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Dental Hygienist Educates Children on the Effects of an Unhealthy Diet

Posted on Tuesday, November 22, 2022

They say you are what you eat. And as a dental hygienist, Travis D. Tramel knows why. Throughout his career, he has seen the ill effects of a poor diet on the condition of one’s teeth. And through his work as a Christian counselor, he has seen how physical health affects mental health. Seeking to raise awareness on the mind body connection, Tramel presents a new children’s book to illustrate the importance of a healthy diet. “I want to help children understand the benefits of a healthy diet, healthy teeth, and a clear mind,” he said. “They are all linked.”

In Sam Saves His Smile, Sam the dolphin has not been making good food choices, and his teeth and mood are suffering. After discovering the connection between physical health and mental health, Sam resolves to change his diet. “Sam’s food choices affected his attitude and how he treated others, which is highly relatable but not always obvious to children,” Tramel said. “Making children aware of how food affects our mood is essential.” Spotlighting nutrition habits, dental hygiene, and mental health, Tramel seeks to change how children view themselves and treat their bodies in the hopes of bolstering self-esteem and fostering a lifelong commitment to healthy living.

Sam Saves His Smile is available for purchase online at 

Sam Saves His Smile by Travis D. Tramel, Ph. D., MS. RDHAP

ISBN: 979-8-82290-607-5

Publication Date: Available now on Amazon


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