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The Risks of Oral Piercings

Posted by on Aug 18, 2016 in Blogs | 0 comments

smilieOral piercings has become a popular expression of self, however, there are several health risks that come along with them. It is important to be aware of the common infections and problems that may occur as a result of oral piercings. tongue, lip, uvula, and other oral piercings can not only change your speech, chewing or swallowing, it can also cause infections, nerve damage, and much more! Here are just a few of the issues that can arise due to oral piercings:

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Happily Ever After

Posted by on Aug 18, 2016 in Blogs | 9 comments

Happily Ever After!

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What a beautiful couple!

Dr. Zarah Ali, of Wellesley Dental Group, and new graduate, Dr. Hassan Barra were married on August 6th, 2016 at the Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston.
Dr. Ali grew up in Wellesley and graduated Wellesley High School before she went to Tufts University, where she finished her undergraduate degree and transitioned to the School of Dental Medicine.
Dr. Barra grew up in Northern Virginia and went to Virginia Commonwealth University. His passion for dentistry brought him to Tufts, where he met the love of his life, Zarah.  Their relationship blossomed, and he soon knew she was the one! He proposed last fall, and the two set the date for this summer.
Before the wedding, it is traditional for a Pakistani couple to have a Mayuun ceremony, which was held at the Ali residence in Wellesley on Thursday, August 4th. The festivities started with henna application for the bride, followed by friends and other women in the family. The close family and friends sang traditional songs, played the dhol (an Indian drum), and dined in the backyard.
On Friday, the festivities continued. The family held a Mehndi celebration at Cyclorama in Boston. Close family and friends gave special performances for the evening, followed by lots of dancing. What a colorful event! The groom’s side of the family wore blue, while the bride’s side wore salmon. The bride entered in a traditional palki carried over the shoulders of her dad, brothers, and cousins.
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The groom’s side of the family.

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The couple with the bride’s side of the family.

 

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The bride enters the room on a traditional palki.

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Traditional dancing.

 

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A beautiful day in Boston Common.

The wedding ceremony began the next day with Baraat, the groom’s traditional procession to the wedding venue that is accompanied by all the friends and relatives of the groom.
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The groom dancing on the street with his friends and family as they enter.

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Dr. Ali and Dr. Barra had a beautiful, intimate religious ceremony at noon, surrounded by close family and friends. The ceremony was officiated by both Imam Safwan Eid and Dr. Ali’s godmother, Reverend Dr. Bonnie Scott.
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The bride and groom at the ceremony.

The festivities ended on a sweet note with the wedding reception at the beautiful Fairmont Copley Plaza. With fragrant floral arrangements and crystal chandeliers highlighting the elegant ballroom, the hotel was the perfect venue for the event. It was truly an unforgettable night!

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Dr. Ali wore a stunning embroidered champagne-colored dress and a traditional red veil with beading and a gold trim of flowers. Her bridesmaids wore gold sarees and were accompanied by sharply-dressed grooms in tuxes. Dr. Ejaz Ali, father of the bride, walked her down the aisle and gave a very touching welcome address.
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A stunning bride!

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The newlyweds with their bridesmaids and groomsmen in front of the Boston Public Library.

We wish the newlywed couple a happily ever after!

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The princess and her prince charming!

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The Key to a Healthy Smile with Braces

Posted by on Aug 13, 2016 in Blogs | 0 comments

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.

Resources:

http://dentistrytoday.com/todays-dental-news/9907-high-fluoride-toothpaste-may-aid-brace-wearers

http://www.oralb.com/embraceit/how-to-take-care-of-braces

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Green Tea and the “Toothbrush Tree” May Fight Dental Plaque

Posted by on Aug 10, 2016 in Blogs | 0 comments

Woman-Drinking-Green-TeaResearchers are continuing to find different foods and drinks that can help promote oral health. Recently, researchers from Iraq who published “Anti-plaque effect of a synergistic combination of green tea and Salvadora persica L. against primary colonizers of dental plaque,” in Archives of Oral Biology have combined both green tea and extracts from Salvadora persica, also known as the toothbrush tree, to help fight oral bacteria and eliminate dental plaque.

Small twigs and roots from S. persica are found across Africa, the Middle East and the Arabian Peninsula, and has been found to act as natural toothbrushes since it contains many active compounds that promote good dental health. The researchers experimented with primary colonizing bacteria that were stuck to saliva-coated glass beads. They found that green tea alone had a better anti-plaque effect than the S. persica extracts. Also, they found that when green tea was combined with  S. persica, dental plaque was significantly reduced along with the ability of the bacteria to adhere to the beads. As a result, more researchers are looking into the beneficial health effects of green tea and S. persica. 

