Dr Kevin Poupore Oct 2017

TO MAKE WITH YOUR KIDS Simple and Creative Halloween Treats

Creating decked-out, bespoke costumes for your kids takes a lot of planning and hard work. If you want an easier way to make Halloween more creative this year, try creating some holiday-themed treats the whole family can participate in making. The results will be a lot more exciting than the standard fun-sized candy bars that you’ll have more than enough of after the holiday.

almond fingernail at the tip. If you want extra details, use a toothpick to make knuckles in the frosting.

Spooky Oreos

What you’ll need: Oreos, melting chocolate (white or bittersweet), decorations

Donut Monsters

Melt your chocolate, dip America’s favorite cookies in it, and let them set. Ta-da! You’re left with the perfect blank canvas for your children (and you!). Run wild — from spider webs and ghosts to vampires and werewolves, you’ll have a unique treat for everyone at your party.

What you’ll need: glazed or plain donuts, M&M's, plastic fangs

These monsters require only brief assembly, and the effect is awesome. Simply buy your favorite glazed donuts, or make them yourself if you’re feeling adventurous, buy some cheap plastic fangs, and decorate. You can use red food coloring for a blood effect and candy for eyes. You’re only limited by your imagination.

Follow these simple instructions (don’t be afraid to get creative!), and you’ll delight kids of all ages this year.

Witch Finger Pretzels

What you’ll need: large pretzel sticks, frosting, green and black food dye, almond slivers

To start, dye the almond slivers black to make “fingernails.” Cut the pretzel rods down to finger-length and dip them in frosting dyed the pale green of witches’ skin. While the frosting is still soft, stick an


Oil and water. Drinking and driving. Dentists and Halloween. There are some things that do not mix. But, what if we told you that most dentists go trick-or-treating with their kids and even sneak a treat or two from their kids’ buckets? Dentists know better than anyone else how unrealistic it is to keep people from eating extra sweets during Valentine’s Day, Halloween, and Christmas. But there’s a smart way to indulge in seasonal treats without seriously damaging your teeth. First and foremost, Halloween night might be the most important night of the year to brush your teeth. That should be obvious. Now that we’ve established that, let’s look at two candies that you should partake of sparingly, or just avoid altogether: LOLLIPOPS. When it comes to how bad something is for your teeth, frequency and length of exposure is more harmful than

quantity. Theoretically, it’s better for your teeth to eat five candy bars than one sucker (it’s just not as good for your waistline). Lollipops will rest millimeters from your teeth for 10–20 minutes. GUMMY WORMS . Besides being high in sugar, these candies, and really anything sour and gummy, are among the most acidic. Foods with a high acid content wear down the enamel of your teeth, regardless of how much sugar is involved. ANYTHING STICKY . We’re looking at you, caramel. Anything you can’t eat with braces is probably too sticky for your teeth. Bit O’ Honeys and Tootsie Rolls are among the worst offenders. On the other hand, some candies are much easier on your pearly whites:

candies made with stevia or other sugar substitutes

• Candy bars with nuts

So, enjoy yourself, be deliberate about your candy, and remember that Halloween is game time for your toothbrush.

• Dark chocolate

• Sugarless gum and other sugarless

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