June is National Candy Month! Chances are you are like us and you love yourself some sugar. The sweet joy eating candy brings does not have to go away after getting braces. At Gaston Orthodontics, we’ve got your back with a list of delightful candy you can enjoy during your time with braces and a list of candy to stay away from.
Candy to Stay Away From
- Hard Candies
- Chewy Candies
- Nutty Candies (like Almond Joy)
- Bubble Gum
- Tootsie Rolls
- Sour Candies
If you were thinking Skittles and M&M’s seem like they are considered chewy candies, you would be right. These personal favorites might seem okay, but the little pieces can slip inside wired and pop your brackets off (ouch!). Plus, fruit candy like Straburst and Sour Patch Kids tend to be very acidic, which can eat away at the protective layer on your teeth called enamel.
We know it’s hard, but staying away from all of the candies above will help keep your teeth and braces clean and safe from any damage that might result in pain and serious dental problems for you.
Now let’s get to the candies you can enjoy!
- Soft Chocolate (Hershey Kisses or Reese’s – YUM!)
- Ice Cream
- Cookies and Crackers (make sure they aren’t too crunchy!)
- Cake and Cupcakes (just make sure they are nut-free!)
- Brownies (nut-free!)
- Three Musketeers
- Peppermint Patties
Sweets such as dark-chocolate and other sugar-free candies tend to be much safer for your teeth and braces. Scientists and Doctors at the American Association of Orthodontics recommend softer treats to make sure your braces stay on your teeth!
Extra Braces and Candy Advice
Here at Gaston Orthodontics, we highly encourage you or your children to brush and floss their teeth after eating any of the braces-safe sweets listed above to make sure your enamel and overall oral health stays intact! It is alsos great idea to rinse with water as well to make sure you’ve got any leftover pieces that want to stay hidden between brackets.
If your child ate a candy that is not braces safe or if you have questions about a candy not listed above, don’t hesitate to give us a call at (704) 671 – 4051. Our caring and knowledgeable professional team members are more than happy to help!