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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/

Participate In Our 9th Annual Candy Drive!

October 12th, 2016

9th-annual-candy-drive-3All Metrowest Schools and organizations are invited to join Wellesley Dental Group's 9th Annual Community Candy Drive to benefit the US troops serving overseas. From November 1st to November 9th, we will be collecting candy, along with handwritten notes and cards for our soldiers.

Our goal is to teach our kids lessons in giving by encouraging them to share their extra Halloween candy with our troops. The sweet treats and the handwritten cards are a little reminder of home for our troops, and a message of support just in time for Veteran's Day. The packages will be sent via CarePacks, a non-profit organization, along with oral hygiene supplies.

We are inviting all schools and organizations to participate in our Press Event - November 10th at 10:00 am. Local media and photographers will capture the spirit of giving in our community. Principals, faculty, parents, and students (with the permission from their teachers, of course) are all?welcome to attend.

To schedule a candy drop-off or RSVP for the event, please call (781-237-9071) or email us (candydrive@wellesleydentalgroup.com).

Let's keep this fun Wellesley tradition going!

Early Exposure to Chemicals is Harming Our Youth

September 15th, 2016

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It seems like chemicals are all around us, often showing up in things we use everyday, including cosmetics, household appliances, and plastic bottles. Unfortunately, these chemicals may be causing many health problems. According to recent research presented at the European Congress of Endocrinology, chemicals in plastics may be damaging children's tooth enamel by interfering with hormones that stimulate tooth enamel development. Enamel is one of the hardest substances in the body and it is found on the outer layer of each tooth. It is made up of mainly minerals and serves the purpose of protecting your teeth from plaque and ultimately tooth decay.

Researchers looked at the effects of daily doses of Bisphenol A  (BPA) alone or with Vinclozolin on rats. BPA is chemical commonly found in plastics including water bottles and food containers, and vinclozolin is a common fungicide typically found on raspberries, lettuce, kiwi, and onions. Both BPA and vinclozolin are referred to as endocrine disruptors, which are chemicals that interfere with mammalian hormones. The doses given were similar to those a human would be exposed to daily from birth to 30 days old. Then, researchers took cell samples from the rats’ teeth and found that the expression of genes involved in mineralization (important for tooth enamel) were impaired due to the exposure to BPA and vinclozolin. They concluded that children with developing teeth who are exposed to these chemicals could be at higher risk of having molar incisor hypermineralization (MIH), which can lead to tooth sensitivity and damaged tooth enamel. It is important to note that once tooth enamel is gone, it cannot be replaced!

In addition, researchers analyzed rat ameloblast cells, which deposit enamel during tooth development. They found that sex hormones including estrogen and testosterone helped boost tooth enamel development. However, exposure to BPA and vinclozolin blocked these hormones from functioning properly, which as a result weakened tooth enamel. Leading researcher, Dr. Katia Jedeon stated, "Tooth enamel starts at the third trimester of pregnancy and ends at the age of 5, so minimizing exposure to endocrine disruptors at this stage in life as a precautionary measure would be one way of reducing the risk of enamel weakening.” Further research on other chemicals found in things we commonly use are currently being studied. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) states that many endocrine disruptors have the greatest health threat to individuals during early infant development.

If you have concerns about chemicals impacting you children, your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. Van. Dr. Van is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and is passionate about improving the health of all of his patients.

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

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.

References:

http://www.dentalproductsreport.com/dental/article/chemicals-water-bottles-food-containers-may-permanently-damage-childrens-teeth

http://www.medicaldaily.com/plastic-water-bottles-bpa-kids-teeth-dental-enamel-388438

http://www.hindustantimes.com/rf/image_size_800x600/HT/p2/2016/06/01/Pictures/_1542ac3a-27ad-11e6-a271-92fd27615944.jpg

Plastic Can Be Dangerous for Your Teeth!

June 21st, 2016

If you use refillable water bottles or plastic food containers, your children may be at risk!  A new study shows that being exposed to chemicals in these plastic objects could weaken the teeth of children.

These chemicals degrade teeth, because they interact with the hormones that create tooth enamel (the outermost layer of the tooth). Because enamel is not a bone, it cannot regrow. Therefore, any damage done to the enamel is irreversible.

Some chemicals commonly found in plastic containers include bisphenol A (BPA), which disrupts hormones, and vinclozolin, which is used to destroy fungi in vineyards, orchards, or golf courses. Phthalates also interefere with hormones.

Another potentially dangerous chemical is polyethylene teraphthalate (PET-type 1), which is usually in juice, salad dressing, water, peanut butter, or mouthwash containers. This chemical contains antimony, which has the potential of being a human carcinogen. It is advised not to reuse this type of plastic. Polyvinyl chloride (type 3) should also be avoided.

18 percent of children between the ages of 6 and 9 experience molar incisor hypermineralization (MIH), a condition affecting the enamel that causes there to be sensitive spots on the first permanent molars and incisors. Scientists have proven through experiments with rats that MIH could be caused by exposure to BPA. The expression of the genes responsible for tooth enamel mineralization was altered after the rats were exposure to the chemical.

There are however some safe plastics, including high-density polyethylene (type 2), low-density polyethylene (type 4), and polypropylene (type 5).

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

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

Resources:

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http://www.techtimes.com/articles/162273/20160602/chemicals-in-plastic-food-containers-may-irreversibly-weaken-childrens-teeth.htm

http://www.livestrong.com/article/158674-which-plastic-containers-can-i-safely-use/

Abnormal Tooth Enamel: Amelogenesis Imperfecta

March 17th, 2016

 enamelAmelogenesis imperfecta is an inherited disorder in which tooth enamel forms abnormally. As a result, individuals with this condition are at a higher risk of developing cavities. It typically causes teeth to be smaller than usual, discolored, grooved, easily damaged, among other dental problems that can vary by the individual. Secondary effects could be early tooth loss, periodontal disease, tooth sensitivity, and jaw problems.

Unfortunately, Amelogenesis imperfecta can negatively impact both primary teeth and permanent teeth. Around 14 forms of this condition have been determined by researchers. It has also been found to affect approximately 1 in 700 people in northern Sweden to 1 in 14,000 people in the United States.

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Many cases of Amelogenesis imperfecta are a result of mutations in the AMELX, ENAM, MMP20, and FAM83H genes, which are normally responsible for making proteins essential for normal tooth and enamel development (ameloblastin, enamelin, tuftelin and amelogenin). Tooth enamel is a hard outer layer rich in calcium that functions to protect the tooth. As a result of a mutation, tooth enamel becomes thin and weaker than normal, and may even appear yellow or brown in color. The genetic causes of other cases have not yet been identified.

This condition can be inherited in both an autosomal dominant pattern and autosomal recessive pattern. In an autosomal dominant pattern, once copy of the mutated gene in each cell can cause Amelogenesis imperfecta. An autosomal recessive pattern involves two mutated copies of the gene in each cell. Researchers found that around 5 percent of amelogenesis imperfecta cases are due to mutations in the AMELX gene and are inherited in an X-linked pattern. They also found that males with X-linked amelogenesis imperfecta have more severe dental problems than females with this form of the condition.

Preventive and restorative dental treatments can help make teeth impacted by this condition look normal and remain healthy. Full crown restorations are often used to treat this disorder. For severe cases, teeth may have to be extracted and implants or dentures may be required. If you feel like you have Amelogenesis imperfecta or any other enamel conditions, our very Dr. Ejaz Ali is an expert at fixing the issue, bringing the teeth back to ideal form, function, and esthetic. Dr. Ali was trained at Tufts School of Dental Medicine, and also did additional training at New York University’s in “Full Mouth Reconstruction: Advanced Principles and Practice for the GP” with special focus on Implants, Aesthetics, and Occlusion.

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

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

References:

How To Have a Tooth-friendly Valentine's Day

February 13th, 2016

Happy Valentine's Day! This is a great day to show your love and appreciation for the important people in your life, whether it's someone special, your friends, or your family. Did you know:

  • $345 million is spent on candy for Valentine's Day each year
  • Around 8 billion heart-shaped candies are sold from Feb. 1 to Feb.14
  • People eat around 58 million pounds of chocolate around Valentine's Day
  • The amount of chocolate an average American eats each year: 10-12 lbs

Considering all the ways that Valentine's Day can harm your teeth...Here are some tips on how to have a tooth-friendly and healthy Valentine's Day!

  1. Make sure to keep your breath fresh! Check out this cute and informative picture:

  2. To make a good first impression, make sure to keep your teeth white!

    You can easily whiten your teeth if you follow these tips:
    1. Use whitening toothpaste
    2. Eat your fruits and vegetables (celery, apples, carrots galore!)- they can help remove substances that make your teeth yellow
    3. Strengthen your tooth enamel with a fluoride mouthwash
    4. Eat dairy products that are high in calcium such as cheese , which can help build up your tooth enamel and remove stains
    5. Get professional whitening treatment if you need it (which also happens to be a great Valentine's Day gift idea)!

  3. Avoid these sweets in particular!

    Acid is produced when bacteria (from sweets and sodas) and sugar in your mouth interact. This can cause tooth decay that can destroy both the enamel and the inner layer of the tooth, which can lead to cavities. Therefore, make sure to avoid these sweets:

    1. Lollipops/hard candies
    2. Toffee
    3. Gum drops
    4. Taffy
    5. Caramel corn
    6. Peanut brittle
    7. Dried fruit
    8. Chocolate-covered raisins
    9. High-energy sports bars

Our team hopes that you all have a wonderful Valentine's Day!

Check out these cute Valentine's Day cards created by the ADA! These valentines are a nice way to incorporate something sweet into this lovely holiday without worrying about ruining your teeth. You can print them out here.

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

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

Resources:

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http://www.mouthhealthykids.org/~/media/MouthHealthy%20Kids/Images/valentines_main_image.jpg?la=en&hash=2F40F1647CB9BC269E6EA4DF2B93894B466678AD

http://ameritasinsight.com/individuals-families/dental/satisfy-your-valentines-day-sweet-tooth-but-remember-your-oral-health

http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/cosmetic-dentistry/teeth-whitening/article/sw-281474979313974

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Something's Fishy: Regenerating Teeth

December 16th, 2015

When one of our adult teeth is knocked out by a baseball, we can’t just grow it back. But if a fish loses a tooth, it can grow a new one to replace it. How can we learn from our friends underwater? Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology and King’s College in London are now searching for a way for human epithelial tissue to grow back new teeth by studying the way the structures in Lake Malawi cichlids change into teeth and taste buds.

The scientists also studied dental differentiation in mice. The results showed that the period during which the structures required for growing new teeth is active may be longer than previously estimated.

According to a professor at the Georgia Tech school of biology, researchers discovered that there is developmental plasticity between taste buds and teeth and are attempting to figure out how pathways lead cells toward dental or sensory growth.

Because fish don't have tongues, their teeth and taste buds are mixed together. In the case of one species of Lake Malawi cichlids, which mostly eat plankton, few teeth are needed. These fish uses its eyes to locate food and swallows food without breaking it down. However, another species depends on algae, which needs to be scraped from rocky lake structures, for its food source. This species requires a lot more taste buds and teeth.

When the researchers crossed the species, they discovered ample teeth and taste bud variation in the second generation of hybrids. Examining the genetic differences in the hybrids allowed the researchers to determine genetic factors of variation.

There are "developmental switches" that signal epithelial cells to grow either dental or sensory structures. Both teeth and taste buds come from the same type of epithelial tissue in the developing jaws of embryonic fish. They are modified later to form either soft taste buds or teeth that contain hard enamel. This new information demonstrates that the epithelium in the mouth of humans can be flexible and may be able to regenerate new teeth.

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://dentistrytoday.com/news/industrynews/item/470-researchers-study-fish-to-regenerate-teeth

http://www.pnas.org/

http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/

http://www.healthcare-in-europe.com/media/article/15500/wide_image.jpg

News Flash: #CandyDrive2015 in the Media!

November 16th, 2015

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What an exciting November it's been at the Wellesley Dental Group. This year brought our biggest and best Candy Drive yet! With participation from over 30 schools from across the Metro-West, and more than 9,000 students involved, the spirit of community giving and patriotism was in the air. Not to mention, our 8th Annual Candy Drive stirred up a lot of amazing press coverage. We cannot thank you and the community enough for all of the support and donations of candy and handwritten notes for the troops. A special thank you to Wellesley Public MediaWestwood Hometown WeeklyThe Swellesley Report, Wellesley Weston Magazine, and The Wellesley Townsman for featuring our Candy Drive in their publications. We can't wait to see what next year's drive has in store for us.

Check out #CandyDrive2015 in the news:

Wellesley Public Media captured our lovely Dr. Zarah Ali showcasing the highlights of the 2015 Candy Drive.

 

Westwood Hometown Weekly: Westwood Girl Scout Fundraiser Helps Overseas Troops

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The fourth grade Girl Scout Troop 75364 at Downey School in Westwood ran a Halloween Candy Drive to collect candy to be packaged in Care Packs for troops stationed abroad.

The Downey community has participated in this event run by Wellesley Dental Group for the last four years.

This year, the Girl Scouts took in their biggest collection yet, and collected more than 200 pounds of candy, which equates to almost one pound per child at Downey.

 

Hometown Weekly: Candy Collected For U.S. Armed Forces At Wellesley Event

[caption id="attachment_9252" align="alignleft" width="430"]The Upham Elementary School in Wellesley and the Delaney Elementary School in Wrentham shared the $1,000 prize for their PTOs. (Photos courtesy of Femina Ali) The Upham Elementary School in Wellesley and the Delaney Elementary School in Wrentham shared the $1,000 prize for their PTOs.[/caption]

In what has become an annual tradition, Drs. Femina, Ejaz and Zarah Ali of the Wellesley Dental Group recently held a candy drive that raised nearly 8,000 pounds of candy for members of the U.S. armed forces serving our country overseas.

The candy is delivered to Care Packs, a nonprofit organization that creates and ships individual packages full of candy, handwritten notes, oral hygiene supplies and other treats and essentials from home for the troops overseas.

The week-long collection, which receives support and participation from several schools, including all the Wellesley Public Schools, and other organizations culminated last week in a big celebration that had approximately 100 people join in, including Superintendent David Lussier, Ellen Gibbs from the Board of Selectmen, MSG Trevor George and local veteran Pete Jones. Thirty-one schools from 13 towns participated in the collection.

“Our favorite part was to see the community come together in the spirit of giving and gratitude,” Femina Ali said. “It’s truly inspiring to see how much candy our kids willingly donate, and reading their handwritten notes and cards really strikes a chord. It’s a wonderful thing to see right before Veterans Day.”

Also attending the big celebration were members of the Wellesley Police Department and many of the school principals. Wellesley High’s Keynotes performed and elementary school student Evan Lariviere sang the National Anthem.

The Upham Elementary School shared the $1,000 grand prize that will go to its PTO with Delaney Elementary in Wrentham.

“We definitely raised more candy this year than last year, and than ever before, but the real accomplishment was the scope of the event,” Femina Ali said. “We’ve never had such widespread participation from the surrounding communities, and we reached as far as Wrentham and Braintree this year.”

 

Wellesley Weston Blog: Wellesley Dental Group’s 8th Annual Community Candy Drive

All Metro-West Schools are invited to join Wellesley Dental Group’s 8th Annual Community Candy Drive to benefit the U.S. troops serving overseas. From November 1st to November 5th, our office will be collecting candy, as well as handwritten notes and cards, to be sent to American servicemen via non-profit organization CarePacks, along with oral hygiene supplies.

This year, the competition is bigger than ever! We will be awarding a grand prize of $1,000 to the school PTO that donates the most candy! The winning school will be selected based on the amount of candy donated divided by the number of students in the school, to ensure fair competition.

The Candy Drive is open to any school or institute that is interested in participating in this cause. We also invites schools and organizations to be a part of our Press Event on November 5th at 10:00 am, at our office on 5 Seaward Road in Wellesley. Principals, faculty members, parents, and students (with the permission of their parents and teachers) are welcome to attend. Local institutions, media and photographers are also invited to participate. RSVP is requested.

To schedule a candy drop-off, please call 781-237-9071 or email the Wellesley Dental Group at candydrive@wellesleydentalgroup.com. Our goal is to teach our kids lessons in giving by encouraging them to share their extra Halloween candy with our troops overseas. These sweet treats and the handwritten cards are a reminder of home for these soldiers, and a reflection of our gratitude. To check out awesome photos and more information regarding last year’s event, click here. Let’s keep this fun tradition going!

 

The Swellesley Report: Wellesley Dental Group has sweetened the pot for annual post-Halloween candy collection

Ready to get rid of all that candy? Join Wellesley Dental Group’s 8th Annual Community Candy Drive to benefit the U.S. troops serving overseas. From November 1st to November 5th, the office will be collecting candy, as well as handwritten notes and cards, to be sent to American servicemen via non-profit organization CarePacks, along with oral hygiene supplies.

This year, the office will award a grand prize of $1000 to the school PTO that donates the most candy. The winning school will be selected based on the amount of candy donated divided by the number of students in the school, to ensure fair competition. The Candy Drive is open to any school or institute that is interested in participating in this cause.

To schedule a candy drop-off, please call 781-237-9071 or email the Wellesley Dental Group at candydrive@wellesleydentalgroup.com. If your child attends a Wellesley public school, check with the office. Many of the schools are collecting candy and will bring it all in a big pile to the drop-off point.

 

The Wellesley Townsman: Wellesley's candy mountain: Each year at Halloween, it grows outside a local dental office

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It may seem a little ironic for a dental office to be collecting candy, but for the eighth year in a row Wellesley Dental Group sponsored their Annual Community Candy Drive. Outside their 5 Seaward Road offices on the morning of Nov. 5 stood a huge candy mountain.

It wasn’t just the Wellesley school community that donated. More than 9,000 students participated this year, not including colleges. From Nov. 1-5, students from 30 schools in 13 towns brought their extra Halloween candy to Wellesley Dental Group for the benefit of U.S. troops serving overseas. The students also wrote letters and cards to accompany the candy that will be sent along with oral hygiene supplies.

“It’s become a community event. I love it,” said Dr. Femina Ali, who added that this year’s candy drive was definitely bigger than last year’s.

“It just gets bigger and bigger every year … she [Dr. Ali] puts her heart and soul into it,” said Wellesley resident Mary Bowers who attended the donation celebration.

According to Dr. Femina Ali, however, it was her daughter, Dr. Zarah Ali, also a dentist at Wellesley Dental Group, spearheaded this year’s event.

“It’s definitely a team effort,” said Dr. Zarah Ali. In estimating the amount of candy students dropped off this year, she said, “I know we have more than 7,000 pounds. I would guess 9,000.”

With a promise of $1,000 to the PTO of the school that donated the most candy, participation was robust. As it turned out there was a tie: Upham Elementary School in Wellesley and the Delaney Elementary School of Wrentham shared the prize money.

Dr. Zarahi Ali said they determined the winning schools by taking the amount of candy donated and dividing it by the number of students – to the 10th of a pound.

Megan Fennell was there with fellow students from the Kennedy Middle School in Natick. She said she wanted to participate because “I thought it would be an experience, and we wrote letters for the soldiers that we’re giving the candy to.” Her school collected 586 pounds of sweet treats.

Superintendent of Wellesley Public Schools David Lussier attended the event and was proud not only of his schools’ participation but also of the Wellesley students who performed for the crowd – Evan Lariviere, a third-grader from the Upham School, and the Wellesley High School Keynote Singers, who all demonstrated their vocal talents.

Rick Bruce of CarePacks was on hand with a truck to take the candy to the non-profit organization’s warehouse in Weymouth. He said the drive is “a great community event.”

After the candy gets packed into sandwich-size bags Bruce said, “We’ll get two or three shipments out of this.”

Also, don't forget to like us on Facebook to view pictures and more from the event!

Post Candy Drive:

We received a thank you note from one of our soldiers to a Sprague Elementary School student who participated in our candy drive. Read more here in this article written by The Swellesley Report:

http://theswellesleyreport.com/2015/12/heartwarming-wellesley-tale-the-soldier-the-2nd-grader/

Links:

http://hometownweekly.net/candy-collected-for-us-armed-forces-at-wellesley-event-p15630-197.htm#

http://wellesley.wickedlocal.com/article/20151112/ENTERTAINMENTLIFE/151118220/0/SEARCH

http://www.wwmblog.com/news/wellesleydental-candydrive8

http://theswellesleyreport.com/2015/11/wellesley-dental-group-has-sweetened-the-pot-for-annual-post-halloween-candy-collection/

http://hometownweekly.net/index152.htm

http://bcove.me/wzjwe7qs

Candy Drive 2015- Check!

