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Halloween Candy: Only Eat the Good Stuff and Eat it All at the Same Time

October 15, 2014
Posted By: Dr. Russell D. Mann
two young girls and one young boy dressing up for halloween

One of the biggest myths about dentists is that they all must dislike Halloween. All that sugary Halloween candy being passed out every year must really make us cringe. I want to tell you that this is not the case. In fact, I’d like to tell you to only eat the good candy and eat it all at once!

Okay, well this depends on what the “good” candy is. In my opinion, the good stuff is the chocolate. I’m willing to bet that most kids would rather eat a Reese’s cup than a gummy bear, and when it comes to oral health that actually is the better decision. Gummies, taffy, and anything sticky is not good for teeth because it’s difficult for your saliva to wash it away. Hard candies are also one of the worst types of sweets for your teeth because they’re highly acidic and can break down tooth enamel. While chocolate is still high in sugar and really not great for teeth, it is the better option. So that’s why I say to only eat the good stuff.

When you are eating Halloween candy that is high in sugar it’s also best not to graze. A few pieces of Halloween candy spread out during the course of a day means that your teeth don’t get a break from the sugar, and this will cause decay more quickly. While this might not be the best option for your stomach, eating your candy all at once (and brushing your teeth afterward) will be better for your teeth. When parents regulate how much candy their kids can eat in a day, it’s best to make it their dessert after dinner instead of letting kids eat one piece of candy here and one there.

Another tip for getting through this Halloween cavity free would be to drink plenty of water. Water will also help wash sugar and bacteria out of your mouth. Also, continue to eat healthy meals every day. The foods you eat affect your whole body so don’t replace any meals with Halloween candy. As always keep up your oral hygiene routine by brushing and flossing twice a day.

Above all, have fun and stay safe this Halloween!

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