Trick or treat?

Treats for Halloween that aren't scary for your teeth!

With Halloween fast approaching, the supermarkets are filling up with shelves of spooky sweets and snacks. Although these may look like the perfect reward for hungry trick or treaters, the amount of sugar they contain is often beyond scary. 

So what goodies can you keep beside your front door this year? Here’s our list of tasty, tooth-friendly treats that will keep even the most-demanding ghouls and ghosts happy! 

  • Cubes of cheese – you could serve these with cucumber or tomatoes to make them more exciting 
  • Small pots of yogurt – opt for sugar-free varieties if you can 
  • Microwave plain popcorn – try presenting this in brightly coloured paper cones that are easy to carry Hard boiled eggs – you could even draw scary faces on their shells! 
  • Corn on the cob – this is easy to prepare and makes a colourful addition to a tray of snacks 
  • Small slices of pizza – homemade pizzas topped with vegetables and cheese will go down a storm! 
  • Using Halloween themed plates and napkins will also grab children’s attention and interest them in healthy alternatives to sweets and chocolate 
  • You could even give out oral health based goodie bags containing multicoloured toothbrushes and small tubes of toothpaste! 

If children do 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 certain number of treats after a main meal, rather than snacking on them throughout the day. 

Most importantly, it’s vital that children brush their teeth twice a day, for two minutes each time. They should also use the right toothpaste for a child their age, and brushing should supervised until you feel your child is doing it properly. 

To encourage children to brush their teeth, try downloading our fantastic free brushing chart featuring the Denplan Preventers here.

Published: October 30th, 2014

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