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. Continue Reading →