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Is Sparkling Water Affecting My Teeth?

August 8th, 2018

 

As sparkling water becomes more popular, there's one question that comes into play when thinking about your oral health: Is the crisp and refreshing fizz of sparkling water healthy for your teeth? You may be wondering what the issue could be with sparking water, especially since most brands are sugar-free. However, carbonated drinks like sparkling water contain carbon dioxide, which turns into carbonic acid once in the mouth. This lowers the pH level and thus causes the mouth to become a more acidic environment. Some researchers have concerns about whether or not sipping sparkling water could lead to tooth decay due to erosion of the tooth enamel.

What do researchers say about Sparkling Water?

Current research has found that sparkling water in comparison to highly acidic beverages (for example, sports drinks) are much less erosive to teeth. In fact, the ADA states that it has a comparable effect on tooth enamel as ordinary non-carbonated water. Therefore, sparkling water is generally okay for your teeth, but it is recommended that you not substitute regular fluoridated water with sparkling water.Image result for sparkling water

Tips to help protect your teeth

  • Sparkling water is indeed less acidic and much better for your teeth than sugary drinks such as soda and sports drinks. Yet, it is important to also drink regular fluoridated water in order to keep your teeth strong and healthy. Fluoride helps remineralize tooth enamel and helps fight tooth decay.
  • Beware: some sparkling waters contain sugar which add to your risk of tooth decay.
  • Avoid sipping on sparkling water throughout the day, but rather drink it down with a meal/in one sitting in order to lower the amount of exposure to the carbonation. Also avoid adding acidic fruits like limes or lemons which can also lower the pH and increase the risk of enamel erosion. Enamel erosion can cause tooth sensitivity and discoloration due to the layer of dentin being exposed.

So, if you can, avoid sipping on acidic drinks throughout the day. Regular fluoridated water is often the best choice to keep your teeth healthy and mouth at a neutral pH!

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/nutrition/food-tips/the-truth-about-sparkling-water-and-your-teeth?source=promospots&content=rotator&medium=sparkling_water

https://www.today.com/food/difference-between-seltzer-sparkling-water-club-soda-tonic-water-t114161

https://draxe.com/sparkling-water/

Sugar-Free Doesn't Mean Tooth-Friendly!

December 7th, 2015

We often believe that beverages or treats labeled as "sugar-free" are safe for our teeth.  However, this is a misconception. According to researchers at the University of Melbourne's Oral Health Cooperative Research Centre (Oral Health CRC), sugar-free soft drinks and candies can harm tooth enamel as much as those that contain sugar.

These scientists claim that reducing sugar intake does not always result in a lower risk of tooth decay. Instead, the chemicals in drinks with artificially sweetening can cause tooth decay.  The chief executive of the Oral Health CRC claims that although a decreased intake of sugar can reduce some risk of dental decay, the acids in the treats and beverages can still lead to erosion of teeth. Also, acid can dissolve tooth enamel and even expose the soft pulp in the tooth's interior if the erosion progresses further.

Researchers analyzed the impacts of drinks and treats labeled as sugar-free on dental health by studying a mix of 23 different sugar-free sports drinks, soft drinks, and candies. They observed that they contain acidic additives and low pH levels, which are extremely harmful to tooth enamel. The researchers also discovered that most of the sugar-free beverages softened the enamel by around 30 to 50 percent, and even sugar-free candies labeled as "tooth-friendly" caused damage to the enamel.

One of the main concerns is the high rate of dental decay among children. He affirms that one in three children experience tooth erosion, and that this rate could increase now that there are more and more sugar-free products. Try avoiding buying sugar-free products that contain ingredients such as acidic additives citric acid and phosphoric acid.

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.

Resources:

http://www.healthnewsline.net/even-tooth-friendly-drinks-can-cause-dental-erosion-study/2533972/

http://www.thegoodshoppingguide.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/soft-drinks.jpe

Is Sugar-Free Gum Actually Harming Your Teeth?

June 16th, 2014

 

chewing-gum_0Do you chew sugar-free gum as an alternative for gum? If so, you are one among many others! Sugar-free gum is accessible in the checkout aisles of almost every gas station, pharmacy, grocery store, and convenience store. It is sometimes marketed as a cavity-prevention dental aid or diet aid. However, sugar-free gum may not be best product.

Sugar-free gum actually has little influence on your appetite or weight loss. Research has shown that individuals who chewed sugar-free gum as a diet aid were less motivated to eat fruits and vegetables. This may be likely because flavored gum often leaves a remnant taste that causes fruits and vegetables to have a bitter taste. In addition, those who consumed fewer meals as a result of chewing sugar-free gum ended up eating larger proportions when they did consume meals.

Sugar-free gum typically consists of sweeteners such as aspartame, xylitol, and sorbitol. Xylitol is the most common sweetener in sugar-free gum, and has been found by research studies to prevent the formation of plaque, and ultimately reduce the risk of tooth decay. However, be careful! A product labeled “sugar-free” does not always mean that it is safe for your teeth. The term sugar-free typically forms a false safety because people may believe that sugar-free products protect teeth.

Although sugar-free gum appears to trump chewing gum, there is little evidence to show that sugar-free sweeteners are better for your teeth than sugar. According to the British Dental Journal, researchers found that sugar-free sweeteners, like the “tooth-friendly” xylitol, could cause damage if ingested in combination with acidic additives, including preservatives or flavorings. Since fruit-flavored sugar-free gums typically contain these additives, individuals are at risk for dental erosion, an irreversible loss of tooth enamel. It is best to avoid, sour and fruit-flavored sugar-free gum. However, this not only applies for gum, but also for sugar-free candies and sodas, which also may contain these risky additives.

Gum should never be used as an substitute to good oral hygiene.Don’t forget that it is also important to brush and floss after meals and maintain a healthy diet!

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.cbsnews.com/news/sugar-free-gum-good-for-teeth-maybe-not-study-says/

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/09/14/chewing-gum-cancer-risk.aspx

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Beware of BPA: Found to Damage Tooth Enamel

January 12th, 2014

girl looking in the mirrorThere has been much talk about the dangers of ingesting BPA through plastic sippy cups and even water bottles that we bring on the go. BPA, also known as bisphenol A, is a chemical found in hard plastics of food and drink containers and acts in a similar way to estrogen, and other hormones in the body.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had originally deemed BPA to be a safe substance, but recent studies have shown that this chemical has lead to disruption of normal hormone levels, possible brain and behavior problems in infants and young children, and an increased risk of cancer and heart problems.

Recently, researchers have tied enamel damage to early exposure to BPA. A team led by Ariane Berdal of the Universite Paris-Derot showed that rats that have been treated daily with low doses of BPA resulted in damaged enamel. The rats were observed during a 30-day development window where researchers exposed the rats to the doses of BPA. The earliest observations founds on the rats were white marks found on their incisors. On a macroscopic level, the teeth with white marks were found to have fragile and brittle BPA. On a microscopic level, the enamel showed a decreased level of crucial minerals, the teeth were more susceptible to cavities.

The damage found on the teeth of these rats is comparable to damaged tooth enamel found in 18% of children between the ages of 6 and 8. These researchers believe that enamel damage is another effect of BPA damage to the body. It is important to check products for a “BPA-free” label before they are bought. While the FDA has cracked down on plastics containing, be cautious when buying baby bottles, sippy cups, baby formula cans, and other products for young children. Our pediatric dentist, Dr. Pradhan and Drs. Ali & Ali at Wellesley Dental Group will be very happy to answer your questions. Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com!

Resources:

http://children.webmd.com/environmental-exposure-head2toe/bpa

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/06/130610133246.htm

http://www.voanews.com/content/bpa-teeth-13jun13/1681088.html

Local Halloween Events!

October 15th, 2013

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Looking for some things to do locally or in you area this October? Please check out the many events that are happening this year! From Pumpkin picking to Spooktakular Parties, there will be something for you to do!

 

LOCAL EVENTS

Halloween Costume Bash

Enjoy a well-deserved break from the rigors of 24/7 parenthood with our Parents Night Out program. While you recharge with some precious “me” time, we’ll keep your kids active and entertained with a full schedule of fitness activities, crafts and games in a safe and caring environment. Programs are for ages 3-10. Nonmembers welcome.

