What could be worse than being a dentist on Halloween? We are the Scrooges of this day, wagging our fingers, shaking our heads, giving parents the evil eye. How can we dentists get our heads around the fact that on Halloween the entire population goes into this candy buying and eating frenzy? In the US where they have these statistics, there is 2-4 billion dollars spent on Halloween candy. Here in Canada that would probably translate to 10% of that or 200-400 million dollars. That is one heck of a lot of candy.
Are we dentists destined to become “party poopers”, do I have to boycott taking my little girl out for Halloween? Is there another way? I say scrooge it. Yes it is absolute crazy that children, teens and even some adults go binge eating candy. We tell our kids never take candy from strangers but for one night we send our kids out with a hokey costume all to get a bunch of candy that we would never allow them to buy at any other time.
Dental Tips for Halloween
So here are my rules for fun but responsible Halloween:
Visit your Local Kitsilano Dentist for Halloween!
Here at WestcoastSmile Dental Studio and Whitening Spa we made up “Halloween Emergency” goodie bags which included toothbrush, toothpaste, floss and cavity reducing mouth rinse and our signature dark chocolate wafer. There is my wife and I handing them out in front of our office to the people of our kitsilano neighbourhood. As for me, well my daughter will be dressing up as the beautiful Belle and I as the beast from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Pass the Kit Kat.