Valentine's Day

Reminder: Take Good Care of your Heart!

February 12th, 2020

It's hearts all over the world each month of February, especially with Valentine's Day right around the corner. But, this month isn't just about the cards and candy, it's also American Heart Month, where the importance of heart health is advocated by communities across the world. Heart disease is sadly the number 1 killer of Americans, killing more people than all forms of cancer! Both heart disease and stroke are the cause of approximately 2,300 deaths each day. This year, it is the 56th consecutive American Heart Month, which was first implemented by President Lyndon B. Johnson in February 1964. Organizations such as the American Heart Association promote the importance of heart disease awareness.

Over the years, rising obesity rates in children and adults have contributed to the progression of heart disease in America. Luckily, heart disease can be prevented with the right healthy life-style choices. From being more physically active, to eating healthier diets, and tracking your heart health by regularly checking your blood pressure and weight. Most people also don't realize that managing your stress and sleep schedule plays a role in your heart health. Lack of sleep can increase your risk for developing chronic health problems because your body needs the rest in order to keep your mental and physical health regulated.

Coronary heart disease is the most common type of heart disease and can lead to heart attacks. People are at a higher risk of developing heart disease if they have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, preeclampsia during pregnancy, or prediabetes or diabetes. In addition, people who smoke cigarettes, are over age of 55 for women or 45 for men, or people with a family history of heart disease are also at a higher risk for having heart disease. Although some risk factors cannot be change, most others are modifiable! It is important to make conscious choices to eat healthy and stay active.

Take a look at this list of food groups that should regularly be included in your diet:

  • Vegetables such as leafy greens (spinach, collard greens, kale, cabbage), broccoli, and carrots
  • Fruits such as apples, bananas, oranges, pears, grapes, and prunes
  • Whole grains such as plain oatmeal, brown rice, and whole-grain bread or tortillas
  • Fat-free or low-fat dairy foods such as milk, cheese, or yogurt
  • Protein-rich foods:
    • Fish high in omega-3 fatty acids (salmon, tuna, and trout)
    • Lean meats such as 95% lean ground beef or pork tenderloin or skinless chicken or turkey
    • Eggs
    • Nuts, seeds, and soy products (tofu)
    • Legumes such as kidney beans, lentils, chickpeas, black-eyed peas, and lima beans
  • Oils and foods high in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats:
    • Canola, corn, olive, safflower, sesame, sunflower, and soybean oils (not coconut or palm oil)
    • Nuts such as walnuts, almonds, and pine nuts
    • Nut and seed butters
    • Salmon and trout
    • Seeds (sesame, sunflower, pumpkin, or flax)
    • Avocados
    • Tofu

It is important to limit sodium (salt), saturated and trans fats, added sugars, and alcohol. Reading food labels can be tedious but could also save your life! Sweetened drinks and desserts have a lot of added sugars which can not only impact your oral health but also your heart 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 to set up an appointment.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist, Dr. Derek, and Dr. Emad is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Stephens would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.




The Perfect Smile for Valentine's Day

February 14th, 2019

Today on Valentine's Day we are reminded of all of the love that surrounds us. Pink and red flowers, cards, and treats may also make an appearance on this holiday. As we celebrate, make sure you're showing your smile some love too! Here's some tips on how you can keep your pearly whites glistening on your special date or day with loved ones:

Cavities and Kissing:

Did you know cavities can be contagious? Bacteria that cause tooth decay can transmit from one mouth to another through kissing or sharing utensils. The good news is, kissing helps stimulate saliva, which is necessary to wash away leftover foods and fight cavities. But, to prevent swapping germs, it is important to brush your teeth 2x a day for at least 2 minutes and floss for a healthy and cavity-free smile.

Bad Breath Be Gone!

Bad breath can be a burden, but there are a lot of things that can be done to help prevent it.  Bad breath is often a result of bacteria, so good hygiene habits like brushing and flossing are the easiest things to do to keep your breath smelling fresh. A lot of plaque and bacteria are hiding between teeth and on the surface of your tongue so don't forget these areas! There are also a variety of mouth rinses available in the store that are anti-microbial and help get rid of bacteria and bad breath. Not to mention, chewing xylitol gum can help stimulate saliva and keep your breath fresh.

