The day is here. The day we let our kids roam the streets, let them ask strangers for candy, let them eat candy given to them by said strangers and then let them proceed to eat way too much of it probably quite late at night just before bed time!

It’s hard not worry about what all that sugar and (let’s face it) junk, is doing to their bodies and their teeth. But if you’ve got kids, you know it’s one of those things that just can’t be avoided.

So don’t hang up their costume just yet! Why not embrace it, let the kids enjoy it but do so with a mindful approach that will hopefully save their teeth and your sanity.

Here are our top Halloween survival tips:

– Make sure your kids have a decent dinner before they go trick or treating. Less hungry bellies make for less hungry eyes!

– If possible encourage your kids to stay away from lollypops and ‘hard candy’ type of treats – the type that stay in your mouth a long time. The length of time sugary treats stay in your mouth plays a role in tooth decay.

– Set limits – suggest only taking one treat per house, even if offered more. In the days following also keep to a limit of treats per day.

– Make sure your kids have a good and decent clean (brush and floss) before they go to sleep after trick or treating. Perhaps help them out if they usually do it on their own.

If all else fails try going through their haul when they aren’t looking and just take some away. Just cross your fingers they don’t notice!

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