It’s that time of year again! Cooler weather, fall festivities, football and of course, Halloween! I think it’s safe to say that most people associate Halloween with lots of candy. Whether you are going trick-or-treating or your kids are going, chances are there will be some leftovers somewhere for you to pick through. I’m sure most people know that candy, or sugar in general, isn’t exactly your teeth’s best friend.
Reader’s Digest offers a little insight about the worst Halloween candy for your dental health. Not that any kind of candy is necessarily good for your teeth, there are some that are worse than others. Chewy, sour and hard candies are the worst choices in regards to your teeth. Sour candies have sugar and acid which dissolves tooth enamel. Chewy candies are on the top of the list for worst candy since they stick to your teeth. Not only are hard candies just as bad because they tend to linger longer in the mouth, but they can also chip a tooth if you aren’t careful.
Luckily, for all the chocolate lovers, chocolate is a better option since it washes off teeth more easily than something chewy, sour or hard. So, if you’re going to indulge a little (which, let’s be honest, who doesn’t) try to eat chocolate rather than the other candies. It is also a good idea to avoid snacking on candies throughout the day and instead hold off until after dinner. Then, make sure to brush and rinse before bed. While still enjoying this fun time of year, don’t forget to take care of your dental health at the same time.