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Where in Alameda Does the Tooth Fairy Shop?


Apparently, the tooth fairy has been busy shopping in Alameda Pediatric Dentistry’s hometown. Have any of our patients noticed this sign on Pagano’s Hardware Mart on Lincoln Avenue? This local Alameda business has been around for decades, and apparently, even the tooth fairy shops here!

July 29, 2013 at 6:34 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

Smithsonian Opens “The Tooth Fairy File”

Strange things are afoot at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Historians, curators, and other museum workers are so stumped they’re eliciting the help of detectives under the age of 12 to solve the mystery. Young detectives are invited to open the “The Tooth Fairy File.”

Behind the scenes, museum reports include objects being moved from storage, vaults being entered, and a tiny perpetrator, Ratoncito Perez, spotted on camera. That’s right, Ratoncito Perez, the right-hand mouse for the Tooth Fairy!

Here’s other evidence to suggest that the Tooth Fairy comes to the museum at night: (more…)

March 4, 2013 at 6:57 pm Leave a comment

5 Real-Life Tooth Fairy Sightings

Those who think the tooth fairy doesn’t exist, prepare to leave your doubts behind. We’ve scoured the web for some of the best, real-life Tooth Fairy sightings by some fortunate kiddos who detail the evidence of her fairy splendor. Has your child shared a similar story?

1. Little Kate in Washington reports waking to the sound of fairy wings in the night. According to Kate, there is more than one Tooth Fairy, or perhaps, the fairies she saw were her little helpers. “There were three of them in pink and blue. They were tiny like a button and had sparkly wings and wands in their hands!” Thanks to Kate’s mom for sharing Kate’s story on the Wenger Clan blog. (more…)

December 27, 2012 at 7:40 pm 5 comments

Give Kids a Smile Day at Alameda Pediatric Dentistry

On Saturday, March 10, when most dental offices were closed for the weekend, the doors of Alameda Pediatric Dentistry were open. Inside the sunny, South Shore Center office, Doctors Ngo and Katheria were busy administering fillings, crowns, and sealants to six young patients whose families could not afford dental care.

The doctors’ volunteer efforts were part of Give Kids a Smile, an American Dental Association (ADA)-sponsored program that galvanizes dental societies, schools, and health centers across the country to provide free oral health care services to children who come from low-income backgrounds.

Doctors Ngo and Katheria were not alone in the office – several caring Alameda Pediatric Dentistry staff joined their efforts to service and educate underserved children ages 4 to 7 and their parents.

“We really appreciate our staff for volunteering their time to help these families,” Dr. Ngo says. “We could not do it without our wonderful team. The energy and enthusiasm at 7:30 in the morning was invigorating and we all really enjoyed this special event.” (more…)

March 20, 2012 at 6:14 pm Leave a comment

All Smiles for Tooth Fairy Island

“You have to brush your teeth or you will get holes in your teeth.”

These wise words are from a local preschooler. From a very young age, kids love to give their input, even when the talk is all about teeth. Alameda Pediatric Dentistry’s Amanda Porter hears enthusiastic feedback from kids all the time when she visits them in the classroom.

During February’s Dental Health Month, Amanda and other staff from our Alameda and Pleasanton offices completed dozens of Tooth Fairy Island presentations for schools in the community, teaching kids about oral hygiene, healthy snacks, and why it’s important to visit the dentist.

“The kids get very excited and interested in learning about the oral cavity,” Amanda says. (more…)

March 6, 2012 at 7:23 pm 2 comments

Surviving the Teething Phase

Babies are so cute…except when they cry for an hour straight in the middle of the night. If your new one has a case of the cranky pants, teething may be the culprit. Here’s some advice on how to soothe aching gums so baby (and you) can get some shut eye.

Why it hurts

The baby’s new teeth are getting ready to push through his gums, creating potential tenderness and swelling. While some babies endure this phase without blinking an eyelash, others get irritable and fussy. They good news is once those little white caps become visible, the uncomfortable part is done.

How babies react

Drooling, biting, and keeping their parents awake often appear on the list of teething symptoms. The drool is a good thing – saliva is produced in excess during teething to moisten the gums and reduce inflammation. Biting eases the pain, creating counterpressure against those teeth poking just beneath the surface. And crying, well – it just comes with the territory. (more…)

February 28, 2012 at 6:51 pm Leave a comment

“Rock Your Smile” for Dental Health Month

It’s February! The month of love – for oral health. We’re well into National Children’s Dental Health Month, sponsored by the American Dental Association (ADA). This year’s theme is “Rock Your Smile,” connecting with the inner rock star in kids of every age group.

Dental Health Month is a big one for raising awareness about oral health. Alameda and Pleasanton Pediatric Dentistry are active participants in the cause. Our educational outreach program, Tooth Fairy Island, sends dedicated staff members from the dental office to the classroom, where they share secrets for getting preschoolers to pre-teens excited about brushing, flossing, and getting their pearly whites checked twice a year.

Tooth Fairy Island presentations are just one way we help kids learn how to take good care of their teeth and gums. In fact, our goal is to keep Tooth Fairy Island presentations going all year long. So far, 10 schools in Pleasanton and Alameda have already benefited from our volunteer efforts.

Parents looking for new ways to teach young children about oral health at home have a range of interactive materials available for free on the web. Here are some ideas: (more…)

February 13, 2012 at 8:12 am 5 comments

It Only Takes Two Minutes

Photo by Mitikusa, Flickr Creative Commons

The dentist says brushing should last two to three minutes – the same duration as a song – so why not play your child’s favorite song while he brushes his teeth? Along with fetching a stepping stool and squeezing out a pea-sized drop of toothpaste, booting up the MP3 player and doing a little dance can all be part of the brushing routine.

Singing may be a simpler, more traditional route. Some parents like to mix things up by making up their own songs, especially when the lyrics are goofy enough to get a laugh out of the foam-filled mouths. Here are some other ideas to help make brushing fun: (more…)

December 9, 2011 at 10:39 pm Leave a comment

Tooth Fairy Traditions

Our last post was about the big role primary teeth play in setting the stage for permanent teeth to follow. When your child is around five or six years old and those baby teeth begin to loosen, one by one, it’s an exciting part of growing up, one that sometimes comes with a hint of anxiety. The tradition of the tooth fairy helps ease some of that fear, transforming it to wonder at the winged pixie who appears in the night, donning gifts in exchange for that little piece of childhood.

Children all over the world experience the same transition, but apparently, the tooth fairy doesn’t fly the entire globe collecting teeth. In Mexico, a little mouse named El Raton swaps baby teeth for coins. The mouse is prevalent in France, Spain, and throughout Latin America, as well. Mongolian children give their teeth to a guardian angel to swallow. That guardian angel, a young dog, helps ensure that a strong tooth will grow in the lost tooth’s place.

Here are some ways to help keep the tradition’s magic alive in your home: (more…)

November 8, 2011 at 4:33 am 2 comments


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