Friday, October 18, 2013, 6:00 PM at the Wellesley Boston sports clubs

Parents Night Out Activities:

• Sports

• Arts and crafts

• Games and relays

• Laser tag and more

*Pizza Provided

 

3rd Annual Superheroes Party

Saturday, October 19, 2013, 10:30 AM at Linden Square Courtyard, 180 Linden Street, Wellesley, MA 02482 

Parents and children are invited to fly, zip and zoom to Linden Square for our 3rd Annual Superheroes Party and an enjoy an action-packed afternoon of fun including:

  • Photos & fun with your favorite superheroes
  • Visits from the local heroes of the Wellesley Police & Dire Department
  • Airbrush tattoos
  • Super treats and crafts
  • Great gift bags and more!

Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

 

Halloween Prowl at Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary

Oct 25, 26 &27 starting at 5:30-8:00 pm at Moose Hill is located at 293 Moose Hill St, Sharon, MA.

Mass Audubon’s Moose Hill is celebrating its 30th year of its very popular Halloween Prowl. This annual event is experienced in a creative, non-scary, safe and educational manner. It is an enchanting evening with many delights including a barn filled with Jack-o'-lanterns. Discover the history of Halloween from a Druid and then encounter costumed characters performing nature skits as you are guided along a candle-lit trail. After the hour-long guided walk, return to the Nature Center for refreshments. Sing along with the folk singers as you enjoy the campfire. If you have come in the past, please note that the characters change every year. All are encouraged to wear a costume to be part of the fun as we will have an on-going costume “parade” as participants are checked in. New this year…after your walk, search for stamps to complete your Prowl Passport. The guided tours are every 15 minutes, rain or shine!
Tickets are $9, children under 3 are free. There are no refunds or exchanges on Prowl reservations. Pre-registration is required, call Moose Hill at 781-784-5691.This annual event is the perfect fall kick-off outing for scout and other community groups.

 

Halloween Trick or Treat Parade

Saturday, October 26, 2013, 11:00 AM at Dorset Organic Cafe 352 Washington St. Wellesley Hills

The Wellesley Recreation Dept. and the Wellesley Hills Merchants invite children
0-8 to participate in a Halloween Parade in Wellesley Hills. Wellesley Hills merchants will be handing out treats on the parade which finishes in Clock Tower Park with games provided by Knucklebones and a visit from the Wellesley Fire Dept. truck. The parade starts at Dorset Cafe 352 Washington St. (across from the Hills T stop) at 11. Join the fun - it's all free!

 

Halloween Family Festival, Wellness Fair, and Blood Drive!

Sunday, October 27, 2013, 11:00 AM at 125 Lakeview St., Sharon, MA 02067

A new tradition in the South Shore, our 4th Annual Halloween Family Festival is going to be even more spectacular this year!  Be sure you save the date on your calendar for Sunday October 27th, from 11-3pm.   This year brings lots of great activities for kids and families including arts and crafts, hay rides, face painting, carnival games, food trucks and a visit from our favorite critter expert Joe’s Crazzy Critters.  In addition, enjoy performances from Flying High Frisbee Dogs, and Franc Karp the Magician! New for this year our added Wellness Fair will provide the opportunity to learn about lots of local business specializing in health and wellness for your family! In addition, we’re the host site for an American Red Cross Blood drive!  If you are interested in donating please visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS to schedule an appointment.

Learn more at: http://www.everwooddaycamp.com/news/4th-annual-halloween-family-festival-and-wellness-fair

 

Halloween Open House with Musical Trick-or-Treating

Sunday, October 27, 2013, 2:00 PM at Dana Hall School of Music

Families and children of all ages are invited to come in costume. The Halloween Open House features musical trick-or-treating. Behind every door, families will find a different instrument to explore from piano to violin to harp and even an Erhu.  There will also be guided instrument jams with Miss Becky for children ages 2 – 7.  And of course, candy too! Children are also invited to participate in a musical scavenger hunt. Every family receives a card with a list of instruments that can be found throughout the music school.  For every instrument found, the child receives a sticker.  Completed cards can be returned for a goody bag and to be entered in a special music raffle.
This event is so popular that R.S.V.P’s are requested although not necessary.

 

Halloween Costume Party

Wednesday, October 30, 2013, 4:00 PM at 5 Seaward Rd, Wellesley Mass. 02481

For the young and the young at heart!
Everyone is invited! We look forward to seeing all of our last year’s Pirates, witches, princesses, gypsies and more! We are so excited to see what costumes the kids will be wearing this year at our annual community Halloween Party. There will be plenty of snacks and crafts. Everyone will leave a winner! We are looking forward to a spooktacular time and wish everyone a safe, healthy, and happy Halloween. - See more at: http://wellesleydentalgroup.com/blog/?p=5619#sthash.qqNq8qyD.dpuf

 

 Bates Pumpkin Fair

 Saturday, Oct. 19, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (rain or shine) at  Bates Elementary School 116 Elmwood Road

Every fall in Wellesley, children of all ages gather to enjoy one of the most anticipated events of the season, the Bates Pumpkin Fair. This wonderful event, celebrating its 40th year, is open to the public and plays host to families both near and far. ?For a ghoulishly good time, join us ton Saturday, Oct. 19 for kids’ games and activities, live entertainment, delicious food, tons of prizes and just good ole fashion Halloween fun.

So skip breakfast on Saturday and arrive first thing rain or shine! At 10 a.m. sharp, the Pumpkin Cafe will be in full swing serving hot chocolate, coffee and muffins. In the afternoon, pizza, Boloco wraps, chips, and plenty of refreshing juices and water will be available. No one will go home hungry.

After breakfast visit the sprawling Pumpkin Patch with hundreds of pumpkins of all sizes. Come early for the best selection; just tag your favorite gourd and volunteers will put your pumpkin aside. Later, pull up to the "pumpkin pickup," where pumpkins will be delivered right to your car. Out on the fields there will be Moon Bounces, sports and carnival games like Radar Ghost Ball, Scary Soccer, The Great Pumpkin and of course, the "Howl in One!" Redeem your winning tickets at the prize table for some frightfully cool prizes.

When you are ready for something sweet, be sure to visit the Sweet Treats table, where there will be plenty of baked goodies to go around -- cookies, cupcakes, caramel apples, breads and pies, all festively packaged to eat or go home with you to enjoy later. Nut-free and gluten-free items will also be available. For the third year in a row we will run the very popular "Cake Walk." Time your moves right and you will have a chance to win a variety of yummy, seasonally decked out cakes. These delicious, freshly baked confections rival any "Cake Boss."

Don't miss the legendary Haunted Hallway, all new for 2013. Come see what trick or treat lurks beyond every twist and turn. A fair favorite, it is suitable for all ages. Choose from three levels of spookiness: lights on, barely scary, to completely dark and creepy. The Haunted Hallway is sure to delight every age.

Another major attraction is the kids’ raffle. No family will want to miss a chance at winning an array of raffle prizes including an American Girl Doll, Green Machine, iPad Mini or a Kindle, all generously donated by Bates families.

Halloween Haunted House

Saturday, October 26, 2013, 5:00 PM at Congregational Church of Needham, 1154 Great Plain Avenue, Needham 

It’s fun, it’s not too scary and it wouldn’t be Halloween in Needham without it!  The Haunted House at The Congregational Church of Needham is back on Saturday, October 26, 5-8pm, featuring a traditional Halloween theme sure to please kids and adults of all ages. Walk through the Haunted Cemetery, run into scary ghosts and goblins, and visit Frankenstein’s Laboratory.  A party room with a bouncy house, carnival games and food will also be available for fun without the scares. A donation of $5 per person is suggested.  Tie-dyed pillowcases will also be on sale to use as candy bags for $5 each. All proceeds help fund the Senior High Youth Group’s summer mission trip to Wisconsin to rebuild houses in impoverished communities.

www.needhamucc.org or contact Rev. Jamie Green at 781-444-2510, x104, or
revjamie@needhamucc.org. Don't forget to wear your costume and bring all our friends!

