Halloween Candy Survival Guide

halloween-fairyAll year long, kids look forward to the magic and fun of Halloween. Parents enjoy the costumes and trick-or-treating, too, but the thought of all that candy can be troublesome. Whether you raid the candy bags to the benefit of your coworkers, sell the candy at a buyback, or ration it in some other way, much of the sweets will end up with your kids. To help you sort through the Halloween bags with them, here’s a summary of MouthHealthy.org’s rundown of common candies:

Chocolate: Of all the Halloween candies your kids will receive, chocolate is best because it washes off teeth more easily. Choose dark chocolate when possible, as it has less sugar than milk chocolate. Chocolate can also be good for you. Read our article, A Delicious Secret, to find out more.

Sticky and Gummy Candies: “Be picky if it’s sticky,” MouthHealthy advises. We agree. Sticky and gummy candies are harder to remove and could result in cavity-causing bacteria staying on the kids’ teeth longer. [Read more…]

7 Personalized Halloween Treat Bags

Halloween treat bag ideas from AllYou.com.

Halloween treat bag ideas from AllYou.com.

Halloween is a fun time to get creative. If sewing a Halloween costume from scratch is too much, these personalized treat bags are a breeze to create and will give you a chance to get crafty with the kids. If you are throwing a party, these ideas can be customized to create unique party favors. Don’t be afraid to improvise and let your imagination take your treat bag to the next level. [Read more…]

Toss Homeopathic Teething Gels and Tablets for These Safe Home Remedies

baby-teeth-6485868Recently, the FDA released a warning against homeopathic teething tablets and gels. According to their September 30 report, these products, sold by the likes of CVS and Hyland’s, may cause a risk to infants and children. Seizures, difficulty breathing, lethargy, excessive sleepiness, muscle weakness, constipation, and other issues are some of the problems the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research have discovered. The FDA will continue investigating the issue and reporting on the results, but in the meantime, please toss any homeopathic teething tablets or gels you may have at home.

If your child is teething, there are many ways to soothe their discomfort without such over-the-counter remedies. Here are some that we recommend: [Read more…]

Turning on Cartoons Can Help Turn Off the Anxiety at the Dentist’s Office

Child at DentistKids love watching cartoons, and it turns out there’s a place where turning on the monitor can be especially comforting for them—the dentist’s office! According to a recent study of 56 randomly assigned children aged 7 to 9 years, kids who received dental treatment while watching cartoons showed less anxiety and more cooperation than those who received no distraction. The dental treatments conducted during the study included oral exams, injections with a local anesthetic, and tooth restoration. The findings, originally published in the journal Acta Odontologica Scandinavica, include the following: [Read more…]

We’re Moving! 7 Reasons You’ll Love Our New Location

atlantic-5cAfter 40 years at South Shore Center, we’re moving to a new location. It’s hard to say goodbye, but it’s easy to get excited about the change when you consider the exciting things happening around the Marina Business District—soon the site of our new home.

While South Shore is centralized, our new vicinity boasts plenty of options for foot traffic. The West End is a hotbed of revitalization and is just beginning to come into its own as a premier Alameda destination. In addition to our expansive, state-of-the-art facility currently under construction (details to come!), here are 7 things to look forward to:

1. Alameda Landing. This 72-acre mixed-use destination is a few short minutes from our new location. The kids know it well as the home of Cream and In-N-Out Burger, but the restaurant list has grown to include the likes of Spin pizza, Shirasoni, Famous Dave’s BBQ, and much more to come. Families have come to appreciate the convenience of having a Target on the island, and with our new location, you can easily grab household supplies at Target or groceries at Safeway during your child’s appointment. An 8-acre waterfront park is also on the way—a nice place to to unwind after a busy weekday.

2. Marina Village Shopping Center. Even with the Landing right next door, Marina Village remains a shopping mainstay for Alameda families, whether it’s for party supplies at the dollar store or a hot bowl of pho at Mint Leaf. And parking is a breeze.

3. Shoreline Park. It’s a hidden little secret—this park includes a small stretch of the Bay Trail, with biking and walking paths, the boats of the marina nearby, views of the estuary and Oakland skyline, and relaxing green lawns. Make it a tradition to walk here after your child’s appointment.

