As if we had to tell you… the oral investments we make for braces and retainers are worth the time and money. Life during and after orthodontic treatment does not allow us, or our children, to become lazy when it comes to good dental hygiene. Instead, we have to fight harder for our oral well being than we did before orthodontic treatment!
Fall is here, and the holidays are right around the corner. So, how do you follow all the rules that come with braces or retainers during Halloween? It’s easy! Follow all the same cleaning rules and eat all the sweets you want! Just make sure you choose the right ones.
National Orthodontic Health Month
October is National Orthodontic Health Month, and while we spread awareness of this, we love to give you and your children helpful tips to living a healthy life before, during, and after orthodontic treatment. For example, there are in fact multiple orthodontic friendly Halloween snacks! Shocked?
Halloween With Braces
Don’t leave yet. We’re just getting to the good part.
Overall, we want you and your children to know that braces do not mean the end of the world… even during the holidays. You just have to do a little more preparation. Dressing up for Halloween is half the fun anyway. But we all know that kids will be kids, and they will want candy. Even dentists can have a sweet tooth! If we take good care of our teeth, we can absolutely be rewarded with some holiday candy.
Eat It or Trash It! | Braces Friendly Halloween Candy
There is no need to shelter yourself or your children from indulging in any Halloween traditions, because there are multiple braces-friendly snacks for you to buy and your children to enjoy! Go for the soft and easy to chew varieties when picking out tasty treats. Do the neighborhood children a favor too and pass out some of these orthodontic approved goodies on Halloween night.
- Peanut butter cups
- Hershey’s kisses
- Soft cookies
- Peppermint patties
- Pixy stix
- Ice cream
- Milk shakes
Hard or sticky and chewy sweets can get stuck in your mouth’s nooks and crannies that toothbrushes struggle to dig out. Plus, braces and these candies just do not agree! We generally say to avoid taffy, gum, and caramel, as well as hard pretzels, and nuts. Just remember to always brush, floss, and drink lots of water afterward.
Moms, you can always call us if you are unsure whether a sweet treat is a good idea or not, especially during October for National Orthodontic Health Month. A good rule of thumb is, “everything in moderation.” A lollipop or candy corn here and there may not be an issue, but make sure your children routinely keeps a good dental hygiene regime after eating candy. No one wants to deal with cavities, or worse… tooth decay! Want more info? Browse our fun and informative blog – Tooth Talk!
While you are scrambling to hand-make a costume or buy one that won’t break the bank, there is no use in worrying about broken brackets or wires. Request an appointment with us to prepare for the fall and winter months. On the off chance that your child does have a loose wire or breaks a bracket, please let us know as soon as possible. We are always more than happy to take care of any orthodontic issues.