The scariest part of Halloween could be the damage to your patients’ teeth after eating all that extra candy – cracked teeth, twisted wires, popped brackets, and more.
On Halloween in 2014, there were 80% more emergency dental visits than on a regular October day, according to a report from Sikka Software and a recent CNBC article. As every dentist knows, kids may chip or crack their teeth after biting into hard candy, and cavities from sugar are a long-term problem. Sikka estimated that more than $800 million could be spent on emergency dental visits because of Halloween.
Want to discourage your patients from devouring all that sugar while encouraging them to lead a healthy lifestyle? You can do that AND provide goodies for our military troops overseas by joining the Halloween Candy Buyback program. It might be too late to participate in a candy buy-back program this year, but keep this in mind for next year.
The official ‘National Brush Day’ was yesterday (November 1st), but parents can help make post-sugar brushing fun every day. Check out this free mobile gaming app called Toothsavers that engages parents and their kids in a creative brushing challenge.