Halloween is right around the corner, which means lots of parties, costumes, pumpkin carving, and trick-or-treating. Halloween is a holiday that kids look forward to each year but unfortunately, all those treats can play some nasty tricks on your child’s teeth.
We don’t expect that anyone should abstain from Halloween festivities, but there are a few things you can do to make sure your child’s teeth stay healthy during this sugary holiday. One of these ways is to know what candies are the worst for your kids’ teeth.
Halloween Candy Guide
Below are some of the most common Halloween candy you’ll find in your child’s trick-or-treat bucket, and where they rank:
Chocolate – Chocolate is probably the best type of candy in your child’s bag. This is because chocolate dissolves quickly and doesn’t linger around on the teeth. We recommend dark chocolate because it contains less sugar than white chocolate and milk chocolate.
Popcorn Balls – If unpopped popcorn kernels are lurking in your child’s popcorn ball, they can cause some serious damage to the teeth. In addition to the risk of breaking or cracking the teeth, popcorn is great at getting stuck between the gums and teeth.
Sticky or Gummy Candy – Gummy candies or sticky candies are one of the worst candies for your child’s vulnerable teeth. The sticky, sugary candy gets stuck on the teeth and allows the harmful acids to do a whole bunch of damage to your child’s enamel.
Sour Candy – Lastly, sour candies are usually very high in acid. This acid is known to weaken the tooth enamel, causing dental cavities and tooth decay for your kids.
Here at SpringRock Dental, we want to make sure all of our patients have a Happy Halloween! To schedule a post-Halloween dental cleaning and exam, please contact our Aurora, CO family dental office today.