“All things in moderation” that is what my mother always said. Not a bad way of tackling the Halloween candy overload. According to Forbe’s magazine, Americans will spend 2.5 Billion dollars on Halloween candy.
Do you know the average American will consume 3.4 pounds of candy over Halloween? To put that in perspective, that amount of candy is roughly the same amount of calories as 13 Big Macs. To burn that amount of calories, kids would have to walk about 180 miles in 60 hours, which is equivalent of walking from Chicago to the Rock Island on the Iowa/Illinois border. The average Trick or Treater” will consume about 3 cups of sugar over Halloween season that is enough sugar to fill 220 sugar packets!
Now, as a dentist, I do love Halloween and my children love dressing up and have a fun time trick or treating. All of us have our favorite Halloween treats, but my mother’s voice is the back of my head “All things in moderation.”
Sugar is the main fuel for bacteria that causes tooth decay. When a child of any age (that includes the ones that never quite grew up) consumes that much sugar tooth decay can start. Once bacteria gets a foothold in the teeth, now, we have to fix the problem before it becomes a huge problem. A few suggestions are to set a limit on the amount of candy you or your children will eat that night and until the candy stash is gone. Furthermore, brushing and flossing is a must to help get the bacteria off the teeth to prevent cavities. In addition, you can take a part of the candy and donate to Military personal serving oversees. This will limit your intake and gives our brave service men and women a Halloween of their own.