Trick or Treat: Are Some Candies Better For Your Teeth Than Others?

Trick or Treat: Are Some Candies Better For Your Teeth Than Others?
Posted on 09/26/2016

Halloween is almost here and that means candy treats are coming soon! At Dr. Burks’ office, we want to make sure you have a fantastic Halloween, without damaging your beautiful and healthy teeth. The sugar and acid levels in sweets are a nightmare to your teeth, but some choices are better than others. When you’re digging through candy bowls at the end of October, keep our list of recommended and non-recommended candies in mind!

Good Choices

Sugar-free lollipops and candies top the list of "best candies" because these treats stimulate saliva production that helps prevent "dry mouth.” Plaque builds up on teeth faster with a dry mouth, and can lead to the formation of cavities.

Dark Chocolate: How often does your dentist tell you to eat chocolate? Because antioxidants found in dark chocolate can be good for the heart and may even lower blood pressure, it's a good choice! This time of year is perfect to enjoy chocolate in moderation. Just be sure to brush and floss your teeth afterwards to prevent plaque build up.

Sugar-Free Gum: Chewing sugar-free gum helps dislodge food particles on teeth and also increases saliva production, which helps prevent cavities and neutralizes acids in your mouth. Harmful acids can break down enamel, which protects your teeth from damaging food and drinks.

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Not So Good Choices

Sugary Sweets: Cookies, cake and candy corn contain a high amount of sugar, which can settle into tough-to-reach areas of your mouth. Eating sweets once in awhile is fine, but these treats can lead to cavities and tooth decay in large quantities.

Sour Candy: Tooth enamel will break down with the presence of high acid foods like sour candies.

Sticky/Chewy Foods: Taffy, dried fruit and gummy candy easily stick in the crevices between your teeth and they are nearly impossible for the saliva to wash away.

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Takeaways

As with all foods, moderation is the key. If you have a sweet tooth, try sugar-free candies instead of sticky sweets, and avoid consuming for extended periods of time. Sucking on mints or candies can also be very destructive to the teeth.

The best defense against cavities is a good oral health routine that includes brushing 2-3 times each day and flossing once a day. Dental X-Rays are also helpful in identifying decay early, before more extensive problems occur. So, be sure to keep up with all of your appointments with Dr. Burks.

We’re proud to serve patients in Winter Springs, Oviedo, Orlando, and other surrounding areas. For more information about your dental health, feel free to call or email Dr. Burks' office at 407-327-2030. Emails can be sent to DrRobertBurks@aol.com. We look forward to hearing from you soon.