Easter Sunday is just days away and if you’re like us, you’re not quite done filling those coveted Easter baskets. Before you put in that Target pick-up order, your favorite Raleigh dentist, Dr. Katherine Garett, wants to remind you to avoid certain candy varieties. In fact, today we’ll discuss the top 3 types of candy you should avoid as well as some healthy options that you and the kids will enjoy!
3 Types of Candy your Raleigh Dentist wants you to avoid
Your Raleigh dentist deeply cares about your family’s smile. In fact, we no more enjoy finding signs of decay in your mouth than you do. Therefore, we recommend that you enjoy “sweet treats” in moderation if you want to avoid cavities. Taken a step further, we highly suggest that you avoid these three types of candies as they tend to cause the most damage in our patients’ mouths.
Sticky, gooey types of candy are the absolute worst when it comes to candies to avoid this Easter. Yes, those jelly beans are delicious, but they also have a tendency to get stuck in your teeth’s tiny nooks and crannies as they are being consumed. Even with the best of intentions to brush or floss when you’re all done is often beat when it comes to candies of the sticky icky variety. That sticky good just clings to everything in its path, especially parts of your mouth that were already difficult to reach. The longer that goo sticks, the longer your teeth are exposed to sugar. The longer your teeth are exposed to sugar, the more likely you are to get cavities.
With that in mind, avoid candies such as caramels, taffy, and GUMMIES. Yes, we said GUMMIES – even the ones that claim to sneak vitamins into your kids when they aren’t looking. They may seem innocent, but we promise you that it’ll cost way more to repair the damage that is created by feeding your kids “fruit snacks.”
Sweet & Sour
At this point, you probably think your Raleigh dentist just has a sour attitude towards sweets. Well, you’re not completely wrong. While most sweet candies are dangerous, we’ve found that lip-puckering sour candy is equally risky. Sweet and sour snacks tend to contain a lot of sugar AND acid. We already discussed the damage too much sugar can cause to your teeth, but you should know that acid can cause the enamel on your teeth to erode which makes it easy for bacteria to sneak in and create cavities as well. Eating sweet and sour candy is a double attack on your mouth, so if your mouth is already susceptible to cavities, just say no.
Finally, the third type of candy your Raleigh dentist wants you to avoid is hard candy. What does that include? Lollipops, jawbreakers, and any other type of candy that is meant to be sucked on. Here’s the problem – hard candies are meant to be in your mouth for longer periods of time, so they often leave your teeth exposed to sugar for longer periods of time as well. The occasional lollipop or peppermint probably isn’t going to do too much damage, but if it’s eaten often enough, there are more chances for decay and cavities. Furthermore, ever attempted to see how many licks it took to get to the center? Biting into hard candy can cause tooth damage such as chips and broken teeth. As such, avoid avoid avoid!!!
2 Candy Alternatives your Raleigh Dentist approves!
Let’s be real. Easter isn’t Easter without a little bit of candy in that Easter basket. So, while we just told you three types of candy to avoid this Easter, we don’t want to take away all the candy. In fact, here are a couple of teeth-friendly candy alternatives that are sure to delight everyone in your family this Easter.
Dark Chocolate Easter Bunnies
Chocolate is typically a better alternative to the options above when it comes to your oral hygiene. However, your Raleigh dentist suggests that you go for dark chocolate as opposed to milk chocolate. Studies show that there are a number of health benefits associated with eating dark chocolate, including the ability to prevent cavities, decay, and plaque build-up. As such, while you’re filling those Easter baskets, toss in a hollow dark chocolate bunny. Fewer calories and less exposure to sugar. Your teeth will thank you.
Sugar-free treats have come a long way. There are so many options that we are convinced your kids won’t know the difference. Furthermore, choosing healthier treats for your mouth means a better dental checkup with your Raleigh dentist.
Is it time to have your teeth cleaned? Be sure to give Dr. Katherine E. Garrett a call to schedule your appointment. if you’re looking for a new Raleigh dentist. New patients are always welcome, and we are proud to provide dental care for your entire family. Don’t wait until you have a dental emergency, call our office today! Happy Easter!