Tips to save your teeth during Halloween

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POSTED: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 5:00am

UPDATED: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 5:04am

When it comes to helping your teeth survive halloween treats dentist say there are certain candies that are better than others.
But come November 1 it's time to trash those treats to protect your kids teeth.

Dr. Suzanne Bird, pediatric dentist from Charlotte, NC, said the absolute worst candy for teeth is anything sticky like taffy or hard candy.

"You know the gummy candies, they're just going to get stuck in the grooves. The longer it's in your teeth, the more likely the acid's going to start eating away your teeth and causing the cavities," said Dr. Suzanne Bird.

Sour candy is also terrible the candy is very acidic and some kinds can actually burn gums. It also weakens and wears away tooth enamel.
Chocolate is a good option because it generally doesn't stick to teeth. Another decent option are things like pixie sticks, because dissolve quickly, leaving less sugar for bacteria to thrive on.

Dr. Bird said it's ok to give out the goodies on Halloween. Dr. Bird says it's better for kids' teeth if they eat all the candy they want Halloween night and then get rid of it. It's the repeated exposures to candy that may lead to cavities.

"If you're gonna keep on munching at it, you know, a couple pieces every single day for the month or two months, as long as your candy lasts you, that could cause a lot of damage," said Dr. Bird.

Now kids can trade in their candies after Halloween through buy back program run by dentists. kids trade in their candy for things like cash and toothbrushes, and then dentists donate the candy to troops serving overseas through Operation Gratitude.

To find out if your dentist participates click here.

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