What Halloween Candy Can Mean for Your Teeth If You Wear Braces
October means pumpkins, costumes, and bags of candy for kids and parents getting ready for Halloween. But it’s also an important month for something else – your teeth. October is National Dental Hygiene month, and the perfect time to make sure you are doing all you can to ensure your teeth and gums are taken care of.
Maintaining the health of your teeth and gums is important. Clean, healthy teeth look great, of course, but good dental health also correlates to good overall health. Decay, inflammation, infections, and abscesses in your mouth can wreak havoc on your system, and cause pain, tooth loss, and more. To keep your teeth healthy, the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that you:
- Brush twice daily for two minutes each time
- Use a toothpaste that contains fluoride
- Clean between your teeth every day
- Eat healthy foods and limit sugary drinks and snacks
Normally you don’t have a pillowcase full of candy in your home, but after Halloween, you just might. Sweet, sticky, chewy treats are fun, but they can stick to your teeth and the sugary residue they leave on your teeth gives bacteria something to feed on. So, while enjoying your Halloween candy, it’s more important than ever that you stick to your dental hygiene routine to keep your teeth clean and healthy.
If you wear braces, Halloween candy can be a whole other issue. While some types of candy are safe for you to enjoy, the American Association of Orthodontics (AAO) says that braces-wearers should: “stay away from foods that are hard, sticky, crunchy or chewy.” Eating these types of food can damage wires and brackets and require a trip back to your orthodontist the next day, and they can also stick to your braces and teeth, leading to tooth decay.
Getting braces in Miami has benefits can make your teeth look great and function well. At the offices of Dr. Maria Yazji, your orthodontist will help you learn the oral care tips for healthy teeth while wearing braces. We provide South Florida patients of all ages with orthodontic services, including:
- Silver and Ceramic Braces
- Incognito Lingual Braces
- Insignia Advanced Smile Design Braces
And more. Your dentist at Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics will help you decide which treatment option is best for you, and answer your questions about taking the best care of your teeth with braces.
Braces that are custom-made to fit your teeth result in faster, more efficient, more comfortable orthodontic treatment. Insignia Advanced Smile Design braces may be the option for you. Straight teeth are easier to keep clean and Insignia treatment aligns your teeth while taking your unique bite and facial features into consideration for the best results. You may spend one Halloween in Miami with Insignia braces, and the next year be able to smile wide with a great, straight smile.
Dr. Yazji and her team have helped patients in South Florida get their best smiles. See what patients have to say about getting a straight smile from Dr. Yazji, and let us help you too. Make an appointment today for a consultation at the Miami, Brickell or Weston office of Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics. Keep your teeth healthy this Halloween with good dental care, and get a straight smile with Insignia braces or another treatment option from Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics.