Trick or Treat may crack your teeth!

Yet another Halloween is creeping up on us…. Over the past 15 years or so it has become more and more popular to celebrate Halloween; which originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts.

Whether you or your little ones are attending a Halloween party to join in with the celebrations or are out and about ‘trick or treating’, there is no doubt that sweet treats such as toffee apples and boiled sweets will be involved.

When it comes to your teeth and sweets it is really important that extra care is taken not only because of the impact the sugar can have on your teeth (linked with decay and erosion) but also the treacle on the toffee apples and hard-boiled sweets can also cause damage by cracking/breaking teeth.

Can you always visibly see a crack in a tooth?

No. The signs can be difficult to spot and the symptoms will vary. You may get pain from time to time when you are chewing, especially when you release the biting pressure. Extreme temperatures, especially cold, may cause discomfort.

Will treatment be required?

Yes. It is important to call the practice for advice as soon as possible so that we can effectively offer you the correct treatment advice and help reduce the risk of the tooth becoming more damaged such as the nerve dying (leading to root canal treatment) or possibly a dental abscess or tooth loss.

If you have any concerns about your oral health, please do not hesitate to call the practice on 051 329 2888.

5 Spooky Halloween facts:

  • Pumpkins were not the traditional lantern for the festivities, it was a turnip!
  • According to tradition, if a person wears his or her clothes inside out and then walks backwards on Halloween, he or she will see a witch at midnight
  • The word “witch” comes from the Old English wicce, meaning “wise woman”
  • For trick or treaters; fifty percent of kids prefer to receive chocolate for Halloween, compared with 24% who preferred other sweet options not chocolate related
  • Trick-or-treating evolved from the ancient Celtic tradition of putting out treats and food to placate spirits who roamed the streets at Samhain, a sacred festival that marked the end of the Celtic calendar year

#HappyHalloween #HalloweenFun #HalloweenTheme #TrickOrTreat #Spooky #Halloween

References:

https://www.history.com/topics/halloween/history-of-halloween

https://www.factretriever.com/halloween-facts

https://www.dentalhealth.org/cracked-teeth

 

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