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National Wear Red Day 2016 -Today!

February 5th, 2016

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Today, Friday, February 5, 2016 marks National Wear Red Day, which is the kick-start event for American Heart Month! 

Why wear red today? Well, by wearing red,  individuals can help raise awareness of cardiovascular disease and improve the health of our loved ones. National Wear Red Day is an annual tradition that was created to raise money and awareness about heart disease and stroke in women. Through educating others about this number one killer in our nation, we can help others live longer and healthier lives. Heart disease and stroke kill 1 in 3 women each year. Putting it into perspective, it kills approximately one woman every 80 seconds. However, the conditions of cardiovascular disease are 80% preventable!

The organization Go Red For Women advises women to schedule a Well-Woman Visit, a prevention check-up to review a woman’s overall health by measuring blood pressure, checking cholesterol levels and looking for signs of heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases. They are also collecting donations to help fund research. If you're on social media, you can also use the hashtags, #GoRedWearRed and #WellWomenVisit. Through their initiative and research to healthy lifestyle changes that began in 2003, they've found that:

  • Almost 90% have made at least one healthy behavior change.
  • More than one-third has lost weight.
  • More than 50% have increased their exercise.
  • 6 out of 10 have changed their diets.
  • More than 40% have checked their cholesterol levels.
  • One third has talked with their doctors about developing heart health plans.
  • Today, nearly 300 fewer women die from heart disease and stroke each day
  • Death in women has decreased by more than 30 percent over the past 10 years.

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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:

https://www.goredforwomen.org/home/get-involved/national-wear-red-day/

https://www.goredforwomen.org/wearredday-about/

http://cdn.sheknows.com/articles/2011/02/wear-red.jpg

Save Your Heart: American Heart Month

February 5th, 2016

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All throughout February we're celebrating American Heart Month! This national awareness month provides WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease, and the American Heart Association the opportunity to make others across the world aware about cardiovascular disease. These organizations help organize, educate, and fund medical research on cardiovascular disease and its prevention.

Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure, is the NUMBER ONE killer of both women and men in the United States. So much so that it's responsible for one out of every three deaths each year. Over 6 million American women are impacted by heart disease, while another 37 million women are at risk of developing heart disease.

This annual campaign was initiated in 1964 by the American Heart Association and has continued to heighten awareness across the nation. However, the number of individuals impacted by cardiovascular disease is predicted to grow more than 23.6 million by the year 2030. Unfortunately, nearly half of all Americans have at least one major risk factor, but are unaware of it. It's important to also know the warning signs, including chest discomfort, shortness of breath, or sudden lack of responsiveness. To spot a stroke, think F.A.S.T: Face drooping, arm weakness, speech difficulty, time to call the police.

Becoming aware of the risk factors of cardiovascular disease, for instance obesity and diabetes, is key to understanding what needs to be done to lower your risk. Eating a healthy diet, not smoking, exercising, and picking up other positive health habits will help keep your heart pumping!

President Obama wrote, “We have lost devoted mothers and fathers, loved siblings, and cherished friends to this devastating epidemic. During American Heart Month, as we honor their memories, let us recommit to improving our heart health and continuing the fight against this deadly disease, for ourselves and our families.”

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:

http://newsroom.heart.org/events/happy-heart-month-2830575

http://www.cchdmt.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/American-Heart-Month.jpg

http://www.womenheart.org/?programs_heartmo2016

A Healthy Smile = A Healthy Start to 2016

January 13th, 2016

 

It's the beginning of 2016 and a great time to make some resolutions for the new year! If staying healthy is one of your resolutions this year, make sure to add "excellent oral health" to the list as well. Dr. Nathan Pfister, a biological dentist in Alabama, claims that dental health and overall health influence each other in many ways.

Dr. Pfister recognizes the fact that dental bacteria and oral inflammation are connected to many medical conditions such as memory disorders, Alzheimer's, heart problems, diabetes, and stroke. Therefore, he connects the diet and oral health habits of his patients by observing plaque samples with a microscope. This way, Dr.Pfister can determine whether dental issues are caused by poor oral hygiene habits, an unbalanced diet, or a medical problem.

There is even further evidence of the strong connection between dentistry and medicine in a study published in the journal of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. According to this study, there is also a link between periodontal or chronic inflammatory gum disease (which can vary based on smoking habits) and an increased risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal women. Professor Jo L. Freudenheim, PhD, of the University at Buffalo's School of Public Health and Health Professions adds that this common disease is associated with heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and other cancers.

Out of the 73,737 postmenopausal women (none of whom were previously diagnosed with cancer) who participated in the Women's Health Initiative Observational Study led by Professor Freudenheim, 26.1% had periodontal disease. 6.7 years later, the women with this disease had a 14% higher risk of breast cancer.

