Posts Tagged "brushing"

To pick or not to pick?

Posted by on Mar 24, 2018 in Blogs | 0 comments

You may see these little wooden toothpicks in restaurants across your city, either by the register or on the table. Although you may feel tempted to grab one and pry food debris between your teeth, you may not be doing your gums and teeth a favor by doing so! Here are some reasons why tooth picking is a bad habit:

  1. It irritates your gums.

People could be very harsh when trying to get food debris from in between their teeth. As a result, they may also end up picking their gums too harshly to the point where they are red and inflamed. If this is the case, stop picking your teeth immediately!

  1. Nothing replaces brushing and flossing.

Even though you may have been successful in removing some food debris using a wooden toothpick, it is still essential that you follow proper brushing and flossing habits at home. This is ultimately what will protect your teeth from decay.

  1. You may actually be pushing food particles further down into your gums.

If you are following proper flossing technique, you should be ‘scooping’ out plaque and food debris from in between your teeth. By using a wooden toothpick, you could be jamming food particles further down into your gum, becoming harder to remove.

  1. You could damage a pre-exisiting filling or Veneers.

If you have prior dental work, such as fillings, crowns, or Veneers, you should avoid using toothpicks as it could cause damage to any dental work you have. If this has happened to you, be sure to visit your dentist for a replacement as soon as possible.

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and their newest addition to the team, Dr. Zarah Ali, if you have any thoughts or concerns. Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. Van. Dr. 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.

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.

 

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Do you have dry mouth like a desert? Here’s why

Posted by on Mar 16, 2018 in Blogs | 0 comments

Dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, happens when salivary glands in your mouth do not produce enough saliva. If you have dry mouth, you may constantly feel the need to drink water- only to find that you still have a ‘dry feeling’ afterwards. Having a dry mouth may result in bad breath, a dry tongue, difficulty swallowing, and a general unpleasant feeling.

Causes of dry mouth:

  • Medications
    • Side effects of several medications, including over-the-counter antihistamines and pain relievers, may include dry mouth.
  • Tobacco, caffeine, and alcohol use
    • Reducing tobacco, caffeine, and alcohol use is not only beneficial for your overall health, but also will reduce dry mouth.
  • Certain health conditions
    • Diabetes, stroke, or Alzheimer’s disease can all contribute to feelings of dry mouth.
  • Aging
    • Saliva production decreases as one ages, which results in dry mouth.

How to fix it?

  • Use over-the-counter mouthwashes for dry mouth, which contain the active ingredient xylitol.
  • You may also contact your primary care provider to see which medications you are taking could be contributing to a dry mouth symptom.
  • Your doctor or dentist may prescribe medication to stimulate saliva production and reduce the symptoms of dry mouth.

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and their newest addition to the team, Dr. Zarah Ali, if you have any thoughts or concerns. Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. Van. Dr. 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.

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.

References:
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dry-mouth/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20356052

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Toothpaste: what type and how much?

Posted by on Mar 9, 2018 in Blogs | 0 comments

It is easy to be overwhelmed at the convenience store, where the stacks of toothpaste in the aisles leave you wondering if you are really using the right type of toothpaste for your needs. You finally decide on a toothpaste tube, only to go home and question whether you are using the right amount. Follow the tips below to end your worries!

  • Prevent tooth decay: opt for a toothpaste which contains sodium fluoride as an active ingredient.

Fluoride aids in the enamel remineralization process caused by tooth decay. By using a toothpaste which contains fluoride, you are preventing tooth decay!

  • Prevent sensitivity: opt for a toothpaste which contains potassium nitrate.

Potassium nitrate soothes pain caused by dentin exposure. In addition to using desensitizing toothpaste, make sure that you are not brushing aggresively as this habit wears down your enamel and eventually causes dentin exposure.

  • Whiten your teeth: often contains a mild abrasive.

Although whitening toothpastes are effective in removing surface stains, if you are experiencing sensitivity you may want to avoid daily use of a whitening toothpaste. However, whitening toothpastes may still be a good option, cost-effective option if you want to keep your teeth bright.

So, how much toothpaste should I use?  

Whichever toothpaste you end up choosing, you should always put a pea sized glob of toothpaste on your toothbrush- nothing more, nothing less! Don’t waste your toothpaste!

 

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and their newest addition to the team, Dr. Zarah Ali, if you have any thoughts or concerns. Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. Van. Dr. 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.

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.

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3 ways to motivate your child to brush and floss

Posted by on Mar 2, 2018 in Blogs | 0 comments

 

It is very important for your child to develop a proper oral care routine from an early age. As a parent, you may be having trouble coming up with creative and fun ways to teach your child these very important skills. Here are three ideas to make brushing and flossing fun for you and your child!

 

  1. Sing Happy Birthday or The Alphabet Song four times to keep track of two minutes.

Sing the song twice for the upper jaw, twice for the lower jaw at a normal speed.

 

  1. Brush your teeth alongside your child.

By showing your child the proper way to brush and floss, you will be setting a good example. You will also be able to ensure that your child is brushing correctly.

 

  1. Try using plaque disclosing tablets.

Plaque disclosing tablets will color plaque a hot pink color and show your child if they missed any spots after they brushed! The color comes off with a rinse. They are perfectly safe to use and you can find them at your local drug store.

 

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and their newest addition to the team, Dr. Zarah Ali, if you have any thoughts or concerns. Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. Van. Dr. 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.

 

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.

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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 smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation.

References:

https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/news/20050617/sipping-soda-through-straw-cut-cavities#2

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