Your kids will likely come home with buckets full of candy on Halloween. While those sweets may taste good, they could do damage to your childrens' smiles.
Trick-or-treating is a day many kids look forward to for weeks, but all those sweets are not something your teeth necessarily look forward to. That's why Delta Dental of South Dakota came up with a list of the best and worst Halloween treats for your white smile.
First off, the best candy for your teeth is sugar-free candy and gum with xylitol. Xylitol may actually protect your teeth by reducing the acids produced by bacteria. While you might think these sweets are unpopular, a Delta Dental survey shows 44 percent of kids will eat sugar-free candy this Halloween.
You might not believe this one, but powdery candy is ranked as the second best candy for your teeth. That's because while powdery candy is packed with sugar, it dissolves quickly and doesn't stick to your teeth.
The opposite is true of the two types of candies that rank worst on the list. Hard candy and chewy candy tend to spend a prolonged amount of time in your mouth and can stick to your teeth.
If you're handing out chocolate, candy bars rank right in the middle. Also after all the tricks, treats and candy eating, you won't want to forget to brush your teeth.