NEW HAVEN, Conn. (CBSNewYork) — If you’re putting Easter baskets together, one Connecticut pediatric dentist said not all candies are created equal when it comes to tooth decay.

As WCBS 880’s Monica Miller reported, Dr. Doug Keck, who has practices in New Haven and Madison, Conn., said brushing two times a day may not be enough over Easter.

And while it may be a tough battle to pry candy away from children on Easter, Keck said some sweets are OK – especially chocolate.

“The chocolate that melts in your mouth, your body, your saliva gets rid of it much quicker than the sugary, sticky kind of candy,” Keck said.

In order to eliminate visits to his office, Keck suggested placing apples and carrots in the basket as options. But he recognized that they don’t fit in colorful plastic eggs.

“Although putting a penny in is also not a bad idea,” he said.

Keck said drinking water while eating candy will also cut down on tooth decay.

Do you have any ideas for keeping an Easter basket healthy? Leave your comments below…

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