Report: Gorge, Don't Ration Halloween Candy

Eating a lot of sweets at once is better for teeth than rationing, say dentists.

Go ahead and gorge yourself on candy, many dentists are telling kids this Halloween, according to a report on the Today show website.

“Slowly snacking on Halloween candy every few hours, day after day, keeps your teeth bathed in enamel-corroding acid, the byproduct of bacteria feeding on sugar and other carbohydrates in your mouth. This leads to dental caries, or cavities,” according to the report.

Furthermore, potato chips and pretzels are worse for your teeth than chocolate, “because these cooked carbohydrates cling to your teeth — giving mouth bacteria something to feast on longer and thus generating more acid,” the report says.

However, the report notes that the recommendation to pig out on the Halloween haul applies only to oral health. Obviously, eating a mound of sweets, which have few if any nutrients, will not help your child's calorie count.

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