While candy is considered one of the absolute worst foods for your smile, some of them are much better for your teeth than others. With over 2.3 billion dollars spent on candy each year, it’s no surprise that more candy is consumed on Halloween than any other day. Discover three types of candy that pose the least threat to your smile.
Recent research indicates that the worst thing about chocolate is the high amount of sugar that often accompanies it in candy. As recently as the early 2000’s, scientists have known about the positive effects that Cocoa Bean Husk (CBH) can have on your teeth. To maximize these benefits, choose a chocolate bar with a percentage of cocoa above 70%. By doing this, you’ll reap the benefit of cocoa without all the extra sugar.
Creamy chocolate bars are among the most popular candies on Halloween, and they’re not too bad for your teeth compared to many others. The main reason that creamy chocolate isn’t terrible for your teeth has to do with its meltability. Unlike gummy bears or taffy, creamy chocolate quickly washes off of your teeth, thereby minimizing the damage they take from sugar. Since a drink of water is enough to mitigate much of the dental damage they cause, it’s advisable to keep your water bottle nearby this Halloween.
Whether you prefer Jolly Ranchers or Reece’s Cups, you may not know that almost all candies have a sugar-free variation. Ideal for diabetics, sugar-free candies are also excellent for keeping your teeth healthy while indulging your sweet tooth. If you need a candy stash to keep around the house for your kids, then opting for sugar-free versions will keep their smiles healthy for a lot longer. With sugar-free candy, you can be the house that is doing a service for your neighbors by not harming their smiles.
Keeping up with your home oral care is great, but there is no substitute for professional oral cleanings from Dr. Chao. With advanced tools and experience, she can clean hardened tartar and undo any decay that may have developed this Halloween. Contact us today!
Dr. Maggie Chao
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Pleasanton, CA 94566
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