It’s October again, which means another Halloween related post. Like most people, our family dentists look forward to the holiday of ghosts and goblins. This year, we compiled a list of worst Halloween candies for your teeth. We recommend you limit your children’s intake of these types of candies. For the sake of the neighborhood kids, we also recommend you not hand these out to trick-or-treaters.
Top Halloween Candy Bad for Your Teeth
Everyone is familiar with the classic peppermint, butterscotch, or any hard candy on a stick. Hard candy is bad for the simple reason that it remains inside your mouth for a prolonged period. Common hard candies that are Halloween mainstays include:
- Blow Pops
- Jolly ranchers
- Ring Pops
- Generic peppermints, butterscotch, and strawberry bon-bons
Candy that’s sticky and gets stuck in your teeth are just as bad. All the sugar that gets stuck in the nooks and crannies of your teeth provides plenty for bad mouth bacteria to feed on. Our orthodontists especially frown on sticky candy because they are really bad for braces. In addition, many sticky candies contain artificial dye, which our cosmetic dentists recommend you stay away from because they can stain your teeth.
Popular sticky candies include:
- Sugar Daddies
- Tootsie Rolls
- Generic taffy
- Airheads (this one is actually the most common Halloween candy in Washington, according to this survey)
Solid chocolate bars are good choices, or to be more precise, less bad. This is because most chocolate candies can be quickly consumed and swallowed, with little remaining in the mouth. Good choices include Hershey’s candy, Raisinets, and chocolate coated peanuts.
If your child’s trick-or-treat bag contains a lot of hard or sticky candy, then swap some of them out with some of our recommendations.
October, of all months, is the time to keep up with your dental checkups. Call Kenmore Dental to schedule your children’s appointment. As for the worst Halloween candy for your teeth, don’t completely deprive your children of them; just instruct them to lightly brush immediately after consumption.
Edited by Justin Vorhees
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