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Is it Possible to Remineralize Tooth Enamel?

December 19th, 2019

How much do you know about tooth remineralization? Tooth remineralization is a normal process that happens each day within our mouths. Remineralization repairs the outer layer of our tooth, also known as enamel, which is known to be the hardest substance in our body. Tooth enamel comprises approximately 96% minerals including hydroxyapatite. Hydroxyapatite is made up of calcium, phosphate, and hydroxide, which are important for the integrity of our teeth. Naturally, the process of demineralization, otherwise known as the loss of minerals, happens when the normal bacteria within your mouth feed on the foods we eat and produce acids. Thus, it is important when consuming sugary and acidic foods and beverages to take necessary precautions to protect your teeth. For instance, consuming acidic items in moderation, rinsing with water afterwards, and practicing good oral hygiene habits. That is why our diet and lifestyle choices play an important role in the health of our teeth.

So, how do teeth become remineralized? Turns out, we can thank our saliva for playing a major role in protecting and repairing our tooth enamel. Saliva not only helps wash food away from adhering to your teeth, but it also neutralizes harmful acids. A healthy pH for our mouths is typically around 7.5 to 8.5. Once the pH drops below 5.5, this is when demineralization of tooth enamel begins to occur. The process of demineralization can lead our teeth to develop white spots or cavities. Saliva also consists of many minerals, including calcium, phosphorus, and fluoride ions which all help boost enamel remineralization. That is why dry mouth, which can occur due to certain medications, medical conditions, or lack of water consumption for instance, can be detrimental to your oral health and put you at an increased risk of developing tooth decay. It is important to inform your dentist of your medical history during each visit.

We want our tooth enamel to stay strong so that our teeth last a lifetime. To promote the remineralization process within the oral cavity, make sure to brush twice a day for two minutes each time, and floss at least once a day. Be sure to consume foods rich in vitamins and minerals, including vegetables, cheese, fish, and eggs. Regular dental check-ups are key to help stop demineralization early and to treat it before they become cavities.








The Key to a Healthy Smile with Braces

August 13th, 2016

Even though braces will allow you to have a beautiful smile, they can also trap food particles and cause plaque to build up in your mouth. However, braces don't have to be a burden if you take care of your teeth properly during treatment!

Here are some good oral hygiene tips to follow if you have braces:

1. Use toothpaste with fluoride

By brushing your teeth with a high-fluoride toothpaste, you can stop white spots and decay from forming on your teeth. Try to brush for a full two minutes after every meal or at least twice a day. Make sure that your toothbrush reaches all the spots under wires and between brackets. Replace your toothbrush around every three months.

2. Rinse with mouthwash

Rinsing with a mouthwash twice a day for a minute helps wash away plaque and food particles stuck between your brackets.

3. Floss!

It's even easier for food to get stuck in between your teeth if you have braces. Threader floss is recommended, because it has a stiffer side that allows you to floss between your brackets, but regular floss is better than no floss at all!

Take good care of your teeth when you have braces, otherwise you could develop gum disease, gingivitis, or other oral health problems.

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.





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.







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