-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas
SUNDAY, Oct. 2 (HealthDay News) -- Children can enjoy some
Halloween candy and still avoid sugar-related tooth decay,
according to Dr. Margaret Mitchell, a Chicago dentist.
Mitchell said the key to preventing tooth decay lies in limiting
not only the amount of candy children eat, but also how long the
sugar remains in the mouth.
Brushing teeth as soon as possible after eating candy may keep
harmful bacteria from developing, she said, and eating the candy
quickly in one sitting decreases the amount of time it is contact
with the teeth.
Children and parents can take several additional steps to
protect their teeth, said Mitchell, owner of the Mitchell Dental
Spa. These include:
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