Halloween is only a couple weeks away! What a fun time of year! Part of the Halloween tradition is trick or treating, which also means large amount of candy. If you have kids, then this blog is for you to learn about the health of your child’s teeth during Halloween.
The health of your kids’ teeth really depends less on what they eat, and more on how much they eat it. Most food doesn’t affect their teeth greatly, but if they eat candy for a couple days without brushing regularly, it could be negatively affecting their teeth. As long as they brush their teeth at least twice a day and after eating, their teeth will be fine.
There are types of candy that tends to be worse for your teeth than others, so here are the best and worst candies for your teeth:
The Good Candies
- Dark Chocolate
This is actually the best candy for your teeth. Chocolate has chemicals that strengthen the enamel on your teeth. Dark chocolate, overall, is good for your teeth, but milk chocolate more sugar that isn’t especially good for your teeth.
- Sugarless Gum and Candy
The bacteria that cause cavities feed off of sugar, so eating food that doesn’t have sugar will be better for your teeth. However, they do have other chemicals in them which can be bad for you in other ways. For your teeth, though, they aren’t too bad.
- Candy Bars with Nuts
Candy bars with nuts are good, since they break up the stickiness of the bars. This will reduce the chances of getting a cavity. Look for some candy bars that have nuts in them to give out at Halloween this year.
The Bad Candies
- Anything Sticky
The worst kinds of candy for your teeth are the sticky ones. This includes chewy candies like Tootsie Rolls, Sour Patch Kids, Laffy Taffy, and other similar ones. These stick to your teeth, which greatly increases the chances of a cavity, since the candy stays stuck to your teeth for long periods of time. Avoid these sticky candies, if possible.
The reason suckers are bad for you is the amount of time they are in contact with your teeth. Since suckers and lollipops are sucked on, they are the worst when it comes to the amount of time being in your mouth.
- Gummy Worms
Acid is hard on your teeth, and sour gummy worms have a pretty large amount of acid. The acid being in contact with your teeth makes your tooth enamel start to erode away. The enamel is what protects your teeth from becoming chipped and also from decay, so try to stay away from sour gummy worms and other sour candies.
Overall, moderation is the most important takeaway for this Halloween season. Enjoy the fun day, be safe, and don’t eat all your candy at once!