The Best and Worst Types of Halloween Candy — According to Your DentistCarolyn Castiglia
How many times have you heard or uttered the phrase, “Because it’ll rot your teeth”? We don’t give our kids soda (in excess, anyway) and we don’t normally let them have tons of sweets, yet on Halloween and Easter, all bets are off when it comes to candy. What’s a body supposed to do if you want to give and receive Halloween candy but do it in a way that won’t cause a head full of fillings? Here are the treats you should avoid giving/eating this Halloween, along with some that are actually (relatively) good for you, according to Dr. Timothy Chase:
WORST: Taffy 1 of 8Taffy sticks to everything inside of your mouth, including the grooves of your teeth.
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Coconut- or Caramel-Filled Chocolate 2 of 8Too sticky, like taffy. The longer a food sticks to your teeth, the longer bacteria can feed on it which could produce cavity-causing acid.
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Lollipops 3 of 8Come on, Dum Dum! Hard candy such as lollipops or jawbreakers take a long time to dissolve, creating a more acidic environment.
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Sour Patch Kids 4 of 8Sour candy is bad for your teeth because it has a higher acidic content, which can break down tooth enamel. So no Lemonheads, either.
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Pixie Sticks 5 of 8While powdery candy such as Pixie Stix dissolve quickly in the mouth and don't require chewing, they contain nothing but sugar and can lead to cavities by changing the mouth's PH and giving bacteria straight sugar to eat. That means no Fun Dip, Nerds or Smarties.
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GOOD: Plain Chocolate 6 of 8Everyone loves that cool house that gives out the full size Hershey's bars! Just make sure they're the kind without nuts, which settle in the grooves of teeth.
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BETTER: Sugar-free Gum 7 of 8Spearmint is kind of a lame flavor for kids, but you can get fruit-flavored sugar-free gum, too. My daughter loves those new Trident Layers flavors.
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BEST: Apples 8 of 8Dr. Timothy Chase says, "If possible it would be much better to put down the candy and grab a piece of fruit." But Danielle Sullivan is right when she says apples are no fun to give at Halloween. So I say go with chocolate or packs of gum. No word on peanut butter cups, but they aren't that sticky, so I say go for it! God, I love peanut butter cups.
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