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Please Be Tooth-Friendly This Halloween!

I know that my oldest two daughters can’t wait to head out into the streets tonight as a Vampire Queen and Pirate Princess. However, their father – the responsible dentist that he is – has already informed them that they can’t eat everything they collect.

While cavitiehalloweens cannot develop from one night of binge-eating on laffy taffy, jolly ranchers and chocolate, the sticky and chewy treats can get stuck in the deep pits and grooves of children’s teeth, putting your child at an increased risk of tooth decay.

I’d like to provide some tips for a tooth-friendly Halloween.



If you choose to hand out sweets, I always recommend sugar-free gum and candy.

A new trend is handing out temporary tattoos, stickers, or small inexpensive toys.

Avoid candies that take lots of time to dissolve, such as taffy and lolly-pops, so that you can reduce the amount of time sugar is in contact with teeth.

My wife and I always feed our kids before we head out with the hope that they eat less candy on a full stomach.

Offer to hold their bag of candy, and take some out for yourself when they’re not looking.

Limit the number of candy they are allowed to eat when they come home.

While they are sleeping, take some more for yourself. And if the kids ask where it went, deny any knowledge of its whereabouts.

And don’t forget to brush and floss before bed!

We hope that you have a great time tonight! Happy Halloween!


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About the Author
Dr. Mark Buzaglo is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario where he completed his Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree, receiving the Pierre Fauchard Academy Award for outstanding academic achievement. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree with Honours. Dr. Buzaglo is an avid believer in ongoing continuing education and has completed many certified courses in all aspects of dentistry with particular focus in the fields of Cosmetic, Invisalign Orthodontics, and Implant Dentistry. He is a contributing writer and editor for the oral health programs at and, Canada’s foremost on-line continuing medical education websites for Medical Doctors in Canada. Dr. Buzaglo has a creative passion that is evident throughout your experience in his office, Westmount Dental. He has personally designed the layout and features of the office to provide an esthetic appeal to the flow of the working space. His creative ability is truly reflected in the dental treatment he provides to his patients.

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