional and entrepreneurial women from many diverse fields in the MetroWest Boston area. They take pride in supporting the professional development and success of members while strengthening the professional image of members.

I am so thankful to have had the privilege of leading the group. I am humbled and touched by all the warm and kind words from my leadership team; you made my life so easy. Serving alongside you was an honor; a memorable experience that I will forever cherish. I have learned a lot from you all and so blessed to have you all in my life. WBN will always have a special place in my heart. It is a fun, interactive, and social group and I highly recommend it for all business professionals. WBN will be in good hands under our new President Janice Bogasky and her leadership team. Thank you to the Wellesley Chamber of Commerce for coordinating our events and Wellesley College Club for offering such a nice serene venue for our meetings. Again I cannot thank you enough for the kind words and the love I have received from you.

"I loved being part of your WBN Board, Femina your enthusiasm and courtesy are outstanding. Thank you for leading the group for two years." - Susana

"It has been a pleasure the last two years working with you. Thanks for your time and effort." - Daryl

"You have been quite an inspiration to our leadership team. Thank you for your time and all you do for WBN." - Lisa

"Femina, you are one of the most gracious women I have ever met. Thank you." - Christine

"Thank you for your thoughtful, compassionate, and strong leadership. It has been a delight to work with you and the team." - Kathy

"Thanks you!" - Amy

"It was an honor to serve on the Board with you, learning from you as someone who has just started was just wonderful." - Miriam

"It has been a dynamic and wonderfully successful two years at WBN - mostly thanks to you, you reinvigorated us!" - Joanne

"Femina, you are the bright and shining star you were so lovingly created to be." - Gail

"Thanks so much for your two years of leadership- we will miss you." - Edith

"Thank You!" - Margie

"Thank you Femina-
great role model...
ball of energy...
positive spirit...
I appreciate you!" - Nancy

"Thank you for everything." - Phyllis

"Thanks for all you have done and your friendship." - Linda

Thank you Gretje for the beautiful leadership team picture!

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