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Dentist explains the best and worst Halloween candies for teeth
Updated: 10/4/2011 7:00:00 PM

Halloween can be a dangerous time for teeth, and parents are left with the difficult decision of what to do with that giant bag of candy that their kids are surely going to bring home. Halloween can be a dangerous time for teeth, and parents are left with the difficult decision of what to do with that giant bag of candy that their kids are surely going to bring home. Rather than not allow children to participate in their favorite part of this holiday - eating lots of candy - parents can instead be more cautions about the type of sweets their kids are consuming. 

A spokesperson for the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) recently released a statement on the best and worst candies for teeth.

"Too many sweets can cause a spooky mouth," said AGD representative Cindy Flanagan, D.D.S. "People have the tendency to graze on the sugary treats lying around the house during the holidays, and this increases the likelihood of cavities."

Flanagan recommended hard candies and sugar free lollipops, which have been shown to increase saliva production and help against dry mouth. She also suggested dark chocolate, which has antioxidant properties that may increase heart health.

Of course, most candy is bad for teeth, but some is worse than others. Flanagan said sour and chewy treats, as well as candy corn, pose the greatest threat to oral health

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