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With Halloween just around the corner, our Mountain Shadows Family Dentistry team wants to help you keep your commitment to your family’s smile health. While you’re surrounded by candy and sugary goodies, you can still protect those vulnerable pearly whites and healthy gums by striving for a balanced Halloween season. So, what can you do?

— One of the easiest ways to encourage healthy smiles is to keep those candy bowls filled to the brim with fresh fruit instead of the usual sticky sweets. Crisp fall apples in all of their varieties 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 and trail mix. 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, and you can decorate small oranges, tangerines or clementines to look like jack-o-lanterns – just use non-toxic ink and fill your bowls at home with these seasonal offerings. These can also be handed out on Halloween instead of the traditional 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.

At Mountain Shadows Family Dentistry, we want our patients and their families to enjoy the holiday season while preserving their oral health. With just a small amount of effort and a creative twist, you and your family can emerge from the festivities with your smiles intact!

Don’t forget to come in for routine check-ups and cleanings, and you may even want to consider our professional teeth whitening to brighten your smiles in preparation for the holidays still to come. Our Mountain Shadows Family Dentistry team, along with Dr. Holsteen, are excited help you celebrate the season with healthy smiles. To reach our team, please call 719-598-3502 today.