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Don't let Halloween candy send you to the dentist

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Trick-or-treat bags filled with candy bars and suckers can satisfy your sweet tooth, but if you're not careful they can cause you a trip to the dentist.

Health officials advise people to be careful when eating hard candy, because they can break teeth, which is something they see a lot in patients this time of year.

Sugar is also a major culprit for cavities and dentists said a tip to avoiding cavities is to limit the amount of consecutive time you consumer sugar.

"Eat that sugared food or beverage in twenty minutes and be done with it, so our saliva can get in there and buffer the pH that is in our mouth," Dr. Lacey Greenwald. 

Health officials also say you should wait about an hour after eating sugar-filled treats to brush your teeth or else you can cause more harm than good.

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