Halloween should be fun for kids. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean they have to fill up on candy and other sweets. On the other hand, you don’t want to be the neighborhood party-pooper that hands out celery sticks. Not to worry. There are plenty of other options that will keep the kids happy and their teeth healthy. Read on for some great ideas from your children’s dentist in Washington.
An Apple a Day
While we really don’t recommend celery sticks, there are plenty of kid-friendly options in the produce section of your grocery store. The shelves are stocked with individual packages of sliced apples, grapes and baby carrots. These make a great change of pace from candy and are ideal for tucking in your child’s lunch the next day.
Check the Dairy Aisle
Dairy treats are a great idea, because they are packed with calcium and vitamin D—exactly what kids need to build strong teeth. How about a tube of yogurt or string cheese? You can even find drink boxes of plain or chocolate milk that do not need to be refrigerated.
Sweets with Xylitol
Xylitol is a sugar-free sweetener that actually helps to prevent cavities by helping the good bacteria in your child’s mouth outnumber the bad bacteria. Today, there are several manufacturers that sell chewing gum with xylitol, as well as sugar-free hard candies, lollipops and caramels. With these candies, you’ll be helping those little smiles stay healthy as they enjoy their Halloween treats.
Mini water bottles are a great Halloween treat. Kids love them and they go with any snack or meal. Water is essential for proper hydration, but it also rinses away debris that can become stuck on or in between teeth. Always offer water when your children are having a snack or a meal.
Brush and Floss
Of course, good oral hygiene is essential all year-round. With the added treats at Halloween, however, proper brushing and flossing are even more important. Make sure your children brush at least twice a day for two minutes at a time. If possible, have them brush immediately after eating any Halloween candy. And, children should floss at least once a day.
Your family dentist in Washington wishes you and your children a safe and fun Halloween and a treat bag filled with healthy snacks! Call the office for more trick-or-treat ideas.
Meet the Doctor
Dr. James Mace is a dentist in Washington, MO. He and his staff are committed to ensuring the health, beauty and longevity of your smile. If you’d like to learn more about tooth-colored fillings or another service, contact us today.