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Trick or treating with your favorite dentist can be spooky fun. Did you know some dentists give out candy and goodies for Halloween? The American Dental Association surveyed dentists to find out just how many dished up sweet treats, a whopping 76 percent. Others paired candy with a toothbrush and a reminder card to brush daily.
Then there were dentists who opted to give something other than candy, whether it be for cavity awareness or other health reasons. If you’re looking for sugar-free Halloween ideas, here are some monster big ideas that aren’t nightmares for teeth.
Don’t “glow” bump in the night–
What child doesn’t like glow sticks. They come in all sorts of colors and shapes from straight sticks to bracelets, necklaces and mini light sabers. They are a great add-on to kid’s costumes and they’ll help parents keep track of their little ghosts and goblins.
Water bottles to wash away the sugar–
Charging from house to house as a superhero or evil villain is thirsty work. Dentist can provide trick-or-treaters small bottles of water to wash away any sugar residue left behind from snacking on sweets between houses.
Sugar-free sweets –
Trick or TreatGum can actually be good for your teeth. Studies have shown that chewing sugar-free gum after meals and sweets can help rinse off and neutralize the acids released by the bacteria in plaque, which are harmful to tooth enamel. Both the act of chewing and the flavor of the artificial sweeteners in the gum stimulate ten times the normal rate of saliva flow. Just make sure to ask parents before handing it out and always look for brands with the ADA Seal of Acceptance.
Trinkets for treats –
Toys like paddle ball, yo-yos, bouncy balls, finger puppets and other fun items come in bulk online or in discount stores and make great little treats. Help them “spook” up their costumes by handing out plastic spider rings, vampire teeth or pumpkin bags.
Stickers and stamps–
Pre-inked spooky stamps and ghoulish stickers let kids leave their mark on just about anything. Make up cards with a link to a downloadable Brushing Calendar and a reminder that November 1st is National Brush Day
Spooky pencils –
Pencils with Fall designs, not those boring yellow ones, and erasers shaped like pumpkins or witches are a fun and useful treats kids can take to school after the Halloween fun is over.
What does your dentist offer to little trick-or-treaters? Call to set up your appointment with Dr. Alicia Abeyta, DDS in Albuquerque to see what she and her team are brewing up this Halloween.