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Meet the Staff: 3 RDAs on What Makes Pleasanton Pediatric Dentistry Special

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Jennel, Maria, and Mabel (left to right) of Pleasanton Pediatric Dentistry

Pleasanton Pediatric Dentistry, our sister office, is located in a thriving community with one of the highest ranking school systems in California. Surrounded by 1,200 acres of parks and open space, Pleasanton is conveniently close to Silicon Valley and San Francisco while being tucked away in its own picturesque scene, complete with a flourishing business sector that includes our pediatric dentistry practice.

Jennel, who has been a Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) for Pleasanton Pediatric Dentistry for almost three years now, describes Pleasanton as a diverse little town with plenty of activities, parks, and restaurants. Maria, now an RDA for over three decades, adds that Pleasanton is additionally very family-oriented.

“The city offers street fairs and concerts in the park on Friday nights in the summer,” Maria says.

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3 Reasons You’re Half as Likely as an Olympian to Have Cavities

The 2016 Olympic games in Rio are over, and you now know which U.S. champions brought home the gold, silver, and bronze medals. Here’s something you don’t know about the Olympians, whether they don from the U.S. or another part of the world: three-quarters have gingivitis.

Overall, Olympians have high levels of poor dental health, including cavities and dental erosion. In fact, as an American adult, you’re half as likely as an Olympian to have cavities, as Ars Technica reports. That deserves a gold medal, in our book!

The findings, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, come from a 2013 study conducted of 302 Olympic athletes who competed in 25 sports at the 2012 Olympics in London. Does the data seem puzzling to you? We thought it might, as high-level athletes seem to epitomize strong physiques and excellent health that enable them to compete. Here are some of the reasons why Olympians may be thriving in their sport but suffering in the oral health department: [Read more…]

Meet the Staff: Spotlight on Inventory Assistant Alexa G.

image1Alexa, an inventory assistant here at Alameda Pediatric Dentistry, has been working with our practice for three months and counting. As an inventory assistant, Alexa makes sure the office is always stocked with our fun-filled goodie bags for your kids to bring home following their appointments. She also helps our staff get the dental items that they need throughout the day.

“The thing I enjoy the most about coming to work is having interactions with my coworkers and getting to know the patients.” Alexa says. “What inspires me is how little kids come to Alameda Pediatric Dentistry with a smile and leave with a brighter smile after their appointment and their little faces light up when they get a goodie bag and stickers.”

Alexa was referred to us by East Bay Innovations, a nonprofit organization that supports adults with disabilities throughout Alameda County. “We are currently providing job coaching support to approximately 130 individuals throughout Alameda County,” says Saralynn Emery, assistant director of Supported Employment Services at East Bay Innovations. “It is my role to supervise and support coordinators and job coaches.” [Read more…]

4 Fun Articles to Get Back Into School Mode

PreschoolAugust is here, which means summer vacation is nearing its end and the school year its beginning. Are you and the kids ready? If not, we’ve got just the thing you need to get back into school mode: four fantastic articles on everything from maintaining a sleep schedule and overcoming the mad dash to school in the morning to keeping up the brushing routine. First day of school? Bring it on! [Read more…]

Top 5 Benefits of In-House Ortho

Braces1Few pediatric dentistry offices can boast having a comprehensive orthodontics team all under one roof. Alameda Pediatric Dentistry offers children the most customized dental care in and around the Bay Area—with early orthodontic treatment available in-house. Here are the top 5 ways this can benefit you and your family:

1. Early detection. As a parent, you likely won’t notice issues that require early orthodontic treatment—but your child’s dentist will! Your child’s dentist is the best person to let you know when issues like overcrowding, protruding teeth, or speech impediments exist, and whether or not braces are the answer. With the ability to do orthodontics in our office, you can be sure that communication between your child’s pediatric dentist and orthodontist will be seamless and efficient.

2. Convenience. Anyone who’s had braces, or knows someone who has, realizes that cleanings aren’t so simple. Before the dentist can clean the teeth, the orthodontist must remove the wires, and after the appointment, replace them. This requires multiple office visits on the same day for parents and kids, oftentimes with younger siblings in tow. With both the dentist and orthodontist in one place, cleanings are that much easier. [Read more…]