Thursday, April 14, 2011

Say, "Ahhh!"

photo by Peter Skadberg
A newsletter from my health insurance reported that "tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease. More than 51 million school hours are lost each year to dental-related illness, reports the Office of the Surgeon General." No surprise when you think about how much sugar we let our children consume. I think changing their diet is the number one prevention because most of us already take good direct care of their teeth by brushing, rinsing, and flossing. Obviously that is not enough! Review what your children eat and make healthier choices. What we eat affects all our body parts, not just our waistline.


Rachel said...

And a nice reminder for the grown-ups too! Plaque, tartar, and the inflammations they cause can lead to degradation of tissue and bone in the mouth, and there have even been some studies that link that nasty mouth bacteria to heart disease. Take care of your teeth and the rest of your body will thank you!

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