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MouthHealthy.org offers Halloween treats

October 22, 2015 With Halloween around the corner, the ADA's MouthHealthy.org is featuring activities, games and advice to counter the tricks those sugary treats can play on children's dental health.
MouthHealthy Kids' Halloween Headquarters include downloadable activity sheets with puzzles and games, along with coloring sheets for family fun at home or in the dental office. Pumpkin carving stencils are also available. Those who use the stencils to carve a tooth dressed up as witch, pirate or vampire can share the photos with the hashtag #mouthhealthy on Instagram or Twitter (@AmerDentalAssn).
In addition, MouthHealthy.org — the ADA's consumer website — is offering 10 tips to help children stay healthy during Halloween and throughout the year.
Tips include:
  • Avoiding sticky candies like taffy and gummy bears because it takes longer to get washed away by saliva.
  • Eating Halloween candy and other sugary foods with meals or shortly after mealtime because saliva production increases during meals and helps rinse away food particles.
  • Avoiding hard candy and other sweets that stay in the mouth for a long time because they subject teeth to an increased risk for tooth decay.

To visit MouthHealthy Kids' Halloween Headquarters, click here.