Healthy tricks for Halloween treats

Dental tips from Hawaii Dental Service

It’s that time of year again when the office and your home is overflowing with trick-or-treat sweets. Instead of candy and other treats, Dr. Karen Hu, a dental consultant with Hawaii Dental Service, joined host Kanoe Gibson on set with some healthy and crafty Halloween alternatives families can make together.

Candy can be hard on the teeth but parents can curb the amount of sugar their kids consume during Halloween by offering their child healthy and yummy alternatives. Create mini jack-o-lanterns with tangerines. Fruit is nature’s candy and is significantly lower in sugar compared to processed candy, making this treat a fun, healthier option. Tangerines still contain sugar and acid, so be sure your keiki brush and floss after eating them. Teach your kids that sugary treats are okay once in a while but be sure to brush and floss after eating them to avoid sugar bugs or cavities.

Hawaii Dental Service encourages parents and children to brush their teeth twice a day and floss daily. Also, it is very important to visit the dentist regularly to avoid sugar bugs and maintain a diet low in sugar to maintain good total body health. Have a Happy and Healthy Halloween!

About Hawaii Dental Service
Hawaii Dental Service (HDS) serves the community as a nonprofit dental service corporation, providing dental benefit plans to more than a half million members from subscriber groups representing Hawaii’s diverse industries, companies, unions, associations and nonprofit organizations. More than 95% of all licensed, practicing dentists in Hawaii participate with HDS, creating the largest network of participating dentists in the state. Through the years, HDS has also grown to include about 70 percent of the licensed dentists in Guam and Saipan.

HDS strives to make dental care affordable and accessible for Hawaii’s residents. HDS works closely with Hawaii’s dentists and employers to provide quality dental benefits plans for members, offering a high level of attentive, local customer service. HDS understands that
everyone is busy and appreciates quick responses. The HDS team of friendly local customer service representatives is committed to providing answers to member questions quickly and accurately.

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