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CT Dentists Offer Healthy Alternatives to Halloween Candy

The Connecticut State Dental Association Provides Alternative Gift Ideas.

Today, the Connecticut State Dental Association (CSDA) shared healthy alternatives to giving out sugary candy on Halloween.

“Strictly by the numbers, Halloween is a dentist’s worst nightmare,” said Dr. Gary Linker, CSDA President. “A single serving of a full-size candy bar has over 20 grams of sugar and more than 200 calories.”

Due to its sugary content, candy ingestion is an instigator of tooth decay in children – especially around holidays such as Halloween, Christmas and Easter.

“Halloween can still be fun without being hazardous for teeth,” said Dr. Linker. “Instead of giving trick-or-treaters candy, people could hand out spooky treats.”

Some non-edible spooky treat alternatives are:

  • Glow Sticks
  • Stickers
  • Monster Finger Puppets
  • Spider Rings
  • Bouncy Balls
  • or, other Halloween trinkets

As part of the CSDA’s charitable outreach, some dental offices throughout state also offer a Halloween Candy Buy Back Program. The program promotes oral health by encouraging children to eat less sugary candy and rewarding those who donate unopened candy. 

To find a list of some of the participating dental offices, visit the CSDA’s Charitable Dental Outreach Calendar, available at

“If you have questions about dental health – maybe you’re wondering how much candy is too much for your child’s teeth – give your dentist a call,” added Dr. Linker.

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