Did you we spend approximately $2.5 billion on Halloween candy each year? That’s a ton of sugar!
I think we can all agree, once the trick or treaters have been and gone, we enjoy tucking into all the leftover candy! As delicious as these sweet treats are, they wreak havoc on our teeth.
With that in mind let’s dive into the worst Halloween candy for our pearly whites.
1. Chewy Sweets
Chewy sweets are a terrible choice if you have a crown.
Although the unique cement that bonds your porcelain crown to your natural tooth is supposed to last for years, chewy candy can unravel even some of the highest quality dental work.
2. Hard Candy
Any candy that boasts a hard texture could result in a chipped tooth.
If you’re already suffering from tooth decay, you’re way more likely to feel the negative impacts of indulging in sugary sweets.
If you can’t resist these sweet treats, opt for softer candies. Generally speaking, chocolate is usually your best bet. It’s easily washed away, so the sugar doesn’t sit on the enamel for as long.
Plus, in most cases, it isn’t hard to chew, so the risk of breaking a tooth is minimal.
3. Sour Candies
Sticky, sugary, and sour candies, are usually very acidic.
This can weaken the hard coating on our teeth, which makes them more prone to damage.
4. Popcorn Balls
If you fancy a popcorn ball, then be sure to floss straight after.
As you probably already know, kernels have an annoying way of getting stuck in your teeth. This results in them sitting between your teeth and gums for an extending period, causing them to destroy your pearly whites slowly.
Plus, they’re pretty hard which as we’ve already discussed, isn’t a good thing!
When it comes to candy and oral hygiene, it’s usually more to do with how long the sugary sweets are in your mouth.
If you’re able to eat the candy quickly and then brush your teeth afterward, it’s way better for you than sucking on a lolly for an extended period.
Therefore any candy that can’t be chewed and swallowed quickly should be avoided.
If you sport a metal brace, try avoiding the following candies:
- Hard caramels
- Toffee apples
- Chewy candies
- Fruit roll-ups
- Gummy sweets
- Hard candy
- Peanut brittle
By chewing on the above sweets, you’re way more likely to break and damage your braces. Not only can this be painful, but it’s also time-consuming and expensive to keep making trips to the dentist.
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