One of the easiest gifts and nicest gifts to get your kids for Easter is a basket filled with goodies from a grocery or drugstore, but most contain sweets and candies that shouldn’t be eaten while wearing braces. They can get stuck in the brackets, and make brushing and flossing a pain. However, there are many other things that you can put in your children’s baskets for this special holiday. To explain is Dr. Ana Castilla and her team at Castilla Orthodontics in Salem, OR . They’re here to help you make your Easter special- even without the sweets!
Who said that the goodies inside your Easter basket had to be candy? Dr. Ana Castilla says that replacing sweets with a new pair of headphones, T-shirt, a gift card or a new CD or game will provide much more enjoyment than the seconds that kids get from eating a few jellybeans. The possibilities are endless! For girls: nail polish, a new book, or some art supplies will go a long way. For boys: Nerf guns, Lego sets, or video games make great gifts.
Most baked goods are completely safe to eat with braces, as long as your kids do some brushing afterwards. An Castilla Orthodontics associate says that cookies, brownies, or cupcakes are the perfect sweets for kids that want to see some snacks on Easter morning. You can write “Happy Easter!” on them in frosting, or make some Easter designs with colored sugar and sprinkles!
Although chocolate might be a sugary sweet, it’s actually fine for your kids to have some during the holiday. Dr. Ana Castilla says that since chocolate is soft, it won’t damage braces. However, you shouldn’t give your kids chocolate with nuts, and they should DEFINITELY brush well after eating them!
Who doesn’t love Peeps? This sugary marshmallow Easter treat might not be the healthiest of snacks, but they are completely safe to eat with braces. Just as Dr. Ana Castilla says, brush after eating them!
One great recommendation from one of our friends at Castilla Orthodontics is to include something to do together in your Easter baskets! A new board game, puzzle, or sports tickets are great ways to spend time together!
All-in-all, there are many substitutes for anything harmful to braces that you can place in your child’s Easter basket. If you’re looking for more great ideas, or need an orthodontist in Salem, OR that’s good with kids and gets results, then Dr. Ana Castilla is only a call away! If you call 503.399.0721, any member of her fantastic Castilla Orthodontics team will schedule a free consultation for you, and will be happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have. Happy Easter!