Trick or treat! Now that it’s October in Aurora, everyone in the city is bound to have at least one piece of candy. As pediatric dentists at Epic Dentistry for Kids, it’s not our job to regulate your candy-eating habits but to make sure you’re consuming responsibly. With sugar abound, the best thing we can advise is to eat healthily for your main meals and maintain excellent dental hygiene.
We also have a couple of fall favorites during this time of year for our patients to check out! Children will be sure to enjoy these tooth-friendly choices just as much as their candy. Make the most of this Halloween and help yourself to the terrifying treats and ghoulish grub here in Aurora!
Alpine Summit Sales
11170 E 47th Ave, Denver, CO 80239
An apple a day keeps the dentist away! Not only is apple picking is an awesome family bonding activity, apples can naturally clean the teeth with their fibrous texture. If you don’t get a chance to go apple picking at an orchard this season, that’s a-okay! There are tons of amazing produce specialty stores in Aurora and Denver that have delicious, juicy apples for you and your family. You can use them to make apple pies, applesauce, apple cider, and more. Just promise our pediatric dentist you’ll stay away from the candied apples!
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
14200 E Alameda Ave, Aurora, CO 80012
Out of all the candies and sweets available during Halloween time, chocolate is actually one of the least harmful. Unlike hard candy, kids won’t be sucking on a ball of sugar that can wreak havoc on the teeth for an extended period of time and unlike chewy sweets, chocolate won’t get stuck in the depths of your child’s molars. Instead of grabbing basic candy off the shelf this year, take a trip to the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. Your child will be sure to appreciate their chocolate a little more when they associate it with the experience of picking it own on their own at a specialty shop. You can even get something sweet for yourself!
At the end of the day, remind your child to brush and floss their teeth thoroughly. The pediatric dentist recommends brushing for at least two minutes twice a day. Putting on a spooky story or fun song can be a fun way to make sure your child is brushing long enough. October is a long month and your kids definitely won’t want to get any cavities before the holidays so urge them to brush carefully!
Sam’s Meat Market
2300 S Chambers Rd, Ste D, Aurora, CO 80014
Getting a head start on that Thanksgiving roast? Make sure you’re getting the best turkey and ham possible at Sam’s Meat Market! Turkey is an excellent food because it’s high in phosphorus-rich protein and lean in fat. This is essential for developing strong healthy gums. Pair your savory turkey with some healthy greens, like kale or broccoli, and you have the perfect tooth-friendly meal. Leafy greens have lots of fiber and vitamins that supplement bone and tooth health.
14061 E Iliff Ave, Aurora, CO 80014
If you’re not in the mood to cook a whole meal but still want a traditional meal, Rosie’s is the place to be! The classic American diner serves comfort food that’s sure to warm you up on these chilly autumn nights. There’s something for everyone in the family at Rosie’s! They’ve got a full roast turkey dinner, pork chops, pot roast, mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, and more! If you do stop by, make sure to ask for their pie of the day, too.
24100 E Commons Ave, Ste 103, Aurora, CO 80016
Now we know kids shouldn’t be having too much caffeine (they’re already as hyper as it is), but sometimes us parents need a quick pick-me-up after a long week! If you’re anything like us, you revel in the classic flavors of autumn! At Legends Coffee, you can now enjoy their authentic pumpkin pie lattes made with real pumpkin and a secret house blend of spices. Other seasonal favorites include their “Sleepy Hollow” maple espresso, brown sugar rosemary latte, and butterscotch cold brew. The sparkling cranberry limeade and steamed milk are great caffeine-free options for your little ones. The cozy coffee shop also serves tasty sandwiches and paninis if your family is feeling a bit hungry.
Should you indulge in this particular treat, take the opportunity to show your children how to drink sugary beverages without staining your teeth. Using a straw and drinking water in between sips is a great way to avoid cavities and discoloration!
There are tons of fun traditions associated with Halloween, such as wearing costumes, watching scary movies, and putting up decorations! By shifting the emphasis from the treats to the tricks, you can reduce your child’s sugar intake and save them from some gnarly cavities. At Epic Dentistry for Kids, we’ll open all week during Halloween, so feel free to give us a call to make an appointment! There’s no better time to see the pediatric dentist than before the holidays!