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Avoid Treats That Can Play Tricks on Your Braces

October 24, 2013
Dr. Bhatia - Orthodontist ( , Maui Weekly

Because October is National Orthodontic Health Month, Dr. Sujata Bhatia of Kihei*Lahaina Orthodontics is sharing her "flossophy" about how to have a sweet Halloween if you wear braces.

Anything that is hard, sticky or chewy, such as caramel, taffy, popcorn (including un-popped kernels), hard nuts, hard pretzels and ice should be avoided.

Enjoy this braces-friendly recipe and be sure to brush and floss after indulging!

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Frightful Finger Cookies


Preheat oven to 325F

1 cup butter, softened

1 cup powdered sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon almond extract

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 3/4 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup almond slices, or whole almonds

1 tube red decorating gel

1 tube green food coloring (optional)

Beat together butter, sugar, egg, almond extract and vanilla. Slowly beat in the flour, baking powder and salt. If you want green finger cookies, add drops of green food coloring to dough until you achieve a nice deep green color.

Divide the dough into four equal parts, cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Take one quarter of the dough at a time from the refrigerator. Break off one heaping tablespoonful and roll it into a finger shape. Squeeze in around the middle of the finger to create a knuckle shape. Then, using a butter knife, make indents in several places to resemble finger creases. Repeat with rest of dough.

Place cookies on a lightly greased baking sheet and bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool, then, squeeze red decorating gel onto the tip of each finger and gently press an almond slice on top so the gel oozes out from underneath.

Remove cookies from baking sheets and let them cool on wire racks.

At Kihei*Lahaina Orthodontics, Dr. Bhatia "Builds kindness... one smile at a time." She has completed two full years of specialty training in orthodontics after obtaining her degrees in pediatric dentistry and general dentistry. As always, Dr. Bhatia is happy to answer your questions. Email



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