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How to Protect "Buck Teeth"

August 28th, 2019

We all try to play it safe and keep our teeth protected and healthy, but sometimes traumatic dental injuries can be inevitable, particularly for children. From sports activities to just having some good-ole fun playing outside, accidents can happen and hurt your little one’s teeth. Sadly, not only can it be traumatic for your little one, but it can also be costly. The risk of dental trauma is specifically increased for children with teeth that protrude outwards. This is often known as, “buck teeth.” Due to the positioning of the teeth, the teeth often extend beyond the protective lip, which can make their teeth more susceptible to injuries. Take a look at the latest research on protruding teeth and what you can do to help prevent damaging them:

According to a recent study performed at the University of Adelaide in Australia, a connection was found between the degree of protrusion of children’s teeth and risk of damaging teeth. The study analyzed 50,000 children under the age of 19 years old. The study concluded that kids up to the age of six years old with teeth protruding over 3 mm are three times as likely to suffer with dental trauma than kids without protruding teeth. In addition, they found that kids over the age of six with teeth protruding greater than 5 mm are twice as likely to experience dental trauma.

Great news is that this risk can be reduced! Regular dental check-ups are extrememly important for your child to help lower the chance of developing long-term dental issues. Protruding teeth can be caused by numerous things. This includes negative oral habits such as thumb-sucking, longterm pacifier use, and tongue-thrusting. Genetics may also play a role in the alignment of teeth. Your dentist can analyze the relationship of your teeth and come up with the right treatment options to help prevent their harm. Orthodontic treatment may be necessary to help correct protruding teeth. Also, be sure that your child always wears a properly fitting mouth guard when playing sports to help prevent dental trauma.

Remember, prevention is key! If teeth are knocked out or injured at an early stage, this can cause extra dental procedures including root canals or even extractions.

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/2019/05/190514090100.htm

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/cosmetic-dentistry/adult-orthodontics/buck-teeth-causes-0516-

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Start the School Year Off Smiling!

August 31st, 2018

As the hot summer days and fun of summer are winding down, Labor Day and the beginning of the new school year are approaching! This is the time of year full of back-to-school shopping, final summer getaways, and lots of errands. But what's missing from this list? You're child's dental appointment!

Poor Oral Health is Connected to Lower School Grades

Surprisingly, tooth decay is the most common childhood disease, topping both asthma and allergies. It is important to catch dental problems early because it can lead to more school absences and missed work for parents. A study reported that for every 100 students, approximately 117 hours of school is missed per year as a result of oral health problems. Not to mention, it has been reported that children who experienced tooth pain were four times more likely to have a low grade point average below the average 2.8 GPA when compared to children not experiencing tooth pain. Tooth pain and untreated cavities can be a distraction to learning and may cause your child not to be focused in school.

It is important to prevent dental issues by teaching children good oral hygiene care at home, as well as scheduling regular dental check-ups. This will not only protect your child’s oral health, but also their success in school! Don’t forget your child needs a dental check-up at least two times a year.

Also, if your child is thinking about playing sports in the fall, make sure they have the necessary protection they need to keep their pearly whites safe. Approximately 39% of dental injuries happen during sports. A custom-fitted protective mouth guards is needed for all children playing contact sports, including football, wrestling, and so on. This will protect them from gum damage, tooth loss, and jaw problems.

Sending your child back to school with a happy smile and healthy mouth will be the best kick-off to a great school year!

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and their newest addition to the team, Dr. Zarah Ali, if you have any thoughts or concerns. Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. Van. Dr. 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.

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.

References:

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

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/life-stages/childrens-oral-care/ada-08-poor-oral-health-can-mean-missed-school-lower-grades

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The Risks of Oral Piercings

August 18th, 2016

smilieOral piercings has become a popular expression of self, however, there are several health risks that come along with them. It is important to be aware of the common infections and problems that may occur as a result of oral piercings. tongue, lip, uvula, and other oral piercings can not only change your speech, chewing or swallowing, it can also cause infections, nerve damage, and much more! Here are just a few of the issues that can arise due to oral piercings:

Dental pain and infection

  • Since the mouth is home to many food particles and bacteria, piercings can quickly become infected and lead to dangerous consequences if not treated properly. Swelling can also occur, which could restrict airway passages.

Gums, teeth and fillings can be destroyed

  • Whether you know it or not, piercings can lead to cracked teeth, sensitive teeth, and damaged fillings when biting down or as a result of an accident. They can also injure your gums and cause an infection. If active in sports, make sure to remove oral jewelry and use a mouthguard to protect your oral health.

Reaction to metal jewelry

  • Allergic reactions to piercing jewelry may occur and lead to infections.

Nerve damage

  • Nerve damage may result after a piercing and could be temporary or sometimes even permanent. This damage can impact your tastebuds and mouth movement.

Excessive Saliva

  • Oral piercings often increase saliva production and can lead to drooling.

Dental appointment difficulties

  • Piercing jewelry can block the way of necessary dental care procedures, including X-rays.

If you have oral piercings, please be sure to contact your dentist or physician if you have any signs of pain at or around the side of the piercing. It is also important to constantly clean the pierced site and avoid biting down on the jewelry to prevent damage to teeth and gums. Be sure to see your dentist regularly and maintain proper dental hygiene habits. If you're considering getting an oral piercing, please take these facts into consideration and talk to your dentist for more information.

