Pediatric Dentists dread the arrival of Peter Cottontail’s Easter Baskets. Bunnies bring children a lot more than colored eggs. In fact, those baskets are full of sugar. And sugar can bring forth the cavities.
Kids are counting the days until they can eat all their Easter candy. So here is news about a rather surprising compromise for children, a deal between the pediatric dentists and Peter Cottontail. It has to do with the timing of the sugar snacks, and the quality of the candy. He will not stop delivering candy, but he will also deliver the following advice about eating it.
Flash! Easter Bunnies Make Big Agreement with Pediatric Dentists
There is a little kid in all of us. We love to see those seasonal spring favorites and all the new trends in treats. Yes, the marketing is very commercial, but it is also part of a consumer’s ritual welcoming for the spring season. Now, we know you know you cannot let the children eat it all in one sitting.
However, at the current time, many dentists are saying that it is healthier for teeth when children have a nice-sized portion of candy at a single, planned snack-time. Pediatric Dentists all over the country are advising parents to avoid scattering bits of the sugary stuff throughout the hours of the day.
Sweet Treat Example With a Little Math from Pediatric Dentists
So, one big thing, like a minibar and 3 little things, like chocolate kisses would be better at one time rather than one piece at 1 o’clock, another at 2 o’clock, then piece number 3 and 4 at 3 o’clock. Either way, it is still 4 pieces of candy. However, there is more chance of decay when you spread the treats out over time.
Dr. Jeremy Krell, DMD and Director of Dental at quip (an online source for dental care products), explains, “Timing is everything.
“Frequent snacking on sugary sweets throughout the day will consistently expose teeth to sugar and create an acidic environment in the mouth…” He adds that this situation “can cause tooth decay…”
As we said above, “It’s best to in one sitting, followed by brushing and flossing with an anti-cavity fluoride toothpaste.” These are the worst Easter candies for your teeth, according to dentists (msn.com)
Quality of Treats Counts as Well as Timing
If Pediatric Dentists were to do Peter Rabbit’s shopping, they would advise him that some candies are better choices for children’s teeth than others. Dentistry for Children hereby states that all Easter Bunnies (and parent proxies) should avoid putting these three big types of candy in the baskets:
1. Sour Candies: These are the most acidic, whether they look like worms or not. Sour candy is very acidic, inviting decay.
2. Meanwhile, hard candies can ruin a spring holiday. You see, they can crack or chip a child’s teeth. Again, not only can the crack hurt teeth, but decay in the cracked tooth can also invite decay and infections.
3. Last but not least, pediatric dentists state “sticky candies like jelly beans or Starburst, can also get stuck on and in-between teeth. So you should get in a good brushing after eating.” These are the worst Easter candies for your teeth, according to dentists.
About Those Chocolate Bunnies
Pediatric dentists will tell you, no matter the holiday, “The best candy for your teeth (keep in mind, none are great), is chocolate. Chocolate brushes off much easier than other candies. ” Dr. Krell stated, “For example, a chocolate bunny would be a better option than Sour Patch Marshmallows due to its sour and sticky nature.”
So, remember, that “…Sucking on candies exposes your teeth to sugar for longer….”
And realize, “Taffy and caramels get stuck in your child’s teeth,” according to experts. But when candy is both sour and sticky, “The acidity can lead to break down or weakening the enamel, making you more susceptible to cavities.”
Thus, Easter treats have some of the same problems as Halloween candy. Check out this handy resource, even if you see ghosts and goblins. The treats are very similar, and the sugar danger is real on both holidays.
Experts Offer Alternative Solutions
Pediatric Dentists are also concerned about other health risks, not just risks to your child’s teeth. You see, “Regular consumption of processed sugar ties in with a growing problem of obesity, which can lead to diabetes, among Americans.”
- Did you know “A child who is overweight is three times more likely to be an overweight adult?” Likewise, 40 percent of the U.S. population became diabetic or pre-diabetic in 2020.
- Pediatric dentists are crusading to keep Easter “a fun and celebratory time, but it doesn’t have to be all about chocolate.” We have personally seen that Kids, “don’t care about just the candy…” Use your imagination, Easter Bunnies! “An Easter basket can be filled with inexpensive toys…”
- You can stuff the basket with “jewelry, temporary tattoos, a jump rope, bubbles, and stickers.”
How About a New Tooth Brush?
Likewise, at Dentistry for Children, Dr. Troy King hopes you will add a brand-new toothbrush and toothpaste to those Easter baskets. Oddly enough, pediatric dentists are also suggesting you put a cute or super-hero water bottle in that basket.
Here’s why: “When there is a lot of candy around, encourage your kids to drink water and stay hydrated. The general rule of thumb is this: whatever your body weight in pounds, drink half that number of ounces of water each day. For example, a 60-pound child should drink 30 ounces of water.”
We found some amazing wisdom in this comment, “Stores made it all about candy, but parents do not have to give in.” We have mentioned the power of tiny toys above, but there is a greater Easter gift you can give to your children: Time.
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Therefore, we suggest an Easter holiday hike or walk. (Avoid the egg hunts unless they are stocked with real eggs.) Of course, your selected activity does not have to be a walk. It could be an outdoor game or a drive to a nearby quaint town or board-games! Whatever your choice of activity, just find a way for the family to play together.
Experts add that “By spending time with your children during the holiday weekend, actively playing with them, you’re also burning some calories from whatever candy they (and you!) do end up eating.”
We can only add one more comment before we hop down the bunny trail for this week: Have a blessed and beautiful Easter Holiday from our Dentistry for Children family to yours!