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Easter candies: which to avoid and better options

With Easter around the corner, the bunny is sure to leave your child lots of goodies in his or her basket. However, when it comes to their teeth and orthodontic treatment, these temptations can spell disaster for braces. Tampa-based Gutierrez Orthodontics offers some tips to survive the upcoming holiday.
Like anything, it’s all about choices. Right? The last thing you want is to prolong your orthodontic treatment. Never fear, you or your kiddo can still enjoy goodies this Easter—just take note of which kind. In fact, why not have fun with it and leave a note for the Easter bunny?
Dear bunny, please keep these out of my basket.
Here are the candies to avoid because they are harmful to your child’s teeth and may cause your child to break brackets and bend wires:

  • Anything chewy such as caramel, taffy, gummy worms, and licorice
  • Treats that tend to stick around such as jelly beans, starburst, skittles
  • Hard items such as Jolly Ranchers
  • Those peeps? Kids love ‘em but ultra sugary foods can get trapped and cause tooth decay—refrain from these items to be on the safe side
  • So long chewing gum! See you post-treatment

Dear bunny, please fill my basket with these!
It pains us to advocate anything sugary, but if you must indulge, go for these safer options:

  • Chocolate candy bars: Kit Kats and Three Musketeers only
  • Hershey kisses
  • Plain M&Ms
  • Peppermint patties
  • Cookies (again, nothing too hard, please)

Parents: have your kiddos brush their teeth and floss immediately after eating. Don’t have a toothbrush handy? Swish with water and then brush and floss as soon as possible. As always, remind your child not to miss that precious gum line.
What happens if despite your best efforts, a bracket breaks? Call us to schedule an appointment at 813-968-1611 or visit our website at http://109.199.115.120/~finestsmiles to chat live.

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