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:

http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/o/oral-piercings

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The Olympics Are Here!

August 9th, 2016

August 5th marked the beginning of the 2016 Summer Olympics (or the Games of the XXXI Olympiad) with a stunning opening ceremony in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil!

Rio is the first South American city to become a host city for the Olympics. There are 33 venues in Rio de Janeiro, along with five venues at São Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Salvador, Brasilia, and Manaus. The motto for the 2016 Olympics is: Um mondo novo (which means "a new world" in Portuguese, Brazil's official language).

There were many controversies leading up to the games, including the instability of Brazil's government, Zika virus concerns, pollution in the Guanabara Bay, and Russia's doping scandal that banned athletes from participating in this year's Olympics.

This year, over 11,000 athletes from 206 nations are participating in 28 Olympic sports (including recently added golf and rugby sevens). There are 306 sets of medals at stake! In addition, there are both refugee and independent athletes competing this year.

Sports that have always been part of the Olympics include athletics (track and field), aquatics (swimming), cycling, fencing, and gymnastics. All exciting sports to watch!

But...let's take a closer look at the teeth of the Olympic athletes. The Oral Health Foundation, which claims that elite athletes are more at risk for dental erosion than the average person, recommends that they pay more attention to their oral health.

Why? Athletes are more likely to develop cavities because of the high carbohydrate content of their diets, including sports drinks, gels, and bars that are highly acidic, with pH levels below 5.5.

Protecting your teeth will surely earn you a gold medal at the dentist's! Here are some suggestions for teeth-friendly snacks to munch on while watching sports events.

Make sure to catch some Olympic highlights before the closing ceremony on August 21st!

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.

Resources:

http://www.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1455224409/rio-OLYMPICS0216.jpg?itok=yZqKSKfP

https://www.rio2016.com/en

http://www.dentistrytoday.com/news/industrynews/item/1149-olympic-athletes-at-greater-risk-of-poor-oral-health

Spring into Sports with Facial Protection

April 15th, 2016

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To those who have long awaited spring, the days are starting to get brighter, and warmer! With spring comes many joys, including the beginning of the spring sports season. Not to mention, April is National Facial Protection Month, which is sponsored by the Academy for Sports Dentistry, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association, the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, and the American Association of Orthodontists. Whether you'll be out on the field playing or watching from afar, it's important to spread the word to both children and adults participating in outdoor activities about the necessity of keeping their face, head, and mouths protected. It is important to take the necessary precautions, such as easily putting on mouth guards and helmets, to prevent sports-related injuries and the unwanted trip to the emergency room.

The Academy for Sports Dentistry highlights these five simple safety tips to keep your body healthy and safe:

  1. Mouth Guards are a Must. We're all aware that unfortunately, accidents happen. Mouth guards are can be customized by your dentist to ensure comfort. Mouth guards keep the teeth held together and allow for regular speech and breathing.
  2. Don't Forget about Helmets .  Helmets absorb the energy of an impact and help prevent damage to the head.
  3. Wear Protective Eyewear.  Eyes can easily be damaged during sports activities and it is necessary to protect them with eyewear!
  4. Shield Your Face and Skin.  In sports such as hockey and football, it is important to wear protective facial shields to prevent facial damage.
  5. Promote Mandatory Protective Gear.  Unfortunately, it is only mandatory for athletes who play football, hockey and boxing to wear mouth guards. Promote and spread the word of the importance of wearing mouth guards and sports gear for ALL sports!

A recent study conducted by study by the University of Alabama at Birmingham found that the five most common causes of childhood injuries were basketball, football, bicycling, playgrounds and soccer. Approximately 12 million individuals ranging in ages from 5 and 22 years suffer a sport-related injury each year, which results in 20 million lost days of schooland around $33 billion in medical and dental costs! But, these injuries CAN be prevented by following the necessary steps stated above.

Help your kids get excited about using mouth guards for protection, especially with all of the eye-catching designs that are available.

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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.

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

References:

http://ginsbergortho.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2015/03/nation-facial-protection-month-1.jpg

http://www.aaoms.org/media/april-is-national-facial-protection-month

http://buffalogroveortho.com/newblog/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/sport-mouth-guard-stacks.jpg

http://www.academyforsportsdentistry.org/facial-protection-month

Head Back to School With a Smile

August 27th, 2015

Elementary school class outsideAs the new school year approaches, the lazy summer mornings that were a part of the normal routine quickly turns into a thing of the past! For families, back-to-school time involves a ton of shopping to prepare children for the work ahead. From purchasing shoes and outfits that match the latest trends, to school supplies, to sports equipment for the new school year.

Unfortunately, not all families have the finances to supply their children with essential items for school.

Cradles to Crayons is an organization that helps children who are less fortunate receive the supplies they need. This wonderful charity is dedicated to improving the lives of children, and our office is glad to be a permanent drop off location for the organization.

 

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Cradles to Crayons’ has initiated the Families Helping Families Challenge, which aims to help families in need by providing school supplies, in addition to clothing, shoes, toys, books, and more. Be a part of the Families Helping Families Challenge by making an online donation here! Your donation will help many children in need who live right here in Massachusetts.

