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Parents Call Halloween the Dentist's Favorite Holiday

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Hundreds of kids will hit the streets tonight with hopes of filling up their jack-o-lantern with their favorite candy.  When it's all said and done, many will end up with pounds of sweet treats.  But, all those candy bars can cause some serious damage to your teeth.  

It's the big day that kids have been waiting all month for: Halloween is finally here.  And, for many that means trick or treating for the best goodies.  But, not all of the treats are good for your teeth.

"We never want to say you can't go get any candy on Halloween because that's no fun," said Reeann Magandy, Dakota Kids Dentistry Dental Hygienist. 

After a long night of going door to door, the kids are usually tired and the last thing on their minds is brushing their teeth.

Magandy said, "They get home.  They had some candy.  They want to go to bed.  They're exhausted, you know.  They've been out all night and the big thing for parents is make sure you get a good brush in and then, afterwards, do that fluoride rinse that will sit on the teeth and help make things a little stronger."

If not, the sugar begins to break down the teeth, eating away at the enamel, and eventually causing a cavity to form.

Parents, you're kids are going to probably come home with a bucket full of candy and there are some things to look for.  Peanut butter cups and chocolate bars are going to be better for their teeth.

Magandy said, "The thing with chocolate and like, powdery kinds of candy, they're going to dissolve on the teeth." 

Halloween treats to avoid include: caramels, hard candies, taffy, and chewy candies.

"Things like hard candy, the kids are sucking on them, so it's a longer duration for those teeth to be in the acid exposure," explains Magandy.

While it's hard to say if a cavity actually happens from eating Halloween candy, the preventative measures will hopefully save you lots of money down the road.

Magandy says if kids start making healthy habits with their baby teeth, they'll, hopefully, continue to use them when they're older.

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