Yes, the Easter baskets are still full of sugary goodness, and the kids are dying for more, but is some candy better than others for your teeth? You bet!
- Jelly Beans: Not only are these loaded with sugar, they prolong the amount of time the teeth are exposed to sugar by getting stuck in the grooves of your teeth.
- Peeps: Similar to jelly beans, these are pure sugar with the same sticky qualities that bacteria love to munch on for hours.
- Sour Candy: Sour candy contains more acid, which causes the enamel to erode so it’s basically assaulting your teeth with sugar AND acid.
- Sugar Free Candy: Surprise! Surprise! Since these options don’t have the sugar, they are less likely to result in cavities. It also stimulates saliva production, which prevents plaque build-up.
- Dark Chocolate: This also protects your teeth by resisting the growth of bacteria responsible for plaque.
- Sugar Free Gum: While this might not be the most popular choice, it might just save you a trip to the dentist for cavity repair.
If you do indulge (and we know you will), make sure to drink lots of water and try to limit candy access to a certain time of the day vs. snacking on them endlessly.