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The Best and Worst Easter Candy

Should the Easter Bunny put a pack of floss in your childrens’ Easter baskets

It could be a good idea, as all the candy in those baskets can do a real number on your young ones’ teeth.

Read below for our take on the worst candies the Easter Bunny can leave your children.

  • Peeps. Have you ever let a Peep chick stand at air temperature for a few weeks or months? The things are practically indestructible! Unfortunately, your children’s teeth aren’t nearly so and, because Peeps are pretty much completely marshmallow and corn syrup – substances that are full of sugar – they can be incredibly harmful to teeth.
  • Jelly beans also pretty much are made of solid sugar. In a way, they are sugar cubes with a hard outer covering with gelatin inside. Candy manufacturers make more than 16 billion of these egg-shaped sugar bombs each year. If lined up end to end, those jelly beans could circle the globe three times.
  • Jawbreakers. While not traditional Easter candy, these colorful, rock-hard balls of – you guessed it, sugar – can be incredibly tough on your child’s teeth. Chipped and even broken teeth are known to have occurred by chomping down on a jawbreaker.

 

  • In fact, hard candy in general should stay out of your children’s Easter baskets. Even if the candy isn’t as hard as a Jawbreaker, hard candies can – and do – cause chipped and broken teeth.

Now for the “better” Easter candy (we can’t say “best” because there’s so much sugar in all Easter candy and sugar is big culprit in the formation of cavities and gingivitis and periodontitis):

  • Hollow chocolate Easter bunnies. We ask that you not give your children solid-chocolate bunnies – the more chocolate in the candy, the more sugar and therefore the better chance for cavities. (And, yes, it apparently is true: most people – about 76 percent – eat the chocolate bunny’s ears first.)
  • Dark chocolate candy is always a good choice, as well. Dark chocolate, especially if it contains nuts, is loaded with healthy minerals (potassium and magnesium) as well as flavanol antioxidants, which nutritionists know support a healthy brain and heart. The nuts provide protein, which can help your children get fuller faster, and stay full longer (possibly helping them to cut back on the trips to the Easter basket for foraging).
  • Trail mix is a great treat to place in our child’s Easter basket. Sure, trail mix isn’t a traditional Easter treat, but a mix of raisins (nature’s candy!), chopped almonds, cashews, sunflower seeds, and peanuts, is a much less sugar-laden treat.

Finally, we really do think it’s a good idea to place a new toothbrush, tube of toothpaste and even floss in your child’s Easter basket. Receiving these oral hygiene tools from the Easter Bunny sends a cute message that it’s important to brush and floss after meals. If anything, placing the floss, etc. in the basket certainly couldn’t hurt!

If your child hasn’t had a dental checkup in at least six months, it’s wise to bring him or her Plano dentist Dr. Darren Dickson before or after Easter for a professional cleaning and checkup. Contact our office by phone to make an appointment.

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