Brighten Smiles with Whitening

Looking to get rid of stains or not as confident with the color of your teeth? If you'd like to brighten your smile, our in-office ZOOM! Whitening is the way to go, and also could be a great gift to surprise your loved one with.

Avoid Smoking

Smoking is not only bad for your lungs, it also has a negative impact on your mouth. It can cause oral cancer, bad breath, and stain your pearly whites.

Sweet Treats

One of the fun aspects of Valentine's Day is the sweet treats and desserts that you may indulge in. If you happen to have some goodies, just be sure to keep your teeth in mind. Avoid hard candies, or candies that are sticky such as caramels or gummies as they can be damaging to your enamel. Also be sure to rinse with water and try eating the sweets with a meal so that your saliva flow can help wash away the sugars that cause tooth decay.

We wish you a Happy Valentine's 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 to set up an appointment and consultation.

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








Spread the Love at the Wellesley Community Blood Drive!

February 1st, 2017


It's February, the month of Valentine's Day, which means that love is in the air! Circulate the love by giving blood to the Wellesley Community Blood Drive on Friday, February 17 from 1-6 PM sponsored by Wellesley Dental Group at the Wellesley Community Center! The drive, held in cooperation with the American Red Cross, aims to collect at least 50 units of lifesaving blood.

Millions of people in need are helped by the critical blood donations provided by American Red Cross. We are delighted to sponsor this event with this incredible organization and have the opportunity to help our fellow Americans through this blood drive. Your donation can make a huge difference, since every 2 seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.

The American Red Cross has also issued an emergency call for blood and platelet donations due to cancellations from ice, snow, and subfreezing temperatures in many states.

Interested in helping a great cause? Join our Facebook event!

Here's what you need to know if you want to donate:

Donors with the following blood types are invited to donate by the Red Cross’ double red cell technology (2RBC): O- , O+, A- , B-. There are height and weight requirements, more information is available here.

You can also pre-register by visiting and enter sponsor code WellesleyCC or click HERE. You can also complete pre-reading and health history questions online at Red Cross RapidPass and print out the form on the day of the blood drive.

Note: The American Red Cross is closely monitoring the Zika virus. We ask that you not to donate if any Zika Virus exposures apply to you. (Puerto Rico, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, South America, Miami, Dade and Broward Counties, Florida). Donate blood four weeks after your last risk exposure.

Please bring picture identification and remember to eat a healthy meal and drink plenty of fluids before donating! We look forward to seeing you!

Feel free to contact Drs. Femina, Ejaz, and 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

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 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.


Sending Our Love Your Way: Happy Valentine's Day!

February 14th, 2015

From roses to chocolates to hugs and kisses, Valentine's day is the perfect time to show affection and appreciation to your loved ones! Each year over $1 billion Valentine's cards and chocolates will be sent to loved ones. The tradition of giving chocolates on Valentine's day has been around for nearly 150 years! Make sure to practice good oral health habits as you receive sweet goodies today.

It's also a day of celebration filled with fun and romantic events all across the world. Whether you're spending the day with your secret admirer, friends, family, or significant other, there are plenty of love-filled events happening in the Greater Boston area!




Enter Our Photo Contest for a Chance to Win a $50 Gift Card for Cafe Mangal

Deadline: Saturday, February 14, 11:59pm

Our Annual Valentine's Day Competition back in action! Send us a picture of your loved one smiling and tell us what makes them smile to be entered in the draw!Message or tag us in your post on FacebookTwitterGoogle+Instagram, or send us an email

The Brattle Theatre

February 13 - 23, show times vary

40 (theater and Algiers) and 52 (Burdick's) Brattle Street, Cambridge MA

Sit back and relax while watching the film of your choice at the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge! There are several films for you and your family to choose from and enjoy!

Chamber Orchestra of BostonFebruary 14, 7:30 PM

First Church, 66 Marlborough Street Boston’s Back Bay

Another great way to spend Valentine's day is with tango dancers Armando Orzuza, Nuria Martinez and the Chamber Orchestra of Boston at the program, “Valentine Tango.”