 

Charles River School Family Fair and Marketplace

Saturday, October 19, 2013, 10:00 AM at  6 Old Meadow Road Dover, MA 

Charles River School in Dover, MA presents our 62nd annual Fair for the whole family including rides, games, food and fun.  A juried Craft Marketplace will be held in conjunction with the Family Fair and will feature jewelry, art, pottery, photography, woodcrafts, clothing, soaps, doll clothes, pet products, gourmet foods and much more from over 60 artists and craftspeople.

 

PumpkinFest

Saturday, October 19th, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., rain or shine at  340 Clapboardtree Street, Westwood (First Parish Meeting Hall)

Capture the spirit of Autumn in New England at Westwood’s annual PumpkinFest to benefit Clapboardtree Nursery School.

PumpkinFest will feature Baby Farm Animal Visits, Family Music Makers, moonwalks, games, prizes, crafts, a silent auction, a bake sale, lunch, and of course a pumpkin patch.  Don’t miss this fun-filled day for the whole family!  The event will take place at the First Parish Meeting Hall at the corner of Clapboardtree and Nahatan Streets in Westwood.  For more information, visithttp://www.clapboardtreepumpkinfest.org.

 

GREATER BOSTON

Boston Halloween Lunch Cruise – October 27 for the perfect mix of tricks and treats, bring the whole family down to the Harbor for Spirit of Boston’s festive Halloween Lunch Cruise. Enjoy an open soda and juice bar, trick or treat goodie bags for all kids and engaging DJ entertainment featuring fun games for the kids. Plus, there will be a kid’s costume parade, so don’t forget to dress up in your favorite Halloween garb!? Spirit of Boston? 200 Seaport Blvd.

Hanson’s Haunted Hayride – Friday and Saturday nights in October? Hanson’s Haunted Farm, Framingham?. Over 100 volunteers come out to thrill and scare you in an exciting hayride through our farm. We do group rates and discounts.

The Haunted Ship At the USS Salem– 739 Washington St., Quincy. Ever wanted to take a part in a real ghost tour? Members of RTS Paranormal will take you on a tour of the USS Salem’s most haunted places. See the areas that were featured on the hit TV showGhost Hunters. Prior to your tour you will receive a briefing on how the specialized “ghost hunting” equipment works and an overview of the ship, its history and our ghosts. This tour is recommended for people age 16 and older. This is a “Do Not Miss Opportunity” for anyone interested in the paranormal or ghost hunting. Our guided ghost tours are just $15 or can be combined with our haunted ship tickets for a $25 combo ticket. Have fun and happy ghost hunting.

Zoo Howl at Franklin Park Zoo – October 26-27. Franklin Park Zoo 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston Children throughout New England are invited to trick-or-treat among the animals. Thrills, chills, and animals lurk around every corner on the Trick-or-Treat Trail! Other haunted happenings offered throughout the day include: creepy crafts, ghoulish games, howling costume contests and a haunted maze! Be sure to take a hay ride at Zoo Howl! Hay rides will be provided by Pine Meadow Farm and will cost $2.00 per person or three for $5.00.

Boo at the Zoo at Stone Zoo! – October 19-20 Stone Zoo 149 Pond Street, StonehamChildren throughout New England are invited to trick-or-treat among the animals. Thrills, chills, and animals lurk around every corner on the Trick-or-Treat Trail. Other haunted happenings offered throughout the day include: creepy crafts, ghoulish games, howling costume contests, and a haunted maze!

Ghosts and Gravestones Tours of Boston – Through October. Come hear Boston’s real history – the stories you won’t hear before the sun goes down. What do you get when you combine a cursed privateer, a pyromaniac circus ringleader, a demon spat out of the pits of Hades, a homicidal opera diva, and a deranged nanny? An experience unlike anything else in Boston! Those are just a few of our guides who will drag you kicking and screaming through Boston’s sordid past. Never was there a more treacherous lot of characters – each one dying to tell you tales of Boston’s dead in their own unusual way. There are so many of us that each time you take our tour, you’ll have a startling new experience. So join us again and again! You will never know with whom you will be trapped. – 80 Dorchester Avenue, South Boston

Haunted Boston Ghost Tours?– Through November 10.  Step through the shadows and discover the chilling and ghastly tales of murder, revenge, lust, and heartache… The best way to see Historic Boston is by foot. This 90-minute walking tour takes you through the historic and haunted streets in search of the countless ghosts rumored to haunt the city. Daily? Central Burying Ground Boston

Frightful Friday Ghost Stories and Tour at The Gore Mansion?– October 11, 18 & 25. Gore Place 52 Gore Street Waltham. Guides lead visitors through the 1806 Governor Gore mansion where they hear stories from New England and beyond–A great way to celebrate the Halloween season and enjoy this beautiful historic house! $15, $10 members and children ages 5-12.

Beacon Hill With a Boo! – October 31. Boston By Foot, Inc. 77 North Washington Street Boston. Beacon Hill With a BOO! is the Halloween walking tour of Beacon Hill featuring the murders, executions, ghosts and politicians of this seemingly quaint neighborhood.

Spooktacular on the Common - October 26, 12:30-4pm Natick Common. The Great “Spooktacular” Event and Trick or Treat Parade is coming soon. Natick Center Associates with the Natick Recreation Department will hold the “Spooktacular” event on Saturday, October 26th beginning at 12:30 p.m. At 2:00 p.m. there will be two separate children’s parades winding their way through downtown seeking candy and treats. In the event of inclement weather, the activities will be moved to the new Community-Senior Center on East Central Street. Enjoy games, treats, the great pumpkin smash, and a costume parade through Natick Center!

Harvard Square Ghost Tour – Thursdays thru Sundays at 7:30pm -Gather round and let our professional storytellers take you on a nighttime stroll to hear about the otherworldly tales of those who lurk the shadows of Harvard Square in the night. The gruesome murders and mysterious deaths will no doubt shock you, but your guide will cut the spooky atmosphere with plenty of spirited jokes. Don’t fret, you won’t wet your knickers! This friendly ghost tour is great fun, and is appropriate for all willing ages. Harvard Square ghost tours pass through the Square, through Harvard University campus, and finish by the Cambridge Burying Yard. Tour lasts 90 minutes. Admission for the tour is $15 for adults, $12 for students/seniors, $7 for kids 7-12. We gather by the Visitor Information kiosk at the Harvard Square T Stop. It’s rather hard to miss our guides in hoop skirts and top hats!

Upstairs on the Square’s Halloween Party – October 31. We look forward to Halloween all year long, because it’s our chance not only to dress up ourselves, but also to pass judgment on your silly sartorial statements. Our TV will have a showing of Rocky Horror Show as background to Scary-oke at 9:30, and best costume wins big. Lino is concocting some very potent but specially priced magic brews for the bar, and our kitchen is coming up with a special $40 prix fixe menu all night long—heavy on the pumpkins and apples. Upstairs on the Square 91 Winthrop Street in Cambridge 617-864-1933.

 

NORTH OF BOSTON & GREATER MERRIMACK VALLEY

Haunted Happenings – October 1-31. A month-long celebration of Halloween and fall in New England , Haunted Happenings features more than 130 events for all ages. In addition to special events in October, most Salem attractions and museums have extended hours and most restaurants will feature special programming including parties and live music.

Salem Witch Museum - 19 ½ Washington Square North, Salem The Salem Witch Museum presents one of the most tragic and enduring events in American history… THE WITCH HYSTERIA of 1692. Interest in what happened 300 years ago remains high and in fact keeps growing. Their exhibit: Witches: Evolving Perceptions traces the myths of this mysterious religion. From midwives and healers to witch hunts and Wiccans… Do you believe in witches? Don’t answer until you see Salem’s Most Visited Museum.

Witch’s Woods – Through November 1. Thurs – Sun Nashoba Valley Ski Area, Westford?Greater Merrimack Valley’s original Halloween Screampark. Climb aboard Witch’s Woods most popular attraction, the Haunted Hayride, and visit the Keeper’s Crypt, Castle Morbid and Nightmare Mansion.?? Groton’s Annual Halloween Costume Parade? October 28, ?2:40pm. ?Meet at Prescott School next to Ace Hardware Wear costumes! Parade starts at 3pm, runs down Main Street to the Town Field where children can enjoy dancing, games with prizes, face painting, giveaways, snacks, and more. There will also be a very special guest to greet the children. Age ranges from 2-10. Cost: Donation of at least one dollar per child at the field

Ed Emberley Halloween Program and Book Signing at Wenham Museum – Sunday, October 27; 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Dress up your little monsters and come to the museum for an afternoon of spooky fun, goolish games, and creepy crafts. Author Ed Emberely returns to sign copies of his new book Nighty Night, Little Green Monster. Reserve your book in the Museum Shop. Ages 3+ $8 adults, $6 children, members free. Group rates available.
132 Main Street, Wenham, MA, 978-468-2377

 

SOUTH OF BOSTON

Alden Haunted House – October 19 The Alden House Historic Site ?105 Alden Street, Duxbury

Spooktacular Halloween Party & Costume Contest – October 27 Paragon Carousel?205 Nantasket Avenue, Hull Arrive in costume and take a spin on the spookiest Halloween carousel ever!

