Taking a bite out of tooth decay at Halloween

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Halloween is a holiday that kids love. Dressing up in an awesome costume and filling up a bag or bucket of candy is fun, but think about your teeth! Here are some tips from Dr.

Halloween is a holiday that kids love. Dressing up in an awesome costume and filling up a bag or bucket of candy is fun, but think about your teeth! Here are some tips from Dr. Cindy Sheeks, a dentist in Broomfield. It is possible to eat candy and still avoid a trip to the dentist.  Cavities are caused by bacteria holding on to the plaque on your teeth and then feeding on the sugar from the candy. Then, the plaque forms acid, which will start forming a hole, causing a cavity. Cavities are caused more by candy sticking to the plaque, so the worst candies are things like gummy bears, lollipops, caramels, and taffy.  Anything that is sticky is bad for your teeth and worse than chocolate or other candies that are not sticky. 

Want to find a way to take care of your teeth at Halloween and help others? You can donate your candy to troops overseas and get prizes or even money at a local dentist office. Donated candy will be shipped to Operation Gratitude, who sends it to troop serving overseas. There are dentist offices from Longmont to Centennial, and you can find a dentist office near you at http://www.halloweencandybuyback.com/search-results.html  This year, help your teeth and some soldiers by donating some candy.  As for the rest of your candy, be careful about what and how much you eat.