Posts Tagged "tooth decay"

Sensational Sealants

Posted by on Nov 15, 2016 in Blogs | 0 comments

Sealants, or plastic coatings that cover the surface of teeth (particularly molars and premolars), help prevent tooth decay by smoothing out uneven surfaces where bacteria and acids could get trapped. There are many different types of sealants, including: resin-based, glass ionomer, etc.

This treatment is especially recommended for children, but is also an option for adults who are prone to cavities. Even though brushing, flossing, and fluoride mouthwashes can remove plaque from your teeth, sealants add an extra layer of protection.

According to a systematic review of sealants published by the Cochrane Collaboration in 2013, scientists concluded that getting sealant treatment effectively reduces cavities for at least four years and that children without sealants were twice as likely to get cavities as those with sealants. Additionally, both the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommend the application of sealants.

Sealants are also cost-effective compared to fillings. Although the cost depends on your insurance, fillings cost about $100 per cavity, while sealants only cost about $30 to $40 per tooth.

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.nytimes.com/2016/09/20/upshot/defending-your-childrens-teeth-and-dentists-the-value-of-sealants.html?_r=2

http://www.cochrane.org/CD001830/ORAL_sealants-for-preventing-dental-decay-in-the-permanent-teeth

http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/procedures/sealants/article/dental-sealants

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http://jada.ada.org/article/S0002-8177(16)30473-1/pdf

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Amalgam Fillings Could Raise Mercury Levels

Posted by on Nov 4, 2016 in Blogs | 0 comments

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Dental amalgam, a type of filling material that is a combination of mercury, silver, tin, and other metals, is a cheap and long-lasting way to restore your teeth and prevent further tooth decay.

However, a study that analyzed the link between dental fillings and mercury exposure of around 15,000 individuals conducted by the department of environmental health science from University of Georgia’s College of Public Health reports that using amalgam can cause mercury levels to be prolonged in the body. This is the first study that controls for variables such as age, ethnicity, race, gender, and diet.

The study’s main author, Lei Yin, PhD, MD, MS, says that although tooth decay is a common problem, there is little discussion concerning the different types of dental materials available. Co-author Xiaozhong “John” Yu adds that they hope the study accurately measures mercury level exposure so that scientists can assess future risks.

Although the Food and Drug Administration deemed amalgam fillings safe for adults and children over 6 years old in 2009, the researchers found that there was a dramatic increase in methyl mercury, which is most likely linked to dental amalgam. A high level of mercury is toxic and could result in problems in the brain, heart, kidney, lung, and immune system.

Because it is essential that our patients are properly informed about their choices for dental fillings, please ask us any questions about whether or not the materials we use have an impact on your health!

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.dentistrytoday.com/news/industrynews/item/1266-amalgam-fillings-may-raise-mercury-levels-in-the-body?hq_e=el&hq_m=1088158&hq_l=2&hq_v=7c40e2efa1

http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/procedures/fillings/article/dental-amalgam-a-health-risk

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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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Benefits of Tap Water

Posted by on Oct 22, 2016 in Blogs | 0 comments

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With the sharp increase in the amount of patients with tooth decay over the last decade, it’s important to think of ways to improve your oral health based on your diet and oral health habits.

First, try to avoid sugary and acidic drinks such as fruit juices, energy drinks, sports drinks, or sodas. These kinds of drinks can increase your risk for cavities, since they can lead to tooth erosion. In addition, if you are a parent, you should make sure to stop putting your babies to sleep with a bottle because sugars could stick to their teeth for hours.

Dentists also recommend drinking tap water over bottled water due to the fact that tap water often contains fluoride and that it is usually as safe as other types of water. Drinking tap water is especially important for pregnant women and children whose teeth are still forming.

In addition to healthy eating and drinking habits, you should always maintain a proper oral hygiene routine. Make sure to brush twice a day and floss daily.

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.toledoblade.com/Medical/2016/09/18/Dentist-Water-from-tap-best-bet.html

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