Happy October! Here at our dentist office in Glen Ellyn, we are welcoming some cooler weather and preparing for the colder temperatures that are right around the corner. Before we get to the holidays, we must first navigate Halloween. Whether you have little ones or not, you are bound to end up with a bowl of candy in your home! It’s inescapable!
So how do you keep your smile healthy with candy around? We want to walk through some tips today that will help you figure out how to avoid destructive candy and still enjoy a treat from time to time.
Choose What Candy You Want to Keep in Your Home
Most of us end up with a bowl of candy because we buy candy to hand out to trick-or-treaters, and we simply buy too much! Guess what? You don’t have to eat all of that leftover candy! You’re certainly free to, and most of us will, so start with tip #1:
1. Buy candy that is safest for teeth.
What does this mean? Candy that can be eaten quickly and rinsed away entirely. We want to avoid candy that is sticky or takes a long time to eat because these candies will bathe your teeth in sugar for hours. Instead, opt for something like chocolate that is eaten quickly and rinses from the teeth fairly easily. The kids will love it, and it will be the safest treat for your teeth as you eat the leftovers!
So what happens if you do have leftover candy and you DON’T want to eat it all? Try donating! You bought the candy to give away, so go through with it! Time for tip #2.
2. Donate Leftover or Excess Candy
On November 1, when you are looking at the aftermath of Halloween, consider bagging up the leftover candy and sending it to the troops. There are several organizations that do this. Soldiers’ Angels is just one option. They’ll take your candy and use it to brighten the days of our troops overseas. It’s a win-win!
Here’s the big question: is it possible to avoid the leftover candy entirely? Of course! You simply don’t purchase it to begin with! You may be thinking, “I don’t want to be the house that hands out dental floss, Doc.” We totally hear you, but you can hand out treats that kids will love that are NOT candy.
3. Buy Other Fun Treats for the Kids
You won’t have leftover candy in the house if you never buy it. Think about alternative options, like these:
- Mini water bottles – Dress them up or hand them out plain, we guarantee the kids (and parents) will be grateful! Half-way through the night, your bottle of water will be the first treat they open and enjoy. Plus, you can definitely enjoy the leftovers with zero guilt!
- Glow Sticks – Kids love these tiny tubes of awesome. Parents will love that their kid is a bit more visible during their nighttime trek through the neighborhood. You can save the leftovers for next year. It’s a win-win-win!
- Noisemakers – Ok, parents won’t love this one, but you and the kids can! Plus, this is another treat that you can keep until next year.
Have some extra fun this Halloween! Be creative and hand out treats that will make you AND the kids happy. Call our office at 630-448-8418 to learn more about how to keep your teeth healthy.