Thursday, October 1, 2015

9 Fun Ways to Use Halloween Candy from Aquafresh® Toothpaste


The older I get, the more I have come to love Halloween by seeing it through the eyes of my children. The parties, costumes, pumpkin-carving, crafts, and CANDY have made it second to only Christmas (and maybe Easter) in our house.  And, while I love their little footprint ghosts and ADORE our Halloween Countdown Tree traditions, I know that the highlight of the holiday for them is the mounds and mounds of candy.  With five kids, we get A LOT of candy.  Last year, our sweet neighbors even insisted on handing over bags of treats to our 3-month-old! (Her brothers didn't mind helping her out with that!).

Over the years, we've come up with ways to enjoy our candy AND protect our teeth from the sugary acid that comes with it:
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  1. Eat it! - There's nothing wrong with sugar in moderation and enjoying all that hard-earned trick-or-treating treasure (or just sneaking some of your kids' stash).  In our house, we allow the kids to enjoy a few of their favorites that night and then they can pick a piece each morning to put in their lunch boxes. The kids love spreading it out this way and we don't have to argue about when and if they can have more candy. I want to help them learn to enjoy the treats they love while also establishing good health and hygiene habits, like brushing those pearly whites each night before bed!
  2. Trade it! - Some parents choose to have their kids trade their candy for another prize like a toy, book, or experience.  This works especially well for children with allergies who may feel left out when half of their loot contains peanut products or other ingredients that they can't have.  I've even seen kids who leave their candy out for the Tooth Fairy who picks it up and leaves a present behind instead.
 3. Save it! - Freezing allows most candy to be saved for at least a year. Then, it can be used for holidays and other activities throughout the year.
 4. Experiment with it! - My kids absolutely love these candy science experiments featuring their favorite goodies.  Find out which candies sink or float, make letters float, or watch sour candies fizz. The kids will even enjoy creating their own candy experiments.


5. Learn with it! - Kids will have fun sorting, counting, and graphing with these hands-on Candy Math activities.
6. Bake with it! - The holidays offer the perfect opportunities for yummy desserts that can be shared with lots of people.  We love to bake cookies using a mix of all our favorite candy bars, except for the Snickers! Those get saved for this amazing Snickers Trifle dessert that is always a hit at our holiday gatherings.
7. Craft with it! - Use that frozen, leftover candy for candy trains,birthday candy wreaths, or whip up your own candy paints to keep your little artist busy! 


8. Donate it! - Send the wrapped candy in your Operation Christmas Child Shoe boxes or to Operation Gratitude. Make sure you check with your organization to see what restrictions they may have.
9. Gift it! - Last year, we used the part of our leftover Halloween candy to fill these fun Turkey Candy Cans for the boys' teachers. The teachers loved them and the boys loved making them!

No matter how you choose to enjoy your candy this year, you can protect your teeth from sugar acid by brushing twice a day with  Aquafresh® Cavity Protection Toothpaste. Aquafresh® toothpaste helps protect tooth enamel from damage caused by sugar acids and also helps protect your teeth against cavities. The whole family can benefit from brushing twice a day, especially after a day spent enjoying holiday treats!

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91 comments:

  1. My favorite way is to floss and brush my teeth twice a day

    elena150980 at yahoo dot com

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  2. https://twitter.com/ElenaIstomina/status/650133541154492416

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  3. My favorite way to take care of your teeth this Halloween is try my best not to take too many candies from my kids trick or treat basket! hehee...I love the creative way you share to use up those candies.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

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  4. tweeted:
    https://twitter.com/uTry_it/status/650175213422772224
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  5. My favorite way will be to rinse them after eating sweets during the day, and being sure to brush right after, if at home.

