Spring

My Lungs, Mouth, and Inhaler: What to Know

April 17th, 2019

It's that time of the year where blooming flowers and warm breezes take over and are welcomed by many. However, for some, this time of the year triggers asthma and allergies! Unfortunately, individuals with asthma may not share the same joy in this seasonal change. Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease that is characterized by airway obstruction, coughing, and wheezing caused by constriction of the lung bronchi. But, that's not all! Since the body is all interconnected, this respiratory condition also has been found to increase your risk of developing gum disease (gingivitis and periodontal disease), tooth decay, malocclusion (overbite, overate, posterior crossbite), oral candidiasis, dry mouth, and oral sores. In particular, these conditions are often more prominent and aggressive in children. A contributing factor is that children's teeth have thinner enamel than adults, and consequently are more susceptible to harm and breakdown caused by bacteria that cause cavities. Here's how you can lower these risks and keep your mouth healthy so that it can last you a lifetime:

A recent study analyzing 40 children with asthma looked at the prevalence of dental cavities, gingival bleeding, the pH of saliva, composition of bacteria within the mouth, in addition to assessing their oral hygiene habits. It was found that the children with asthma experienced dry mouth, had at least 5-8 cavities, and a rapid formation of plaque. The children also had an increased acidity of pH within the mouth, which puts them at a higher risk of cavities and the fungal infection, candidiasis. Another study reported that individuals with asthma had approximately a 19% increased risk of suffering from periodontitis.

Fortunately, avoiding gum disease can be achieved by practicing proper oral hygiene techniques, including using a fluoride toothpaste, mouth rinse, brushing and flossing regularly, and making regular visits to the dentist. If you notice red puffy gums, bleeding with brushing or flossing, or persistent bad breath, these can be early signs of gum disease.  It is also important to always bring your inhaler to dental and medical appointments to ensure your safety in the case of an acute asthma attack.

The Effect of Asthma Medications

The medications taken to combat asthma also play a role in negatively impacting the oral cavity. This is because the protective mucous membrane within the mouth is less effective/reduced in individuals with asthma, lowering the body's immune system. Dry mouth is a major consequence of many medications, which allows for plaque build-up and bacteria accumulation that contribute to dental cavities, bad breath, and gum disease.

Inhaled corticosteroids, including Advair and Azmacort, may cause oral thrush, dental cavities, oral ulcers, and hoarseness. In addition, Albuterol, a medication used to treat bronchospasm, can have side effects including oral thrush, dry mouth, increased heart rate, high blood pressure, throat irritation, and nausea.

Tips for Managing Oral Health with Asthma

  • Rinsing with water after you using your inhaler can help avoid developing an oral fungal infection.
  • Stay hydrated in order to help combat dry mouth.
  • Keep your dentist informed about your medications and medical conditions. Make sure your dentist knows if you have asthma and what medications you are taking so that your health can be managed properly.
  • Manage allergies. Both asthma and allergies typically flare-up together. Managing both properly can help prevent mouth-breathing and dry mouth.
  • Practice good dental hygiene.

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. DerekDr. Emad is happy to help with your orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs Dr. Stephens would be more than willing to help.

References:

https://www.dentalhealth.org/news/asthma-found-to-increase-the-likelihood-of-gum-disease-by-a-fifth

https://www.deltadentalins.com/oral_health/asthma.html

http://www.thetotaldentistry.com/2018-07-dental-caries-in-asthmatic-children/

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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

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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Fun Run, Fun Fair!

March 19th, 2015

 

Spring is in the air, which means we can put this winter's frosty past behind us! As the weather gets warmer, fun family events are in the forecast. If you are looking for something to do on a weekend morning with family, friends, and the community, look no further! We would love for you and your family to stop by and say hello to our team at the Wellesley Community Children’s Center's  (WCCC) 35th Annual Fun Run and Fun Fair . This event will take place on Saturday March 28, 2015 from 8:30am–12:00pm. It will be held nearby at Wellesley College's Keohane Sports Center in the newly renovated Dorthy Towne Fieldhouse. 

Make sure to register before March 23, 2015! You can download a printable registration form to be mailed in to WCCC or register online at www.wccc.wellesley.edu.

The WCCC is a non-profit institution that currently serves over 400 families in the metro-west community by providing a safe and positive environment for children. This is a great event that helps raise money for the WCCC’s Early Childhood and After School Programs.

The Fun Run/Fun Fair is full of children's activities, including basketball, nerf archery, lacrosse, baseball, football, soccer, frisbee, hockey, go fish, bean bag toss, ring toss, lollipop pull, running races and more! Hand stamps are available for $10 per child or $25 per family, which enables children to participate in all activities as many times as they would like! Children between 3 - 12 years of age may participate in running races for a race entry fee of $7, and $3 for siblings.  All racers will receive a race number donated by New Balance, and a participation ribbon. In addition, there will be refreshments, a raffle, and more fun for all ages.

You won't want to miss out on your chance of winning the silent auction and raffle prizes, which are all donated from local businesses and individuals! There will be more than 60 Silent Auction items.  In addition, the raffle includes over 60 items for both children and adults. Raffle tickets are $5 each or $50 for a book of tickets. A list of raffle donors, silent auction donors, and more information is included here.

