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Dentist warns about acidic candy and dental health
Updated: 10/20/2008 6:00:17 PM

Dentist warns about acidic candy and dental health Acidic candy - which is especially popular around Halloween - should be avoided if possible to protect dental health, a dentist has warned.

Dr Mark Hildahl told KFYR-TV that many parents are unaware of the high acidic content and low pH level of many sour candies, such as Sweet Tarts and Now-and-Laters.

He cited a University of Alabama-Birmingham School of Dentistry study that discovered some popular sour candies have close to the same acid level as battery acid.

"Once a pH reaches four or less, meaning more acidic, that is when it has the potential to harm enamel of teeth," Hildahl told the news provider.

Sour candies may also be detrimental to dental health because kids tend to keep them in their mouth for a long time. The longer teeth are exposed to acids, the more damage they can do.

Hildahl said that saliva can neutralize acid from candy, adding that drinking some water afterwards can help.

Earlier this month, the California Dental Hygienists' Association also warned about the risks of sour candy, citing potential problems including cavities, tooth sensitivity and staining.

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