October 15, 2008
Sugar: The Scariest Halloween
Halloween is approaching, and so are all those scary
costumes and haunted houses. It shouldn’t be the ghouls and
ghosts that you fear, however, but the candied apples,
trick-or-treat sweets and all the soda that washes them down!
Sugary and acidic foods can lead to tooth decay, and that can
put a damper on anyone’s festive spirit.
While it would be nice if your neighbors all gave out fresh
fruit or sugar-free candy (though we’re sure the kids
disagree!), high-sugar sweets are still America’s favorite
Halloween treat. If possible, try to limit children’s sugar
intake. Encourage them to drink plenty of water while snacking
– soda will only make things worse! And finally, while it’s
easy to slip into a "sugar coma" and just pass out while
watching a favorite horror flick, this is not the time to stray
from your brushing or flossing routine. Let your children know
that if they eat sweets without their toothbrushes on hand,
they should rinse their mouths out with warm water.
If you think your child may have developed a cavity (whether
the result of Halloween indulgences or not), please call us at
(212)988-8822 for a check up. Even temporary baby
teeth need to be properly cared for, as tooth decay can affect
permanent adult teeth as well.
We’d like to wish you and your family the best this fall
season. We hope that when the sweets of autumn runneth over,
you’ll think of us (and your smiles)!
If you have questions regarding sugar and dental health,
please call our office at (212)988-8822 or email us at