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Think Warm, Think Spring!

March 26th, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

References:

http://www.vacationsmadeeasy.com/BostonMA/activity/

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

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

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Tongue Health is No Tongue-Twister!

March 9th, 2015

Girl Sticking Out TongueNever forget to brush your tongue! It's often referred to as the "strongest muscle in the body," yet it needs care. In this article, we will describe how you can care for your tongue, and then we will explain common health problems related to the tongue and what you should do if you see any symptoms of them. Armed with these facts, you can maintain a healthy mouth!Did you know that some toothbrushes are made specifically for your tongue? It’s true, but regular toothbrushes can get the job done too!  Place toothpaste on your brush and gently stroke your tongue from back to front to remove plaque and bacteria. Another option for brushing your tongue is to use a tongue scraper. Pull it across your tongue to clean it and improve your breath. Following these steps and practicing good oral hygiene, you can keep your tongue healthy!

Some people do develop tongue soreness or discoloration. Fortunately, these are often caused by easily treatable problems. One problem that people sometimes have is that their tongue develops a white coating or white spots. While there are a number of different conditions that can cause a tongue to have these symptoms, three of the most common causes of a "white tongue" include leukoplakia, oral thrush, and oral lichen planus. Leukoplakia occurs when too many cells grow in your mouth. The excessive amount of cells can cause white patches to form.  Although leukoplakia is usually not dangerous, it can sometimes be a precursor to cancer. A dentist can diagnose whether you have leukoplakia and inform you on how to treat it.

Oral thrush, also known as candidiasis, is another reason why some people have “white tongue.” Oral thrush is a yeast infection that can produce white patches on your mouth, including the tongue. It is especially common for infants and the elderly, individuals who use inhaled steroids to treat asthma or lung disease, and for those who have diabetes. It can also occur after a person uses antibiotics. See a dentist who can diagnose this infection and even provide you with medications to help cure it.

Oral lichen planus causes raised white lines to form on your tongue. Usually, doctors cannot diagnose the cause. Most of the time, this problem resolves on its own with time. Still, you can do your part to help your body get better by practicing proper dental hygiene and avoiding foods that irritate your mouth.

Other factors can cause a pink tongue to turn red. Vitamin deficiencies, geographic tongue (harmless condition causing red spots), scarlet fever, and kawasaki syndrome are frequent causes. If your tongue is an unhealthy red color, you may have vitamin deficiencies of B-12 or folic acid. You can simply take supplements in this situation. Kawasaki syndrome is an illness that affects the tongue's blood vessels and is usually seen in children less than five years of age. Children may develop a red tongue, a high fever, and redness in the hands and feet. Be sure to bring the child to the doctor immediately.

Some people have a black, hairy tongue. Fortunately, this is almost always benign. Your tongue has small bumps called papillae, which grow throughout your lifetime. For most people, daily activities wear down their papillae. However, for others, these bumps can continue to grow long. When papillae are long, more bacteria can live on them and create a dark, hairy appearance. Usually, this condition is seen in people who aren't practicing healthy dental hygiene or who are using chemotherapy or antibiotics. People with diabetes can also have this problem. Fortunately, a black, hairy tongue is usually not dangerous to your overall health.

 

Another common tongue condition involves painful, bumpy tongues. Causes include biting your tongue, canker sores, burning mouth syndrome, enlarged papillae, smoking, and other medical conditions.

Finally, be careful if you or someone has a swollen tongue. If the person also has trouble breathing, the person may have a severe allergic reaction and need emergency medical care. In rare cases, tongue problems can be symptoms of serious conditions, such as diabetes, anemia, and oral cancer can also cause tongue pain. Be sure to see a dentist and get a diagnosis if your pain is lasting for a significant amount of time. Follow these ideas to maintain a healthy tongue. Nobody wants a strawberry tongue!

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.webmd.com/oral-health/tc/basic-dental-care-home-treatment

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/tongue-problem-basics-sore-or-discolored-tongue-and-tongue-bumps

http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/t/tongue-scrapers

http://www.everydayhealth.com/allergies/swollen-tongue.aspx

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Are toothbrushes actually clean?

