Caramel, candied apples, taffy, OH MY! Halloween is a scary time of year for your teeth, especially if you have braces. Sugar is plaques playground, it flourishes in sugary environments, multiplying at alarming rates! Plaque buildup leads to creepy tooth decay and can cause detrimental oral health problems that will create expensive and complicated dental procedures. For patients with braces, the risk of cavities increases. Sticky and hard candies can become lodged in the metal brackets and cause quite a fright. Ottawa, CA orthodontic team at Villanova Dental Studios recommends limiting your sugar intake this Halloween. Have a spook-tacular time, but don’t let your treats trick your teeth.
Spooky Treats to Avoid With Braces:
Everyone should enjoy their Halloween, and a few sweat treats are okay with proper oral hygiene. However, if you or your child are wearing metal braces, sticky and hard candies can cause damage to the metal brackets resulting in an uncomfortable end to your festivities.
- Hard Candy
- Sticky candy
- Caramels & caramel apples
- Starbursts & Now and Laters
- Licorice, toffee & Tootsie Rolls
- Thick tortilla chips
Reduce The Risk of Sugar
There are ways to reduce the sugar build up. After consuming any sugar brush your teeth and floss if possible, or bring some mouthwash with you to rinse away that sugary residue. If you’re eating candy, drink water instead of sugary juice or soda. Eating candy after a meal is ideal, this way your saliva production is already increased, helping to wash away the sugar build up. Be sure to thoroughly clean around your braces. If you are using Invisalign, remove the aligners when eating candy and be sure to brush and floss well before replacing your aligners.
Spook-tacular Halloween Invisalign Promotion
Are your crooked teeth causing a fright? Take advantage of our $1000 dollar discount on Invisalign braces. Contact Villanova Dental Studio and begin your Invisalign treatment before December 15, 2017, for the chance to receive up to 1000 dollars off of your treatment. Invisalign is the clear alternative to traditional metal braces. A discreet and comfortable way to realign crooked teeth, Invisalign is ideal for teens and adults with mild to moderate orthodontic needs.
If you have any questions about keeping your, or your child’s braces safe this Halloween, contact our Ottawa, CA orthodontics office. Our team will be delighted to help.