Trick-or-Teeth! Are There “Better” Types of Candy for Your Smile?

Halloween is quickly approaching, and with this spooky time of year comes all kinds of sweet treats for kids and adults alike. Whether you’re taking the kids out this year to trick-or-treat or are searching for something to snack on at home, you may be wondering—are there better types of candy for your smile?

Although most types of candies contain sugar, which can contribute to tooth decay, there are certain types of sweets that are healthier for your oral health than others. The following are some of the “better” candies you or your kids can choose to support a cavity-free smile!

Candies With Nuts

Not only are nuts nutritious for your smile, but they can also help prevent chocolate and gummy candy from sticking to teeth. Generally, the stickier a candy is, the more harm it can cause to teeth since it will stay on the tooth enamel longer, causing harmful acids to eat away this protective layer of your tooth. Chocolate bars with nuts and other types of candies—including those with peanuts, almonds, and walnuts—can be healthier options this Halloween.

Dark Chocolate

Chocolate is generally a healthier option for teeth as it doesn’t stick to teeth as much as other types of candies [1]. However, if you want to be extra healthy this Halloween, choose dark chocolate over milk chocolate. Dark chocolate has more antioxidants that may help fight inflammation, and it even contains compounds that can help reduce the oral bacteria that can cause tooth decay in the mouth [2].

Lollipops Made With Xylitol

Lollipops generally aren’t good candies for teeth, on account of the fact that they contain sugar and are designed to be consumed over time, meaning you would expose your teeth to more sugar than you would if you just ate a candy bar. However, sugar-free lollipops made with xylitol are an exception. Xylitol is a naturally-occurring sweetener that does not contain sugar. In fact, xylitol is beneficial for teeth, and has even been shown in research to help prevent tooth decay [3].

Sugar-Free Gum

Although most kids wouldn’t consider this a candy, sugar-free gum can mimic the sweetness of sugar and come in a variety of different flavors to appeal to both kids and adults. In fact, if you choose sugar-free gum with xylitol, you can actually help prevent tooth decay [4]. Sugar-free gum is very different from gum that contains sugar, which can actually contribute to tooth decay. Enjoy a piece of sugar-free gum after you’re finished with your candy this Halloween, and encourage your kids to do the same!

Protect Your Smile This Halloween!

Whether you or your kids are looking to enjoy some candy this Halloween, consider choosing treats that are a bit healthier for your smile than conventional sugary choices. Your teeth and gums will thank you!

Sources:
1. https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/h/halloween-candy-survival-guide
2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6364351/
3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4232036/
4. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19089107/

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Trick-or-Teeth! Are There “Better” Types of Candy for Your Smile?
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Trick-or-Teeth! Are There “Better” Types of Candy for Your Smile?
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Although most types of candies contain sugar, which can contribute to tooth decay, there are certain types of sweets that are healthier for your oral health than others. The following are some of the “better” candies you or your kids can choose to support a cavity-free smile!
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First Impression Orthodontics