03/24/2010  |  
Tooth Friendly Easter Baskets

According to the National Confectioners Association, Americans spend more than $1.5 billion on Easter candy each year, second only to the $1.77 billion spent on Halloween. This means that on average each American will eat the equivalent of 25 pounds of candy, plus an additional 2 pounds of gum each year. Dear Doctor magazine encourages moderation to parents and caregivers. We strongly encourage you to become an educated consumer and monitor the amount of candy your children consume, and if they do eat candy to confine it to mealtimes, also ensure a healthy diet, brushing with fluoride containing toothpaste, chewing xylitol gum, which reduces the risk of cavities. Another idea is to modify the treats you (or the Easter Bunny) include in Easter baskets as there are many great things to give children that do not contribute to tooth decay or to childhood obesity. Some great ideas include giving some arts and crafts supplies, music CDs, books, and electronic gadgets.

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