Dining in the DarkFebruary 14 & 15, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Hampshire House Boston

Ever heard of eating blind folded? That's what this event is all about! This sensory adventure will have your sense of taste, touch, smell, and sound heightened!

Disney on IceFebruary 14th-22nd, show times vary

TD Garden100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114

Ever catch your child singing "Let it snow" by the recent Disney film Frozen? Disney on Ice is now presenting Frozen, the film that tells the story of a beautiful ice princess!

Works of Love, Jose Mateo Ballet TheatreFebruary, 6 – 22

Feb 14, 8 pm - 10 pm 

February 15,  4 pm - 6 pm

Feb 19, 8 pm - 10 pm

400 Harvard Street

Harvard Square

Cambridge , MA 02138

Spend the day with your valentine at José Mateo Ballet Theatre and experience a thrilling live ballet performance that explores human emotion and playfulness.

"In Love with Wine and Chocolate" Class and DinnerFebruary 14, 6:30pm-9:30pm

Boston Wine School, 1354 Commonwealth Ave, Allston

Spread the love with chocolate and wine along with a class and dinner at the Boston Wine School.

The ImprovBoston Dating Game

Saturday, February 14 at 7PM

40 Prospect St
CambridgeMA 02139


Have some laughs tonight at the ImprovBoston Dating Game, which combines audience voting with a couples dating game-style quiz. Tickets are $10-$12.

Ice Skating at Boston Common's Frog PondMonday, 10am to 4pm

Sunday to Thursday, 10am to 9pm

Friday and Saturday, 10am to 10pm

Boston, MA 02108

Enjoy the fresh outdoors ice skating with family and friends this Valentine's day!


Have a lovely and tooth-friendly Valentine's 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 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.




Local Specials for Valentine's Day/Weekend

February 14th, 2014

heart valentines love woman smile manValentine's Day, February 14th, is a joyous holiday celebrated by spending time with loved ones, sending and receiving hand-written letters, exchanging flowers, and consuming inordinate amounts of chocolaty goodness in the form of truffles and pastries.

Valentine's Day was sanctioned as a church holiday by Pope Gelasius around 498 A.D.  The specific origin of this lovely holiday remains unclear because the Catholic Church recognizes and celebrates three different saints, all named Valentine or Valentinus.  In one interpretation, St. Valentine fell in love with the daughter of his jailor.  Before he died, Valentine wrote her a letter and signed it as "From your Valentine" -- a phrase that we see today in many letters and cards.


Whether you are single, married, in a relationship, or all things in between, here are some great ways to celebrate the joy of love locally with friends or family.


Enter Our Photo Contest for a Chance to Win a FREE Teeth Whitening Certificate!

Deadline: Friday, February 14, 11:59pm

Submit photos of your loved ones smiling and tell us what makes them happy! Tag us in your post on FacebookTwitterGoogle+, Instagram or Pinterest. You can also post directly to those pages. You can also email the photos to Details

Meet Buddy Love

Friday, February 14
10 AM
177 Main Street Acton MA 01720

Come meet Buddy Love and her handler Christine Macdonald from the Pets & People Foundation. They will read us a story and Buddy Love will bark along! Learn about people therapy through pets and all about Buddy Love’s role in the organization. Buddy Love is a mixed breed that was rescued from a shelter and he’s ready to greet you!

The Bruce Marshall Group: Valentine's Dinner Dance

Friday, February 14
7 PM
Merchants Row at The Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Square, Concord

Show cost $20 per person or FREE with Dinner.
A Special Overnight Package is Available for $299 Per Couple. The Package Includes: Dinner for Two, the Show and a Room at The Colonial Inn on Friday night with Breakfast on Saturday morning. A beautiful historic Inn in the heart of charming Concord, MA. Enjoy authentic Colonial ambiance, mouth-watering cuisine and exceptional service.
New England Blues Legend Bruce Marshall formed the BRUCE MARSHALL GROUP in 1991 and has been recording and performing throughout the US since their inception.

