Brooklyn Pediatrician Warns About the Dangers of High Sugar Diets and Their Effect on Teeth

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In response to an article published by, Dr. Michael Gabriel of Gabriel Pediatrics, a Brooklyn pediatric care center, says sugary snacks and drinks pose as great risks to oral health.

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Dr. Michael Gabriel of Gabriel Pediatrics, a Brooklyn pediatric care center, responds to an article published on February 13 by, which talks about the dangers of sugary diets and their effects on oral health.

In honor of dental health month, a February 13th article published by the Warren Sentinel titled “Snack and sip all day? Risk tooth decay: Children’s Dental Health Month tips,” discusses the correlation between frequently snacking on sugary foods and drinks and a tooth bacteria reaction known as the “acid challenge.”

US Staff Sgt. Sharon Palmer described the acid challenge as being the byproduct of consuming sugary foods and drinks. Essentially, existing bacteria in the mouth uses the sugar as food and releases their acid waste which dissolves tooth enamel.

The article encourages parents to be actively involved in maintaining their children’s oral health by enforcing preventive measures like good oral hygiene and advocating the ingestion of nutritious foods. It was also recommended that parents should brush their kids’ teeth into the toddler years and then continue to supervise until oral hygiene becomes a habit.

Dr. Michael Gabriel of Gabriel Pediatrics, a Brooklyn pediatric care center, says that good oral hygiene is important in the fight against tooth decay. “Kids love to eat sweets so it’s difficult to take them away from them at times,” he explains. “However given the negative side effects of frequently eating sugary foods, it’s best to take precautions and implement preventive measures. Parents should enforce brushing and flossing on a daily basis and replace sugary drinks with water and low-fat milk.”

Gabriel Pediatrics provides comprehensive pediatric care to children throughout the New York area with practices both in Brooklyn and Staten Island. Our board certified pediatricians and experienced staff help provide a very warm and nurturing environment for both you and your children. Our approach combines the latest treatment methods with the personal attention you should expect from your doctor. Simply put, we understand the importance of communication and trust and we are earning that trust one family at a time.


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