Halloween is this week and while some of you parents may hope to steer clear of the candy overload it can be impossible for your children to avoid all the candy around this time of year. The old saying that “candy will rot your teeth” can be true, but there are also some sweet treats that are actually good for you and have less of an impact on your oral health. We wanted to provide you with some information on alternative sweet candy treats, while also diving deeper into which candy’s can be the absolute worst for you and your children’s teeth and why.
Surprising Alternative Candy Treats:
Sugar-free Lollipops and Hard Candies: Eating these types of hard candies can help stimulate saliva, which can help prevent dry mouth. Dry mouth allows plaque to build up on teeth faster, leading to an increased risk of cavities. Having sugar free lollipops and hard candies, as Halloween candy will also help save you a trip to the dentist for a cavity filling!
Sugar-free Gum: Sugar free gum can prevent cavities and tooth decay believe it or not. It helps to dislodge food particles from between the teeth and also increases saliva, which works to neutralize the acids of the mouth and prevents tooth decay.
Dark Chocolate: Who does not love chocolate! Dark Chocolate is the underdog of the chocolate family, but it has the most health benefits! Dark chocolate and its antioxidants can be good for the heart and may even lower blood pressure.
The Worst Candy Treats:
Sugary Snacks: Snacks like candy corn, cookies, and cake can all cause tooth decay from the high amounts of sugar they contain, this can lead to increased cavities in the mouth.
Sour Candies: Warheads and candies of that nature all are highly acidic and can break down tooth enamel fast, which you can not grow back. While staying away from these candies is the best thing, if you do eat them one tip to keep in mind is to wait 30 minutes to brush your teeth after you eat them. The reason it lets the acid harden and helps avoid brushing the acid onto more tooth surfaces and increasing the risk of enamel erosion
Chewy/ Sticky Sweets: Gummy worms, taffy, and dried fruit snacks are candies that can get stuck in the crevices between teeth, making it hard for saliva to wash them away which can cause tooth decay.
While Halloween is a night of fright and candy delight, having the knowledge of which candies to give out and allow your children to eat can help you not have a frightening trip to the dentist on your next visit! From everyone at the Restorative Dental office we would like to wish you a safe and Happy Halloween this Thursday!