With Halloween just around the corner, the American Association of Orthodontists is offering youngsters some tips about how to choose sweet treats that will not interfere with their dental health.
Orthodontist Dr Raymond George Sr explained that children with braces have to take particular care when choosing what to put in their mouths.
Those that are off-limits for orthodontic patients include sticky, hard, chewy and crunchy candy. These include caramels, licorice, taffy, jelly beans, and bubblegum.
Savory snacks such as hard pretzels, nuts, popcorn and tortilla chips may also be hazardous to braces or retainers, according to the AAO.
However, there are some tasty options that the AAO has given the green light to, such as chocolate, peanut butter cups and other soft sweets that easily melt in the mouth.
"If orthodontic patients are careful about the Halloween treats they eat, they can keep their braces intact and should be able to finish treatment on time and with good results," George commented.
More than five million people in North America are currently receiving treatment from AAO members, the association claims.
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