National Orthodontic Health Month and Halloween Candy

October is National Orthodontic Health Month, and orthodontists and dental professionals around the country strive during this time to raise awareness of the importance of maintaining good oral health. Halloween is a time of year when candy and other snacks often take center stage. Please remember that some Halloween treats can cause damage to orthodontic braces which may delay treatment. When considering which treats to avoid eating while wearing braces, make sure to stay away from sticky, gooey, chewy, hard candies and foods.

Foods, Candy and Snacks for Patients Wearing Braces

• Crackers
• Fruit (cut hard fruits like apples and pears in small pieces)
• Ice Cream
• Jell-O
• Junior Mints
• Marshmallows
• Milkshakes
• Milky Way
• Nestles Crunch Bar
• Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
• Plain M&Ms
• Popsicles
• Pudding
• Smoothies
• Soft chocolate candy
• Soft Cookies
• Three Musketeers
• Yogurt

Candy, Snacks and Food That May Damage Braces

• Abba Zabba
• Bubble Yum
• Candy Apples
• Carmel Apples
• Caramels
• Corn Nuts
• Gum Balls
• Hard Candy Bars
• Health Bars
• Jaw Breakers
• Jolly Ranchers
• Laffy Taffy
• Licorice
• Milk Duds
• Nerds
• Now & Laters
• Peanut Brittle
• Popcorn
• Skittles
• Starbursts
• Taffy
• Tootsie Rolls

Please remember to brush and floss your teeth well after eating and to use a fluoride mouth rinse regularly.

Enjoy your Halloween, and watch out for those spooky treats!