16 Oct The Not So Sweet Side of Halloween and Braces
Halloween is one celebration that you won’t want to miss, and we certainly don’t want to stop you from enjoying this spooky night of fun. However, it is sensible to take some precautions and to make the right choices to protect your smile, and especially if you wear braces. We’ve listed a few tips and tricks on how to get the most out of Halloween, and which treats are best with braces.
Tricks to Avoid
One of the biggest concerns on Halloween is which sweets are best avoided. Children (and adults!) with braces are a better avoiding very hard and crunchy sweets. Some people think they are okay because they can let them dissolve slowly, but this gives corrosive sugars and acid more time to damage your teeth and to stick to your braces. The same goes for very sticky or chewy sweets and which are easily caught in between braces and brackets and can be a Halloween nightmare to remove thoroughly. One less obvious food to avoid is popcorn as while it may seem soft and easily chewed, popcorn kernels can be extremely hard and can easily damage brackets or become painfully lodged between teeth.
Treats to Indulge In
Chocolate is usually soft enough to chew or easily melts in the mouth. Just avoid chocolate with nuts or caramel. If you aren’t keen on chocolate, look for other sweets that have deliciously soft pillowy centres such as marshmallow fluff or nut butter. It’s even better if you choose dark chocolate as it is lower in sugar and has more antioxidants.
Plan Halloween Activities Other Than Trick or Treating
Halloween needn’t be just about the sweet stuff, as there are plenty of other things you can do such as host a pumpkin carving party, enter a costume contest or find out if there is a haunted house attraction locally or other interesting events.
No matter how you choose to spend Halloween, please make sure you brush your teeth afterwards and floss thoroughly. If you are handing out treats, consider including some that are brace friendly.