Halloween is fast approaching, so if you haven't thought about your child's costume yet, now may be a good time to start. Another part of the holiday you should keep in mind, especially if your child has braces, is what he or she should and shouldn't eat.
Although it's a holiday that is only celebrated once a year, not taking oral healthcare seriously for the night and the days afterward can cause serious issues for braces and their aligners.
Keep your child's teeth in great condition with the following three tips in mind:
- Avoid any sticky situations: Be sure to steer your child away from hard, sticky or crunchy candy. These include caramel, gummies or even jelly beans. These candies can become lodged in the front of braces, as well as the back of metal aligners. Hard to remove, the last thing your child will want is a trip to the orthodontist the night after trick-or-treating.
- Hard treats are also best kept at a minimum: Families will often give out other goodies other than candy including hard peanuts, popcorn or chips. These harder foods can be tough on the teeth, especially those that are covered in braces. Be sure to avoid popcorn kernels and other hard surprises hiding at the bottom of these bags.
- Make a commitment: Have a plan in mind before beginning activities which includes no candy on the walk or a limited, agreed upon amount. This will keep your child from eating too much and will also help you keep an eye on exactly what he or she gets.
To learn more about your child's oral health, schedule an appointment with Dr. Tanya Vaysman today and have a safe, happy Halloween!