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How you eat candy can affect tooth decay risk
Updated: 10/31/2012 6:58:59 PM

How you eat candy can affect tooth decay risk  Now that Halloween has come and gone, it's important for parents to understand that it's not just what candies their children eat that will affect their dental health, it's also how they eat it.

For example, the Bonner County Daily Bee recently published an article, in which the author posed a scenario of two twin boys on Halloween night. One of them eats all of his candy the day after Halloween, while the other savors his over several months. Who is more likely to get decay? The answer may surprise you.

The boy who eats all of his candy in one day is actually less likely to end up with cavities than his brother, as long as he brushed his teeth afterwards. The twin who ate candy every day was exposing his teeth to sugar on a regular basis, which increases his risk of experiencing tooth decay. This is why it's best to only eat candy occasionally, and brush teeth afterwards.

However, it's important to note that the American Dental Association recommends that people only brush their teeth twice a day, because any more could damage the enamel. 

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