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Got Gingivitis? A Plant-Based Whole Foods Diet May Help

May 10th, 2019

As many of us know, our diet plays a huge role in our overall well-being. You may notice that your body feels differently when you eat certain foods. For instance, eating processed and fast foods often can make you feel less energized. For several reasons, opting for a healthy diet can improve your overall health. In fact, a new study points out that a plant-based whole foods diet may even improve your oral health. Researchers found that an ant-inflammatory plant-based whole food diet reduced gingivitis (inflammation of the gums).



So, what exactly is a plant-based whole foods diet? This diet’s main focus is on consuming fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, seeds and nuts, and to limit intaking processed foods and added sugars. 

The new study, published in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology, looked at 30 participants with gingivitis. The participants were split randomly into either a control group that was asked not to change their diet, and an experimental group, which was placed on a diet composed mainly of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin C, vitamin D, antioxidants, plant nitrates, and fibers over a four week time frame. Both groups did not use floss throughout the time period of the study. They found that individuals within the experimental group had significantly less bleeding gums, greater weight loss, as well as an increase in Vitamin D. The amount of plaque recorded for both groups, however, was similar. Researchers believe that the plant-based diet may have the ability to slow the progression of gingivitis. Whereas, the common fast food and high carb diet in America may be promoting inflammation, which plays a significant role in gingivitis and periodontal disease.

But, you may be wondering: can't dietary supplements just do the trick? The American Dietetic Association (ADA) states that choosing nutritious foods is the best way to lower your risk of chronic disease, rather than just relying solely on dietary supplements. 

Your dietary choices, along with good oral hygiene practices can keep your smile heathy and glistening.

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. 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.

References:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/04/190403080459.htm

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16182650

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/plant-based-diet-guide#overview

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Is there a Genetic Component to my Kid's Tooth Decay?

May 4th, 2019

Our genes make us who we are and seem to play a significant role in many conditions in our lives. However, according to a recent study (“Genetic and Early Life Environmental Influences on Dental Caries Risk: A Twin Study), tooth decay may not be one of the conditions influenced by genetics. But what about your lifestyle habits? Recent research shows that environmental factors rather than genetics could be the main culprit influencing the development of tooth decay.



The study done at Murdoch Children’s Research Institute in Australia drew several interesting conclusions. By analyzing 173 sets of identical and non-identical twins from pregnancy up to age six, they found that genes did not impact the prevalence of tooth decay. Identical twins with the same genetic makeup were not found to have the same amount of tooth decay. Instead, outside factors such as fluoride availability, diet, and oral hygiene habits may be playing the most important role in the onset of dental cavities. 

In addition, the study recorded and observed the mother's weight, health conditions, medication use, vitamin D levels, stress, alcohol intake and smoking habits during pregnancy through a questionnaire. The researchers discovered a link between the mother’s health and habits during pregnancy with the susceptibility of dental caries. Obesity in pregnancy was associated with a higher risk of tooth decay in children. Unfortunately, in the United States, tooth decay is the #1 most common childhood disease. Even in Australia the researchers found that one in every three children have tooth decay as early as their first day starting school. But, the good news is, tooth decay is highly preventable! It is important to start practicing good oral hygiene habits and live a healthy lifestyle from an early age to help protect your smile and body. This way the risk of developing other systemic issues such as diabetes and cardiovascular problems can be minimized.

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. 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.

References:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/04/190430091838.htm

https://www.mouthhealthy.org/~/media/MouthHealthy/Images/Articles/article_dentist_parent_advice.jpg?h=307&la=en&w=460&hash=BCB9195CABCD8F1B1C8D9281D1EEBAD1DAEFE429

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Eating Vegetarian Can Hurt Your Oral Health

July 26th, 2016

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While choosing to eat vegetarian has many health benefits, the AGD (Academy of General Dentistry) claims that a vegetarian diet could increase your risk for periodontal or gum disease because of the lack of vitamin D and calcium.

