Do you ever get cavities?
Do you know what makes cavities?
It’s from the food we eat.
We have bacteria in our mouths, the acid from the bacteria creates holes in our teeth, or what we call cavities.
Bacteria like some foods better than others.
Bacteria LOVES sugar and when we eat candy, drink soda or eat sweets, we are giving the bacteria a party. They LOVE IT.
Grammy has been doing a little research.
She gets cavities and they hurt her terribly.
Grammy knows that white sugar causes cavities and so does syrup. Her research has been finding out what does NOT cause cavities.
Here is a list of food that strengthens your teeth so you won’t have cavities:
Leafy green vegetables, like cabbage, chard, collard greens and spinach.
Carrots, celery, cauliflower, peppers, cucumbers, and broccoli. Raw vegetables are always a good choice for avoiding cavities.
Crunchy fruit like apples and pears help strengthen your teeth.
Grammy had a little problem. She liked to eat sweets. But after she realized how hurtful sweets are and how sugar or syrup makes holes in her teeth she was sad. How was she going to get to have anything sweet ever again?
Grammy usually goes to the Bible to learn what is right and wrong. God tells us His Word is sufficient, that means the Bible can help us make good choices.
The Bible tells us how to have sweets. God’s Word explains that a little honey is OK but to much will make you sick. Grammy can have sweets using honey, but not just any honey. It’s honey that is made by the bees and hasn’t been cooked or changed by people.
So Grammy did an experiment with her helpful friends Emilee and Moses.
They were going to test God’s Word. Would God tell us to eat food that would hurt us, would eating honey hurt us by giving us cavities.
Previous to the test, we all drank some soda, ate some candy and some Cheez It crackers. We sat for 1 hour watching the Leave it to Beaver TV show letting the bacteria grow in our mouths.
Here they are, Moses and Emilee. They are helping to get all the equipment we needed together.
Do you see 4 red circles? Those are called petri dishes. They have a red rubbery gel in them. Do you see the really long Q tips? Those are called swabs.
Moses, Emilee and Grammy made a hypothesis.
The question was, what will happen to mouth bacteria if it is smeared with one of the following:
A. Corn Syrup
B. honey (has been heated and changed from it’s natural condition)
C. raw honey
D. nothing on it at all
They all agreed that the mouth bacteria would grow in all the petri dishes except for the raw honey. The reason being, that God told us we could eat it and as a result, it should be safe for us.