Chia Girl Chat – The Best and Worst Halloween Candy for Your Teeth
Can you believe the holiday season is almost here? This year is flying by at record pace, and as I sit here writing, looking out my window, it FINALLY feels like fall here in Central Florida. The temperature in the Orlando area dropped into the 50’s overnight. Seriously, this is a big deal here! The cool down is one of the top stories on the local news! I’ll give those of you in cooler climates a moment to stop laughing at the Floridians before we continue.
I’m so happy it will feel at least semi-fall like for Trick or Treating. Sweating in a costume is never fun for the little ones.
Are you ready for Halloween? My sons are finalizing their scare-wear, both boys are going as ninjas! And I’ll be dressed in a similar costume as many of you…a very busy mom!
This is a tricky (no pun intended) time of year to stay on track, nutritionally speaking. Sometimes I can just hear those full treat bags calling my name after the boys are asleep. And while I’m certainly not “that” parent who hands out toothbrushes, I do look for some simple compromises.
This is what the little ghouls and goblins in her neighborhood will be taking home: Glow in the dark vampire teeth and glow in the dark martian fingers (which I originally read as MARTINI fingers…it’s been a long day.) Pretty cool, huh?
If you are sticking with the candy route. Here are some things to keep in mind. The Academy of General Dentistry says these are the worst choices for your chompers:
1. Chewy and sticky candy, like gummy treats, taffy and even dried fruit gets stuck in the crevices between teeth and is difficult to remove.
2. Sour candies. I had no idea about this one! According to the AGA, because candy like Sour Patch Kids is highly acidic, it breaks down enamel quickly. They suggest waiting at least 30 minutes after chowing on sour candy before brushing your teeth. That way, the saliva will break down some of that damaging acid and you won’t be further spreading it around.
3. Anything made mostly of sugar, like candy corn, can lead to decay quickly. Yes, that includes those adorable little pumpkins that taste like candy corn.
And what about the best choices for your smile?
1. Sugar-lollipops and hard candies. But as a side note, some sugar-free candy (especially the kind containing sugar alcohol) can have a laxative effect, so definitely consume in moderation.
2. Chocolate. Yeah! Delta Dental lists chocolate as a good choice because it melts quickly. Plain chocolate is the best. Anything with nuts or caramel can stick in the teeth, making them more difficult to clean.
3. Peanut butter cups also make Delta Dental’s list, again citing the quick-melting properties.
What is your stay-healthy plan for Halloween?