How Orthodontic Patients Can Avoid a Sticky Situation this Halloween
Five orthodontic-friendly recommendations by City orthodontist, Dr. Name
(CITY/STATE/PROVINCE) -- DATE— October is National Orthodontic Health Month. And each October, thousands of kids have one thing on their mind: Halloween candy! For orthodontists, the Halloween season is all about helping patients avoid potentially sticky situations.
October is the perfect time of year to learn about orthodontic health and how an orthodontist helps patients achieve beautiful, healthy smiles. Besides, everyone knows that Halloween candy can give any orthodontist a scare!
City orthodontist Dr. Name of Practice Name offers these five timely tips to help protect braces, aligners and other orthodontic “appliances” while protecting teeth from decay.
Let sticky foods RIP. If it’s hard, sticky, chewy or crunchy, stay away! Avoid caramel, taffy, bubblegum, licorice, gummies or any snack that can damage brackets or wires. Also, be sure to say “boo” to hard-shelled peanut candies, nuts or nut-filled candies, taco chips and popcorn (especially unpopped kernels).
Choose “spooktacularly” soft foods.Opt for soft chocolates, peppermint patties, peanut butter cups or other melt-in-your-mouth varieties.
Dare to take extra care. Sweets can cause cavities, which is why brushing and flossing are even more important than ever during the Halloween season. Orthodontic patients should be especially vigilant about brushing and flossing immediately after eating sugary or starchy foods.
Set yourself up for success. Dr. Name encourages parents to keep acceptable treats on hand to substitute for “off limits” candies for trick-or-treating. Parents can also find free, Halloween-themed recipes such as Quirky Quesadillas for Halloween, Delightfully Devilish Deviled Eggs, Mummy Pizza Biscuits, Spooky Spider Web Bean dip and others, on the American Association of Orthodontists’ website at https://www.mylifemysmile.org/recipes.
Commit to oral health. Deciding to avoid hard and chewy sweets before the Halloween season increases your rate of success – and reduces the likelihood that you’ll break wires.
“We want kids to have fun on Halloween,” says Dr. Name. “And there’s no need to feel left out. Patients are free to enjoy acceptable treats in moderation. The payoff is a healthy, beautiful smile. It’s always worth it in the end!”
About Dr. Name
Dr. Name has had an orthodontic practice in city/suburb name since year. S/he graduated from name of dental schooland completed an additional two/three-year, advanced, accredited educational program in orthodontics at name of orthodontic residency program. Orthodontists are uniquely qualified dental specialists who diagnose, prevent and treat dental and facial irregularities to correctly align teeth and jaws.
Dr. Namesees patients days of week at his/her office(s) at address(es). Dr. Name’s practice website is URL. The office phone number is (area code with number). Find Dr. Name on Facebook and follow him/her on Twitter @username. Dr. Name is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, the world’s oldest and largest dental specialty organization. It represents more than 18,000 orthodontist members throughout the United States, Canada and abroad. The Association admits only orthodontists for membership. It encourages and sponsors key research to enable members to provide patients with the highest quality of care, and is committed to educating the public about the need for, and benefits of, orthodontic treatment. For more information, go to.mylifemysmile.org.