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Start a Clean Slate on National Brush Day!

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Do your kids forget to brush every so often, especially when you’re too busy or tired to remind them? Let them know that the perfect opportunity for a clean slate is coming up this Friday, November 1 – National Brush Day!

In acknowledgement of National Brush Day, encourage the whole family to brush for a full two minutes, morning and night. Ask the kids how long they can stick to a “2 minutes, 2 times a day” routine without forgetting to brush. It might be a good time to create a new brushing chart or re-stock your drawer with reward stickers.

2min2x.org offers a free brushing checklist you can print from their website, complete with spaces to track daily brushing and a space to come up with weekly rewards. Rewards can consist of simple, interactive activities such as a walk to the park or a family movie night, complete with homemade popcorn. Don’t forget to get the kids involved and make brushing fun! (more…)

October 28, 2013 at 1:00 am 1 comment

Seen around Town: Teeth as Art

WallofTeethWhere in Alameda were these rows of plaster cast teeth recently spotted? If you guessed the orthodontist’s office, you’re wrong! Part of Layered Anxiety, an art installation and photography exhibit at Julie’s Coffee and Tea Garden on Park Street, the plaster teeth were dubbed “A Long History of Decay” by artist Bart D. Frescura. They were meant to symbolize recurring thoughts, ideas, and conversations that weigh heavily on the mind. (more…)

September 16, 2013 at 1:58 am Leave a comment

Are Your Kids Covered?

Dentist'sChairIn January of 2014, families will have new options for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Beginning this October, state marketplaces will be available to help you find a suitable plan your family can afford. The “Marketplace” is run by the state and simplifies your search for health coverage by gathering everything in one place.

California’s marketplace, Covered California, will provide everything from side-by-side price comparisons to the ability for eligible families to use tax credits in order to lower costs. One thing that will be missing, however, is pediatric dental care coverage under general health care plans.

According to a Southern California Public Radio station, KPCC, this lapse in children’s dental care will push up costs for the quarter of a million children who are expected to get insurance through the California exchange. (more…)

August 21, 2013 at 6:46 am 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

Where in Alameda Does the Tooth Fairy Shop?

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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

Meet Our New Associates

Alameda Pediatric Dentistry is growing! If you’ve been to the office this summer, you’ve probably noticed a couple of new faces making their rounds. Dr. Adam Shaffer became part of the Alameda Pediatric Dentistry team on July 17, and Dr. Michael Wahl joined us shortly after.

“I am extremely proud to join the Alameda Pediatric Dentistry team,” Dr. Wahl says. “I hope to bring additional experience in helping the cranio-facial patient, and for those patients needing general anesthesia.”

A Bay Area native who grew up in San Mateo, Dr. Wahl received his undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley and completed his dentistry degree and pediatric dental residency at New York University. When he’s not helping patients at the Alameda office or teaching pre-doctoral students at the University of Pacific Dental School, Dr. Wahl may often be spotted at the movie theater or out on the stands, supporting one of our local sports teams. Go Giants!

A baseball fan himself, Dr. Shaffer grew up playing Alameda Little League baseball. In between matches and practice sessions, he was a regular visitor to Alameda Pediatric Dentistry, where he was himself a patient.

“I am thrilled to be practicing dentistry back in my hometown, and this office is definitely where going to the dentist made a positive impression on me early on,” Dr. Shaffer says. “I look forward to serving each family and child as though they were my own.” (more…)

August 27, 2012 at 5:53 pm Leave a comment

ABC’s of the Back-to-School Dental Check-Up

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

According to California law, children must have a dental check-up by May 31 of their first year in public school. But an oral health assessment is a good idea to start off the school year, whether your child is in kindergarten, high school, or anywhere in between.

In addition to checking in on your young one’s teeth after a summer of indulging in roller coasters and cotton candy, movies and popcorn, here are some of the reasons why a dental check-up prior to the first day of class is an A+ idea.

Show and Tell

This will be the dentist’s opportunity to play show and tell with your child, demonstrating how to properly use a toothbrush, revealing all the unwanted gunk that floss can remove, and opening up a world of flavors beyond mint toothpaste. (Watermelon or bubble gum, anyone?) Young kids visiting the dentist for the first time may not be getting any major work done, but they will be learning the why’s and how’s of dental care firsthand.

Making Brushing Fun

One of the most important jobs a teacher can have is to make learning fun for your child. The same is true of his pediatric dentist. We aim to leave your child with a positive experience on the dental chair from early on, providing plenty of momentum for him to keep up the good work at home.

Homework

This brings us to our last point: homework! The dental visit is a good starting point for the school year, but there’s no vacationing from oral hygiene. We’ll provide the encouragement, support, and a goodie bag of must-have reinforcements to keep the brushing, flossing, and smiling going strong on the home front. When we see the kids again in six months’ time, their teeth will look all the better for it!

 

August 15, 2012 at 7:54 pm 2 comments

Building a Small-Town Practice through Generational Dentistry

They say once an Alamedan, always an Alamedan.

Alameda Pediatric Dentistry’s Dr. Sharine Thenard and new associate, Dr. Adam Shaffer, would know.

While both have lived, worked, and studied elsewhere, from Los Angeles to Ohio, coming back to practice dentistry in their beloved home town was a natural step.

“I grew up on the Island and was even a patient of this dental practice many years ago,” Dr. Thenard says. “Today, my friends and acquaintances from as far back as elementary school come in to have their kids’ teeth checked.”

Dr. Shaffer was also a patient of Alameda Pediatric Dentistry growing up and is grateful to work with Dr. Perry, who established the practice decades ago and whose community leadership, child advocacy, and philanthropy continue to shine a light on the city of Alameda. Dr. Shaffer recently moved back to Alameda with his fiancée. (more…)

August 9, 2012 at 2:38 pm 4 comments

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


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