Dentist offers ideas to minimize post-Halloween tooth decay

Wednesday October 31, 2012

As ghoulish trick-or-treaters trek back home tonight with their pails and pillow cases stuffed with sweets, parents will want to pay extra attention to cavities.

One local dentist says that eating candy in smaller increments is less healthy for your teeth than eating a lot in one sitting.

"When you eat little by little, the plaque will accumulate more," said Lina Bermudez, a dentist at Hillcrest Dental Care in Pittsfield. "The cavity will develop when there's a high accumulation of plaque.

Conversely, Ber mudez added, "When you eat little by little, there's a lesser chance of attacking the plaque when brushing."

Halloween begins an onslaught of candy-coated holidays like Thanks giving and especially Christmas, so it's time to increase how often you brush and be mindful of what brands of toothbrush and toothpaste you use, Bermudez said.

"But that goes throughout the whole year," she added.

Bermudez said there are no candies she can recommend other than sugar-free gum or products containing Xylitol. Hard or sticky candies are the worst because they can fracture your teeth, she said.

"I think the best candy for kids is fruit or vegetables," Bermudez said.

When gauged on The Eagle's Facebook, some fans said they mostly give out sweets in the spirit of the holiday.

One person commented, "I hand out candy and a toothbrush as well. The kids love it!"

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