One of the best parts of Halloween has got to be all the candy!
However, one of the biggest drawbacks has to be all those sweet treats reeking havoc on your teeth. But, good news! The Ontario Dental Association sent me a list of the good, the bad, and the ugly when it comes to candy to help you out on the spookiest day of the year.
The Good: According to ODA, “chocolates cause the least damage to your teeth because they dissolve quickly in your mouth. Nuts, sunflower seeds and sugarless gum are also great options.”
The Bad: “Lollipops, jawbreakers and other hard candies take a long time to break down and can damage dental work and chip teeth.”
The Ugly: “Sticky treats like raisins, toffee, fruit roll-ups and caramels get lodged in the teeth and that can cause decay. Sour candies are chewy and their high acid content can erode tooth enamel.”
Yikes! Some of that sounds pretty scary for your chompers but somehow I still think you plan on indulging.
Ontario Dental Association president Dr. Jack McLister says “Children can enjoy the spoils of their trick-or-treating, relatively horror-free, but keep in mind that candy should be a treat, not a part of your regular diet.”