Dr Matt Zander of Westend Dental tries to raise the awareness upon the importance of visiting the dentist at least twice a year for checkups, and give up on candy consumption.
Since Halloween is the celebration of trick or treating and tons of sweets, this is now the best moment to help out kids a little bit.
Kids who are wiling to give up on their candy will definitely save their oral and overall health. Children can take the candies to Westend Dental on Thursday (Nov.1) and Friday (Nov.2) & Saturday Nov.3 from 7:00am to 7:00pm.
According to several statistics, the global annual sugar consumption is about 50 million tons per year. These are only the sweets consumed exclusively by children all over the world. Unfortunately, every year global sugar consumption raises by about 2%, and will raise even more in the years to come.
Now is the time for parents to start really paying more attention to their child’s oral health, and make sure they consume fewer sugary treats. Because of sweets, the number of kids with bleeding gums, gingivitis and tooth decay is increasing at an alarmingly rate. In adults who consume too many sweets there are signs of tooth decay but also periodontal disease prevalent.
It is extremity important to understand that sugar has a very damaging effect upon overall health. Gradually, sugar intake can be reduced and this will have very positive impacts upon overall health- this is true both in the case of kids and adults.
Moreover, there are types of hard candy which can easily provoke injuries within the mouth such as broken/chipped teeth or scarring mouth tissues which may lead to bleeding and infections.
The candy collected in November by Westend Dental will be sent to the troops who are serving the country overseas. Hard working soldiers deserve a few sweet treats for doing such a great job, and the candy will be shipped to them through Operation Gratitude.
The exact location of Westend Dental is at 1170 West Armitage Avenue in Chicago (in Lincoln Park).