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Good Alternatives to Halloween Candy

October 15, 2021 7:58 pm

Spooky season is upon us! While your family may take delight in the creepy and ghostly this time of year, your children probably don’t want a scare at their next dentist appointment. In this post, we cover some delicious alternatives to Halloween candy that will satisfy your child’s sweet tooth without promoting tooth decay.

  1. Apples
  2. Apples are a fall staple that contain healthful nutrients, such as fiber and vitamin C. And there’s a big bonus with this crunchy fruit. As your child chews, this snack will stimulate blood flow in their gums, promote saliva flow, and even help clean the surface of their teeth. For a more filling snack, combine a nut-butter dip low in sugar. We recommend you avoid candy apples coated in caramel and other sticky, sugary toppings.

  3. Sugar-Free Gum
  4. Chewing sugarless gum removes plaque and food particles from the teeth and promotes saliva production. It can also freshen breath! Keep in mind that chewing gum is never a good substitute for actually brushing teeth. And it must be sugar-free gum. Sugary gum will feed the bad bacteria in your mouth that lead to cavities.

  5. Dark Chocolate
  6. While it is still candy, dark chocolate is generally lower in sugar and melts quickly in the mouth. This means it is easily washed away, leaving fewer sugary particles behind for bacteria to feast upon. Additionally, studies have shown that dark chocolate can provide anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits that are good for heart health and mental health.

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