Halloween Means a Whole Lot of Candy… Is this a dentist’s favorite holiday??

If you are a parent, you are probably thinking along these lines.I was just reading that the average child visits about 25 houses on a typical Halloween night. That might be the case, but I have to wonder. I have seen some pretty full pillowcases come to my door. So, what is all that candy going to do to their teeth? How do you set limit without completely ruining Halloween? Here’s a few ideas.

* No candy to be eaten until it can be sorted. And then if you spot something that you would prefer your child not eat, this is the time to make a trade. Trust me, hard candy can chip teeth… just saying 😉

* Candy is to be left in the kitchen… not to be taken into the child’s bedroom. Can you imagine the consequences of this?

* If your family enjoys dessert each night, it might be a good idea to let a little of their “treats” be dessert. That way you can monitor how much is eaten and when. And then after dinner, the children can be sent instantly to the bathroom to brush!

*You might also like to stock up on sugarless gum. Chewing gum promotes saliva production and if brushing isn’t an option for some reason, chewing gum is the next best option and these days there is so much to choose from!

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