Worst Halloween Candy for Braces
Braces can make Halloween a little tricky, especially with children, but not all candy is off-limits. There are three main kinds of sweets that you should avoid if you or your children have braces.
Hard candies are supposed to be sucked on, but they can often stick to braces and cause further tooth decay because of how long they stay in your mouth. Children often chew the hard candies, which causes damage to your teeth and your braces.
Chewy and gummy candies have a habit of clinging to braces; this makes them a no-go for children with braces. These candies will make braces uncomfortable, and the candies themselves can get stuck in your teeth and your braces, encouraging long-term decay along with the fact that these chewy candies can pull out your braces, causing problems with the brackets.
Sour candies aren’t good for your teeth overall and are often paired with being gummy or chewy. The sour aspect of these candies encourages tooth decay because of the citric acid used to make the sweets taste sour. Paired with the fact that they’ll stick to your teeth and braces, pulling out the brackets, they not only cause damage to your teeth, but they also cause problems with your braces.
It’s wise to remind yourself or your child that braces are only temporary and that someday they’ll be able to eat these kinds of candies in moderation. If you’re looking for braces in Stony Brook or just trying to learn more about candies you or your children are allowed to eat, feel free to ask us any questions you have at your next appointment!