Valentine’s Day Storytime and Curious George

Friday, February 14
10 AM - 1 PM
The World’s Only Curious George Store, 1 JFK Street, Cambridge, 617-547-4500

"Forget traditional romance and enjoy some family fun. Join Curious George in Cambridge to hear stories, make a Valentine’s Day craft, and hang out with the monkey himself. RSVP to one of three event times required."

Anti-Valentines Day Party

Friday, February 14
3:30 - 4:30 PM
530 Washington St., Wellesley, 781-237-0485

Wellesley Free Library

"Kids in grades 6-8 join us in the Quigley Youth Room on February 14th from 3:30-4:30 for an Anti-Valentines Day Party! Whether you've got a broken heart, or just want to avoid the cheesy Hallmark cards and love songs, come for snacks, crafts and fun as we un-celebrate the holiday!  Sponsored by the Friends of the Wellesley Free Libraries."

Cupid Undie Run

Saturday, February 15
12 PM
19 Yawkey Way, Boston

"Take your pants off for charity, and join the WROR Morning Crew by running half-naked through the streets to support the Children’s Tumor Foundation. You can start a team for $50 or run solo. However, if you’re only interested in watching the half-naked runners go by, that’s (fortunately or unfortunately) free of charge."

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

4th Annual Valentine's Love Crawl

Saturday, February 15
12 PM

Stadium State Street, 148 State Street, Boston

Join us February 15th as once again we take over downtown Boston, with our 4th annual crawl.. Last year Valentines Love Crawl was voted Boston's #1 Pub Crawl of the year from Boston Magazine .... And this year we have even MORE...

The Cat Connection Meet & Greet

Saturday, February 15
11 AM

1185 Chestnut St Newton

Fall in Love Fur?ever Adoption Day. Looking to adopt a furry friend? Come meet senior cats Cleo and Murray who are each looking for their forever Valentines. Their mom went into assisted living so now they need new moms or dads...there are not a bonded pair, so they will be adopted separately. They each have so much more love to give!

Mood Dancing - Musical Therapy

Saturday, February 15
2 PM
738 Main Street, Waltham, MA, Acrobatic RocknRoll Academy Studio (across from library)

Welcome to MOOD DANCING! If you are tired of going to the
gym and doing the same exercise routine over and over --- why don't you try something new? MOOD DANCING is FUN exercise!! You will get a fabulous work-out - and feel SO good. We dance to music of the 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's, 2000's +, dance, techno, rock n roll, reggae, disco, etc., etc. Come and HAVE SOME FUN!!!!!!!!

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 questionsContact us today at 781-237-9071 or to set up an appointment and consultation.


Vacation week!

February 19th, 2013

It’s school vacation week! At WDG, we had an amazing President’s Day where we saw so many of our wonderful patients. We’re looking forward to seeing so many more this week. It really makes us happy when vacations come because it means that our busiest patients will have enough time to put their health first and come visit us for their much-needed care. This is especially true for our youngest patients who attend school.


Have you visited your dentist recently? Now might be a great time. It’s so important to prioritize your oral health, especially for children. Starting good oral health habits early on lead to a life of better oral and general health.

Besides visiting your dentist, here are some fun things you can do this vacation week!

1. Visit the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and check out their special learning opportunities with your child. Workshops are from 10 am – 4 pm.

2. It’s February Vacation week at the zoo! Visit the Franklin Park Zoo and experience the wonders of the animal kingdom and the jungle with your child. This week, the zoo is offering extra learning opportunities for young enthusiasts.

3. Even though it’s still chilly, if your child is outdoorsy, here are some great suggestions for family hikes from Mommy Poppins, like Walden Pond. It may be a good idea to call beforehand to make sure there are no weather-related issues.

4. Check out your local library for fun events, concerts, and movies! The Wellesley Free Library even has a Young Scientist event where they are bringing in owls!

5. Spend family time together. No matter what you do, having fun as a family is special! Get off the computer and connect with one another the old fashioned way. Cook, take walks, listen to music. It doesn't matter as long as you have each other.

Keep smiling and have a safe vacation!

Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group will be very happy to answer your questions and advise you on your oral health needs. Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or!

We love you, too!

February 15th, 2013


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We had such amazing Valentines with our wonderful WDG family! The very lucky Jobson family won the free whitening certificate while Andrew Harrison and Shana Hardgrave won a certificate 50% off their choice of whitening. We know it will make them smile.

