Dear Families and Patients of VVM Kids,

Our office has always prided ourselves in providing the safest dental care for your children…

Effective immediately, Valleau, VanDeven, and Massie will be limiting the treatment we provide to our patients to emergency visits ONLY until April 3rd and possibly longer. Non-emergency dental care will be postponed in an effort to mitigate the risk of exposure and disease spread in our community.

We have made this decision in accordance with recommendations from the CDC, our public officials, and our professional societies.

This was an extremely difficult decision, and we appreciate your understanding and patience. It is our privilege to care for your children’s oral health and we look forward to continuing to do so. We are monitoring the situation closely as it changes and will post updates accordingly.

If your child does have a dental emergency, please call our office (Grand Rapids 455-1301 and Rockford 884-5812) to be directed to one of our on-call doctors.

Sincerely,
Drs. Aimee Valleau, Christopher VanDeven, and Jessica Massie
Valleau, VanDeven & Massie
A Great Dentist

Is fruit juice really harmful for my child's teeth?

The simple answer is yes (it can be). Fruit juices (orange, apple, grape, etc.) do contain vitamin C, calcium (added typically), and water, which do offer some health benefits. However, there is a lot of sugar in juice. Even juice that is considered “100% juice” or “not from concentrate” contain high levels of sugar (some of which is added…yes, that happens in 100% juice). Our recommendation would be to cut out juice all together or allow your child to have one glass of juice (8 oz.) per day, given at meal time.

Studies show that sugars ingested during the course of a meal are less harmful to our teeth due to the protective benefits offered by the mechanical forces from chewing and saliva stimulation.

Key Point 1: Whole fruit is better for your child than juice. Not only do most whole fruits offer fiber and other minerals that most juices do not contain, there are no added sugars. Fruit, itself, does contain fructose, a complex sugar composed of sucrose and glucose. However, fructose isn’t as easily utilized by MS (although it can be used nonetheless).

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