Halloween is notorious for its candies treats (and some tricks, too). It seems like no matter how hard you try, you can’t help but sneak a few bites of your favorite candy during the holiday. But unfortunately, too much sugar can cause a lot of problems for your teeth and mouth. Here’s a foolproof way to enjoy those Halloween candy treats and staying away from any tooth decay or cavities.

Portion it out and set a limit

Before you indulge, set a limit to how much you’re going to have. If you need to portion it out beforehand, separate one serving into small ziploc bags. That way, you only grab one at a time when you’re ready to enjoy some sweets and you won’t go past the limit you set for yourself.

Rinse & brush afterwards

Now that you’ve enjoyed your small portion of candy, make sure to rinse your mouth thoroughly followed by brushing your teeth and flossing. This will make sure that your teeth are clean and free of any sugar that may still be lingering after.

The more it melts, the better

The less time the candy stays in contact with your teeth the easier it will be to clean the sugar off after. The best candies to eat will melt and disappear quickly like chocolate (preferably dark chocolate), and sugar free candy. Avoid chewy, sticky, and hard candy since they can stick to your teeth for a long time, often leading to cavities.

Offer healthy alternatives

Avoid the temptation altogether by offering healthier alternatives for you and your trick-or-treaters this Halloween. Some healthy options include boxed raisins, individually-packaged pretzels, or small toys such as temporary tattoos, plastic rings or stickers.

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