Five Healthy Halloween Treats

by Jason 10/30/2014 8:00 AM

As a dental benefits company, we care a great deal about oral health. That being said, we know candy isn’t exactly the best thing for your teeth. But who are we to deprive you on Halloween? Trick-or-treating is a tradition that’s here to stay.

It’s possible to do your part in passing out healthier treats than the usual Halloween fare. Not only are these trick-or-treat trinkets tooth-friendly, kids are guaranteed to love them. You might even be the most popular stop in the neighborhood!

Treats 

1.    Dark Chocolate: Dark chocolate is one of the best options to give to trick-or-treaters. Chocolate melts fast and washes off of teeth easily, making it harder for bacteria to cling to enamel. Plus, dark chocolate is loaded with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.  
2.    Sugarless Gum: Kids love this long-lasting, bubble-making candy. We encourage sugar-free gum because it’s a super saliva generator that removes food particles from your mouth. Look for a sugar-free gum that contains xylitol, a sweetener that reduces mouth bacteria.

Treasures

1.    Temporary Tattoos and Stickers: Stickers are inexpensive and universally loved. Feel free to add temporary tattoos to the mix – they’re like stickers that last longer! Watch little ones delight as they choose their favorite spooky sticker or temporary tattoo.
2.    Glowsticks: These unique treasures will bring bright lights to the Halloween night.
3.    Dress-up Accessories: Give little ones a costume helper! Small items like vampire teeth, an eye patch, costume jewelry or sunglasses make fun additions to the treat tote.

In preparation for the designated Halloween night in your neck of the woods, , we suggest buying one to two items from each category. When your trick-or-treaters arrive, let them pick one treat and one treasure.

Once the night comes to a close, give yourself a pat on the back – you gave your trick-or-treaters a happy (and healthy!) Halloween. After the trick-or-treat traffic, but before you hit the hay, remember to brush and floss! 

Happy Halloween!

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