Halloween is just a few short days away, which means soon you and your children will be trick or treating or attending some fun Halloween gatherings. However, for adults and kids with orthodontics, a sudden influx of candy and sweets could mean a greater risk of cavities and poor gum health. In today’s blog, your Fort Worth, TX, orthodontist will talk about ways your family can safeguard your smiles!
How Does Halloween Candy Cause Tooth Decay?
When we consume candies and sweets, this leaves sugar particles behind. Over time, harmful oral bacteria will consume these particles and in the process of breaking them down, will increase levels of oral acidity and coat the teeth in a layer of plaque buildup. Plaque will eventually weaken the outer tooth enamel, eroding this protective layer and enabling harmful bacteria to gain access to the sensitive layers of dentin within, causing a painful cavity to form. Over time, cavities could mean tooth sensitivity and toothaches, and soon, an increased risk of a serious dental infection. For kids with braces, chewy and sticky candies could adhere to the orthodontics, becoming trapped there and allowing bacteria easy access to them. If you consume candy and then begin wearing clear aligners without brushing or flossing, again food particles are trapped on or between your teeth.
Tips for Those with Metal Braces
First, try to avoid sticky and chewy candies, especially those that contain caramel or gummy ingredients. This limits the chances of them becoming stuck on your braces or teeth. Limit yourself to one or two pieces a day, and always rinse with water afterward or better yet, take time to quickly floss. Every day, you definitely need to brush your teeth for at least two minutes, once when waking up and again before bed. We also suggest flossing thoroughly before going to sleep as well. With the right steps, you can help protect your smile!
Tips for Parents
Parents, consider letting your kids “exchange” their candy for a small toy or maybe a video game, that way they enjoy trick or treating with friends, receive a great treat, and you also successfully limit candy consumption! If your house is handing out sweets this year, consider offering alternatives that contain absolutely no sugars at all. For example, you could hand out stickers, temporary tattoos, Halloween party favors, or other fun choices. These items often cost as much, if not less, than bags of candy.
Keep Your Smile Healthy During Treatment
We want to help you and your family enjoy healthy smiles throughout the orthodontic treatment process. To schedule your consultation and discuss straightening uneven smiles, then please call Lake Country Orthodontics in Fort Worth, TX at (817) 236-7846. Our office proudly serves patients who live in Azle, Saginaw, and all surrounding communities.