5 Ways to Make Up for a Tooth Fairy No-Show

It’s happened to the best of us: You wake up in the morning to the sound of your little one crying, disappointment evident in his every feature. And then it hits you, the tooth fairy forgot to visit! Even though you might feel like the worst parent in the world at this moment, don’t be too hard on yourself. It happens. Besides, there are several ways the tooth fairy can remedy the situation, and fast. Here are some of them: [Read more…]

Ask the Dentist: My Child Has Three Loose Teeth. Is This Normal?

Right around the time your child enters kindergarten or the first grade, she will get her first loose tooth. From there, it may seem like one loose tooth after another. Sometimes, a child will have more than one loose tooth at the same time. Is this normal? You’ve come to the right place to find out. Here’s what Alameda Pediatric Dentistry’s Dr. Ngo has to say about multiple loose teeth:

Is it normal for one or more baby tooth to be loose at the same time? 

Yes! It is completely normal to have anywhere from one, even up to six baby teeth loose all at once. This happens especially with the canines and molars. The front teeth usually fall out in the order that they grew in when the child was a baby, and the back teeth fall out around the ages of 10 to 12. [Read more…]

Common Halloween Candies Your Dentist Despises

It won’t be long before your little one goes door to door in quest for a bucketful of candies. As you sort through the trick-or-treating aftermath, here’s the 411 on candies we discourage, and why. You’ll want to pick these out to donate or give away at the office. If the little ones are allowed a day to indulge, they really should brush before bed, especially after having the following ubiquitous treats: [Read more…]

4 Daily Do’s for National Dental Hygiene Month

October is National Dental Hygiene Month! We appreciate our hard-working dental hygienists every day of the year. Dental hygienists play a critical role in promoting oral health, and they make your twice-yearly visit to the office fun and seamless. This month, health care professionals across the nation are spreading the word to help dental hygienists maintain healthy smiles.

Take part by helping your little ones remember these four daily care basics: [Read more…]

Happy National Dental Hygiene Month

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October is National Dental Hygiene Month! This month, health care professionals across the nation have been spreading the word to help dental hygienists maintain healthy smiles. We know you spend a lot of time helping your little ones brush their teeth, drink plenty of water, and develop a healthy attitude toward going to the dentist. It’s not always easy, and we’re here to help!

Our award-winning blog is full of fun and useful information on every aspect of kids’ oral hygiene. Here are some of our readers’ favorite topics: [Read more…]

Healthy Gums for a Healthy Mouth

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For September’s National Gum Care Month, we joined dental practitioners and healthcare advocates across the nation to highlight the importance of healthy gums for a healthy mouth. What do healthy gums look like and why are they important? Here are some essential facts about gum health for your family:

What do healthy gums look like?

Healthy gums are pink in color, but this can vary based on complexion to include tan or light brown. Healthy gums are also firm versus swollen or puffy.

Why are healthy gums important?

While cavity prevention is often the first thing that comes to mind for mouth health, healthy gums are also important. Your gums are a thick tissue that surround and protect your teeth. Healthy gums are not just important to your mouth, but your overall health. Studies show that those with periodontal disease have a higher risk of diabetes and heart disease. [Read more…]

7 Back-to-School Health Checks

Now that you’ve had a few weeks to settle in to the school routine, it’s time to check in with your kids’ health. During this busy transition period, many important health considerations are easily forgotten. We’re here to help—here’s a checklist of 7 important to-dos for maintaining the basics of good health, from the start of the school year, and all year long!

  1. Health records. Your child’s school needs current medical records on file. Has your child completed the required medical and dental checkups? Immunizations should be up to date, consent forms signed, and sports participation cleared if your child plans to try out for a school team.
  2. Hearing and vision. Sometimes, a student can struggle in school, and the reason is because they cannot see the teacher’s instructions on the chalkboard or hear the lesson. All the more reason to schedule the annual physical; hearing and vision tests should all be taken care of there. [Read more…]

Fun Facts: Pets Have Baby Teeth, Too!

It’s fun to tell kids that puppies and kittens are a lot like their owners in this way—they have two sets of teeth in their lifetime: baby teeth and adult teeth. Of course, the process of losing baby teeth happens a lot more quickly for our furry friends. Here are more fun facts about the temporary chompers of our beloved household animals:

  • If you’ve ever had a puppy or kitten, then you’ve probably felt their baby teeth. They’re sharp! These pets have sharp but brittle baby teeth to help them chew food while their jaws are still developing. It also helps to wean them off of mom’s milk as mom nudges them toward other sources of food.
  • Puppies begin to get baby teeth (called deciduous teeth by vets) when they’re about three to six weeks old, and these make way for permanent teeth when they’re about four to eight months old. Adorable, right? [Read more…]

APD Voted 2017 Family Favorite

Each year, Bay Area Parent dedicates a special issue to the “Best of the Best.” Readers from San Francisco and Marin, Silicon Valley, the East Bay, and the Peninsula voted for their family favorites in 56 categories, from camps and entertainment to dining, sports, and health. Alameda Pediatric Dentistry is proud to be chosen as a silver medal winner in the pediatric dentist category.

“There’s no doubt about it: Suggestions from other parents are the best guidance you can find,” says associate editor of Bay Area Parent, Teresa Mills-Faraudo. “If your doctor moves, if you need a caterer for your child’s birthday party, or if you’re looking for a good indoor play space, check out Best of the Best.” [Read more…]

APD in the Top 100 Pediatric Blogs

Alameda Pediatric Dentistry has been selected by Feedspot as one of the Top 100 Pediatric Blogs on the web. Narrowed down from thousands of well-renowned pediatric blogs, this is widely considered the most comprehensive list of the best pediatric blogs on the Internet, and we are honored to be chosen!

According to Feedspot, the top 100 Pediatric Blogs were ranked according to: [Read more…]