Halloween is just around the corner, and boy are the kids excited! They get to dress up and maybe even watch an age appropriate scary movie or two. Even though an excessive amount of sweets have made their way into being a big part of the spooky season, having too many can be detrimental for the oral health of your children. The good news is that heaps of candy aren’t a requirement in order to have a good time this October 31. Instead, your dentist in Montgomery, MN shares some enjoyable alternatives that don’t include candy.
From spider rings to vampire and zombie teeth, picking up some of these inexpensive accessories from your local party store could be just what your kids need to bring their whole costume together. They also make a great addition to any goody bag!
Adding a few glow sticks to the trick-or-treat basket is another great alternative. Not only are they fun to wear, but they will also make your kids more visible to traffic on Halloween night. These glow in the dark sticks can help to keep them safe.
You loved them in the 80’s and 90’s, so your kids are bound to find some enjoyment out of them as well. Find some fun festive slap bracelets or other accessories in order to get into the spooky spirit this Halloween.
You can find small Halloween themed bottles of bubble soap at your local party store, or you could get some plain ones and some ghostly stickers to decorate them with. These little party favors provide plenty of fun for the little ones without hurting their smiles.
If you want your older kids to have an extra sweet treat, sugar-free gum is a great choice. Not only does it taste just as good, but it even has some benefits for their teeth, like increasing saliva flow. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) warns that chewing gum should be kept away from children under the age of 4 to prevent accidental choking.
As delicious as candy may be, it doesn’t last very long in the hands of a child. However, something that can provide hours of fun is printed activities. Pick out some Halloween-themed coloring pages, puzzles, and brain games.
They are safe for kids and tons of fun! The kids will love showing them off at school the following week. Plus, they wash right off if needed!
This Halloween, you don’t need an outrageous amount of candy eating away at your kids’ enamel. Instead, try some of these alternatives to get into the spirit and have a great time!
About the Author
Dr. Geoffrey Iverson is a well experience dentist who has been serving patients at his very own practice in Montgomery, MN for nearly four decades. He currently holds memberships in numerous professional organizations including the American Dental Association and the Minnesota Dental Association. For more tips on keeping your child’s smile healthy or to schedule an appointment, visit his website or call (507) 364-7424.