Patients Beware: Halloween Candy Can Bite Back!

Published by Dr. Charles Gemmi

A Board Certified Orthodontist and a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, Dr. Charles Gemmi has been a practicing orthodontist with Orthodontics Limited since 2000 and is a member of the teaching staff at Einstein Medical Center. Orthodontics Limited is a Diamond+ Provider of Invisalign in Philadelphia and Hatboro, PA.

DID YOU KNOW that October is National Orthodontic Health Month? That’s right…Halloween is on its way, and so are the sweets that may cause havoc for those trick-or-treaters who are going through orthodontic treatment.

This month, in particular, we ask that you be careful about what you decide to eat. We’re not saying don’t eat any candy or treats—after all, it’s Halloween! Dr. Gemmi, Dr, Middleberg, and our team just want you to be careful not to consume things that might cause damage to your braces and/or prolong your treatment time.

So, how do you know which sweets are okay, and which ones to avoid?

The first rule of thumb is to use your common sense. If the candy you’re considering looks sticky, you probably should trade it in for a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup or some M&Ms. Avoid things like caramel, nuts, taffy, popcorn, licorice, bubble gum, and jelly beans. Soft chocolates and melt-in-your-mouth candies are probably your best bet.

Also, be sure to check out the American Association of Orthodontists website! Along with many tips and tricks, they have teamed up with Pam Waterman, the author of The Braces Cookbook, to provide us with a whole bunch of orthodontic-friendly recipes!

Remember, we want you to have a fun, spook-filled month! So make sure you’re choosing your sweets wisely—and don’t forget to brush!

Contact our practice if you have any additional questions!

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