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Candy Alternatives for Halloween Treats

October 28, 2021 5:42 pm | Published by

During the Halloween season, there are countless candies and treats to choose from. Sadly, snacking on sugary goodies can increase your risk for oral health problems like cavities. What are some good alternatives?

Hot Chocolate

As the weather cools, a toasty mug of hot chocolate is the perfect evening treat. This beverage is more tooth-friendly than many Halloween candies. If you want to buy pre-made mixes, check out how much sugar it has. The best ones for your oral health will include dark chocolate and either reduced sugar or a sugar alternative like stevia. You can also make your own mix very easily if you want to control the balance of ingredients. Add a healthy dash of cinnamon for its flavor and link to improved tooth health!

Hard Candies with Xylitol

In general, hard candies are not great for your oral health. They’re high in sugar and because they spend so much time in your mouth, they provide a feast for cavity-causing bacteria. Thankfully, there are many candies (including lollipops) made with xylitol. Studies show that this natural sweetener does not contribute to tooth decay and actually has properties that help prevent cavities!

Sugarless Gum

Sugarless gum is linked to many health benefits, including an increase in saliva production and stronger enamel! Look for chewing gum that contains xylitol or CPP-ACP, which is a substance shown to help remineralize your teeth! If you’re allergic to dairy products, avoid CPP-ACP. You’ll know if a pack of gum is good for your teeth if it has the ADA seal on the package.

Get High-Quality Dental Care This Season at Vista Ridge Family Dentistry in Cedar Park, Texas

Halloween is a fun time for kids and adults, but all the treats can be rough on your teeth! Thankfully, you don’t need to give up goodies during this season. Choosing alternatives like hot chocolate, candy with xylitol, and sugarless gum keeps the holiday sweet but tooth-friendly. If you have more questions about how to keep your teeth healthy or you’re interested in our services, please contact us today!

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