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Tips for parents looking to slow eating of Halloween candy

Tips for parents looking to slow eating of Halloween candy

October 25, 2002

Halloween is just around the corner, and no dentist wants to spook kids or their parents with tales of tooth decay caused by Halloween candy.

"If a child gets sugary sweets, then goes to bed without brushing and flossing properly, the effect can be damaging to young teeth," says Ed Schooley, D.D.S., a national oral health advisor for Delta Dental Plans Association. "There's nothing wrong with kids enjoying a few Halloween treats. The trick is to moderate their intake of sweets and make sure they stick to their brushing-and-flossing routine."

Here are some fun and creative ways to protect your child's smile and encourage good dental-care habits this Halloween.

  • Serve a healthy supper. A good meal before trick-or-treating leaves less room for sugary sweets.

  • Set up a candy "bank." Allow your child four or five pieces of candy, then store the rest in a sealed container (freeze chocolates and candy bars). Establish times when the "bank" will be open for withdrawals during the next month.

  • Offer tooth-friendly fare to trick-or-treaters. Consider sugar-free treats or travel sizes of toothpaste and dental floss. Just remember that although treats like dried fruit might be more nutritious than gummy candy, both hold candy decay-producing acid against teeth for longer periods of time than other snacks.

  • Make sure candy is age-appropriate. Don't give children ages 5 and younger jawbrakers or hard candies. These can chip teeth or cause choking.

  • Encourage kids to drink water throughout the day. Especially after eating sweets. It will help rinse sugar away from teeth until there is time for proper brushing.

  • Brush before bedtime. Offer your child a new, brightly colored toothbrush as a final Halloween treat. Insist on a good brush before bedtime.

October is Energy Awareness Month

FREDERICK, Md. - The U.S. Department of Energy has declared October as Energy Awareness Month. "Weatherization Saves and Energy and Keeps You Warm" is the theme the Frederick Community Action Agency is emphasizing as local citizens begin to turn on their heating systems for the season.


The Frederick Community Action Agency operates the federally-funded Weatherization Assistance Program throughout Frederick County, Md. The program provides labor and materials for energy conservation and heating efficiency measures on residences of income eligible households. Households who participate in WAP must have incomes at or below 150 percent of the federal poverty level. For a family of four, this means their income must be at or below $27,150. Priority is given to the elderly, the disabled, families with young children and homeowners.

For information, call Mark Colie, weatherization coordinator of Frederick Community Action Agency at 1-301-360-3974 or send e-mail to :

Program revolves around Sept. 11

Washington County Fire and Rescue Association will sponsor a presentation on the Sept. 11, 2001, World Trade Center incident. The presentation will be given by New York firefighter Lt. Scott Maxwell on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 7 to 9 p.m. at North Hagerstown High School auditorium.

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