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Warning about sour candy and dental health
Updated: 11/19/2008 6:00:35 PM

Warning about sour candy and dental health We all know that eating sugary candy can contribute to dental health problems, but were you aware of the risks posed by consuming sour candies?

The Minnesota Dental Association is warning children and families about the potentially dangerous levels of acid present in extremely sour candies.

When kids consume the acid in these low-pH level candies, it effectively attacks the enamel on their teeth, which can lead to tooth decay and even tooth loss.

Certain flavors of candy - such as lemon and cherry - can be more damaging than others, including mint and cinnamon, the MDA states.

In addition, children who suck or chew their sour candy for a prolonged period are opening their teeth up to more risk than those who finish their treat quickly.

"The destructive potential of acid in soda pop and some fruit drinks has been known for some time but we felt it important to get this new information out to parents," said Dr Robyn Loewen, who wrote an article on the topic for AGD Impact.

Tooth decay is acknowledged to be the most common preventable childhood disease worldwide.

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