Spring is finally here, and Easter is just a few days away! And with Easter being the second largest candy-eating holiday in the country, millions of children will nibble on chocolate bunny ears, candy eggs and jellybeans. Dentist Columbia Dr. Gregory Wych warns that while it’s a time of celebration...it’s not if you’re a tooth.
Of course your child’s focus won’t be on his or her teeth on Easter, so while you pack your children’s Easter baskets this year, here are a few things you might want to watch out for:
- Avoid the hard, sticky candies as they can easily damage existing dental work such as braces, crowns and fillings.
- Opt instead for soft candies such as chocolate that melts faster and also allows natural saliva to work more quickly at cleaning teeth on its own.
- Your dentist Columbia suggests including sugar-free versions of your child’s favorite candies.
While no candy is really good for your teeth, following are some “better” choices.
- Hollow chocolate Easter bunnies are actually better than solid-chocolate bunnies because there’s not as much sugar in them. By the way...did you know that studies indicate that 76 percent of people questioned admitting to eating the bunny’s ears first?
- Dark chocolate candy is always a preferred choice, as well. And if it contains nuts, it’s chock full of healthy minerals as well as antioxidants, to support a healthy brain and heart. Your dentist Columbia adds that the nuts also provide protein, which can help your children curb their hunger longer.
- Trail mix is a great addition to your child’s Easter basket. While not a traditional Easter treat, a mix of raisins, chopped almonds, cashews, sunflower seeds, and peanuts contains far less sugar.
Finally, how about adding a new toothbrush, tube of toothpaste and even floss in your child’s Easter basket? Get creative and include tooth care products that display your child’s favorite cartoon character to help make brushing time more enjoyable. It’s a cute reminder that it’s important to brush and floss after meals.
If your child hasn’t had a dental checkup in at least six months, call the office of dentist Columbia Dr. Gregory Wych today to schedule an appointment. We are excited to welcome spring, and we want your smiles to shine when you welcome it too.
Our entire staff hopes that you enjoy a wonderful Easter weekend filled with family and fun!