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All You Need to Know About the Best and Worst Halloween Treats

October 18, 2016

Did you know there are ways you can care for your smile all while enjoying your Halloween holiday? Well, it’s true, and our Safari Dental team is happy to help you do so!

In addition to brushing and flossing regularly, taking advantage of fluoride, and visiting your dentist, Dr. Manshadi, Dr. Dustin, and our team recommends that you avoid eating the dangerous treats for your smile. To help you know the best and worst Halloween treats available, our team has provided the following lists:

Best Candies

-Sugar-free candy and gum: Sugar-free candy and gum are the best treats available on Halloween night. These treats don’t contain sugar, which means they don’t have a substance that the bacteria and decay-causing acids can feed on. Gum and candy with xylitol can also protect the teeth by reducing the acids in your mouth and increasing your saliva, which is beneficial because the saliva tends to wash away excess sugars and acids.

-Powdery candy: Sure, powdery candy has high amounts of sugar, but the powdery treat dissolves quickly and doesn’t stick to the teeth.

-Chocolate: Chocolate is a good treat to consume because it dissolves quickly and can be eaten easily. This helps decrease the amount of time the sugar stays in contact with your smile. Chocolate also has calcium, which is a mineral that can help protect tooth enamel. However, chocolate with fillings, like caramel and nuts, is a lot more harmful to your teeth.

Worst Candies

-Hard candy: Hard candy is dangerous for the smile because it tends to be sucked on at a leisurely pace, which means the candy is in your mouth for an extended period of time. Also, chomping down on hard candy has the potential to chip or crack a tooth.

-Chewy or sticky candy: Chewy or sticky candy, like caramel or gummies, are very high in sugar and they tend to stick to the teeth for a long period of time. This is very bad and can promote cavities. These types of treats are also difficult for saliva to break down.

We care about you and your smile, and we want you to have the best Halloween possible. So, if you have any questions on the best tooth-healthy Halloween treats in Bryan, Texas, please feel free to call our office today at (979) 985-3093. We are more than happy to help you in any way!