Halloween, a time for miniature superheroes, cute goblins, and candy!
Every year Americans spend an estimated $8.4 billion on Halloween décor, costumes, and treats. From the most popular costumes to endless bags of miniature Snickers, we certainly know how to get #chocolatewasted.
However, despite the fun-filled festivities, parents collectively cringe at the amount of candy their family consumes each year. Parents brace for the bouncing-off-the-walls energy children seem to suck from sugary treats, the diet shattering yumminess of all those chocolate bars cleverly hidden away from the kids, and the teeth rotting fear our dentists talk about.
No worry parents, there are guilt-free Halloween candy choices for the whole family!
For your teeth: This is NOT A DRILL, dark chocolate actually fights tooth decay by hardening your enamel and fights plaque with antibacterial compounds. Moms everywhere rejoice!
For your body: Dark chocolate is a great alternative to milk chocolate because it is full of antioxidants and can also reduce insulin resistance! #winning
For your teeth: Snickers? Yes! Candy bars with nuts reduce the amount of “bad” stuff you’re eating and help remove the layers of yellow plaque that sticks to your teeth!
For your body: Nuts are packed with protein, fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E and so much more! So, go nuts!
For your teeth: Sugar is the reason dentists advocate against too much candy. This tasty devil actually feeds the bacteria in your mouth and increases your risk of cavities. However, there are sugarless candy options that you can try as well as great sugarless gum options.
For your body: There are healthier alternatives to sugar but the wide list can be a bit overwhelming. WebMD has some examples of how you can reduce your sugar intake and be informed when reading candy labels!
Make sure you are brushing, flossing, and using good oral health practices to avoid cavities all year and visiting your dentist for cleanings and maintenance! For more information on how you can keep your teeth and gums healthy, call Provident Dentistry today!