Friday, October 26, 2007

Binge And Brush This Halloween

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Kids, if you want to avoid trick-or-treat tooth trouble, chomp your Halloween candy all at once.

That’s the tooth truth from Dr. David Epstein, a dentist in West Hartford, Connecticut, who says the key to keeping your gums groovin’ this Halloween is to eat all your tasty treats in one sugary sitting.

Epstein says, “If you eat a whole bag of candy, you won’t get a cavity because you’re eating all the sugar at once. You’ll just get a stomach ache. Hard and sticky candies like Jolly Ranchers do more damage.”

And while Epstein says binging on bon-bons is fine if you follow it by brushing, he also has some advice that may really scare kids this Halloween (Oct. 31) – he says give your candy away!

In his family’s Halloween tradition, his three kids would pile their candy on the table, take turns eating until they were full, and the leftover treats were donated to a local retirement home.

Epstein says, “Old people don’t have any teeth anyway!”

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