Along with gathering together backpacks, notebooks, pencils, calculators, clothes and shoes, it is important to make sure that your child has all of the tools necessary to maintain a healthy smile. Heading back to school is a great time to reiterate the importance of good oral health and to incorporate positive oral habits into their daily routine.

To ensure that your child's teeth are healthy and school-ready, make sure that they have had their regular dental examination. According to the American Dental Association, a dental visit is as important as getting immunizations to prepare for school. Untreated tooth decay can cause dental pain or even disease, which ultimately results in a lot of hours of missed school. If your child plays a contact sport, make sure that they have a properly fitted mouthguard to use when participating.

As you add school supplies to your cart, head to the dental hygiene isle and pick up new toothbrushes (the recommended time to change toothbrushes is approximately 3 months), floss, and mouthwash. If you pack your child's school lunch, be careful when choosing which items to buy. Pick tooth-friendly snacks, including grains, milk, cheese, vegetables, yogurt, or fruit. Avoid purchasing sugary foods and sodas.

If your child is heading off to college, make sure that they didn't forget to pack floss. Floss is necessary to remove plaque that is left behind in hard-to-reach places that the toothbrush can't remove.  Flossing daily helps prevent gum disease, tooth decay, and other oral health problems that will require treatment, and not to mention, time away from school.

Send your child...(and other children) off to school smiling and prepared for the knowledge that awaits them!

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

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

References:

http://www.cradlestocrayons.org/boston/2015FamiliesHelpingFamilies

http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/basics/dental-visits/article/ada-08-consumer-news-back-to-school

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Is Your Mouthpiece Making You Sick?

April 12th, 2015

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Whether your little one is signing up for little league or soccer camp, the season for sports is coming up. April marks National Facial Protection Month, which is a great time to remind children and adults about the importance of being safe by wearing a mouth guard during recreational and school sports this spring.  There are quite a few items of equipment you’ll need to get, but never forget to protect those teeth! All contact sports require mouthguards, and for good reason. To read some more about why using a mouthpiece is so important, visit “Sports Mouthguards: Necessary Protection for Your Child.” After learning a bit about what type of mouthguard you’d be best off with, you need to ensure that you know the necessary upkeep. Washing your mouthguard is as essential as washing your hands and needs it about as often. The importance of this cleanliness cannot be stressed enough.

Recently, there have been several extreme cases of viral infection stemming from unsanitized mouthguards. The bacteria on your mouthguard is in direct contact to your bloodstream via your gums. This leaves you even further susceptible to extremely dangerous internal infections. According to Thomas Glass, DDS, PHD, "While mouthguards appear solid, they are very porous, like a sponge, and with use, microorganisms invade these porosities...There are warning signs that can alert athletes that he or she may be suffering from a contaminated mouthguard.  Those include difficulty breathing, wheezing, diarrhea and nausea to the point of vomiting.”

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You can protect yourself and your child very easily with these maintenance tips:

  • Never share a mouthguard. Think of it as similar to sharing a toothbrush! Sharing oral appliances with others can expose you to germs and gum diseases, which often shows halitosis.
  • Make sure to brush your teeth and mouthguard before and after wearing it. Practicing good oral health habits will save your teeth in the long run!
  • If using a disposable mouthguards, ensure that you throw them out after the recommended amount of time.
  • Bring a backup mouthguard to games so that you have one in case your primary mouthguard gets dirty.
  • Store your mouthguard in a clean plastic case during half times to minimize handling.


If an athlete ever experiences a mouth injury, even as small as a scrape, the mouth should be sanitized with the necessary antiseptics and mouthwash.
The mouthguard should, then, be replaced immediately. As important as it is to wear your proper gear, make sure your gear isn't able to hurt you, too.

Wellesley Dental Group has worked with a number of schools around the Metro-west region, providing custom made mouthguards to our young athletes. If your children are involved in any sports this season, it might be a good idea to get custom mouthguards for them, to keep them safe from oral and facial injuries!

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

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

References:

http://www.knowyourteeth.com/newsroom/?news=article&pid=89&iid=816&aid=4128

http://www.momsteam.com/health-safety/mouth-guards-prevent-dental-injuries-but-need-to-be-replaced-frequently

http://www.defensesport.com/reports/Sports-Dentistry-Article.pdf

http://www.massdental.org/content.aspx?id=2550

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Demystifying Mouthguards

August 20th, 2014

A recent article at AGD Impact Magazine offered a great overview of mouthguards for people who engage in different kinds of sports. It is common knowledge that mouthguards can significantly reduce the severity and prevent the occurrence of injuries while playing sports, both contact and non-contact. For more detailed information about different kinds of mouthguards available on the market, and why dental professional strongly suggest using one to begin with, see below.

At Wellesley Dental Group we offer custom sports mouthguards, feel free to call with questions (781-237-9071) or come for a free consultation. Our office is at 5 Seaward Rd, Wellesley 02481.

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

Source: GD Impact Magazine, August 2014, Vol. 42, No. 8; pages 17, 20-24.

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Exercising Will Strengthen Your Dental Health!

