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What type of Halloween candy should kids eat?
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What type of Halloween candy should kids eat?

Kids cherish their large assortment of Halloween candy and often stockpile it for months.

But parents are not nearly as enamored with Halloween candy because they know the possible ramifications: damage to the teeth and gums, and possibly a child’s overall health.

Having healthy teeth and gums goes far beyond the mouth. Poor oral hygiene can lead to periodontal disease and infection, which can impact your heart, lungs, and entire body.

Western Dental, one of the nation’s leaders in accessible, affordable, high-quality oral health care, suggests these tips below to limit the impact of eating Halloween candy.

·Choose candy carefully: Avoid hard candy (lollypops) and other sweets that stay in your mouth for a long time. These candies increase the risk for tooth decay.
  • Avoid chewy candy (caramels or gummies): Chewy, sticky treats are particularly damaging because they are high in sugar, spend a prolonged amount of time stuck to teeth, and are more difficult for saliva to break down.
  • Chocolate preferable: Chocolate dissolves quickly in the mouth and can be eaten easily, which decreases the amount of time sugar stays in contact with teeth.
  • Eat Halloween candy only after mealtime. Avoid letting kids snack on candy throughout the day. Saliva production increases during meals and helps cancel out acids produced by bacteria in your mouth, and helps rinse away food particles.
  • Preventative steps: Have your child drink water intermittently to keep the sugar from resting in the grooves of their teeth. Kids must brush their teeth thoroughly and floss before going to bed.

Western Dental has offices in Roseville, Folsom and multiple locations in Sacramento.

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