The fall season brings an amazing amount of fun activities for you and your family. From the excitement of Halloween, to school fall festivals, kids and parents alike look forward to the cool weather and family memories. Unfortunately, Halloween and fall festivals can also do a number on your child’s teeth. Hard candies, sweet treats and sugary snacks can be cavities waiting to happen. Handing out Halloween treats doesn’t mean you have to hand out oral health disasters. There are a number of healthy alternatives to the candy bars and licorice- some that trick-or-treaters might even enjoy more than the sugary treats. Take a look at some of these creative trick-or-treat alternatives that will leave all the little ghosts and ghouls smiling throughout the year.
Applesauce is still a sweet treat, and not nearly as hard on the teeth. Not only that, they’re portable, affordable and a great way to avoid the mess of some other treats. You can get a pack of 48 pouches for about 35 dollars on Amazon, which is enough to give all the trick-or-treaters something healthy to smile about.
Sugar Free Gum
While sugar free gum may not be the most exciting item in your child’s bag, it’s still a quality alternative to all the junk they’ll be getting. You can get tasty sugar free gum such as Dubble Bubble and throw a few pieces in along with other healthy treats. Parents will appreciate the lack of sugar, and the kids (especially those kids who love their chewing gum) will be happy with a full bag of “candy.”
If you want to skip the food items altogether, many parents have opted to hand out toys instead. There are a number of items you can get in bulk such as pencils, erasers, stickers, mini water guns, temporary tattoos, mini play dough, sidewalk chalk, bouncing balls, bubbles and more. The possibilities are endless and none of these things will land your child in the dentist’s chair. If you’re thinking of skipping the candy and handing out toys, head to your local dollar store to find amazing deals on bulk items.
GREAT WISCONSIN CHEESE
Single serving cheese sticks are both nutritious and delicious. They are available in large packages at most local grocery stores, supply calcium for healthy teeth and bones and lower the acids in the mouth to fight cavity development.
Chips and Crackers
Lunch box packages of chips and crackers are also available in bulk packaging. There are assortments that are sure to please a multitude of finicky munchkins. Who can refuse a package of Doritos, Cheetos, Fritos, or Potato Chips?
These days there really are dozens of candy alternatives that don’t skimp on the flavor. Do your own research to find what works best for you and your family, have fun with it, and get everyone involved.Dr. Janelle Stumpf Stumpf Dental
N28 W23000 Roundy Drive
Pewaukee, WI 53072