Sunday, October 31, 2010
Is Halloween bad for teeth?
Seeing as tonight is Halloween, this is a topical question. No Halloween is not bad for teeth but gorging with candy is! Holidays in general are a time for enjoying sweets, but Halloween is certainly the candy manufacturers favorite holiday.
Now don't get me wrong, I enjoy candy now and then, but eating too much is bad for teeth. Every time candy is eaten it lingers in the mouth for twenty minutes or so. Sugar is a preferred diet for the bacteria in our teeth's plaque and feeding them sugar throughout the day is a bad idea!
Probably the best strategy to follow around Halloween is to not allow your kids to keep their bags of candy nor keep candy left out around the kitchen, but instead parents should keep it in their possession and dole it out a little at a time. The basic idea is to not let your kids snack all day long on their candy for weeks after Halloween since that could definitely lead to cavities.