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How to make healthier choices this Halloween

By - Bad Breath Expert

SUMMARY:  Here are a few choices you can make - for yourself and your children - after rummaging through their trick-or-treat basket.

Posted: October 25, 2017

Halloween is here! Time for costumes, watching your favorite scary movies and the inevitable amount of candy your kids...and you will be tempted to eat. Certainly, indulging in a few sweet treats isn't the end of the world, but going overboard with the sugar can weaken enamel and increase cavity risk.

Instead of worrying about wreaking havoc on your family's pearly whites this Halloween, why not consider the healthier and less costly alternatives? Here are a few choices you can make - for yourself and your children - after rummaging through their trick-or-treat baskets:

1. Chocolate
Contrary to popular belief, chocolate is one of the best choices you and your children can eat on Halloween, according to what dentist Dr. Ana Paul Ferraz-Dougherty shared with the American Dental Association.

"Dark chocolate has less sugar than milk chocolate."

"Chocolate is one of the better candies because it washes off your teeth easier than other types of candy," she said.

If you're aiming for the healthiest option, go for dark chocolate. It has less sugar than milk chocolate, and it's great for heart health.

2. Sugar-free lollipops
Not only can you stop worrying about the sugar content in these lollipops, but sucking on them can stimulate saliva and keep your mouth from drying out and causing bad breath!

3. Raisins and other dried fruits
Natural sweet sugars make raisins and other dried fruits just as appealing as real candy, but they're not as harmful for your teeth. Just be mindful of portion sizes.

4. Sugar-free gum
Whether you find sugar-free gum in your kid's trick-or-treat basket, or you need a refreshing fix after indulging in the other Halloween candy, sugar-free gum makes a great choice for your teeth. Not only is it harmless to teeth, the act of chewing stimulates saliva production which helps to neutralize acids and freshen breath!

Other Halloween treats that cause minimal harm include trail mix, pretzels, animal crackers, baked crackers, low-sugar fruit leather and pumpkin seeds.

Be mindful of the treats you and your children are eating this Halloween.Be mindful of the treats you and your children are eating this Halloween.

Treats to avoid
If you're trying to be on your best behavior, stay far away from the following popular Halloween candies:

  • Gummy candy clings to teeth and gives harmful bacteria the sugars it needs to thrive.
  • Hard candy can break teeth if you don't chew cautiously.
  • Sour candy is highly acidic and can break down enamel in no time.

Keep practicing healthy oral habits!
No matter which candy you decide to eat this Halloween, don't forget to keep up with your normal oral habits, if not more so than usual. Brush and floss your teeth once in the morning and once at night, and possibly a third time after eating candy if it seems to be stuck between your teeth.

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