With Halloween weekend come and gone, the only remnants that remain are likely a costume that needs to be put away and enough candy to last the rest of the year. 

According to a recent study conducted by the American Dental Association, respondents indicated that their children receive an average of 90 pieces of candy while trick-or-treating. 

In addition:

  • 70 percent agree that it would better if their child received less candy and more toys or other games instead.
  • 59 percent agree their children eat too much candy after the holiday.
  • 71 percent of parents whose children had been to a dentist three or more times to get a filling agree too much candy is consumed during this time period.

In terms of oral health, especially if your child wears braces, what candy should you be most concerned about? 

Chewy, soft candies that stick to the teeth and gums are some of the worst for your child. These can include candy such as Starbursts, Skittles, toffee or even chewy chocolate bars. Sticky candy can become stuck in hard to reach places of the mouth, as well as braces themselves, hardening themselves to wires or even aligners if not removed beforehand.

Harder treats can also pose a threat, such as caramel apples or pumpkin seeds. If your child wears any form of braces, be sure they are aware of the risks and that their consumption is kept to a smaller amount. Although you should never completely limit their candy, as this can cause them to want it even more, awareness should be just fine in the long run.

By practicing good hygiene habits, such as brushing after eating candy, flossing for pieces left behind and cleaning their aligners, optimal oral health can be maintained.

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