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Halloween Candy: The Best…And The Worst!

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Happy Halloween! 

Fall is here, football is in full swing, and kids have picked out their Halloween costumes in anticipation of bags of sugary candy.

While little ghosts and goblins look forward to this haunted holiday, your dentist Columbia SC says that many parents are concerned about the oral health hazards associated with Halloween.

The good…the bad…and the scariest!

But, not all sweet treats are created equal – some can really wreak havoc on your teeth!  So to help, your skilled dentist Columbia SC has compiled a list of the best and worst candy for your little trick-or-treaters.

The worst:

  • Sticky, chewy snacks like caramel, gummy bears and salt water taffy can easily get stuck in the teeth.
  • Candy corn is full of sugar that eats away at your teeth.
  • Sour candies can break down tooth enamel, especially that of younger children.
  • Hard candies stay in your mouth for a long time and drench your teeth in sugar.
  • Jawbreakers can actually chip your teeth!

The best:

  • Sugar-free lollipops stimulate saliva, which flushes away bacteria from your mouth.
  • Chocolate melts quickly so it’s better for your teeth, but be sure to choose the plain variety because chocolate with fillings are more harmful to your teeth.
  • Peanut butter cups also disappear quickly, making them a wiser choice.
  • Sugar-free gum helps dislodge food particles and stimulate saliva production, which is beneficial to teeth.

A healthy Halloween after-school treat!

Disguises aren’t just for Halloween. Surprise your family with these dressed-up, spooky-looking snacks any time of year. Kids can help by spooning the pizza sauce on the English muffin and making the mummy face with the cheese and vegetables.

What you’ll need:

  • English muffins
  • Pizza sauce
  • Black olives
  • Scallions
  • Red or green pepper
  • Cheese sticks or slices

How to make it:

  • Heat the oven to 350º F. For each mummy, spread a tablespoon of pizza sauce onto half of an English muffin (toast it first, if you like).
  • Set olive slices in place for eyes and add round slices of green onion or bits of red or green pepper for pupils.
  • Lay strips of cheese (we used a pulled-apart cheese stick) across the muffin for the mummy’s wrappings.
  • Bake for about 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the muffin is toasted.

Parents shouldn’t dread this spooky season. According to your dentist Columbia SC, Halloween can actually provide children an opportunity to enjoy treats, while learning good oral health habits for the rest of the year.  Call our office today to schedule an appointment so we can discuss preventative measures to keep your child’s teeth healthy year round!