Friday, January 29, 2016

Let’s Rethink Valentine’s Day Sweets!

Dental professionals have long been aware of the detrimental effects that consuming foods and beverages with added sugars have on our teeth. For the first time ever, the U.S. government is warning that Americans consume far too much sugar on a daily basis.

New guidelines recommend that men take in no more than 9 teaspoons of sugar a day and women should have no more than 6 teaspoons. There are 4 grams of sugar in a teaspoon and it is astounding how much added sugar is in the foods we consume.

We encourage you to begin reading the nutritional labels on everything from catsup to yogurt and see for your self. Educate you and your family even more by visiting this site which evolved after an Australian filmmaker closely examined sugar consumption worldwide.

You can watch the trailer for the film below.

As February 14th looms large, many have already begun shopping for the perfect Valentine’s Day cards and goodies. This year why not really show your love and affection by skipping the confections? Here are a few suggestions for the kids and your sweetie too:

  • Movie gift certificates
  • Mandala coloring book and set of colored pencils and sharpener
  • Heart notepads, stickers, pencils, and erasers
  • Soy candle
  • Essential oil and a diffuser
  • Special dinner
  • Fruity lip balm assortment
  • Bubble bath
  • Heart bracelets and necklaces
  • Stuffed animals
  • Red yo-yos
  • Heart photo frames
  • Silver heart-shaped lockets
  • Hair accessories
  • Favorite DVDs or music CDs
  • Special event-ice skating, concert tickets, visit to the climbing gym
  • Gift bag stuffed with a new toothbrush, floss, fluoride rinse, tongue scraper, and toothpaste

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