Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Guest Post: Can Halloween Candy be Hazardous to YOUR Child's Orthodontics? by Dr. Fulop-Goodling

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this post, free of charge, from Dr. Jacqueline Fulop-Goodling, for blog posting purposes on this blog. No compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post it

caribbean costume

Children, teens and adults enjoy spending their Halloween dressing up in their favorite costume and collecting large amounts of candy. According to the Delta Dental Children’s Oral Health Survey, nearly 80% of parents admit they eat their children’s Halloween candy (hands up- you know you've ALL done it- we like to call it the 'candy tax'). 

But besides the loss of candy to parents, candy can cause negative effects on your kids' teeth, such as damage to braces, tooth decay and dis-lodging of previous dental work, such as fillings and crowns. Hard candy can especially chip or break teeth when chewed.


Many people already know that sugary sweets are not good for your teeth. Dr. Fulop-Goodling has taught over 14,000 doctors, students and their teams in multiple areas of orthodontics throughout the world about which candies are more suitable for your kids, and their dental work! 

Here are answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding Halloween candy:  

What candy is good to Eat When you have Braces?
Peanut butter cups and soft chocolate are two types of candies you can enjoy while wearing braces. These candies melt in your mouth and are less likely to stick to your braces and wires.

candied apples

What Candy Should You Avoid When You have Braces?
Candies you should avoid are chewy candies, taffy, hard candies, caramel, jelly beans, licorice and bubblegum.

What to do After Eating Candy?
Immediately after consuming candy, brush and floss thoroughly.

Can you Eat Candy with Invisalign Braces?
Yes. Carefully remove the Invisalign trays from your teeth to enjoy your favorite candy. Always brush and floss your teeth before placing the Invisalign trays back onto your teeth.

Good Basic Orthodontic Tips
-Eat soft treats that melt in your mouth.
-Avoid sticky or chewy candy such as caramel and taffy.
-Avoid chewing on crunchy, hard candies.
-Limit the amount of candy you and your children eat.
-Brush and floss after consuming sweet treats and candy.
It’s important to enjoy Halloween and indulge a bit on a few pieces of candy, jut make sure they are the right type of candy for your specific dental situation. Remember that you will only be wearing braces or Invisalign trays for a certain amount of time. The result of straight teeth and a healthy mouth is always the goal.

happy halloween

About Jacqueline Fulop-Goodling, D.M.D.

Dr. Jacqueline Fulop-Goodling completed her DMD degree and orthodontic residency at Boston University School of Dental Medicine in 1996, she assumed a professorship at her alma mater becoming the first female Director of the Predoctoral Orthodontic Department. Dr. Goodling has treated over 1,000 Invisalign patients and is currently ranked 7th in the world. She was inducted into Invisalign’s Premier Elite Club, awarded to the top 1% of providers. Dr. Goodling currently practices in the NY Metropolitan area with her main offices in Midtown Manhattan (Park Ave. & 40th St.) and Woodbury, Long Island. To learn more about Dr. Jacqueline Fulop-Goodling, please visit :http://drjacquiesmiles.com

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