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    Will Your Teeth Thank You This Thanksgiving?

    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…

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    Everything You Need to Know about Fluoride Varnish

    “My child’s baby teeth are going to fall out eventually anyway, so what’s the point in taking care of them?” This is a common question that many parents face. Baby teeth are necessary for a variety of reasons, including guiding permanent teeth into their proper positions. You also want to make sure that they remain healthy in order to prevent your child from developing a systemic infection, an abscess, or from experiencing pain. As soon as your child’s baby teeth appear, make sure that you are brushing them and scheduling regular dental visits. As they become older, make learning how to brush fun through singing songs, brushing alongside your child,…

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    Is Sparkling Water Affecting My Teeth?

      As sparkling water becomes more popular, there’s one question that comes into play when thinking about your oral health: Is the crisp and refreshing fizz of sparkling water healthy for your teeth? You may be wondering what the issue could be with sparking water, especially since most brands are sugar-free. However, carbonated drinks like sparkling water contain carbon dioxide, which turns into carbonic acid once in the mouth. This lowers the pH level and thus causes the mouth to become a more acidic environment. Some researchers have concerns about whether or not sipping sparkling water could lead to tooth decay due to erosion of the tooth enamel.

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    Watch out for these fruits that weaken your enamel!

    Did you know that enamel, the hardest substance in your body, can be weakened over time by eating certain fruits? The FDA lists the 13 most acidic fruits and their pH ranges as: Lemon Juice (2.00 – 2.60) Limes (2.00 – 2.80) Cranberry Juice (2.30 – 2.52) Blue Plums (2.80 – 3.40) Grapes (2.90 – 3.82) Pomegranates (2.93 – 3.20) Grapefruits (3.00 – 3.75) Blueberries (3.12 – 3.33) Pineapples (3.20 – 4.00) Apples (3.33 – 4.00) Peaches (3.30 – 4.05) Mangos (3.40 – 4.80) Oranges (3.69 – 4.34) If you are experiencing sensitivity, you may want to cut out acidic fruits listed above from your diet as much as possible.…

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    Do you like a lot of sauce on your food? Here’s how your teeth are taking it

    It’s hard to resist dipping french fries in ketchup, adding a extra dressing on salad, or smothering steak in steak sauce. After all, all we crave is a little added taste for our food. Ketchup is basically crushed tomatoes, right? Actually, one bottle of ketchup contains approximately 33 teaspoons of sugar!  One of the main reasons why sauce is unhealthy and bad for your teeth is due to the added sugars and acidity of the sauces. The acid weakens your enamel, while the added sugars feed bacteria in your mouth. Both of these elements ultimately result in an increased prevalence of cavities. In addition to the negative effects on your…

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    To pick or not to pick?

    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: 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…

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

    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…

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    Toothpaste: what type and how much?

    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.…

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    3 ways to motivate your child to brush and floss

      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!   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.   Brush your teeth alongside your child. By showing your child the proper way to brush and floss, you will…

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    Does drinking with a straw protect your teeth?

    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…