November 6th, 2015

 

[caption id="attachment_9209" align="aligncenter" width="658"]The 3 Drs. Ali in front of the mountain of candy collected this year! The 3 Drs. Ali in front of the mountain of candy collected this year![/caption]

We did it again! The 8th annual community candy drive was an amazing success! We had over 30 schools from 13 different towns and more than 9,000 students participate in our drive, making it the largest in size and scope thus far. To make it even sweeter, we collected more candy than ever before! We are beyond thrilled that our community, and so many neighboring communities, came together in the spirit of generosity to show gratitude and appreciation for our troops overseas. We hope they enjoy these sweet treats, along with handwritten notes, cards and oral hygiene supplies.

Here are some highlights from our event:

Our annual community candy drive was in full swing last week, and candy donations from schools and organizations were piling in.

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We culminated with a press event on November 5th, paying homage to our troops overseas, showing off our mountain of candy, and bringing the community together in the spirit of giving, and a little competition! This year, our $1000 grand prize was shared between two winning schools, Upham Elementary in Wellesley, and Delaney Elementary in Wrentham!

[caption id="attachment_9194" align="aligncenter" width="643"]The winners of this year's competition: Upham Elementary and Delaney Elementary The winners of this year's competition: Upham Elementary and Delaney Elementary[/caption]

 

All in all, we had over 30 schools from 13 towns participating-- that's over 9,000 students! We love how so many schools, organizations, and communities came together for the same great cause!

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Thanks to Evan Lariviere for singing the National Anthem and the WHS Keynotes for singing America the Beautiful; it was an honor to hear such beautiful voices stirring up patriotism right before Veteran's Day.

 

[caption id="attachment_9198" align="aligncenter" width="486"]The Wellesley High School Keynotes, who sang America the Beautiful for us The Wellesley High School Keynotes, who sang America the Beautiful for us[/caption]

 

[caption id="attachment_9199" align="aligncenter" width="321"]Evan, who moved us all as he sang the National Anthem Evan, who moved us all as he sang the National Anthem[/caption]

 

The handwritten notes and cards for the troops will be sure to put a smile on their faces! We imagine that they must be even sweeter than the candy.

[caption id="attachment_9196" align="aligncenter" width="254"]One of the many handwritten cards from local elementary school students One of the many handwritten cards from local elementary school students[/caption]

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A big thank you to our amazing Wellesley Dental Group team for all their hard work, and off course to everyone that participated-- we couldn't have done it without you all.

[caption id="attachment_9197" align="aligncenter" width="659"]Wellesley Dental Group team picture! Wellesley Dental Group team picture![/caption]

 

A Special Thank You to the following Participants:

 

 

 

A Sweet Tradition-Happening Now: 8th Annual Candy Drive!

November 2nd, 2015

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All Metro-West Schools are invited to join Wellesley Dental Group's 8th Annual Community Candy Drive to benefit the U.S. troops serving overseas. From November 1st to November 5th, our office will be collecting candy, as well as handwritten notes and cards, to be sent to American servicemen via non-profit organization CarePacks, along with oral hygiene supplies.

This year, the competition is bigger than ever! We will be awarding a grand prize of $1000 to the school PTO that donates the most candy! The winning school will be selected based on the amount of candy donated divided by the number of students in the school, to ensure fair competition. The Candy Drive is open to any school or institute that is interested in participating in this cause.

We also invites schools and organizations to be a part of our Press Event on November 5th at 10:00 am, at our office on 5 Seaward in Wellesley. Principals, faculty members, parents, and students (with the permission of their parents and teachers) are welcome to attend. Local institutions, media and photographers are also invited to participate. RSVP is requested.

To schedule a candy drop-off, please call 781-237-9071 or email the Wellesley Dental Group at candydrive@wellesleydentalgroup.com.

Our goal is to teach our kids lessons in giving by encouraging them to share their extra Halloween candy with our troops overseas. These sweet treats and the handwritten cards are a reminder of home for these soldiers, and a reflection of our gratitude.

To check out awesome photos and more information regarding last year’s event, click here.

Let's keep this fun tradition going!

[caption id="attachment_9007" align="aligncenter" width="600"]DSC02378 (1) Tufts Jumbos Making a Difference! Dr. Zarah Ali, Dr. Femina Ali, and Dr. Ejaz Ali at the 2014 Candy Drive.[/caption]

 

 

[caption id="attachment_9004" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Candy Drive 2012 had over 5000 lbs of candy donated. Candy Drive 2013 had over 7000 lbs of candy donated. More than 7600 lbs of candy collected in 2014! We’re getting bigger and better each year! Candy Drive 2012 had over 5000 lbs of candy donated. Candy Drive 2013 had over 7000 lbs of candy donated. More than 7600 lbs of candy collected in 2014! We’re getting bigger and better each year![/caption]

[caption id="attachment_9002" align="aligncenter" width="600"]DSC02266 Students from Wellesley High School[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_8994" align="aligncenter" width="600"]A striking rendition of the national anthem was given by a seven-year old Elementary School Student, Evan Lariviere. A striking rendition of the national anthem was given by a seven-year old Elementary School Student, Evan Lariviere.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_9005" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Speakers at the 2014 Candy Drive event included Wellesley Selectman Ellen Gibbs, School Superintendent Wellesley Dr. David Lussier, and The President of Care Packs, Mr. Rick Bruce. The US Marines, Army and the National Guards, the American Legion, the Wellesley Fire Department and the Wellesley Police Department were present. Speakers at the 2014 Candy Drive event included Wellesley Selectman Ellen Gibbs, School Superintendent Wellesley Dr. David Lussier, and The President of Care Packs, Mr. Rick Bruce. The US Marines, Army and the National Guards, the American Legion, the Wellesley Fire Department and the Wellesley Police Department were present.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_8993" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Students interacting with our Troops! Students interacting with our Troops![/caption]

Halloween Events You Won't Want to Miss

October 31st, 2015

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As we celebrate one of the most anticipated fall events, Halloween, there is plenty to do in the local area with family and friends. Not only is this day full of spooks and ghost stories, but also it's a day where the young and the young-at-heart can walk through the town as superheroes, Disney princesses, gremlims, and even tooth fairies! As you prepare for a day of traditional Halloween festivities, check out a few events that you may not want to miss:

Wellesley Dental Group Community Candy Drive:

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First and foremost, the start of our Annual Community Candy Drive is just a day away. November 1st-5th, please feel free to drop off candy at our office, as well as handwritten notes and cards for the American troops in honor of Veteran’s Day.

This event is a great incentive for children to eat less candy, and provide a nature of sharing, patriotism, and community pride. All organizations, schools, and individuals are invited to participate. If you're one who likes a little friendly competition, you'll love to hear that this year we will be awarding a grand prize of $1000 to the school PTO that donates the most candy! We also hope that you will be present at our Candy Drive Press Event, to be held November 5th at 10 A.M. at our office (5 Seaward, Wellesley). For more info, follow our Candy Drive Facebook page and watch out for new blogs!

The Boston Common Costume Dash

1,500 Costumed Crazies Will Run the Streets of Boston This Halloween

Happening today from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Copley Square is a fun Halloween tradition where the community gathers to run the streets of Boston in their Halloween costumes. This year about 1,500 runners are expected to attend. Admission is $50.

Halloween with the Gorillas

zooFrom 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today the Franklin Park Zoo is a great family outing event where everyone can watch the gorillas enjoy pumpkins as a seasonal treat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

8th Annual Great Pumpkin Festival

pumkin-fest-2015-copy-730x657For adults, the Cambridge Brewing Company is hosting multiple sessions of beer tasting where everyone will be in costume. Admission is $30.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Halloween Bike Ride 2015

bikeToday from 7 to 11 p.m. in Copley Square today, there will be a 10-12 mile ride and two  secret dance party pit stops. Admission is free.

 

 

 

 

 

Ghosts and Gravestones Tour

Boston Ghosts and Gravestones Tour - Not just for Halloween!

Boston's nightly Ghosts and Gravestones Tour is both a trolley ride and a walking trip to visit some of the city's scariest sites. This tour is also available other nights besides Halloween. Be prepared to learn some spooky history about the city! RSVP for admission.

 

 

We hope that you and your family have a safe and happy Halloween!

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://bostinno.streetwise.co/2015/10/29/best-halloween-events-in-boston-2015/

http://www.boston-discovery-guide.com/halloween-boston.html

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/120682464988547531/

Is Halloween Candy a Trick or a Treat?

October 25th, 2015

It’s almost Halloween and the scariest part of trick-or-treating often comes in the days that follow, as the candy stash still may be lying around the house. Although the Halloween costumes and decorations may be at the top of your child's mind right now, your child may also be eager to get a full bag of treats!

Many individuals are commonly aware that candy is not healthy, and can be particularly damaging to the enamel of teeth. Thus, your child may be facing a dilemma: How can something that tastes so good, be so damaging? Is candy a trick or a treat?

Annually, Americans spend approximately $9 billion total on candy, and both during and after Halloween, a lot of candy will lead to oral health problems! The natural bacteria in the mouth feed on sugar in candy and in turn produce acid. This acid destroys tooth enamel and causes decay if not properly taken care of.

It’s important to remember the damage that all the tasty candy can cause to teeth. While candy in moderation and followed by brushing and flossing can be okay, it can become an unhealthy snack habit! Some candies can be even more damaging for teeth than others. Sticky or chewy candies, including caramel, gummy candies, and taffy are more likely to get stuck between the crevices of teeth and can cause more damage to tooth enamel. The longer the sugar is stuck to the surface of teeth, the more time acid can be produced, increasing your risk of developing cavities. Also, sour candies are particularly bad choices of candy as they contain high acid levels. On the other hand, although containing sugar, dark chocolate contains antioxidants that may be good for the heart and even lower blood pressure, according to recent studies. Regularly encourage good oral health habits with your children, in addition to introducing healthy snack alternatives.

The good news is that Halloween candy at the Wellesley Dental Group is not completely a trick! The Annual Community Candy Drive serves as a treat for the community as a whole. In celebration of Veteran’s Day with care packages full of candy, cards, and oral hygiene supplies for the United States troops, this year’s eighth Annual Candy Drive is a great incentive for children to eat less candy, and provide a nature of sharing, patriotism, and community. The Candy Drive Press Event will take place November 5th at 10 A.M. at our office (5 Seaward, Wellesley). This year we will be awarding a grand prize of $1000 to the school PTO that donates the most candy! Please feel free to drop off candy, as well as handwritten notes and cards for American servicemen at our office from November 1st to November 5th. For more info, follow our Candy Drive Facebook page and watch out for new blogs!

Help your kids fight tooth decay by limiting the amount of sugar in their diet, and monitor how much candy they consume. It is important to remember that a healthy diet, along with good oral health habits, can help maintain a healthy smile!

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://authoritynutrition.com/7-health-benefits-dark-chocolate/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tag/worst-halloween-candy/

http://www.knowyourteeth.com/infobites/abc/article/?abc=b&iid=296&aid=11070

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A Sweet Tradition: 8th Annual Candy Drive

October 14th, 2015

 

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All Metro-West Schools are invited to join Wellesley Dental Group's 8th Annual Community Candy Drive to benefit the U.S. troops serving overseas. From November 1st to November 5th, our office will be collecting candy, as well as handwritten notes and cards, to be sent to American servicemen via non-profit organization CarePacks, along with oral hygiene supplies.

This year, the competition is bigger than ever! We will be awarding a grand prize of $1000 to the school PTO that donates the most candy! The winning school will be selected based on the amount of candy donated divided by the number of students in the school, to ensure fair competition. The Candy Drive is open to any school or institute that is interested in participating in this cause.

We also invites schools and organizations to be a part of our Press Event on November 5th at 10:00 am, at our office on 5 Seaward in Wellesley. Principals, faculty members, parents, and students (with the permission of their parents and teachers) are welcome to attend. Local institutions, media and photographers are also invited to participate. RSVP is requested.

To schedule a candy drop-off, please call 781-237-9071 or email the Wellesley Dental Group at candydrive@wellesleydentalgroup.com.

Our goal is to teach our kids lessons in giving by encouraging them to share their extra Halloween candy with our troops overseas. These sweet treats and the handwritten cards are a reminder of home for these soldiers, and a reflection of our gratitude.

To check out awesome photos and more information regarding last year’s event, click here.

Let's keep this fun tradition going!

 

[caption id="attachment_9007" align="alignleft" width="600"]DSC02378 (1) Tufts Jumbos Making a Difference! Dr. Zarah Ali, Dr. Femina Ali, and Dr. Ejaz Ali at the 2014 Candy Drive.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_9004" align="alignleft" width="600"]DSC01972 Candy Drive 2012 had over 5000 lbs of candy donated. Candy Drive 2013 had over 7000 lbs of candy donated. More than 7600 lbs of candy collected in 2014! We're getting bigger and better each year![/caption]

[caption id="attachment_9002" align="alignleft" width="600"]DSC02266 Students from Wellesley High School[/caption]

 

 

[caption id="attachment_8994" align="alignleft" width="600"]DSC02248 A striking rendition of the national anthem was given by a seven-year old Elementary School Student, Evan Lariviere.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_9005" align="alignleft" width="600"]DSC02280 Speakers at the 2014 Candy Drive event included Wellesley Selectman Ellen Gibbs, School Superintendent Wellesley Dr. David Lussier, and The President of Care Packs, Mr. Rick Bruce. The US Marines, Army and the National Guards, the American Legion, the Wellesley Fire Department and the Wellesley Police Department were present.[/caption]

 

 

[caption id="attachment_8993" align="alignleft" width="600"]DSC02060 Students interacting with our Troops![/caption]

 

 

Listen up, Kids: Dental Care for Children

October 9th, 2015

kidBelieve it or not, a third of children today have tooth decay before even starting school. According to statistics published by the Health & Social Care Information Centre, tooth decay is one of the main causes of hospital visits for children in elementary school. Surprisingly, 25,812 children ranging from ages 5 to 9 went to the hospital for tooth extractions in the last year alone.

Here are some tips below on how to protect your child’s teeth to make sure that your child doesn’t become part of these statistics!

  1. Drink less fruit juice!

Just because fruit juice is nutritious and often rich in vitamin C does not mean that it’s also beneficial for your teeth! Many juices have around the same amount of sugar as that in sodas, or even more. For instance, NPR states that apple juice contains 65.8 grams of sugar per liter, while cola contains 62.5 grams of sugar per liter. This copious amount of sugar leads to tooth decay. Furthermore, the acid from the juice destroys the enamel of teeth, which can cause teeth to deteriorate. Even the British Dental Association claims that 50% of children ranging from four to 18 years old show these signs.

Because of these harmful effects of fruit juice, dentists recommend water and milk as healthy beverage alternatives for children. If your child is still craving fruit juice, try to dilute it as much as possible and make sure that your child has a meal with it. Also, try your best to avoid letting your child have too much contact time with the cup and his or her teeth and instead opt for using a straw.

 

  1. Avoid dried fruit !

Dried fruit isn’t a good replacement for candy it has a great deal of sugar, and even worse, its sticky texture clings onto your child’s teeth. Due to these unhealthy properties, dried fruit can ruin enamel and rot your little one’s molars. Although chocolate isn’t a great option, dark chocolate is known to  be rich in antioxidants that help prevent the spread of tooth-decay causing bacteria.

Whole fruit can be a better option than dried fruit and fruit juice because it contains water and fibers that help wash away sugar from teeth. However, try not to feed your child more than one or two low-sugar fruit pieces (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, kiwis, peaches, and pears) instead of high-sugar fruit pieces (grapes or pineapple) per day. Incorporate fruit into meals rather than simply having them as snacksBreadsticks, toast, cheese, nuts, or seeds are some healthier snack alternatives.

 

  1. Baby teeth matter!

It's important not to presume that just because baby teeth are not permanent, that they should not be taken care of! Your child’s permanent teeth are at a higher risk of decay and other dental problems when primary teeth decay. Baby tooth decay could lead children to experience dental anxiety, which could make them less likely to visit the dentist later on.

 

  1. Help your child brush his/her teeth!

Depending on how mature your child is, you should help brush your child’s teeth until at least age seven to ensure that they are using proper brushing techniques. 

 

  1. Proper brushing techniques!
  • Don’t let your child brush his/her teeth right after eating, particularly after eating or drinking something acidic. Doing so will brush the enamel away! Your child should either brush before eating breakfast or wait an hour after the meal. Chewing sugar-free gum can also be an effective way to clean teeth, because it produces saliva, which defends against decay, and brings mouths back to a neutral pH level.
  • It doesn’t matter if your child uses a manual or electric toothbrush. What’s important is that the brushing lasts for at least two minutes! Electric toothbrushes often have built-in timers, so this feature can be effective.
  • Don’t let your child rinse the toothpaste away right after brushing! The fluoride in the toothpaste can keep protecting his or her teeth for 30 minutes. Children under three should use toothpaste with 1,000 fluoride parts per million, while children over three should use adult toothpaste that contains 1,450 fluoride parts per million.

For many parents, the first time they took their children to the dentist was when their children were at least one year old. However, parents should set their first appointment for when their children’s teeth begin to come out, which is around five to six months old. Further oral health tips for children can be found here.

This past spring, we welcomed Dr. Van, our Pediatric Dentist, onto our caring team at the Wellesley Dental Group! Dr. Van strongly believes in the importance of creating a fun and welcoming atmosphere for patients as well as parents. One of his goals is to introduce good dental habits to our youth, preventing dental diseases later on in life.

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://mouafaqbtc.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/b4054a_0d4b9e685762e624649fbf8898f77c87.jpg

http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/609471/Children-dental-care-truths-myths

http://www.thedentistar.com/images/import/images/glenview-kids-dentist.jpg

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2014/06/09/319230765/fruit-juice-vs-soda-both-beverages-pack-in-sugar-and-health-risk

It's Candy Drive Time Again!

October 3rd, 2015

[caption id="attachment_9007" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Dr. Zarah Ali, Dr. Femina Ali, and Dr. Ejaz Ali hosting the 2014 Candy Drive[/caption]

It's Candy Drive time again here at the Wellesley Dental Group, and we're as excited as ever! As the season changes and becomes cooler, and Halloween draws nearer, we're gearing up to host the 8th Annual Candy Drive for the troops this November 5th!

Donations to the Candy Drive will be happily accepted up until Thursday, November 5 at Wellesley Dental Group on 5 Seaward Rd in Wellesley. We request that  donations be dropped off between 8 am to 11 am. Be sure to follow our Candy Drive Facebook Page for more updates and photos!

Each year, the WDG collects candy donations, as well as hand written notes and letters, from all around the metro-west region. All the candy that is collected is sent to US soldiers serving abroad, via Care Packs, along with the heart-warming letters and cards, and hygiene packages.

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More than 7600 lbs. of Candy collected in 2014!

 If you or your organization are interested in participating in this great cause, send us an email at smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com, call us at 781-237-9071, or come drop by at 5 Seaward Road, Wellesley! Candy collection officially starts on the 31st of October, and continues until the 5th of November. Also join us at our Candy Drive finale event on the 5th of November, at 10:00 am, at the Wellesley Dental Group!

Last year's event saw the highest amount of candy donated so far, and a huge number of beautifully made cards. At our press event, even the threat of snow and the freezing wind could not sway the enthusiasm of the large group of metro-west residents, including school children, gathered to honor the US troops. As part of the Veteran's Day celebrations, and the grand finale of the 7th Annual Community Candy Drive, this event brought together schools and organizations from across the region, to express gratitude for the soldiers serving abroad.

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[caption id="attachment_8993" align="alignleft" width="600"]DSC02060 Students interacting with our Troops![/caption]

The final weight of the candy donated amounted to 7650 pounds, with participation from schools in Needham, Natick, Framingham, Weston, Dedham, Westwood, Newton, Wellesley, Jamaica Plains and Waltham! Students, parents and teachers from these schools were present at this event. The 2014 Candy Drive managed to cross state boundaries with the involvement of an organization from Connecticut, as well!

