By the time you read this blog, Trick or Treat visits and parties will be finished. Halloween sweets will have just begun to attack your children’s teeth with the mouth monsters of tooth decay. Dr. Troy King and the staff at “Dentistry for Children” in Orlando, join the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry in special combat mission.
Halloween vs. Dentists
We are making an effort to prevent the 9 billion dollars’ worth of candy from assaulting the teeth of 41 million American children, ages 5-16.
In the next two weeks, as the supply of gathered candy becomes depleted, we urge parents to choose carefully the types of treats children eat from this Halloween’s bounty.
Do Not Allow Halloween to Win
Remember that not all sweets are equal in their propensity to allow decay. Sticky candies like caramel cling to the teeth long after having been eaten. The Mouth Monsters, “Ginger Bite us, Tartar the Terrible and Tooth D.K.” love sugar to cling on teeth for hours so bacteria can set up housekeeping and decay, wounding the tooth and causing pain. Safer treats are dark chocolate and sugar-free gum.
Some parents are just resigned to a certain amount of decay this time of year, but we say, “Don’t Give Up!” Cavities do not have to be a way of life!