, /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- To help ward off cavities, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), the leading authority on children's oral health, reminds parents and caregivers that it is important to pay attention to the types of treats children eat this .
Each year Americans spend nearlyon candy. In October, much of that candy ends up on the teeth of the 41 million trick-or-treating children ages 5 – 14 across the U.S. However, the AAPD wants parents to know that when it comes to keeping children's teeth healthy, not all treats are created equal.
"The longer teeth are exposed to sugars, the longer cavity-causing bacteria have to feed on them. Instead of gummy, sticky candy, offer children candy that melts and disappears quickly – like chocolate," suggests AAPD President Dr.. "And always make sure children brush and floss their teeth before going to bed."
Additionalinsights and tips from AAPD include:
For more tips, and a Mouth Monster coloring sheet, visit: http://mouthmonsters.mychildrensteeth.org/