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Are Summer Foods Ruining Your Smile?

July 14th, 2015

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From sunny afternoons by the poolside to perfect evenings under the stars, summer is the best time to relax, be adventurous, and most importantly, to smile. Many of us also enjoy summer for the delicious foods, fruit juices, and tropical cocktails. Although a summer diet may appear healthy, there are some cravings that are harmful to your teeth that may take you by surprise.

Here are some treats that can damage your teeth and gums:

Juices sometimes contain a higher amount of sugar than soda.

Many people are aware that candy and soda can erode tooth enamel, but how about fruit drinks? Although some juices, smoothies, and cocktails contain many good nutrients, many of the drinks we consume during the summer are acidic and contain a high amount of sugar per serving. Sugars can cling to teeth and harm your pearly whites by feeding the bacteria in your mouth. This process produces acids that can sometimes irreversibly damage teeth.

As it becomes hotter, make sure to keep a glass of water by your side. Also, it is best to drink juice through a straw so that the juice has a harder time sticking to the surface of your teeth. Wait to brush your teeth at least 45-minutes after consuming sugary or acidic foods/drinks, as brushing them immediately after can leave them more susceptible to damage.

Dried Fruit

Dried fruit is often sticky and packed with sugar that can harm teeth the same way that candies do. Instead, opt for crisp apples or pears.

Chewable Vitamins

Gummy vitamins are not much better for our mouths than regular gummy candies. They often stick to the surfaces of teeth and can hide in hard-to-reach places, leading to tooth decay. It is best to take vitamins in pill form.

Popcorn

We often turn to popcorn as a snack choice, especially at the movies. Yet, popcorn is famous for getting stuck in your teeth and in areas that are hard to reach with a toothbrush. Make sure to brush and floss after consuming popcorn.

Peanut Butter and Jelly

Although a delicious and easy-to-make sandwich, peanut butter and Jelly is sticky and high in sugar content. Make sure to check nutrition labels and look for natural peanut butters and sugar-free jelly.

Salad Dressing

Salad dressings often give a nice taste to salad, but the vinegar and sugar inside the dressings can harm your smile. Avoid drenching your healthy salad with too much dressing.

Barbecue sauce

Barbecues are a great part of summer, however, the sweet barbecue sauce can cause tooth discoloration and even lead to cavities if proper oral habits are not implemented.

Vinegar with Vegetables

While the vegetables are healthy, adding vinegar, which is acidic, can harm your teeth and smile.

Wine

While red and white wine has its benefits, they also can cause trouble for your teeth. Red wine can cause staining, and the acids in white wine can damage your enamel. When consuming wine, accompany it with cheese, which is rich in nutrients including protein, calcium and phosphorus, to help fight the acids.

 

Don't fall into the sweet summer temptations that can harm your smile! There are many products sold that brand themselves as healthy products, however, sometimes the ingredients can cause damage to your teeth. It is important to remember that along with brushing, flossing, visiting the dentist, and practicing other good oral health habits, your diet plays a significant role in the health of your teeth. Make sure that your smile sparkles by monitoring the foods and drinks you consume this summer.

 

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://time.com/3907886/teeth-damage-causes/

http://summertomato.com/10-foods-you-didnt-know-were-damaging-your-teeth/

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Think Warm, Think Spring!

March 26th, 2015

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Spring break is a beloved time of year, cherished by all who are able to enjoy warmer weather, time with family, and a break from school or work. Spring break is often the first vacation of the New Year for many individuals. It’s a time when you and your family can look past the cold winter and on to sunnier days full of fun events!

Whether you and your family plan on taking a vacation outside of Massachusetts, or simply enjoying the break at home, make sure to keep up with your dental care! Taking a break from your oral health is not the way to spend spring break. Neglecting your teeth can result in poor health and lead to big oral problems, including gum disease, tooth decay, root canals, tooth sensitivity, and more.

When it comes to oral health, you can never have too many good habits. Spring Break is a great time to brush up on good oral health habits. If you and your family plan on traveling, there are several things to consider on your fun time away from home. On your vacation, make sure that you have plenty of fluids in your body. Drinking water throughout the day will not only keep your body healthy in the warmer temperatures, but also will help to eliminate plaque buildup on your teeth and teeth staining.

Travel with all of your regular oral health essentials with you in your belongings. Make sure to pack extra travel toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss in an easily accessible place. Protect your toothbrush with a toothbrush cap to keep the brush away from germs or damage in your luggage. Once you arrive, uncover your toothbrush to avoid trapping moisture and bacterial growth. Also, it is best to leave your electric toothbrush at home so that you won't have to charge it everyday! Stay on top of your oral hygiene by brushing and flossing at least twice a day to avoid dental problems from arising.

