Is Halloween Candy a Trick or a Treat?

It’s almost Halloween and the scariest part of trick-or-treating often comes in the days that follow, as the candy stash still may be lying around the house. Although the Halloween costumes and decorations may be at the top of your child's mind right now, your child may also be eager to get a full bag of treats!

Many individuals are commonly aware that candy is not healthy, and can be particularly damaging to the enamel of teeth. Thus, your child may be facing a dilemma: How can something that tastes so good, be so damaging? Is candy a trick or a treat?

Annually, Americans spend approximately $9 billion total on candy, and both during and after Halloween, a lot of candy will lead to oral health problems! The natural bacteria in the mouth feed on sugar in candy and in turn produce acid. This acid destroys tooth enamel and causes decay if not properly taken care of.

It’s important to remember the damage that all the tasty candy can cause to teeth. While candy in moderation and followed by brushing and flossing can be okay, it can become an unhealthy snack habit! Some candies can be even more damaging for teeth than others. Sticky or chewy candies, including caramel, gummy candies, and taffy are more likely to get stuck between the crevices of teeth and can cause more damage to tooth enamel. The longer the sugar is stuck to the surface of teeth, the more time acid can be produced, increasing your risk of developing cavities. Also, sour candies are particularly bad choices of candy as they contain high acid levels. On the other hand, although containing sugar, dark chocolate contains antioxidants that may be good for the heart and even lower blood pressure, according to recent studies. Regularly encourage good oral health habits with your children, in addition to introducing healthy snack alternatives.

The good news is that Halloween candy at the Wellesley Dental Group is not completely a trick! The Annual Community Candy Drive serves as a treat for the community as a whole. In celebration of Veteran’s Day with care packages full of candy, cards, and oral hygiene supplies for the United States troops, this year’s eighth Annual Candy Drive is a great incentive for children to eat less candy, and provide a nature of sharing, patriotism, and community. The Candy Drive Press Event will take place November 5th at 10 A.M. at our office (5 Seaward, Wellesley). This year we will be awarding a grand prize of $1000 to the school PTO that donates the most candy! Please feel free to drop off candy, as well as handwritten notes and cards for American servicemen at our office from November 1st to November 5th. For more info, follow our Candy Drive Facebook page and watch out for new blogs!

Help your kids fight tooth decay by limiting the amount of sugar in their diet, and monitor how much candy they consume. It is important to remember that a healthy diet, along with good oral health habits, can help maintain a healthy smile!

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or to set up an appointment and consultation.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. Kim or Dr.PradhanDr. Emad is happy to help with your orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs Dr. Ghazi would be more than willing to help.



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