Holloween Candy Buy Back 2018!

Posted on 10/02/2018

While we all love a sweet treat like Halloween candy now and then, the amount of candy most kids get for Halloween is unhealthy and can lead to cavities, gingivitis, and other dental issues not to mention the impact eating all that candy will do to your body! Instead, Dr. Shah and our team at Macon Smiles have decided to participate in the Halloween Candy Buy Back. This program will start Thursday, November 1st and will continue the next week from November 5th through until the 8th. We will be giving each trick-or-treater $1 for every pound of candy they bring in. The candy that we receive will be donated to Operation Gratitude who works with volunteers to create and send care packages to troops serving overseas. With the help of Operation Gratitude and our patients, we can help prevent cavities in Macon and give our troops a much-deserved taste of home.

Why Should You Limit Your Candy Intake

Overeating candy and other sugar-laden sweets can lead to tooth decay. While the sugar alone won’t harm your teeth, the reactions that begin in your mouth can. Even with regular brushing and flossing, your mouth is full of bacteria, many of which are beneficial to our bodies and your oral ecosystem. Some of this bacteria, however, can be harmful to your teeth and its enamel, the hard, protective outer layer of your teeth. When sugar is present in your mouth, these bacteria will begin to eat the sugar, leaving an acidic residue behind. This acid will destroy your enamel and eventually can cause cavities and tooth decay. As enamel continues to decay their other side effects too, like sensitivity to sweets, as well as hot and cold temperatures.

Combating Sweet Sensitivity & Protecting Your Teeth

While there is no way to replace your enamel once it is removed, we can help preserve enamel and help remineralize it to protect the sensitive portions of your teeth better. Here is what you can do to prevent tooth sensitivity to sweets:

  • Avoid Sweet & Acidic Food and Drinks: While we now know why candies can harm your teeth, highly acidic food and drinks can have the same effect. Sweet and acidic food soften and wear away enamel which can cause tooth sensitivity.
  • Use a Toothpaste Meant For Sensitive Teeth: These kinds of toothpaste contain ingredients that help remineralize teeth and make soft enamels harder and more resistant to the abuse they experience every day.
  • Use a Soft-Bristled Toothbrush: Regardless of if you have tooth sensitivity from sweets, everyone should use a soft-bristled toothbrush. If bristles are too hard, they can slowly wear away enamel and leave you with a sensitivity to sweet and cold.
  • Avoid Brushing Too Hard: We want you to be thorough when brushing your teeth, but putting too much pressure on your teeth can also wear away enamel, especially if it has already been softened and worn away from sugars and acids. Using a gentle hand while brushing can greatly help your sweet sensitivity.

Bring Us Your Candy After Halloween!

We hope to see you during our candy buyback this year! If you or your child are in need of a dental checkup, after Halloween is a great time to do so. You can make sure your teeth are nice and healthy after Halloween and its right before the Holiday season, which means you don’t have to worry about scheduling another appointment when also planning holiday parties and going to other events. We hope to see you soon, and don’t forget to bring in your candy November 1st through November 8th during our normal hours!