Bowl of Candy

Halloween is almost here, and at Burke and Beckstrom Orthodontics we have some great orthodontic tips to help keep your smile in great shape!

 

Do:

 

Remember to maintain a consistent oral hygiene routine.

It’s always important to brush and floss every day, but especially around Halloween to make sure you are consistently cleaning between those braces and teeth.

 

Keep Water Close By.

Drink plenty of water and rinse your mouth with water anytime you eat candy to help prevent sugar from coating your teeth.

 

Choose “Braces-Friendly” Candy.

When deciding which Halloween candy to eat, choose something soft like a Hershey’s chocolate bar or Reese’s peanut butter cup.

 

Try Something Other Than Candy for a Halloween Treat.

There are plenty of other sweet treats out there that won’t damage your braces. Satisfy your sweet tooth by having a milkshake, cookies, or a cupcake instead!

 

Don’t:

 

Don’t Snack on Candy Throughout the Day.

If you are going to treat yourself with some candy, do so around your mealtimes rather than eating pieces throughout the day. Prolonged and repeated exposure to sugar causes damage to your enamel and coats your teeth with sugar, which can result in cavities and tooth decay.

 

Don’t Eat Hard or Sticky Candy.

Candy such as taffy or jolly ranchers can result in broken brackets or wires. Steer clear of any hard and sticky candies that can damage your braces and/or stick to your teeth.

 

Don’t Risk Popcorn.

Some people hand out popcorn balls instead of candy at Halloween. While this is a fun alternative to sweets, hold off on eating popcorn until after you get your braces off.

 

We want to wish you a Happy Halloween next week and remember to take extra good care of your smile!

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