Good versus bad Halloween candy

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By Chloe Nordquist By Chloe Nordquist

CHANDLER, Ariz. -- With Halloween right around the corner, parents are preparing to buy candy to give out on the sugar-filled holiday.

However, Dr. Justin Philipp has some suggestions on what kinds of candies are the best and worst to consume.

The best candy is sugar-free candy, according to Philipp. This includes sugar-free lollipops, gum and chocolate.

Sugar-free lollipops stimulate saliva production, flushing away bacteria, and chocolate melts quickly in kids' mouths.

"Now you can get just about anything in sugar free," Philipp said.

Candies to stay away from are gummy bears, taffy, sour candies, hard candies and jawbreakers.

"They use acids to create that sour flavor in there and acid will dissolve tooth structure, causing sensitivity," Philipp said.

The stickier the candy, the worse they are for your teeth in general, according to Philipp.

Philipp suggests that parents set a time each day to eat candy and that they do so in moderation so kids don't think eating sweets is a nonstop activity. He also suggests that children brush their teeth directly after.

Another way to get rid of the excess of candy is to participate in Philipp's Halloween candy buy-back program.

On Nov. 3 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Philipp will pay $2 per pound of candy, up to 5 pounds.

The candy is then sent to American troops as part of Operation Gratitude.

Those interested in participating can stop by Philipp's office at 3230 S. Gilbert Road, Suite 4, in Chandler.

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