- Chocolate is a preferred treat because it washes off teeth easier than other types of candy, according to the American Dental Association. Also darker chocolate has less sugar than milk chocolate.
- Sticky candies are some of the worst for teeth. They’re harder to remove and give cavity-causing bacteria more time to eat away at the enamel. Super sticky candy can even pull out fillings or loose teeth.
- Hard candy presents two threats: the duration of time pieces are in your mouth mixing sugar with saliva and the chance of breaking a tooth while chomping down.
- Sour candy often combines factors like hardness or stickiness along with high acidic content. The acidity can weaken enamel.
When considering alternatives to candy, also be mindful of age groups. Toddlers may mistake small toys like bouncy balls or erasers for candy pieces. So what are some good things to give?
- Juice boxes (refreshing and available in organic/low-sugar options)
- Dried fruit leather (also available in organic/low-sugar options)
- Stickers (cheap, plentiful, and available in all kinds of shapes, colors, patterns, characters, etc)
- Glow bracelets (great for safety too)
- Dress up/play-pretend items (fake mustaches, sunglasses, temporary tattoos)
- Hand sanitizer (choose cool colors and kid-friendly scents)
- Character bandages/first aid (boo boos are made better with cartoon characters)
- Games and toys (miniature mazes, doodle pads, yo-yos, figurines, coin purses)
At the End of the Night
No matter how much candy comes home, remember to celebrate by brushing your teeth! Make it a family event rather than a punishment. Try brushing in rhythm to a Halloween-flavored song like China Anne McClain’s “Calling All The Monsters,” Will Smith’s “Men In Black,” or for the really little ones The Higgleoos’ “The Monsters Ball.”
All of us at Your Community Dental wish you a happy and safe holiday!