Sorry kids, Easter candy may taste great, but a lot of it can be damaging to your teeth.  My kids favorite candy are jelly beans…like the jelly bellies.  Unfortunately, this is some of the worst types of candy to cause cavities to the tops of your teeth.

The chewing surfaces of your teeth are called occlusal surfaces, and they are made up of hills and valleys, or pits and fissures.  Bacteria generally exists in our mouth, but the more sugars (carbohydrates) and acids we feed them, the more harm they can cause.

Chewy candies, like jelly beans, get stuck in those hills and valleys of the back teeth.  Bacteria LOVE this!  They get to sit there all day and enjoy the jelly beans.  Therefore, MORE cavities!

Now, I’m not saying “don’t eat candy”…especially at Easter!  However, make sure you limit how much candy and jelly beans you eat at a time.  Plus, brush your teeth after eating these sticky foods, and, don’t forget to drink lots of water.  Fluoridated water is the best water to drink.

So, say hello to the Easter Bunny for me!  I always enjoyed when he visited!

—Dr. Robinson