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Bowl of Candy in the Dentist's Office

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Last week, I stopped into a nearby dentist's office. I'm looking for a new one and like to meet the folks and look around before deciding.

I joked to the receptionist about the big bowl of candy sitting on the counter. She explained that they ask the child's parent for permission and explain to the child that they can take candy provided they immediately go into the bathroom and brush their teeth. She laughed and said that you wouldn't believe how many kids turn down the candy at that point.

Okay, so it seemed like a good plan. But the more I thought about it, I realized that even though they were trying to foster good dental care, no one was paying attention to sugar and health for the kids. It's so much a part of our diets that we don't think twice about it.

Wishing all a happy, healthy day.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SWEETNEEY 11/22/2013 8:16AM

    At least that dentist had a plan. I have a friend who is a dentist and I went to her office and the candy dish was there. She said, well if they want to eat the candy and rotten their teeth, better for her. So she sees it as a recurring revenue/repeat business.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 11/22/2013 8:10AM

    That's one way to drum up more business, even with the explanation.

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JLITT62 11/22/2013 7:52AM

    Mixed messages, indeed.

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NANCY- 11/22/2013 5:47AM

    Just went to my dentist... they had sugar free candy. Yuck!!!
I think the treasure box is better for kids too. At least they office had a good teaching plan to go with the candy, Most candy tastes terrible anyway,

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2WHEELEDSHARON 11/21/2013 10:35PM

    Hopefully as the kids grow up, they'll have more practice thinking twice about candy than I did as a kid.

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LIVINGFREE19 11/21/2013 9:53PM

    emoticon emoticon

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MEADSBAY 11/21/2013 8:29PM

    That is just sad!

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    So true and so sad. All fields of the medical profession should instill healthy treat practices, such as raisins.

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SERENE-BEAN 11/21/2013 7:22PM

    One piece of candy isn't going to hurt anyone.

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WALLAHALLA 11/21/2013 3:29PM

    it is no wonder so many children are obese when people give them candy everywhere they go

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LAINYC 11/21/2013 2:54PM


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FEMISLIM 11/21/2013 2:49PM

    Treasure box is more reasonable .

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/21/2013 2:33PM

    So not a good idea, like you said. I'm 61 and when I was a child my dentist had a treasure chest full of cheap toys to chose from. I actually preferred it over candy.

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ALIHIKES 11/21/2013 12:14PM

    My dentist has sugar free gum and sugar free mints. A bowl of sugary treats? Not cool

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SEAJESS 11/21/2013 12:03PM

    emoticon We need rewards for children other than refined sugar. What's wrong with a bowl of clementine oranges? (Expense!)

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NATPLUMMER 11/21/2013 11:25AM


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LIKINMENOW 11/21/2013 10:17AM

    emoticon emoticon Sometimes people do not consider that whole picture. What happen to stickers or a free toothbrush?

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WATERONE 11/21/2013 9:51AM

    emoticon I don't think they should give out candy in dentist or doctor's offices. We need to get away from rewarding our kids with food. My dentist had a treasure chest of little inexpensive toys that the kids chose from after each visit. They loved that.

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