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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.

By Sally Wadyka Oct 17, 2013 10:41AM

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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.”


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Oct 22, 2013 11:28AM
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Amen Jungle.  Who are these narrow minded 2% body fat people to tell others what not to give out for Halloween.  It's friggin Halloween people!  If you want to have out tofu snacks, be my guest, but don't you dare impose your narrow views on me.
Oct 22, 2013 8:21AM
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 Or give them the leader of the country's favorite..............."broccoli".........ha ha ahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahhahahhahhaahahahahha. Yeah, right.
Oct 22, 2013 9:06PM
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How about let kids be kids and have fun?
Oct 22, 2013 11:48AM
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I thought todays kiddies all got their toofies sealed by the dentist to prevent cavities?  I think mine got sealed and I am an old fart?  And doesn't brushing regularly prevent cavities? 
Oct 26, 2013 9:25PM
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Make sure that the last "sweet" your kids (or you) eat after candy and before nighttime brushing and flossing is an apple.
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