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Halloween Sweets Safety Guide

Click the pic to learn about our annual Halloween Candy Buy-Back!

Click the pic to learn about our annual Halloween Candy Buy-Back!

Halloween has always been one of my favorite days of the year, and it fills me with nostalgia for my youth.

Dentists and hygienists often cringe at buckets full of candy being gathered and gobbled every Halloween, but we are not complete scrooges when it comes to this festive day. Personally, I’m a sucker for chocolate bars.

We want to help you to protect your kids, and still allow them to enjoy Halloween fun.

To ensure your child’s treats are safe:

  1. Check the ingredients, especially in chocolate bars, if your child has food allergies (such as peanuts, nuts, strawberries, or certain food colouring).
  2. Be aware of (and possibly remove) choking hazards, including chewing gum and hard candies, especially for younger children.
  3. Beware of tooth-unfriendly treats:
    • Sugar-filled sticky candies (like toffee, raisins and licorice) that stick onto teeth (risk of cavities)
    • Hard candies (like “gobstoppers” and “jaw-breakers”) that require serious crunching (risk of tooth breakage).
    • Sour candies (risk of cavities)
  4. Dispose of unwrapped treats from strangers, or anything that seems to have been tampered with or opened and re-packaged.
  5. Sugar-free gums or sugarless candies, containing natural non-sugar-sweeteners such as Xylitol, are a great alternative to other candies (but, always in moderation).

Following these tips, with a dash of common sense, should help to prevent our little princesses, goblins and ninjas from having a horrible halloween.

Happy Halloween from all of us at ConfiDental – your dental family! Be safe and be smart.

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