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The Halloween Treats that Are Good and Bad for Your Teeth

October 18, 2016

If you want a smile-healthy Halloween in Harker Heights, TX, then it’s important to keep up on oral hygiene and only choose the treats that are better for your teeth and gums while you trick or treat.

To help you pick the best candies for your smile, our Killeen Children’s Dental Center team has provided these lists that include the good and bad treats for your teeth:

Good Candies

-Sugar-free candy and gum: Sugar-free candy and gum are the best treats available on Halloween night. These treats don’t contain sugar, which means they don’t have a substance that the bacteria and decay-causing acids can feed on. Gum and candy with xylitol can also protect the teeth by reducing the acids in your mouth and increasing your saliva, which is beneficial because the saliva tends to wash away excess sugars and acids.

-Powdery candy: Sure, powdery candy has high amounts of sugar, but the powdery treat dissolves quickly and doesn’t stick to the teeth.

-Chocolate: Chocolate is a good treat to consume because it dissolves quickly and can be eaten easily. This helps decrease the amount of time the sugar stays in contact with your smile. Chocolate also has calcium, which is a mineral that can help protect tooth enamel. However, chocolate with fillings, like caramel and nuts, is a lot more harmful to your teeth.

Bad Candies

-Hard candy: Hard candy is harmful for the teeth because it’s usually in the mouth for a long period of time, mostly because it’s natural to suck on hard candies. Also, chomping down on hard candies can chip or crack your teeth.

-Chewy or sticky candy: Chewy or sticky candies are harmful for your smile because they are extremely high in sugar and they tend to stick to the teeth for a long period of time. Also, chewy and sticky candies are more difficult to break down with saliva.

If you care for your smile by eating only the good treats for your teeth and by keeping up on oral hygiene, then you’ll be on the right track toward a strong and healthy oral health this Halloween! For more information and details, please call our office today and schedule an appointment with your dentist, Dr. Dr. Manshadi, Dr. Van Arsdall, Dr. Roden-Johnson, Dr. Shoptaw, and Dr. Shook. We are happy to help you!

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