The Good, The Bad and the Better Candy Choices for Your Child’s Teeth

Every kid’s favorite spooky and sugar-filled holiday is quickly approaching, and the infamous candy mound on your kitchen table is inevitable. Are all candies really that bad for your child’s teeth? Thankfully no, if proper brushing and flossing accompany it or having it as an occasional treat. We are not going to tell you to cut out candy completely because what fun would that be? However, some precautions need to be taken when it comes to eating candy, especially if your child has had specific dental work performed.

Chocolate is your best friend! I bet you never thought that you would hear that from a dentist. Staying away from the sticky, chewy, or hard candies is generally a good rule of thumb to follow. These candies tend to be harder to remove when brushing due to their consistency and how easily they can get stuck in between teeth; plus, if they are sour, then the acidity can cause even more damage to teeth.

Follow these simple steps to reduce the adverse effects that Halloween candy can have on your child’s teeth:

  1. Sort through your child’s candy, removing any of the sticky, gummy, sour candies
  2. Allow your child to pick out a reasonable amount of their favorite chocolaty candy to enjoy
  3. Set a time frame for the candy to be eaten (you shouldn’t still have Halloween candy at Christmas)

If your child has had fillings or sealants, they must stay away from the sticky or hard candies due to the risk of the filling becoming loose or even being pulled out or a sealant needing to be redone. If you have questions about a particularly sweet treat, do not hesitate to give our office a call at Michael J. Leach D.D.S. Pediatric Dentistry Phone Number (770) 521-8855

The Worst The Bad The Not as Bad
· Nerd Ropes· Gushers

· Laffy Taffy

· Bit of Honey

· Good and Plenty

· Jolly Ranchers

· Gobstopper

· Chewy Sweet Tarts

· Blow Pops

· Fruit Roll-ups of any kind

· Fruit Snacks of any kind

· Twizzlers· Gummy Bears

· Sour Patch Kids

· Caramel

· 100 Grand Bar

· Candy Corn

· Skittles

· Tootsie Rolls

· Jaw Breakers

· Tootsie Pops

· M&Ms· Hershey bar

· Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Pieces

· 3 Musketeers

· Sugar Free Candy

· Dark Chocolate

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The team at Michael J. Leach, D.D.S Pediatric Dentistry would love to welcome you to our family! We are proud to offer a unique dental experience for children of all ages and abilities. Dr. Leach is a sole practitioner who takes a very conservative approach to his treatment methods. We are always accepting new patients. Give us a call at Michael J. Leach D.D.S. Pediatric Dentistry Phone Number (770) 521-8855 or fill out an appointment request form to speak with our New Patient Coordinator.