Easter Basket Ideas for a Healthy Smile

Posted on April 2, 2015 in Children’s Oral Health

An Easter basket filled with jellybeans is sure to bring a smile to any child's face. Delta Dental of Illinois would like to remind parents to think of healthier options when filling up their children's baskets.

“It's all right to indulge in treats, especially during a special occasion, but only in moderation,” said Dr. Katina Spadoni, D.D.S. dental director at Delta Dental of Illinois. “I recommend sticking with chocolates that melt quickly. A great example of this is the holiday favorite − the chocolate Easter bunny.”

Parents should avoid gummy, sticky and hard candy, instead selecting treats that are easier to brush away and gentle to dental work, such as braces. Sticky candies, like jellybeans, can uproot fillings and the sugar tends to stay on the teeth. Long-lasting candies create an acid attack on the teeth the entire time they are in the mouth and for another 20 minutes after they have melted away.

“If children do eat hard or sticky candies, they should follow it up with a glass of water or milk, both which will help rinse sugar away from the teeth,” said Dr. Spadoni. “Easter Bunny-approved carrots also make a great post-candy snack to help clean teeth of residual sugar.”

Delta Dental of Illinois also recommends kids have a nutritious meal or snack prior to digging into to their Easter treats to avoid over indulgence.

As always, there's no substitute for brushing and flossing at the end of the day to help keep teeth clean and cavity-free. In need of a great Easter basket idea? Try a brightly-colored toothbrush and floss!