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Orthodontists offer tips for kids with braces during the Halloween season
Updated: 10/5/2010 3:00:16 PM

Orthodontists offer tips for kids with braces during the Halloween season Many children with braces could indulge in an increased amount of sweet during Halloween, leading to more dental visits. Now, some orthodontists are offering tips so that these individuals will have a safer trick-or-treating season.

Experts warn that a number of factors can lead to a bent bracket or broken wire, especially during Halloween. This may include bobbing for apples as well as gum and sugary candy that can stick to teeth. The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) advises parents to offer candy that does not contain caramel, taffy, jelly beans or licorice.

However, individuals with braces can enjoy other treats such as peanut butter cups or soft chocolate. Lee W. Graber, president of the AAO, said that "Halloween should be a fun time for all kids - including those in orthodontic treatment."

Orthodontists also advise patients with braces to always brush and floss after they indulge in Halloween candy so that there will be good results at the end of their treatment.

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