The event started with a striking rendition of the national anthem DSC02080by a seven-year old Elementary School Student, Evan Lariviere. The Wellesley High School Keynote Singers Club was present, and performed America The Beautiful. Speakers at the event included Wellesley Selectman Ellen Gibbs, who commended the Wellesley Dental Group and all participating towns in coming together for the cause. Dr. David Lussier, School Superintendent Wellesley, also spoke, highlighting how almost every person present would be able to trace their lineage back to a Veteran. The President of Care Packs, a non-profit organization that creates and sends individual packages to soldiers, Mr. Rick Bruce, thanked the community for contributing each year, and relayed how candy from past years has made thousands of soldiers happy.DSC02280DSC02248

The highlight of the event was the presence of the US Marines, Army and the National Guards, the American Legion, the Wellesley Fire Department and the Wellesley Police Department. Community members and children enjoyed personally interacting with Veterans and soldiers on active duty, and  getting their photographs taken in front of the huge candy display. The event ended with a prize giving ceremony sponsored by the Wellesley Dental Group, rewarding the students present at the event for their contribution to the cause, and awarding certificates to participating schools and organizations. 

We hope that you're as excited as we are to kick start the 2015 Wellesley Dental Group Candy Drive. For more photos, check out our Facebook Page. Stay tuned, there are more great photos to come!

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When Life Gives You Lemons, Protect Your Enamel

August 30th, 2015

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Lemon water has recently been all the rage for several celebrities, and health and fitness lovers. Many individuals reportedly start their morning off with a glass of hot lemon water to cleanse their systems.

It's true, lemon water does have its own perks, including its ability to help with digestion, the immune system, and even with weight loss. Also, lemons are loaded with important nutrients, including vitamin C, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, and fiber. However, as refreshing as it may sound, drinking lemon water daily could cause enamel erosionUnfortunately, lemons are highly acidic, containing a pH between 2 and 3, which ultimately can lead to wear and tear on your enamel and eventually result in tooth decay. When the enamel erodes, the underlying dentin becomes exposed, which may result in painful sensitivity to hot and cold foods. Enamel erosion also makes the teeth appear hollowed and yellow. Although diluted, a daily habit of drinking lemon water can cause enamel erosion just like many other acidic foods and beverages.

Sipping on acidic beverages throughout the day should be avoided at all costs. If you do happen to find yourself drinking an acidic beverage, using a straw can help lower the chance of the liquid coming in contact with your teeth. In addition to brushing, rinsing, and flossing, chewing a piece of sugarless gum can also help get rid of the acidic residue from your teeth. Consuming dairy products and drinking water throughout the day can also help wash away acid and prevent dry mouth.

It is important not to brush your teeth immediately after drinking wine, lemon juice, or other acidic beverages due to the harmful combination of the acid and toothpaste that can soften enamel. It is recommended to rinse your mouth with water after consuming acidic liquids and to wait approximately one hour before brushing your teeth.

While hot water with lemon may be a fashionable way to start the day, dentists are warning it can ruin teeth

Individuals who suffer from bulimia or acid reflux are also at a high risk of developing enamel erosion. When the stomach acid travels to the mouth, it is powerful enough to wear down the enamel on your teeth. It is necessary to get help right away.

Take your dental health into consideration when choosing what foods and beverages to include in your diet. Remember, once enamel is gone, you can't get it back! Make sure that you follow good oral health habits in order to preserve your enamel for a lifetime of healthy teeth.

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.foodworldnews.com/articles/33583/20150824/drinking-a-glass-of-water-with-lemon-every-morning-could-ruin-teeth.htm

http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/11-benefits-lemon-water-you-didnt-know-about.html

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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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Fast Food: Worth Your Oral Health?

February 4th, 2015

When hunger strikes, it can be hard not to resist the temptation of fast-food. It's relatively quick and easily accessible! However, passing up an opportunity to cook a meal at home can have a negative impact on your teeth. Often, fast-food restaurants will present "healthy options" and images of lavish foods that aren't actually healthy. In fact, to make food look as appealing and nutritious as possible in restaurant ads, food stylists use several tools (including blowtorches, tweezers and glue), good lighting, and fresh ingredients to attract our stomachs towards an unhealthy diet.

Many restaurants and fast-food chains offer foods having several added ingredients that are damaging to teeth. The food is typically highly processed and contains large amounts of carbohydrates, added sugar, unhealthy fats, and sodium, but offers little or no nutritional value. These food chains are not only surrounding many communities, but can also be found in some school cafeterias. If you pack a lunch for your child, opt for healthy lunch foods that promote healthy teeth.

Research published in JAMA Pediatrics in 2013 showed that children and young adults consume more calories in fast food and at  restaurants than at home. According to the National Institutes of Health, some fast food meals give you a day’s worth of calories!

Pizza happens to be one of the most eaten fast foods worldwide. Although tasty, pizzas are damaging to tooth enamel due to high amount of carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are broken down by the digestive system into sugar, which is then released into the bloodstream. High amounts of carbohydrates, can contribute to diseases including diabetes and heart disease. Fermentable carbohydrates break down in the mouth, allowing bacteria residing in the mouth to produce acids that can stick around for over a half-hour. These acids can lead to cavities and other oral problems. Once the enamel of your tooth is gone, it cannot be replaced!

A diet consisting of fast foods can lead to poor nutrition, oral health, and overall health. Therefore, it is important to eat a nutritious diet and monitor sugar intake to prevent the following health problems:

New-Bitmap-Image-3Instead, choose a diet rich in nutrients and fiber to protect your teeth and body!

  • Choose a diet with plenty of whole grain products, fruits and vegetables.
  • Add fish, beans, nuts and seeds to your diet to meet protein needs.
  • Choose beverages and foods with low amounts of sugars.
  • Avoid high amounts of salt in foods.
  • Include dairy products such as milk, yogurt, and cheese.

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

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

References:

http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/Oral-and-Dental-Health-Basics/Oral-Hygiene/Oral-Hygiene-Basics/article/Mouth-Healthy-Eating.cvsp

http://www.oyetimes.com/health/77490-dental-health-dangers-that-everyone-should-know

http://www.yourwellness.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Could-Fast-Food-Be-Linked-to-Child-Asthma-and-Eczema1.jpg

http://www.cnbc.com/id/101664104#.

http://www.healthline.com/health/fast-food-effects-on-body

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5 Ways to Get an A in Oral Health

August 27th, 2014

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With the school season around the corner oral health has to be at the top of your list! During the summer it’s easy to become more lenient with kids about what they eat, so dentists recommend that now is a good time to check in with the dentist and do a cleaning. Research shows that 60% of children fail to visit the dentist once a year. Now is a good time to check for cavities, for untreated tooth decay - all of this can keep a child from eating, speaking, sleeping, and even learning to their fullest potential. Parents should also be mindful of the snacks and lunches they pack. Some schools offering enticing sugary snacks for kids, but it is a good idea to pack healthy foods, keeping a child’s sugar intake at bay.

We challenge you do beat these statistics and start the school year off with healthy teeth! Request an appointment with Dr. Kim, our excellent pediatric dentist, or call 781-237-9071 with questions.

1891176_10151970757410913_476601832_n1. Consistent brushing. As always it is important to instill the habit of brushing twice a day. Getting back to school, children have to be reminded of the morning and evening routine. It is helpful to set up a time for brushing after breakfast and before going to bed. Dentists also recommend that brushing after every meal can be beneficial.  There are many fun toothbrushes that have been coming out, and along with buying new folders and notebooks, parents can look into buying themed travel toothbrush and toothpaste that children can bring to school in their lunchbox. Just make sure that the toothpaste contains fluoride and that the travel toothbrush has soft bristles!

2. Flossing before brushing. To get an A vs. a B in oral care, you have to make sure to remember flossing.  For small children, convenient pre-strung floss picks can make it easier to reach between teeth in little mouths. Put a floss pick on your child’s plate so they remember that right after they eat, they need to floss. By making these actions routine, your child will develop good habits they can lean on for the rest of their life.

3. Fluoride rinses. Once you are sure your child can swish mouthwash without swallowing it, add a rinse to their routine. Not only is it fun and leaves the cleanest feeling, but it also helps remineralise teeth and protect them from the effects sweets and soda have on gentle enamel. This step will put the parent's mind at ease!

4. Help make dentist their friend. Dentist visits are necessary and although many young students are afraid of them, parents can help put their mind at ease. Research shows, that if the parents show anxiety about the dental check-ups, it's far more likely that the children will, as well. Dentist are working to help you have the best quality of life, besides dentistry has come a long way in terms of comfort and amenities. A kid's visit often includes playing in the waiting area, watching cartoons for distraction, drawing and getting fun prizes and stickers. Be sure to prepare your child for their dental visits by explaining how the staff will take a picture of their teeth during X-rays, clean their teeth and examine the teeth. Eliminate the unknowns and your child will walk into the dentist office with more confidence and a better understanding.

At our office in Wellesley, two friends will greet your children upon their visit - dinosaurs Christoper and Kiki. They will help your kids practice their brushing skills!

5. See the dentist every 6 months.  It is recommended that school-age children visit the dentist twice a year. It is important to make sure all transitions that a child’s teeth goes through are happening in a timely manner, whether is it is losing baby teeth or expecting permanent ones to come in. Staying on a regular six month schedule will keep your visits timely and give you an early alert if a child needs extra help with their brushing and flossing or has issues that need to be treated.

Now that everyone is getting back to school, let’s make it important to keep up with good oral health this school year! 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

Request a check-up with Dr. Kim, our pediatric dentist, or call 781-237-9071.

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http://islandgazette.net/news-server5/index.php/local-business-news/business-news/health-and-wellness/20333-back-to-school-time-to-get-back-to-dental-routine-9-11-2013

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http://thegazette.com/2012/10/31/halloween-a-dentists-dilemma/

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Packed Lunches for Kids Promote Healthy Teeth

August 25th, 2014

lunch boxDon’t let dental related problems be the reason for your child’s absence from school! Eating unhealthy snacks and junk foods can lead to an extra trip to the dentist for cavity treatments. Next week when school is back in session, make sure your kids get healthy snacks for lunch.

School’s can potentially be risky environments for dental health, especially with the availability of vending machines that contain unhealthy snacks and sodas. In order to enhance your child’s health and smile, it is important to consider and implement nutritious foods for lunch. Poor nutrition can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath. If you pack their lunches, make sure to include foods that contain nutrients essential to their oral health, such as carbohydrates, protein, calcium, and vitamins A and C.

Packing healthy foods for lunch will foster good nutritional habits within kids. The following tips  for packing healthy lunches can help meet your child’s dental and nutritional needs:

Healthy Fruits and Vegetables:

Who doesn't enjoy finger foods? Cutting slices of cucumber or carrots into bite-size pieces are easy and healthy to snack on. Try avoiding sugary dressings, potatoes, and fries.

Fruits including oranges, pears, and pineapple can be sliced into sections for a sweet and filling snack. Also, the potassium in bananas, and fiber and vitamins in apples are essential for maintaining good oral health. Try avoiding grapes due to their high sugar content.

Protein:

Eating proteins will help keeps muscles healthy and strong. Peanut butter, lean turkey, and nuts all have a good source of protein and are easy to pack for school.

Carbohydrates:

Carbohydrates provide energy for your children to focus and learn throughout the school day. Whole wheat bread, whole grain tortillas, pita bread, or bagels are all tasty carbs that your child can enjoy. Cheese is a good source of calcium and can also protect teeth from decaying. Try adding low-fat string cheese to whole grain crackers.

Drinks:

What your kids drink is equally important as what they eat. Water, especially fluoridated water, helps strengthen tooth enamel and wash down leftover pieces of food. Unsweetened tea also contains fluoride. Milk is a healthy option because it provides vitamin D and calcium. Avoid sports drinks, which contain a large amount of sugar, processed milk, as well as most juices.

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.Pradhan. Dr. 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.therabreath.com/articles/news/oral-care-industry-news/healthiest-packed-lunches-for-kids-32375.asp
http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/ColgateNewandNow/Community/2013/April/article/SW-281474979078603.cvsp
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Bottled Water: Friend or Foe?

June 29th, 2014

In many homes, bottled water has become a common grocery list item. So common, that currently people drink approximately 21 gallons of bottled water a year. In addition, according to a recent study in the Archives of Pediatrics, about 45 percent of parents give their children bottled water instead of tap water. Bottled water is easy to grab-and-go, and will help you stay hydrated throughout the day! What’s not to love? Surprisingly, bottled water may be the culprit of rising rates of tooth decay, especially in young children. Bottled water typically lacks the important natural mineral, fluoride! As bottled water becomes more popular,  fewer of them receive enough fluoride to prevent cavities.

Along with many dentists and government health officials, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cautions that “bottled water may not have a sufficient amount of fluoride, which is important for preventing tooth decay and promoting oral health.” Fluoride is present in many brands of toothpaste, rinses, and gels used by consumers every day. Fluoride helps strengthen tooth structure, especially in children’s growing teeth, and prevents bacteria from producing acids that erode tooth enamel.

Bottled water companies have the power to decide whether to add or not add fluoride to their bottled water. Typically, many individual manufactures choose not to add fluoride. In a study, more than 65 percent of parents buying bottled water were unaware of the fluoride levels it contained. It is important to check the labels on bottled water for their levels of fluoride. Dr. Jonathan Shenkin, an American Dental Association spokesman and pediatric dentist, said "most bottled waters have less than 0.3 parts per million of fluoride, well below the accepted level for optimally fluoridated drinking water."

Although the link between bottled water and tooth decay has not yet been scientifically proven, experts have found that fluoridated tap water has reduced the risk of tooth decay by approximately 25 percent. Try not to miss the decay-preventive benefits of fluoride!

Don't forget that the common suspects, such as junk foods, sodas, and candy are also still playing a role in the prevalence of children's tooth decay. Help remind your child of the importance of maintaining a healthy diet and practicing good oral health habits. Inadequate brushing, flossing, and rinsing habits, along with delayed dental visits are all likely to increase risks of tooth decay.

Make sure your child’s dental health is a priority. It is important to start caring for their teeth early! The health of your child’s primary teeth can impact their permanent teeth. As soon as your child’s primary teeth arrive, they are susceptible to decay.

 

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://health.usnews.com/health-news/news/articles/2012/08/01/too-much-bottled-water-might-harm-kids-teeth

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2012/08/01/does-drinking-too-much-bottled-water-harm-your-teeth/

http://vitals.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/03/21/10778671-bottled-water-may-boost-kids-tooth-decay-dentists-say

http://www.cdc.gov/fluoridation/faqs/bottled_water.htm

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/03/11/water-americas-favorite-drink/1978959/

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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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Improper pH Levels in the Pool Can Lead to Tooth Decay!

April 27th, 2014

child-swimmingThe spring and summer aren’t the same without making a visit to the swimming pool! Pool safety topics, including the dangers of sun exposure, are usually reiterated as warm weather appears. Yet, many are unaware of the harmful chemicals in swimming pools that can affect your teeth! According to researchers at the New York University College of Dentistry, swimming pools can erode tooth enamel. Their research was conducted based on a case study of a 52 year-old man who had never examined or maintained the pH balance in his pool. Consequently, his oral health was significantly impacted. He developed extreme tooth sensitivity and tooth discoloration within a period of five months due to tooth enamel loss.

Chlorine and pH levels should be examined weekly in order to maintain a suitable swimming environment. If a pool is not properly maintained, your oral health can suffer dramatically. Whether you are cooling off in your own backyard pool, a friend’s pool, or a community pool, it is important to pay close attention to your oral health. An ideal pool pH level should fall between 7.2 and 7.8. Pool water below this range of pH levels is considered too acidic, which can erode tooth enamel in a short amount of time. The water can stain teeth and irritate your skin and eyes. Also, high pH levels can limit chlorine’s ability to sterilize water, which can cause environmental toxins and bacteria to enter your child’s system. These pools could be putting your family’s dental health at risk for permanent tooth damage.

Is your swimming pool safe for your family’s oral health? Worried about what chemicals might be swimming along with you in your local pool? No worries, there are ways to protect your family from exposure to harmful chemicals and keep your children healthy in the water.

Make sure that enjoying the pool isn’t harming your teeth. Here are a few tips:

  • Inform your family members to keep their mouths closed as much as possible when swimming.
  • Always brush your teeth after swimming to help restore your own pH levels within the mouth.
  • Only swim in a pool if the water looks clear. Cloudy water is a sign of a pool that's not being properly conserved.
  • Be aware of the pool lining and surrounding metal surfaces to see if there are spots of rust that show acid corrosion.
  • Purchase pool pH test strips at a local pool-supply store. These test strips are portable and easy to carry around to swimming pools and waterparks.
  • Hire a professional pool maintenance service can help ensure proper pH levels. Although the price of hiring a professional pool maintenance service can be costly, your family’s oral health will not pay the price!

Most people jump into swimming pools escape the heat or to burn calories. However, it is important to remember that chlorine not only causes stinging eyes, but also dental erosion!

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

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

References:

http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/ADA/2011/article/ADA-05-Swimming-Pools-can-cause-Enamel-Erosion-and-Tooth-Sensitivity.cvsp

http://www.webmd.com/parenting/features/summer-safety-protecting-your-family-from-environmental-health-risks

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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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What Is Oil-pulling?

March 23rd, 2014

olive oilThe latest dentistry-related craze to hit social media has been an article on the miraculous benefits of "oil-pulling" on oral health.  Some articles claim that this new fad can even eliminate acne and eczema, cures hang-overs, aids in sleep problems, and helps alleviate general pain.  Could oil-pulling be a new cure-all health practice or is it just another pseudoscience fad?

Oil-pulling is an ancient folk practice originating from India.  Essentially, this practice entails swishing a tablespoon of any cold pressed, vegetable-based oil like coconut oil around in your mouth for 20 minutes every morning.

If you haven't seen any of these articles yet, here are a few of the dentistry-related claims they make:

  • Removes bacteria and toxins in your mouth and lymph system
  • Re-mineralizes teeth
  • Strengthens gums
  • Whitens teeth naturally
  • Reduces bad breath

Groups of bloggers and scientific researchers have both been questioning the validity of all these claims.  Although there is some scientific literature supporting some of the claimed benefits of oil-pulling, the research does not lend any clear substantial support.  In fact, some report that a placebo effect is actually taking place.

An online community of doctors called Science Based Medicine state that "oil pulling for general health or any other indication is pure pseudoscience."  Other scientists and medical practitioners are choosing to take a more middle-ground stance on this practice.  Dr. Sanda Moldovan, a periodontist, agrees that maintaining proper oral health is essential to be healthy overall and that oil-pulling is just another (and not necessarily crucial) method of maintaining healthy teeth.  Studies have shown that coconut oil does indeed remove harmful bacteria from your mouth.  However, research has also shown that oil-pulling is not much better than regular mouthwash in removing harmful bacteria in your mouth.

The verdict?  It would best be advised that people should remain cautious to believe and try everything they read online through social media.  Although oil-pulling might have some health benefits, it seems that there is not enough scientific support to back up all of its claims.

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.

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.

Sources:

http://www.foodmatters.tv/articles-1/oil-pulling-the-habit-that-can-transform-your-health

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-7857/why-you-should-start-oil-pulling-today.html

http://news.discovery.com/human/psychology/can-oil-pulling-improve-your-health-140311.htm

http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/oil-pulling-your-leg/

http://jezebel.com/the-oil-pulling-health-craze-works-just-not-in-the-w-1538252677

Image credit: http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2011/01/19/olive-oil_sq-e4b656991b973d6de22fb74a05922bb0650e9e5a-s6-c30.jpg

"Does My Breath Smell?"

March 22nd, 2014

Cure Bad BreathHaving bad breath can be a symptom of a host of oral health problems like severe tooth decay, infections in the mouth, and gum disease.  In other cases, bad breath can just be the result of a garlic-heavy lunch.  Regardless, having odor-free breath is essential in our day-to-day social interactions with others.  Have you ever wondered if your breath smelled and had no way to check?  Although many people employ the strategy of breathing into their cupped hands to check, this method is actually ineffective.  Our bodies are all individually acclimated to our own scents, and thus it is difficult to notice any changes in the smell of our breath.

Luckily, there are other ways you can quickly check the smell of your own breath.

  • Cotton test: Take a cotton swab and run it across the top of your tongue near the back and smell it.  If it smells bad or is yellow in color, this suggests elevated sulfide production.
  • Wrist test: Lick your wrist and wait about 10 seconds before smelling it.
  • Dental floss/toothpick test: Smell floss or toothpick after you are done using it and look for any bad odors.
  • Mirror test: If the very back of your tongue is whitish in color, this may suggest foul odor.
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.

