Halloween is almost here, and while we strongly suggest that you keep your child's candy eating to a minimum, we know that sometimes these treats can just be too tempting. For this reason we offer the following suggestions to keep orthodontic braces safe from sticky snacks:
- Consider giving out non-candy treats – This would be a hard sell for most kids, but you and your neighbors should think about giving toys or fruit to trick-or-treaters. Their teeth will thank you later.
- Designate a candy-eating time – You shouldn't allow your children snack on candy throughout the day. Let them have a few pieces after a meal, and then make sure they brush their teeth immediately after. Additionally, consider only letting your children keep Halloween candy for a week and then donate the leftovers to a charity that will send it to servicemembers overseas.
- Examine your children's teeth – You should keep an eye out for any stains or dark spots. If you are unsure of anything, bring your child to the orthodontist's office for an exam.
- Limit the types of candy available – You should continue to follow your orthodontist's instructions and avoid sticky, hard, sour and acidic treats because they can cause the most damage to teeth and braces. Things that melt or dissolve quickly like chocolate bars (without nuts) and powder candy may be better options because they don't stick to teeth.
If you're a parent of a child who has not yet seen a New York City orthodontist, now is the perfect time to schedule an appointment. Dr. Tanya Vaysman and the staff at Upper Eastside Orthodontists would be happy to meet with you.