October can be a scary time for teeth, braces and orthodontists. Halloween candy brings a lot of temptations and potential hazards. This time of year, Owl Orthodontics generally sees an increase in the number of urgent visits from patients who have indulged in these treats.
In a recent survey of orthodontists, “78 percent reported an increase of at least 10 percent more emergency visits on Halloween and the days following. Another 20 percent reported a 25 percent increase in emergency visits.”
There are many “braces-friendly” snacks and treats available. Try to stay away from hard, sticky, crunchy or chewy candy and snacks. These include caramel, licorice, taffy, bubblegum and jelly beans. Good options include soft chocolates, peanut butter cups, sweet tarts, or other melt-in-your-mouth varieties. If you consume sweets, do so in moderation.
Parents may want to limit the time during which children can eat from their Halloween candy bags, whether they are in orthodontic treatment or not. Orthodontic patients should be especially conscientious about brushing and flossing after consuming sugary or starchy foods.
We want you to enjoy the Halloween season and avoid sticky situations with your braces!