Boo – it’s spooky season! Halloween is quickly creeping up on us and we know that for kids, that means loads of candy!
However, when your child consumes sugary foods or drinks, the bacteria (germs) in the dental plaque on the teeth along with the sugars in the candy can make a mild acid. The hard-outer layer of the tooth, called the enamel, is affected by the acid. Without removal of the dental plaque from every day brushing and flossing, over time, the enamel can soften and a cavity may form. The severity of the damage of the tooth can depend on how long and often sugar contacts the teeth.
Halloween candy for someone who wears braces might sound like a nightmare, but it doesn’t have to be. It is a good idea to avoid treats with nuts, popcorn, tortilla chips, hard candy, caramel and other chewy candies to keep trick-or-treaters’ braces safe and intact. On the bright side, those who wear braces can enjoy plenty of other snacks, such as chocolate and soft cookies!
Brackets, wires, and bands can make removing accumulated plaque, stains, and tartar very difficult. Poor oral hygiene could slow down your treatment. Avoid prolonging your treatment by scheduling an oral cleaning appointment every 3 months to prevent any possible issues. Children with braces should also get their teeth cleaned regularly.
Portrait Dental wishes you a safe and spooktacular Halloween!