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Halloween doesn't mean children have to take a holiday from good dental health.

Drs. Cariann and Jason Champagne of Champagne Pediatric Dentistry and Champagne Family Dentistry shared these tips about the best and worst Halloween candy for your kids' teeth.

Candies to avoid

  • Sour candies: Lemon drops, Warheads, Sour Patch Kids and other sour candies increase acidity levels in the mouth that directly affect tooth enamel. 
  • Chewy/sticky candies: These sweets take longer to finish, extending their contact with children's teeth. Prolonged sugar contact creates cavities. Skip the taffy, Caramel Apple Pops, Milk Duds and Sugar Daddys.

Candies to indulge in:

  • Chocolate: Chocolate is packed with tannins that help combat oral bacteria. Chocolate also is full of anti-oxidants, and with nuts, there's a bit of protein.
  • Sugar-free: Enjoy gum, lollipops and other sugar-free options.

Candy how-tos:

  • Eat dinner before trick-or-treating to avoid candy binges later.
  • Brush teeth immediately after eating candy and before going to bed. Flossing is vital!
  • Eat a set amount (perhaps a few pieces) at one sitting, not continuously through the day, to avoid prolonged sugar exposure.
  • Throw away candy after two weeks.
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