It’s common knowledge that candy—and other sugary-sweet substances—are a prime cause of cavities. So, we won’t discuss the dangers of Halloween candy and how to avoid them; rather, let’s discuss some dentist-approved Halloween treats that you can both give out in your neighborhood and feel comfortable with your children eating.
- Fruits and Vegetables
Don’t laugh. As it turns out, fruits and veggies could very well be a hit treat for your little tricksters. Of course, buying crisp apples and crunchy carrots in bulk may not be the best option, as concerns of dangers within Halloween treats have been mounting over the years. Instead, your grocery store’s produce section may have individually wrapped fruits and vegetables, which are both tasty and delicious! And if the kids stop coming to your home for treats? Well, that means there are more healthy snakes for you.
Consider dairy products—individually wrapped, of course—when handing out treats to visitors. Yogurt tubes (especially frozen!) are delicious, and string cheese or cheese sticks will also not only act as a snack, but a much-needed boost for those trick-or-treaters who treat Halloween like an extreme sport. Then again, maybe you don’t want to be helping them acquire more candy by bolstering their strength… But, if they’re like most kids, they won’t even look at what’s in there until they’re home and it’s time to trade goods with the other kids.
Small bottles of (sealed) water certainly wouldn’t go amiss, especially for those troopers dressed as a hairy Wookie or in some likewise far-too-hot costume. It may be weird at first, but it will definitely be appreciated.
- Sugar-Free Gum
For starters, it’s free of sugar. Secondly, gum is something kids actually like to chew on, so you know it’ll at least get eaten (or at least, chewed).
- Actual Candy…Paired with a Toothbrush
If you don’t want to scare away too many kids by not having candy, you could always hand out a toothbrush with each goodie given. Not only is it a (not-so) subtle reminder that all their loot can put holes in their teeth, but it also gives them something to brush with, thus doing even more to prevent cavities after the night of reckless abandon. You could even go the extra mile and add a small, travel-sized tube of toothpaste to the mix. Just be aware of the kids’ ages; otherwise, a young child might think it’s a tube of candy gel and suck the whole thing down in one go. Yuck.
While Halloween can be a terrifying night for parents, dentists, and dentists that are parents, you can still do your part to promote healthy teeth. Of course, these are just five options you could go with. There are undoubtedly many more dentist-approved Halloween treats you could hand off throughout the night.
If you’d like to feel more at ease about your child’s oral health following Halloween, feel free to visit us online and request an appointment, even if it’s for the first day in November. We don’t judge. In fact, we’re right there with you.