August 4th, 2014

There is no question that exercising regularly along with maintaining a balanced diet are essential components to a healthy lifestyle.  In fact, research has shown that exercise can ward off disorders like heart disease, depression, colon cancer, osteoporosis, hypertension, high cholesterol, and many others.  For most healthy adults, The Department of Health and Human Services recommends both aerobic activity and strength training.  More specifically, they suggest at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity (like brisk walking or mowing the lawn) spread out over the course of a week.   Generally, 30 minutes of physical activity every day can be beneficial.  Fewer people, however, are aware of the positive effects exercise can have on your oral health.

A study conducted at the King Abdulaziz University in Saudi Arabia focused on the relationship between physical activity and periodontitis among American subjects.  The results of the study showed that American subjects who participated in the recommended level of physical activity had a significantly lower prevalence of periodontitis.  Interestingly, the positive effect of exercise on periodontitis prevalence was greater for former smokers than smokers.

Another way exercise can help your smile is by strengthening your teeth.  Being active is proven to improve digestion and helps your body more effectively utilize the different vitamins and minerals in the foods you eat.  For instance, the vitamin D and calcium found in cheese and milk are vital for teeth strengthening and good oral health.

Here are some tips to begin incorporating more physical activity into your daily routine:

  • Park and walk! - Instead of vying for a parking space in the front, try parking as far as you can to your destination.  The extra steps during the day will add up over time and make a big difference.
  • Take "walk breaks" - Next time you have a lunch or coffee break, take a walk outside instead of sitting at a table.
  • Choose the stairs - Try forgoing all escalators and elevators during your morning commute and take the stairs instead.
  • Turn chores into exercises - Offer to mow the lawn, sneak in some squats while you pick up things off the floor, tighten your abs and maintain proper posture while you wash the dishes.

Make sure to stay well hydrated throughout any exercise regimen!

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

Sources:

http://www.nature.com/bdj/journal/v199/n10/full/4813019a.html

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/fitness/in-depth/exercise/art-20048389

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/fitness/expert-answers/exercise/faq-20057916

http://levydental.com/regular-exercise-can-protect-and-strengthen-your-smile/

http://voices.yahoo.com/10-ways-incorporate-more-exercise-into-everyday-512768.html?cat=7

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Tooth 911: What To Do When A Tooth Is Knocked Out

August 2nd, 2014

Like any accident, losing a tooth prematurely is something no one expects to happen. Surprisingly, more than 5 million teeth in children and adults are knocked out every year! Losing a tooth unexpectedly can be scary, however, there is no need to worry. Knowing what to do when a dental emergency occurs can help lead to a quick resolution. With proper action, a tooth that has been knocked out can be reinserted into the tooth socket.

Whether the cause was sports-related, or an accidental fall, saving you or your child’s knocked out tooth is important. When a tooth is lost unintentionally, there are a few important tips to help save your smile:

Act Quickly! 

The longer you wait, the less chance the tooth will be retained for life. To avoid infection and pain, seek immediate dental help when a tooth is broken or knocked out.. If a dentist isn't available, go to a hospital emergency room. According to recent studies, replanting a tooth in the range of five minutes to an hour is optimal.

Handle the Tooth Gently.

When a tooth is knocked out, carefully pick up the tooth by the crown. The root of the tooth can be damaged and contaminated easily and should not be touched when picking up the tooth.

Properly Clean the Tooth.

After carefully picking up the tooth, gently rinse the tooth with milk or water.

  • Do not use soap or chemicals.
  • Do not scrub or scrape the tooth.
  • Do not dry the tooth.
  • Do not wrap it in a tissue.
  • Do not brush or clean the tooth with alcohol or peroxide.

If Possible, Try Reinserting the Tooth.

If the damage is not severe, try carefully pushing the tooth into the socket with fingers. Hold the tooth in place with gauze until seen by a dentist.

Store the Tooth in Cold Milk.

If the tooth cannot be placed back into the mouth, store the tooth in a container of cold whole milk. You can also obtain a Emergency tooth preservation kit. Bathing the tooth in your own saliva will protect your teeth until you reach the dentist. It is important to keep the tooth moist to help keep it alive. Do not store the tooth in water because water can damage root surface cells.

Primary Teeth Should Not be Replanted.

If your child's primary tooth is knocked out, it should not be reinserted into the tooth socket. Reinserting a primary tooth can damage developing permanent teeth.

Teeth Lost to Periodontal Disease Can't Be Saved.

Be sure to take preventative measures to help reduce your risk of periodontal disease. Unfortunately, the tips above will not help save a tooth that has fallen out due to periodontal disease.

To help prevent this dental emergency, make sure that your child wears protective gear, including a mouth guard and helmet when playing any contact sport. Also, avoid hard foods and using teeth as tools to open things!

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

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

References:

http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/ColgateNewandNow/Community/2013/February/article/SW-281474979065127.cvsp

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000058.htm

http://www.sportsdentistry.com/tooth.html

http://www.aae.org/patients/symptoms/knocked-out-teeth.aspx

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Our Efforts of Protecting Young Athletes

June 23rd, 2014

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Several weeks ago Wellesley Dental Group partnered up with Wellesley School Athletics to organize raffles among the students who are actively engaged in contact sports. Lacrosse, baseball and softball team players entered the drawing to get a complimentary custom sports mouthguard for one member on each team. The initiative, dubbed "Protecting Our Athletes", was organized by Drs. Ali & Ali in an effort to spread awareness of the importance of oral protection on the sports field. Knocked-out and chipped teeth should not be on the list of trophies the young athletes get after a game. Their health, hundreds of dollars and parents' piece of mind can be preserved with the help of a proper-fitting sports mouthguard!

