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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

How to Prevent Cavities and Staining While Wearing Braces

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Braces are a big investment that will ultimately reward your children with straighter, healthier teeth. But Alameda Pediatric Dentistry’s Cinthia Galvez, RDA, reminds families that straight teeth aren’t the only goal.

“We want you to have straight and non-stained teeth at the end of treatment,” Galvez says.

Because braces can be an obstacle during brushing and flossing, it’s especially important for mom and dad to make sure kids take the time to do it right, setting aside at least three minutes in the morning and after meals to brush and about 10 minutes in the evening to floss as well.

Galvez understands that the process is time consuming and that kids can sometimes be unfocused and in a rush to get it done. She recommends making it a routine. (more…)

October 7, 2013 at 4:50 am 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

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

Are Your Kids Covered?

Dentist'sChairIn January of 2014, families will have new options for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Beginning this October, state marketplaces will be available to help you find a suitable plan your family can afford. The “Marketplace” is run by the state and simplifies your search for health coverage by gathering everything in one place.

California’s marketplace, Covered California, will provide everything from side-by-side price comparisons to the ability for eligible families to use tax credits in order to lower costs. One thing that will be missing, however, is pediatric dental care coverage under general health care plans.

According to a Southern California Public Radio station, KPCC, this lapse in children’s dental care will push up costs for the quarter of a million children who are expected to get insurance through the California exchange. (more…)

August 21, 2013 at 6:46 am 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

How Does a Cavity Form?

candyMost kids know that eating lots of candy can cause cavities. But how? Cavities take time to develop. Help your kids learn about how cavities form, and use this knowledge to keep those awful cavities far, far away! Here’s step-by-step info you can share with the little ones on the formation of a cavity:

  1. Each of your teeth is covered by a durable mineral called enamel. This coating is considered the hardest tissue in the body! But even enamel is vulnerable to attack. It all starts with eating. Imagine having a tasty breakfast, lunch, and dinner that might include your favorite pancakes with syrup for breakfast and warm cornbread with chili for lunch. (more…)

July 20, 2013 at 4:37 am Leave a comment

Myth or Reality? Dogs Have Cleaner Mouths than Humans

Photo: "Kona," Courtesy of Dr. Thenard

Photo: “Kona,” Courtesy of Dr. Thenard

Some urban legends are true. What about the one about dogs having cleaner mouths than humans? (more…)

July 9, 2013 at 5:13 am Leave a 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

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