CINCINNATI - There's no avoiding candy on Halloween. But there are ways to make sure you're doing as little damage as possible to your family's teeth.
Some candies are easier on the teeth than others. Dr. Fred Peck says candy's that you suck on like laffy taffy's or lollipops keep the sugar in your mouth for a long period of time.
He says stick to the the small chocolate candies. That way you get the sugar rush and it dissipates after a couple minutes.
"Candies like Tootsie Rolls, taffy, Bit-O-Honey's, Milk Duds, all those types of things can not only break teeth but they're just in the mouth longer and they have a lot more duration of sugar which is more prone to allowing decay to start on a tooth. As opposed to something that's in the mouth for about 30 seconds," said Dr. Peck.
Dr. Peck says it's best to rinse your mouth with water after eating something sugary and wait to brush for a few minutes.
"The acid environment allows the tooth to be susceptible to cavities to wear and abrasion. So if you're going in there with an abrasive brush or toothpaste you can wear down your enamel much quicker," explained Dr. Peck.
Fluoride can also help strengthen your teeth. There are over-the-counter and prescription toothpastes with fluoride that you can use at night to make your teeth stronger and less prone to cavities.
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