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…]

UK Study Shows Rise in Baby Teeth Extractions

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According to new research, more children are having to get their baby teeth removed, before the teeth can fall out naturally. The research, conducted by the UK’s Faculty of Dental Surgery (FDS), part of the Royal College of Surgeons, came up with the following findings, as reported by The Telegraph :

  • There were 9,206 tooth extractions performed on children aged four and under in 2015-16, an increase of 24 percent since 2006-07.
  • Of the 84,086 tooth extractions on four-year-olds and under between 2006-07 and 2015-16, 47 were performed on babies under the age of one. [Read more…]

What’s in Store for National Children’s Dental Health Month


February is National Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHM).
All month long, dental professionals, healthcare providers, and educators will come together to promote the benefits of good oral health. Each year, the theme for NCDHM changes. For 2017, the theme is “Choose Tap Water for a Sparkling Smile.” Here are just some of the reasons why tap water is best:

  • Soda contains caffeine, known to cause everything from jitters, upset stomach, and headaches to difficulty concentrating, difficulty sleeping, and increased heart rate and blood pressure.
  • A 12-ounce soda contains about 10 teaspoons of sugar. [Read more…]

Stocking Stuffer: Electronic Toothbrushes

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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…]

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…]

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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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…]

Brush Your Teeth for Longer Life Expectancy

According to the Stride Health article, “Men Are Closing the Longevity Gap-Here’s Why,” healthier lifestyle choices are helping men live as long as women, with life expectancy for U.S. males going up by 4.6 years between 1989 and 2009. Not smoking, controlling stress with strategies like meditation and exercise, and visiting the doctor regularly have been key to decreasing the gender longevity gap.

Another important tip to live longer: Take better care of your teeth! Our own Dr. Sharine Thenard was interviewed for the above article, and here’s what she said about the connection between healthy teeth and life expectancy: [Read more…]