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.

Sources:

http://www.therabreath.com/breath-test.html
http://www.breathmd.com/how-to-smell-your-own-breath.php
http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/bad-breath
Image credit: http://www.larsondentistry.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Cure-Bad-Breath.jpg

A Smarter Brushing Experience

March 15th, 2014

electric toothbrush

There is no doubt that smart phones have become a permanent staple in our day to day lives.  From editing pictures to counting calories, it seems like smart phones can do it all!  Now, with the production of Oral B's smart toothbrush, your smart phone can even help you brush your teeth better.

This electronic smart toothbrush (to be released worldwide in June, 2014) is linked via Bluetooth 4.0 to an app that can be downloaded for both Android and iOS devices.  The best features of this toothbrush include a video simulation that shows you exactly where to brush, which areas are neglected, and how hard to brush.  Additionally, it provides tips on how to improve your brushing habits by charting your progress.  Users found that using the electronic smart toothbrush significantly extended brushing times.

We highly recommend using electric toothbrushes if you look more thorough brushing results, they can make a huge difference in your oral hygiene. Some people think that using such a toothbrush, you are done in half the time. This is not really the case.  Due to the smaller brushing surface, you have to make sure you cover all the chewing surfaces.

There is a different technique to using an electric brush. Rather than moving the brush around the mouth in a circular motion, let the brush do the work. Start at one corner of the mouth eg. the cheek surface of the back teeth, and slowly move the brush along the teeth towards the lips. Then make a second pass from the same start point but slightly lower down so that the junction of the gums and teeth is thoroughly cleaned. Repeat this for the inside of the teeth and then each of the other corners of the mouth. Don't forget to brush the chewing surfaces as well.

If you can't wait until June for the pioneering smart toothbrush, check out some of these popular electronic toothbrushes, guaranteed to take your brushing to the next level:

1.  Oral-B Professional Healthy Clean + Floss Action Electric Toothbrush with SmartGuide (Amazon: $110)

This electronic toothbrush is Oral-B's most technologically advanced series.  This toothbrush has a "Deep Clean" mode (as well as 4 other modes like "Whitening" and "Massage") that guarantees the removal of 99.7% of plaque even in the hard-to-reach places of the mouth.  A unique pressure sensor automatically pauses the vibrations of the toothbrush if you are pressing down too firmly on your gums and teeth.

 2.  Philips Sonicare Essence Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush (Amazon: $50)

The Philips Sonicare Essence is a cheaper alternative that provides excellent plaque removal and a 2-minute timer to ensure proper brushing time.  This toothbrush claims to clean 2x more plaque than a manual toothbrush.

 3.  Philips Sonicare DiamondClean (Amazon: $190)

The DiamondClean toothbrush claims to remove 5x more plaque than a manual toothbrush and also significantly whitens teeth within 1 week of use.  A unique feature of this toothbrush is its diamond-shaped brush bristles which enable greater surface area coverage.  The DiamondClean also has five modes including whitening and massage functions.

Electronic toothbrushes aren't necessary to maintain good oral health. Manual toothbrushes are just as effective when used correctly.  However, if you use an electric toothbrush with an average technique and time, it will give far superior oral hygiene benefits compared to a manual toothbrush with an average technique.
It is important to keep in mind that a combination of proper diet,  flossing, and brushing are all necessary components of keeping your smile looking healthy.

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.

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.

Sources:

http://www.inquisitr.com/1159163/new-oral-b-electronic-toothbrush-connects-to-smartphone-app-to-help-clean-your-teeth/
http://time.com/11376/busted-this-toothbrush-tattles-on-you-to-your-dentist/
http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/feb/26/oral-b-smart-toothbrush-dentists-spy-on-your-brushing
http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/toothbrushes/buying-guide.htm
http://www.bhbdental.co.nz/FAQs/Gum+Disease/Electric+Toothbrushes.html
Image credit: http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/cm/goodhousekeeping/images/ER/philips-sonicare-diamondclean-electric-toothbrush-lgn.jpg

 

Great Dental Apps for Your Smart Phone

March 12th, 2014

Virtual Dentist shot

There is an app for everything imaginable nowadays.  Teenagers and adults alike are constantly on their phones.  Why not add ways to maintain good oral health while you're routinely scrolling through different apps on your phone anyway?  We've narrowed down some great dental apps for everyone that are guaranteed to keep you smiling. Brush DJ (Price: free) Did you know that you're supposed to brush your teeth for a full 2 minutes?  The Brush DJ app plays music from your smart phone device to ensure that your 2-minute brushing session is an enjoyable one.  In addition to the music player, Brush DJ allows its users to set reminders like brushing twice a day, flossing, when to replace your toothbrush, and when to see a dentist.  Brush DJ has been shown to be a favorite among kids!

iTunes App store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/brush-dj/id475739913?mt=8

Google play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=uk.co.appware.brushdj&hl=en

 

Dental Phobia (Price: $0.99) One of the most effective ways of lowering anxiety related to dental procedures, is to be knowledgable about what exactly is going on.  This app promotes the power of knowledge and provides a wealth of information regarding all dental procedures.  Also, Dental Phobia allows its users to contact qualified dentists with individual questions and concerns.

iTunes App store:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dental-phobia/id447569018?mt=8

 

Teeth Whitener (Price: $0.99) Have you ever wondered what you would look like with brighter, whiter teeth?  This app allows its users to upload pictures of themselves and adjust the coloring of their teeth accordingly.  If you're wary about getting your teeth professionally whitened, this app would be a great way to see what your results may look like before you take the plunge.

iTunes App store: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/teeth-whitener-whiten-brighten/id504156800?mt=8

 

KidsDental (Price: $1.99) KidsDental incorporates superb animation in their learning tools.  This app was designed to teach children about important oral health issues and proper dental care.  It is even customizable by each individual user by allowing its users to input personal dental milestones like "first tooth loss" into an interactive calendar.  KidsDental covers a wide range of dental topics including: cavities, early tooth loss, and broken teeth.

iTunes App store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/kidsdental/id472980862?mt=8  

 

My Little Dentist - Kids Game  (Price: Free) For kids that have an interest in dentistry as a career - this is an interactive game that lets you "treat" patients.  This game utilizes a simple tap and drag interface with kids-friendly content.

Google play store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gss.little.dentist

 

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.

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.

 

Sources: http://www.123dentist.com/top-10-dental-apps-for-smartphones/ http://www.brushdj.com/#nogo

Image credit:  http://ww1.prweb.com/prfiles/2012/11/26/10171598/Virtual%20Dentist%20shot.png
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Make-up Tricks for a Whiter Smile!

March 9th, 2014

lipstickWhiter teeth can instantly brighten up a smile.  However, if you don't have time to get them professionally whitened, there are a few temporary makeup tricks to make them look whiter.  It's important to  keep in mind that no make-up trick will ever replace maintaining a healthy dental care regimen of brushing teeth, flossing, and have regular check-ups.

Applying a matte bronzer the hollows of your cheeks and all over your face gives your skin a sun-kissed glow.  The tanning effect of bronzer makes the whiteness of your teeth stand out.  The main areas you should focus on while applying bronzer are: under your cheekbones, sides of the nose, jawline, and under the chin.

Strategically choosing the right lip color is also very important.  A lip gloss or lipstick with cool undertones of blue or purple also give the illusion of whiter teeth because it counteracts the yellow-ness of teeth.  A berry-tinted lip gloss would be a great choice for this winter!  However, if purple-toned lip colors are out of your comfort zone, a classic red lip will also create an illusion of whiter teeth because it makes a sharp color contrast.  It is important to avoid any orange-based peach or caramel undertones in lip glosses because they enhance any yellow coloring of teeth.

Another useful trick to counterbalance any yellowing is to focus on your eye makeup and really making them pop.  Again, using cooler toned shades like purples and greens are your best bet.

In case you would like to get professional whitening done, we do have several options for you. You could try Sinsational in-office whitening that will brighten up your smile about four shades up in less than 30 minutes. You could also give take-home whitening kit a shot, with great results within two weeks. 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.

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.

Sources:

http://www.cosmopolitan.com/hairstyles-beauty/skin-care-makeup/how-to-whiten-your-teeth#slide-1

http://www.besthealthmag.ca/look-great/makeup/makeup-tricks-to-make-your-teeth-look-whiter

http://blog.birchbox.com/post/24224204212/how-to-contour-your-face-like-a-celebrity

http://au.lifestyle.yahoo.com/womens-health/life-features/beauty/article/-/10641004/make-up-tips-to-make-your-teeth-appear-whiter/

Is Chewing Gum to Blame for Headaches in Kids?

March 9th, 2014

gum chewing headachesGum chewing is a common habit for both adults and adolescents.  Although chewing gum can provide dental benefits like whitening and aid in the prevention of tooth decay, research has shown that chewing gum may not be as beneficial as once thought.  Many would not think to relate gum chewing with prolonged headaches.  However, recent research has begun to elucidate the correlation between the two.

Dr. Nathan Watemberg of Tel Aviv University and Meir Medical Center looked at the relationship between frequent gum chewing and headaches specifically in adolescents.  He focused on a group of patients between the ages of 6 and 19 who both reported chronic migraines or headaches and chewed gum on a daily basis.  Once the group of adolescents quit gum chewing entirely, almost 90% of the group reported decreased frequency and intensity in headaches and more than half of the group reported that their headaches completely disappeared.

There are a few theories that seek to to explain why gum chewing might cause headaches.  For one, the physical act of prolonged chewing causes stress to an area of the head where the jaw is connected to the skull.  Alternatively, some researchers believe that the artificial sweetener used in some types of gum is the culprit.

Regardless of the reason, it seems that forgoing gum chewing may alleviate the debilitating effects of daily headaches in adolescents.

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.

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.

Sources:

http://www.ada.org/5097.aspx?currentTab=2

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131219130937.htm

Image credit: http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/01775/gum_1775702c.jpg

Scared of the Dentist?

March 5th, 2014

Every now and then studies come about that put fear of death, public speaking and dentists at the very top of the list of the most terrifying things. Patients fearing a visit to the dentist continue to delay necessary treatment. A study shows that these emotions of fear can be transferred from parent to child.

Studies done in the past have pinpointed the relationship between fear levels of parents and their children, but there was never research done on the different roles that mothers and father play. America Lara Sacido, one of the researchers at the Rey Juan Carlos University of Madrid explain that there is a more relevant role that fathers play in this emotional transmission when compared to mothers.

This study, which was published in the International Journal of Pediatric Dentistry, analyzed 183 children between the ages of 7-12 and their respective parents. The authors verified that, similar to previous studies, when there is higher level of dentist fear or anxiety in one family member, there is also a higher level in the rest of the family. Research showed that fathers are key in transmitting dentist fear from mothers to their children. Researchers found that the children mainly paid attention to the emotional reactions of the fathers when determining the level of stress a visit dentist would cause.

The researchers state that it is important to involve both mothers and fathers in dentist fear prevention campaigns, and that fathers can help appease a child’s dental visit through displaying no signs of fear or anxiety. Parents should continue to ensure their children and keep them relaxed. They concluded that through the transmission of positive attitudes, parents can set the right attitude for their children and visits to the dentists may not be as big as a problem.

 

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! Please call before your child’s appointment, especially if you have anxiety. Coming into the office before your child’s appointment  is a great idea to ensure a happy appointment. Contact us today at 781-237-9071or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation.

We have a wonderful pediatric dental specialist, Dr. Pradhan, and hope that with your new insight on dental visits, future visits with your child will be enjoyable! Your little ones and teens will also be happy to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. Kim. Dr. 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:

América Lara-Sacido, Antonio Crego and Martín Romero-Maroto. Emotional contagion of dental fear to children: the fathers' mediating role in parental transfer of fear.International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry, 2012; 22:324-330

Science Daily

Don’t Let Cavities Keep You from Winning the Gold!

March 4th, 2014

sochi winter olympics In light of the recent Sochi XXII Olympic Winter Games, a report by researchers at the University College London revealed that professional athletes that competed in the 2012 Olympics in London had very poor levels of oral health. Their oral health problems were bad enough that they had a negative effect on sports performance. 

The team of researchers looked at oral health check-up results of over 300 athletes and also interviewed them.  Over half of the athletes, representing sports like track, boxing, and hockey, had tooth decay.  More than 75% had gingivitis and 15% were starting to show signs of periodontitis.  About half of the athletes reported that these oral health problems were bothersome.  Furthermore, around 20% of them reported that poor oral health was negatively impacting their training and athletic performance.   In fact, 9% of the athletes had never even been to a dentist before.

In order to conceptualize these staggering statistics, Professor Needleman of the University College London Eastman Dental Institute speculates that high sugar sports drinks, gels, and snacks with a high carbohydrate content.  Consuming both high sugar and high carbohydrate foods and drinks without frequent brushing contributes to cavity formation and other oral health problems.

Needleman was quoted as saying, “Oral health is important for well-being and successful elite sporting performance.  It is amazing that many professional athletes — people who dedicate a huge amount of time and energy to honing their physical abilities — do not have sufficient support for their oral-health needs, even though this negatively impacts on their training and performance.”

Again, we see that poor oral health can affect all aspects of a person's life even as an Olympic athlete.  Easily treatable ailments like dental cavities should not keep an athlete from performing to his or her best potential.

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.

Sources:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/091/130930093722.htm
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/267026.php
http://www.examiner.com/article/london-olympic-athletes-had-terrible-teeth-lots-of-cavities-gum-disease
http://corporate.comcast.com/images/sochi.jpg

Tooth Fairy's Generosity Growing Over the Years

February 27th, 2014

tooth fairyIf you a young investor and still happen to have your baby teeth, stick with the Tooth Fairy! Apparently, the Tooth Fairy's average payoff was up 44.6 percent last year! According to a poll from insurer Delta Dental, the average gift for a displaced tooth rose last year to $3.50, up from $2.42 in 2012. Like with the regular stock market investments, the Tooth Fairy can pay off big if you get in early. First-time tooth losers earned more than they did for other teeth in 59 percent of homes. Kids got an average of $4.51for their first tooth, a 29.2 percent increase from last year.

Besides, every Fairy is different, some can leave really special gifts under your pillow, like toys, gum or a lovely hand-written note. Here is what some kids find under their teeth:

  • For our family, she leaves $1 if Mom or Dad pull the tooth out for the child," shares Jacy Cheney of Washington. "If they pull it out themselves, or it falls out on its own, then it's $2."
  • "The tooth fairy always leave $1, a personal note (written with my opposite hand), a tooth brush and fairy dust!" offers Erika Deady-Wohlers of tutupourmondeux.com.
  • "The tooth fairy leaves $2 per tooth and $5 per molar," reveals Mary Anschutz. "However, if the tooth fairy is so busy that he or she cannot make it, i.e., she forgets, then the amount gets doubled."
  • "Our tooth fairy leaves small gifts instead of money," shares Roo Wyda of Oops! Sheet Inc.. "Puzzles, crafts, something to delight and engage her!"

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.Pradhan. Dr. 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/tooth-fairy-pays-off-better-than-the-stock-market/
http://www.sheknows.com/parenting/articles/842499/how-much-does-the-tooth-fairy-pay
http://www.theoriginaltoothfairypoll.com/the-original-poll/

Hi-Chew - Can it Chew Away Our Enamel?

February 26th, 2014

hi-chew candyYou have probably heard of Hi-Chew candy, especially if you are a parent and live in Wellesley or MetroWest area. This caramel candy became a favorite snack for a lot of teenagers, you can find it in any 7-Eleven store. As a parent, that makes me concerned with the impact this fad can have on our kids' health. So I did a little research.

Turns out, Hi-Chew company has been on the market in Japan for more than 80 years, and now is extremely popular in the local Asian markets (China, Taiwan, Australia and New Zealand). There are over 100 flavors of Hi-Chew candy created, it clams to be the most delicious chewing gym that/candy that dissolves in your mouth, like Starburst. According to Swellesley Report, the candy, described by some as a tastier and less plasticky version of Starbursts, is chewy — as the name implies — and features a colorful and  flavorful goo in the middle of a firmer white exterior. You didn’t want to hear this, but it has been described as “crack for kids,” according to one woman who passed along this comment from a 7th grader.
The ingredients, however, don't look too good to me:

nutrition hi-chewingredients greenapple hi-chew

 

 

 

 

 

 

A serving of the candy has both 31 grams of sugar and acids (Citric and DL-Malic acids), which is an alarming fact. According to the article in the magazine of Academy of General Dentistry, What many people don’t know is that Citric acid —which is used as flavor enhancer and preservative — can severely damage teeth and cause significant erosion. The amount of sugar the candy contains can be detrimental to the teeth. They become even more vulnerable due to the sticky consistency of the candy - it stays on the surface of the teeth!

Although it's hard to persuade your teens to be careful with the candy that is manufactured to be sweet, juicy and somewhat addicting, you, as a parent, have to make sure they understand that indulging in this fad might cause a few new cavities.

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://theswellesleyreport.com/2014/02/wellesley-hooked-on-hi-chew-candy-from-japan/
http://www.grandavenuedental.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Jan14_DamagingDiets-from-Impact-AGD.pdf
http://www.hi-chew.com/
http://www.asianfoodgrocer.com/blog/morinaga-mango-hi-chew-blog.jpg

Uncovering the Past: Bacteria Withstanding the Test of Time

February 25th, 2014

ANCIENT TEETH Recently, a team of researched have discovered well-preserved oral bacteria on skeletons around 1,000 years old! What secrets do these remains hold?

The scientists found that dental plaque was what kept the bacteria and particles of food on the teeth in tact, which allowed the research team to look further into what oral pathogens were present in the past. They found that even with the drastic changes in diet and hygiene (we hope!), the ancient human cavity is the home to a variety of pathogens and bacteria similar to the ones found today.

What’s even more exciting was that the ancient human oral microbiome found contained the basic line of antibiotic resistance, which is more than eight centuries before the invention of therapeutic antibiotics in the 1940s! The scientists also uncovered dietary DNA from the dental plaque found, which give the researchers a window into the types of vegetables and fruits consumed.

Although these were exciting finds for the research team, the scientists have a long road ahead of them. Gaining a wealth of data is always an exciting event, but it will be a challenge for the researchers to piece together and identify the genetic sequences that came forth from the ancient oral microbiome they discovered.

These findings can truly be a great step forward towards a better understanding of the evolution of the human oral microbiome and the beginnings of periodontal disease. Periodontal disease affects more than 10% of the world population and has been associated with several systemic diseases including pulmonary disease, cardiovascular disease and even type II diabetes. Through analyzing the human oral microbiome, scientists can track the progression of bacteria, paving new ways to prevent periodontal disease and contain bacterial production within the oral cavity.

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation. Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. Kim or Dr.PradhanDr. Emad is happy to help with your orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs Dr. Ghazi would be more than willing to help.

References:
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/02/140223131629.htm
http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/6158/20140224/1000-year-old-dental-plaque-reveals-microbial-pompeii.htm
http://images.natureworldnews.com/data/images/full/4756/fossilised-dental-plaque-calculus-on-the-teeth-of-a-middle-aged-man-from-the-medieval-site-of-dalheim-germany-ca-ad-1100.jpg?w=600

Stress on Children: Dental Consequences

February 23rd, 2014

Copy of smile-familyStress is sometimes seen as an inevitable problem that is here to stay throughout a lifetime. There are many sources of stress, including school, work, family and friends. While it does not come as a surprise that adults deal with stress on a daily basis, but it must be kept in mind that children are not exempt from this fact.

School comes to mind as the main source of stress for children, but other events such as world events, natural disasters, familial issues, death, and even separation anxiety as a toddler can present as stressful situations. These occurrences can lead to a physical response in children that can adversely affect oral health.

Some tall tale signs of stress can reveal themselves in various forms in children. These include moodiness, lying, bullying, physical symptoms of headaches and stomach aches, changes in eating habits, and different sleeping schedules. These changes can lead to unhealthy habits, such as indulging in sugary food choices, resulting in higher rates of dental decay. Decay can lead to multiple dental visits for fillings and even abscesses, which are bacteria-induced infections resulting in a swelling.  A child suffering from stress can also go back to habits of thumb sucking, which interferes with proper forming and erupting of teeth.

