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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5 Ways to Get Kids Brushing with the Help of Electronics

brushingteethKids today know the difference between Android or iPhone, have a social media page for grandma and grandpa to see, and already rely on a go-to app or two that mom and dad approve of. Even the most traditional parents admit that this generation’s kids are growing up in the electronic age. With the proper guidance, electronics can enhance life and make some tasks run more smoothly. Here are 5 ways that plugging in can get kids brushing: (more…)

January 4, 2013 at 10:14 pm 3 comments

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