The Best Easter Candy For Your Child's Smile

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016, 5:49 pm

Let’s be honest, no Easter candy is really good for your child’s smile. While it is all yummy, some Easter candy is worse than others when it comes to your teeth.

Most candy contains high amounts of sugar. Cavities form when this sugar feeds the harmful bacteria in your mouth and these bacteria secrete acids. The acids soften the tooth enamel and, the next thing you know, the beginnings of tooth decay.

The Worst Easter Candy

Candy that is sticky, or candy that is both sweet and sour, can be especially damaging to teeth. Avoid the following:

  • Peeps – This is sad, I know, but peeps are nothing but sticky sugar, rolled in more sugar.
  • Gummy Bunnies – Again, sticky sugar.
  • Jelly Beans – Ditto.
  • Malted Milk Eggs – Unfortunately, the filling gets stuck in teeth which means the sugar is in contact with the tooth surface for a long time.

Better Easter Candy Options

  • Chocolate Bunnies – Try to go for dark chocolate because it has been shown to actually reduce the risk of tooth decay. You are allowed to bite the ears off first!
  • Sugar Free Gum – Chewing sugar free gum stimulates saliva flow and the xylitol used as a sweetener may help fight the bacteria responsible for gum disease.
  • No Candy – How about small toys, prizes or even cash stashed in those plastic Easter eggs?

Tips To Prevent Cavities From Easter Candy

  • Don’t allow snacking on candy all day – limit the treats to a set time and place.
  • Use the candy as dessert – eating candy following a meal will cause less damage because the saliva is already flowing which will wash away sugars and your child is already full so they won’t eat as much candy.
  • Rinse with water – Swishing water around in the mouth can remove some of the sugar and acids.
  • Wait to brush – While it seems like a good idea to brush right after eating you need to wait. The mouth is full of acids which have softened the tooth enamel. Waiting 30 minutes (you did swish with water, right?) before brushing allows the enamel to harden so it won’t be damaged by the bristles of the brush.

Find out more about preventing tooth decay by contacting Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA today at 706-391-8777.

 

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