Are you excited about greeting trick-or-treaters soon, but also a little concerned about the repercussions those young guests’ smiles might face if you send them home with copious amounts of sugar? Sugar is a major factor in cavity development, which is why dentists regularly recommend that patients limit how much sugar they consume on a regular basis. Fortunately, if you are interested in a smile-friendly alternative to candy, you don’t have to opt for toothbrushes or floss. Instead, consider one of the many options approved by children’s dentists, which are still kid-approved and sure to elicit smiles!
Opt for Fun Items Other than Candy
While you might think of candy and other edible treats when it comes to Halloween, there is no rule stating that Halloween treats must be edible. In fact, there are lots of fun, non-food treats perfect for passing out to trick-or-treaters!
- Small toys, puzzles or games are sure to delight your young guests, and won’t jeopardize their oral health, either.
- Glow-in-the-dark items, like small toys or bracelets are also big hits with most kids. Plus they can actually help keep them safe while walking along dark streets during Halloween.
- Stickers, temporary tattoos, and even bouncing balls or small packs of crayons can be fun additions to pumpkin pails, as well.
- All of these ideas are popular with kids, while still helping to protect their dental health!
- To help keep the costs low, check out your local dollar store, or the dollar section of your favorite grocery store or pharmacy. Many craft stores also offer seasonal items, often at a great discount as the holiday approaches.