October is just around the corner! While kids dream of the perfect trick-or-treat outfit, parents have to worry about the effect all that candy will have on their kids’ teeth — and for good reason. Tooth decay is the number one untreated chronic disease among children, leading to dental pain, truancy, low self-esteem, and other potentially fatal health complications!
Never fear – we’ve got fun alternatives to gooey, sugar-filled treats any kid would want to have this Halloween! So don your Tooth Fairy wings and distribute these fun surprises to the little ghouls and orcs in your area!
- A new toothbrush. Don’t worry—when paired with more “tooth-friendly” candy like chocolate or sugar-free gum, and some printable oral care tips, kids will be more excited about getting a new toothbrush than you might expect. Buy them as per box from Amazon or SmileMakers, or keep the Smile Drive set before Halloween to help kids keep their teeth healthy for months to come!
- Low sugar snacks. Kids will get a lot of sweet stuff, so mix it up with any of these delicious snacks:
• Bags of pastries or biscuits
• Cheese Series
• An apple
• Squeezable fruit bags
• Sugar Free Dessert
- water bottles. After a long night of flying around the neighborhood, trick-or-treaters will appreciate something to drink. Find bottles with fun Halloween stickers, or get creative and make your own with facts about tooth decay. Water is best if it contains natural fluoride to help protect enamel from decay. Click here for a list of brands that contain fluoride.
- Other fun things. While the candy will be gone in a few days (or less), these low-cost alternatives will be fun for much longer!:
• glow stick (also helps kids stay visible once the sun goes down)
• Halloween themed stickers
• Small bottles of bubbles
• Creepy accessories like vampire teeth or spider rings
• Play-Doh mini containers
• Temporary tattoo
• Halloween toys, slashers, balloons, bouncy balls or other small toys
• School supplies like scary pencils and erasers
Finally, if you’re more interested in how Halloween looks during a pandemic, check out 16 fun ways to celebrate Quarantine-O-Ween or how to celebrate safely in your area.