LAS VEGAS - Before you let your kids devour their Halloween candy, you will want to check it - not just for safety - but to ensure it's not the worst candy on the market for their teeth.
Not all Halloween candy is bad for kids' teeth. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, sugar-free candy is always a good option, and it tastes good.
Gum is another good option. Dentists say gum can actually prevent cavities, because it helps dislodge food from your teeth.
Dark chocolate also made the good list, because it's high in antioxidants, which promote good health.
As for the bad options, chewy or sticky candy such as taffy or Bit-O'Honey should be avoided. Not only are they difficult to chew, they can stick to your teeth and could even dislodge them.
Sour candy is also a bad option. It is highly acidic and can break down tooth enamel quickly.
Candy corn and candy pumpkins should also be avoided, because they contain high amounts of sugar.
If you need to get rid of your candy, a local orthodontist is helping. Thursday from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., Chenin Orthodontics will pay one dollar a pound for candy. All of the sweets will be sent to troops overseas.
Chenin Orthodontics is located at 10730 South Eastern Avenue, Suite 100 near Eastern and Horizon Ridge Parkway.