5 Halloween Treats To Trick the Cavity Creeps
Halloween is a few short days away, kids all over Franklin Township NJ & Somerset County are scrambling to decide what costume they’re going with while parents are busy perfecting their decorations & arranging their best of the block candy selection.
Although this is usually a day of sugary sweet candy overload, there are some ways parents & kids can help stop the cavity creeps in their tracks while still enjoying the occasion.
Deliciously decadent chocolate and candy treats dominate the day, but we don’t necessarily need to do permanent damage our teeth.
Halloween is also a good opportunity to tell (or remind) our kids that candy and other sweets can cause cavities…and what kid wants to go to the dentist?
Dental fear factor negative reinforcement tactics aside, let’s look at how we can all treat our teeth better this Halloween.
Somerset NJ Dentist Shares How Sugar Contributes to Cavities
When we eat those sweet sugary treats, some of that sticky sugar stays in our mouths.
The bacteria present in our mouths actually consume this sugar which then produces an acid byproduct. It’s this acidic by-product that erodes our tooth enamel and contributes to tooth decay – and eventually cavities.
If we (kids or parents) continually snack on those super sugary treats, our teeth are constantly under siege from these cavity causing acids.
That’s why it’s best to have at the candy – and let our kids stuff their faces on Halloween – rather than devoting the following week to gorging on all the leftovers.
It’s not Thanksgiving yet!
So to help our teeth survive this candy acidic onslaught Halloween brings, nosh for a day or the weekend, then on Monday Nov. 6th & Tuesday Nov. 7th, donate your leftover Halloween candy for a good cause!
5 Halloween Teeth Tips to Trick the Cavity Creeps
Follow these five tips – courtesy of Walgreens – to help maintain healthy teeth and gums while still enjoying the delicious treats of Halloween.
1. Rinse your mouth after eating candy.
Rinsing your mouth with water can remove sugar residue. Brushing your teeth after eating candy is also a good idea.
2. Eat your candy with meals.
Saliva is produced during mealtime, thereby reducing the amount of sugar that remains on your teeth.
3. Some candy is believed to be worse than others.
Some candies are more harmful than others. The worst Halloween candies for your teeth are sour ones, which contain acids; chewy ones that stick on your teeth for a long time; and hard candies, which stay in contact with your teeth for a long periods of time and might even chip or break a tooth.
4. Eat a balanced, nutritious diet.
Binging on candy might disrupt normal, healthy eating habits. It’s important especially for children to eat balanced meals.
5. Schedule a checkup with your dentist.
This is a good time of year to schedule a dental checkup and cleaning. Especially since dental insurance benefits EXPIRE at the end of every year!
Somerset NJ Dentist Pays for Halloween Candy & Donates the Sweets to Troops Overseas
Dr. Joseph Haddad & the staff of Advanced Dental Arts are doing something special this Halloween!
They’ll be hosting a candy buyback program & charity event to support our troops overseas.
It’s a well-known fact that too much candy can lead to uncomfortable dental problems & this year, Advanced Dental Arts is doing something about it.
On November 6th & 7th 2017 from 3pm–6pm, Advanced Dental Arts will be hosting the event in their office.
During that time, children will receive $2 per pound of excess Halloween candy that they bring in.
All candy will be donated to troops serving overseas. It’s a great way to reduce the amount of candy your kids consume while supporting a good cause.
No appointment is necessary to participate in this event. Parents & children are encouraged to walk in & drop off our candy between the hours listed.
If you have any questions about our annual Halloween Candy Buy Back Event, or any other happenings at our Franklin Township dentist office just give us a call today at (732) 545-8111.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on Dental Patient News and has been republished here with permission. It has since been updated for accuracy & comprehensiveness.
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