Shamrock Out with These Fun St. Patrick’s Day Treats

March 06, 2018

You don’t have to be Irish or find a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day on March 17. Get into the lucky spirit of things with these easy snack ideas which will put a smile on even the grumpiest of leprechauns.

  • Sour Patch Grapes: Slán (goodbye), high fructose corn syrup! This alternative version of these fan-favorite gummy treats involves washed grapes and a variety of sugar free Jell-O mixes, in flavors like cherry, orange and lime. Spray the grapes with lemon juice, toss with Jell-O powder in a plastic bag, let dry and refrigerate. You can even freeze them for a chilly twist!
     
  • Green Leprechaun Eggs: Hard boil some eggs, slice in half once cool, and separate the yolks and whites. Mix the yolks in a bowl with an avocado, 1 tbsp. lime juice, ¼ tsp. salt and onion powder, and garlic and cilantro to taste. Fill your egg whites back up with the mixture.
     
  • Lucky Kiss Pretzel Bites: On top of each grid or traditionally shaped pretzel, place a single Hershey’s kiss and bake at 350 degrees for a few minutes, until melted. Remove from the oven and place a green M&M on top to seal with a kiss.
     
  • Rainbow Parfait: Shamrock up some Greek yogurt with some green food dye, place in a tall glass and top with kiwi, pineapple, oranges and strawberries, in that order. You can also make rainbow fruit skewers using the same fruits.

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Make Sure Your Child Keeps Those Pearly Whites Intact

February 06, 2018

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month and we want to ensure that your children have happy and healthy smiles.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 5 children ages 5 to 11 have at least one untreated cavity. Untreated cavities can lead to problems with eating, speaking and learning. Additionally, untreated decay can lead to major health problems and even death.

Here are a few tips to help your children maintain beautiful smiles and avoid potential health problems:

  • Have your child brush their teeth three times a day
  • Limit sugary foods and drinks, like candy, soda and juice
  • Take your child for a dental checkup every six months
  • Ask your child’s dentist about sealants, which can protect your child’s teeth from cavities

Give Kids a Smile

During the month of February, AltaMed participated in the Give Kids a Smile campaign because your child’s oral health is important to us. Our ultimate goal is provide a pleasurable experience at our dental offices and show children that going to the dentist can be fun.

Visit any of our dental offices and protect your child from cavities. Call to make a dental appointment for your child today at (888) 499-9309.

 

Brush Up on Your Family’s Oral Health!

February 01, 2017

A good smile can brighten anyone’s day, which is why it’s important to make sure your children feel good about flashing their toothy grins. The American Dental Association (ADA) sponsors February as National Children’s Dental Health Month to help raise awareness about the importance of oral health, and here at AltaMed, we couldn’t agree more with their mission. 

It’s key to help your child develop a positive attitude towards dental care so that they maintain good habits through adulthood. With this year’s theme of “Choose Tap Water for a Sparkling Smile,” the ADA is drawing attention to the fact that the water that comes out of your home’s faucet has fluoride that strengthens teeth and helps prevent cavities. Best of all, it’s free!

Beyond brushing with tap water, making sure you and your family drink plenty of water is also an important part of maintaining oral health. By avoiding sugary drinks like soda and sweetened juices, you can help prevent tooth decay, the most common chronic yet preventable disease in children. 

Also follow the 2x2 plan, which means brushing twice a day, after breakfast and before bed, for at least two minutes using toothpaste with fluoride. And don’t forget to floss! Flossing removes food from between the teeth that toothbrushes just can’t reach. 

To help celebrate National Children’s Dental Health Month and encourage our young patients to take care of their choppers, on February 10 our dental locations will be giving away fun goodie bags with treats like toothpaste, toothbrushes, finger toothbrushes, dental floss, toothbrush covers, stickers and educational materials. 

Throughout February you’ll also be able to find our Oral Health Unit at the following locations: 

  • February X: AltaMed General Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
  • February X: AltaMed Medical Group – Orange
  • February X: AltaMed Medical and Dental Group – Santa Ana, Main
  • February X: AltaMed Medical Group – Commerce
  • February X: AltaMed Medical Group – Pico Rivera, Slauson
  • February X: AltaMed Medical Group – Garden Grove
  • February X: AltaMed Medical Group – Westlake

Call 877-462-2582 today to make an appointment for your child—oral health affects our overall health, so it’s never too early to get started on proper dental care!