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Advice for avoiding trouble caused by too much candy over Halloween has been given in the News Tribune.
Tips for healthier treats have been published, which may be of interest to parents who do not want to have to find a dentist to repair damage caused by sugar excess.
Dr Jennifer Shu, a pediatrician from Atlanta, told the newspaper that instead of candy, she gives out little toys such as Pokemon cards and glow sticks to keep children entertained.
Other advice given in the article includes offering healthier snacks such as pretzels and cereal bars to protect dental health.
And if sweet things must be given out, something like soft chocolate is better than sticky candy, which can adhere to teeth and braces for longer.
Some experts have also suggested that putting a limit on the amount of candy consumed each day can help protect dental health.
Braces work by putting pressure on teeth over time to straighten them.
It is sometimes necessary to wear head or neck gear with wires attached to the teeth as well, but it is not usually necessary to wear these devices during the day.
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