Kids love to dress up and go out trick or treating on Halloween. But, once they’re home and the costumes are put away, it’s all about the candy. Even with COVID-19 changing the way people celebrate, you can bet that parents will make sure their kids pull in a typical holiday sugar stash. And while you may think all that candy makes your favorite dentist cringe, that’s not necessarily the case. As long as everyone follows their brushing and flossing routines, there’s no lasting harm done. However, certain candies are better for your teeth than others. Curious about which ones are the healthiest Halloween candy, and which ones are the worst candy for you? Read on!
Halloween chocolate candy is the gold standard and considered the best Halloween candy available by many. Who hasn’t felt the rush of excitement when you find the one house that gives away full-size Hershey bars, Kit-Kats, or Reese Peanut Butter Cups? Even better, chocolate is the best candy to eat. According to Dr. Matthew Messina, a spokesperson for the ADA, chocolate rinses off the teeth more easily than other types of candy. Milk chocolate and dark chocolate also tend to be lower in sugar and acid. So, go ahead and enjoy those Hershey bars and Reese peanut butter cups.
Hard candy is not a favorite but still a popular choice on Halloween. The problem is, they are very hard and full of sugar, making the danger to your teeth two-fold. First, hard candy lasts a long time, slowly breaking down as it mixes with saliva. The sugar-laden saliva then delivers that shot of sugar to every tooth in the mouth. Second, hard candy is exactly what it claims to be – hard. It is very easy to chip, or even break, a tooth if you bite down on a piece of hard candy. Be careful if you are one of the few who like to indulge in hard candy.
Gummies are one of the worst candy for your teeth. Whether you get Skittles, gummy bears, or candy corn, these Halloween candies stick to your teeth and stay there. The bacteria in your mouth that cause plaque, tartar, and cavities, love when you eat gummies because they’re getting fed too! These are one of the worst types of candy to eat because they are completely made from sugar. Sour gummy candy even gets a special shout out. Not only are they made entirely of sugar, the sour taste comes from a combination of tartaric acid and citric acid. These acids wreak havoc on your teeth, wearing away the enamel leaving you more susceptible to cavities.
That just about covers the best and worst Halloween candy types for you. Just remember that brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing will keep your teeth healthy and strong. If you’d like more information, you can visit the ADA’s consumer website, MouthHealthy.org. They have great information on Halloween and dental health. Go on out there and enjoy your Reese Pieces, but don’t forget to say trick or treat!