Fall holidays, with all the delicious candies and other treats, begin with the celebration of Halloween. Did you know the average plastic jack-o-lantern used to collect Halloween goodies can hold over 9,000 calories worth of candy? And that’s mostly sugar calories. Getting cavities from all that sugar isn’t the only candy-related worry we have for you or your kids and grandkids during this holiday. Read on to see ways to have a safer holiday season.
Protect Your Teeth
We do worry about the effects all the holiday candy has on your teeth but more importantly, we worry about the types of candy being consumed. If you are going to have a candy-filled Halloween instead of a candy-free alternative, there are some candies to be avoided in your household.
Hard candies top the list of definite no-nos for any age. Across the U.S. there is more than an 80% jump in emergency visits to the dentist on Halloween compared to the average October day. Chipped and cracked teeth from biting hard candy is the main culprit.
You should also avoid sticky or gooey candy like taffy, or caramels. This type of candy clings to your teeth and makes it difficult for saliva to wash it away. Besides increasing the risk of cavities, sticky candies can loosen teeth or cause fillings to be pulled out of the teeth, again necessitating an emergency visit to see us. Dark chocolates are a good alternative because they won’t stick to your teeth — and chocolate has surprising health benefits.
Talk to Us About Ways to Have a Safe Halloween
Ghosts and goblins may be scary on Halloween, but the treats don’t have to be. If you are worried about the effect Halloween has on oral health, hand out candy alternatives like stickers, pencils, or juice boxes. We are here to offer you guidance on how to make sure Halloween treats don’t affect you or your family’s teeth. We proudly serve the Chicago, Illinois area, so call us today for a consultation.