The worst treats for your teeth according to the Ontario Dental Association

Sugary treats are hard to avoid, especially on Halloween.

The Ontario Dental Association (ODA) reminds everyone that taking care of your mouth is especially important during the pandemic because dental health is a key part of overall health.

Of course, dentists know you’re going to indulge in sugary and salty treats, so they’ve come out with a list of the best and worst Halloween treats for your teeth.

Nuts are a healthy snack alternative, and eating some cheese before treats can leave a vitamin-rich film on the teeth that helps protect against sugary candies.

Chocolate bars are actually one of the more tooth-friendly treats, as long as it’s plain chocolate so that it can dissolve quickly in your mouth.

Chewy sweets like caramels, licorice, and even dried fruit can get stuck to and in between your teeth, cause cavities, and can even pull out fillings if you’re not careful!

Salty treats like pretzels, potato and corn chips may seem better than candy, but they can also get lodged in your teeth and breakdown into cavity-causing sugars.

Hard candies such as jawbreakers, lollipops, and mints soak your teeth in sugar as they dissolve. They can also crack your teeth or ruin braces if you bite down on them.

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Water is the best way to neutralize all the sugars and acids in your mouth, so be sure to swish after treat time. Chewing some sugar-free gum is also great at getting saliva going and washing away excess sugar and debris on your teeth.

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