Candies that are sticky, chewy, crunchy or gummy are especially threatening to braces. If the wire from your braces gets stuck in these candies, you are looking at having to deal with bent wires, broken brackets and maybe even both! If this happens it requires a trip to the orthodontist to have the issues fixed. An unsecured wire in your braces also means that the braces are no longer doing their job and you may have to wear them longer to make up for lost time.
Cleaning Tips After Eating Sugary Treats
You probably already know that sugar isn’t good for your teeth, especially if it sits on your teeth too long. Indulging in a candy that could get stuck in your braces may lead to cavities if you don’t thoroughly clean your teeth (and your braces) after consumption. If you partake in Halloween candy be sure to thoroughly clean your teeth afterwards and at the very least, before going to bed at night.
The best way to guarantee clean, cavity-free teeth is to brush thoroughly after eating anything sweet and to take the time to floss or gently use a pick around your braces to push loose any food that is stuck. Anticavity mouthwash is another great item to keep in an easily accessible spot. If you don’t have your toothbrush, floss or mouthwash handy, taking a drink of water and swishing it through your mouth is more effective than doing nothing at all.
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With a season full of candy and sweets coming, keep in mind the effect these goodies can have on your teeth and your kids’ teeth. Anyone who is wearing braces is more susceptible to cavities forming, but with the majority of braces wearers being in the younger generation, kids especially need to keep their braces and teeth clean. If you are looking for a pre-Halloween or post-Halloween checkup to guarantee your teeth (and your braces) are in their best shape call Ahava Orthodontics today to schedule your appointment.