Sugar is not the only threat to children's dental health this Halloween, the California Dental Hygienists' Association warns.
In addition to sweet treats, acidic options such as sour candy can wreak havoc on a child's teeth and gums, the CDHA says.
Erika Feltham, a CDHA member, explained that parents who want to proactively contribute to their kids' dental hygiene should replace highly acidic candies - which are often labeled sour - with sugarless gum.
"With repeated exposure and frequency, sour candy can also lead to a host of oral health problems, including increased cavities, tooth sensitivity, staining, soft-tissue sensitivities and loss of shine," she remarked.
She gave parents some dental care advice regarding sour candies, including the fact that kids should not brush their teeth immediately after consuming acidic sweets, to avoid further abrasion on softened enamel.
Instead, Feltham recommended that children rinse their mouths with water to limit their teeth's exposure to acid.
Recently, the American Association of Orthodontists suggested that kids who have braces should concentrate on enjoying soft candies that easily melt in the mouth, such as chocolate, to avoid dental health complications.
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