10/06/2016

Every October, stores fill their aisles with endless varieties of candy, and kids across the country get ready for some sweet, sticky, chewy treats. For those of us concerned about dental health, this can be a scary thought.

Girl with braces smiling

Fortunately, there are some delicious treats that are safer than others. While we love Halloween, this October we are also celebrating National Orthodontic Health Month. In honor of protecting all those beautiful smiles, we’ve put together four easy tips to keep in mind this October.

1. Avoid sticky, chewy, or hard candies that can easily damage orthodontic work. Some of the worst offenders are taffy, caramels, bubblegum, and jellybeans.

2. Ahhh! There are some candies that are not off-limits! Any soft, melt-in-your-mouth candies like chocolates and peanut butter cups are great alternatives.

3. Beware! All candy is still full of sugar and thus cavity monsters. Be sure to brush and floss after each time consuming candy.

4. Halloween and National Orthodontic Health Month are only recognized once a year, but why not practice these tips every month? By staying vigilant, you can keep those monsters hidden all year long