October 16th, 2021
We all need a sweet treat once in a while, and each year Halloween definitely reminds us of that. There are so many candy options to choose from, but does it matter to our teeth? Surprisingly, yes -all candy is not created equally when it comes to oral health! Some candies can place you at even higher risks for developing tooth decay. Check it out:
The Worst Candy:
If the candy is sticky or long lasting, it can do significant damage to your teeth. Candies like caramel, gummies, taffy, and lollipops for instance can subject your teeth to sugar and bacteria that remain in the mouth for long periods of time. This increases your risk for developing cavities and adds additional trips to the dentist. In addition, hard candies may even lead to chipped or broken teeth. As tasty as they may be, do your best to avoid these sweet treats this Halloween:
- Gummy products (bears, worms, etc)
- Tootsie Rolls
- Fruit snacks
Surprisingly, sour candies like sour patch kids are also pretty harmful to your teeth. Sour candies lower the pH of your mouth, making your mouth more acidic and vulnerable to decay and tooth wear.
Opt for dark chocolate:
Dark chocolate often contains less sugar and has been noted to contain several health benefits, including lowering blood pressure, protecting against cavities, and improving brain function. Dark chocolate is loaded in antioxidants and nutrients like fiber, iron, magnesium, copper, manganese, potassium, phosphorus, zinc, and selenium.
Colgate has offered some other alternatives to Halloween candy that you can make look spooky and festive including:
- Pumpkin oranges
- Banana ghosts
- Cheese Stick fingers
- Monster Mouths made from apples: Slice an unpeeled apple into large wedges, then create a hole and fill it with peanut or almond butter and chopped nuts.
- Veggie Skeletons: arrange your choice of vegetables in the shape of a skeleton
So, as you’re sorting through your Halloween bucket, be sure to choose carefully to help protect your teeth. Also make sure you are drinking lots of water and continuing to brush and floss your teeth.
We hope that you and your family and loved ones have a happy Halloween!
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