The Best and Worst Halloween Candy
Happy October! With October comes autumn, and with autumn comes Halloween. While this means fun and exciting costumes and trick-or-treating for your kid, it also means candy and sweets for their teeth.
Of course there is very little that can be done about the fact that your child will eat candy on Halloween night, but there are ways for you to make sure they get the best candy for their teeth. To make sure your child doesn’t become riddled with cavities, here are some of the best and worst candies for your child to eat on Halloween.
- Sugar-free hard candy: This includes lollipops or hard candies in general. Sugar-free candies stimulate saliva in the mouth so that your child won’t be as prone to dry mouth.
- Sugar-free gum: Sugar-free gum might be the best, as not only does it remove any food or candy that may already be stuck in your child’s teeth, but again helps stimulate saliva to prevent dry mouth.
- Dark chocolate: According to some studies, dark chocolate’s antioxidants can be beneficial to the heart.
- Any chewy or sticky candies: Gummies or taffies are hard to turn down, but even harder to try and remove from your teeth. When they get stuck there, saliva can’t wash them away and the sugar can create cavities.
- Sour anything: With sour candies come acid, and acid breaks down enamels. The only good news is that your saliva will naturally replace the enamels. If you’re going to eat any sour candies, wait a half hour to brush to give your saliva the chance to regenerate your enamel.
- Sugary candies: This one sort of goes without saying, but any sort of sugar in high doses can cause tooth decay.
If you have any more questions about what kind of candies are best or worst for you or your child as Halloween comes around, call and make an appointment with Dr. Real at (714) 525-2888.