All year long, kids look forward to the magic and fun of Halloween. Parents enjoy the costumes and trick-or-treating, too, but the thought of all that candy can be troublesome. Whether you raid the candy bags to the benefit of your coworkers, sell the candy at a buyback, or ration it in some other way, much of the sweets will end up with your kids. To help you sort through the Halloween bags with them, here’s a summary of MouthHealthy.org’s rundown of common candies:
Chocolate: Of all the Halloween candies your kids will receive, chocolate is best because it washes off teeth more easily. Choose dark chocolate when possible, as it has less sugar than milk chocolate. Chocolate can also be good for you. Read our article, A Delicious Secret, to find out more.
Sticky and Gummy Candies: “Be picky if it’s sticky,” MouthHealthy advises. We agree. Sticky and gummy candies are harder to remove and could result in cavity-causing bacteria staying on the kids’ teeth longer.
Hard Candy: Look out for hard candy, too. It can break teeth when kids bite down on it. Hard candy is also the type kids keep in their mouth for longer periods, resulting in longer exposures to sugar.
Sour Candy: Sour candy is acidic, weakening the enamel. Read our article, The Eroding Effects of Sour Candy on Kids’ Teeth, to find out more.
Popcorn Balls: For popcorn balls, MouthHealthy.org advises having some floss handy because these sticky, sweet kernels tend to get stuck between the teeth.