But, if you’re not a tea drinker, try looking out for dental products that contain green tea, including toothpaste and mouthwash.

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://www.dentistrytoday.com/news/industrynews/item/1085-green-tea-and-salvadora-persica-extracts-effectively-fight-plaque

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The Olympics Are Here!

Posted by on Aug 9, 2016 in Blogs | 0 comments

August 5th marked the beginning of the 2016 Summer Olympics (or the Games of the XXXI Olympiad) with a stunning opening ceremony in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil!

Rio is the first South American city to become a host city for the Olympics. There are 33 venues in Rio de Janeiro, along with five venues at São Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Salvador, Brasilia, and Manaus. The motto for the 2016 Olympics is: Um mondo novo (which means “a new world” in Portuguese, Brazil’s official language).

There were many controversies leading up to the games, including the instability of Brazil’s government, Zika virus concerns, pollution in the Guanabara Bay, and Russia’s doping scandal that banned athletes from participating in this year’s Olympics.

This year, over 11,000 athletes from 206 nations are participating in 28 Olympic sports (including recently added golf and rugby sevens). There are 306 sets of medals at stake! In addition, there are both refugee and independent athletes competing this year.

Sports that have always been part of the Olympics include athletics (track and field), aquatics (swimming), cycling, fencing, and gymnastics. All exciting sports to watch!

But…let’s take a closer look at the teeth of the Olympic athletes. The Oral Health Foundation, which claims that elite athletes are more at risk for dental erosion than the average person, recommends that they pay more attention to their oral health.

Why? Athletes are more likely to develop cavities because of the high carbohydrate content of their diets, including sports drinks, gels, and bars that are highly acidic, with pH levels below 5.5.

Protecting your teeth will surely earn you a gold medal at the dentist’s! Here are some suggestions for teeth-friendly snacks to munch on while watching sports events.

Make sure to catch some Olympic highlights before the closing ceremony on August 21st!

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.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600×1000/public/1455224409/rio-OLYMPICS0216.jpg?itok=yZqKSKfP

https://www.rio2016.com/en

http://www.dentistrytoday.com/news/industrynews/item/1149-olympic-athletes-at-greater-risk-of-poor-oral-health

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Cavities Can Hinder Growth in Children!

Posted by on Aug 7, 2016 in Blogs | 0 comments

Tooth decay doesn’t just affect your oral health, it can even decrease growth rate! Therefore, it’s especially important for your children to protect their teeth, since they’re still in the process of growing.

The results of a recent study conducted at University College London and King Fahad Armed Forces Hospital in Saudi Arabia suggest that tooth decay could delay growth in children.

Researchers examined the relationship between the heights and weights of Saudi Arabian children between six and eight years old. They discovered that children with more severe cavities were at a higher risk for being underweight and shorter than average.

Here are some ways to keep your children healthy and cavity-free:

  1. Ensure that they brush for two minutes two times a day
  2. Take proper care of your own oral health to set a good example
  3. Schedule dental appointments early on
  4. Watch what they eat (avoid sugary foods and drinks)

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.motherpedia.com.au/images/directoryimages/68429/kids-growing__large.jpg

http://dentistrytoday.com/todays-dental-news/9936-tooth-decay-may-prohibit-growth-in-children

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Keep flossing!

Posted by on Aug 6, 2016 in Blogs | 0 comments

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You may have recently seen on the news or on social media sites that there isn’t scientific research to demonstrate the oral health benefits of flossing. However,  many professional dental associations such as the ADA (American Dental Association) have confirmed that floss and interdental cleaners are essential for maintaining proper oral health.

Despite the fact that flossing was removed from the 2015 U.S. Dietary Guidelines, the government has not changed its perspective on flossing. Instead, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) decided to focus on reducing sugar intake and nutrition. Furthermore, other health agencies have continually recommended cleaning between teeth daily. For instance, the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) suggests including flossing daily in your oral hygiene routine.

Dentists and oral health professionals, who understand the oral health conditions and history of their patients, are among the most qualified to give advice on flossing. Just because there isn’t solid proof doesn’t mean that flossing is ineffective. If you don’t clean between your teeth, you could experience tooth decay, gum disease, or plaque buildup. Floss and interdental cleaners help remove plaque, debris, and bacteria.

Therefore, remember to use interdental cleaners once a day in addition to brushing two minutes twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste!

Resources:

http://dentistrytoday.com/news/industrynews/item/1143-professional-groups-defend-flossing-s-effectiveness

http://www.ada.org/en/press-room/news-releases/2016-archive/august/statement-from-the-american-dental-association-about-interdental-cleaners?source=PromoSpots&medium=ADAHomeRotator&content=Flossing

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