Minnesota dentists warn certain candies cause tooth decay
October 21, 2009 Bill Crotty
Are your candy bowls full and waiting for trick-or-treaters? Consider
picking up some sweet treats that won't cause cavities this year.
According to the Minnesota Dental Association (MDA), sour-flavored
candies, gummy candies and other treats that linger in the mouth, like
caramels and hard candy, are especially damaging to teeth.
"As dentists, we see an alarming number of children with permanent
erosion of the dental enamel on their teeth," says Dr. Bruce Templeton,
president of the MDA. "We know that the increasingly popular sour
candies are a factor, so we invite you to consider other alternatives
for Halloween treats."
The MDA suggests giving trick-or-treaters and party-goers small bags of
healthy snacks like pretzels and peanuts, sugarless gum or candy that is
eaten quickly, like small candy bars. You could also pass out non-edible
items for Halloween party favors. Pick up stickers, rings, plastic toys
and temporary tattoos for younger kids.
Parents will especially thank you for providing a treat that promotes
dental health and doesn't induce sugar-comas. If you have young
children, you could even consider alternatives to candy-collecting, like
trick-or-treating for Unicef instead of sweets this year.