Which popular Halloween candy do you think is the worst for your teeth?
Americans are going to spend over 2.3 Billion dollars on candy this Halloween. With so many types out there, it can be difficult to tell which candies are the best or worst for your smile. Discover the three types that wreak havoc on your teeth and why they pose such a threat.
1. Hard Candy and Lollipops
Lollipops are a staple of Halloween candy, but the fact that they last so long makes them terrible for your teeth. Unlike a candy that melts like chocolate miniatures, hard candy lingers around the mouth bathing multiple areas in sugar. Plus if you’re one of the people who can’t help but chew on your hard candy, that can cause microfractures in your teeth. Essentially the entire time you’re enjoying a lollipop, know that your teeth aren’t and they’ll need to be brushed shortly afterward.
2. Sour Candy and Sour Gummies
Sour candy makes the list of the worst for your teeth because it’s full of two of the biggest cavity-causers in existence: Sugar and acid. Either of these ingredients can wreak havoc on your smile in their own right, so combined, they are absolutely devastating. If you choose to eat sour candy on Halloween, it’s advisable to clean them shortly after before the sugar and acid can cause decay on your teeth.
3. Taffy and Sticky Candies
Taffy and exceptionally chewy candies are damaging to your teeth due to their ability to leave remnants of the candy all over your teeth. Taffy and similar sticky candies have the effect of disintegrating and leaving a sticky film on your teeth. Not only does this spread their sugars throughout your mouth, but it’s sticky, and is not easily removed. While drinking water will help alleviate dental damage from most Halloween candy, you’ll probably need a thorough brushing after indulging in sticky candies or taffy.
Follow these Tips to Keep Your Smile Healthy this Halloween
- Keep a water bottle nearby and drink from it frequently
- Avoid the absolute worst candies for your teeth
- Indulge in more sugar-free candy
- Chew some sugarless gum eating candy – it helps your teeth!
- Don’t forget to brush your teeth after the festivities are over
Visit Dr. Ekstein for Your Post-Halloween Dental Exam!
With a wide range of services to accommodate all patients, Dr. Ekstein and his team in North Arlington, NJ can improve your smile. Whether your teeth have become stained or you’ve noticed more toothaches since the Halloween celebration, count on us to keep your smile healthy. Contact our dental team for top quality dental care today.