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It’s Halloween time! This time of years is always bustling about with fall colors and activities, costumes and scary decorations. But with all of the candy that comes on Halloween night, you have to take extra care to protect your family’s teeth from the cavities the candy can cause.

Choose the Right Snacks
Since having sugar in the mouth for long periods of time is the main cause of cavities, you should limit your children’s candy to kinds that are easy and quick to eat. Long-lasting candies like hard candy or sticky candy stay in the mouth longer and can often cause cavities.

Time Your Treats Right
Eating your Halloween candy at meals or soon after will actually be better for your kids’ teeth. At mealtimes, your mouth makes more saliva, which helps to cancel the acids that the bacteria in your mouth make and washes away food particles.

Save the Candy for Later
One thing you can do is to have your kids select a number of candies from their collection that they can eat as part of Halloween, then put the rest in the freezer in preparation for another holiday such as Christmas or as a candy bank that they can withdraw from when they complete their chores.

Keep Brushing!
Help keep your children’s good habits up by teaching them to brush after eating their sweets.

If you’d like to learn more about what you can do to help your kids have a healthy Halloween this year or would like to schedule your family’s next appointment with Dr. Timothy Yu, contact Prime Family Dental Care in Laveen, Arizona, today. Have a Happy Halloween!