The Best & Worst Halloween Candy for Your Child

October 5, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — prachddsteam @ 7:51 pm
Halloween candy pouring out of bucket

The air is crisper, the days are getting longer, and Fall is officially upon us. Do you know what that means? Halloween is right around the corner! Most families are excited to dress up in costumes and go trick-or-treating, accumulating a stockpile of candy that will (hopefully) last through winter. However, this sugar-filled holiday can leave a lasting mark on your family’s oral health if you’re not careful. Luckily, knowing which goodies to avoid can lower your child’s risk of developing dental problems. Your children’s dentist in Casper explains how popular candies can affect your little one’s teeth.


Did you know that the most popular Halloween candy is actually the best one for your teeth? It might be hard to believe, but it’s true! Chocolate washes off your pearly whites much easier than other types of candy, making it one of the more ideal sweets for your oral health. Keep in mind that dark chocolate has less sugar than milk chocolate, so opt for that whenever possible!

Sticky and Gummy Candies

If candy is sticky and gummy, you should avoid it as much as possible. They can wreak havoc on your mouth, making them some of the worst types for your teeth. Since they’re sticky, it’s difficult to remove the “leftovers” from your teeth. The longer the sugar stays on your teeth, the more time cavity-causing bacteria have to work.

Hard Candy

Hard candy like lollipops and jawbreakers are almost as bad as gummies. Although they don’t stick to everything in your mouth, they take a long time to dissolve. The longer they stay in your mouth, the more acidic your mouth becomes. Also, biting hard candy can easily result in broken or cracked teeth.

Sour Candy

Consider passing on candy that makes you pucker, especially if it’s sticky and coated in sugar. Sour candy is very acidic and can weaken or damage your enamel, making your teeth more prone to cavities and decay.

Popcorn Balls

Popcorn balls are an irresistible Fall favorite! However, they can negatively affect your teeth. Not only are they sticky, sugary, and hard, but the kernels can easily get stuck between your teeth. If you indulge in this treat, make sure you have some floss handy to clean your mouth afterward!

Try These Healthier Options!

Here are some satisfying and healthier options you should consider eating on Halloween instead:

  • Cereal bars
  • Graham crackers
  • Trail mix
  • Animal crackers
  • Jell-O with fruit
  • Applesauce
  • Sugar-free gum or hard candy
  • Mini boxes of raisins
  • Sugar-free hot chocolate or apple cider packets

Don’t let the spooky holiday leave a lasting mark on your little one’s smile. Now that you know which candies to avoid, you can help your child make the best choices for their oral health – have fun!

About the Author

Dr. Erin M. Prach opened her dental practice in 2015. She is passionate about helping her patients achieve and maintain their absolute best smiles. Dr. Prach and her team strive to give patients the attentive, high-quality, personalized dental care that they deserve. If you have any questions on how to keep your smile safe this Halloween, they’re more than happy to answer them for you. You can reach Dr. Prach via our website or call (307) 337-4770.

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