4 Candies That Are Scary Bad for Your Teeth This Halloween
Halloween is almost here! Time to start planning your Halloween costume and choosing the optimal trick-or-treat route. With the perfect costume and route planned, this is sure to be the best Halloween yet.
Bad news though, not everyone is excited for Halloween. In fact, some of your very close friends who play an important role in your everyday life and overall health are flat out scared. Your teeth! Your beautiful and well cared for teeth are dreading the 31st. They know that sugary, sticky, and sour candy is headed their way and hope that you will choose to help keep them safe.
This Halloween, it’s more important than ever to remember the damage that all the delicious candy can cause to your teeth. While small amounts of candy here and there followed by a thorough brushing is okay, the scary truth about Halloween is that eating candy in excess can cause serious long-term damage for your oral health. To help keep your teeth healthy this Halloween, we’ve highlighted 4 of the worst candies for your teeth that you should avoid on the 31st.
If you’re guilty of binging on a delicious bag of Skittles from time to time, you’re not alone. Almost everyone has. And who could blame you? Skittles capture the perfect combination of sweet and sour and offer a great variety of flavors! Unfortunately, Skittles have a pH level of 2.5, which can cause serious damage to your enamel. Protect your enamel this Halloween by steering clear of this sour candy!
Some of the worst candies for your teeth are the ones that are both sugary and sticky, which is exactly what we all love about Twix. The sweet chocolate covered wafer, with the perfect ribbon of caramel is a classic cure for any sweet tooth. Sadly, it’s one of the worst ones out there for your teeth. Avoid these dangerously sticky cookie bars this Halloween and your teeth will thank you.
2. Swedish Fish
With one of the highest sugar-to-calorie ratios out there, Swedish Fish present a huge risk for your teeth. Not to mention, the gummy candies love to stick to the sides of your teeth and gums and stay there until they cause more damage. Keep your teeth safe this Halloween and stay away from Swedish Fish at all costs.
1. Jolly Rancher
As one of the more addictive candies out there, Jolly Ranchers are always a crowd favorite when Halloween rolls around. However, a Jolly Rancher can pack an unexpected punch to your teeth when you go to bite down. A Jolly Rancher is one of the hardest candies available, which puts your teeth at high risk for chipping and breaking. No one wants to spend the day after Halloween waiting in the dentist’s office to have a broken tooth fixed. Additionally, sucking on hard candy for extended periods of time coats your teeth in sugar and makes them much more vulnerable to cavities and decay. Keep your teeth healthy and avoid Jolly Ranchers altogether this year.
It’s easy to forget about your oral health when there’s an abundance of candy around. But this Halloween, pay close attention to the candy you’re eating and the impact it can have on your teeth, gums, and overall oral health. Remember that sticky, sugary, and chewy candy can have serious, long-term effects on your oral health. Now, is that really worth a sugar rush on Halloween night?
If you don’t want to skip out on trick-or-treating altogether, consider donating your leftover Halloween candy to our Candy Buy Back between November 3 and November 6th. The Halloween Candy Buy Back is a national program sponsored by Operation Gratitude. They collect candy, letters, and toiletries and mail them in the form of care packages to US Troops serving overseas.