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That haunting time of year has arrived. Halloween is such a fun time, with costumes, spooky movies, and trick-or-treating. Avoiding candy at Halloween can be very difficult. That is why Dr. David Manzanares and our team would like to tell you which candies are best and worst for your teeth and your child’s teeth.

Sticky or Gummy Candy

Gummy worms, caramel, and the like are popular Halloween treats. These candies can easily stick to the teeth and stay there long after the treat is gone. To avoid potential damage, have your child enjoy sticky and gummy candies one piece at a time and make sure they chew thoroughly.

Hard Candy

Hard candies some of the most harmful to the teeth. This is because hard candies like lollipops linger in the mouth for the longest, thus giving the sugars plenty of time to damage the teeth.

Sour Candy

We suggest encouraging your child to limit or avoid sour candies, especially if they are coated in sugar. Sour candies are often very acidic, so they can weaken or damage the tooth enamel. This leaves the teeth more vulnerable to tooth decay.


Chocolate is also a great Halloween treat. Part of what makes chocolate so great is that it washes off of the teeth more easily than other candies. Dark chocolate is the best type of chocolate for the teeth, as it has less sugar than other chocolates.

We encourage you to call Just Clean Smiles at 505-565-0609 today for more Halloween tips and to schedule a visit with our dentist in Peralta, New Mexico.