Story last updated at 4:00 p.m. Thursday, October 24, 2002

Other treats suitable
Goblins and ghosts will soon be knocking at your door and mine. Traditional treats are candy. The day after Halloween involves hoarding and intolerable personalities related to a diet of sweets. This tradition also presents the message that candy is OK. Of course, we dentists see on a daily basis the detrimental effects upon dental health as a result of sugar in candy. Candy is an unconscious trick played upon trick-or-treaters.

A good alternative that does require a bit of planning is to give as treats small, inexpensive prizes such as pencils, plastic spiders, plastic snakes and any number of imaginative things that bring smiles and happiness. The source for our office has been www.smilemakers.com, (800) 825-8085. I am sure there are many other sources as well.

Happy Halloween.

W.J. Marley, DDS, W.J. Marley Jr. DDS, Jane Olson, RDH

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