Each year as October approaches, I am asked by concerned parents about the best or worst candy to allow their children to have. I have no problem with kids having candy (I love it, too!); however, there are some types that are worse for your teeth than others.
Let’s start with the good. Sugar-free is always the best way to go. Whether it’s sugar-free gum or sugar-free hard candy/lollipops, they both increase the saliva your mouth produces to help neutralize the acids in your mouth, which prevents tooth decay. I do realize that sugar-free is not always the acceptable choice for kids or for the people handing out the Halloween treats, so chocolate is another good choice. Dark chocolate is even better since it is loaded with antioxidants, which studies have shown can be good for the heart. Keep in mind, that ALL candy should be consumed in moderation.
Time for the bad news; chewy or sticky sweets such as gummies, taffy, candy corn, caramels, and even dried fruit such as raisins are some of the worst culprits. They contain high amounts of sugar and tend to stick in between the teeth and in the grooves of the teeth where cavities like to form. Sour candies and pop, in my opinion, are the worst cavity producers, since they contain high levels of acid that can break down tooth enamel and cause decay.
With this Halloween season approaching fast, keep in mind that All candy should be consumed in moderation and make sure you take the time for good oral hygiene .