Archive for March, 2012

Defend Your Infant’s Teeth – from Pregnancy On


The fight against progressive tooth decay in little ones begins before the children are born. How can this be the case? According to’s “Dental Health for Mothers,” the presence of untreated caries in mom’s mouth – prenatally – can put her child at risk for severe dental caries.

What Mom Eats…

It makes sense. An expectant mother’s diet provides all the good stuff, from calcium and phosphorous to a range of vitamins and minerals that babies need for their teeth to form – a process that begins just over a month after conception.

According to First 5 Sacramento, diet and dental health deficiencies during pregnancy may cause changes in baby’s tooth formation and leave their teeth at greater risk for decay later in life. So it may not be too surprising to learn that children of mothers who consume sugar in large quantities are four times more likely to suffer from tooth decay than those of moms with low sugar consumption. (more…)

March 27, 2012 at 6:05 pm 5 comments

Give Kids a Smile Day at Alameda Pediatric Dentistry

On Saturday, March 10, when most dental offices were closed for the weekend, the doors of Alameda Pediatric Dentistry were open. Inside the sunny, South Shore Center office, Doctors Ngo and Katheria were busy administering fillings, crowns, and sealants to six young patients whose families could not afford dental care.

The doctors’ volunteer efforts were part of Give Kids a Smile, an American Dental Association (ADA)-sponsored program that galvanizes dental societies, schools, and health centers across the country to provide free oral health care services to children who come from low-income backgrounds.

Doctors Ngo and Katheria were not alone in the office – several caring Alameda Pediatric Dentistry staff joined their efforts to service and educate underserved children ages 4 to 7 and their parents.

“We really appreciate our staff for volunteering their time to help these families,” Dr. Ngo says. “We could not do it without our wonderful team. The energy and enthusiasm at 7:30 in the morning was invigorating and we all really enjoyed this special event.” (more…)

March 20, 2012 at 6:14 pm Leave a comment

Growing Dental Decay in Preschoolers – Stop the Cycle at Home!


Photo: Stuart Isett for The New York Times


According to a recent New York Times article, dentists nationwide say they are seeing more preschoolers at all income levels with 6 to 10 cavities or more.

Catherine Saint Louis reports that one such preschooler is 2 ½-year-old Devon Koester, who recently received general anesthesia at the Center for Pediatric Dentistry in Seattle so that a pediatric dentist could treat his 11 cavities with fillings or extractions.

Devon’s extensive procedure may seem like an exception, but unfortunately, he is far from the only one. According to the many dentists and specialists interviewed by Saint Louis, dental decay among preschoolers is widespread, growing more so, and often so far evolved that administering general anesthesia seems hardly avoidable. (more…)

March 13, 2012 at 6:41 pm 2 comments

All Smiles for Tooth Fairy Island

“You have to brush your teeth or you will get holes in your teeth.”

These wise words are from a local preschooler. From a very young age, kids love to give their input, even when the talk is all about teeth. Alameda Pediatric Dentistry’s Amanda Porter hears enthusiastic feedback from kids all the time when she visits them in the classroom.

During February’s Dental Health Month, Amanda and other staff from our Alameda and Pleasanton offices completed dozens of Tooth Fairy Island presentations for schools in the community, teaching kids about oral hygiene, healthy snacks, and why it’s important to visit the dentist.

“The kids get very excited and interested in learning about the oral cavity,” Amanda says. (more…)

March 6, 2012 at 7:23 pm 2 comments


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