Journal of Indian Society of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry
Journal of Indian Society of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry
                                                   Official journal of the Indian Society of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry                           
Year : 2008  |  Volume : 26  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 96-

Sweet can be bitter too

SG Damle 
 Editor in Chief, JISPPD, Maharishi Markandeshwar University, Mullana (Ambala) 133203 Haryana, India

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Editor in Chief, JISPPD, Maharishi Markandeshwar University, Mullana (Ambala) 133203 Haryana

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Damle S G. Sweet can be bitter too.J Indian Soc Pedod Prev Dent 2008;26:96-96

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According to a German proverb "one who has never tasted what is bitter, does not know what is sweet". It is believed pain has this most excellent quality; if prolonged it can not be severe, and if severe it can not be prolonged. "Suffering and adversity are a part of human existence". They make man aware of his innate virtues and help him fight through the adverse times. In the days of prosperity we care little about life's difficulties and obstacles. We live in a world of illusion, where we have the best of things and the best of friends. We feel that the life is a bed of roses and that every day would bring with it bountiful gifts. Adversity gives us a chance to know the nature and intentions of our friends and foes. Human life is a mixture of joy and sorrows. Suffering tests the patience and fortitude of a person. It makes him realize his real strength. But too much of any good thing can lead to trouble and sugar is no exception. Sugar is the quintessential source of energy and most foods when digested are metabolized by the body as basic sugar. Recognizing the importance of this nutritious commodity, the body will save the energy in sugar not needed at any given time for a rainy day - As fat. While some stored fat is necessary, too much is not desirable. Who doesn't like sweet? Everyone has a sweet tooth, but sweet tooth can make a bitter truth. Sugar supports the growth of bacteria that causes tooth decay. It also causes atherosclerosis, diabetes and increased level of triglycerides in the body. Children are more inclined towards sweets. This affects their dentition. Intake of milk with sugar at night, through feeding bottle, leads to Early Childhood Caries. Sugared soft drinks, ice creams and pastries, a high consumption among the young and teenagers are another culprit in affecting their dental and general health.

Though sugar is a delight, but let's not make it a source of our body's plight. It is a double-axe sword, though sweet foods taste good, but their consumption cuts the body inside. In the never ending battle that is waged to balance a person's intake of energy and the body's needs, sugar may pose other health concerns. Hence, it is rightly said, one who has not tasted bitter, does not know taste of sweet.[Figure 1]