How’s this for a candy bar?
Of course we all know this is Mast General Store on Main Street in Greenville. You might be surprised to know that I happen to like the occasional candy bar. I really do. But I also don’t eat a candy bar every day. Because a candy bar is loaded with cheap, sugary calories and potential tooth decay. I know, you expect me to say that. It’s because I’m a Pediatric Dentist. But hear me out folks, it’s getting harder to say no.
Remember not that many years ago you would only see candy at the bank. Mom or Dad would pull up to the drive through of the bank and the teller would put a few suckers in for the kids. Or we would go out to dinner and get an Andes Chocolate mint. And that might have happened once a week. Candy was a treat that we didn’t indulge in that often.
But now…candy and sugar is everywhere. Sodas, processed foods, gum, mints, fancy coffees, sports beverages, etc. Everywhere we turn our kids (and us adults) are offered something sweet. Do I indulge? Yes, but only occasionally. But it’s hard to say no. If I’m close to home or work I’m more inclined to say yes because I know I can brush my teeth. Here’s the real problem with all that sugar; it’s bad for your teeth. Heard that one before? Well, it’s true. The longer the sugar sits on your teeth, the more likely it is to break down the natural defenses of your teeth. Same thing goes for sticky, starchy foods: potato chips, pasta, corn chips. Anything that gets stuck in between your teeth and just sits there. Don’t get me wrong, I eat all that stuff, just not every day and only when I’m close to a toothbrush.
If you choose, enjoy that Snickers bar or the chips and dip. Just please brush afterwards.
For more on what to avoid, take a peek at this great article from Web MD.
And if you’re looking for a great pediatric dentist, one that enjoys the occasional bag of chips, stop in for a free consultation. Our office is on the Parkway, just past the Michelin building. Click here for our location on Google Maps.