After the drawings were complete, the lucky winners visited the office of Wellesley Dental Group at 5 Seaward Rd in Wellesley. The process started with an individual consultation, during which the students explored their options in different levels of protection, demanded by the sport they play, and specific preferences of the  design (team colors or logo). As you can see on the picture above, the mouthguard fits comfortably in the mouth and offers stylish protection! The young players had their custom sports mouthguards manufactured within a week and reported to be relieved to see how comfortable they are. A custom mouthguard allows the athlete to speak and breathe easily, without the need to clench their teeth to keep it place. Opposite is often the case with basic store-bought mouthguards.

If you like to learn more about the benefits of a custom sports mouthguard, please refer to this link.

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

Protecting Your Smile While Playing Sports

June 22nd, 2014

April is the National Facial Protection Month, and we want to spread awareness on how to be better protected when playing sports. Athletes participating in contact sports have 10% chance of sustaining significant oral-facial injury each season and about 50% chance during their secondary school careers, according to the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA). Aside from helmets and faceguards, sports mouthguards play a key role in making it a safer experience. Mouthguards not only help reduce the risk of concussions, but also the chances of damaged or knocked-out teeth – a simple fall can cause a chipped, bent-in or loosened tooth! They typically cover only the upper teeth and act as a protective cushion to the mouth.

Mouthguards are used most commonly in contact sports, including boxing, football, hockey, and lacrosse. Yet, they can also be beneficial for non-contact sports including bike-riding, basketball, gymnastics, and skateboarding. According to the American Dental Association, an athlete is 60 times more likely to suffer damage to the teeth without mouth protection.  Each sport is different, and thus requires various styles of mouthguards. Based on the type of sport, individuals can seek the help of a dentist to guarantee the specific mouthguard thickness and satisfactory protection in impacted areas.

When choosing a mouthguard, select one that will be retentive and not-easily shifted when impacted. Mouthguards should be regularly examined professionally to ensure proper function. It needs replacement if tears develop or it becomes loose, which could negatively effect teeth and oral tissues. The cost to fix a damaged tooth can be much more expensive than investing in a mouth guard before engaging in sports!

There are three types of mouthguards, which include the “stock,” “boil-and-bite,” and the “custom-fit” mouthguard.

Stock mouthguard
Ready to wear mouthgaurds that are available in one size. They are the least expensive, can be found at an average sports store. However, they are also not very durable, which can lead to chipped teeth or other oral injuries.

Boil-and-bite mouthguard
This style of mouthguards is slightly expensive and can be bought at a general store. They are dipped in boiled water and then molded to the upper teeth while you bite them for about a minute. While boil-and-bite mouthguards offer a better fit, they often make breathing and speaking hard.

Custom-fit mouthguard
Tailored to fit each individual’s mouth, cutom-fit mouthguards are the most comfortable and resilient mouthguard, especially for those with braces. A custom-fit mouthguard is more effective than a store-bought mouthguard because it is proven to be more protective, according to the American Dental Association 

A mouthguard made by a dental professional can also tailor the mouthguard to the demands of the athlete and the sport. Speech and bite requirements as well as relative dental and concussion injury risk management for each sport can only be customized by fabricating an individual mouthguard. It is difficult to see how an over- the-counter mouthguard can fill all of an athlete's requirements without being checked and adjusted by an informed dental professional. Academy for Sports Dentistry.

 

The custom-fit mouthguard is designed in three steps:

1) Quick dental exam and consultation that includes questions about the sport played, team colors/logo and any additional customization requests.
2) Teeth molds/scans, followed by manufacturing of the mouthguard over the following 3-4 days.
3) Delivery visit, proper fit assurance and care instructions.

Now your smile is protected like never before, and you are ready to show your best on the play field! You can't lose with a mouthguard! Good luck!

 

P.S.: Wellesley Dental Group in proud to be working on the "Protecting Our Athletes" initiative in collaboration with Wellesley High School Athletics. Mr. John Brown, WHS Athletic Director, and Patty Hickey, WHS  Athletic Trainer, are partnering up with us to help spread awareness and setting up raffles for each local sports teams for free custom sports mouthguards.

Patty Hickey says that the athletes who are exposed to custom fit mouth guards often comment on the superior fit that offers excellent protection, allows to communicate on the field easily and does not inhibit breathing during intense exercise.

To get a custom-fit sports mouthguard or for more information, please feel free to contact us at smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com or call 781-237-9071.

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http://www.ada.org/4176.aspx
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http://www.massdental.org/mouthguards.aspx?id=1142

Sports Mouthguards: Necessary Protection for Your Child

April 29th, 2014

mouthguardDoes your child participate in youth sports? If so, their oral health is at risk without the use of a mouthguard! According to the American Dental Association, 10-20% of all sports related injuries are maxillofacial injuries.

