Infographic: Why Halloween May Bring a Mobile Message from Your Dentist

Infographic Why Halloween May Bring a Mobile Message from Your DentistEver notice this time of year that your smartphone tends to buzz with an SMS alert or email message from your friendly neighborhood dentist reminding you that’s it’s been a while since your last check-up? If you’re wondering why, we’ve got two words for you — candy corn.

On Thursday morning, the team at Healthentic published a new infographic about Halloween and dental data.

“For example,” the company says on its official blog, “we looked at data for more than ten million dental plan enrollees.” And what did they find?

  • More than 1 in 3 failed to see a dentist in 2013
  • Nearly 25% hadn’t seen a dentist or taken advantage of covered preventive services in 2 years
  • Nearly 20% had a cavity filled in 2013

“It turns out the scariest part of Halloween may not be the ghosts and goblins, but microscopic bacteria that causes cavities—not to mention the dental health habits of the U.S. population,” Healthentic says.

So if you’re up for a good scare in light of tonight’s Halloween celebration, look no further than the infographic shared below.

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qliqsoft
qliqsoft

Obviously because of too much candy

zzth1
zzth1

My aunt is a dental hygenist and to keep her kids from missing out on Halloween, she will allow her kids to eat the candy they get but only in that one night. She said that it is better to eat a lot of candy in one sitting than to eat it over the span of weeks or months. The candy that they don't eat gets bought up by my uncle and they get money instead of candy. I think that really teaches them that the candy isn't good for their teeth. http://www.aschdentaldds.com/servicesguarantees 

smithy582
smithy582

Micheal, I had no idea that almost 19% of people who have dental plans had cavities filled in 2013. That is a lot! I don't want my kids to get cavities. I will have to take some of this advice. I will have to maybe hide their sticky and hard Halloween candies.  After they eat candy I will have to be sure that they brush their teeth well! http://www.ccdental.com.au 

CaseyJones1
CaseyJones1

That surprises me that so many people skip their regular dental appointments!  When I was a kid, I always looked forward to visiting the dentist.  Maybe that is because my grandpa was a dentist.

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VictoriaRunda
VictoriaRunda

I was thrown off by the picture of the dentist at first but then I remembered the context of why it belongs here. Given all the problems that such huge amounts of candy can have on teeth, it is definitely timely that you put out this infographic. Hopefully parents will take note of the suggestion to have kids (and themselves) brush after eating lots of candies. http://www.shellharbourcitydental.com.au/general-checkups

wjack4580
wjack4580

This infographic is actually more sound than other ones. Most dentist forums will tell you to completely stay away from sugar. In this day and age that is near impossible to stay away from sugar completely. This article says that you should have it in moderation and with things that are not sugary. http://hcdentistry.com 

tedsmith575
tedsmith575

That is interesting that one in three people don't even go to the dentist. In  my opinion, it is very important to go to the dentist. Some people think that if they just brush their teeth, they will be fine, however a dentist will be able to clean your teeth thoroughly and find any problems with your teeth. Most of the time those problems you can't find on your own. That is why going to the dentist is necessary. 

http://www.ashdental.com.au 

MarcusFillion
MarcusFillion

I'm going to show this to my kids! They think Halloween is the time to forget about the dentist, but it's actually more important than ever to be aware of what you're eating. There's nothing wrong with indulging in some candy as long as you continue to take care of your teeth. http://www.acreviewdental.com 

LevyRedfox
LevyRedfox

Its a good idea to see a dentist before and after holidays that have a lot of candy associated with it. Its crazy that 20% of people who went to the dentist in 2013 had cavities. It just show how much sweets can affect your teeth. It seems smart to see a dentist a few times a year. http://www.alouettedental.ca/en/services_and_gallery.html 

JamesSimon1
JamesSimon1

Ha, dentists. I mean, I can see why they'd want to do this for image. Still, the more cavities kids get, the more they get to fill, right? It just makes sense to me that dentists would want kids to eat as much candy as possible. Maybe I'm just callous, though.

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