Sugar and sweets can harm teeth
No matter where you look it seems to be all over the place: candy! With Halloween just about two weeks away, stores are filled with everything you need to fulfill your sweet tooth. That's why some dentists say it's important to keep a few things in mind when it comes to protecting your teeth. Our Brad Vivacqua has more.
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UNITED STATES -- No matter what store you go into, you're going to find Halloween candy this time of year! A few favorites around Halloween time are Starburst with 22 grams of sugar a serving, and the Sugar Daddy with 23 grams. In just these two pieces of candy, there is a combined 45 grams of sugar. That's the equivalent of about 10 teaspoons of sugar.
Local grocery stores are filled with just about everything when it comes to candy and chocolate.
Health experts say while it's okay to enjoy these in moderation, parents should limit how much candy their kids eat in a day. Dr. Robert Dietz says a significant amount of sugar can have a detrimental effect on your teeth.
He says you should remember to brush your teeth right after eating candy. Parents should limit how much candy their kids consume each day to one or two pieces. And, make sure to limit eating candy between meals.
"It's the sugar in the candy that the bacteria in the mouth basically eat that process and they secrete acid. And, the acid destroys the teeth. So again, if you can brush your teeth after you eat the candy, if you can limit the candy to not in between meals but maybe right after meals, a special treat, and again the amount of it," said Dr. Dietz.
Dietz says in addition to keeping teeth cavity free, it's also important for parents to limit candy consumption due to an alarming increase in childhood obesity and diabetes.
Of course, it's Halloween, and it's hard to avoid candy, but keeping a few things in mind can certainly help.