“There’s been so much news coverage about the fact that sugar is so bad for kids,” Audra said. “So Don and I made the decision to make our home a soda-free zone. The kids were surprisingly fine with it, especially since we got the juicer.”
After three months of using the juicer, it was time for Audra and Don’s kids to go to their Quincy dentist for their annual checkup and cleaning. “Inside I was kind of jazzed up,” Audra confessed. “We made this healthy lifestyle choice; obviously the kids were going to do great during their children’s dental checkup.”
She didn’t get the results she was expecting. While there were no major problems, Audra’s Quincy children’s dentist had to let her know that she really needed to ramp back on the sugar and her kids boost their brushing habits.
“I told him I was so frustrated, because we’d given up soda and still we have this result,” Audra said. “That’s when he told me that many juices have just as much sugar – and sometimes even more! – than soda.” Her dentist explained that not all juices are created equal, and that there are some choices that could help her kids’ teeth stay healthier. “Blending is apparently a better option because you have the fruit’s fiber and pulp in there,” she said. “We tried it, and it turns out the kids like the blended drinks even better.”
“What I really appreciated was the fact my dentist is willing to take the time to talk to me on that real-world level,” Audra said. “What really makes a meaningful difference in my kid’s health, how I can help them as a Mother – in a supportive way. I didn’t feel like I was being yelled at or lectured. That made all the difference.” She recommends other parents who are striving to keep their kids healthy pay special attention to the relationship they have with their dentist. “Someone who is willing to talk to you makes all the difference.”