It’s no secret that Americans do the vast majority of their candy-eating on Halloween. It’s also not a surprise that these chocolate, sticky, chewy, and hard candies each take a toll on the smiles of the kids who eat them. But what happens if a kid indulges on all of the candy they collect on Halloween but doesn’t brush their teeth before retiring for the night? The story of Jimmy will reveal the fate that may befall children who neglect their teeth on All Hallows Eve.
At 12-years old, Halloween had become Jimmy’s favorite holiday. Throughout the school day, he fantasized about which houses would give out the best candy. He was even excited about his new costume – he’d dress up like Ash from the Pokemon series, a favorite of Jimmy and his friends. He knew his parents were going to a party and leaving him with a baby-sitter for the night, and they left him with one piece of advice: “Make sure to brush your teeth, son!”
Fast forward to 9pm at night – Jimmy just makes it back home after a full night of trick-or-treating. Excitedly and with a bit of exhaustion from hours of walking, he proceeds to turn his black bag upside down, watching over a hundred pieces of candy fall to the floor. Jimmy can’t help himself as he begins to grab one candy after another, opening the wrappers and rapidly tossing them into his mouth.
Some kids may be content to have a few pieces and save their candy for another day, but not Jimmy. Completely enamored with the pile of candy in front of him, Jimmy was 100% dedicated to finishing all of it. For two hours straight, he sat there tearing one wrapper off, then another, until all of his candy was gone. Understandably tired after his big night, Jimmy forgot his parents’ one piece of advice and went directly to bed.
While he’s sleeping, the sugar from dozens of types of candy gather on Jimmy’s teeth. When sugar are left on the teeth, they attract bacteria that eat them and produce acids. These acids proceed to eat holes in your teeth, causing decay and cavities. Unaware of the damage caused by not brushing his teeth on Halloween night, Jimmy awoke to a nightmare: His smile looked like swiss cheese as all of his teeth had developed holes in them! All Jimmy thought about as he looked at his cavity-stricken smile was the advice of his parents: “Make sure to brush your teeth, son!”
If you feel a toothache after Halloween, it may be time to pay a visit to our dental team in Tehachapi, CA. Dr. Sanchez and his team will examine your oral health and can spot cavities and other problems before they get worse. Contact us for oral care treatment that works!
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