Eat the Right Treats for Your Braces this October Halloween Season





It’s October! For most or all of us, this month begins with the weather changing, drinking pumpkin spice latte’s, and of course, Halloween! But for your orthodontist, it’s also a month to recognize their patient’s beautiful, healthy smile in honor of National Orthodontic Health Month. This is a perfect time to review a few helpful tips from the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) to embrace October worry-free for orthodontic patients.

Can I still eat Halloween candy?

Yes! Enjoying candy while wearing braces is still an option. But, avoid damaging your braces and risk extending your orthodontic treatment by staying away from certain candy items.  Broken brackets will require a trip to the orthodontist to repair and multiple broken brackets can extend your time in braces

Keep it simple, avoid sticky items:

  • Caramels, Taffy, Jellybeans, Bubblegum
  • Hard Candy, Suckers, Licorice
  • Popcorn and Nuts

Keep in mind, you are not off the hook if you are drinking sugary drinks like soda, sweet tea, energy, and sports drinks. These drinks have added sugar, which causes decalcification (white marks) on teeth. Read more about decalcification here.  You are probably wondering what you can eat or drink? Actually, quite a lot; eat soft, melt-in-your-mouth candies. Those tend to be less risky when keeping your braces intact.

Good options:

  • Chocolate (without caramel or nuts)
  • Peanut butter cups
  • Marshmallows
  • Soft Cookies

Eating Halloween candy in excess can cause more than a bad stomach-ache. Any type of sugary snacks can accumulate around braces and lead to cavities or gum disease (gingivitis). Establish an oral care regimen that involves preventive measures, it can help avoid tooth decay and promote healthier gums.

Checklist for success: Brush for two minutes, two times a day with fluoride toothpaste with the seal of approval from the American Dental Association.  Fluoride helps to strengthen the enamel and decrease cavities..

  • Switch to an electric toothbrush, which has been shown to remove more plaque than manual toothbrushes.
  • Floss at least once a day to remove plaque and debris that brushing alone can leave behind.
  • Rinse with a mouthwash containing fluoride to strengthen the enamel and decrease the bacteria in the mouth.

And finally, remember to trust an AAO orthodontist. An orthodontist is an expert in orthodontics; they possess the skills, education and experience to give you your best smile.  

Do I Need Orthodontic Treatment?

If you are thinking about orthodontic treatment, chances are it could help. Consulting an orthodontist is the best way to know if you need treatment. If you do, an orthodontist like Jennifer L. Martin, DDS, who is a specialist in aligning teeth and jaws for patients of all ages, has the unique expertise adults need to create a beautiful and healthy smile. If your teeth have always bothered you in some way, talk over your concerns with an orthodontist.

In-person Consultations by an Orthodontist Is Best

There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to orthodontic treatment, which is why a thorough examination of the teeth, their position in the jaws and the relationship of the upper and lower jaws is imperative to developing a custom treatment plan.

Orthodontists closely study dental records such as panoramic x-rays to evaluate any concerns or potential problems that may be hiding below the surface.

What other transforming medical treatment would you undergo without an in-person, pre-treatment evaluation, or ongoing in-person supervision from a medical professional?

Jennifer L. Martin, DDS | Top Pleasant Hill Orthodontist

At Jennifer L. Martin, DDS, everything we do is focused on our patients. Dr. Martin and our team know your needs and concerns are as unique as your smile. That’s why we refuse to use a “one-size-fits-all” approach to orthodontic care. Instead, we will work with you to determine the right treatment for your specific situation.

You will never be another number on a chart or set of teeth in the chair to any of us. We take pride in getting to know each patient as a person, building a long-term relationship with them. We want to learn about interests, celebrate your achievements, and share in your life.

Each of us is a people-person, and we thrive on our conversations with those in our care. We feel fortunate to spend our days creating life-changing smiles for our friends and would love to create such a smile for you!

Jennifer L. Martin, D.D.S.
401 Gregory Lane, Suite 126
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
Phone: (925) 676-8485



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