How can I help my kids enjoy Halloween without ending up with a mouthful of cavities?
Good oral hygiene can help keep this holiday from being a health hazard.
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First of all, relax a little. Even if your children go completely candy crazy once a year, it’s probably not going to wreck their dental health forever.
That said, you can take certain steps to keep any Halloween-indulgence damage to a minimum. “A better candy choice is chocolate bars instead of anything sticky that can leave behind residue on the teeth that’s hard to brush off,” says Jennifer Jablow, DDS, a New York City dentist.
So skip things like taffy, caramels, Skittles and gummy candies whenever possible. You can also ration out their Halloween haul, allowing them only a certain number of pieces per day.
“And give them a specific time to eat the candy—rather than munching all day long,” says Jablow. “After dinner and before they brush their teeth with a fluoride toothpaste would be a good time.”