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Worst Candies for Kids' Teeth

Limit These Not-So-Sweet Treats

The facts are these: Kids love candy, and they don’t love going to the dentist. How do parents let their children indulge in sweets while still maintaining a healthy smile? Some dentists give chocolate a thumbs-up, since it melts away faster than hard candies, limiting the exposure of sugar on kids’ teeth. Chewing sugar-free gum can also be a way to satisfy your sweet tooth—and help keep it clean at the same time. But a few treats can play extra harmful tricks on kids’ teeth. If your child wants to stay out of the dentist’s chair, it’s best to keep these candies out of their snacking routine.

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Medically Reviewed By: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS | Last Review Date:

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