For kids, October means Halloween is just around the corner. For the dental health world, October is National Orthodontic Health Month. A whole month devoted to celebrating healthy smiles, learning more about the benefits of orthodontic treatment, and the importance of good oral health.
If you’re one of the millions of people currently undergoing orthodontic treatment, the American Association of Orthodontists shares these tips to protect braces, aligners and other appliances during the treat-filled month of October.
- Stay away from hard, sticky, crunchy or chewy Halloween treats and snacks. Take a pass on things like caramel, gummies, licorice, gum and jelly beans. It’s so tempting during Halloween season, but trust us – you’ll be able to enjoy these treats sooner if you take good care of your orthodontic appliances now.
- Avoid hard treats. Nuts and nut-filled treats, chips and popcorn – all of these could break brackets and bands or damage the wires on braces.
- Brush! Sweets and treats can cause cavities. Brushing and flossing are more important than ever during this sugar-filled season. Orthodontic patients should be especially mindful to brush and floss after consuming sugary and starchy foods.
If you have questions about orthodontics, oral health or any types of treats – please contact us. We’re always happy to share our knowledge.