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Halloween oral health tips

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A lot of parents may not want their kids to eat the mountains of candy they collected last week, but lucky for them they can get rid of some of it with a good conscious. A lot of parents may not want their kids to eat the mountains of candy they collected last week, but lucky for them they can get rid of some of it with a good conscious.

NBC Right Now - Halloween is right around the corner which can only mean one thing - sweets and treats. Dentists recommend adults and children avoid eating candies and sweets for long periods of time.

Sugar not only plays a key role in tooth decay, but increases your chances of getting cavities. 

"Hard sticking candy that sit for a long period of time, those are more likely to cause cavities than those that are just going to melt away and dissolve quickly like chocolate," says pediatric dentist Dr. Jessica Kennedy.

Candy like taffy and hard lollipops are some of the few you want to try to avoid.

If you have leftover candy there are several organizations that accept any uneaten candy:

  • Soldier's Angels: https://soldiersangels.org/TreatsForTroops.html
  • Operation Gratitude: https://www.operationgratitude.com/
  • Operation Shoebox: http://www.operationshoebox.com/how-you-can-help/candy-donations/
  • Operation Stars & Stripes: http://operationstarsandstripes.org/?page_id=26
  • Ronald McDonald House: https://www.rmhc.org/

Most importantly, Dr.Kennedy suggests eating candy with or after a meal. The food helps cancel out any of the acids that may create cavities. Try brushing or rinsing with fluoride based products as well to help prevent future cavities.

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