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Ten Tips for a Tooth Friendly Halloween

October 31 is just around the corner and as we all know, ‘tis the season of candy! As dental professionals, we don’t want to put a damper on the fun! But at Wildwood Dental, we believe “healthy” and “Halloween” can belong in the same sentence.

If you’re looking to pass out something unique that will treat — rather than trick — teeth, check out these 10 items and make Halloween a healthier experience.

  • Glow sticks

    What kid wouldn’t like to light up the night while trick-or-treating?

  • Stickers

    Check your local dollar store and stock up on a variety of stickers fit for boys and girls of all ages.

  • Temporary tattoos

    What child doesn’t like to decorate an arm or a leg with some faux ink?

  • Fun pencils, pens and crayons

    Help neighborhood kids soar to the top of their class with these creative treats.

  • Party favors

    Check your local store for small trinkets like yo-yos, bouncy balls or rings typically used for birthday parties. These can be a big hit and last much longer than candy.

  • Kid-approved snacks

    Treats like small bags of pretzels, cheddar crackers and popcorn are popular and won’t cause a mouth full of cavities. Bonus points from parents who can slip these treats into their child’s lunchbox!

  • Gum

    Grab some multi-packs of sugar-free gum with Xylitol, a naturally occurring sweetener. Xylitol has been proven to help stop the growth of cavity-causing bacteria.

  • Mini flashlights

    Just like glow sticks, these are fun and help keep kids safe while trick or treating. Plus they’re great for scaring away closet and under-the-bed monsters.

  • Halloween stampers

    Kids love to use mini stampers. This time of year, they can be found with cool creatures like bats, mummies and jack-o-lanterns.

  • Teeth

    Yes teeth. Kids love wearing and scaring with plastic fangs. How about glow-in-the-dark fangs? Boo!

If you have your heart set on passing out candy, stick to plain chocolate bars that easily melt and avoid sweets like caramel and hard candies, which stick to teeth and cause bacteria to grow.

Halloween doesn’t have to be a disaster for your health and teeth. By switching out candy for trinkets, treasures and healthy treats, you will set a good example for your kids and not get tricked into cavities.

Happy Halloween, Mill Creek!

Do you have any healthy Halloween tips? Please share!

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