Possible explanations for the connection between breast cancer and periodontal disease include the effect of inflammation on breast tissues and oral bacteria entering the circulatory system. Professor Freudenheim claims that more studies need to be conducted in other populations in order to determine if there is a causal relationship between oral bacteria and breast cancer.

Feel free to contact Dr. Zarah Ali and Drs. Ali & 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:

https://www.sweet-cures.com/naturalhealth/images/healthy-teeth.jpg (photo credit)

http://www.aacr.org/Newsroom/Pages/News-Release-Detail.aspx?ItemID=823#.VosbDPkrLIV

http://www.dothaneagle.com/news/local/biological-dentist-takes-unconventional-approach-to-oral-health/article_d7c75fcc-a8e0-11e5-808c-3feb679bfe4c.html

Pregnant women: check up on your teeth!

December 4th, 2015

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Although other aspects of health may seem more important during pregnancy, maintaining dental health is crucial for both the mother and the baby. Infections such as tooth decay and gum disease can have detrimental effects on the babies of pregnant women. Certain oral health diseases such as gingivitis and severe gum disease can become worse during pregnancy due to hormonal changes.According to a national survey conducted by Cigna:

  • 43% of women don't receive dental checkups during pregnancy
  • 76% of these women have oral health issues, such as toothaches or bleeding gums
  • only 55% of pregnant women consider their oral health to be excellent, compared to 63% before pregnancy
  • 36% of women who are expecting claim that their last dental checkup was more than a year ago

Pregnant women, even those with dental benefits, say that cost is the main reason why they choose not to check up on their teeth. Not visiting the dentist can be dangerous during pregnancy, because women may not be conscious of their oral health problems. It is crucial to treat small cavities or developing gum diseases immediately to avoid more complicated and expensive treatments if they are left untreated.

Due to the importance of regular dental checkups, most dental benefit plans include preventative care visits for free or for a low cost. In addition, some of these plans even consist of special programs for pregnant women that provide extra cleanings or oral health prescription discounts.

Cigna's same survey showed:

  • 62% of pregnant women brushed their teeth at least twice daily, compared to 76% for those who participated in a maternity program dental benefit plan
  • 48% of expectant women floss at least once per day, but 81% for those who took advantage of a maternity program dental benefit plan
  • Women who had special maternity dental benefits had better overall oral health habits

The survey also demonstrated that physicians have a great influence on the oral health of pregnant women. Even though 97% of women visited their physician/obstetrician during pregnancy as often as they were instructed, only 44% claim that they discussed oral health during those visits. These discussions are important, because 77% of those who talked about dental health visited their dentists for checkups, while only 41% who didn't received preventative checkups. Physicians also had an impact on the reading materials on importance of oral health (87% compared to 42%).

The influence of physicians on dental health habits continues after delivery. 63% of women who discussed oral health during trips to the doctor received dental checkups since giving birth, while only 43% of all new mothers checked up on their teeth. Moreover, 50% of new mothers brush their baby's gums daily, while 65% take care of their infant's oral health if pediatricians bring up dental 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.

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://www.dentistryiq.com/articles/2015/11/majority-of-pregnant-women-have-oral-health-problems.html

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Women 45 and Up: Get Your Annual Mammograms

November 21st, 2015

 


You may have previously heard that women should begin receiving mammograms when they turn 40, but based on new research, the American Cancer Society (ACS) now emphasizes the increase of the average risk for breast cancer near menopause. The ACS's new guidelines, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, are more conservative than the previous ones. There are different recommendations for each age group:

  • Women between 40 and 44 years old: begin conversation on mammography with doctor and have the choice of receiving annual mammograms if they are at risk or if they would like to.
  • Women between 45 and 54 years old: receive mammography screening every year.
  • Women 55 years old or older: switch to getting mammograms every two years until their life expectancy is less than ten years.

According to ACS, this shift in guidelines was due to the cancer society's focus on breast cancer risk in five-year increments instead of ten-year increments. ACS discovered from mammography that women from ages 45 to 49 and women from ages 50 to 54 have similar risks of cancer and reductions in mortality.

The new guidelines are based on the considerable review of the results of current scientific studies, such as one conducted by the Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium on 15,440 breast cancer patients ranging from age 40 to 85 that is being published in the journal Jama Oncology. This study demonstrated that it is better to receive annual mammograms  for women approaching menopause. Researchers claim that age is less important than menopausal status when determining when to receive mammograms, which is supported by biological evidence, because estrogen has a tendency to encourage the growth of tumors.

