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That haunting time of year is here. Halloween is such a magical time, with costumes, spooky movies, and trick-or-treating. Avoiding candy at Halloween can be very difficult. That is why Dr. Robert Madry and our team would like to tell you which candies are best and worst for your teeth and your child’s teeth.

Sticky or Gummy Candy

Gummy worms, caramel, and the like are popular Halloween treats. These candies can easily stick to the teeth and stay there long after the treat has been eaten.

Sour Candy

We suggest encouraging your child to avoid sour candies, especially if they are sticky or coated in sugar. Sour candies are often very acidic, so they can weaken or damage the tooth enamel. This leaves the teeth more vulnerable to tooth decay.

Popcorn Balls

If you or your child likes popcorn balls, make sure to keep floss handy. The kernels can easily get stuck between the teeth. In addition, they are sugary, sticky, and sometimes hard.

Chewing Gum

Chewing gum is one of the safest Halloween treats. It does linger in the mouth, but the gum stimulates saliva production, which rinses the mouth and keeps bacteria away. To even further protect your child’s teeth, choose a sugar-free gum.

Chocolate

Chocolate is also a great Halloween treat. Part of what makes chocolate so good is that it washes off of the teeth more easily than other candies. Dark chocolate is the best type for the teeth, as it has less sugar than other chocolates.

We welcome you to contact Robert Madry, DDS, General and Cosmetic Dentistry at 361-730-1420 today for more Halloween tips and to schedule a visit with our dentist in Corpus Christi, Texas.