Survey finds big holes in little kids' dental care

Katelyn Patthana confidently slid into a chair to have her molars sealed, no big deal for a 7-year-old who had lived through a dental horror story. Read more
KPOM

United States

#1 Sep 25, 2007
Another reason not to drink bottled water and just stick with tap water.
Lisa - Northwest Suburbs

Warren, NJ

#2 Sep 25, 2007
Overall, I found the article very interesting and extremely well written. However, I found the reference to Katelyn's mother as a "working mother" somewhat offensive, and absolutely unnecessary as it relates to the context of the article. One might draw the conclusion that the fact that she works somehow compromises the care of her children. Coincidentally, I was referred to the same dentist referenced in the article by a stay-at-home mom who's daughter required extensive dental care after routinely sending her daughter to bed with a juice filled bottle. The working status of the mother is irrelevant.
blah

Joliet, IL

#3 Sep 25, 2007
This is a grose picture to have displayed on my homepage...
mke

Novato, CA

#4 Sep 25, 2007
Most parents I know feed little fruits and veggies, and all processed grains and meats as well as plenty of juices, and sweet candies which totally contributes to tooth decay.

I know all these parents claim they are not giving too much but the daily amount I see really pretty much amounts to what we were allowed to eat at Halloween.

I think parents need to understand that meat, juices, cookies, candy, and processed grains do not healthy children make.

Since: Sep 07

New York, NY

#5 Sep 25, 2007
Now I may just be one of those lucky people with really strong teeth, but I can proudly say I've never once had a cavity. When I was 3, all of my teeth were capped due to a disorder that prevented full solidification of my enamel, though no cavities had ever developed, and my permanent teeth have been problem-free aside from a bit of crowding on my bottoms.

I find it hard to believe that people are oblivious to the fact that giving your child a bottle of juice or milk prior to bed or to help them sleep is bad for their teeth. Orange juice = sweet, sugary goodness in addition to citric acid, all of which are known to damage the enamel of teeth if not brushed off or at least diluted.

My mother was born and raised in Cambodia, and it was just common sense to her not to marinate my teeth at night.

As for the "I think parents need to understand that meat, juices, cookies, candy, and processed grains do not healthy children make." comment, I must say that it's a bit ignorant to make that statement.

Meat may not be necessary (as in the case of vegans and vegetarians), however it is a major source of iron, and protein among other necessary vitamins and minerals. Fruit juices are an excellent source of a plethora of vitamins and minerals, and provide a healthful alternative to koolaid and soda. Sometimes a snack just isn't practical. An apple won't help or encourage your child re-hydrate, and forcing him or her to chug a glass of water as a toddler just isn't practical. Cookies and candy in moderation provide sugars and fats necessary to bodily function as well.

It's not avoidance that must be practiced, but MODERATION. And to be completely honest from a parent's perspective myself, giving your child a cookie once in awhile can be not only healthy for your child's, but your own MENTAL health as well.
ElKabong

Lombard, IL

#6 Sep 25, 2007
I grew up in Iowa, where flouride is added to the water. Flouride helps strengthen the enamel on teeth. Studies showed that it worked well, too. I'm in my 40s, and on a recent trip to a new dentist, I was told that my teeth, particularly the enamel, looked strong.
I do not believe that Illinois does this.
Now, I do have a handful of cavities from my early teen years. And I have never investigated to see if the flouride can have negative effects not related to teeth.
Lab Rat

Austin, TX

#7 Sep 25, 2007
Who are you kidding, the fat-assed suburban kids are stuffing thier mouths with candy, soda, and not following nationally prescribed dental care. I see it everyday. It is the fault of the overworked, debt up to the eye balls parents.

Nuff sed.

PS...Blah in Bollingbrook...get a life and act like a tree and go away.
Lab Rat

Austin, TX

#8 Sep 25, 2007
blah wrote:
This is a grose picture to have displayed on my homepage...
Boo Hooo, get lost you self rightious whimp.
blah

Joliet, IL

#9 Sep 25, 2007
Lab Rat wrote:
<quoted text>
Boo Hooo, get lost you self rightious whimp.
You have great spelling skills. Besides, being self righteous is my favorite thing to indulge in. Fat ass suburban kids? And what category would poking fun at overweight children and name calling fall under?
mjg

United States

#10 Sep 25, 2007
what they don't tell you is that the American Dental Assoc. doesn't recommend children to see a dentist until it is to late like 6 or 7 yrs. of age. Talk to any pediatric dentist and they will tell you children should see one as soon as teeth have been cut!!
Robin

Warren, NJ

#11 Sep 25, 2007
TO BLAH AND LAB RAT...How did an article regarding chilren's dental health bring about such ugly rhetoric? The two of you are acting more childish than the children about whom the article was written.
Jamahtrah

Girard, OH

#13 Feb 17, 2009
The the fault of the **** parents. They are so **** worried about themselves they take their kids to fast food joints and feed them the **** they have there. They more worriied about their **** SUV and **** cell phone while their kids **** teeth rot out

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