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

Myth or Reality? Dogs Have Cleaner Mouths than Humans

Photo: "Kona," Courtesy of Dr. Thenard

Photo: “Kona,” Courtesy of Dr. Thenard

Some urban legends are true. What about the one about dogs having cleaner mouths than humans? (more…)

July 9, 2013 at 5:13 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

Dreaming of Teeth – What Does It Mean?

SleepingChildYoung or old, most people have had dreams about their teeth – when it comes to recurring dreams, those related to teeth are among the most common. Unfortunately, dreams about teeth are typically on the nightmarish side, with themes like falling teeth, broken teeth, crowded teeth, and missing teeth among the variety jolting us awake.

Many, many interpretations of teeth-related dreams are out there. Keeping in mind that dream analysis is highly subjective, here are some explanations and accompanying advice we’ve collected from a handful of dream experts: (more…)

June 24, 2013 at 7:44 pm 1 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

APD’s Core Values Extend to Oakland’s Pill Hill

OaklandOfficeAlameda Pediatric Dentistry’s new office location in Pill Hill situates the practice in the heart of the Oakland hospital area. Among many other health professionals, you can bet that Alameda Pediatric Dentistry will stand out in creating a fun and comfortable experience for our patients and their families.

IMG_1155We’ve already established our famous “hometown” vibe in the Pleasanton area, where we opened a satellite office in 2008, and extending our services to our Oakland neighbors just made sense.

“There are a lot of children in Oakland and we felt there was an opportunity to utilize our strengths of providing excellent dental care in a safe and caring environment,” says Alameda Pediatric Dentistry’s Dr. Sharine Thenard. “We would also be able to offer these children various modalities of getting dental treatment done (such as with nitrous oxide or oral sedation) in addition to oral surgery services, if necessary.” (more…)

June 10, 2013 at 6:05 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

Exploring Oakland with Kids

FairylandAlameda Pediatric Dentistry is growing! We’ve recently opened the doors to a brand new office in Oakland, right off of Broadway on Webster Street. Not only will this allow us to better serve Oakland residents, it anchors us in one of the most dynamic and diverse cities in the Bay Area.

We are excited about our new location and will be busy getting to know our neighbors and discovering all that Oakland has to offer. As avid supporters of active, healthy lifestyles, we encourage you to get out and about with your kids, too. In tribute to our new location, here’s a list of 10 fun things to do in Oakland with your kids this summer: (more…)

May 10, 2013 at 7:46 pm Leave a 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

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

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