It’s a spooky time for anyone with braces, aligners or other orthodontic appliances with off-limits caramel, taffy and licorice (oh my!) easily available.
Let sticky foods RIP. If it’s hard, sticky, chewy or crunchy, stay away. Avoid caramel, taffy, bubble gum, licorice, gummies or any snack that can damage brackets or wires. Same for hard-shelled peanut candies, nuts or nut-filled candies and popcorn — especially unpopped kernels.
Choose “spooktacularly” soft foods. Opt for soft chocolates, peppermint patties, peanut butter cups or other melt-in-your-mouth varieties.
Dare to take extra care. Sweets can cause cavities so orthodontic patients should be especially vigilant during the Halloween season to brush and floss immediately after eating sugary or starchy foods.
Keep acceptable treats on hand to substitute for off-limit ones. By enjoying them in moderation, you'll have a great Halloween and a healthy, beautiful smile.
This smile is brought to you by:
Wade L. Haslam, DMD, PC
2657 NW Rolling Green Drive Corvallis | 541.757.2440 valleyvieworthodontics.com