Chocolate, Jellybeans and Peeps, Oh My!
Easter is approaching and it is approaching fast! This weekend, kids will be searching for jellybean-filled plastic eggs and opening chocolate bunnies. Kids love to eat sweets for this holiday and many economists are banking on Easter to increase spending on candy and spring clothing. The National Retail Association is expecting Easter sales to soar 11% above last year’s sales. With this unusually warm winter we have experienced, more and more people are contracting the infectious spring fever! While kids (and some adults) love to indulge in the sinfully tasty marshmallow and chocolate candies, many parents and most dentists dread the results that filling up your mouth with Easter candy could cause. Easter is one of the favorite holidays for tooth decay bacteria, coming in second only to Halloween. Your child’s mouth could be at risk for developing a cavity if proper precautions are not taken. Below are top 5 tips from Delta Dental of Arkansas for taking care of your family’s teeth during this candy-loving holiday. 1) Stuff your child’s Easter baskets with coloring books, crayons, fake jewelry, books and any other little gift that cannot be eaten. Leave very little room for candy.2) Hide hard-boiled eggs instead of candy filled plastic eggs. If your child doesn’t like hard-boiled eggs, fill the egg with change or a one dollar bill.3) Limit your child’s candy intake and make sure they brush their teeth after indulging in those tasty treats. 4) Buy sugar-free candy for your child. Jolly ranches and fruity sugar free gum could trick anyone into thinking they are laced with sugar.5) Once the egg hunt is over, throw away all the leftover candy in the house. This will cut down on the after holiday temptation of indulging over and over again.Wishing you and your family a very Happy Easter holiday!