Halloween Fun While Protecting Your Braces

By October 13, 2022Uncategorized

Jack o lantern with braces sitting on front door step

It’s that time of year again for pumpkins, trick-or-treating and scary movies! Here are some Halloween fun facts:

Is pumpkin a vegetable or fruit?

A pumpkin is a fruit because it has seeds.

Why are the colors for Halloween orange and black?

Orange represents pumpkins, the fall and the harvest, and black represents night or darkness.

Where did the word Halloween come from?

Halloween came from the words “All Hallows Eve.” It is the evening before “All Saints Day” – a day for remembering saints and paying respects to departed loved ones. This tradition merged with an ancient festival of the Celts (people of ancient Britain and Ireland). The Celts celebrated the beginning of winter. They believed the souls of those who had died returned to visit their homes. They also thought those who had died during the year journeyed to the otherworld. And thus, we have Halloween!

What year was the song, Monster Mash released?

The original song, Monster Mash by Bobby Picket and the Crypt-Kickers was released in 1962.

What was the most popular Halloween Costume in 2021?

According to Google, the most popular Halloween costume was a witch.

Now for Some Tips for Trick-or-Treaters with Braces

Jack o lantern candy buckets full of candy, chocolatesThere are so many candies for Halloween it can be hard to know which ones you can eat and which ones you should avoid when you have braces. Hard and sticky sweets and food can cause stress to your teeth. Also, there is a good chance your bracket or band attachment can break or pop off. So, we are providing a list of some candies to avoid and candies and food you can enjoy while wearing braces.

Candies and Food to Avoid

  • Hard candies such as Jolly Ranchers, Brach’s hard candies, Life Savers.
  • Chewy candies such as Starburst, Swedish Fish, Skittles, Brach’s chewy candies
  • Caramels
  • Licorice
  • Jellybeans
  • Taffy
  • Bubblegum
  • Hard pretzels
  • Popcorn
  • Popcorn balls

Candies and Food You Can Enjoy

  • Soft chocolate such as Hershey kisses or Hershey’s bars
  • Peanut butter cups
  • Candy Corn
  • Cotton Candy
  • Cup Cakes
  • Cookies (without nuts)
  • Donuts
  • Pie
  • Gelatin treats
  • Ice cream
  • Smoothies
  • Root beer floats
  • Apple cider

Happy Haunting!

David McDonough
McDonough Orthodontics

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