Rise in Halloween Candy Sales Create Cavities and Dental Job Security

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Rising candy sales this Halloween season could contribute to cavities, and cavities create job security for dentists. Despite the 500 million visits to dentists last year, tooth decay is a significant problem, affecting a quarter of U.S. children under the age of five. Aspiring dentists can count on a favorable job forecast from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and educational resources from http://LocalEdu.com.

Americans spending more money on Halloween candy this year could increase job security for dentists. Candy and sugar is proven to lead to cavities and tooth decay, a painful problem affecting millions of children. The expected rise of candy sales again this year coupled with the projected need for more dental health employees creates a favorable career outlook for the aspiring dentist.

The National Confectioners Association predicts that 93 percent of children will go trick-or-treating this year. While children are filling their bags with candy; parents and dentists are cringing at what the aftermath may hold. The dental industry is bound to be affected by the more than two billion dollars worth of candy hitting the streets this month.

In a recent article "Keep Your Little Monsters Teeth Away From Harm this Halloween," the Academy of General Dentistry reports candy and other sweets are especially harmful. Damaging acids form in the mouth every time children eat sugary snacks and continue to affect the teeth for at least 20 minutes before they are neutralized.

"For children, cavities are a common problem that begins at an early age. Tooth decay affects more than one-fourth of U.S. children aged 2-5 and half of those aged 12-15," states Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona, in the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 2006 Oral Health report. Carmona continues, "Low-income children are hardest hit: about half of those aged 6-19 years have untreated decay."

Americans made about 500 million visits to dentists and spent an estimated $84 billion on dental services in 2005. The Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the dental health field will grow between nine and 17 percent by 2014. The BLS also states that dentists will continue to be needed to perform preventative checkups on younger generations, despite fluoridation of the water supply used to decrease the incidence of tooth decay.

Students interested in the dental health field should take advantage of online education resources, such as LocalEdu.com (http://localedu.com), which provides a database of colleges, universities, and vocational schools that help students find the program that best suits their ambitions, including dental school. Students can search the LocalEdu.com Directory to find universities, colleges, and vocational schools anywhere they want to go to school--from California to Florida, Texas to Illinois.


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