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With sugar season beginning, here‘s the cavity rating for popular candies


By Sarah Lindenfeld Hall,

Your kids may be consuming a boatload of candy at the moment, thanks (or no thanks) to their Halloween take. But not all candy is created equal.

The offers up this candy survival guide, which you might want to follow if you plan on popping a piece or two in their lunch box. It might just keep your kids cavity-free during this season of sugar — which seems to run from Halloween to Easter.


Chocolate is one of the most popular Halloween candies. Did you know it’s probably one of the safest, too? Chocolate dissolves quickly, and washes off your teeth easier than other candies. Dark chocolate is your best bet, as it contains less sugar than milk chocolate.


Sticky candies can be a nightmare. These candies tend to cling to teeth, giving ample time for cavities to form. It’s important to have your children brush and floss thoroughly, as gummies often get stuck on the tooth’s surface and in crevices between teeth.

Hard candy/Lollipops

Hard candy is hard on teeth and can result in chipped or cracked teeth. It’s best to steer clear of any hard candy during Halloween.

Sour candy

Sour candy typically contains citric acids that produce the sour flavor. These acids can attack the tooth’s enamel, so enjoy these in moderation.

Sugar-free chewing gum

Sugarless chewing gum is a good option for a Halloween treat. Chewing sugarless gum increases the flow of saliva and neutralizes cavity-causing bacteria, which aids in preventing tooth decay.

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