Candy & Cavities: Essential Tricks For Your Child’s Oral Health

young african american girl holding halloween candy in a jack o latern( — A child’s Halloween dream, and the mounds of candy involved, can be their parents’ worst nightmare. But pediatric dental experts say Halloween can be a time to teach your children good oral health habits for life, without depriving them of Halloween treats (think moderation).

Here are their five best tricks for healthy teeth:

Halloween Candy vs. Cavities: Don’t Make Kids Choose

Don’t deny your children the Halloween experience. That can send the entirely wrong message — deprivation — and make candy seem even more irresistible, leading to other problems. They may end up sneaking sweets or eating too much candy once they’re out on their own. Instead, let them have the joy of Halloween in all its sticky goodness and the experience of going to a party or trick-or-treating.

Choose candy together. After your children get back from trick-or-treating or a party, go through their bags of Halloween candy together. Tell them to each pick the 10 or so (whatever number you decide, based on factors such as age) treats they want the most.

Get the unpicked treats out of sight.
You can donate them to a food bank or freeze them if you can’t bear to throw them out.