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.wccc.wellesley.edu/?page_id=155

http://hometownweekly.net/wellesley-community-childrens-center-hosting-fun-run-p11372-197.htm

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Springtime Allergies Can Cause Dental Problems

May 5th, 2014

6e6fad0297cbe4e5_177817502_copy.xxxlarge_2xNow that the month of May is here, we can start enjoying warmer weather and more time in the sun.  However, the spring time can be a headache for many as allergy season is also starting up.  Some common symptoms of seasonal allergies include itchy and watery eyes, runny nose, and sneezing.  There are also a few lesser known symptoms of seasonal allergies pertaining to your teeth and mouth.

Tooth pain can be a result of allergies.  Elevated levels of pollen in the air result in sinus problems.  Some common symptoms of sinus problems include swollen/infected sinus cavities, congestion, sneezing, drainage, headache, and bad breath.  Additionally, because the maxillary sinus cavity rests above the top molars, its inflammation increases discomfort on facial nerves and tooth roots.  Typically, the pain caused by the sinuses will be especially noticed on the upper teeth.

Another consequence of springtime allergies is the buildup of excess mucus.  The body produces more mucus as a way to rid the body of allergens.  However, this mucus production can cause postnasal drip as the congestion begins to travel down the back of your throat.  Postnasal drip causes feelings of wanting to clear your throat and coughing that worsens during the nighttime.  Sometimes, the excess mucus can cause throat pain and general throat irritation.

Lastly, allergies can lead to dry mouth.  Proper saliva production is necessary to protect the insides of our mouths from cavity-causing bacteria and bad breath.  Furthermore, many common allergy medicines can cause side effects of dry mouth as well.  Therefor, It is crucial to stay hydrated by drinking water frequently.

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://elementsdentalofjohnstown.com/blog/3-ways-allergies-can-cause-sinus-pain-in-teeth/

http://www.24-7pressrelease.com/press-release/tooth-pain-a-sign-of-allergy-season-reports-focusedcaredentalcom-220287.php

http://www.webmd.com/allergies/postnasal-drip

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Is Your Child a Mouth Breather?

April 2nd, 2014

smiling child big eyes happySay hello to spring as warm weather and flowers blossom throughout the city. However, as spring comes, seasonal allergies follow. Many children suffer from allergies, which causes nasal congestion and trouble breathing. This can lead to a bad habit called “mouth breathing.” Mouth breathing is prominent in children, but is also true for adults. Many individuals are not aware of the health and behavioral problems associated with mouth breathing.

Breathing through the mouth has many negative benefits. Children who habitually breathe through their mouth often experience problems getting enough oxygen into their blood, which affects their weight, sleep, and even their performance at school. This poor oxygen concentration within the blood can also lead to high blood pressure, heart problems, and other health concerns.

If untreated, children may undergo atypical facial development, including narrow faces and mouths, and gingivitis. Mouth breathing can cause teeth to come in at an improper angle, resulting in crooked teeth. Obtaining treatment for mouth breathing can considerably improve one’s daily life!

Breathing through the mouth instead of the nose can lead to trouble for children. It is important to watch to see if your child is chronically breathing through his or her mouth, because mouth breathing can be treated in children if caught early!

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.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/04/100406125714.htm
http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/tc/mouth-breathing-and-malocclusion-topic-overview
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March 11th, 2010

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Spring Events with Wellesley Dental Group

March 1st, 2010

Spring in bloom

Spring is almost here!

There are a lot of events coming up in Wellesley and the surrounding area that may interest you.

March 26 (Friday) - 3rd Annual Heritage Day Celebration at Wellesley Middle School auditorium, 6 pm - includes production of "Our Story" by OrigiNation Cultural Arts Center

March 27 (Saturday) - Bates Elementary School Rock-N-Roll Auction at Regis College

March 27 (Saturday) - 3rd Annual Heritage Day Celebration continues at Wellesley Middle School from Noon to 6 pm, hosted by Wellesley High School, the WHS African American Studies Class, and the Wellesley METCO program.

March 27  (Saturday) - Wellesley High School Class of 2011 Junior Auction Fundraiser from 7:30 - 9:30 pm at Wellesley High School cafeteria.

March 27 (Saturday) - Earth Hour 2010

April 2010 - Oral Cancer Awareness Month - Vizilite Plus Oral Cancer Screenings www.oralcancer.org

April 9 (Friday ) - Fiske Elementary School biennial auction

April 10 (Saturday) - The Wellesley Community Children's Center Fun Run at Wellesley College

April 19 (Monday) - Patriot's Day and the Boston Marathon - Our 5 Seaward Road location is right next to the marathon route.

April 22 (Thursday) - Earth Day 2010 - We'll be giving out tote bags and are planning a special Earth Day event.

May 1 (Saturday) - Newton-Wellesley Hospital Charitable Foundation Gala

May 8 (Saturday) - Wellesley Mother's Forum Truck Day - Sprague Elementary School parking lot from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

 May 9 (Sunday ) - Mother's Day 2010

May 22 + 23 (Saturday + Sunday) - Wellesley's Wonderful Weekend - We'll be in the parade and participate at the picnic in the park.

June 20 (Sunday) - Father's Day 2010

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Recent events:

March 6 (Saturday) - "A Pot Full of Wishes" to benefit The Make-A-Wish Foundation at Coogan's in Boston.

March 7 (Sunday) - Community Health Fair at Newton-Wellesley Hospital - Free screenings!

March 17 (Wednesday) - St. Patrick's Day! Council on Aging concert

March 19 (Friday)  - Dr. Ali is speaking at the Wellesley Council on Aging about links between oral health and overall health.  Click here for more info.

 

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