• Many parents spend all year trying to control how much sugar their kids are consuming, only to have their efforts steamrolled on Halloween night. When it comes to added sugars, the stakes are high. Fortunately, there are alternatives out there.

    Sugar Free Candy: When you are thinking of purchasing your candy this Halloween, you might want to consider purchasing sugar free options. Most of the time kids can’t tell the difference between the sugar free candies and the regular ones. Usually when kids say they can taste the difference, it’s purely psychological. The reason sugar free candies help maintain a child’s oral health is because of the way sugar is broken down in our mouths.

    Candy Alternatives: One option is popcorn balls. Popcorn is dipped lightly in caramel or honey or both and then rolled around together until it forms a ball. These balls are delicious and sweet just like other candies so kids will love them, but they don’t contain nearly the same amount of sugar as some of the other candies on the market these days.

    Another option may be animal crackers. These cookies are notorious for their popularity amongst children but don’t contain nearly as much sugar as most other cookie options. Handing out small toys and stickers is another great option for a candy alternative.

    Always make sure your kids brush and floss their teeth after indulging in the candy haul on Halloween night. One of the biggest reasons that plaque is able to rot our teeth is because we allow it to sit there for long periods of time and it then has a chance to do its damage to our teeth.

    Head to the sink and brush and floss their teeth right away. This way the plaque may not have time to do much damage before it is brushed and flossed away.