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Don’t Overdo the Halloween Candy, or Your Smile May Suffer | Health News

By Steven Reinberg, HealthDay Reporter


SUNDAY, Oct. 11, 2020 (HealthDay News) – – COVID-19 may change the look of Halloween this year, but dressing up and indulging in some sweets is all part of the fun, even if your kids can’t go door to door.

And experts say one night of eating candy won’t have a big effect on your teeth if it’s done in moderation.

“It is all about having self-control or parental control,” said Dr. Gregory Olson, chair of pediatric dentistry at the University of Texas Health School of Dentistry.

“Having a piece of candy here and there won’t do too much damage to a healthy mouth, but the type of candy you pick, how many you eat, how long it lasts, and how you care for your teeth afterward could make all the difference,” Olson said in a school news release.

The worst candies for teeth are hard or chewy candies like gummy worms and taffy, Olson said. That’s because they’re in your mouth longer and can stick to your teeth, causing harm if not washed out.

“Sour candy adds another level of harm to gummies because they are both sticky and acidic. Although it’s extra-tasty, eating a lot of this candy can cause tooth enamel to break down or weaken, leading to cavities,” Olson said.

It might be best to pick up chocolate, the darker the better. Chocolate is the best candy for your teeth, Olson said. “It melts in your mouth pretty quickly, meaning it won’t stick around as long to cause cavities.”

To retain your smile, Olson suggests the following:

  • Brush your teeth, at least two times a day.
  • Floss at least once a day – – more often if food is stuck between the teeth.
  • Watch children as they brush their teeth to ensure they are brushing thoroughly.
  • Schedule visits to the dentist.
  • Limit sweets.

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Police seize $6K in THC products made to look like candy

A Conroe man was jailed Thursday after being found in possession of nearly $6,000 in THC-containing consumable items resembling candy and snacks popular with kids, along with several hundreds of dollars and a firearm.

Gustavo Adolfo Rodriguez, 22, is being charged with possession of a controlled substance, between 4 and 400 grams, a first-degree felony, according to the Montgomery County Precinct 2 Constable’s Office.

THC, the primary psychoactive component of cannabis, was found labeled on many of the products, according to Precinct 2.

Around 6 a.m., Pct. 2 deputies and Conroe Police Department’s narcotics and SWAT raided a home on a warrant in the 200 block of Wagers. They found more than 100 commercially produced edible products labeled THC. They were colorfully packaged and made to look like products consumed by kids such as Gummy candies, SweeTarts and Cheetos, according to Precinct 2.

Authorities seized 80 packs of commercially produced vape liquid cartridges labeled THC and more than 16 ounces of marijuana. Also seized were more than 1 milligram of THC “butter,” described by authorities as a byproduct of processed raw marijuana containing high THC concentrations. Additionally seized were about $1,600 in U.S. currency and a pistol found in the area of the drugs, according to Precinct 2.

Seized drugs had an estimated street value of $6,000, according to Precinct 2.

As of Thursday afternoon, Rodriguez was being held at the Montgomery County Jail, according to jail records.

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