Archive for March, 2013

Give Kids a Smile Day

IMG_1155On Saturday, March 23, Alameda Pediatric Dentistry’s doctors and staff were hard at work to Give Kids a Smile. While most dental offices were closed for the weekend, Drs. Ngo, Katheria, and Shaffer and 11 Alameda and Pleasanton Pediatric Dentistry staff members volunteered their time to provide much-needed dental care to underserved kids.

“We could not help these families without our wonderful team, whose energy and enthusiasm at 7:30 in the morning was invigorating,” Dr. Ngo says.

DSC_0111Give Kids a Smile is an American Dental Association (ADA)-sponsored program that galvanizes dental societies, schools, and health centers across the country to provide oral health care services to children who come from low-income backgrounds. (more…)

March 29, 2013 at 3:34 am 2 comments

Infants on Formula at Risk of Developing Fluorosis?

formulaDental fluorosis commonly appears as faint, white flecks or spots with frosty edges that are difficult to see. Fluorosis is linked to fluoride intake by children under the age of 9, including infants who take formula made with tap water.

Most cases of dental fluorosis in the U.S. are so mild that only a dental professional can see them. Oftentimes barely detectable, these specks actually represent areas of stronger, more acid-resistant enamel, due to the incorporation of fluoride mineral. Fluorosis only affects teeth that are forming under the gums, and occurs when younger children consume excessive amounts of fluoride over long periods of time.

The most common source of excessive fluoride intake is toothpaste – a good reminder for kids to spit not swallow! Another source of fluoride intake is tap water, which explains why infant formula that requires mixing with water is linked to the condition, especially in babies fed exclusively on formula. (more…)

March 18, 2013 at 7:20 pm Leave a comment

Does My Baby Have a Toothache?

When your baby is too young to speak, it can be hard to pinpoint exactly what the matter is when they’re feeling unhappy or uncomfortable. One thing that can be perfectly clear from their cries and cues is that something’s wrong. A toddler’s signs of oral discomfort may include everything from drooling to crankiness, and many parents are correct in attributing these symptoms to teething. But what if pain caused by decay is actually the culprit? Could your baby have a toothache?

Unfortunately, tooth decay in babies and toddlers, often referred to as Baby Bottle Tooth Decay or Early Childhood Tooth Decay, is not uncommon. Here are some warning signs to look out for: (more…)

March 11, 2013 at 6:28 am Leave a comment

Smithsonian Opens “The Tooth Fairy File”

Strange things are afoot at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Historians, curators, and other museum workers are so stumped they’re eliciting the help of detectives under the age of 12 to solve the mystery. Young detectives are invited to open the “The Tooth Fairy File.”

Behind the scenes, museum reports include objects being moved from storage, vaults being entered, and a tiny perpetrator, Ratoncito Perez, spotted on camera. That’s right, Ratoncito Perez, the right-hand mouse for the Tooth Fairy!

Here’s other evidence to suggest that the Tooth Fairy comes to the museum at night: (more…)

March 4, 2013 at 6:57 pm Leave a comment


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