This imbalance in your diet can soften your teeth over time and make them more prone to cavities along with periodontal disease. Although deficiencies in vitamin D are rare and deficiencies in calcium can be adjusted with a proper diet, children and teenagers should be especially aware of their nutritional needs. Vegans are especially at risk for a lack of vitamin B2, vitamin B12, calcium, and vitamin D in their diets.

The key to maintaining proper oral health for vegetarians is eating a balanced diet that includes a variety of fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes, according to the AGD. Vitamin deficiencies can easily be solved with vegetable margarines, soy milk, yeast, green leafy vegetables, or a daily multivitamin.

To ensure you have healthy smile, contact our office or your physician for more tips.

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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https://www.deltadentalins.com/oral_health/vegetarian.html

What To Expect When You're Expecting

June 23rd, 2016

 

When you're pregnant, you have to pay extra attention to your health, and especially your oral health. You might think that taking care of your teeth isn't as important as other aspects of your body, but oral hygiene is just as important!

This is because pregnancy could cause changes to the mouth. Some women may be more prone to gingivitis, which is a type of gum disease that results in red, tender, and sore gums. If not treated, gingivitis could lead to a more serious gum disease.

Instead of only brushing and flossing, make sure to rinse with a fluoride mouthwash and schedule regular appointments with your dentist. During your visit, let your dentist know what stage of pregnancy you're in and point out any changes in medications or special orders from your physician.

Maintaining a balanced diet is also particularly important during your pregnancy. You especially need sufficient quantities of vitamins A, C, and D, protein, calcium, and phosphorous. Avoid frequent snacking to prevent tooth decay, but when you do snack, choose raw fruits and vegetables, yogurt, or cheese.

If you experience morning sickness, rinse with a teaspoon of baking soda mixed with water to prevent stomach acid from damaging your teeth.

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:

http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/pregnancy-slideshow/?source=promospots&content=topstories&medium=pregnancy/

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Summertime in the City: What's Healthy and What's Not

June 2nd, 2015

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June is finally here and it will be hard for many of us to resist a cold drink on a hot summer day. With the many family barbecues and outings, you're sure to be in for a treat this summer. During the warmer months, there are many tasty foods and drinks at our convenience. However, some of these items aren’t so tooth-friendly. As we all know, it is important to limit the amount of sugary foods and drinks we intake to ensure a healthy smile. For the health of your mouth, which links to your overall health, try adding these healthy options to your plate and glass this summer:

Drink, Drink, and Drink more water:

A nice glass of water can be a refreshing drink as you relax by the poolside. Water is important for staying hydrated, especially when your active and the sun is shining. Your smile will also thank you if you rinse your mouth with water after meals. Water, particularly tap water, even has the benefit of containing fluoride.

Watermelon:

Watermelon, made of 92% water, is another tasty  and healthy snack that will keep you hydrated this summer. It contains  lycopene, which helps keep skin protected. Also, many foods that are mainly composed of water have fewer calories. Your kids may even enjoy making watermelon popsicles!

Milk:

Milk is a great alternative to sugary drinks because it has been found to reduce levels of acid produced by plaque bacteria. Milk helps remineralize teeth by providing calcium to keep your teeth strong.

Sugar-Free Gum:

Chewing sugar-free gum can help to stimulate saliva flow and ultimately help to wash away left behind foods. However, it is not clear whether or not xylitol, commonly found in sugar-free gum, actually lowers the risk of developing dental cavities.

Strawberries:

Strawberries are in season and packed with healthy ingredients. Strawberries contain malic acid, which is known to whiten enamel. They also contain many antioxidants and vitamin C, which can help to regulate blood pressure and cholesterol, and promote eye health.

Cheese:

Cheese is full of calcium, the protein casein, and vitamin D, all good for the health of your teeth. Researchers have discovered that cheese helps increases the pH levels of dental plaque, helping to reduce tooth decay.

Pears:

Pears contain a wealth of fiber that will benefit your teeth. They help to produce saliva and lower plaque levels in the mouth.