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  6. tweet-https://twitter.com/LuLu_Brown24/status/650219984019259392

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  7. I brush and floss twice a day and so does my son and daughter! We try and brush after eating sweets! We love using Aquafresh because it really cleans our teeth! And we like the taste.

    jewelwood55(at)gmail(dot)com

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  8. Tweet-https://twitter.com/JewelWood/status/650298036455804928
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  9. I stay away from things like caramel that always get stuck in my teeth and I brush twice daily and floss and use a fluoride rinse.
    prettyinhotpink6@gmail dot com

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  10. Tweet: https://twitter.com/PrettyHotPink6/status/650479316724154368

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  11. My favorite way to take care of my teeth is to rinse my mouth with water after a meal (whenever I'm unable to actually brush).
    maddiembrubaker {at} gmail [dot] com

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  12. Tweet link: https://twitter.com/shala_darkstone/status/650495691672920064
    maddiembrubaker {at} gmail [dot] com

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  13. i brush my teeth and use a whitener

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  14. https://twitter.com/raggammuffin/status/650676127686623232

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  15. I make sure to brush my teeth at least twice a day. Thanks so much.
    rickpeggysmith(at)aol(dot)com

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  16. Tweeted: https://twitter.com/peg42/status/650809181251969024
    Thanks again
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  17. I am making sure to floss and brush to take care of my teeth after enjoying sweet treats this Halloween.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

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  18. tweet-https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/650862022834257920

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  19. I like to use flossers and brush my teeth 2 times a day to take care of my teeth this season.
    kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

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  20. tweet
    https://twitter.com/Kellydpa/status/651096282199650304

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  21. I use flossers and brush after every meal.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  22. tweet--https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/651119231480688640

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  23. We brush at least twice daily and use dental floss.
    cshell090869 at aol dot com

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  24. tweeted
    https://twitter.com/cshell202/status/651181866595123200
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  25. I like to carry floss in my purse and rinse with mouthwash after lunch at work. I brush morning and night and floss at night. I also try to avoid eating sticky candy or honey. yarbr012@gmail.com

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  26. https://twitter.com/yarbr012/status/651190843756277760 yarbr012@gmail.com

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  27. https://twitter.com/mkjmc/status/651887113915498496

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  28. I brush my teeth after meals
    tina19820115@gmail.com

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  29. https://twitter.com/HappyTina0115/status/651918230869573632
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  30. Lots of brushing, and not a lot of candy!

    chambanachik(at)gmail(dot)com

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  31. I take care of my teeth by brushing and flossing daily and seeing my dentist twice a year.

    s2s2 at cox dot net

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  32. https://twitter.com/susan1215/status/652935442753417216

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  33. I do indulge in candy but try to limit the number of hard candies or sticky candies I eat. Then I just follow my normal brushing and flossing routine!
    dmarie824 at aol dot com

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  34. tweeted https://twitter.com/dmarie824/status/653638275526033408

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  35. Same way as every day....brush and floss!

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  36. tweeted
    https://twitter.com/rubylorikeet/status/654310623719743488

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  37. I brush twice a day. I know I need to floss more. Umm, lie. I know I need to floss. Period.

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  38. https://twitter.com/OneFrugalGirl/status/654864958895861760
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  39. I bought one of those rubber tipped gum stimulators. It seems to reach all the junk that flossing and brushing can't get to.
    onefrugalgirl AT gmail DOT com

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  40. My favorite way is to keep flossers in my purse so I can floss on the go!

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    wildorchid985 AT gmail DOT com

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  41. tweet--https://twitter.com/WildOrchid985/status/655880982285918208

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  42. I brush, floss and rinse often, especially after indulging in sticky candies.

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  43. Tweet
    https://twitter.com/clc408/status/657247963522166784

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  44. Brush my teeth and floss at least twice a day,
    tweety800265(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  45. https://twitter.com/disneyfan40/status/657379664550326272
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  46. #SweepstakesEntry - comment

    for Halloween I will just have to make sure I limit the sweets (not eat the whole bag lol) but I brush, floss & use mouthwash vigilantly anyway all year round

    KC
    kacor7@hotmail.com

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  47. my #SweepstakesEntry tweet:

    https://twitter.com/thrincor/status/657548288816762880

    KC
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  48. Always brushing morning and night!
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  49. tweeted: https://twitter.com/KerryBishop/status/658037742471925760
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  50. Brush well twice a day and use a mouthwash as well.

