Did you know that Americans will spend over $2 Billion on Halloween candy this year?
With hundreds of varieties of candy, it can be difficult to tell which is best or worst for your smile. Luckily, we did the work for you and found the three absolute worst types of candy for your teeth. Whether you choose to indulge carefully or avoid them altogether, we recommend the latter option at Royal Dental Care. Learn more about these three types of treats that wreak havoc on your smile and find out why as we discuss the three worst candies for your teeth this Halloween.
Aside from high contents of sugar and acid, the other factor that makes some candy worse is prolonged sugar exposure. Essentially, candies that leave sugar on your teeth longer are typically worse than candies like chocolate, which melt away fairly easily. This is especially true for candies which spread the sugar around throughout the mouth, leaving a sticky trail that does lasting damage to the teeth.
Check out these three types of candy to see why each was chosen as the worst for your smile.
Chewy and sticky, taffy tends to stick to your teeth every time you take a bite. Along with other ultra chewy and sticky candies, this is terrible for your teeth because each time it clings to your teeth, it leaves sugar behind to take its toll on your enamel. Since it leaves a trail of cavity-causing debris throughout your mouth, we recommend avoiding sticky candies this year.
Lollipops and other hard candies are extremely popular treats on Halloween, and they last quite awhile compared to other types of candy. But in this long-lasting quality is also the reason they’re bad for your teeth. Rather than just exposing your teeth to sugar for a few seconds, hard candy lingers, ensuring that your teeth are bathed in it entirely.
The same factor that gives sour gummies their bold, unique flavor is also the reason they’re so bad for your smile. Sour candy is notoriously loaded with not only sugar, but high amounts of acid as well. While most candy contains sugar, sour candies combine sugar with the other ingredient that damages your teeth: acid. This double dose of cavity-causers makes sour gummies one of the absolute worst options for your smile.
Dr. Troyan and his team understand that most Americans will be consuming a lot of candy this year for Halloween. After you decide to indulge, a reliable home oral care session will minimize the damage done to your teeth. If you do happen to experience a toothache after Halloween, feel free to make an appointment at our dental offices in Norridge or Hoffman Estates, IL. Contact us today to see what we can do for your smile!
Dr. Peter Troyan
Royal Dental Care
7601 W Montrose Ave. Suite 2
Norridge, IL 60706