October is National Orthodontic Health Month! Dr. Fardi Farhat has been helping his patients for more than 15 years in Sterling, MI. He reminds his patients to approach Halloween treats with caution because they are harmful to your teeth.
Halloween Candy You Should Avoid
Dr. Fardi encourages patients to stay away from the types of foods that are sticky, chewy, hard, or crunchy. Some examples of these are hard-shelled peanut candies, licorice sticks, gummy candies, caramel-filled candies, popcorn, peanuts, and hard candy. Whether you are undergoing dental treatment or not, Dr. Fardi always says no one should chew ice.
However, it is still possible to enjoy some traditional Halloween candies without causing problems for your teeth. Since it is mostly children who enjoy Halloween candy, parents are asked to remind them of potential cavities. Be sure to check if they brushed and flossed their teeth. Otherwise, there will be consequences. If you have braces, you are allowed to consume soft, nut-free candies, soft candy bars, peppermint patties, or chocolates that dissolve in the mouth.
Why Your Oral Health Care Routine Is Important
Our friend, Dr. Ben Kacos, a dentist in Shreveport, LA, emphasizes the fact that dental patients should always brush their teeth after meals, snacks, and especially after consuming Halloween candies. The duration of the treatment for patients who are wearing braces or clear aligners can increase if they consume “off-limit” foods or snacks. Dental One Care observes National Orthodontic Health Month every October. Dentists throughout the country work to increase public awareness of the positive impact that dental care can have on both long-term dental health and self-esteem. Their efforts are intensified in this month because of its significance.