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To think the dentist is unreasonable about sugar?

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Yamyoid Sun 30-Sep-12 21:08:47

Ds had a check up at the dentist recently and she asked he often he has sweet things. I replied that he usually only has sweets once a week, thinking she meant really sugary stuff like that and she seemed pleased. I then said, off-hand, that he doesn't have anything sugary in the evening after tea during the week, but will have treats/puddings at the weekend, or biscuits as snacks etc. She said this is no good. He shouldn't have ANYTHING sugary apart from on one day. Then everything on that day. I argued that this isn't possible. For a start he has school dinners 3 times a week when they have puddings. Breakfast cereals, yogurts, cereal bars, all sugary. Am I not supposed to give him anything other than fruit in his packed lunch for pudding?

I think it's completely unrealistic to expect a young child to avoid all things sugary 6 days a week. Ds has a good diet and healthy teeth. Aibu or is the dentist?

Sirzy Sun 30-Sep-12 21:12:10

I have found dentists to be quite unrealistic in their preaching as to what children should eat. I am sure my dentist could would suggest a diet of just cheese if he could.

Even raisins aren't allowed apparently!

AnOldieButNotSoGoody Sun 30-Sep-12 21:13:11

I think the dentist is BU.

All mine have the sugary stuff you mention. Puddings, occasional treats, biscuits etc. Most days.

They eat healthily otherwise. They've never had a filling, their teeth are perfect. The elder ones are in their twenties.

WorraLiberty Sun 30-Sep-12 21:13:33

I learnt to practise the 'nod and smile' with my dentist years ago.

Everything damages teeth according to her...she expects me to run round scrubbing my kid's gnashers after they've eaten a bit of fruit.

Oh and tomato ketchup is also the spawn of the devil apparently.

Tee2072 Sun 30-Sep-12 21:14:13

It's the dentist's job to tell you to never eat sugar.

Everything in moderation.

McHappyPants2012 Sun 30-Sep-12 21:17:16

My sister once said to the dentist that perhaps she should never eat fruit as that has a lot if natural sugar, dentist didn't know what to say

Lonecatwithkitten Sun 30-Sep-12 21:17:48

My dentist gets much more upset about lots and lots of fruit on it's own.

wigglesrock Sun 30-Sep-12 21:18:08

Raisins are the devils handmaiden according to my dentist - they get stuck in the teeth, much better to stick with chocolate.

WorraLiberty I smile and nod too after a lecture conversation about the evils of baked beans. Although my dentist now despairs of me after I admitted eating popcorn at the age of 38, apparently I'm far too old and sensible for that sort of nonsense hmm

StuntGirl Sun 30-Sep-12 21:19:27

I can go over my daily sugar allowance just by eating fruit. I wouldn't worry about it.

Minshu Sun 30-Sep-12 21:19:33

Sugar and acids in most fruits are bad, too. My dentist was far more pragmatic - try to ensure the sugary stuff is confined to meal times and don't sit sucking sugaring lollipops all day (like mine has done today blush).

Milk has sugar in it ffs grin

Adversecamber Sun 30-Sep-12 21:20:32

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Yamyoid Sun 30-Sep-12 21:21:32

Ta, glad it's not just my dentist being potty then. Previous dentist must have been lax. I did give up arguing after my initial protest. Just being too honest. Will just nod and smile next time.

Sirzy Sun 30-Sep-12 21:22:38

It's the dentist's job to tell you to never eat sugar

Thats not being realistic though, if they want to actually help people they would be much better giving sensible advice to people rather than providing a list of foods that should never be eaten.

WorraLiberty Sun 30-Sep-12 21:24:03

wiggles we'd all die of starvation if my dentist had her way

But our bare skulls would have great teeth grin

kim147 Sun 30-Sep-12 21:24:59

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halloweeneyqueeney Sun 30-Sep-12 21:25:41

my dentist is great but his diet advise is REDICULOUS!

I give DS manuca honey for mild sore throats/coughs.. so, what? 4/5 times a year he has a few spoons a day. No dentist says this is really bad, should get him antibiotics (for MILD MILD infections hmm)

and he advised me to give him artificial sweetners instead of whole foods which happen to contain natural sugars from when he was about 18 months.

err no!

the teeth are actually attatched to the rest of the body, and the rest of the body is rather important! and I think my dentist forgets that!

WorraLiberty Sun 30-Sep-12 21:27:58

I'd like to see Harry Hill get a dentist and a doctor in the same room and then...


Yamyoid Sun 30-Sep-12 21:29:56

But yes! This was my point, baked beans, ketchup, dried fruit, juice, the sugary food list is endless.

I understand some people don't look after their kids' teeth and she was giving the spiel but it also seemed funny to say all on one day. I immediately had a mental picture of ds surrounded by a week's worth of sugary food grin.

Yamyoid Sun 30-Sep-12 21:32:30

worra grin

WorraLiberty Sun 30-Sep-12 21:34:19

That's what I mean.

The Doctor would have a shit fit if I told him I let my kids binge out and eat everything all in one day.

Not to mention the fact I'd be climbing the walls after the sugar rush hit them!

perfectstorm Sun 30-Sep-12 21:35:52

I love my old dentist. She firmly told me that good quality chocolate was fine, as the fat emulsifies the sugar and lifts it off your teeth, but boiled sweets were out and so was dried fruit unless eaten as part of a meal. "But chocolate, knock yourself out."

DS gets sweet stuff as treats too, but never with a packed lunch. I don't see the point tbh. They'll only eat that first if I'm not there to supervise (in fairness he is 4, and a bit small to rely on self discipline. Don't know how old yours is).

LaQueen Sun 30-Sep-12 21:39:56

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EmmaNemms Sun 30-Sep-12 21:41:49

My dentist and his wife (also a dentist) once told me they had a family lunch with their two boys consisting only of toffees. I loved them for that!

perfectstorm Sun 30-Sep-12 21:43:56

LaQueen, half the doctors I know smoke, or did when students, too! Always amusing when you think of how earnestly they'd dissuade patients.

Yamyoid Sun 30-Sep-12 21:46:38

perfectstorm I only put in a chocolate or ginger biscuit, or a flapjack, something along those lines. But he also has a little fromage frais, so that's 2 sugary things. But i think kids need a bit of sugar for energy. And ds is good about eating the sandwich first. He even sometimes leaves the biscuit.

halloween I can't believe they told you to use artificial sweetener and from 18 months. That's bs! Yes, good teeth but terrible gut. Ds has honey on his Weetabix and porridge. Good job I didn't tell the dentist that.

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