Best and Worst Candy for a Healthy Smile

Halloween brings a smile to everyone's face, but all that candy may be more of a trick on your teeth than a treat. Here are five sweets you should steer clear of this October 31st and the five that will help you stay cavity-free.


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Avoid: Taffy

Even if you loved sampling this saltwater treat as a kid by the sea, it's better to refrain from that trip down memory lane. This gooey indulgence will get majorly stuck in your teeth—way longer than other candy—and lead to cavities.

"The longer a food sticks to your teeth, the longer bacteria can feed on it," says Dr. Timothy Chase, a practicing partner at SmilesNY. "This will produce cavity-causing acid."