Braces are no longer just a teen thing. In fact, roughly half of today’s orthodontic patients are adults.
Having lived through 4 years of mouth metal back in the day, I know how Halloween treats like caramel apples and popcorn balls can wreak havoc with just a few bites. Is it any coincidence that October is National Orthodontic Health Month?
The good news: The American Association of Orthodontists has provided the following list of best and worst Halloween treats.
Opt for treats that are soft and easy to chew:
- Soft, melt-in-your-mouth chocolates
- Peanut butter cups
- Peeled, thinly sliced apples
- Ice cream
Treats to Avoid
Pass on treats that are sticky, hard, chewy or crunchy:
- Jelly beans or taffy
- Hard pretzels
- Hard candies
- Popcorn (including unpopped kernels)
- Taco chips
Of course, anyone who indulges in sweets—with or without braces—should do so in moderation and brush and floss afterward. A diet rich in calcium is also essential to optimum dental health.
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