Happy Easter from Dr. Nick’s Team! We hope you have a great day with all your loved ones during these difficult times. While the kids are opening their baskets, keep in mind the Easter candies they’re putting in their mouths.
What to Keep
- Dark chocolate, nuts, sugar-free treats
- Hollow dark chocolate eggs or bunnies
- Chocolate-covered almonds or peanuts
- Candies or gum made with xylitol
Dark chocolate is the best candy for your teeth. Chocolate may be more effective than fluoride at fighting tooth decay, according to several studies, due to a compound in chocolate that helps harden tooth enamel.
Sugarless candies, such as candies with stevia or candies that diabetics consume. Sugar feeds bacteria and upsets the healthy ratios of pH and bacteria in the mouth.
Candy bars with nuts. Candy bars with a lot of nuts can break up the stickiness, and it’s the stickiness of a candy that increases the chance of cavity.
Easter Candies to Avoid
- Candy that is chewy, sticky, hard or sour
- Eggs with filling
- Jordan almonds
- Sour gummy candy
Minimizing Easter Candies Impact on Your Teeth
Fortunately, you’ll be happy to know that all isn’t lost with candy. Specifically, we recommend that you:
- Drink plenty of water. Water can minimize some of the harmful effects of sugar, preventing decay.
- Eat candy with meals. When you eat candy at dinnertime, saliva production increases. Saliva not only cancels the acids in mouths, but it also helps wash away food particles.
- Brush after eating. When you eat acidic candies, brushing right after eating is more damaging to enamel than not brushing. Instead, set a timer for 30 minutes and brush after it goes off.
Schedule a Dental Checkup
As always, encourage you to come in for a dental checkup with Dr. Nick. Scheduling your dentist appointment with us is easy! Click here to access our online appointment request form. Alternatively, you can call our office at 813.445.7162.