July 29th, 2013

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

References:

 

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

 

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

 

Wellesley Parade and Picnic

May 23rd, 2013

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Wellesley’s Wonderful Weekend was once again truly wonderful—what an amazing experience to celebrate another year of this great community tradition!

Thank you to the Wellesley Celebrations Committee for organizing such wonderful events for the community and the volunteers who support it. We also want to thank the Wellesley Police Department for not only keeping everyone safe this weekend but for also representing our town in the OneFund by selling BostonStrong t-shirts and donating proceeds to those who were affected by the recent Boston Marathon tragedy.

Our tractor float caught a lot of attention this year! It was all thanks to the little smile ambassadors we had on board helping our team promote healthy, happy smiles. The fun continued later at the picnic, where the Wellesley Dental Group tent was a real party! We had face painting and feather extensions, guest appearances from the Tooth Fairy and Chuckles the Dinosaur, and lots of treats for all our young smile ambassadors! Even a little rain didn't dampen the community spirit, and the night came to a perfect end with some truly spectacular fireworks. We can’t wait to sponsor them again next year!

Fluoride Levels in Over the Counter Products

June 7th, 2012

Last year, you may remember seeing in the news that the Department of Health and Human Services proposed changing the fluoride level in water. The reason for this was because they wanted to make sure the fluoride level in water was a healthy balance between the fluoride received in toothpaste.

The Food and Drug Administration allows over the counter toothpaste for adults to contain 1000 ppm or 1100 ppm of fluoride and allows it in three forms or compounds.

To meet the Food and Drug Administration regulations and be approved by the American Dental Association, over the counter toothpastes must have less than 276 mg of fluroride per tube.

You can read the full article to learn more about fluoride.

 

New Year's Oral Health Resolutions

December 31st, 2009

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

This week we posted one oral health resolution a day - small and simple actions to take -  and now it's time to finish our top ten list. 

 Flossing

1. Turn the water faucet off when brushing your teeth.

2. Replace your toothbrush or power toothbrush head if it has been 3 months since you last started using a new one - or if you have recently been sick, or if the indicator on the brush tells you it's time (even if it has been over 3 months and the indicator looks fine) OR if someone decided to use your brush!

3. Brush for at least two minutes at least twice a day.

When? A good time to brush is after eating breakfast and then again after you have finished eating and drinking for the day. If you can brush during the day, after meals is a great time.  Use a stop-watch or timer if you need to. We have some here if you need one.

4. Keep your toothbrush far away from the toilet.  It's always wise to flush the toilet with the lid closed as germs can spray way up into the air (at least that's what we've been told).

5. Reduce your soda and carbonated beverage consumption. If you are going to drink these beverages, it may be wise to drink them through a straw and limit the amount of time spent drinking.  If you want a soda, have it in one sitting, instead of prolonged sipping.

6. Floss daily. Use about 18 inches of dental floss and floss in between every tooth. To see a video on good flossing form, please visit this YOU TUBE Video.

7. Schedule an advanced oral cancer screening for your next dental visit if it has been a year or more since your last screening.  Not sure if you've been screened?  Check with your dentist - advanced oral cancer screenings use additional technology that may aid in earlier detection.

8. Address any dental problems you currently are aware of -  do you know your gums are bleeding? Have you had a root canal and have not capped? Make 2010 the year that you resolve these ongoing issues so that moving forward, you can stay on top of your oral health.

9. Schedule your dental cleanings for the year if you don't already have them scheduled.  Everyone should see a dentist at least once every 6 months for a professional cleaning; some people may require cleanings or specialized treatments more often.

10. Realize it's okay - and IMPORTANT - to take care of your oral health. It tends to be one area of health that people neglect or feel awkward about caring about.  Getting dental problems fixed and spending a few minutes a day brushing and flossing is not being selfish.  You deserve to have the best oral health possible - and it's absolutely within reach!

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