Taking a ‘Peeps’ at Your Easter Basket

Easter is around the corner, which means that you’ll probably be tempted by some sweet snacks – it is Peeps season, after all! But it’s important to know that even though some popular Easter candies are delicious, they can wreak havoc on your teeth. Let’s take a closer look at some of the most common Eastertime treats – which to avoid and which are OK to indulge in a little bit.

Good-for-You Treats

Fruits

Fruits like apples, strawberries and peaches are chock full of sugar, but indulging with some fruit won’t rot your teeth – as long as you remember to brush afterwards. If you have a loose tooth or are prone to chipping your teeth, slice your apple into bite-size pieces before you dive in. And as for the peaches, just remember that the meat of the fruit is nice and soft, but the pit will chip your front teeth if you accidentally bite into it!

Gum

Chewing gum is another common practice, and according to Colgate, it can actually be good for your teeth! As you chew on sugar-free gum, you’re helping to fight cavities. The gum works to remove food particles from the surface of your teeth and also causes your mouth to produce bacteria-killing saliva. So, this Easter, if you spot a pack of sugar-free gum in your basket, help yourself! But as always, don’t overdo it – gum that’s too hard or too sweet can have the opposite effect.

Nuts

If you happen to receive a gift basket or two at Easter time, chances are there will be some yummy nuts included. Nuts like almonds and cashews are full of fiber and vitamins, which can help keep your teeth strong and nourished. Just avoid the candied nuts – those can get stuck in your teeth and allow bacteria to grow and plaque to form!

Treats to Avoid

Sticky Candies

Sticky candies like Tootsie Rolls and Jolly Ranchers may be favorites, but they can wreak havoc on your teeth, so avoid them if you can. They can stick in the crevices of your teeth and allow cavities to form if you don’t clean your teeth properly after eating them. Skip the sticky sweets and keep your teeth in good shape.

Dry Fruits

Even though you’ll be munching on some nuts this Easter, stay away from the dried fruits that often come with them. Dried apricots, raisins and other fruits are tasty, but they are also sticky and sugary. Yep, you guessed it – that means they can also get stuck in your teeth. Noticing a pattern?

Lollipops

Lollipops, suckers and other hard candies should be avoided, too. The longer you suck or chew on something like a lollipop, the longer your teeth are exposed to harmful sugars. You’re basically allowing your mouth to serve as a sugar bathtub, creating the optimal environment for bacteria growth. If you must indulge, be sure to rinse your mouth with water afterwards and brush your teeth, as well.

This Easter, think about the Easter Bunny and his big, bright buck teeth. It’s not just the carrots that help him keep his teeth looking white and clean – it’s good dental habits! Make sure you and your family take care of your teeth and you’ll have a healthy and happy Easter season.

If you are interested in learning more or need to schedule a dental appointment, please call Norman Dental today at 336-282-2120.