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The Season of Sugar

There he goes again.

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I know, I  know. I just can’t help it though. Remember me? I’m your kid’s dentist and I’m supposed to remind you and them every time I see y’all about the importance of good dental hygiene.

I’ve been around for a while and when I was a kid, we lived for Halloween because we just didn’t eat that much candy. It was more of a treat, something you saved your pennies for and once in awhile you’d save enough to grab a candy bar. So when Halloween rolled around, we were willing participants in a virtual safari of candy. Seriously, it all felt so exotic. We came home with an entire bag of candy. A entire bag of candy.

Halloween candy

But that was then, back in the crustaceous period, when the earth’s molten lava was cooling, dinosaur footprints were still rather fresh, and life was just forming. Alright so that’s a bit of an exaggeration. Let’s get back to the story.

And when I can remember going to the dentist’s house on Halloween and he was always giving out slices of fresh apples.

“Thanks Doctor Bob”

Hey but listen up for a minute. Now that I’m that guy handing out apple slices, and I see decayed teeth on kids as young as two or three years old (I know, scary, right?) I understand why Dr. Bob did it. It was because he saw what I saw. Only I see it on a larger scale because I see more kids than he did. And now more than ever, our kids are inundated with sugar. It’s in our food, our juices, our milk. Ever read the ingredient list on your favorite kid’s juice?

Sugar, sugar, and more sugar.

So from your favorite Pediatric Dentist, I would just ask that you try to limit your little one’s sugar intake for a variety of reasons.

  • Too much sugar is bad for anyone
  • Sugar left on one’s teeth create bacteria
  • food particles left in  the mouth create plaque
  • A build-up of plaque, left untreated, can quickly lead to cavities and diseases of the mouth
  • those diseases can quickly lead to more destructive health conditions

But don’t worry because there’s a remedy at hand. A simple toothbrush and a dab of toothpaste can work wonders. Just make sure they use them.

Happy Halloween.

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