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Start a Clean Slate on National Brush Day!

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Do your kids forget to brush every so often, especially when you’re too busy or tired to remind them? Let them know that the perfect opportunity for a clean slate is coming up this Friday, November 1 – National Brush Day!

In acknowledgement of National Brush Day, encourage the whole family to brush for a full two minutes, morning and night. Ask the kids how long they can stick to a “2 minutes, 2 times a day” routine without forgetting to brush. It might be a good time to create a new brushing chart or re-stock your drawer with reward stickers.

2min2x.org offers a free brushing checklist you can print from their website, complete with spaces to track daily brushing and a space to come up with weekly rewards. Rewards can consist of simple, interactive activities such as a walk to the park or a family movie night, complete with homemade popcorn. Don’t forget to get the kids involved and make brushing fun! (more…)

October 28, 2013 at 1:00 am 1 comment

5 Essential Halloween Tips for Kids with Braces

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Eating hard and sticky foods like candy can damage braces and wires, warns Alameda Pediatric Dentistry’s Cinthia Galvez, RDA. Does that mean kids who wear braces can’t enjoy treats this Halloween?

Dr. Kan recommends getting decked out in costumes, trick-or-treating along the festive neighborhood streets, then bringing all your candy back to Alameda Pediatric Dentistry for the annual buy back. If the little ones must have their fix, here are 5 Halloween tips from our trusted orthodontics team: (more…)

October 18, 2013 at 5:15 pm Leave a comment

5 Things Parents Should Note for Safe Dental X-Rays

xrayIn addition to being faster and more comfortable than their older, film-based counterparts, today’s digital X-ray machines are much safer. Modern machines give off significantly less radiation while helping dentists detect oral health problems and determine the best treatment options.

Nevertheless, if your child needs an X-ray, universal precautions should be practiced during the imaging process to minimize their exposure. Here are 5 checkpoints to help every parent ensure their child’s safety comes first: (more…)

September 24, 2013 at 6:24 am Leave a comment

Seen around Town: Teeth as Art

WallofTeethWhere in Alameda were these rows of plaster cast teeth recently spotted? If you guessed the orthodontist’s office, you’re wrong! Part of Layered Anxiety, an art installation and photography exhibit at Julie’s Coffee and Tea Garden on Park Street, the plaster teeth were dubbed “A Long History of Decay” by artist Bart D. Frescura. They were meant to symbolize recurring thoughts, ideas, and conversations that weigh heavily on the mind. (more…)

September 16, 2013 at 1:58 am Leave a comment

Battle of the Beverages: Which is Healthier – Juice or Soda?

juiceWhen opting for a healthier beverage for their kids, most parents will reach for the OJ versus Dr Pepper any day. After all, if it comes from a fruit, then it MUST be healthy – right? Not necessarily.

Like soda, juice is high in sugar content and often contains added ingredients like artificial colors and high fructose corn syrup. That’s why the American Academy of Pediatricians recommends limiting juice intake to 4 ounces per day, with meals. But how does juice stack up against soda in calories, sugar content, and artificial flavorings? (more…)

September 5, 2013 at 4:04 pm Leave a comment

7 Fun Facts about Braces

bracesMoms and dads, braces have evolved since your teenage days when you rocked the metal smile! Many kids today look forward to wearing them. Here are some fun facts about braces that will help explain why:

  1. Some braces are invisible, and not because they’re clear, but because they’re inserted behind the teeth!
  2. Braces can change color. The rubber bands used with braces now come in an array of hues that can be changed with each appointment. Kids can coordinate the color of their bands with their changing moods, school colors, or even a particular holiday.
  3. The first day of wearing braces typically is the most uncomfortable, more so than at any subsequent tightening, and even those initial 24 hours are much less painful than they used to be, because… (more…)

August 5, 2013 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

Where in Alameda Does the Tooth Fairy Shop?

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Apparently, the tooth fairy has been busy shopping in Alameda Pediatric Dentistry’s hometown. Have any of our patients noticed this sign on Pagano’s Hardware Mart on Lincoln Avenue? This local Alameda business has been around for decades, and apparently, even the tooth fairy shops here!

July 29, 2013 at 6:34 am 1 comment

4 Surprising Facts about Soda

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With school out, summer is a critical time to stay on top of what the kids are doing and drinking. The majority of U.S. teens drink soda every day, and the habit is leading to some pretty major repercussions. The following soda facts that may surprise you, and hopefully, spark up fresh reminders to keep soda off the table:

  • Its worst effects could mimic that of meth use. A case study at the Temple University School of Dentistry, exposed how consuming heavy amounts of diet soda could wreak as much damage to teeth as regular methamphetamine use does! This includes deep brown stains, rampant decay, and tooth erosion.
  • Most contain a well-known drug. That would be caffeine! Caffeine is known to cause everything from jitters, upset stomach, and headaches, to difficulty concentrating, difficulty sleeping, and increased heart rate and blood pressure. According to KidsHealth.org, it takes far less caffeine to produce the above effects in kids. (more…)

July 2, 2013 at 8:43 am 1 comment

Dreaming of Teeth – What Does It Mean?

SleepingChildYoung or old, most people have had dreams about their teeth – when it comes to recurring dreams, those related to teeth are among the most common. Unfortunately, dreams about teeth are typically on the nightmarish side, with themes like falling teeth, broken teeth, crowded teeth, and missing teeth among the variety jolting us awake.

Many, many interpretations of teeth-related dreams are out there. Keeping in mind that dream analysis is highly subjective, here are some explanations and accompanying advice we’ve collected from a handful of dream experts: (more…)

June 24, 2013 at 7:44 pm 1 comment

How to Remove a Very Loose Tooth

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When your child’s tooth literally hangs by a thread, you may be tempted to test out the notorious “string on a doorknob” method. Rest assured there are less intimidating, not to mention safer methods to remove a very loose tooth at home.

The first and simplest is to wait it out. A dangling tooth can be a big distraction while talking and eating. With a little time, however, the remaining connective tissue will give way on its own. In the meanwhile, encourage your little one to eat without worrying. Biting on food often does the trick – without any pain.

For a loose tooth that needs a bit more convincing, wiggling it around won’t hurt. In fact, the dentist encourages it! Having your child fiddle with her loose tooth throughout the day will help make the tooth even looser, and before too long, detach altogether. (more…)

June 17, 2013 at 11:42 pm Leave a comment

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