But not all candy are created equal. Especially now that Dova has braces.
According to Great Expressions Dental Centers, here are facts and simple tips to make your Halloween a safe and healthy one.
- FACT: Sticky candies, such as caramel and taffy, increase the chances of broken brackets the day after Halloween.
- TIP: To prevent this from happening to your child, or a neighbor, pass out individually-wrapped stringed cheese instead! Cheese is tasty and its calcium and phosphates help neutralize plaque acid, and ultimately reduces cavities. It will also play nice with brackets.
- FACT: 73% of kids ages 2 -5 will eat candy on Halloween. The highest consumption rate, however, is among 6 – 8 year olds, 87% of which eat candy on Halloween.
- TIP: Avoid letting your trick-or-treaters fill up on sweets. Before sending your little vampire out to trick-or-treat, let them snack on fruits and vegetables. Jack-o Lantern oranges and carrot fingers are fun and festive snacks for your appetizer table.
- FACT: Sweets that are chewy and sticky can get stuck between teeth, leading to tooth decay.
- TIP: Be sure to run from gummy candy, sour candies, and taffy. Instead pass out sugar-free lollipops and hard candies, sugar-free gum, and dark chocolate.
Happy Halloween everyone!
Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Great Expressions Dental Centers for promotional movie passes and dental kits.