Don’t let your Halloween fun haunt your oral and overall health

by | Oct 23, 2014 | Halloween, Oral Health, Running | 0 comments

There is a chill in the air and it’s finally starting to feel like fall. This past weekend, I participated in the Granite State 10 Miler to benefit the Concord Boys and Girls Club followed by the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk to benefit the American Cancer Society with my employee colleagues. I enjoy running year-round but especially in the fall.

With Halloween around the corner, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the importance of oral and overall health, especially when candy is often the highlight for many children who will roam the neighborhood trick-or-treating to gather as many sweet treats as they can.

While candy is fine to enjoy in moderation, it’s important that you encourage your children to eat a full meal before trick-or-treating to prevent them from filling-up on candy. Also, try to limit the amount of hard candies or chewy candies your children eat. Hard candies can chip or crack teeth and increase the amount of time teeth are exposed to sugar. Chewy candies stick to teeth, also increasing the amount of time teeth are exposed to sugar. When teeth are exposed to sugar for extended periods of time, it provides a welcoming environment for bacteria to grow which in turn, produces cavity-causing acids.

I wish you and your family a happy and safe Halloween! To access fun Halloween activities and oral health tips, visit

If you are looking for something outdoors to do this weekend after this dreaded rain, check out these three family-friendly Halloween-themed road races/walks to think about:

Trick or Trot 3k (Manchester, NH)

Witch Way to the 5k (Bedford, NH)

Wicked FIT Run (Concord, NH)

Tom Raffio
October 2014

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