Magazine article USA TODAY

Halloween Tips to Frighten Away Cavities

Magazine article USA TODAY

Halloween Tips to Frighten Away Cavities

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Recommendations on how to help preserve children's teeth during Halloween and throughout the year are being provided by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Chicago. Ill.

AAPD offers the following tips that allow youngsters to enjoy Halloween fun. while keeping their teeth healthy and established a foundation of a lifetime of oral health:

* Mix in healthy snacks along with Halloween candy. A balanced diet is one that includes cheese, fruits vegetables, grains, lean meat, milk, and yogurt.

* Be the tooth-healthy house on the block. Pass out alternative treats to ghouls and goblins, such as cracker snack-packs, trail mix packs, rice crispy treats, etc.

* Avoid chewy treats that tend to stick to teeth and cause more damage.

* Monitor candy consumption. Only allow Halloween treats in moderation.

* Take the fear out of flossing. Teach children flossing techniques for improved oral health at Halloween.

* Make tooth-brushing fun. Seasonal tooth brushes featuring Halloween themes get children excited about taking care of tiny teeth.

* Do not be afraid of the dentist. …

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