Is Halloween Really Just Around The Corner?

Did we just receive a much-needed temperature change or what? It was 95-degrees yesterday and today it’s barely over 70-degrees. And, the forecast calls for lows in the 50s and 60s for the next week. Whew!

There are a lot of folks around the Johnson County area who are breathing a collective sigh of relief with the arrival of cooler temperatures. The last bits of summer have been really hot. It seems like the air conditioner has been running non-stop for the last two weeks. Even after the kids went back to school – which is traditionally a time when the weather starts to cool down and the rains return to KC – it still remained hot! Well, the waiting is finally over.

Autumn begins on Sunday, September 22nd, and that usually heralds the beginning of the holiday season. First up is Halloween – with its fun and spooky décor and pumpkin-spiced everything. You don’t have to look far to see the evidence of the coming holiday: the Halloween stores are popping up all over town, orange and black have become the primary decorating theme at some of the retail shops, and candy is filling the aisles at the grocery store. Lots of candy.

Since we’re big on delivering patient information, we thought that we’d talk a little about Halloween treats and offer some advice on Halloween candy for parents. For some, it may seem a little early to start talking about the subject, but we think it’s best to try to get information out as early as possible. (That gives everybody time enough to read it!)

It’s easy to understand that Halloween wouldn’t be nearly as fun for the kids if there wasn’t any candy involved. Sure, the dressing up as spooky little ghoulies and ghosties is an awful lot of fun, but the door-to-door trick or treating is what makes the holiday so entertaining for the little ones. And, we’re not so old that we don’t remember what a treat it was to return home on Halloween night with loads and loads of candy. But, let’s be honest with ourselves and our kids. A bag full of candy can do a lot of damage to your good oral health.

According to the American Dental Association, there are a two types of candy that parents would be well-advised to remove from their children’s haul on Halloween night. Hard candies that stay in the mouth for long periods of time subject the teeth and gums to a prolonged sugar and acid attack. These types of candies can cause more damage to your child’s oral health than you can imagine. As such, you may want to remove those from the treat bag. Sticky candies that cling to the teeth don’t rinse or brush away very easily and often get lodged in the grooves of the molars (and this is where many cavities in children start). These are another type that you may want to get rid of before they can become a problem.

At Dr. Cobb’s office, we’ve been an Olathe and Overland Park pediatric dentist for long enough to see the damage that excessive sweets can do to a child’s teeth. As stated earlier, we know that candy and Halloween simply go together. It’s okay to treat your kids to a few pieces of candy from the treat bag from time to time (after dinner is best), but make sure that you’re reinforcing the need for them to brush after each treat. Flossing is helpful too. Enjoy the cool weather!

 

This article is brought to you by Dr. Cobb The Kid’s Dentist, an Olathe, Kansas provider of comprehensive, high- quality pediatric dental care. If you wish to make an appointment for a dental cleaning or evaluation, feel free to contact the office of Dr. David J. Cobb.

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