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Best and Worst Halloween Candies for Your Teeth

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 halloween1The holidays are just around the corner, and we all know that that means there’s lots of sugary treats in our future. While many of us worry about our weight during this time, we also really need to think about our teeth. Sugary candies can lead to tooth decay and cavities, especially if you don’t take the time to properly brush and floss your teeth after eating. As Halloween comes up, it can be helpful to know which candies are particularly harmful, and which are not so bad.

 

The Good:

  • Dark chocolate not only has plenty of anxioxidants and other health benefits, but it’s actually not that bad for your teeth either. This is because it has so many good nutrients in it. However, you should be sure to remember to eat in moderation, and brush after consumption.
  • Payday/Almond Joy: Any candy bar with nuts is going to be better for your teeth than just a straight bar of chocolate, because the texture of nuts helps to combat the stickiness of the sweet stuff, which is what is most likely to cause cavities. You could also try trail mix for a relatively healthy sweet snack throughout the day.
  • Sugar-free hard candy: If you can find your favorite hard candies in sugar-free form, these are the best for your teeth. This is because there’s no sugar in them that can build up on your teeth, and they also support saliva production, which is good for preventing dry mouth.

 

The Bad:

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  • Candy corn: This favorite Halloween treat is basically pure sugar, so when it sits on your teeth, it is very easy for it to cause tooth decay. If you have to have them, try to stick to very small amounts.
  • Sour Patch Kids: The acidity in sour candies can be especially detrimental to the enamel of your teeth. Over time, it wears down the finish of your teeth, allowing bacteria to build up even more. Other sour candies to avoid include Starburst, Lemonheads, and Skittles.
  • Lollipops: Anything sweet that you need to suck on is going to have a much stronger negative effect on your mouth because of the length of time you have to spend consuming it. If you are sucking on a lollipop over the course of several hours, you are going to be continually depositing bacteria into your mouth.
  • Laffy Taffy/Airheads: Not only are these candies very sour, but they also are more likely to get stuck in your teeth because of their texture. This means that they’ll have more time to attract bacteria towards your teeth.
  • Caramel: This is another ultra-sticky sweet substance that just clings to your teeth, attracting tons of bacteria and causing decay.

It can be really difficult to avoid candy throughout this holiday season. Instead of feeling guilty when you get a craving, try to reach for the less harmful candies, or if you have to indulge in a more guilty pleasure, try to brush your teeth directly afterwards to minimize the effects.