How to Keep Braces Safe Amid Scary Halloween Treats
It’s a scary time for braces. Kids (and kids at heart) are about to inherit a wealth of sticky sweet trick-or-treat goodies capable of impacting teeth and orthodontic appliances. In an attempt to educate, Edmonton orthodontist Dr. Amer Hussain is sharing the best and worst Halloween treats for patients in braces.
When we say “best,” we use it loosely. Excessive sugars and starches are capable of triggering dental health issues like cavities, severe decay, yellowing and unpleasant breath. It’s vital to maintain an adequate dental hygiene routine while indulging in these sweets. That includes brushing for two minutes at least twice each day, flossing after meals with waxed or orthodontic floss and using antibacterial mouth rinse. Implementing this routine is especially important to Invisalign and Invisalign Teen patients, since the snug-fitting aligners press plaque and foot particles into teeth and the gum line.
With that said, certain Halloween goodies are more frightening to braces than others…
The Best Treats to Eat With Braces at Halloween
At Pure Orthodontics, we don’t want our braces patients to live on a diet of apple sauce and water. It’s OK to indulge in the occasional treat, as long as acceptable dental hygiene is maintained. Permissible Halloween candies are soft and consumed quickly. The less time it takes to chew, the better. Some tasty examples include:
- 3 Musketeers
- Plain chocolate bars
- Ice cream treats
- Soft cookies
Pair these treats with a nice tall glass of milk, which is loaded with calcium and vitamin D to help fortify teeth and neutralize lingering acids. If you must get your chewy fix, sugar-free gum chewed slowly with the molars is OK to enjoy.
Foods to Avoid With Braces at Halloween
Enjoying the sweet treats of the season is exciting- we get it. However, there are a few important facts to remember before you or your child delves into a bag of candy. Chewy treats can uproot brackets and become entangled in wires. Even if you manage to avoid wreaking havoc on your orthodontic appliances, picking sticky caramel or taffy out of wires isn’t typically an enjoyable experience. Here are a few notoriously bad choices:
- Sugary gum
- Gummy Bears
- Chocolate with caramel
- Chocolate with nuts
- Fun Dip
If one of these candies is consumed, make sure you or your child promptly brushes, flosses and checks for any wedged food particles. Lingering sugar on teeth can easily cause decay, yellowing and a few more trips to the dentist’s office.
Don’t Get Tricked! Know Which Halloween Treats to Enjoy This Year!
Whether you have self-ligating clear braces, lingual braces, or Invisalign, don‘t forget about your teeth while enjoying Halloween candy this year. For more tips on how to keep braces safe in a season brimming with sticky treats, contact Pure Orthodontics. Dr. Hussain and the Pure Orthodontics team wish everyone a safe and happy Halloween!