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What are you doing to protect your children’s healthy smiles as the fall festivities begin? As tempting as it is to allow them to cut back on healthy eating when they are surrounded by bountiful sugary treats, they will be happier if they emerge from the holiday celebrations without additional cavities.

As Halloween fast approaches, our Robert H. Watson Jr. DDS, PA team in Charlotte, North Carolina is pleased to help you keep your commitment to your family’s smile health. Even though they are surrounded by a bounty of candy and sugary goodies, you can still protect their pearly whites by striving for a balanced Halloween celebration. We have some easy, simple ideas to share with you:

Healthy Halloween Treats

— One of the easiest ways to encourage healthy smiles is to keep those candy bowls filled to the brim instead with fresh fruit. Crisp fall apples in all of their variety, and clementines or tangerines are easy to grab and snack on.

— Treat your family to healthy, snack-sized bags of pretzels, popcorn, dried fruit, nuts, pumpkin seeds, trail mix, and mini boxes of raisins. These are good choices whether you keep bowls of these in your home for your family or at your office desk for you.

— Kids love fun treats, you can decorate small oranges, tangerines or clementines like jack-o-lanterns with non-toxic ink to fill your bowls at home. These can also be handed out on Halloween instead of candy, and your neighbors (of all ages) will love you.

— Help your kids celebrate with non-sugary treats. Reward them throughout the month with festive treats such as themed toothbrushes, pencils, erasers, stickers, temporary tattoos, glow sticks, play-doh, sticky spooky eyeballs and wiggly spider rings. Treats don’t have to be sweet.

With just a few simple tweaks to your annual holiday celebrations, you can keep your family in the pink with healthy teeth and gums. Remember to bring them in for any end-of year-cleanings, and they should be good to go. Call us at 704-523-7221 if you have any questions. Our Robert H. Watson Jr. DDS, PA team in Charlotte, North Carolina, along with Dr. Robert H. Watson wish you and yours a spooktacular holiday season!