tiny bunniesIt’s the time of year when the weather starts to warm up and grocery store aisles turn pastel in time for Easter. While many parents prepare Easter baskets for their children with marshmallow chicks, chocolate bunnies, and jellybeans, there are many other healthy alternatives to consider that are better for their teeth.

Why is candy bad?

Your mouth contains natural bacteria called streptococcus, and it is attracted to the sugar in candy. Together they break down into acid that attacks the enamel of your teeth. While it tastes wonderful at the time, candy can lead to cavities and other dental problems later on.

Healthy Alternatives

Snacks:

  • Decorated hard-boiled eggs which are filled with protein to give energy to active kids
  • Fresh fruit such as kiwis, mangoes, or clementines
  • Trail mix, yogurt-to-go, and cheese sticks
  • Popcorn balls have fiber and are low in sugar
  • Candy and gum with xylitol – save your kids from a sugar attack on their teeth and may reduce their chances of getting a cavity

Other Ideas

  • Coloring books and crayons
  • Play Dough, bouncy balls and stickers
  • Inexpensive jewelry and toys
  • Nail polish and lip gloss
  • Books, video game, and puzzles
  • Money and gift cards

Whatever you choose to put in your child’s Easter basket, it is important that they understand candy is an occasional treat and not something that should be eaten all the time. With that knowledge and practice, they will have a lifetime of healthy smiles.