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Candy frequency, not amount, can cause cavities
Updated: 10/30/2010 11:00:08 AM

Candy frequency, not amount, can cause cavities Many kids will eat more candy in the coming weeks because of Halloween. However, these sugary treats may also cause children to visit their dentist due to dental problems. Some experts suggest that it is not how much candy that is consumed that causes cavities, but rather the frequency of eating these treats.

Mark Helpin, a pediatric dentist at Temple University, said that candy and other carbohydrates can turn the mouth's pH balance more acidic, which increases the risk of cavities.

After eating one piece of candy, it takes up to an hour for this balance to become normal again. Therefore, eating a few pieces at a time does not increase the risk for cavities.

According to Helpin, "the longer the teeth are in an acid environment, the greater the risk they will become decayed." He adds that parents should let their kids eat a few treats at once rather than let them have one, and then another an hour later.

Although kids can space-out the time of their candy consumption, they may still develop cavities or other oral problems. Parents can find affordable dental coverage for themselves and their children through discount dental plans.

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