Posts Tagged "tooth decay"

To pick or not to pick?

Posted by on Mar 24, 2018 in Blogs | 0 comments

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:

  1. 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 teeth immediately!

  1. Nothing replaces brushing and flossing.

Even though you may have been successful in removing some food debris using a wooden toothpick, it is still essential that you follow proper brushing and flossing habits at home. This is ultimately what will protect your teeth from decay.

  1. You may actually be pushing food particles further down into your gums.

If you are following proper flossing technique, you should be ‘scooping’ out plaque and food debris from in between your teeth. By using a wooden toothpick, you could be jamming food particles further down into your gum, becoming harder to remove.

  1. You could damage a pre-exisiting filling or Veneers.

If you have prior dental work, such as fillings, crowns, or Veneers, you should avoid using toothpicks as it could cause damage to any dental work you have. If this has happened to you, be sure to visit your dentist for a replacement as soon as possible.

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.

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.

 

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

Posted by on Mar 16, 2018 in Blogs | 0 comments

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
    • Diabetes, stroke, or Alzheimer’s disease can all contribute to feelings of dry mouth.
  • Aging
    • Saliva production decreases as one ages, which results in dry mouth.

How to fix it?

  • Use over-the-counter mouthwashes for dry mouth, which contain the active ingredient xylitol.
  • You may also contact your primary care provider to see which medications you are taking could be contributing to a dry mouth symptom.
  • Your doctor or dentist may prescribe medication to stimulate saliva production and reduce the symptoms of dry mouth.

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.

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.

References:
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dry-mouth/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20356052

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Toothpaste: what type and how much?

Posted by on Mar 9, 2018 in Blogs | 0 comments

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.

Potassium nitrate soothes pain caused by dentin exposure. In addition to using desensitizing toothpaste, make sure that you are not brushing aggresively as this habit wears down your enamel and eventually causes dentin exposure.

  • Whiten your teeth: often contains a mild abrasive.

Although whitening toothpastes are effective in removing surface stains, if you are experiencing sensitivity you may want to avoid daily use of a whitening toothpaste. However, whitening toothpastes may still be a good option, cost-effective option if you want to keep your teeth bright.

So, how much toothpaste should I use?  

Whichever toothpaste you end up choosing, you should always put a pea sized glob of toothpaste on your toothbrush- nothing more, nothing less! Don’t waste your toothpaste!

 

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.

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.

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Does drinking with a straw protect your teeth?

Posted by on Feb 23, 2018 in Blogs | 0 comments

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 your mouth as you sip. This increases the amount of exposure your teeth have to the acidic and sugary liquids.
  • Don’t brush right after drinking soda or juice! Your enamel is softer after drinking these beverages, and brushing could wear it away.
  • Maintain a proper oral care regimen.

There are times when using a straw is not recommended, such as after wisdom tooth extraction or other form of oral surgery.

On a usual basis, incorporating straws into your routine could be an easy alternative to keeping a healthy, white smile!

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.

References:

https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/news/20050617/sipping-soda-through-straw-cut-cavities#2

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Ice cream, you scream, your teeth shouldn’t scream!

Posted by on Jun 13, 2017 in Blogs | 0 comments

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With the hot summer already here, ice cream is one of our favorite cold treat. But while you are enjoying your summer treat, also keep in mind the effect that too much of it can have not only on your summer figure, but also on your teeth.

If you were thinking “well, how bad can ice cream really be?; it is a dairy product; it supplies me with calcium, and that’s mostly what teeth are made of, so how can it harm my teeth?” Yes, ice cream is a dairy product, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it is a good source of calcium. In fact, it has only a minimal amount of calcium when compared to pure milk or yogurt. Most of it is sugar. So, ice cream alone is not sufficient to deliver the enough amount of calcium that your body needs. Our bones and teeth are made of calcium and our nervous system, endocrine system and muscles need it to work properly. Do not neglect other healthier options such as milk, cheese and yogurt.

Additionally, ice cream’s high sugar concentration can be bad for your smile. Why? Because bacteria in our mouths use the sugar that we ingest as their food and the product that they release causes teeth to decay. Therefore, it is important to brush your teeth after every meal, even after every snack. And nowadays, you can choose ice cream that is sugar-free. And you can also avoid the sugary toppings. You can do it!

And when it comes to the feeling of sensitive teeth while or after devouring the cold treat, this can be a sign of already existing cavities, or receding gums. This may indicate poor oral hygiene, and it is very important to resolve this issue swiftly by your dentist. Don’t avoid your regular check-ups and have your dental fillings done on time.

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.

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