Archive for February, 2013

Ask the Dentist: Is it Necessary to Remove Wisdom Teeth?

SayAhIt’s always good to have a back-up plan. Wisdom teeth, our third set of molars, were designed as the back-up plan in case we happen to wear out our first two sets. If that’s the case, why do wisdom teeth get removed so often? Will it be necessary for your child to have his or her wisdom teeth removed? Here are some of the most common reasons these backmost teeth are forced to go:

  • The wisdom tooth is not positioned correctly. A tilted wisdom tooth, for instance, may create a pocket for bacterial plaque and debris to accumulate.
  • The wisdom tooth is partially erupted. This puts your child at risk of decay and pericoronitis, a bacterial infection of the gum around the tooth. (more…)

February 25, 2013 at 7:05 am 1 comment

7 Signs Your Kids Can Brush Their Own Teeth

kidsbrushingteethYou have been a trooper, brushing the kids’ teeth every morning and night or looking over their shoulders to make sure they do it properly. Is it time to let them take full responsibility? When do you know your kids can brush their own teeth – and do a thorough enough job? Here are 7 signs that you’ll soon be off the hook:

  1. Your child is between the ages of 6 to 9. The actual age varies for every child, but it’s typically within this range that they graduate from being supervised to handling the routine on their own. Reminders to brush, however, may still be called for.
  2. You have an expert with the laces. Brushing every angle of the teeth takes manual dexterity, which kids hone as they get older. Developing enough dexterity to tie their own shoes is a sign that they’re ready to do their own brushing, too.
  3. The homework and chores get done. When your child begins to show personal responsibility through activities like completing homework, doing chores, preparing outfits, and preparing meals on their own initiative, it’s easier to trust that they’ll follow through with brushing properly. (more…)

February 15, 2013 at 6:49 am 1 comment

10 Oral Health Tips for Babies Under One Year

Photo: Chrisbwah, Wikipedia Commons

Photo: Chrisbwah, Wikipedia Commons

The lifelong journey of dental prevention and oral health begins from the moment your baby is born. When your little one is less than a year old and you can easily count the number of teeth he has, it’s critical to set the stage for a healthy smile.

From soothing teething gums to maintaining baby’s hygiene and even planning for his first dental visit, new parents have a lot to think about. Here are 10 tips to ensure top marks in oral health from year one on: (more…)

February 8, 2013 at 9:42 pm 3 comments

Dental Health Month: 5 Tips for a Gold Medal Smile

National_Children3b February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, sponsored by the American Dental Assocation (ADA). This year’s theme is “Gold Medal Smile.” All month long, Alameda and Pleasanton Pediatric Dentistry will work with the ADA to raise awareness in the community about the importance of oral health.

To kick off the campaign, here are 5 tips to help your kids achieve a gold medal smile:

  1. Talk about Teeth. Seize opportune moments throughout the day to discuss the importance of healthy teeth. Find photos of smiling faces in magazines. Ask the kids what teeth do for those smiles. During dinner, investigate the different foods on your plate and talk about how easily each one could be chewed without teeth. You may even link teeth with pronunciation by playing a game – try saying words like “teeth” and “ladybug” without touching your tongues to your teeth! (more…)

February 1, 2013 at 8:20 am 5 comments


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