2017 Halloween is just around the corner and the dental professionals at Dentistry for Children send special anticipatory “Greetings!”

Dr. Troy King and all his happy helpers are sending spooky, fun 2017 Halloween Hellos to all the little ghosts and goblins, princesses and fairies out there!

2017 Halloween has family fun and brushing before bedtime.

2017 Halloween Family Fun begins with make-up, monitored snacks, and ends with brushing teeth together!

We hope you have gotten your Halloween costumes and decor figured out in anticipation of the arrival of the Great Pumpkin.  We are warning everyone that the mouth monsters, “Ginger Bite-Us, Tartar the Terrible and Tooth D.K.”  are out in force during the Halloween season.

These mouth monsters “love little teeth covered in candy.”  We remind parents that “Sweets can still be part of the fun on Halloween as long as parents and caregivers help their children practice moderation and proper oral hygiene to keep their mouths healthy.”

Find some fun reading and coloring activities about the mouth monsters at their online resource, friendly to kids and parents.  We’re making Halloween about more than sugar!

2017 Halloween’s Real Villains and their Brand Names

Just as we promised in our last blog, we now continue our exposé of evil facts on some of the spookiest and most violent candy of Halloween.

And we do not mean that in a good, scary-cute way.  We mean spooky in the way that extravagant dental problems can haunt your kids with bad oral health for a lifetime.

These sugar-soaked demons can even possess your wallet on behalf of your children’s dental bills.  So watch out for the goblins that encourage children to overindulge in these Halloween particular treats.

Scariest Treats of 2017 Halloween Already are Tricks:  Know before You Go

Before you go Trick or Treat with your child, the dental professionals at Dentistry for Children hope you will be aware of the most frightening villains of the candy world.  Choose other treats, even other candies, but beware of some of these standard cavity-causing treats.

2017 Halloween Candy Corn:  Our Top Scariest Super-Villain of the Week

You should avoid candy corn as carefully as you would avoid a hoard of real live zombie cockroaches.  Second, only to the haunting of Snicker bars of our previous blog, we warn you about a classic candy you should never give your kids—the old traditional favorite, candy corn.
Ramsey, chef and restaurateur recently expounded his wisdom on this particularly decay-inducing confection.

2017 Halloween pumkin carving does not cause tooth decay.

2017 Halloween Kids Carve pumpkins–a healthy treat that focuses on fun crafts instead of sugar. 

He said, “It’s not candy, it’s not corn, it’s earwax formed in the shape of a rotten tooth.”  And the hosts of Eater.com stated, “Well said, Gordon.”

Caution:  Halloween Mouth Monsters and Sugar Bugs Live in Candy Corn! Beware! 

Yes, that tricolor tradition, candy corn, is jammed full of sugar-bugs.  A small handful of candy corn equates to 32 grams of sugar.  Tests prove that handful is more sugar than half a pint of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.

As with many forbidden treats, candy corn is soft but sticky and slightly chewy.  So it just makes the perfect bedding and food for the sugar-bugs (bacteria.)

Go On Your 2017 Halloween Roll Without the Scariest Roller—the Tootsie Rolls:

Only a little less damaging than Snickers or Candy Corn is another traditional candy.  Tootsie Rolls are 120 years old now.  And they have been causing tooth decay in kids’ teeth for over a century.  If your child eats only 6 of the tiny snack size tootsies, they absorb 23 grams of sugar.

The evil that lurks within these little treats is that the sticky stuff can cling to teeth for hours after eating, which gives bacteria a longer time to settle in and gobble up all that sugar.

2017 Halloween Cranky, Crabby, Clingy  Caramel

Our third nominee for scariest Halloween candy is caramel.  Shaped like squares, drops or wax paper encrusted kisses, dentists consider caramel as the superglue of candy treats.  And it’s the kiss of death on tooth enamel.

2017 Holloween Dental disaster for teeth: Caramel of any kind sticks to the surface of enamel and allows bacteria time to feed.

