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APD’s Core Values Extend to Oakland’s Pill Hill

OaklandOfficeAlameda Pediatric Dentistry’s new office location in Pill Hill situates the practice in the heart of the Oakland hospital area. Among many other health professionals, you can bet that Alameda Pediatric Dentistry will stand out in creating a fun and comfortable experience for our patients and their families.

IMG_1155We’ve already established our famous “hometown” vibe in the Pleasanton area, where we opened a satellite office in 2008, and extending our services to our Oakland neighbors just made sense.

“There are a lot of children in Oakland and we felt there was an opportunity to utilize our strengths of providing excellent dental care in a safe and caring environment,” says Alameda Pediatric Dentistry’s Dr. Sharine Thenard. “We would also be able to offer these children various modalities of getting dental treatment done (such as with nitrous oxide or oral sedation) in addition to oral surgery services, if necessary.” (more…)

June 10, 2013 at 6:05 pm Leave a comment

Exploring Oakland with Kids

FairylandAlameda Pediatric Dentistry is growing! We’ve recently opened the doors to a brand new office in Oakland, right off of Broadway on Webster Street. Not only will this allow us to better serve Oakland residents, it anchors us in one of the most dynamic and diverse cities in the Bay Area.

We are excited about our new location and will be busy getting to know our neighbors and discovering all that Oakland has to offer. As avid supporters of active, healthy lifestyles, we encourage you to get out and about with your kids, too. In tribute to our new location, here’s a list of 10 fun things to do in Oakland with your kids this summer: (more…)

May 10, 2013 at 7:46 pm Leave a comment

Dentistry Team Makes a Difference in the Philippines

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Many children in the remote villages of developing countries would not have access to dental care without the support of Kids International Dental Services (KIDS), which provides a platform for young dental professionals to perform community service around the globe. Alameda Pediatric Dentistry’s Dr. Ngo and dental assistant Alice Cahigas recently returned from a mission with KIDS to the rural areas of Taguig City in the Philippines.

“It was so fulfilling to be able to help a little 7-year-old save both her bottom molars from going down the road of chronic pain and extraction,” Dr. Ngo says. “Oftentimes, we see 10-year-olds with no back teeth to chew on – just severely decayed molar root tips.”

Over the course of the six days, Dr. Ngo and her team performed close to 600 treatments, including extractions and sealants.

Over the course of the six days, Dr. Ngo and her team performed close to 600 treatments, including extractions and sealants.

Examples of rampant decay were the norm for the Alameda and Pleasanton Pediatric Dentistry (APPD) team during their six-day mission, when they visited four schools and two orphanages. Patients at these sites are often malnourished, the children of gang violence, street accidents, and other causes of abandonment by their families. (more…)

April 22, 2013 at 7:34 am 1 comment

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

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

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

Braces…On Baby Teeth?

Many parents wait until all of their child’s permanent teeth have grown in before considering the need for orthodontic treatment. However, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends bringing kids in for an evaluation by the age of seven. That’s because some, more severe issues may occur before all the adult teeth have erupted. The following three conditions may require early orthodontic treatment:

  1. Crossbites. When your child bites down, his upper teeth normally sit over the top of his lower teeth. Crossbites occur when one or more of the upper teeth sit on the inside of the lower teeth, tilting toward the cheek or tongue. This may occur on either or both sides, the front, or back of the mouth. Crossbites don’t typically correct themselves, getting deeper with time and placing a lot of pressure on the jaw. Fortunately, correction is fairly easy, even with growing children. (more…)

January 24, 2013 at 1:54 am 3 comments

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