APD in the Top 100 Pediatric Blogs

Alameda Pediatric Dentistry has been selected by Feedspot as one of the Top 100 Pediatric Blogs on the web. Narrowed down from thousands of well-renowned pediatric blogs, this is widely considered the most comprehensive list of the best pediatric blogs on the Internet, and we are honored to be chosen!

According to Feedspot, the top 100 Pediatric Blogs were ranked according to: [Read more…]

Artificial Sweeteners in Diet Products May Cause Weight Gain

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We recently posted a blog on the artificial sweeteners in diet soda. Are they harmless or hurtful? The research we found suggests they certainly have an impact on the body. In summary, artificial sweeteners can:

  • Change the way your body processes real sugar;
  • Change your body’s gut bacteria for the worse; and
  • Place you at a higher risk for type 2 diabetes.

Read more about that here.

Now, more information has come in from new study findings published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. According to this month’s issue of Time, the findings show that artificial sweeteners may actually cause weight gain rather than helping people lose weight; they can also contribute to other health problems, like: [Read more…]

Alameda Schools Featured in San Francisco Chronicle

The topic of safety during recess was recently featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, and Alameda schools provided the examples. Play is important to learning, but as Jill Tucker reports, Bay Farm Elementary and Paden Elementary approach the rules of play differently.

Tag is not allowed at Bay Farm Elementary. Neither is running nor going up the slide. The idea is for children to return home in the same shape they arrive to school in, Principal Babs Freitas explained to the Chronicle. Safety, kindness, and responsibility are the cornerstones of play at this school.

Some parents agree with this philosophy; others think it’s equivalent to “bubble-wrapping” their kids. [Read more…]

Is Diet Soda Better for You than Regular Soda?

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Diet sodas contain artificial sweeteners, including saccharin, aspartame, sucralose, and neotame, among others. You’ll recognize them in sugar substitutes such as Sweet n’ Low, Equal, and Splenda. However, according to PBS, research sheds the following doubts on the integrity of artificial sweeteners:

They can change how your body processes real sugar. That’s because taste receptors signal the body to release hormones to digest sugar, even when it’s fake sugar on the tongue. With long-term exposure to artificial sweeteners, the body’s metabolism can be altered.

They can change your body’s gut bacteria for the worse. One study, published in Nature.com, states that this alteration can even induce glucose intolerance.

They can place you at a higher risk for type 2 diabetes. According to a study published in BMJ, neither artificially sweetened beverages nor fruit juice are likely to be healthy alternatives to sugar-sweetened beverages for the prevention of type 2 diabetes. [Read more…]

Babysitter’s First Aid Checklist

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Having a reliable babysitter is an asset to every parent. But even the most reliable sitter may not know the ABCs of first aid. Make sure to go over the following points with your sitter before you leave them alone with your little ones for the first time:

When to Call 911
Your babysitter should call 911 when they need help right away. According to Healthfinder.gov, this includes when someone is seriously hurt, stops breathing, or if there is a fire. Another emergency could be a stranger trying to get into the home. The babysitter should be prepared to tell the emergency operator your address, phone number, and nature of the emergency quickly and calmly. [Read more…]

Five Tips for National Safety Month

The National Safety Council (NSC) urges you to stay aware of the leading causes of injury at home, at play, and on the road. Along with thousands of organizations across the country, the NSC observes National Safety Month in June. The motto this month is “Keep Each Other Safe,” and we think that’s important advice! Here are five tips to help keep little ones injury-free at home, where more than a third of child injury and deaths occur:

Anchor the furniture. The NSC cites that one child is treated every 30 minutes for a TV-related injury. Anchors can prevent heavy furniture like TVs, cabinets, and bookshelves from tipping.

Keep coin lithium batteries out of reach. Injuries related to “button batteries” have increased significantly in the past decade. Many kids’ toys are powered with these button batteries, which can be fatal if swallowed. So keep a close eye on these devices, making sure the battery door is securely screwed into place or otherwise inaccessible. [Read more…]

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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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…]