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Dental care for kids with braces
Updated: 10/28/2009 3:00:07 PM

Dental care for kids with braces Both adults and kids wear braces to correct their crooked teeth, but some children seem to have difficulty following the rules their dental care provider has set, especially around Halloween.

Many orthodontists tell their patients not to buy gum or eat chewy candy because doing so could damage their braces.

"The worst kind of candy for braces is the sticky, chewy kind," said Dr Olga Bukholts, a dentist in New York. "Bubble gum. Sour Patch Kids."

Julie Bonn Heath told the Globe Gazette that for the past few Halloweens, she and her son Nick have gotten into arguments because of his braces. "We would catch him chewing gum," she said to the news source. "All I could say was, 'Stop.' That seemed to work for the most part."

Heath, like many parents, invested about $6,000 in her son's smile, reports the Gazette. Eating candy and chewing gum can prolong the period of time braces must be worn because of the damage these habits can cause. This can also result in more expensive dental care.

The American Association of Orthodontists says that four out of five orthodontic patients are children.

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