We all know the importance of brushing our teeth to keep bacteria away in order to preserve the health of our teeth. But many who wear clear aligners or retainers to help keep teeth straight may not know that they also need to keep bacteria away from these appliances to keep their teeth healthy. Retainers are commonly instructed to be worn after having braces to correct one’s bite so that the teeth do not shift out of the correct position over time. Beware of the myth: Retainers are bacteria-free so long as you brush your teeth twice a day and do not eat with the retainer on. The truth is that bacteria and plaque can easily accumulate on your retainer whether eating or not, and it is therefore recommended to clean retainers every time you brush your teeth. Here are some ways you can keep your retainer clean, some interesting new research, and what can happen if you don’t clean your retainer:
Today’s the long awaited day for gathering with family and friends for a day of feasting and possibly even football. We would like to wish you and your family a safe and happy Thanksgiving from our caring team at Wellesley Dental Group. Thanksgiving day has been a tradition dating back to 1621 in celebration of the Pilgrims’ first harvest. Most people will be focused on the delicious and flavorful assortment of foods without thinking about the feast certain bacteria within the mouth will be having that can impact teeth. Not all foods are created equally when it comes to your oral health, so here’s what you need to know to have a tooth-friendly holiday:
As we age our health becomes increasingly important, especially as our body’s begin to change. According to new research performed at Rutgers University, older men and women are at a higher chance of experiencing oral health problems and malnutrition. The inability to eat foods with healthy nutrients can lead to a decline in function and quality of life.
Our team at Wellesley Dental Group is extremely grateful for another successful community candy drive, which could not have been possible without YOU, our community! The 11th Annual Candy Drive for the Troops was even bigger and better this year. For more than a decade our communities have gathered together for this sweet celebration to collect thousands of pounds of candy, a load of thoughtful messages, and oral hygiene kits, that will be sent to the U.S. troops overseas to express our gratitude for all that they do to keep us safe. We are so thankful for the generosity that our community organizations, businesses, schools and school children have shown through their keen participation in this cause – we couldn’t have done it without you all!
This year we had an enormous amount of participation. Our hour-long community press event took place on November 9th at 10 am, at our office (5 Seaward Road, Wellesley). We had 13,749 students involved and we collected 12,238 pounds of candy from over 43 schools, and numerous other individuals and organizations. We are honored to promote bridging our communities together for a good cause and to celebrate the spirit of giving.
For those who were unable to attend or who would like a recap of the celebration, check out our video coverage here.
Also, check out some unforgettable moments of the event:
Candy Collection: November 1st-8th
Following Halloween, tons of candy and heartfelt notes began pouring into our office, so much so that we needed a U-Haul to store it all! This awesome initiative began out of a desire to encourage children to eat less candy and instill in them the spirit of sharing. In 2016 we collected 8,600 pounds of candy, and nearly 10,000 pounds of candy in 2017. This year we broke a new record with 12,238 pounds of candy! You may be wondering what will be done with that much candy. We are thankful to work with CarePacks, a non-profit organization that over the years has sent out over 30,000 packages to U.S. troops overseas. On November 17th, 2018 they will be sending out over 500 packages out with the candy, oral hygiene supplies, and caring cards from the community’s donations. We can only imagine how much the troops will smile at the beautiful handwritten cards.
Community and Press Event: November 9th
The grand celebration took place on a beautiful fall day where the community gathered to pay homage to our troops and take a couple of dives into the giant mountain of candy!
We’d like to give special thanks to rising star, Evan Lariviere, who beautifully sang the National Anthem; Rick from CarePacks who spoke about the history of this tradition of giving to the troops; Alice Peisch, Massachusetts State Representative, who spoke about the impact and power of the community’s service to others; The Wellesley High School Keynote Singers, led by Dr. Kevin McDonald, who sang a touching rendition of America the Beautiful; And Wellesley Media for capturing these highlights from our event.
We also had some friendly competition among the schools. The office awarded a grand prize of $1000 to the school PTO that donated the most candy based on a specific algorithm considering the number of students per school and the number of pounds of candy collected per student. This year’s first place winner was Hardy Elementary School in Wellesley (Both children of Dr. Femina and Dr. Ejaz Ali, Zann Ali and Dr. Zarah Ali, attended Hardy Elementary School)! Second place went to Broadmeadow Elementary in Needham, and third to Fiske Elementary School in Wellesley. Congratulations to all participants, your generosity will touch the lives of many, and for this we are very appreciative.
A huge thank you to everyone that participated and to our amazing Wellesley Dental Group team for all of their hard work.
For more information, check out the Wellesley Dental Group Facebook page!
A Special Thank You to the following Participants:
The haunted holiday has arrived. Happy Halloween from our team at WDG to you and your family! We hope that you have a safe and fun day filled with nice tricks or treats. Halloween can be a great time to teach or remind children about the importance of taking care of their teeth since lots of sugary goodies will be collected. The main goal is to let children know that candy and sweet treats in excess and without proper oral hygiene can lead to cavities. After a days worth of collecting treats, you may be wondering what to do with the surplus of Halloween candy. Consider donating it to our deployed troops at our 11th annual Candy Drive. This grand celebration started with the goal of instilling the selfless spirit of giving in children, and helping them learn how to balance a healthy diet and manage their oral health and physical health.
To help prevent cavities, try setting a time of day to eat Halloween candy to avoid continuous snacking throughout the day. Also, even though rushing to the bathroom to brush your teeth after eating sweet treats may sound like a good idea, it’s actually best to wait at least 30 minutes before brushing. You should, however, drink water immediately. Since acidic and sugary foods can cause your enamel to soften, brushing too soon after can further damage the tooth enamel while it’s in a weakened state. It is important to help or watch your child brush their teeth to ensure that they are brushing correctly. Don’t forget to replace toothbrushes every 3-4 months and use a toothpaste that contains fluoride. Fluoride helps fight cavities and remineralize tooth enamel.
Also, be careful when getting dressed and made up for trick-or-treating. Avoid using mascara on teeth to represent a missing tooth and instead opt for blackout wax.
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.