Sticky Easter Basket Makeover

How about some suggestions for an Easter Basket Makeover that keep the fun going but avoid some of the sugar overload.

I know, the sticky, gooey seasonal treats are hard to pass up but all that sticky sugar is really bad for your teeth and leads to tooth decay.

Instead of a basket full of gooey treats, think about small toys instead.  Not only will loading the basket with these items save your child’s teeth, but the fun will probably last a lot longer! This doesn’t have to avoid the Easter “look” of the basket – you can use plastic eggs from the dollar store to hide small trinkets. Children love to get stickers, activity books, new crayons or markers and bubbles are always lots of fun. Since summer is almost here how about adding some sidewalk chalk so your young Picasso can decorate the driveway!

Choose a theme for the basket that reflects your child’s personality. If you have a boy that loves sports you can fill the basket with balls, caps, trading cards or other team swag. Little girls might like a basket of jewelry making supplies, art supplies or a princess basket. Get creative and make a basket that brings the family together – a gardening basket with pint sized gloves and trowels and some seeds can lead to a great day digging in the dirt.

The  chocolate bunny plays a part in our basket. Chocolate (dark chocolate is better) is actually good for your oral health in moderation! See – your basket doesn’t have to be totally candy-free.

Just remember to have all family members brush after eating candy. If you allow grazing on the candy all day long it will do more damage than only allowing the treats following a meal. If you can’t brush right away then swish with plain water.

Go ahead and bite the ears off that chocolate bunny and don’t feel guilty – unless of course the bunny belongs to someone else! If you or a family member do overindulge in seasonal treats and develop tooth decay please contact Asheville cosmetic dentist Dr. John Highsmith today at 828-627-9282.

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