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Zero Cavity Club

Posted by on Sep 17, 2013 in Contests, Family Dental, News, San Mateo Pediatric Dentistry |

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,...

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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 |

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...

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Malaligned teeth and periodontal disease

Posted by on Apr 11, 2013 in Dental Problems, Family Dental, News, San Mateo Pediatric Dentistry |

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...

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Shots kill budding wisdom teeth, study suggests

Posted by on Apr 11, 2013 in Family Dental, News, San Mateo Pediatric Dentistry |

Reprinted from NBC News Could wisdom teeth be a problem of the past? Researchers have found that young children who got shots of anesthetic for dental work sometimes never grow lower wisdom teeth when they are older. The findings, published in The Journal of the American Dental Association, suggest it might be possible to deliberately prevent the development of the often-troublesome teeth, the team at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine said. “It is intriguing to think that something as...

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Bruxism

Posted by on Mar 5, 2013 in Dental Problems, Family Dental, News, San Mateo Pediatric Dentistry |

Do you wake up with dull headaches, vise-like pain, or stiff, sore jaw muscles? If so, you may have a condition called bruxism, a habit of grinding or clenching the teeth. Many people are unaware they even have the disorder because it often occurs while they are sleeping. However, dental professionals can usually detect the telltale signs of wear on your teeth. Stress, sleep disorders, an abnormal bite, or crooked or missing teeth may cause bruxism. Teeth grinding can cause teeth to become...

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