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Best and Worst Halloween Candies For Kids Teeth

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Halloween candy is something every kid looks forward to but how about their parents. They’re the ones who have to pay the dental bills after all that candy is consumed. Here are some candies that are better for the kid’s teeth and some that are worse.

MSN has a few suggestions.

WORST
–Taffy.This gooey indulgence will get majorly stuck in your teeth—way longer than other candy—and lead to cavities.
–Nuts and caramel.  Like taffy, caramel will get stuck in your teeth for long periods of time. While the nuts will get into the grooves of your teeth, often out of reach of your toothbrush and floss.
–Hard candy. Their dental downfall is they take a long time to dissolve which causes your mouth to become more acidic and that can lead to enamel erosion.
BEST
–Chocolate.  This smooth treat has no sticky fillings that linger on your teeth.
–Dark Chocolate. This treat can be good for the heart and may even lower blood pressure
–Sugar-free gum. Not only is sugar-free gum low-cal, it leaves no plaque-causing sticky residue

(MSN Healthy Living)

The dentist is probably the last thing kids think about when they go out trick or teating but mom and dad should keep an eye on what they come home with.

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