Every year on Halloween, the kiddies go door to door for treats and the big pile of candy that ends up at home seems like one big trick. Our advice – don’t let the candy binge last. Chewing lots and lots of sweets one day is better for their teeth than indulging in a few pieces every day for weeks on end.
As you check the candy loot, you’ll do well by removing some of the following tooth-decaying culprits from the stash:
- Candy Corn. Ever noticed that just one of these cone-shaped goodies won’t do? The sugar content in candy corn is high – studies indicate such foods may alter brain chemistry into wanting more and more. That’s why big sacks of candy corn are responsible for many a tummy ache as well as a potential toothache.
- Tangy Taffy. Or anything that stretches. Think Gummy Bears and Charleston Chews. These gooey globs stick to the fingers, and also the teeth. The grooves in between your kids’ teeth in particular!
- Sour Patch Kids. Warheads and sour Skittles, too. Sour candies in general raise acidity levels in the mouth – creating conditions that cavities love as much as your kids love candy!
- Big lollipops. Because they take awhile to dissolve, these stay in the mouth longer, making it more acidic. Smaller lollipops and small hard candies are a better alternative. They’re quicker to eat and keep the saliva flowing.
- Milky Way. Say it ain’t so! Milky Ways have caramel in the center, as do Twix, and caramel is one of those gooey substances that stick and stick.
Don’t know what to do with all that extra candy? Alameda and Pleasanton Pediatric Dentistry is here to help. Donate unopened Halloween candy during our Halloween Candy Buyback on November 1 and you’ll receive cash, as well as a chance to win a prize. The candy will be shipped in care packages to cheer our troops overseas.
We know avoiding candy altogether is not realistic. Remember, there are sugar-free alternatives, as well as the following fun alternatives to mix into the bag: 20 Alternatives to Sticky Sweets. Also, dark chocolate is more expensive, but healthier than milk chocolate.