The advantages of using a mouthguard during sports are tremendous.  Mouthguards are essential for both contact and non-contact sports. They can reduce the risk of injuries to your teeth, lips, tongue, and soft tissues of your mouth. Usually these injuries will result in permanent damage to oral structures. Mouthguards can prevent nerve damage to a tooth, and even tooth loss! It is also important to remember that infection and damage to primary teeth can indeed impact permanent teeth!

Here are some different kinds of custom mouthguards for your child’s sport:

Football:

Football is a high impact sport that needs a mouthguard that supports the mouth and jaws from tackles.

  • Gel max- contains a high impact shock absorption and is customized to fit each individual.
  • GAMEguard Plus-a Boil-n-Bite?style for heavy contact sports. Includes  padded cushion for additional protection.

Baseball and Softball:

A bad fall or catch could result in serious dental injuries, and can easily be prevented with a light protective mouthguard.

  • Nano 3D- a small and light weight mouthguard that makes speaking and breathing easy. Has a high impact shock absorption and customized gel fit.

Hockey:

The sport of hockey  can involve swinging sticks and human collisions that can lead to several oral injuries.

  • BIOguard III-this custom fit mouthguard specifically protects the jaw, and has three layers of padded protection?.

Wrestling and Boxing:

Mouthguards are essential for these high impact sports. Sturdy mouthguards with a thick lining are beneficial for wrestling and boxing.

  • CustomSSD Plus-protects the jaw with additional layers and is particularly good for heavy contact sports.

Basketball:

Even though basketball is considered a non-contact sport, it can be a physically aggressive sport. When playing defense, an elbow or arm can accidentally cause a serious injury to the face and mouth.

  • Nano 3D

Karate/Martial Arts:

Protect the mouth from a kick to the head or face when battling opponents.

  • PEPguard- helps prevent the clenching of teeth and is optimal for protection of the jaw during training and games.

Lacrosse:

Much like hockey, a flying stick or a elbow to the face is not uncommon when playing lacrosse.

  • Ultra 2 STC-provides comfort and easy speaking ability. Has a high impact shock absorption and a customized gel fit.

Soccer:

A ball or knee to the face can negatively impact your child's oral health. Having the right mouthguard is essential for top performance!

  •  SAFEguard-contains a single layer of cushion about  2mm ?wide.

Without the protection of a mouthguard your child is at risk of several dental injuries:

  • Root Fractures: Also classified as a chipped tooth. Tooth fragments can be preserved in milk and should be taken immediately to the dentist.
  • Avulsion: The entire tooth is knocked out, including the root.
  • Luxation: The tooth is displaced within the gums. The tooth could be pushed back or pulled forward due to trauma.

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

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

References:

http://www.sportsguard.com/mouthguards/basketball-mouthguards.htm

https://www.shockdoctor.com/products/mouthguards

http://prod.static.colts.clubs.nfl.com/assets/images/sponsor/deltadental/mouthguard.jpg

 

How Much Water Should I Drink?

April 15th, 2014

womandrinkingwaterWe are all made up primarily of water.  In fact, about 60% of our body weight is water.  Water is crucial in the proper functioning of all of our physiological systems from flushing out harmful toxins to facilitating the travel of nutrients from one location to another.  We are constantly losing water through processes like sweating, breathing, and excretion.

The Institute of Medicine advises men to drink about 3 liters (13 cups) of water daily while women should drink about 2.2 liters (9 cups) of water daily.  Another way to calculate how much water you should drink, is to use the "half your body weight" rule.  For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, you should drink half that number in ounces (75 ounces of water).  One cup is defined as 8 ounces of water.  So, a 100 pound person should drink about 9.4 cups of water daily.  However, these guidelines for adequate intake of water will varying depending on individual lifestyles.  For example, an athlete that is constantly exercising or a person that lives in a hot, humid environment will need more water on a daily basis.  Intuitively, this makes sense.  You are losing fluids and electrolytes more quickly as you sweat more.

Surprisingly, thirst and dry mouth should not be used as accurate indicators of when to drink.  In fact, once you already feel these symptoms, your body is already dehydrated.  Dehydration can lead to a host of negative symptoms including: fatigue, headaches, dizziness, and weak muscles.  One effective way of determining whether or not you are drinking enough water is to examine the color of your urine.  A dark yellow color indicates dehydration while a clearer, lighter color indicates proper hydration.

The wide-range of benefits of drinking water are well-known.  Research has shown that sufficient water intake results in a better balance of body fluids, weight loss, healthier looking skin, and better bowel function.  Water is also beneficial for your teeth.  Water can wash away food debris and acidic residue left behind on teeth which keeps saliva levels high.  High saliva levels are necessary for combating cavities.  Furthermore, water can dilute high-sugar drinks and mitigate some of its harmful effects.

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

Sources:
http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/not-drinking-enough-water-per-day-2786.html
http://healthy-alkaline-water.com/side-effects-of-not-drinking-enough-water/
http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/water/art-20044256
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http://health.usnews.com/health-news/blogs/eat-run/2013/09/13/the-truth-about-how-much-water-you-should-really-drink

Image credit: http://www.wellness.uci.edu/images/womandrinkingwater.jpg

Is Your Child Ready for Spring Sports?

