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Halloween Safety Suggestions

Dr. Marvin A. Fier shares his advice on Halloween safety and how to enjoy Halloween without compromising the health of your children’s teeth and smile.


Advice on Halloween safety and how to enjoy Halloween without compromising the health of your children’s teeth and smile.

  • Start by setting an example – choose a healthy alternative to hard, sticky candies to offer your own trick-or-treaters, i.e. pretzels or non edible items like stickers or tattoos.
  • Make a definite plan to have them brush well when you return.
  • When you head out – do not travel alone.
  • Have kids wear reflective clothing and eat only individually wrapped treats
  • Be aware of yours and their surroundings – masks can block their view of oncoming cars.
  • Carrying a flashlight helps you see where you’re going and helps drivers see you as well.
  • Have younger kids stay with you and older ones, who go with their friends, keep in touch with you at all times.
  • Ration yourself and your kids – enjoy a few nibbles and then save the rest to enjoy in the future.  Not too many sugary snacks on any given day!
  • Share the loot – there is always someone who is unable to go Trick or Treating – you’ll make their day by sharing!
  • If you have young children, go through their “loot” and take out gum, peanuts, hard candies and other choking hazards.
  • One great alternative that seems to be popping up is town-wide events – they are much safer and eliminate much of the worry for parents.

 

I encourage any of our many readers to share more Halloween suggestions.

Dr. Marvin A. Fier has a dental practice in Pomona, NY.

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