Tips For A Successful Halloween

Tips For A Successful Halloween
Posted on 10/15/2019
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Tips for a Successful Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner, and we know that means kids everywhere are looking forward to a night of ghosts, ghouls, and of course, lots of candy. However, all that Halloween candy can do a number on teeth and orthodontics – and without taking the right precautions, the scariest thing about Halloween might be breaking your braces. At Tilghman Orthodontics, we strive to help patients throughout Berlin and Salisbury, MD achieve beautiful, healthy smiles through orthodontic treatment, so here are our tips on having a happy, successful, and braces-safe Halloween. 

How to Make Halloween Safe for Braces

Are you or your child looking forward to celebrating Halloween by digging into a big pile of trick-or-treating candy? That candy might be scarier than you think. Halloween candy can pose a serious threat to both teeth and braces, so to help you have a safe & braces-friendly holiday, make sure to follow these Halloween tips: 

- Avoid Candy That Can Damage Braces: When it comes to braces, not all candy is created equal. While some candies like milk chocolate, soft cookies, or Reese's Peanut Butter Cups are fine for braces, hard candies and sticky candies can break brackets and archwires. Make sure you avoid any foods that may damage your braces, otherwise you run the risk of needing costly and time-consuming repairs. 

- Limit the Frequency of Candy: Each time you eat candy, you're exposing your teeth to sugars and acids that, combined with naturally-occurring bacteria in your mouth, erode tooth enamel. This means the best way to moderate is to limit the amount of times you consume Halloween candy. Instead of having a few pieces throughout the day, choose a limited window during which you enjoy your candy in moderation. 

- Brush Your Teeth Every Time: Finally, don't forget to thoroughly brush and floss your teeth anytime after eating Halloween candy. This is the only way to flush the sugars and acids from your mouth, limiting damage to teeth, and it also helps prevent the formation of bacteria and plaque. 

Contact Your Salisbury, MD Family Orthodontist

These tips will help keep your braces safe this Halloween, but if you still have questions about navigating Halloween with braces, we're always here to help. Contact us today for more tips on taking care of braces during the holiday season or to schedule your next check-up appointment at our Salisbury or Berlin orthodontic office. We can't wait to hear from you, and we wish you a happy, braces-friendly Halloween!