Halloween candy: a trick or a treat?

Delta Dental survey reveals dentist Halloween candy strategy

Have you ever wondered what dentists give out on Halloween? Delta Dental knows and wants to give parents a few tips to help their little trick-or-treaters avoid the oral health hazards of this popular holiday.

Dentists surveyed

According to Delta Dental's 2011 Tricky Treats survey of more than 250 dentists, 60 percent indicate that they give out candy at Halloween. The trick? They still feel it’s important to limit the amount of candy your children eat at Halloween.

Not surprisingly, nearly one out of four said they do not hand out anything on Halloween, while 5 percent attack the holiday head on by handing out toothbrushes.

Chocolate preferred

Of those who hand out candy, 79 percent choose chocolate, while just 13 percent hand out varieties like hard candy or lollipops. And there's a good reason for their choice of treats.

Time is of the essence when it comes to teeth and sugar, so not all candy is equally scary. Chewy treats and hard candy are particularly damaging because they spend a prolonged amount of time stuck to teeth and are more difficult for teeth to break down. Sweets like chocolate that quickly dissolve in the mouth and can be eaten easily lessen the amount of time sugar stays in contact with teeth.

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