Your candy bowl is full and you’re ready for tiny ghosts and goblins to appear at your door, jack-o-lantern buckets at the ready. It’s nearly impossible to avoid sugar at Halloween, so we’ve come up with a few ideas to save your teeth in other ways.
You know what we mean, the kind that sticks to your teeth while you wonder if it’ll EVER come off.
Just say no to the Hot Tamales, Swedish Fish, and Laffy Taffy…especially if your child has braces. These cavity-causing, sticky, delicious treats wreak havoc on orthodontic work—keep their brackets attached.
Stick to avoiding lollipops
Bright colored rock candy on a stick. Suckers with bubble gum inside.
What child can resist these tempting treats?!? Adding a stick to any food doubles the fun—corn dog anyone? And, triples the cavities—try not to let that much sugar sit in your mouth for long periods of time.
Who can deny the cute faces and amazing hair of the Sour Patch Kids.
The acid in sour candy is extremely hard on your tooth enamel. Saliva helps to restore the natural balance of the acid, but you’ll make its job harder, when you’re adding sticking power to this.
Out with the bad…in with the good
If it feels like we’re taking all of the fun out of trick-or-treating, rest assured, we’ve got some suggestions.
Of course, anything sugar-free is great. Sugar-free hard candies can help to stimulate your saliva and prevent dry mouth. Chewing sugar free gum after meals prevents cavities by aiding in removing food particles between teeth left behind to cause decay.
If you’re looking for something more sinister, dark chocolate is your new best friend. Not only is it delectable, its antioxidant properties will keep your heart healthy enough to withstand the evening’s frights.
In addition to keeping your teeth safe, we encourage all our trick-or-treaters to stay safe out there.