Halloween Candy: The good, the bad, and the ugly

We’re dentists so obviously we hate everything that is bad for your teeth, right? Not true! We love our candy just as much as the next person, but it is our job to make sure that our patients are smart and informed. So before you go straight apples this Halloween, here are a few candies that aren’t too bad for you and what you can do to help minimize the effect of sugar on the teeth.

The good
– We bet you’re happy to see this one on the list! Believe it or not chocolate actually has health benefits and it washes off easier than other candies. So go ahead and have a small candy bar or two – we won’t tell.

The bad
Sticky and gummy candies
– These candies are harder to remove which means they give cavity-causing bacteria longer to work. Plus the tugging and sticking is not good for those who have fillings.

The ugly
Hard candies we are looking at you here. If you’re not careful, hard candies can actually result in broken teeth if you try to crunch your way through them. But if you suck on them the sugar stays in your mouth longer and we know what happens then. Our suggestion? Skip these!

Of course, one night of indulgence isn’t the end of the world so enjoy your loot but just make sure to drink lots of water while you snack and brush before you go to bed.