The Worst & Best Candy for Your Teeth On Halloween
Our Dental Blog | Info & tips | 11.23.2022
What weaknesses do werewolves, vampires, and monsters all have in common? They all can get cavities on their fangs this Halloween! With the spookiest holiday of the year right around the corner, you’re probably worried about your child’s teeth. When it comes to Halloween candy, there are the sweet, the hard, and the sticky. If you’re not careful, these delicious delights will cause your kid a lot of discomforts! Don’t worry though because Treehouse Dental Care with expertly walk you through the best candy for your teeth this holiday season!
So this Halloween, make sure you plan ahead! Not only can you choose the worst Halloween candy to sort out of your kid’s stash, but you can also prevent cavities before the night even starts.
Wondering how? Don’t worry, Treehouse Dental Care is out to protect all the teeth in the Greater Toronto Area! Keep reading to find out how!
For the bacteria in your mouth, Halloween is an even bigger holiday. When the bacteria eat sugar from candy, it reproduces and creates a weak acid. This acid causes cavities and other oral health issues and is the bane of all Halloween ghouls.
But that doesn’t mean it’s time to pack up the Halloween costumes early. With a little preparation and common sense, you can ensure your kid has a safe Halloween. Between choosing the right candy this Halloween, and forging strong habits beforehand, you can be a super-parent this holiday season. Don’t go overboard though, because over-brushing your teeth can cause problems just as badly!
Keep reading to find out which candies to stay away from this Halloween with Treehouse Dental Care. And make sure to follow our blog from Christmas, to Valentine and Easter for all the safest candy tips.
When it comes to cavities and bad breath, the candies that stay in your mouth longer are worse for your health. The more prolonged sugar stays in your mouth, the more bad bacteria reproduce.
Check out this guide for candies to stay away from this Halloween:
If it’s sticky, be picky and if it’s gummy it’s not yummy. That is the golden rule this Halloween, as these two candy types are the worst offenders when it comes to causing cavities. While you might swallow most of the candy faster than you would hard candy, little pieces of these bad boys stay in your mouth for a very long time. The candy is hard to remove, and therefore causes an explosion of bacteria in your mouth.
The other big offender, hard candy is a bad option because it stays in your mouth for a long time. And more than that, the hard surfaces can cause surface damage or chips on the already weakened enamel of your child’s teeth during the holiday season. What’s worse is when the hard candy is hidden underneath the soft candy. Because hard candy can cause damage as well as decay, make sure to pick and choose this type of Halloween candy carefully.
It’s not just about taste– the best Halloween candy is also better for your teeth. Many popular candies for Halloween are also better options. That being said, remember to practice a good oral hygiene routine! Just because these candies are better for your enamel does not mean that they don’t cause erosion.
It might come as a surprise, but when it comes to Halloween candy, chocolate is your best bet. That’s a good thing because it’s also one of the most popular types of candy received each year. If you have the chance, try to keep as much dark chocolate in your child’s stash year. That’s because dark chocolate has less sugar and will cause less decay.
Of all options this Halloween, the best of them are sugar-free. Nearly every type of candy comes in a sugar-free form, and they’re increasing in popularity every year. That’s not surprising because as more and more people care about their health, the taste of sugar-free candy improves. More consumers always mean a better product!
Although not as common as other types of candy, homemade popcorn candy is a good idea. That’s because, with a little floss, the kernels come out of your mouth. These candies are also often made with natural sugars, which is an added benefit!
The most important thing you can do to prevent decaying Halloween teeth this year is to have good habits morning and night. If you brush, floss, and use mouthwash, you will drastically reduce your odds of developing cavities. It’s not a fool-proof plan, but it betters your odds. But not all kids take to good hygiene habits easily. In that case, make sure to give this article a read– it will help you get your kids brushing and flossing in no time!
If you want to take it a step further, you can book your regular check-up before this Halloween with Treehouse Dental Care. With proper cleaning and assessment, our pediatric dentists can take the best steps to protect your child’s teeth.
Don’t hesitate to give us a call at: 1-833-993-6287. Or, if you want to take a look at our services including cosmetic dentistry, click here.
No, Halloween candy isn’t dangerous. But that doesn’t mean that all those sugar highs don’t come without consequences. This Halloween, you can do your best to protect your child’s teeth from decay by wisely choosing which candies to sort out. Remember, The best candy for your teeth doesn’t stay in your mouth for very long. And before the night even comes, you can practice good habits in the bathroom. Brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash will all help build your child’s enamel strength and hopefully prevent cavities.
That being said, when it’s time to see the professionals, it’s time. To harden enamel and eliminate dangerous bacteria in the mouth, professional cleaning is the best option. That’s why Treehouse Dental Care offers premium pediatric dentistry and happily accepts new smiles! Click here to get started booking.
When it comes to keeping your child calm during their appointment and informed when they go home, there’s no better pediatric dentist than Treehouse Dental Care. That’s why we are the best pediatric dentistry in the GTA.