Dental Decay on Easter?!
Whether you’re 5 or 35, Easter candy can be incredibly tempting. Who doesn’t indulge in a little chocolate bunny or an assortment of Peeps when spring is in the air? However, too much of a good thing can be a very bad thing- 92% of adults ages 20-64 have had cavities in their permanent teeth. Each person in that same age group has an average of 3.28 decayed or missing permanent teeth and 13.65 decayed missing permanent surfaces. And it’s not just grown ups, nearly 60% of children have dental decay.
Kids, Teeth And Sugar
Abstaining from Easter candy is no fun for anybody. Asking a child to watch all of their friends find and consume candy right in front of them while they’re left to munch on celery sticks is just cruel. A few simple tops can ensure that your child (or even you) get to enjoy the fun treats while protecting their teeth in the meantime. Here are some idea’s you can try.
- Don’t let sugary treats sit in your mouth for too long. Stick with candy that dissolves quickly or is chewable.
- Parents may want to limit how much Easter candy their child can eat, especially if he or she ended up with a lot of egg-hunt loot! One mom in our Mom’s guide to kids dental health suggested letting the child eat as much candy as they want.
- Try to have them eat all the candy they want in one sitting and then get rid of the rest. Dragging out the candy consumption is actually worse for your teeth, because you’re consistently feeding sugar to the bacteria.
For more tips on how to keep a child’s teeth healthy, schedule your appointment with Hendersonville Family Dentistry.