Trick-or-treat: The best and worst sweets for your teeth

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) - It wouldn’t be Halloween without some tricks and treats but did you know that some candies have the potential to do more damage to teeth than others?

Dr. Carlson with Menomonie Street Dental says sticky candies can wreak the most havoc on your teeth but there are some steps you can take to keep cavities at bay.

“I like 100 Grand Bars because it’s chocolate and caramel and that's what I like best,” Arlene Vance said.

“Kit Kat and Whoppers are my favorite gotta get a little crisp in there,” Alexandria Mapes said.

Its the time of year when kids and adults start getting a sweet tooth.

“I think holidays especially the ones that involve candy are for the adults to eat half the bag themselves and then give the other half away,” Mapes added.

But a sugar over load could land your teeth in a sticky situation.

“The longer the sugar is in contact for with the teeth, the longer the bacteria has to eat the sugar and more and more toxins are produced which cause cavities,” Dr. Eric Carlson with Menomonie Street Dental said.

When it comes to the candy aisle Dr. Carlson says you should pick up something like milk chocolate that dissolves quickly in kids mouths rather than sticky caramel that stick around and cause cavities.

“Your plain milk chocolate and dark chocolate candies are your best candies,” Carlson added.

Dentists say it’s important for parents to not only pay attention to what kinds of candy their kids are eating but how many sweets kids consume after trick-or-treat is said and done.

“The best thing that parents can implement is a routine on when the candies can be consumed. One thing to avoid would be consuming candies throughout the course of a day,” Carlson said.

Dr. Carlson says if you have a sweet tooth there are some ways to try to avoid getting tricked by your treats.

He recommends parents and kids to brush right after eating candy, but if you don’t have a toothbrush with you he says you should rinse your mouth out with water and try to clean out the groves in your teeth the best you can.

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