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Best Sweets and Treats for Children’s Teeth

June 11, 2021

Children do love sweets, but too much sugar is inviting dental trouble. Chocolates, sweets and fizzy drinks all contain sugar which turns to acid when mixed with saliva in the mouth and it is this acid that leads to eroded tooth enamel, cavities and other dental issues. 

While no sugar-laden candy can claim to be good for children’s teeth some are better than others as they cause less damage. When purchasing treats for younger children, the best choices include:

  • Chocolate. Chewing chocolate is less harsh on the teeth than hard sweets and also provides calcium. Dark chocolate is better than milk chocolate as it generally contains more antioxidants and less sugar.
  • Bars containing Nuts. Chocolate or granola bars with nuts such as almonds and cashews are healthier and the nuts help prevent the chocolate sticking to the teeth.
  • Sugar-Free Gum. Flavoured sugar-free gum can be tasty and help break down the acids that erode tooth enamel.

Most sweets, chocolates, bars and fizzy drinks are best avoided — but the worst offenders include sticky, chewy, gummy sweets and jellies which stick to teeth and can accelerate tooth enamel damage. Really hard or boiled sweets can potentially crack or chip teeth. 

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