Did you know nearly 600 million pounds of candy is purchased each year for Halloween? Between sticky caramels, sugary candy corn and gooey taffy, Halloween can be a frightful time for people with braces! To help you avoid severely damaging wires and brackets this candy-filled season, we at Sanborn Orthodontics have put together the below tips:
§ Choose softer, melt in your mouth candies—as opposed to hard, sticky, sugary ones. While caramel apples and peanut brittle can be enticing, it’s important to avoid such treats, as they can loosen brackets and wires. Opt for smoother choices like small chocolates or low-sugar peanut butter cups.
§ As an alternative to candy, consider making homemade milkshakes and smoothies with fresh fruits. These blended delights are easy on your braces and still delicious!
§ Remember that excess sugar can get trapped in-between brackets and teeth. Brushing and flossing regularly after eating Halloween sweets will help prevent sugar and plaque build-up.
§ Consider Halloween candy an indulgence! Monitor and limit sugar intake by treating yourself just once a day, rather than consuming sweets throughout the day.
§ Talk with an expert! Get more information on Halloween candy dos and don’ts by speaking with your favorite hometown orthodontist, Dr. Robert Sanborn.
October is also National Orthodontic Health Month and National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To bring awareness to this, Sanborn Orthodontics is teaming up with local cancer awareness centers to donate up to $500 for every LIKE and SHARE of our Facebook page during the month of October. So make sure to check us out on Facebook and our website for more information and Happy Halloween!!!