Chomp Chomp

Today we took R and J to the dentist. R has been before, and this was J’s first trip. Before I go any further, I should explain. My family has had a history of dental issues. My grandma had all of her teeth removed by the time she was 17. She said it was the hugest relief ever. My mom had dental issues, so many toothaches. I had to have all four of my front teeth removed when I was three. R had all his four front teeth removed when he was two. J has decay on her front teeth, too. It’s almost as if they grow in that way. So I am wary of dentists, having seen many over the years. The last office I took R to was horrible. The kids are all in the same room, and the dentists don’t seem to listen. It’s one of the low income offices, so they treat us all like we have no idea what we are talking about. We tried a different dentist today, one who has been in practice for probably 30 years. It was a breath of fresh air. We told him about the kids’ diet, and that we exclude sugar, soda, and junk food. We discussed what we do feed them and learned a lot. We are now going to omit coconut sugar, maple syrup, agave, and any dried fruit from their diet. That is tough. I am ready for this challenge, though. To me, it means we need to lean towards more raw foods, especially when it comes to goodies for the kids. Instead of crackers, I will give them homemade flax crackers. Instead of dehydrated mangoes, fresh mangoes. And so on. It will be a little bit more of a challenge when it comes to birthdays, but I have at least five different raw cookbooks that have cake and pie recipes. I have to research what to do instead of dates and agave nectar in those recipes, but I know we can do it. I am going to cut back on pasta, bread, and other starchy foods. I am determined to help our kids have the best health on all levels. Little R does need to have a couple teeth pulled, but his big person teeth with be coming in soon, anyway. It’s exciting and a little scary, but we can do it!