Trick or treat? How to have a Halloween that's not scary for your teeth
Halloween is a time of year of dressing up in spooky outfits, trick or treating, and of course, sweets. Supermarkets fill their shelves with spooky sweets and snacks that are perfect for hungry trick or treaters, but the amount of sugar they contain are often scary.
So what can you do this Halloween that is good for teeth and keeps the most demanding ghouls and ghosts happy too? Here’s a few top tips to navigate this spooky season.
Pumpkins for carving or eating?
Most people like to carve pumpkins as part of their Halloween celebrations, but did you know that they’re good for your teeth too? Although they may look scary, they are actually quite good for you! Pumpkins are nearly fat-free and low in calories, containing fibres, antioxidants and vitamins, including calcium which is great for your teeth.
Enjoy sweets at mealtimes
If children manage to accumulate a large amount of sweets and chocolate over Halloween, it’s best to keep these all together and monitor how many they eat. Try letting them have a small amount of treats as part a main meal, rather than nibbling on them throughout the day. This will reduce the amount of time your teeth are exposed to sugars and acid produced from eating sweets, and lower the risk of tooth decay.
Toys and games
Most people will give out sweets and chocolate as Trick or Treats, so try giving out toys and games instead. Have a look in the shops for toy spiders, bats, witches, ghosts, skeletons and more; you’ll be amazed at what you can find! Giving out toys will reduce the amount of sugary sweets and chocolate children will receive, and will make the fun last longer too.
Instead of sweets, why not try homemade microwave plain popcorn, which is better for your teeth. Try putting a small amount of popcorn in orange and black Halloween-themed paper cones that are easy to carry. For something savoury, small slices of homemade pizza will go down a treat (pardon the pun). Try topping them with vegetables and cheese with a Halloween image or pattern to make them fun and interesting.
Most importantly, remember your tooth brushing routine during Halloween! It’s vital that the whole family brush their teeth twice a day, for two minutes each time. Children should also use the right toothpaste for their age, and brushing should supervised until you feel your child is doing it properly.