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When you think of October, you most likely think of the leaves changing, snuggling up by the fire place, sweet treats, and Halloween. All of these things are great!

But, October is also National Dental Hygiene Month.

Since it is our job to lookout for your teeth, we have compiled a list of popular candies to let you know which candies will be better for teeth and which to avoid. After all, we do realize it is crazy

to ask you to forego your Halloween loot. Just use this list as a map for how to get through this candy season without causing too much damage to your teeth and braces!

 

Chewy, sticky candies are among the worst offenders. The chewy candy can get stuck deep in your teeth and braces, cause significant damage.

Some popular chewy candies to avoid include:

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Taffy

Caramel

Starburst

Bubble Gum

Tootsie Rolls

 

Hard candies can be better as long as you do not bite down or chew on them. Chewing on them can cause the hard sugars to get stuck in your teeth as well. In many younger children the temptation to bite can be too great, so these should be avoided in that case.

Hard candies can also cause stains to your teeth if you suck on them too often. As a general rule, candies that stain your tongue can also cause stains on your teeth.

Some popular hard candies that fall into this category:

Suckers

Jolly Ranchers

Gobstoppers/Jawbreakers

Strawberry Hard Candies

 

Soft chocolate candies are the best option for treating your teeth right this Halloween. The more it

melts in your mouth, the less likely it is to get stuck and cause more damage. Luckily, chocolate is one of

the most popular Halloween candies, so you won’t be missing out on too much!

Some popular soft chocolates include:

Reese’s Cups

Hershey’s Milk Chocolate

Kit Kat

Three Musketeers

M&M’s can fall into this category if you let them melt in your mouth rather than bite into them right away. Remember, always use discretion when eating any candy this Halloween, and remember to indulge

in moderation. You should always brush your teeth after eating your candy. But wait 30 Minutes to an Hour before brushing so that you don’t cause further abrasion to your teeth. If you can, drink water or Milk

with your candy. This will help you avoid decay and keep your teeth safe.

Dr. Skigen’s office wishes everyone a safe and happy Halloween!