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    8 candies that make dental professionals scream

    'Tis the season of candy, candy and more candy—much to dental professionals' dismay. Here are the worst-of-the-worst treats for dental health.

    Everyone knows the dangers of too much sugar: Obesity, cavities and hyperactive children. Weight gain and amped-up children aside, sugar poses a major, but sometimes overlooked, threat to dental health.

    Boy with candyWe all love candy – and so does streptococcus, a naturally occurring oral bacteria. The bacterium has a major sweet tooth and loves to feed on sugar; but when it does, the result is not-so-sweet for teeth. As the bacteria feeds, the sugar breaks down into acids that can eat away at tooth enamel. These acids cause a lowered pH level in the mouth, leaving chocoholics and those with a sweet tooth vulnerable to higher rates of dental caries and tooth enamel erosion.

    Many popular Halloween treats also pose extra problems because they are sticky – and sticky candies tend to lodge into crevices in your teeth, making them harder to remove and giving bacteria more time to chow down. Increased exposure time means higher risk for an acidic oral environment – leaving teeth even more vulnerable.

    So, with all this in mind, which candies give dental professionals the biggest headaches? We compiled a list of the worst candies for oral health. Think we forgot a cringe-inducing treat? Add it in the comment section below!

    Continue to the next page to see which candies made the list…  

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    Laura Dorr
    Laura Dorr is the executive editor of DPR's Modern Dental Network.

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