Farmington, CT - Halloween is a night for frights, fun and festive treats. Every child’s goal is to collect as much candy as possible while in costume. To be sure, children should be able to enjoy the fruits of their trick-or-treating labor. However, too much candy over a prolonged period can pose problems, including threatening the health of your child’s teeth.
“Every time we eat or drink something that contains sugar or starches, bacteria in our mouth gobble up the sugar and starch to produce toxic acids,” said Dr. Jennifer Diederich of ComPassion Dental in Farmington. “These acids burn holes in tooth enamel and cause cavities.”
ComPassion Dental in Farmington is working to diminish the Halloween candy cavity fallout with a post-holiday Halloween Cash for Candy buy-back program. The program will be held two days: Tuesday, November 5th 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Monday, November 11th, from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The office is located at 218 Main Street in Farmington in Highland Park Market Plaza on Route 10. All candy collected on the 5th will benefit the Farmington Food Pantry and treats taken in on the 11th will go to Gifts of Love. Halloween candy will be weighed on a scale in the office. Each child will receive $1 per pound, 3 lb. limit and a toothbrush in exchange for candy.
“We’re holding the buy back several days after Halloween to allow the kids enough time to enjoy their treats,” said Dr. Diederich. “The key here is to stop excessive eating of candy. It’s especially important for young mouths with developing teeth.”
Former Assistant Professor at UConn Health Center in Farmington for 18 years, Dr. Diederich recently opened her ComPassion Dental office last January. She knows this as an opportunity to give back to the community.
“We’ve already had such a warm reception. We’re excited to meet even more of our neighbors,” said Dr. Diederich.
According to NielsenWire, Americans purchase nearly 600 million pounds of candy during the weeks surrounding Halloween, which breaks down to a whopping 1.9 pounds of candy per person. Further, the National Confectioner’s Association estimates the average American spends $7.36 on Halloween candy annually.
When allowing your children to eat treats, the best time is after meals because the production of saliva increases, which helps to wash away acids out of the mouth. Another good idea is to have children brush their teeth after eating candy, or if that's not possible, tell children to rinse their mouth with water and swallow after eating.
Dr. Jennifer Diederich has been in practice for 25 years. She offers her patients a deep knowledge and broad experience in general dentistry. Formerly Assistant Professor at the top Schools of Dental Medicine at UConn and Harvard, she is the inventor of the JADRAD Dental X-Ray Shield as well.
ComPassion Dental offers high-tech holistic treatments: Beautiful, strong Zirconium non-metal crowns, FastBraces in 3-12 months, no-drill Lumineers Veneers, non-surgical gum therapy, biocompatible tooth treatments, and TMJ and sleep apnea care.
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