Best and Worst Halloween Treats for Your Teeth

Whether you’re thinking about what kind of treats to give out on Halloween or worrying about what kind of candy your kids bring home, you may be wondering which candies are best and worst when it comes to the health of your teeth. We’ve put together this handy guide for you.

The worst

Those orange and black taffy-like candies that seem ubiquitous at Halloween? They are one of the worst for your teeth. The problem isn’t the wrapper or the flavor, though. It’s the stickiness. Sticky candy, like caramels, gummies, or Mary Janes are among the worst because they linger on your teeth.

Your saliva begins the process of digestion and contains an acid that breaks down the sugar in candy. The problem with sticky candy is that when the acid breaks down the sugar stuck to your teeth, it can also damage tooth enamel. Damaged enamel leads to tooth decay.

When you eat sticky candy, make sure to brush your teeth thoroughly as soon as possible afterward. The longer the candy is on your teeth, the greater chance the acid has to damage your tooth enamel.

Also not good

Hard candy is bad, too, including lollipops and jawbreakers,. Although hard candies don’t usually stick to your teeth, it does take a long time for them to dissolve in your mouth, giving the digestive acids in your saliva plenty of time to come into contact with your teeth.

Another danger when it comes to hard candy is biting it. Chipping or breaking a tooth on a piece of hard candy can ruin your Halloween fun fast!

Still bad

Sour candy is more acidic than other candies, and that acid harms tooth enamel. Powdered candy, like Pixie Stix, isn’t terribly acidic, dissolves quickly, and doesn’t stick to your teeth, but it can alter the pH balance in your mouth, which can lead to tooth decay.

And the best candy is…

Everyone’s favorite: chocolate. More specifically, creamy chocolate without fillings or nuts is one of the best candies when it comes to the health of your teeth. Chocolate isn’t sticky, doesn’t stay in your mouth for a long time, and isn’t likely to change the pH balance in your mouth.

Even better than chocolate is sugar-free gum. It doesn’t leave anything on your teeth, and there’s nothing for the bacteria to break down.

Tips for tooth health

Here are a few simple tips to help protect your child’s teeth and maintain the fun this Halloween:

If you’re worried about your child’s teeth, book an appointment for a checkup. You can call to schedule or use our convenient online form to request an appointment. Dr. Deidra Bird Kokel is happy to provide advice and tips to help you protect your child’s oral health.

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