“Unmask a safe Halloween for your teeth…and your braces”
Avoid sticky situations with your braces. Stay away from hard, sticky, crunchy or chewy candy and snacks. These include caramel, licorice, taffy, bubble gum (even the sugarless kind) and jelly beans. Also steer away from nuts, taco chips and popcorn (especially unpopped kernels.) Good alternatives for people with braces include soft chocolates, peanut butter cups or other melt-in-your-mouth varieties of candies.
If you do consume sweets, please do so in moderation. Avoid the temptation to grab another handful from the bowl filled with treats. Parents may want to limit the time during which children can eat from the Halloween candy bowl, whether they have braces or not. Eating candy may increase the risk of tooth decay for people in general, and especially for orthodontic patients.
Brushing and flossing are more important than ever during the Halloween season, when teeth may receive more exposure to sweets that can cause cavities. People with braces should be especially conscientious about brushing and flossing after consuming sugary or starchy foods.
This year Weintraub & Eltink Orthodontics is once again sponsoring a Halloween Candy Buy-Back Program for our patients and their friends. WE WILL PAY $1.00 PER POUND of surrendered candy. Candy may be brought to our office during regular office hours from Monday, November 3rd through Saturday, November 8th.