Caramel sticks to teeth a long time, and it’s full of sugarbugs. A very bad choice of Holloween treat.                                                                                                                                                               

Do you know it is nearly impossible to remove the caramel goo from orthodonture?   On natural tooth surfaces, if your child eats just 6 small pieces, the sticky coating puts out a network of 16 grams of sugar.  That’s like 16 little bags of food for bacteria.

And when you think about what bacteria do to tiny teeth, well, to put it politely, not only does the sugar give them food, but they also use it like kitty litter—in your child’s mouth, right there in between those tiny white, straight teeth.

Caramel is essentially made completely of sugar-covered sugar.  The main ingredients are Glucose syrup, mixed with super-heated sugar and congealed directly into cane sugar syrup.  Ew!

2017 Halloween Superglue for Mouths:  Caramel, A Dental Catastrophe

Werther’s Original Chewy Caramels have 16 grams of sugar in just six small pieces.  This type of candy is so hated by dental professionals that Modern Dentistry Dental Report recommends, “Instead of letting the kids dig into all the caramel treats in their candy bags, maybe just offer to buy them a puppy or something instead.  In the long run, it might be much less of a headache.”

We’ll be bringing you the rest of our Halloween candy super-villains next week so you and your little super-heroes can fully prepare for battle before you go out Halloween candy-collecting.

2017 Halloween Traditions Gone Wild:  Blue Pumpkins are “the New Orange”

This will be the second time we have blogged about a wonderful new Halloween tradition.  The tradition, begun in 2014, comes with a clever color:  Teal Blue—on pumpkins!  If you see the teal blue pumpkins in your area, be proud.  Paint some pumpkins blue and learn why at this amazing resource.

2017 Halloween F.A.R.E. benefits children's food allergy research.

2017 Halloween Blue Pumpkin encourages non-food treats, benefits research for children’s food allergies.

We won’t make you wait.  We will tell you right now that if a home sports blue pumpkin decor, they are participating in a special awareness campaign by FARE.

The letters stand for Food… Allergy… Research… and …Education.  The teal blue stands for more than Halloween, of course.  It stands for children who have to cope with food allergies plus the advocation and research groups dedicated to making it easier for them to do so.

Lois A. Witkop, Chief Advancement Officer at FARE stated, “One in 13 children in the U.S. has at least one food allergy, and reports show that anaphylactic food reactions have climbed dramatically in recent years…”

Teal Blue Pumpkins to the Rescue

Witkop also stated, “It’s clear that food allergies are a serious public health issue that we all must take seriously.  The Teal Pumpkin Project provides an opportunity for all of us to show empathy for kids who often feel excluded.”  Dentistry for Children adds, “We think this program is very good for tiny teeth and especially perfect for children with a high risk of caries (tooth decay.)

“These pumpkins signify that a family is participating in The Teal Pumpkin Project, which launched an international campaign in 2014 by Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE).”

As you might guess, the program provides an alternative type of Trick or Treat activity for kids with food allergies.  Likewise, this movement includes other children who cannot have the traditional treats.

Making 2017 Halloween Fun for All and All for Fun– With or Without Candy

The Teal Pumpkin project promotes a positive and satisfying activity for families.

2017 Halloween Brings You Blue Pumpkins, symbol of non-food treats.

Teal Pumpkins mean tiny toy treats on Halloween, in place of all those sugarbugs!

Just because the treat is not sugar does not mean it’s not a treat.

The Blue pumpkin families provide fun kid stuff that is not food of any kind.  They present Trick or Treaters with non-food items, like glow sticks, stickers and tiny toys instead of treats.

You see, the blue pumpkin is a signal and a symbol.
If the pumpkin on the doorstep is teal blue, the home has this new style of treats–and no sugar.

Of course, we love the new tradition at Dentistry for Children, because it distracts kids from decay-causing sugar and candy.

FARE’s goal in 2017 is to have at least “one home on every block in the U.S. with a teal pumpkin.”

Here at Dentistry for Children, we enthusiastically approve the FARE  as a good cause.  And we love all the Halloween positivity behind it.  Happy Blue Halloween is coming to you soon, and it’s sugar-free.