, /PRNewswire/ -- This , an estimated 84 percent of Americans will celebrate an annual tradition honoring ghosts and ghouls, and gorging on sweet treats with an evening of trick-or-treating. While the candy-filled tradition has been enjoyed by families for decades, it also presents an oral health challenge for children and their families. And that challenge could get more difficult. New analysis from Delta Dental of reports candy giving will be up five percent compared to numbers reported in 2013.
Candy giving increase:
In 2013, 73 percent of parents gave out candy, based on a new 2015 Delta Dental survey, 78 percent of parents say they'll hand out candy this year.
Less parental looting:
In 2013, nearly 80 percent of parents admitted to eating some of their kids'candy, this year marks a sharp decrease, with only 66 percent of parents saying they'll pilfer from the haul. Moms are 10 percent more likely than dads to raid their kids stash.
Bad news for chocolate lovers:
While chocolate continues to top the charts this year as the most handed outcandy, 14 percent fewer parents say they'll be giving it to trick-or-treaters. In 2013, 73 percent of parents gave out chocolate on , this year that number has dropped to 59 percent.
Fewer household rules on candy consumption:
The number of parents limiting the amount ofcandy their child can eat at a time has decreased by 28 percent, from 89 percent in 2013, to 61 percent this year, according to the analysis.
On the heels of the analysis, Delta Dental ofhas important tips for kids, parents and neighbors to help prevent candy-fueled cavities:
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