Archive for April, 2012

Play it Safe for National Facial Protection Month: Why Athletes Need Mouth Guards

Did you know that April was National Facial Protection Month? Brave as we appear in front of the kids, we all know how alarming it can be when nosebleeds, bumps, or bruises leave a mark on their precious faces. If your children play sports, the likelihood for injury is that much higher.

Parents out there, raise your hands if your child has ever gotten a chipped or dislocated tooth? Your numbers are high. Last year, the National Youth Sports Safety Administration estimated 3 million teeth would be knocked out in youth sporting events. Kids who wear braces are even more vulnerable, though their risk is only slightly higher.

The thing is, preventing oral injury is not only possible, but easy. Send young athletes into the field wearing a protective mouth guard. It’s inexpensive and unobtrusive, and its use prevents over 200,000 oral injuries a year, according to the American Dental Association.

A mouth guard should be right in line with the helmet, shoulder pads, and knee pads. The majority of kids don’t wear them during games and matches because they aren’t required to. It’s not one of the rules of the game to wear one, and according to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, 67 percent of parents do not insist on mouth guard use by their children. But here are just a few more reasons why all of that should change:

  • Athletes who do not wear mouth guards are 60 times more likely to damage their teeth.
  • Mouth guards protect the jaws as well as the mouth, and in addition to the teeth, mouth guards protect the lips, cheeks, and tongue.
  • It costs much less to repair a fitted mouthguard than to repair a knocked-out tooth.

Remember, store-bought mouthguards may be ill-fitted and uncomfortable. Dentists may easily make a protective and cohesive, custom mouth guard made from an impression of your child’s teeth. Ask your dentist about creating a mouth guard for your little athlete today!

 

April 26, 2012 at 10:37 pm 3 comments

April is Autism Awareness Month!

The Autism Society has been celebrating National Autism Awareness Month since the 1970s, and this year, Alameda Pediatric Dentistry wants to help get the word out. Dental health is an important component of overall health, and according to the National Museum of Dentistry, children with special needs are twice as likely to have unmet oral health care needs than their peers without special needs.

“It would be great to reach out to these kids, since they often don’t get care due to insurance coverage and inability for general practices to accommodate them,” Dr. MyLinh Ngo says. “We don’t see a huge number of special needs kids, even though we are equipped to and trained for them.”

One in 88 U.S. children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. If your child is one of them, remember to be patient and work with your child every day, using plenty of repetition and assistance to enforce good oral hygiene habits like brushing and flossing.

Alameda and Pleasanton Pediatric Dentistry staff are specially trained to give autistic and other special needs kids the extra attention and understanding they need. As you prepare to find the right dental team for a special needs child, the National Museum of Dentistry recommends the following: (more…)

April 19, 2012 at 10:48 pm Leave a comment

Calcium-Rich Snack Ideas

Everything you heard about calcium when you were growing up is probably true. It helps maintain strong bones and build strong teeth. It can protect against tooth decay. The benefits continue—you may not know that calcium keeps gums and jawbones healthy, too.

Now that you are a parent yourself, details such as this are all the more important. It’s also good to know that in addition to milk, highly touted as a rich source for calcium, there are a variety of other delicious sources from which to obtain the calcium you and your kids need. Here are some ideas for snack and meal-time: (more…)

April 5, 2012 at 9:30 pm 2 comments


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