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5 Halloween Candy Alternatives

        Culture | Halloween

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Toothpaste and Floss Kit

Sounds like a trick, doesn't it? Well, kids might thank you in the long run.

Let's face it: A bag full of sticky and sweet Halloween candy not only is bad for the waist but for the teeth as well. Sweet, starchy and sticky foods hang around in our mouths longer than other foods and cause acid to develop -- within about 5 minutes of eating those foods -- and that acid can lead to tooth decay. Healthy foods make for healthy teeth, but don't neglect good oral hygiene!Kids should brush twice a day with a pea-sized amount fluoride toothpaste. Remember to replace toothbrushes every three months, or when the bristles look worn out.


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