It’s October and Dr. Hage would like to recognize National Orthodontic Health Month. What are the best and worst treats to enjoy or stay away from during orthodontic treatment?
Here at Hage Orthodontics, we love October, and not just for the changes in the weather and Halloween excitement. It’s National Orthodontic Health Month!
Every year, the American Association of Orthodontists recognizes October as a time to raise awareness of the benefits of orthodontic treatment. The AAO is the largest, oldest professional association for orthodontists in North America, and is comprised of more than 16,000 members.
In a month full of hard, sticky, crunchy, and chewy treats, it’s more important than ever to encourage patients to be kind to their teeth during treatment we suggest, if you have braces, avoid caramel, taffy, bubblegum, and candy with nuts. If you can’t keep yourself away from the sugar, opt for softer candy such as peanut butter cups or other melt-in-your-mouth treats.
As always, remember to brush and floss after consuming sugary foods. Exposing your teeth to sweets increases your risk of cavities, and allowing it to sit on your teeth can lead to decalcification, the loss of calcium from the teeth.
If you have any questions about what foods are best and worst during orthodontic treatment, feel free to ask during you next visit!