Best and Worst Halloween Candy for Your Teeth
Posted at: 10/30/2013 4:09 PM
| Updated at: 10/30/2013 4:35 PM
If your child gets their way, they'll likely be bringing home a pile of candy this Halloween. But did you know that some candies have the potential to do more damage to teeth than others?
Delta Dental has released a list of the best and worst treats for teeth on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being the least harmful. They also explain why:
1. Sugar-free candy and gum with xylitol
Sugar-free foods don't contain sugar that can feed on the bacteria in the mouth and produce decay-causing acids. Gum and candy with xylitol may actually protect teeth by reducing the acids produced by bacteria and increasing saliva to rinse away excess sugars and acids.
2. Powdery candy like sugar straws
Powdery candy is packed with pure sugar but dissolves quickly and doesn't stick to the teeth.
Chocolate dissolves quickly in the mouth and can be eaten easily, which decreases the amount of time sugar stays in contact with teeth. And calcium could help protect tooth enamel. However, chocolate with fillings, such as caramel and nuts, is a lot more harmful for teeth than the plain variety.
4. Hard candy
Hard candy is tough on teeth because it tends to be sucked on at a leisurely pace for an extended period of time. Plus, chomping down on hard candy can chip or break teeth.
5. Chewy candy
Chewy, sticky treats are particularly damaging because they are high in sugar, spend a prolonged amount of time stuck to teeth and are more difficult for saliva to break down.