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Don’t Let Them Eat Cake: Halloween Candies to Avoid

With Halloween just around the corner, our minds are perhaps too consumed with funny and ironic costume ideas rather than the obvious consumers beware. As we grow up we soon realize that our most beloved childhood candies that we simply devoured are actually the root cause of well..our root canals. These delicious treats are actually harming our enamel and causing yellowing and decaying of our teeth. According to Dr. Timothy Chase, a 20-year veteran of cosmetic dentistry, a healthy smile, white teeth and healthy gums can take 10 years off your appearance. Brushing and flossing are not always enough to keep your teeth healthy.  What you eat and what you do not eat can be a huge factor in how healthy your teeth are.  Keep your teeth in mind this Halloween season with Dr. Chase’s 7 tips on best and worst Halloween candies to eat.

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1. Taffy and candies filled with caramel, coconut, or nuts are the worst kinds of candy for teeth because they stick to everything inside of your mouth, including the grooves of your teeth.  The longer a food sticks to your teeth, the longer bacteria can feed on it – which could produce cavity-causing acid.

2. Hard candy such as lollipops or jawbreakers, are the second worst candies to be munching on.  Although they do not stick to your mouth, they take a long time to dissolve.  The longer a food stays in your mouth, the more acidic the environment becomes.

3. Sour candy is also bad for your teeth because it has a higher acidic content, which can break down tooth enamel.

4. While powdery candy such as Pixie Stix dissolve quickly in the mouth and don’t require chewing, they contain nothing but sugar and can lead to cavities by changing the mouths PH and giving bacteria straight sugar to eat.

5. Chocolate, with no sticky fillings, will generally not stick to your teeth and therefore it is a much better option if you have the urge for a sweet snack.

6. Sugar-free gum may be the best treat this Halloween season because it leaves no sticky residue, which causes plaque, and it is sweetened with xylitol – a natural sugar the bacteria is unable to form plaque on.

7. Of course….If possible it would be much better to put down the candy and grab a piece of fruit.

“Brightening your appearance by creating a healthy smile is not as daunting a task as people think,” says Chase.  “It is an extremely important factor in one’s overall health and it should not be overlooked.” With Dr. Chase’s guidance and guidelines, we can now all enjoy our Halloween indulgences without paying the price at our dentists office in a few months time.

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