A Tooth-Healthy Halloween might sound like an impossibility. After all, we all know, this is the tooth monster’s favorite time to attack.
For example, do you remember Sugar Bugs? They are those horrible little creatures that love to make holes in your teeth. They know you will collect bags and bags of hard, sweet, sticky candy.
To begin, candy is part of their tool kit. They use it to cause soft spots and decay in your teeth. Certainly, Sugar Bugs are evil. There’s no limit to their destructive dreams. And above all, they want to utterly destroy your teeth.
We can’t let them succeed. Somehow, we have to stop them. But How?
Dreams of a Tooth-Healthy Halloween
Dr. King and the staff at Dentistry for Children also have a dream. Above all, that dream is to keep the Sugar Bugs and other tooth monsters at bay.
Most importantly, Dr. King’s dream is to keep your teeth safe and healthy. How, you ask? It sounds impossible.
However, Dr. King, Our “Super Hero” has found a way to make this dental dream come true. By the way, Dr. King earned this title years ago when he saved us from tooth monsters the first time.
Here’s how. In short, we’re going to have a party!
Tooth-Healthy Halloween 2021: Candy Buy-Back Event
A Tooth-Healthy Halloween Event is on the way! Before we write another sentence let’s invite you officially to: the Dentistry for Children Halloween Candy Buy-Back Party! Firstly, mark your calendars now, if you haven’t already!
Tooth-Healthy Halloween Party Saves Teeth
That’s right. We’re having a Tooth-Healthy Concerned Parents Party. Additionally, we’ve added a secondary purpose: Allowing Kids to show appreciation to our Troops and First Responders.
Moreover, it all happens on Nov. 5, 2021, from 4:00 to 7:00.
Next, our subtle plan is to help parents save their children’s teeth! Initially, we’ll buy back some of that Halloween candy. We plan to give some to the troops for a taste of childhood and home. And then, we plan to share it with the first responders who keep us safe.
Tooth-Healthy Halloween After-Party Details
1. Who? Dr. Troy King and Dentistry for Children will “buy back” some of your child’s candy stash at the dentist’s office.
2. What? With the candy you bring into the office, we will send our troops a taste of home and a show of support. As we’ve said in previous years, “Tooth-Healthy or Troop-Healthy, this idea is a winner!”
3. Then, there will be Food, Fun, Games, Prizes, and Surprises.
4. When? The Big Buy Back Date: This year, Nov. 5th is the day of Halloween Candy Buy-Back Fun! And the hours are 4:00-7:00 p.m.
5. Where? It all happens at Dr. King’s Office, Dentistry for Children, 1390 City View Center, Oviedo.
(And moreover, you do not even have to be a patient to join into this festive Buy-Back event and be a part of this worthy cause.)
Focus on Tooth-Healthy Halloween
Parents, to help you we have cataloged some of the worst dental offenders from the world of Halloween Candy. Although we mentioned these in previous years, we think they bear repeating because it’s going to be a big Halloween this year.
Worst dental offenders of the candy world.
By the way, do you know that, according to the ADA, the most tooth-heathy sweets at Halloween or any time of the year include chocolate with no filling?
Likewise, are you aware that sugarless gum with the ADA-approved label is a great treat for teeth? Consequently, the gum helps to activate saliva and dissolve sugars that might lead to decay.
Summary: Dental Dangers
Let’s look at a brief summary. Tooth-conscious parents and kids, please beware of :
1. The Sticky Sugar Bugs: Sticky candies like caramel, jellied gummy candies.
2. The Hard-Shell Tooth-Killers: like jaw-breakers lollypops, which cause cracks, breaks, and dislodged crowns.
3. The Slithery Sour Enamel-Eaters: These candies provoke a “sour” taste. Acid does this. Acid is the ingredient in candies that provides a “sour” taste.
Sour candies can even change the pH of your mouth. Now, we know that acidity weakens the enamel of teeth. And when that happens, the outer shells of teeth are more vulnerable to bacteria. Then comes the pain of cavities.
Game Plan For Your Special Halloween Night
It’s time again to institute a special plan to minimize the dental dangers posed by the “Sugar Bugs” of traditional Halloween loot.
Firstly, let us show you how to make tooth-conscious kids out of your sugar-gobbling goblins—and have some family fun.
Usually, in blogs like this, rules for the night only begin when the Trick-or-Treating is done. Actually, some of the setups begin much earlier.
1. A Tooth-Conscious but Delicious Halloween dinner.
Children choose a healthy supper in advance. They might be excited, and costumes can be distracting. So, if they choose a protein-heavy appetizer, that selection is also fine.
The only requirement is that the meal is a special favorite. We suggest you serve it before they depart to a Halloween party or Trick-or-Treat time.
2. During the dinner, reinforce the idea of the candy check-in game. In fact, we hope you have talked about this fun, special game for several days previous to Halloween.
Trick or Treat Night: The Return
Then, the fun begins immediately after the treat collecting. More than just “giving up” their hard-earned treats, you will have already told the children about the fun of their candy Check-In Game.
Their check-in gets to be proactive. Thus, kids can take ownership of the candy. You will have already convinced them to do some special things with it, besides getting cavities. (Read on to learn how it works…)
3. Turn-in Time After Trick or Treat: Let the games begin
When all the Trick-or-Treaters turn in their candy, Parents dump it out on a table. Of course, we reinforce the idea of many articles that you should screen. Check for open or damaged packages.
Then, pass out snack baggies to the kids. Help each child pick and choose a few small treats for each treat bag.
4. These little treat bags will be their snack packs. Parents will keep them for children in a safe, kid-proof place.
Then, dole out on each carefully chosen bag on a pre-designated snack day. The reason for this part of the game is to teach children to discern the size and types of various treats that make a small snack pack.
Then comes the big vote: Make sure everyone agrees upon a specific time of day for the snacks, like 4:00 after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
5. (Parents, in event of disputes, you get to play the part of a referee or grand judge. For example: Does a mini-pack of M&M’s count the same as a Mini-Hershey bar? Eww, that’s a tough call!)
Parent’s Halloween Secret
When you see them make their selections, know that they are learning portioning. This skill is a very important lesson for dental health in the future. This is helping them form a lifetime of healthy eating patterns.
Then, after the Snack Packs are created, pack up the remaining candy and save it until “Candy Buy Back Day.” And then, we invite you to bring it to Dr. Troy King’s office at Dentistry for Children.
There, amidst games, food, fun, and prizes, we will buy up to 5 pounds worth of the Halloween Candy Plunder from you, at the premium price of 1.00 per pound.
That’s right, remember, we’ll give you cash for your Halloween Candy. That’s so much better than cavities and calories. Have a Happy, Safe, Tooth-Healthy Halloween.