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Happy Healthy Halloween: The Trick to Eating Halloween Treats

Dr. Katie Foster was interviewed for Health Boosters by Withings. See the full article here.

To re-cap: Some sugar is fine. Got it. But do we need to consider our little monsters’ fangs this Halloween? Yes, according to Dr. Katie Foster, DMD, of The Smile Shop Pediatric Dentistry in Reno, Nevada.

“Sour candy is all the rage,” she admits, and kids are going to want their share. “But these mouthwatering treats contain acid which potentially erodes the hard outer portion of teeth called enamel. When our enamel is compromised-cavies ensue.” She suggests enjoying sour, sticky, and hard candies in moderation, and brushing and flossing after enjoying them. If you don’t have access to a sink or floss, she advocates that “rinsing the mouth with water is a helpful tool” to prevent decay.

Bottom line? Find joy in Halloween as you would any holiday. Eat and share traditional treats within reason, and round out the fun with healthier food choices that will wow them with Halloween flair.