I think we can all objectively agree that waxen, flavorless Tootsie Rolls are the worst Halloween candy and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are the best. Okay, fine. It may not be an exact science, but there is a scientific way to determine the best and worst Halloween candy for your teeth. No matter what your candy preferences are, certain candies are simply worse for your teeth. And while we’re not advocating abolishing these specific sweets (although doing so would certainly result in a reduction in cavities), we are warning parents to monitor the consumption of certain treats on Halloween.
The Best Halloween Candies for Your Teeth
Let’s start on a positive note! While no candy actively benefits your dental hygiene, there are certain candies that are better for your teeth than others.
- Peanut Butter Cups! See? We told you these are the best. On top of the fact that they taste amazing, peanut butter cups consist of chocolate and peanut butter. Chocolate is one of the best candies for your teeth (more on that below), and peanut butter is a (somewhat) healthy food that fills children up just a little faster than other candies.
- Chocolate. Specifically, creamy chocolate. None of this Tootsie Roll nonsense. Creamy chocolates melt fairly easily, so they don’t stick to your teeth as long as their gummy counterparts. A popular dental hygiene trick is to wash down chocolate with a glass of water to assist the teeth-cleansing process.
- Sugar-Free Candy. This one is obvious. Candy with less sugar is naturally a better choice than candies with more sugar. And in today’s culinarily advanced world, there is a huge variety of sugar-free options.
The Worst Halloween Candies for Your Teeth
The worst Halloween candies are the kinds that form a sticky coating on your teeth and are more difficult to remove. Unfortunately, some of the yummiest candies fall under this category.
- Gummy Candies. Gummy bears, worms, watermelons, peaches, and other gummy flavors all have the same problematic quality. They are all incredibly sticky. These candies stick to your teeth, forming a dangerously sugary coating. Make sure to floss extra diligently after consuming these Halloween treats.
- Chewy Candies. Candies such as Starburst, Laffy Taffy, and Skittles fall under the classification of “chewy.” These candies are guilty of the same crimes against dental hygiene as gummy candies. They stick to (and in between) your teeth.
- Caramels. Unsurprisingly, caramels are one of the worst varieties of Halloween candy. They stick to your teeth and are literally just caramelized chunks of pure sugar. Unfortunately, this candy category includes items such as Snickers and Twix.
Taking Care of Your Teeth on Halloween
Before you mourn the loss of Halloween by crying into your ghost costume, listen up. Dentists are not here to steal your joy! We are here to provide hygienic options to protect your teeth even during the most candy-filled times of the year. If you floss regularly and brush at least twice a day, indulging in some candy on Halloween won’t be the end of the world. Just remember to follow this dental routine on Halloween night:
- Floss. Take 10-15 minutes to floss. Diligently slide the floss in a “C” motion to cover the entire surface area.
- Brush. According to the American Dental Association, you should strive to brush your teeth for about 2 minutes with fluoride toothpaste.
- Rinse. Spit the remaining toothpaste out of your mouth. Wait at least ten minutes before rinsing your mouth out with water. Leaving the fluoride on your teeth helps protect your dental hygiene!
Visit Oak Family Dental for Your Halloween Dentistry Needs!
Did you feel an alarming toothache as you munched into your popcorn ball? It could be a sign of a cavity or other dental concern. Never fear! The dentists at Oak Family Dental are committed to providing gentle, compassionate, and efficient care to your teeth. Schedule your next appointment or teeth cleaning online or by calling 504-834-6410.