Halloween is an exciting time of year for people of all ages, especially young children. Who does not love the scary decorations and creative costumes? Not to mention, there is candy galore. However, now that the holiday has come to pass, you probably still have quite a bit of candy and sweets laying around the house. While they are safe to eat in moderation, leaving them in your home can be too much of a temptation for you and your child. To protect your family’s teeth from candy and to get rid of the leftovers, your dentist in Milpitas has some creative ideas.
Not everyone was able to get out to trick-o-treat for the day. To help thin out your candy stash, you can share it with others who may not have been able to leave their home during the day. You could make nice gift baskets or bake the candy into some cookies or treats to share with your neighbors and friends.
Many homeless shelters or food banks will gladly take the candy off your hands to give to the less fortunate. In addition to thinking locally, consider donating the leftovers to other efforts, like Operation Shoebox to brighten the day of someone else.
Spend time with your family by turning your leftover candy into an arts or crafts project. You can create a fun calendar that counts down to Thanksgiving or Christmas by using a piece of candy to mark each day. To celebrate fall, make a fun wreath out of candy corn.
Make dental offices offer a Candy Buy Back program. You can take in your candy and receive a small “thank you” gift in return. The candy will then be sent to people around the world to give them a reason to smile.
Those living in a senior center are not able to get out to enjoy the holiday, so why not bring Halloween to them? You and your child can dress up in your costumes and head to the facility to do a “reverse trick-or-treat.”
While you use creative ideas to get rid of your Halloween candy, pick one or two of your favorite pieces to give yourself a special treat throughout the year. However, be sure to brush and floss your teeth well afterwards.
As you let go of the sugary treats, do not forget to schedule an appointment with your dentist for a cleaning and checkup. After all the sweets and treats from the holiday, your smile could use a good cleaning.
About Dr. Sumity Sharma
Dr. Sumity Sharma is a trusted and caring dentist in the Bay Area, committed to creating healthy, beautiful smiles. Through personalized services with your comfort in mind, she will help you reach your oral health goals. If you need to schedule a preventive appointment, contact California Happy Teeth Family Dentistry today.