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Trick or Treat. Brush your teeth.

Some candy won't even make it home. And some won't last long when it gets there. But Halloween is one night kids earn what they get, and chew on the candy of their labor.

Dr. Ann Greenwell

"Sticky candy adheres to teeth, making fillings loose. Teeth aren't made to bite on very hard things. Teeth are made to eat food."

Ann Greenwell is an Associate Professor of pediatric dentistry at the University of Louisville. She points out what candy can do to teeth, and you might think she's going to recommend getting rid of it. Instead, she just wants kids to avoid eating everything in the bag.

Greenwell continues

"A lot of candy is hard, sticky and can damage teeth by pulling out fillings or pull out teeth not ready to come out yet. They can cause a lot of damage other than cavities."

Greenwell suggests parents allow a few pieces on Halloween night and maybe set aside a few more. But it's OK if the rest disappears without being eaten, especially by younger children. Two-year-olds, for example, aren't great tooth brushers.

Greenwell adds

"The problem comes with the ability to clean the teeth after candy is consumed. Parents of two-year-olds need to be brushing teeth for their children so it can be done properly."

The most important lesson is one heard over and over. Make sure those teeth get brushed at least two times a day and certainly when the candy consumption has ended on Halloween night.

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