It’s that time of year that your kids (and you, of course) are eagerly awaiting Halloween and the delicious candy and treats that come along with it. Your mouth, on the other hand, may be filled with dread.
We all know that sweets can lead to cavities and other oral health problems. So how do you enjoy your Halloween candy while still protecting your teeth?
Check out some of the best and worst Halloween candy choices for your teeth.
Sticky candy like taffy: This means old-fashioned taffy as well as its modern versions Airheads or Laffy Taffy. The sticky texture of these candies mean sthat it gets stuck to your teeth and in the crevices of your teeth—in other words, hello cavities.
Candy corn: We know. How could the candy of the season also be one of the worst offenders? Candy corn is addictive; it’s nearly impossible to just eat one. You end up eating handfuls. It’s about 140 calories for 19 pieces of candy corn, but if you’re not careful you’ll find yourself eating hundreds of calories and a dozen spoonfuls of sugar worth of the little guys. And all of this sugar is of course bad for your teeth.
Sour candy: Sour candy, while delicious, is also highly acidic. This means it can break down tooth enamel quickly, which can weaken teeth and in turn lead to cavities and decay. Doctors recommend that you wait up to an hour to brush your teeth after eating sour candy because brushing prior to this might actually spread the acid to other areas of the mouth.
Sugar-free gum: Ok, you won’t be the most exciting house on the block, but at least you can take comfort in knowing you’re offering a relatively harmless sweet treat. Sugarless gum doesn’t leave sticky residue and it’s sweetened with xylitol, which is a natural sugar that bacteria can’t form plaque on. It also dislodges food from between the teeth and increases saliva, which neutralizes the acids of the mouth and helps prevent tooth decay.
Sugar-free lollipops and hard candy: Think Dum Dums. These candies stimulate saliva, and, while they’re still pure sugar, you’re still getting less sugar than chewy candies and you can control your portions better, at least if you’re eating lollipops.
Dark chocolate: Mm, chocolate. Dark chocolate has antioxidants which, according to some studies, can be good for the heart and possibly even lower blood pressure.
Keep these candy facts in mind when you’re chowing down on your Halloween loot. And remember, it’s important to visit your Enchanting Dentistry in Plantation at least once every six months for a cleaning so you can prevent cavities and gum disease, and even boost your overall health!