The ACS also discourages clinical breast exams, which involve a health professional inspecting and feeling a woman's breasts for cancer signs, instead of breast cancer screening for women of all ages. They believe that there was no strong evidence that clinical breast exams were effectively saving lives, and instead recommends mammography.

Despite the evidence that studies have shown, mammography is still a controversial topic. For instance, the American College of Radiology and the Society of Breast Imaging are still recommending annual mammograms for women beginning at age 40. Some doctors believe that increasing that age of beginning to receive annual mammograms may put younger women's lives at risk, since detecting signs of breast cancer early is crucial for increasing the chances of survival.

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://consumer.healthday.com/cancer-information-5/mammography-news-460/women-should-get-annual-mammograms-starting-at-age-45-cancer-society-704388.html

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The Success of Dental Implants in Women with Osteoporosis

August 13th, 2015

Aging can be a beautiful process. Yet, with age, we can expect for gradual changes within the body to occur. For instance, post-menopausal women with osteoporosis often have a greater risk of losing their teeth. New research has found that dental implants can help improve the lives of women suffering from osteoporosis.Both osteoporosis and dental implants are more connected than you may think. Osteoporosis is a condition involving one's bones, where the bones become thinner and brittle due to a loss of calcium. As a result, the  bones become more prone to fractures. It is important to note that this condition does not only affect the spine and bones within the core of the body. It can also have an impact on bones within the jaw, and thus contribute to tooth loss. Bone loss in the jaw can lead to a change in the shape of a person's face and loss of function in keeping teeth secure.

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine studied over 200 women with osteoporosis. In addition, all of the women had at least two adjacent teeth missing. Some women had dental implants, fixed partial dentures, or removable dentures, while others had no restoration work done. The study titled, "Dental Implant Supported Restorations Improve the Quality of Life in Osteoporotic Women," was published in the Journal of International DentistryEach participant was given a survey which questioned their satisfaction with replacement teeth and how it impacted their lives socially and emotionally. Participants who had dental implants reported the highest overall satisfaction with the quality of their lives, followed by individuals with fixed dentures, false teeth, and no dental restoration work, respectively. This study may indicate that dental implants provide individuals with the highest satisfaction after losing teeth.

Along the same lines, a different study observed over 600 dental implants in approximately 200 patients over the age of 50. The study found that dental implants had a 94% success rate. The success rate was also high for individuals taking osteoporosis medications. If you have osteoporosis, it's important to let your dentist know what medications you are taking and how long that you've been taking them to ensure the success of dental implants.

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.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/06/150611131517.htm

http://downtowndentalsc.com/the-connection-between-dental-implants-and-osteoporosis-a-quick-look/

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Women's Heart Health: National Wear Red Day

February 6th, 2015

 

Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States? It's true. It is commonly referred to as the “Silent Killer,” due to its lack of concrete symptoms. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease, or approximately 600,000 Americans. Sponsored by the American Heart Association, February marks American Heart Month.

Each year, the first Friday in February is typically National Wear Red Day in support of the fight against heart disease in women. Heart disease causes one in three women's deaths every year, which is about one woman every minute! National Wear Red Day is all about making healthy changes and raising awareness about women and heart disease. Encourage everyone in the community to wear red today, February 6, 2015!

Dating all the way back to 2003, National Wear Red Day has made a positive difference in the lives of many women. Currently, 34% fewer women die from heart disease, 90% have made at least one healthy behavior change, over 50% have increased their exercise, 6 out of 10 have changed their diets, 15% have quit smoking, and 23% more Americans are aware that heart disease is the number one cause of death.

American Heart Month is the perfect time to check in with health professionals, including the dentist! Proper oral care decreases risk of cardiovascular disease. Many studies have shown a link between common oral health problems and cardiovascular disease. Poor oral health and unhealthy diets can cause periodontal disease, which some studies suggest increases the risk of heart disease. It is suggested that inflamed gums can cause heart disease by atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).

The good news is that 80% of heart problems can be prevented with knowledge and positive behavioral changes. To ensure a healthier heart:

  • Have your blood pressure and cholesterol checked
  • Encourage your family to eat healthy foods and stay away from foods high in sugar and salt content.
  • Quit smoking
  • Educate others about heart disease and oral health
  • Remind your child of the importance of staying active

To reduce risk of heart disease, implementing good oral health habits is a great place to start. Regular brushing, flossing, and dental checkups can help keep your mouth and gums 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 781-237-9071 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.heart.org/HEARTORG/

https://www.goredforwomen.org/wearredday/about/

http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/ADA/2014/article/ADA-02-get-to-the-heart-of-your-health-during-american-heart-month.cvsp

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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/

 

 

 

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