How to Ditch the Sweets, But Still Give Treats

Trick or Treat Alternatives Cosmetic Dentist

You may have learned about fun and safe alternatives to trick-or-treating in recent years, such as school-hosted carnivals or trunk-or-treat events. These can be great ways to enjoy all the traditional Halloween fun with your kids or grandkids, without all the worry that can come along with knocking on strangers’ doors. But, did you know there are a lot of great alternatives to traditional “treats” as well? Nothing says you have to hand out candy to keep the kids happy this Halloween. Take this quiz to see what your preventive dentist recommends as alternatives to traditional trick-or-treating fare.

Toothbrushes and floss are the only appropriate alternatives to candy as treats.

False. There are a lot of dentist-approved treats that make excellent choices for trick-or-treaters, most of which will be bigger hits with the kids than dental gear while still being safe for their smiles. Stickers, temporary tattoos, glow sticks or small toys, games or puzzles are all great alternatives to candy.

Juice boxes or fruit punches are a healthier choice than candy.

False. From a dentist’s standpoint, there is not much difference between sugar-laden candy or sugar-laden processed drinks. While there may be some nutritious benefits to fruit juices, they still expose teeth to a lot of sugar, which increases the likelihood of plaque buildup and cavities. If you want to hand out an edible treat, try low-sugar and low-sodium crackers or pretzels.

Kids will only be happy with candy.

False. Most kids have access to plenty of candy, especially around Halloween. You might be pleasantly surprised how happy they’ll be to get something else, like a glittery sticker or a glow stick.

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