Got Halloween Candy? Bring it to Dentistry for Children. We know you have extra candy. And now Halloween is over, but don’t be sad.
At Dentistry for Children, the fun has just begun! Our Candy Buy Back Party is on November 5th from 4:00 to 7:00 pm.
Let’s Avoid the Most Horrifying Halloween Story: Cavities Attack!
Certainly, we know you saved some of your Halloween candy and that’s okay. However, remember, as we told you last week, we will buy back your left-over candy.
And there will be fun, food and games. Then we’ll send the candy you sell us to the US Troops and to our first responders, the police, and firemen who keep us safe.
A Mouth Healthy Tip 1: from Dentistry for Children
For the candy you save, we advise you to eat it shortly after your mealtime—like a mini dessert.
That way the meal-time saliva production in your mouth helps cancel out the acids and bacteria. Wow, that’s having a treat and eating it too!
“It’s OK to eat that candy from your Halloween Treasure bag, but it’s important to have a plan.” This is the advice from ADA dentist Dr. Ana Paula Ferraz-Dougherty.
Read on to see some more special tips for your candy-eating plan. Note that it involves a party at Dentistry for Children!
Tip Number 2: Got Halloween Candy in a Bowl? Destroy it… Before It Destroys Your Teeth!
A Special Request: Got Halloween Candy? Then, Destroy that Halloween Candy Bowl– Just the bowl, not the candy. That’s Number 2 in Our List of Mouth Healthy Post-Halloween Advice.
Grabbing candy from a big bowl is not very good for your teeth or your general health. According to Dr. Ferraz-Dougherty, the open bowl of family candy is an out-of-date tradition that should be abolished. It is a temptation that you shouldn’t have to endure.
Tip Number 3: Keep Your Best and Bring Your Worst (Candy, That Is.)
Obviously, sweets are not all evil. And some sweets are worse than others.
Therefore, you should carefully choose the candy you want to keep. Then, bring us the candy that is truly terrible for kids’ teeth.
So, stay away from hard candy and sticky sweets that stay in your mouth for a long time. That’s why dentists like Dr. King have nightmares about gummy bears, caramel, taffy, and sticky candies.
Just say “No” to the Sticky Stuff. Focus, for example, on the chocolate.
“Aside from how often you snack, the length of time sugary food is in your mouth plays a role in tooth decay.”
Thus, we want all our patients to know that the “candies that stay in the mouth for a long period of time subject teeth to an increased risk for tooth decay. “—Unless they are sugar-free, of course!
Got Halloween Candy? There’s Money in it!
So, come to Dr. Kings Party… It’s going to be a fun one… And you can sell the loot you collected on Halloween Night.
Remember, we will pay 1.00 per pound and up to 5 pounds of your Halloween treats—even the worst ones!
However, when the clock strikes 7:00 pm, the party is over, and we stop buying until next year.
And Here is an Extra Tip: Mouth Healthy Tip Number 4
Dr. Ferraz-Dougherty also says. “Look for organizations that help you donate candy to troops overseas, like Operation Gratitude.”
Or see if your dentist has a candy take-back program. And you already know Dr. King does. So, you don’t have to look far because we are right here in Oviedo.
To be clear, just drop off your pounds of extra Halloween Candy and use our money to buy something special that won’t rot your teeth!
Mouth-Healthy Tip 5 if You Got Halloween Candy
We now advise you to drink more water. Did you know that drinking fluoridated water can help prevent tooth decay? Special Hint: If you choose bottled water, look for kinds that are fluoridated.
Terrific Take-Aways if You Got Halloween Candy
By the time you read this blog, Halloween candy could have just begun to attack your children’s teeth with the mouth monsters. Dr. Troy King and the staff at “Dentistry for Children” in Orlando, have joined the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry in a special combat mission.
With the tips listed above, and our Candy Buy Back, we are trying to prevent the 9 billion dollars worth of candy from assaulting the teeth of 41 million American children, ages 5-16.
Halloween: Do You Know the Origins of This Spooky Day?
Thank You for reading our blog. In closing, we offer a few fun facts concerning the origins of Halloween and some of its early customs.
- Halloween’s origins date back to ancient Celtic festivals. The Celts lived 2,000 years ago. Most lived in Ireland, the United Kingdom, and northern France.
- “The Celts believed that the dead could walk among the living” at this time of year.
- Some costumed themselves as ghosts, goblins, or beggars, etc. Clearly, some believed that the disguise would protect them from evil.
- Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. Additionally, it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth.
- Medieval All Saints’ and All Souls’ festivals included decorations with skeletons and candles, bonfires to ward off evil spirits, community feasts, and carnival practices.
The stories, cultural beliefs, and traditions concerning Halloween are fascinating. For example, check out some of the referenced practices in the above links.