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Do dentists get the creeps at Halloween? You bet--but not for the reason you might expect. Turns out, they struggle with their sweet tooth too.
In September, the Chicago Dental Society surveyed 37 dentists on their attitudes toward Halloween. Perhaps surprisingly, the vast majority of dentists had a positive opinion of the holiday, with 92 percent reporting that they would be participating in this year's festivities. (The top goody to give out? Chocolate.)
However, if there was something less than bewitching about Halloween for our dentists, it was the effect the holiday has on adults--and their waistlines.
With candy everywhere, even the most steel-willed can be tempted to overindulge. In our survey, 80 percent of dentists with children at home ‘fessed up to sneaking candy from their children's Halloween bag. Ten percent admitted that they eat their Halloween stash before the big day, necessitating a last-minute run to the store so that they have something to give out to trick-or-treaters.
Adding to that temptation are aisles of candy invading stores before kids have returned to school. Half of our dentists surveyed say that they buy too much candy at Halloween. "This year, it wasn't even Labor Day, and there was already Halloween candy in the stores. Too early!" groaned Villa Park, Ill., dentist Dr. John Hauwiller.
Here are our top tips from dentists for overcoming temptation during Halloween:
A last piece of advice from our dentists:
The Chicago Dental Society will be helping Chicagoans with that last piece of advice by handing out toothbrushes and toothpaste to trick-or-treaters at Lincoln Park Zoo's Spooky Zoo on Saturday, October 24. More than 30,000 children are expected to attend. The Chicago Dental Society is an association for dentists in the metro Chicago area, organizer of the annual Midwinter Meeting and advocate for improving oral health for all. It is the largest local branch of the American Dental Association and the Illinois State Dental Society.
A tradition of working for the dental profession. The Chicago Dental Society was organized in 1864 and incorporated in 1878. The objective of the Chicago Dental Society is to encourage the improvement of the health of the public, to promote the art and science of dentistry and to represent the intrest of the members of the profession and the public that it serves.
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