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Parents: With Halloween Candy, Focus on Choice and Time to Prevent Teeth Decay
Date:10/24/2007

f the major culprits behind tooth decay and cavities. If not removed by brushing or some other means, naturally occurring bacteria in the human mouth form a colorless, sticky film called plaque. Cavity-causing organisms within plaque feed on sugar and turn it into acid. This acid attacks tooth enamel and causes tooth decay.

"With each American consuming an average of 26 pounds of candy annually, these strategies can be applied year-round. Let your kids enjoy some candy, then go back to eating a healthy diet," said Dr. Inge. "Encouraging good oral health habits throughout the year, including brushing at least twice a day, flossing and visiting your dentist regularly, will promote good oral health habits for a lifetime. That's the best way to make sure that a little extra fun on Halloween won't be a setback for your kids' oral health."

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