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Trick-or-treat time is here, and with it comes parties, candy, and other treats. Unfortunately, many of these treats are damaging to braces. How do you make the holiday fun, while maintaining excellent oral health and not damaging any wires or brackets? Our office is here to help.

First, know what foods to avoid with braces. The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends nixing such things as bubblegum, caramel, gumdrops, hard candy, hard pretzels, jelly beans, licorice, lollipops, popcorn, and taffy. These can damage braces and brake them or render them less effective. These treats can also get stuck in between braces and increase the risk of cavities.

Second, stay focused on the positive! There are still a lot of foods that don’t harm braces at all. To help guarantee there are treats available, volunteer to bring something braces-friendly to holiday parties, as is appropriate. Make sure your family treats are braces-friendly so everyone can participate. Here are some options:

–thinly sliced apples sprinkled with cinnamon-sugar
–cheese platters
–brownies cut into holiday shapes and decorated
–orange slices dipped in chocolate
–peanut butter cookies (no nut pieces)
–fudge (no nuts)
–ice cream
–fruit pie
–custard pies, such as pumpkin or buttermilk
–cake (with no nuts or dried fruit)

Of course, when eating sugary snacks and treats, make sure to keep portions small and accompany them with a large glass of plain water. Brush and floss extra-well on those days.

For more information, call Eagle Orthodontics in Eagle, Colorado at 970-328-1075. Dr. Dustin Roden-Johnson and our whole team will be happy to help you keep your smile bright this holiday season.