Each year seems worse with the ever-increasing boatloads of candy the kids are bringing home? Not only do parents find the effect of sugar on their children’s energy/noise levels an annoyance, but also the fact that candy is terribly bad for their growth, development, and long-term health. The idea that sugar rots your teeth has been around for a long time, and it is true to a certain point; but keep in mind that tooth degeneration begins from inside the body. That means the health of your teeth is very much related to your overall health and quality of your diet.

So watch what you eat, because it comes back at you! There’s a reason behind every negative symptom you experience, from headaches to fatigue to cravings for more sweets. Limit your kids’ candy eating by keeping it a special treat to be eaten only after a healthy meal. Monitor the youngsters’ brushing routine more carefully to make sure they are cleaning the remnants out. They will thank you for their pearly whites later on!

Dr. Sperbeck, West Los Angeles

www.dds4smiles.com

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