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…]

Three New Year Firsts

There’s a first time for everything. Parents are blessed with the privilege and joy of watching their children experience many firsts throughout their early years. It’s a New Year, and if you have young children in your household, chances are they will encounter one or more of the following firsts in 2016. [Read more…]

6 Things You Never Knew about the Tooth Fairy

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No one knows much about the mysterious Tooth Fairy. An expert at remaining hidden, the busy Tooth Fairy keeps her secrets to herself. This leaves parents with few answers to the many questions kids have about the magical being who regularly collects the baby teeth from underneath their pillows.

Fortunately, the author of Fairies: A Magical Guide to the Enchanted Realm, has done the research for us. Here are six Tooth Fairy facts the kids have likely never heard: [Read more…]

How Much Does the Tooth Fairy Spend?

Does your child have a loose tooth? If so, a visit from the Tooth Fairy may soon be anticipated in your home. According to the latest issue of the CDA Journal, the Tooth Fairy will be visiting close to 90 percent of U.S. households with children—up from 84 percent previously. 

So, how much can your child expect the Tooth Fairy to invest? The little one may be pleased to know that her teeth are worth more to the Tooth Fairy than they were just a few years ago. Today, the Tooth Fairy leaves an average of $3.70 per tooth, according to the CDA Journal. That’s a 42% increase from 2011. But a tooth’s going rate varies. Here are some helpful statistics: [Read more…]

Baby’s Teething Timeline

baby-teeth-6485868Parents are full of questions about teething. When will my baby get her first tooth? When will my baby lose her first tooth? How long does it take for all of the permanent teeth to come in? To answer these questions and more, we thought the following teething timeline would help: [Read more…]

The Tooth Fairy vs. Santa Claus

fairysantaIt’s that time of year when Santa gets all the attention. Not to get on Jolly Old St. Nick’s case – we all appreciate him for the elements of wonder, surprise, and generosity he inspires during the holidays. But here’s giving the Tooth Fairy some love: because many kids will lose a baby tooth before the New Year!

Here are 10 ways the Tooth Fairy shows up Santa:

  1. The Tooth Fairy can bring gifts multiple times a year.
  2. The Tooth Fairy doesn’t need a magic sled or reindeer to fly.
  3. Both Santa and the Tooth Fairy are recognized for their hard work and dedication to children. As far as we know, though, the Tooth Fairy does it all on her own. No fleet of elves in her forest.
  4. The Tooth Fairy has multiple disguises. In some countries, the Tooth Fairy is known as a mouse: Ratoncito Perez.
  5. There are too many fake Santas around; the grumpy ones only confuse the kids. But it is nearly impossible to impersonate the elusive Tooth Fairy. [Read more…]

Where in Alameda Does the Tooth Fairy Shop?


Apparently, the tooth fairy has been busy shopping in Alameda Pediatric Dentistry’s hometown. Have any of our patients noticed this sign on Pagano’s Hardware Mart on Lincoln Avenue? This local Alameda business has been around for decades, and apparently, even the tooth fairy shops here!

Give Kids a Smile Day

On Saturday, March 23, Alameda Pediatric Dentistry’s doctors and staff were hard at work to Give Kids a Smile. While most dental offices were closed for the weekend, Drs. Ngo, Katheria, and Shaffer and 11 Alameda and Pleasanton Pediatric Dentistry staff members volunteered their time to provide much-needed dental care to underserved kids.

“We could not help these families without our wonderful team, whose energy and enthusiasm at 7:30 in the morning was invigorating,” Dr. Ngo says.

dsc_0111bGive Kids a Smile is an American Dental Association (ADA)-sponsored program that galvanizes dental societies, schools, and health centers across the country to provide oral health care services to children who come from low-income backgrounds. [Read more…]

Smithsonian Opens “The Tooth Fairy File”

Strange things are afoot at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Historians, curators, and other museum workers are so stumped they’re eliciting the help of detectives under the age of 12 to solve the mystery. Young detectives are invited to open the “The Tooth Fairy File.”

Behind the scenes, museum reports include objects being moved from storage, vaults being entered, and a tiny perpetrator, Ratoncito Perez, spotted on camera. That’s right, Ratoncito Perez, the right-hand mouse for the Tooth Fairy!

Here’s other evidence to suggest that the Tooth Fairy comes to the museum at night: [Read more…]

5 Real-Life Tooth Fairy Sightings

Those who think the tooth fairy doesn’t exist, prepare to leave your doubts behind. We’ve scoured the web for some of the best, real-life Tooth Fairy sightings by some fortunate kiddos who detail the evidence of her fairy splendor. Has your child shared a similar story?

1. Little Kate in Washington reports waking to the sound of fairy wings in the night. According to Kate, there is more than one Tooth Fairy, or perhaps, the fairies she saw were her little helpers. “There were three of them in pink and blue. They were tiny like a button and had sparkly wings and wands in their hands!” Thanks to Kate’s mom for sharing Kate’s story on the Wenger Clan blog. [Read more…]