Holmdel Orthodontics would like to remind all our patients to be careful when they bite into their treats! All those sweet, sour, and sticky candies may taste great, but these treats are known to damage teeth, as well as break braces, and delay precious treatment time!
Hard and chewy candies, caramels, taffy, nutty goodies, jelly beans, licorice, bubble gum, and sour candies can cause trouble for trick-or-treaters who are undergoing orthodontic treatment. Sour and fruity candies, such as Starburst and Skittles, are the worst candies for your teeth. These candies have a low pH value, which can wear down the enamel causing tooth decay and cavities!
If you’re still looking for other braces-friendly alternatives, we recommend cutting up easy-to-eat fruits and vegetables such as an apple or banana. Soft chocolates and peanut butter cups are ok too!
Always brush and floss immediately after eating candy to fight cavities. If it isn’t possible to brush right away, drink a glass of water to remove some of the sugar from your mouth.
Sugar is known to sit in your teeth. After consumption sugar sits in between and under brackets and wires. It is also important to know that sugar is not the only cavity-causing culprit. Carbohydrates, starches, acids, and any food that is chewy or sticks break down into sugar, and can promote tooth decay.
If you happen to damage your braces, please give us a call. Typically, small problems can be solved with a quick visit to our office. If you have any questions about sugary foods or drinks, please give us a call or ask us during your next adjustment visit! –
Sezer Olcay, DMD
723 North Beers Street Suite 2A Holmdel NJ 07733