While the Easter candies may delight the taste buds, they are not so great for your teeth. Besides the sugar content, jelly beans and Peeps are one more thing – STICKY!
Because of the sugar content and the sticky factor, jelly beans and Peeps are prime promoters of cavities. Rinsing with water after eating can usually remove a lot of food particles. But in the case of jelly beans and Peeps, that is just not sufficient. These candies stick to the teeth and get packed into the crevices of each tooth and in between teeth making them culprits in creating the optimal conditions for cavities.
If you or your children eat jelly beans or Peeps, make sure they clean the biting surface (where candy often gets stuck) and be sure they floss because just as they get stuck on the biting surface, candy can also get stuck between their teeth. Don’t forget that the sides of teeth are susceptible to cavities, just like the biting surface.
Parents, all this means that, depending on your child’s age, you might have to facilitate brushing and flossing to help your child get all the little nooks and crannies clean. While we would not suggest completely eliminating jelly beans and Peeps from your child’s Easter basket, we encourage patients to limit them and use chocolates or other treats for Easter eggs. While chocolate can still lead to cavities, it does not have the sticky properties that can increase the risk as much as other candies do
Lastly, be sure to keep your routine checkups with your dentist to ensure there are no cavities or broken dental work. A little preventive care may prevent a visit later for restorative care, or worse, an emergency.
Ask us about dental insurance options, preventive care is 100% covered.
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