March 24th, 2014

Kids sports mouthguardApril is National Facial Protection Month: Guard your teeth and gums against sports injuries! As spring begins and athletes and spectators fill our fields, tracks, and gyms, many student athletes will wisely take precautions against concussions. We urge all sports participants not only to participate in concussion prevention programs, but also to wear a mouthguard.  It is a simple step that can prevent pain and permanent damage to teeth and gums as well as avoid the cost of restoring broken teeth or performing dental implants or root canals if teeth are knocked out or nerves are damaged. Mouthguards are effective The evidence for the use of mouthguards is compelling. Athletes who do not wear mouthguards are 60 times more likely to experience dental injuries than those who wear this simple but important protective device, according to the American Dental Association. For children and teens, the facts are especially striking. Sports accidents account for 10-39 percent of all dental injuries in children, according to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Perhaps surprising to many people is the fact that baseball and basketball have the highest incidence of dental injuries in children ages seven to 17. While some team sports require players to wear mouthguards, many do not.  Even when well-intentioned parents buy their children mouthguards, all too often they find them at the bottom of the gym bag amidst complaints that they are uncomfortable or make talking or breathing difficult. All sports mouthguards are not created equal

SPORTS MOUTHGUARDS

While wearing any mouthguard is better than wearing none at all, some types provide more comfort and a better fit than others, making them more likely to be worn. The least expensive mouthguards are “stock” guards that are one-size-fits-all and come ready to wear.  They are often bulky and make talking and breathing hard. Many sporting goods stores sell “boil and bite” mouthguards that can be boiled and then pushed up against the upper teeth to mold it.  While these mouthguards cost a little more, they often offer a slightly better fit.   The third type of mouthguard is the “custom-fit” which is individually made to fit each person’s mouth.  They provide a customized fit and offer the most comfortable protection for people with braces.  If you have questions about mouth guards, let us know so we can help you find the type that will work best for you. Fortunately, most people would no longer ride a bike or ski down a mountain without a helmet.  It is up to each of us to be sure we protect our teeth and gums as well as we protect our skulls.

To get a custom-fit sports mouthguard or for more information, please feel free to contact us at smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com or call 781-237-9071.

Image credit: http://bairdorthodontics.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/poor-fitting-mouthguard.jpg http://www.dentalartslab.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/PROFORM-SPORTS-MOUTHGUARDS-HEADER-IMAGE.jpg

I’m pregnant! But what about oral health?

July 24th, 2013

During pregnancy, women tend to look towards an overall healthier way of living. Many primarily seek out medical professionals that can keep them on track with a good diet and care for the coming baby. However, many expecting mothers tend to put oral health on the back burner during pregnancy.

 

It is highly recommended that good oral health be maintained before, during and after pregnancy. Pregnancy is known to kick start hormonal changes that can increase the risk of gum disease, which can in turn affect the coming baby. Because dental procedures have the potential of influencing the baby’s growth and development, it is recommended that mothers should avoid dental treatments during critical times for the baby, notably the first trimester and second half of the third trimester. But, routine dental care can be done on mothers in their second trimester. This also means that expecting mothers should be extra careful in keeping up with good oral hygiene during these critical stages of pregnancy.

 

It is important to keep the dentist informed of all the drugs that are taken during pregnancy; this can range from medications and even prenatal vitamins that have been prescribed. Dentists can potential modify the dental treatment plan based off of the drugs that are ingested. There are key drugs, including tetracycline, which can influence the expecting child’s teeth and should be avoided during pregnancy.

 

With these pointers in mind, it is essential to understand that being pregnant does not mean that it is a ticket out of a dental appointment. In fact, it should be more of a reason to make a visit to the dentist. Regular gum exams are very important during this time, for hormonal changes increase the risk of periodontal disease. It is important to pay close attention to any changes in the gums, whether there are signs of swelling or even bleeding.

 

The months of pregnancy can be both an exciting and stressful time, but with proper maintenance of both oral and overall systemic health, expecting mothers are then set on a path to a smoother pregnancy.  If you have any more questions, feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group; they will be happy to answer your questionsContact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com

 

References:

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/dental-care-pregnancy

 

http://www.knowyourteeth.com/infobites/abc/article/?abc=h&iid=325&aid=1309

 

http://www.ada.org/sections/scienceAndResearch/pdfs/forthedentalpatient_may_2011.pdf

 

Bleeding Gums: What Can This Mean?

July 23rd, 2013

When the topic of oral health is brought up, the focus is usually placed on teeth and the possibility of getting cavities. However, there is definitely more to the mouth! Gums can be a good indicator of oral health as well as one’s overall health! Individuals may find that after brushing their gums may look red and they may even start bleeding. Many tend to dismiss these signs and just attribute them to good and thorough brushing. But wait! This is not the case.

First things first, there is a misconception that to get clean teeth, brushing needs to be done vigorously to get all the grime off. While afterwards your teeth may feel clean, your gums are not too pleased.

