Most kids love the yummy taste of candy, and parents tend to dislike ti because it causes kids to get riled up on sweets. But besides the sugary effects on their brains, kids might suffer orally when they eat candy. It is important to make sure children still understand how important it is to be mindful of what they eat. Eating some candy in moderation might be okay, but this can lead to bad practices. If you want to limit your child’s candy intake, do it from a dentist’s perspective. Here are the best and worst candies.

Worst

Chewy/Sticky Sweets: Gummies, taffy and even dried fruit can get stuck in the crevices between teeth and become almost impossible to remove

Sour Candies: Sour Patch Kids, Sour Straws and Sour Skittles are highly acidic and can break down tooth enamel quickly. Eat only in moderation and wait at least thirty minutes afterwards to brush teeth so they do not become abrasive.

Sugary Treats: Cookies, cake, candy bars, etc. all contain high amounts of sugar, which can cause tooth decay.

Best

Sugar-free lollipops, candies and gums: Candies without sugar actually help the mouth produce saliva, which can be beneficial when preventing cavities. Sugar-free gums can also help dislodge food particles from spaces between teeth due to their sticky nature.

Dark Chocolate: While rare for children to eat (but great for adults too!), true dark chocolates have been shown to lower blood pressure and even prevent heart disease.

To learn more about how to teach your children to be dentally smart and ready for a healthy smile, contact A Beautiful Smile today. Having good teeth in the long run is the result of good oral practices in the beginning, and we want to instill a lifetime of beautiful smiles.