A Dentist’s Top Tricks for Choosing Halloween Treats

Pediatric dentist shares the best ways to enjoy Halloween candy while making sure your next trip to the dentist isn’t a scary one.

By: Katherine Gianni

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As All Hallows Eve creeps closer and closer, many are lighting up jack-o’-lanterns, putting the finishing touches on costumes, and perhaps most importantly, stockpiling candy stashes. From M&M’s to Skittles, everyone has a favorite sweet — but what happens when the sugar rush turns into a toothache at the end of the night? Pediatric dentist Dr. Breno Reboucas shares his tricks for choosing the best treats for your teeth, and keeping up with good dental hygiene all year long. Happy haunting!

How can you enjoy Halloween goodies while maintaining good dental hygiene?

Make sure you keep brushing your teeth twice a day, use a toothpaste with fluoride — and floss and brush your teeth after the sweets.

Are there any preventative measures people should take to ensure healthy teeth during spooky season?

After the kids are done eating the treats, if you are not near a bathroom, have them swish water around their mouth. This help to remove some sugar from their mouth until they are able brush their teeth.

Any candies that people should pass on this October?

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Is sugar-free candy a gimmick? Or, are there some actual benefits when it comes to teeth health?

Do you think Halloween is the worst time of the year for your teeth and gums? Or are there other tricky moments to watch out for?

Which is more important — flossing or brushing?

What’s your favorite Halloween treat? What do you hand out to trick-or-treaters at your house?

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