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Don't let the fear of tooth decay
keep you from indulging
in Easter candy.

 

Whether you’re 5 or 105, Easter candy can be incredibly tempting.  However, too much of a good thing can be a very bad thing.  92% of adults and 60% of children have dental decay. 

Abstaining from  Easter candy is no fun for anybody.  A few simple tips can ensure that your child (or even you!) get to enjoy the fun treats while protecting their teeth in the meantime. Here are some ideas you can try:

  • Don’t let sugary treats sit in your mouth for too long. Stick with candy that dissolves quickly or is chewable. Bacteria in the mouth feed off of sugar to create acidic reactions, and when there is a lot of sugar sitting on your teeth for long periods of time, the acid can damage the teeth enamel.
  • Parents may want to limit how much Easter candy their child can eat, especially if he or she ended up with a lot of egg-hunt loot!  A suggestion is letting the child eat as much candy as they want, IF they brush their teeth between each piece! What a brilliant idea to not become the “mean parent.” The amount of candy they consume is entirely up to them at this point.
  • Try to have them eat all the candy they want in one sitting, and then get rid of the rest. Dragging out the candy consumption is actually worse for your teeth, because you’re consistently feeding sugar to the bacteria. If your kids eat a lot at once, then they can just brush their teeth and be done with it.