That’s right moms and dads, it’s time to put out the jack o’ lanterns, spooky decorations, and get the kids’ Halloween costumes ready! I think it is such a great time of year to bring out the spirit of youth in us all. Of course, it also means loads of candy which can cause trouble for anyone with braces. So, we’re going to give you some tips on how to protect your teeth and braces safely with Halloween treats.
Also, October is National Orthodontic Health Month. For orthodontists, it’s a month for raising awareness of the importance of having healthy and straight teeth and a correct bite. Many people think braces are just for kids. The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that kids be seen starting at age 7 by an orthodontist. But no one is ever too old to get braces!
Below are some warning signs to look out for that a child, teen or adult may need braces:
- Early or late loss of baby teeth or missing permanent teeth
- Difficulty chewing or biting into food
- Mouth breathing due to allergies or enlarged tonsils and adenoids during developmental years
- Finger habits during development years
- Crowded, misplaced, or blocked out teeth
- Crossbite, overbite, and protruding teeth
- Inability to comfortably close lips
- Speech problems
- Teeth that don’t come together
- Grinding or clenching of teeth
- Clicking of jaw joints and TMJ problems
- Asymmetric facial growth, jaw growth
If you notice any of these symptoms it is important to get checked out by an Orthodontist. I cannot over stress the importance of getting children off to the right start with healthy teeth and correct bites. For this reason, here at McDonough Orthodontics, we have the Orthodontics Wellness Program referred to as “OWLS”. Our OWLS program is the beginning of a healthy, beautiful, and lifelong smile. It is for children between the ages of 7-12 who are transitioning from baby teeth to adult teeth. We offer free consultations to get started!
Now for some Halloween tips! The American Association of Orthodontist has provided some tips to protect braces, aligners and other orthodontic “appliances” while protecting teeth from decay.
Halloween Treats to Avoid if Your Child Has Braces
If your kids have braces, you’ll want them to steer clear of certain treats on Halloween. Many candies can cause damage to braces, so it’s wise to avoid them while you’re celebrating this fun holiday. Here is a list of treats to stay away from:
- Hard candies
- Chewy candies
- Jelly beans
- Hard pretzels
Some of these treats may seem harmless, but all of them have the potential to bend or break your child’s braces. So, it’s best to avoid eating them altogether.
Braces-Friendly Halloween Treats
If your children have braces, they may feel like they can’t enjoy any treats on Halloween. However, there are plenty of braces-safe treat options for them to choose from, including the following:
- Soft chocolate
- Peanut butter cups
- Gelatin treats
- Ice cream
- Root beer floats
- Apple cider
If you have any questions or need to schedule an appointment please contact us at McDonough Orthodontics.
Dr. David McDonough