The quantity is not as important as the frequency. Ingesting more
candy at one time is preferable to having a little bit several times a day.
Eating candy and other sweets is less damaging to the child if it
is eaten with a meal or immediately after a meal.
We frequently label some foods as healthy, even though they are
just as damaging as candy. Raisins, dried fruit, and fruit roll-ups are like
candy because they stay on the teeth the same way that candy does.
Brushing and flossing soon after eating candy is the most effective
way to prevent tooth decay. Help your child to remember this if he eats his
candy at home.
Teach your child that rinsing the mouth with water is an
alternative method in the event that he cannot brush or floss after he eats
As a teacher, I have observed that children are frequently sick
early in November. Sugar suppresses the immune system. This is borne out by
the number of illnesses that I see at school within the week after
To help ensure a safer evening when your kids are out in their
Wear light or reflective costumes.
Since masks can cover or obscure the eyes, makeup is a better
Flashlights help to show where kids are going.
Stay on the sidewalk and out of the road where cars are driving.
Only go to homes that have a front light on. This is a good
indication that the residents are ready for you.
Accompany your children. Staying at the curb is preferable to
staying at home.
Stay outside the home. Donít go inside if invited by the host,
unless itís a neighbor you know.
Donít eat any candy or treats until you get home. Let parents
inspect all treats; donít let children eat treats if the packaging is open