Archive for February, 2012

Surviving the Teething Phase

Babies are so cute…except when they cry for an hour straight in the middle of the night. If your new one has a case of the cranky pants, teething may be the culprit. Here’s some advice on how to soothe aching gums so baby (and you) can get some shut eye.

Why it hurts

The baby’s new teeth are getting ready to push through his gums, creating potential tenderness and swelling. While some babies endure this phase without blinking an eyelash, others get irritable and fussy. They good news is once those little white caps become visible, the uncomfortable part is done.

How babies react

Drooling, biting, and keeping their parents awake often appear on the list of teething symptoms. The drool is a good thing – saliva is produced in excess during teething to moisten the gums and reduce inflammation. Biting eases the pain, creating counterpressure against those teeth poking just beneath the surface. And crying, well – it just comes with the territory. (more…)

February 28, 2012 at 6:51 pm Leave a comment

Alameda Pediatric Dentistry’s “Woman Who Dares”

Recognized for her volunteer work in Jamaica, where she led a team of Alameda and Pleasanton Pediatric Dentistry staff in providing dental care to needy children last year, Dr. Sharine Thenard has been named one of the 2012 Women Who Dare by Girls, Inc.

“I am so surprised and flattered!” Dr. Thenard says. “To think that I would be viewed as a role model to girls and young women also makes me very aware of the responsibility I carry.”

Girls, Inc. is a national, non-profit organization that inspires girls to be “strong, smart, and bold,” and the program’s annual Women Who Dare Awards Event honors adult and teenage women making a difference in the community. This year’s honorees include Dr. Jannett Jackson, College of Alameda President, Sarah Olaes, Enrichment Program Director of the Alameda Education Foundation, and Mi-Anne Chan, Founder of the Roots and Shoots Club at Alameda High School.

In addition to her field work in Jamaica last year, Dr. Thenard is highly dedicated to the work she performs in the dental office on a daily basis. She is an important representative in her field, serving as a Diplomate for the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, a Trustee for the California Dental Association, and a Secretary for the California Society of Pediatric Dentistry. (more…)

February 21, 2012 at 5:46 pm 3 comments

“Rock Your Smile” for Dental Health Month

It’s February! The month of love – for oral health. We’re well into National Children’s Dental Health Month, sponsored by the American Dental Association (ADA). This year’s theme is “Rock Your Smile,” connecting with the inner rock star in kids of every age group.

Dental Health Month is a big one for raising awareness about oral health. Alameda and Pleasanton Pediatric Dentistry are active participants in the cause. Our educational outreach program, Tooth Fairy Island, sends dedicated staff members from the dental office to the classroom, where they share secrets for getting preschoolers to pre-teens excited about brushing, flossing, and getting their pearly whites checked twice a year.

Tooth Fairy Island presentations are just one way we help kids learn how to take good care of their teeth and gums. In fact, our goal is to keep Tooth Fairy Island presentations going all year long. So far, 10 schools in Pleasanton and Alameda have already benefited from our volunteer efforts.

Parents looking for new ways to teach young children about oral health at home have a range of interactive materials available for free on the web. Here are some ideas: (more…)

February 13, 2012 at 8:12 am 5 comments


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