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October 10, 2013

Some Halloween candies are worse than others

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Delta Dental’s survey says 44 percent of kids eat sugar-free candy at Halloween.

2. Powdery candy (such as sugar straws): Sure, powdery candy is packed with pure sugar. But powdery candy dissolves quickly and does not stick to the teeth.

3. Chocolate (such as candy bars): Chocolate dissolves quickly in the mouth and can be eaten easily, which decreases the amount of time sugar stays in contact with teeth. And calcium could help protect tooth enamel. However, chocolate with fillings, such as caramel and nuts, is a lot more harmful for teeth than the plain variety.

Delta Dental’s survey says 86 percent of children eat chocolate at Halloween.

4. Hard candy (such as lollipops or mints): Hard candy is tough on teeth because it tends to be enjoyed at a leisurely pace for an extended period of time. Plus, biting hard candy can chip or break teeth.

Delta Dental’s survey says 50 percent of children eat hard candy at Halloween.

5. Chewy candy (such as caramels or gummies): Chewy, sticky treats are particularly damaging because they are high in sugar, spend a prolonged amount of time stuck to teeth and are more difficult for saliva to break down.

Delta Dental’s survey says 57 percent of children eat chewy candy at Halloween.

Another way to protect teeth is to give kids something other than candy. Nearly 25 percent of parents hand out non-candy items to trick-or-treaters, such as toys, money or fruit. For additional tips on how to help keep children’s teeth healthy during Halloween and all year long, visit the Tooth Fairy’s Halloween website at toothfairytrickytreats.org.

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