Happy Haunted Kid’s Trail – Winslow Farm Animal Sanctuary, 37 Eddy St., Norton.

Factory of Terror - 33 Pearl St., Fall River

Trick or Trot 5k – October 26 – 9:00am to 11:00am Join in the 1st Annual Trick or Trot 5k beginning at historic Burial Hill in Plymouth. Costumes are welcome! Supporting the Arc of Greater Plymouth?Burial Hill Cemetery?Church Street, Plymouth

Scarecrow Contest – October 11-31 – Scarecrows will be displayed along Onset Avenue in the Village of Onset and along Main Street in Wareham. Local businesses, schools and families will show off their artistic side and create unique scarecrows for all to enjoy.
So take a ride through both the Village and Main Street for a Halloween Treat!.Onset Bay Association?4 Union Street, Onset

The Witches’ Ball – A Halloween Celebration– October 26 – 7:30pm Presented by the South Shore Art Center. Featuring Entertainment, Hors d’oeuvres, Silent Auction & Prizes. Sponsored by Panopticon Imaging, Inc. Tickets are $75 Members & $85 Non-Members. Call 781-383-2787?The River Club, 78 Border Street, Scituate

 

CAPE COD AND THE ISLANDS

Halloween Family Fun Nights – October 25-26 Heritage Museums and Gardens, Sandwich?feature festive, non-scary holiday activities designed for children of all ages. The Toe Jam Puppet Band will perform a concert with puppets and original Halloween songs, during which the performers will dress kids in kooky Halloween gear and teach them dances like “Do the Frankie” (as in Frankenstein). Participants will also play games, make creature-of-the-night crafts, get temporary tattoos, take spins around the carousel, and tour the Auto Museum, where they can “ride” in the 1913 Model T Ford. Weather permitting, visitors will be able to explore the lighted Hart Family Maze Garden, take a tractor-pulled hay ride around the Parade Field, and play in Hidden Hollow, lighted specially for this event. Treats will be for sale at the museum’s Magnolia Café. Participants are welcome to dress in costume, but should wear comfortable shoes to walk throughout the event.

Falmouth Museums on the Green – Saturday, October 26 Dr. Francis Wicks House, Falmouth. A “Visit with the Night Watchman” will be presented on Saturday, October 29 from 6 – 9 PM. The Dr. Francis Wicks House at 55 Palmer Avenue and the surrounding grounds will be used for the flashlight tour. Town “spirits” lurk in corners and interact with visitors in very short improvisations. The mildly scary tour is designed to attract families with children over the age of six.

Harvest of Horrors – Weekends in October Tony Andrews Farm, Old Meeting house Road, East Falmouth The Harvest of Horrors is the longest continuously-running haunted attraction in southeastern New England.

Annual Halloween Parade and Costume Pageant – October 31 Join the fun at the Annual Halloween Parade & Custume Pageant! Prize for Best Family Themed Costumes at 4:30 PM on the Methodist Church steps. Parade begins at 5 PM with every child recieving a ribbon and goodie bag! Hosted by Nantucket Chamber of Commerce and The Inquirer & Mirror

Nantucket Ghost Walk: Cemetery Route - Visit 5 of the island’s most haunted locations on this 1 and 1/3 mile, 90 min. evening stroll through Nantucket Town. Featuring the Old North Burial Ground, the Oldest House, and Nantucket’s 2 most haunted hotels, voted “Best Walking Tour on Nantucket” 3 years in a row, this is the island’s original ghost walk (begun in 1998) and the most popular walking tour ever on Nantucket, led by the original guide. $20. for adults, $10. for seniors (65 and over) and for teens, $5. for children 7 – 12, Kids under 7 are free. No credit cards. No reservations are necessary. Please arrive 10 min. prior to the 8:30pm departure.

 

CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS

Great Pumpkin Fest 2012 – October 19.  Ecotarium, Worcester?. Don’t miss the biggest Halloween celebration for families in Central Massachusetts!

Treats & Tricks - October 27. Donations of canned goods for a local food pantry encouraged. Bring your kids for a unique, safe and free Trick-or-Treating experience in the Center Village and stay for the family entertainment including comedic juggling, puppetry, and storytelling. Halloween “Fright Nights”? – Last three Fridays and Saturdays in October? Davis MegaMaze ?6-10pm?. Last admission is at 9 pm. Join us if you dare! Geared for adults.

 

WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS

13 Nights at Jiminy - October 4, 5, 11-13, 18, 19, 25, 26, 29-31. Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort. ?Descend into the depths of the mountains’ past as a haunted holdout, where Villagers from the Plantation of Jericho lived in terror of disfiguring diseases, deranged creatures and impending doom. Are you scared yet?! (ages 10+)

Ghost Tours at The Mount - Fridays through October 25 – For over a century, The Mount has been home to writers, actors, wealthy families, hard-working servants, and teenage girls. Tour the most haunted parts of the estate to find out what spirits might still be lurking. Join us on our Friday Night Fright Tours!? Check their website for details.

The Monster Mash Haunted Hay Ride (Adults) Fridays-Sundays in October McCrays Farm? 55 Alvord St., South Hadley. When you try McCray’s Farm’s Monster Mash Haunted Hayride, you’ll find an experience you won’t forget. With scares an screams around every corner, this is a ride you don’t want to miss!

The Munchkin Ride - (Kids) Fridays-Sundays - McCrays Farm 55 Alvord St., South Hadley. For the little ones in your family, McCray’s Farm offers a Munchkin Ride for children ages 7 and younger. This gentle, exciting ride is fun for the whole family.

Mike’s Maze – Fridays and Saturdays through October. South Main St., Sunderland. Visitors to Mike’s Maze will encounter countless activities, games, and amusements. Every year, Will creates a themed game within the maze that will entertain the entire family. The 2011 Maze features a bust of Noah Webster. You can also go on a horse drawn wagon ride, pick your own Halloween pumpkin, shoot spuds from our potato cannon, eat farm fresh food at the Corn Cafe, view the maze from the perspective of our walk-in Camera Obscura, ride a pony at our petting zoo, and even stock-up on fresh local produce from our farm!

Frightfest at Six Flags New England -Through November 1 – Check website for dates. Six Flags New England Agawam. Check out all Six Flags New England in Agawam has to offer for your Halloween celebrations. Thrills and frills you can’t get enough of. Call (413) 786-9300 ext 3241 for more information and times.

Jeepers Creepers: Ghouls & Goblins!- October 26 – Wistariahurst and Parks and Recreation have collaborated to bring Halloween to the Museum’s haunted doorstep! The fun filled event will include music, magic performances, games, crafts, goodie bags and more! Admission $2 per child or $10 for families of 5 or more children. All attendees are encouraged to come in costume. Please register in advance with Parks & Recreation at 413-322-5620. This event is rain or shine.

 

References:

http://www.massvacation.com/explore/holidays/halloween/

http://wellesley.patch.com/blogs/teeth-for-life-wellesley-dental-group

http://needham.patch.com/

http://www.hgtv.com/

Quick Tips from the Tooth Fairy

August 28th, 2013

As a parent with a busy schedule, it can get tough monitoring and helping with the care of a child’s oral health. However, a child’s maintenance of good oral hygiene is extremely important, not just for their oral health but also for their overall health. On top of this week’s grocery list and the errands that need to be completed, we’ll throw in just a few more reminders and tips on the care of a child’s teeth.

 

  • Although work schedules can get overwhelming, a great and healthy way to spend time with the kids is to join them while they brush and floss. Children learn by example, and a great way for them to pick up good oral hygiene is if their parents show them great brushing and flossing techniques.

