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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

4 Tooth-Friendly Stocking Stuffers

christmas-StockingsYou’ve been decking the halls and donning your gay apparel, but chances are you’ve saved the stocking stuffers for last. It’s not too late to make the selection count! Here are four dentist-approved recommendations for last-minute shoppers looking to brighten the kids’ smiles: (more…)

December 18, 2012 at 6:11 am 1 comment

Top 5 Halloween Candies to Avoid

Every year on Halloween, the kiddies go door to door for treats and the big pile of candy that ends up at home seems like one big trick. Our advice – don’t let the candy binge last. Chewing lots and lots of sweets one day is better for their teeth than indulging in a few pieces every day for weeks on end.

As you check the candy loot, you’ll do well by removing some of the following tooth-decaying culprits from the stash: (more…)

October 22, 2012 at 8:19 pm 1 comment

3 Easy New Year Resolutions for a Healthier Smile

New Year resolutions can be discouraging – if they’re beyond reach. We’ve formulated a list that’s quite doable. As with most resolutions lists, it includes those things you know you should be doing but haven’t quite mastered. The following resolutions are important for your smile and overall health. They’re so easy that by next year, these resolutions should cross over into lifelong habits. And one of them need only be done twice a year! (more…)

January 15, 2012 at 8:50 pm 1 comment

Sacking the Halloween Candy: 20 Alternatives to Sticky Sweets

Choose an alternative to the cavity-causing sweets.

Looking to cut down your child’s sugar consumption? Alameda Pediatric Dentistry’s Dr. Binita Katheria recommends limiting the days when sweets are allowed. Following the advice of Food Rules author, Michael Pollan, Dr. Katheria says, “A good rule I follow is to eat sweets only on the days that begin with the letter S, like Saturday and Sunday.”

But this year, Halloween falls on a Monday and little ones will surely be hankering for their hard-earned candy all week long. According to Dr. Katheria, candy that is sour and sticky is especially bad for teeth since it not only sticks to the tooth, but the acid that makes it sour can weaken the top layer of enamel, making it easier for a cavity to start.

What to do? One way to help ease the post-Halloween sugar shock is to fill those neighborhood goodie bags with treats that don’t promote tooth decay. Here are 20 alternatives for the Halloween sack that are sure to make the little ghouls and goblins smile: (more…)

October 25, 2011 at 3:48 pm 1 comment


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