Who doesn’t love waking up to a basket of goodies? Our Marshfield MA dentist knows Easter baskets brim with fluorescent colored Peeps, pastel M&Ms and assortments of jelly beans. Kids may squeal, but the Tooth Fairy shudders!
Unfortunately, Easter treats tend to be hard on teeth. Given the high levels of sugar saturation, it may take quite a few brushing, flossing, and mouthwash gargling sessions to negate the damage. Sugar, starches, and carbs are foods that plaque likes to take advantage of to produce acid that breaks down enamel and leads to cavities. Sticky and gooey treats especially tend to linger and increase negative effects. Try these alternative Easter snacks to save your or your child’s smile from extra trips to our Marshfield office this year.
Try These Low-Sugar Treat Suggestions From Our Marshfield MA Dentist
Eat like the Easter Bunny! Fresh veggies and dip can be perfect for an Easter gathering appetizer. Capitalize on the transition to spring as lighter from-the-garden produce becomes more abundant. The assortment of vegetable colors alone can brighten a table. To add some further variety, try new dips that you haven’t before. Trade in ranch for a new hummus flavor or an avocado-based dip.
Chocolate Covered Nuts & Berries
The key to keeping sugar in check here is to make sure you choose dark chocolate—the darker the better. Aim for chocolate with at least 70% cacao, and check the back of the label to make sure sugar is not the first ingredient. If you are not used to the more bitter flavor of dark chocolate, pairing it with fruit and nuts is a perfect way to sweeten it up.
Annie’s Cheese Crackers are a super cute bunny equivalent to Goldfish. Adults and kids alike can appreciate this easy, festive snack.
If it’s good enough for Charlie Brown on Thanksgiving, it’s good enough for the rest of us on Easter. Fabulously versatile, popcorn can be a savory treat lightly salted and buttered, experimental with a few different cabinet spices, or sweet rolled into a popcorn ball. A popcorn ball would contain some sugar, given the marshmallows in most recipes; however, it’s also a high fiber snack.
Gorgeous fruit salads may very well rival flower arrangements, as the bright, fresh colors that fruit brings to a presentation are hard to beat – not to mention nutritional! You can also take spring-themed cookie cutters to fruits like pineapple to create fun flower, bunny, and Easter egg images for added flare.
Enjoy these low-sugar snacks this Easter, and your smile will thank you!
The information provided in this article is not meant to be medical advice and is for educational purposes only. If you would like to learn more about this and other topics related to dentistry, feel free to contact Luxe Smile Dentistry, with a convenient dental office location near Marshfield MA, by clicking here or by calling 781.319.0070.