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We Can Do Better Than This

by bkhoury on March 08, 2012

My neighbor asked me the other day if I had seen the article in the New York Times about horrible tooth decay in toddlers.  Apparently, they are putting two and three year old kids under general anesthesia to fill all the cavities they have in their mouths.  We’re talking twelve at a time. The article goes on to “mention” snacking as a problem but seems to put more emphasis on parents not thoroughly brushing and not having fluoride in water (using bottled water).  Uhh, did my parent’s brush my teeth thoroughly when I was little??

If you turn on the television at just the right time, you might see commercials actually promoting chocolate milk as a perfectly reasonable alternative to white milk.  Or you will see commercials for high fructose corn syrup promoting its safety, but failing to mention that it is in practically every processed food in the grocery store (see previous blog: High Fructose Corn Syrup Everywhere). 

Now, before you send me hate mail, I’m not against chocolate milk. That is often my kid’s Sunday morning after-church “bribe” for sitting reasonably still for an hour and a half. And a treat here and there with corn syrup is part of childhood in America.  But, do we need commercials telling us to feed our kids chocolate milk from an official sounding American such and such council? Or explaining the safety of sugar of any kind?  Do we need a dentist telling us to brush our little child’s teeth more thoroughly when we know well that copious amounts of juice, faux fruit snacks and all the other “stuff” are the cusp of the problem? 

It might be too strong to say they think we are stupid or do they assume we are just extremely lazy?  I personally feel we have a symptom of wanting to please our children more than doing what is best for them.  Whatever the cause, I know that we smart mommies (and daddies) are better than this.

Here is the link to the New York Times article on cavities in preschoolers:  http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/06/health/rise-in-preschool-cavities-prompts-anesthesia-use.html?scp=2&sq=cavities&st=cse

  • I agree! I get so angry when I see an advertisement or press release encouraging parents to give their kids chocolate milk and then at the same time here what an epidemic childhood obesity is!

    By Susanne on March 10, 2012 at 05:50 PM
  • I saw this article and couldn’t believe it! If a child has that many cavities it has to be what they are eating!

    By Cami on March 10, 2012 at 05:54 PM
  • Obedient bye, sentimental alternative other smile

    By Greetsreila on April 26, 2012 at 02:51 PM
  • Obedient bye, sweet soul mate smile

    By Traurainsap on May 7, 2012 at 12:04 AM
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