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5 Essential Halloween Tips for Kids with Braces


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

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

Scary Facts about Tongue Piercing

tonguepiercingThink it’s too early to worry about your child getting a body piercing? According to a Northwestern University study, women account for almost three fourths of people with body piercings, and a third of them got their first piercing under the age of 18.

The study showed that unlike the case with tattoos, the prevalence of body piercing does not vary by educational status or income level. So if you’ve got a tween or soon-to-be tween floating around the house, it’s good to have some background on the risks when their curiosity about body piercing leads to questions.

The following are common medical complications associated with body piercing, including dental risks involved specifically with piercing the tongue: (more…)

January 11, 2013 at 9:19 pm 1 comment

Brush First, then Floss?

Is it better to floss before or after you brush your teeth? If you’re already set in your ways, perhaps a new routine is in order. And if you have kids, it’s best to get them on the right track with brushing and flossing (or is it flossing and brushing?) early on.

The truth is, even dental professionals take different sides when it comes to this debate. There are valid reasons all around, and frankly, we’d be glad just to know you take a stance at all, because it means you’re putting the dental floss to use. Here are some of the arguments favored by the “before” and “after” camps: (more…)

October 1, 2012 at 4:48 pm 1 comment

Putting the Brakes on Dental Decay in Kids

One-fourth of the nation’s children have 80 percent of the nation’s tooth decay, Dawn Klingensmith reports for Quad-Cities Online. According to Klingensmith’s article, “Protecting a child’s smile, one brushing at a time,” oral infection is the number one chronic disease in kids.

Reasons for this include lax parenting, ignorance about dental care, frequent snacking on starches and sweets, and constant nursing on bottles and sippy cups. In addition, many parents tend to think baby teeth matter less because they “fall out anyway.” This leads to fewer brushings, which contributes to premature loss of baby teeth and potential long-term problems.

Klingensmith turned to our own Dr. MyLinh Ngo for advice on snapping out of bad habits on the oral hygiene front: (more…)

June 22, 2012 at 4:02 am 2 comments

Make it a Soda Free Summer

This summer, have your kids join the Rethink Your Drink movement and kick the soda habit as a family. With sugar and water as its primary ingredients, soda is nothing but empty calories. It has no nutritional value and can be detrimental to your health, especially when consumed in large quantities. Yet teens today consume more than 750 cans of soda per year – that’s twice as much as the amount of milk they drink – and more than half of the country’s 8-year-olds drink a can of soda every day.

Soda consumption in the U.S. is linked to everything from childhood obesity to tooth decay. That’s why Alameda and Pleasanton Pediatric Dentistry are taking part in the Alameda County Public Health Department’s 6th Annual Soda Free Summer Campaign.

Here are some frightening facts about soda, courtesy of First 5 California, to help motivate you and your kids to kick the can: (more…)

June 14, 2012 at 7:24 am 2 comments

Do Baby Teeth Need Filling?

Baby teeth aren’t permanent, and this is many a parent’s excuse for dismissing everything from early tooth brushing to visiting the dentist before the age of 5. But as we covered in “The Big Role of Baby Teeth,” these temporary molars and incisors are important space markers for permanent teeth to come. Treat them well and the little ones’ adult teeth are more likely to come in straight and cavity-free.

Unfortunately, the chances of getting through primary teeth without cavities are slim. In a five-year National Health and Nutrition Study, nearly half of children ages 2 to 11 had dental caries. Numerous reports suggest that the trend has only increased since, with sugary diets, soda consumption, and prolonged bottle feeding among the reasons.

So what happens when a baby tooth gets a cavity? Are fillings necessary, especially if the cavity is pain-free? Bear in mind that tooth decay is an infection – allow it to continue and your youngster may require more serious treatment in addition to a filling. Baby teeth will eventually fall out, but it’s important to give them the dental care they need while they’re still in place. This includes fillings. (more…)

May 16, 2012 at 7:03 pm 5 comments

Growing Dental Decay in Preschoolers – Stop the Cycle at Home!


Photo: Stuart Isett for The New York Times


According to a recent New York Times article, dentists nationwide say they are seeing more preschoolers at all income levels with 6 to 10 cavities or more.

Catherine Saint Louis reports that one such preschooler is 2 ½-year-old Devon Koester, who recently received general anesthesia at the Center for Pediatric Dentistry in Seattle so that a pediatric dentist could treat his 11 cavities with fillings or extractions.

Devon’s extensive procedure may seem like an exception, but unfortunately, he is far from the only one. According to the many dentists and specialists interviewed by Saint Louis, dental decay among preschoolers is widespread, growing more so, and often so far evolved that administering general anesthesia seems hardly avoidable. (more…)

March 13, 2012 at 6:41 pm 2 comments

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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