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Even dentists hand out candy on Halloween

  • As long as children brush and floss after indulging, Halloween candy won’t rot their teeth, dentists say. STOCK PHOTO



For the Gazette
Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Pioneer Valley dentists are gearing up for the Halloween season with treats and goodies for their patients.

At Mountain View Dental in Easthampton, Dr. Seth Eichenlaub described the goody bags of necklaces, whoopee cushions, fake tattoos and spider rings his office gives out to patients.

Eichenlaub lives in Hadley and does not get many trick-or-treaters, but if he did, he said, he’d probably give out candy. 

“I grew up with Halloween and loving Halloween,” Eichenlaub said.

Dr. Joseph Ting, of Belchertown, expressed the importance of oral hygiene, but also acknowledged the spirit of the holiday. He gives out candy to trick-or-treaters instead of toothbrushes.

“I eat candy, my wife eats candy, my kids eat candy,” Ting said.

“It’s a fun time for kids,” Ting said, “As long as you brush and floss afterword it’s perfectly fine.”

“Parents should be diligent in making sure that children brush and floss their teeth right after eating candy, and don’t let them go to sleep without brushing away the sugary residue from their teeth,” said Dr. Howard Zolot, the president of the Massachusetts Dental Society, in a press release.

The society's member dentists expressed a commitment to kid’s oral hygiene during Halloween.

“Letting kids enjoy their Halloween candy in moderation won’t be harmful so long as they have good oral health habits,” the Massachusetts Dental Society said.