This Halloween may be different, but we’ll still get to enjoy the best part: Candy! Unfortunately, those sweets are still bad for our teeth and a dentist for the American Dental Association explains which ones are the worst candies for our pearly whites.
Sticky candy- The worst offenders? Chewy candies like taffy and anything gummy because they linger on the teeth, which gives them more time to cause tooth decay. Caramels are in this group too and all of these can do damage to fillings, braces and orthodontic appliances.
Sour candies- These are bad for teeth in two ways since they contain both sugar and acid. The acid breaks down tooth enamel, which is the hard outer shell that protects teeth.
Lollipops- Like their cousins, hard candies, these are meant to be enjoyed slowly, meaning teeth are exposed to sugar for a lot longer than they are with treats you chew quickly. And if you dare to bite down on one, the American Dental Association warns it can fracture a tooth if you’re not careful!