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HALLOWEEN Q: Any advice on how to handle Halloween with kids? A:The holiday's not going away time soon and its tradition of distributing candy to little trick-or- treaters is here to stay, too, we're afraid. People are becoming far more conscious of handing out fruit and other non-candy items, but candy is still the number-one handout. Here are some tips from the American Dental Association to help you and your kids get through the event with the minimum potential for damage. Have your kids eat their Halloween candy with meals or shortly after mealtime. Your mouth produces more saliva during meals and helps to flush away acids and food particles. Stay away from hard candy and other sweets that will stay in your mouth for a long time. The longer your teeth are in contact with the sugar, the greater the risk for decay. The same holds for sticky candies like taffy and gummy bears which can cling to teeth and take longer to wash away. Obviously, don't let your kids stash their haul in their rooms, where they might tend to snack all night. And in general, drinking fluoridated water is a good way to help prevent decay. Talk to your dentist about ways to stay safe during Halloween. Presented as a service to the community by Dr. Barbara Webster 1121 Warren Ave., Suite 130, Downers Grove, IL 60515 630-663-0554 SM-CL2022949 HALLOWEEN Q : Any advice on how to handle Halloween with kids ? A : The holiday's not going away time soon and its tradition of distributing candy to little trick - or treaters is here to stay , too , we're afraid . People are becoming far more conscious of handing out fruit and other non - candy items , but candy is still the number - one handout . Here are some tips from the American Dental Association to help you and your kids get through the event with the minimum potential for damage . Have your kids eat their Halloween candy with meals or shortly after mealtime . Your mouth produces more saliva during meals and helps to flush away acids and food particles . Stay away from hard candy and other sweets that will stay in your mouth for a long time . The longer your teeth are in contact with the sugar , the greater the risk for decay . The same holds for sticky candies like taffy and gummy bears which can cling to teeth and take longer to wash away . Obviously , don't let your kids stash their haul in their rooms , where they might tend to snack all night . And in general , drinking fluoridated water is a good way to help prevent decay . Talk to your dentist about ways to stay safe during Halloween . Presented as a service to the community by Dr. Barbara Webster 1121 Warren Ave. , Suite 130 , Downers Grove , IL 60515 630-663-0554 SM - CL2022949