Halloween is the season of spooky costumes, chilling tales, and tempting candy bowls! As children (and adults!) across Vancouver prepare for a night of trick-or-treating, it’s crucial to remember that not all treats are equal when it comes to dental health. At Broadway Smiles, we’ve ranked popular Halloween candies from the best to the worst for your teeth, and provided some healthier alternatives for those who wish to keep their smile gleaming.
Best Candies for Your Teeth:
Dark Chocolate: This delicious treat melts easily, meaning it doesn’t stick to teeth as much as other candies. It also contains antioxidants that are beneficial for heart health.
Sugar-Free Gum: Chewing gum can actually help increase saliva production, which neutralizes acids and cleans your teeth. Look for ones containing xylitol, a natural sweetener known to fight cavity-causing bacteria.
Powdered Candy Packets (e.g., Pixie Sticks): While these are pure sugar, they don’t stick to your teeth like many chewy or sticky candies do.
Worst Candies for Your Teeth:
Sticky and Gummy Candies (e.g., Gummy Bears, Taffy): These can get stuck in the tiny grooves and crevices of your teeth, where they can cause tooth decay.
Hard Candies (e.g., Jolly Ranchers, Lollipops): These stay in your mouth for an extended period as they slowly dissolve, bathing your teeth in sugar. They can also pose a risk of chipping or breaking a tooth.
Sour Candies: Acidic in nature, sour candies can be harsh on your tooth enamel, making teeth more susceptible to cavities.
Caramels and Coconut-filled Chocolates: These sticky substances can lodge between teeth and stay there, inviting cavities.
Fruit Leather: While they can be sticky, choosing natural fruit leathers without added sugars can be a tastier, healthier option.
Pumpkin Seeds or Roasted Nuts: Offer a savoury twist to the usual sweet treats. They’re packed with nutrients and don’t pose a threat to teeth.
Cheese Sticks: Cheese is alkaline in nature, which can help neutralize the acids in your mouth, reducing the risk of tooth decay.
Mini Rice Cakes: These can satisfy the crunch you might get from a candy bar without the added sugars.
At Broadway Smiles, your dental health is our top priority. If you’re concerned about the impact of your Halloween treats on your teeth, schedule an appointment with us. We’re here to help ensure your smile remains radiant no matter the season!