Tricky treats: hits and misses for young teeth

As the leaves change to their seasonal shades and jack-o’-lanterns appear on doorsteps, Halloween candy begins to hit supermarket shelves. Fun and festive in color and shape, who can resist? To help when you make your sweets selection, dentists weigh in on healthier options that young teeth will thank you for grabbing.

“Childhood cavities can be the result of too many sugary foods like candy,” Dr. Kyle Dosch, Delta Dental of Washington’s dental director and member dentist, said in a press release. “The bacteria in the mouth feeds on the simple sugars and processed starches in sweet treats, creating an acid which weakens tooth enamel.”

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