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  51. tweeted

    https://twitter.com/fairydancer35/status/658355790621843456

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  52. Tweet https://twitter.com/Lindiac/status/658367914920153088

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  53. We try to brush teeth after every meal.
    MCantu1019 at aol dot com

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  54. I always like to use a good electric toothbrush and use it often, especially after eating Halloween treats.

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  55. We take care of our teeth but limiting the sugar and brushing and flossing but also rinsing well! my4boysand1@gmail.com

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  56. I tweeted my4boysand1@gmail.com
    https://twitter.com/my4boysand1/status/658599072832557056

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  57. We definitely make sure to brush extra long during this time of the year. We also floss extra.
    aleksnearing gmail com

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  58. I like to brush and floss extra after eating candy.

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  59. tweeted
    https://twitter.com/thomasmurphy40/status/659122480674701312

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  60. https://twitter.com/purplelover04/status/659148321701826561

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  61. Tweet! https://twitter.com/lexiquin/status/659221446070108160

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  62. I don't know what happened to my first comment. If this is a duplicate, I apologize. What I wrote is that I floss more often because I'm eating more treats during Halloween.

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  63. Besides brushing ad flossing, chewing gum is a great way to keep cavities at bay!

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  64. Here's my tweet: https://twitter.com/kymom13/status/659368450658312192

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  65. I brush and floss!
    POKERGRL8 at gmail.com

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  66. https://twitter.com/aes529/status/659432867605454848
    POKERGRL8 at gmail.com

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  67. Brush, floss, and avoid the candy that is super sticky and chewy!

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  68. https://twitter.com/kytah00/status/659611892336431105 afjackly@oakland.edu

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  69. shawn92379@gmail.com https://twitter.com/Esham4life/status/659620800362860544

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  70. Brush twice a day and use my favorite mouth rinse! shawn92379@gmail.com

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  71. No candy for me this Halloween! Straight brushing, flossing and rinsing.... I make is a habit and it becomes so much easier! afjackly@oakland.edu

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  72. I have horrible teeth, so I have to avoid anything super hard/crunchy or gummy/chewy. It sucks but it is better than going to the dentist with a broken tooth! hahahaha
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

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  73. I tweeted here: https://twitter.com/MsTofuFairy/status/660112250544496640
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

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  74. I'll be keeping up with my trustworthy dental hygiene routine. Brushing and flossing daily.
    - my email can be found in my profile

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  75. brush and floss after eating candy.

    carolinebock1 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  76. Here's my tweet: https://twitter.com/pixel_berry_pie/status/660211135212163073

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  77. I stocked up on toothpaste and mouthwash and we are donating half our candy to our local church for trunk or treat.

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  78. https://mobile.twitter.com/dawnmonroe83/status/660247984710557696

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  79. i'm brushing my teeth after meals and trying to avoid eating candy that sticks to my teeth

    debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

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  80. I posted a tweet here:

    https://twitter.com/bellows22/status/660340476038418432

    debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

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  81. I brush and floss twice a day and carry a small bottle of mouthwash for those times when it's inconvenient to brush.

    willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

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  82. Tweet - https://twitter.com/willitara/status/660358276173795328

    willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

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  83. Brushing teeth twice a day and after eating candy and flossing

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  84. tweet https://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/660477543095648256

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  85. I take care of my teeth during halloween by staying away from the candy altogether. wlbellows at gmail dot com

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  86. I sent out a tweet: https://twitter.com/electricstar/status/660517805456928768 wlbellows at gmail dot com

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  87. I’ll take care of my teeth by bushing and flossing as usual unless I eat sticky candy, then I will put in some extra effort.

    wbailey113 at hotmail dot com

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  88. https://twitter.com/myfolly/status/660555737551253504

    wbailey113 at hotmail dot com

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