Hop Away Easter Bunny! Candy is Bad for Your Teeth

by Jason 3/28/2013 8:00 AM

It’s that time of year again—where you and your family celebrate the coming of spring. You might have a delicious chocolate bunny in your Easter basket, but keep in mind that candy can cause cavities.

Every time you eat a sugary snack, damaging acids form in your mouth. Children are at increased risk for cavities if they eat a lot of sugary foods, such as cookies and candy. Sticky foods, like toffee and dried fruit, can also lead to tooth decay. And drinking sweet liquids, such as soda, juice and other sweetened drinks can result in dental problems.

It may be difficult to limit sweets entirely, so here are some tips to keep you and your child’s mouth as healthy as possible—even on holidays when sweets are ever present.

  • Have your child brush his or her teeth after eating candy or other sweets.
  • Be sure your child eats a healthy and balanced diet throughout the year and limit sweets.
  • Provide your child with nutritious snacks, such as raw vegetables, plain yogurt, cheese or fruit.
  • Insist that your child drinks milk or water instead of sugary sodas or juice.
  • Take your child to see the dentist regularly.

One treat actually helps prevent cavities: sugar-free gum. You can give it to your child to help neutralize the effects of sugary snacks. Gum containing the artificial sweetener xylitol helps fight acids from sugary foods and bacteria in plaque. The chewing motion also stimulates the flow of saliva, which helps cleanse the teeth. Learn more about how a good diet keeps your teeth healthy.

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