Tooth-Friendly Halloween Candy

Tooth-Friendly Halloween Candy
Posted on 10/24/2017


Halloween’s just around the corner which can only mean one thing – sweet, delicious, Halloween treats! Unfortunately, as your affordable orthodontist and children’s dentist in Arlington, VA, we at Arlington Pediatric Dentistry would feel like we weren’t doing our job if we didn’t mention that many of these Halloween candies can be harmful to a patient’s teeth – especially for those with braces. We know…it may not be the most popular thing to say, but it’s for the best when it comes to your teeth (and your braces). Here are some of the types of candy that you should watch out for (for good or bad).

Candy to Avoid with Braces (Aww…)

Unfortunately, there’s a list of candy that needs to be avoided for a patient with braces. Some of these candies are:

  • Milky Way
  • Payday
  • Snickers
  • Baby Ruth
  • Twix
  • Peanut M&M’s
  • Bubblegum
  • Taffy
  • Any candy that includes caramel
  • Any candy that’s hard or includes nuts

Candy You Can Eat with Braces (Alright!)

Thankfully, there are still plenty of delicious options left that a patient with braces can enjoy and savor. Some of these suitable treats include:

  • Reese’s Cups
  • Hershey’s Kisses
  • Hershey’s Bars
  • Kit Kat Bars
  • Three Musketeers
  • Plain M&M’s
  • Peppermint Patties

Tooth-Unfriendly and Tooth-Friendly Candies​​

Even for patients without braces, there are still candies that are better for a person’s teeth and those that are worse. The candies that aren’t as good for teeth are:

  • Hard Candies – These can potentially crack a person’s teeth. Also, since they’ll stick around in the mouth much longer, teeth will be exposed to sugar for a longer period of time.
  • Sticky Candies – Sticky candy is problematic because it can get stuck to the teeth and stick around much longer than it was ever intended to, giving it time to eat away at tooth enamel.
  • Sour Candies – These are perhaps the worst candies to eat because they contain plenty of acid that can cause tooth decay.

On the other hand, some of the best types of candy for a person’s teeth include the following:

  • Dark Chocolate – Dark chocolate is beneficial for teeth because of a variety of different reasons. It washes away easier than other candy, it contains less sugar than milk chocolate, and it’s less destructive to tooth enamel.
  • Candy Bars with Nuts – Nuts will help get rid of sugar on the teeth much quicker, leading to less of a chance of developing tooth decay.

Visit Your Arlington, VA Affordable Orthodontist and Pediatric Dentist!​​

If you’d like to schedule an appointment with your pediatric dentist or orthodontist, please don’t hesitate to fill out our online appointment request form. Alternatively, feel free to give us a call at (703) 671-KIDS. As your affordable orthodontist and children’s dentist, we’re also glad to provide our patients with our in-house discount plan that can help save money on our orthodontics and general treatment. We can’t wait to hear from you and we hope you have a Happy Halloween!