Halloween Candy Guide!

Halloween is just around the corner, which means kids are ready to go all out trick-or-treating. Stocking up on their winter supply of candy! Therefore it’s no surprise that Halloween also presents parents with a variety of health and safety challenges to remain aware of. “It’s OK to eat candy on Halloween, but it’s vital to have a plan in place to not damage your teeth,” says ADA dentist Dr. Deborah Himelhoch. This is how you can help your family stay healthy on Halloween and all year-round.

Halloween Candy

Time Things Right

Eating Halloween candy (or other sugary foods) as part of meals or shortly after lunch or dinner. Saliva production actually increases during meals. This actually helps cleanse your mouth by washing away particles, specifically those pesky sugar molecules that enjoy bonding to teeth.

Keep Clear of Sweet Snacks

Snacking on sweets puts you at an increased risk of cavities. This spells double-trouble if you plan to keep grabbing sugary treats from the candy bowl. This can create a dental dilemma. Keep clear of other sweets and sugars if you plan to indulge a bit extra on your Halloween candy.

Be Mindful of Ingredients

Avoid hard candy or other sweets that may stay in your mouth for a while. Besides how frequently you snack, the length of time sugary food is in your mouth correlates directly to tooth decay and increased plaque. Unless you have a sugar-free product, candies that stay in the mouth for a long period of time link teeth to an increased risk of tooth decay.

What a Mess!

Sticky candy may cling to your teeth. The stickier candies, like gummies, or perhaps taffy, take longer to get washed away by saliva, increasing the risk for tooth decay.

Set Boundaries

It’s tempting to keep that Halloween candy in stock, but your teeth will thank you if you limit your stash. Check out candy buyback programs or perhaps donate some of the candy you dislike to those families or troops who could really appreciate it. It’s another way to savor some sweetness without snacking.

Maintain a Healthy Diet

Your body is like a complex machine. What you put on the inside eventually shows up on the outside.

Chew Gum with the ADA Seal

Chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes after meals can help reduce tooth decay. Increased saliva flow again helps wash out food and neutralize the acid produced by bacteria. You can perhaps circumvent some candy eating by using this method to ward off cravings.

Brush Twice a Day

Brush your teeth two or three times a day for two minutes with a reputable toothpaste. Remember to replace your toothbrush every three or four months, or sooner if the bristles are disheveled. A worn toothbrush won’t do a wonderful job of cleaning your teeth.

Clean Between Your Teeth

Floss your teeth once a day. Decay-causing bacteria travels between teeth where toothbrush bristles can’t reach. Flossing helps remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gums.

Visit Smiles in Framingham!

We would love to provide you with more helpful tips to make the most of your healthy mouth. We are always here to inform you of the facts and steer you in the right direction toward your best health. Schedule an exam today to get started on the road to your best health. Visit Smiles in Framingham!

To all my wonderful patients and their families:

 

The greatest pleasures of my career are watching children grow strong and healthy and seeing smiles become more beautiful. It has been a tremendous privilege to be a part of that growth and transformation. Now, however, it is time for me to slow down and share the care of my patients.

 

Starting in September 2022, Smiles in Framingham will merge with Moynihan Dental Specialists. I will remain with the practice, but will reduce my hours and give up administrative responsibilities. The wonderful team of people you and I have come to rely on will be staying. They will continue to help care for you. There will also be new faces, new people who will get to know and care for and about you.

 

Dr. Michael Moynihan is a second generation dentist and orthodontist practicing in Framingham. Dr. Mike, as he is known, is on the faculty of Boston University in the department of orthodontics. We spent two years as teaching partners supervising the Boston University orthodontic residents as they treated special needs children at Franciscan Hospital for Children. It was during that time I came to appreciate both how skilled Dr. Mike is and how much he cares about his patients. I retired from teaching prior to the pandemic, but Dr. Mike still puts much of his time and energy into teaching the next generation of orthodontists.

 

I met Dr. Daniel Moynihan when he was my student in 2017. Even at that time he was one of my most conscientious students. He cares deeply about all of his patients and I am proud to be associated with him. Dr. Dan is highly skilled with all aspects of orthodontics, including treatment using Invisalign and other aligners.

 

Dr. Katherine Moynihan and Dr. Christine Chiao are other members of the Moynihan team. Dr. Katherine Moynihan finished her orthodontic training at Boston University in 2021. Dr. Christine Chiao is a pediatric dentist, who also teaches at the Boston University School of Dental Medicine.

 

Life is an adventure with many chapters, twists, and turns. I enter this chapter of my life looking forward to what comes next and feeling some sadness that this phase of my life is changing. For now, we will be keeping all appointments as scheduled. We will contact you individually about any appointment changes. All orthodontic contracts will be honored with care provided by the orthodontists. I have every confidence that the doctors of Moynihan Dental Specialists will provide you with excellent care for many years to come.

 

My very best wishes to all of you,

 

Dr. Deborah Himelhoch