5 Ways to Wean the Baby from the Pacifier

Photo: Philipp Antar/CC by 2.0

Photo: Philipp Antar/CC by 2.0

Here’s a New Year’s Resolution for you: wean the little one from the pacifier. The sucking reflex is natural, but if your tot hasn’t weaned him/herself from the pacifier by 3 or 4 years old, it may be time to roll up your sleeves and get creative. Here are 5 ideas we’ve found from around the Web to help: [Read more…]

Stocking Stuffer: Electronic Toothbrushes

Photo: makelessnoise/CC BY 2.0

Photo: makelessnoise/CC BY 2.0

Looking for a thoughtful holiday present to give to friends and family this year? How about an electronic toothbrush? While it isn’t essential to use one in order to do a thorough job of brushing, electronic toothbrushes do have advantages that go beyond just vibrating. Here are some tips on brands and products to look for from a recent article by Digital Trends: [Read more…]

Alameda Pediatric Dentistry Fairy Doors

fairydoors1What’s the test of a pediatric dental office that really gets kids? Why, a partnership with the tooth fairy, of course! Alameda Pediatric Dentistry makes it possible for fairies to come and go with our installation of several fairy doors. You never know, these magical, winged creatures may be watching and taking notes at any moment, writing down the names of kids with loose teeth and preparing for a visit to their homes.

Alameda Pediatric Dentistry is not alone in our friendliness to fairies. The Alameda Fairy Doors Facebook group currently has 1,200 members that create custom-made doors and place them in hidden nooks around the island. They even have a map of where 250 doors (and growing) have been spotted around town. No wonder Alameda Magazine has dubbed this the “Best Ongoing Scavenger Hunt” around. [Read more…]

Seal of Approval for Dental Sealants

SmilingChildAlameda Pediatric Dentistry strongly encourages the application of dental sealants. A safe protective coating, sealants act as a physical barrier that blocks plaque from accumulating in hard-to-clean grooves and pits of molar teeth. Covered by most dental policies, sealants take just a few minutes to apply, and the process is completely painless.

This month, the Centers for Disease Control released a Vital Signs report that includes the following important findings on sealants: [Read more…]

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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