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Dentist warns against Halloween candy

The big night is almost here. Wednesday evening will be filled with little goblins and ghosts wandering about in search of sweets. For most kids the goal on Halloween is to have the best costume and most candy. But parents beware; all that candy may put your little pumpkin into the dentist chair. Yellow smiles and crooked teeth are a popular pretend look for Halloween, but dentists warn if your kids eat too many of those treats they may wind up looking that way all year round. Pediatric dentist Julie Dimock said, "You eat too much candy and then don't brush and floss your teeth you're definitely more at risk of getting cavities in your teeth and also having problems with your gums and health." Some candies do more damage than others. Dimock said, "The real hard sticky candies will stick back in those molars where you have groves and pits in your teeth are the ones that are more likely to cause cavities and cause problems because the sugar remains on your teeth and is hard to remove with even a tooth brush." Dimock says the gooey, hard and sticky candy can also damage orthodontic braces and such. So parents need to monitor what their kids eat after trick or treating. "We encourage parents to let them pick two to three pieces that they want to have and then kind of get rid of the rest of it, so they're not ingesting too much candy that can cause problems with their teeth," Dimock said. Parent Keri Franklin said, "W don't go to a bunch of houses because of that and I sually make them brush their teeth a little more frequently from eating the candy." The bottom line is to have a good time and a healthy smile. Dimock said, "Have a little bit but not too much, and brush and floss well afterwards." Dimock says she is taking her kids trick or treating and will let them have a few pieces of candy -- probably the melt-in-your mouth variety, not the sticky, chewy kinds.

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