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Does Halloween have your cute kids running around in some fantastic costumes obtaining massive amounts of candy as they trick-or-treat throughout the neighborhood? And then do they come home and want to consume it all?! What’s a parent to do if you don’t want your child to have so many treats? Well, here’s a few ideas that you can implement to cut down on the candy consumption and keep those smiles healthy at the same time.

1. Make a Plan. If you want your child to be able to enjoy a few treats, then make a plan. Talk to your child about choices and limits and let them know what they can expect when it comes to candy consumption.

2. Implement a Candy Swap. Perhaps you could ask your child if they’d be interested in swapping their candy for a non-sweet treat – a toy or a book or a special outing with you.

3. Give it Away. Once the initial rush of trick-or-treating is over, your child may lose interest in all of that candy. This is a great opportunity for you and your child to donate your candy. Here’s a great list of places that collect candy donations at Halloween.

4. Brush and Floss. Halloween is a great time to stress the importance of brushing and flossing – especially if your child likes sticky treats. Take the time to brush the teeth of young children after they have some candy or remind your older children to brush and floss after indulging in a few of their Halloween treats.

The entire staff of Dentistry For Kids and Adults wishes you a very happy Halloween!