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Be Kind- Who our patient is on a mission to spread kindness!

Posted by on May 11, 2016 in News, San Mateo Pediatric Dentistry | Comments Off on Be Kind- Who our patient is on a mission to spread kindness!

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Simone displaying her jewelry at Kids Smile Dental Center, San Mateo.

We are very proud of our very own Simone!

She has become active in the Life Vest Inside project to help spread kindness!

She was inspired by Orly Wahba’s Ted talk on kindness (http://www.lifevestinside.com/about-us/founder/) and decided to design her own jewelry and sell it at a low cost to raise money for the Life Vest Foundation. The foundation focuses on doing acts of kindness for others and the ultimate goal is to spread that kindness for a more loving, kinder world. Our hearts we so touched by her inspiring story and drive.

All of us at Kids Smile Dental Center thank you Simone! You are amazing and we appreciate your efforts in making the world a kinder place!

Our Endodontist, Dr. Orapin Horst’s Article on Oralfacial Pain on the cover of JADA

Posted by on May 4, 2016 in Dental Problems, News | Comments Off on Our Endodontist, Dr. Orapin Horst’s Article on Oralfacial Pain on the cover of JADA

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Our very own Endodontist,  Dr. Orapin Horst along with her research colleagues published their research findings on facial pain in the 2015 October edition of the prestigious JADA magazine, (JADA 146(10) October 2015).

The study found that, orofacial pain affects a 1/4 of the US population, at a staggering cost of $32 billion per year!
One in 6 patients experience orofacial pain in their lifetime.
In this study about 16% complained of orofacial pain ( about 9% due to teeth reasons, 6.6% due to muscles and ligament in the facial region, and the rest were non-specific).
Orofacial pain typically decreased with age, with the lowest reported in patients 65 and older.
Pain due to teeth were also shown to decrease with age, with the lowest reported in patients 65 and older.
Pain the in muscles and ligaments were reported 3 times more in women!
Patients that had teeth and were found to have significant wear on their teeth (wearing down of the teeth to a point that the cusp tips are flattened) were more likely to have pain in their muscles and ligaments of the face.

New orthodontics video

Posted by on Apr 22, 2014 in News | Comments Off on New orthodontics video

Orthodontics video featuring professional skier, Caroline Gleich

Zero Cavity Club Winners Announced

Posted by on Mar 30, 2014 in Contests, News, San Mateo Pediatric Dentistry | Comments Off on Zero Cavity Club Winners Announced

We are happy to announce our winners for January and February 2014.

The winners are:
Caleb P and Janelle C.

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December Contest Winner Announced!

Posted by on Jan 10, 2014 in Contests, News, San Mateo Pediatric Dentistry | Comments Off on December Contest Winner Announced!

See the winner here.

November 2013 Zero Cavity Club Winner

Posted by on Dec 8, 2013 in Contests, News | Comments Off on November 2013 Zero Cavity Club Winner

Molly M. was our November Zero Cavity Club Winner!

Molly M.: $25  Build A Bear Card For Our November 2013 Winner

Molly M.: $25 Build A Bear Card For Our November 2013 Winner


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Thank you for donating candy!!

Posted by on Nov 5, 2013 in Contests, News, San Mateo Pediatric Dentistry | Comments Off on Thank you for donating candy!!

Thank you for your candy donations which went to Operation Gratitude.
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Zero Cavity Club

Posted by on Sep 17, 2013 in Contests, Family Dental, News, San Mateo Pediatric Dentistry | Comments Off on Zero Cavity Club

To encourage kids to take care of their teeth, patients ages 12 and under are eligible for membership in our Zero Cavity Club. To qualify, your child must have no new cavities at their routine exam and cleaning.
At the end of each month, we enter the names of all children who qualify into a random drawing.One winner will be chosen and the winner is invited to the office to get their picture taken and receive a special reward appropriate to their age and interests such as movie tickets, amusement park passes or gift cards.

We also feature the names of each month’s Zero Cavity Club winners and photo in our office and website. The club is a great way to encourage your child to brush and floss and win the best prize of all: a healthy smile!

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Play it Safe: Prevent Facial Injuries With Simple Sports Safety Precautions

Posted by on Apr 16, 2013 in Family Dental, News, San Mateo Pediatric Dentistry | Comments Off on Play it Safe: Prevent Facial Injuries With Simple Sports Safety Precautions

April is National Facial Protection Month and the Academy for Sports Dentistry, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), and the ADA are reminding parents, coaches, and athletes to play it safe as they prepare for recreational and organized sports.

In particular, the organizations are emphasizing the value of mouthguards, especially customized ones, eyewear, face shields, and helmets.

Last year, the National Youth Sports Safety Foundation forecasted that more than 3 million teeth would be knocked out in youth sporting events. It also reported that athletes who don’t wear mouthguards are 60 times more likely to damage their teeth.

Yet in a survey by Impulse Research commissioned by the AAO in 2009, 67% of parents admitted that their children do not wear a mouthguard during organized sports. The survey found that 84% of children do not wear mouthguards while playing organized sports because they are not required to wear them, even though they may be required to wear other protective materials, such as helmets and shoulder pads.

Source: http://www.drbicuspid.com/index.aspx?sec=sup&sub=cos&pag=dis&ItemID=313040

Malaligned teeth and periodontal disease

Posted by on Apr 11, 2013 in Dental Problems, Family Dental, News, San Mateo Pediatric Dentistry | Comments Off on Malaligned teeth and periodontal disease

Maloccclusion affects 70% of American.  If you have malocclusion, it may affect your periodontal health, because it is difficult to remove plaque when teeth are not aligned.  Periodontal disease can begin as gum redness or bleeding while brushing your teeth or using dental floss, and you may notice halitosis, or bad breath.  If not treated, gum inflammation can become worse, leading to soft tissue damage, receding gums, the formation of pockets between teeth and gums, bone loss, and eventually tooth loss.

THE PROGRESSION OF PERIODONTAL DISEASE

When teeth are crowded, plaque with harmful bacteria can attach to the tooth surface down to the bottom of the pocket.  Plaque can be difficult to remove from crowded areas because it is difficult to brush and floss here.  Bacteria can cause gum tissue surrounding the tooth to degrade, and if not treated, result in bone loss.

MALALIGNED TEETH AND PERIODONTAL DISEASE

WEAR AND TRAUMA

Poorly aligned teeth can also create unnatural stress and pressure on teeth and jaws.  Teeth that are subject to excessive pressure can develop chipping and notches at the gum line called abractions.  Premature wear can lead to poor root support, loose teeth and eventually, tooth loss.

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