By now, we know that Halloween is the worst holiday for our teeth. We take our kids out into the streets, in a parading manner as they demand the ultimate thing that dentists hate – candy. The sweets that provide a double punch are sticky and acidic – think gummy and sour. Chocolate doesn’t get a pass, though, even it’s loaded with sugar.

14 Worst Candies:

Candy Corn

There are 28 grams of sugar in just 19 little pieces of Brach’s Classic Candy Corn, and bits of it get lodged easily between teeth. “This candy’s main ingredients are corn syrup and sugar, both of which will result in tooth decay,” said Dr. Adam Harwood, an endodontist in New York City. “In addition, the bacteria that feed on the sugar produce acid-eroding materials that damage the teeth.”

Sour Patch Kids

Maybe you’re familiar with their commercials; first they’re sour, then they’re sweet – but most importantly they’ll rot your teeth. According to an endondontist in Toronto, Dr. Gary Glassman, “Sour candies tend to be more acidic, which can weaken and damage the hard outer shell of your teeth known as enamel, making your teeth more prone to cavities.”


Since there’s not much of any chewing going on, you might think this option is a bit more innocent – wrong. The fact that we savor them for so long makes this candy particularly bad. Cavity-causing bacteria linger as the onset of tooth decay happens. In other words, it takes way too many licks to get to the center of that Tootsie Pop.

Jolly Ranchers

You should stay away from these for the same reason as lollipops. Interestingly enough, just three small pieces of this candy contain 11 grams of sugar.

Pixy Stix & Fun Dip

Wonka’s Fun Dip has a pH balance of 1.8; that’s almost as acidic as battery acid, which sits at 0.7. Studies show that the critical pH level for teeth – where enamel demineralizes – is 5.5.


This aptly named candy speaks for itself; real harm can come from biting into one of these. They’ve been known to chip and even crack teeth, and those with braces should totally steer clear. Dentists warn that if you bite into them they could knock the brackets off alignment.

Now and Later

These candies bring the double punch to your teeth. As they take time to dissolve, they leave a sugary film on your teeth afterward. The hard taffy can chip teeth, and any sort of candy like it poses a similar risk.


Though they’re softer than Now and Later candy, these still aren’t safe. Again, the taffy texture makes it hard to remove when brushing. This applies to licorice, jelly beans and gummy bears as well.

Milky Way & Twix

For people who’ve got to have chocolate, it’s recommended to have chocolate bars without any fillings. Dark chocolate is best, because it has a lower sugar content and doesn’t linger on the teeth as long.

Dried Fruit

Although dried fruit may seem like a healthier treat to enjoy on Halloween, that’s not the case for your teeth. It’s just as bad as candy because of the stickiness and concentration of sugar. Stick to real fruit to avoid high levels of sugar.

Tootsie Rolls

Like the other sticky options, this candy lingers and is hard to remove. Even more, there are 19 grams of sugar in just five small pieces. Think of how many can be found in a child’s trick-or-treat bag.

Popcorn Balls

Often given out is this popular alternative to candy, but it poses a lot of risk to kids with braces. Popcorn can get wedged between the band of braces and gums, which can lead to a gum infection.

Swedish Fish

This popular candy is responsible for another one-two punch, Harwood said. “The sugar deteriorates enamel, and the gummy texture sticks to our teeth and gums, doubling up on the damage done,” he said. “These substances can literally pull the fillings and crowns out of our teeth. They are very similar to materials the dentist may use to remove old crowns when replacing them.”

Dubble Bubble

Although chewing gum stimulates the production of saliva, which helps wash away cavity-causing food, don’t trust Dubble Bubble. It’s jam packed with sugar. Try sugar-free gum instead.

Combat tooth decay this Halloween, by faithfully brushing teeth, drinking more water and decreasing your sugar consumption.

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