Witch Halloween Treats Will You Hand out This Year?
Did you know that the average American child will consume about three cups of sugar during the Halloween season? That is almost 16 times the maximum daily recommendation of 25 grams! That is A LOT of sugar and treats! At the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, we believe in having fun at Halloween while also being as tooth-friendly as can be!
To achieve this, AAPD President Dr. Joe Castellano encourages kids to enjoy trick or treating, but also advises parents to limit consumption to only a little bit at a time. Moderation is key when it comes to treats. After consumption, parents should have children drink fluoridated water followed by brushing and flossing their teeth. He recommends staying away from gummy candies and also suggests donating excess candy to Treats for Troops or taking it to your dentist’s office if they participate in a buy-back program.
Cups of sugar fact: Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Maximum daily sugar recommendation fact: American Heart Association