Does drinking with a straw protect your teeth?

Posted by on Feb 23, 2018 in Blogs | 0 comments

Are you concerned about tooth decay or staining, but are having trouble giving up your daily orange juice? It is okay to drink soda or juice in moderation! On the occasions where you do consume these drinks, something as simple as using a straw when you drink soda, juice, or coffee could prevent tooth decay and staining.

Using a straw essentially creates a direct ‘funnel’ for the acidic, sugary beverages and minimizes contact of the liquid on your teeth. Here are some tips:

  • Straw placement matters. Place the straw past your teeth so that it’s not in direct contact with your teeth.
  • Don’t keep the soda, juice, or wine in your mouth as you sip. This increases the amount of exposure your teeth have to the acidic and sugary liquids.
  • Don’t brush right after drinking soda or juice! Your enamel is softer after drinking these beverages, and brushing could wear it away.
  • Maintain a proper oral care regimen.

There are times when using a straw is not recommended, such as after wisdom tooth extraction or other form of oral surgery.

On a usual basis, incorporating straws into your routine could be an easy alternative to keeping a healthy, white smile!

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 to set up an appointment and consultation.


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This trend could ruin your smile

Posted by on Feb 19, 2018 in Blogs | 0 comments

Lately, the activated charcoal trend is all around us. Proponents of activated charcoal use it for clearing acne, detox, and recently even on food! But is it really safe for achieving a healthy, bright, and white smile?

After seeing hundreds of online before and after pictures proving that it works, many people are willing to try activated charcoal to remove the ‘yellowness’ of their teeth. These surface stains will be more apparent in avid drinkers of coffee, tea, or wine. The truth is that activated charcoal actually does remove these surface stains your enamel, but at a cost.

Using activated charcoal can be too abrasive for your teeth and can actually wear down your enamel with long-term use. Long-term use of activated charcoal does more harm than good by slowly stripping away layers of tooth enamel, revealing the yellowish looking dentin layer underneath.

Abrasive habits gradually wear down enamel & expose dentin underneath

Exposure of dentin could potentially result in increased sensitivity.

Habits like brushing too harshly or incorporating activated charcoal into your daily routine could be much too corrosive for your teeth. The safest option for achieving a healthy and white smile is to look for top professional whitening procedures, which we offer at our office.

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 to set up an appointment and consultation.




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Love is all around us: Join the Wellesley Community Blood Drive!

Posted by on Feb 15, 2018 in Blogs | 0 comments

We will be hosting a community blood donation drive on February 20th at the Wellesley Community Center. The drive, held in cooperation with the American Red Cross and the Wellesley Community Center, aims to collect more than 50 units of lifesaving blood.

In the United States, it is estimated that someone needs blood every 2 seconds. Despite this high demand, only a fraction of individuals eligible to donate blood actually do each year. Donated blood from universal donors (O-) are in great demand but always in short supply.

By donating blood , you will help thousands of patients in need.

Members of the public are invited to attend. Donors with the following blood types are invited to donate by the Red Cross’ double red cell technology (2RBC):  O- , O+, A- , B-.


Date:    Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

Time:    11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Venue:  Wellesley Community Center

219 Washington Street

Wellesley, MA


For more information and to pre-register, please visit the American Red Cross website. Prospective donors can also complete pre-reading and health history questions online at Red Cross RapidPass.

Please bring picture identification, and remember to eat a healthy meal and drink plenty of fluids before donating.



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10 years, 10,000 pounds

Posted by on Nov 10, 2017 in Blogs, Events, Office News | 0 comments

Dr. Zarah Ali, Queen of the candy

Thank you to our wonderful community for helping make our 10th Annual Candy Drive a huge success. Every year, the drive grows in size and scope. What started as a small candy buy back with a handful of local kids has grown into an endeavor that spans the Metrowest: this year, we have 41 number of schools participating, along with numerous businesses and organizations. Best of all, we have collected more candy than ever before: we have shattered a record of nearly 10,000 pounds of candy. To be exact, if anyone is curious, we collected 9,883.3 pounds of candy.

