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The Season of Sugar, Part Two

“There he goes again, ruining our holiday.”

I promise. I’m not trying to ruin anything. And if anyone loves Christmas, it’s me. I love the colors, the music, the sights and sounds and the food. I love the smell of a fresh tree in  the house and the sounds of Bing Crosby or Mariah Carey singing Christmas hymns. I love watching all those familiar Christmas movies with Snoopy and Charlie Brown, Tim Allen, Bill Murray, and Will Ferrell.

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I mean seriously. Don’t y’all watch Elf every year?  Yeah we know all the lines but we still laugh at them. Christmas is special, even if every year we climb into the attic and pull down the same decorations, watch the same movies, and cook the same wonderful recipes.

Aah. But the marketers, candy makers, and stores don’t believe this because every year we’re treated to something new and sticky and sugary. Which brings me to this little gem.

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Yikes! I saw this at a local grocery store. Notice it’s placed at the same height that as a toddler would be if in her Mother’s arms? And I couldn’t help myself so I picked it up and read the ingredients. Sugar, Corn Syrup, artificial colors, gelatin, artificial flavors, and more sugar. So it’s sugar folded into gelatin and colors, and it’s on a stick. Because nothing says Merry Christmas like tooth decay on a stick.

As a parent, I know it’s tough just to go through a day without your kids being assaulted by the sugar industry. It’s not like they (the sugar industry) need an excuse such as a significant holiday such as Christmas, it just makes that much more prevalent. As a Pediatric Dentist, I notice an uptick in cavities at certain times of the year that are probably (maybe, it’s just a guess) tied to various holidays. I know, I sound like Scrooge.

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I promise I love Christmas.

But I love it not because of all the sweets but because of the magic of the season.

Christmas is a yearly reminder that thousands of years ago, our creator sent his son to live amongst us, to live as a man, and to die as a criminal, on a cross made of wood. So even though Christmas season is often incredibly hectic, I’m trying to slow down and savor the season, while still fussing about the prevalence of so much sticky sugar.

And if your little ones do end up with a cavity, remember I’m just a short drive away from most of Greenville and we won’t judge, but we will offer up some friendly advice for taking care of your teeth. Hey, it’s just what we do. Remember, you only need to take care of the ones you want to keep.

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Ever notice these kids didn’t celebrate Christmas with Marshmallow pops?

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from our office and try not to get too carried away with the treats.


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