Safer Halloween Treats Strategy
Remember that candy isn't the only treat: my wife and I give away toothbrushes, and that's actually surprisingly popular around the neighborhood -But maybe you've got to be a dentist to get away with that one. Stickers are another popular non-food Halloween Handout.
Safer Alternatives include:
o packaged apple slices
o single servings of low-fat microwave popcorn;
o Low-calorie, low-fat snack packs
Minimal Damaging Sweets
o Plain chocolate is a good way to go,
Avoid kind laced with gooey extras, like caramel, though.
o Avoid sticky candy, which is hard to remove from teeth,
o Skip the candy corn
o miniatures or bite-sized candies
o and long-lasting suckers,
The idea is to MINIMIZE the time the candy is in contact with the teeth
Ration it: Set limits on how often and how long candy is in your kid’s mouths.
Combine it with a meal:
You give candy as a desert after a meal rather than between meals as a snack
when sugars are part of a meal with other foods like proteins, they tend to not be as disruptive a child’s blood sugar level.
Emphasize brushing especially important to brush before bed.
Since saliva flow, which is nature's best cavity fighter, decreases during sleep time, you want your teeth as clean as possible before going to bed,