Here are some of our favorite Valentines we received this year:

“Roses are red, violets are blue, who doesn’t love clean teeth? All of us do!” Kate F.

“We love <3 <3 <3 Drs. Ali, Emad, and Pradhan!” – The J. Family

“Wellesley Dental, where you never leave without a smile!” – Andrew H.

“Happy Valentine’s Day” Shana H.

“Thanks for helping to keep me smiling.” –Chris L.

“Thank you for all your kind care and help” – Tahera R.

“Wellesley Dental Group. Thanks for taking good care of my teeth!” - Trish L.


"I never had a dentist where I almost fall asleep during a treatment, known by name by every team member and are welcomed with the warmest smile. Your service is outstanding!" Miriam C.

“Happy Valentine’s Day! You are all wonderful!!” - Irene C.

“I love you WDG. We are the best team ever!”

“Wellesley Dental Group. Best wishes, thanks for everything” – Guido V.

“<3 Wellesley Dental for doing such a good job!”  - John Q.

“Thank you for giving me a great smile!” - Kate Y.

“Please make my smile brighter this Valentine’s Day! Thank you!!”


Drs. Ejaz and Femina Ali and the Caring Team at WDG wants to let you all know, we love you too!

Keep your kids cavity free!

February 12th, 2013

Sure, they may have baby teeth that will fall out soon enough; however, prioritizing good oral health practices in your children early on is important. Building good habits in your kids will positively influence their overall health for years to come. So what can you do now to help your child’s future?

  • Make sure they brush twice a day every day and start flossing early on so they get into the habit now. Plaque, a bacterial film, builds up and in between the teeth, so consistent removal is important. If plaque is left to sit, it can cause decay and gum problems.
  • Make an appointment for your child’s first visit if you haven’t yet. It’s a good idea to make an appointment as soon as the child’s first tooth comes in or no later than their first birthday.
  • Set a good example by prioritizing your own oral health and remember, the way in which you talk about the dentist will affect your child’s expectations of their own dental visits. By staying positive and sharing good experiences with your child, you will keep your child at ease. Going to a dentist is a positive thing and it’s great when children look forward to it. Ask you dental office if you can bring your child beforehand for a show and tell! Help your dentist build a lasting relationship with your child.
  • Watch what your child eats. Sugars don’t come solely from candy and juices. In fact, a recent study discovered that the food that causes the most cavities isn't sweet at all, crackers. Most crackers are highly processed foods and are a feasting ground for bacteria, which deteriorates tooth enamel. A better option for your children are whole grains, unprocessed foods and be sure to stay away from sticky foods, which can get caught between teeth and within the groves of the tooth surface.


Oral hygiene is an integral part of the day, like eating breakfast. Help your child set him/herself apart from the alarming number of children who have tooth decay. In fact, according to the CDC, 25% of children between the ages of 2-5 have tooth decay. With better oral health practices from the start, this can change.

For more great health tips, please visit the ADA's website. If you want an in depth guide, go to this wonderful resource from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists that goes from pacifiers to fluoride treatments.


We love you, do you love us?

February 7th, 2013

It’s almost Valentine’s day – let your smile say “I Love You”. Share the love and say something sweet to WDG and be entered to win a drawing for a free whitening service. Tell your friends and family, anyone can enter!


Send WDG a valentine on our Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or email us a love note and you will be entered to win a free whitening (retail value up to $550). Two runners up will also be selected in a blind drawing to win 50% for a whitening.

Not feeling tech savvy? Stop by our office and fill out one of our cute Valentines with your contact information to enter.

The drawing will take place on February 14th. Kid's you can still enter and save your win as a present for Mother's or Father's Day! Must be 18 years of age and older to receive whitening treatment.

Our favorite love notes will be featured on our social media on Valentine's Day. Feeling shy? You can always send us a love note anonymously.

May cupid be on your side!

Happy Valentine's Day

February 14th, 2011

It's the perfect time to draw a love note.  We love that adults and children take the time, even at the dental office, to create drawings and artwork. If only all of us at Wellesley Dental Group were so talented with a marker and crayon.


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