Tips for Trick-or-Treating with Braces

Tips for Trick-or-Treating with Braces

At Senestraro Family Orthodontics, we know that Halloween ranks as one of kids’ favorite times of year. The holiday can also feel like a major headache for parents who need to monitor just how much candy their kids actually eat. Monitoring candy consumption becomes even more important for parents of kids with braces, who might be tempted to keep their little wizard or witch on the sideline this season out of concern that holiday treats might cause unwanted damage to the delicate brackets and wires of their orthodontic appliance. Fortunately, just because your child wear braces in Sherwood doesn’t mean they can’t go trick-or-treating.

To help make Halloween fun for every member of the family, here are a few tips to consider when it comes time to divide up the candy.

Tip.) Always brush immediately after eating candy.

Regardless of whether a bite- or king-sized, the candy your kids collect on Halloween contain plenty of sugar. For kids that wear braces, removing excess sugar from their braces, teeth and gums is an important part of helping to keep their orthodontic treatment on track. If the harmful oral bacteria in kids’ mouths are allowed to breakdown the sugar they consume it can lead to the development of tooth decay and gum disease.

Tooth decay causes the enamel of our teeth to slowly breakdown and erode away. This becomes especially problematic for kids with metal braces affixed to the front of their teeth. Excessive tooth decay can easily slow down and even hinder the effectiveness of wearing braces. If you don’t have a toothbrush on hand after your kids eat candy, have them thoroughly rinse out their mouths with water and then have them brush when you get home.

Tip.) Be careful with your braces.

While the metal brackets and wires of your child’s braces are fairly durable, they can become bent or even broken by eating the wrong types of sugary snacks. Kids who wear braces should avoid eating hard candies, candies that contain nuts or candies that need to be bitten into, such as non-bite-sized candy bars. If a sneaked treat does result in damaged braces, make sure to make an immediate appointment with our team at Senestraro Family Orthodontics for repairs.

Tip.) Avoid sticky candies.

Just as eating hard candies can cause the brackets and wires of a child’s braces to break, sticky candies present their own special problems. When kids eat candies like Tootsie Rolls, Skittles and Starbursts, these sweets stick to their teeth as they chew, creating tension on the braces that could potentially loosen the wires so they no longer provide the right amount of tension. Sticky candies can also become easily lodged between the wires and brackets of your child’s braces, increasing their risk of tooth decay and gum disease.

Tip.) Encourage a candy exchange.

Hearing they can’t eat some of the candy they collected can suck some of the fun from Halloween for many kids who wear braces in Sherwood. You can make the pain of losing some of their candy a little easier by encouraging your kids to exchange candies they can’t eat with other for those they can enjoy. Soft chocolates like peanut butter cups and Hershey’s Kisses are ideal for kids with braces. Having your kids exchange the Skittles, taffy and other types of sticky or hard candies for these kind of treats can may every happy in the end.

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