AAPD Mouth Monster Candy Sorter on Boston.com

October 31, 2014 12:21 PM
Joan Salge Blake, a Boston.com correspondent, recently did a story Halloween candy and she not only referenced the AAPD throughout the article, but also our candy sorting grid.  
According to the article, "this trick-or-treat season, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry(AAPD) is reminding us that kids should not only curtail the amount of candy they consume but should also avoid the more sticky and gooey sweets, such as gummies, caramels, and sour candies. These types of sweets can get stuck in the grooves and crevices of the teeth making it more difficult for the saliva in the mouth to wash them away. Sour candies add an additional harm as their high acid content also erodes the tooth enamel, making it easier for a cavity to form. According to the AAPD, the more tooth-friendly Halloween treat is milk chocolate, which isn’t sticky or acidic. Dark chocolate is even a better bet as it contains antioxidants such as polyphenols and flavonoids, which can actually stop the unhealthy bacteria from sticking to the teeth, prevent gum infections, and fight tooth decay."

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