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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

5 Post-Natal Tips for Adorable Smiles

Photo: brooklyn

As we mentioned in a previous post, dental care for our little ones begins well before they’re born! That’s because what mom eats and how she takes care of her own teeth during pregnancy does everything from providing the vitamins and minerals needed for the baby’s teeth to form to reducing the baby’s risk for dental decay later in life.

Of course, baby care goes into high gear after birth. Caring for a new one’s gums and teeth, however few there are, should be high on the list of a new parent’s priorities, post-natally and beyond. The latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention research shows that cavities are on the rise among the youngest of grinners.

Here’s a list of baby-care basics to shoo off dental decay – a chronic disease affecting too many of today’s toddlers. (more…)

July 30, 2012 at 8:46 pm 2 comments


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