October is both Halloween and National Orthodontic Health Month!

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It’s Halloween time! Fall activities, haunted houses, costumes, corn mazes, parties, and of course, trick or treating. But there’s one other vital reason to celebrate this month for our patients. It’s National Orthodontic Health month! We want you to have a fantastic Halloween that is also safe for your braces, so here are our tips.

There are a few kinds of candies that can really harm your braces. We want your candy eating to be enjoyable and safe, so you should avoid candies such as hard candy, or candy that’s sticky, gummy or chewy. That will help keep your braces safe.

The great thing is that there are plenty of candies you can enjoy. Any sort of soft candy is good, as long as it’s not sticky. Soft candy bars, bite-sized chocolates, peppermint patties, and peanut butter cups are all perfectly fine to eat.

Since your braces add a good deal of extra care to your daily oral hygiene, you should be especially vigilant in your brushing and flossing. Sweets can cause cavities, and the longer the exposure, the greater the likelihood of decay, so be especially thorough this month.

To learn more about how to care for your braces during the Halloween season, call Kirby Nelson Orthodontics in North Bend, Washington. Drs. Kirby Nelson would love to help you. Happy Halloween!