Here’s the first of what will undoubtedly be a bulging bag full of Halloween warnings. In fact, please share whatever excessive warnings or procedures your school or town is dishing out this Halloween.
Meanwhile, note how this “helpful” advice takes one night of candy gathering and turns it into a lifetime of suffering and sorrow. Because just ONE SUB-OPTIMAL childhood meal/activity/food/experience = lifelong regret. That’s how fragile kids are.
Dear Free-Range Kids:
The scariest part of Halloween has nothing to do with your costume. As kids fill their bags with candy, they’re also filling their mouths with gum disease and cavities.
And some joy. Whatever. The dentist being touted in this letter insists that “parents should have a plan of action before this year’s Trick or Treat.” Like it’s a Navy SEAL operation.
No plan in hand? Just gonna let your kids grab candy? Oh dear. “Any dental health problem such as tooth decay, gum disease, and orthodontic braces in kids have repercussions throughout their bodies,” the dentist says, adding that, “Digestive issues, allergies, sleep problems, depression, and anxiety are all downstream processes that begin in the mouth. This can all be prevented if you feed your children the right food.”
And you know what? He’s right that feeding kids the “right food” is a good idea. Not that you can ward off all evil with enough parsley smoothies. But they can do their part.
What the dental downer doesn’t acknowledge is that if you generally give your kids decent food, throwing Halloween candy to the mix does not mean it’s time to reserve them a room at Bellevue. It’s candy, not coke. (And not even Coke!)