This Post is Written and Sponsored By Dr. Kaveh Ghaboussi of Madison Smile Solutions – a proud dentist and father of two!
Our kids are age six and four. People always joke that I must not let our kids EVER have candy or even trick or treat. This year they will be dressing up as the rare and beautiful “Mermicorn” – a mystical cross between a mermaid and unicorn and good, old Spider Man. Who doesn’t love the idea of getting to be something new for a change plus scoring some candy?! Our kids are beyond excited!
That being said, I am not a fan of October weather which can be rainy, cold and miserable. The first year our daughter went door to door it was FREEZING and we didn’t want to be outside. We told her since she was 3 years old – she could go to 6 houses! This year since she is 6 and my son is 4 – we do some fast math = 20 houses. That is A LOT, especially since most houses give you a couple fun size pieces and we always have some left over from what we hand out.
Once we get home we look through all the candy and decide which ones we love the most. I try to encourage our kids to keep the chocolate versus the sticky, gooey stuff like taffy or caramel. They usually get to eat too much on Halloween and then each day for a week they can have one or two pieces (then nothing but broccoli!) About a week out, the Switch Witch comes. I found a version of this poem online. You also can buy a Switch Witch on Amazon!
Have you heard of the Switch Witch?
She’s hungry, spooky, and fat!
She’s on a hunt for candy
To feed her naughty cat.
After Trick or Treating
Pick out some things to keep
And then put them in a bucket
Sweets to swap in your sleep!
You might wake up and find a toy
Maybe some clothes to wear?
Something for your piggy bank?
Or a funny game to share?
Being a dentist and a parent is fun. When I told our kids they could go to 18 houses, our daughter said, “Great! That Witch will be so happy!” I would much rather give our kids a new movie or little toy than a mouth full of cavities. We do see a lot of dental emergencies around the candy holidays –Halloween, Christmas, and Easter. So please keep your kiddos up to date on their routine dental visits! At Madison Smile Solutions, we typically see kids for cleaning every 6 months and check-ups. In addition, we also see parents and grandparents. You can call today (608-227-7000), or before the end of the year, and make your families dental appointments. We pride ourselves in taking extra steps to make sure your family has an anxiety-free and comfortable visit. We really enjoy getting to see families and helping them keep their smiles bright and healthy!