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October is National Dental Hygiene Month, but it is also Halloween season!
As a general rule, eating candy on a regular basis is not the best idea (especially for children wearing braces), but we realize it is asking a lot
for children to completely forego Halloween. After all, us dentists do enjoy some candy ourselves from time to time. (Shhh)
So, in order to minimize the amount of damage to teeth and braces, we have compiled a list of popular candies and let you know which candies will be better for
teeth and which to avoid.

Chewy, sticky candies are among the worst offenders for causing cavities. The chewy candy can also get  stuck deep in your teeth and braces, and they cause

significant damage to your teeth.

Some popular chewy candies to avoid include:

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Taffy

Caramel

Starburst

Bubble Gum

Tootsie Rolls

Hard candies are better as long as you do not bite down or chew on them. Chewing on them can  cause the hard sugars to get stuck in your teeth as well.

Also, in many younger children with braces, the temptation to bite can be too great, so these should be avoided in that case.

Hard candies can cause stains to your teeth as well if you suck on them too often. As a general rule,  candies that stain your tongue can also cause stains on your teeth.

Some popular hard candies that fall into this category:

Suckers

Jolly Ranchers

Gobstoppers/Jawbreakers

Strawberry Hard Candies

Soft chocolate candies are the best option for treating your teeth right this Halloween. The more it  melts in your mouth, the less likely it is to get stuck and cause more damage.

Luckily, chocolate is one of  the most popular Halloween candies, so you won’t be missing out on too much!

Some popular soft chocolates include:

Reese’s Cups

Hershey’s Milk Chocolate

Kit Kat

Three Musketeers

M&M’s can fall into this category if you let them melt in your mouth rather than bite into them right away.

Remember, always use discretion when eating any candy this Halloween, and remember to indulge  in moderation.

You should always brush your teeth after eating your candy as well.

Gateway Oaks wishes everyone a safe and happy Halloween!