Halloween Candy Chaos

Halloween is only a couple of weeks away and as parents we can already envision the scene unfolding:

Little Johnny and Little Susie getting all revved up to go out trick or treating, not eating much dinner because they are excited and ready to go door to door on their candy accumulation quest. Getting dressed up and waiting for the first hint of twilight and then off they go hurtling towards each neighbor’s door with reckless abandon. It’s a feast or famine, take no prisoners, a fierce competition and battle of the strongest warrior (or princess) to see just how much candy one bag can hold without ripping. Finally, as the bags and buckets brim over with candy, or the parents raise the white flag, its time to return home to a barbaric feasting of all things sugary, sticky, and tacky. Finally, after a night of candy revelry, and a sugar crash, the kids are put to bed. Then the parents dive in to the leftovers, helping themselves to the best of what’s left over, even perhaps stashing some in a secret hiding places. That’s when the true frightening acts begin. Dark slobbering creatures come out from the shadows, invading the crevices and nooks and crannies of Johnny and Susie’s mouths, feasting off the residual sugar bath of candies they just ate. They also begin to make themselves at home in the parents’ mouths and they start to excrete acids that will slowly start to erode and destroy tooth enamel. Oh, the horror!

 


Halloween Cake Pops

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that overindulging or overloading on candy is a celebration for oral bacteria. The bacteria in our mouths live for dining on the sugary sweets that we engorge, producing scaffolding to live on, and producing acids that erode and weaken our enamel, causing cavities. Thus, the less exposure to refined sugars and carbohydrates, the better the health and beauty of our pearly whites. There are several ways to help enjoy the festivities of Halloween while reducing these ill effects on our smile. Here are a couple of hints:

  • Send the kids out to trick or treat after eating a balanced dinner so that their full stomachs will help reduce overindulging on their candy stash.
  • Drink lots of water (fluoridated) to help stay hydrated in addition to helping rinse the teeth of excess debris and fortifying them with fluoride.
  • Chewing xylitol gum after eating candy will help remove some of the sweet sticky substances left behind, in addition to neutralizing acids produced by cavity-causing plaque.
  • Brushing and flossing after partaking in chocolates, gummies, and other sweets is an absolute necessity to clean the teeth from sticky leftovers.
  • Consider donating three fourths of the candy to soldiers overseas and keeping one fourth of the candy for special treats and rewards.
  • When having a sugary treat, consumption should be after a main meal as saliva production will be at its peak and will assist in breaking down food particles and bacteria.

 

Remember, moderation is key, and yes, this includes you too, parents!

Please remember that good and sensible daily oral care habits lead to happier ghosts and goblins and many great Halloweens to come. It’s never too late to start on a healthy oral regiment for you and your family – don’t wait until Halloween to crack the broomstick!

We wish you and your family a happy and safe Halloween!