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

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…]

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…]

Find APD’s Fourth of July Trolley

All around the city of Alameda, U.S. flags are up and waving. Behind closed doors, the dedicated members of school bands, local dance troupes, nonprofit organizations, neighborhood communities, and independent businesses are putting the final touches on nearly 200 floats. It’s all in preparation for the Annual Mayor’s Fourth of July Parade—one of the longest Fourth of July parades in the country at 3 miles long.

Photo: David Brossard/CC BY-SA 2.0

Photo: David Brossard/CC BY-SA 2.0

The Mayor’s Fourth of July Parade is a Bay Area tradition that spans decades. It draws a crowd of 20,000 from all over the region who want to catch a glimpse of Alameda’s hometown spirit. The East Bay Express has dubbed the parade the “Best Hometown Celebration” and the “Best Hometown Parade” for a reason—it brings friends and family together and demonstrates the diversity and talent found across our nation’s cities, big and small. [Read more…]

Sharing Smiles for Oral Health Month

This month, Alameda Pediatric Dentistry was part of a nationwide effort to promote dental health for Oral Health Month.

Throughout the year, we celebrate healthy habits like brushing, flossing, and seeing the dentist. For the month of June, we joined thousands of others by posting a photo of our office staff, toothbrushes and inspection mirrors in hand, using #TimetoSmile.

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For each photo that the public shared on social media using the hashtag, Colgate donated $1 to the Give Kids a Smile program. Give Kids a Smile has provided free oral health services to over 5 million underserved children, and we couldn’t miss the opportunity to help them receive up to $40,000 in funding. [Read more…]