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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

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

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

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

How to Remove a Very Loose Tooth

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When your child’s tooth literally hangs by a thread, you may be tempted to test out the notorious “string on a doorknob” method. Rest assured there are less intimidating, not to mention safer methods to remove a very loose tooth at home.

The first and simplest is to wait it out. A dangling tooth can be a big distraction while talking and eating. With a little time, however, the remaining connective tissue will give way on its own. In the meanwhile, encourage your little one to eat without worrying. Biting on food often does the trick – without any pain.

For a loose tooth that needs a bit more convincing, wiggling it around won’t hurt. In fact, the dentist encourages it! Having your child fiddle with her loose tooth throughout the day will help make the tooth even looser, and before too long, detach altogether. (more…)

June 17, 2013 at 11:42 pm Leave a comment

Is Lisping a Dental Issue?

PreschoolMany children lisp. Whether you find the habit cute or worrisome, it helps to know what may be causing it, especially if your little one is still lisping and soon to enter pre-school. Is lisping a dental issue and if so, should your child’s dentist get involved? (more…)

May 22, 2013 at 10:47 pm 1 comment

5 Hidden Benefits of Smiling

SmileBabies are born with the ability to smile, and there are many reasons to keep them smiling, beyond the joy it communicates. Smiles can lift the spirits of the recipient, as well as the person doing smiling. Unexpected benefits of smiling include everything from stress relief to greater wealth. Here are 5 reasons to smile and pass it on (it’s contagious)!

1. Higher achievement. Poor oral health has been linked to lower academic performance. Beyond the schooling years, studies have shown that healthy smiles contribute to more successful job interviews, the increased likelihood to receive a larger salary offer, and a greater chance of being promoted once on the job.

2. Stress relief. Stress can affect kids as well as adults, with the pressures of school and the watchful eyes of social media taking their toll on today’s youngsters. Every smile, however, releases endorphins and serotonin, helps to lower the heart rate and relieves stress levels. (more…)

May 3, 2013 at 8:02 pm 2 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

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