Trick or Treat
With only days remaining until Halloween, several sources provide tips for dental health during Halloween.
The ADA News (10/27, Burger) reports that dental students at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry “visited six local elementary schools dressed as costumed characters” on Oct. 23, discussing the importance of proper dental hygiene and providing “tips for staying healthy during Halloween week and beyond.” According to the article, “In all, the dental students taught 3,500 schoolchildren about dental careers and dental hygiene and distributed free toothbrushes and toothpaste.”
In addition, KCRG-TV Cedar Rapids, IA (10/27) reported on its website and during a broadcast that the ADA recommends children avoid hard and sticky candy during Halloween.
On the Philly (PA) (10/27) “Healthy Kids” blog, Dr. Connie Killian, spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, provides tips for dental health during Halloween, recommending “moderation and proper oral hygiene.” Dr. Killian also suggests alternatives to handing out candy, such as “non-food favorites like temporary tattoos, stickers and glow-sticks.”