Candy does have an expiration date. Unfortunately for us dentists, this expiration date is usually a year. But, candy does harden and get stickier over time, making it harder to chew and even harder to get unstuck from your teeth.
Halloween Is Not a Dentist’s Favorite Time of Year
As a dentist, I do not derive pleasure from the sight of your candy/cavity-filled mouths come November. It’s part of my job. Some would say it’s job security. (Of course, I’m joking. And hopefully that myth about dentists is now officially dispelled.)
I Know a Dentist Appointment Strikes Terror in Some…
You honestly don’t need to be afraid of dentists. If you met me at the grocery store, I hope you would find me friendly…quite unlike a Halloween horror flick. Remember, dentists are people too.
And while I am on the subject of dispelling myths and rumors, I found this interesting list of myths about tooth decay. I love the one about aspirin relieving a toothache. Will it work? Only if you swallow it.
Anyway, I hope you have a happy and safe Halloween with your family. And don’t save up your trick-or-treat candy until Easter. Eat is while it’s still soft and chewy…and then rinse and brush!
~Dr. Marea White