 

  • Keep track of times when your child demonstrates good oral hygiene. A fun way to get children to stick to good oral care is to create a calendar that can track their oral health. Hang the calendar in the bathroom and post a gold star or a fun sticker on days when they did a great job brushing and flossing their teeth. This is can get children excited about maintain good oral health and is a wonderful way to let their dentist know how they are doing!

 

  • There have been recent studies showing that bacteria responsible for tooth decay can be transferred when parents clean their child’s pacifier or bottle nipple. It’s best to clean these items in warm, soapy water and to avoid sharing food and drinks and children.

 

  • It is no secret that children love to get their hands on sweets. However, sugar-heavy foods can end up creating an environment that is optimal for the growth of tooth decay-causing bacteria. Try to opt for products containing xylitol, which is a tooth-friendly, nonfermentable sugar alcohol that does not get converted in the mouth to acids like regular sugars. It can reduce the levels of bacteria in saliva and can also act against some of the bacteria responsible for ear infections!

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/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-996-XYLITOL.aspx?activeIngredientId=996&activeIngredientName=XYLITOL

 

http://www.ncohf.org/resources/parents-corner

 

http://www.ada.org/news/8582.aspx

 

Are toothbrushes actually clean?

July 29th, 2013

Researchers at England’s University of Manchester have looked into the various kinds of germs found in bacteria, and they found that toothbrushes are crawling with them! They discovered that a toothbrush could harbor more than 100 million bacteria, with the likes of diarrhea-causing E. coli and skin-infecting staphylococci bacteria. This may sound completely unsanitary, but wait! The mouth isn't the cleanest place to begin with. There are hundreds of microorganisms in the mouth on a daily basis. Medical professionals note that this is perfectly normal and it is not something to sweat over. But what individuals need to worry about is when there is an unhealthy balance of bacteria in the mouth. Many people forget that the plaque that develops inside the mouth (if proper brushing is not taking place) is, in fact, bacteria. Toothbrushes are continuously introduced to bacteria every time it is placed into the mouth.

 

So if there are constantly bacteria on toothbrushes, can they make people sick? Researchers think that it’s not likely. Considering there are already bacteria in the mouth, the body’s natural defenses make it difficult for an infection to occur just from brushing teeth. However, one should not take the body’s ability to defend itself for granted. There are still ways to keep fewer bacteria from entering the mouth. In many homes the bathroom sink is in close vicinity to the toilet. But that should not be the excuse for placing toothbrushes near where flushing occurs! Every time the toilet flushes, it sends sprays of bacteria into the air. Try to place toothbrushes as far as possible from the toilet, giving bacteria less of a chance in getting into the mouth.

 

Bacteria love moist environments and it is important that the brush dries through and through between each brushing. Try to avoid covers that enclose the brush, which would leave the toothbrush moist and bacteria-friendly. It is also a good idea to keep the toothbrush upright in a holder, instead of lying it down. Also, no matter how clean your sister or any of your other members of your family, don’t ever use each other’s brushes. Don’t even place toothbrushes in the same cup! Whenever toothbrushes come in contact with each other, they can easily exchange bacteria.

We recommend that you replace your toothbrush every season(3 months) to help prevent bacterial growth and to maintain oral 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

 

References:

 

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/healthy-teeth-2/the-ugly-truth-about-your-toothbrush

 

http://www.ada.org/1887.aspx

 

3 Tips On Keeping Your Breath Fresh!

July 26th, 2013

Are you worried about the prospect of having breath? Don’t worry you’re not alone; according to the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, there are 40 millions Americans that suffer from bad breath. However, it doesn't need to be this way! Here are a few ideas on how to go about your day without worrying about halitosis.

1. Keep up with brushing and flossing

After a big meal, people are bound to have food caught in between the many crevices of their mouths. Food that has been left behind can break down, resulting in sticky build-up known as plaque. To keep this plaque build-up from happening, try brushing and flossing after meals, which can keep the mouth clean and breath fresh.

 

2. Don’t forget the tongue!
After brushing and flossing at night, many people just turn off the bathroom lights and hit the hay. But wait; the tongue can harbor tons of bad-smelling bacteria! Without proper maintenance, a white layer can form on the tongue. People tend to find toothbrushes to big to reach to back end of the tongue without causing discomfort. Dentists suggest using tongue scrapers, which can easily maneuver the tongue, getting rid of bacteria, leftover food, and even dead cells that brushing can’t take away.

3. Pass on the onions and garlic
Although they are undeniably great additions to a great sandwich, these two food ingredients are infamous bad-breath causers. Unfortunately, brushing after consuming garlic and onions does not do the trick; substances within these foods actually travel down the blood stream and into the lungs, where they constantly get breathed out. If you know fresh breath is necessary for a certain social meeting, save onions and garlic for another time!

 

These are simple tips to keep in mind, but they do go a long way. Always maintain good oral health and soon enough, you’ll be able to say goodbye to bad breath! 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.

References:

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/healthy-teeth-2/get-rid-bad-breath

http://www.uihealthcare.org/Adam/?/HIE%20Multimedia/1/003058

Tips to Conquer Dental Fear!

July 25th, 2013

Let’s be honest: many people tend to be scared or nervous before a visit to the dentist’s office. Dental phobia is something that people continually cope with; however, it doesn’t always have to be this way! Here are a few tips on how to beat dental fear.

 

Look for a dentist that you feel most comfortable working with. There are many dentists out there with different personalities, and finding one that suits an individual can be key in feeling less anxious and nervous during an appointment. Dentists are willing to work through fears and are happy to go slow if need be.

 

Ask the dentist to go through the procedure beforehand. Having a dentist go through the steps can allow individuals to prepare for what is to come. Patients always have the right to know what kind of work their dentist will be doing on them.

 

Don’t be afraid to let the dentist know when the procedure is uncomfortable. Patients are able to establish “stop” signals with dentists. This allows the patient to take breaks when needed and can allow them to relax before proceeding.

 

Breathing exercises are also a great way to calm the nerves and prepare for a dental procedure. Here are six breathing exercises (hyperlink six breathing exercises and use: http://healthland.time.com/2012/10/08/6-breathing-exercises-to-relax-in-10-minutes-or-less/ ) that can bring about relaxation. Turning up your favorite music can also help turn down the anxiety. When sitting in the waiting room, pop in your earphones and listen to calming music or even music that you love. There are also dental offices that have TV monitors in the exam rooms. This is also a great way to take your mind off of the fear and anxiety and to tune into a great show.

 

There are medications that allow patients to relax. Dentists recommend nitration oxide, anti-anxiety medicine or sedation for patients who can become extremely nervous during an appointment. If you believe that medication can help cope with a dental visit, find a dentist that can cater to your needs.

 

Here at the Wellesley Dental Group, we need to make our patients feel as comfortable as possible. 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 questionsContact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com

 

References:

http://psychcentral.com/library/phobia_dentist.htm

http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/dental-fear-our-readers-suggest-coping-techniques-20100825327

http://healthland.time.com/2012/10/08/6-breathing-exercises-to-relax-in-10-minutes-or-less/

READ MORE HERE!!!

http://wellesleydentalgroup.com/blog/?p=1981

http://wellesleydentalgroup.com/blog/?p=600

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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Stick with Mussels: they can help strengthen and rebuild teeth!

July 19th, 2013

Good news for all you seafood lovers out there. The Journal ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces have found something very special about mussels’ adhesive nature. Not only does it let these creatures hold fast to rocks in the ocean, researchers have found that they also can be beneficial for teeth.

Quan-Li Li, Chun Hung Chu, and other researchers noted that there are three out of four people who have teeth sensitive to hot, cold, sweet or sour foods and drinks. These scientists were determined to look for ways to rebuild enamel and dentin, which are important factors that determine tooth sensitivity. They found that mussel’s natural adhesive, which allows them to attach to rocks, can be a synthetic substance used to reform the eroded enamel and dentin. They worked under the hypothesis that the sticky substance in mussels would have the ability to keep essential minerals in contact with dentin long enough for reformation to occur.

