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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

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

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

The Eroding Effects of Sour Candy on Kids’ Teeth

SourcandyThe candy we see on the shelves today isn’t what it used to be. Sour candy, for one, has evolved into more than just a sugary treat, but a game, one that marketing companies are targeting specifically toward children. And the effects of sour candy on kids’ teeth are proving to be particularly harmful.

The idea is to go “extreme,” with brightly colored packages that challenge kids to hold the candy in their mouths for as long as possible as the flavor intensifies from sour to eye watering. Oversized sourballs, candy in the shape of pacifiers, sour sprays, and miniature baby bottles filled with citric acid-laced powder are all the rave. They are also contributing to the growing prevalence of dental erosion. Here’s why: (more…)

April 15, 2013 at 7:29 pm 4 comments

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

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

Scary Facts about Tongue Piercing

tonguepiercingThink it’s too early to worry about your child getting a body piercing? According to a Northwestern University study, women account for almost three fourths of people with body piercings, and a third of them got their first piercing under the age of 18.

The study showed that unlike the case with tattoos, the prevalence of body piercing does not vary by educational status or income level. So if you’ve got a tween or soon-to-be tween floating around the house, it’s good to have some background on the risks when their curiosity about body piercing leads to questions.

The following are common medical complications associated with body piercing, including dental risks involved specifically with piercing the tongue: (more…)

January 11, 2013 at 9:19 pm 1 comment

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