Halloween is around the corner, and with it comes trick-or-treating. While in the past, kids would just go around knocking on doors and getting candy, trick-or-treating has evolved into a much more involved activity. Today, kids dress up in costumes and go trick-or-treating in groups, and they often go house to house collecting as much candy as they can. With so many kids out trick-or-treating, it’s especially important for parents to encourage them to stay safe.
Sticky, chewy, and gummy candies will be tough on your teeth and your braces. Hard candies can cause cuts to your lips or cheeks if you accidentally bite into them. Other treats to avoid are caramel, popcorn, nuts, chewing gum, peanut butter cups, Starburst, and other round candies. Before eating any candy, make sure you check the list of ingredients to ensure there aren’t any treats that will damage your braces.
Always brush your teeth after eating any type of sugary treat to reduce the risk of cavities. Also, consider using fluoride rinses or supplements to further protect your teeth from decay. Ask us what types of products are best for protecting your teeth and braces during Halloween! We’re always happy to provide recommendations upon request.
The risks of tooth decay are increased in those with braces and include gum disease as well. Make sure you brush your teeth after every meal, especially during the evening and before bed. Brushing helps rid your mouth of harmful bacteria that can form plaque and lead to decay. Flossing also helps to remove food particles that get stuck in your braces. If it’s been more than a day since your last teeth cleaning, consider scheduling an appointment soon. Your dentist or orthodontist can clean any areas that may be hard to reach for you. You’ll leave with cleaner teeth and a lower chance of future problems.
We also recommend checking in with your general dentist every six months for routine checkups and cleanings. These appointments are important to make sure your teeth and gums are healthy in between visits from your orthodontist.
Enjoy treats in moderation, and brush your teeth after you eat. Brushing your teeth will limit the number of harmful food particles in your mouth, protecting you against cavities and gum disease. Be sure to use fluoride toothpaste to strengthen tooth enamel and fight cavities.
Use a toothbrush with a soft-bristled head to avoid damaging your brackets or wires while brushing. Floss to remove plaque and food that gets stuck between your teeth and gums. Then rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash to complete your oral care routine.