Candy During the Holidays

Candy During the Holidays
Posted on 11/28/2017

Parents – we hope that it’s just you reading this as you might not want your children to see this one! Starting with Halloween, it’s getting to be that time of year where candy and other sweets start to dominate the environment. We at the practice of Dr. Jacob Myers like to call it the ‘Candy Holidays.’ Sure, there are other things that the holidays are about, like getting together with family, dressing up in costumes, putting up decorations, and going out to fun events, but for a certain group of people (i.e.: kids!), it’s really just about the sweets. You probably don’t need your DeWitt and East Lansing pediatric dentist to tell you that candy and other sweets can be bad for your teeth, but here goes anyway – “Candy and other sweets can be bad for your teeth.” There. With that being said, it’s important for you to understand that while children can occasionally consume some of these delicious treats, it’s important that some steps are being taken to minimize the candy that they eat during the holidays (seriously…you’re not letting them read this, are you?).

Minimizing Candy During Halloween

We understand that there’s no way that you’re going to get a child to completely forego candy this Halloween. After all, this is what kids practically live for! What you should do though is keep your child’s dental health in consideration when determining what – and how – to eat. The candy that should have preferred status for children is milk chocolate candy. This is because it has milk (calcium) in it and it’ll melt away in a child’s mouth with no residue.

The types of candy that should be avoided are any kinds that are gummy, sticky, gooey, or sour. Gummy, sticky, and gooey candy can be problematic because they’ll stick to a child’s teeth and cause harm long after he or she has finished eating. Sour candy can be especially troublesome because it contains plenty of acid, which is also damaging to a person’s teeth. We recommend refraining from eating these candies not just for Halloween, but throughout the year as well.

We also suggest limiting the days that a child can enjoy Halloween (or other holiday) candy. Let your child have candy during the holiday and then a few days after, but then get rid of it. The more exposure that your child has to candy, the more likely it will be that your child will develop cavities.

If you’re going to get rid of the candy though, don’t throw it in the trash! As your source for DeWitt and East Lansing children’s dentistry, we have a much better idea for it!

Our Candy Buy-Back

We’re holding our 4th annual holiday candy buy-back during our office hours from October 30th to November 3rd. When you bring in your unopened Halloween candy to your providers of DeWitt kids dental care, we’ll give you $1.00 in return for every pound*. All proceeds will benefit Operation Gratitude as a way to support our troops.

*Up to a maximum of ten pounds.

Get in Touch with Your DeWitt and East Lansing Pediatric Dentist!

If you have any questions for us, please feel free to contact us. If you’re interested in scheduling an appointment for DeWitt and East Lansing children’s dentistry, we encourage you to fill out our online appointment request form. We hope to hear from you soon…and just don’t tell your child that the whole ‘minimizing candy thing’ came from us!