Orthodontic Friendly Trick or Treat Choices for Halloween

Halloween is a fun time of year for kids of all ages… but it can be a “nightmare” waiting to happen if patients are damaging appliances when eating the wrong treats. Watch this video put out a few years ago by the American Association of Orthodontics with additional “Halloween Brace Tips” for consumers that still very much apply today!

At Stoneoak Orthodontics we love Halloween!! However, we feel it is important to educate parents and patients of the potential problems that can occur if orthodontic patients don’t pay attention to our foods to avoid list. Even though we encourage all patients to participate in our “Candy Buy Back Program“, we understand patients may keep a few pieces of candy for themselves to enjoy.  All we ask is you make smart choices when choosing the candy you keep.

This year the American Association of Orthodontics (AAO) is offering FIVE TIMELY TIPS to protect braces, aligners and other orthodontic “appliances” while also protecting teeth from decay.

  1. Avoid Sticky foods
  2. Say “Boo” to hard treats
  3. Brush up to avoid cavities
  4. Spooktacular News – you can eat soft chocolates, peanut butter cups, etc
  5. Make a commitment to avoid hard and chewy food all year round to increase your rate of success

 

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