In Kids on October 31, 2010 at 5:00 AM
Your dentist is telling you it’s OK to eat candy – just not if you have braces, or loose fillings, or abscessed molars, or a toothache, headache, jaw pain, or any other dental malady. And try to stay away from the real sugary treats, or sticky, gooey, and tacky treats. You know what, the crunchy, hard, and chewy stuff too while you’re at it. And be sure to brush your teeth before bedtime…does this sound familiar at all??
Happy Halloween Moms and Kids – and everyone else too! Have fun and be safe this Halloween.
And please SLOW down if you’re driving, the kids are so hopped up on sugar they can jump out of nowhere like little spider monkeys!
In Kids on October 24, 2010 at 4:00 AM
Hard candies, and chewy taffy can wreck your child’s braces. Do you want to pay for braces more than once? Would your child prefer a longer sentence in their braces?
Here’s some trick or treating tips straight from the mouths at braces.org:
What to Avoid and What to Look For:
“If it’s sticky, chewy, hard or crunchy, it’s a food that anyone wearing braces or retainers should avoid,” says Dr. Lee W. Graber, orthodontist and president of the American Association of Orthodontists. The AAO urges patients to steer clear of the following Halloween treats, or recipes with these ingredients:
- All hard candies
- All chewy candies
- Jelly beans
- Hard pretzels
- Popcorn (including unpopped kernels)
- Taco chips
Of course, Halloween does not have to be completely treat-less. Braces-friendly Halloween treats can help orthodontic patients enjoy the “spook-ta-cular” holiday. For example, plain chocolate candy is okay, provided the orthodontic patient remembers to brush and floss afterwards. Bobbing for apples as well as caramel apples are not recommended for orthodontic patients. However, patients can enjoy thinly sliced apples, dipped in yogurt or creamy chocolate sauce.
Orthodontists suggest looking for foods that are soft, such as soft chocolate that can melt in one’s mouth or peanut butter cups. Overall, candies that aren’t sticky, chewy, hard or crunchy are generally acceptable.
In Dental Humor - Oxymoron? on October 14, 2010 at 3:00 AM
Post your costume photos to our wall and receive a special treat!