Archive for August, 2012

Meet Our New Associates

Alameda Pediatric Dentistry is growing! If you’ve been to the office this summer, you’ve probably noticed a couple of new faces making their rounds. Dr. Adam Shaffer became part of the Alameda Pediatric Dentistry team on July 17, and Dr. Michael Wahl joined us shortly after.

“I am extremely proud to join the Alameda Pediatric Dentistry team,” Dr. Wahl says. “I hope to bring additional experience in helping the cranio-facial patient, and for those patients needing general anesthesia.”

A Bay Area native who grew up in San Mateo, Dr. Wahl received his undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley and completed his dentistry degree and pediatric dental residency at New York University. When he’s not helping patients at the Alameda office or teaching pre-doctoral students at the University of Pacific Dental School, Dr. Wahl may often be spotted at the movie theater or out on the stands, supporting one of our local sports teams. Go Giants!

A baseball fan himself, Dr. Shaffer grew up playing Alameda Little League baseball. In between matches and practice sessions, he was a regular visitor to Alameda Pediatric Dentistry, where he was himself a patient.

“I am thrilled to be practicing dentistry back in my hometown, and this office is definitely where going to the dentist made a positive impression on me early on,” Dr. Shaffer says. “I look forward to serving each family and child as though they were my own.” (more…)

August 27, 2012 at 5:53 pm Leave a comment

Find Us at First Wednesday in Pleasanton

Come say “hello” at the Pleasanton Pediatric Dentistry booth!

On the first Wednesday of every month in Pleasanton, Main Street is closed off to traffic and the street party begins. From 4:30 to 10 p.m., downtown shops bring their goods outdoors to their market booths for a sea of shoppers, diners, and strollers enjoying the fresh air, live music, and friendly atmosphere.

If this sounds like a fun time and you’re out and about on September 5 at Pleasanton’s 1st Wednesday Street Party, be sure to visit the Pleasanton Pediatric Dentistry booth. We’ll set up shop with a sugar game for the kids, free toothbrushes, educational info, and a raffle basket filled with goodies for a healthy smile.

“We love volunteering our time to enjoy Pleasanton’s downtown area and connect with our neighbors,” Pleasanton Pediatric Dentistry office’s Nancy Wilbur says. “It’s always a treat when one of our young patients comes running to the booth.”

Here are some of our favorite highlights of First Wednesday: (more…)

August 20, 2012 at 4:51 pm 1 comment

ABC’s of the Back-to-School Dental Check-Up

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

According to California law, children must have a dental check-up by May 31 of their first year in public school. But an oral health assessment is a good idea to start off the school year, whether your child is in kindergarten, high school, or anywhere in between.

In addition to checking in on your young one’s teeth after a summer of indulging in roller coasters and cotton candy, movies and popcorn, here are some of the reasons why a dental check-up prior to the first day of class is an A+ idea.

Show and Tell

This will be the dentist’s opportunity to play show and tell with your child, demonstrating how to properly use a toothbrush, revealing all the unwanted gunk that floss can remove, and opening up a world of flavors beyond mint toothpaste. (Watermelon or bubble gum, anyone?) Young kids visiting the dentist for the first time may not be getting any major work done, but they will be learning the why’s and how’s of dental care firsthand.

Making Brushing Fun

One of the most important jobs a teacher can have is to make learning fun for your child. The same is true of his pediatric dentist. We aim to leave your child with a positive experience on the dental chair from early on, providing plenty of momentum for him to keep up the good work at home.

Homework

This brings us to our last point: homework! The dental visit is a good starting point for the school year, but there’s no vacationing from oral hygiene. We’ll provide the encouragement, support, and a goodie bag of must-have reinforcements to keep the brushing, flossing, and smiling going strong on the home front. When we see the kids again in six months’ time, their teeth will look all the better for it!

 

August 15, 2012 at 7:54 pm 2 comments

Building a Small-Town Practice through Generational Dentistry

They say once an Alamedan, always an Alamedan.

Alameda Pediatric Dentistry’s Dr. Sharine Thenard and new associate, Dr. Adam Shaffer, would know.

While both have lived, worked, and studied elsewhere, from Los Angeles to Ohio, coming back to practice dentistry in their beloved home town was a natural step.

“I grew up on the Island and was even a patient of this dental practice many years ago,” Dr. Thenard says. “Today, my friends and acquaintances from as far back as elementary school come in to have their kids’ teeth checked.”

Dr. Shaffer was also a patient of Alameda Pediatric Dentistry growing up and is grateful to work with Dr. Perry, who established the practice decades ago and whose community leadership, child advocacy, and philanthropy continue to shine a light on the city of Alameda. Dr. Shaffer recently moved back to Alameda with his fiancée. (more…)

August 9, 2012 at 2:38 pm 4 comments


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