For most children and teens, October means one thing: Halloween candy. For Orthodontists like Dr. Seuss, it’s a month for encouraging patients to maintain a beautiful, healthy smile in honor of National Orthodontic Health Month.
With Halloween around the corner, those treats can end up being a tricky proposition for patients and their appliances. Dr. Seuss Orthodontics offer their patients five important tips to protect braces, aligners and other orthodontic “appliances” in addition to protecting teeth from decay:
- Avoid the sticky candies: To protect your braces and aligners, Dr. Seuss recommends staying away from hard, sticky, crunchy or chewy candy and snacks, which include caramel, gummies, licorice, taffy, bubblegum (even the sugarless kind) jelly beans and soft drinks.
- Say “boo” to hard treats: including hard-shelled peanut candies, nuts or nut-filled candies, taco chips and popcorn (especially un-popped kernels).
- Remember to brush up: Sweets can lead to cavities, which means brushing and flossing daily are more important than ever during the Halloween season. Orthodontic patients should be especially vigilant about brushing and flossing after consuming sugary or starchy foods.
- Not all Halloween candy is off-limits: Some alternatives this season include soft chocolates, peanut butter cups or other melt-in-your-mouth varieties. Recommendations for orthodontic-friendly recipes for Halloween are available from The American Association of Orthodontists at their website: http://mylifemysmile.org/pressroom
- Commit to maintaining oral health: You’ll help create your life- changing smile, if you’re able to commit to avoiding hard and chewy treats BEFORE the Halloween season and in doing so, reduce the chance that you’ll break something on your braces.
Dr. Seuss is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, the world’s oldest and largest dental specialty organization. It represents more than 18,000 Orthodontist members throughout the United States, Canada and abroad. The Association admits only Orthodontists for membership. It encourages and sponsors key research to enable members to provide patients with the highest quality of care, and is committed to educating the public about the need for and benefits of, orthodontic treatment. Only Orthodontists are admitted as AAO members.
For more information go to mylifemysmile.org