Pediatric dentists give Halloween tips this year

Candy (Luke Jones/Flickr Commons)
Candy (Luke Jones/Flickr Commons)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – When in doubt this Halloween, try sugar-free options. This could include gum, individual popcorn servings or lollipops.

The worst cavity culprit? Sour candies and sticky chewy things

Sometimes moderation is the best practice.

Before trick-or-treating, ensure children eat a well-balanced meal to reduce chances they will fill up on empty calories and sugar

Determine beforehand the number of treats your child can keep; exercise portion control

Sell the rest to a local dentist candy buy-back program your community may offer

Make sure kids drink plenty of water after eating their treats

Suggest they swish the water around in the mouth to help dislodge particles that can get stuck and encourage the Mouth Monsters to latch onto tiny teeth

Snacks like apples and carrots are good to eat after candy because they help dislodge candy particles

Remember, non-food favorites like temporary tattoos, stickers and glow-sticks are great alternatives

And don’t let your young ones go to bed on Halloween night before brushing & flossing

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