3 Risks of Gummy Vitamins

Soft and chewy gummy vitamins are becoming more popular, especially with kids, but a new Parents.com article warns parents that these colorful vitamins have a downside. Parents recently interviewed pediatrician Natalie Muth, MD, RDN, coauthor of The Picky Eater Project, who shared the following three pitfalls: [Read more…]

Bubble Tea Is as Unhealthy as Soda

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Also known as boba tea, bubble tea is an Asian drink that consists of tea mixed with fruit, flavored syrups, or milk accompanied with tapioca pearls. Originally a beverage of Taiwan, it’s become quite popular for both adults and children in the U.S. in the last decade. However, experts have been sounding the warning bells, stating that boba tea can be just as unhealthy as soda. Here are some stats:

  • KABC reports that a 12-ounce serving of boba tea contains almost 90 grams of sugar. That’s more than double a 12-ounce can of Coca Cola, which contains 39 grams of sugar.
  • The Asian and Pacific Islander Obesity Prevention Alliance launched the “Rethink Your Asian Drink” campaign, stating that boba tea has more sugar than a Snickers bar. The coalition has also reported a 68 percent increase in diabetes in Asian and Pacific Islanders in L.A. County between 1997 and 2011. [Read more…]

Alameda Pediatric Dentistry Grows, Improves Services for Families

Alameda Pediatric Dentistry has moved to 1105 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 101, and if you and the kids haven’t seen the new office yet, you are in for a treat. In spite of growing to a large 9,500-square-foot facility, the practice maintains its hometown friendliness and personal, one-on-one care; in fact, having a state-of the art space fosters the ability to provide even greater attention to patient needs.  Here are some of the custom features you can look forward to on your next visit:

Multiple Reception Areas

Upon entering the office, you will be greeted by our familiar front desk staff and directed to one of three reception rooms: Ortho reception or Pedo reception, where the kids will find their treasured climbing structure. There’s even a separate reception area for teens and sedation patients.

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Benefits of High-Tech Scanning at Alameda Pediatric Dentistry

 

An APD customized maxillary retainer

If you wore braces as a teenager, you probably remember those gag-inducing molds you had to bite into in order to create an impression of your teeth. Lucky for your kids, those days are gone, at least within Alameda Pediatric Dentistry’s doors.

Our orthodontic department said goodbye to messy traditional molds with the introduction of our newest in-office gadget, the high-precision iTero scanner. It’s a great new benefit for our patients and families, and our doctors and staff love it too.

The compact footprint iTero scanner works by capturing a topographical scan of your child’s mouth to create a 3D image of their teeth. No radiation is emitted in the process. The image is instantly saved to our office’s lab and study model sites.

“The scanner is more accurate than traditional impressions and takes half the time,” says Alameda Pediatric Dentistry’s orthodontist, Dr. Kan. [Read more…]

Brush Your Kids’ Teeth When They Can’t Do It Themselves

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According to Fox News, letting kids brush their own teeth before they’re ready is one of the biggest mistakes parents make in regards to their young children’s oral hygiene. Some kids may not be brushing properly, if at all. Check in and make sure they’re doing a thorough job, even if that means brushing their teeth for them! As you do, remember the following pointers:

  • Choose a small size toothbrush to help you maneuver in the back spaces of your child’s mouth. Scrub the molars well—this is where cavities tend to develop.
  • Brush for two minutes—sing a song to the end as you brush.
  • Brush twice a day, morning and night.
  • Buy a new toothbrush every three months. Let your child choose a design to help motivate them to brush.

How long does the responsibility of brushing fall on you? If your child is in elementary school, you may be off the hook. Let’s revisit our 7 signs that kids can brush their teeth on their own:

  1. Your child is between the ages of 6 to 9. The actual age varies for every child, but it’s typically within this range that they graduate from being supervised to handling the routine on their own. Reminders to brush, however, may still be called for.
  2. You have an expert with the laces. Brushing every angle of the teeth takes manual dexterity, which kids hone as they get older. Developing enough dexterity to tie their own shoes is a sign that they’re ready to do their own brushing, too. [Read more…]

5 Ways to Care for Your Teeth When Pregnant

It’s a new year, and for those who are pregnant, a time to prepare for new life. Taking good care of your baby begins with you during this important stage. When you’re expecting, even your teeth could use some TLC. Here are five ways to care for your teeth when pregnant:

  1. Switch to a softer toothbrush. This will help you to apply gentle pressure to your gums. According to BabyCenter, “about half of moms-to-be have swollen, red, tendergums that bleed when flossed or brushed.” This is due to pregnancy gingivitis, or mild inflammation of the gums during pregnancy. Rising hormone levels can be partly to blame for your gums’ sensitivity to bacteria in plaque. This leads us to the next point…
  2. Take good care of your gums. Did you know that periodontal disease during pregnancy is linked to premature birth and low birth weight? Along with periodontal disease, the March of Dimes cites gingivitis and tooth decay as conditions that pregnant women are more susceptible to. We’ve got a secret weapon for your gums—floss! [Read more…]

Q&A with Lindsay, Alameda Pediatric Dentistry’s Marketing Director

Here’s a true testament of how great Alameda Pediatric Dentistry is to kids: many of the practice’s young patients grow up to bring their own kids here, and others even end up working here. APD’s marketing director, Lindsay, is one of those people. Here’s a Q&A with Lindsay to learn more about her love for marketing, the practice, and the city of Alameda.

What do you remember about being a patient at Alameda Pediatric Dentistry?

When I was a patient, I loved visiting the office to see everyone! My older brother, Aaron, used to work at Alameda Pediatric Dentistry, where he did sterilization throughout high school and college. Every time my parents would bring in my younger brother and I for check-ups and cleanings, the whole staff would be happy to see us; they were like family. Portia always cleaned my teeth, so it’s funny working with her because she practically watched me grow up! The thing I remember most about being a patient here were the video games and seeing an always-smiling Dr. Perry. [Read more…]

Charcoal Whitening Trend May Be Unsafe, Dentists Warn

Thought of using charcoal to whiten your teeth? The idea is trending. YouTube user Mama Natural posted a video on using a charcoal product to whiten her teeth, and more than a million viewers tuned in to watch: Activated Charcoal—Weird Way to Whiten Teeth.

Using Nature’s Way activated charcoal that costs about $5 from health food stores, Mama Natural states that the charcoal absorbs bacteria, toxins, and staining on the teeth, even though using the black powder may seem counterintuitive at first. Recently, however, FoxNews published an article warning consumers against using charcoal as a whitening agent. [Read more…]

Stocking Stuffer: Electronic Toothbrushes

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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…]