Halloween is a festive occasion where kids have a license to dress like creatures from scary dreams. The nightmare for parents, however, comes from the toll the holiday takes on children’s teeth. While many youngsters are all smiles thanks to the bags of free candy they get from trick-or-treating or Halloween parties, those sweets can turn their pearly whites into an awful fright. That’s why it’s important for parents and caregivers to have a plan in place to avoid a dental disaster.

Schedule a Dental Exam

Keeping up with regular dentist appointments is a crucial step in maintaining a child’s oral health. It takes on added significance, however, around events like Halloween and Christmas when children may be consuming more candy and cookies than normal. Call your family dentist in Newport News or in your area to schedule an exam immediately following these super sweet times of the year.

Avoid Sticky Treats

Chocolate bars won’t help a child’s complexion or weight, but there are far worse sweets when it comes to oral health. Gummy and sticky treats like caramel, dried fruit and taffy are the biggest threats. Chewing these foods can pull out fillings, and they also coat the teeth with a thin film that increases the risk of tooth decay. Sour gummies may be the worst of all, as they also contain various acids that further harm teeth.

Eat More Fruit

If your child is craving sweets, treat him or her to the natural sweetness of fresh fruit. Crisp fruits, such as apples, offer numerous health benefits, including freshening breath, cleaning plaque from teeth and protecting gums from infection and damage. Foods that are high in fiber also increase saliva production, which offers vital protection against the acids that wear down tooth enamel.


Don’t let dental problems ruin your Halloween. Follow these tips to ensure the only fright you experience is from your kids’ costumes.

Who doesn't love a piece of candy every once in a while? Whether you're into chocolate bars, caramel squares, taffy twists, or fruity chews, there's a seemingly endless variety of options to satisfy your sweet tooth. What's interesting about all these different choices is they come from all over the world. Yep! Some of your favorite brands and treats have been staple sweets in Europe and other parts of the world far longer than here in the U.S. Let's take a look at some popular brands and figure out their history.

Fruity Candies


Perhaps one of the most recognizable of
 imported candy brands is Haribo gummy bears. Haribo is a German company that began in 1920. It's owner, Hans Riegel, started the business in a tiny kitchen in Bonn, Germany, which contributed to the company's name (the first two letters of his first name, last name, and the place he started). Today, the confectionary enterprise has spread into 100 countries across the globe and brings its delicious trademark gummy bears and other treats to people worldwide.



Chocolate


Most people know those delicious little Cadbury eggs started in England, but there's a much richer history to them than just that. In 1824, the founder John Cadbury opened his shop that sold tea, coffee, and "drinking chocolate," which he prepared himself by crushing cocoa with a mortar and pestle. The interesting bit is that he sold these wares in keeping with is Quaker beliefs, a religion that thought these drinking alternatives would keep men away from alcohol. The brand exploded from there. It developed new products, found ways to thrive and aid soldiers during the war, and has become the largest worldwide candy brand.

So next time you reach for a chocolate egg or a bag of gummy bears, consider where the candy came from and enjoy the sweetness of its rich history.

 

There are a number of reasons why people love eggs – it’s easy to cook, versatile, and one of the cheapest and convenient protein sources. Filipinos have especially stocked up on this pantry staple amid the height of lockdowns due to COVID-19 pandemic. 




Based on the consumption survey conducted in 2015 by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST), chicken eggs ranked seventh on the “Top 30 Commonly Consumed Food Items” in the Philippines, proving that it is an indispensable ingredient in a household. While eggs are often seen as an accompaniment to our breakfast silog meals, it has many other uses from making quick meals, a thickener and binding agent, to adding flavor. 


Eggs are packed with nutrients that children need for healthy growth and development. It contains vitamins and minerals and all nine essential amino acids that the human body cannot produce on its own, making it an ingredient that can be easily added to other food to enhance its nutritional value. It’s no wonder that it is a favorite of Filipinos as it’s not only nutritious but an inexpensive source of nutrients and easy to prepare especially for busy parents.


But just because eggs are an obvious choice in making healthy and delicious egg-cellent meals, it doesn’t mean that you should be limited with the usual boiled, fried, or poached. Skip the same-old ways of cooking eggs and try introducing more variety into your child’s diet. Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation has prepared a “7-Day Egg Challenge” for you that will help you learn new ways to cook eggs for your kids. You’d be surprise that even picky eaters would love the way we added other ingredients like veggies to enrich the color, texture and nutrients of the dishes. Best of all, all are under a hundred pesos for a family-size meal!


For full recipes and for more information about Ajinomoto and its products, visit www.ajinomoto.com.ph and facebook.com/CookmunitybyAjinomotoPH. Don’t forget to snap a photo of your eggciting dish and share it with us using the hashtag #AjinomotoEggcitingRecipe.


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