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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

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

Dental Health Month: 5 Tips for a Gold Medal Smile

National_Children3b February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, sponsored by the American Dental Assocation (ADA). This year’s theme is “Gold Medal Smile.” All month long, Alameda and Pleasanton Pediatric Dentistry will work with the ADA to raise awareness in the community about the importance of oral health.

To kick off the campaign, here are 5 tips to help your kids achieve a gold medal smile:

  1. Talk about Teeth. Seize opportune moments throughout the day to discuss the importance of healthy teeth. Find photos of smiling faces in magazines. Ask the kids what teeth do for those smiles. During dinner, investigate the different foods on your plate and talk about how easily each one could be chewed without teeth. You may even link teeth with pronunciation by playing a game – try saying words like “teeth” and “ladybug” without touching your tongues to your teeth! (more…)

February 1, 2013 at 8:20 am 5 comments

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

Find Us at First Wednesday in Pleasanton

Come say “hello” at the Pleasanton Pediatric Dentistry booth!

On the first Wednesday of every month in Pleasanton, Main Street is closed off to traffic and the street party begins. From 4:30 to 10 p.m., downtown shops bring their goods outdoors to their market booths for a sea of shoppers, diners, and strollers enjoying the fresh air, live music, and friendly atmosphere.

If this sounds like a fun time and you’re out and about on September 5 at Pleasanton’s 1st Wednesday Street Party, be sure to visit the Pleasanton Pediatric Dentistry booth. We’ll set up shop with a sugar game for the kids, free toothbrushes, educational info, and a raffle basket filled with goodies for a healthy smile.

“We love volunteering our time to enjoy Pleasanton’s downtown area and connect with our neighbors,” Pleasanton Pediatric Dentistry office’s Nancy Wilbur says. “It’s always a treat when one of our young patients comes running to the booth.”

Here are some of our favorite highlights of First Wednesday: (more…)

August 20, 2012 at 4:51 pm 1 comment


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