Halloween’s over but you probably have a pile of candy around your house. Today on “Growing up Texas” we take a look at managing your children’s candy consumption.
It's estimated that the average American eats about 24 pounds of candy a year. Most of that eating happens around this time of year, which isn't good for your kids’ stomachs or their teeth.
Dr. Regina Jensen, a local dentist, said the effects of Halloween candy can show up after the holiday in the form of cavities.
“It has more so to do with after Halloween -- how much you allow you kids eat candy. So, down the road we might see it as a consequence,” Jensen said. “You know, Halloween is about having candy. We want to teach kids about how to limit themselves and also educate the parents on the best way to do that."
If you're looking for a way to dump some of these desserts before they wind end up getting stuck in your kids’ teeth, here are some ideas.
You can freeze them to use later in baking recipes or for Valentine's Day. Save some to use as stocking-stuffers or in a gingerbread house during Christmas time. Or stuff it in a piñata for your kid's birthday party.
And, if you don't want to even see the candy in your house anymore, you can actually sell it back to Jensen Pediatric Dentistry.
"We're actually donating it to Operation Gratitude,” Jensen said. “It benefits the troops overseas. So, they bring their candy, their unopened, unwanted candy, if there's any such thing as unwanted. And, we send it to the soldiers overseas. We give the kids a dollar a pound.”
The Halloween buy back is from Nov. 4-7 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information go to jensenpediatricdentistry.com.