The Best and Worst Halloween Treats for Your Teeth

With the kids off their Halloween sugar high and finally in bed, what are you supposed to do with the leftover candy? Eat it, of course. One piece quickly turns into two, and two turns into five until you have a bellyache. The next morning, you wake up with more than just nausea, but a toothache as well.

While we recommend you see a dentist like Carl F. Lipe, DDS more regularly than just at Halloween, proper dental care and eating the right foods can prevent uncomfortable cavities and other oral afflictions.

What are the right foods to eat at Halloween? Unsurprisingly, candy and other sweet treats are awfully low on the list. We’ve compiled a handy list of treats you should indulge in as well as those you should avoid.

The best Halloween treats for your teeth

Sugarless Gum

According to Mouth through the American Dental Association, it’s possible to avoid the development of tooth decay by spending 20 minutes post-meal chowing down on sugarless gum.

When you have a stick of sugarless gum, your mouth naturally makes more saliva. That allows for stronger tooth enamel since there’s calcium in the saliva. Your chewing also cuts down rates of oral bacteria, fights acids, and removes debris and food from your pearly whites.

To be the most beneficial, your sugarless gum must have an ADA seal. This ensures it is truly sugar-free.

Plain Apples

Candy apples may be all the rage around Halloween, but the plain ones are just as delicious. Whether you go to your local orchard and pick ‘em fresh or you buy them from the grocery store, apples can help your smile.

Toothpaste company Colgate says that the gums are stimulated when you munch on an apple. This is due to the fruit’s inner texture (so, not the skin). Not only that, but when you eat an apple, it’s healthful much the same way chewing sugarless gum is. Biting into a ripe red (or green!) apple again boosts saliva production. That keeps your mouth healthy and happy.

Dark Chocolate

It is Halloween, after all, so you should treat yourself. If you must have candy, then choose some dark chocolate. Ask the cites several batches of worldwide research from 2018 that all confirm that dark chocolate may be able to lessen tooth decay, plaque, and cavities.

When you bite off a square or two of the good stuff, you’re getting CBH, a cocoa bean husk compound. As you enjoy that dark chocolate, your teeth are enjoying less plaque due to the anti-bacterial compound. CBH is so good at what it does, as a matter of fact, that even fluoride can’t prevent tooth decay as well.

The worst Halloween treats for your teeth

Hard Candy

If you’re running around with young kids trick-or-treating or even passing out treats, then a piece of hard candy satisfies. You just pop it in and go on with your day. Mouth Healthy discourages sucking on hard candy too often, though. Yes, it’s because of the sugar, but something far scarier can happen: you could accidentally chip or break your teeth!

While Denverites can always trust Carl F. Lipe, DDS for your dental implant needs, being smart about hard candy can also preserve your teeth.


Lollipops are essentially just hard candy on a stick, and they too pose the same oral health problems. The lengthy amount of time you keep them in your mouth coats your gums and teeth in sugar. This becomes worse if your lollipop is filled with something extra, such as gum. Biting too prematurely can also damage teeth.

Sticky Candy

From marshmallows to caramels, candy corn to taffy, sticky candy is prevalent at Halloween. When you eat these treats, they cling easily to your teeth until you can brush. Using water to rinse can help, but nothing’s better than a thorough brushing with toothpaste and a toothbrush.

Had a Halloween candy mishap? It happens to us all. At Carl F. Lipe, DDS, we provide a variety of oral services to Denverites. Whether it was sticky or hard candy that caused your toothache, with tooth extractions, emergency dentistry, dental implants, and oral surgery, we can restore your smile. Call us today at 303-558-6231 or book your appointment online.

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