Happy Halloween – foods that are safe to eat with braces

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Welcome back to Straight Talk the Kruse Orthodontics blog page. I thought with Halloween just around the corner this would be a great time to talk about the foods and candies that fill up your Halloween bags. Halloween is a fun time for patients and parents alike, especially if care is taken to stay away from things that can damage braces or expanders. Please keep in mind this is a generalized listing of items and anything similar should also be avoided.

The number one thing to remember is:  you can still enjoy your candy from Halloween, you just have to avoid the things that are too hard or sticky/chewy. You can always trade candies with friends or family.

Examples of candies that are too hard: peppermints, jolly ranchers, butterscotch disks, suckers, tootsie pops, etc. If the candy cracks when you bite it, it is too hard.

Examples of candies that are too sticky/chewy: GUM (regardless of what your friends say), caramel, taffy, gummy snacks, etc. If the candy is sticky enough to stick to your teeth, then it is sticky enough to pull things off.

Remember, caramel apples fall under the sticky food category and candied apples will fall under the hard food category so both should be avoided.

That still leave countless varieties of candy to enjoy after your run through the neighborhood. It is also sometimes fun to freeze any candy that is too hard or sticky/chewy until the braces or expanders are removed. Then, the frozen goodies can then be thawed out and enjoyed.

Please remember to brush thoroughly after enjoying your trick or treating adventure.

Have a safe and enjoyable Halloween.  See you soon.