Halloween is almost here! There are plenty of fun times to
be had in the future – dressing up, consuming candies and chocolates, laughing
with friends, and trick-or-treating. Children love it… and parents do too!
A simple question for you: What do consumers spend the most
on during Halloween?
|Everything in Moderation!|
Believe it or not, costumes
are what consumers spend the most on during Halloween (and it’s probably because they cost more than candy does)
be mistaken, however, because candy is a close second. Analysts have predicted
that $2.8 billion dollars will be spent on costumes this year, and $2.2 billion
dollars will be spent on candy.*
I’m not sure what you’re thinking but $2.2 billion dollars worth
of candy is A LOT of candy. There’s really only one thing to do with candy and
that’s consume it. As a holistic dentist
it is my personal duty to remind you
of the dental dangers of candy consumption this Halloween.
Sugar is the Scariest
It comes dressed in a shiny, white costume – you can’t miss
it. As tempting as candy is, we often fall into the sugar trap during Halloween
in which our consumption of sugary foods begins to spike. Can you relate? Sugar
can cause damage on our teeth if it's not properly addressed.
When we consume sugar, our body is responsible for breaking
it down, which it does at a slow pace, but results in a byproduct that is
basically acid. This acid sits in our teeth, slowly damaging our enamel – which
is what protects our teeth. It also works with the bacteria in our mouth to
slowly rot our teeth, responsible for many cavities and tooth decay.
Addressing the Sticky
better. It’s hard to tell children to put their candy down, especially if
they worked hard in earning it walking up and down many streets. If you’re
going to allow your child to eat any sweets then we prefer chocolates because
they are not as damaging as other candies. Remember: in Moderation!
Giving is better than
receiving. Children are too excited about receiving candy and hardly ever want
to give it up. However, there are great lessons to be learned here. Use an
incentive to have your child give their candy away (to a friend, family member, or through a buy-back program, etc.).
It will teach them what it’s all about to give, rather than receive – a feeling
they might actually enjoy! We know we do.
Visit your dentist.
Sugar is sticky and has a tendency to linger around in your mouth until action
is taken – action being daily brushing, daily flossing, and visiting your
dentist for a natural dental cleaning
. Anything that you miss at home can be
taken care of and cleaned up by your dentist for a new, fresh cavity-free mouth.
Be sure to have a great Halloween this year – stay safe,
have fun, and try not to overdo it on the candy!
Happy Halloween from the team at Centers for Healing!