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It's Trick and TREAT time and there are candies that scare your dentist..when it comes to your pearly whites!

Everyday Health recently spoke to a veteran dentest Timothy Chase, DDS and asked him which 5 Halloween treast scare dentists most.

Here's the list of "creepy" treats:

  • Gummy Bears - A typical serving of 20 gummy bears can contain about 30 grams of sugar — which equals around 71/2 teaspoons of pure sugar sticking to your teeth. "The rule of thumb is that 4 grams of sugar is a teaspoon, so when you have 22 grams of sugar in a serving it's like consuming four teaspoons of sugar," says Dr. Chase.
  • Gobstoppers - "While 'everlasting' Gobstoppers only have 14 grams of sugar per serving, the fact that they take so long to consume leaves your teeth exposed to the sugars for a longer time, which leads to greater demineralization of the teeth — and more cavities," says Dr. Chase.
  • Starburst - Nine pieces of the soft, taffy-like candy contain about 22 grams of sugar, Chase says: "It's basically corn syrup and sugar." Too much of this sweet stuff can wreak real havoc in your mouth," Chase says.
  • Tootsie Rolls - Candies like Tootsie Rolls are so sticky they could pull out dental work like a cap or crown when you bite into them, according to Chase. Plus, they can get stuck in small corners of your mouth.
  • Blow Pops - The potentially cavity-causing element here is the length of time the candy is in your mouth. "The Blow Pop has the super-sugary coating of a lollipop and then it has gum on the inside. All you're doing is asking for trouble,” Chase says.


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My favorite..I make sure to get one every year out of my daughter's Halloween bag, I love the blow pop!  It's something about that gum inside a sweet lollipop.