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With Halloween officially around the corner, our advice to our patients in Virginia Beach, Virginia, is this; don’t sacrifice your healthy smile to the spoils of sugary treats! At Sweeney Utterback Dentistry, Dr. Bruce Utterback and Pia Sweeney encourage you to take good care of your hard-earned smile by balancing holiday celebrations with extra care for your teeth and gums. To help you (and your loved ones) navigate the holidays safely, here are some ways to protect your smile health:

Healthy Halloween Treats

— Keep candy bowls filled to the brim 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, and trail mix. These are also healthy choices whether you keep bowls of these in your home for your family or at your office for yourself.

— Kids love fun treats, you can decorate small oranges, tangerines or clementines like jack-o-lanterns with non-toxic ink to display in 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 pencils, erasers, stickers, temporary tattoos, glow sticks, play-doh, sticky spooky eyeballs and wiggly spider rings. Treats don’t have to be sweet!

By just making a few creative changes to your annual Halloween festivities, you can enjoy the fun and keep your smile. We especially recommend stepping up your daily oral hygiene routine and making sure you keep any end-of-year dental cleanings.

At Sweeney Utterback Dentistry in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Dr. Bruce Utterback and Pia Sweeney are pleased to offer a variety of services that can protect your smile. You can reach us today by calling 757.222.3737. We wish you and your family a safe and healthy Halloween!