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Healthy Office Snacks

Posted by on Nov 20, 2016 in Blogs | 0 comments

We all need a little pick-me-up sometimes when we’re at work. However, don’t reach for that leftover cupcake from the night before or something from your co-worker’s candy dish. There are many healthier alternatives that are both nutritious, tooth-friendly and delicious!

  1. Nuts
    -almonds (protein, vitamin E, healthy fats, fiber)
  2. Fresh Fruit
    -antioxidants, vitamins, naturally sweet
    -apples & peanut butter (fiber, carbohydrates, protein for energy and maintaining blood sugar levels)
    -bananas
    -oranges
    -melons
  3. Rice Cakes
    -low calorie
    -variety of flavors
  4. Pretzels
    -low in fat
    -carbohydrates
  5. Yogurt or Cheese
    -low-fat yogurt (probiotics, calcium, and vitamins)
    -low-fat cottage cheese (protein keeps your blood sugar levels steady and prevent you from falling asleep)
    -low-fat cheese
  6. Vegetables and Hummus
    -hummus (calcium, iron, protein, fiber from chickpeas – maintains blood sugar levels)
    -celery
    -carrots
    -broccoli

In summary, choose less sugary foods and eat a variety of foods from each food group! Make sure to brush between meals and after snacks if you can.

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.inc.com/jacquelyn-smith/the-best-16-snacks-to-eat-at-your-desk.html

http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/basics/nutrition-and-oral-health/article/smart-snacks-for-healthy-teeth

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Health Problems Linked To Gum Disease

Posted by on Nov 17, 2016 in Blogs | 0 comments

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Did you know that gum disease, or periodontitis, is linked to many other health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s? Recently, researchers have found even more connections between periodontitis and health issues, including the following

1. Erectile Dysfunction

  • Connected by inflammation
  • Untreated bleeding gums and teeth can lead to tooth decay and loss
  • Bacteria can travel through the bloodstream and damage blood vessels
  • ED is caused by impaired blood flow in the penis
  • Gum disease is a causative clinical condition of ED
  • 53% of males with ED had severe periodontal disease, compared to the 23% of those who did not have ED

2. Low Testosterone Levels

  • Chronic periodontitis could have an impact on the reproductive health of men
  • Higher levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines and an increase in osteoclastic activity result in lower testosterone
  • Gum disease causes increased immune-endocrine interactions
  • 65% of studies reported a positive correlation between chronic periodontitis and testosterone levels
  • More studies need to be done to confirm relationship

3. Obesity

  • Obesity increases inflammation levels
  • Gum disease is a chronic inflammatory disease
  • A family of cytokines (Interleukin-1 or IL-1) exacerbates the effect of obesity on the development periodontal disease
  • Obese patients who tested positive for IL-1 have a 70% higher chance of developing gum disease

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://healthland.time.com/2012/12/05/what-does-gum-disease-have-to-do-with-erectile-dysfunction/

http://www.dentistrytoday.com/news/todays-dental-news/item/1250-link-between-low-testosterone-and-periodontitis-bears-research?hq_e=el&hq_m=1085571&hq_l=4&hq_v=7c40e2efa1

http://www.dentistrytoday.com/news/todays-dental-news/item/1290-cytokines-may-tie-obesity-to-periodontal-disease?hq_e=el&hq_m=1090817&hq_l=2&hq_v=7c40e2efa1

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Sugar, Spice, and Everything Nice: 9th Annual Candy Drive!

Posted by on Nov 16, 2016 in Blogs | 0 comments

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The mountain of candy!

The 3 Drs. Ali

The 3 Drs. Ali

 

We did it again! The 9th annual community candy drive was an amazing success! We had 39 schools from 15 different towns and thousands of students participate in our drive, making this year’s candy drive bigger and better than ever. To make it even sweeter, we collected 8,600 pounds of candy! We are beyond thrilled that the Wellesley community, and so many neighboring communities, came together to show gratitude and appreciation for our troops overseas. We are proud to promote working together for a good cause and to celebrate the spirit of giving. We hope our soldiers enjoy these sweet treats, along with handwritten notes, cards and oral hygiene supplies.

Here are some highlights from our event:

11/1-11/9: Candy Collection

We started collecting candy donations the day after Halloween. Our patients at Wellesley Dental Group were generous to start bringing the candy in. Donations from schools and organizations began piling in. First, we started with a few bins in our office and packed them in our hallways. Then, we got so many donations that we had to rent out a U-Haul to store it all! We’re so lucky to have so much support and we couldn’t contain our excitement!

