Posts Tagged "pediatric"

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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Transfer of Oral Microbes From Children To Children

Posted by on Oct 25, 2016 in Blogs | 0 comments

Microbes don’t just get passed on within the family from mother to children. A recent study at the University Of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Biology and School of Dentistry found that children may acquire microbes from other unrelated children as well.

Despite the fact that data has shown that one particular strain of the bacteria Streptococcus mutans, which is  known to cause tooth decay, is only transferred from mother to children, this microbe was found in 72 percent of children whose family members living with them were unaffected. This high percentage shows that children can contract microbes from other children at schools and nurseries as well as opposed to just from their family members.

Stephanie Momeni, author of the study, claims that interactions involving saliva such as sharing a drinking cup or ice cream cone can lead to the transfer of microbes. Therefore, make sure your kids have their own set of containers and cups before heading to school or daycare!

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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https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/07/160725105219.htm

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Participate In Our 9th Annual Candy Drive!

Posted by on Oct 12, 2016 in Blogs | 0 comments

9th-annual-candy-drive-3All Metrowest 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 Wellesley tradition going!

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FDA Approves New Intranasal Dental Anesthetic

Posted by on Sep 30, 2016 in Blogs | 0 comments

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Do you have a fear of needles? Have no fear! There’s now a form of dental anesthetic that requires no needles at all and can be administered intranasally.

On June 29, 2016, a regional nasal spray anesthetic called Kovanaze (a mix of tetracaine and oxymetazoline, a nasal decongestant) produced by St. Renatus, LLC was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Although Kovanaze is only safe to be used during restorative procedures for patients over 88 pounds as of now, the company plans on expanding its use to children too.

While Kovanaze’s side effects include rhinorrhea, nasal congestion, and nasal discomfort, the results of a recent Phase 3 clinical trial conducted by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine provided evidence that the Kovanaze was safe and effective.

This development is great news for those who fear needles and can help decrease the number of accidental needle-stick injuries as well.

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.intranasal.net/images/CoverphotoofpedsINdelivery.jpg

http://www.ada.org/en/science-research/science-in-the-news/new-intransally-administered-needleless-dental-anesthetic-approved-by-the-us-fda

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Want to Improve Your Oral Health? Take a Selfie!

Posted by on Sep 19, 2016 in Blogs | 0 comments

240_F_77771316_PIv5nCXy3LWz5BUaBkLBaxQxAB8EGdRWWho would have thought that taking a selfie video with your camera phone of tooth-brushing could help you improve your oral health habits? Probably not the first thing that came to your mind! However, research published in the Indian Journal of Dental Research from Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine found that filming smart phone video selfies of tooth-brushing can help individuals learn to enhance their brushing techniques and oral health care habits.

Researchers observed participants brushing habits before the study, assessing them on how long they spent brushing, and how they brushed, including their brushing motion and angle they placed their toothbrush. Then, participants were told to start filming their brushing at home. Researchers found an improvement in all areas except the amount of time spent brushing. There was an increase in the accuracy of brushing, and an 8 percent improvement in overall brushing skill. The researchers believe that by recording a selfie, individuals may become more cognizant of their brushing and form a desire to make sure they are brushing properly.

Make sure that you’re brushing your teeth properly. Take a look at this link for tips on toothbrushing. Dental selfies may play a great role in preventing oral health diseases from arising.

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.

References:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/08/160810143748.htm

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