The Importance of Braces Care During Halloween

The Importance of Braces Care During Halloween

Halloween is a fun and exciting time of year. Most kids and teens are deciding what to dress up as, going to Halloween themed parties, and most likely eating too much candy. Dr. John Dorsch wants his patients to enjoy the festivities but also wants his patients to care for their braces appropriately and follow their orthodontic treatment plan. 

Oral Hygiene & Orthodontic Treatment

Dr. John Dorsch loves celebrating Halloween with patients and you can even find him handing out candy in his neighborhood. This Halloween, Dr. Dorsch wants to remind all patients to keep up their oral hygiene routine and follow these simple guidelines to avoid decay and cavities: 

  • Brush effectively at least twice a day, in the morning and at night. Additionally, we recommend brushing your teeth after every meal, especially after eating candy. 
  • Floss at least once per day, making sure to get all the hard to reach spots between your braces and wires. 
  • Use mouthwash for a final rinse to ensure all the sugar has been rinsed from your teeth and gums. 

Acceptable Halloween Candy for Braces

At Creekwood Orthodontics, we recommend consuming candy in moderation. We do not want our patients to miss out on the fun of Halloween, but we do want them to take some precautions concerning their orthodontic treatment. The following candies are normally fine to eat in moderation:

Chocolate: Chocolate is a pretty good choice for everyone, even those wearing braces. It melts naturally in your mouth and has very little risk of damage to your wires and brackets. 

Peanut Butter Cups: Similar to chocolate, peanut butter cups melt easily and have a smooth consistency that will not disturb your braces. 

Milky Way: Once again, chocolate is your friend here. Milky Ways are made primarily of chocolate, with a caramel center. Although we do not usually recommend a sticky candy-like caramel, in Milky Ways, the caramel is fairly soft. There is no real risk to your braces while enjoying this treat.

We recommend avoiding all candies that are hard like Jolly Ranchers and sticky like Starbursts and Toffee. These are the usual culprits who will bend and break your wires and brackets. 

Schedule Your Next Visit at Creekwood Orthodontics!

To schedule your next orthodontic appointment with Dr. John A Dorsch, contact Creekwood Orthodontics. We look forward to seeing you and checking in on your braces and overall orthodontic treatment. We hope you have a very happy Halloween!