Trick or entertain? Dentist scoring your favorite Halloween candy

Every November, children will dress up as their favorite characters and run around nearby, hoping to get the most delicious candy they can get! They will also try to avoid those thugs who are daring to send apples and toothbrushes.

In a perfect world, children will only play tricks or treatments at homes that offer the least amount of treatment (but blasphemy) – but this is not a perfect world, your child likes Lafite Tafi. There is not much you can do about this... at least until this weekend. You can't fight the multi-billion dollar confectionery industry complex, which expects Halloween candy sales to reach $2.5 billion in 2016.

However, by thinking like a dentist, you may be able to counter the bacteria that cause tooth decay. So here is a short guide to help you do this! For every candy, I describe treatment (its potential "health benefits") and sputum (what does it really affect your teeth). 

Happy trick or treatment!

1) Apple

Treatment: Apple, red and green, have some of the highest antioxidant capacity of any food you can eat.
Trick: Come on! For a prankster, this is just a mean joke! In addition, the fruit contains sugar and may be slightly acidic – both of which are not good for your teeth. Change to eat vegetables.

2) Pretzel

Treatment: Pretzel is a healthier alternative to candy. It can also be used as a source of calcium and fiber. Calcium is good for teeth.
Trick: Fermentable carbohydrates like pretzel are forced into the grooves of the teeth, making them a source of food for bacteria. In addition, the crunchy pretzel, the easier it is to break the teeth.

3) M&M

Treatment: Nuts are naturally abrasive and can help you clean your teeth while eating. All chewing will produce more saliva, which will help neutralize the bacteria that cause dental caries. Nuts are also a good source of calcium and vitamin D.
Trick: Like pretzel, nuts are very brittle, so breaking teeth is a risk. In addition, the nuts are covered with milk chocolate - more below.

4) Chocolate

Treatment: Studies have shown that cocoa hull extract (CBH) helps prevent tooth decay.
Trick: Sugar and white chocolate are added to the sugar, which eventually offsets the benefits of CBH. When it comes to chocolate, it is best to use the darkest and least processed chocolate.

5) Coconut Chocolate

Treatment: Studies have shown that coconut oil is good for oral health. The oil extraction method is an ancient method of cleaning oil in the mouth, which can reduce plaque, thereby reducing tooth decay and gingivitis.

Trick: If you want to see the benefits of oil mining, you need to do a meeting for at least 10-20 minutes.

It's hard to imagine that Halloween's candy has no sugar, so the benefits of a single ingredient are usually offset by it. However, brushing your teeth regularly and flossing your teeth, twice a year with a dental exam, with a little common sense, you should be able to enjoy these treatments without letting your dentist open the drill!