Halloween is just around the corner and that means your kids scoring a ton of candy.
Delta Dental has a new ranking out that looks at the best and worst treats for teeth.
This ranks candy on a scale of one to five with one being least harmful.
So what is the best candy for your child to eat?
Sugar free candy or gum is at the top of the list. It doesn't contain sugar that can feed on the bacteria in your mouth and produce decay causing acids.
Powdery candy like sugar straws are packed with pure sugar, but it dissolves quickly and doesn't stick to your teeth.
Chocolate can be easily eaten so it decreases the amount of time sugar stays in contact with your teeth.
But chocolate with fillings, such as caramel and nuts, is a lot more harmful for teeth than the plain variety.
Hard candy is tough on teeth so it scored among the highest and biting down on it can chip or break teeth.
Chewy candy is the worst because it's high in sugar, and gets stuck to your teeth, which makes it harder to break down. It ranked a number five on the scale.
So what can parents do? Limit the amount of candy your kids get. Choose candy that melts and disappears quickly. Make sure your kids brush their teeth or at least rinse with water after eating candy. Finally look for a candy buy-back program with a local dentist in the area. Also give kids something other than candy, like toys, money, or fruit.
A Children's Oral Health Survey by Delta Dental found that at Halloween:
• 44 percent of kids eat sugar-free candy
• 86 percent of kids eat chocolate
• 50 percent of kids eat hard candy
• 57 percent of kids eat chewy candy
• Nearly 25 percent of parents hand out non-candy items to trick-or-treaters, such as toys, money or fruit
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