Don’t Let the Easter Bunny Bring Cavities This Year!

On February 15, stores were marking down Valentines Day candy and making room for Easter candy. Easter has certainly become a candy-centric holiday. Candy in baskets, egg hunts with candy filled eggs. No matter what kind of candy you like, each and every brand has Easter themed candy available. While a little candy never hurt anyone, why not put a healthy, positive spin on the holiday this year? Your teeth (and your children’s teeth) will thank you for it!

Instead of making Easter all about the candy, look for toys and activities to fill the kids’ baskets with this year. Maybe a sticker book, or a puzzle, a movie, or a game. Hard-boiled eggs are a lot better for your teeth than candy, so color some eggs with your kids, and enjoy eating them. Or, you could look up some recipes online, and try making a new egg dish with your kids.

This is also a great opportunity to “brush up” on healthy mouth hygiene habits with your children. Make sure that your kids are brushing often and thoroughly. Flossing once a day and rinsing with mouthwash (if your child is old enough) goes a long way in keeping teeth clean and healthy. Why not fill your child’s Easter basket with a fun new toothbrush, their own tube of toothpaste, some flavored dental floss, and a bottle of mouthwash? Getting kids excited about keeping their teeth teeth clean is a good way to set them up for a lifetime of healthy teeth. And it’s a good idea to be the tooth-brushing-police when you know your kids are eating more candy than normal!

On behalf of everyone in Dr. Gasbara’s office, have a healthy and “hoppy” Easter!