In 2011, an international team of scientists that mussel’s adhesive proved to be a successful alternative to other coatings used in teeth. While most coatings tend to make teeth weak and brittle over time, the synthetic coating created from mussel adhesive had the ability to heal itself when damaged. The researchers also found that minerals in other coatings were only able to reform enamel while the synthetic adhesive was able to reform both enamel and dentin. Phil Messersmith of Northwestern University have taken into account mussels’ incredible adhesive properties and have created a polymer used in coating that can mend tears in just a matter of minutes!

While these scientists continue to incorporate this newfound adhesive to the clinical setting, there are still ways to battle sensitive teeth. Doctors continue to recommend that individuals practice good oral hygiene (brushing twice a day and making sure to floss carefully). Those with sensitive teeth can also be extra careful when consuming acidic foods such as juices, vinegar in salad dressings and soft drinks. A good way to protect teeth is to rinse the mouth with water after consuming these foods. Teeth grinding can also leave teeth susceptible to sensitivity; ask the dentist about a mouth guard for nighttime use to prevent teeth grinding.

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 questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com

References:

Sensodyne on sensitive teeth
ACS journal website
Science Daily website
Yahoo Health
http://www.empowher.com/dental-amp-oral-health/content/sticking-mussels-beneficial-sensitive-teeth

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

General and Oral Health Benefits of Breastfeeding

July 16th, 2013

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued a policy statement back in 2012 stating that breastfeeding and the use of human milk have show to reduce health risks for infants, children, and mothers, also including advantages such as developmental, nutritional, immunological, and psychological benefits. The APP exclaims that breast milk is the best nutrient source for babies. It contains immunological agents, including secretory immunoglobulin (g) A and IgG, along with anti-inflammatory properties that act as protection for the infant’s immune system.

Researchers found that compared to formula-fed children, children who were breast-fed had a lower risk of diarrhea by coating intestinal lining and killing dangerous pathogens that leave babies prone to infection. Breast milk also combats severe lower respiratory infections, including pneumonia and virus bronchiolitis; a child’s risk of developing asthma is also reduced. The immunological and anti-inflammatory properties of breast milk controls to onset of infection and illnesses, reducing sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Breastfed-children are also less likely to develop obesity, which is a prevalent disease that 12.5 million children and teens suffer from today. Breastfeeding helps protect against obesity by improving self-regulation of energy intake and recognizing when one is full. On top of these general health benefits, breast-fed children showed better occlusion, where their top and bottom teeth came together more favorably.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) suggests that parents should clean infants’ gums even if they do not have teeth. Parents can use a soft washcloth to clean the gums. The AAPD also recommends that breastfeeding should be exclusive for about the first six months of life; this should continue past six months with the gradual introduction of foods fit for the baby. If you have any concerns our pediatric dentist Dr. Pradhan, and Drs. Ali & Ali at Wellesley Dental Group will be very happy to answer your questions. Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com!

References:

http://jada.ada.org/content/144/2/143.full.pdf+html

http://jada.ada.org/content/144/2/143.short?rss=1&%3bssource=mfr

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/gina-ciagne/how-to-become-a-healthier_b_697162.html

Healthy Lifestyle = Good Oral Health!

July 9th, 2013

A study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the German Institute of Human Nutrition reported that adult men and women who never smoked, kept a healthy diet, maintained physical activity, and had a body mass index (BMI) under 30 were 78% less likely to develop chronic conditions, including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and stroke. Those who stuck it out with only one of these four healthy lifestyle factors lowered their chronic disease risk by almost 50%, and risk levels decreased as individuals adapted more of these healthy behaviors.

So how does this connect to dentistry and oral health? Well, when looking these healthy factors from the flip side, poor eating habits, tobacco use, and excess body weight have strong correlations with oral health, especially periodontal disease, along with other health conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.

The participants in the study ranged from ages 35-65 and at the start of the study, each individual’s weight and height were measured. Participant’s health history, physical activity and eating habits were also recorded. They were tracked for almost 8 years and their health was tracked throughout that time. Out of the participants that actively exhibited all four healthy behaviors, they had a 93% reduced risk for diabetes, 81% reduced risk for heart disease, 50% reduced risk for stroke, and 36% reduced risk for cancer.

Dentists continue to back up the importance of eating healthy, getting enough physical activity, and limiting tobacco use. Dental research continues to document oral health benefits that come with tobacco cessation, leading a healthy diet, and maintaining a healthy weight. Dentists continue to push for less frequent exposure to soft drinks and beverages with a high sugar content, which can lead to both tooth decay and an unhealthy increase in body mass index.

Remember: monitoring what you eat not only benefits your oral health but also benefit your overall body. Continue to be mindful of how much you exercise and what you decide to put in your mouth. Your teeth and your entire body will thank you! 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.

References:

http://www.ada.org/3127.aspx
http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1108507

Things To Do On July 4th!

June 28th, 2013

I bet everyone is so excited with July 4th right around the corner. Now that the Summer is here I know everyone has vacations, desserts, beaches, and other fun things on their mind.  If not, trust me, we will find plenty of things for you to enjoy whether it may be a cozy evening indoors or an active day outdoors. Here are a list of things to do in the following areas:

LOCAL:

NEEDHAM - The Fireworks have been promised to be better than ever and our Grand Parade will feature special guests and new musical groups.   The Fireworks will be at Memorial Park on Wednesday evening, July 3rd.   The evening will begin with food, ponyrides, face painting and other family entertainment followed byFireworks.  The Grand Parade will start at 9 am on Thursday, July 4th.   After the Parade on Thursday there will be more food, a flea market, an old fashioned baseball game, children’s games and much more!

NEWTON - At Newton Centre Playground at Tyler Terrace
For children 3 – 12 (Cancelled in the event of rain) from 10 AM – Noon Enjoy the following:Grande Pet Parade, Teddy Bear Parade, Decorated Doll Carriage Promenade, and Foot Races. At the Russell J. Halloran Field & Sports Complex from 1 pm- 9 pm enjoy OPEN AIR MARKET & AMUSEMENT RIDES: Handmade and International Crafts, Food Vendors, Children's Activities, Amusement Rides. There will also be live entertainment at the Gazebo!

12:00 pm Maestro Muscians, String Quartet
2:00 pm The Kapps - Classic Rock & Roll
3:00 pm The Circuit Theatre Company
4:30 pm Kevin McNamara - Troubador

Lastly, don't forget a Spectacular display of Fireworks at 9 pm!!!

WALTHAM - At Leary Field from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. They will have pony rides, music, food and drinks. Profile will perform at 5:30 p.m. with fireworks starting at 9:30 p.m!!!

 

GREATER BOSTON

Boston Harborfest – June 28-July 4: Festival includes more than 220 events: walking tours, concerts, Revolutionary-era historical reenactments, the famous Chowdafest, visits from U.S. and foreign naval ships; harbor cruises; State House tours; guided walking tours of the North End, Boston’s underground and the Harbor Islands; treasure hunt; tour of Coast Guard ships; whale watch and dinner cruises; chowder fest; USS Constitution Turnaround Cruise; Boston Pops concert and fireworks. Check out the MBTA’s special schedules during Harborfest.

Boston Harborfest Children’s Day – Boston June 29: Kids can join organizations like The USS Constitution Museum, Historic New England and the New England Aquarium to learn something new and exciting about Boston and its history; with a live juggling act, children’s musical performers, balloon presentations, live dancers, and more. Location: City Hall Plaza.?10 a.m. – 3 p.m.? Cost: free.

Boston Chowderfest – Boston July 1:  As part of Boston’s Harborfest 2010, this day-long celebration of a New England favorite features all varieties of chowder from chefs and restaurants throughout New England. At City Hall Plaza.

Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular – July 4:  Free outdoor concert in the Hatch Shell aside the Charles River is a glittering, unforgettable Independence Day tradition. This Fourth of July musical celebration includes performances of patriotic favorites like “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” “America,” and “Stars and Stripes Forever”; thunderous rendition of Tchaikovsky”s “1812 Overture” followed by fireworks display over Charles River

Bicentennial of the War of 1812 – June 28-July 5:  Join the celebration of the USS Constitution, affectionately known as Old Ironsides, as she celebrates the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, 200 years of peace between the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, the creation of our national anthem, The Star Spangled Banner and her historic role in defending the country.?Highlights include:?*The Star Spangled Sail – USS Constitution Turnaround Cruise with sister ship the USCG Eagle and visiting navy and tall ships.?*21 Gun Salute?*Blue Angels Flyover and aerial demonstration?*USN Leap Frogs Jump?*All visiting ships will be open for public tours

Boston Navy Week – June 29-July 6: This is the sixth year in a row that Boston has been chosen to host a Navy Week celebration, which recognizes the Sailors who serve our country and the communities that support them. Through a series of events ranging from ship visits to Navy band musical performances and meet and greet events with local Sailors, the U.S. Navy will come together with the members of the greater Boston community to honor the history of the Navy and cultivate new connections between the city and the world’s greatest maritime fighting force. It will run in conjunction with the 29th annual Boston Harborfest.

Reading of the Declaration of Independence – Boston July 4: – Only once a year, Boston residents and visitors get to hear the famous speech read from the balcony as it was on July 18, 1776. Location: Old State House, State and Division Streets.?10 – 10:30 a.m.? Cost: free

Sky High Fourth of July Dinner – Boston July 4 – Celebrate the 4th of July 52 floors above the back bay at Top of the Hub, featuring an evening of cocktails, dinner, a simulcast of the Boston Pops concert, and an ideal vantage point from which to enjoy the holiday fireworks spectacular over the Charles River. Reservations are required.? Prudential Building, 800 Boylston Street ?7 p.m.? Reservations: 617-536-1775

Liberty Fleet of Tall Ships – Boston June 28 – July 4:  Lots of great tall ship events during Harborfest.

Black Bostonians of the Revolution – Boston: This is a guided walking tour about early African American leaders and the roots of the abolition movement in American. ?Location: tour starts at Sam Adams Statue, Faneuil Hall? 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Wrentham Village Premium Outlets – July 4th Summer Sale? Don’t miss the July 4th Summer Sale at Wrentham Village Premium Outlets®. Enjoy extra savings on top of already low outlet prices. Featuring 170 stores including Banana Republic Factory Store, Elie Tahari, Juicy Couture, Salvatore Ferragamo and many more. Visit the Sales & Events page for a sample of in-store promotions.

 

NORTH OF BOSTON & GREATER MERRIMACK VALLEY

Sudbury’s Annual Fourth of July Parade – Sudbury July 4: All are welcome to come and watch one of the area’s best parades! (With a zip code like 1776, Sudbury’s patriotic spirit is one to be reckoned with…) The parade forms on Union Avenue between Station Road and Codjer Lane. Step off time is 1 p.m.

Acton Celebrates Independence Day – Acton July 4:  Celebrate Independence Day at NARA Park in Acton, MA. The day starts off with family fun activities from 3-7 PM, followed by a free concert featuring the Rolling Stones Tribute Band, The Blushing Brides at 7:30 PM and fireworks at 9:30 PM. Food vendors will be onsite. No alcoholic beverages permitted. Free Admission – some activities may have a small fee.

Picnic in the Park – Concord July 4: A program of favorite patriotic tunes by this 50-year-old concert band. Location: Emerson Field, Stow Street. The concert will be in the Concord Armory if it rains. Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., with band performance at 3 p.m.

Pepperell Fourth of July – Pepperell July 7: Parade at 12:30 p.m.; Rockin Rib Fest at the Community Center fields; fireworks at dusk. Location: Parade starts at Pepperell Town Hall, travels on Main Street East around the rotary, follows Hollis Street North past town field, turns left onto and marching up Tucker Avenue, and ends at the large parking lot between Nissitissit Middle School and the field where the fireworks are displayed.

Salisbury Beach 4th of July – Salisbury July 4:  Enjoy the sea and surf, ice cream and cotton candy, beach pizza and fried dough, arcades and more. Dine over the ocean, listen to reggae on a giant oceanfront deck. Get your palm read. Play games on the Broadway Mall. Visit the Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation’s Sea Life Discovery Center where you can come face-to-face with marine creatures at their new touch tank! Or take a surf lesson with Zapstix at their second, new oceanfront location. There’s something for everyone at Salisbury Beach!

Rockport Independence Day Celebration – July 3-4: Rockport Firemen’s Parade at 6 p.m., followed by a Legion Band Concert and bonfire on Back Beach at about 8:30 p.m

Gloucester Independence Day Horribles Parade and Fireworks – July 4 – ?Gloucester Horribles Parade begins at 6 p.m. and circles through downtown Gloucester. Fireworks begin at 10 p.m. Favorite viewing locations: Stacy Boulevard, Stage Fort Park, Western Avenue.

Danvers Family Festival – Danvers June 3 – July 4:  Festivities leading up to the Danvers Fireworks on July 4 start about a month prior with themed nights, concerts, games and festivals. The Fireworks Festival itself takes place at Plains Park from 4 – 9 pm. The main stage hosts musical performances while various concession stands sell delicious food. The Just for Fun areas features games and rides for kids. Throughout the early evening there is a stunt plane show, along with parachuting and a military fly over. The famed fireworks show begins at 9:30 pm.

Beverly Farms Independence Day Celebration – Beverly Farms July 4: The featured events are the always unique morning Horribles Parade and a spectacular evening shoreline illumination and aerial fireworks display held at West Beach. Rounding out the holiday events, the Committee also sponsors the House Decorating Contest, the Family & Friends Cookout, the youngsters Scavenger Hunt, the post Parade “Old Timers” adult softball game at Dix Park, races and games at West Beach on the afternoon of the 4th, and musical entertainment at the Beach leading up to the fireworks.

Marblehead Fireworks & Harbor Illumination – Marblehead – July 4 – Monday, July 4th, 2011 approximately 9:00 p.m. The Harbor Illumination will begin at 8:45 p.m. and immediately following we will LIGHT THE FUSE ON THIS YEAR’S EDITION OF FIREWORKS FOREVER!

Harvard Town Fireworks at Fruitlands – Fruitlands Museum, Harvard July 3: The pastoral site of Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, Massachusetts will be home to an all-American Independence Day celebration on Friday, July 1st with bands, food, and fireworks. Music is slated to start at 5 P.M. Hot dogs, hamburger, and drinks will be available for purchase; local Girl Scouts will be on hand selling desserts. Visitors are also allowed to bring picnics to the event.

PARADES

Fireman’s Parade, Rockport, July 4, 6 pm.  Independence Day Parade, Manchester, July 4, 12 noon.  Highlands Horribles Parade, Danvers, July 4, 9 am. Back Bay Parade, Danvers, July 4, 11 am.

 

SOUTH OF BOSTON

Plymouth’s Fourth of July Festivities – July 4 – Always a great time to be in America’s Home Town! Parade route begins at Cordage Park Marketplace on Court Street in North Plymouth and winds its way down Court Street through downtown Plymouth and Main Street, continuing onto Main St. Ext and, turning left onto Water Street to the reviewing stand next to the Plymouth Rock. The Legion Bud Band starts at 7pm and ends just before the fireworks begin, with the playing of the 1812 Overture (508)747-7174

New Bedford Summerfest – July 6-8 – New Bedford’s annual old-fashioned, family oriented international folk music/arts festival. This fine summertime event is hosted by the City of New Bedford and The Standard-Times held throughout New Bedford’s beautiful National Park. Featuring an array of super musical performers, artisan’s marketplace, juried crafts, international bazaar showcasing a diverse selection of imported goods, variety of delectable food vendors, whale boat races and harbor tours.

138th Brockton Fair – June 28-July 8 Lively and exciting entertainment for all ages! In addition to the always-thrilling midway full of rides, other featured entertainment includes a surprise-filled magic show, exciting demolition derby, horse racing, amateur boxing, figure 8 racing, stock car football, big bear show, magician, petting zoo, puppet shows, livestock shows and spectacular fireworks displays!

Hingham Celebrates the 4th – June 30-July 7,  June 30: Fireworks over Hingham Harbor, July 4: Hingham Road Race & 4th of July Parade. July 7: Vintage Baseball Game  (781)749-1312

38th Braintree Independence Celebration

 

For more go to http://www.massvacation.com/explore/holidays/4th-of-july/http://www.july4th.org/

 

 

 

Sweet (But-Teeth Friendly) Desserts

June 18th, 2013

It’s summer time! The school year is finally winding down, and we are excited to make are way down to the beach and enjoy some time out in the sun. Summer also brings ice cream, popsicles, cotton candy, and a whole bunch of food that may be delicious, but are also definitely not doing your teeth a favor.

