I had recently taken my children to Berkshire Pediatric Dentistry on Elm St. in Pittsfield. Liam who is 5, had never been. This was Olli's first time at 2.

Despite multiple suggestions that we take Liam around age 1, it never happened. My wife and I endured a long 4 years battling her health issues and it slipped through the cracks.

Although we, (Jorja and I), thought we had done a sufficient job brushing and flossing, I was in for a rude awakening when I received the news that he had 10 cavities.

Not only did he have ten cavities, but will need to go under general anesthesia for a couple of hours to repair the damage. The alternative? Five or six appointments to drill and fill on lidocaine. No thanks, right? Talk about learning to hate the dentist!

Even though it was embarrassing to be the parent on the other end on the line receving the news, Berkshire Pediatric Dentistry assured me that this "happens a lot" and "not to feel shame".

Olli, 2, on the other hand had no cavities. Phew!

Besides brushing and flossing on the regular the U.S. released in December guidance that no child under two should consume added sugars from foods such as cake and cookies.

 

This is the first time the government has released dietary guidelines for infants and toddlers, and on Tuesday (December 29th) they recommended feeding only breast milk for at least six months, and noted that children under age two should not consume added sugar. -Huffington Post

They also recommend supplemental vitamin D soon after birth.

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