As parents, it is important to recognize these signs of stress and to make active steps to alleviating it. Here are some tips to helping children cope with stress:

  • Spend quality time with them on a daily basis
  • Have conversations about their day and look for root causes of the stress
  • Help them keep up with a good amount of sleep and a healthy diet
  • Appointments for wellness visits and follow-up visits to the dentist can help ensure healthy teeth

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation. Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. Kim or Dr.PradhanDr. Emad is happy to help with your orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs Dr. Ghazi would be more than willing to help.

References:
http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Glossary/Abscess.cvsp
http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/ColgateNewandNow/Community/2013/September/article/SW-281474979201581.cvsp
http://link.springer.com/article/10.1023%2FA%3A1009576213027#page-1

Good Oral Health Starts with Primary Teeth

February 22nd, 2014

Small baby girl is learning to brush her teeth. Isolated on white

A lifetime of good oral health begins at an early age with the formation of “baby teeth!” As a newborn, the crowns of primary teeth are present, yet hidden from view. All 20 primary teeth, which erupt through the gums typically by the age of three, are extremely significant.

During this teething stage, it can be painful and distressing for your child. To alleviate some of the pain, offer your child a cold washcloth, or cold foods such as applesauce. The importance of primary teeth is often overlooked due to the fact that they will eventually fall out and be replaced by permanent teeth.

Primary teeth not only help children to chew food and communicate, but they also help guide permanent teeth into position. According to the American Dental Association, they are key in the development of the oral cavity and facial muscles. Primary teeth can decay from the first moment they are visible within the mouth. It is important to take care of your child’s primary teeth because if they are to decay due to insufficient care, permanent teeth can become infected and damaged from underneath them. When a primary tooth decays, the permanent teeth can shift into the empty space and alter the placement of other permanent teeth. Establishing good oral hygiene is essential as soon as your child is born.

Take preventative measure to ensure your child’s primary teeth are healthy!

  • Schedule your child’s first dental visit shortly after the presence of their first primary tooth
  • Clean your child’s gums after feeding even before primary teeth arrive
  • When primary teeth arrive, brush your child’s teeth twice a day with a toothbrush and toothpaste, making sure to also brush the gum line
  • Eliminate bad habits such as thumb sucking
  • Most importantly, encourage your child to develop good oral health by making them excited to brush every day!

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.ada.org/sections/scienceAndResearch/pdfs/patient_56.pdf
http://www.dentist.net/dn-article141.asp
http://www.sfgate.com/blogs/images/sfgate/sfmoms/2008/12/13/baby_tooth_brushing.jpg

 

Does the Toothpaste Expire?

February 21st, 2014

toothpaste brushSometimes we keep things in the bathroom cabinet for years. Do you ever wonder if your toothpaste expired? If it is, do you throw it away?

Using expired toothpaste is not dangerous, says Dr. Joel H. Berg, chairman of pediatric dentistry at the University of Washington in Seattle and a representative of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

You might be surprised to find out that ADA requires that any toothpaste containing fluoride carries a expiration date. Typically, it's two years after the manufacture date. Pass that time the toothpaste looses its effectiveness, because the fluoride in the toothpaste becomes less effective as it does not do a good job binding to tooth enamel and hardening it against the acid that causes cavities. Ingredients may separate, including the flavoring, so it can become quite unpleasant to brush your teeth with that toothpaste.

When you got a tube of old toothpaste, you can toss it or use it at places outside of your mouth:

Clean the bathroom sink – Toothpaste contains tiny, natural abrasives, such as silica that work great on shining up your sink, including the faucet.

Remove odor from hands – The same ingredient that freshens your breath will also remove unpleasant odors from your hands. Just use it that same way you would use hand soap.

Remove crayon marks from walls – The mark of every home with a toddler, crayons on the wall. No problem, just squirt a little toothpaste on the walls and scrub with a brush or micro-fiber cloth. Viola – gone.

Clean a clothes iron – To clean that gummy residue that occasionally builds up on your iron, just scrub it with some toothpaste. Those little abrasives come in handy again. Just make sure to do this on a cool iron.

Remove scuffs from leather shoes – Out of shoe polish right before the big date? No problem, just grab your toothpaste, put a dab on your shoes.  Rub with a soft cloth then remove with a damp cloth. Your shoes will look brand new.

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.Pradhan. Dr. 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://toothpaste.com/toothpaste-tips/toothpaste-expiration
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/18/science/18qna.html?fta=y&_r=1&
http://dentistandoverma.com/expiration-date-toothpaste
http://www.doorcountydentistry.com/toothpaste-expire

A Cup of Coffee and a Beautiful Smile

February 18th, 2014

women-drinking-coffeeDrinking a hot cup of coffee in the morning is a daily ritual for many.  In fact, many people see caffeine intake as a necessity for proper functioning and alertness at work or at school.  According to the National Coffee Association, a whopping 83% of Americans have reported that they drink coffee.

Although this tasty drink may help us power through a 6 AM commute, it is important to be aware of the negative effects of frequent coffee intake on oral health.  The porous enamel of our teeth quickly absorbs the liquid and it ultimately causes staining.  If untreated, the dark drink can cause permanent yellowing.  Furthermore, coffee is considered an acidic drink.  Thus, it slowly wears down enamel and contributes to tooth decay.

Another negative side of effect of long term coffee drinking is bad breath and dry mouth.  Caffeine slows saliva production in the mouth.  Without saliva, we are unable to effectively wash away and kill bacteria that lead to plaque build-up.  As a result, the growth of bacteria causes a foul smell in the mouth.

However, there is hope for avid coffee drinkers out there.  Here are some tips to combat some of the negative effects of coffee:

  • Rinse with water following every cup of coffee
  • Limit your overall intake of coffee
  • Drink coffee through a straw if possible (like when you’re drinking iced coffee)
  • Do not let coffee sit in your mouth longer than necessary
  • Drink coffee at set times rather than constantly sipping it throughout the day
  • Always brush and floss
  • Adding cream to lighten the color of your coffee will not decrease its staining properties

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. Dr. 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.therabreath.com/articles/blog/fresh-breath-happenings/coffee-public-enemy-for-teeth-32866.asp
http://www.mynoblesmile.com/how-does-coffee-affect-my-teeth/
http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/ColgateNewandNow/Personal/2013/February/article/SW-281474979067209.cvsp

Ancient Dental Problems

February 17th, 2014

neanderthal-jaws-(2)Fossil evidence has shown that our Neanderthal ancestors suffered from many of the same dental problems that afflict us today including bad breath (halitosis) and caries.

Skeletal fossil remains dated about 15,000 years old found in a town in Morocco have given us insight into the prehistoric hunter-gatherer diets and their resulting oral health problems.  A study by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that a staggering 51% of the teeth found had cavities and abscesses.  Furthermore, evidence has shown us a glimpse of their distinct diet of acorns, pine nuts, and fermentable fruits.  Just like the formation of any other cavity, researchers predict that bacteria broke down carbohydrate rich foods left on teeth.  Ultimately, these bacteria would release harmful acids that cause enamel degradation characteristic of caries.

Another Neanderthal fossil specimen found in France dated an astounding 175,000 years ago was also found to have severe abscesses that would have prevented her from eating properly.  The significance of this particular finding was that it showed that Neanderthals must have helped one another eat and gain nutrients.  One researcher hypothesizes that a peer must have chewed up food for this specimen and fed her in order for her to survive well into her 40s.

Interestingly, both accounts show that many of the dental problems people face today were also the same problems our ancient ancestors faced.

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 to set up an appointment and consultation. 

References:

http://racers-republic.com/health/prehistoric-men-had-toothache-and-bad-breath-4495/
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/story?id=98275

Bioteeth: the Possibility of Biological Tooth Replacement

January 31st, 2014

man woman happy smile

Scientists have recently created a method for replacing missing teeth through the use of bio-engineered material developed from a person’s own gum cells. Up until now, dentists have been using implant-based methods to accommodate tooth loss. However, with this new breakthrough in dental research, perhaps patients may be able to receive a biological tooth replacement down the road!

Professor Paul Sharpe, a specialist in craniofacial development and stem cell biology King’s College London, published his findings in the Journal of Dental Research and was excited to present studies showing promising results on creating of “bio-teeth,” which is the generation of immature teeth that are similar those found in embryo. Professor Sharpe believes that these can be transplanted into adults and eventually develop to become perfectly functioning teeth. The team’s research showed that these embryonic immature teeth can grow normally in the adult mouth and may potentially be used clinically.

So far, the researchers have been able to isolate epithelial cells derived adult human gum tissue taken from patients at the Dental Institute at King’s College London. They were grown in the lab and then combined with mice cells that were known to form teeth. Through transplanting, Professor Sharpe and his team were created hybrid human/mouse teeth that had formed dentine and enamel, along with viable roots. This research shows that these easily accessible epithelial cells may be a feasible source for creating the human bio-tooth. Professor Sharpe explains there is still some ways to go in the progress of creating bio-teeth. Still more research needs to be done in identifying adult sources of specific epithelial cells, which are cells that line the surfaces of structures throughout the body; these cells may be the key in forming bio-tooth. Currently, scientists have only been able to create viable teeth through the use of embryonic cells; it is important for more research to be done to look for ways to manipulate adult human cells to develop into tooth. With more effort dedicated to this field of research, researches may one day be able to make bio-teeth a reality in patients needing teeth replacement!

But for now, patients have the opportunity to receive implants, which have been a successful method in dentistry to replace teeth. Usually made from titanium, implants are placed within the bone; quite amazingly, the bone in the jaw accepts the new structure and the implant readily fuses with the bone. Dentists have been using this method for restoring a single tooth and even a group of teeth that could have gone missing due to significant tooth decay or fracture.

If you believe that you may be in need of dental implants, 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 to set up an appointment and consultation.

References:

Journal of Dental Research

WebMD

How Exactly Does Smoking Affect Oral Health?

January 28th, 2014

While smoking has been found to lead to various unhealthy consequences, it also has been linked with resulting in poor oral health.

Smoking and tobacco-based products have been shown to result in gum disease. It damages bone and soft tissue of teeth and interferes with the functioning of gum tissue cells. This leaves smokers more susceptible to infections, including periodontal disease, and also tends to lessen blood flow to the gums, which would hinder wound healing.

The Journal of the American Dental Association published results showing that cigar smokers have experienced tooth loss and alveolar bone loss, which is the bone within the jawbone responsible for anchoring teeth. The rate at which bone and tooth are loss for cigar smokers are very similar to cigarette smokers. Pipe smokers also are in danger of tooth loss; moreover, they are also at risk for oral and pharyngeal (throat) cancer, even if the smoke is not inhaled. Other oral health consequences included halitosis, stained teeth, and gum disease.

While some smokers believe that using smokeless tobacco products tend to be safer, that is not the case. Similar to cigars and cigarettes, smokeless tobacco products, including chewing tobacco, contain at least 28 chemicals that have shown to increase the risk of oral cancer, along with cancer of the throat and esophagus. Smokeless tobacco can also irritate gum tissue, leading to the receding and pulling away of teeth. When gum tissue recedes, teeth roots are left more exposed, which increases the chance for tooth decay to occur. The Journal of the American Dental Association also showed that chewing tobacco users were four times more likely than nonusers to have tooth decay. Smokeless tobacco also contains sand and grit, which can easily wear down teeth.

Even though you may be a tobacco product user, it is never too late to quit. Studies have shown that 11 years after quitting, former smokers were found to have risks of developing gum disease that were not too different from those who had never smoked. Cutting out tobacco products can truly lead to healthier oral health. 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/guide/smoking-oral-health

http://www.dentalplans.com/dentalhealtharticles/53837/smoking-tobacco-may-affect-oral-health.html

Indulgence in Sugary Sodas Can Lead to Poor Oral Health & Cardiovascular Disease

January 24th, 2014

colaThe proven connection between poor oral heath and increased risk of cardiovascular disease should re-enforce the importance of new heath policy creation, focusing on reduction of sugars such as those contained in junk food, particularly fizzy drinks,  say experts writing in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine.

Poor oral hygiene and excess amount of sugar in the diet can cause periodontal disease and decay of the teeth-supporting bone. It is thought that chronic infection brought on by gym disease can lead to inflammation that will over time cause heart disease through atherosclerosis, hardening of the arteries. Despite sufficient evidence of the connection between the poor oral health and premature heart disease, the recent suggested UK national guidance on Cardiovascular disease prevention at population level does not suggest the strong need to reduce sugar consumption.

Dr Ahmed Rashid, Department of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Cambridge, who co-wrote the paper, said: "As well as having high levels of fats and salt, junk foods often contain a great deal of sugar and the effect this has on oral health may be an important additional mechanism by which junk food elevates risk of CVD." He added: "Among different types of junk food, soft drinks have raised particular concerns and are the main source of free sugar for many individuals."

The authors refer to the well-knows  New York 'soda ban' controversy which has brought a lot of attention to the issue. They stress more can be done about making the sugary sodas dominating the public areas in the United States. Dr Rashid said: "The UK population should be encouraged to reduce fizzy drink intake and improve oral hygiene. Reducing sugar consumption and managing dental problems early could help prevent heart problems later in life."

Reference: http://goo.gl/ppiqpM

The Daily Grind

January 21st, 2014

stress woman

Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, may be a habit that can easily go unnoticed. Most people usually grind their teeth throughout the day, and for the most part, occasional teeth grinding does not cause significant harm. However, grinding can continue on a regular basis and often occurs during sleep. After a night of grinding, people tend to wake up with a headache and even a sore jaw.

Although teeth grinding may not initially seem too big of a problem, chronic bruxism can lead to the fracturing and loosening of teeth. Constant grinding can also result in micro-cracks in the enamel, which makes teeth more susceptible to decay. Bridges, crowns, root canals, and implants may then be necessary down the road. Teeth grinding not only results in tooth loss, but can also cause hearing loss and problems with the jaw.

Here are some tips to prevent teeth grinding:

Researchers have attributed teeth grinding to stress and even anger. When things get heavy, take a break and go for a walk. Learn how to find an outlet during stressful and frustrating situations; your teeth will thank you!

Try to avoid foods and drinks that contain caffeine, such as certain carbonated drinks and coffee.

Chewing on pencils and pens may be a way to pass by time, but it can allow jaw muscles to become used to clenching frequently, leading to a higher likelihood of teeth grinding.

It is possible to also train yourself from clenching and grinding teeth. Be mindful of jaw movements throughout the day. Positioning the tip of your tongue between your teeth can help allow jaw muscles to relax.

If you believe that you may be grinding teeth, or you are aware that teeth grinding continues to persist, don’t hesitate to come in for a consultation. We can look for signs of bruxism and assess its causes whether it be stress-related, TMJ, bite issues, etc, and see if a night guard is necessary to protect your teeth.

Drs. Ali & Ali and their team at Wellesley Dental Group will be very happy to answer your questions about oral health and teeth grinding. Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com!

References: Webmd, mayoclinic

Pic credit: http://goo.gl/qiQh1K

Consuming Cheese Can Prevent Cavities

January 20th, 2014

Happy National Cheese Lover's Day!

Dairy has been long known to be packed with a great amount of calcium, protein, and vitamin D in every serving. It has always been said that drinking milk and other dairy products will keep bones healthy and strong, but there has not been much research done on how beneficial dairy products are to oral health until recently. General Dentistry just published in their most recent journal issue that cheese and other dairy products have the potential of keeping cavities at bay.

Researchers that conducted the study looked at 68 participants between the ages of 12 and 15. The subjects had their dental plaque pH checked before eating cheese, milk, or sugar-free yogurt. Previous studies indicate that a pH level below 5.5 makes an individual more susceptible to the wearing down of enamel, resulting in tooth erosion. The higher the pH level, the lower the chance an individual has of getting cavities.

The subjects were randomly split into three groups: one that ate cheddar cheese, another that drank milk, and a final group that ate sugar-free yogurt. After eating their chosen type of dairy for 3 minutes, the subjects were asked to rinse their mouth with water. The pH level of each subject’s mouth was then measured 10, 20, and 30 minutes the dairy product was consumed. The researchers found that the individuals who drank milk and ate sugar-free yogurt did not have a significant change in pH level; however, those who ate cheese showed a great increase in pH levels after each time interval, indicating that this particular dairy product may be the key to preventing cavities. The results suggest that because there is more of a need to chew when consuming cheese, there is an increase in saliva production, which also leads to an increase of pH levels. The researchers also found compounds inherent in cheese binds to tooth enamel, preventing acid from causing further damage.

This new finding gives us more of a reason to add a slice of cheese to a sandwich. Continue to make sure daily that your diet increases and strengthens oral health!

If you have any questions, thoughts, or concerns 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 to set up an appointment and consultation.

References:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/06/130605130118.htm

http://online.wsj.com/article/PR-CO-20130605-908423.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/6-reasons-to-get-your-diary

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-204_162-57587876/cheesy-grins-may-protect-teeth-from-cavities/

Picture Credit: http://dailym.ai/17rk9ET

Local recommendation: Wasik Cheeseshop 

INVISALIGN® Special Event

January 15th, 2014

smile-familyLEARN HOW INVISALIGN CAN WORK FOR YOU

Thursday, January 23rd
3 - 6 pm

Drs. Ali & Ali will be providing FREE consultations to answer your questions about Invisalign treatment, the clear way to straighten teeth. If you have wondered if Invisalign is right for you, make an appointment for this special event.

Down payment matching with dollar value up to $500
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Financing options available

Space is limited to the first 10 appointments.

If you would like to schedule or have any questions please don't hesitate to call
(781)237-9071 or email smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com

Read more about Invisalign here!

Vitamins: Key to Healing after Oral Surgery

January 13th, 2014

While vitamin C is a great way to boost your immune system, vitamins can also play a major role in timely recovery after oral surgery.

The Academy of General Dentistry explained that patients lacking in vitamin C have shown to recover at a slower rate. Appropriate amounts of vitamin C, along with other vitamins, minerals, fats, and protein, were reported to be essential for the growth and regeneration of normal tissues. Nutrients work both individually and cooperatively to move along the healing process. Tissue maintenance and repair requires the help of carbohydrates, fat and protein. Recovery of these tissues involves vitamin C, along with vitamins such as vitamins E, B and K.

Vitamin C is responsible for the making collagen (connective tissue) that strengthens skin muscles and blood vessels; this is key to proper wound healing.

Vitamin E has the ability to...thin blood, preventing blood platelets from clumping. It also speed up cell regeneration and promotes blood circulation, strengthening capillary walls while nourishing cells.

Vitamin B is crucial for carbohydrate metabolism and energy production. It facilitates energy-releasing reactions and can also help deliver oxygen and nutrients, allowing energy pathways to run smoothly.

Vitamin K promotes blood clotting and prevents bleeding; this is can be used to prevent post-surgery bruising.

Without these important nutrients, patients are more prone to infection and healing time can be further delayed. Researchers note that severely underweight or overweight patients, or those who take steroids, immunosuppressant, or chemotherapeutic agents may experience poor recovery after oral surgery. It is crucial to maintain a healthy balance of vitamins before going into surgery.

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. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs Dr. Ghazi would be more than willing to help.

References:

http://www.knowyourteeth.com/infobites/abc/article/?abc=N&iid=315&aid=1277

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/003042208290295X

http://www.livestrong.com/article/470706-nutrition-related-to-the-oral-cavity/

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

How Can You Help Prevent Cavities?

December 18th, 2013

shutterstock_31383964Prevent Cavities with Fluoride Varnish

Growing up, children start to develop a sweet tooth and begin to dig in to various desserts and candies. While sweets may leave kids happy, their teeth may be battling the development of cavities. A great way to slow down or help cavities from getting bigger is to give a child fluoride varnish. Fluoride varnish is a protective coating that can be painted on a child’s teeth to keep cavities from forming. If a child already has cavities, no fear! Fluoride varnish can be painted over teeth with cavities to prevent them from worsening. This varnish can be painted on a child’s teeth one or two times per year. Researchers have deemed ...the application of fluoride varnish to be safe and accepted. While this resin-based varnish adheres to teeth, fluoride is ingested over a period of time as the varnish slowly comes off. While a fluoride varnish can help maintain good oral health, it is not a ticket out of visiting a dentist to receive routine check ups. When this varnish is applied, the child’s teeth may look yellow in color and be a bit sticky to the touch on the first day. No worries; the color and the stickiness will eventually disappear. After a coat of fluoride varnish is applied, children can drink water at any time. However, children should only eat soft foods for their next meal and they should try to avoid sticky foods for the remainder of the day. These foods can include chewing gum, gummy bears, toffee, etc. A fluoride varnish also allows children to have a free pass on brushing their teeth for the day; this is the only time children should not brush or clean their teeth until the following day.

