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    Experiencing Toothaches from Winter Weather?

    As you’re walking outside this winter, do you ever feel a cringing pain in your teeth from the cold air? Not only can the cold cause dry skin, it can also cause some tooth sensitivity, especially if you already struggle with sensitive teeth. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, approximately 40 million Americans have sensitive teeth. This causes many people to avoid foods that are either very cold or very hot, such as ice-cream or soup. So, why does tooth sensitivity occur?

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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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    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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    This trend could ruin your smile

    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…

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    Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017!

    Some common new year’s resolutions are exercising more or trying a new activity, but did you know that improving your oral health should also be one of your priorities for 2017? Healthy teeth is the key to your overall well-being! A few small improvements could lead to great rewards. The first step to a healthier mouth is to have better brushing and flossing habits. If you’ve had your toothbrush for more than three or four months, replace it! Worn bristles don’t clean your teeth as well as a brand new toothbrush! Brush at least two times a day with a fluoride toothpaste for two minutes every day. This is the…

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    Get Whiter Teeth For Summer!

    A dazzling bright smile is all the catch nowadays. Especially now that it’s summer and there are many graduations, weddings, and fun events planned, why not show off a healthy white smile! Of course regular dental habits like brushing and flossing are ways to keep a brighter smile. However, if you feel like your smile doesn’t sparkle as much as you’d like, there are many products and whitening treatments available to achieve your smile goals. Tooth whitening is a simple process and a great option for individuals who have stained or discolored teeth. Teeth can become stained for many reasons, including tobacco use, certain medications, foods with dark dyes, and such as…

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    Brighten Your Smile For Prom Season!

    Prom Season…Whitening Season! Is your high school prom coming up? Now’s the perfect time to dust off those pearly whites so you can strut into your prom with confidence and take the best pictures! A sparkling smile perfectly complements your beautiful outfit. Make prom memorable with professional whitening treatment! Here at Wellesley Dental Group (where one of our specialties is cosmetic dentistry), we offer four types of whitening treatment, customized just for you: 1. Custom Take Home tray whitening paint-on teeth whiteners teeth-whitening strips whitening toothpaste and mouthwash 2. Sinsational Smile This pre-filled whitening tray with the addition of an LED accelerating light will whiten your teeth quickly and effectively. 3. Philips…

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    Happy National Wine Day!

      Happy National Wine Day! Did you know that moderate wine consumption (no more than one drink per day for women and two per day for men according to the US Department of Agriculture’s “Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010”) can lead to many health benefits? 1. Reduced Risk for Certain Cancers and Diseases Moderate red wine consumption has the potential to prevent both breast and colon cancer. According to an article in the Journal of Women’s Health, red grape skin and seed chemicals decrease estrogen levels and increase testosterone in women in the premenopausal stage, which leads to a reduced risk for breast cancer. A study conducted by scientists from the University of Leicester, UK…