Remember: gums are made of soft tissue and when aggravated they can become sore and red. When choosing a toothbrush, it is important to opt for soft nylon bristle with blunt ends. Stores may carry brushes with medium or hard bristles; however they may damage the enamel on teeth and can cause swollen gums. The idea of being gentle goes the same for flossing. The goal of flossing is to remove leftover food and plaque stuck between teeth; it does not mean these particles need to be forcefully taken out. It is important to refrain from forcing the floss in between teeth; instead, carefully slide the floss up and down, following the curve of each tooth.

Aside from proper brushing and flossing, bleeding gums is actually a sign of gum disease. When proper dental hygiene is not practiced, bacteria takes over and plaque starts forming. The same bacteria that jumpstarts the formation of cavities as makes gums irritated and swollen. Bleeding gums is an early sign of gum disease, also know as gingivitis, and symptoms can be reversed with good oral hygiene. But if these symptoms are ignored, gingivitis can get worse, eventually leading to tooth loss. Be on the lookout for these symptoms:

- deep pockets between teeth and gums
- changes in the way teeth come together
- gums that bleed during/after toothbrushing
- shifting teeth
- red, swollen, tender gums

If you experience these symptoms, be sure to set up an appointment with the dentist to determine the necessary steps to keep these symptoms from getting worse. Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com

References:

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/gum-problem-basics-sore-swollen-and-bleeding-gums

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003062.htm

http://www.medicinenet.com/gum_problems/article.htm

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Safety First: Protecting Your Teeth in Sports

July 18th, 2013

When people go out for a game of basketball or soccer, many don’t usually think about teeth. Dentists recall numerous stories where patients have come in with chipped or even missing teeth due to an intense game on the court. In order children and a

dults, sports injuries tend to be common. It has been estimated that 13-39% of dental-related injuries happen when an individual is engaged in sports. About 80% of the injuries are located in the front teeth or even the tongue and cheek. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recognizes high rate of sports-related dental injuries in today’s youth and continues to look for means for prevention. 

Even if an individual takes one to the mouth and ends up with a missing tooth, a dentist is able to save the tooth. Cracks and chips in tooth can be repaired through using tooth-colored materials that are just as strong as the original tooth. Although dentists can easily come to the rescue, these injuries can turn out to be pretty serious and procedures are not a small cost. Dentists have strongly recommended the use of mouth guards for football players. With this movement, mouth guards have been able to prevent about 200,000 injuries annually.

There are various means of protection when playing a sport. Here are two types of protection that are recommended:

Mouth guards: like it was previously mentioned, mouth guards have done a great job in protecting sports players. They can prevent injury to one’s teeth, tongue and lips. Dentists tend to recommend athletes to get a custom-fit mouth guard; however, individuals can opt for ready-made mouth guards that can be found in sporting-goods stores.

Helmets
: people usually do not think that protecting their head means protecting their teeth as well. As a matter of fact, helmets are very effective in protecting both the head and the oral cavity in high speed and impact sports. These sports usually include hockey, football, bike riding, and skating. It is important to note that there are helmets specially made for a certain sport. When purchasing a helmet, be sure to check and see if the helmet fits correctly.

Sports are definitely a healthy way to distress and have some fun. But make sure that safety is first! If you have any more questions, feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com

References:

http://www.aapd.org/m

edia/Policies_Guidelines/P_Sports.pdf

http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/Oral-and-Dental-Health-Basics/Dental-Emergencies/Sports-Safety/article/Sports-Safety-Avoiding-Tooth-and-Mouth-Injuries.cvsp

http://www.ada.org/news/6955.aspx

Mouth guards in sports protect more than teeth

March 21st, 2011

With sports-related concussions on the rise, especially in children and adolescents, a parent’s natural first instinct is to seek out the most technologically advanced head gear. And though newer helmets available with cutting edge foam inserts and titanium face cages can go a long way toward preventing mouth and tooth injuries, an important piece of equipment is often used improperly, or left out completely – the trusty mouth guard.

How They Work

Obviously high-impact sports like hockey and football carry the highest concussion risk to players, but in truth all athletes in any contact sport should wear a mouth guard. Granted, solid proof of the benefits of mouth guard use in sports is lacking, but it is believed that at a moment of impact, a player clenches their  jaw muscles around the mouth guard which in turn stabilizes the skull and neck. Also, a properly fitted mouth guard creates a cushioning pocket of air between the jaw bone and the point at which the jaw connects to the skull, lessening the severity of injury from an upper-cut-like impact to the jaw.

Make it Count

For the most protection, all teeth must be entirely covered including the back molars. Many children complain of a gag reflex which leads parents to trim the posterior of the guard. This is not recommended by dentists and may actually cause a higher risk of a concussive injury. Instead, buy a “boil and bite” mouth guard and have a dentist adjust the bite and posterior thickness as it molds. Or better yet, have a dentist make a custom mouth guard. Both options keep the guard molded tightly to the back teeth and prevents excess material from protruding into the throat. Also have a dentist balance “boil and bite” or off-the-shelf products to the wearer’s bite before first wear. This will ensure all force of impact is distributed evenly across the entire jaw.

We Can Help

The team at Wellesley Dental Group provides off-the-shelf mouthguard balancing services along with custom options for sports enthusiasts of all ages. For more information or to make an appointment, contact us at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydental.com.

See the full article at SportsDentistry.com for more information.

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