That ghoulish time of year is here. Halloween is such a fun time, with costumes, spooky movies, and trick-or-treating. Avoiding candy at Halloween can be very difficult. That is why Dr. Souvik Sarkar and our team would like to tell you which candies are best and worst for your teeth and your child’s teeth.
Hard candies are among the most harmful to the teeth. This is because hard candies linger in the mouth for the longest, thus giving the sugars plenty of time to damage the teeth.
We recommend encouraging your child to limit or avoid sour candies, especially if they are sticky or coated in sugar. Sour candies are often very acidic, so they can weaken or damage the tooth enamel. This leaves the teeth more vulnerable to tooth decay.
If you or your child enjoys popcorn balls, make sure to keep floss handy. The kernels can easily get stuck between the teeth. In addition, they are sugary and sticky.
Chewing gum is one of the best Halloween treats. It does linger in the mouth, but the gum stimulates saliva production, which rinses the mouth and keeps bacteria at bay. To even further protect your child’s teeth, choose a sugar-free gum.
Chocolate is also a great Halloween candies. Part of what makes chocolate so great is that it washes off of the teeth more easily than other candies. Dark chocolate is the best type for the teeth, as it has less sugar than other chocolates.
We invite you to contact Main Street Dental at 817-458-9900 for more Halloween tips and to schedule a visit with our dentist in Weatherford, Texas.