HALLOWEEN CANDY: YOUR DENTAL HEALTH SURVIVAL GUIDE PART II
Sticky and Gummy Candies
Be picky if it’s sticky. These are some of the worst candies for your teeth. This candy is harder to remove and may stay longer on your teeth, which gives that cavity-causing bacteria more time to work.
Hard candies are also ones to watch on Halloween. You also tend to keep these kinds of candies in your mouth for longer periods of time, so the sugar is getting in your saliva and washing over your teeth.
You might want to pass on things that make you pucker—especially if they are sticky and coated in sugar. Sour candy can be very acidic. And that acidity can weaken and damage the hard outer shell of your teeth, making your teeth more vulnerable to cavities.
Have some floss handy if you’re enjoying one of these fall favorites. Kernels can get stuck between your teeth. They are also sticky, sugary and can be hard.
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