October is NATIONAL ORTHODONTIC MONTH

Summer flew by this year, as usual, and now we're quickly diving into Fall! The trees are starting to turn those beautiful autumn colours and everywhere you go people are starting to get into the Thanksgiving and Halloween spirit.

October is recognized in Canada and the U.S. as National Orthodontic Month. This month we celebrate your beautiful , healthy smile, the biggest benefit of your orthodontic treatment! With Halloween at the end of the month, October also provides us the opportunity to raise awareness regarding orthodontic care, which plays as important role in dental health and overall physical health. Good oral hygiene during orthodontic treatment helps your teeth respond better to the gentle force from orthodontic wires, whereas braces that are covered in sticky candy or plaque make it much more difficult for teeth to move, as it causes increased inflammation on the gums.

The most obvious concern of Halloween are the treats. Here is a list, as a reminder, of what to avoid so you don't do damage or pull off a bracket or wire:

  • Super chewy candy, like taffy and caramels
  • Beef Jerky and other leathery food treats
  • Licorice
  • Bubble gum
  • Jelly beans
  • Hard candies like candy canes and lollipops
  • Popcorn and nuts

Don't worry, we aren't here just to tell you what not to eat! We understand that Halloween is an exciting time to dress up and celebrate with friends and family- and of course, delicious treats. Here are some recommendations  of orthodontic friendly treats:

  • Soft, melt in your mouth chocolates
  • Peanut butter cups
  • Milk shakes
  • Jello
  • Pudding
  • Peeled, thinly slices apples (don't bite off with your front teeth)
  • Ice cream