The Obligatory Halloween Candy? Maybe Not Quite as Obligatory as You Think

The piles of candy now on display in any big box store, drug store or supermarket you enter make it easy to think it’s the only thing to give to trick-or-treating kids. But believe it or don’t, about half of kids say they’d welcome non-candy treats. “I think people should give out fun markers/crayons, stickers, […]

What Dentists Really Think of Halloween, & Other News of Note

Dentists Don’t Really Despise Halloween (USA Today) You might think dentists would have strong feelings about Halloween. However, most don’t jump out of their skins over it. “We just want kids to be kids, and part of a kid’s life is treats,” says Rhea Haugseth, president of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Dentists agree […]

Should You Be Scared of Sugar-Free Gum?

Though Halloween is still a week away, we’ve been getting media releases for weeks now with tips for a healthy and tooth-friendly holiday – though most of them give the kind of advice that dental pros deliver all year round. For instance, these tips from dentist Dr. Raymond Hatland via Chicago Healers will probably sound […]

Reporting What We Might Want to Believe

Once upon a time, CBS was known as “The Tiffany Network,” with a highly respected news division. Those days are long gone. For the study, published in Food & Nutrition Research, researchers at Louisiana State University tracked the health of more than 11,000 youngsters between the ages of two and 18 from 1999 to 2004. […]

On That Big Rock Candy Mountain…

Can you spot the problem with this headline?:     Licorice root is not synonymous with licorice flavored candies or sweets. While some brands may contain licorice root extract, others use artificial flavors. Pick up a package of Good & Plenty, and you’ll get a very small dose of licorice root. Pick up a package […]

“Candy Season” & Your Teeth

Originally posted in September 2008, in slightly different form   A Fall 2008 headline and lead from the LA Times: It’s candy season so let the kids indulge It’s that time of year. The haul of Halloween candy kicks it off, and close on its heels are Thanksgiving pies and Christmas cookies. Here’s some surprising […]

Halloween Candy Alternatives

lehcar1477/Flickr   Halloween trick-or-treating has ancient roots but is a fairly recent phenomenon in America, only having been widely practiced since the 1930s. And while children in some other countries now do American-style trick-or-treating, others have similar traditions tied to other holidays. For instance, In Sweden children dress up as witches and go trick-or-treating on […]

And the Prize for Scariest Sweet Goes to…

Antony Pranata/Flickr Halloween’s coming up, and according to the California Dental Hygienists’ Association (CDHA), there’s one kind of treat that’s scarier than others: sour candy. This is due to the fact that “most of it contains acid levels so high that it approaches the pH level of battery acid.” “This Halloween, we are advising adults […]

Candy Is Dandy…for Preventing Cavities?

First, there were the lollipops. Then there were the mints. Now come the gummy bears: dreyboblue/Flickr ScienceDaily — The tooth-protecting sugar substitute xylitol has been incorporated into gummy bears to produce a sweet snack that may prevent dental problems. Giving children four of the xylitol bears three times a day during school hours results in […]