Halloween is just around the corner, and the temptation to indulge in sweet treats is strong. Before you head to your nearest warehouse retailer to buy enough Snickers to satisfy all of your local ghosts and goblins, think about which kind of candy will simultaneously make the neighborhood kids happy without destroying their teeth (or yours). Need some pointers? We’ve got you covered like a custom-made costume.
Treats to Avoid
We’re all about the getting into the “spirit” of things this Halloween, so we have no intentions of telling you to give out trinkets that will make you the target of neighborhood tricksters. Some treats, however, are worse than others; avoid the following snacks if at all possible:
- Sticky Sweets – Treats that require a lot of chewing such as taffy, gummy bears, and caramel squares have a tendency to get stuck in between and on the surfaces of teeth. Worse, they aren’t easily washed away by saliva, which means they sit around inviting decay until little vampires get home to properly brush and floss their fangs.
- Sour Treats – These pack a double-punch; first, the acidity that makes them sour weakens the enamel that protects our teeth, which then gives the sugars ample opportunity to be absorbed. For these reasons, sour candies such as sour worms are among the worst treats for teeth.
- Super-sugary Candies – Like all other sources of sugar, when treats like candy corn (made from sugar and corn syrup) come in contact with teeth, they create opportunities for decay. Furthermore, children are tempted to bite hard sugary treats like lollipops, which could lead to cracked or broken teeth.
No matter what the kids might tell you, it is possible to hand out treats that won’t destroy their teeth. Some of your better options include:
- Dark Chocolate – Not only is this lower in sugar than most candies, it’s filled with antioxidants, as well. If your costumed neighbors aren’t appreciative, their parents will be when they raid their kid’s stash late at night.
- Almonds, Cashews, and Peanuts – Even the biggest sugar fiend needs a break from the sweet stuff. After the kids have binged on enough sugar, they’ll be happy to find a salty treat among their Halloween treats. Much like dark chocolate, if the kids don’t eat it, their parents will.
- Sugar-free Gum – If you’re going to give away edible treats, this is your best bet. Sugar-free gum does not cause tooth decay, it helps remove food debris from teeth, and it increases saliva production, which naturally cleans teeth. Plus, all kids love gum – no matter what flavor.
If you’re worried that a candy binge may have harmed your smile, contact Family Dental Choice today to schedule an appointment. When it comes to decay, early intervention is key. Let us keep your smile beautiful for all of the upcoming holidays.