October is National Orthodontic Health month and that’s no coincidence. It’s an awareness campaign created cooperatively by orthodontists and other dental health professionals and it’s also a perfect time to remind our patients with braces to put some thought into the treats you enjoy this Halloween. We want our patients in braces to enjoy the holiday and not feel they are missing out. They can choose among the many treats that are brace-friendly, avoiding ones that are hard, sticky, gummy or chewy. Brace-friendly ones include soft, nut free candies, soft candy bars, peppermint patties, and peanut butter cups.There are lots more that will keep your braces safe and still let you enjoy the holiday! Remember the beautiful smile that is in your future will be much sweeter than the momentary pleasure from candy that damages your braces or your teeth. The American Association of Orthodontists even offers orthodontic-friendly recipes for Halloween on its website at www.mylifesmile.org/recipes.
Make a commitment to your oral health. Lots of candy means lots of sugar. Good oral hygiene is important for all our patients but even more so for those in braces. Sugar, when left on teeth creates a perfect breeding ground for damage to teeth and gums, which can lead to decay and cavities. Brushing and flossing continues to be an important habit that is even more critical when your intake of sugary foods increases. For those in braces, this means brushing carefully around all the brackets and wires and concentrating on areas where the teeth meet the gums and where the braces attach to the teeth. Deciding to avoid hard and chewy sweets before the Halloween season increases your rate of success and reduces the likelihood that you’ll break or harm braces or fixed appliances.
Orthodontic Health month is also an opportunity to remind everyone of the positive impact orthodontic care can have. Regardless of your age, orthodontics can improve how you look and also have a positive impact on your health. Orthodontics can also have a positive impact on your confidence; no more hiding your smile or feeling less than fabulous! There are many benefits to orthodontic care for you or your child. EJL Dental has many treatment options including metal braces, clear braces, and Invisalign.
Schedule a consult with Dr. Johnson and learn what orthodontic options work best for your family, call (301) 881-6170.