Halloween Candy: The Best and Worst Choices for Your Smile

We know which ones our taste buds prefer, but learn which sweets will hurt your teeth
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We’re not kids anymore, so instead of waiting for the dentist to scold us about cavities every time we sit in the chair, let’s be a bit more mindful about the sweet stuff and its effects on our mouth, since the biggest candy holiday of the year is rapidly approaching — Halloween.

All right, we’ll admit, we usually don't hold back when the office candy bowl comes out around this time of year, but maybe instead of six Snickers fun-size bars, we’ll have three. As for Laffy Taffy, Starburst, and Sweet Tarts — we'll try our best to just eat half the pack. Sounds like a good start, right?
Wrong. 

Instead of us just guessing about the effects of our candy gorging this season, we thought it best to talk to a pro: a cosmetic dentist. Meet Dr. Timothy Chase, a 15-year veteran of cosmetic dentistry in New York City.

He’s here to set the record straight on how to maintain a healthy smile during the Halloween season.

The Daily Meal: What is the best candy to eat? 

Timothy Chase: Plain chocolate without anything sticky.

TDM: What is the worst? 

TC: The super sticky stuff, like taffy or hard candies that take a long time to eat.

TDM: Which is worse, chocolate or sweet and sour candy? 

TC: It’s not really the sugar content, it’s the delivery vehicle of the sugar — the sticky stuff that sticks to your teeth or the candy that you hold in your mouth a long time is the worst.

TDM: How many pieces should people limit themselves to? 

TC: The recommended serving size all at once; grazing is no good for you.

TDM: What is the best way to protect your smile after eating candy

TC: After candy, drinking water to rinse the sugar residue from your mouth is the best, followed by brushing your teeth, but wait at least a half hour — brushing right after you eat can lead to tooth abrasion.

 

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