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Halloween Candy Ranked – Best and Worst for Your Teeth!

While Halloween tricks and treats are spooking your cute little goblins, your dentist is most scared of all the cavities being formed on those tiny, little pearly whites!

Luckily, we’ve ranked Halloween candy from spooky to safe in order to minimize any damage all that sugar can do!

Spookiest

Taffies, caramels, or anything sticky is the worst for your kids’ teeth! This food sticks to teeth, prolonging each tooth’s exposure to the damaging bacteria that can cause the acid that makes cavities. Not to mention, it pulls out any fillings or crowns your little one may already have.

Sort of spooky

Suckers, jawbreakers or any hard candy takes a long time to dissolve, essentially causing the same problem as above. Longer than usual exposure to the sugar and bacteria will cause more cavities.

Not great

Sour candies are very acidic and will raise the PH levels in your mouth. This highly acidic environment will increase the bacteria in your child’s mouth, once again causing more cavities.

Kind of safe

Chocolate, with no sticky nougat or caramel filling, won’t stick to your teeth or overexpose the enamel to sugar. This is the best idea for when you’re craving sweets.

Safest
Sugar-free gum wins the Halloween award for safest candy! It leaves no residue and is sweetened with xylitol, which bacteria cannot form plaque on! Make sure to fill your Halloween bucket with plenty of sugar-free gum and help keep those kids’ teeth safe.

To be proactive about the holiday, make sure to bring your kids in for a cleaning once all that Halloween candy is gone! To make an appointment, please contact Firestone Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics located in Firestone, Colorado.

Posted on Oct 23, 2015
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