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What Halloween Candy is Safe for Braces? Enjoy It!
Oct 31, 2023
Wuhu ~ Halloween is just around the corner!
How are you celebrating Halloween this year? Either way, we all know there will most likely be some candy involved.
However, this holiday can present some challenges for those who wear braces. Tempting candy may seem like a no-go area.
But you don't have to worry. Here's another piece of good news. Braces won't stop your kids from trick-or-treating.
In this piece, you can learn more about what Halloween candy is safe for braces and how to eat them.
So, without further ado, let's get right into today's discussion...
Why Should I Avoid Certain Candies?
Halloween is a holiday for enjoying sweets! But if you have braces or are about to get braces, you should avoid certain sweets while wearing braces.
But why is that?
The answer is simple. It can damage your braces!
Sweets that are crunchy, like Happy Ranchers, can break your braces. Sticky candy, like caramels, can get stuck in the frames and break them because of the stress. If your frames break, your treatment might fail to finish how you want it to.
One broken clip is like having braces for an extra month. Straps and braces help keep your teeth in place and straight. You won't be able to get your teeth in the right place without them.
Most sour sweets are acidic. Acid from rainbow candy, starbursts, gummy worms, and other candies makes your mouth a good place for germs that cause cavities to grow! Because of this acidic environment, the enamel on your teeth wears away and decalcifies. The enamel covers the outside of our teeth and keeps them from getting damaged. It also makes our teeth look good. Enamel damage looks bad and can make you more likely to get cavities and needs to be fixed by a dentist.
What Halloween Candy is Safe for Braces?
Before we get into What Halloween Candy is Safe for Braces, let's look at what the Internet thinks.
Maybe your mind is the same as theirs~!
I thought candy corn was a chewy and gummy sweet?
Aight but the candy corn can break brackets. I remember breaking a bracket while eating candy corn bc I didn't know 💀
No Twix, Noooooooooooooo😭😭😭😭😭, I'm getting braces soon, and Twix is my favorite candy 😭😭😭
All of the candy you said I can't eat are my favorite candies, and I'm getting braces soon ☹️
Hhhhhhhhhh, are these words on your mind too? Be sure to take notes to make sure you can enjoy your Halloween candy perfectly!!!!
Okay, now it's time for the good news announcement! Here are the Halloween braces-safe candies you can eat:
Hershey's Bars or other plain chocolate bars without nuts (Cut it up into little pieces and chew on them with your back teeth, or just let them melt in your mouth.)
Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
Kit Kat Bars (break into small pieces)
Cheez-It mini crackers
In addition to candy, you can also have some Halloween favorites like:
Cupcakes (these cobweb cupcakes are braces-friendly and adorable)
Jell-O (creepy Jell-O brain, anyone?)
While these candies should be safe, remember to slowly eat any candy that feels chewy or sticky. Also, be sure to brush and floss your teeth afterward. Otherwise, the candy can linger and form plaque and acid, leading to cavities.
Halloween Gifts to Avoid While Wearing Braces
Here are some common types of Halloween candy that should be avoided when wearing braces:
- Candy with nuts in it
- Now and Laters
- Jolly Ranchers
- Twizzlers and other licorice
- Mike & Ikes
- Candy apples
- Anything else really hard, chewy or sticky
- Chewy candies (Tootsie Rolls, Sugar Daddies, Sugar Babies)
- Caramels (including Sugar Daddies, Sugar Babies, and Milk Duds)
Sticky foods such as Tootsie Rolls and toffee can stick around the braces, causing them to loosen or pop. Hard foods can also dislodge braces.
It is no way to spend Halloween!
Kids Always Check Your Halloween Candy
Of course! Every Halloween, parents do the same, tired thing.
Guess what that is.
Everyone knows the horror stories. Razor blades, hallucinogens, rat poison, all disguised as candy, waiting for innocent children to devour them.
The warning came after police at Los Angeles International Airport earlier this month found and took away almost 12,000 fentanyl pills that were hidden in candy bags and boxes.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department advises, "As Halloween approaches, parents need to make sure they check their children's candy and don't allow them to eat anything until they have done so." "If you find anything in your candy box that you think maybe drugs, do not touch it and notify local law enforcement immediately."
Authorities say they don't believe smugglers are targeting children but still want to remind parents to be vigilant and ensure that no illegal products are accidentally mixed in with children's candy.
With the advent of the Internet, netizens have posted these "hidden dangers" online as videos or emojis. It's become an annual trend.
Oh, my God. Watch out for the razor blades.
Emmmmmm, maybe there will be inexplicable fudge in there too?
So, while protecting your braces, remember to check the candy to keep yourself safe!
Don't take it lightly!!!
Some Tips on Safe Braces Halloween Candy
While some delicious treats can be eaten with braces, they all contain a fair amount of sugar. You don't want too much sugar to build up on your teeth and cause cavities or gingivitis, especially in hard-to-reach places.
In the same way, it's important to clean your teeth and gums properly after having something sweet.
- Be careful what you eat and drink while wearing braces. Avoid things that could break, bend, or get stuck under the wires and between your teeth.
- Brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day to maintain them healthy. You can use Fluoride-containing mouthwashes.
- Switch to an electric toothbrush if you don't already use one. These brushes remove more plaque than manual brushing.
- At least once a day, floss to get rid of the food and plaque that cleaning might leave behind.
- When used after brushing, fluoride mouthwash can kill bacteria and fortify tooth enamel.
Wearing braces doesn't mean Halloween won't be fun. You'll have plenty of candy to choose from, so join the trick-or-treating party!
You Can Still Have Halloween with Braces This Year!
Ocker, let's go over it again.
What Halloween Candy is Safe for Braces?
It's soft, non-sticky, as well as won't get stuck between your teeth!
While candy and braces aren't the best friends, there's nothing wrong with joining in the festivities and enjoying special Halloween treats.
If you keep these precautions in mind and don't push your teeth, you'll also have a great Halloween night.
There's no need to miss out on the trick-or-treating fun, but enjoy your candy in moderation and snack wisely!
And, of course, most importantly, don't forget to maintain good oral hygiene! I hope you have a happy Halloween.