What Is the Worst Halloween Candy for Your Teeth?
But like other parents, you may also dread the possibility of having to bring someone in to the dentist’s office on November 1, complaining of a toothache or broken tooth.
You’re now probably wondering what’s the worst Halloween candy for your teeth?
May not be surprised to learn there are a lot out there. By making wise diet choices for your kids, you can avoid emergency dental visits.
Candy to Avoid This Halloween
Here are some specific candies, to name a few, which are really bad for teeth:
- Swedish fish
- Twix candy bars
- Sour Patch…anything
- Candy apples
- Candy corn
Notice a pattern, here? Sweets that stick around for a long time after you eat them or which generally spend a long time in mouth do the most harm.
Lollipops and other hard candies stay in the mouth for minutes at a time, sometimes hours. These treats keep teeth in constant exposure to enamel-eroding sugar. Additionally, chewing on them can lead to chipped teeth.
How about anything containing caramel or cookie pieces? Those chewy culprits find ways to wedge themselves in grooves on teeth for a long time.
Tangy chewy candies may be the worst. They’re both extra acidic and sticky!
You may choose to allow your kids to enjoy such treats, but try not to let them do so all at once. Stash most of their collection in the fridge, freezer, or air-tight jars to enjoy on occasion throughout the rest of the year.
Have Your Candy and Eat It, Too!
So what should you allow your kids to hoard away and indulge in?
Here are a few suggestions on tooth-friendly options less likely to cause damage:
- Dark chocolate – it melts quickly, is low in sugar, and has some health benefits
- Anything with nuts – the fiber and rough texture will help scrub away sticky buildup
- Sugar-free substitutes – gum, candy, and even gummies containing xylitol can help fight cavity-causing bacteria in kids’ mouths
Hosting a Halloween Party?
Let’s take this a step further.
Planning a party for your youngsters and their friends? Use the opportunity to make the food teeth-friendly for your guests.
It’s healthier, anyway, for kids to fill up on protein and fiber rather than just cake and ice cream. Think hummus, chicken nuggets, fruit kebabs, and hard boiled eggs.
Whole grains discourage plaque formation. Serve whole grain tortilla chips or ham and cheddar cheese (great for remineralizing enamel) wraps on whole grain flatbread.
How about a smoothie bar for the more “mature” crowd? Set out a selection of frozen fruits, low-fat sugar-free yogurt, soy or almond milk, and peanut butter.
You can find some more fun and healthy ideas here.
Don’t let a toothache hold you back from enjoying the season! If you have any dental concerns after the Halloween fun is over, come visit a top Ventura dentist Dr. David Satnick DMD.