The Academy of General Dentistry has weighed in on the best and the worst of Halloween candies.
• Gummy bear-type candies. These are a serious source of tooth decay because they get stuck in crevices between teeth.
• Sour candies, such as Sour Patch kids candy. They are highly acidic and can break down enamel.
• Sugary candies, such as candy corn. They contain high amounts of sugar, which can start tooth decay.
• Sugar-free lollipops. They stimulate saliva, which can prevent dry-mouth. A dry mouth allows plaque to build up.
• Sugar-free gum. This type of gum can prevent cavities by dislodging food particles. It also increases saliva, which works to neutralize acids and prevent tooth decay.
• Dark chocolate with its accompanying antioxidants can be good for the heart and may lower blood pressure, according to some studies.
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