Halloween Candy and Dental Health

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It's that time of year again - ghosts and goblins and things that go bump in the night.

And with Halloween comes candy.

Parkersburg Dentist Dr. Wayne Dunn says Halloween is so important to kids, and traditions and holidays are something none of us want to do away with.

But the traditions of Halloween historically happen to be high sugar.

"Parents have to decide, 'Am I going to give an amnesty day to my child' -- am I going to tell my child, 'you're going to be able to have sugar tonight but we're going to eliminate that in two days,' " Dunn says. "They may do that, but the child, I think, should understand that the sugar they're getting may taste good and they may like it but it's not good for their health."

Dunn says parents can use this as an opportunity to educate their kids about sweets.

One of the best things you can do is give out sugar free candy and popcorn, popcorn balls or fruit.

If we look for alternatives to high sugar foods the kids can save their teeth in the long run.

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