 

Don't forget, fluoride varnishes are also recommended for adults!  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

 

Also, check out this AGD fact sheet!

 

 

References:

 

http://www.health.gov.sk.ca/fluoride-varnish

http://www.astdd.org/docs/Sept2007FINALFlvarnishpaper.pdf

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12137653

http://www.ada.org/sections/newsAndEvents/pdfs/fluoridation_facts.pdf

Cholesterol Medication Can Help Decrease Gum Inflammation

December 12th, 2013

youngoldHeart disease is one of the leading health issues in the United States. Arteries within the body become inflamed and patients are often recommended to take medication that lowers cholesterol

Statins is a commonly prescribed medication that helps patients with heart disease. But what’s more is that a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology demonstrated that statins can also be beneficial for those suffering from gum disease.

Periodontal disease is marked by chronic gum inflammation that affects approximately half of the U.S. adult population. Dr. Ahmed Tawkol of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School notes that there is a connections between heart and gum disease: both periodontitis and atherosclerosis are driven by inflammation. These inflammatory conditions are often seen to occur together, indicating to researchers that their biologies may be related.

A study was administered to test this theory. Patients with either heart disease or considered to have high heart disease risk were asked to take 80 mg of statin or 10 mg of stain daily for 12 weeks. PET/CT scans were used to observe inflammation over the course of the study. Results indicated that the 59 patients in the study demonstrated a significant reduction in gum inflammation, some after only 4 weeks of treatment. The researchers also found that the improvement of inflammation in the gums related closely with the improvement seen in inflammation in the arteries.

This study provides strong evidence that links atherosclerosis and periodontal disease. This research opens doors to new methods of treatments. Because of the relationship between these two diseases, medications that originally targeted one of these diseases may also be beneficial for the other. These results also points to better and improved oral hygiene to reduce inflammation in the gums can also lead to reduced atherosclerosis.

This study again shows the strong relationship between oral health and overall systemic health. Maintaining proper oral care can really go a long way for the body as a whole. Keeping up with oral hygiene can truly lead to a healthier smile and a healthier you!

If you have any questions or concerns please don't hesitate to ask Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group or our periodontist, Dr. Ghazwan Ghazi. We would all be more than happy to help. Please contact us at (781)237-9071 or email smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com.

 

References:

 

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/10/131002185652.htm

http://consumer.healthday.com/dental-and-oral-information-9/misc-dental-problem-news-174/statins-drugs-may-boost-your-gums-health-too-680723.html

http://www.webmd.com/cholesterol-management/news/20131002/cholesterol-drugs-may-boost-your-gums-health-too

 http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/ADA/2013/article/ADA-10-Mouth-Changes-May-Be-Related-To-Menopause.cvsp

 

What is Burning Mouth Syndrome?

December 11th, 2013

The elusive yet painful burning mouth syndrome!

Dentists and researchers have been scratching their heads for quite some time over a type of oral pain that seems to be plaguing a good amount of individuals. Patients’ chief complaint is that the mouth feels scalded; however, mouth and gums continue to appear normal. Because of this syndrome’s lack of visible symptoms (except for sensations of pain), it can take several visits before finally concluding that it is BMS. Over these years, it has come to be known as burning mouth syndrome (BMS). Because of its elusive symptoms, dental researchers have been looking into the burning mouth syndrome, hoping to find more clues to where the and why the pain originates.

Dr. Andres Pinto is the new chair in the Department of Oral Diagnosis and Radiology at Case Western Reserve University’s School of Dental Medicine, and he is delving into reach on the burning mouth syndrome. BMS have spread to 2-5% of the population and mainly strikes women between the age of 50 and 70 and from three years before to 12 years after menopause. Earlier research on BMS has also paired their symptoms with psychogenic disorders. BMS is also mentioned as a secondary issue along with anemia, diabetes, vitamin deficiency, and thyroid disorders. Although an exact cause has yet to be found, burning mouth syndrome has been suspected to result from the deterioration of the nerves beneath the oral lining. Because the oral lining is not visible, this can explain the difficulty in diagnosing this disorder.

Dr. Pinto encourages individuals that continue to feel pain in their mouth to check for BMS these symptoms:

 

  • Persistent burning tongue and oral pain with no apparent dental cause
  • Abnormal taste or dry feeling in mouth
  • Symptoms that subside when eating
  • Burning sensations that migrate across various oral areas

 

Even when there is oral pain with no sign of these symptoms, it is advised to go in for a dental checkup. 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://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/10/131023100957.htm

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/burning-mouth-syndrome/DS00462

http://www.ada.org/sections/scienceAndResearch/pdfs/patient_53.pdf

 

 

Want To Brighten Your Smile For The Holidays?

December 6th, 2013

sinsational_gal_loIt’s that time of year again, gathering for family affairs and celebrating holidays as the year draws to a close. It definitely doesn’t hurt to have a set of pearly whites for the occasion! Here are a few tips to achieving a brighter smile:

Take a pass on the usual bag of chips and make a grab for fruits: while fruits boost many benefits for one’s overall health, fruits are also a great way to beginning removing stains from teeth. Some fruits, including apples and strawberries, contain malic acid, which has been shown to oxidize and remove stains from teeth. Crunchy fruits and vegetables also help whiten teeth by increasing saliva production, which neutralizes acids from other food such as tomatoes and wines.

Cutting out staining beverages is also a great way to cut down on the instances teeth are susceptible to stains. Drinks such as wine, coffee and various sodas are known to stain teeth; furthermore, beverages, such as soda, are extremely high in sugar content, leading to more bacteria production and more cavities. In the cases where these drinks are consumed, using a straw can really make a difference. The straw keeps the outer teeth from coming in contact with the beverage, preventing stains from forming.

And of course there are whitening strips. These strips are becoming more accessible and easy to use; some even simply dissolve in the mouth when applied! However, for individuals with more sensitive teeth, be mindful about the frequency of treatments used per week.

We also provide Sinsational in-office whitening. They procedure easily lightens your teeth and causes little to no sensitivity! It could be a great option for people who want a brighter smile without feeling any discomfort.

If strips are still a hassle, there are whitening toothpastes that are great for tackling hard to remove stains. While brushing teeth can lead to a brighter smile, it is still important to keep in mind the importance of daily brushing and flossing. Maintaining a bright smile should mean maintaining a healthy smile as well!

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 to set up an appointment and consultation.

 

References

 

http://www.3dwhite.com/teeth-whitening/teeth-whitening-kits/make-teeth-whiter.aspx

 

http://voices.yahoo.com/5-easy-ways-whiten-teeth-remove-stains-4616045.html

 

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/weighing-your-toothpaste-options

 

Ease Oral Burns With Innovative Strip!

December 5th, 2013

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When hot, delicious food is placed before you, it is easy to quick to scarf down that plate of food. Or even in the morning, the goal is to quickly down that cup of coffee before getting to work. In the heat of the moment, the burning sensation is an afterthought, but once that gooey slice of pizza has been consumed or when you have stepped into your workplace, the pain begins to set in and feelings of regret for eating or drinking so quickly start to well up.

 

Pain from burns causing by consumption of hot foods and liquids tends to be an issue that everyone will likely face. Even though the pain eventually subsides, it still lingers for some time. A pharmaceutical, biomedical engineering research team may have found the solution to this problem. Dr. Jason McConville of New Mexico, along with researchers from the University of Texas from Austin, had presented on possible dissolvable strips to treat oral thermal burns. This strip would be applied directly to the affected part of the tongue, cheek or roof of the mouth. Scientists note that this adhesive will not hinder any normal day-to-day activities because of its quickly dissolving nature. These strips will look and act similarly to breath freshening strips that can be found in the local drugstore.

 

The strip would locally deliver anesthetic, benzocaine, and a therapeutic polymer. This film can instantly release benzocaine when it is placed on affected areas in the oral cavity and has shown to relieve pain significantly over an extended period of time. What’s more is all the materials used to create these dissolvable strips are relatively inexpensive. The team of scientists has proposed that this film could give way to instant, sustained, and affordable relief from oral burns.

 

There are high hopes for these dissolvable strips and it will be exciting to see this new product enter the market. 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.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/10/121016125647.htm

http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/ADA/2013/article/ADA-02-scientists-develop-film-strip-to-treat-oral-burns.cvsp

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-204_162-57535420/

Why Is Junk Food Bad?

December 4th, 2013

Even though junk foods are known to be unhealthy snack options, it is easy to look past health concerns and succumb to sodas, chips, and candies. But just how bad are junk foods an individual and how exactly are these foods harmful? The nature of junk foods suggests that a high level of intake of such foods can lead poor oral health, which is not surprising considering the amount sugar found in these foods. However, it is suggested that the level of sugar in junk foods, which indubitably has an effect on oral health, also ends up increasing the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Past research has shown that high sugar intake along and poor oral hygiene have been linked to periodontal (gum) disease. In the case of periodontal disease, gums end up pulling away from teeth, leaving “pockets” that can end up becoming infected. The body ends up responding to this infection by breaking down bone and connective tissue that support the teeth. If these symptoms are left untreated, the bones eventually become destroyed, leaving teeth loose or in need to be removed.

However, the story does not stop here. Research also shows that chronic gum disease can trigger an inflammatory response, resulting in cardiovascular disease; this occurs through atherosclerosis, which is the process where arteries become hardened. Thus, the sugar in the junk food that is consumed not only affects the oral cavity, specifically the bones surrounding teeth, but can lead to unhealthy consequences for the heart as well.

It is important to keep in mind that the body is comprised of many interconnected parts. Do not hold the misconception that damage done to one area of the body is contained in only that region. Poor oral health choices can result in issues concerning other areas in the body. On the same token, consuming teeth-friendly foods not only is beneficial for the oral cavity but can also be favorable for the rest of the body.

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 to set up an appointment and consultation.

References:

http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/OralHealth/Topics/GumDiseases/PeriodontalGumDisease.htm

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131202105301.htm

http://www.menshealth.com/nutrition/bad-foods-teeth

Saliva, a Potential Player In Detecting Systemic Diseases?

December 2nd, 2013

Through a lifetime, saliva proves to be integral for the breakdown and digestion of foods that are consumed. This watery liquid keeps the mouth moist and comfortable, while fighting germs in the mouth. Because of its proteins and minerals, teeth, specifically tooth enamel, is fortified and protected from tooth decay. Saliva has had a consistent function in the maintenance of good oral health, but researchers are now finding that it may have a significant role in revealing systemic diseases.

 

A group at the University of California Los Angeles School of Dentistry has been looking at biological markers derived from saliva that could potential test for the presence of stomach cancer and other deadly diseases. Dr. David Wong, the head of this five-year project, has high hopes of detecting cancer cells through capturing extracellular RNA, an important player in the production of proteins. The researchers hope to develop a method for using saliva to detect life-threatening diseases, such as pancreatic, breast and ovarian cancers. Currently, Dr. Wong’s team initially disordered salivary extracellular molecules and have strong evidence for detecting oral cancer with the biological markers they have created. The team also has successfully developed salivary extracellular RNA biomarkers for diseases such as salivary gland tumors and Sjögren’s syndrome.

 

While this research team continues to look for ways to genetically screen for these cancers, dentists have been able to start the process in detecting these systemic diseases during an oral exam. The initial symptoms of many diseases appear in the mouth. Diabetes, for example, is a complex disease that surprisingly shows many symptoms in the oral cavity. Thrush is an oral infection in the mouth that thrives when there are increased levels of blood glucose found in the saliva, which is an indication of diabetes. Dry mouth is another indicator of this disease, decreasing the production of saliva, leading to mouth soreness and tooth decay. Diabetes also increases the time for wound healing, which can be observed after an invasive dental procedure.  Saliva and the oral cavity as a whole continue to reveal much about an individual’s oral health simply through a check up. It is crucial to consistently make appointments with the dentist both to ensure good oral health and to screen for signs of systemic disease. 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:

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/what-is-saliva

http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/ADA/2013/article/ADA-09-Saliva-May-Hold-Key-To-Detecting-Deadly-Diseases-In-The-Body.cvsp

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2674509/

http://www.richmondinstitute.com/salivary-diagnostics-in-dentistry-and-medicine

 

Mealey, B. 2000. Diabetes and periodontal disease. Journal of Periodontology 71(4):664-678.

 


More Effective Pain Relief!

December 2nd, 2013

It can be quite unnerving when going in for dental surgery. Quick and effective pain relief is definitely on patients’ minds, and the hope is that their dentist will come through and prescribe drugs that will do the trick. While there are combinations of drugs that are effective in alleviating postoperative pain, they also come with a price, usually in form of side effects. However, there is new research showing an alternative solution, one involving safer over-the-counter drugs that may be just as, if not more, effective.

According to the Journal of the American Dental Association, taking ibuprofen and acetaminophen (APAP) together can help ease the pain after surgery without any significant side effects. Researchers have been advocating patients to take over-the-counter drugs, such as ibuprofen, APAP and naproxen after oral surgery. One of the most common combinations that patients take is APAP and an opioid, which is a prescription drug. However, the down side of this opioid-APAP combination is that patients may face potential adverse reactions linked with opioids. Most dentists and oral surgeons also frequently prescribe Vicodin, which is a combination of hydrocodone and acetaminophen for severe postoperative pain. While this form of pain relief is effective, it poses a risk for abuse and other adverse reactions.  Dentists are now advised to move towards the over-the-counter APAP and ibuprofen combination to keep side effects at bay.

Drs. Paul A. Moore from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, and Elliot V. Hersh from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine were able to determine whether this ibuprofen-APAP combination would be the better alternative to take over combinations including opioids. They were able to use the over-the-counter combination to manage the pain patients felt after they had their wisdom teeth removed. Their results indicated that the ibuprofen-APAP combination was more effective at reducing pain and had fewer side effects than many of the combinations including opioids. They also showed that the ibuprofen-APAP combination resulted in greater pain relief than using ibuprofen or APAP alone.

 

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.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/ADA/2013/article/ADA-08-Ibuprofen-And-Acetaminophen-Together-May-Give-Profound-Pain-Relief-With-Fewer-Side-Effects-After-Dental-Surgery.cvsp

 

http://jada.ada.org/content/144/8/898.abstract

 

Making Big News and A Bigger Impact, Thanks To Your Support!

November 26th, 2013

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Dr. Ali's Volunteerism was featured in the Wellesley Weston Magazine. Her passion for promoting oral health....Read More here. 

Our Candy Drive was bigger and better than ever! We were highlighted in Boston.com and many other local media. Please check them out below. Together we can do so much!

At this Thanksgiving time, we are thankful for being part of this wonderful community. We love serving as the Smile Ambassadors!

Boston.com

Boston.com

bostonglobe.com

Wellesley Weston Magazine

Wellesley Weston Magazine

Patch 

Patch

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WickedLocal

InAgist

 

Things To Do During Thanksgiving Break!

November 26th, 2013

happy-thanksgivingHappy Thanksgiving! Hope everyone is excited for it! There are so many things to look forward to at Thanksgiving- having your family gathered together, good friends, great food, smiles and laughter, and of course having some time just to relax. Don’t forget to prepare ahead of time for Thanksgiving dinner so you can avoid those last minute trips to the grocery store! What are you most thankful for this year? I am thankful for the love and support of my many friends and family, my health, and the new experiences.  We are fortunate and grateful for being a part of the Wellesley community for the past fourteen years, and we appreciate all the support we have found within the community and beyond!  Remember to be grateful for healthy teeth, and as always we are extremely thankful and grateful for all our amazing patients!

 

We have compiled a list of things to do around and some favorite recipes, enjoy your Thanksgiving Holiday guide!

RECIPES

Rosemary Roasted Turkey Recipe

Homestyle Turkey Recipe

How to Brine a Turkey

Pumpkin Pie

Cranberry Sauce

Celery Stuffing

 

LOCAL

 Thanksgiving Holiday Guide

Wellesley Parking Restrictions and Road Closures

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FREEDOM TRAIL HOLIDAY STROLL

Wellesley vs. Needham : The oldest public school football rivalry in the country

Family Gratitude - 5K Dedham Turkey Trot: Thursday, November 28, 2013, 8:00 AM,  Endicott Estates 656 East Street Dedham, Ma

Dedham-based, Non-Profit Ripples of Hope Presents 2nd Annual Thanksgiving Day Family Gratitude 5K Turkey Trot to Benefit the Dedham Food Pantry and Dedham Youth Commission’s College Bound Program. Family-Friendly Race Offers Area Residents Opportunity to Give Back and Start or Continue a New Family Thanksgiving Day Tradition

Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s Fifth Annual Festival of Trees: Friday, November 29, 2013, 9:00 AM, 900 Washington Street, Wellesley, MA 02482 in the Hunnewell Carriage House

 Admission: $8 adults (children under 11 free)

Featuring: over 70 beautifully decorated Christmas trees- all raffled off!

Horse-drawn Hayrides

Christmas Pajama Story time

Holiday Wreath Workshop

Tropical Terrarium Workshop

Kids’ Holiday Craft Workshops

Santa Visits

Gardeners’ Gift Boutique: December 5th 4-8pm, in the Education Center

Read more here!

 

The Nutcracker presented by Boston Ballet:  Friday, November 29, 2013, 7:30 PM , Boston Opera House: 539 Washington St, Boston, MA 02111

Boston Ballet's production of Mikko Nissinen's The Nutcracker received rave reviews during its premiere in 2012. This sparkling production, with sets and costumes by Robert Perdziola, "brings a softness and light to the venerable holiday classic"  (The Boston Globe).

Remember the magic! The timeless story of Clara, who bravely saves her Nutcracker Prince and is swept away on a magical journey through the Nutcracker Prince's kingdom in the clouds, is an engaging tale for the whole family and a holiday tradition for many years to come.

Get your tickets early - many performances sold out last season  - don't miss your chance to see the production that brought audiences to their feet!

 

Irving Berlin's White Christmas:  Saturday, November 30, 2013, 2:00 PM,  Weston Town Hall, One Town House Road, Weston, MA

The Weston Friendly Society is celebrating the holiday season with Irving Berlin's WHITE CHRISTMAS!  Irving Berlin's WHITE CHRISTMAS tells the story of two showbiz buddies putting on a show in a picturesque Vermont inn, and finding their perfect mates in the bargain.  Full of dancing, romance, laughter, and some of the greatest songs ever written, including "Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep,"  "Happy Holiday," "Sisters,"  "Blue Skies," and the unforgettable title song, Irving Berlin's WHITE CHRISTMAS promises to be a merry and bright experience for the entire family!

For tickets call 617-795-2195 or visit www.westonfriendly.org

 

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GREATER BOSTON

Thanksgiving Dining in Boston

Thanksgiving Day feasts abound in Boston where you’ll find all the trimmings in addition to gourmet delights such as Harvest Pumpkin Bisque with Roasted Pecans, Pan Roasted Duck with Cranberry Molasses Sauce, Ricotta Gnocchi with Pumpkin Sauce and Sage, Apple Cranberry Tart with Pumpkin Gelato and Cinnamon Spiced Popcorn, Hot Mulled Apple Cider and more!

Throughout Boston

Zoolights

November 23-December 31 ?5:00-9:00pm? A beloved holiday family tradition returns to Stone Zoo when ZooLights opens on Thanksgiving. This winter wonderland attracts thousands of visitors each year who get into the holiday spirit by strolling along tree-lined paths lit by thousands of twinkling lights. Upon entering the Zoo, guests will visit Yukon Creek, which not only features dazzling holiday lights but is also home to bald eagles, porcupine, lynx, a gray fox and a pair of reindeer. Children will want to make sure they visit with Santa, who awaits their arrival in Santa’s Castle.

Stone Zoo, Stoneham

Thanksgiving with the Grafton Group

Enjoy Thanksgiving dinner at Russell House TavernPARKGrafton Street Pub & Grill or Temple Bar.

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NORTH OF BOSTON & GREATER MERRIMACK VALLEY

20th Annual Methuen Festival of Trees

November 23-December 7

Visitors are invited to attend the Festival and view the 200+ trees donated by individuals, businesses, organizations, and school groups from Methuen and several Merrimack Valley communities.  The proceeds from the Festival of Trees provide funding to preserve our heritage and the monuments that make Methuen so unique.

