Try to imagine Halloween costumes that represent cavity-free teeth and safe fun. Boring, you say? Doctors and dentists don't necessarily want you to dress as a mouth or a flashlight, but they do want those topics on your mind for the act-crazy, eat-too-many-sweets Halloween holiday.
That's why you'll hear and read a lot of cautions that are not meant to spoil the fun but, hopefully, to heighten it.
For example, a dentist's office in Vancleave hopes to "buy back" 500 pounds of candy from trick-or-treaters and send it to the children of Iraq and Afghanistan and U.S. soldiers.
That's a different twist to trick-or-treating, but first let's consider the safety part of the holiday. Flashlights, reflective tape on costumes and adult supervision are important.
"Be safe and be smart," said David Higdon, director of emergency services at Ocean Springs Hospital, and a registered nurse associated with emergency rooms for 26 years.
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