September 25th, 2009 11:15 EST
Will Halloween Candy Rot Your Kids` Teeth?
Bad Breath Doctor " Reveals Secrets
To Better Dental Health and Fresher Breath For EVERYONE During Season of Tricks and Treats
If your child came home from Halloween trick-or-treating with a bag of candy that weighed 25 pounds, you`d probably have a cow (AFTER you separated all the good stuff out for yourself, that is).
But it`s not a bad nightmare " according to the US Census bureau, the average American eats 25 pounds of candy each year, with a goodly percentage being consumed during the Halloween season.
Chocolate, taffy, hard candy and all the other crunchy and sticky sweets that are abundant during the season present constant hazards to maintaining a healthy mouth. That`s why Dr. Harold Katz, bad breath expert and Dentist to the Stars " doles out advice on how to help you and your kids get through Halloween without rotting their teeth right out of their head " and how to make sure your own costume is the scariest thing at the Halloween party " and not your bad breath.
Dr. Katz really isn`t a party pooper, but he knows that Halloween can be the start of major dental problems. Halloween is where candy makers go to town on your kids` teeth, " he said. It`s not like their intention is to rot your children`s teeth, but it may as well be with all the problems that habitual and even binge-based candy consumption can cause. "
Dr. Katz offered the following tips for parents to pass on to their kids:
- When your children bring home their goodies, take control of the stash and dole it out over time.
- If you feel comfortable denying your kids the most offensive of the treats they bring home, please do so. Fun is fun, but it`s not worth risking cavities and other problems just for a few peeps and some candy corn.
- The all-day sucker is like hosing your teeth down with sugar for an hour straight. Keep your kids away from any candy that stays in their mouths for long periods, like jolly ranchers, jaw breakers and lollipops the size of the Himalayas.
- If they are going to eat candy Halloween night, or any night after dinner, they should brush and floss before bed without exception.
- Sugarless gum is great at reducing the bacteria in your mouth, and it`s a great after-dinner, before-bed treat.
- If they get any sugar free candy, push that on your children as if it were gourmet food. Sugar free candy is the best of both worlds for teeth " it tastes good and it reduces the risk of cavities.
- Get rid of the sticky stuff, like taffy, roll-ups and gummy ANYTHING.
- If you`re giving out candy this year, think about fun alternatives to sweets " party favors, stickers, noisemakers, comic books. Just because it`s not candy doesn`t mean it can`t be fun.
- Halloween is now a huge holiday and party time for adults too. Adults should avoid alcohol (makes the mouth dry, leading to bacterial bad breath " the worst kind of Halitosis).
- Most breath mints are really sugary candies, which do not mask bad breath at all " they just taste sweet. Taste and Smell are 2 different senses.
- Be careful about kid`s " toothpaste and mouthwash. Child-freindly mouthwash should not contain alcohol (dangerous for children) and their toothpaste should not contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, a harsh detergent that can create canker sores and dry mouth (leading to bad breath).
About Dr. Harold Katz
Dr. Harold Katz is widely recognized in the media as the "final authority` on breath. He`s been featured on FOX Network`s Mike & Juliet Show, ABC`s Good Morning America, and The View with Barbara Walters and countless other radio and TV interviews. Dr. Katz is a graduate of the UCLA School of Dentistry and holds a separate degree in Bacteriology, also from UCLA. He is the founder of The California Breath Clinics and the author of The Bad Breath Bible, " and bearer of the now famous Halimeter which tests the sulfur compounds that cause bad breath. Dr. Katz has developed oxygenating compounds that have now been used by thousands and thousands of people around the world to eliminate their bad breath. He`s personally helped more than 13,000 patients eliminate their breath problem. As the world`s leading bad breath expert, Dr. Katz is continually researching new ways to improve bad breath treatments and bring them to the general public. Dr. Katz`s website www.therabreath.com offers a free online bad breath test along with recommendations for eliminating bad breath.
To interview Dr. Katz contact Rich Ghazarian at (727) 443-7115 ext. 203 or email Rich@NewsAndExperts.com.