You have all heard about the damage that sugar and certain “sticky” candies can do to your teeth and your braces when undergoing orthodontic treatment. Well, our Team at the orthodontic office of John A Gerling DDS MSD wants to remind all of our patients and future patients about the dangers one more time. We know Halloween is supposed to be a fun time of year for kids of all ages… but it can turn into a “nightmare” of damaged braces for kids and parents if the wrong types of treats are consumed. Not only the discomfort involved as a result of broken wires and brackets but also the inconvenience of coming office for an extra visit with your busy school and/or work schedules.
Here at the orthodontic office of John A Gerling DDS MSD, we love Halloween but we also have a responsibility to increase the awareness of potential damage certain candies can cause if patients are not careful about which treats to eat. Click here to download a Do’s and Don’ts Treat List offered by the American Association of Orthodontists. As a reminder, print it off and post in on your refrigerator for all to see.
So…go ahead and enjoy your treats. But PLEASE be sure they are orthodontic and dental friendly treats.
Follow the list and save candy you can eat and give away treats that will harm your braces to friends and family. A few sweets can be OK occasionally, whether wearing braces or not, as long as you brush and floss well after eating.
We want everyone to enjoy their Halloween…but we also want you to protect the investment you and your family has made in helping us create a beautiful smile that lasts a lifetime.
What are your thoughts about asking patients to give up treats that damage their braces during Halloween? Please leave your comments below. Now is the time to vent….