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December 04, 2013
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Did you know?

Experts report on which candies are the worst for causing cavities:

Anything that does not dissolve quickly such as hard candy (Jolly Ranchers, Lollipops, hard peppermints) should be avoided. The next worse candy: Sticky sweets like caramels, taffy, and gummis.

“Choose candy that melts and disappears quickly,” Said Dr. Katina Spadoni, dental director for Delta Dental of Illinois. “The Longer teeth are exposed to sugar, the longer bacteria can feed on it, which could produce cavity-causing acid.”

And the least destructive candy is: chocolate!

Why? Because it dissolves quickly. Of course, all candy is bad for teeth.

“It’s extremely important kids brush their teeth or at least rinse with water after eating sweets,” cautions Dr. Spadoni.

Of holiday candy choices, chocolate candy is both the least destructive, and it is, in fact, the most-consumed Halloween candy. About 86% of kids consume a bar or two. Chewy candy comes in second. And 57% of kids enjoy eating taffy and gummies.

Keep those tooth brushes working!!!