With the spring season now here, you might be starting to think about future holidays and setting plans in motion for how you’ll celebrate those days in the coming months. From Easter to Memorial Day and the Fourth of July –  there’s plenty of opportunities in the coming months to celebrate.

The upcoming Easter holiday doesn’t just bring with its traditions of an egg-laying bunny who visits overnight and leaves behind a basket of treats, but it’s also one of the biggest offenders when it comes to oral health.

Easter Candy Warning for Parents

The amount of candy included in these gift baskets goes toe-to-toe with bags of Halloween loot and should be carefully watched.

The issue with having so much candy at their disposal is that it creates a constant environment of bacteria caused by sugars in your child’s mouth – increasing the chances or decay, cavities, and even tooth loss.

While there are a number of alternative options for Easter baskets than candy (think games, art, and crafts or toys) for some it’s inevitable to include at least a few traditional treats in the basket.

In that case, it’s better to choose options with less sugar, darker chocolate, smaller portions and candies that aren’t hard and tacky as all of these qualities can increase risks while your child is consuming them.

Easter candy

Here’s a closer look at the top 3 offenders in Easter candy to avoid adding to your child’s basket this year.

Jelly Beans

Perhaps one of the most traditional Easter candies you’ll find this time of year, these sticky fruity beans are really bad for the teeth because they can get stuck in-between them and hide there to eat away at the enamel, even after brushing.

Marshmallow Bunnies

This is one of those sweet treats that you only find on store shelves this time of year and for those who are fans of marshmallow, it’s a coveted must-have treat. However, the problem with these sugar-coated, soft bunnies is that they contain dangerous food dyes connected to health issues like hyperactivity and even cancers.

Giant, Solid Chocolates

Who doesn’t love receiving a giant, larger than life chocolate egg or bunny to commemorate the holiday? These are so big though they can’t be eaten in one sitting and that’s where the problem lies. The longer it takes to eat this candy piece by piece, the more exposure to sugar your teeth get and the likelihood of getting cavities.

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