I’m sure everyone is wondering what we’re going to do with so much candy – and no, we will not be eating it all! The candy will be assembled into care packages and distributed to our troops all over the world. This is no small feat, and we are beyond thankful to be working with CarePacks, a non-profit organization who helps us make this happen.

Thank you to our troops and veterans for everything they do to keep us safe.The dedicated men and women who serve us overseas deserve so much more than we can offer; we simply hope these small treats offer a little taste of home, and a token of our gratitude.

Last but not least, congratulations to the winning school this year: Katherine Lee Bates Elementary School in Wellesley! They received our $1000 Grand Prize for the most candy collected per student.


Stay tuned for more pictures.

Our 3 Drs. Ali in front of nearly 10, 000 pounds of candy #sweettooth

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Ten Years of Giving: 10th Annual Candy Drive for The Troops!

Posted by on Oct 19, 2017 in Blogs | 0 comments

It’s the season of warm apple cider and beautiful red and gold foliage! At the Wellesley Dental Group, the advent of fall means kickstarting preparations for our annual Candy Drive for the US Troops. This year, we are truly proud to be organizing our 10th Annual Community Candy Drive! We are extremely excited to make this a grand celebration of the decade of generosity that our local schools and institutions have exhibited through their keen participation in this cause.

This initiative started a decade ago, out of a desire to incentivize children to eat less candy, without decreasing any of the fun that Halloween brings, and instilling in them the spirit of sharing and giving. Candy might not be a big deal for most of us, but for those that are serving our country, it’s a piece of home, and a small reflection of our gratitude for their sacrifices. Over the years, we have been able to bring together our communities to collect thousands of pounds of candy, a multitude of heart-felt notes, and hygiene kits, which were sent to the US troops via our partners at CarePacks. Please take a look at the last year’s blog posts with pictures here. Each year, we have participation from around 40 schools and institutions, representing 14 different towns!

This year our Candy Collection Drive will run from the 1st to the 8th of November. During this period, schools and institutions are encouraged to collect and deliver their candy to the Wellesley Dental Group Office. Bins for candy collection may be picked up from our office to help in this task.

Our Candy Drive Celebration and Press Event will take place on the 9th of November at 10:00 am at our office location, 5 Seaward Road in Wellesley. We will have warm cider and snacks, some great musical performances, and some fitting tributes for our troops overseas.

The Wellesley Dental Group has another sweet treat! Once again, the WDG team has announced that there will be a  grand prize of $1000 to go to the PTO of the school that donates the most candy per student!

If you or your organization is interested in donating candy or participating in our press event, please email us at, or call us at 781-237-9071.

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The future of dentistry is digital!

Posted by on Jul 10, 2017 in Blogs | 0 comments

“The future of dentistry is digital” says Biomed Central of Oral Health. It is true, the future of dentistry is indeed digital.

Consider the last time you had an impression taken at the dentist’s. That feeling of discomfort and the recurrence of the ultimate gag reflex made your dental experience, surely, less enjoyable and your dentist’s experience more nerve-racking. In addition to that, the custom design of the trays, the materials used, and sending the impression to lab and getting the plaster model back is time consuming and expensive.


Therefore, recently the use of Intraoral Scanner (IOS) devices is becoming more and more popular. The technique is referred to as taking optical impressions. It works by projecting a beam of light that hits the surface of the teeth and a high-resolution camera captures the distortion that the beam undergoes. This device can collect the complete shape and size of the dental arch and then those pictures can be translated into a 3D model.


The application of this new technology is vast in the dental field. IOS is especially very helpful when used for dental implants, in the preparation of prosthesis to model and fabricate restorations, in surgical dentistry for guided surgery and in orthodontics to precisely make aligners, or other customized orthodontic devices.


In addition to the ease that comes for the dentist with the immediate results, it is also well tolerated by patients. In addition, the 3D models are obtained on the computer and can be stored with an easier access for a longer time than the collection of breakable plaster models.


Here at Wellesley Dental Group, we embrace the new cutting-edge technologies that are shaping the dental field. We have been using our 3D scanner with great success, and patients have reported that it is much easier than traditional impressions. Call us today at 781-237-9071 to find out more!


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 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.

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