Best Halloween Candy For Your Teeth

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Halloween is here! Our kids are gearing up for McMinnville’s Safe and Sane Halloween Trick-or-Treat event downtown and putting the final touches on their costumes.

This is a great time for everybody in your household to review the good practices of a healthy Halloween.

Candy is notoriously bad for your teeth. However, as with any consumable food, if you eat it, it’s important to make good choices. So we’ve put together this helpful information to help you guide your children to healthy choices.

Worst candy for the health of your teeth

The worst candy for your teeth are: hard candy, caramel, sour-tasting candy (which has acids that can break down your enamel), jawbreakers and gobstoppers (long-lasting candy) and any other super-sticky candy. A good rule of thumb is to avoid candy that is in long contact with your teeth.

Here are some examples:

Tootsie rolls
Dots
Lollipops
Werther’s OriginalEverlasting Gobstoppers
Jawbreakers
Caramels

Okay candy for your teeth

If you must eat candy at Halloween, chocolate candy can actually be better for your teeth since it melts quickly and has less contact minutes with your teeth.

Peanut butter cups
Kit Cats
M & Ms (if they are chewed, not sucked on)
Almond Joy
Snickers
Milky way

Tips for a Healthy Halloween

You can help your kids by explaining what is better for them when they pick from a neighbor’s candy bucket and you can help others by not handing out hard or sticky candy. The less time candy stays in contact with your teeth, the better for your whole mouth.

Also, if your kids are eating candy, try to make it a once-a-day activity. Don’t let your kids graze on candy (or any other sugary foods) throughout the day. Doing these things will ensure that Halloween is a special time of year that won’t cause anybody in your family to backslide in the oral health department.

Happy Halloween!

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2 Comments

  1. Posted January 31, 2014 at 8:17 am | Permalink

    Candy that has less sugar and is less sticky is better for your teeth.

    • Emily
      Posted February 18, 2014 at 11:13 am | Permalink

      That is an excellent way to remember what’s good for your teeth.

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