The Minnesota Dental Association is trying to spread the word among parents that sour candy can permanently damage dental health.
Sour candy can severely erode the dental enamel on children's teeth and the association is therefore encouraging adults to distribute healthy treats for Halloween this year. Such erosion is supposedly irreversible.
The acid in sour candies is strong enough to weaken enamel, which is what protects teeth. Without the protection provided by enamel, tooth decay becomes more of a risk.
"As dentists, we see an alarming number of children with permanent erosion of the dental enamel on their teeth," said Dr Bruce Templeton, a dentist in Minneapolis. "We know that the increasingly popular sour candies are a factor, so we invite you to consider other alternatives for Halloween treats."
Some of the alternatives that Dr Templeton suggests include using smaller bags of chips, sugarless gum and pretzels. The association advises parents to specifically avoid candies that advertise themselves as extreme. The American Dental Association says that children's teeth are susceptible to decay the moment they emerge.
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