4 Daily Do’s for National Dental Hygiene Month

October is National Dental Hygiene Month! We appreciate our hard-working dental hygienists every day of the year. Dental hygienists play a critical role in promoting oral health, and they make your twice-yearly visit to the office fun and seamless. This month, health care professionals across the nation are spreading the word to help dental hygienists maintain healthy smiles.

Take part by helping your little ones remember these four daily care basics: [Read more…]

Happy National Dental Hygiene Month

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October is National Dental Hygiene Month! This month, health care professionals across the nation have been spreading the word to help dental hygienists maintain healthy smiles. We know you spend a lot of time helping your little ones brush their teeth, drink plenty of water, and develop a healthy attitude toward going to the dentist. It’s not always easy, and we’re here to help!

Our award-winning blog is full of fun and useful information on every aspect of kids’ oral hygiene. Here are some of our readers’ favorite topics: [Read more…]

7 Back-to-School Health Checks

Now that you’ve had a few weeks to settle in to the school routine, it’s time to check in with your kids’ health. During this busy transition period, many important health considerations are easily forgotten. We’re here to help—here’s a checklist of 7 important to-dos for maintaining the basics of good health, from the start of the school year, and all year long!

  1. Health records. Your child’s school needs current medical records on file. Has your child completed the required medical and dental checkups? Immunizations should be up to date, consent forms signed, and sports participation cleared if your child plans to try out for a school team.
  2. Hearing and vision. Sometimes, a student can struggle in school, and the reason is because they cannot see the teacher’s instructions on the chalkboard or hear the lesson. All the more reason to schedule the annual physical; hearing and vision tests should all be taken care of there. [Read more…]

APD Voted 2017 Family Favorite

Each year, Bay Area Parent dedicates a special issue to the “Best of the Best.” Readers from San Francisco and Marin, Silicon Valley, the East Bay, and the Peninsula voted for their family favorites in 56 categories, from camps and entertainment to dining, sports, and health. Alameda Pediatric Dentistry is proud to be chosen as a silver medal winner in the pediatric dentist category.

“There’s no doubt about it: Suggestions from other parents are the best guidance you can find,” says associate editor of Bay Area Parent, Teresa Mills-Faraudo. “If your doctor moves, if you need a caterer for your child’s birthday party, or if you’re looking for a good indoor play space, check out Best of the Best.” [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…]

Alameda Pediatric Dentistry Community-Building

Alameda Pediatric Dentistry is more than just a dental office. We are an active part of the community. Last year alone, our practice donated thousands of dollars to local organizations, schools, and nonprofits that families and residents of Alameda and the greater East Bay depend on. Here are just a handful of the dozens of organizations that Alameda Pediatric Dentistry helped to support last year: [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…]