Halloween Candy Versus the Dentist

Every year when Halloween comes around I have this inner conflict: candy versus the dentist.  What do I do?  Do I give out toothbrushes and tooth paste and risk my house getting papered? Do I turn off my lights and go out for dinner? Or, do I embrace a bit of Americana?

I have to admit that Halloween has always been one of my favorite “holidays”.  A survey done by the American Dental Association and PopCap Games in 2012 of trick-or-treating  aged kids showed that 94% of children participate in trick-or-treating and 65% of them consider Halloween the best holiday of the year.  Another finding is that 67% of kids surveyed agree that they eat too much candy at Halloween and 78% of the kids agree that too much candy is bad for them.

Our kids are telling us how much they love the fun of Halloween but the candy can be excessive and unhealthy.  I have a solution!  Bring your excess candy to my office after Halloween, up to November 15. My assistant, Cara, whose husband is a Wounded Warrior, will collect your donations to send them to our deployed troops and first responders through a company called Operation Gratitude, www.operationgratitude.  They donate many different items to our troops and first responders. Last year they distributed 533,891 pounds of candy.  Along with your donation of candy I will donate toothbrushes and toothpaste. We all win and I don’t have to worry about my house being papered!


Dr. Robert A. Gallegos is a Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry, he is on the faculty of Spear Education, a member the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and the American Dental Association.  Dr. Gallegos practices dentistry in Middleburg, VA.  www.MiddleburgSmiles.com.

Dr. Gallegos