Halloween

Frightfully Good Recipes

October 15th, 2015

Halloween is almost here and we’ve got some spooky surprises for you! We know everyone likes to indulge, and we’ve created some orthodontic-friendly recipes that are sure to please ghosts and goblins -- of all ages.

Earlier this month we posted about what treats to avoid to keep your treatment going smoothly. View our blog post about Treating Yourself Right for a quick reminder.

October is National Orthodontic Health Month, so take a bite of these new delicious recipes! Click the image to download and print the recipe.

Frightful Finger Cookies

Pumpkin Cookie Pops

Goblin Goodies

Scary Skull & Ghastly Ghost Cookies

Graveyard Shakes

Halloween Parfait

Mummy Pizza Biscuits

Mounds of Brains Cookies

Goblin's Gooey Apples

Spooky Spider Web Bean Dip

Spider Bites

Jack-O-Lantern Brownie

Dr. Craig L. Menker and his staff are knowledgeable and caring. Incognito Invisible Braces and other clear choices are provided to Warren, South Plainfield, Basking Ridge, Bridgewater, Edison, Piscataway, and all neighboring communities. New patients are always welcome. Schedule your complimentary consultation today!

Treat Yourself Right

October 9th, 2015

Treat Yourself Right

With the Halloween treats you choose to eat

Many treats can cause havoc for trick-or-treaters with braces, clear aligners or other orthodontic appliances.
These treats can potentially cause damage that may prolong your treatment. This is why the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) and I are providing tips for trick-or-treaters who are having orthodontic treatment. Learn about which treats are orthodontic-friendly and which ones should be avoided.  A few sweets can be okay occasionally, provided that you remember to brush and floss after eating.  Below are guidelines to help you enjoy the holiday and still be on pace to complete your treatment with  a healthy, beautiful smile.
Ortho-Friendly Treats
In general, look for foods that are soft and easy to chew.
  • Soft, melt-in-your-mouth chocolates
  • Peanut butter cups
  • Milk shakes
  • Gelatin
  • Peeled, thinly sliced apples
  • Ice cream

Treats to Avoid

In general, avoid treats that are sticky, hard, chewy or crunchy.
  • Caramel
  • Nuts (including candies  that contain nuts)
  • Licorice, jelly beans, taffy, candy corn or bubblegum
  • Hard pretzels
  • Lollipops
  • Popcorn (including unpopped kernels)
  • Taco chips or corn chips
  • Ice

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