Valley Office Park, Methuen

Thanksgiving Grand Buffet

November 28 ?Spend Thanksgiving at the beautiful seaside Emerson Inn by the Sea in Rockport. From noon-5pm, enjoy a delicious 3-course meal with your family for only $45 per person, $22.50 per child (ages 3-10). Tax and gratuity not included.

Emerson Inn by the Sea, Rockport

10th Annual Wild Turkey 5 Mile Run

November 28? Work up your appetite on Thanksgiving morning at the largest road race on the North Shore! All proceeds go to Boys & Girls Club and Salem Park & Recreation Youth programs.

Salem

Lowell City of Lights Parade and Holiday Arts Stroll

November 30, 11 am – 8 pm? Celebrate the coming holiday season in Lowell with festivities including family activities, music and a hot chocolate competition as well as a holiday parade featuring local and regional floats and marching bands. 978-970-4257

Downtown Lowell


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SOUTH OF BOSTON

Thanksgiving at Plimoth Plantation

November 28? – Celebrate the quintessential Thanksgiving experience at Plimoth Plantation. Be among the thousands who make the annual pilgrimage to the museum to share in the holiday spirit. Visitors will explore the Plantation’s multiple sites, which include the Wampanoag Homesite, the 1627 English Village, the Crafts Center and Mayflower II.

Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth

Thanksgiving Day in America’s Hometown

Thursday, November 28

9am-5pm

North Street, Water Street Leyden Street, Town Square, Main Street, Plymouth Visit Pilgrim Hall Museum and Plimoth Plantation, Mayflower II and Plymouth Rock, National Monument to the Forefathers, Jabez Howland House & more!? 10am – “The Pilgrim Progress” Procession? A reenactment of the Pilgrims’ march to their original church site followed by a short worship service. This annual Thanksgiving Procession begins at the Mayflower Society House at the foot of North Street. Costumed participants, representing the 51 Pilgrim survivors of the first, harsh winter of 1620/1621 assemble to the beat of a drum, march down North Street, past Plymouth Rock, up Leyden Street and to the top of Burial Hill, the site of the first fort where Pilgrims met for worship. Psalms sung are taken from “The Book of Psalms” by Henry Ainsworth, which was actually used by the Pilgrims in Holland and in Plymouth. Passages read by Elder Brewster are selected from Gov. William Bradford’s “Of Plymouth Plantation.” After the brief service, the participants descend the hill and travel north along Main Street through the downtown back to the Mayflower Society House.? 12 Noon – National Day of (American Indian) Mourning Ceremonies ?Participants honor Native ancestors and their struggles. Held at the Massasoit Statue on Cole’s Hill (Water Street).

Thanksgiving Day Dinner Train

November 28 – 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Looking to try something new this Thanksgiving? Start a tradition this year on the Cape Cod Central Railroad! Enjoy a leisurely five-course gourmet meal, beautiful scenery, and all the elegance of a bygone era — without any of the work! Reservations are required.

Cape Cod Central Railroad

252 Main Street, Hyannis

508-771-3800

Harvest Dinner with the Pilgrims

November 2, 9, 16, 23, 24, 27, 29, 30 at 5:30 p.m. ?Your Pilgrim hosts, residents of 1627 Plimoth, will spice up your dinner conversation with tales of England, old and new. Discover the table manners and recipes that traveled across the Atlantic with the Pilgrims, and find out about what happened at the famous harvest celebration of 1621. For reservations call 800-262-9356 ext. 8353, 8364, or 8365. Call early as these popular dinners sell out quickly.

Plimoth Plantation

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CAPE COD & THE ISLANDS

17th Annual Vineyard Artisans Festival

November 29-30

The largest Holiday Art Show on the Vineyard with over 85 Island Artisans. Balsam wreaths and ceramic ornaments to start off the holiday season and gifts galore from the Islands finest artists and craftsmen. Fine jewelry, glass, ceramics, fine art, clothing, book arts and much more.

Agricultural Hall, West Tisbury

103rd Lighting of the Pilgrim Monument

November 27

Watch as one of the most recognizable landmarks on Cape Cod is illuminated with 5000 lights. The lights go on at 6:00pm followed by entertainment and refreshments.

Provincetown

Festival of Wreaths

November 27, 29-30, December 1 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Take a chance and bid on one of the many stunning wreaths made by Nantucket artists, designers, and merchants for this annual silent auction. Free admission.

Peter Foulger Gallery, 15 Broad Street, Nantucket

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CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS

Thanksgiving 1830?s-style at Old Sturbridge Village

November 28-December 2

This Thanksgiving, costumed historians at Old Sturbridge Village demonstrate hearthside cooking in early New England – roasting turkeys in a tin kitchen and also before the fire suspended on skewers and string to evenly rotate the meat. Old Sturbridge Village re-creates various activities from an early New England Thanksgiving Day, including cooking at the hearth, demonstrations of 19th-century table manners, a Thanksgiving sermon, and after-dinner entertainment. The Thanksgiving Day menu includes turnip sauce, stuffing, pies and Marlboro Pudding. Proper 19th century table manners required eating from one’s knife. After dinner, the men will demonstrate a target shoot, the 1830s entertainment equivalent of today’s Thanksgiving Day football games.? Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge

Fireplace Feasts

Check website for dates

Relax by the fire or lend a hand as dinner is prepared for you 18th century style. Stir the chowder as it bubbles in the cast iron cauldron. Watch your prime rib turning as the only known Roasting Jack still operating in America rotates slowly over a crackling fire of cherry logs.

Salem Cross Inn, West Brookfield

Publick House Thanksgiving Day Feast

November 28, 11:00 a.m. Menu available online

On the Common, Route 131, Sturbridge

508-347-3313


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WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS

Parade of the Big Balloons

November 29

A Springfield tradition for the whole family. This wonderful parade features giant helium balloons led by the 75ft “Cat in the hat” along with marching bands, a visit from Santa, and plenty of fun for all ages.

Downtown Springfield

After-Thanksgiving Weekend Sale featuring Midnight Madness

November 29-December 1

Lee Premium Outlets will open at midnight the day after Thanksgiving for the Annual Thanksgiving Sale featuring Midnight Madness! Visit our website for weekend hours and to download weekend offers and specials.

Lee Premium Outlets, Lee

413.243.8196

Find Lodging Options in Massachusetts

 

http://www.wellesley.edu/news/stories/node/31421

 

http://wellesley.patch.com/groups/events/p/massachusetts-horticultural-societys-fifth-annual-festival-of-trees?ncid=newsltuspatc00000001&evar4=events-7-post&newsRef=true

 

http://www.pacificgrilltacoma.com/thanksgiving/ picture credit

Immune Cells: Potential Warriors In the Battle Against Gum Disease

November 22nd, 2013

perio diseasePeriodontal disease is one of the most prevalent oral diseases, affecting 78 million people in the United States. Periodontal disease (also known as gum disease) can range from gum inflammation to serious disease results in severe damage of the soft tissue and bones that support the teeth. While this oral disease remains an issue at large, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh may have found an innovative way to keep this disease at bay. They have discovered that certain immune system cells can be brought right to the inflamed tissues, resulting in effective treatment.

 

When dentists see that patients have symptoms of periodontal disease, the usual recommendation is proper oral hygiene. Through daily brushing and flossing, one is able to prevent plaque and eventually tartar from forming near the gum line.  These strategies aim to keep the growth of oral bacteria at bay. Dr. Charles Sfeir, the director of the Center Regeneration at the University’s School of Dental Medicine notes that these are ways to keep the bacteria from triggering sever inflammation in the oral cavity; however, there needs to be a method to prevent the underlying problem, which is the overreaction of the immune system that results in an adverse response to oral bacteria.

 

Within a healthy mouth, there is a response system between the immune system and bacteria that prevents infection without starting up inflammation. However, when there is too much bacteria in the oral cavity (due to lack maintenance of oral health), the immune system is on overdrive, leading to harmful consequences on oral tissues. The scientists have discovered that these disease tissues are low on a group of immune cells called the regulatory T-cells, which is responsible for informing immune cells to stand down, stopping the inflammatory response. These researchers believe that when more of these regulatory T-cells are brought back to the gums, the inflammatory response will be contained. The researchers are on their way in developing new technology that can deliver these immune cells to where they are lacking. With this new system, perhaps inflammation, thus periodontal disease may potentially be kept at bay.  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:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/11/131101112412.htm

 

http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/OralHealth/Topics/GumDiseases/PeriodontalGumDisease.htm

 

http://www.yurovskydental.com/periodontaldisease.php

Why the Mouth Matters!

November 20th, 2013

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Even though the mouth is such an integral aspect of the human body, it’s easy to often take it for granted. It’s only when things go wrong when the oral cavity receives more attention and care. But why wait until those times in need? The mouth holds so many exciting facts that may very well be fascinating and sometimes even surprising. Here are a few interesting facts to keep you on your toes.

 

1. Teeth are the hardest substance in the human body. These mighty parts of your body are powerful tools of digestion and the break down of food. It’s easy to forget that individuals are able to enjoy and consume food only because of teeth! But what exactly keeps teeth so strong and resilient? Scientists have found that the human tooth enamel is composed of a basket-weave structure, which gives teeth their strength and also prevents any cracks that have formed from worsening and propagating through the enamel. Teeth can withstand an incredible amount of force, all due to their well-engineered core!

 

2. Some say that the mouth is the window to the body, but other than the fact that you can physically look into the oral cavity, dentists are able to see how well an individual is doing in terms of their overall health. 90% of life-threatening diseases have symptoms that show up within the mouth. Heart disease, respiratory disease, and even Alzheimer’s disease have been linked to oral health. Taking care of oral health is just as important (in fact it is related) to the body’s overall health.

 

3. Bad breath odors are definitely something that everyone wants to be kept far away from. In fact, more than a billion dollar a year has been spent on over-the-counter products to mask bad breath odors! In the United States, 65% of the population has been estimated to have bad breath, also known as halitosis. But no worries; there are many ways to treat bad breath. Cavities or gum disease have been shown to lead to bad breath, which are caused by lack of brushing and flossing. Always remember to keep up with healthy oral health habits; it may just say you from bad breath.

 

4.  Speaking of flossing, if individuals never make it to pulling some floss out and getting it in between teeth, they are actually missing 35% of their tooth surfaces. That’s quite a lot of tooth surface to be missing out on! When there is lack of proper flossing, bacteria are more than ready to take over these surfaces, foraging for leftover food to consume. The more leftover food, the more bacteria!

 

5. It’s been estimated that there are over 100 million bacteria in just one drop of saliva. But saliva is a big help in dealing with the amount of bacteria in the mouth. It is a major fighter of germs in the mouth and also prevents bad breath! Saliva has key proteins and minerals that fortify tooth enamel and prevent tooth decay. What’s more is that the average human produces 25,000 quarts of saliva in a lifetime, that’s enough to fill up 2 swimming pools!

 

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:

 

Where I got inspiration from: http://visual.ly/your-mouth-matters-fun-dental-facts

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/humanbody/body/factfiles/teeth/teeth.shtml

http://www.livescience.com/3498-mystery-tooth-strength-cracked.html

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/change-your-breath-from-bad-to-good

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/what-is-saliva

http://naturalrevolution.org/natural-body/

 

The Upcoming ‘Great American Smokeout'

November 19th, 2013

smokeoutWhile most people are aware of the dangers that smoking results in, it is surprising to most that dentists can have the ability to not only inform others on smoking effects on overall health, but also the damaging effects of smoking on oral health. Smoking and other tobacco products have been linked to periodontal, or gum, disease through affecting the attachment of bone and soft tissue to teeth. Along with increasing the risk of periodontal disease, smoking has been linked to specific cancers. There are toxins and carcinogens present in tobacco products, including cigars, cigarettes, pipe tobacco, and chewing tobacco. The American Lung Association has found that cigarettes cause 90% of all lung cancer deaths. Smokers of cigars and pipes have an increased risk of cancer of the oral cavity as well as the overall body. Also, don’t be swayed into thinking that tobacco products are harmless; while they are “smokeless” options including chewing tobacco, there are still more than 28 cancer-causing chemicals found in this form of tobacco. Chewing tobacco can cause cancer in the cheek, gums and lips, and this cancer usually developed where the tobacco is held in the mouth. Regardless of what form of smoking, there is no doubt that smoking is harmful to the oral cavity and the overall health of the body.

 

The American Cancer Society is holds an event called Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday of November to encourage current smokers to use that day to make a solid plan to quit, or to start making plans prior to the event and to quit on the day of. The American Cancer Society explains that smokers are most successful in stopping the habit is to have access to smoking-cessation hotlines, stop-smoking groups, counseling, nicotine replacement products, online quit groups, and encourage and support from friends and family members. When smokers implement two or more of these sources, they have a better chance of quitting.

 

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.

 

 

http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/ADA/2013/article/ADA-10-Great-American-Smokeout-Is-Nov-21.cvsp

 

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/smoking-oral-health

 

http://medicalcenter.osu.edu/patientcare/healthcare_services/dental_care/oral_cancer_and_tobacco/Pages/index.aspx

 

Menopause: Possible Mouth Changes to Watch Out For

October 28th, 2013

shutterstock_59839630Menopause is a season where women tend to feel the many changes that occur. Many focus on the bodily changes and usually overlook differences that could be found in the mouth, where hormones can lead to unfavorable consequences. While this process is completely natural, signaling the end of female fertility, women should be aware of the mouth changes they are experiencing. Here are some of the potential changes and problems that have been associated with menopause:

 

Dry mouth: Because of the hormone fluctuations that occur during the time of menopause, the decreased levels of estrogen can lead to mouth dryness. Without sufficient saliva in the oral cavity, teeth become more susceptible to tooth decay and other infections. Saliva also plays an important role in the chewing and breaking down of food, allowing nutrients to enter the body.

 

Burning mouth syndrome: This condition tends to affect the tongue, gums, and lips, and even inside the cheeks of the mouth. The burning sensation primarily comes forth from problems with taste and sensory nerves, but can also be the consequence of dry mouth, nutritional deficiency, and allergic reactions to certain foods and medications. It is important to look out for these symptoms and to consult a dentist on possible ways to ease the pain.

 

Periodontitis and mucosal changes: Gum disease is also something to look out for when hitting menopause. Mucosal changes can also results in changes in appearance of gums, where they tend to look more pale, dry and shiny. Gums also tend to bleed more due to these changes.

 

Eating disorders: Going through menopause can take a psychological toll on some women, resulting in inconsistent and improper eating habits. These eating habits can be very detrimental for teeth, leading to erosion of tooth enamel. When tooth enamel is stripped down, teeth become more sensitive to hot and cold foods and they are more susceptible to cavities.

 

While these are problems that may arise during menopause, it is always possible to discuss possible solutions to these issues. Dentists should be notified of these changes, and they can aid in alleviating these symptoms and suggesting viable treatment plans. 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.mayoclinic.com/health/cavities/DS00896/DSECTION=risk-factors

http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/ADA/2013/article/ADA-10-Mouth-Changes-May-Be-Related-To-Menopause.cvsp

 

 

 

Is the Future of Dental Implants Found In Diamonds or Titanium?

October 25th, 2013

 

 

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It may be strange to think that a precious jewel can aid in the field of dentistry. Researchers at UCLA have been looking into diamonds and if they do have a place in creating better dental implants for patients. These researchers are focusing on nanodiamonds, which are made through conventional mining and refining operations and are definitely called “nano” for a reason; they come out to be approximately four to five nanometers in diameters, resembling miniature soccer balls. The UCLA researchers enlisted the help of the UCLA School of Dentistry, the UCLA Department of Bioengineering, Northwestern University, and even the NanoCarbon Research Institute in Japan to help come up with innovative ways to implement these nanodiamonds in dentistry. Their research has led them to believe that these nanodiamonds can improve bone growth and has the potential to counteract osteonecrosis, a disease marked by bone breakdown due to reduce blood flow.

 

Osteonecrosis can affect various parts of the body, but when this disease affects the joints in the jaw, it can keep people from eating and speaking properly, even restricting or impeding movement. What makes matters worse is that when osteonecrosis occurs near implants, including teeth or prosthetic joints, these implants loosen and can eventually fall out. These dental implant failures lead to additional procedures, which can not only be painful, but can also become very expensive.

 

These issues surrounding dental implants led the team at UCLA to conduct a study that would reveal whether nanodiamonds would be a viable solution. Conducted by Dr. Dean Ho, a professor of oral biology and medicine at the UCLA School of Dentistry, and his team used the nonadiamonds to deliver proteins responsible for bone growth. Their results indicated that nanodiamonds have the uncanny ability to bind rapidly the essential proteins and growth factors. The surface properties of these diamonds allow for a slower delivery of these proteins, which researchers believe contribute to a longer period of treatment of the affected area in the oral cavity. What’s more is that these nanodiamonds can be inserted in to patients in a non-invasive way, through either an injection or an oral rinsing.

 

Nanodiamonds are not only the technology that researchers are pursuing to improve. On the other side of the world, researchers in Japan and China have been revisiting the essential components of titanium, which contains alloys that are very commonly used in orthopedic implants. Because of its reliable mechanical and chemical properties, along with its biocompatible and corrosion resistant nature, titanium has been the go-to product to use in dental implant procedures. However, one of the drawbacks that titanium faces is its lack of ability to bond directly to living bone. Researchers have found that calcium phosphate (CaP) and collagen are main components of natural bone; these scientists believe that a composite of both of these components can be used to effectively coat titanium implants. The study they published in the journal of Science and Technology of Advanced Material showed that when titanium implants were coated with CaP gel and inserted into the thigh bone of rabbit, within four and eight weeks, the authors noticed that there was significantly more new bone on the surface of the titanium implants that had been covered with the CaP gel. These coated implants were also able to bond directly to the bone, without needing an intervening soft tissue layer. The researchers believe that this innovative CaP and collagen composite can play an important role in improving dental implants.

 

Both results found for nanodiamonds and titanium prove to be exciting news in field of Periodonistry and even in the medical world as a whole. These nanodiamonds may possibly revolutionize dental implants, allowing them to be longer lasting and effective, while this the new CaP and collagen coating and greatly improve the use of titanium. 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.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/09/130918102002.htm

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/10/131003142214.htm

http://newsroom.ucla.edu/portal/ucla/nanodiamond-encrusted-teeth-248066.aspx

http://news.sciencemag.org/health/2011/03/nanodiamonds-could-be-cancer-patients-best-friend

http://www.abcnetspace.com/2013/08/how-diamonds-are-shaping-technology.html to read more about Diamond Technology!

 

 

 

 

Dental Care Decreases Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

October 22nd, 2013

heart-diseaseA study conducted by the University of California, Berkeley that was published in the journal Health Economics suggests that women who consistently get dental care can lower their risk of stroke, heart attacks, and other cardiovascular problems by at least one-third!

 

The university researchers used data of individuals from nearly 7,000 registered for the Health and Retirement Study between the ages of 44 and 88. They used a longitudinal approach, keeping track of the same individuals over time. These participants were given survey questions, including the frequency of dentist visits and if there were any instances of heart, angina, stroke, or congestive heart failure in their health history within the previous two years. The data from the Health and Retirement Study was collected every two years from 1996 to 2004. While there had been previous studies that have found a link between oral health and cardiovascular disease, this study was able to show a causal effect, where dental care leads to fewer heart attacks, strokes, and other cardiovascular issues.

 

It was also found that the same benefits that are attributed to women’s health were not found for men. However, the researchers explain that this was not completely surprising. They believe that these findings demonstrate the differences in how men and women develop cardiovascular disease. Other studies have suggested that estrogen has a protect effect against heart disease, preventing the progression of atherosclerosis. Researchers note that it is not until women reach menopause at age 50 to 55 that they start catching up to men.

 

While this study proves to be great news for women, the study authors note that in order for dental care to have a protective effect, it should be done early in the development of cardiovascular disease. Don’t wait until tomorrow to practice healthy dental care habits! Be proactive in taking care of your teeth through daily brushing and flossing. 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:

 

http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/ADA/2010/article/ADA-10-Dental-Visits-Reduce-Heart-Risks-in-Women.cvsp

 

http://newscenter.berkeley.edu/2010/09/30/dental/

 

 

 

Can Having Asthma Give You More Cavities?