Apples:

Crispy apples are full of vitamins and nutrients. Full of water and lots of fiber, apples help to scrub and clean the surface of your teeth.

Vegetables:

Veggies ranging from carrots rich in Vitamin A to dark leafy greens rich in iron, can make a great snack to chew on. Including vegetables in your diet is essential for the health of your teeth and body.

Cranberries:

Research has suggested that cranberries help lower the risk of cavities by helping to keep plaque from sticking to teeth. But, you may want to pay attention to the labels on cranberry products, as many of them can contain added sugars to compensate for their naturally tart flavor.

 

Some foods and drinks that are hard-to-resist, but should be avoided to keep strong and healthy teeth, include:

 

Soft Drinks, Sports Drinks, Sweet Tea, and Juice: Drinking a cold soda may sound refreshing, but it is damaging to tooth enamel. It can also dehydrate your body and make you feel more thirsty. Even sports drinks, artificially sweetened drinks, and concentrated fruit juice contain sugars for the bacteria in dental plaque to feed on and produce harmful acids. The acid then tears away at tooth enamel and can eventually lead to tooth decay. Highly acidic drinks can even cause heartburn and stomach pain. Sipping on these drinks throughout the day rather than at meal times should also be avoided because saliva production is not at its peak. Saliva is important for washing away bacteria and food particles.

Ice Cream:

The many flavors of ice cream are delicious, but unfortunately is full of sugar. Some individuals may also experience tooth sensitivity. Sensitive teeth results when the dentin underneath tooth enamel becomes exposed. This can cause pain, but can be treated. If you do have a taste for ice cream, try and select ice cream with less sugar.

Citrus Fruits:

As we all know, limes, lemons, oranges, and grapefruits are very acidic. These fruits contain citric acid and can be damaging to teeth if consumed frequently.

Vinegar:

A common practice, but an unhealthy one, is to mix vegetables with vinegar. This acidic combination can erode tooth enamel. Pickles are also very acidic.

Granola and Energy Bars:

These items may appear to be good for teeth, but often the dried fruit and other ingredients can be sticky, chewy, and hard to get off of teeth.

Candy: 

We all know that candy contains a lot of sugar, and should be avoided for the protection of your smile.

 

It is important to remember that if you do choose some of the not-so-healthy foods and beverages, consume them in moderation. Also, avoid snacking between meals, as acids can stick around for up to 20 minutes after eating. Not to mention, be mindful of the dyes used in many foods and beverages that can cause tooth discoloration. Practice good oral health habits and lean more towards a tooth-friendly 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. 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.therabreath.com/articles/blog/fresh-breath-happenings/teeth-friendly-summer-food-ideas-34659.asp

http://greatist.com/health/healthy-teeth-foods

http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-watermelon-popsicles-10713

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June is National Dairy Month!

June 6th, 2014

The start of June signals the beginning of summer, warmer weather, beach vacations and... the start of National Dairy Month!  Formerly known as National Milk Month, National Dairy Month began in 1937 as a way to get people to incorporate more nutritious dairy into their diets.  Dairy products contain nine essential nutrients like calcium and potassium.  These healthy nutrients can help manage weight, reduce risk for high blood pressure and osteoporosis, and they also keep your teeth healthy.

Although most people know that drinking milk leads to strong bones, not many people realize that dairy products can also help keep your teeth strong as well.  Nutritious dairy products like yogurt or string cheese contain high levels of calcium and vitamin D.  Calcium is a vital nutrient responsible for the rebuilding of teeth.  More specifically, the saliva in our mouths expose calcium to our teeth and it helps to combat some of the corroding effects of foods we eat (like carbohydrates and sugars) and remineralization will take place.

The National Dairy Council suggests that people older than 9 years should ideally consume 3 servings of low-fat or fat-free dairy every day.  However, most people are only getting 2 or less servings of dairy daily.  For example, a single serving of dairy is equal to one 8-ounce glass of fat-free or low-fat milk or 1.5 ounces of reduced-fat natural cheese like cheddar.

