Halloween is a time for spooky costumes, scary stories and of course sweet treats! Children of all ages enjoy this festive day of trick-or-treating. During Halloween, your children can still enjoy the fun while maintaining their oral health during their orthodontic treatment. Here at myORTHODONTIST, we will help your children enjoy Halloween by assisting them with the guidance they need.
According to the Canadian Dental Association, if you want your child’s braces to stay intact and safe, you should have your child avoid hard candies, popcorn, chewy candies, caramel, tortilla chips, and nuts. Instead of these sweets, they can enjoy other treats such as plain chocolate.
Ice cream and yogurt are also good alternatives to sticky candies (which usually get caught in braces and can also damage their teeth). Yogurt and Ice cream can also help relieve discomfort if your children have recently had their braces adjusted.
New studies have shown that chewing sugar-free gum can be beneficial to patients with braces. Chewing sugar-free gum can increase the production of saliva, which helps to flush away bacteria and food residues from your mouth. This type of gum can also help prevent against cavities.
Provide your children with a well-balanced meal and ensure that they carry out their proper oral hygiene routines – brushing twice daily, flossing at least once and rinsing their mouth after eating their Halloween treats.
Another helpful tip is to set a specific time for snacking. Tell your children to have their meal and then eat their candy. It’s important to limit their snacking time to maintain a healthy oral cavity.
If you have any questions about taking care of your child’s braces or orthodontic treatment, feel free to contact us at our office in Calgary and Okotoks, Alberta.
We hope you and your family have a safe and Happy Halloween!
-The myORTHODONTIST Team