Trick or Treat! It’s Halloween Time. Where is your toothbrush, Super Hero?

Trick or treat!

Check my teeth!

Give me something good to eat!

Halloween decoration at our office
Halloween decoration at our office

 

Happy Halloween time everyone! How many of you are having visions of piles of sugary treats of all types right now.  Let me share my thoughts with you. I envision many different types of chocolate treats which include chocolate bars, chocolate with peanut butter hidden inside, chocolate with caramel, chocolate covered fruit, the list is endless, and that makes me happy. (I like chocolate, can you tell?) There are also the hard candies, such as Jawbreakers, Red Hots (cinnamon flavored goodness), Jolly Ranchers, and Lemonheads. I cannot forget the soft taffy-like candies: Skittles, Laffy Taffy, gumdrops, jelly beans, and gummy-anything. There is also the old Halloween favorite, a black or orange wrapped unidentifiable candy (?).  Did any of you envision fruit or veggies when you read, “Give me something good to eat”?  Me neither, but if you did I think you may be in the minority.

We offer a taste of candy or lipbalm for those people that can stay away from chocolate.
We offer a taste of candy or lip balm for those people that can stay away from chocolate.

 

As a dental professional, a parent, and someone who doesn’t want to be a party pooper, I enjoy Halloween.  I enjoy watching the variety of costumes from both young and old trick-or-treaters. My favorites are the little kiddos that come to the door dressed as pirates, monsters, or your pick of princesses.  I will also admit that I enjoy the candy; especially the hard candies (Lemonheads and Red Hots-I have not told my dentist about this.). My disclaimer is this: You should suck on the hard candy, not crunch it. I have a couple of crowns to prove it.

 

I have a childhood Halloween memory which resembles a scene from the Charlie Brown Halloween special. There is a bright moon outside to lighten our way through the neighborhood. My friends and I are running from house to house, costumes flying behind us as we try to get to as many houses as we can before quitting time. “Trick or Treat,” we scream and hold our bags open, politely waiting for the sound of candy to drop to the bottom of our bags.  “Thank you” and then we were off to another house. Our pirating for candy for the evening was almost complete when we stumbled upon the dentist’s house. Once again, “Trick or Treat” and “Thank You, Mister,” then back to the van to check our booty for the evening by the dim interior light of the van.

 

“A toothbrush?!?  What is this?” We were all thinking the same thought at the same time. It was the equivalent to Charlie Brown’s disappointment when he says, “I got a rock.” Yes, it was a toothbrush and yes we were disappointed but that dentist was on to something. I can have candy but I also needed to brush afterwards. Ta-Da! It seems so simple now. Eat candy, and then brush away anything that sticks to my teeth. How easy is that? That man had a secret weapon against cavities and he gave each of us one of our own. He was a super hero against decay!

 

Now, I am far too old to be out on the Trick or Treat trail, but if you have kids, you may be out there. Be safe and remember that you too can be a super hero against tooth decay. Simply give a toothbrush or help your kids brush to help save teeth.

                Happy Halloween from Count Porkula and our office!

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Keep brushing!

Sad news travels fast….

I’m sure most have heard or read about Robin Williams and his sudden passing. It came as a surprise for me because what I saw was his public personae. He seemed well when I would see him on television. He did not look broken, sad, or depressed. I had heard he had gone to rehab recently, but nowadays that seems to be the celebrity thing to do. I thought it was a hoax when I first heard the news. This proves we never really know the inner battles others may be fighting at any given moment.

This sad and disturbing situation allows me a minute to touch on an important subject-suicide prevention. Prevention can be as simple as spending time and listening to another person. Be aware of the people around you and if you notice changes in how they are acting, spend some time and investigate the cause. Of course it could be nothing, but on the other hand, it could make the difference between that person staying in the dark or finding the light.

Mental health issues seem to be on the rise and there needs to be more understanding and help for those that need it. Know that help is available, but just like most information, you must seek to find it. I know it should be easier and maybe in the future it will be. Check out this website for more information.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

I am still in shock about the loss of Robin Williams, but I hope from his loss will come knowledge and a way out for others.

Take an interest in others and SMILE at someone. It could make a difference.

Keep brushing!