Dental Braces Friendly Candy For Halloween
Many of our patients here at Dental Specialists of New York in NYC and the surrounding areas of Midtown East NYC, Manhattan, Brooklyn NY, Park Slope NY, and Sunset Park NY, are surprised to learn that October is National Orthodontic Health Month! What about Halloween? Halloween is still October 31st, according to our calendar, but the juxtaposition of Halloween and National Orthodontic Health Month reminds our patients with dental braces, Invisalign, or any other orthodontic appliance to choose their treats wisely, and only eat braces-friendly candy.
Trick or Teeth? Dental Braces Friendly Candy
For patients who live in or work near NYC undergoing orthodontic treatment with our orthodontist here at Dental Specialists of New York, Dr. Ingrid Barillas and Dr. Rodolfo Sanchez, it is important to know that some treats can potentially cause damage that may prolong treatment. And while a few sweets can be okay, patients must brush and floss (something that can be difficult for patients with braces) after eating. On Halloween, orthodontic patients should only eat braces friendly candy that are soft and easy to chew including:
- Soft, melt-in-your-mouth chocolates
- Peanut butter cups
- Milk shakes
- Peeled, thinly sliced apples
- Ice cream
Treats to avoid
Orthodontic patients should avoid treats that are sticky, hard, chewy or crunchy including:
- Candies which contain nuts
- Jelly beans
- Hard pretzels
- Bubble gum
- Candy corn
Follow these 5 easy tricks for how to treat your teeth this Halloween!
- Say, “Ahhhh!” Stick to your oral care routine: for 2 minutes, 2x daily, brush and floss.
- Eat candy during meals. Saliva (which helps wash away sticky treats) is produced more at mealtime.
- Limit intake of candy. The longer candy is in your mouth, the longer bacteria can damage your teeth.
- Rinse. While snacking on your sugary treats remember to wash them down with plenty of water.
- Only eat your treats on Halloween.
“Fangs” for Your Visit!
Halloween can be a lot of fun, but it’s also important to consider the impact candy has on your teeth, particularly when you’re wearing braces and other orthodontic appliances! So remember, braces-friendly candy only! Enjoy soft, non-sticky treats, avoid hard, sticky and chewy treats, and brush and floss after indulging! Happy Halloween from your favorite orthodontists in NYC, Dr. Barillas, Dr. Sanchez, and the team here at Dental Specialists of New York in NYC!