 

11/10: Press Event

We celebrated the success of our candy drive with a press event on November 10th, paying homage to our troops overseas, displaying our beautiful mountain of candy, and bringing the community together in the spirit of giving, and a little competition! This year, our $1000 grand prize was given to Sprague Elementary School in Wellesley.

Our grand prize winners: Sprague Elementary School! Principal Susan Snyder, some Sprague students and Drs. Ali pose with the check!

All in all, we had 39 schools from 15 towns participating! We love how so many schools, organizations, and communities came together for the same great cause!

Thanks to future ‘American Idol’ Evan Lariviere for singing the National Anthem and the WHS Keynotes lead by Kevin McDonald for singing America the Beautiful; it was an honor to hear such beautiful voices stirring up patriotism right before Veteran’s Day.

Evan Lariviere, singing the National Anthem

Evan Lariviere, singing the National Anthem

Wellesley High School Keynote Singers!

Wellesley High School Keynote Singers!

 

 

In addition, we’d like to give special thanks to Massachusetts State Representative Alice Peisch for speaking out about how the candy gives troops the power to foster stronger relationships with people around the world. Dr. Jamie Chisum, principal of Wellesley High School, also acknowledged that the next generation will play a key part in maintaining community traditions and finding ways to contribute to Wellesley together.

Finally, we’d like to highlight the beautiful handwritten notes and cards for the troops that will be sure to put a smile on their faces! They might even be sweeter than the candy :)

 

 Some of the many handwritten cards from local elementary school students

Some of the many handwritten cards from local elementary school students

A big thank you to our amazing Wellesley Dental Group team for all their hard work, and off course to everyone that participated– we couldn’t have done it without you all. We hope you all had a fun time organizing and participating in this event. We know Dr. Ali did!

 

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Wellesley Dental Group team photo!

Wellesley Dental Group team photo!

For more information, check out the Wellesley Dental Group Facebook page!

A Special Thank You to the following Participants:

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Sensational Sealants

Posted by on Nov 15, 2016 in Blogs | 0 comments

Sealants, or plastic coatings that cover the surface of teeth (particularly molars and premolars), help prevent tooth decay by smoothing out uneven surfaces where bacteria and acids could get trapped. There are many different types of sealants, including: resin-based, glass ionomer, etc.

This treatment is especially recommended for children, but is also an option for adults who are prone to cavities. Even though brushing, flossing, and fluoride mouthwashes can remove plaque from your teeth, sealants add an extra layer of protection.

According to a systematic review of sealants published by the Cochrane Collaboration in 2013, scientists concluded that getting sealant treatment effectively reduces cavities for at least four years and that children without sealants were twice as likely to get cavities as those with sealants. Additionally, both the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommend the application of sealants.

Sealants are also cost-effective compared to fillings. Although the cost depends on your insurance, fillings cost about $100 per cavity, while sealants only cost about $30 to $40 per tooth.

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.nytimes.com/2016/09/20/upshot/defending-your-childrens-teeth-and-dentists-the-value-of-sealants.html?_r=2

http://www.cochrane.org/CD001830/ORAL_sealants-for-preventing-dental-decay-in-the-permanent-teeth

http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/procedures/sealants/article/dental-sealants

http://www.ada.org/~/media/ADA/Science%20and%20Research/Files/ADA_sealants_work_facebook.jpg?la=en

http://jada.ada.org/article/S0002-8177(16)30473-1/pdf

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Amalgam Fillings Could Raise Mercury Levels

Posted by on Nov 4, 2016 in Blogs | 0 comments

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Dental amalgam, a type of filling material that is a combination of mercury, silver, tin, and other metals, is a cheap and long-lasting way to restore your teeth and prevent further tooth decay.

However, a study that analyzed the link between dental fillings and mercury exposure of around 15,000 individuals conducted by the department of environmental health science from University of Georgia’s College of Public Health reports that using amalgam can cause mercury levels to be prolonged in the body. This is the first study that controls for variables such as age, ethnicity, race, gender, and diet.

The study’s main author, Lei Yin, PhD, MD, MS, says that although tooth decay is a common problem, there is little discussion concerning the different types of dental materials available. Co-author Xiaozhong “John” Yu adds that they hope the study accurately measures mercury level exposure so that scientists can assess future risks.