Unhealthy foods and drinks can often sneak their way into your diet on vacations. Many often change their eating habits while on vacation thinking that it will not have an effect on the health of their mouths. You may be offered soda, candy, and other culprits that are bad for teeth. Although it can be hard to say no, stay away from sugary and acidic foods as they can and will lead to an unhealthy mouth. Instead, pack healthy tooth-friendly snacks such as apples, which acts as a natural cleanser for teeth. In addition, steer clear of biting on ice cubes, no matter how hot it is during your vacation! Using teeth as tools can lead to cracked or chipped teeth.

If it's time for a cleaning, visit the dentist before the break to ensure that there are no dental concerns that need to be taken care of before vacation. A quick check up can prevent discomfort later on when the fun is happening!

If a dental emergency occurs during your vacation, such as a chipped or cracked tooth, rinse with warm water and apply pressure to the affected area. Contact the dentist at your earliest convenience.

If you're staying near Boston during the vacation, check out a few fun events that your family can enjoy:

Boston, MA 02110 1-800-987-9852 
This memorable experience involves viewing whales, dolphins, sea birds and other marine wildlife while cruising on the Voyager 3.
This tour offers a great opportunity to learn more about the various sites in MA that have contributed to American history.
Columbia Point, Boston, MA 02125
(617) 514-1600
The JFK Presidential Library celebrates the life of John Fitzgerald Kennedy and his presidency. It promotes the importance of politics and is a great family learning outing.
1 Central Wharf, Boston, MA 02110
617-973-5200
Sunday - Thursday 9 am - 6 pm
Friday - Saturday 9 am - 7 pm
Explore the wonders of the deep ocean at the New England Aquarium. You can also view a show in 3D at the New England Aquarium's Simons IMAX Theatre on a 6 story tall screen!
Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd #75, Boston, MA 02210
(866) 310-2469
Spend your vacation on the Spirit of Boston, which offers a fun mix of dining, dancing, and entertainment. The cruise leaves from the Seaport World Trade Center Marine Terminal.

 

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.vacationsmadeeasy.com/BostonMA/activity/

http://www.cityofboston.gov/visitors/free.asp

http://www.1dental.com/blog/2015/03/05/dont-take-spring-break-teeth/

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More Reasons to Smile While on Vacation

March 27th, 2014

family vacationVacations are a time for relaxing, having fun, and making memories with family and friends.  Whether you are camping in the wilderness or sipping coconut water in the Caribbean, everyone can benefit from good oral health tips on the go.  With summer vacations looming over the horizon, here are some great tips to keep you and your loved ones smiling the entire time!

 1. Plan ahead

If you or your family members haven’t had their bi-yearly dental check ups yet, now may be a good time to do so.  By seeing a dentist before leaving for vacation, you can guarantee that there will be no sudden dental problems that require medical attention while abroad.  For instance, having a cavity spotted and filled early might prevent annoying toothache issues that are difficult to treat away from home.

Furthermore, make sure you have all your medical and dental insurance information handy and kept in a safe place in case of an emergency.

2.  Keep things organized

Keeping all your oral health tools in one place will save time and effort.  Carrying a toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss in your carry-on bag will be helpful during long flights.  Another option would be to purchase smaller versions of your usual arsenal of products.  There are many travel-sized versions of all major toothpaste and mouthwash brands at most convenience stores.  Make sure to brush your teeth after every meal (just like you would at home) even while on a plane!

3.  Cover your toothbrushes

Throwing an uncovered toothbrush into your carry-on bag or placing it on countertops of hotel bathrooms gives unwelcome bacteria the opportunity to invade its bristles.  In order to prevent this, it is important to cover toothbrushes with a clean, plastic cover.  It’s crucial to let all toothbrushes air-dry before placing the cover on it, because covering a moist toothbrush will actually encourage bacteria growth.

4.   Maintain healthy eating habits

Vacation time is certainly a time to indulge.  However, keep some healthy snacks like fruit or veggies in hand for in between meals.  You can satisfy your appetite by chewing on nutritious snacks throughout the day and perhaps turn down a tempting sugary drink later on.

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

Sources:

http://www.drpeterhazim.com/dental-tips-while-on-vacation/
http://lauriesteindds.com/blog/?p=378
http://pediatricdentalworld.com/blog/5-pointers-for-healthy-vacation-smiles/
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Weekly Exercise Time For Adults

August 8th, 2012

The American College of Sports Medicine has recently announced that adults should exercise at least 150 minutes per week (about 1.5%). The exercise can be spread out over the week and can be done in small increments each time.

Of course, they have considered that most people can't just jump right into an exercise regimen. The ACSM recommends planning the time each week so that you have time allotted for just exercising. Reading up on the benefits will help you realize the importance of being active.

Choosing a set time of day to do the exercise will help you develop a routine. For example, you can go for a brisk walk on your lunch break. This will not only help break up the day, but will expose you to the sun, which is important for vitamin D intake. Just remember to wear sunscreen!

After a few months, be sure to really think about your new lifestyle changes and how they are benefitting you. This is a good time to implement new things if you're becoming bored. A healthier you is a happier you, and who wouldn't want that?

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