Every grocery store is bound to have a section of an aisle dedicated to frozen desserts, which can range from strawberry ice cream to jolly rancher-flavored popsicles. Your taste buds may think it’s an excellent idea to grab a few on the go, but your teeth will beg to differ. Popsicles tend to have high sugar content, which will leave teeth susceptible to cavities and tooth decay. These frozen sweets also contain artificial coloring dye, which has been shown to contain carcinogens and maybe contribute Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Instead of getting a pack of popsicles from the grocery store, here are some healthy and enjoyable alternatives.

Smoothies: Milk shakes tend to be a summer favorite after a long soccer practice. While they do contain dairy, which is wonderful for teeth, they also contain lots of sugar, which is wonderful for bacteria in the mouth, not so much for teeth. Bacteria love feeding on sugary residue left in the mouth, and definitely won’t hold back when they are offered a ton from milk shakes. Instead of making a trip to the local diner, start the blender and add in some low-fat milk, yogurt, bananas, strawberries, and blueberries. A yummy smoothie will result, chock full of calcium, antioxidants, and vitamins. Homemade smoothies will allow you to control the amount of sugar that goes into the drink, and sweet and healthy fruit will do just the trick! Here’s a quick and easy recipe (link: http://bit.ly/16upE68) that will satisfy sweet-tooths but will keep teeth happy.

Yogurt Pops: Yogurt, cheese, milk and other dairy products are great saliva generators, protecting teeth from tooth decay. Calcium and phosphates found in milk and other dairy products can put minerals back in teeth, making them healthy and stronger. Here’s ( http://bit.ly/112tASF ) a great recipe for these delicious pops that will make the kids wanting more!

Remember: Desserts can be delicious and healthy at the same time; there’s always great foods out there that are also a treat for teeth as well. Here’s to a summer of healthy choices and yummy eats! If you have any concerns, Drs. Ali & Ali and their team at Wellesley Dental Group will be very happy to answer your questions. Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com!

References:

http://online.wsj.com/article/PR-CO-20130605-908423.html

http://www.forbes.com/sites/rachelhennessey/2012/08/27/living-in-color-the-potential-dangers-of-artificial-dyes/

The Link Between Periodontal Disease and Diabetes

June 13th, 2013

26 million adults are known to be affected by diabetes. Statistics show that 1 out of 10 healthcare dollars are spent on diabetes. The link between periodontal disease and diabetes has been extensively studied over the past 50 years. There is strong evidence that diabetes is a risk factor for periodontitis and gingivitis. A study dating back to more than 30 years ago has already shown that children suffering from type 1 diabetes had a higher prevalence of gingival inflammation. Ervasti et al. examined patients with gingival bleeding and determined that there was greater amount of bleeding in patients with poorly controlled diabetes when compared to subjects that do not have diabetes and subjects with well-controlled diabetes. Research has also shown that types with type 2 diabetes also tend to have more gingival inflammation than the control group in the study.

Studies also show that the risk of developing periodontitis is increased when one has diabetes. Teenagers with type 1 diabetes have been found to be five times more likely to develop periodontitis. Research also supports the idea that there may be more bone loss linked to adults with diabetes. Subjects suffering from type 2 diabetes are three times more likely to develop periodontitis compared to subjects without diabetes.

Doctors were able to pinpoint the root cause of this relationship between diabetes and periodontal disease. There is a protein known as the c-reactive protein (CRP), which is found in the blood stream. CRP levels rise with inflammation of blood vessels, which has been linked to type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Researchers have also shown that CRP is continuously produced in the presence of periodontal diseases. It is important to note that an individual cannot keep diabetes under control if he or she is also suffering from periodontal disease. It is absolutely crucial that diabetic patients maintain good oral health to keep CRP at bay.

Periodontal disease can affect your general health; read more here.

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 questions! They can assess the risk of periodontal disease and if need be our periodontist, Dr. Ghazwan Ghazi, can help.Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation.

References:

Cianciola L, Park B, Bruck E, Mosovich L, Genco R. Prevalence of periodontal disease
in insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (juvenile diabetes). JADA
1982;104(5):653-60.

Ervasti L, Knuuttila M, Pohjamo L, Haukipuro K. Relation between control of
diabetes and gingival bleeding. J Periodontol 1985;56(3):154-7.

http://www.diabetes.org/news-research/research/access-diabetes-research/greenfield-protein.html

http://www.ada.org/sections/professionalResources/pdfs/Perio_diabetes.pdf

http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/diabetes-statistics/

Can playing a musical instrument effect oral health?

June 11th, 2013

It has been widely accepted that playing a musical instrument can increase and nourish intelligence in children, but playing a used instrument can be a health risk as well.

General Dentistry published a clinical study that revealed that woodwind and brass instruments that have been previously used were found to be ridden with various bacteria and fungi some that have been linked to serious infectious and allergic diseases, which can further lead to conditions such as mouth breathing. Click here to read more about mouth breathing. Children who are involved with their school band or orchestra typically rent their instrument for over the course of the year. These instruments have already been played by other students and without proper cleaning, bacteria an fungi have been indubitably thriving in the instrument. The same growth has been seen in dentures, athletic mouth guards, and tooth brushes.

In the clinical study, 117 instrumental pieces, including mouthpieces, internal chambers, and cases were tested on 13 previously used instruments. There were 442 different bacteria found on the instruments, along with 58 molds and 19 yeasts. Mold can lead to the increased likelihood of developing asthma, while yeasts found on the instruments can lead to skin infections around the mouth and lips. These bacteria, fungi, mold, and yeast that are presence on these instruments are highly resistant to the antibiotics that are normally prescribed, which highlights the importance of sterilizing instruments that have been previously played. It is essential to wipe areas that come in contact with the skin and mouth frequently. Instruments should be cleaned on a regular basis with cleaning cloths and solution.

If you have any concerns, Drs. Ali & Ali and their team at Wellesley Dental Group will be very happy to answer your questions. Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com!

References:

http://jada.ada.org/content/142/5/490.3.fullv

The Importance for Teens to Balance a Fast-Paced Life and Oral Health

June 10th, 2013

Once that alarm starts going off in the morning, teens are on a jam-packed schedule, shuffling through classes, extracurricular activities, and sometimes even part-time jobs. In order to keep up with the pace, teens often make a grab for quick meals in form of carbonated beverages and “nutrition bars” to keep them on edge and alert for all of their obligations; however, this kind of lifestyle may leave teens with permanent damage to oral and overall health.

In a 2003 issue of General Dentistry, studies have shown that teens that constantly indulge in sugary drinks can result in premature loss of tooth enamel and the weakening of overall tooth structure. While research has deemed carbonated beverages and energy drinks detrimental for oral health, these sugary drinks can also affect overall bone growth in teens. Read more here. Adolescence is the known time period of optimal bone growth, when more nutrient-packed calories are necessary to fuel growing bodies and to strengthen teeth and bones. These calories tend to be counteracted when teens continue to take in high-carbohydrate foods, which are instead replacing healthy foods such as milk, vegetables, and fruits.

Reports have shown that these beverages are the main causes of increases cavities and obesity in teens today. Unfortunately, researchers expect obesity to remain a major issue as more pre-school-aged children continue to become more addicted to caffeine and sugar. The various acids found in sodas and energy drinks breakdown tooth enamel around cavity sealants and previously done restorations, which leads to more necessary dental treatment to prevent tooth loss.

Phosphoric acid in many carbonated drinks limits calcium absorption, influencing body density. By age 16, girls have acquired 90-96% of their bone mass, making adequate calcium intake extremely important. However, national statistics indicate that only 19% of girls ages 9-19 are receiving the recommended 1,3000 mg of calcium per day. The lack of calcium intake indubitably affects bone structure of the mouth, which can lead to complications such as periodontal bone loss.

While it is important for teens to work hard and strive to do their best, it is just as essential for them to watch what they consume and maintain a healthy lifestyle. If you have more questions, be sure to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group; 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.

References:

http://www.knowyourteeth.com/infobites/abc/article/?abc=T&iid=333&aid=1335
http://www.healthywomen.org/condition/oral-health

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