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As we get closer to the big night, when the streets are full of ghosts, goblins, aliens and superheroes of various sizes, you have undoubtedly noticed that the store shelves are full of bags of candy, gum and other treats to give to the trick-or-treaters. With so many brands to choose from, what should you choose, and what can you do to help your child and the other kids in your neighborhood have a healthier Halloween?

You may want to skip the hard candy this year, unless you are buying the sugar-free variety. Since those candies spend more time in a child’s mouth, the greater the risk that the acids can contribute to cavities. Gummy or sticky candies will stick to the teeth longer than other candies. Chewing gum, on the other hand, will stimulate the production of saliva in your little ghoul’s mouth, helping to wash away bacteria.

If, at the end of the night, you are looking at a mountain of candy from this year’s haul, you may want to set a limit on how much they can eat in one setting. Consider using the candy as an occasional reward. Naturally, when your child comes up for air from their trick-or-treat bag, you should have him head to the bathroom to make sure that he brushes and flosses.

Whether it is a cavity or a routine checkup, or if you need an appointment for your child or another member of your family, our pediatric dentist, Dr. John Dobry will be happy to see you! To schedule your visit at Dobry Dental in Clinton Township, Michigan call 586-286-0790 today. We look forward to helping you and your family