The sweet scent of Halloween candy is in the air! Mega-sized bags of candy fill every store display, and tiny dishes of deliciousness lurk in every corner.
For Bucks County children with braces, those extra treats can cause a lot of dental damage, resulting in unexpected trips to the orthodontist; delays in dental work; and a mouth-full of cavities. But when it comes to doing damage to braces, rest assured that not all candies are created equal. Check out the top 5 Halloween candies that kids with braces should avoid:
1. Blow Pops: Hard candy shell + chewy bubble gum center = a recipe for braces disaster! If you somehow manage to escape the temptation of biting into the lolipop shell, a sugary wad of bubble gum awaits.
2. Gummy Bears: The more you chew, the more damage you can do! These adorable little morsels of goodness can easily latch onto your braces wiring and brackets. Even if you manage to escape with your braces in tact, sugary residue will easily makes it's way between braces and results in a mouth-full of painful cavities in November.
3. Jolly Ranchers: “I'm not going to chew these. I'm not going to chew these. I'm not going to…whoops.” There goes a bracket!
4. Caramel Apples: Don't let that fruit-center fool you. There's no easy way to bite into a Caramel Apple without destroying those festive black & orange bands!
5. Laughy taffy: Having a wire break and jam into your cheek for a week just isn't so funny.
Rest assured! There are still many candies that kids with braces can enjoy in moderation. Opt for delicious treats like Plain M&M, Hershey Kisses, Peppermint Patties, Snow Caps, and Three Musketeers for the best chances of a break-free Halloween.
This article is brought to you by Bucks County orthodontist Dr. Sam Kadan. Kids with good dental hygiene and break-free braces receive extra points as part of their Wooden Nickel Program, which patients redeem for gift cards or movie tickets!
Parents can rest assured that Dr. Sam Kadan Orthodontics accepts network insurances, provides specialty services for kids with special needs, and even recently incorporated state-of-the-art iTero technology into their Doylestown offices, replacing the uncomfortable process of getting mouth molds!