Halloween is right around the corner, and with it comes piles of sticky, sugary treats. We know that sugar causes cavities by feeding the bacteria in our mouths which turn sugar into the acids that break down tooth structure. Sugary foods that stay in contact with our teeth for extended periods of time generate the most acid and do the most damage. Here are a few ideas to limit risk while still enjoying the fun of the holiday. Healthy snack options may not make you the most popular house on the trick or treat route, but you don’t have to worry about having rotten eggs thrown at your house for giving out floss and toothpaste either. Remember that the real problem comes from sugar that sticks to your teeth. So avoid anything with the work “gummy” on the label. If you aren’t going to give out apples, opt for chocolate bars instead. Chocolate clears quickly from your teeth and does not cause a high risk for cavities. In fact, as far as we’re concerned chocolate is better for your teeth than raisins! Another great idea is The Switch Witch. This novel concept lets your kids have some Halloween treats without going over the top. After trick or treat, have your children select five of their favorite treats, then place the remaining candy on the front porch for the Switch Witch. She will take the candy and leave a treat (a toy or gift they have been asking for) in its place.