Archive for June, 2012

Putting the Brakes on Dental Decay in Kids

One-fourth of the nation’s children have 80 percent of the nation’s tooth decay, Dawn Klingensmith reports for Quad-Cities Online. According to Klingensmith’s article, “Protecting a child’s smile, one brushing at a time,” oral infection is the number one chronic disease in kids.

Reasons for this include lax parenting, ignorance about dental care, frequent snacking on starches and sweets, and constant nursing on bottles and sippy cups. In addition, many parents tend to think baby teeth matter less because they “fall out anyway.” This leads to fewer brushings, which contributes to premature loss of baby teeth and potential long-term problems.

Klingensmith turned to our own Dr. MyLinh Ngo for advice on snapping out of bad habits on the oral hygiene front: (more…)

June 22, 2012 at 4:02 am 2 comments

Make it a Soda Free Summer

This summer, have your kids join the Rethink Your Drink movement and kick the soda habit as a family. With sugar and water as its primary ingredients, soda is nothing but empty calories. It has no nutritional value and can be detrimental to your health, especially when consumed in large quantities. Yet teens today consume more than 750 cans of soda per year – that’s twice as much as the amount of milk they drink – and more than half of the country’s 8-year-olds drink a can of soda every day.

Soda consumption in the U.S. is linked to everything from childhood obesity to tooth decay. That’s why Alameda and Pleasanton Pediatric Dentistry are taking part in the Alameda County Public Health Department’s 6th Annual Soda Free Summer Campaign.

Here are some frightening facts about soda, courtesy of First 5 California, to help motivate you and your kids to kick the can: (more…)

June 14, 2012 at 7:24 am 2 comments

Meet the Adorable Smile Contest Winners!

The winner of Alameda and Pleasanton Pediatric Dentistry’s First Annual Smile Contest is:

Bryant

Congrats to Bryant, who won a $100 gift certificate to Tomatina. Mom Annie says 17-month-old Bryant has the most contagious smile in the family. Anything silly makes him smile — so much so that he even loves to laugh at his own laugh! Bryant enjoys people-watching. On a recent trip to Disney World, he was content seeing all the sights from his stroller. “We are blessed to have this little guy in our lives,” Annie says of her son. And we can see why!

Also smiling are our 2nd and 3rd place winners, 5-year-old Ava Joy Zuber and 14-month-old Claire Abbey Pry. Here’s a little more info about these happy winners. (more…)

June 14, 2012 at 6:55 am 1 comment

Teeth Grinding Q&A

Do the sounds of gnashing from your child’s bedroom worry you? Teeth grinding, or bruxism, is not uncommon. Studies show that two out of every 10 kids younger than 11 years of age experience bruxism, and most will outgrow it well before they become adolescents. This fact may do little to ease your concern about the potential reasons or repercussions of all that nighttime gnashing. Read on to find out more about teeth grinding and what you can do to stop it. (more…)

June 11, 2012 at 10:18 pm 1 comment

Dr. Bicuspid Pays a Visit to Alameda Pediatric Dentistry

When dental professionals want to read the latest dental news, find interesting case studies, or catch up on industry trends, they often go online to DrBicuspid.com. DrBiscupid.com recently paid a visit to the Alameda Pediatric Dentistry office, spotlighting “a day in the life” of the hard-working doctors, management, and staff.

Kathy Kincade, Editor in Chief of DrBicuspid.com, says the practice has the feel of one that is family-owned and operated, from the warm, kid-friendly environment to the people who work in the office, many of whom were born and raised in Alameda and were once patients there themselves.

“The practice caters to busy Alameda families in a multitude of ways,” Kincade writes. (more…)

June 1, 2012 at 5:27 am Leave a comment


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