Although the Food and Drug Administration deemed amalgam fillings safe for adults and children over 6 years old in 2009, the researchers found that there was a dramatic increase in methyl mercury, which is most likely linked to dental amalgam. A high level of mercury is toxic and could result in problems in the brain, heart, kidney, lung, and immune system.

Because it is essential that our patients are properly informed about their choices for dental fillings, please ask us any questions about whether or not the materials we use have an impact on your health!

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.dentistrytoday.com/news/industrynews/item/1266-amalgam-fillings-may-raise-mercury-levels-in-the-body?hq_e=el&hq_m=1088158&hq_l=2&hq_v=7c40e2efa1

http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/procedures/fillings/article/dental-amalgam-a-health-risk

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6 Tips to Keep Your Teeth Healthy During Halloween!

Posted by on Oct 27, 2016 in Blogs | 0 comments

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With Halloween right around the corner, it’s hard to prevent yourself and your kids from indulging in mountains of candy. However, it’s very important to keep the teeth and the mouth healthy because maintaining oral hygiene is key to one’s overall well-being (especially during October, which is National Dental Hygiene Month).

Here are some tips on how to protect your oral health during this festive candy-filled holiday season!

1. Avoid sticky or acidic candy

These kinds of treats, such as sour gummies and caramel apples, can stick to your the surface of your teeth and promote tooth decay.

2. Chew sugar-free gum and rinse your mouth with water

Gum promotes saliva flow and water helps neutralize your mouth’s acid levels. Both help wash away food particles that are stuck to your teeth.

3. Control your portions and when you eat candy

Don’t think that just because fun size bars are smaller that they can’t do the same amount of harm! The key for healthy teeth is to limit the time your teeth are exposed to sugar. If you need a sweet treat, eat it in one sitting during your meal, when your saliva flow is greater. This reduces the likelihood that you will develop tooth decay and the chance that food particles will cling to your teeth.

4. Think of healthy alternatives

  • Dark chocolate
  • Pretzels
  • Apples
  • Carrots

5. Maintain a proper oral hygiene routine

  • Brush twice a day
  • Floss daily
  • Ask your dentist for ways to maintain good oral health

6. Schedule regular check-ups and cleanings

You’re not alone in the challenge of keeping your mouth clean! Even if you’re busy all the time, make sure to take the time to schedule check-ups and cleanings with your dentist.

…and last but not least, donate your candy to support our 9th Annual Candy Drive and encourage your friends and family to join us in promoting healthy teeth and helping out a good cause!

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All local schools and organizations are invited to join Wellesley Dental Group’s 9th Annual Community Candy Drive to benefit the US troops serving overseas. From November 1st to November 9th, we will be collecting candy, along with handwritten notes and cards for our soldiers.

Our goal is to teach our kids lessons in giving, by encouraging them to share their extra Halloween candy with our troops. The sweet treats and the handwritten cards are a little reminder of home for our troops, and a message of support just in time for Veteran’s Day. The packages will be sent via CarePacks, a non-profit organization, along with oral hygiene supplies.

We are inviting all schools and organizations to participate in our Press Event – November 10th at 10:00 am. Local media and photographers will capture the spirit of giving in our community. Principals, faculty, parents, and students (with the permission from their teachers, of course) are all welcome to attend.

To schedule a candy drop-off or RSVP for the event, please call (781-237-9071) or email us (candydrive@wellesleydentalgroup.com).

Let’s keep this fun tradition going!

 

Resources:

http://www.pharmiweb.com/pressreleases/pressrel.asp?ROW_ID=187602#.WBAEQPkrLIV

https://globenewswire.com/news-release/2016/10/24/882085/10165746/en/Keep-Your-Teeth-Healthy-This-Halloween.html

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High Blood Sugar Increases Risk of Heart Disease

Posted by on Oct 27, 2016 in Blogs | 0 comments

To be heart healthy, you not only need to pay attention to your habits, but also your diet!

According to a study published in the journal Nature, scientists discovered that cardiac arrhythmia, a condition that causes irregular heartbeats, is linked to a biological pathway activated by abnormally high levels of blood sugar. This finding explains why diabetes greatly increases the risk for heart disease.

The National Institutes of Health claims that diabetics are four times more likely to have heart disease, and the American Heart Association notes that about 65 percent of the death of diabetics are caused by heart disease or stroke. Therefore, if you have diabetes or high blood sugar levels, make sure to check on your heart health!

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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http://dentistrytoday.com/news/science-a-medicine/item/60-how-high-blood-sugar-throws-off-heart-rhythm

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