Pediatric dentists give Halloween tips this year

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The worst cavity culprit? Sour candies and sticky chewy things.

Before trick-or-treating, ensure children eat a well-balanced meal to reduce chances they will fill up on empty calories and sugar.

Sometimes moderation is the best practice. Determine beforehand the number of treats your child can keep; exercise portion control. Sell the rest to a local dentist candy buy-back program your community may offer.

Remember, non-food favorites like temporary tattoos, stickers and glow-sticks are great alternatives. And don’t let your young ones go to bed on Halloween night before brushing and flossing.

Snacks like apples and carrots are good to eat after candy because they help dislodge candy particles. When in doubt, try sugar-free options. This could include gum, individual popcorn servings or lollipops.

Make sure kids drink plenty of water after eating their treats. Suggest they swish the water around in the mouth to help dislodge particles that can get stuck and encourage the Mouth Monsters to latch onto tiny teeth.