Braces-friendly Halloween treats

October is National Orthodontic Health Month, so the timing is perfect to share some ideas for braces-friendly treats this Halloween!

Those with braces and other orthodontic appliances should stay away from gooey, sticky, and hard candies such as caramels, taffy, licorice, and suckers.

So what is the best sweet stuff to hand out? Choose soft, melt-in-your-mouth chocolates like chocolate bars, M&Ms, and peanut butter cups. Not only will they be a much-appreciated treat for those with wire brackets and other orthodontic appliances in their mouths, but they rinse away from teeth easier than other sweet treats, which is good news for all ghosts and goblins (not just those with braces).

You may be wondering whether you would really encounter many trick-or-treaters with braces? You may. Children should have an orthodontic evaluation no later than age 7. (By then, they have a mix of primary teeth and permanent teeth, and a pediatric dentist can spot problems with emerging teeth and jaw growth.) And orthodontic treatment often begins between ages 8 and 14.

So celebrate this Fall holiday with some braces-friendly Halloween treats (and don’t forget to brush and floss). Happy Halloween!