What’s The Worst Halloween Candy for Your Teeth?
Is there a best Halloween candy for teeth?
Basically the worst types of Halloween candy for your teeth are those which are hard, sticky, sweet & sour.
That narrows it down doesn’t it?
Some of us love the chocolate, others prefer the gummies, but is there a consensus as to what Halloween candies are worst for our teeth?
Among dentists there is, especially for those of us with braces. But first let’s take a hard look at these tooth-toiling practitioners.
Do Dentists Really Want Us To Know The Worst Halloween Candy for Our Teeth?
Are they really warning us about the sticky tricky treats, or are they encouraging consumption of the worst Halloween candies known to our smiles?
Dentists just love Halloween, and why wouldn’t they – it’s a national holiday that promotes eating candy!
That’s like a day dedicated to tooth decay, talk about job security. It’s no wonder why Halloween is one of the most popular Holidays for dentists.
Recent news reports had us spending upwards of $8.4 BILLION on Halloween in 2016.
Now of course all of that money isn’t being spent on Halloween candy per se, but a good hunk of it is. About $2.5 BILLION was said to be spent on Halloween candy.
Do dentists, the candy companies, and the Cavity Creeps have some type of side deal going on?
With stories of dentists stealing kids’ Halloween candy going around, it’s difficult to think that they don’t!
Dentists Don’t Recommend These Halloween Candies
Despite us poking fun at our trusty dentist’s expense, we all know from childhood experience that dentists wouldn’t dare sabotage our dental health.
Have you ever trick-or-treated at a dentist’s house?
Well unless you want to be handed a travel size toothbrush & floss, you’re best served to avoid the dentist’s house on Halloween.
They know they’d be doing us – and our smiles – a disservice by serving up some of the worst candy offenders of the Halloween holiday.
Do yourself a favor and choose wisely the candy you scarf down this Halloween.
Why Is Halloween Candy Bad for Your Teeth?
Although some candy is really bad for our teeth, and some is just bad, it really is OK to indulge in some sweet treats on Halloween.
Just don’t keep snacking on that smile-wrecking, waistline-busting leftover Halloween candy for days…or weeks.
“It’s OK to eat that candy on Halloween as a splurge as long as you’re brushing twice a day and flossing once a day all year long.”
– ADA Dentist Dr. Ana Paula Ferraz-Dougherty.
So why all the concern about Halloween candy? What makes it so bad for our teeth?
It’s all about the sugar in the candy, and the acids the bacteria that feed on that sugar produce. And the end result for us, is cavities.
But, there are also some choices you can make about your candy selection to make sure you’re not dishing out some of the worst Halloween candy known to dentists.
Here’s a look at what we’ve compiled, completely based off this list on Dental Products Report as the 8 worst Halloween candies for your teeth…
The 8 Worst Halloween Candies for Your Teeth
Remember, generally speaking, any candy which is hard, sticky, sugary, or acidic are some of the worst teeth treats.
Here’s the basic non-scientific explanation of why those candies are worse than others. Basically, the longer that candy – or by-products of the candy – stays in contact with your teeth, the worse it is.
For example, bathing your teeth in Sugar Daddys & Tootsie Rolls is worse than a simple square of dark chocolate.
The sticky gooey goodness of the Sugar Daddy and/or Tootsie Roll in question will stick to your teeth a lot longer than that hunk of dark chocolate.
So, we finally stop belaboring the worst Halloween candy point…
1. Candy Corn
2. Tootsie Rolls
5. Sour Patch Kids
7. Fun Dip
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on DentalPatientNews.com and has been republished here with permission. It has since been updated for accuracy & comprehensiveness.
As stated in the Dental Products Report post, all nutritional information in this article was taken from the manufacturers’ websites.