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Easter candy may cause tooth decay, dental experts warn
Updated: 4/22/2011 6:59:54 PM

Easter candy may have oral health consequences Over the course of the Easter weekend, more than 80 million pieces of festive candy will be consumed, according to Ceuta Healthcare. Dental experts associated with the provider warn that individuals who eat these sweet snacks may require extra diligent oral care.

The dentists explained that there are about 150 grams of sugar in each 250-gram chocolate Easter egg, which may cause cavities if not removed from teeth by brushing or flossing.

In order to limit the amount of time that teeth are exposed to sweeteners, the experts recommended that people consume their Easter treats during meals, as opposed to in between. This way, chewing other foods may increase the flow of saliva that aids in cleaning teeth. The dental providers also suggested that after consuming candy, individuals should wait 30 minutes before brushing their teeth. This is because sugar may soften enamel, which can be scrubbed away with a toothbrush, they explained.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a total of 28 percent of children between the ages of 2 and 5 suffer from tooth decay, along with 38 percent of adolescents.

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