October 4th, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Video on Asthma and Dry Mouth

Tooth decay and asthma are two of the most common health problems that plaque children, adolescents, and many young adults. Asthma stands to affect 20 million Americans, 6.3 million of which are children. There has been research detailing a possible link between these two seemingly different health issues. The a dental hygienist and researcher out of Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg looked at patients of varying age ranges, consisting of 3, 6, 12 to 16 and 18 to 24 year olds. Her results demonstrated that 3-year olds with asthma were more prone to cavities than 3-year olds without respiratory issues. When looking at patients in older age ranges, the children and young adults with asthma developed more cavities and even more gum disease than their asthma-free counterparts. Within the asthma group, only 1 out of 20 patients was caries-free, while 13 out of 20 patients were caries free in the asthma-free group.

 

A possible theory that has been posed of this correlation hints at asthma medications being the culprit to the increase in cavities. Because these inhaler formulas are often comprise of powders, they live a dry residue that sticks to teeth. These medications may inhibit the production of saliva, which would lead to an individual getting more cavities. Not only do these medications limit saliva secretion, these drugs, including inhalers, syrups, and even sugar-coated steroids, are taken throughout the day, leaving users’ teeth exposed to a lot of sugar. Children with asthma also have more of a tendency to breathe through their mouth. This would then lead to the case of dry mouth, which would have also contributed to the higher cavities prevalence.

 

Patients should be in communications with dentists about the medication they use and their oral hygiene habits. It is important for dentists to know enough to effectively help keep cavities at bay. 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:

 

http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/ADA/2011/article/ADA-08-Youngsters-with-asthma-have-higher-risk-of-cavities.cvsp

 

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2004-05-30/features/0405300364_1_inhalers-asthma-drugs-decay

 

 

 

 

http://madisonkidsdentist.com/ for pic credit

Fighting Tooth Decay with Licorice!

October 2nd, 2013

Herb Licorice or Liquorice Roots

Licorice is often thought of as a nice, sweet treat, usually found as a main ingredient in candies, but who would of thought that it would keep teeth and gums healthy?

The Journal of Natural Products published a study done by Dr. Stefan Gafner, a researcher for a division of Colgate-Palmolive found two compounds present in dried licorice that were beneficial as antibacterial substances, preventing the growth of major bacteria that have been linked to cavities and periodontal disease. The study demonstrated that licroicidin and licorisoflavan A, which are two main components to licorice, prevented bacteria from introducing tooth decay.

 

Nowadays licorice root has been implemented into many oral health care products, including being used as a breath freshening ingredient in some natural toothpastes. Researchers have also delved in to the possibility of adding licorice root in various food products to cut down on tooth decay. A researcher, Dr. Wenyuan Shi, from University of California, Los Angeles have been working with Alaska Native and American Indian children, a group of individuals that are at high risk of early childhood caries. His research showed positive results, demonstrating that when licorice plant extract was added to lollipops, there was a reduction in the amount of caries found in children.

 

Aside from its contribution to oral health, the health benefits of licorice roots have been known for quite some time. It is a main component in Chinese traditional medicine and is often used in conjunction with other herbs to enhance their effectiveness. Outside of the US, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) showed that licorice roots have also been used to counteract the adverse effects of Hepatitis C.  Dried licorice root is also often used to relieve sore throats, digestive and respiratory problems.

 

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:

 

http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/ADA/2012/article/ADA-01-Licorice-root-fights-oral-bacteria.cvsp

 

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/news/20120105/licorice-root-may-cut-cavities-gum-disease

 

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/01/120104115106.htm

 

http://www.methowvalleyherbs.com/2013/04/brush-your-teeth-with-roots.html

 

 

 

Keeping Cavities Away: Protecting a Child’s Oral Health

September 20th, 2013

After making it to the dentist’s for your child’s biannual checkup, the dentist reveals that a cavity has been spotted. Don’t panic! It is important to monitor and keep up with a child’s oral health, it is definitely something that can occur. However, it is now a great way to brush up on tips to prevent future cavities from forming, which is especially important for children who have permanent teeth coming in.

One of the most effective ways to get a child on board with good oral health is to demonstrate it as a parent. If will make a world of a different if tooth brushing is done together. Emphasizing the steps of brushing, including holding the toothbrush, squeezing out a pea-sized amount of toothpaste, and even brushing the gum line can allow children to carefully learn the process in its entirety. Don’t be forgetting to floss! It is easy to forgo the floss and head straight to bed, but make take it a daily habit, making sure that the child understands that oral health should be a part of everyday life, and it should not be something to do only when it is remembered.

Because tooth brushing may start out seeming rather mundane to children, making the process fun can encourage them to maintain good oral health. Allowing a child to pick a colorful and fun toothbrush may just keep them excited about brushing teeth. Try to obtain child-friendly flossers that make flossing less of an ordeal and yummy tasting toothpaste to help them brush longer. If a child loses track of how long the should be brushing for, invest in an electric toothbrush with a self-timer; there are great brushes that beeps every 30 seconds, allowing the brusher to cover the four quadrants in the mouth in 2 minutes!

For course, it is just as important to keep track of what a child is eating. Cavities may easily arise when improper oral hygiene is coupled with a sugary diet. Try to limit children’s sugar intake and, instead, load their plate with foods from each food group. Look for healthy snacks that can add to their vitamin and mineral intake. 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:
http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/ColgateNewandNow/Community/2013/January/article/SW-281474979047288.cvsp

 

http://www.orajel.com/articles/9-ways-to-make-brushing-fun.aspx

 

http://www.parenting.com/article/ask-dr-sears-toothbrushing-resistance

 

http://www.meetadentist.com/dentalcare/dental-care-for-children/

Eating Disorders and Their Effect On Oral Health

September 18th, 2013

Eating disorders continue to be a pressing issue in our nation. According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD), up to 24 million people of all ages and gender suffer from an eating disorder (anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder) in the U.S. The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) explains that eating disorders usually involved extreme attitudes and emotions towards weight and food issues. This disorder can ultimately have a grave impact on health, productivity and relationships. While most people know that eating disorders affect the individuals’ body, including their bones as well as their heart, these disorders also have detrimental consequences on teeth.

 

Without sufficient nutrition, gums and other soft tissue that are in the mouth may have a greater tendency to bleed. The glands that are responsible for the production of saliva may become inflamed, leading to chronic dry mouth. The American Dental Association (ADA) notes that tooth surfaces are in danger during the course of the disease when people decide to clear the contents of their stomach through their mouth. The teeth are then exposed to harsh gastric acids that can wear down teeth, leaving them thin and translucent. Teeth will become brittle and will be more susceptible to chipping.

 

The ADA also provides some treatment options to ease oral health consequences of eating disorders. Patients who purge by vomiting are advised to rinse with baking soda to neutralize the harmful effects of stomach acid. Patients should also be assessed in terms of their oral health, with treatment options including additional fluoride modalities. What is most important is that family and friends help set good examples of healthy eating habits and offer positive encouragement should surround the individuals suffering from eating disorders. Please 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.anad.org/get-information/about-eating-disorders/eating-disorders-statistics/

 

http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/anorexia-nervosa/features/anorexia-body-neglected

 

http://www.ada.org/2582.aspx?currentTab=2

 

https://www.unitedconcordia.com/dental-insurance/dental/age-groups/kids-teens/eating-disorders/

 

 

New Crooked Teeth Fad Can Lead to Oral Health Issues

September 17th, 2013

In the American culture, having straight teeth tends to be something that is coveted. People go to the orthodontists’ off, patiently waiting on the day when they can finally ditch the braces and have in place of beautiful teeth. Many see crooked teeth as embarrassing or even imperfections that they need to hide. In other parts of the country, this mindset is completely swapped.  There is a new trend in Japan that has started with women embracing and actually desiring a crooked smile. They believe that the “snaggletooth” look is considered cute and endearing. There are now many dental clinics in Japan offering the “multilayered” or “double” tooth, a look to accent crowded molars and canines that have been pushed forward. These crooked teeth can be temporarily or even permanently glued on teeth. Dentists in Japan believe that this look will be trending in their country for a while, and wonder if this fad will be brought overseas.

 

While Americans strive to have a straight set of pearly whites, there is strong reason to get braces for oral health reasons. When individuals have teeth that are misaligned, they are more susceptible to food, and eventually plaque, buildup in between teeth. Plaque then leads to a greater risk of periodontal disease and gingivitis. Improper bite also can lead to improper chewing, which has been shown to lead to gastrointestinal problems.

 

It may seem like the “snaggletooth” look is here to stay in Japan for a while, but individuals getting this fix should be aware of the possible oral health consequences. While braces can lead to straighter and more beautiful smiles, it is important to take note of the healthy benefits that straight pearly white reap. Please 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.japantoday.com/category/lifestyle/view/why-japanese-women-go-for-fake-crooked-teeth

 

http://shine.yahoo.com/beauty/japanese-snaggletooth-craze-spawns-dental-procedures-girl-group-194500258.html

 

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/features/straight-talk-about-braces-for-adults

 

http://geekologie.com/2011/10/all-the-rage-japanese-girls-get-dental-p.php

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finding the Bacterial Link Between Rheumatoid Arthritis and Gum Disease

September 16th, 2013

Over the years, researchers have been able to demonstrate the importance of oral health in relation to systemic, or overall, health. Keeping up with oral hygiene has been shown to not only affect the oral cavity, but also various areas in the body. Oral health has been linked to the prevalence of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), diabetes, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s disease, and various other conditions. Researchers have been well aware of the strong association between oral health and these health conditions, but continue to look into the root cause and mechanisms that result in these links.

 

However, a research group at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry Oral Health and Systemic Diseases recently published their findings in PloS Pathogens, revealing the bacterium that is responsible for periodontal disease.  They found that the bacterium, Prophromonas gingivalis, leads to a faster progression of gum disease, increasing cartilage and bone destruction. Their research indicated that P. gingivalis produces an enzyme, peptidylarginine deiminanse (PAD), which increases collagen-induced arthritis (CIA). This enzyme makes the body believe that there are intruding proteins within the body, inducing an immune attack. This results in chronic inflammation, which accounts for the weakening of bone and cartilage within the joints.

 

This research group was able to show that there is a viable link between P. gingivalis periodontal infection and rheumatoid arthritis; however, more research needs to be done to verify these finds. Hopefully further research can bring about new strategies to prevent RA. These studies also should encourage individuals to maintain good oral hygiene. It is always important to keep in mind that brushing and flossing not only keeps the mouth clean, but also keeps the entire body healthy. Please 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.mayoclinic.com/health/dental/DE00001

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/09/130912203327.htm

http://www.genengnews.com/gen-news-highlights/how-bad-gums-lead-to-arthritis/81248849/

http://arthritisbroadcastnetwork.org/2013/09/gum-disease-may-be-an-indication-of-rheumatoid-arthritis/

 

 

 

Can School Milk Battle Tooth Decay?

September 10th, 2013

In recent news, a school in Blackpool, England had found a staggering level of tooth decay among the children living in the area. The dental health of children in this town have been found to be the worst in the country, with more than 1 in 3 five year olds with at least one tooth with a degree of decay. By the time the children reach the age of 12, the percent of unhealthy teeth reach to 43%.

 

With this overwhelming amount of tooth decay found in schoolchildren, health chiefs have been working on implementing a new plan to bring down the level of decay. This project consists introducing milk fortified with fluoride in the 77 primary schools in Blackpool. Blackpool also happens to be one of the few towns that do not have fluoride in its water; milk fortified with fluoride is considered the next best option after fluoride in water. Dentists in town fully support the idea, believing that it is a step in the right direction to stop the rising level of tooth decay found in the children.

 

Fluoride is a mineral that how shown to work wonders for teeth. On a daily basis, minerals are continuously lost and added to a tooth’s enamel layer via demineralization and remineralization, respectively. Demineralization occurs when acids from bacteria in the mouth attack the enamel. Fluoride, along with calcium and phosphate, are minerals are crucial for the remineralization of teeth. When there is too much demineralization without adequate remineralization, the tooth is then susceptible to tooth decay. Fluoride helps combat tooth decay by strengthening the tooth, making it more resistant to plaque bacteria and sugars that are consumed. Aside from consuming fluoride through water or milk, there are other methods of receiving fluoride. Dentists can apply a fluoride gel, foam, or varnish on the teeth to prevent decay. At your next hygiene visit please ask specifically for a fluoride application. Not only can kids benefit from this  Fluoride supplements in liquid or tablet form are also viable options, but must be prescribed by your dentist, pediatrician or family doctor.

 

For more tips for caring about your smile go here.

Keep Your Kids Cavity Free!

Check Your Local Town Website for the Fluoride Content in Tap Water. Here is Wellesley's!

Please 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.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/news/education/flouride-plan-for-school-milk-to-target-decay-1-5961467

 

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/fluoride-treatment

 

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/news/20001010/is-fluoride-good-for-teeth-bones

 

http://www.knowyourteeth.com/infobites/abc/article/?abc=D&iid=303&aid=7363

 

http://www.knowyourteeth.com/infobites/abc/article/?abc=%20&iid=295&aid=4236

Link Found Between Poor Oral Health and HPV

September 9th, 2013

There has been a recent studying showing a relationship between poor oral health and the human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is a sexually transmitted virus that has been shown to cause cancer of the cervix, mouth and throat. Cancer Prevention Research has been the first group to document this link. While this association has been made, it is still too early to say that flossing and brushing on a regular basis can prevent oral HPV infection.

 

Research done at the University of Texas health Science Center have looked over data on both low-risk and high-risk oral HPV infection and health in 3,439 adults between the ages of 30 and 69. The original study found that males who smoke cigarettes and having multiple oral sex partners have an increased risk of developing oral HPV infection. Researchers then controlled for smoking and the number of oral sex partners and found that self-rated poor oral health was an independent risk for this oral infection. It was shown that those with poor oral health were 56% more likely to contract the oral HPV infection, compared to those with fair oral health. It was also found that gum disease was linked to a 51% higher oral HPV risk and general dental problems were linked with a 28% increased prevalence of this infection. While there still has not been conclusive evidence revealing this, researcher believe that people who lack of good oral health, such as those suffering from ulcers, sores or lesions, and gum inflammation, give way to more openings in the mouth, providing more locations for HPV to enter.

 

Even though there is not enough evidence to decisively show the link between poor oral health and HPV, it never hurts to maintain good oral health. While more research needs to be done in this topic, there have been many more relationships shown, linking oral health to the body’s overall health. Good oral hygiene should become a lifestyle, a personal habit that individuals should hold up to. 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:

 

http://cancerpreventionresearch.aacrjournals.org/

 

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/08/21/study-ties-poor-oral-hygiene-to-cancer-causing-virus/?_r=0

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/21/oral-health-hpv-risk-_n_3790205.html

 

Toothbrushing Mistakes to Know About (Part 2!)

September 6th, 2013

Proper toothbrushing techniques are always a must to maintain good oral health; there are never too many good tips on keeping teeth healthy! Here are a few more common mistakes that individuals tend to make after years of brush; catch these mistakes and your teeth will be sure to thank you!

 

Beginning at the same place, every time.

 

It’s absolutely great to keep up with the systemic habit of brushing teeth on a daily basis, but sometimes it may be healthier and beneficial to switch things up for a change. Many people are prone to begin brushing in the same place in the mouth and areas that areas that are covered later on in the routine tend to get less attention, becoming more cavity-friendly. A great way to remember to give your undivided attention to all areas in the mouth is to divide the oral cavity into four sections. When it comes time for brushing, pick a different starting quadrant each time and make your way through all 4!

 

Not brushing the right way.

 

While toothbrushing is often thought of as a simple task, dentists have found that individuals don’t seem to know the correct way to brush teeth! A common mistake that people tend to make is to make long, horizontal strokes across teeth; it seems like the most holistic way to get all the teeth. However, this brushing technique tends to be harsh and quite abrasive to the gumline. The best technique is to brush in short stroke down (not across!) teeth. These strokes can be either vertical or circular, have your pick!

 

Forgetting to brush the inner tooth surfaces.

 

Many people tend to place their attention on tooth surfaces that are actually facing outside, neglecting to brush the inside surfaces well. While it’s great keeping the outside surface white and bright, it is just as important to keep the inner surface of teeth from developing cavities. Dentists say that the inner surfaces of the lower front teeth are the most commonly skipped area. Make it a goal to keep that area cavity-free!

 

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-10/brushing-teeth-mistakes?page=2

 

http://www.webmd.boots.com/oral-health/guide/brushing-teeth-mistakes

 

http://healthmagazine.ae/10-tooth-brushing-mistakes/

 

Expecting Mothers: Maintain Good Oral Health for the Sake of Your Baby!

September 5th, 2013

Entering pregnancy can be a truly exciting season, with the growing anticipation of a new baby and the joys that he or she will bring. Soon-to-be mothers know that it is crucial to maintain a healthy lifestyle for herself and the baby that is on the way. However, many tend to underestimate how essential good oral health can be. A study published in Public Health Report examined the prevalence of dental care during pregnancy and found that 65% women in the state of California did not go to the dentist during pregnancy.  While 52% of these women reported to have dental problems prenatally, 62% of those women still did not go in to receive proper dental care. It is just as important to keep up with good oral health during pregnancy.

 

The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) and the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP) recently set out new clinical recommendations, highlighting the importance of maintaining good periodontal health. Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is a chronic condition where bacteria have attacked the gum tissues and even bone supporting teeth. When nothing is done to alleviate this disease, individuals may end up with tooth loss and even other diseases, such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Dentists recommend that individuals look out for signs of periodontal disease, including tenderness, swollen gums, and redness. Other symptoms include gums that tend to bleed during eat or brushing, gums that are pulling away from teeth, loose teeth, and halitosis. Many women see these warning signs but choose to ignore them, thinking that this disease would have no effect on their babies. Several studies have indicated that women with periodontal disease may be more likely to give premature births or have babies with low birth weight than mothers with healthy gums. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have stated that babies with weighing less than 5.5 pounds may be at risk of delayed motor skills, learning disabilities, and other long-term health problems. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recently stated that pregnant women should go in for regular dental cleanings during pregnancy.

 

It is always important to maintain good oral health, regardless of what life stage you are in. Dentists continue to stress good oral hygiene and routine brushing and flossing. 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:

 

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2966664/

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/08/130828092310.htm

http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/Oral-and-Dental-Health-at-Any-Age/Adults/Oral-Health-and-Pregnancy/article/Pregnancy-Oral-Health-and-Your-Baby.cvsp

 

 

 

Common Oral Health Problems in Children

August 29th, 2013

As children begin to grow up, it is important to frequently check how they are doing in terms of oral health. Here are some cases that should raise some red flags for parents.

 

Missing or Decayed Baby Teeth: while it is true that baby teeth eventually fall out and are replaced by permanent teeth, it is important to take proper care of baby teeth. Decayed or missing baby teeth can lead to crooked permanent teeth, which can lead to difficulty chewing and more cavities. Individuals with misaligned teeth have areas that may be hard to reach, leading to poorer dental hygiene, which can lead to tooth decay and periodontal disease.

 

Nursing Bottle Syndrome: this is a syndrome that results when baby keeps taking in formula, breast milk, fruit juice, or any type of liquid containing sugar. When babies sleep through the night with a bottle of liquid that has sugar, they have an increased risk of developing caries, which is decay of the tooth. Sugar that comes in contact with teeth for long periods of time also increases the growth of bacteria, which are responsible for tooth decay or infection that can potentially spread to other areas of the body. Note that it isn’t necessarily how much sugar the baby takes in; rather, it’s the amount of time the baby’s teeth have been exposed to sugar.

 

Thumb and Lip Sucking: there has been research done showing that thumb sucking can lead to bone structure shifts and tooth misalignments, and children who suck their lips may face similar problems. Both thumb and lip sucking can lead to overbites and protrusion of teeth, and may also lead to difficulty and speech development.  While thumb sucking is a means of comfort for a child, it is important to lead a child away from this habit.

 

Tongue Thrusting: this is a condition that comes forth from the chronic pressing of the tongue against the lips, which leads to protrusion of teeth. There are speech pathologists that are able to help children strengthen their chewing muscles and to change swallowing patterns, which can prevent dental problems down the road.

 

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: http://www.yourdentistryguide.com/children-poor-oral-health/ http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/oral-health-problems-children http://www.medicinenet.com/oral_health_problems_in_children/page3.htm

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