Here are some fun dairy-filled snack ideas to try this summer adapted from the National Dairy Council:

  • Wrap pretzel rods with reduced-fat Cheddar cheese
  • Blend a cup of low-fat chocolate milk, a banana, and ice cubes
  • Cup up pieces of fruit and include low-fat or fat-free vanilla yogurt as a dip
  • "Yogurt-sicle"s: pour low-fat yogurt into small paper cups, insert popsticks and freeze
  • Fruit-and-Cheese Kabobs: alternate slices of apple and reduced-fat cheese cubes on small wooden skewers
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.nationaldairycouncil.org/SiteCollectionDocuments/30-Days-of-Dairy.pdf

http://www.idfa.org/news-views/media-kits/cheese/june-is-national-dairy-month

http://www.livestrong.com/article/541766-can-taking-calcium-rebuild-teeth/

Vitamin D Levels and Childhood Cavities

May 29th, 2014

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The journey to great oral health may begin earlier than you might expect.  In fact, expecting mothers should carefully monitor the nutrients they are eating to ensure that their children will be at low-risk for cavities later on in life.

Dr. Robert J. Schroth and his research team at the University of Manitoba in Canada looked at the relationship between a mother’s vitamin D deficiency and its effects on oral health in their children.  The study tested 207 pregnant women during their second and third trimesters and subsequently looked at cavity prevalence in their children.  Mothers with regular levels of vitamin D during pregnancy were more likely to have children without cavities while mothers with significant vitamin D deficiencies experienced an increased prevalence of cavities in their children.

In order to conceptualize this correlation, researchers looked at the effect vitamin D has in enamel formation in utero.  Interestingly, enamel growth begins as early as during fetal development in the womb.  Without this essential vitamin, enamel cannot properly form and this increases a child’s susceptibility to cavities.  With these findings in mind, the researchers think that the best way to combat poor enamel formation is to both improve maternal nutrition during pregnancy and also take special preventative measures in early childhood to avoid cavities.  This can be done through an improved diet or taking a specific vitamin D supplement.

Nevertheless, there remains a debate within the dental community about vitamin D supplementation.  Dr. Philippe P. Hujoel of the University of Washington School of Dentistry was quoted as an advocate against extra vitamin D supplementation by saying in an e-mail to Reuters Health, “In place of supplementation, I would recommend maintaining proper vitamin D levels during pregnancy the natural way - enjoy the sun, choose foods such as wild salmon, ahi tuna, mushrooms and eggs. Additionally, reducing carbohydrate intake will reduce the body's need for vitamin D," he told Reuters Health in an email.

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. The 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.foxnews.com/health/2014/04/22/low-vitamin-d-during-pregnancy-linked-to-child-cavity-risk/

http://dentistrytoday.com/todays-dental-news/10050-low-vitamin-d-levels-could-raise-cavity-risk-for-children

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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/

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Local recommendation: Wasik Cheeseshop 

Weekly Exercise Time For Adults

August 8th, 2012

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

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

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

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

Importance of Vitamin D for Bone Health

July 17th, 2012

Did you know that many people are vitamin D deficient? Vitamin D is an essential vitamin for bone health, and a new study shows that a high daily dose of at least 800 international units can help prevent bone fractures in the elderly. It helps the body absorb and process calcium and phosphorus. It should also be noted that taking too much calcium in conjunction with vitamin D can lessen the benefit.

Many older people who fracture a hip due to weak bones never regain full mobility. Implementing vitamin D could reduce the risk of broken bones up to 30%. You can read the article in full here.

There are also other health risks associated with vitamin D deficiency. There can be an increased risk of death due to cardiovascular disease, cognitive impairment, severe asthma in kids, and even cancer. It can even affect your oral health.

WebMD offers a comprehensive look at vitamin D and how to make sure you are getting enough. You can also contact us at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com with any questions!

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