When you think about Halloween you think of costumes, trick-or-treating, and getting candy. Most people don’t think about how eating massive amounts of candy can wreak havoc on your teeth, either by causing decay or by breaking your tooth on a jawbreaker. In the dental office we know what all those sugary treats can do to peoples’ teeth. It’s up to us as dental professionals to get the word out to our patients about how not to over-indulge this time of year and about how to prevent tooth decay from candy and other sugary foods.
I’m not saying to cut out candy entirely. I mean we are only human and it is Halloween. I’m just proposing we stress limiting the sugar intake. We need to educate our patients on the importance of brushing and flossing on a daily basis, and especially after consuming Halloween goodies.
Some offices conduct candy buy-backs after Halloween to bring new patients into the office, donating the candy to troops overseas. Some offices will buy back the candy with toothbrushes, coupons, toys, or even cash! It feels good to know that you are making parents and our troops happy at the same time.
Doing Halloween the Dental Way
Another way to promote proper dental care around Halloween is to go ahead and give out candy and treats in your office after each appointment. Wait what? didn’t I just say not to eat too much candy? I sure did, but this solution is a win-win.
Have your patients come to their appointments dressed up to receive a treat. During each visit take time to mention and talk about the harms of too much sugar on childrens teeth, especially during Halloween. Then reward the visit with a treat. The treat can be sugar free candy or gift bags filled with personalized goodies and giveaways that help to also promote your practice. SmartPractice can provide you with wonderful items to put in these bags such as toothbrushes, pens, magnets, and floss. You could also order Halloween postcards with oral health tips to help keep your patients’ teeth healthy for many Halloweens to come.
This way not only do patients get a nice treat after every visit in October, but they learn the importance of proper dental care days before Halloween.