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…]

7 Benefits of Chewing Sugar-Free Gum

Your kid is always asking for gum at the check-out counter, and now, there’s sufficient reason to buy them a pack. While brushing for two minutes twice a day is still the best way to prevent cavities, chewing gum in between meals has been shown to help decrease the number of treatments a child will require at the dentist. In the UK, a recent study shows that savings would amount to $9 million a year if all 12-year-olds chewed sugarless gum three times a day. Here are even more surprising benefits: [Read more…]

Alameda Pediatric Dentistry Featured in At Home in Pleasanton

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Battle of the Beverages: Which is Healthier – Juice or Soda?

juiceWhen opting for a healthier beverage for their kids, most parents will reach for the OJ versus Dr Pepper any day. After all, if it comes from a fruit, then it MUST be healthy – right? Not necessarily.

Like soda, juice is high in sugar content and often contains added ingredients like artificial colors and high fructose corn syrup. That’s why the American Academy of Pediatricians recommends limiting juice intake to 4 ounces per day, with meals. But how does juice stack up against soda in calories, sugar content, and artificial flavorings? [Read more…]

Scary Facts about Tongue Piercing

tonguepiercingThink it’s too early to worry about your child getting a body piercing? According to a Northwestern University study, women account for almost three fourths of people with body piercings, and a third of them got their first piercing under the age of 18.

The study showed that unlike the case with tattoos, the prevalence of body piercing does not vary by educational status or income level. So if you’ve got a tween or soon-to-be tween floating around the house, it’s good to have some background on the risks when their curiosity about body piercing leads to questions.

The following are common medical complications associated with body piercing, including dental risks involved specifically with piercing the tongue: [Read more…]

Brush First, then Floss?

Is it better to floss before or after you brush your teeth? If you’re already set in your ways, perhaps a new routine is in order. And if you have kids, it’s best to get them on the right track with brushing and flossing (or is it flossing and brushing?) early on.

The truth is, even dental professionals take different sides when it comes to this debate. There are valid reasons all around, and frankly, we’d be glad just to know you take a stance at all, because it means you’re putting the dental floss to use. Here are some of the arguments favored by the “before” and “after” camps: [Read more…]

Putting the Brakes on Dental Decay in Kids

One-fourth of the nation’s children have 80 percent of the nation’s tooth decay, Dawn Klingensmith reports for Quad-Cities Online. According to Klingensmith’s article, “Protecting a child’s smile, one brushing at a time,” oral infection is the number one chronic disease in kids.

Reasons for this include lax parenting, ignorance about dental care, frequent snacking on starches and sweets, and constant nursing on bottles and sippy cups. In addition, many parents tend to think baby teeth matter less because they “fall out anyway.” This leads to fewer brushings, which contributes to premature loss of baby teeth and potential long-term problems.

Klingensmith turned to our own Dr. MyLinh Ngo for advice on snapping out of bad habits on the oral hygiene front: [Read more…]

Make it a Soda Free Summer

This summer, have your kids join the Rethink Your Drink movement and kick the soda habit as a family. With sugar and water as its primary ingredients, soda is nothing but empty calories. It has no nutritional value and can be detrimental to your health, especially when consumed in large quantities. Yet teens today consume more than 750 cans of soda per year – that’s twice as much as the amount of milk they drink – and more than half of the country’s 8-year-olds drink a can of soda every day.

Soda consumption in the U.S. is linked to everything from childhood obesity to tooth decay. That’s why Alameda and Pleasanton Pediatric Dentistry are taking part in the Alameda County Public Health Department’s 6th Annual Soda Free Summer Campaign.

Here are some frightening facts about soda, courtesy of First 5 California, to help motivate you and your kids to kick the can: [Read more…]

Do Baby Teeth Need Filling?

Baby teeth aren’t permanent, and this is many a parent’s excuse for dismissing everything from early tooth brushing to visiting the dentist before the age of 5. But as we covered in “The Big Role of Baby Teeth,” these temporary molars and incisors are important space markers for permanent teeth to come. Treat them well and the little ones’ adult teeth are more likely to come in straight and cavity-free.

Unfortunately, the chances of getting through primary teeth without cavities are slim. In a five-year National Health and Nutrition Study, nearly half of children ages 2 to 11 had dental caries. Numerous reports suggest that the trend has only increased since, with sugary diets, soda consumption, and prolonged bottle feeding among the reasons.

So what happens when a baby tooth gets a cavity? Are fillings necessary, especially if the cavity is pain-free? Bear in mind that tooth decay is an infection – allow it to continue and your youngster may require more serious treatment in addition to a filling. Baby teeth will eventually fall out, but it’s important to give them the dental care they need while they’re still in place. This includes fillings. [Read more…]

Growing Dental Decay in Preschoolers – Stop the Cycle at Home!


Photo: Stuart Isett for The New York Times

According to a recent New York Times article, dentists nationwide say they are seeing more preschoolers at all income levels with 6 to 10 cavities or more.

Catherine Saint Louis reports that one such preschooler is 2 ½-year-old Devon Koester, who recently received general anesthesia at the Center for Pediatric Dentistry in Seattle so that a pediatric dentist could treat his 11 cavities with fillings or extractions.

Devon’s extensive procedure may seem like an exception, but unfortunately, he is far from the only one. According to the many dentists and specialists interviewed by Saint Louis, dental decay among preschoolers is widespread, growing more so, and often so far evolved that administering general anesthesia seems hardly avoidable. [Read more…]