Today, the Connecticut State Dental Association (CSDA) shared healthy alternatives to giving out sugary candy on Halloween.
“Strictly by the numbers, Halloween is a dentist’s worst nightmare,” said Dr. Gary Linker, CSDA President. “A single serving of a full-size candy bar has over 20 grams of sugar and more than 200 calories.”
Due to its sugary content, candy ingestion is an instigator of tooth decay in children – especially around holidays such as Halloween, Christmas and Easter.
“Halloween can still be fun without being hazardous for teeth,” said Dr. Linker. “Instead of giving trick-or-treaters candy, people could hand out spooky treats.”
Some non-edible spooky treat alternatives are:
- Glow Sticks
- Monster Finger Puppets
- Spider Rings
- Bouncy Balls
- or, other Halloween trinkets
As part of the CSDA’s charitable outreach, some dental offices throughout state also offer a Halloween Candy Buy Back Program. The program promotes oral health by encouraging children to eat less sugary candy and rewarding those who donate unopened candy.
To find a list of some of the participating dental offices, visit the CSDA’s Charitable Dental Outreach Calendar, available at http://www.csda.com/for-the-public/charitable-dental-outreach-calendar.
“If you have questions about dental health – maybe you’re wondering how much candy is too much for your child’s teeth – give your dentist a call,” added Dr. Linker.