Halloween Candies That Can Harm Your Teeth

Halloween Candies That Can Harm Your Teeth

Posted by Dr. Alicia Abeyta DDS FAGD on Oct 24 2012, 01:25 AM

Sour candies

Sour candies are one of the worst candies for your teeth. They contain acid, which can break down enamel. The acid in sour candies also wears down tooth enamel, which can make it easier for cavities to form.

Hard candies

Hard candies and caramels can stick to your teeth, which could potentially pull out fillings or cause damage to tooth enamel. If you have a filling or crown, avoid hard candies.

Hard candies can also increase your risk for tooth decay because they stick around in your mouth. When sugar mixes with the bacteria in your mouth, it creates an acidic substance that can break down tooth enamel and lead to cavities.

Hard & sour candies

Hard candies and sour candies are the worst candies for your teeth. Both candies can crack or chip your teeth, causing painful dental emergencies. The sugar in hard candies feeds dental plaque and can even lead to cavities. Hard candies are also more likely to get stuck in between teeth, which can irritate the gums.

Sour candies are also terrible for teeth. The acid in sour candies can break down tooth enamel, causing painful dental emergencies. Sour candies also coat your teeth in sugar, which can feed dental plaque.

Both candies can also get stuck in between teeth, which can irritate the gums.


The sugar in chocolate can combine with plaque to produce acids that attack your enamel. Sugar-free chocolate and the dark chocolate varieties are less harmful.

Dark chocolate varieties contain less sugar than milk chocolate varieties. The antioxidants in dark chocolate also help protect your teeth.

Sugar-free candies

If you’ve recently had a dental procedure, then it’s important to avoid any foods that might increase your risk of complications. While sugarless candies may seem safe, they can still cause tooth decay. This is because sugar doesn’t directly cause tooth decay. Instead, the acidic environment it creates in your mouth lets bacteria thrive. This can cause tooth decay.


Caramels are among the most delicious treats to enjoy during the Halloween season. However, caramels are high in sugar, which feeds the bacteria already in your mouth. This bacteria then produces acid. This acid can then eat away at your teeth and cause tooth decay.

Fruit snacks

Fruit snacks are a popular Halloween candy. However, many fruit snacks contain high levels of citric acid. While citric acid may not sound harmful, it can eat away at the enamel of your teeth and eventually weaken your dental enamel.

Other candies that may contain high levels of citric acid include sour patch candies and sour gummy worms. Sour candies can be especially harmful to your teeth due to their fruit-based ingredients.


Licorice, a sugary candy, can stick to your teeth, increasing the risk of cavities. The gum can irritate your gums, leading to swelling, pain, and redness. The acidity can weaken the enamel on your teeth, making your teeth even more prone to cavities.


Jawbreakers are a staple of Halloween candy. While they’re typically not the worst candy for your teeth, they can still cause some damage. Jawbreakers have a lot of sugar, which bacteria love to feed on. The bacteria that live on your teeth and gums produce acid that wears away your tooth enamel. Eating sugar results in more acid production, so it’s best to limit your intake of sugar.

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